Be Pretty, Shiny, and Sparkly on Valentine's Day!


Pretty, Shiny, Sparkly LogoWhether you have a hot date or you’re flying solo, standing out on Valentine’s day is a must! Kristina from Pretty, Shiny, Sparkly is here to show us a few dresses that are perfect for Hallmark’s favorite holiday. *Check out her blog*to get your fix on all things pretty, shiny, and sparkly!

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This Valentine’s Day (or S.A.D., Singles Awareness Day depending on your relationship with that chubby cherub we hate to love), I challenge you. I challenge you to stay away from red, and stand out. Drape yourself in shimmery fabrics with delicate details, like one-shoulder bows or soft ruffles. Do you really want to be the 30th girl in the restaurant (S.A.D.-ers: bar) wearing a red dress?

You have been hereby challenged. Let’s see what you make of it!

D&G Dolce & Gabbana Ruffle-embellished silk dress

D&G Ruffle Embellished Silk Bustier Dress, Net-A-Porter.com, $745

It’s the delicate ruffles and soft color that provide a nice backdrop for the pop of bold fuschia in this attention-getting yet classy little piece by D&G.

D&G Jersey One Shoulder Dress

D&G Jersey One Shoulder Dress, Nordstrom, $535

Another romantic dress from D&G, but completely different in every way. And fabulous. I love the subtle elements like the uneven, flirty folds at the hemline, the drape of the pleats and folds across the chest, and that big gorgeous bow that’s not overdone, as so many are.

Nicole Miller Truly Madly Deeply Dress

Truly, Madly, Deeply Dress, Nicole Miller, $420

Nicole Miller’s aptly-named “Truly Madly Deeply” dress will help you on your path to love. New love, or just love rekindled: this feminine, curve-hugging sheath is extremely flattering to those of us who overindulged a little during the holidays.

Black and Rose Cocktail Dresses by Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature

Black Rose Cocktail Dress by Sue Wong, edressme, $415

If you follow my blog you know of my serious obsession with sparkly things. Sequins are, by definition, an addiction. But if loving them is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I’ll spare you the rhyme I considered writing about in regards to this dress’s designer, but it involved “wrong” and “Wong” (as in Sue Wong, for the fabulous new Walt Disney Signature collection). Hello Wonderland! Call me Alice.

Alice+Olivia Asymmetrial Dress with Flutter Sleeves

Alice + Olivia Asymmetrical Dress with Flutter Sleeves, Shopbop, $269.50

For a younger, fresher look, slip on this Alice + Olivia asymmetrical dress with flutter sleeves. I recommend adding some brightly-colored opaque tights, and some bootie platforms. Don’t pick ones that go as high in the ankle as the model wears above: it will make your legs appear shorter than they are, and this dress is made for showing those stems off!

You have your challenge: should you choose to accept it, please let us know what you wear and how it worked out for you!