All dressed up and nowhere to go!? To avoid this situation, I have come up with 4 different outfits to fit 4 different date or non-date night scenarios. Date 1: Take your date out to Terroni for a nice romantic Italian dinner topped with a healthy portion of wine. Wine makes everything better. Trust me, a gal loves her wine with dinner-- especially on date night. Don't be the guy who doesn't order enough alcohol! But gals, don't overdo it. Stay classy! You want to remember this night! After a romantic dinner, take your date to LACMA for a late night walk and some one-on-one time. If that's too much light for ya, take her to a rooftop bar like Perch or the Ace Hotel to get a killer view and some good cocktails. I recommend getting the Moscow Mules at the Ace Hotel rooftop bar. Yum.
Date 2: Take your date out on a day date to the Getty Villa. Not only is the scenery gorgeous there, it is a cute, non-threatening way to spend a first or second date here without feeling the pressure of spending too much money. If you're feeling awkward, no worries! Get lost in the romantic artwork, gardens, and maybe even loosen up with some wine at the Mediterranean-inspired café. If you're really trying to impress your date, you can plan a picnic to share while enjoying the gorgeous scenery.
Casual dates don't have to be so basic. If you're planning on spending the day with your girlfriends, why don't you buy as much ridiculous Valentine's Day candy with your gal pals and hit up a cat café? You can eat your candy and pet your kitty too! California's first cat café, Catfe, recently popped up and not only can you play with the adorable kitties there, you can adopt them too! There are different prices for how you can enjoy your day there so make sure you visit their website to see what type of catfe-ing you'll be doing.
Surprise a girlfriend and send her some flowers! Nothing more exciting than receiving a bouquet of flowers, even from friends. Another casual date idea can be going to your favorite brunch spot to pig out on all your favorite dishes. Go family style so you can get a taste of everything! Baco Mercat is an awesome spot for sharing good food as well as the Pour Haus Wine Bar. If you're looking to spend a more wallet-friendly casual date with friends, try going to Café Dulcé for some good Japanese pastries and strong coffee. Walk around Little Tokyo and enjoy the Japanese American National Museum. Currently, there's a Hello Kitty Exhibit I've been wanting to visit! You can get your tickets there or in advance online here.
Whatever you decide, make sure you do it in style! ;) I've broke down the outfits down below! And since you beautiful people made it to the end, I thought I'd share a little giveaway opportunity with you!
Take a peek at my most recent photo on Instagram, like it and then post your favorite Valentine's Day look tagging me (@therubyelement) and Tobi (@shoptobi), who has sponsored this Valentine's Day-inspired blog post - thank you!, for a chance to win a Valentine's Day dress of your choice! Yes, even their newly updated Cupid's Curated Collection -- just in time for Valentine's Day. Use hashtag, #ValentinesWithTobiandRuby so we can easily find your entry! Giveaway will run for 24 hours! Good luck! ;)
What I'm Wearing:
[OAK Nyc Rider Jacket (sold out)]
[Free People Lace Dress (old)]
[Zara Basics Linen Tee]
Photos by Sarah Park.