VALENTINE’S DAY DATE NIGHT

The candy hearts and cards are starting to appear on store shelves which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! After seven years together, we keep things pretty low key around here. I’d rather have a handwritten note than a dozen roses, and we tend to favor making a special meal at home than fighting for a reservation–last year I found the cutest heart shaped lobster ravioli at Eastern Market!

If there’s one thing I am a sucker for though, it’s a love story; and A Winter’s Tale scheduled to be released this Valentine’s Day looks to be a tearjerker! Watch the trailer above and you’ll see what I mean. Based on a novel by Mark Helprin, the film follows the unlikely romance between a burglar (Colin Farrell) and the sick young daughter (Jessica Brown Findlay–Lady Sybil!!) of the wealthy family he attempts to rob. Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Will Smith round out the star studded cast.

Winter's Tale

See it with your girlfriends or capitalize on the one night a year you can get your significant other to watch a romantic movie with you. We’re just under three weeks away, but to get you feeling festive I’ve started pinning some inspiration for the perfect Valentine’s Day right over here.

A Perfect Valentine's Day | The Pursuit of Style

Keeping it Real: This post was sponsored by WB Winter’s Tale through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about WB Winter’s Tale, all opinions are my own.

CHEERS TO 2014

2014 | The Pursuit of Style

As I spent this morning reflecting on the past year and getting started on setting goals for 2014, I was reminded of how I was feeling just one year ago today. 2012 had been a tough year and it was hard to think back to that time, but more importantly, the post reminded me how immensely grateful I am for this past year’s successes.

I kicked off 2013 with a career change and joined a residential interior design firm. It was the best professional decision I’ve ever made and completely set the tone for the rest of the year. Funny how doing what you love will do that, right? The Pursuit of Style got a makeover and I sourced some amazing vintage pieces for a design blogger tag sale with One Kings Lane.

I traveled to High Point, Brimfield, Charleston, and New York and came back from each trip feeling inspired (and usually with a heavier suitcase). I accepted the fact that our apartment would never be “ready” (in my perfectionist mind) but was still proud to share it with you with tours on Glitter Guide, Apartment Therapy, and in a print publication here in DC, D/City.

I hosted an event with kate spade new york and InStyle in Charlottesville and took the opportunity to finally visit a store I’ve long admired. I was illustrated, visited a favorite artist’s studio, crossed off most of the items on my 26 for 26 list, and we had a pretty great chat about blogging.

 Who knows what 2014 will bring (hope, peace, and cookies wouldn’t be a bad start), but at the very least I know I’ll be marrying my best friend and that’s not too shabby.

Cheers to 2014!

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

IN PURSUIT OF PRESENTS: THE MANLY MAN

In Pursuit of Presents: The Manly Man | The Pursuit of Style1. Harry’s Truman Shave Set | 2. Graphic Image Whiskey Book | 3. Jayson Home Toro Bull Head | 4. Ray Ban Clubmaster Glasses | 5. How to Be A Man | 6. Crate&Barrel Leather Whiskey Tags | 7. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel | 8. Anthropologie Horn Bottle Openers | 9. AU Inc. Sailwax Duffle | 10. Patagonia Synchilla Snap Pullover | 11. Everlane Tee | 12. C.Wonder iPhone Case | 13. The Sun Also Rises

It seemed only fitting to segue from yesterday’s post into today’s gift guide personality: The Manly Man. Guys are hard to shop for which is why I’ve stuck with some old favorites. My boyfriend will be finding this pullover and a few of Everlane’s tees among his presents this year. If you don’t know about Everlane (they sell women’s apparel too) I can’t recommend them enough–super soft and only $15. You can’t beat it!

For his stocking, or if you just started dating and don’t want to gift something too extravagant, pick up his favorite bottle of booze and these great leather tags. I’m willing to bet he’ll be happy as a clam. For dad, a leather dopp kit and shaving set make a perfect pairing if he’s a traveler. For your college aged brother, an antler bottle opener will be a welcome addition to his fraternity room (if he actually cares about design, I also think this and this would be kind of perfect but who am I kidding!)