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February, 5, 2015

An Early Valentine {date night beauty must-haves}…

Today I’m taking you inside my Valentine’s date with Drew; from selecting my date night beauty look, to getting ready, to heading out on the town with my Valentine…. nordstrom-beauty-department mac-lipstick-colors nordstrom-beauty-department-mac-counter nars-light-pink-blush pink-peonies-beauty-posts nordstrom-beauty-dept^^Jacket: BCBG (red-felicity-and-coco-dress jo-malone-english-pear-and-freesia-valentines-day je-taime-rifle-and-paper-co-stationary shoe-closet-shelving valentines-day-makeup-ideas lab-puppyvalentines-day-date-outfit-ideas valentines-day-outfit-date-night-ideas maternity-dresses valentines-day-couple-photoshoot valentines-day-inpspired-couples-photoshootpink-peonies-valenintes-day-shoot valentines-day-inspired-couples-photoshootDress: Felicity and Coco | Coat: Trina Turk | Heels: Kurt Geiger | Earrings: Nordstrom | Lips: Lipliner- Hip & Happy by MAC, Lipstick- Creme Cup by MAC, Gloss- Flash Gloss #526 by Armani

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my very favorite holidays! Growing up my mom would deliver a dozen pink roses to me and my sister while we were at school and after, we would come home to a box full of chocolate covered strawberries! Drew has been my ‘valentine’ for the last 5 years and he always has a way of making it so special, just like my mom did when I was younger.

This year I’m going to be in NYC over Valentine’s Day so Drew and I decided to celebrate early! Before each V-Day rolls around,  I try to plan out my beauty look a few days prior because I think every woman (myself included) wants to look and feel amazing on the most romantic day of the year!

For our date, I wanted a soft and romantic feel to my makeup that looked fresh and natural so I stopped into the Nordstrom beauty department to grab a few products to complete my beauty look. I went with a plum smokey eye and a soft pink lip.

If you’re in need of make-up ideas for your date, below are my 5 Valentine’s Day beauty must-haves…

1. Soft pink gloss {I’m wearing Giorgia Armani Flash Gloss #526}

2. Smokey eye palette {I’m wearing Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette #17}

3. Pink blush {I’m wearing NARS Gaitey}

4. Shimmer highlighter {I’m wearing Reckless by NARS}

5. A feminine perfume {I’m wearing English Pear and Freesia}

xo, Rach

Brought to you by Nordstrom.

Photos by Emily Egan.

  1. glamdevils says:

    You look marvelous. I love that dress. Amazing idea to celebrate the V-day early :D

    xx Mira

  2. Natali says:

    Great post! Love all of the photos and that dress fits you perfectly!

  3. Silly Medley says:

    You two are lovely, especially the way Drew looks at you!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  4. Caitlin says:

    Such a beautiful couple! Love all of your outfits and beauty looks, thanks for sharing!
    xo, Caitlin

  5. Such stunning photos!! Thanks so much for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  6. Leanne says:

    Every single detail is perfect. I love your make up selection, your dress, your coat and your bouquet of roses. All so stunning!

    Love from South Africa

  7. Love this post! You look beautiful and Drew looks like a happy dad! God bless you!

  8. Great pictures and story telling in this post! It’s a great day to be grateful for all of your loved ones. I like the red dress – I decided to go a little different this year and styled coral and white as v-day date options. Have fun in NYC!

    Latest Post: Shadow Play and Valentines Day – Hot in Coral

  9. Such a great and simple look for Valentine’s Day…love your dress!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  10. Hunter says:

    You look so gorgeous! I love your Valentine’s look and your fabulous closet haha!

    Prep on a Budget

  11. Adele says:

    Aaah I love seeing shots of you both, you’re such a gorgeous couple! The neutrals mixed with the red look amazing! Hope you enjoyed your night.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  12. Jessica says:

    These photos of you two are so cute! Loving this little red number!

    xo Jessica

  13. Grace says:

    Such a sweet look! Love that dress, girl! Your baby bump looks so cute!

  14. Maria says:

    You look absolutely beautiful, and I’m happy that you were able to celebrate early since you’ll be away. I love Valentine’s Day, I think it is such a wonderful holiday! It’s great to focus on beauty, and, of course, the special someone in your life. I’m missing my hubby right now, as he is away on business in New York. But, thankfully, he’ll be back by Valentine’s Day. Oh, and, please post lots of Instagram pics of New York. I wish I could go someday, but I’ll just live vicariously through you and many other bloggers for now. ;-) Have a lovely day! XO, Maria

  15. Candace says:

    Stunning! I’ve never noticed how much you and Emily look alike until this post…definitely sisters!



  16. Jill says:

    Absolutely love! So gorgeous. What nail color polish is that?

  17. sasa says:

    Looking gorgeous! <3

    Shall We Sasa

  18. So cute! Love the blush heels paired with a red dress!!

  19. Love that red dress with the blush shoes, such a feminine look!


  20. loving your makeup for these shots! you and Drew look great!

  21. Brooke says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Dash is so cute with the rose in his mouth!

    Brooke du jour

  22. Rach says:

    That’s so sweet that your mom did that for you guys! Your dress is stunning!

  23. Federica says:

    I love the dress and the makeup. You 2 make such a cute couple!
    Happy Valentine’s!

  24. Katy says:

    My mom used to do the same thing!! It always was a fun holiday. Loving your makeup look Rach! :)

    xo, Katy

  25. Shae says:

    Love this dress and coat! So cute how your mom would send you flowers to school. Enjoy your last Valentine’s Day before the little one comes!

    S. Roderick

  26. You look beautiful! I hope you and your husband had a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration!

    Her Heartland Soul

  27. Kim says:

    You look gorgeous! Valentine’s Day is my favorite and this was such a sweet post. I love the pictures!

    Kim .. TREATYO SELF!

  28. Your early Valentine’s Day looked amazing! I hope you have a safe trip to NY :), enjoy those beautiful roses!

    x. Sabrina // Simply Sabrina

  29. Loving your coat, dress and heels! Looking elegant as always!

  30. kelsey says:

    you look lovely! beautiful flowers too!

  31. Adrienne says:

    Love this dress!
    Happy love day you two!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  32. Love the lipstick color!

  33. Sylvia says:

    Beautiful photos! You guys look amazing! You look so beautiful with your cute bump!
    Nordstrom really has the best! I am off to the US this weekend for two weeks and can hardly wait for my endless tripes to Nordstrom!
    Hopefully see you at Fashion Week!

    xo Sylvia

  34. Cherish says:

    Gorgeous pictures. You look so cute.


  35. Chelsea says:

    Love the red dress with the blush coat! And Dasher is just as cute as ever!

  36. Jessica Ray says:

    Such a beautiful post Rach! Love the look! I love Dasher boy eating the flower lol

  37. Lyndsay says:

    Your red dress is so pretty, that color looks lovely on you!

    prosecco in the park

  38. Eden says:

    You two are so cute, love your outfit and makeup. I want your shoe closet! :)

  39. You look sooo adorable in that red dress and with a bouquet of roses.. just perfect!

  40. Such a cute post! Love that dress!!

    Madison Martine

  41. Rose Frey says:

    Your makeup is perfection!! Your eyes look so beautiful! My favorite makeup look on your eyes. The blush is a favorite of mine! I love how you went with a glossy light pink lip. Your outfit is stunning. I love blush and red together. This must be such a special Valentine’s Day with you being pregnant!! Loved this special post!

  42. very pretty you and your husband and your dog is so cute, want to have such dog, and nice roses so romantic

  43. Chottie says:

    Your makeup looks flawless! I really love that beautiful dress though!! Y’all are the cutest:)


  44. Rachel says:

    Awwww these photos are so cute!

  45. Ally & Emma says:

    So stunning! You always have such a classic, beautiful look! And your little pup with the roses is too stinking cute!

    XO Ally & Emma

  46. Stunning outfit, Rach! I LOVE drew’s checkered shirt too. You both look great!!


  47. kiely says:

    cuties! last year i was just barely started to date my fiancé and so i am excited to have a real-life valentine this year! :)

    xo, k

  48. I’ve never tried a plum smokey eye – I usually go for brown, neutral shades, but the combination of plum eyes and a soft pink lip sound very romantic and feminine – perfect for the occasion!
    I love Nordstrom’s Valentine’s Day heart decorations – so pretty!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  49. This is such a beautiful Valentine’s post! LOVE!

    xx Olivia

  50. That coat is soooo beautiful. And the last photo of you with all of those roses is such a good one!
    Rach- you’re lucky. Very lucky! “Nuff said…

    All the Cute

  51. Hi Rachel! What a cute post, love how you took us with you from the prep to the date night!

    xoxo from Miami, Jessy –

  52. Andrea says:

    You’re glowing and that red dress looks amazing on you! Such a cute bump!


  53. Kate says:

    You look so beautiful – love the red dress! You are absolutely glowing!


  54. Vitri says:

    Everything that you wear looks FANTASTIC, Rach! I love the combo of pink and white!
    Gorgeous pictures!

    xo, Vitri

  55. Holly G says:

    You look beyond gorgeous Rachel! You have proven that you can still look so chic during pregnancy. Love your outfit/makeup choices. xo, Holly

  56. Sarah says:

    Loving the lipstick ombre. Thanks for sharing! :)


  57. Paige says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous in these pictures! Have fun at fashion week!


  58. melissa says:

    Simply Stunning!

  59. Ludy Amezcua says:

    Love the look on Drew’s face when looking at you! So sweet! You look gorgeous, as usual, and that dress flatters you perfectly. xoxo

  60. Sara Kate says:

    Wow! Very pretty – look and roses! What a lucky girl!

    Sara Kate Styling

  61. Summer Ann says:

    That pic of your pup is so adorable! My lab is not nearly that cooperative.

    Summer Ann
    Simply Summer Ann Blog

  62. You are just glowing!! Such a beautiful Vday look. Plus that cream coat really makes the red dress POP.
    Have fun while you’re out here!! I’m looking forward to NYFW myself :-)

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

  63. nicole says:

    Stunning! So glad I stopped by your blog, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day! Xo.

    Evolution of Glam

  64. Yuliya says:

    Love this post! You two are such beautiful couple. xx

  65. Bethany says:

    You look fantastic. I always get little surprises for my daughters, too!
    Maryland Pink and Green

  66. Allie says:

    That is such a gorgeous Valentine’s look! That red dress is so classic <3

    Glitter Boots & Champagne Flutes

  67. You look so pretty! You are such a cute couple. I really enjoyed this post

    xx Fortune

  68. Taylor says:

    Love this post! All of the photos look beautiful and I cannot get over that coat! You and Drew make such a cute couple and it’s sweet that you celebrated Valentine’s Day early. Hope you have fun in New York :)

  69. Rachel says:

    Ah I love these pictures, they are the sweetest! And your dress is super cute :)

    Blonde with a Chanse

  70. Heather says:

    Who helped you pick out the beauty products at Nordstrom? I love the different shades that she/he picked out, especially the Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette. I am more fair in color than you and would love to visit with your beauty expert to see what they recommend for me!

  71. I love this look it’s so feminine and sophisticated! And the photo of Dash with the rose in his mouth is SO cute!!

  72. I love the makeup look you created, and it looked perfect paired with that gorgeous red dress. Hope you and Drew have a great time in NYC!

    xoxo Nicole

  73. Carolyn says:

    such a sweet story about what your mom would do! :) happy v-day to you and Drew!

  74. Mandy says:

    This is such a beautiful blog post! You look so stunning and those roses are to die for! <3


  75. Laura Yazdi says:

    The photos of you two holding hands are just adorable! Love the Vday inspired post have stay warm in NYC!
    Laura Lily
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  76. Ann-Louise says:

    Great post! You look so beautiful in that dress and makeup!

  77. miri says:

    Love this dress. It is the perfect one for Valentine’s day!

  78. love the red dress, you look stunning!
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  79. Love the red! It is the perfect kind of red!
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  80. Gorgeous! I need to try out that lipstick…

  81. Pink Risotto says:

    Such pretty photos Rach! I love it! Great tips, I am fan of some of those make up items as well! adoreee the lip gloss!

    I am thinking of doing a Valentine’s Day list as well, I hope you check it soon !

  82. Pamela Gonzalez says:

    You two look adorable, hope you had an awesome early Valentine’s day date! :)

  83. Sue says:

    You two look so cute together , your baby is going to be one good looking baby.


  84. erica says:

    Loving all your make-up choices! Gorgeous look

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

  85. emily says:

    i love this – those flowers are seriously too pretty! xo

  86. Kristen says:

    What a lovely photo diary. You are the loveliest pregnant lady :)

  87. your look so pretty, I love your dress

  88. Kimberly says:

    What is the name of the Mac blush in your photo?

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!