Our 11th Valentine’s Day!

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Angelina Bowman wearing a red long sleeve tutu dress from BABY GAP, Red heart shoes from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and headband from ETSY

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Angelina Bowman wearing a red long sleeve tutu dress from BABY GAP, Red heart shoes from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and headband from ETSY

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ZARA // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE 

Micheal’s Choice: Suit: SIMILAR HERE // Shirt: SIMILAR HERE // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE

Angelina’s Choice: Dress: GAP // Tights: GAP // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE // Sunglasses: SIMILAR HERE

Happy love day everyone!

This is the 11th time Michael and I have spent Valentine’s Day together!

The first three years of dating before marriage were on and off. But I don’t recall a time where we were not dating during Valentine’s Day.

What I do remember is the first Valentine’s Day we ever celebrated. We had been dating only for a few months and I just started a new job at a market research company I worked for in down town Chicago

It was supposed to be a regular work day and then we had plans to meet for dinner that evening.

When I stepped away from my desk for a meeting at the office I had no idea that there would be this ENORMOUS box sitting on my chair !!! I think I turned all shades of orange and red when I first saw it. The whole office was waiting to see what was in the box… when I realized that it was my boss who signed off on the delivery, I felt so embarrassed and shy about the whole thing I actually stuffed the box under my desk and hid it with my coat!! haha.

Soooo ridiculous I know!! People where whispering like “where did that box go?” ” who was it for?” “what was in that delivery?”

Anyway, when everyone finally went home and the coast was clear I pulled out the box and inside was a beautiful huge bouquet of bubble gum pink tulips.

It was really romantic and thoughtful because they were cute pink tulips and not ugly blood red roses. Of course red roses are lovely too but knowing me I’ve never bought red roses in my life so the pink tulips were personal and sweet. Also, till this day I’m sensitive and shy about certain things. Micheal never lets that get in the way from making me feel special and allowing me a space to feel safe and important.

Later that day he met me at the office after work and I came out with my huge vase of pink tulips. We went to a little Italian place where they had a band that played Lionel Richie classic love songs and I ordered pasta 🙂

It’s funny the things you tend to remember. haha. Not really critical details. I have no idea what we really discussed. We had a lovely evening and have shared every Valentine’s Day together ever since.

Valentine’s Day is becoming more about the kids now that they are getting older and starting to understand the value of Valentine’s Day treats. haha. 

I asked Annabelle if she had a secret admirer and was shocked that she immediately called out this one boy from her old Kindergarten class who used to tease everyone! She said he gave her a flower asked her to marry him on the playground. Haha.

Love is in the air!

Happy Love Day!! However you choose to celebrate it 

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography

 

 

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