gondola ride in the grand canal in Venice, Italy

Me & the husband feelin’ all romantic on a gondola ride in Venice, Italy…

What do you & your sweetheart have planned to celebrate the day of love?  This year, we’ll be relaxing in California.  We’re headed non-stop to San Jose for a night, followed by a stay at CordeValle golf resort, then ending up at the Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel along the Big Sur coast.  As you can imagine, we’re both looking forward to the trip…he’s excited to be golfing the courses at CordeValle and Pasatiempo and I’m eager to hike along those oceanfront vistas, get in some spa time & tour Clos LaChance winery.

Additionally, a couple fun Valentine’s-themed guest blog posts went live this week and I wanted to share them with you here on my blog.  First, Austin locals might enjoy my top picks for dining out on Valentine’s Day.  There are so many great restaurants in town and the array of choices can get overwhelming…with our locavore, foodie culture & new restaurant openings happening all the time, it’s like you can’t get to all the hot spots you keep hearing about.  Check out my romantic restaurant rundown here on the InFluential Magazine Blog:  http://influential-magazine.com/top-5-restaurants-in-austin-to-celebrate-with-your-sweetheart-on-valentines-day/ 

Still deciding what to wear on your hot date?  I invite you to find some Valentine’s Day style inspiration with my latest fashion contribution on Austin Beauty Guide.  Austin Beauty Guide recently hosted the annual Beauty Goes Red event and with everyone dressed to the nines & wearing red in honor of the Go Red for Women campaign, it was the perfect field in which to survey sample Valentine’s looks.  From leather to lip color to statement accessories, check out my Valentine’s outfit inspiration post here:  http://austinbeautyguide.com/blog/valentines-day-fashion-inspiration.html