7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY | RED ON BURGUNDY CELEBRATION

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Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

‘Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love’. William Shakespeare


Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just round the corner.

Whether you’re single or joyfully coupled up, chances are you have a thing or two to learn about Valentine.

What colour would be better to celebrate love than red, the colour of blood and fire, expression of love, passion, desire, sensitivity and romance.

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses
A little red on burgundy action today. I’m such a huge fan of red (as you can see here and here) and find that deep crimson reds work very well with my skin tone. It’s the perfect pick-me-up colour not only to celebrate love but also to combat winter blues.

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses
Every February 14, across the United States and not only, flowers and gifts are exchanged, all in the name of St. Valentine.

Treating yourself is totally acceptable too!

But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

1. How did Valentine’s Day start?

Valentine’s day is a very old tradition (going back for centuries), thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February – officially the start of their springtime. It’s thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. These matches often led to marriage.

If you are interested in exploring more about Valentine’s day, you can find it here.

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

2. Why do people celebrate Valentine’s Day?

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

3. When did Valentine’s Day become commercial?

By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters and these were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.

In 1913 Hallmark Cards in Kansas City began mass producing specific Valentine’s Day cards. Now about a billion cards are sold every year and it’s the second biggest card sending time of the whole year.

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

4. Why are roses associated with Valentine’s Day?

Roses have been the symbol of love since the early 1700s when Charles II of Sweden brought the Persian poetical art known as the “language of flowers” to Europe.

The red rose was also believed to be the flower favoured by Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, and has therefore come to represent that.

5. Why do we sign cards anonymously?

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has sent or received an anonymous Valentine’s card? It actually takes me ‘a good few’ years back, to the school days. I still remember how on the 14th February everyone was hopeful to find a card on their desks when back from a school break… sweet memories.

The actual reason for doing so, apart from avoiding embarrassing rejection, is an actual tradition started by the Victorians. They thought it was bad luck to sign the cards with actual names.

6. “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

7. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years.

The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.


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Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses
While I adore pairing red with classic black I love love red tonal pairings! Red with rosy brown, red with burgundy… all striking colour combinations.
With such a strong statement piece, I wanted to continue the colour story by finishing the look with burgundy over-the-knee boots.

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses

V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel

I love monochromatic pairing! It’s fluid, bold, and has a sense of understated elegance.

Miss Selfridge Smart Midi Coat | V by Very Quilt and Stud Satchel | River Island River Island Knitted Over The Knee Boots- Dark Red | Abercrombie & Fitch Burgundy Long Sleeve Knit Dress Shades of Valentine | Red long coat & Burgundy boots | Swarovski earrings | Baroque Prada sunglasses
Hope you enjoy this post and styling.

Do you guys have any plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Let me know in the comments below! 


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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Jani V
    February 16, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I love this look, and the post itself is super interesting. I had always wondered but never looked into valentines day hisotry. Thanks for sharing!!! This bag reminds me of the Poachette Metis from LV!

    Jani from http://www.mylifeinmedicineblog.com

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    Heather Rowland
    February 15, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    So interesting to learn more about the background behind Valentine’s Day – thanks for sharing! And I’m loving your outfit, especially that jacket!

    Heathrr xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

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    Face to Curls
    February 15, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I didn’t know a lot of these so thanks for sharing. I love your color combo and you look really great! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com/

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    Gemma
    February 15, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Great post! I love the red and burgundy combo.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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    Gold Coast Girl
    February 15, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Such a cute outfit! Love how you mixed red with burgundy and love those boots!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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    LaToya Cole
    February 15, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Marvelous outfit. I am really loving your boots. They are my favorite part of your look.
    LaToya
    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

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    Rena
    February 15, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the interesting information about Valentine’s day. Everything was new for me as in my generation in Bavaria is was not popular to celebrate this day. But I see that this habit is very old! I love your mix with red and burgundy – you look absolutely fantastic!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    Dresscape
    February 15, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Oh thanks a lot for sharing these Valentine’s Day facts! I didn’t know all of this! 🙂 I also love your red & burgundy outfit, so chic!

    xx

    Claire from Dresscape
    http://www.dresscape.com

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    caroline
    February 15, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I adore this color combo, you look SO fab !

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

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    Pentené
    February 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Absolutely love how you coordinated this look! Also I love the write up on the history of Valentine’s day. Its good to know why things are the way that they are. Thanks for sharing love.

    Xoxo
    http://www.stylemefancy.com

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    Katya
    February 14, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Interesting to know these things! Your outfit is gorgeous, red is lovely!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

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    Gabrielle
    February 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I’m amazed 1 billion Valentine’s cards are sold each year, that’s an incredible figure! You look so lovely in this Valentine’s themed outfit 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    Margot
    February 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I love the burgundy with the red put together.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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    laura mitbrodt
    February 14, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I love your coat, so perfect for Valentines Day!
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    Bright December
    February 14, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Great post!

    https://brightdecember.blogspot.com/

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    Paola
    February 13, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Great color combo!
    Happy Valentine’s Day doll!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself
    <a

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    mypowderpink
    February 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    your look is amazing! xoxo
    http://www.mypowderpink.com

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    Daria
    February 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing such interesting facts about this day! By the way, you outfit is just perfect!

    XO

    Daria

    http://www.dbkstylez.com

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    The Velvet Runway
    February 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    This is such an interesting post – I loved finding out these facts about Valentine’s Day.
    You look stunning in this outfit – I love the colour combination
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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    Ashley
    February 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I love this- I had no idea where or how Valentine’s Day originated. Too cool! And loving you in this red coat!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    Sarah M
    February 13, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Hello,

    Oh, lovely !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr/

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    Glory of the Snow Fashion Blog
    February 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Great look, perfect for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing all these interesting facts about Valentine’s Day, I didn’t know any of that! Makes sense why we sign cards anonymously! 🙂
    Magda

    https://www.gloryofthesnow.com/

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    Comfy Cozy Up
    February 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Cool post! There are a few i didn’t know. Love the outfit!
    http://www.comfycozyup.com

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    Shannon Jenkins
    February 13, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Such a perfect Valentines Day look! The shades of red are gorgeous!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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    Real Girl Talks
    February 13, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Thanks for sharing insight about Valentine’s Day! Love your fabulous outfit, especially the boots, they look so stunning on you! And I am gonna treat myself this Valentine’s 🙂
    Hope you’re having a lovely Valentine’s week <3
    xx
    Ankita
    http://realgirltalks.com/

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    Kathrine Eldridge
    February 13, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Very cool color combination! I adore those boots.

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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    Gretch
    February 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Stunning outfit! I really love your boots. And those are very interesting facts. I never thought Valentine’s day had so much history.

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

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    Benita James
    February 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Didn’t know all these you just listed, btw lovely outfit.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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    Ptysia
    February 12, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Amazing look 🙂
    Have a good day!

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    The Style Contour
    February 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Those boots are absolutely gorgeous; I love the satin finish! Burgundy and red are such beautiful colors paired together and create a nice moody color block effect, perfect for Valentine’s week! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

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    Amely Rose
    February 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    This is the perfect classy and red-ish valentine’s day look.
    The combination is so great hun.

    take a look at my newest BLOGENTRY

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    Rosanna
    February 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Great pictures and cool facts! I didn’t realise that Valentine’s Day originated from the Romans!!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

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    Freeoversea
    February 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Great post, never learned so much about this day so thank you for that !
    And you look so wonderful, amazing photos 😀

    Sending love,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

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    Rubi
    February 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Such a pretty outfit babe!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

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    Kelsey!
    February 11, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Ou, this was an interesting read!! You outfit looks lovely, btw! 🙂

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    Andrea
    February 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    This outfit is super elegant!!

    Thanks for sharing all of these interesting facts about Valentine’s Day! It was very entertaining! 🙂

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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    Kate
    February 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Obsessed with that coat, such a gorgeous pop of red <3
    Green Fashionista

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    Francesca Romana Capizzi
    February 10, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    I am not a huge fan of Valentine’ s day but I do love your red coat!
    http://www.dontcallmefashionblogger.com

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    Dominique
    February 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    These colours are perfection and I’m in love with your bag hun xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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    Kathrin
    February 10, 2018 at 4:59 am

    I love the combination of red and burgundy! Separately, they’re lovely, but together they are stunning!

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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    Jessi Malay
    February 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Such a great post babe! I had no idea how Valentines Day even started! So cool! Thanks for sharing <3

    XO, Jessi
    https://jmalay.com/valentines-day-wavy-hair-tutorial/

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    Cindy Elena | Boring Clothes
    February 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this, hun. I’m a huge “fun facts” fan. And your outfit is so chic.

    xo | Cindy Elena
    http://www.boringclothes.com

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    jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    February 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I did not know all these facts! Super interesting! Love the mixing of red and burgundy together!!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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    Desires In Style
    February 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Lovely post and great outfit!! 😉
    kisses
    Agnese & Elisa
    http://desiresinstyle.com/

  • Reply
    Karolina
    February 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hej! Świetny post, jesteś naprawdę megaaa śliczna 🙂

    obserwuje i zapraszam do mnie :
    milentry-blog.blogspot.com

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    Mis perlas de moda
    February 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Love the mix of red and burgundy and the coat is adorable!
    New outfit post: Casual basics

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    Bea
    February 9, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Loving your style! You are so chic. Would you like to follow for follow on Bloglovin? 🙂

    Xx,

    http://beatricebalaj.com/

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    La Bijoux Bella| by mia
    February 9, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Absolutely beautiful colour combination … love red and bourgundy! Wishing you a beautiful Valentine’s Day! 💗👍🏼💗

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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    simplementlui
    February 9, 2018 at 7:56 am

    You’re a good teacher you know? 😉 I’ve learned a lot about Valentine’s day! I’ll celebrate upon my return from Vegas as I’m about to leave for a week … business is business! But great perfumes are already delivered … several? Yes as I could not chose 😉 Now about your look: I’m also a fan of two color mix … red and burgundy is a very nice one and I’m fan of your OTK boots … and to finish on the funny side it’s original to see your photograph in the metallic ball 🙂 Have a great day and week-end xx

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/first-anniversarheel/

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