Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Giveaway

Right in time for Valentine's Day, designer Lesley Evers has made black hearts seem utterly chic and desirable.

Photo: Lara Rossignol

Our giveaway today features a choice of the Kylie skirt (above, A-line, retails at $135) or the Penny (below, shorter and straighter, retails at $95) in either black or lime hearts, subject to availability. To be in to win, simply leave a comment below. The lucky winner will be drawn randomly next Friday10th Feb. This is open to all readers who are followers or subscribers. An extra point for each if you facebook or tweet the offer.

Photo: Lara Rossignol

These photos were taken by the prodigiously talented Lara Rossignol (her blog is Piewacket) at the photo shoot at our house.  Lara's new website highlights a body of work including family portraits and fashion shoots as well as celebrities such as Dennis QuaidLiv Tyler and Tarantino. Lara reveals also the  grace in our domestic lives and even her Smeg fridge looks sublime.

As with past years Kevin and I will probably allow Valentines to gently pass us by. We're not terribly sentimental and - some would say - not terribly romantic. We go out every Saturday night and Valentine's is one night we'll happily stay in. But like every woman worth her chocolates and roses I love gorgeous big hearts and a kicky new skirt.

What will you be doing on Valentine's?



45 comments:

  1. We stay in and celebrate with the kids. My husband would say I'm the opposite of romantic. What is that!? Possibly jaded? I like to think I'm simply a realist -- romance is for the young and unexperienced.

    But like you, a kicky new skirt always makes me smile.

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  2. We have been together for 32 years and don't 'do' valentines......but still kiss each every every day and hold hands when we are out walking....so let the young'uns have the 'special' day when they wait for the postman and expect big gestures.....day to day stuff does for me!
    ps the skirt? gorgeous.....just lovely.

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  3. Oooh love the kylie skirt! I love that you guys go out every Saturday night!

    xo Mary Jo

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  4. Beautiful pics!!!i'm following you!!!if you like mine, do the same!!
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  5. So adorable! I love!! RBB will be out of town, so now hoopla around here this year...or any year!

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  6. Skirts Are to die for. We don't do valentines because I just love to receive flowers on an ordinary day when it puts a smile on my . u face and it's a surprise. I think there is nothing better than when life is tough and your loved one just understands.

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  7. LOVE those skirts a lot :)

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  8. I tweeted. And noted neither you nor Lesley are on Twitter! So you'll just have to take my word for it.

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  9. i'm the new kid on the block. what a fun party i have stopped in for! i love both of these skirts, but especially the green one.
    my family always makes homemade valentines for each other and we have this new traditon where we go to our favorite local BBQ place! yum.

    SoUtHeRnPiNkY.bLoGsPoT.cOm

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  10. I hope that I will be wearing my new LE skirt!

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  11. Gorgeous skirts! Love them with a crisp white button down. Please enter us and have a great weekend! xo style, she wrote

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  12. I love the skirt. I still don't have know what my husband and I are doing for Valentine's Day. I'm thinking about staying in and making dinner :)

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  13. I love the lime green and yellow skirt the print is pretty cool and retro and makes me think of the 70's. I am now following you via GFC!

    xoxo
    FAKE EMPIRE
    www.shopfake.com

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  14. Interesting clothing, but can you imagine Bear in a skirt? (If you can, you're pretty weird.) So, no skirt for the Bear, thanks. (I think I'm skirting the issue.)

    Valentine's Day. We'll pass on that. But the day before Valentine's is important. That's the day I gave my sweetie (of 42 years, now) her engagement ring. That's something to celebrate! We don't need to go any further than that.

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  15. Love the A line with the black hearts! I don't think we will be venturing out on Valentines night either! Have a lovely weekend:)
    ~Anne

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  16. A walk in the woods up north, that's about it.

    PS Oh we were on holiday last year in Venice, I think I only get out of the house about once a month!

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  17. They are so cute! My hubs and I will let the holiday slip by quietly too. We're not romantic either. My son however is already preparing for the big day. He likes to go big on every holiday.

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  18. OMG this skirt is gorgeous! I think I would look faboosh in it!

    I facebooked and tweeted your awesome giveaway! Oh and I'm a follower!

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  19. Valentine's Day always brings back my first real recollection of this Holiday.

    In 1954 my parents purchased their first (and only) home in University Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. We moved into a brand new Colonial on a corner lot with a first floor laundry room and a two car attached garage! Paradise! It seemed to me, a 4 year old only child, the whole world came to view this "Palace!" The dining room walls had green and white Toile wallpaper depicting a Colonial Carriage Scene with horses, carriages, family's in formal period dress. It fascinated me. In fact, almost every room was wall papered with "special" vignettes. I spent years imagining myself in those scenes.

    Well, this first year, on Valentine's Day, my parents had a party for my family and my Father's" special patients." I kept prodding him who these special people were. My Dad. being a very quiet soft spoken man, leaned down and told me that his special patients were very sad. He told me they did not enjoy a "Paradise" to dwell in now, although they once had paradise stolen. I didn't understand, but I could tell even then, at 4 years old, these were very special guests.

    All dressed up in my brand new pink ruffled dress, white ankle socks, and black patent MaryJanes, I played with my family, and with the children of the "special" guests. Suddenly, a very old woman (to my eyes) sat down and began to sob. Her husband, consoling her, whispered something. Her face lit up and her tears were gone. She left the room, and returned with heart shaped boxes of beautifully wrapped foil chocolates! Each chocolate piece was in the shape of a spring flower. Iris, Lily, Tulip...all in color! She called out to us in a language I did not understand. We knew, however, to rush over to her! Each one of us received a box. I was last. The old lady, and I remember clearly her scent of Lavender, whispered in our ears, hugged us, and smiled. I noticed then, numbers on her arm that had been exposed when she rolled up her sweater.

    Later that day, after all the company left, my Grandmother and Parents sat me down. I was persistent in wanting to know why the old lady, Olga was her name, had numbers on her arm as well as all the "special guests" as I discovered later. I was told that there was a fight in Europe and all over the world before I was born. I knew my Dad was in a War as a Dental Surgeon (whatever that was) in the South Pacific (wherever that was.) Very simply, I was told in Europe,,where my family emigrated from many years ago, masses of people were killed. Many children were killed. I was so scared when I heard this! I was consoled that in the USA we all were safe. Olga's 8 children were gone forever and she could never have any more.
    All year, Olga, who worked in a Kosher Bakery 7 days a week, saved money so on Valentine's Day, a holiday she learned about in the States,so she could distribute chocolates and for a few hours, find solace in our smiling faces.
    I saw Olga, and many of the other guests over the years in Cleveland, but we never had another Valentine Party. On February 14, every year until I went off to College, I found a box of foil wrapped chocolate on my nightstand. I knew it was from my parents, and we never spoke about that first box ever again.
    Bittersweet memories,tucked deep into my heart, that surface fresh as that day so long ago. Would I trade in that day? Never. Always remember, never forget, and love with all your might.

    A good day. The BEST VALENTINE'S DAY. My children (grown up) and grandson always get the box of chocolate. Someday, before I'm gone, I'll tell them this story you now know.

    Marty

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  20. I love the Penny skirt and I am a follower and tweeted the giveaway under the name Meri16deth

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  21. I love the first skirt.
    My husband is taking our daughter out for V-Day. I love it :)

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  22. me! me! i want a skirt....

    love,
    katie


    p.s. and i DO believe my "comment" is just as poignant & took just as long to write as miss washington heights, ohio.......

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  23. too too cute...love it.....I shall be buying lots of discounted heart shaped chocolate on the 15th!!

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  24. Ooh, what a fabulous Giveaway! I just love the print of that skirt! :)

    cafefashionista@yahoo.com

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  25. The skirt is divine, stunning print <3
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

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  26. They're both so adorable and perfect for Valentine's Day!

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend :) xoxo

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  27. Those skirts are so gorgeous, and perfect for Valentines!

    xo Gillie

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  28. What a lovely giveaway, sweetie!! It is perfect for Valentine's day and I would love to wear it!!
    Me and hubby have decided to have a romantic dinner at a restaurant that will open on the 12th, especially for the Valentine's day!! I can't wait!!! I am a very romantic person!!!

    Have a lovely week!!

    xoxoxo

    PS: Good luck, girls!!

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  29. totally cute skirts!!!!

    p.s i also have a giveaway! come check it out!
    anhesty.blogspot.com

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  30. I'm out of town helping family this V Day so I'm a little sad I won't get to see my man. But that Kylie skirt in black would certainly cheer me up!

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  31. For Valentine's Day my husband and I usually stay in and cook dinner for each other. We try to make something special and include things that each person enjoys. We haven't set the menu for this year - but I'm excited to plan with him.

    Have to love the skirts! Super cute!

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  32. Since my husband and I have been together for so long, I hate to say it but we don't do very much on Valentine's Day! But it's really about what you do together the rest of the year, right? :)

    Such cute skirts! I love the Kylie!

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  33. I love it in black! As for Valentines day, we will probably just cook dinner together and cuddle up to watch a movie on the couch. Nothing crazy, but I will thoroughly enjoy it!

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  34. no plans yet but those skirts are super cute!!!

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  35. I love the Kylie skirt and since I have a daughter named Kylie - I might need to buy one even if I do not win one!

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  36. I like the lime version.
    Unfortunately nothing, no valentine.

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  37. love. love. love.

    well, r's going to jury duty on v-day, and if i'm lucky, we'll have a nice dinner & watch downton abbey (w/ wine of course)... a perfect evening :).

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  38. Huge Lesley fan! Your valentine's sounds about like ours!

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  39. got a surprise airline ticket (from my husband) for an overnight in LA for VD.
    Still waiting to hear what my boyfriend has planned. OH, BEHAVE.
    I'm just kidding. adds a little "romance".

    and i would look so swell in Lesley's skirt, strolling the Santa Monica promenade!

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  40. My husband and I have a super romantic Valentine's tradition: pizza and a zombie movie. Nothing says love like the Apocalypse.

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