So obsessed with these shoes! They are under a $100.

DETAILS: BLACK FIT AND FLARE DRESS | BLACK TURTLENECKRED FRINGE SANDAL HEELS | SILVER HOOP EARRINGSSUNGLASSES | RED GUCCI CLUTCH (SIMILAR HERE) |  LIPSTICK (COLOR: RUBY WOO) | SILVER WATCH

CODY: BLACK WOOL BLAZER | WHITE PRINT BUTTON DOWN | DENIM (SIMILAR HERE) | BLUE LOAFERS (OLD – SIMILAR HERE) | SUNGLASSES (SIMILAR HERE) | NAVY WATCH

Cody is surprisingly really romantic. He keeps every card I’ve given him, brings me flowers home just because, leaves notes for me on our bathroom mirror in the morning, I really got lucky with him! When Cody and I were dating, he arranged an elaborate treasure hunt with cards awaiting me at each stop leading from one spot to the next: Starbucks, inside jokes, my favorite lunch spot, shopping spree, our favorite place to look over the city with a CD of all our songs, ending in dinner and cinnamon rolls waiting for me at home. It is still one of my all-time favorite dates (although admittedly I was convinced there would be an engagement ring waiting on the other end, but the cinnamon rolls were a close second 🙂

The treasure hunt was hands-down one of the most memorable dates I’ve had. Cody did it just because but I thought it would make a great Valentine’s Day date. You can adapt a treasure hunt for any wallet, whether you include budget-friendly ideas or go for the gold with extravagant ideas. Below are a few ideas to inspire your own treasure hunt this Valentine’s Day.

  • FREE – Make a playlist of ‘your’ songs: There’s nothing like having all your favorite songs in one spot and this will be sure to be on repeat.
  • FREE – Clues to take him/her to meaningful places from your relationship: Whether it’s where you first met or the spot of your first kiss, a walk down memory lane will be a definite hit. 
  • $ – Favorite drink at your go-to coffee shop: Nothing says you’re paying attention like getting your S/O’s drink order right at your favorite coffee spot. Make them proud and have their favorite drink waiting for them. 
  • $-$$ – Shopping at his/her favorite store: Who doesn’t dream of a shopping spree? Have a gift card waiting at your S/O’s favorite store and let them indulge a little. I’m loving Express‘ collection for date night looks right now, especially their dresses. I just got this dress and love the eyelet detail at the hem (also got this one). And I love this red fringe heel that’s the perfect festive touch for Valentine’s Day, whether you add it to your LBD or dress up boyfriend jeans
  • $$ – Pampering: Whether it’s a massage, manicure/pedicure, or another one of their guilty pleasures, your date won’t refuse an opportunity to unwind. 
  • $-$$$ – Dinner at his/her favorite restaurant: If you’re S/O’s favorite restaurant is one you save for special occasions, there’s no better time than the present (or Valentine’s Day 😉 
  • FREE-$$$$ – For an extravagant treasure hunt, go big by checking off items of your date’s bucket list. Whether it’s free or something more adventurous like skydiving, swimming with sharks, or a helicopter ride, it will be a truly unforgettable date.

XX, Christine

*Photos by JessaKae. In collaboration with Express.

 

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  1. Soph

    I love your photography and if I had a man I would so do this treasure hunt lol!

    vavaviolet.com

  2. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    I love those shoes!! And what beautiful flowers!!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

  3. Alex Piniaz

    great ideas for Valentine’s Day <3
    you two look just great! And these photos are amazing!

  4. Kristin

    Thanks for including ideas to fit all budgets! I also have done scavenger hunt dates in the past, and they are always so fun and memorable! A great V-Day idea!

    http://www.sincerelykp.com

  5. Tasha Juli

    This dress looks fantastic on you! Happy Vday.
    Tasha Juli
    stylesplendorbliss.com

  6. Aw

    Love your blog post and outfits! Both of you look great too 🙂

  7. Laura

    It’s a cute idea to wear a turtleneck under a strappy dress I would have never thought of that!

  8. Kelsey

    Love this whole look – from the shoes to your cute top knot! I feel like when I do a half top knot it just looks like poop on the top of my head haha but it looks great on you!!

    http://www.kelseymarie.co

  9. Anna Clarke

    What a gorgeous, GORGEOUS post! I find long-sleeved dresses so elegant and the lace just adds to it! And don’t let me get started on the heels. As a ginger, I have always grown up staying away from red up until recently (I have been trying it out more!) and these heels definitely help 😉 LOL! SO pretty – & fun!

    On top of that…I love the treasure hunt idea. I have heard of it a bunch but never actually seen someone write about potential ideas…. so way to go! I’ll have to show my hubby haha! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and I look forward to seeing more!!

  10. Tiffany of Macarons and Coffee

    I am loving that dress!!

  11. Natali

    Oh wow! Amazing photos and such an incredible outfit ideas for guys and girls! Thanks for an inspirational post!

    http://lartoffashion.com

  12. Rachel

    These ideas are so fun and I love that some of them are free because they really can mean the most! And I can I just say that I am totally obsessed with your shoes in this post! The color, style, everything!!

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

  13. Tynka.

    OMG! LOVE <3

  14. Kessiya

    love this post! I think we should use a beautiful dress and heels

    Kessiya

  15. Lindsay

    Pretty outfit!! Love the red shoes and bag!!

    pinkandnavystripes.com

  16. Yana

    Such a cute post. Amazing pictures. 🙂

  17. Margot

    You guys are an adorable couple:)

  18. stylemelauren

    I love this post! First of all, those heels are beyond sexy and gorgeous on you! And your ideas are perfect!! Love the treasure hunt! Xo

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

  19. Makayla M.

    You guys are the cutest couple… I love it!! My boyfriend started reading Cody’s blog ever since I showed him. He loves it! Love this post Christine, xo!

    Makayla,
    Fashionably Kay

  20. the pearled joker

    Love the heels!!!

  21. Melissa Benhoff

    Hands down, my husband’s favorite dates ever, regardless if it is just a Tuesday night or our anniversary – a home cooked meal with good music playing in the background followed with a cuddle session on the couch with one of our favorite movies. Though I do enjoy dressing up 🙂 I love this black look with red touches!

    Xo Melissa
    http://cherishandbloomblog.com

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