Single? In a relationship? Just met someone new? Asima Khan shares where to go and what to wear this Valentine’s Day, no matter your relationship status.
By Asima Khan
Photography by Michelle Nguyen
Production by OVDO Media
Makeup by Areej Daghlas
Hair by Zahraa Alkubba
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to give you all a guide on how to celebrate the occasion! Whether your plans are being spent with a significant other, a new crush or even just your best girlfriends, check out my top choices on where to make plans and, of course, what to wear while out!
If you find yourself truly, madly and deeply in love during Valentine’s Day then I say “Go big, or go home!” Valentine’s Day was created for this type of indulgence, and your night should fall nothing short of that. I’ve spent most of my life exploring different pockets of Detroit and couldn’t be more proud of our beautiful city these days. As you can imagine, it wasn’t an easy choice to make when it came to choosing an upscale and beautiful restaurant that serves food as elegant as its surroundings. After having dinner at Besa about a month ago I truly fell in love! Not only is it one of Detroit’s newest premiere restaurants, but it also offers one of the most creative menus I have ever seen. Many of the items are considered small plates, so I advise you to order quite a bit. My recommendations for plates you must try are the Prawn Ceviche, Ramen Noodle Raviolo and the Holstein Ribeye. This is a time to splurge! I prefer the upstairs dining area, as it gives you views of the lit streets, but rest assured, the downstairs dining area is just as charming.
After having such a decadent and romantic meal, there’s no better place to head to than The Royce! Yet another Detroit gem that offers the perfect intimate setting for after-dinner cocktails. From the decor to the abundance of wine selections, you’ll keep the vibes of the night going strong.
Since the theme of the night revolves around going all out, this is a perfect time to dress to the nines! In the spirit of the signature color V-Day represents, naturally I would advise going with a true red colored dress. While others call it corny, I call it classic! The one I’m wearing is from Topshop and is linked below. Add some fun accessories to really make the entire look pop!
SHOP THE LOOK: Topshop snake effect knot midi dress, $56.99, Nordstrom; ASOS Design criss cross hair clip, $7.50, ASOS (shop similar); Gucci clutch (shop similar); Vajze jewelry; Christian Louboutin So Kate patent leather pumps, $725, Barney’s New York.
CRUSHING ON YOU
One of the best parts of a relationship is when it’s new — when you’re still on edge about every date, paying close attention to the details of your outfit, wondering what fun and exciting place you’re going to be taken to. It’s a time when the two of you are probably on a constant run of hotspots, having the best of times! For dates like this, I always suggest a half-and-half deal. Have dinner somewhere with ultra cool social vibes and after-dinner cocktails in a more intimate place. It was a no-brainer for me to choose Wright and Co. for my dinner suggestion. Not only are you guaranteed to have a great meal, but the vibes give off everything Detroit stands for. This place is a forever favorite of mine, and I could surely eat their potato chip dish and scallops daily!
After dinner is the best time to walk a couple blocks to one of the coolest bars in all the land, Bad Luck Bar! Feeling like you are part of a secret society while entering this place from an alley will surely add to the excitement of the night. The bar is smaller so you two can have some personal time and easily carry on your “get to know one another convo.” Be sure to order cocktail No. 9 off the menu which will be like nothing you’ve ever drunk before, pop rocks and all.
You can never go wrong with a cute top, sleek pants and some mega sexy heels, so check out this look I put together for inspo!
SHOP THE LOOK: Self-Portrait printed frill top, $231, fwrd.com; Takara front zippered pocket pull-on pants, $34, Dillard’s; Lele Sadoughi crystal lily earrings, $198, fwrd.com; Francina ring, $50, and Donika ring, $68, both from Vajze; Christian Louboutin Iriza patent open-side red sole pump, $695, Neiman Marcus.
“WHERE MY GIRLS AT?”
What a time to be alive, am I right? We have finally entered an era where singles are being celebrated just as much as those who are coupled up! Being a happily single gal myself, this is my favorite segment! I’ve hosted events throughout the city for different types of occasions, but when it comes to events revolved around my girls, I automatically head to another top on my list, Parc. I couldn’t be more obsessed with their private dining area and think it’s perfect for planning a big Galentine’s night out! If you follow me, then you know how big of a foodie I am, and Parc is one of the few places where I can order anything and leave fully satisfied! One dish that is my particular favorite is the King Crab Tagliatelle. If you get a chance, be sure to request executive chef Joshua Cross to tell you all about how this wonderful meal is created!
After leaving dinner, full of delicious food and laughs, the next stop is…Standby! Located on one end of the Belt, you will enter down stairs to a cool space where the music is always on fire and the cocktails are crafted to perfection. Getting a corner booth while vibing out to the best jams is the perfect way to spend the rest of your Galentine’s night! Check out their site for information on what they are planning to host that night!
My go-to look has always been rocker chic, so a metallic blazer with cropped jeans is the perfect choice!
SHOP THE LOOK: ASOS Design blazer in metallic, $47.50, ASOS (shop similar); Z1975 skinny jeans with zip vents, $39.90, Zara; Steven Madden metallic pumps (shop similar); Chanel cross body bag (shop similar); Francina ring, $50, and Donika ring, $68, both from Vajze.
Styling, designing, blogging — Asima Khan does it all in the name of fashion! After working in luxury retail for most of her life, including most recently for Chanel, Asima is sharing her style chops with the world through her blog, asimakemymark.com. From what to wear, how to wear it and where to wear it to, Asima shares her fusion of high-low OOTD’s on her Instagram @asimakemymark.