This past Monday I successfully pulled off the black and brown pairing - a former pet peeve of mine (along with black and navy blue - tricky to get right in my book). It's trendy this season; I thought I'd try it out, and I managed to make it out into public without changing my mind. We'll see if I can do it again!
I also managed to not wear all black on V-day. I originally had it on from head to toe, but thought it was a tad morbid for the day of love. I still wore 80% black, but I felt better about leaving a little room for red and pink festivities.