Ah, Valentines Day – queen of the kitsch, silly holidays! Arriving into town with a flurry of candy hearts, clumsy poetry and this year, Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentines Day Special on Netflix (yes, it’s A Thing and yes, I am so watching it this week), it all sounds too corny to be true. And yet it is, which is why I kind of love it.
I’ve never been a believer in spending a ton of money on Valentines Day – though the amount of emails I get advertising the ‘perfect’ gift would have you think otherwise! That being said, I do like to mark the occasion by dressing in theme (too easy!), eating chocolate and enjoying it as the harmless fun I’m sure it is intended to be.
I also think it’s a good excuse to celebrate LOVE, because it sure feels like the one thing we could all do with a bit more of nowadays. Whether it’s loving a partner, your posse or yourself – taking the time to appreciate each other is so important, on February 14th and every other day.
Last year, I threw a Galentines Day get-together for some of my best girls and had an awesome time. And on Saturday, Gary and I had our portraits drawn by the lovely Claire Barclay as part of her Valentines pop-up! We’ve always wanted a cheesy, family portrait-style picture so we jumped at the chance of having Claire illustrate us. It was great to do something a little bit different and we now have a cute keepsake to put up in the flat.
The truth is, there are no strict rules about what you SHOULD do. Everyone has their own take on Valentines Day and that’s what makes it so great! If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are a few of my favourite ways to celebrate love – no matter who your Valentine may be…
...if your Valentine is your partner: Cook a meal at home together (and if you cheat and buy an M&S ready meal, then you can always just put it in the oven together!). If the meal turns out amazing then you’ll feel so smug as you settle down to watch Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentines Day Special later. And, if it doesn’t work out so well, then you’ll have something to laugh about as you decide which takeaway to call (though if your M&S ready meal turns into a disaster that’s kind of disturbing…). Trust me, the sweet potato pancake fiasco of 2015 is still a running joke in our flat!
…if your Valentine is your best friend: Make a scrapbook of your favourite memories together. Better yet, go to brunch and talk about your favourite moments over eggs and coffee and put together your shortlist from there. From holidays, to song lyrics, secret nicknames and beyond. What’s included in yours?
…if your Valentine is yourself: Plan a day that is just for you and do whatever makes you happy. Book a manicure, take a nap, watch your favourite movie or get dressed up in your most fabulous outfit. You might do all of the above or none of the above! Like I said before, there aren’t any rules, so be kind to yourself and have fun.
I hope that you set aside some time to feel the love this week and enjoy Valentines Day in all its glitter-covered, tacky glory. Oh, and if you happen to see Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentines Day Special, let me know what you think!
Who is your Valentine this year? Tell me some of your favourite ways to spread the love!
With sequinned hearts and cupid-shaped cookies…