Valentines Day is less than a month away so naturally I’m adoring all the pretty heart prints out in stores. Truthfully I’m not one to make big plans for cupid’s day, but any day that encourages shopping and consuming chocolate is a holiday this gal celebrates in some way!

If you’re like me, I enjoy feminine elements without being too cutesy girly.  Luckily there are options out there beyond the traditional red and pink hearts of our youth.

Black and Gold Love

Black and gold is a classic combination.  It can have a bit of a rock feel to it but when used in pretty ways with hearts and bows, it becomes soft and flirty.  Would you wear hearts or bows?  If these prints are just not you try a heart bowl on your coffee table filled with your favorite candy.  This way you’re sharing the love with everyone in your home.

 

Photo by Jamie Delaine

“The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn

ro·mance/roh-mans/

Noun: A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.

Romance is different to everyone.  For some it’s grand gestures of poems, jewelry, and hot air balloon rides.  For others, it’s the small stuff that counts.  I would have to say I would fall in to the latter category.  A girlfriend stopping by work with a cup of my fave tea, my husband bringing home a new wine for us to try, or one of my oldest friends booking a last minute flight to surprise me with a fun girls weekend, have been some of my most romantic moments.

The most romantic day of my life.

Photo by Jamie Delaine

Like many of you, I can struggle with the idea of Valentine’s Day.  A day where single’s can feel left out and those who are attached feel the need to “romance” the crap out of each other.  Rather than giving up on the day all together, I use it as the perfect opportunity to be grateful for the relationships in my life.   I spend one night with my husband and one night with the girls….now dubbed Galentine’s Day. (Inspired by the TV show Parks and Rec)

To all the single ladies out there, don’t feel like Valentines Day isn’t for you.  I have spent many many Valentine’s Days as a single gal.  A date night with one of your gal pals is the best!  Some of my most romantic moments have been with my girls.  My girls have been my dates on New Years Eve, my late night gab session companions, my Birthday party planners, and have traveled with me to places like New York, France, and Thailand.

Photo by Jamie Delaine

 So whether you’re single, married, or maybe just newly dating someone, be sure to recognize the romance in your life, in all it’s forms.  What do you find romantic?

Last week I watched the TV show Cougar Town’s (don’t judge me) Valentine’s Day episode.   As bad as that show can be, the message was pretty good.  Guys, as much as your woman says she hates Valentine’s Day and she doesn’t need to celebrate it…she’s not being totally truthful.  Every women wants to be made to feel special every so often.  Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to do something thoughtful for your gal.   Here is some insight into what we really mean.

She says…” Flowers are such a waste of money.  They just dye right away.”

She means…” Please don’t buy me overpriced half dead roses from the grocery store.  Go to a proper florist and buy me my fave flowers or even better a pretty flowering plant I can keep and maybe even plant outside in the Spring.”

She says…” I hate going out for dinner Valentine’s Day.  It’s always so busy and crowed.”

She means…” I would love to stay in and have a beautiful meal at home with you.”  ( Brownie points if you cook and CLEAN;-) )

She says…” Valentine’s Day is so cheesy.  Who needs a holiday to tell your special someone you love them?”

She means…” Please don’t forget about me on V-Day, but don’t be cheesy.    I don’t want any of the cliche gifts like chocolate, teddy bears, or lingerie….but concert tix or signing us up for a cooking class would be a total surprise!”

A lot of us girls starting hating Valentine’s Day years ago.  It was a coping mechanism for the years we were single. February 15th was alway hell  listening to our non-single girlfriends gush about all the romantic stuff their guy did for them.  But when you’re on the other team, Valentine’s Day doesn’t seem all that bad.

Guys, it really is the thought that counts.  Sometimes little gestures mean the world.  If there’s a movie she’s been wanting to see but it’s not your thing, take her to it.  If there’s a band she loves, get her tix to their next concert.  And yes, some of us like the cheese.  Gushy cards, heart shaped boxes filled with sugary sweet chocolate, and gorilla stuffed animals that sing “Wild Thing”.  (Note to my fella…I’m not one of these girls…ok,well maybe a little ;-) )  And guys, don’t worry…we’ll repay the gesture.

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