Really, that's been my attitude for most of my life: f*ck Valentine's. I hate the consumerism of it all and the overarching theme that life is not complete without a significant other. Even when I have been in a relationship during Valentine's, it's often with someone who does not like being told when to buy flowers or go out to dinner with me. It reinforces traditional gender roles and just makes people feel super jealous of everyone else. I know ladies who don't log onto social media on February 14th because they really don't want to see pictures of the ornate floral arrangements and jewels earned by being in a relationship.
On the other side, I love all of the gifts that Valentine's Day offers. Flowers? I love flowers. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them. Chocolates? Yes, please! I don't think I would completely trust someone who did not like chocolate. Jewelry? Yup. I like that, too. As long as it fits my taste of course (generally speaking minimal or with a vintage flair). And anyone who knows me knows that my natural habitat is my bathtub. I love bath goodies.
So, ladies and gentlemen, why not treat yourself to your favorite Valentine's Day? Have a "you day" and don't even bother worrying about spending a little bit of your hard earned cash on yourself. Buy yourself a bottle of wine, draw a bubble bath, and eat cake for dinner. Buy yourself flowers because you love them, and you deserve beautiful things. Eat take away from your favorite place and download or Redbox a movie that you have been wanting to watch. Treat yourself as well as you would someone you love, because you should love yourself.
Pictured above: a plant (I love plants just as much as flowers, by the way) I smuggled in from Ikea Canada, chocolates from Lagusta's Luscious, Beauty by Earth Bath Bomb in Relaxing Detox, and a minimal silver circle necklace. I have added some more inspiration with links and comments below. Enjoy your special day with your ultimate Valentine: yourself.
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