HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
I have such a weird relationship with Valentine's Day. Unlike Christmas Day, when you can guarantee it'll be like we've gone back 20 years and I've become an excited child again (I won't lie - it's mostly because of the food), my opinion of it seems to change every year.
Some years I love Valentine's Day. Some years I hate it. Other times, I couldn't be more indifferent.
After a bit of rum and too much contemplation (or maybe that should be the other way around?), I've decided that this year I'm going to be firmly in the LOVE camp... because, well, what could be more fitting? It's the one day of the year that's wholly dedicated to love, after all.
Maybe it's because I've finally gotten over the whole "it's just a commercial thing" thing after reading this post by Hannah. Or maybe it's because 2016 was such a massive downer that I'm embracing any and every chance to celebrate and make 2017 amazing.
Either way, I hope you'll join me in spreading the love on Tuesday - whether it's with your partner, your Galentine or yourself. Because who doesn't want to celebrate love, after all?
To make up for the lost years of indifference, here's a list of 8 very good reasons to love Valentine's Day. And I hope you'll enjoy it with a glass of the sparkliest Prosecco you can find and a box of your favourite chocolate.
It's an excuse to dress up
Pretty much my #1 reason to love any and every holiday, but isn't it fun having a reason to dress a certain way? Just me? It may not fall on a Wednesday, but on Valentine's Day we (I) wear pink. You know, to make a change from all the black, grey and blue that makes up 90% of my wardrobe.
You could wear pink. Or you could wear red. Or you could wear something that makes you feel more sexy/pretty/confident than usual. The options are pretty endless this season - I'm thinking velvet! Lace! Heels! Whatever it is, I challenge you to embrace Valentine's and wear something that makes you feel great and like you could go conquer the world before 11am.
You can buy the cutest gifts
Whether I'm single or happily tied up, I love using Valentine's Day as an excuse to buy all the cute things and give a few cheesy gifts. I'm talking about cute little cards that I know will make my friends smile (#galentines), a new piece of art or plant for the house just because I LOVE it and glittery heart shaped cupcakes for everyone (myself 100% included).
Make it about self-love
Love comes in all shapes and sizes, but don't forget the most important relationship of all: yourself. Even if you choose not to celebrate Valentine's Day, there's no reason not to show yourself some love, whether that's destressing with a long (Lush bath bomb included), signing up for something you've wanted to do in ages or something else that makes you feel fab.
I know we have Easter and Christmas, but who's going to complain at one more day when it's acceptable to stuff your face with as much chocolate as you like?
Just as Christmas lets you waste money on the ugliest jumper you can find, Valentine's Day lets you spend on that cheesy gift you actually want to buy. This is the one day of the year you can get away with it, so make the most of it.
Valentine's Day is the day when everything seems to reach peak cuteness, meaning it's easier to justify buying that cute-but-overpriced thing you've been giving heart eyes to. For me, Valentine's Day is the one day in the year when I get excited to splash £3 on a cupcake just because it's pink and has heart-shaped icing. And I do it with no. guilt.
The history is actually really interesting.
Insert geek emoji here and go check it out.
February is grim
They probably made February the shortest month for a reason - and that reason has nothing to do with predictable weather and sunny afternoons in the park. February is nearly always the coldest month of the year, so what better way to celebrate reaching the mid-way point?
Do you like Valentine's Day? Will you be celebrating it this year? Let me know below!