january seemingly flew by, yet felt slow at times, and today is valentine’s day! i look forward to wearing pink and enjoying copious amounts of chocolate and tacos (in that order). greg and i are fairly low key, especially when the holiday falls during the workweek. however, i welcome any excuse to indulge in his cooking—his homemade tacos are my favorite!
today, i’m rounding up five activities to help foster valentine’s spirt. (these can be enjoyed all month; they’re not limited to valentine’s day.) whether you’re celebrating romantic love, friendship, or self-love, these fun, affordable options are sure to put a smile on your face!
one (1): mail handwritten valentines
when grocery shopping during the months of january and february, i love walking down the card aisle. there are numerous cheery, sentimental valentine’s options! i’m always on the hunt for adorable dachshund cards to send family and friends—this year is no exception! i previously wrote about the lost art of snail mail. (in the last ten years, the number of first-class mail sent via u.s. postal service has decreased by 50%.) valentine’s day is the perfect excuse to dust off your trusty pen and send a handwritten note!
two (2): create a valentine’s day playlist for your honey or bff
is there anything better than a dance-inducing playlist? apps like spotify allow you to easily share playlists with fellow subscribers. compile your favorite tunes, add your recipient’s account name, and click “share!” (if spotify is linked to your facebook profile, you can efficiently send playlists to friends.) what’s on my soundtrack? my current obsessions include toto’s “africa,” maroon 5’s “girls like you,” and elton john’s “goodbye yellow brick road.” creating a playlist is a great way to document musical interests and the emotions they evoke!
three (3): host a coffee, brunch, or dessert date
nothing says, “i care about you,” quite like baked goods (or perhaps that’s just the foodie in me). i greatly enjoy baking cookies, cupcakes, or brownies to gift to loved ones.
a few weekends ago, i had the pleasure of attending a colorful galentine’s brunch with friends—and fellow bloggers—jenn, ana luiza, asa, kate, and our darling host, sahily. we caught up with one another over eggs, bacon, waffles, cheese, and desserts galore! it was the perfect way to celebrate female friendship. (of course, the beautifully decorated table and festive balloons helped.) i look forward to additional brunch and photo dates in the near future!
four (4): plan a staycation
what’s a staycation? a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisurely activities within driving distance of their home that do not require overnight accommodations. (source)
living in seattle, there are ample activities to enjoy. (these are not necessarily valentines-themed, but may be done year-round.) a few ideas—explore pike place market; take a ferry to visit somewhere new; catch a show at village theatre; stop into shug’s soda fountain for a modern flair on ice cream and soda pop; relax with a massage or other spa appointment; or enjoy a musical performance at benaryoa hall. whatever you decide, grab your partner—or go solo—and explore your surroundings!
five (5): grab your popcorn of choice and curl up for a movie marathon
with an extra-large bowl of angie’s boomchickapop by my side, i’m ready to indulge in a movie marathon. fighting the crowds for a dinner reservation on valentine’s day can feel overwhelming. i’d prefer to make dinner—or order takeout—and snuggle up! i’ve also established a rather lengthy “must-watch” movie list. (a star is born is at the top.) if you have additional movie recommendations, i invite you to leave them in the comments below.
blazer: topshop, dress: topshop (borrowed from jenn), heels: j.crew, clutch: fred meyer
if you need a bit of #outfitinspo this year, i shared festive pink and red options here. happy valentine’s day, everyone! however you choose celebrate, i hope you have a wonderful day!
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