Simply one of my favorite days. Probably my most adored holiday, Valentine’s Day, is a moment away! Valentine’s Day has only recently been made a romantic holiday for yours truly, thanks to the love of my life. But I have long enjoyed the tradition of donning pink, baking and celebrating a day of love. Luckily, Valentine’s Day was made special for me since childhood. Being raised by women (a single momma and her best friend) holidays were magically decorated and celebrated.
My mom and my Jewish momma, Becca, helped to sprinkle my childhood with a whole lotta love. On every holiday at our apartment in Budapest, I would wake up to find the kitchen table fully catered to festivity. Valentine’s Day would come with heart shaped pancakes, handmade cards and treats for everyone wrapped in red ribbon. I would most likely spend the morning enjoying my sweet breakfast curled in someone’s lap. Oh these memories, the sweetest upbringing I could have ever dreamt up. These celebrations have surely contributed to my affection for love & magic.
While I will be spending this Valentine’s Day with my love, February 14th can be special for any heart desiring a marvelous day. Whether single or in love, let me prompt you to make Valentine’s Day a magical one.
How can we make this Valentine’s Day a special one? I have gathered five of my favorite acts of self love to inspire you this V day, love on sweet birds.
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Book a facial, massage, OR both. Seek out a fancy spa that has lovely facilities where you can linger for a few hours. Bounce from treatment, to sauna, and end the day in the relaxation room. Drink a steaming cup of tea and lay your head back to rest. Your body deserves the utmost care, which does not always entail spin and brunch.
I mean, do you really need a reason?? Girl, go shopping. Responsibly. Order that serum, those bangin’ slouchy leather boots or the sunglasses that set you apart from the masses. Stimulate the economy and take care of your style!
We are in an age of constant social interaction, and the cons sort of outweigh the pros. For some weird reason, most women I know are too intimidated to go out to dinner by themselves. Not everyone, but there is certainly a lot of you out there. Be bold. If dinner for one is too daunting, then how about a coffee date? Wake up early and scoot to your favorite coffee shop. Podcast, playlist or book ready to go. Now a real date, not just a few minutes to down your latte of choice. Really sit with yourself, your thoughts and the beautiful being that you are.
Instead of your average Netflix night, make a plan. Take off your make up and give your skin a nice routine. Hop in cozy pjs. Order in. Have wine and popcorn ready to be devoured. Place your treats on pretty plates and set up a magical little movie night for yourself. Go wild and rent a movie from amazon or itunes, put your phone on airplane mode and get lost in an amazing story. Curl up, get cozy and enjoy the peace of a movie night with you.
You’ll need: a drink, candles, bath salts. Choose a homemade latte or vino. Prance upstairs and get in your coziest robe or fluffy towel while you draw a hot bath. Turn off the bright, loud bathroom lighting and opt for plenty of candles. Pour your bath salts. Hit play on your Norah Jones playlist. Set your phone somewhere you can’t reach it. Step into your loving bath and let the water wash away your worries, your anxiety, your insecurities. Let the water surround you, warm you and feel the soft weight on your body. Breathe.
It is just that easy, and that necessary to care for yourself. Remember that you are greatly and deeply loved. So choose to love yourself this Valentine’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Photographed in Charleston, SC | | Jesse Volk
Knit set by the sustainably minded and ever-creative Proud Mary