What to Wear on Valentine’s Day – ah Valentine’s Day – such a divisive topic. I don’t know of any other day that creates such a reaction in people other than Valentine’s! I have friends who ignore its very existence, others who are total cynics because it’s a commercial holiday and others who buy into it (quite literally) whole heartedly. The latter is usually me.
I’ll be honest with you, I quite like an excuse to celebrate events and milestones, even commercial holidays. I don’t really mind that what used to be a day to mark Saint Valentine’s commemoration is now a commercialised opportunity to buy stuff we don’t need in the name of love, ‘just because’.
When else are you encouraged to make a fuss of one another? When else do you buy your significant other a gift and expect one back (on the same day), besides Christmas?
It’s actually rather difficult to ignore Valentine’s Day nowadays, the balloons, flowers, red heart-shaped paraphernalia everywhere, it quite takes over February, but it’s all in good fun in my eyes. These days, I really don’t think we should dismiss a day to celebrate love or your relationship, if you’re in a couple I think you should be grateful and if you’re not in a relationship, enjoy doing exactly what you want to with your time until that special person comes along. You can spend it with your friends, family or simply indulging yourself for the evening.
Valentine’s Day definitely doesn’t need to be exclusive to couples, my mum has always bought us all a little gift on Valentine’s Day, like heart-shaped chocolates or something which is a nice tradition among us all now. We’ll buy Poppy a little something – I’m thinking an LOL Surprise Doll maybe, as exasperated as I am with finding them all over the house, they are easily the most ethnically diverse toys out there in my opinion, but that’s another blog post. I’ll buy something from her to Daddy and get him a card from her too.
I actually hadn’t heard of Galentine’s Day before this year, but its an alternative to Valentine’s Day or an additional day in my eyes, it’s celebrated on 13th February and is to celebrate female friendships. My friends and I have always celebrated Valentine’s Day together when we’ve been single. They were some of the most fun Valentine’s I’ve had – not remotely romantic – but definitely hilarious!
My husband and I usually go out a cocktail or two on Valentine’s Day, either on the day or the nearest weekend to Valentine’s Day and we exchange gifts (I’ll take a candle or Pjs please darling 😉 ). I have no idea what I want to buy him this year, I’m still looking for inspiration (if you have any ideas or gift idea posts, please leave them in the comments or tweet me – bloggers have the best gift guides ever).
This year we’ve actually decided to do a ‘family date night’ and go for dinner on Valentine’s Day this year – Valentine’s Day is mid-week and half term so Poppy doesn’t need to get up for school in the morning so she can have a little bit of a later night, we’ll book at table at around our usual dinner time and exchange our gifts at dinner. My husband and I will do our own thing and go out on a weekend – when it’s easier to get a babysitter!
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Here are some ideas of what to wear on Valentines Day this year:
What to Wear on Valentines Day – Dinner Date:
What to Wear on Valentines Day – Galentine’s Date with The Girls:
What to Wear on Valentines Day – Family Dinner Date
What to Wear Valentine’s Day – Relaxing at Home
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