5 Steps to a Happy Valentine’s Day

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It’s that time of year y’all… time to either get really excited for Valentine’s Day, or to completely boycott the Hallmark holiday. I’ve for sure been on both ends of the spectrum. It was way bigger of a deal when I was younger, that’s for sure. I did love passing out valentines in grade school and getting crafty, but I always remember there being stress around this holiday. There’s basically either pressure to not mess it up if you’re in a relationship, OR guilt slash bad feelings if you’re single. It’s pretty silly and I kinda hate it slash usually avoid it. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever actually celebrated this holiday other than a girlfriends brunch once? Reservations are usually too difficult to get on that night anyway!

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But instead of being all negative-nancy-pants and writing this off as a useless holiday, I got to thinking about all the good that comes with it. Wearing cute pink or red clothes, lots of chocolate (obviously), and the fact that, at the end of the day, this holiday celebrates love. Whether that’s love you’re sharing with a partner, your family, a BFF, or your self – there ain’t nothin’ wrong with spreadin’ a little love (even if it is on a totally arbitrary day).


5 Steps to a Happy Valentine’s Day

To keep the positive vibes going and to not be a total downer on a holiday that I don’t necessarily enjoy, I wanted to make it that exactly – enjoyable! I started thinking of cute ways to celebrate – maybe throwing a girl’s brunch or having self-care day. But then I realized I was putting pressure back on myself to make the holiday amazing! It’s a vicious cycle y’all! Instead, I wanted to find simple ways to make it a happy day. And I ended up with five things – or steps – to getting there.

Since V-Day is on a Tuesday this year (womp womp), I put together a little plan for after work. A little 5-step program to having a great night. Wanna join?!

Step 1: Cute, comfy lounge wear

Something that makes me my most happiest is being in comfortable clothes. As in the second I get home from shooting or meetings or whatever. So the first step for having a nice lil’ V-day night is treating yourself to new lounge clothes. I actually just ordered a few of these things to have ready for the 14th, and I know I’ll enjoy them all year.

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Step 2: Easy food

If you feel like cooking, get ingredients to make an easy, stress-free meal (like something from my meal plans, duh). Have them delivered on Instacart if you don’t feel like grocery shopping.

Or if takeout is the key to your heart, do that! Order your most favorite meal and let someone else do the cooking. Slash you could also use UBEReats or some sort of meal-delivery service to deliver it to you as well! I’m so guilty of WAY too much of this and my credit card bill shows me the scary reality each month (it’s bad, but getting better now that I’ve got the meal plans!)

On a side note – I’ve been obsessed with the salad from Week 3, so that’s what I’ll be making.

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Step 3: Wine

I mean, duh, right? Valentine’s Day doesn’t exist without it (OK unless you’re under 21, lulz). And this is my favorite step, btw. Treating yourself to a nice bottle of your favorite wine – it is a holiday after all! – and not feeling guilty about it. Pour yourself a nice big glass, in your PJs, with your dinner and r.e.l.a.x.

Step 4: Self-care

Since I don’t remember or have the time to incorporate self-love most days, making this a step and priority on V-day is crucial. Can’t celebrate love without lovin’ yourself, am I right?

There are a ton of self-care things you can do depending on what feels best: Draw a hot bubbly bath, diffuse some oil and read after dinner, put on a face mask (my fav), manicure, journal (also love) – whatever.

These are some ingredients to a majorly relaxing self-care step.

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Step 5: Romantic comedy

Because you have to on Valentines Day. Curl up in bed with your computer, or on your couch in front of the TV. There are so many appropriate movies to binge on this day, and how fun is the idea of a movie night ON A TUESDAY?!

Some of my favorites for the occasion: Notting Hill, How to Lose a Guy in 10 days (YASSS) , The Notebook (duh), About time, Love & Basketball, Pretty Women.

Did I miss anything?

What about YOU?! Do you have plans yet? Slash do you PLAN on HAVING plans?! lol. To be completely honest, I have zero plans as of right this second but I’m still hoping I’ll get some (hehe) . But really though, on the topic of having a happy valentine’s day, did I miss anything?? Let’s chat about it :)


Outfit Details: BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket // Wayf Wrap Front Blouse // Ray-Ban 50mm Folding Glasses // Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinny Jeans // Heart String Earrings

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    Jamie Greenwood
    February 5, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I’m hoping my Valentine’s Day brings a positive pregnancy test! ;-)

    Just wanted to stop in and say I LOVE THOSE SHOES!!!


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    February 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Love these tips! Also love your outfit!!!


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    Molly O'Connor
    February 3, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Omg love all these tips!! I have zero plans and will probably keep it that way haha!


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    Melanie Pangilinan
    February 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Step 3 is a must! Haha. I love your jacket in these photos!

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    Jenna Condon
    February 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Such a cute post!! I LOVE V-Day, and will definitely use these tips :)

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    February 1, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Love your outfit! Those are great tips- especially the self-care and romantic comedy recommendations.

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    [email protected] Old Southern House
    January 31, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Those shoes! Can I get a link please? Thanks! :)

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    Montana Harris
    January 30, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Another cute romantic comedy that you may enjoy is “he just not that into you”. My friends and I have a good laugh, enjoy all the feels, and root for our favorite couple despite knowing the outcomes already.

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    Ashley Robyn
    January 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I love valentines for the simple fact that it makes people pause and think about those in their life that they love. And I like what you said about getting to wear some pretty red or blush outfits! hehe

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    Carmen Mattijssen
    January 30, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Love that cute earrings! I think we will celebrate it with a cute PJ’s (all day long) and a lot of food, haha.
    X Carmen.


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    January 30, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Love those cute little earrings and all these tips!! XO

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    January 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Easy food and self love/ self care will be def. my factors to a happy Valentine’s Day.
    You’re looking great in this casual combo and I’m totally obsessed with your jacket!


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    January 30, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Totally obsessing over this look! I’ve always been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I’m not dating anyone. It’s hard not to love having a little girls time!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

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    Kellie | The B Hive
    January 30, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I think the holiday gets a bad wrap. I’ve been with my husband since I was in college so for the longest time have had a “date” on the day but we pretty much stopped celebrating it after the first couple of years. Instead in our 20’s we’d rent a van with our friends and spend the day at wineries, which was not romantic at all but so much fun!

    My friend in college hosted a Sex and the City marathon all weekend, where it was an open invitation to drop by at any point and she had wine and food and it was a relaxing but fun weekend. I missed it because I was on a date with the now husband but I was always kind of bummed to not be there!

    I think there’s a lot of fun ways to indulge and that’s really what the holiday is about. The romantic part is kind of cheesy/Hallmark-y but give me some wine and chocolate and I’m a happy girl.

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    January 30, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Great tips! I might go to the restaurant with my hubby but everything will be low-key. No fancy dressing I don’t think.


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