Happy early Valentines Day everyone! I absolutely LOVE Valentine's Day! I get so excited when the middle of January draws near and the Christmas decorations have been put away for another year...for I can now fill my house with hearts and love accents!
But apparently not everyone feels this way. I can't even begin to tell you how many blog posts or statements I have read in the past month where someone has said "We don't really celebrate Valentine's Day....we express our love all year long", or "We don't do really do anything, we prefer a quiet evening at home", and "We don't give each other gifts on Valentine's Day, it's just a commercialized holiday created by Hallmark." To all that I say "HOGWASH!"
Yes, we should be expressing our love to our partners all year long, but why not have one or two extra special days a year where you can make an extra effort to show someone you care? Is there really that much love in the world that a little more isn't necessary? We seem to have no problems celebrating religious or patriotic holidays even though most of us are thankful to God or are patriotic all year long too! So what is up with the resistance to celebrating Valentines Day?
For a lot of people, I think it's disappointment. They have a partner who isn't romantic so they don't want to set themselves up to get too excited for the holiday only to be disappointed. I get that. My husband was very unromantic in the early years of our marriage. But he has changed since, drastically! Now he could win a medal in the romance department! If your partner isn't the romantic type, just be patient, he or she will get there eventually. And in the meantime, you romance him or her! You'd be surprised at the response you will get!
For others, money maybe the issue. I get that one too. We had a lot of years early in our marriage where we couldn't afford to hire a sitter or go out for the evening. That's when you get creative. You put the kids to bed early, make a romantic meal together, eat by candlelight, and watch a Nicolas Sparks DVD.
Other people don't have a romantic partner in their life, so Valentine's Day makes them sad. Well then go out and have some fun! One Valentine's Day my bachelor son went to see a romantic chick flick with a bunch of buddies. They had a blast! Find other singles, and go out dancing and partying the night away! Pick yourself up a gorgeous bouquet of roses and a delicious box of chocolates while your at it too!
And remember, Valentine's Day isn't just for a romantic partner....use this day to show all the special people in your life how much you love them! All their lives I gave my children Valentine cards and goodies so they would know how much their parents love them. I still do!
When Christmas is over, and the holiday decorations come down, life can become pretty dreary during the cold, brutal months of January, February, and March. I look forward to the warmth of love Valentine's Day brings. I decorate my house for Valentines Day, buy or make special Valentine Treats and cards, and I try and think of something extra special that my husband and I can do together. You have every other single day of the year to "have a quiet evening at home", get out and CELEBRATE this Valentine's Day!
Now I have a cute Valentine Day outfit to show you. I decided to stay true to the colors of Valentine's Day and wear a red and white striped top (Old Navy) and red shoes!
I paired my top with white skinny jeans by a.n.a (old, J.C. Penney) and a blue jean jacket (old, Express).
I think this is such a cute look, but unfortunately it will be too cold this Valentine's Day for me to wear it. My feet would get frostbite in minutes! But I can't wait to wear it this spring!
The top has a drop sleeve and is actually a bit on the short side for length, so it doesn't tuck in very well.
I accessorized my top with a red and silver bracelet (also from Old Navy) and an old silver metallic cross body bag).
I picked up these cute shoes on clearance somewhere...I can't remember where. I always check the clearance racks for fun shoes whenever I go shopping. You never know what you will find!
Now your probably wondering what I'm actually going to wear. I still don't know. I went shopping last Friday to look for something, and even though there's a lot of great winter clearance right now, I just was not in the mood to buy any more winter items. My mind is thinking SPRING, and I'd rather wear something I already own in my closet and save my money for new items for the warmer months.
The only thing for sure that I know is that my outfit has to be warm (it's only going to be twenty degrees on Valentine's Day) and it has to be dressy. We are going to the big city to see the Broadway tour of "Newsies", then out to dinner, and an evening in a nice hotel. I don't think I'll wear a dress, but maybe some nice dress pants with a pretty sweater....we'll see. You can be sure I'll post my outfit with lots of stories of our adventure in the big city as well!
So what about you? How will you be celebrating Valentine's Day? What will you be wearing? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day! Amy
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