A few days after Super Bowl 50’s Lisa Frank colored halftime show message of “Believe in Love” emblazoned across Levi’s Stadium, and a mere 5 days before Valentine’s Day, my thoughts turn toward gratitude. It’s my first year as a mother on Valentine’s Day. February 14th (and sometimes July 6th) is originally a wholly Christian holiday observed by the Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church in honor of Saint Valentine. Again, in the vein of unlabeled (raceless, genderless, areligious) love, I can get behind a holiday whose express purpose is now to celebrate displays of affection. Some of my favorite memories of the Hallmark holiday are not from dates, boyfriends, my husband or schoolmates. My best memories are from my Dad. He would always delight in picking the perfect card, a cute stuffed animals, or a specific treat for me. Whether it was a school night or a weekend, he would excitedly wake me up and usher me to the kitchen where a surprise would await me next to me breakfast. A small, yearly tradition that I hope to pass on to my son.
The day isn’t about lavish spending (even though about $180,000,000 will be spent) nor is it about flowers (198,000,000 roses cultivated) , it’s a day dedicated to small acts of adoration – platonic and familial included.
Multiple studies, including one that tracks Facebook breakup statuses, have shown that couples are more likely to break up in the weeks before and after Valentine’s Day. Yikes. Other research supports that couples who give more credence to the holiday are less healthy than their counterparts who celebrate “just because” throughout the years. Apparently, the feeling of obligation or forced romance can lead to dysfunction!
So, instead of making this day about love for our partners, let’s give in to some self-love and parental-love retail therapy.
1 Voluspa’s Yuzu Rose Stonecrop 2 Wick Candle
/ 2 Oh Joy! for Target’s Heart LED Neon Light / 3 Carey All Over Hearts Sweater / 4 Dolce & Gabbana Silk Cotton Floral Printed Skirt / 5 Jade by Zoya (Nontoxic and Big 5 Free) / 6 The World Book of Love / 7 High Seas Romper in Red from Winter Water Factory / 8 Piece of My Heart Valentine’s Day Postcard, Set of 10 / 9 Persimmon Ink Blot Medium Cube by Pehr / 10 Red Baby High Tops from H&M
Nail Polish: Dolce & Gabbana Lace Makeup Collection for Summer 2012, Intense Nail Lacquer in 100 Pink, 210 Nude, 220 Perfection. Dolce Gabbana and Pat McGrath created the new Lace collection which consists of variations of nude shades. Photo: Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana. For purchase via Saks/ Room: A neutral room from Better Homes & Gardens comes alive with soft yet bright accessories and pops of color.
Nail Polish: Dior Summer Mix Nail Polishes for Summer 2012. The Vernis summer collection are available in the following shades: 118 Acapulco, 158 Calypso, 178 Cosmo and 198 Lagoon; the same order as above. Image found here, nail polish available for purchase from Dior and Sephora. / Room: Annie Selke converted a drab basement into a neon and day-glo paradise! Who doesn’t want to bring the fun of highlighters into the home? Image found here.
Nail Polish: Take the beach by storm this summer with Essie’s sunshine-charged Summer Collection. Vibrant hues to light up any bikini, bonfire or flirty fling. Holds four mega-mini colors: Bikini So Teeny: a sparkling cornflower blue; Mojito Madness: a fun-loving lime green; Off the Shoulder: a bold hot-pink; Fear or Desire: bright orange crush. / Room: A tropical backsplash and Oscar de la Renta chairs make this Miami vacation home unique by Jerry Jacobs Design: Interior Design San Francisco Bay Area. Image found here.
Nail Polish: Love variety when it comes to nail polishes? Then a set containing the 10 best selling tones of the year from Sephora by OPI might just be a new addition on your beauty list. Check out the most popular tones of the year from the brand including: Nonfat Soy Half Caff – sheer pale cappuccino; Already Famous – sheer pewter with medium champagne and silver glitter; Havana Dreams – sheer pale sky blue; Break A Leg-Warmer! – opaque charcoal gray; It’s Bouquet With Me – sheer violet with silver and holographic chunky glitter. For purchase visit Sephora, here./ Room: Baby blue living room with hints of violets and grey (and I am counting the fireplace as the nail polish equivalent of “glitter”) via The Lennoxx.