February 14th is just around the corner and that means a certain little winged matchmaker is sharpening his arrow as we speak. It also means that lovebirds everywhere are flocking to try to find the perfect expression of love, and those flying solo are busy figuring out what form of self-indulgence they’re going to partake in.
It’s kind of funny, isn’t it? That a day filled with so much love and happiness can at the same time be filled with so much stress and decision-making? Well, take heart! Cupid recently stopped by Block 37 and let us in on some of his fool-proof secrets for having the best Valentine’s Day ever. And only fools fall in love, right?
Valentines, Galentines, Palentines… whatever you celebrate, Block 37 has got you covered so that you can focus on what – or who – is most important.
This is the perfect excuse to slow things down a bit – to forget about the outside world and spend the night reconnecting with your significant other (or just with your all-time favorite RomCom). So whether you’re snuggling up next to somebody special, or Netflix and Chilling with yourself, avoiding the crowds and staying in for some R&R with a side of L-O-V-E never sounded like a bad idea.
Spice things up at your table for two with the Date Night In cook book (Anthropologie, $27.50), filled with recipes for romance. Decorate the table with flower petal confetti push-pops (Anthropologie, $14) and enjoy chocolate covered strawberries for dessert ($42-80). Then set the mood with some patchouli scented candles (Sabon, $50) and draw a warm bubble bath with a rose petal bath ball (Sabon, $6).
This can also be an opportunity to paint the town red with your partner in crime – whether that’s your S.O. or your B.F.F. So slip into your highest heels, slap on your reddest lipstick, and step out for a night of wining and dining. Might we suggest Latinicity Food Hall and Lounge?
First things first – the dress! The Midi Black Dress (Akira, $40) is that perfect mix of classic and sexy that makes for the perfect LBD. Plus, it’s an absolute steal! However, if you’re willing to splurge a little – it’s Valentine’s Day after all – the Winter Rose Dress ($398) and Vermillion Lace Dress ($395), both from Anthropologie, are the pictures of loveliness.
To make sure you stun from head to toe, the Velvet Pointed Toe Pumps (Akira, $37) come in two colors, because you should never be monogamous when it comes to footwear. Accessorize with Red Poppy And Wheat knot hoops (Les Nereides, $139) and a gem bracelet (Zara, $4 – yes, $4). Dab on your favorite shade of Sephora Lip Last ($14), throw a roll-on of Roses et Reines perfume (L’Occitane, $22) in your purse, and you’re ready for anything the night has in store.
What exactly is Galentine’s Day, you ask? In the words of Leslie Knope, “It’s only the best day of the year! Every February 13th my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come kick it, breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
We couldn’t agree more, Les. And because we’re such big fans of this idea (and you), we’ve curated a collection of Galentines’ Day musts, all from the lovely hearts over at Anthropologie. So preheat the oven and gather the girls for a boozy brunch of baking and Bellinis. No Boys Allowed.
If a messy kitchen’s a happy kitchen, shower yours floor to ceiling with flour! The Filomena Baking Collection ($16-36) is the perfect thing to get you there. Ask all your fellow bakers to bring over their cutest aprons – the Butterfly Field Apron ($32) is one of our favs – and together go to town decorating your creations with the Valentine’s Cupcake Set ($14). Line your table with a Chalkboard Runner ($25), where you can write descriptions of dishes, names of friends, or just sweet little nothings listing all things you love about your ladies. Then pile cupcakes and crumpets and scones onto your Toujours Dinner Plates ($24 each), pass out handwritten friendship notes ($6), and toast to girl power.
He loves me… he loves me not… he loves me… he… who cares?! Nobody ever said you have to spend Valentine’s Day with somebody else. Take matters into your own hands and use this day (and night) as an excuse to reward yourself for no other reason than just being awesome.
Start your night off with cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery ($30), because let’s face it, icing = love. Take them home, and get to pampering! The Cherry Blossom Floral Voyage set (L’OCCITANE, $26) includes all the creams and lotions and perfumes you could ever want to turn your home into full-service salon. And what’s a salon without a nail station? The Deluxe Manicure Set ($15) and Ciate London polish ($30), both from Sephora, are all the tools you need for fierce and flawless fingers. Use a Sephora face mask ($6) before you go to bed, and you’ll undoubtedly get the best beauty sleep of your life. Like you need it…
What’s Valentine’s Day without the cards? We’ll let these speak for themselves.
All from Anthropologie: To My Valentine card ($6), Whole Heart Valentines card ($7), Heart Tipped Arrow card ($4.50), You’re the Honey in My Tea card ($6.50).
Our favorite of these are the Time Capsule Love Letters ($15). Compose love letters now, and then open them up in the weeks, months, years to come to smile back at old memories and see how your love has grown.
What the heck do you get a guy for a holiday that revolves around pinks and hearts and roses? Buying for your beau doesn’t have to be as difficult as you’re making it.
Pour his favorite wintertime concoction into a classic Moscow Mule Mug (Anthropologie, $24), or have fun trying out new recipes from The New York Times’ big Book of Cocktails (Anthropologie, $38). Cologne is always a safe bet, and Dior Aqua Fahrenheit (Sephora, $89) is a top pick – you’ll thank yourself for this one later! Old School Controller Socks (Bucketfeet, $12) will give you an excuse to order pizza and stay up all night facing off in video games. Plus they’ll be his own fun little secret hiding underneath his suit during business meetings! After all is said and done, light up a box of chocolate cigars (GODIVA, $15) for a Valentine’s well played.