Let’s hear it for the mothers, and the lovers, and the best friends, and each blessed soul that loves you. How grand it is to be known and loved by another human being. But there’s no one else on the planet that knows how to love you the way you do.
So today, on this day of love and romance, turn some of that love inwards and love yourself.
Curl up with a kitten and a cup of coffee.
Read that sumptuous novel that feels like a homecoming.
Wear the lacy underthing and the lipstick that makes your skin look like porcelain.
Today is for you to love yourself.
Click below for our “love yourself” digital download for a lovely visual reminder.
Take two of the most romantic arts and combine them in a single workshop and you’ll have Brush & Bloom, a floral design & calligraphy workshop. The brainchild of floral designer Amy Ly of GATHER Westcoast and myself, come to class and build a verdant floral centerpiece, and create an original Valentine for your love, yourself, or your bestie.
After all the dynamic stop-you-in-your-tracks red that I’ve been wearing, when Valentines Day rolled around, I was in the mood for some romance.
And this shawl fit the bill perfectly. When I was in Portland over the summer, I found this vintage piano shawl at an antique boutique in a blush color that wasn’t only a killer deal, but complimented my skin tone marvelously. In flamenco, these large shawls are called mantons and are tied in beautiful ways and used as an accessory during dances. I can’t wait to create a flamenco costume around this shawl!
This is my absolute favorite Valentine’s Day sugar cookie recipe. The secret ingredient? Sour cream. It keeps the cookies moist and wonderful for days! They are totally irresistible — I just ate three.
1 1/2 cups white sugar (I usually cut back to 1 C of sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and sour cream. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Dough will be light and sticky. Cover or wrap dough and chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until cookies turn a very light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.
Top with a cream cheese icing and you’re good to go for Valentine’s Day!
Valentines Day is a great excuse to show the ones you love a little l-o-v-e. Here’s a darling and economical Valentines Day gift idea from the heart:
Send a card.
Who doesn’t love getting mail? Your loved one will be thrilled to get something in the mail (particularly from someone other than Visa!) It’s easy! Take a few minutes and go to Send Out Cards to send a free Valentine’s Day card of your choice, postage and all. Make it memorable and remind your loved one about three of your favorite memories together. Sending a card is a gesture from the heart and speaks particularly to those who have the Love Language of Words of Affirmation. They’ll love it!
Case in point: I sent a note to my Dad this week reminiscing some great memories we’ve shared over the years. He was really touched and it totally brought us closer. Isn’t strengthening a relationship with a loved one worth a few minutes of your time? Send love this Valentine’s Day with a gift from the heart!
What have been your most memorable Valentine’s Day gifts?
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