February 1st is here, y’all, and that means one thing: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. February 14 will always be one of my favorite holidays. I’m not someone who prefers pink, yet that pink and red combo, especially when combined with chocolate and the chill of winter days, is just so delightful. So I’ve rounded up a few of the Valentine’s Day items that have caught my eye this week, as well as a few of my favorite posts for the season.
Valentine’s Day Treat Yourself Gifts
Gift giving and receiving is not my love language. I prefer to buy what I want (and, thankfully, I married someone who doesn’t love gifts either). That’s why this is a treat yourself list rather than a gift guide.
Cultured Pearl and 14K Gold Heart Earrings: These are a tasteful take on heart themed jewelry, and they’re a great deal at less than $100 for fine jewelry that’s perfect for everyday wear.
Ruby and Diamond Earrings in 14K Gold Earrings: I’ve never been a ruby girl, but these earrings are absolutely mesmerizing, and made for a Valentine’s Day splurge.
Tuckernuck Zinnia Bloom Scarf: You’ll wear this scarf long past Valentine’s Day — I’d say it’s fair game from spring all the way through fall.
Lake Pajamas Heart Pajama Set: You cannot go wrong with Lake Pajamas. I got my first pair for Hanukkah this year and, seriously, they live up to the hype.
Appointed Heart Notebook: I shared this darling notebook in my newsletter this week, and, like I said there, I don’t usually spring for pricey notebooks, but this one might be a must-have.
Red Sparkle Glitter Earrings: $14 and free shipping…that makes these a must-have, even if you only wear these one or twice a year.
Hill House Home Halo Headband: Valentine’s Day is a wonderful excuse to treat yourself to a timeless silk headband that you’ll wear all spring long.
Stubbs & Wooten Heart Smoking Loafers: Despite the hearts, I’d say these are a winter loafer that you’ll wear from November through March, not just at Valentine’s Day.
Now, let’s turn to how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Let me reiterate yet again, I love Valentine’s Day in all its forms. And I’ve written about it more than a few times here on the blog. These are five posts that I think stand the test of time — and, if you’re in DC, you’re in luck. Several are DC-focused.
There’s nothing better than getting all dolled up and, while I’d probably suggest these for a Valentine’s Day observed — avoid the overpriced menus and crowds — these are my favorite ways to celebrate love in the District.
From dinner to home to a night out at a show, or perhaps a movie night with romcoms with your beloved or a group of friends, here are six date ideas that don’t include red roses and a hard-to-get reservation.
Am I now scheming whether I can fit in a trip to a normal grocery store (which I don’t go to in DC…) or Target on my way home from the river? You bet I am. I need these pink M&Ms in my life for baking in February.
These are eight of my favorite date night restaurants in DC, including a few classics and few more recent additions (to do for downtime this week…). I should probably go through and update with even newer additions — but I have deleted any that closed and confirmed that these are all still valid on my list of romantic restaurants!
Okay, now I’m dreaming of this flourless chocolate cake, and, I promise you, as soon as I’m either back in DC or have a kitchen at the river (yes, the reno is still ongoing), this is going to be one of the first things I whip up.