Valentine’s Day has been getting a bad rap lately. No matter what your opinion is on the holiday, staying in shouldn’t be an option. Whether you’re perfectly lonely, happily dating, or getting over a complicated break-up, here are a few ideas to make this your best Valentine’s Day yet—no Valentine required.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun: If you’re single, plan a fun evening of ordering burgers and fries with your closest friends downtown at Five Guys. After dinner go bowling at Sunrise Lanes off of Ninth Street North or invite everyone back to your place for a chick flick marathon, with movies like “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Love Actually,” and “The Princess Bride.”
Make heart-shaped brownies and serve them with raspberry sorbet for the perfect dessert pairing. As far as attire and beauty is concerned, being single allows you to look more playful and carefree. Opt for fun skirts in bright colors that you can pair with a simple T-shirt and heels. J.Crew has a gorgeous floral tulle mini that would be perfect for the evening. Keep your makeup and hair simple, but for some fun, test out YSL’s newest Crème de Blush for a pretty pop of color on your cheeks.
My Funny Valentine: Run away with your valentine for a romantic afternoon of wine tasting at Lake Ridge Winery and Vineyards, about 25 miles outside of Orlando, followed by dinner in the city. Check out Renttherunway.com for gorgeous designer dress options to choose from for less. Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti’s Opera Glam Dress would be the perfect LBD to wear. To complete the look, swipe on a few coats of Maybelline’s Volume Express Falsies mascara and apply M.A.C.’s lipstick in Snob.
Lady in Red: For those of you who recently went through a break-up or are trying to get over someone, these ideas and looks are for you. Round up some friends and plan for an evening out on the town. Test out The Mandarin Hide on Central Avenue for cocktails paired with a divine slice of strawberry cheesecake. You’ll need a knockout dress so red would be the ideal color. Topshop’s Strappy Cape Dress would be the best option along with spring’s trendy blush heels. Wear your hair up in a messy bun, grab your favorite clutch bag, and get to the party.
No flowers, teddy bears, or heart-shaped chocolate boxes are necessary as accessories for any of these activities. Whatever you choose to do this Valentine’s Day, surround yourself with people you love. Remember that trends will come and go, but love never goes out of style.