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5 Ways To Treat Yourself On Valentine’s Day

Beyond, Health

Valentine's Day treat coveteur coffee in bed tumblrHappy Valentine’s Day! It’s the only day a year when no one can judge you for decking yourself out head-to-toe in pink, for eating all the sweets, and for spending way to much on a seafood dinner.

As you can tell, I’m a fan. I wasn’t planning on writing a post today, but I was inspired by Emma Leuman’s E-list for Valentine’s Day (not subscribed? You SHOULD be). For all of those who can’t stand the holiday, you clearly don’t see the benefits. And I’m talking about treating yourself. I don’t recommend blowing your rent money on a dress that you saw in that magazine that one time. Instead, let’s stick to maybe a chocolate from your favorite cafe or a new pair of undies for your eyes only. Let this be your day to embrace yourself and celebrate another year of healthy living, be that with someone else or not.

Here’s my list of my five favorite ways to treat myself for Valentine’s Day.

 

1. A Cafe Au Lait

The best “treat yo’ self” move of them all is grabbing a fun over-priced fancy coffee that you probably shouldn’t spend money on.

2. A New Book

Jorge and I told each other we were going to start buying a new book every month. I love reading, but sometimes I find myself in a funk where I can’t for the life of my find something I’m vibing with. Current read: The Nest.

3. Pamper Time

This is no shock to anyone who knows me or the blog. Spa time is the best treat I can ever give myself. This Valentine’s weekend, I’m planning on a luxurious bath, a sheet mask (a special one I’ve been saving for a special treat) and an all over body scrub (make your own with this DIY!)

4. Fresh Blooms

From yours truly, for yours truly. My personal favorite are white roses. I love giving, others receiving from others and buying myself a beautiful arrangement. I long for summer days when the farmers market is home to gorgeous bouquets in every color of the rainbow.

5. Bake

No, not the type of baking you’re thinking of. Bake cookies or cupcakes for a sweet treat that’s customizable to your personality. This year I’m making cheesecake stuffed strawberries (which I guess isn’t really baking, but more like crafting food). The limit is your imagination. But don’t be afraid of settling for a box mix. Some of my best cookies have come from mixing box cake mix with eggs and milk.

My Feelings: Presidential Election 2016

Life

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For the past 30 hours, I’ve been in a complete state of shock. I had no clue what to do, what to say, what to think. All I could do yesterday was go through the motions of my everyday schedule, but I didn’t even feel alive.

Today, I’ve been able to come to terms with my feelings, and digest exactly what happened this week in my country. I didn’t want to say anything yesterday because I didn’t want to react out of anger and shock. I didn’t want to say something I would come to later regret. What I’m about to say is completely my own opinion. Some of you may agree with me, and some of you may not. But I need to get this off my chest, and voice how I’m feeling right now or I might never be able to do so fully.

I’m no longer angry. I’m sad, I’m overwhelmingly disappointed, and I’m incredibly scared.

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OOTD : Fall Florals & Sunday Brunch

Style

Word on the street is that florals are in for fall, and I could not be more thrilled. This past weekend, fellow blogger gal pal Sami and I decided to grab Sunday Brunch in SoHo. With the strangely warm transition to fall this year, I knew I needed a layered outfit that could be there for me in the breeze but not too hot with the sun beating down. Insert: fall florals in the form of a dress paired with a seasonal wool sweater. It’s an obvious pair to me.

I picked up this floral dress from F21 (infamous home of the fast-fashion trend pieces) at the end of the summer, and I’m SO glad I did. The dress is flattering for many body shapes, with a trendy lace-up detail and a-line form.

I paired the dress with my favorite black sweater that I bought at Madewell a few years ago. This sweater is such a great piece that I happened to nab at an end-of-the-season sale. I HIGHLY recommend hitting up end-of-season sales for nice classic wardrobe staples. These staples are styles that will carry over year to year, and they won’t deteriorate as quickly because they’re made from higher quality materials. I finished the look with my favorite new booties (black hardware FTW) and a carry-all black bag.

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fall-florals-3Dress: Forever21 (It comes in Plus Size too!) | Cardigan: Madewell | Bag: Pitaya | Shoes: AE

photos by Sami Mauskopf