Tuesday, 13 February 2018

EMBRACING VALENTINE'S DAY AS A SINGLE GAL


I'd never been a fan of Valentine's Day. I don't even think it had much to do with the fact that I'm a single pringle (I have lots of friends in the same boat so I never really feel too left out, it's Galentine's), I was just convinced that I didn't have a romantic bone in my body. I wasn't particularly fond of the colours pink or red, the love heart shape, or the fact that the whole day sometimes just felt like an excuse to shower attention on your other half because in my opinion, that should be the case every damn day. Basically everything just felt sickeningly sweet, and coming from someone who used to die of boredom watching romance films... discounted chocolates the next day were pretty much all I got out of it.


The other day my friend was expressing her distaste for Valentine's Day when I suddenly realised something... I didn't feel the same way as her. I no longer disliked this annual celebration of love. Fundamentally, that's what Valentine's Day is right? In fact, I've been enjoying how pretty London has transformed with all the floral decorations and the sweet atmosphere in the air. Then, I'm pretty much obsessed with a pink and red colour combo nowadays, and a couple of days ago I jumped on the consumerist bandwagon and bought the most ridiculous, downright un-walkable, heart-shaped slippers simply because I thought they were too cute to pass up. Last but not least, let's address the elephant in the room: my favourite film at the moment, that one I can't shut up about... The Shape Of Water... would be considered a romance wouldn't it? What? So what had happened to me? What was it that had changed in me?


I've figured that it's a combination of the fact that I've matured from the rather pretentious hipster girl that used to rebel against anything and everything remotely clichรฉ or cheesy, and the fact that I have been making a conscious effort (and still alway a continuing journey) to never actively dislike things if there isn't a good enough reason behind it. I've mentioned previously that I want to develop more empathy, tolerance, and consideration. Well this is why I never want to turn into a V-Day Grinch. This change happened almost subconsciously too, which pleases me. This year I want to celebrate Galentine's Day with my single friends and also embrace the love of my mates who are in relationships too. 

More importantly and in these times especially, it's absolutely wonderful and so welcome to be celebrating and promoting love, whether it be romantic, platonic, unconditional, or self love!



I couldn't do a Valentine's post without checking out the new decorations at Peggy Porschens. This is actually the first time I've visited this blogger favourite destination, and after freezing outside awhile sans coat to get these shots (worth the purple hands I tell ya), we were more than stoked to dip inside for a slice of cake and coffee. The pastel interior and crockery perfectly match the famous exterior and after letting our treats sit untouched for way too long to take even more photos, I can vouch that everything tastes as good as it looks! The sponge was so soft and moist which is always the most important aspect of a cake for me. 


It's not only Valentine's Day tomorrow, it's officially The Shape Of Water release day in the UK! If your Valentine's plans don't include seeing this film (if you haven't already) I urge you to go squeeze it in, it would be the perfect watch. I'll be seeing it again tomorrow too! A little gutted as Guillermo Del Toro was meant to be at my screening for a Q&A but cancelled last minute. Alas these things happen and I'm more than happy just to be seeing this beautiful film again. Hope you all have a wonderful day filled with love tomorrow. I'm low-key still waiting for an Amazonian river god to sweep me off my feet but maybe next year huh?
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