Whether you love the holiday or hate it, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast.
When I was single, my college roommate and I decided it would be fun to get out on Valentine’s Day and not feel like we had to stay at home just because we were single. After an hour at the bar, we immediately regretted our decision. I won’t get into the details, but it was a weird crowd and we wished we had just stayed at home with a bottle of wine and a good movie.
Since Rob and I have been together, our Valentine’s Day has always been a little bit untraditional. Why? We don’t go out. It’s not because we don’t love each other or want to celebrate. We just don’t like feeling taken advantage of by restaurants and their fix-priced dinners and over-priced wine! Our tradition of cooking a fancy meal at home is now going on 7-8 years!
In past years, I made us dress up, haha! Rob wasn’t super pumped about that idea, so this year, I’ll let it be a bit more casual. But for me, casual does not mean sweatpants. Instead I’m thinking about something like this simple outfit. A cute off-the-shoulder top, my comfiest pair of skinny jeans and these chic slippers from Birdies. I’ve loved Birdies for a long time and finally got my hands on a pair and they’re worth the hype! Yes, technically they’re house slippers, but oh. my. gosh. They are the cutest slippers I’ve ever seen, and since they’re rubber-soled, they’re not limited to indoor use. I go to the grocery in them and have been wearing them all day when I’m working at home. It’s nice to be both comfortable and stylish, isn’t it?
If you’re in the market for a new pair of slippers or need a gift idea for Valentine’s Day, these would be perfect! There are several different colors and styles to pick from and some even have shearling inside—extra coziness! I love my pink tasseled slippers, but highly considered this yellow pair because, duh, I love yellow!
For our date night this year, I think we’ll probably do filets a la Barefoot Contessa (minus the butter!), a green veggie and some garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes and a fresh green salad. I still need an idea for dessert—maybe fresh fruit? Rob and I aren’t big sweets people, but if I’m going to make dessert, Valentine’s Day seems like the time to do it. I do love a good fruit galette or soufflé! Let me know if you have any suggestions. Oh, and of course, there will be wine!
Tell me, how do you celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single or attached? Do you exchange gifts to mark the occasion?