I don't usually enjoy Valentine's Day even though I have a wonderful Valentine with whom to share it. This year I am loving the simplistic approach to the holiday. Most everyone seems to be on a tight budget and it's the thought that counts...the little things. Here are some ideas to celebrate without breaking the bank.
Have a date at home. Cook your partner's favorite meal. I'm making filet mignon. Set them up a bubble bath. (L'Occitane and Bath & Body Works are having a sale on candles. B&BW is also having a sale on bubble bath, and Valentine's Day Accessories. Heart Pumice, $3).
Rent a movie. My favorites include:You've Got Mail, Moonstruck, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Love Actually (Christmas-y, but it works), Serendipity, The Notebook, and Sweet Home Alabama. For something sexy: Don Juan de Marco, and something classic: Romeo and Juliet (1968). If you need music to set the tone of the evening, I love the music from the soundtrack of The Wedding Date.
A nice gift...an inscribed book perhaps? A new pair of pajama pants (Gap, $19.50). You don't need to go overboard to do something thoughtful.
Want a night out? Catch a movie, go roller-or ice-skating, go to a museum...
Single or attached I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.........if you're like me you have been dying for a good night's sleep. I found a fantastic sleep aide.......Bath & Body Works' "pillow mist". I recently purchased the lavender chamomile scent (mentioned previously) and I think it's working! I've had an easier time falling asleep. One negative side effect: you'll become addicted to the snooze button :)
This week there are two movies that I recommend that you see....
On DVD...Hors de Prix (aka, Priceless) starring Audrey Tautou. She is sooooo adorable...I just love her. Although this film can be slow and at times you want to yell at the characters (I guess that means you're invested in them, right?) it is worth watching. Charming and fun. Don't rent if you hate subtitles!
At the theater...The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. I heard mixed reviews on this one. I thought it was an emotionally gripping story about life in general. I cried several times. For me, the most touching elements were very subtle. At times it was reminiscent of either Forrest Gump or Titanic. Not for everyone, but I think a must-see before the Oscars!
Next weekend I'm going to have a "chick-flick" weekend: He's Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic...stay tuned! ;)
My team wasn't in the Superbowl this year; but, I know that many are feeling either the nauseous disappointment or the pulsating euphoria that I know too well. I was very disappointed by the commercials although I did enjoy "Power of the Crunch"-one of the finalists of the Doritos contest-and I relate way too much to the careerbuilder ad haha. Did anyone catch The Office afterward? I'm going to watch it later.
Well, tomorrow is Monday and if you think there's nothing to look forward to:
Watch. All new episodes of Gossip Girl. One Tree Hill. The Bachelor. The City....the choices!!!!!! OR...
Read.He's Just Not That Into You or Confessions of a Shopaholic and get caught up before the movies open on 2/6 and 2/13!
Take the night to relax, unwind, and gear up for the weekend ahead.
Do get a massage! I spent my Saturday morning relaxing at the Massage Therapy Center Day Spa in West LA. I loved the lounge! You can enjoy a eucalyptus steam and shower before or after your treatment. Plus, free parking is available which is a treat in LA.
And there's just something about those spa robes that make you feel soooooo ahhhhh......
Do check out the sales at your local mall. Later that afternoon, I stepped out feeling refreshed for a little shopping. I got a cute sweater at Ann T Loft. They were having 50% off sale items. I also purchased a couple of the super-soft long sleeved Ts from the Gap (2/$30). I love how cozy they feel! If you need any short-sleeved Ts, they had a sale 3/$25. It's always nice to find things that are within your budget.
I also got some pillow mist from BBW in the lavender chamomile scent. It's supposed to help you sleep. I'll let you know how it works.
Welcome to my blog. I loooove to travel-even if it's just to a new town. Adventure is always right around the corner. I write about fashion, food, books, beauty products...anything that I find useful or beautiful. I have a soft-spot for handbags and argyle socks. If I don't like something, I won't write about it-no need for negativity. You'll also never see any politics here either. Hope you enjoy. ;) XOXO-L.