Hello world and happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday and got some good lovin’. In honor of the big holiday, I thought we could kick the weekend off with a classic 80’s love song. I don’t know about you but I can’t help turning the radio up and singing along when I hear this little gem. And, it’s from one of the best movies of all time – Back To The Future. Nothing says “I love you” like Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power of Love”!
With only four more days till Valentine’s Day I think it’s time for a post about Valentine’s Day nails, don’t you? I found some really great nail inspiration on Pinterest and most of them are fairly simple designs (which is wonderful for people like me whose extent of nail art reaches to painting one nail a different color). Just click on each picture to be routed to the image source.
Chevron Ombre (includes tutorial)
Diagonal Pop of Color
Tainted Love (includes tutorial)
All Dotted Up
Which is your favorite?
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many of us are making plans with our sweeties. Maybe it’s a romantic dinner, a fun date movie (think Safe Haven or Warm Bodies), or maybe you’re karaoking with your girlfriends at a local bar. Whatever your plans are be sure to take advantage of the one day of the year it’s ok for us to go all out with the romance and glamour and dress accordingly.
When we think Valentine’s Day we think pink and red, flowers and hearts. Why not incorporate those in your look this year? Here are three ideas to get you started – floral, red and lace – yes please!
Which look is your favorite? Happy Valentine’s Day!
February 14th is a very special day for women, and not just because it’s Valentine’s Day. This is the one day of the year that we can get away with watching sappy, tear-jerking, unrealistically romantic movies, and men can’t say one word to us about it. It is the ultimate day for the chick flick! No matter if you are single, attached, or married, it is likely that you will be tuning in to one of these types of movies in the next few days (either intentionally or by chance when you are flipping through the channels and one sucks you in – thanks, Lifetime).
You know by now that I love a good chick flick, but there are some that are just more appropriate than others for Valentine’s Day. I have put together a little list of my top ten chick flick picks for V-day, and what better time than the weekend to have yourself a movie marathon!? Grab some popcorn and get your box of tissues ready girls, because you may get misty just thinking about some of these movies…
10. Sixteen Candles
I am pretty sure most girls can relate their teenage experience in some way to Samantha’s in this 80’s classic, as she falls hard for heart-throb Jake Ryan. Sixteen Candles is loaded with comedy, awkwardness, embarrassment and romance and will take you back to that feeling of gut-wrenching first love most of us experienced in high school.
Here are some things I really like: John Cusack, romantic comedies, New York City, and good music. This movie has all of these. And I love stories of fate and true-love destiny.
8. You’ve Got Mail
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are like, royalty of the romantic comedy! Put these two in a movie together and I’m sure to love it. I adore Meg Ryan in this movie – she plays this quirky New Yorker who owns a quaint bookstore (hello, dream job and city!). When her store is threatened by the big chain bookstore that is moving into the neighborhood, little does she know that the new bookstore owner, played by Tom Hanks, is who she’s been exchanging love
letters emails with and is her perfect match.
7. Sweet Home Alabama
I was born, raised and still reside in the South, and really appreciate the Southern Charm of this movie. Watching Reese Witherspoon as Melanie shift from a New York socialite back to her redneck roots as she falls for her childhood sweetheart all over again is my kind of movie! Oh and Josh Lucas is pretty easy on the eyes, too.
6. Pretty Woman
How can you be a female and NOT love this movie? It’s like, mandatory. This modern-day Cinderella story follows a beautiful hoe and her rich (and hot) client who fall madly in love with each other. We all love a good fairy tale love story!
5. Romeo + Juliet
This is an iconic love story and Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on this classic is, in my opinion, genius. I think every girl who saw this as a teenager in the 90’s: 1) was utterly in love with Leonardo DiCaprio, 2) was convinced that forbidden love was the best kind of love, and 3) wanted to BE Claire Danes. I could watch this movie over and over and still want to watch it one more time.
4. Ever After: A Cinderella Story
When we were little girls, we were told the story of Cinderella. So it’s really not our fault that we are obsessed with romance and love. It’s our parents fault for telling us one of the greatest love stories of all time every night before bed. In Ever After, Drew Barrymore stars as Danielle, a servant who is in need of rescuing by Prince Charming from her stepmother and stepsisters. Sounds a little like Cinderella, eh? So yeah, we love it.
Okay, so this is the worst movie in the Twilight series but come on, it’s TWILIGHT! We read the books and waited in excruciating anticipation for the movie to come out so we could finally see the story come to life. And, as painful as it is to watch Kristen Stewart in a movie, no girl can resist the forbidden love story of Edward and Bella. And it has Robert Pattinson in it. Need I say more?
2. Sleepless in Seattle
This is one of my favorite movies. Of all time. Ever. It is romantic, hilarious, heart-wrenching, classic…I could go on and on. I never get tired of watching as Annie falls in love with Sam without ever meeting him (sigh). Sleepless in Seattle is an absolute MUST SEE for females everywhere.
And finally, drum roll please…
1. The Notebook
(I went ahead and put several images in. You’re welcome.) In my opinion, The Notebook is the greatest love story of our time. I would like to thank Nicholas Sparks for writing it, and also whoever made the decision to put Ryan Gosling in this movie. In The Notebook, Allie and Noah fall hopelessly in love despite their different backgrounds – she is rich, he is far from it. And even though Allie’s mother tries to keep them apart, they never stop loving each other and are eventually reunited in this passionate story that proves that love can conquer all. I don’t know about you, but anytime this movie is on I stop what I’m doing, sit down, and have myself a real good cry. And I plan on doing that again this Valentine’s Day.
So that’s my list! What do you think? Leave me a comment below with some of your favorite Valentine’s Day movies!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Everyone knows I cannot resist cute nail art. Valentine’s Day is Tuesday I have been thinking this week about doing something creative with my nails. I am not one to have crazy nails all the time (my nails are usually painted a solid color and I admire cute nail art from afar), but I’ll do something fun and girly every now and then and you should too! Especially for a fun and girly day like Valentine’s Day. Do something nice for yourself by taking the time to go get your nails done, or make time to do them yourself. It’s fun to pamper ourselves every now and then, ladies. And let’s face it, we all need it – and deserve it!
Here are some images that have inspired me, and nail trends that I really dig
for V-day nail art:
Paint One Nail A Different Color
What are some of your favorite nail trends right now?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I feel the need to do a few posts about this special day. So here’s my first one; I think it’s a good place to start.
Valentine’s Day is the one day a year that is whole-heartedly devoted to romance and love. It’s basically an opportunity for people to express their feelings to that certain someone, mostly by wooing them with roses and chocolates. I personally am a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I don’t go all out and decorate, or make a big spectacle of the holiday or anything like that. But I do see the importance of this one day a year dedicated to love, something that is essential to our nature as human beings.
Now, while I enjoy this holiday and choose to celebrate it, I realize there are a lot of people who do not see this day as a real holiday and choose to treat February 14th as any other day of the year. There are even some who take it as far as going out of their way to make it known how much they loathe this day and everything that it stands for. I have come across several people like this in my life, and I must admit I do not understand why they hate Valentine’s Day so much. I have flat-out asked them but no one has ever really given me an answer. It’s usually a girl saying she and her boyfriend/husband just “think it’s dumb” and don’t do anything to celebrate. This response usually gives me the impression that this girl is just going along with it because she knows her boyfriend/husband is not the type of guy who does anything nice for her, and she really wishes he would, but she knows he won’t. And that’s just sad, because every girl wants to feel loved and special, whether they admit it or not.
I also often wonder why some men don’t want to do something nice for their girlfriend or wife on Valentine’s Day. Did they have a bad experience in a past relationship and now feel scorned by love and everything that it stands for? Did they think as children that since they didn’t get this day off from school then Valentine’s Day must not be a real holiday? I don’t know, they won’t tell me. But these are things that I’m willing to get to the bottom of.
If you are like me and you enjoy Valentine’s Day, you may have started thinking about what you are going to do for your significant other this year. There are the obvious choices: roses, chocolates, jewelry, dinner and a movie, etc. Then there are some not so traditional choices, like a creative gift specifically chosen or put together for your Valentine. Personally, I enjoy these types of gifts, as they are more personal and show that some actual thought went in to the gift – which in itself, is one of the best ways you can tell someone you love them. If you are having trouble thinking of creative ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day (don’t worry, you aren’t alone), here are a few ideas and sites that may help you:
- Create a handmade Valentine. Everyone loves something handmade. It clearly shows that you created something especially for your sweetie, and is a sure-fire way to score some major romance points with the ladies. From homemade cards to love coupons to sweet, edible treats, go to everythingetsy.com for 101 amazing and easy ideas.
- Make a mix tape. It may seem a little 90’s but let’s face it – we are all still suckers for personalized relationship soundtracks. I really like the list that Entertainment Weekly put together of their picks for the 25 best love songs. Get inspired at ew.com.
- Plan a scavenger hunt with presents hidden along the way. The first time I saw this was when my sister’s boyfriend in college did this for her for. It was their first Valentine’s Day together, and it was so romantic. You could tell he put so much thought into it! He gave her a clue to go to a place on campus that was meaningful to them, and when she got there she found a little gift, with another clue to a different location. After several cute clues and sweet gifts, she found him waiting at the final location. Yes, ladies, it was swoon-worthy. Needless to say, she’s married to him now. Go to mastersofthehunt.com for some ideas and resources to help you plan your own scavenger hunt for your Valentine.
If you are among the population who doesn’t see February 14th as a better day than any other to practice the art of romance (I’m just going to tell myself that this is what these people think, because it’s a much nicer version than them hating romance and love in general and not wanting anything to do with it) and are wondering what on Earth you’ll do to celebrate the boycotting of Valentine’s Day, here are a few ideas:
- Find something else to occupy your time. Do something you wouldn’t normally do for yourself or someone else. It’s a great way to take your mind off the holiday and make yourself feel good. Take a look at lite987.com for a list of ideas.
- Have a slasher movie marathon. Rather than watch the traditional romantic movies that most couples will be watching on this day, why not watch the complete opposite? Curl up with a good horror movie. Check out rottentomatoes.com for a list of their Top 50 horror movie picks.
- Unite with fellow boycotters by throwing an Anti-Valentine’s Day themed party. You and your friends (mostly dudes without girlfriends, no doubt) can come together and watch slasher flicks (see previous bullet), listen to unromantic heavy metal music, play violent video games, etc. Squidoo.com has some tips on how to throw a great Anti-Valentine’s Day party.
In summary, I guess I will never fully understand why some people don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. In my eyes, love and romance should be something that everyone experiences in their life, and most people do and are experiencing it right now. So I don’t get why someone wouldn’t want to say to their sweetheart, “hey, I love you, and I know you probably know that, but I’m going to tell you again anyway and I’m also going to do something that I don’t do on a day-to-day basis just to make you feel special”. I think it’s a beautiful and natural thing that brings us all so much happiness, and who couldn’t use a little extra happy?? Even if it is just one day of the year.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Take the poll below and leave me a comment letting me know why or why not. I’d really like to solve this Valentine’s Day mystery of mine. 😉
- Advice for Males & Females Regarding Valentine’s Day (alissajean.com)