Valentine’s Day Wears

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I hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day with your love/friends/pet/favorite meal. I spent the morning watching reruns of Sex and the City (a great Valentine’s Day show) then met up with Domenico to make curried vegetables over polenta. Then we grabbed a tsoynami, I dropped off my Sheepish Heart Bomb hearts, and we headed to the movies to watch the Oscar-nominated short films. It was a lovely evening, and I decided not to take my camera along. Emily did snap a few pictures of my hearts day outfit before I left though. I was totally decked out in my lip-patterned dress, my kissing kids necklace, and my knitted heart hair clip. As you can see, Rae was my valentine for the day.

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The next morning, we went to the VNSA annual book sale, did a little browsing at Frances, and then split some sandwiches at Hula’s. Of course, we did have to do some economics studying, but overall, it was a pretty lovely Valentine’s Day.

10 Ideas for an Alternative Valentine’s Day

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1. Make an indulgent breakfast and laze around all morning. I recommend these strawberry buttermilk doughnuts.

2. Print some sweet valentines to pass out. I love these ones from The Black Apple and these Downton Abbey-themed ones.

3. Knit a stuffed anatomical heart. Or if you don’t have time, knit a quick heart hair clip.

4. Stay in and watch a great, classic romantic movie like Funny Face or When Harry Met Sally.

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5. Make this hilarious and punchy “bang me” valentine for your special someone.

6. Go on a bike ride to your favorite book store with your date and pick out a book for each other.

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7. Participate in a cool, collective project like the One Sheepish Girl heart bomb. I did it last year and it was great fun.

8. Bring some love to your office with these super simple valentines for co-workers.

9. Fill someone’s car/closet/cubicle with heart-shaped balloons.

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10. Have a Galentine’s Day brunch with your gal pals.

This year, Domenico and I are probably going to repeat our Valentine’s Day plans from last year by watching the Oscar-nominated short films at Camelview 5. We’re not going to eat out this time to avoid the craziness, but will make dinner together and probably do some kitchen dancing. Of course, we might go out to split a milkshake or a slickable.

Valentine’s Day 2014

vdaylaboccalabocca2labocca3slickables3Domenico and I celebrated our eighth Valentine’s Day as a couple on Friday with some tasty Italian food and short films. We had planned to go to House of Tricks for dinner but are apparently ill-equipped to deal with the madness of Valentine’s Day, and therefore didn’t get a reservation in time. We ended up with an early-bird reservation of 4:30 p.m. at La Bocca. We ordered an assortment of bruschetta and a handmade pasta dish.

We then walked around Mill Avenue and dispersed my knitted hearts from the sheepish heart bomb. We put one on the handlebars of a bike and when we paced the stand again, the bike was gone, which was pretty exciting. Our next stop was Slickables, where we made our own ice cream sandwich with chocolate cookies and pistachio ice cream. So messy but so good.

Our last stop was to Camelview 5 where we watched the live action and animated Oscar-nominated short films. All were wonderful, some were really intense, some were beautifully funny. Thankfully we ended with the animated ones, which were a little more light-hearted.

books2We spent Saturday together as well, starting with Emily’s chocolate-covered strawberries for breakfast. We spent the rest of the day thrifting, picnicking in a park complete with ducks and turtles, and roaming the aisles of Phoenix’s annual VNSA book sale. It’s really overwhelming, guys, but I found these gems for a dollar each.

I hope your Valentine’s Day was as charming as ours!