Things I Love Thursday: Mushy Valentine’s Day Edition

Illustration by Kate Fustich

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

— Lucille Ball

This is such a strange time of year. Despite the red and pink hearts on every surface, people seem more embittered than ever. Groans of “What should I get my stupid boyfriend?” and “Another year single!” fill the air. The percentage of people who genuinely revel in the magical love of Valentine’s Day seems to dwindle every year, but why?

I challenge you to have a beautiful and love-filled weekend! This certainly doesn’t mean you need to have a significant other. In fact, I encourage you, regardless of relationship status, to reach out to other people who fill your heart with sparkly stuff: parents, friends, siblings, teachers, your barista, YOURSELF! 

Celebrate what feels good and don’t ignore the importance of loving and feeling loved simply because of the stigmas attached to Valentine’s Day. 

Here’s what’s making me bat my eyelashes lately:

♥ My current read: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ♥ Baby Klaus ♥ Morning Phase by Beck (sorry not sorry Kanye) ♥ Knitting with Berroco Vintage DK ♥ LimeCrime’s Cashmere ♥ Care packages from mommy dearest feat. large quantities of blankets ♥ Care packages from pops feat. LSAT study guides (eep!) ♥ Having a yoga routine and stickin’ to it! ♥ My creative writing course–I’m feeling mad reinvigorated ♥ Trader Joe’s (as always) ♥ Mashed potatoes ♥ The fact that it’s starting to stay light past 5PM! ♥ Getting up early ♥ Pomegranate Juice ♥ The old man in front of me at the library watching Casablanca on his computer ♥


Love you!


Love is in the Air: 7 Romantic Valentine’s Day Patterns

Try as I might to fulfill the bitter old crone label that my mostly black wardrobe and dislike of babies would suggest, I absolutely love Valentine’s Day. Go ahead, internet, go ahead and tell me that Valentine’s Day was created to make us feel sorry for our lonely selves and put an annual spike in Hershey’s profits as a result. Yet, I always thought the joke was on Hallmark. Of course I want to eat this candy and of course I want an excuse to be overly emotional  and of course I want to watch Sweet Home Alabama. So really, thanks for the opportunity. 

I know I am a minority in holding this opinion, but I really do wish more people felt the same! Valentine’s Day is a lovely and luscious time of year, regardless of your relationship status or Tinder exploits. So why not try to love the love a little bit? Mwah!

1.) The Jackie O-Tee by Pickles

2.) Dot the I by Flowermouse Designs

3.) Peace and Love Sweater by Anna Ravenscroft

4.) “Eye Candy” Colorful Reversible Eye Mask by Lauren Riker

5.) LoveSocks by Devon Clement

6.) Moss Stitch Bow Headband by Stephanie Fail

7.) Valentine Heart by Sachi Ishii