Samantha Chic: Making the best of every Valentine's Day situation


Making the best of every Valentine's Day situation

Valentine's Day is one of those holiday's where it seems people either love it or hate it (though personally I'm kind of neutral).

I think a lot of that -- whether you're single or in a relationship -- comes down to expectations, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. You should obviously expect to be treated as the amazingly wonderful human being that I know you are. However, we can't always control the situation or other people.

So, here are some tips to make sure your day is filled with love and laughter and is all about making connections -- either with your significant other or yourself.

Oh, you lucky dog, you! Getting all dressed up and going to a nice restaurant really is a treat, but between pre-selected menus and overly crowded dining areas (remember that scene in "Valentine's Day?") it can become a little impersonal. There's also sometimes a lot of pressure that comes with being at a top-rated restaurant. 

The important thing, I think, is to make sure you're not taking things too seriously (but please still be on your best behaviour). If you're not a vino lover, it's OK to not sniff, swirl and sip the wine. If you don't know which fork goes with which course, just use one. Focus on your date and having some great conversation and everything else will fall into place.

Going someplace a little more casual has it's advantages -- it's a little more familiar, you might have been there before, you might even have the menu memorized. But it's still important to make Valentine's Day feel special.

In this case, here's what I suggest -- you and your date order dinner, but for the other person (i.e. you pick something you think he/she will like and they pick something they think you will like). This gives you a chance to mix things up and really see how well you know each other.

I think stay at home dates can be underrated. If you're doing something together a bonding experience and not a chore, it really is great to accomplish a task together, such as cooking dinner, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Find a recipe you both have wanted to try and then make it. Get a little dressed up, wear aprons, drink wine while cooking and just laugh.

Last, but certainly not least, is the love yourself date if you're single. Until last year, these were the only Valentine's Day dates I had (not to say I didn't have a boyfriend on the day, they apparently just didn't think it was important). 

For a while, I used to be really upset on the day and watch Hitman on repeat -- talk about depressing. Then in college, I decided this should be a day I connect with myself and show myself that I am special -- no matter what. Take some time for yourself: buy a nice new outfit you've been eyeing, get a manicure or message, bake that dessert you saw on Pinterest and wanted to try. Dedicate this day to yourself, because quite honestly you're worth it!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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