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A Valentine’s Date from Home

Valentine’s Day steals my heart year after year. Hallmark makes a lot of money on people like me.

A few years ago, Jake and I tried celebrating from home. We loved it so much, I asked him to do it again this year (except for about three weeks early and with a photographer there).

How else would I share the idea with you?!

Staying in sounds simple, but you can dress it up. Throw on something fancy. Order in from your favorite restaurant. Eat off your fanciest plates. Pour yourselves a drink. Throw on a romantic playlist… and get cozy. You’ll love avoiding huge restaurant crowds.

For dessert, pick up a few small cakes from your neighborhood bakery, and exchange notes with the 10 best moments you’ve spent together since you started dating. You’ll laugh, cringe and cry a little.

I’ll leave the rest of the night up to you (after all, my mom is reading this)… 

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One more thing: Just a reminder to spoil your friends, too. I’ve spent a lot of Valentine’s Days with my girlfriends, when Jake and I lived across the country from one another. I can’t stress enough how important it is to spread some extra love this week to all of your favorite people. They deserve it. 

Skirt: Anthropologie // Top: Similar looks here + here // Shoes: Saint Laurent (affordable options here + here) // Desserts: Sweet Lady Jane

Photos by Annie Shak