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Happy Valentine’s Day, Ya Filthy Animal

Valentine's Day

Let’s be real – Valentine’s Day can be pretty stressful. For some reason there’s this social expectation for everyone to find a way to enjoy it, whether you’re a brand-new couple, madly in love, happily single or just a little bit lonely. For those of you who craft, this holiday can be so much more than a box of chocolate hearts. (I, sadly, do not have the “craft” gene.) Many men and women love to shower their loved ones with gifts and glitter, while others ignore it entirely. No matter how you celebrate, there’s something for everyone (yes, even non-celebration).

Last night Jamie and I had Galentine’s Day drinks and appetizers at a new Japanese spot in West LA, The Backhouse, and I arrived home to a DIY Valentine from her! A very cute example of how some people do valentines right. (If you like crafts, fashion & DIY check out her blog, Paint the Gown Red!) As for me, I’ll be having burgers from my favorite gastropub and date spot, The Bowery, and seeing A Good Day To Die Hard with my favorite man (sorry, Bruce).

I wanted to share few things I found for everyone to enjoy on this Hallmark holiday. Just remember: If there’s someone you care about, you care about them all year. Don’t let your coworker’s ostentatious bouquet of roses or absurdly overpriced dinner plans get you down! It’s just another day.

 

Valentine's Day

BEST: Hand-drawn Wes Anderson Valentine’s Day cards for your indie friends, from Jennifer Lewis for FlavorWire.

A V-Day Playlist That Doesn’t Suck, from Hello Giggles, featuring Ra Ra Riot, The Growlers, JJAMZ & more.

11 Perks of Being Single on Valentine’s Day, from the always-blunt Thought Catalog.

A letter from John Steinbeck on falling in love, to his son.

 

Valentine's Day

The simple: Red Velvet Cake Milkshake Shooters, from CakeMerchant.

The complex: Red Velvet Macarons with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, from Joanne Eats Well With Others.

The guilt-free: Skinny Chocolate Parfaits, from Skinny Taste.

 

Valentine's Day

Homemade cards for foodies, from TheKitchn.

For LA dwellers, spend your V-Day at LACMA with Kubrick!

 

And if all else fails, you can always watch PORNOG with your buddies.

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