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12 February 2018

That Time of Year

Hello! Rather fitting that I am about to talk about Valentine's day looking like a baby blue condom, isn't it?

If there's one thing I've learnt in the last month, it's that coming out of a three year relationship feels an awful lot like what I can imagine emerging from a nuclear bunker would feel like. The world doesn't quite look the same, you're not quite sure how anything works and everything is on fire. Also I've heard there's about eight different ways to like someone on Tinder now and if that isn't terrifying, then I don't know what is.

Kidding, I don't think the world is on fire. But it's not the 14th of February yet - so that could all change.

I jest because I've actually always really loved Valentine's Day, even before I was in a relationship and obviously now I'm not anymore. I know being recently single makes me the last person you'd expect to be here defending it, but hey ho. Here I am. Bruised and a little out of touch, I still love love and I'm down for any day that sets off to celebrate that, regardless of the tackiness. When you look at the world, it's honestly a little bit dire - the only real joy is those first few minutes of Love Actually where everyone is hugging at the airport. My friend watches that scene on repeat when he's feeling down (a habit I've picked up from him). You can moan and groan about the commercial aspect of it, but it's not about the gifts or the food or the money. What sits behind all of those things? Love. So if you can't stand plastic hearts, that's really not enough of a reason to be a cynic.

It's not just romantic love - whether you're spending your day with your best girls, your family or your cats, love is a universal kind of joy that we all deserve to languish in for a day. Lovers come and go, but friends, family and pets are forever. Also your friends/cat won't judge you for lying in the bath drinking cheap rose and eating chocolates, watching anything with Simon Baker in it for hours on end until the water turns cold. That is also an excellent suggestion on how to spend your day if you want to be all about self-love. Simon Baker's face is like ibuprofen for the soul, kiddos.

I'm actually looking forward to a cheeky bit of Galentine's Day (if you haven't, read Chloe's fantastic love song to Galentine's here) and treating myself to the max. It marks a fresh chapter in my life that I'm learning to look forward to, and putting myself first. So whether you're single, engaged, polyamourous, married to a stone or just bored of your partner constantly trying to make shower sex sound at all plausible, I think we ought to all spend this Wednesday being mushy and gushy to our nearest and dearest.

NAKD coat, ASOS beanie, FOREVER 21 jumper, TOPSHOP jeans, CONVERSE shoes, MONKI bag (c/o).

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