Let’s face it. Not all of us love the day of love. Sure, for some it’s a day of mushy-gushy lovey-dovey displays of affection. But to the rest of us it’s a perfect opportunity to roll our eyes and say, “barf!” We wouldn’t know a picture perfect romance if it bit us in the rear and the idea of celebrating something so cliché is downright annoying. And if you’re anything like me, the holiday has somehow remained just as repulsive now that I have someone to share it with.
So while part of the world is preoccupied with elaborate date-night plans and Hallmark cards, let us ban together to celebrate an Anti-Valentine’s Day of sorts. Call your Anti-Valentine’s Day an ironic celebration if you will, or even just an alternative way to celebrate your love for yourself, but just because we don’t celebrate the traditional way doesn’t mean we have to deprive ourselves of a good time altogether. So here are a few ways to take your V-Day from tragically corny to perfectly alternative in some very simple steps.
Look the Part
I know that one of the most fun parts of the holiday for a glamazon, and even for a lot of people who don’t normally wear anything fancy, is the whole idea of getting dolled up for once. And I must say, there’s something fun about doing my hair and makeup no matter what the occasion is. But if Valentine’s Day itself is holding you back from taking advantage of an opportunity to show your style, something edgier might be more up your alley.
I’ll be opting for something a little more alternative, and I’ve derived my inspiration from none other than the queen of alt-glam herself: Los Angeles make-up artist and YouTuber Atleeeey.
If you want to follow along with me and try something glamorous yet extremely Anti-V-Day yourself, you can follow this link to view a tutorial that includes a list of products and how to apply them.
Hit the Buffet
Here, I’ll say it. Screw romance unless it’s layered and steeped in all the delights of every food I love. That’s why I can’t think of a better way to say “I love you” to myself, and allow my spouse to do the same, than to allow ourselves the pleasure of a once-in-a-blue-moon episode of gluttony in our favorite buffet restaurant. The pressure to act artificially romantically is off, and isn’t this where the true romance of a loving relationship emerges? So whether you’re going by yourself or with a loved one, you should treat yo’ self by forgetting the formalities of a contrived occasion and embracing what your heart actually desires.
Once I’ve gotten made up to the nines in ironic glam, my husband and I will be fulfilling the irony by living it up on our Anti-Valentine’s Day by finding a local Groupon (you can find a Groupon for a local establishment in your area worldwide, too!) coupon so that we can save our more money for other aspects of the perfect Anti-Valentine’s Day.
Celebrate your Furry Babes, Too
In the midst of celebrating your love for yourself, you can’t forget all your other loved ones. Love in general should be celebrated every single day, and making sure to spread your affection past the traditional perimeters is essential to sticking it to the cliché man. You can celebrate your children if you have any, your mom or dad, your best friend, but don’t forget to show your pets all the love you have for them. What better way to bring on the irony of an Anti-Valentine’s Day than by pampering your fur baby above all else?
In true anti-norm fashion, I do have ferrets, and because they’re the most playful and loving critters in my life I can’t wait to gift them these comfortable harnesses so I can take them to all the places they deserve and would love to visit. But because I also have a good doggo, I’ll probably also end up buying endless toys and a new bed for her as well.
Finish by Treating Yo’ Self!
If you have a significant other, or if you’re pouring your love on your other loved ones and pets during this alternative day of love, you can’t forget about yourself. You just can’t! It’s the whole point of an Anti-Valentine’s Day. You pour so much energy into making sure the people you love are taken care of every day of your life that you mustn’t neglect to make yourself feel loved, too. You need to set aside some time to pour yourself a bath, or read a new book, or DIY something for yourself that you’ll enjoy for a long time to come (like this coffee station that’s easy to re-create and will make you feel like a king or queen every single morning).
I, myself, plan to use this bath bomb and epsom salt kit I was given for my last birthday. And I might even take a virtual trip to Amazon to order some candles and a new book to enjoy while I pamper myself.
Do What You Love…But Make It Uniquely YOU
So here you have it. A breakdown of how to enjoy a proper Anti-Valentine’s Day, all tradition thrown to the wind in an ironic twist of celebration. Celebrate your loved ones, celebrate your pets, but by all means: celebrate yourself and do it YOUR way. Forget the traditions and the romance, because the best romance is to embrace exactly who you are and what makes you uniquely happy.