Ted Baker Chloe Drew Asos Pink 8“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with one another.”
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Coat – Asos (ON SALE!) || Dress – Ted Baker (similar: 1 / 2 / 3) || Bag – Chloé ‘Mini Drew’ (budget-friendly options: 1 / 2 / 3) || Pumps – Dune London (similar: 12 / 3) || Cuff – Forever 21 || Bag Charm – Asos

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Right now it seems like it’s the “in” thing to hate on Valentine’s Day. Everyone I know seems to be frustrated by this romantic holiday.

And the truth is, I get it.

Valentine’s Day isn’t about love really — at least not anymore.

It’s about material affection, grand gestures that feel forced, and getting dressed up for an over-priced meal at an over-crowded restaurant that inevitably leads to over-orders of booze just to cope. Oh, sorry, maybe that’s just me…

Almost a year ago to the day I shared Hubby’s recipe for Black Truffle Mushroom Risotto. I shared it because a) it’s amazing and delicious and I wish I could eat it every night, and b) because it’s been Hubby and I’s Valentine’s Day compromise for the last four years.

Every Valentine’s Day instead of getting dolled up and going out, Hubby and I wear our favorite pjs (the hilarious result of several inside jokes), play some music, and cook his risotto together. That way we can stay home with the pups (who deserve some Valentine’s Day love too!) and we can be our weird, goofy selves without spending a fortune “treating” one another.

Love is a wonderful, magical emotion. Celebrating the holiday of love should be painless! This Valentine’s Day, instead of bemoaning the love you don’t have, embrace the love you do have. Tell all your loved ones how much they mean to you.

Because in the end, love is our best hope and our true destiny.

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