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If you’ve never participated in a Valentine’s Day Swap, I highly recommend joining in on the fun next year. I’ve swapped two years in a row now, and not only does it give you the opportunity to get to know other bloggers (who doesn’t like making friends?), but you get to give and receive a special Valentines-themed package from a new friend. It’s basically like Cupid’s version of Christmas.
Secondly, she clearly caught on to the fact that I’m slightly OCD about my Lilly Pulitzer planner and making lists. Ashliegh sent me adorable magnets, pens, notebooks, post-it pads.. and the list goes on. Heaven. I immediately brought all the professional goodies into my office, where I’m sure they’ll inevitably be “borrowed” (euphemism for stolen) once noticed.
Mary Kay’s fabulous red lip gloss was also among the contents of my #VDaySwapBox. I’m a huge proponent of bold red lips, so this gloss is a wonderful supplement to my MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. I wore this dynamic duo pretty much non-stop during all of my festive social activities.
On Valentine’s Eve (I don’t think that’s actually a thing), Guys with Ties, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the communities they serve around Greater Central Florida, hosted their progressive Cupid’s Adventure Dinner, and I jumped at the opportunity to attend. Their events are always so well done, and the proceeds benefit a different local charity each time. The dinner kicked off its first course at The Avenue downtown, then moved to Kasa for the next two courses, then finished at Ghost Bar on Pine for chocolate fondue. My gorgeous friend and fellow beauty blogger Mash Elle was kind enough to accompany me to the dinner, where we hung out with the president and board members of Guys with Ties. We had a blast, although we were apparently responsible for holding up the entire first course… because we were socializing at the bar. Oops. You can’t take us anywhere.
And oo la la, we even got red roses.
And last but certainly not least, my family went above and beyond to make sure I felt the love this year. I haven’t had the best experiences in my love life over the past twelve months, so it’s very touching to see everyone reaching out in their own individual and thoughtful way. My dad sent me the sweetest card, along with homemade Pad Thai and heart-shaped cookies, and my pretty mama took me out to dinner for our own mother-daughter version of Galentine’s Day. I hate to say it… but my skepticism about the horror surrounding this holiday is rapidly depleting.Did y’all enjoy your Valentine’s Day? How did you celebrate? I hope it was filled with laughs, love, friendship, and a whole lot of sugar.