Valentine’s Day. The one day of the year where everything comes in a heart-shaped novelty box. The one day of the year where everyone pretends to LOVE red roses. I mean really, does anyone even actually like red roses? Personally I think they demonstrate less of a grand romantic gesture and more of a complete lack of imagination. Sorry. Plus as someone who regularly buys flowers, I resent being overcharged for the sake of a pointless holiday.
When you’re perpetually single, Valentine’s Day just becomes another one of those pain in the arse days where people doubt your life choices. No, I’m not in a relationship right now. No really, I am totally fine about it. NO, I don’t wish I was getting some shit, cheap teddy bear hugging a heart, thanks. And no, I’m not bitter. Even when I was in a relationship, I thought the whole thing was a waste of time. Well, when you’re a blogger and you’re single, the V-day minefield becomes even more interesting to navigate. This is the one day of the year that motivates PRs to email you asking what you have planned for your S.O. Note, I once emailed a PR back asking what an S.O was. Which in itself is admittedly tragic. When you do get the dreaded V-day spam, you really only have two options. Option one: you lie. Option two: you don’t lie, but fail to mention your lack of boyfriend. When Rakuten dropped me a line, I decided to opt for a latter. Because why the hell shouldn’t I get a red box of heart shaped goodies and a voucher to treat myself? Surely not settling for any old guy or being stuck in the wrong relationship warrants its own sort of present or celebration…?
For those of you not familiar, Rakuten (formerly play.com) is an online market place. They sell everything from beauty products to games. Since I’m working on my vinyl collection I opted for a few different records. There’s a huge selection of vinyl their site, and this Lana Del Rey one was only actually £10! It’s actually one of the cheapest places I’ve found to buy new records. She might be a bit of a moaner, but let’s face it, Lana Del Rey has got the perfect voice for vinyl… and since it was a Valentine’s Day treat to myself, I figured it made sense to choose someone who made me feel better about my own love life…
Agreeing with you one hundred percent about the roses, teddy bears. I'm not bitter too, but seriously, there are times that V-Day is a tricky day.
But hey, indulge.
And yes, it makes sense to choose someone who makes you feel better about your love life.