Girls Night in Galentine’s Day Bash.

Girls Night In Galentine's Day Bash.

To me, Valentine’s Day is all about all types of love. It’s about celebrating the love that’s around us everywhere – from our family and friends to even taking some time to love yourself and indulge in a little treat yourself moment. Regardless of your relationship status it’s pretty likely that you have some kick ass women in your life, so why not throw a little Galentine’s Day bash to celebrate them this weekend?

Girls Night In Galentine's Day Bash.

With my friends, wine is a staple for every gathering (because, wine not?) – I’m a huge fan of Cultivar Wine and always have a few bottles on hand for impromptu gatherings or hostess gifts. Their Cabernet and Cabernet Franc are among my favorite reds ever and it’s always so fun to introduce new friends to their wines.

Girls Night In Galentine's Day Bash.

I’m a firm believer that a great glass of wine goes well with anything so grab a few of your favorite sweet treats and keep things simple with a big bowl of popcorn and a chick flick as the perfect background for conversation and catch up. Indulge your sweet tooth by asking your gals to bring a bag of their favorite Valentine’s Day candy and create a little buffet of everyone’s faves (mine’s Hershey’s Hugs!). Grab a few pints of Halo Top ice cream and let your girls create their own personal sundaes – each pint only has between 240 and 280 calories so there’s zero guilt in finishing the entire thing in one sitting ;) Plus they’re packed with protein so even your fittest of friends can feel good about celebrating on a sweet note!

Girls Night In Galentine's Day Bash.

What better excuse for a little pampering than a girls night in? Create a manis and masks station for your girls to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with pink and red polishes, while nourishing their skin with a few face mask options. Yes To has some of my current favorites – their Grapefruit Sheet Mask is the ultimate brightener, while the Tomato Charcoal mask fights breakouts and the Coconut mask moisturizes winter skin like woah.

Girls Night In Galentine's Day Bash.

For decor, feel free to go a little overboard in the decorating department – think pink, reds and hearts galore! I picked up some Valentine’s Day card crafting items and turned ‘em into a festive backdrop for the treats table with the help of some painter’s tape on the back (and it would also make for an adorable photo booth!)

Let’s hear it for the laaaaadies this Valentine’s Day and cheers to the friendships and wonderful women in our lives!

10 Ideas for Date Night.

I’m a firm believer that you should never stop dating, and that isn’t just a bit of advice for my single friends. Even after you’ve updated your relationship status, or even walked down the aisle, it’s important to keep things fresh and exciting and that means you’ve still gotta date. Each other that is (don’t go signing up for Tinder!) – dating is one of the simplest ways to keep the spark alive and break free of the routine that can come with a committed relationship.

10 Ideas for Date Night.

In the spirit of love and Valentine’s Day this weekend, 10 new ideas for date night to get you off the couch and out of the house with your hunny:

1. Try Something New:  There’s something really exciting about having an entirely new experience together! Pick something neither of you have ever done before, whether it be eating Ethiopian food, going to a jazz concert or indoor rock climbing, and make a date out of it!

2. Movie Night at Home: Date night doesn’t always have to be about going out! Make it a special night at home by watching each other’s favorite movies with takeout while snuggled up on the couch – be sure to stock up on popcorn and your favorite theater candies for the full experience.

3. Sweat It Out: A workout and a date is the ultimate two-for-one! Working out together is a great way to hold yourselves accountable while also prioritizing your health & wellness within your relationship. Take turns picking the activity for your workout date to work a variety of muscles while also adding some variety to your date nights.

4. Take a Hike: No, literally! Spend some time on the weekend hitting the trails together to soak in the scenery while catching up on how your weeks went without the distractions of cell phones or to do lists. Bonus points for packing a picnic to enjoy at the top.

5. Dress It Up: Getting dressed up is the easiest way to make a date night feel special – whether you have a reservation at a five star restaurant or are looking to put a fresh spin on dinner at your favorite neighborhood spot, surprise each other by getting dolled up. It’ll be impossible not to check each other out!

6. Get Competitive: Everyone loves a little friendly competition! Hit the arcade, the batting cages or the mini golf course and show off your competitive sides by placing bets with household chores or special treats (massage, anyone?!)

7. Create Something Together: Show off your creative sides by dedicating a date night to making something together. Have a soft spot for vintage? Take a trip to the flea market to find a new piece to give a fresh life to with the help of a little elbow grease. Looking to flex your creative muscles? Take a painting or pottery class!

8. Staycation: Who says you have to leave town to unwind? Book a hotel room in your own city and soak in the relaxing vibes with a little staycation. Consider ordering room service a must!

9. Museum Hop: Lean something new while also discovering new sides of each other by spending an afternoon at a museum. Savor the quiet time and grab coffee afterward to catch up on your favorite pieces and the cool stuff you saw!

10. Roadtrip: Whether it be a full cross country trip or an hour drive to favorite part of your trip, make the playlist, pack the car and head out for a roadtrip! Plan out your destination but leave the rest flexible so you can take your time and make it truly about the journey.

What are some of your favorite ideas for date night? Anyone have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day Date Night Outfit.

GAP Cherries Dress with Ivanka Trump Heels & Kate Spade Bag. GAP Cherries Dress with Ivanka Trump Heels & Kate Spade Bag.*Photos by Tory Putnam

You know those dresses that just instantly make you feel like a million bucks? This is one of ’em. I’ve found it can be really hard to find long sleeved dresses that still are cute and modern (I swear I’ve tried on countless this year that made me look like I belonged on the Oregon Trail!) and this recent Gap find really nails it. The wide neckline and button-front detail make it feel a little flirty while the pop of red and cherry pattern keep things fun and bright, which is exactly what I tend to look for in a winter-friendly dress.

GAP Cherries Dress with Ivanka Trump Heels & Kate Spade Bag. GAP Cherries Dress with Ivanka Trump Heels & Kate Spade Bag.

GAP Dress // Leather Jacket (similar) // Kate Spade Bag // Ivanka Trump Heels
// NARS Cruella Lipstick // Beachwaver Curling Wand // NARS Orgasm Blush //
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue // Benefit Hoola Bronzer // Benefit Watts Up
// Benefit Roller Lash Mascara // MoroccanOil Treatment //
Living Proof Leave-In Conditioner // Essie Berry Naughty Nail Polish

Paired with a leather jacket, black tights and a classic pair of pumps and this dress would be perfect for Valentine’s Day date night with your guy. It’s festive without being over the top and the waist tie flatters your figure without being skin tight and uncomfortable (no spanx needed ;))

GAP Cherries Dress with Ivanka Trump Heels & Kate Spade Bag.

We’ll actually be spending Valentine’s Day in Hawaii this year and I am so excited to visit a new place and soak in some sunshine and warm weather. Anyone have Maui recommendations for us?!

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