The Valentine’s experts - Three women share their ideas of what makes the perfect Valentine’s Day
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They are as far-reaching as love itself: Fashion and lifestyle bloggers from Valencia, Milan and Berlin write about their ultimate Valentine’s Day experiences.
Ricarda Schernus (@catsanddogsblog) Berlin-based fashion & lifestyle influencer
A particular Valentine’s Day...
Aren’t you lucky, sweetheart, that your birthday is only one day before Valentine’s Day? You lovely February child, what a typical Aquarius you are - wild and free, but with the biggest heart on this Earth.
After a lovely dinner on the evening of my man’s birthday, I wake him up on the morning of the 14th in his favorite way - with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and croissants from the Parisian coffee shop around the corner from where we live. We have breakfast in bed while talking about anything and nothing, cuddling until mid-day. We are lucky to be freelancers, no office to go to if we choose not to.
After that long, slow start into the day, he surprises me with my bicycle freshly washed and we ride our bikes out into the country. The sun is shining while the fresh February air is breezing around us and we stop at our favorite spot by the river. We sit there with hot tea and biscuits for hours, walk along the bank and simply enjoy the time spent together.
After a long day, we cook our favorite dinner together. He’s the one who deals with the meat while I cut up the vegetables. We have a romantic dinner at home and finish it off with our favorite romantic movies. What a sweet day, and only one day after his birthday. I wish it was Valentine’s Day on every day of the year. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be.It’s all about what we make of it!
Anna Devís Benet (@anniset) Valencia-based creative influencer:
February 14th is a very special date for my family. My grandparents got married on that exact day, and so did my parents years later. I don’t know yet if I’m supposed to keep the tradition alive, but for that reason and there is no doubt this is also a day to celebrate love and happiness… but we have such high expectations when it comes to Valentine’s Day! We want glamorous dinners under the moonlight, red rose petals scattered over the bed and scented candles placed throughout the house. We want this day to be as perfect and magical as it is in books and movies, but we forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that make a big difference.
Due to my work, my daily routine always involves my being away from home. My job is to come up with offbeat ideas and to bring to life unexpected concepts through my photography, and in order to achieve that I need to take risks, live outside my four walls and travel the world. I don’t have the time to stay at home! That’s why I can’t imagine a better gift for me than a well deserved break with my Valentine…there is no need to go out, if you’re staying in with the one you love. Having breakfast in bed, getting up late and laying under the blankets all day sounds like the perfect plan to me. At the end of the day, who needs to eat in a fancy restaurant when you’ve got the option of a romantic popcorn menu?
Lisa-Marie Mewes (@jimsandkittys) Milan-based fashion and lifestyle influencer:
14th Feb - Valentine’s Day – love is in the air! Everywhere, all around the world. Every year - over and over again - we all get super-duper excited that this year we’re going to enjoy the most perfect and of course the most romantic day. Because everyone does it and it clearly is THE date of dates. What do I wear? Where do we go for dinner? What will be the most perfect gift for my better half? What can I arrange to make it even more amazing than last year? Everything has to be perfect and as romantic as possible, no matter what... Luckily we both share the same view of this oh-so-popular day. No fancy dinners and no kitschy roses - but this doesn’t mean that romance is dead. We are very romantic, just in a very different way. A hotel breakfast with fluffy pancakes, eggs Benedict, good coffee and pure white sheets sounds ideal and like a pretty good plan to me. No fancy dinner?! Well, sometimes we should simply forget about our 9 pm fancy dinner reservations and just stuff ourselves with a heap of pancakes. After all, carbs make you even happier than you already are, don’t they? A breakfast date is our kind of date!
We travel a lot and so for our ideal Valentine’s Day date we prefer the beach side of life, spending the afternoon with our feet in the sand, with grit in the picnic and bubbles. Salt is the staff of life! Palm trees, a glass of Rosé, carbs, cuddles, pure white sand between our toes and the waves. Waves that caress the shore, because there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline. May sound kitschy but isn’t Valentine’s Day all about being kitschy, whether you want it to be romantic or not? So that on that day everything seems to be pink!
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