What’s on your agenda for V-day? If you’re still thinking about ways to make it as special as the person you’re spending it with, our favorite West Coast style bloggers have stepped up to share their own romantic dates as inspiration, along with tips that work no matter where you are or what you do.
A PICNIC ON THE BEACH
For their first V-day together as a married couple, Eat Sleep Wear blogger Kimberly Pesch and her husband Blake hit the L.A. coast for a simply sweet get-together on the sand. According to Kim, “I always want to chase sunsets with him and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a perfect beach date.”
“Even though our date is casual, I love to get dolled up. This flowing version of the little black dress moves in the wind on the beach. For date night I always take out a little cross body bag to fit my phone, lipstick, and a compact for touch-ups. Blake wore his go-to date uniform: skinny jeans and a patterned button-down. Guys have it easy to look good, am I right?”
“Pick a location that is special to YOU. For a romantic evening, the place needs to have some meaning. Don’t just pick the most expensive restaurant just because. You might not like the atmosphere. Be you.”
“Pre-prepared dishes or snacks always looks more elegant when you bring along a couple simple bowls, a wooden cutting board to present some of your snacks, and some real silverware! Don’t forget a cute blanket to sit on and wrap yourself up in when it gets a little chilly.”
A DAY IN WINE COUNTRY
“I’m all for appreciating your significant others throughout the year, not just on one particular day,” says blogger and true romantic Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam. “However, it’s always a nice excuse to use for a date night, getaway or even just a little love note.” This year, Julia and husband Thomas decided to celebrate V-Day with a return to an inn in California wine country where they enjoyed a happy anniversary.
“We kept things classic. I love this simple cocktail dress that’s understated and elegant yet still feels chic for an evening out with my husband. I paired with black tights and pumps and added a ribbon to a low pony and cat eye to pull the look together. Thomas added this blazer over a crisp white dress shirt paired with slim black jeans and dress shoes.”
“Skip the crowded restaurants and do something intimate (even if it’s at home),” says Julia.
As Julia notes, aiming for the perfectly elaborate Valentine’s date is a good way to end up disappointed. Enjoying each other’s company is what’s most important. “Keep it simple. Don’t overthink or over-plan. Instead of gifts, we like experiences like taking a cooking class, going hot air ballooning or taking a trip. Whatever you do, leave your phones behind and be in the moment.”
LETTING LOOSE ON THE SANTA MONICA PIER
With lots of work-related travel coming up, Sazan Hendrix and husband Stevie chose to celebrate Valentine’s Day early in a fun, easy way. “We decided to be a little cheesy and head out to Santa Monica Pier for the sunset (complete with cotton candy and popcorn, of course),” says Sazan. A true believer in keeping V-day simple, the blogger had a few ideas for how to make it special without a lot of fuss.
“Communicate with your Valentine and find the perfect activity that both of you will enjoy,” Sazan advises. “Keep it lighthearted with a fun daytime activity like hiking, roller skating or shopping. ;)”
Sazan says, “Don’t be afraid to let your hair down and go wild! This little black dress I’m wearing was the perfect piece for our casual yet romantic date night. My hubby didn’t look so bad himself. His blazer and black jeans were classy but comfortable enough for him to run around and be the crazy goofball that he is.”