the happy heart day.

Whether you’re like this:

Or feeling more like this:

I hope you have a happy day and enjoy celebrating all kinds of love.

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(if you care to read a little rant…)

For the past couple of weeks, my gym has had a sign up that says something like “Whether as a Valentine’s Gift for your sweetie or a treat for yourself on Single Awareness Day, a massage appointment is the perfect present!”  Then, my roommate and I had a girls Valentine’s Day shindig on Sunday night, and my lovely friend Casey said she had been asked if the party, due to its all-girl nature, was an Anti-Valentine’s one,  complete with the burning of nostalgic/romantic momentos and gloomy black decor. These two instances and all the other V-Day dread seem 1) so dated (heh) to me, 2) negligent of the fact that the day’s not all about romantic love, and 3) kind of insulting. Who has said “Single Awareness Day” since middle school? And who, even if not boyfriended or girlfriended, has no relationships about which they can be happy (if that actually applies to you, I apologize, and you have free reign to be full of angst today)? And even if many single people are grumpy about it, why is it AUTOMATICALLY lumped with angry? Bitter isn’t a good look on anyone– pink is much better.

And when will HRCK the Herald stop pretending she’s Carrie Bradshaw? Right now.

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the mindset.

Many things irritate me. Slow walkers, power trips, everything bagels. Reflectiveness around the end of a year and beginning of a new one is not one of those things though, so here’s a little bit.

2011 was a pretty great year for me. On January 1st, I began the year with my toes in the ocean in Florida. I concluded December 31st (well, technically it was already a few hours into 2012) making designs in leftover frosting on a piece of room service chocolate cake in Atlanta. Evidence:

(Clearly I wasn’t too into a “less dessert” resolution, huh? And still not old enough not to enjoy playing with my food)

I like motivational quotes the whole year round, but here are some ones that I’d like to have in mind as this 2012 year begins.

And a real “thinker” one with which to end…

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012!

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the grand gesture.

When I posted the gift guides last week, a few people informed me that those suggestions would have been helpful a little earlier in the game. Those people do their Christmas shopping extremely early.

Today’s post is for those who are a little less timely. Readers, I give you the DIY Snow Machine:

This is the kind of present that would save a relationship in a romantic comedy. I can just see it– at some point early in the movie, the leading girl would tell the leading boy (being hetero-normative here) in passing that she, being from Los Angeles or Miami or Sydney or somewhere, has never witnessed a white Christmas. The girl and boy would fall in love (there would be a montage with the standard cute scenes– the dancing around the kitchen, the smearing of an ice cream cone on each other’s nose, a very competitive board game, a bouncy piggyback ride). Then the boy would make some big mistake, and the boy and girl would break up. They would trudge through their holiday seasons immune to the Christmas cheer around them. The girl would meet someone else and go on dates with him in nice, candlelight restaurants. The boy would be distraught. And then, in a last ditch effort, the boy would set up a DIY Snow Machine in front of the girl’s apartment, she’d see it, she’d realize that he remembered how she (so subtly!) wished for a white Christmas, her icy heart would melt, and he’d win her back.

If you need to perform a similar grand gesture yourself, here’s the step by step on Instructables.

(Image via Instructables.)

the presents.

If you spend any time in the blog world, you’ll know that gift guides have been e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. And because all of them have been written by stylish girls with their thumbs on the pulse of what’s cool, the guides have mostly only given me ideas of things that I’d like to buy for myself, which hasn’t been that productive as far as gift-giving goes. If, however, you haven’t been similarly inundated by gift guides and are still stumped re: what to get for the special people in your life, I’ll direct your attention to  A Little Dash of Ash’s 12 Days of Christmas. Ashley writes a very spunky, positive, and pretty blog, and for the first 12 days of December, she had 12 great lifestyle bloggers put together their holiday wish lists. If you click on that link, it’ll take you to the series of 12 posts, and each list will have the details for each item included.

Here are two examples:

All 12 lists are full of great items, so I hope the bloggers have been nice this year…:)

(images via A Little Dash of Ash)