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I love love.

Hi friends- I know it’s been a while but I thought in honor of V-day I’d bring back one of my favorite posts from a few years ago to help everyone keep the real meaning of Valentines Day in mind. xoxo, SS

Little known fact, Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday. I know what you’re thinking… what a sap, but if you really think about it, Valentine’s Day should be everyone’s favorite holiday! I hear you, bitter heartbroken women of the world, who have been crushed or let down in the past…NEWSFLASH: we’ve all been there! Everyone has trusted their heart to the wrong person before. It’s part of the human experience. But the truth is, whether you’re in love, out of love, looking for love or avoiding the hell out of it- love is out there and when it’s your time, you’re toast. Most of us wouldn’t be here without it and there’s no running from it. And if that doesn’t deserve respect, I don’t know what does.

The way I see it, you have a choice to make (you aforementioned bitter single women of the world). This Valentine’s Day you can dwell on the fact that you’re not “in love” with someone…or you can appreciate all of the wonderful things and people in this world that you do love. So what’s it gonna be? Do you want to be bitter and let a silly day on the calendar get you down? Or are you going to open your eyes to all the things in your life that love has brought you? Look at the love you have for your friends and your family. Look at the love between your parents or your grandparents…whether you like it or not, love is in your life. Don’t even try to tell me that you don’t love a particular pair of pumps in your closet, or a special piece of jewelry.

With that in mind, I say you take this day to appreciate all the little loves in your life. Because even if you haven’t found the love yet, at least you know it’s out there and you have living proof all around you. Now that seems like something celebrate…



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My mom is still my valentine <3

It’s no secret that I love Valentine’s Day (seen here) but with work and a new apartment to keep up with this year, I ran out of time to make my signature Valentine’s Fortune Cookies. So admittedly, this year was a little less special. Until this morning when my mom surprised me with a valentine just for me! Just look at the adorable necklace that my mom had made for me by a small wire-jewelry designer in San Francisco. It’s 14k gold wire and chain; delicate, sweet and adorned with a tiny heart. I don’t think I could love a necklace more.

Sorry for the terrible picture, blame my iPhone!

I have been secretly wanting a nameplate necklace for a few months now and leave it to my mom to read my mind and surprise me with one on my second favorite holiday! (4th of July will always take the cake for me, I am a sucker for fireworks) Every year since we were little my mom has made Valentine’s day magical. With little treats for my brother and me at the breakfast table before school and then amazing care packages in college, filled with things like Starbucks cards, a new nail polish shade and even a pink and red wine glass after I turned 21. And every time, the box was chock full of pink heart confetti and decorated all over the outside.  No matter if we were too young to have a valentine of our own, in puppy love or boycotting it entirely, it didn’t matter because mom was the best Valentine to have and she made it fun. Which is why my first Valentine will always be my favorite, my wonderful mom. Love you mama!

Mom and I at home in Chicago

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Getting Lucky on Valentine’s Day…

With my signature fortune cookie valentines, everyone gets lucky on V-Day! In high school I was reading an article in InStyle Mag all about creative valentines when I stumbled across these adorable fortune cookie Valentine’s treats. When I saw the steep price tag for a dozen cookies, I realized I could easily make these adorable gifts on my own and I’ve been giving them out as my Valentine’s gifts ever since. All you need is:

a box of plain fortune cookies

A bag of melting chocolate

I like to use Wilton’s Melting Chocolate available at your local Michael’s. For this batch I used a combo of white and milk chocolate. Follow the simple melting instructions on the bag and start dipping! Make sure to work quickly as the chocolate is best to work with when it’s hot. Also be careful to melt the chocolate discs little by little, if you burn the chocolate you have to dump it and start over! Then add some festive jimmies and voila…

an original and adorable Valentine!

This year I even slipped a personal fortune into each cookie and dipped pretzel rods just in case I ran out!

All in all, this makes for an easy and creative Valentine’s gift and requires minimal time to make! What’s your signature V-Day treat? Love you all and hope your Valentine’s Day has been a happy one! xoxo SS

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Lady and Lauper, a MAC made in heaven

We all know girls just wanna have fun but now the Queen and Princess of Pop are pairing up and saying safety first!! Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper are teaming up with MAC AIDS Fund as the new faces of VIVA Glam to launch the From our Lips campaign. No strangers to controversy, we’ve loved to watch these two push the limits in song and style with their overt sexuality and twists on traditional gender roles. Now the pair want to help girls everywhere embrace their own sexuality and learn to keep their love lives seductive and satisfying but above all safe, with eyes open to the facts about HIV/AIDS.

The new From our Lips campaign will honor women living with the HIV/AIDS virus as well as those working to stop its spread. The Fund will announce $2.5 million in donations to model programs intended to address the vulnerabilities and inequities that leave women everywhere at an increased risk for HIV/AIDS. Both stars have created a custom lip shade for the cause and, for the first time in VIVA Glam history, the lipsticks are named for their creators and will bear their signatures scrawled on every tube. The stars hope that the lipsticks will become a vibrant and positive reminder to women everywhere to own their sexuality and practice safe sex.

In an interview with WWD, Gaga explained that she hopes to “create this mother-daughter energy, where mothers feel that they can buy the lipstick for their daughters — “Here’s your first lipstick, and let me explain to you what it means.'”

For all of her satirizing of fame, I love seeing Gaga step out to use her celebrity status for a good cause. “I love to use my fame to get other points across,” said Gaga to WWD, and we love when she does.

So in honor of these fabulous ladies, I’ve collected some adorable Valentine’s Day finds that will not only show your love to your sweetie, but spread the love to those living or working with HIV/AIDS… Let’s remember this Valentine’s Day to keep love alive, but above all safe!

(RED) Roses, 25.00 flowered.com; Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD Special Edition Headphones, 199.99 hsn.com; (STARBUCKS)RED double walled stainless steel water bottle, 19.95 red.starbucks.com; diptyque special edition candle, 68.00 red.diptyqueparis.com; Hallmark (PRODUCT)RED Valentine’s Day Card, 2.99 joinred.com; Gap (PRODUCT)RED starry eyed tee, 28.00 gap.com

visit http://www.macaidsfund.org to find out more about Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper and the  From our Lips campaign

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Allow Me to Propose a Toast…

I know it’s hard to believe with a fresh dusting of snow falling outside my window, but Spring is right around the corner and I’ve been searching for a way to usher in the new season with plenty of style.

In keeping up the theme of new beginnings and with Valentine’s Day practically minutes away, I decided to create my own little corner of the internet where I can share my loves in life. From fashion, beauty and DIY, to music, art and my on-going self-education in cooking, I’ll show you it all from my point of view. So, here’s to documenting my life in words, photos and music… a project I hope will be in full bloom by the time Spring is. Cheers everyone!


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