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Singles, get ready to mingle... with yourself.
When you’re single, things can sometimes—in the words of R&B songstress Solána Imani Rowe A.K.A SZA—hit different. Family functions, plus-one wedding invites and most holidays (you’re fine, Bastille Day) can be a minefield of unrequested advice, unfounded pity and just cringe-level comments. It’s all deeply unfair, particularly considering that it’s actually pretty great being single.
That’s right: don’t let Big Rom-Com fool you into thinking the best and only relationship out there is romantic. Between friends, family and that one barista who offers you an extra shot, love is all around you. I’m not saying you shouldn’t celebrate your romantic partner if you’ve got one (I’m not a complete love cynic) but there’s no reason singletons shouldn’t get to enjoy this guilt-trippy holiday, too.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some simple and simp ways to show love to one of the longest relationships you’ve had: the one with yourself.
Getting to starfish in bed is underrated and a definite perk of sleeping solo. Inviting a body pillow into the mix is next-level comfort. It’s squishy, doesn’t snore (or complain if you do) and for us side-sleepers, it’s a game changer for proper body support. Treat yourself to a Kakun Premium Body Pillow from Resthouse for $349.
Valentine’s Day seems to have taken strawberries for itself, so why not fight the V-Day powers-that-be and take it back but with a boozy twist? Toast yourself with a gin that’s one-of-a-kind (just like you, cuuute) for a cocktail hour celebrating whatever the hell you want to do unapologetically—organizing your closet, filling up various online shopping carts and thinking aloud, “could you imagine?” or diligently solving true-crime docs from your couch like the sexy little sleuth that you are. No matter the activity, mark the occasion with a special bevy because, after all, you deserve it: those dishes didn’t do themselves after all. Try Odd Society Spirits’ Wallflower Strawberry Gin ($28).
It’s hot cocoa season and whether you’re face-hugging a mug while gazing contently out a window or sitting on a park bench watching two raccoons pull each other up a fence (now THAT’S love), a piping hot cup of liquid chocolate is guaranteed to dilate your pupils and warm your heart. Luckily, it’s the Hot Chocolate Festival (now til February 14) and with lots of unique and experimental cocoa-concoctions all over the city—you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Happy Valentines Day to you and only you!