Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Anti-Valentine's Day!

I was sent a special request to re-publish this post for Valentine's Day, or should I say, 
Anti-Valentine's Day.

If you are completely love-wrecked & have hearts in your eyes and butterflies in your stomach at the thought of receiving chocolates & roses today, then please don't read any further. If all the above makes you feel nauseous, then Happy Anti-Valentine's Day to you! I have never celebrated or partaken in the heart-filled holiday that is the 14th of February. Don't get me wrong, I am certainly not a melancholy, all-black wearing, Nirvana/Evanescence listening, gloomy Goth Girl who has an evil vendetta against the heart-shaped world. I am simply against the commercialization of a pretty little thing they call L-O-V-E. 

Every year, come Valentine's Day, a romantic epidemic breaks out, where people (who can't even spell sentimental), spend hundreds of Rands on dozens of red roses, boxes of chocolates, teddy bears, balloons and corny cards, all in an overbearing shade of red. They plan romantic getaways, soppy surprises, fancy dinners, and on this love-licensed day, become the ideal, charming and chivalrous partner who says and does all the right things. One day where people have a valid excuse to live out their Notebook equivalent of a love story, without being made fun of. And what happens on the other 364 days of the year? Absolutely nothing. 

There shouldn't be just one day in a year that permits you to be an impassioned, affectionate swashbuckling soul. Sometimes the sweetest of gestures are most surprising and appreciated when you least expect it. Anti-Valentine's Day should happen just once a year, but the essence of 'Valentine's Day' should be celebrated everyday. 

So Happy Unimaginative, Consumerist-Orientated and Entirely Arbitrary, Manipulative and Shallow Interpretation of Romance Day. 

(No, I did not write that message myself. I read it on a card)

You didn't think I'd leave you empty handed on Anti-Valentine's Day, did you? 
Here's my gift to you:

P.S I still haven't figured out why people buy the largest amount of red roses on the one day of the year when it's the most expensive. 

*All text by me, Please do not republish. Pictures courtesy of Google images.


A Very Sweet Blog said...

Sam, you had me cracking up girl! I couldn't stop laughing. Valentine's day use to really bother me but I don't care anymore. I just do things for myself that make me happy. I think society has commercialized everything. We literally buy things every single month. LOVE this post! I'll be posting a Valentine's one tomorrow. hee hee

Style Servings said...

Haha love the finishing line about the roses, so true!


Oh to Be a Muse said...

haha, those bitter sweets are awesome. the hubs and i just use V-day as another excuse to give each other gifts. :)

lucia m said...

hahah love the post!


Alexandra said...

Haha I love this. Even though I'm in a longterm relationship, I just don't get the point in the holiday. Matt and I usually do nothing for it anyway! Love this message.

Alexandra xo


Haus of Style said...

hahaha - you are too funny. We don't celebrate v-day but I like seeing red, pink and hearts everywhere =)

Squared said...

haha very cool post! I agree with you, Valentine's day should be everyday, and anti-valentines once a week. I'm excited for tomorrow though ;)
By the way, you should def check out her performance on SNL on youtube. It was terrible actually

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hahaha -- OH NO! You're going to probably hate my Valentine post, then, Sam! But there IS a FAB Valentine giveaway to make up for it LOL! You know Ooh La Frou Frou is about girly fun ... and this week's post is "Pink Valentine" so I apologize in advance! Hahaha Happy Anti-Valentine's Day to you, darling ;) xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Haha Happy Anti-Valentine's Day! I get what you're saying Sam. I'm married and Valentine's Day has never been that special to us cause it just feels so commercialized now. I am on board with celebrating love but that should happen every day as far as I'm concerned.

tres chic chica said...

Great post Sam! Love it! (as I come back from my very romantic get away with my bf) LOL! LOL! Happy Anti-Valentine's Day! xoxo Marie


Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

Haha. Happy Anti-Valentine's Day! We usually celebrate with dinner-in although this year we've decided to go out to our favorite restaurant. No red roses for me though! xo

Kassi said...

I've been married 8 years and I still don't care for valentine's day. It just seems an excuse for women to get mad at men because they didn't do enough. My hubby and I will stay in with a glass of wine, some pasta and good conversation. The same kind of thing we do throughout the year :)


Greatlife Immigration Services said...

I want those sweets! The only thing that makes my Anti-Valentine's Day special is that it is also my mom's birthday. :-)

hope in high heels said...

I couldn't agree more. My husband and I have always believed we should celebrate our love every day, not just one day a year. Happy anti-Valentines!

ftashion said...

Hello babe! Yeah you are spot on everything! I think Vday is such good reminder that everyone should love and care for your loved ones every single day. But still, happy VDAY to you! May your EVERYDAY be filled with love and joy! =D

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fashion-meets-art said...

what a wonderful post! i totally agree with you :-)
anti valentine!
kisses to you
maren anita


Rahul Bhatia said...

So agree with you Sam! Between lovers each day can be a Valentine Day:)

Denise said...

Very good post! And so true! Roses are more expensive today, no doubt! And I would like to receive roses on other days, too. Anyway, I won't receive roses today, just for the record!
It's true that love should be celebrated on an everyday basis... but then there's this day to make up what went wrong before, hahaha!
I loved the box and the sentence "we had plans" - sorry, but I had to laugh!
Anyway, you saw a new glow on me? I guess you are right! It's because it's tomoooorrow! (Nervous and excited! And super busy!)
I won't say Happy Valentines then, but Happy day anyway!

Unknown said...

Great words Sam, they're the true!!!!!!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to you too dear!

little luxury list said...

Just celebrate love every day (though I did make an excuse to make chocolate ganache!)

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Fashion-Bridge said...

Happy St. Valentine's dear!

Lots of love,



Punctuation Mark said...

I agree that all of this is over rated to a point that for so many people it has lost the real meaning... Happy Valentine's Day!

JustPatience said...

Wishing you a happy Valentines also. Great blog.

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Sandra Leiva said...

Happy Valentine's day, dear! <3

Unknown said...

Hahah agree, great post

Anonymous said...

Love your post and agree 100% !!

Kisses, Alexandra

The Fashion Diaries said...

ahahah your post is awesome sweetie, especially the last sentence!
I totally agree with you and your anti-valentine's day!
check out my new post xoxo

Mandy@OrangeAutumn said...

Lol, is it ok if I thought this was funny but I still like Valentine's Day at the same time?? I got my friends candy and cards and I'm really looking forward to dinner with my boyfriend tonight. I don't go overboard... BUT I am wearing pink and a heart necklace... have I said to much ;D I hope you have a wonderful day!

Leslie Quiros said...

happy valentines day to you girl!!! hope its a wonderful one!

escondidas en tu armario said...

beautiful love-post!!
happy saint valentine´s!!


Golden Cheer Grahams said...

thanks for your sweet comment ! I love your blog too !

Chanel Tonè said...

I can see why you re-posted this. It is a great post. I'm glad they requested it! LOL

Make sure that everyday (especially today) you tell the ones you care and appreciate how much you love them. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

I Luv Ya ;)

JustPatience said...

Lovely inspiration. Happy Valentines to you too!

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Paolita@BerryHaute said...

Too funny Sam, I try not to look too deep into it and enjoy the heart shaped baked goods that fill the stores.

NaNa said...

aww how sweet! happy valentines hun ^^ xoxo

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

agreed. that's all can say.
but still I don't see anything bad with celebrating it. having a nice meal or something is reasonable for most of people only with reason.

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Unknown said...

i love this post because i HATE valentine day :) Aimee