I’ve never been a big advocate of Valentine’s Day for two reasons: 1. My birthday is the day before and 2. I’m always single. Being single leaves a decent amount of time for self-reflection, and so in the last few years I’ve come to realise that Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily have to be about you and your significant other, it can be a celebration of love in any form it can take.
Without getting too dramatic and cynical on a fashion blog, I think now more than ever we need to open our hearts to all the different kinds of love that are out there in the world. We need to recognise them and nurture them, encourage them, be receptive of them, and appreciate them.
One of my students (she’s six) said to me the other day, “I don’t know if I want to be a ballerina because I want to do something important to change the world.” I had to think about how I was going to respond to such a highly impressionable and intelligent young lady. In the end, I told her that small gestures are just as important if you’re looking to change the world, and I truly believe that. If becoming a ballerina means that you can bring joy to an audience, a modicum of peace at the end of a hard day, or take them to a fantasy world where they get away from the daily grind of life, are you not enriching the world somehow?
So with that in mind, I’d like to encourage all you single ladies to do something for Valentine’s Day, with your friends and family if you don’t have a special someone. Go to dinner, send a text, make a card. If you put a smile on someone else’s face, it would be worth it, wouldn’t it?
And if you need a little bit of outfit inspiration, you can’t go past red or pink or both. I found this hot pink top in Zara the other day, and even though I actually wore it to a birthday dinner with my parents, I think it’s pretty perfect for date-night.