Happy Valentine’s Day, Chicago! Whether you’re coupled up or single and ready to mingle, we hope you’re feeling and spreading the love today! In honor of this day and of love, the Shy Town Girls are sharing some of their Valentine’s Day favorites with you.
As far as candy goes, anything from Vosges Gourmet Chocolate is the way to my heart. Of all the things that I could find on my desk on Valentine’s Day, chocolate has to be #1. But there are definitely other things that can make me smile. In lieu of flowers, I love a good “bouquet” from Edible Arrangements–definitely a healthy option on a day full of sugar. For the ultimate in romantic, dinner at The Langham is a must.
What a cheesy holiday! I don’t want anything cliche on Valentine’s Day, so skip the flowers and chocolate. The way to my heart is a bottle of good wine and some out of the box thinking. A date that takes me by surprise (so something besides a romantic dinner) is what I would really want for the night. Let’s go rock climbing or take a dance class together. And if I don’t have a date planned, I wouldn’t say no to putting on my tightest red dress and hitting a club with my single ladies.
I’m definitely a traditionalist when it comes to Valentine’s Day–why waste an opportunity to go big in the love department? I’m not one to let my girly side show all the time, but I want to be able to let it all out on a day like this. So a bouquet of roses on my desk would be a fantastic way to start the day, along with a handwritten note. Skip the Hallmark cards, please. I could never say no to dinner at North Pond in Lincoln Park , and if we’re a longtime couple, I would love a little something sparkly.
Valentine’s Day is not all about the girl. Something you learn in a relationship is that the back and forth is important, so I try not to put pressure on my guy to do this huge thing. A great idea would be cooking dinner together and at home. Put on some music, light those candles you forgot you had, and make a night of it in the kitchen. I like for us to exchange small gifts (maybe some dark chocolate raspberry truffles from him) at the end of the night. And I tend to do a little lingerie shopping the week before.
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? Tweet us your plans @ShyTownGirls!