The Unconventional, Valentine's Day!


 



Valentine's Day is a day we celebrate the love of our lives. We do the sweetest things to show how much we love them. We buy chocolates and flowers and reserve a table for two at the swankiest restaurant in town. If you're more budget-friendly and/or opting for a more intimate setting, you set up a nice little dinner at home. Either way, Valentine's Day is for lovers.


Now, it's no secret the pandemic, everything has been altered and remodeled to fit "the new normal" and has kind of put a damper on a lot of special days. Mask, social distancing, budgeting because of layoffs or lack of pay, even simply celebrating a holiday or birthday has become mundane but let me just say, even though I too have found myself falling victim to this feeling, you have to push through. If COVID has taught us anything, it's that our relationships with our significant others and partners are super important.


In my own personal relationship, we have always participated in Valentine's Day in the most typical way. But after COVID and the stay-at-home order, we were forced to improvise a bit. Last year I set up an intimate indoor picnic. I created a pallet on the floor using our comforter and blankets and placed pillows on the floor for seating. I used flirty lights to surround the picnic area and candles to set the mood. For dinner, I cooked a nice steak from our local grocery store and roasted a few potatoes and Brussels sprouts that we previously had from a past shopping.


This year, we had a bunch of life-changing events all going on at the same time. With everything, Valentine's Day was last on our list. On the actual date, Feb 14, we spent our time painting and doing a few repairs to our house. Yup, that's right. No play time for us! But after thinking and processing, I had to talk with Gary. We had to make time for ourselves. We have been stressed with life that we can't forget to put US first. This is one day that is specifically put aside for love and we missed it. Good thing we are just going with the flow type of people! Gary planned a night out for us.


Living in New Orleans is amazing because of the culture and amazing restaurants, even if you missed Valentine's Day you could still experience a romantic night out any night of the week.


I was told to get dressed up, so I put on a sexy magenta dress from Fashion Nova, slipped on my heels from Steve Madden, and applied simple makeup to my face and I was ready to go. On top of the gorgeous bouquet of flowers I received, we had dinner at one of the best restaurants in NOLA, Shaya! This was a first for both of us and we were very impressed. We shared three starters and a main dish. The lamb was to die for! I definitely recommend if you ever visit NOLA or if you are local and looking for a cute date night. After dinner, we headed to another favorite place of mine, Ace hotel. This is a hip hotel that is fairly new to New Orleans. The cocktails are always yummy but I opted for a glass of red wine. while at the lobby bar we got the chance to watch and listen to some live jazz music.


Valentine's Day is a day to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Even if you don't get the chance to celebrate your love ON February 14, that's okay. Just make sure you set some time aside to celebrate.

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