Matters of the Heart
1/ Valentine Bowls 2/ Kate Spade Bow Bracelet 3/ Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
4/ Lanvin Ballerina Flats 5/ Jennifer Zuener Heart Necklace 6/ Downton Abbey Card
7/ Tory Burch Cosmetic Case 8/ Diptyque Rose Candle
I have the fondest memories of “young love” from third grade. A fellow classmate would express his affection in a handwritten note that I would discover tucked away in my desk while putting away my spelling book. It was to be the first of many sweet little notes that I would find in small, but conspicuous areas of my desk every day when I arrived to class. And, sadly enough, the first of many that I’d overtly throw into the trash or just leave neatly folded and unread. Sounds cold hearted, I know, but at the tender age of eight, I was just not ready for this. The ‘sweetheart’ concept was beyond my realm of comprehension at that age. I was way too busy filling in my Lisa Frank trapper keeper with butterfly stickers and collecting fruit scented erasers to be bothered with boys. Much to my relief, he eventually realized his innocent adoration would never be reciprocated and the notes stopped appearing. Now if that was today, those sweet gestures would have gone a long way with me! I’d happily accept a handwritten, heartfelt note over any gift. Whether it’s received with gratitude (or in my 3rd grade encounter….not!), clearly, it’s never forgotten.
I think of Valentine’s as a bonus holiday…a day to remind your significant other, friends, or family members just how much they’re loved and appreciated. I also use it as an excuse to swoon over all things pink, red, and girlie as I’ve done here. If you understand that true gifts of love aren’t always a thing of value, why not have a little fun?
P.S. Thank you for your patience while the site underwent some changes and for your kind words in regards to the new layout! After some long hours designing and coding, I couldn’t be more pleased with the final outcome.