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The difference between what you want and what you get for Valentine's Day can sometimes vary ... dramatically. Sure, it's adorable to receive flowers at work or chocolate upon your arrival home. But sometimes a girl just wants a gigantic Dyptique candle ... or a practical, Dyson hairdryer. Here, the definitive list of what InStyle editors are hoping to receive this Valentine's Day.
If you think Valentine's Day is reserved for those struck by cupid's arrow, think again. Yes, V-Day is about love. But who better to shower with love, spoil rotten, and, yes, shop for than yourself? Couples nationwide are frantically ordering next-day delivery gifts on Amazon Prime, praying they achieve the perfect combination of wow factor and relationship-stage-appropriate affection; meanwhile, you know exactly what you want, no mind-reading necessary. So to all those flying solo, we say: Instead of ignoring the holiday, embrace it! In her recent essay for InStyle, 2 Dope Queens' Phoebe Robinson perfectly captured the mood of spending V-Day alone: "This is the perfect time to get used to not being someone’s partner." But if you're not about me time, there's another (boozier) alternative: Turn Valentine's Day into Galentine's Day, says Robinson. "Lean on—and reconnect with—your friends. We all spend so much time texting our besties during a work meeting or while we’re in the middle of watching Master Chef, but how often do we sit down and really focus on them for a few hours? Last year on Valentine’s Day, my friend and I got dressed up, went to a screening of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot, and then had some drinks and got mac ’n’ cheese for dinner. You can’t be mad on a day like that—it was super fun. So whatever will put you in good spirits that’s legal and isn’t going to hurt anyone? Go for it." [tiImage img-pos="1" image_style="684xflex" align="left"] Need a game plan? "Think about the things that light you up, don’t feel like work, and come naturally to you. Think about the activities you enjoyed as a child or the types of ideas that flow easily to your mind," suggests Lisa Lentino, clinical psychologist and author of Constructive Thinking: How to Grow Beyond your Mind ($13, amazon.com). Everyone needs a day to rediscover what they actually like to do on their own, and Feb. 14 is the perfect time for that kind of positive introspection. Scroll down for more ways to have the best Valentine's Day ever, Valentine not included. VIDEO: The Best Galentine’s Day Dates to Celebrate Your Girls
Is there a more perfect excuse than Valentine’s Day to upgrade your underwear drawer with a little something special? We think not! That’s why we dug high and low for the perfect undies you need now, regardless of your V-Day plans. Curling up with your remote and a box of chocolates? Go for comfort with the cotton brief in flamingo pink. Have a hot date and looking for something extra flirty? Try the lace hot pants in sheer black. With so many adorable choices, why stick to just one pair for the big day? Shop our 12 picks below.
Face the facts: lingerie can often times be incredibly size exclusive. So as we approach February 14th, it's important to make sure there's options for every body , no matter what shape or size your beautiful body may be. Whether you'll be watching a rom com with your friends on your couch or surprising your S.O. in something lacy, here are the best lingerie pieces for curvy girls.
7 Fun Valentine's Day Leggings
Valentine's Day does not necessarily have to mean makeup and dresses. Stay cozy (and athletic-chic) in a pair of V-Day-inspired leggings. Try a bright red pair with an oversized black chunky knit or something a little louder (hearts) with a basic white T-shirt for a relaxed look. Going out and still want to keep cozy? Throw a dress or skirt on over your leggings for a layered look that's date appropriate. Click through and shop our favorite Valentine's Day leggings, below.
You can get a dozen roses or a box of nougat-filled chocolates your local corner store all year long, but Valentine's Day-themed beauty products are much more rare. And honestly, a heart-shaped blush compact or a ruby red silk pillowcase will last way longer than classic snacks and blooms combo. Whether you're gifting, receiving, or buying for yourself, we rounded up 12 V-Day beauty gifts that'll make you believe in love. VIDEO: 5 Blow Dryers Under $50 That Will Change Your Hair Game
Your Favorite Sock Brand and Your Favorite Artist Just Created the Cutest Valentine's Day Capsule
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you still haven't picked up a gift for your significant other. Let's face it. Chocolates, teddy bears, and flowers can be a bit predictable. Amateur hour, #amirite? But we think we've found your answer in, wait for it, socks! Happy Socks and legendary pop artist Keith Haring (fresh off his buzzy collab with Coach) have created the most adorable socks to decorate your feet. Socks are often overlooked and underappreciated but this collab pumps new life into a staple that every single person needs. This collection boosts Haring's fun designs featuring colorful art pop styles that promote positive messaging like acceptance, freedom of expression, and, of course, love. RELATED: Red Lingerie Just In Time For Valentine’s Day Each style is available to purchase individually ($14) or as a limited edition box set ($42). Scroll down to shop the styles and check out happysocks.com.
It's that time of year again: Valentine's Day. If these two words send serious chills down your spine, fear not. We are here to make your life a little easier. We have hand picked the best gifts to give your special sweetheart the royal treatment this holiday. Whether she is a fashionista at heart or simply loves a quiet night at home, make this year's gift a little extra special with these ideas that will make her swoon. We made sure to cover every price point, so there is a little something for everyone no matter the budget. Shop our 11 picks below.
Is Valentine’s Day even Valentine’s Day without purchasing some new red lingerie? I don’t think so! We found the perfect red lingerie for every girl out there, no matter what your Valentine’s Day plans consist of. Lounging in your favorite sweatsuit with your girlfriends for the ultimate Galentine’s Day? Then Calvin Klein’s classic cotton set emblazoned with the brand's logo in black and red is calling your name. Got a hot date? If you are looking to pull out all the stops this holiday, Journelle’s Cerise trio will give you that extra boost of confidence. No matter what level of Valentine’s Day glam you are going for this year, we have all the best options for you. Shop our favorite red lingerie finds now.
Fragrance has the ability to transform your entire mood. And when the one you want to conjure up is romance, a whiff of the right scent get you there faster than a binge-session of Nicholas Sparks movies. From spicy, sensual accords to rose-based floral diaries, we rounded up 10 of the best fragrances to wear this Valentine's Day—or whenever you want feel like you're living in a fairytale.
It's easy for guys to figure out what to get you on the most romantic day of the year. (You've been dropping clues all year long.) But when it comes to getting a cute Valentine's Day gift for your boyfriend that he'll really appreciate, it's not so easy. But don't worry. We're here to make finding the perfect item a tad bit easier. Ahead, we've gathered the must-have items that any guy would be happy to unwrap this year. These Valentine's Day gift ideas are perfect for any and every guy—no matter his personality or your budget. So stop stressing over what you're going to get bae this Valentine's Day. And shop our editor-approved picks below.
Valentine's Day has to be the biggest date night of the year, and who wouldn't want to look extra fab for their special someone? Regardless of your style or budget, there's a guaranteed stunner that' s sure to look amazing on you. After finding the 8 best dresses that the season has to offer, we've come to find some common themes and some surprising differences. Red and black prove to be tried-and-true go-tos. Red is, of course, the color of love and black is just oh-so-sleek. Play with hemlines, shapes, volume, and texture to add a bit of pizzazz or keep the simplicity with a classic silhouette. And while you may want to go for a floor-sweeping style, be sure to keep the locale in mind. Going to the opera? Then go for it! Going to the movies? A simple shift will do. RELATED: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Fashion & Accessories for Her Also, remember that sexiness is in the eye of the beholder and go with what makes you feel comfortable. The great thing about this selection is they each highlight a different part of the body and each boost a flattering silhouette. Scroll down to check out our favorites and shop yours.
Stop worrying about what you're going to wear on Valentine's Day and let Meghan Markle's style inspire your look. It doesn't matter if she's hitting the red carpet in a cute, little mini dress or working it in a chic suit, she is a constant source of fashion inspiration. Her show-stopping outfits have definitely captured our attention over the years, and clearly they've grabbed Prince Harry's, too. So we're looking to the lucky lady as we solidify our date-night look. Ahead, you'll find some of her best style moments, and they are sure to leave your guy impressed, too. So get to it and shop Markle's style now. Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.
Does your Valentine’s Day involve a night with your S.O.? Or are you getting the takeout menus ready with your best friends? No matter what your plans are for the holiday, you should have the perfect outfit. Even if you plan on staying indoors the entire night. There's nothing more ridiculously comfortable (and cute) than a pair of Valentine Day-appropriate pajamas. Scroll to shop 9 editor-approved pajamas.
While lingerie might be the obvious choice for your Valentine's Day look, a great robe can be a surprising show stealer. Make a statement with an entirely lace robe like this black Eberjey style or go for classic red with Cosabella’s Mallory robe. Go and splurge on La Perla’s flofloor-lengthlk satin robe or Olivia Von Halle’s classic silk kimono robe. They will be a Valentine’s Day treat but an everyday essential for years to come.
Date or no date, you deserve to get something special this year.
'Tis the season to be jolly! Or is it the season to buy an overpriced ticket to wait in a long line, get mulled wine spilled on your dress, and shimmy awkwardly in a crowd of strangers while toasting to the new year? It all depends on who you ask. And when we asked, InStyle's editors had some pretty strong feelings about which holidays are the best and worst of the year. Scroll down to find out this staff's most beloved and hated days of merriment—and the hilarious anecdotes that inspired their stances.
Ahh, Valentine's Day. For those lucky enough to celebrate with a significant other, it's a day filled with love, chocolate, a romantic dinner, plenty of snuggles, and of course, a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We hit up the flower district of New York on Tuesday to check out all the gorgeous blooms for sale, as well as the smitten men who came through to purchase bouquets for their loved ones. Whether they chose roses, lilies, tulips, or gardenias, all the beautiful arrangements were picked out with special care. We chatted with some of the hot dudes buying bouquets for that special person in their lives to ask them why they chose the flowers or arrangements they did. Needless to say, we got some great answers. VIDEO: Male Models Read Romantic Poetry [brightcove:5319108519001 player_1] RELATED: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Made the Sexiest Valentine’s Day Video Scroll down below to take a look at the hot guys buying pretty flowers for their very lucky significant others on this romantic day.