I’m really excited about today’s partner post as it ties so nicely into this month’s theme of self-love and I really like it when brands think out of the box and shake things up a little bit to go against the norm.
I have been single / single-ish for the better part of four years now, and it is crazy how much dating has changed since I was last in a serious relationship! (fun fact: according to a recent Nielsen survey, a majority of Americans (91%!) believe women shouldn’t be afraid to make the first move in a relationship. I am still admittedly pretty traditional and bad about making the first move but I’m trying to be better!
Let’s talk about flowers. To me, there’s nothing more romantic than when a guy sends or brings you flowers. Every time you see the flowers, you think of the person who gave them to you and smile. It’s not quite the same thing, but I buy myself fresh flowers every week (usually on Mondays, after my workout). I’ll usually go for 1-2 dozen roses in a rainbow of colors like this bouquet from ProFlowers… putting a few in small vases on each of my nightstands, and then the rest in a larger vase in my living room. It sets the tone for the week and flowers never fail to make me smile. And I LOVE sending my girlfriends flowers. Whether it’s a birthday or a friend who is going through something rough… it’s a nice way to make them (especially if they aren’t dating anyone!) feel special and appreciated.
Valentine’s Day is one of the largest flower sending holidays, and traditionally flower gifting is perceived as a man’s chivalrous duty. This Valentine’s Day, ProFlowers is challenging dating norms with their new Chivalry is Shared campaign… encouraging women to gift their man some flowers (or a plant like this Snake Plant, this White Marble Pothos, or my personal fav: this Golden Pothos), gift their girlfriends flowers, or heck – gift yourself flowers like I did! And that’s my challenge to you this Valentine’s Day… do something a little unconventional! Send flowers to a girlfriend who might need a little pick-me-up… pick up a plant for your man… or send yourself flowers. (Bonus points if you pull a Cher Horowitz and pretend they’re from a secret admirer.) Regardless of which option you choose, they all take confidence. It’s about celebrating the romance in your life, whether that romance is with your significant other, your friends, or yourself!
Photography by Trent Bailey // Thank you to ProFlowers for partnering on this post!
The flowers look beautiful! Love the shades of red, perfectly in time for Valentine’s Day. ❤️❤️
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
Nothing beats fresh flowers! Love the idea of sending them to a friend this V day.
I am still a traditionalist at heart and believe in a man making the first move, but when I was single and I was interested in a guy I wasn’t afraid of at least getting the ball rolling. And I love buying flowers for myself. My husband is very busy and I constantly have to remind him I like flowers periodically. So I’ve just started buying them myself. It sets a good tone in the home to have fresh flowers around!
It really makes such a difference!!!
I love flowers so much! They’re so beautiful and to be very honest, I was never given flowers except two or three times from family members for my birthday but it was always such a simple, bare and uninteresting bouquet of flowers I didn’t even like that much. I’m definitely gonna take your advice and get some flowers for myself and a friend for valentines.
GOOD!!! Buying flowers for yourself (and friends) is the best! xx
Such a great concept – definitely the perfect dose of cheer!
I love the idea of women sending men flowers or sending cards, etc. I am SO over the idea of men needing to “hunt” women, it leaves women with little agency and puts a lot of pressure on men. So I love the idea that they should receive some traditional love gifts on V day too! Thanks for the thoughtful, out of the box post!
TOTALLY agree! Thanks Katie! x
I know it isn’t the point of this post, but you look SO AMAZING and adorable in that outfit. Those jeans are spot on for you! Love the casual look.
You’re so sweet – thank you so much!!!
Can you recommend some vases for different types of flowers that you use?
I usually just use mason jars or whatever vase came with the flowers. I do have one special vase from my sister – she got it at Mud Australia: https://us.mudaustralia.com/collections/jugs-carafes/products/carafesmall-1?variant=621083689
I’m not a HUGE flowers as a gift type of gal, but I do smile if my dad or boyfriend surprise me with them. Definitely just helps me feel special! I love getting flowers for myself though 😉
The Champagne Edit
It’s the best!!!