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!