Easy Casual Valentine’s Day ideas (and a giveaway)

St Valentine’s Day – February 14th

Every February 14, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones.

All in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

And…. how do you celebrate the holiday?  Make sure to read to the end for my surprise…

The History

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Cards, Cookies, Candy – or out to dinner?

valentine card

This year I am getting a card for my husband… 

and I am also sending my 2 daughters cards.  I am making them some special earrings to enclose in the cards.  It’s my way to tell them how much I love them and appreciate what they do for me.

I used to bake every Valentine’s day – my specialty was strawberry cheesecake….   but frankly I don’t want the calories.  But if sweets are what you love look at this great cookie bouquet  valentine's day cookies

valentine's day candy  Candy is always a good choice….  My favorite is See’s

But for sure this year my husband will take me out to dinner….  (Wednesday is our regular date night anyway).  But as usual it will be a surprise.  So I’m thinking about what I will wear.  And I put together my ideas…

 

easy-casual-Valentine's Day-style

  1. Eileen Fisher Cardigan Top
  2. Eileen Fisher Creamy White Tank Top
  3. Eileen Fisher Pencil Skirt
  4. Yucca Frond Sterling Silver Earrings
  5. Bangle Bracelet with Lampworked Bead
  6. Coach Leather Bag

Here is a way to add a pop of color to a basic black pencil skirt and white tank top.  The red sweater jacket would elevate this outfit for Valentine’s Day.  It’s casual yet chic.  The accessories make the statement.  Black flats or heels would complete the outfit. 

 

MY GIVEAWAY

Valentine's giveaway

I am running a little event over on facebook to give away this darling sterling silver bracelet.

The link to enter is below but you’ve got to enter by February 8th

  Here is the link to enter

 

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