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Is Valentines Day Too Commercial? + 5 Alternative Valentines Ideas

Is Valentines Day Too Commercial

My earliest memory of Valentines Day is driving around the village I grew up in with my Mum and my Nan, delivering Valentines cards to the homes of the kids me and my brother were in love with at school, haha what a hilarious night! It’s no wonder I grew up to be a romantic at heart!

Every year Valentines Day comes around and every year a whole bunch of people complain about how commercialised the day is and how offensive the day is to single people and I really don’t agree with that point of view. Is Valentines Day too commercial? I think it’s as commercialised as you make it.

I’ve been with Stu for 9 years and we’ve never felt pressurised into doing something expensive and flashy on Valentines Day. Personally I can’t think of anything worse than spending the day in an overcrowded restaurant with a bunch of other couples, so we’ve never done that! Of course, if that’s the sort of thing you love to do with your loved one (girlfriend, dad, bestie) then go for it! A couple of my closest friends love nothing more than touring round all of the Michelin star places to eat they can get to, it’s just not my thing.

Is Valentines Day Too Commercial

Tonight Stu and I will be putting on our cosiest pyjamas, picking something hilarious to watch on TV and ordering our favourite takeaway. It’s not that we only do this once a year, either, but for us Valentines Day is such a good excuse to put down the phones and laptops we so need to run our lives (I’m a designer & blogger, him a musician) and take a break.

I’m spending the evening with Stu because, yes, he’s my boyfriend, but he’s also my best friend and the person I want to unwind with and laugh with and eat pizza with in my fluffy dressing gown. Back when I was single I had other close friends that I wanted to spend time with and I celebrated many a Valentines Day with my family too, eating heart shaped chocolates and ordering Chinese. I think people get way too wrapped up in the idea that Valentines Day is for romantic couples! Hell, this year I bought two of my friends a Valentines card and didn’t even buy one for Stu!

Is Valentines Day Too Commercial

If Valentines Day upsets you because you’re single, try taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture and think about how many people out there you love. Here are five alternative ways to spend Valentines Day:

// Hang out with a best friend in the way that you guys do best – whether it’s binging Netflix with popcorn or dressing up for a night on the town, spend it with the person you love. Romantic or not.

// Head back home to spend the evening with your parents or even pop in on a grandparent or uncle who might be lonely tonight. Pop the kettle on and have a good laugh about failed dates or funny Valentines stories or just catch up on the latest family gossip – there is always family gossip!

// Hang out with your favourite pet, whether it’s your own cat-bestie or your neighbours dog! Go for a long walk or curl up on the sofa and snooze.

// Chill out with your dream Valentine – whether it’s your favourite musician’s new record or your favourite actor’s funniest role. My choice would be Matt Bomer in White Collar and a Bailey’s hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.

// Spend some quality time with the one person you always neglect the most – yourself. Head to the gym or buy yourself a face mask and run a bath. Read a book or cry at your favourite song. Start writing your own blog or looking for your dream job. Whatever warms your own heart, spend some time taking care of you.

Happy Valentines Day to all my Valentines reading this right now. I couldn’t be writing or designing without you. I love you all and I hope you have a great evening, whatever you decide to do! x xx

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Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Look at these guys, I would be totally lost without them! I met up with Fran and Daisy the other week for a mastermind session and we were totally shocked to realise it had been almost a year since we last all met up together. We talk a lot about business together and so we arrange to meet up every now and then to discuss goals and just life… it usually ends up being mostly the latter with cocktails and wine, haha!

We were invited to hang out at Zouk Tea Bar in Manchester this time to chat and try out their menu and I just wouldn’t be myself if I turned down a delicious Indian meal! I had heard of Zouk, but I didn’t even realise it was Indian food until Fran sent me the menu (does anyone else like to choose what they’re going to eat before they even get to the restaurant?!). I was really excited to see so many paneer curry options as I love to try eat meat free as much as possible when I go out to eat and paneer is one of my favourite vegetarian alternatives.

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

For starters I chose Spicy Prawn Cakes, which were only moderately spiced, but completely delicious with the saffron mayo they came with and I’m excited to try making it myself at home – I love dipping sauces and condiments! After a long deliberation I choose the Palak Paneer with spinach, but I’d love to try all the paneer dishes at some point – the sauce was really tasty and again moderately spiced, but the paneer was sadly a little tasteless. Next time I might ask if they can make it tandoori style! The naan breads were delicious and I only wish I could have eaten it all!!

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

I was a little disappointed by the lack of dessert choices on the day we went to Zouk Tea Bar as I had heard they have loads of fresh cakes on offer, but we were served a generous three-scoop ice cream with lots of caramel sauce so I can’t complain! I love a good ice cream to cleanse my mouth at the end of a meal and especially to put out the fire of a good curry! We also enjoyed a nice bottle of red wine, which I always love to accompany Indian food. The restaurant is quite large with plenty of different seating options and room for large parties – a big group were happily seated while we were there, but there was plenty of space so we never felt like they encroached on our afternoon.

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

After our lovely meal at Zouk Tea Bar we headed to Allotment bar for more chatting working and a few drinks to settle into Sunday evening. We chose a seat by the window and the view of the beautiful lights outside from the cosy bar was the perfect spot to unwind and dream the evening away. We finished the night with a hot chocolate and headed off home with full bellies and heads ready to take over the world! Loves x xx

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

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