IT IS SPRING. SPRING IS HERE. NYC may not have made up its mind yet (as I’m writing this, it is 40, raining, and the grayest of gray skies) but I have. And it is spring in my mind. This week I painted each of my nails a different color to celebrate just that. It’s the most festive I’ve ever felt. And I’m a pretty festive human.
It’s a feeling we all know: that one song that you just can’t get out of your head and you don’t mind at all. You know there’s more music out there that you love, more albums to discover, more variety to be had. But every time you get control of the aux, you can’t help but play this one song over (and over and over) again. Here’s to the songs that are those songs for us, right now, in this moment. The bops, the story songs, the catchy ones we kind of hate. May you be happily haunted until that next jam catches your ear (and your heart).
I’ve never hated this holiday. When I was little, it was a day of candy and overly decorated shoe boxes, ready for valentines. My mom always made it about her love for all of us, surprising my brother and I with cards and fuzzy socks and magazines when we came downstairs for breakfast.
As I got older, its magic changed. Senior year of high school, I happened to discover my boyfriend’s promposal on that day (it was in a book he lent me. I know, very me). I was at rehearsal for the winter play and was using some downtime to sit backstage and read when the book jacket slipped off and I discovered three post-it notes: “will you go,” “to prom with,” & “me?” Safe to say, I said yes (we didn’t end up going, but that’s a long story for another time).
Senior year of college, my roommate of all four years of school and I treated ourselves to a movie and brunch at our favorite spot in Durham. Through some fluke, we ended up having our meal completely comped by the restaurant. And the movie was silly but we loved it. Whether it’s been a meaningful night with a guy, a box of valentines from CVS and a day of crafting with mom, or an evening of wine and friends, I’m here for you, Valentine’s Day.
So, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite love stories – some picture perfect, others not. Organized by mood, of course!
Happy Galentine’s Day, bookworms! I never pass up an opportunity to celebrate my magical group of friends – it’s safe to say I’d be nothing without these incredible people. Here are 6 books I love that celebrate the power of female friendship.