Why I’m Celebrating This Valentine’s Day

HEY GUYS DID YOU KNOW I HAVE A BOYFRIEND? Yep, I’m one of those smug pricks that can’t stop talking about how happy I am in a relationship. But equally I do believe I am one of those un-pricky pricks who shouts about single positivity from my loved-up roof top. And one of the things I loved most about being single was sticking a huuuuuuge middle finger up to Valentine’s Day (and both of them up to poxy Galentine’s Day). Because we all know it’s the most commercially disgusting holiday out there AMIRITE? So why am I celebrating it this year?

valentines pretty little thing

I’m 31. I’ve been in long-term relationships that span V-Day before. But this one is different. In previous relationships, I really wasn’t given the option over whether I wanted to celebrate February 14th or not.

Here’s a whirl through my previous V-Day presents, gestures or options. ARE YOU READY BECAUSE I’M NOT QUITE SURE I NEED TO RELIVE THIS?

valentines pretty little thing

valentines pretty little thing

Top – Pretty Little Thing / Skirt – HM (old) / Bag – Mango (old)


Now, previous meat-eating junkaholic Vix would snort a KFC, no problem BUT when an ex (then current) calls you up and tells you they’ve got you a surprise treat on this special day and you’re expecting flowers or cunnilingus A KFC DOESN’T CUT IT.

Especially when HelloFresh informed me that over a third of British men and a quarter of women are planning a romantic night in with their partner this Valentine’s Day, cooking for the other person. The most popular dish to cook up on date night is a steak, with 35% of survey respondents saying they wanted to treat their special one to a ‘restaurant experience’ (COUGH CHEAPSKATES) but at home. A KFC is not a restaurant experience at home.

valentines pretty little thing

valentines pretty little thing

Oversized Tshirt – Pretty Little Thing

A Dumping.

Yes I was 14 and in Secondary School but my god this has stayed with me. I entered assembly, wondering when I’d see my current boyfriend that day, with his homemade V-Day card in hand. I spotted him across the hall and he came over with THE card. We exchanged it in front of all of Year 9. Mine declared my love and was sprayed with my currently perfume of choice (probably SO Charlie or an Impulse jobby) his had those special 3 words emblazoned across it.


Where HelloFresh’s survey found that couples fell out on V-Day over burnt dinners or eating too much, he dumped me because I wore butterfly clips in corn rows on my head. Brutal.

valentines pretty little thing

valentines pretty little thing

Jumpsuit – Pretty Little Thing

A Set of Tyres.

Whilst the survey stated that 22% of people had a roast dinner made for them on V-Day, I was once given tyres.


My tight-arse prick of an ex WAS going to get me a Valentines present one year (I assume) but since he had to lend me £50 to replace two of my tyres the week before cupid came a calling, he told me I could call the tyres my present.




Gave you a little breathing space there because I KNOW. That was almost topped the following year when he offered to get me glasses for V-Day. Not the Ray-Bans I was desperate for but a pair of Specsavers basics that made me cry when I wore them because I looked like Poindexter’s ugly sister.

valentines pretty little thing

So this year I WILL bloody celebrate it. It may just be that Ben and I cook for each other at home after we’ve eaten popcorn off of each other at the cinema (BLACK PANTHER OMFG BEEN WAITING SO LONG) or it may be that I fill his Whatsapp inbox with links to gorgeous things like this River Island bag because (LOOK AT IT and it fits my camera in AND COMES IN A WOVEN VERSION) like the spoilt bish I am but I do think that this year, I deserve to celebrate it.

valentines river island bag

Alright guys, what are you doing for V-Day this year?

If you want to view more info on the HelloFresh survey, you can do here. Plus the clothes were gifted to me from Pretty Little Thing, the bag was a River Island gift and this post contains affiliate links – transparency yo.

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  1. February 13, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I’ve never been bothered about Valentine’s Day, who wants a stupid cuddly toy holding a heart that would end up hidden away in a drawer until I threw it in the bin anyway? ha Feb 14th is my bf’s birthday, so we celebrate that instead.

    p.s That PrettyLittleThing bardot top looks amazing on you (heart eye emoji)

    Laura x

  2. February 13, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I love Valentine’s Day, I’m one of these suckers that loves any excuse to celebrate. But my worst V Day was when my ex (then boyfriend) decided he wanted to spend it at another girls party – nope I wasn’t invited though. So spent the day and night at hers instead of seeing me. He very soon got the boot ?

  3. February 13, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    I love you Vix! Always so honest & to the point. My husband & I don’t really do valentines unless it involves going for dinner. We always end up saving our cash for a trip away or a night at a gig. Which we will be doing Thai year in a few weeks. Night away at hotel & gig for some ‘us’ time amongst the madness or work. I’m self employed so if I don’t physically go away I don’t get a break.


  4. February 13, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I am blessedly single this Valentine’s Day so doing nothing. I am good with this. It beats my ex-husband coming home late on Valentine’s Day (actually after going to the pub with work friends) saying he was late because he was trying to get me a present. A better present would have been being home on time and preferring to spend time with me rather than a girl called Shona. I am contrary to appearances not bitter about it, just happy to not be there anymore.

  5. February 13, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    I’m 35. I’ve been single for 10+ years. I ain’t doing nothing this Valentine’s Day 🙁

  6. Ani
    February 13, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I’ve always had the pleasure to be dumped right before Valentine’s. So, I’m really… not impressed with it.

    But still – good for you! Happiness to both of you!

  7. February 14, 2018 / 10:55 am

    Love love lvoe this post!

    Seeing as it’s my first Valentines since the end of my first ever relationship, I’m pretty much spending it alone, just trying not to cry at every opportunity lol

  8. February 19, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Our anniversary is at the end of February so Adam and I have never celebrated it, and it’s actually quite a relief really. However, any day that people want to show each other a little love is fine in my eyes, if only couples realised it’s value more often rather than it being commercially just once a year…! Alice xxx