VALENTINE'S DAY. GET EXCITED.

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Who's super stoked for Valentine's Day tomorrow?! Okay, I know a lot of people hate the holiday, but I think they might just be looking at it from the wrong perspective...

Here are 5 reasons to be grateful for all the lurve tomorrow, whether you're in a relationship or ridin' solo dolo.

01 TREATS. This time of year requires anything and everything pink & sugary... or chocolatey. I recommend these mini doughnuts.

02 DIYS. Like we need an excuse to get creative, amIright?? While I exercise my creative muscles on the reg, holidays definitely motivate me to do more and try new things. Pinterest is blowin' up with Valentine's projects. Psst these diy heart pillows will look good alllllll year round. Bonus.

03 TREAT YO'SELF. You have to do something nice for yourself on Valentine's Day. Whether you're getting dolled up for a date, having a galentine's par-tay, or watching netflix in the tub, treat yourself tomorrow, k? I'll definitely be trying this XO manicure.

04 FREE STUFF. Always a good thing. Lots of places offer free stuff / deals on Valentine's Day. I found free donuts, waffles, and pie! just from one quick google. Go forth and google, my friends. Here's one site to getcha goin'.

05 FREEDOM. Do whatcha want. Celebrate, don't celebrate. Watch a rom-com, watch a scary movie (I recommend You're Next. Ohmygah, watch it). As adults, we get to decide how we want to celebrate (or not celebrate) on the 14th. Use it as an excuse to do what you reeeeaaally want.

P.S. AND as adults, we no longer have to hand out valentines to our classmates. How awful was that??! Thank god that's over.

P.P.S. Be sure to check back in tomorrow! In honor of Valentine's Day, my favorite-est photographer is hosting a very special / cramazing giveaway. I'll be super jelly of whoever wins this one.

Image by artsocial.

Hearted

So it's Monday morning, time to get to work? Nah. Time to reflect on the awesomeness of the weekend...

1. How rad is this sketch? It's really just a few inky brushstrokes but from that, we can see an entire story; the shoe, the motion, the woman, the lifestyle. Whoa semicolon? I know, it just felt right. I went with it.

2. I think all bloggers would give this quote by Scott Belsky a big AMEN, BRO. Found on swissmiss.

3. Having watermelon usually marks the beginning of summer summer summertime (said like the hook in Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff's Summertime). When I took this 'gram, however, it was only 55 degrees... wtf May in Colorado?

4. The Hipster Hunt. One woman on a mission to define the elusive hipster.

5. Alright people of Colorado, there's a super magical place in Denver called Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey. They have some crazy awesome tours, yo... add great friends? Perfect.

6. When I heard there were ipad covers designed by super cool contemporary artist Rex Ray, my reaction was: whaaaaaa! and then I pinned them.

7. Until recently macarons were just these delicious French creations only enjoyed on my occasional visits to L.A. Well not anymore! Remember this post? Well the macaron has arrived in Denver.

8. This work by David Hockney, Rainy Night on Bridlington Promenade, could totally come live at my house if it wanted.

9. It's been so rainy here in Denver lately. Which is such a rarity, I don't even own a good quality umbrella. Which means when I was out in the elements on Friday night, my cheap umbrella was on the verge of turning inside out due to a light breeze. Lesson? Buy a nice umbrella... like this one. Felix Ray Vintage Dot Umbrella.

Arts and Treats

Oh hello, Monday. Since Miss Monday has to crash the party, I thought I'd spend today's post reminiscing about the weekend. Some would say, hey don't live in the past man! but I say reflecting on happy moments and awesome internet finds is good for your gratitude muscles...

1. Lazily browsing Etsy shops in my pajamas, now that's my kind of shopping... Found this lovely little print via The Paris Print Shop.

2. I srsly have a crush on the site this print came from, Busy Building Things. Aaaand this print is also a free wallpaper download... sigh, heart these guys.

3. Ever wonder what summer tastes like? Two words: huckleberry lemonade. Denverites, get it at The Hornet.

4. Holy gorgeous food photography, French Cuisse.

5. So you know all those times you played beer pong in college?? Oh yeah, ha I never played either... anyhoo Friday Academy makes ceramic red solo cups! Ok, that's cool.

6. Graffiti encouraged in a gallery? Well allllright. Go write on the wall at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

7. I'm always discovering new artists while I'm working at this place. Robert Elfgen's work is definitely pin-worthy.

8. I live right next to a magical place called Aspen Grove (really it's not magical, it's an outdoor shopping center) and every month they host a Paris Street Market. They had these giant metal letters for sale. Pretty rad find for the suburbs.

9. No explanation needed. Just enjoy... and then order 12. Confetti cookie-wich via Tookies.

Happy Monday, friends!