There are a lot of Valentine’s Day naysayers out there, it seems, but I am definitely one of those people who loves, loves, LOVES the holiday of love! Throughout the years, whether I was single or not, I’ve always celebrated Valentine’s Day with my friends or current beau. The real key is to celebrate it your own way, not the HallmarkKayJewler’s Advertised Way!
This year, I celebrated my 6th Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend Will, and we spent the day basically.. being fatties, haha. Take a peek at the food we ate, adorable sweets we scouted out, some outfits I wore, and more ideas to make V-Day your own!
Quick and casual Valentine’s Day Coordinate
Classy Brunch: Gjelina Restaurant, Venice
We started out our lazy day by heading out to Gjelina, a pretty popular brunch place over on Abbot Kinney in Venice. It had pretty good reviews online so we gave it a short. The ambiance is super cool industrial, with a lot of reclaimed wood, old bulbs, metal work, and lovely details. The food, while good, felt a tad overpriced for the portions, and the service was middling.
A Sweet Treat: N’Ice Cream, Venice
After that big breakfast, we strolled around Abbot Kinney for a bit checking out the fun vintage shops in the area. Being the eternal glutton that I am, I was craving something sweet as we neared the end of our walk, so we stopped in at N’Ice Cream and split a deeelicious gelato!
Korean Spa Relax Time: Wi Spa, Koreatown
Will and I often go to this super huge Korean spa. They have a separate male and female area for bathing, then a co-ed area (where you get to wear dorky “Wi Spa” shirts they hand you) with dry heat rooms like the mud clay room, jade room, and salt room.
Treats too cute to eat: Galleria Market, Koreatown
On our way to dinner we popped over to the Galleria so I could buy some gifts for my gal pals for V-Day. They had so many cute cakes and cupcakes, all totally overpriced, unfortunately!
Romance = Beer. City Tavern, Culver City
The easy way to my heart? Beer and sweets. My boyfriend is of a similar disposition, so we picked this little restaurant that we often frequent in Culver City, since it’s a short walk from our home.
Take a Spin!: Shibuya Lovers Night at the Grand Suite Hotel
Our friends from Tune In Tokyo were spinning at this event and invited us to stop by. The event was small in a well-designed romantic space, but unfortunately the bar manager didn’t really know what he was doing which caused a lot of harumph-ing during drink ordering time. They’re still new, though so hopefully they iron that all out eventually.
It was one of the most luxurious hangout days I’ve had in a while! I hope you all have a kickass Valentine’s Day and that you celebrate it in your own unique way, too!