If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
It’s Valentine’s Day which gives us all a moment to stop and think about romance, flowers, hearts and feel loved up in a Hallmark Greeting kind of way. Anyone can Arrange red petals on the bed and add even add a card or a LOVE pillow.
But this year I hope we embrace the holiday as Love over Hate and use it as an excuse to give ourselves and those close to us a little extra love. Love is love, is love.
February 14th, like other holidays, can be a time when we feel particularly down – it can be an awful reminder of being alone or having lost someone. Perhaps your sweetheart has forgotten they are your Valentine, you are thousands of miles apart, or the one you crush on is crushing on someone else? It’s a red hot heart nightmare as the whole world seems to be sharing champagne and getting loved up.
I am reminded of the time Minty was in Paris for her 5th Grade trip and had her heart broken at the Eiffel Tower. Talk about a perfect storm of the worst Valentine’s Day ever – away from home, in the city of love and having to watch your heart’s desire with someone else – at only 10 year’s old it was a tough one – Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Perhaps you just aren’t feeling the love and anxiety about our current state of affairs is getting the better of you?
Never fear – Lucy’s here! I have a remedy for the love sick fool, for the heartbroken and for the better to have loved and lost. And no it’s not chocolate cake – although that might do the trick. This quick and easy Lucy Life Hack will have your heart skip a beat and help even the most forlorn lover. It will take less than 10 minutes and you probably have everything close at hand.
You are going to rearrange your nightstand. A few simple ideas to add a little luxury and light to what could potentially turn into a bleak day. If you find yourself having to curl up under the covers at least you will be in an oasis of comfort and pure love.
Romantic Nightstand Lucy Life Hack – Quick, Simple and Easy to do.
- Clear away the clutter and carve out some time for yourself.
- Add a scented candle – I love this Diptyque Roses candle – light it at night to give a soft romantic glow to your boudoir.
- Place healing hearts next to your bed – I picked up the stone and quartz hearts shown above at my favorite florist, Sea Lily, in Malibu. Or make a little beaded heart.
- Add a stack of your favorite books. Here I have a stack of Persephone books for daytime or bedtime reading. When all else fails lose yourself in the romance of a good novel – I go back to Wuthering Heights again and again. And this Great Loves Collection boxed set from Penguin is a must for all romantics
- Place a book of love poems next to the bed – Yeats, Wordsworth, Dickinson – always a winner.
- How about losing yourself in someone else’s love letters? And then write your own.
“Incessantly I live over in my memory of your caresses, your tears, your affectionate solicitude.” Napoleon to Josephine
“you and I shall have our desired end, which should be more to ease my heart’s ease, and more quietness to my mind, than any other thing in the world” Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn
“I love you because I love you, because it would be impossible for me not to love you.” Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo
- Place photos of those you love next to the bed – you want it to be the first thing you see when you wake up and slowly focus on the world.
- Place a single flower in a vintage glass. I love this fabulous camellia I picked from my garden. Go plant a camellia or gardenia bush in your garden for the true gift that keeps on giving. If you don’t have a garden buy a single stem white rose at the florist. I used my favorite vintage pitcher from Vintageweave and added pale pink roses from the supermarket.
So now the scene is set – grab a cup of tea, a bar of chocolate and a good book and settle in for a romantic love fest.