Valentine’s Day is a-coming!
Ohh, love it or hate it, celebrate it or not, it won’t go away because it’s a big consumer money spin and the guilt trip is turned to full volume.
Around about this time I feel as if I’m in a tumble drier and actively loathe the coming of the 14th, because after 32years of marriage, let’s face it, you have to be more and more inventive.
It’s hard to ignore Valentine’s Day, so my response is to book somewhere nice to go, then glam up, turn the romance on, and enjoy it.
I’m sometimes asked by readers for funky clothes for over 50 … so I thought today I’d branch out and source a few ideas for Valentine’s Day from a store that often seems to stock styles that suit our age demographic.
Funky clothes for over 50 on Valentine’s Day – North or South!
Check out the Vivid International website for some fabulous red styles for both northern and southern Valentine’s days.
A cool summer layer dress perhaps, or a warm toasty red sleeveless jacket if you’re celebrating in the north. Prices are reasonable, and there’s currently a sale on.
Around the tracks, I love a bit of boho funk.
A pair of aztec pants (3), a cherry kaftan top (1), a scarf with red detail (4) all teamed with a neutral bag (2) – what a great lunch date combo.
I’ve put together some Valentine’s Day reds and cherry coloured items above from W. Lane stores , which I think would make a funky statement for a day time lunch perhaps?
I really like the floaty top with a sprinkling of bling for a special occasion. The scarf I would tie around my bag for effect (and use it to tie my hair up if the wind blew). And those Aztec pants are a far cry from the normal block colours I would choose as work wear.
Below I’ve picked out some razzle dazzle evening wear for hot Australian nights. Like them? Would you wear them on Valentine’s night?
(1) features a daring gypsy dress, teamed with a devilish black jacket (2) which you could also wear over the black maxi dress (3).
Team a black maxi dress with something sparkly like the silver clutch above (4), add some big dangly earrings and you’re set to go on a romantic night out.
Presents or not?
There have been years gone by when I’ve studiously chosen to turn a blind eye to the whole shebang and those have usually been the times when He Himself has done something extravagant and romantic and made me feel like a complete louse.
Ditto the opposite, and he’s felt like a mean toad.
Which goes to show that Valentine’s day is there to make us feel guilty whether we like it or not.
“I’m not buying you a present this year,” means – I probably shall nearer the time because I’ll feel compelled to by the hype, but because I’ve said this you probably won’t get me anything because you think I’m not buying you anything, which is fine, but still, you’ll feel like a toe-rag anyway.
“I don’t want anything,” means – I want something humungus and meaningful and don’t forget it.
Do you remember the anticipation when you were younger waiting to see if a hand written, anonymous message or gift would be delivered to your front door? The banging heart, the flush to the cheeks if the postman arrived with a white envelope and the wondering if it was really HIM who had sent it.
But sometimes I also felt a little like Bridget Jones.
Or I found out that the romantic message had come from the Wrong One – he who believed himself to be Casanova, but who in reality fell a length short of Cupid’s arrow.
Perhaps for you too, the day can also be a reminder of lost love or of missing out?
And there is always a downside to a day like this because not everyone is lucky enough to be able to count on secret admirers, boyfriends or husbands to make the day special.
Valentine’s Day can also be a time for honouring friendships and family relationships, or perhaps accepting and apoligising for hurtful words, or even just reconnecting with your inner self – think meditation and being kind to yourself for the day.
Don’t Ignore The Rules
February 14th has been the day for lovers to express their love for each other for hundreds of years. From kings and queens to presidents, poets, actors and actresses, history is filled with the stories of famous love stories and unrequited romances.
- Though shall not forget Valentine’s Day.
- Though shall let your loved one know how special he or she is (or your loved ones).
- Though shall not treat it as ‘just another day’.
Ideas for romantic gestures that don’t cost too much money
- A lovely letter or a card with beautiful words
- A massage at home
- Champagne breakfast – don’t forget some flower petals strewn around the table
- A date-night in with a home cooked special meal, and a bottle of champagne.
- Bake a cake and write “I love you” on the icing
- Make him his favourite meal and tell him you’re wearing the sexy lingerie he bought you.
- Scatter flower petals on the bed, or down the hallway, or along the garden path.
Will you be celebrating on Valentine’s Day or night and what will you wear?
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Until next time,