As I sit here typing this post, I am already feeling a strong mix of vulnerability and total kick-ass-ness (that’s the vino talking I’m sure). With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching tomorrow, I thought today would be the perfect time to get super personal…so here goes nothing!
My Valentine’s Day this year is going to be slightly different than years past and by different, I mean I will be celebrating Galentine’s Day in all its glory. My boyfriend and I – whom you’ve heard plenty about here on Fashionably Lo – broke up a few weeks ago. Before you ask, I’m doing okay. And before you ask again, that’s kind of a lie. Sure, it is probably one of the hardest things I’ve gone through (ever!) but at the same time, it’s something that I think we are both at peace with. Long story short, this is something that we both knew was coming and while I will not say it has been a (tear-less) walk in the park, I am really proud of how we both have been handling it. We’ve been dating since we were 15 so there are over 10+ years of memories that will always bond us together in a way I will probably never share with anyone else – and to be honest, that’s what gives me the “cup half full” approach as I move forward with my life.
I won’t go into the details because this is not The Bachelor and we don’t need any more crazy drama in our lives but I will say, a breakup (especially with so much history) is the perfect way to shock you back to reality. Realizing now that I will be single (gasp), living alone (double gasp) and missing the guy that has been my best friend for over a decade, it’s safe to say that I might understand what the whole quarter life crisis thing is about. The best thing though is that I’ve had the most amazing support from my family & friends throughout the whole thing and I can honestly say I’m excited to set out on this new journey.
And that’s where today’s post comes in. You might be wondering why I am all dolled up in the sexiest red dress I own, trotting around with flowers and the cutest pup ever. Well, because this year I am taking the day of love & cupid and flipping it to celebrate and love myself. Not in a creepy, narcissistic, Juan Pablo way – but in a way that celebrates how each and every one of us should love ourselves (single or not): fully and unconditionally. Taking the time out to appreciate the things that make me happiest and the best version of Lauren is a refreshing and tad bit confusing undertaking but I have enjoyed every bit of it over the last few weeks. And it’s a process that is going to continue on way past tomorrow – so bear with me!
…well that’s that. I might not have any cute DIY ideas or Vday inspired looks to share, but I hope that maybe something I said in today’s post resonated with you. Whether you are single or married or dating a handsome model – take a part of tomorrow to celebrate & love you.
Happy early Vday, yall!
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