Fine jewelry retailer Brilliant Earth reached out to me to participate in their Create a Little Love campaign for Valentine’s Day. I dig Brilliant Earth because of their amazing standards and ethical sourcing (the ring designs are also gorgeous – always a plus), so I am thrilled to participate! Since we all express ourselves differently, they challenged select bloggers to create a photo to showcase how we say love.
Of course, the most natural way for me to say it is… with makeup! (Violent Lips to be exact.) But there’s so much more that I want to say than will fit on my bottom lip.
Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day can be a touchy subject. But it shouldn’t be! There is so much in this world to love. Your significant other, your friends, your family, life in general, and most importantly – yourself. If you are sitting there, reading this, thinking “I hate Valentine’s Day because I’m single,” or “I hate Valentine’s Day because my husband doesn’t buy me pretty rings from Brilliant Earth,” I want you to snap out of it right now. (And then go buy that ring for yourself because you totally deserve it.)
This Valentine’s Day, the message that I most want to promote – this is the quote that wouldn’t fit on my lip – is “don’t forget to love yourself first.”
I will end my V-Day PSA this with a quote from my spirit animal Carrie Bradshaw, who said it perfectly in the series finale of Sex and the City:
“Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”
And that, my friends, is exactly how I feel about love. Happy early Valentine’s Day!
(P.S. Keep an eye out on Brilliant Earth’s website, blog, and social channels on Valentine’s Day for a collage of all the “LOVE” images from bloggers participating in the campaign!)