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What To-Do On Valentine's Day Because You Don't Have A Valentine

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If someone hasn't asked you to hangout Saturday night at this point, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you that you probably won't have a date. And that's totally fine, boys kinda suck anyways. I mean if you enjoy his company I would say yes to the date, but don't go out of your way desperately looking for some #romance.  As much as I joke about my romance-less life, sometimes I do miss having someone to do everything with. Instead when I need a last-minute plus one to an event I go down a list asking all the same guy friends that I call when I need to put together Ikea furniture. When I ask a guy friend "what are you doing tonight?" he doesn't know if I'm calling about an open bar magazine issue release party with my babe model friends to introduce them to or if I need help building a credenza. Anyways, I've put together this hot list of activities you can indulge yourself into on Saturday because if you're single (or cynical) on this inconsequential holiday, calories don't count. 

1. Wine Tasting On Your Couch- Pretty self-explanatory, but underrated. I'm really into pinot noir lately...~swoon

2. Watch Gossip Girl- DON'T watch the romantic episodes. Instead watch the episodes when Chuck trades Blair for the Empire (still upset over this). Or the episodes where Blair is dating Dan Humphrey (still makes me cringe to this day that Blair would date someone from Brooklyn.)

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3. Make an obnoxious dessert and eat it all- IT'S 2015 AND CHEESECAKE FILLED STRAWBERRIES ARE A REAL THING. Get the recipe here

4. Shooting Range- If seeing some girl that you haven't talked to since junior year of high school post a photo of  flowers she got delivered to her office accompanied by a box of chocolates she probably won't even eat because she's afraid they have gluten in them makes you want to put a bullet in something, then shooting range might be a good idea. I'm not a violent type of gal, but if you're feeling distraught over how your last beau broke your heart this might be a good way to get some of your words left unsaid out. If you're in LA visit the LAX Firing Range, here

5. Mondrian Hotel Sky Bar- Because what's a better way to celebrate anything than being poolside with a refreshing cocktail. The lychee one is my favorite. AND on Valentine's Day they're having a little day party with DJ Best Ghost (I'm a fan girl for him). Event info below.

6. Buy yourself flowers- Go ahead, you don't need someone to buy them for you. You can post them on Instagram and hashtag #secretadmirer and pretend that someone left them on your porch. I won't tell anyone. 

7. Drive!- Have no destination and see what you stumble upon. Go up the coast and stop at hidden coffee shops. Drive up PCH to Malibu and go to one of my favorite spots on the pier, Malibu Farm. The Swedish Mini Pancakes are like one of my favorite things ever. The view is perfect. Go to a place you've always wanted to go to before. Drive to Salvation Mountain. Discover an ivy covered garden cafe. Make cheesy Valentine's Day cards and give them out to cute baristas. 

 

Shopping Guide: Everything I Would Buy My Boyfriend For Christmas If He Existed

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Now I hope you don't get totally thrown off by the title of this post. No, I'm not desperately boyfriend searching. I'm not bitter about being single whatsoever but I guess I don't always have the best of luck in the #romance category.  I'm so independent that my father actually worries about me when I say that maybe I'll never get married because he fears my lack of procreation in the future. I have so many girlfriends that have told me "I have no idea what to get my boyfriend for Christmas." After I'm done rolling my eyes for the 7th time, I thought of a few ideas. And it seems like I'm the go-to gal for this advice because for whatever reason they think I'm *~eXPeRieNCeD~* in this field of work, but really I think I'm just a shopaholic with an infatuation with men's fashion. So, if your man isn't that into the way he dresses this guide isn't really for you (Or maybe you should reconsider your relationship). Or maybe it is, if you want him to look better so your arm candy is more swanky and hot. Your decision. 

1.  Bonne Maison Socks  $20+

These unique socks are made in France and spun from Egyptian cotton in Italy. The patterns are so unique and stood out to me right when I saw them. My favorites are the floral patterns Fawn Bouquet and Dark Carnation. I know you're thinking that floral is girly, but a hint of femininity is so in style. 

2. Rag and Bone Wallet $125

One of my favorite American fashion labels for both men and women's collections. These wallets are 100% leather and  timeless, he'll never get sick of it. Anything from Rag and Bone is a perfect gift for a guy, and you can find a lot of discounted things on Barney's Warehouse.

3. Breeze Breathalyzer $100

Okay so this isn't really fashion related, but your boo thang getting a DUI wouldn't be cute either. This pocket gadget key chain checks your blood alcohol level and will tell you how long it will take you until your sober. Woah, this thing is so futuristic and so 2014.

4. John Varvatos Cologne $88

John Varvatos makes the best colognes! There's a variety so go smell them all and see what your favorite is. My favorite scent is Vintage. The smell of this can make things deceiving, like you might think a guy is hotter than he actually is because you're so distracted with how good he smells. Comes from experience.

5. Acne Button Down Shirt $200-300

These are only for boyfriends that really like fashion. Acne is bigger across seas than it is in Los Angeles, it's a Stockholm luxury fashion house that stands for "Ambition to Create Novel Expressions." No, has nothing to do with blemishes. 

 

Okay, these are just perfect. If your boy toy has an edgy side to him, these are everything. If you think your boyfriend can't pull this off, please do not risk it. Wannabe biker boys are unpleasing to the eye.  My favorite styles are: Cranleigh Leather Biker Jacket and Cargo Leather Jacket.

7. Record Player $100+

So how cute would it be if your boyfriend put on some records when you came to his house....just sayin'

8. Make him a blanket! 

I looked up boyfriend gift ideas on Pinterest, and I'm scrolling through all this shit and I'm thinking to myself what kind of guy wants this. Like why is something glittery and sparkly in every other picture. No, don't make him art-class-project scrapbook. At least I wouldn't. But then again I'm not the one to talk because maybe this is why I am single; I have never made a DIY snow globe or a card game containing the 52 reasons 'I love you' (plz hold while I go throw up a little.)The only thing on there that had semi-potential is making a blanket. There are cute ones that are easy to make without sewing and there's probably a youtube video out there that will teach you in less than 30 seconds. 

9. Art of Shaving Kit $120

He'll love this I promise! And they come in kits with everything they'll need. And then their face smells good (weird?).  They also come in different scents and my favorite is Sandalwood. 

10. Fitbit Watch $250

Okay to be completely honest, I actually kind of want one of these myself. If your boy is the athletic gym-going type, he'll find this useful. It tracks your heart beat, GPS tracking (you could probably somehow set it up before you give it to him so you can GPS stalk him idk), calorie counter and so much more. 

Stance Socks x Girls Night In!

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Girls night sock party?! Okay, please confirm me. Had the pleasure of visiting the Stance Socks Headquarters last wednesday night for their first ever 'Girls Night In' event that had an entire itinerary of fun activities all night. There was DIY sock designing where I made myself teal cheetah print socks that I'm currently wearing as I type this. Ummm hi I'm totally in love. The event also included a photo booth, styling fashion tutorials, and  the night ended with a live performance of Dorothy who completely insanely killed it. 

Had fun going back to San Clemente, where I lived part of my teenage years.  Gift bags included the new women's holiday collection and Dorothy's newest album. Boot socks, everyday socks, anklet socks and over-the-knee socks. And after meeting Dorothy I told her that I will go to her next show this coming Monday at the Bootleg Theater in LA. Thank you Stance, I'm going to have warm feet all winter with these totally adorable fun patterns and comfy knits! 

Barbie Loves Wildfox!

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Barbie LOVES Wildfox Collection launched and it's every girl's pink childhood dream come true.  It was a pizza party with grown-up drinks such as blush-colored martinis that matched my hot pink lipstick. The Swarovski crystal ice cream truck was back to serve sweet treats and hand out glowstick jewelry. Barbie's pink Corvette was parked out front next to the red carpet.  Party was at the new flagship store in Sunset Plaza, which looks even dreamier with the holiday light decorations outside right now.

My favorite pieces from the collection: Miss America Malibu Pullover, Call Me Walk Of Shame Tee, and the Happy Cat Oversized Sweatshirt. All the pieces are a fun funky look perfectly paired with high-wasited skinnies or vintage denim Levi cut-offs. 

Wearing dress from For Love and Lemons, shoes from Isabel Marant, rock candy ring by Androgyny Design and candy-colored earrings from Kate Spade. Photo with blogger gal pal Talia from Feather Cat.