The Single Girl's Guide To Valentine's Day

We are one week away from the lover's holiday. For those of us who are unattached, that can be depressing, empowering or it might mean absolutely nothing at all. One thing is for sure though, all your lovebird friends will be cheesing it up at an overpriced restaurant or activity filled date night that had way too much thought put into it. So what's a girl to do? Our Single Girl's Guide to Valentine's Day is here to save the day. From events to menus for one, we've got your solo Valentine's Day covered.

WHERE TO GO
Bohemian House (11 West Illinois) welcomes lonely hears to celebrate the single life with the special "Burger for the 'Lonely Hearts' at the Bar" served on a house-made potato bun, piled high with emmentaler cheese, sauerkraut, a fried egg and horseradish cream, alongside salt & vinegar chips. It will be available for dinner Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. 

Hydrate Nightclub (3458 North Halsted Street) is hosting their Beauties and Beaus show Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th. Hot male dancers and sassy female impersonators bring the crowd to its feet (and on stage) in an interactive experience you won't forget. Discount code COFFEE will save you $10 off admission for the weekend.

J'temie Journelle (1725 North Damen) is partnering with Flowers For Dreams to make Valentine's Day shopping easy. Visit Journelle on February 13th to shop for your girls' night out (or in). Choose from a variety of garments and pajamas to make you feel fabulous regardless what your plans entail. Every Journelle purchase receives a complimentary mini Flowers For Dreams bouquet while supplies last. 

spa at dana (660 North State Street) is offering a few spectacular spa deals for a relaxing solo weekend. Try the "Berry Bubbly Mani/Pedi," a nutrient rich treatment full of antioxidants. Bask in the uplifting aroma of berries while sipping a glass of bubbly. They're also offering the "Be My Honey Facial." The ultra-hydrating facial will cleanse and exfoliate your skin before enriching it with a honey mask. Melt away stress and tension with a face, neck and shoulder massage and leave with a special glow. Sounds pretty amazing to me. Nothing beats a spa day!

GIRL'S NIGHT IN
If you're not feeling the crowds, grab the rest of the single ladies in your life and have a night in, perhaps while wearing a new pair of PJ's from Journelle while rocking a killer mani/pedi from spa at dana. I've got your Girls Night must-haves below from Netflix binge-a-thons to games and snacks.

WATCH
Anti-Valentine's Day: The Break-Up
Classic Slasher Film: Scream
Comedy: 10 Things I Hate About You (we're taking it back)
Old Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Psychological Thriller: Secret Window
Romance: Love Actually
Tear-Jerker: The Notebook
TV Shows: Friends, Criminal Minds, New Girl, Gilmore Girls

EAT
Delicious, decadent desserts from Inspired by Happiness. The gluten-free treat features three-layer cakes including the Dreamin' of Chocolate Dark & White Chocolate Layer Cake, Dreamin' of Strawberries White Chocolate Shortcake and Cravin' for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake. My bet is on the Dreamin' of Chocolate Dark & White Chocolate Layer cake with layers of Belgian white chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate ganache. 

SIP
Amazing cocktails such as... 

...The Raspberry Rose Royal
Ingredients
1 part Hendrick's Gin
1/5 part sugar syrup
1 fresh raspberry
Top up with champagne.

Preparation
Combine raspberry, sugar and gin in cocktail shaker and shake briskly. After just three strong shakes, finely strain into base of flute and top with champagne.

DO
Play: Heads Up created by Ellen DeGeneres.
Go: to a dance club
Stay: and have a dance party in your PJ's
Burn: photos of ex-boyfriends OR write down something that's been bothering you and burn it away. Maybe the night can become therapeutic.

SOLO NIGHT
Take advantage of the quiet and refresh. Read that book that's been sitting on your nightstand for months. Get rid of the pile of magazines collecting dust in the corner. Try that new recipe that has you questioning your baking abilities. Go to bed early. Just take the day and night for yourself to do things you never have time for. 

Plan: a vacation!
Read: Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod. You won't regret it.
Listen: to a new artist on Spotify. Or just go with Norah Jones because...she rocks.
Watch: Midnight in Paris. You can't go wrong with Woody Allen in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Clean: nothing. DO NOT WORK.
Write: in a journal. Maybe you can start a new hobby.
Make: a spectacular dinner for one. Because you deserve it.