SweeTarts hearts. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.
With contributions by Elise Thompson.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which holiday is the most manipulative of all? Over-booked exclusive restaurants, if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it roses, and after-dinner bedroom stress and apprehension: everyone has had that one bad date in their lives. And chances are it happened on that blackest of days when pressure and expectation are at their highest for couples: Valentine’s Day.
As Hallmark holidays go, Valentine’s Day is the one destined each year to break hearts, as well as bank accounts, when things don’t go well. For singles, it can bring on equal stress and unwarranted self-judgment, especially if you are not yet fortunate enough to see how blissfully free you are. But for a day that should be all about love, this one doesn’t have to suck all the air out of your life, or your love life, and neither does it have to be celebrated on just that one day of the year.
Here is a list of Valentine’s Day-themed things to do in L.A., and do it differently, for couples, singles, Galentine’s and Palentine’s, that won’t require you to wade through over-crowded dining rooms, rent a tux, open a small loan, or even be “in love.” Continue reading