‘Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love’. William Shakespeare
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just round the corner.
Whether you’re single or joyfully coupled up, chances are you have a thing or two to learn about Valentine.
What colour would be better to celebrate love than red, the colour of blood and fire, expression of love, passion, desire, sensitivity and romance.
A little red on burgundy action today. I’m such a huge fan of red (as you can see here and here) and find that deep crimson reds work very well with my skin tone. It’s the perfect pick-me-up colour not only to celebrate love but also to combat winter blues.
Every February 14, across the United States and not only, flowers and gifts are exchanged, all in the name of St. Valentine.
Treating yourself is totally acceptable too!
But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?
1. How did Valentine’s Day start?
Valentine’s day is a very old tradition (going back for centuries), thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February – officially the start of their springtime. It’s thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. These matches often led to marriage.
If you are interested in exploring more about Valentine’s day, you can find it here.
2. Why do people celebrate Valentine’s Day?
The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
3. When did Valentine’s Day become commercial?
By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters and these were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.
4. Why are roses associated with Valentine’s Day?
5. Why do we sign cards anonymously?
6. “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.
7. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years.
The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
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While I adore pairing red with classic black I love love red tonal pairings! Red with rosy brown, red with burgundy… all striking colour combinations.
With such a strong statement piece, I wanted to continue the colour story by finishing the look with burgundy over-the-knee boots.
I love monochromatic pairing! It’s fluid, bold, and has a sense of understated elegance.
Hope you enjoy this post and styling.
Do you guys have any plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Let me know in the comments below!
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