We love celebrating Valentine’s Day, whether we are single, dating or coupled up! However, we know many of you might be cynics who have not been lucky in love and grow to loathe this time of year. We were pondering what separates the cynics from the believers, and came to the conclusion that one’s outlook comes back to the self. One of our favorite childhood novels, The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett, inspired this post on cultivating positive inner change during a time when it is easy to see the grass as always greener on the other side. Cupid might never find you unless you take a detour into your own secret garden to catalyze growth! Whatever you are up to on Valentine’s Day, make sure you wear something that makes you feel sexy and authentically you.
The Secret Garden
is a tale of self discovery following the journey of orphaned Mary Lennox, a bitter little girl who hates the world and everyone in it because she experienced much loss early in life. As Mary begins to interact with the seasons, the dirt, and the flowers new life springs forth in both the garden and her heart. Through this process she learns to take care of herself and to experience un-lonely solitude in the natural landscape. We brought this story to life with a Valentine’s Day pink and red twist in Palo Alto’s own secret neighborhood garden – Gamble Garden
. The magical healing quality of the Secret Garden facilitates growing strength and resilience within Mary.
We love this story because it highlights the magical quality and importance of positive thinking and finding ways to love yourself and love others through life’s challenges. In your own Secret Garden, attracting and finding true love isn’t a passive process. It’s a soul-searching decision. You have to evolve into the type of person you want to attract.
Tell us – pink or red, which is your favorite? How you are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?
On February 14th Francesca strongly suggests wearing red if you are in the midst of the dating and flirtation phases of seduction or trying to keep things adventurous and new in a long term relationship. She chose to pair a striking, Khaleesi-esq maxi gown in this powerful color with edgy, fun sneakers. From the red ochre used in ancient rituals to red hearts on Valentine’s Day, this powerful color has been tied to passion and romantic love across cultures and millennia. Many studies have shown that red triggers a basic, primal response in humans as a signal of sexuality and fertility. Red signals health, status, and fertility in our biology – so use it to your advantage!
Valentina brought some romance to this look by indulging in her love for candy pink. Staying true to herself she kept things playful by creating contrast with her abstract-print Bebe jacket. Valentine’s day is about celebrating the love you have inside you, and spreading it to others. One way to do that is by uplifting your mood through the power of color, and by surrounding yourself in the beauty of nature – here, Valentina does both.