1. Valentine's/Galentine's Day... Some may disagree but I thoroughly enjoy this holiday and always have - boyfriend or no boyfriend. And with the rise in popularity for a Galentine's Day celebration, this card company and florist driven holiday has become more inclusive for anyone who celebrates love. Last year my friends and I had an adorable and delicious Galentine's Day party at home and I must say it wasn't too different from any other girls night in, but oh you know how I love a theme! And like every February, I will be sending my annual valentines and have done a recent post on both digital and good old fashioned paper options to check out in case you missed it. A gift guide of course and oh did I mention again my dream date inspired sunset beach picnic? It's brie-tacular!!!!! 

2. The Royals... I can't say enough good things about the British royal family, especially in recent time, with the addition of Kate Middleton and Megan Markle. I love what Kate and William have done in advocating fully for mental health and taking their support even further by making the issue personal. They have made statements about their own childhoods and went as far to show support for the mental health and well-being of their children, who they said they would support receiving mental health services if need be. This is such a great example of how monarchy can find a new role in this modern world, by representing causes that are important to people! As for Prince Harry, I must say I never thought he was up to much advocacy before I realized he has championed several important causes, but for me the most exciting one being around feminism and fighting for female empowerment. The speech he gave about efforts to reduce child marriages in Nepal and even his confirmation that he is in fact a feminist is life changing considering how the royal family has often steered away from being political or championing their own issues. But the reality is that politics are about people and in my opinion, what is the purpose of having public figures who don't have opinions or missions for the greater good of society? After binge watching the Crown and not surprisingly becoming obsessed, I am very curious about what the evolving role of royals will be. 

3. Book Club... As I have mentioned before, one of my most tangible goals is to attend more nights of the book club I belong to, as every time I leave one I always come out with so much inspiration and pride around the amazing women that make it up. Although I only started attending a few years back, this club has been going on for now 10 years and the organizer has established such a high caliber group of diverse and motivated women. Some of them are published authors, actresses, business owners, mothers, doctors, chefs, movie writers - you name it, the list goes on and on. Not every woman attends every book club but that is part of the beauty of it, making every monthly club night that much more interesting. I love how so many women have welcomed newbie's in and because of that every night turns into such a quality discussion. One that never revolves around the book of the month, of course. 

4. Movies... I just saw Phantom Thread and really loved it. I will admit that it took a while to grow on me but about an hour in I think the whole theater and myself realized there was something really intriguing and deep that made it greater than just the mind blowing aesthetics of 1950's London. Next on my list are so many, some newer/some older but here goes: AnnihilationThoroughbreds, A Kid Like JakeColette, Generation Wealth, and The Happy Prince.

5. Paris Fashion Week... Oh the inspiration! Some of my favorites so far are Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Rodarte, Ellie Saab, and Chanel. I wasn't completely blown away by any one show so far but I am hopeful! Seeing runway fashion always gets me so excited for what is next, I love that designers can continue to keep creating a new storyline every season. Can't wait to see what fashion week in NYC has in store! 

Happy February, 


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