Roses, pralines and candlelight dinner are so yesterday. After all, loving your loved one should be a daily thing. Our author explains why Valentine’s Day should be a time to celebrate yourself.
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love. In the name of self-love, celebrate yourself this year! Whoever said you’re not allowed to gift yourself on Valentine’s Day? At O Diaries, February is “me-month” and self-love is right at the top of our list. So, if you’re single or simply would like to give your partner the gift of feeling great about yourself, here are some inspirations for Valentine’s Day.
The whole world celebrates the 14th of February as the day for love – Valentine’s Day. But we think it is important to remember that any kind of love starts with self-love. That’s why we celebrate self-love on the day before, February 13th. That’s not all – with the slogan “You. A Lifelong Romance,” we are claiming February as Me-Month, with O Diaries taking the whole month to put the focus back on self-love.
Smooth skin, flawless smile, healthy hair and a size 36 – this remains the status quo in the world of fashion. The fault lies with the labels themselves, who sell items in a maximum of size 44 and who use posters and advertisements with unrealistic images. This gnaws at self confidence and often leads to a sense of frustration. However, something is changing in the meantime – more and more brands are discovering the value in model diversity and limiting photo retouches. Here we introduce a few brands who genuinely celebrate body positivity.
The prolific output of the porn industry is actually pretty disappointing. The market is dominated by material that is exclusively suited to the desires of men and routinely presents (and thus normalizes) a dangerously misogynistic image of sexual relations. However, women can also enjoy being turned on by the genre. It’s all just a matter of finding the right material. The search isn’t easy, but keep looking because it does exist: tasteful pornography for women.
The tattoo needle vibrates as fast and loud as my speeding, beating heart – at least that’s what it feels like. As the ink is slowly being pricked into my skin, point by penetrating point, I begin to wonder about the body cult – perhaps to distract myself from the pain. Can tattoos really help you to love yourself more?
Cooking and eating with your partner isn’t just about the food. After all, lust and culinary delight go hand in hand. Make sure to take the time to prepare a romantic holiday dinner for two and include one of our passion enhancing recipes.
Do you remember the last time you really felt proud of yourself? Admittedly, it’s been a while since I felt that way and I often have to force myself to pat my own back. Most of the time, I respond to my achievements by lowering their value: I tell myself that what I accomplished was “just luck” or “wasn’t as great of an achievement anyway”. And in the space of a few such thoughts, I’ve forbidden myself three minutes of ‘fame’ and more importantly the feeling that I really accomplished something. I know I’m not alone in reacting like this. We should be proud of ourselves more often.