• Thursday Tip-Off: Flying Solo on Valentine's Day

    Our Thursday Tip-Off series is a weekly set of tips, suggestions, and tricks for making you a better-informed person. You're welcome.

    Grab that bottle of champagne you've been hanging onto since NYE, because it's almost Valentine's Day, y'all, and it's time to treat yourself. If you're flying solo this year and all your friends are blowing off Galentine's Day to hang out with their significant others, then this is the post for you. Follow these simple instructions and you'll be on your way to having the best solo Valentine's Day ever.
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    1. Wake up and pamper yourself. Grab every fancy moisturizer and face mask you have, and put them all on at the same time. Buy yourself a fancy robe and lounge in it for 16-24 hours. It is a day all about love and presents, after all, so treat your skin to every luxurious bath product you can find. If you really want to relax (and have Monday off thanks to the holiday), see if you can land yourself a cheap hotel room in your hometown on Sunday night through one of the discount sites, and then proceed to order yourself room service fries. (Is there anything better than hanging in a fancy hotel room for no reason? No.)

    2. Make yourself a romantic mix tape, all about feelin' yourself. This day is all about YOU, so put on every song you've ever known and loved. That Hanson song from 1998 that's still amazing but a little embarrassing? Put it on! That Phil Collins song from Tarzan? Pop it on! Treat yourself! Like we said, this day is all about you, so there's no shame when it comes to this mixtape. If you want to put "What Do You Mean?" on the cassette 14 times, then you should. Because you're worth it.

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    3. Do you love garbage movies? Because we do, and there are a lot of garbage movies coming out this weekend. (They shall remain nameless, but there are a lot of choice garbage movies happening. Trust us.) Take yourself on a date to the movie theater and hop around to every movie you want to see, especially if they're movies you know no one else in your life will tolerate.

    4. Speaking of garbage movies, this Valentine's Day is the perfect time to queue up every horrible thing you've been dying to watch on Netflix and plop yourself on the couch for 8 hours straight. Alone. Watch Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby, just because you can. No one can squash your joy! To make your day on the couch extra exciting, treat yourself to every junk food item you love at the grocery store. Don't hold back. If you want those weird, questionable $1 cheese balls and those kettle cooked dill pickle potato chips, get them. They probably taste amazing together, anyway, and you're going to need sustenance for your Netflix binge. (Bonus points: Order it all through a food delivery app so you don't have to get out of your pajamas.)

    5. Buy a whole thing of cookie dough and eat it with a spoon while watching Titanic. Tell your cat all about the importance of Jack Dawson.

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