Spring is almost here and the romance of Valentine's Day has arrived to push us through the last of the winter season. While February's bight begins to loosen its bitter grip, more hands are slipping out of their thick, woolly pockets and back into the naked palms of their loved ones.
The stress of the holidays has come and gone. New Years' parties and new routines have bubbled up and settled down. It's finally time to take a deep breath, a step back, and a moment to relax.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about gifts or big gestures. Instead, it can be about taking some extra time to show gratitude for the little gestures in your relationships, every day.
(Little gestures are often just big gestures in disguise.)
If you're single this season, these playlists are still for you! You also deserve to daydream, romance, and make bedroom eyes with yourself. Take today to appreciate all of the incredible things you've accomplished in your life.
You also deserve your own gratitude.
If you're celebrating this Valentine's Day with a loved one, enjoy these four playlists as you spend your day together (or apart.) Even if you can't be in each other's immediate presence, you can still bask in each other's love from any distance.
Songs For Daydreaming About Love
Description: A sweet, romantic playlist to listen to while you daydream about the one you love.
Just because you're spending the day apart, doesn't mean you can't still revel in the romance together. Whether you're in a long-distance relationship, away from your partner, or simply spending the day at work, you can still kick off the romance from wherever you are.
There's nothing sweeter than daydreaming about the one you love all day just to come home to them later that night. Even if it's over FaceTime.
Whether you're stuck in traffic, wandering through the grocery aisles, or counting down the hours until you're off the clock, this playlist will have you feeling warm and fuzzy while you do it.
Songs For Romantic Evenings
Description: A romantic, jazz-infused playlist to listen to while you cook dinner with your partner, or slow dance together in the kitchen.
Quality time spent together means something different to everyone. For some couples it might look like cooking (or tastily enjoying) a meal together, taking some time to dance in the kitchen, or reminiscing over a glass of wine.
What matters is that this time feels good together.
During these more relaxed, intimate moments, a touch of jazz in the background can make your cozy kitchen feel like a Parisian restaurant. A dash of lo-fi can keep the atmosphere light and whimsical while you enjoy each other's company.
Take this time to slow down and appreciate the life you've made for one another. You've done and been through a lot to get to this moment right here.
Celebrate your current destination by remembering your journey.
Songs For Bedroom Eyes
Description: A sensual playlist to listen to while you and your partner transition from date night into the bedroom.
As the evening hours melt into night, those lingering looks begin to mean something deeper. There's more than just love there. There is desire, passion, and years of tended fires hidden behind those eyes.
Every couple has that look. The one that signifies it's time to move away from the kitchen and into the bedroom.
I mean, there's a reason you two are more than just friends.
If you're a couple that has been together for a long time, chances are that you know each other's bodies well. You can read one another's murmurs and sighs. Your hands know the perfect arch of her back; her mouth knows the sturdy terrain of your chest.
You two don't need a map. You frequently off-road and wander off-track when it comes to exploring each other's bodies. It's all about the journey. You know you'll get to the destination... eventually.
Thankfully, there's no rush.
Songs For Ruining the Sheets
Description: A hot and steamy playlist to listen to while you and your partner get intimate in the sheets.
Other times, your passion calls for something a little more urgent. Slow songs simply won't cut it when it comes to the kind of night you're looking for. You two have done the sensual thing a million times. In fact, you will probably do the sensual thing after you get through with the kinky thing.
In fact, you should probably prepare those back-up sheets too. Just in case.
No, what you're looking for is to get down and dirty. To appreciate your partner's body to the moon and back until they see stars. You don't care about the bed frame breaking. You need a new one, anyway.
A sexy, smoldering beat makes it easy to get lost in each other's hips. Slow-burning tension and swelling vocals can inspire passion. Let your body feel and follow the music.
You might like where you end up.
No Matter How You Choose To Spend Your Valentine's Day...
Know that no one can define your love but you. There are a million ways that people can show their love and appreciation for each other. At the end of the day, what's important is that you have the chance to celebrate love and its presence in your life.
Even if your Valentine's Day happens on February 15, March 28, or even some time in the middle of July, you deserve a special day together. One that works for you.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the little (and big) things in life.
It's important to remember to get wrapped up in each other every once in a while.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your loved ones!
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