Valentine’s Day

As a former waitress who worked many a holiday shift, I’ve historically avoided going out on Valentine’s Day like the plague – too many bad memories of lackluster food and insane dinner services. Most of my fonder V-Day memories quite honestly involve my couch, DVDs of favorite Japanese horror movies and copious alcohol. Tonight though, my husband and I are going out to dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date. Hopefully since it’s a weekday it will be less of a madhouse.

The custom cards I ordered finally arrived last week and I was very excited to mail them! I love sweet animal photos, to the point where I’ve begun to receive complaints from friends about the frequency of my email forwards: “You’re like one of my crazy aunts who keeps emailing chain letters warning about cell phone radiation,” one of my bridesmaids complained. “Can you please stop sending things to my work email?” another dude requested, after my email titled “BEAR + CAT = LOVE” flashed across the screen courtesy of Microsoft Outlook while at a big meeting. Seriously, how can you resist Muschi and Maeuschen?

Because of my animal obsession, I couldn’t resist sending out this card this year:

image via Joe Robertson

Never thought I’d have a Valentine’s Day card inspired by Reddit, but come on – cute right? I made them on Tiny Prints, which was a pretty easy experience, although I couldn’t find any Valentine’s themed cards that I could customize to the extent I wanted to. Finally I had to use a baby themed card (the back of this actually says that it’s from a brand called “Hello Little One”).

Finally I’m not sure yet what I’m going to wear for dinner, but I think it’s going to a print or texture of some sort! Here are some candidates:

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you staying in or going out?

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  • Latkes and Dim Sum
    February 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Katherine, that card is so sweet. Have a great night out!
    Staying in today; V-Day in NYC is killer with overpriced restaurants 🙂

  • Ugly Duckling
    February 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    That card is just too cute!!

    I think you should wear the pink or the floral to be in keeping with the day.
    I'm sadly not going out as my fiancee is thousands of miles away at the moment with work. So I think it'll just be a night of pampering for me instead!

    Happy Valentines Day hun!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING xxx

  • Adele
    February 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Your card is too cute! Cooking in tonight as like you, had too many average Valentines meals, then Friday heading out to our fave restaurant to celebrate!
    Happy Valentines hun xoxo

  • janettaylor
    February 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Happy Valentine's day, sweetie! ♥

  • dietingfashions
    February 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Happy Valentine's! Love your sea otter cards. I adore sea otters. I want one!!!! I guess a stuffed animal would have to suffice.

    We are going to try and find a restaurant on madness filled day. Hopefully we have good service and great food.

  • newpetite
    February 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    we are going out 🙂 I love celebrating such days coz every now and then we need to show how much we love and appreciate everything that our loved ones do 🙂

  • Rola
    February 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    We went to Bouchon this past weekend. So we will go out to a more casual place tonight. Happy Valentine's Day!

  • DSK Steph
    February 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Going out!! 🙂 Valentine's Day is one of my favorite days ever!! <3

    Happy Valentine's Day Kat! <3

  • amy b.s.
    February 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    oh, those sea otters are just too cute!

  • Ella Pretty Blog
    February 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Can't wait to see your Valentine's day outfit.

    I'm MAJORLY into celebrating Valentine's day – just not on the day itself – I think that's more for daters looking to impress each other – fixed price menus and crowds are NOT for me.

    Hubby and I celebrated on Friday – went out for a Teppanyaki dinner followed by "The Woman in Black" – it was so scary and fun! Then on Sat hubby got me a lovely gift (Alexander McQueen Scarf) – am going to bake stuff for him and the kiddies today – and have some books to give him as his present 🙂

  • Cindii
    February 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Haha my fiance shared that otter image with me. It's so cute!!

  • alison*elle
    February 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    That card is so cute; that picture used to be my desktop background haha. Hope you and your hubby have a great date tonight. Happy Valentine's Day! 🙂

    xo, alison*elle

  • katattack2000
    February 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    The cards are cute 🙂 You are definitely like my friend who sends me forwards of animals all the time haha

  • Alterations Needed
    February 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I usually hate those cutesy animal emails/photos as well, but…that card is freakin' adorable. Happy Valentines Day Kat! =)

  • makeupandpearls
    February 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    i LOVE those cards! i actually have a tshirt with cartoon otters holding paws…

    we're going to our favorite indian place. its usually not too packed and pretty lowkey. after 9 years i'm happy to just eat indian and go home and snuggle with our cat. 🙂

  • Ess here!
    February 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Happy Valentines day! Hope you enjoy your time out with your hubby 🙂


  • Lisa
    February 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMG i just about died looking at the pictures of the sea otter's holding hands when they are sleeping that is just about the cutest thing i have ever seen in my ENTIRE LIFE!

  • Amy
    February 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I'm the queen of forwarding cute pictures and animals to friends and family, much to their chagrin. But I figured one day, they'll message me "Why don't you send us emails anymore?", so until that day comes …

    We decided to postpone our Valentine's Day extravaganza for Friday night instead. Between my bf operating and me working longer hours at the office, having dinner when we're both relaxed and ready to kick start the weekend sounded a lot more appealing. That comes with a price though. For not having to run out to buy me a bouquet of roses and dining around the city tonight, he'll be watching a cheesy flick of my choice on Friday. He just doesn't know it yet ;P

    Enjoy your Valentine's Day! I'm sure you will look fabulous, as always. Cheers!

  • Tina
    February 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    omg, the sea otters are so cute! Happy vday!


  • Lindsay K
    February 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I love your Valentine's day card. I'm such a sucker for a nice card;)

    Enjoy dinner with Mr. Feather. I'm all for embracing the spirit of the day, so I say go pink:)

    I'm in the midst of NYFW. It always falls on Valentine's day, so we always end up postponing. He's accompanying me to a show tonight and by the time we're home we'll probably eat a late dinner in pjs (I love that). We're officially celebrating this weekend, which happens to be a three day weekend for both of us. I can't wait:)

    Enjoy your night!!!!

  • Sarah
    February 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Love the cards! Hope you and Mr. Feather have a fantastic Valentine's Day. I think the hubby and I are going out tonight, perhaps dinner and a movie. Super simple. 🙂

  • Diva In Me
    February 15, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Happy V Day to you =)

    I'm sure you had a great time with hubby. My bf and I avoided the usual V Day's set lunch/dinner. In fact we avoided every opportunity for others to rape our wallets. He cooked dinner and I bought a DVD to watch after that. We had a great time.

  • Anna G
    February 15, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Love valentine's day but staying home tonight. I wish I had the chance to go out but I would hate the crowds.

  • AT
    February 15, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I fell in love with those otters when I saw them on YouTube! They're from thr Vancouver Aquarium!

  • Tabitha
    February 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

    In love with the otters, I love animal Valentine's cards.

  • Tabitha
    February 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Oh and no, I'm just 5ft 4!

  • Annette
    February 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I love the otter V-day cards, so sweet!

  • Chloe
    February 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Those cards are adorable!! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  • Satin And Salt
    February 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks so much for the comment on my blog! I LOVE me some benefit high beam! Where did you and your hubs have your first date? My bf and I stayed in for lunch (I made steak and potatoes) and went out for dinner (should have stayed in again hahaha). Loved going thru your blog. The latest post was especially interesting, always love hearing about a new author. Wanna maybe follow each other?


  • chillairandperfume
    February 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Oh, I LOVE the otters holding hands! I heard that they died recently, and I legitimately cried. (sorry, that was a real downer)

    Anyway, hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day!


  • Chantalle
    February 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I love cute animals and i'm also not afraid to show it! I especially love creating captions for cute animal pictures. By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog 🙂

    Chantalle from

  • just tututiny
    February 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    what a cute card, I did a paper on otters and did a bunch of research on them =) We went to watch titanic in 3D for v-day!

  • jennyjk
    February 17, 2012 at 5:31 am

    thank you so much for the comment! your interviews are so interesting I cant get enough of them!! i absolutely love those textures!! the black and white one stands on the best!

  • Mrs C
    February 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Lovely card! Very original. Me and my husband was in Paris for Valentine's, we ended up at a cheap Thai restaurant having a great meal and quiet time. I guess that's the bestway to have quiet moments during V Day. Hope you had a blast!

    p.s. Horror movie sounds good too, nice way to cuddle 😉

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