Celebrate your loved ones this Valentine’s Day by… forgetting the boys + hanging out with your girls instead! I don’t know about you, but sometimes Galentine’s Day can be even more fun than the traditional date with your Valentine. You don’t have to stress over perfecting your look or sweat over finding the perfect restaurant. Instead, you + your bride tribe can relax at home with some Rosé + Matthew Mcconaughey or spend the night out on town! Really, it’s the best of both worlds.
If you’re not sure what you feel like doing this Galentine’s Day, we have some fun suggestions for you + your girls.
PSA: NO BOYS ALLOWED
PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Foote
Grab a mimosa + brunch it up!
Who doesn’t love brunch?! I don’t know what it is about dressing up + eating at 11am, but it always puts me in a better mood! Treat yourself + the girls this Galentine’s day to a cute + chic brunch place. Explore a new place or visit one of your favorites. Find one with an ocean view, travel down to Melrose Avenue or explore the Art District! Wherever you go, TREAT YOURSELF! Because, babe, it’s Friday—you + your girls deserve it. Pair a mimosa with a light meal of fun finger foods or a hearty meal of pancakes + eggs!
LA LADIES—here are some great cafes that not only provide the perfect, aesthetic ambiance but also amazing food from acai bowls to tacos to anything in between.
Republique: Chat with your girls over a fresh mimosa + a delicious omelette in a classy modern French restaurant.
Location: 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Salt’s Cure: Treat yourself to some avocado toast, one of their signature cocktails + a blondie
Location: 1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Sugar Taco: Their delicious Mexican food + super fun colorful vibe coupled with their signature pink Strawberry Horchata could make for a great Galentine’s Day
Location: 7257 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
OC BABES—grab a seat by the ocean + enjoy a view. The following brunch places will bring you to Latin America + Hawaii. You + your bride tribe will have so much fun chatting over their signature plates + cocktails.
Snooze an AM Eatery: One word—FUN. Their menu consists of dishes like OOO La La Frittata + OMG! French Toast. Try a Palomimosa or a Straight Up or Spicy cocktail.
Location: 240 W Chapman Ave Suite 101, Orange, CA 92868
What a Dish Cafe + Catering: If you’re looking for a classy spot where you can enjoy the fresh air, What a Dish is THE perfect place for you! Enjoy a strawberry spinach crostini or a watermelon + feta snack on their outdoor patio.
Location: 24921 Dana Point Harbor Dr b100, Dana Point, CA 92629
Bill’s at the Beach: Bring your girls to paradise at this Hawaiian place in Newport Beach. Grab a Mai Tai + enjoy the live music—if you’re planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, this island-inspired cafe might be a fun teaser for your bride tribe!
Location: 2751 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Get those cucumbers out + treat yourself to a spa!
I don’t know about you, but this week has been BUSY. Trust me, I am not one to take a break, but it is so so important to treat yourself to a self-care day once in a while. Today is the perfect day to do just that. End your stressful work week with a spa + TREAT yourselves. Get a facial, a massage and a mani pedi! Find a spa with saunas + heated pools! Why not go crazy?! Think of Galentine’s Day as a pre-bachelorette party + go all out. You badass boss babes deserve it.
Go on a hike
If you’re not one to see a spa day as relaxing + you prefer adventure, go on a hike! Bring your wanderlust girlfriends to Griffith Park or Santiago Oaks Regional Park + enjoy a day in the sun. Talk about goals + visions as you’re trekking up those LA or Santiago hills. Plan future vacays with your bride tribe or simply listen to music. Breathe in the fresh air, relax + have fun! Maybe even pack some fun snacks like chocolate covered strawberries + pink lemonade to enjoy at the top.
Soak up some sun + have a beach day!
Beach babes! Bring your girls to Laguna Beach or Dana Point, lay out your beach towels on the sand + enjoy a relaxing day by the ocean. Wear a cute bathing suit + have your own photoshoot. Show everyone on instagram why you live in the sunny + gorgeous California. Bring a few magazines to read while you lay out in the sun or carry a volleyball with you! Pack a basket of chocolate covered strawberries, cheese + crackers + wine. Stay until sunset + listen to music with your girls before heading out to a nice restaurant on the coast. Make a day out of it!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Rachel Parcell
Shop ‘til you drop
Shopping is a social event—at least, that’s what I always say! I looove shopping, especially with my girlfriends. Check out the new 2ND + PCH shopping plaza in Long Beach. Shop around in Anthropologie or Free People + then grab a bite at Ola Mexican Kitchen. Pick up a cup of ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery + enjoy it with an oceanside view. If you’re in LA, take a stroll down Rodeo Drive and stop in Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn. Start looking for decor for your new house with your soon-to-be hubby! There’s no bad time to go shopping, so why not go today?!
PHOTOGRAPHY: The City Blonde
Go wine tasting in Temecula
Wine tasting is the perfect Galentine’s day event for your wine-loving friends! Explore your favorite wineries + enjoy a fun day in a vineyard. Temecula has great wineries like Vindemia Vineyard & Winery or Miramonte Winery. Plan to stay until golden hour + soak in the sunset views over the vineyard. Dress up + treat yourself to a fancy date with your girls. If you’re getting married in Temecula, show your bride tribe your venue!
Host a DIY or cookbook day
This is one of my favorite ideas because it just seems so cozy + fun! I looove a good DIY project + hosting a DIY or cookbook party sounds perfect to me. Embrace your creative + imaginative side and find a craft that’s fun + easy like creating a chic macramé wall hanging. Or ask your friends to bring a dish + their fave cookbook. This is a fun way to find new recipes AND eat really good food. You can even swap cookbooks at the end of the night + plan a second event like this!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Maddy Corbin
Have a night in—wine, cheese, rom-coms + more!
Okay, maybe this rivals the last idea. After a long day, there’s nothing better than a relaxing night in. You can even pair this with any of the fun suggestions above! After a long day at the beach, bring your bride tribe back to your house for your very own Galentine’s Day party. Put together a cheese board (babes—Trader Joe’s cheese selection is where it’s at!), set up a watercolor station, buy the best wine + choose your fave rom-com. If you’re looking for a classic, The Proposal is always a really fun, cute + comedic choice. I also recommend How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Hitch, Monster-in-Law and a newer selection, Isn’t it Romantic.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Blush Bazaar
There is nothing sweeter than spending your Galentine’s Day with the girls you are going to walk down the aisle with. So treat yourself today because babe, you + your girls DEF deserve it. Let us know which date is your favorite + how you chose to spend your Galentine’s Day! Love you all!