Here’s a fun fact: Over the past four years consumers have been spending less money celebrating Valentine’s Day. But online searches for Galentine’s Day continue to increase, according to Google Trends.
Fans of Parks and Recreation will be no stranger to Galentine’s Day. As it was Leslie Knope who first coined the phrase, explaining, “What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”
Valentine’s Day isn’t a hugely important date in my calendar, to be honest (likely because I’m single). But I’m always down to celebrate my female friends, as they are my backbone. So Galentine’s Day definitely holds a lot of appeal (as does Leslie Knope’s promise of kicking it “breakfast-style”).
And, in the lead up to February 13th, Monica Welburn and I have some very exciting news to share with you. After six years of friendship and a joint-project in The Let’s Discuss podcast, we’re delighted to announce that this year we’re also coming together to work as ambassadors for Olivia Burton.
It’s a partnership that feels particularly fitting, because the British accessories brand was founded by two best friends: Jemma and Lesa.
With a brand history that is firmly planted in the strength of female friendships, Olivia Burton are going all-out to celebrate Galentine’s Day, this year. And their Bee Mine collection is full of beautiful keepsakes that are ideal for gifting. Monica and I both adore the Bee Chain earrings and the elegant Bee watches (which can be personalised with leather embossing). Every piece in the collection is perfect for layering and looks great when mixed with other metals.
But Galentine’s Day celebrations don’t need to involve gifts. At its core, the day is about spending quality time with your best friends and appreciating how they continue to enrich your life.
The cynics amongst you might be rolling your eyes right now, because it does sound rather sentimental. But if we’re going to dedicate an entire day to romantic love we owe our friendships the same honour, surely.
The power of female friendships is something that I have been thinking about a lot over the last few weeks, because I’ve just gone through a rather emotional period and have needed to turn to my friends for support.
I feel so lucky to have such an incredible group of women in my life. And I’ve seen my gratitude for my female friendships reflected all around me in the media, lately. Here are just three examples. I think they perfectly illustrate what the sentiment of Galentine’s Day is about…
1. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s TED Talks interview to promote the new season of Grace & Frankie. Their discussion focuses purely on female friendship, and Jane Fonda starts with this incredibly moving tribute to her friends:
“I don’t even know what I would do without my women friends. I mean, I have my friends, therefore I am. It’s true. I exist because I have my women friends.”
2. Comedian Jo Brand on Cariad Lloyd’s Made of Human podcast, in which she shares the one piece of advice she would give to her younger self:
“I would say work very hard on your friendships. Because, in the long run, they are what really count. They anchor you all through the stages of your life. You have children – then they grow up and leave home. You get married – maybe you stay in that marriage, but it probably changes by its very nature. But a good friend for life, there’s just nothing like it.”
3. And, of course, that powerful scene from Sex and the City, where Charlotte suggests the four friends could be each other’s soul mates. You can re-watch it here, but the transcript is below:
Carrie: It felt really sad. Not to have a man in my life who cares about me. No goddamn soul mate.
Charlotte: Maybe we could be each other’s soul mates. And then we could let men be just these great, nice guys to have fun with.
Samantha: Well, that sounds like a plan.
If you’ll be celebrating Galentine’s Day this February I’d love to know what you have planned. Whether that’s a breakfast date, and evening on the sofa with a bottle of wine and episodes of Grace & Frankie, or a beautiful Olivia Burton gift for you BFF…
Please feel free to share your thoughts on Galentine’s Day and the importance of celebrating female friendships below.
I’m so excited to work alongside Monica on this partnership. And we have so many exciting Olivia Burton updates to share with you as the year progresses. So stay tuned!
Will you be celebrating Galentine’s Day this year? And have any of the pieces from Olivia Burton’s Bee Mine collection caught your eye?
Photos by Charlotte Bryer-Ash
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