“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year.”
I love love and will happily hop on board any celebration which gives cause to honour its many guises. Hence Galentine’s has swiftly become one of my favourite dates in the year.
Galentine’s day, on February 13th, is a holiday dedicated to celebrating the wonderful women in our lives.
First coined in a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation, Galetine’s day is, as Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope states:
“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.”
Ladies celebrating ladies? Kicking it breakfast-style? I am ALL in.
We have some news for you . . .
In honour of Galentine’s day, I’ve teamed up with one of the closest ladies in my life. My friend of 6+ years and Let’s Discuss co-host Ella Gregory are joining forces to celebrate. You can read Ella’s blog post on Galentine’s here.
And excitingly we have some news for you! This year Ella and I are delighted to share that we will be working together as ambassadors for British accessories brand Olivia Burton.
Founded by two best friends Jemma and Lesa, Olivia Burton speaks to the values we hold dear as friends and business partners.
I was lucky enough to meet Jemma and Lesa very early on in the days of Olivia Burton. It has been so inspiring to see the brand grow and truly flourish. We could not be happier to be working alongside Olivia Burton in 2018!
As a brand built upon female friendship, Olivia Burton have launched the most beautiful range of Bee Mine accessories in celebration of Galentine’s. Ella and I both fell head over heels for the Queen Bee Chain Earrings (such a pretty update on a classic stud), and the range of watches which can be monogrammed for you or your giftee. I particularly love the grey and rose gold colour way.
The Open End Bangle in Gold is also an absolute favourite – I’m already enjoying stacking it with some of my other gold bracelets.
Gifting yourself, or your BFF, a special Bee Mine piece is one way you can celebrate milestones (not just Galentine’s) together.
I am so grateful for the women in my life who have buoyed me up over the years. We have weathered moves, career milestones, breakups, makeups and so much more together. I know that I’ll continue to learn from the ladies in my life.
Here are three of the most valuable life lessons I’ve learnt so far from the women in my life . . .
3 Lessons Learnt From The Female Friendships In My Life
1 – You Can Make New (and True) Friends As An Adult
At school we often make friends by default. You are in a class together and grow up close to one another. You naturally share a history which helps to bond you.
As you grow older it can be intimidating to try and make new friends. If you move cities – or even countries! – this can feel even more difficult.
“It may seem a little harder to make true friends, but I’d argue that it’s liberating too.”
I’ve made two big moves in my adult life, and both times I’ve made some of my (now) best friends. Yes, your circumstances when you’re younger can bond you, but as an adult you have a choice as to who you welcome into your life.
It may seem a little harder to make true friends, but I’d argue that it’s liberating too. If there is someone you meet at work, in your gym class, or through other friends who you think “I’d really like to be your friend” – pluck up the courage to ask them for coffee!
I recall vividly being invited to breakfast with some of the girls I used to waitress with, and feeling on Cloud 9 to have been asked! By spending time together and sharing new chapters, we became fast friends, even though we didn’t meet until we were in our twenties. Now my closest friends stretch a breadth of times in my life, from school all the way through to now – at 28.
2 – Age Doesn’t Matter – Values and Interests Do
The ages of my friends span a fairly large range. I have close friends who are in their early twenties, and others in their late forties. I’ve come to learn that age doesn’t really matter, but your values and shared interests do.
I can have as extensive a conversation about Friday Night Lights with Ella (both in our twenties) as I can with some of my friends in their forties.
Equally I can have a serious deep and meaningful chat with my younger friends. And even with my little sister!
Shared interests and the way you approach life will bond you, not your DOB.
3 – Prioritise Spending Time Together
To me the difference between a great friend you once were close to, and eventually let go, and one whose friendship continues to flourish, is new memories.
You can’t rely on historic experiences to carry your friendship, you have to allocate new time to spend with one another.
I know that this can be tricky when people live long distances apart, but you can *virtually* spend time with one another via Skype too to tide you over. Some of my closest friends live hours away, and even abroad, yet our regular Skype calls (complete with wine) help us to feel close.
If you can, booking an annual trip together can be a HUGE boost for your friendship too. Whether you visit one another, or go somewhere together, just spending good old fashion QT together will strengthen your relationship in a way not much else can.
Over the years Ella and I have travelled a lot together, and some of our most hilarious and most memorable times together have been then. It’s also when we’ve had the time and space to have those long never-ending conversations which truly bond you as friends.
Galentine’s is an excuse to acknowledge the amazing women in your life, but you can (and should) extend your recognition for one another all year round.
This February 13th, take the time to share the love with the special ladies in your world. I’m grateful to Olivia Burton for giving Ella and I the opportunity to share some of the lessons we’ve learnt as friends together, and for the exciting partnership we have coming up all year long.
What’s Your Take?
Do you celebrate Galentine’s? What are some of the greatest lessons you’ve learnt from the women in your life? And which Olivia Burton pieces have caught your eye? We’d love to know!
Love, Monica x
Photography by Charlotte Bryer-Ash
Thank you to the Dispensary Kitchen Winchester for welcoming us.
** This post is created in collaboration with Olivia Burton **