By Ranya Fattouh
Some of our favorite single-and-fabulous bloggers share their must-read tips for coping with Valentine's Day.
Get lucky in lust
"Valentine's Day is actually the best night of the year to go out. I always have luck, even when I don't expect to. One V-Day, after a workout session, my trainer made me flex my biceps in the mirror. I felt silly at first, but then I had one of those 'I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar' moments. Afterward, I dragged my roommate out and danced with a hot guy I ended up dating for three months. Even if you don't find true love on V-Day, you will definitely get hit on, and it will be good for your ego. So, go! And flex your biceps first." -- Erin Meanley, 30, Single-ish
Show yourself some love
"I've always loved Valentine's Day, whether I was singled or coupled. To me, it's not just about romantic love but love in general: Celebrate your friendships, the kindness of strangers, the family you have! When I had my own shop as a floral designer, I remember filling out all the cards for the flower arrangements. By the time I finished, I was in tears. There is so much love around. So remember to buy yourself flowers on Valentine's Day. Buy something beautiful and extravagant...and celebrate you!" -- Chelsea Fuss, 30, Frolic!
Stop looking for love; instead, sing about it
"I've already started planning my awesome, relationship-free Valentine's Day. This year, I'll be spending it at a karaoke dive bar, where I'll be belting tunes at the top of my lungs. I'm also taking advice recently given to me by my friend's mom, who said, 'Quit trying so hard to figure out your future and who you'll end up with. You can't find love-it finds you.'" -- Dennise Pineda, 25, Tenacious Dee
Channel Sophia Loren (or at the very least, her eye makeup)
"The way I've always survived V-Day is by remembering the people who love me for me, like my father, who will always be my number one valentine, and of course, my girlfriends. My other tip for the single ladies out there: If you've been crushing on a cute guy you haven't had the guts to confess your feelings for yet, do it immediately. Life is short. Believe in your inner sex kitten (we all have one), and learn how to do up your eyes in a sexy Sophia Loren kinda way. Works every time!" -- Angie Romero, 28, Latina
If you can't beat the schmoopy couples, join 'em
"Here's mankind's dirty little secret about Valentine's Day: We secretly love it, not only for the guaranteed nookie but also because it's the one day where we're officially allowed to drop the gruff exterior and unleash our inner romantic. But, ladies, help us out: If you already have a guy, mention a restaurant or movie you're interested in. If you're single, now is the time to be bold. Why not propose an Anti-Valentine's Day as a first date? Go to McDonald's and then hit the bars and compete to see who can make the funniest joke about the goopy couples out there. If you play your cards right, you'll be one of them before the night is out." -- Ryan Dodge, 27, Single-ish