This February need not be about romantic love, Romeo. SmileDirectClub is gathering all of the ladies who plan on celebrating Galentine’s Day this year in pursuit of health, beauty, and quality time. We know you’re camera-ready. We’ve seen your pearly whites, and we must admit – they’re on fleek. But February 13th is the day to practice self-love like a pro, not just a natural. From serving up our favorite brunch to learning how to make the famous flower crown, your girlfriend-guide to Galentine’s Day this year is something to smile about.
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch with girlfriends is the most important day of the year. The meal begins at 11am according to definition, which gives everyone time to sleep in and get ready. Be sure to make reservations at your favorite restaurant a week in advance. If you’re hosting the meal this year, keep it simple and plan ahead. Traditional brunch offerings, such as mimosas, fresh fruit, and the classic waffles and syrup, are easy to make and prepare in no time. If you and your girlfriends want to experiment with vegan recipes this year, the vegan flaxseed waffles by Jeanine at Love & Lemons are a must. Not only is there coconut oil to provide the body with essential minerals, but also fresh fruit and ground flax seed, which fuels our brains and gives our skin that signature Instagirl glow.
There’s a connection running between girlfriends that is nothing less than pure, supportive, easy love. For us, every day is Galentine’s Day, and February 13th is simply the annual 24-hour period in which girlfriends do everything they love in consecutive order. From relaxing with a few of your favorite fashion magazines to enjoying your favorite coffee drink, our girls teach us how to smile like we mean it.
Roses mean more than romance, so why should we wait to receive our bouquet on Valentine’s Day? These delicate beauties have been found to heal everything from skin issues to anxiety. Widely used in Ayurveda to calm and tame inflammation within the body and mind, rose water helps your body to remove and neutralize toxins. Then there’s rose essential oil, an antibacterial agent that is naturally effective at soothing acne, rosacea, and discoloration. But those are just a few of the physical benefits of roses. A 2009 study found that when exposed to rose essential oil, participants showed immediate decreases in blood pressure, breathing rate, pulse rate, and skin temperature. In other words, a bouquet of roses will make us instantly feel more calm and alert.
Now that you have a bouquet of roses, it’s time to wear a few flowers in your hair. Whether it’s for a music festival or the best selfie ever, crowning yourself with fresh flowers is always a good idea. Just ask Elsie Larson, who has mastered not only the flower-crown creative process but also the Galentine’s Day lifestyle over at her blog, A Beautiful Mess. And you’ll be surprised to learn that what looks like a complicated work of art actually comes quite naturally.
As we know, smiling is contagious. While SmileDirectClub has mastered the way to deliver your best smile, we also believe that the smile journey starts from the inside – with happiness. Studies find that going shopping with your girlfriends is officially “retail therapy.” Here are the three major reasons why participants confirmed the mall as their new favorite therapist: it counters depression, restores the sense of control over one’s environment, and, well, makes you smile.