Ladies, Smile and Love Yourselves

If there were ever a holiday designed to make otherwise self-sufficient, independent, unattached women feel bad about themselves, it’s Valentine’s Day. But we say, single women, love yourself this Valentine’s Day. Get a massage, buy yourself a nice bottle of wine, and order takeaway from your favorite restaurant to be eaten in your pajamas while watching your favorite movie. Do for you, the number-one love of your life. In fact, go a step further. Before V-Day, head to the Bubble (810 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for Pinned Up. Do a pinup-girl photo shoot for yourself. You don’t need some man to ogle you done up like a ’40s bombshell. The liberated woman ogles her own sexiness. For $50, you’ll be transformed into a vintage pinup girl, sit for a photo shoot, and receive two edited shots. No need to be perfectly proportioned or flawlessly fit; pinups were known for their curves, so bare yours. Don’t wait for “someday” when you’ve finally finished that “diet” or joined that “gym.” Love yourself unconditionally and celebrate who you already are — who you really are. And if you’ve got some man in your life, you could give him a wallet-sized pic — if you must. Email nancyhelenbrown@gmail.com, or call 561-352-5011.
Sun., Feb. 5, 11 a.m., 2012
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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