February 1, 2021

You Really Don’t Need Valentine’s Day To Make Someone Feel Loved But Romance Is Alive This Month

February is here! A time for love, romance, and for a chonky little groundhog to tell us if we’ll be suffering more Winter or if Spring will arrive soon. I decorated yesterday for Valentine’s Day! I shared some of my decor on Instagram stories if you followed me over there.

Here’s my little V-Day Candy Bar:

I’m actually not a Valentine’s Day kind of person. I don’t get the concept. Why do we need one day of the year to tell people we love and appreciate them? Why do we need flowers, chocolates, and jewelry to do this? Shrug! I know I sound like the Valentine’s Day grinch but I really don’t get the Holiday at all. I hope if you love someone you tell them everyday when you wake up and again when you go to bed at night. I hope you do things that make them happy! Even small things like iron their shirt for them or make their favorite dinner or grab them a towel and lay it on the vanity so it’s there when they get out of the shower. And I hope you bring them flowers, chocolates, or small gifts even on Mondays or Tuesdays, or any old day of the week! You don’t need Valentine’s Day to make your loved one feel special! Make them feel that way everyday!

Just because I don’t like Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean I don’t love romance. Who doesn’t like romance? February always seems the perfect month for love and romance. It’s typically so very cold outside this month and snuggling up inside with wishes for Spring make you feel a bit romantic!

In February we must watch all the romantic movies! Especially the Jane Austen ones! When I grow up I’m going to marry Mr Darcy and we’re going to have 2.5 kids together and live in an English Cottage with a Corgis named Daisy. I’ll carry around dog treats in my purse as he and I roam the English countryside hand in hand and he’ll look down at me every so often to compliment me on my fine brown eyes.

But for now we’ll make due with Colin Firth’s version of Mr Darcy! If you haven’t seen the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice time to pop open Hulu and sit down for a few hours until you get to that classic scene of Mr Darcy all wet in a lake. Sadly, he never removes his shirt. Very proper, very proper indeed! If you need chest though, I totally get it, you might want to check out Aidan Turner in Poldark!

Up next we must embrace the cold and brokenhearted Mr Wentworth! I, for one, have always been out to heal the world and save everyone in it! Mr Wentworth fits right in with my plans! I have to save him and his poor broken heart! But the most important question here is: Ciarán Hinds or Rupert Penry-Jones! You must choose! It’s a hard choice but someone has to make it. Either way both the 1995 version of Persuasion staring Ciarán Hinds and the 2007 Masterpiece Theater version staring Rupert-Penry-Jones are available on Amazon Prime.

If you need a bit more comedy in your romance Lost in Austen brings the romance and the laughs. It stars Jemima Rooper from Hex. Remember Hex? Remember when Fassy was a Nephilim? I do. That fueled my fanfic fantasies for a brief flash of a second. Fassy unfortunately does not make an appearance in Lost in Austen! You’ll have to go all Charlotte Brontë for that as he starred in Jane Eyre back in 2011. Lost in Austen does have cute little plot where our heroine travels back in time and meets Mr Darcy for herself! You can watch it free with ads on Tubi or purchase it on Amazon Prime.

What are some of your favorite romantic movies to watch this month?

No, you can’t say 365 Days! Only because we need an entire other post to discuss Michele Morrone!


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  • Michelle

    I loves me a chonky little groundhog!
    Why is it a holiday? Marketing.
    Yes, I love Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice, and don’t forget Bridget Jones..
    And yes for Aiden Turner in Poldark.. Ciarán Hinds for me in Persuasion!

    • Isabella Muse

      haha me too! they are so cute. Marketing for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES of course BJ! My favorite ;-D I’m gonna have to go with Rupert this round!

        • Isabella Muse

          He’s VERY handsome though ;-D Even in his late 60s he looks good to me 😀

  • kjh

    Didn’t Nathaniel Parker do an Austen, Maybe Mr Rochester? You know, inspector Lynley on Mystery, and Wide Sargasso Sea? He makes a good anti-hero. CIARAN HINDS. All the way. Though, unlike Sean Connery, he’s not aging well. I guess I like doomed. Wide Sargasso Sea came to mind, French Lieutenant’s Woman. Or something off, like Jeremy Irons in Lolita, Dirk Bogarde in Death in Venice….where the object of the love is JUST PLAIN WRONG, by common standards. Jeremy Irons in the old Brideshead. Enough love stories there to unpack.

    • Isabella Muse

      He was Wide Sargasso Sea but don’t recall him playing Mr Rochester in JE. Oh my gosh he’s what 67? I thought he looked pretty good for his age I used to have the biggest crush on Jeremy Irons ;-D

      • kjh

        Look, Imdb’d JI and he’s exactly a month older than me. CH is also in the age bracket. The only cradle robbbing I would consider is IDRIS ELBA. DK if I’ve seen any IE romances, but there’s always The Wire. JI as the young Charles Rider, in love with Sebastian Flyte, with the teddy. Innocence and sweetness, with NO IDEA of what is to come. Also Elvira Madigan. Doomed is all that’s coming into my head, but at least it’s photogenic doomed, lol.

  • Dee

    I don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day but your candy bar is so adorable I want to!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aww thank you 🙂 Do it! I always like to do seasonal decor! It makes me happy!

  • Mary B.

    Ciarán Hinds in Persuasion is my fave. I would listen to him read the phone book. Anyway, the cheesiest romance movie ever is “Somewhere in Time,” with Christopher Reeve, but he’s so handsome it’s OK. For another Austen fix, have you seen “Austenland”? https://youtu.be/KbHr8YyjSlg Romantic AND hilarious! For a historical romance, “Jodhaa Akbar” all the way. Over three and a half hours long, but you get an intermission, plus…. Hrithik Roshan, hubba hubba!

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL! So true! He has that gorgeous voice! Oh my god! Do not talk to me about Somewhere in Time! What a depressing movie LOL! I’ve seen Austenland a few times ;-D I keep coming back for Jennifer Coolidge! She’s iconic haha! I LOVE Jodhaa Akba! Hrithik Roshan is my future hubby! And don’t forget Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham!