Thursday, 13 February 2014

Erin's Guide To Valentine's Day

Erin de Silva is the best friend of Ruth Lynch from A Beginner's Guide To Salad. She's here today to give her top five tips for creating her perfect
Valentine's Day...

 Anyone who knows me will say I'm not into romance. They're wrong. Who doesn't want to be wined and dined and made to feel special? I love of all those things - just not a long-term basis. So here are my top five tips for my perfect Valentine's Day:


Don't try to be all mysterious, signing it with an X or a cheesetastic 'your secret admirer'. That's just wasting my time. If you're into me, strap on a pair and let me know.

Organise a fun date

This is very important. I'm all for a nice meal in a nice restaurant, but that can't be it for me. There is nothing fun about squinting at someone over candlelight. I like dancing and going to the cinema, but feel free to think outside of the box - bowling, go-karting, paintballing. Romance doesn't have to be boring.

Bring me flowers and chocolates

Especially the chocolates. You don't have to spend a load of cash - a pretty but cheap bunch of flowers and a bar of Galaxy Caramel will do nicely and make me feel special. And you never know, I may make you feel special in return later on *suggestive wink*

Arrive on time

Whether you're picking me up or meeting me at the venue. Nobody wants to be standing around like a tit, especially on Valentine's Day.

Out By Eight

If you've done all of the above, you're probably going to get lucky with me. I'm that kind of girl. But please, for the love of God, don't hang around the morning after. I'm not going to make you breakfast in bed. We are not going to snuggle. To be honest, we're probably never going to go on a date again (I'm that kind of girl), so just get dressed and get out by eight, preferably sooner.

Ruth loves nothing more than curling up in front of the telly with a family-sized bar of chocolate. She doesn’t do diets and she certainly doesn’t do exercise. But all that changes when she’s invited to her school reunion.

Bullied at school for being overweight, Ruth’s first reaction is to rip the invitation into a million pieces. But then Ruth hatches a plan. She’ll lose the weight and arrive at the reunion looking gorgeous and glamorous, leaving her old classmates in awe. Especially her former crush, Zack O’Connell.

With the help of her friends and a new, unbelievably hot colleague, Ruth begins her transformation. With six months until the reunion, losing weight will be a piece of cake, right?

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