Unattached? Here are five ways to make your Feb. 14 memorable

Fellow single ladies, you know the feeling: Valentine's Day is approaching, and instead of feeling the love in the air, you're cringing at the bags of pink and white M&M's that adorn the seasonal section of Target. (On the other hand, you might be purchasing one of these said bags and planning on consuming the entire thing yourself. We're not judging.)

But if Cupid's aim is a little off and you haven't been hit by that arrow of love, don't fear! There are plenty of ways to appreciate yourself this Feb. 14, and I've got five ideas on how.

1. Plan a cozy night in: One of my most memorable Valentine's Days involved me, the couch, a bottle of wine, a slice of The Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, and a double feature of He's Just Not That Into You and Titanic. Nights like this are why you still own decade-old sweatpants that you wouldn't dare wear in public. Pick out your favorite rom-com (or two) and grab a sweet treat. A pint of Salty Caramel from Jeni's or some macarons from Pistacia Vera, anyone?

2. Get out of the house: On the flip side from option one, Valentine's Day is a good excuse to get dressed up and gather any other single friends (unless you're like me, and your pool of single ladies is becoming extinct quicker than the Giant Panda) and go out for a nice meal. Avoid the fancy restaurants that take reservations and are sure to be full of couples, couples and more couples. Bar Louie is always a good time.

3. Hit the spa: What better way to treat yourself than with a relaxing evening at the spa? Manicure, pedicure, massage, you name it. Columbus is full of great places all over town: The Charles Penzone Salons (six locations), Woodhouse Day Spa in Dublin, Stile Salon at Easton and Mukha in the Short North are just a few. Or, if you just want to give your locks some life, head to The Blowout Bar in Grandview for a $35 blowout.

4. Sweat it out: It's not just about looking good, it's about feeling good. Instead of feeling miserable about the fact that you're single in the city, use the city to your advantage. Go for a run around Antrim Lake or hike through one of the Metro Parks. Or, get your heart racing with a new workout class: The Capital Style staff tried five hot workout trends around town in our January issue. Read about our experiences here and choose one that seems interesting or challenging.

5. Catch a flick: Movie-watching doesn't have to be just in the comfort of your living room. One of my best me-time memories is when I went to see a movie alone, and I was the ONLY person in the theater. You're not talking to anyone while you're watching a movie anyway, so soak it all up. If you're as lucky as I was, the movie you're seeing will be a musical, and since you're the only one in the theater, you can sing as loud as your little heart desires. (#notashamed) And then head directly to the store afterward to purchase the soundtrack. (#stillnotashamed)

xoxo,
The Cap Style Single