Before actress Shay Mitchell was making fans fall in love with her as Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars, she was an oh-so-sweet girl growing up in Toronto. Though much has changed in Shay’s life since she was a kid, one thing has stayed the same: she has always known how to do Valentine’s Day right.

“Throwing it back to a Valentine's Day from a long, long time ago! #tbt #ValentinesDay #whenmyteddywasmyvalentine,” Shay captioned the adorable Instagram snapshot of herself as a young girl. Little Shay is all decked out for Valentine’s Day in a red shirt, red bowed headband, and big smile. It seems Shay still makes a Valentine’s Day-themed effort. In the photo, we can see her manicured thumb, complete with little red lips. Adorable!


It seems that Shay spent this Valentine’s Day on the sunny beaches of Mexico, and judging by this messy-haired-yet-enthusiastic shot, she’s having a great time! On Valentine’s Day, she even enjoyed a beautiful beach-side dinner that, as she pointed out, would make any day special: “I'm not big on ‘Valentine's Day’ but this was the perfect setting/dinner for a very special dinner regardless of the day... thank you,” she captioned the Instagram photo of a table for two set on the sand. Who needs adorable bow-tied headbands when you have sunset dinners on the beach?

Catch this episode of Pretty Little Liars on February 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!