You don’t have to spend a fortune to show you care.
Because we might be romantic, but we’re also lazy AF.
Is it getting smoking hot in here??
Sex in the shower, sex on a sailboat, sex with masks on…
If love is blind, then why is lingerie so popular?
There’s a specific time of day, time of year, and place that we prefer to have sex. This is pretty damn specific, but there’s research to back it up. What do you think is the time and day you’re most likely to have sex?
LifeStyles condoms have done a national survey analysing the sex lives of more than 5,000 people. According to their findings, there are two very specific days of the year that we like to get down and dirty the most – and honestly – it’s not that surprising.
Coming in second place, drum roll please… a whopping 73 per cent of people say they enjoy sex on Valentine’s day over the other 364 days of the year. But if that wasn’t already predictable enough, the gold goes to our birthdays! It was a close one, but 79 per cent of people have, and want, to have sex on their birthday. To narrow it down even more, there’s also a specific time of the day that most people prefer to have sex.
Another survey from earlier this year found that men prefer to have sex early in the morning, from approximately 6-9am, while women favour doing the deed later at night, from approximately 11pm to 2am.
This same survey also discovered that male and female sex drives are generally out of sync – apparently 63 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men have had relationships where their sex drive was incompatible with their partner. So next time your boyfriend/husband whines that you never want to have sex, it could be appropriate to point out that you want sex, just not at the same time as they do.
If that wasn’t already enough, the time of the year and the day of the year isn’t the only thing that affects your sex drive, where you live can too. Another study has come out and said that your geographical location plays a role on your level of libido. EliteSingles.com.au surveyed 25,000 Australians and found that beach-side dwellers have higher libidos than small-town folk.
Good news for residents of Coogee, Manly, South Melbourne, Cronulla, and Port Melbourne, who apparently are among the tope five places with the highest sex drives.
However if you live in Shepparton (Vic), Caboolture (QLD), Sunbury (Vic), Glenroy (Vic) and Albury (NSW), it might be time to consider moving, because according to these findings you’re most likely to have a lower sex drive.
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Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to romance. And while some continue to argue that you don’t need a specific day to tell someone that you love them, the exchange of gifts, love letters and romantic endeavours is high. But what if you’re man refuses to buy you a present or take you out? Does this mean that he’s not crazy in love, or even interested for that matter?
Lyn Winston from The Dating Angel, says: “If you are his dream girl he knows Valentine’s Day is important to you. He will want to do something romantic for you, without you ever having to drop a hint. If he sees you as a Casual Girl – a girl he dates because it is easy and convenient… he may come up with some excuses as to why he didn’t get you something romantic for Valentine’s Day.”
Here are some of the top excuses debunked:
He says: “I can’t afford it…”
Okay, you really don’t have to dig deep to buy a Valentines Day card or a box of chocolates. And if times are really tough, Lyn insists that your guy can make you a card or write you a poem. Or even pick some flowers from Grandma’s garden for that matter.
He says: “It’s so commercial…”
Does your man say that to his mum on Mother’s Day, or to the rest of his family at Christmas? Probably not. All holidays are commercial, but that’s not why we celebrate them.
He says: “It’s an American thing..”
While Valentine’s Day didn’t originate in Australia, it’s largely celebrated here. It’s one of the busiest times of the year for florists and the majority of shops are adorned with love hearts and cute stuff alike.
He says: “I shouldn’t have to tell you on Valentine’s Day how much I love you, I tell you every day…”
“Guys know how it makes you feel when one of your girlfriend’s receives chocolates, flowers or jewellery and you don’t,” says Lyn. So while it’s a valid point, your man is well aware of how dissapointed you will be if he fails to come up with the goods.
He says: “All the restaurants I tried to book are booked out…”
If your partner leaves his reservation to the last minute, securing a table at your favourite restaurant (or any restaurant for that matter) can be difficult. While it’s not a great sign that it was last on his to-do list, people do genuinely forget. There are alternatives says Lyn, including a picnic or fish and chips on the beach.
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They say it takes three seconds to make a first impression, but can dining etiquette make or break a date? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we asked Levi Aron from Yumtable to share a few tips on how to approach your first dinner date in order to secure a second.
Don’t be late
Turning up fashionably late is disrespectful and embarrassing. To avoid this, Levi advises giving yourself a 15-30 minute buffer depending on how long the commute is. Don’t forget to factor in parking if you opt to drive!
Do offer to pay
Okay, this one is more for the lads than the ladies. But nonetheless, offering to pay is a kind gesture that will ensure your date doesn’t feel like they’re being taken for granted. If you make them feel appreciated, you’re more likely to see date number two.
Don’t just walk into a nice restaurant
Save time and hassle by booking ahead. “It shows thoughtfulness to plan the date ahead of time,” insists Levi. Restaurant booking apps such as yumtable.com.au are quick and easy to use and discounts are generally applied – extra brownie points!
Do have a plan for after dinner
This doesn’t mean going back to your date’s apartment for post-dinner ‘coffee.’ Instead, scout out another restaurant nearby for dessert, insists Levi. Maybe you want to try that new Gelato place that’s opened up down the street, or head to that dessert bar that you’ve been dying to check out since forever – either way, a “nice romantic walk” will mix things up a bit.
Don’t use your hands
This rule is a given when it comes to eating – unless you’ve ordered crab or lobster, in which case it’s inevitable. But if you want to make a good first impression remember your table manners. You might also want to avoid messy dishes all together – there’s nothing more unappealing than someone slurping down soup and spilling it all over their new threads.
Do take your time
If you’re the type of person who tends to get nervous, you may be inclined to wolf down your food. Be mindful and try not to get too ahead of yourself. Try putting down your knife and fork between meals or sipping on water. Alternatively, “take some extra time to talk to your date,” says Levi. “It’s not a race to see who can finish eating first.”
Don’t touch your phone during dinner
Unless you need to slip to the bathroom to organise an ‘emergency’ call from one of your girlfriends, leave your phone in your bag or pocket. Also, refrain from leaving it on the table, urges Levi. Not only is it a distraction, but it takes away your attention from your date.
Tips courtesy of Yumtable
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Gone are the days of calling your other half Sweetheart or Honey, with a recent study revealing Tiger, Happy feet and Bubba Rabbit are fast becoming popular pet names used for partners. Red Balloon, an online destination for gifts, analysed purchasers’ gift messages to their ‘Bae’ to unveil the most common (and strange) nicknames ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Chi Chi, Sugar Bum and Sexy Shiny Pumpkin were among the most out-of-the-ordinary that appeared on the list, while classics such as Beautiful, Baby and Sexy came in as the most popular. Darling reigned as the number one pet name for a significant other and almost doubled the amount of Dearest – the second most common.
“We’re in the business of giving good times so there’s nothing we love more than when a surprising name comes through on a gift message – it never fails to make us smile,” said Founding Director, Naomi Simson.
“It also shows that our customers share our value of having a sense of humour and fun. The more adventurous the name, we’d like to think the more unique the experience they choose.”
If you’re still searching for gift ideas for your Mr Drop Bear or Fancy Face – yes both of those names made an appearance – Red Balloon also provided a list of the top five Valentine’s Day presents purchased. A champagne breakfast was number one, followed by tandem para-sailing, massages, make-up lessons and a romantic dinner.
Most popular pet names:
3. Baby (Babe)
Most unusually popular pet names:
2. Big Duckie
3. Bubba Rabbit
4. Chi Chi
5. Sugar Bum
6. Fancy Face
7. Sexy Man
8. Happy Feet
9. Sexy Shiny Pumpkin
10. Moo Moo
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With Valentine’s Day just a few sleeps away, indulge your partner in a themed breakfast or even brunch recipe.
Our guide gives you quick and easy ways to create a delicious meal which is perfect if you haven’t decided to exchange gifts this year. A few heart-shaped pancakes never did anyone harm, right?
Pink cinnamon scrolls
Just about the perfect scrolls you will ever have, and the best part – they’re pink! Use white and pink icing sugar to create a sweet texture which will won’t last until midday. We warned you!
Who doesn’t love French toast, nutella and love hearts? Use a cookie mould to shape your french toast before baking in the oven or over a hot pan. Strawberries and nutella are an extra treat which count as a cheat meal, right?
Red velvet pancakes
Possibly one of the best ideas we’ve ever seen. Take a conventional red velvet recipe and alter it to create some yummy cupcakes. The cream-cheese icing makes for the finishing touch to a sweet breakfast recipe.
Pink hot chocolate
Simply sprinkle pink and red icing sugar with cream over the top of your usual hot chocolate. Yum!
For the true bacon lovers, take a single rasher of bacon and curve the ends into a heart shape. Grill or bake until crispy, and serve with a poached egg and avocado.
Those are just a few of our favourite breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day. Comment below with some of your must-haves!
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For those individuals fortunate enough to have a Valentine by their side this February 14 is an undeniably romantic occasion. Those in love tend to be showered with chocolates, flowers and tiny trinket hearts. This is the one day of the year for you to grab your partner and embrace the gooeyness of it all.
However, sometimes saying “I love you” simply doesn’t cut it and when you realise that you’ve given all of the standard Valentine’s Day gifts you can stand, it can be a challenge to come up with something original.
No idea what to do with your partner? Fear not. Your own personal cupid has compiled a list of quirky, romantic, fun and relatively inexpensive date ideas for this Valentine’s Day:
1. Run away for the day
Day Trips are an easy bet. For a luxuriating experience, try a spa weekend or treat yourself to a couples massage. If you’ve got a taste for the outdoors why not rent a cabin out of town? What’s more romantic than cuddling up in the wilderness with your loved one and a glass of wine?
2. Recreate your first date
Nothing could be more romantic than recreating your first date with your partner. Whether you return to the bar where you
shared your first drink, eat the same food you both shared, or rent the movie you first watched, this date is sure to impress. After all, it’s the thought that counts right?
3. The $0 date
This year try a ‘no gift no cash’ policy. This date is the real deal when it comes to finding out whether you and your partner are a match made in heaven. Think old DVDs, people watching, window shopping, etc.
4. Jump for your love
Two facts for you: Exercise induced endorphins improve your happiness AND doing new things together as a couple ignites
the same feeling as falling in love.
Head to your local Flip Out trampolining arena and spend the afternoon jumping around like a kid with your partner. Mixing up dates with a fun activity is sure to keep those butterflies alive!
5. Catch the sunrise together
Unless you’re not a morning person, in which case there’s always the sunset!
6. Karaoke challenge
Whilst it may not be a first date activity, you’ve surely been together long enough to relish in a little embarrassment. Let each other pick out a song and give those vocal chords a workout. If you head to a local bar prior, you’ll forget how offensive each
other’s voices really are.
7. Hire a moped
And drive. Literally, any direction, to any destination. Everyone knows how much fun adventures can be. How long has it been since you two have done something crazy?
8. Double date
For those couples who could do without another night in with their other half, why not enlist one of your favourite couples and hit up your favourite restaurant or bar? Making fun of the hopeless romantics staring into each other’s eyes should provide endless entertainment.
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about love and romance right? So what if your partner chooses to ignore the intention of the day? Is it something to get upset or angry about? Or should couples automatically expect some token of romance from their partner on Valentine’s Day?
Now to answer these questions I suppose I should really take a look at what Valentine’s Day means to different people. For some people it is all about love, romance and passion. They expect to be wined, dinned and lavished in tokens of love.
For others, it’s a day to appreciate their partner and say thank you for everything they mean to each other all year. They may exchange cards or a small token but the thoughts about the day are more important than cards and gifts.
To others Valentine’s Day is a religious celebration. They honour St Valentine and appreciate the love of God. To understand this you need to know a little bit about the history of Valentine’s Day which is one of the oldest religious traditions.
It was initially linked back to an ancient pagan fertility festival. These celebrations occurred before the rise of the ancient Romans and the rise of Christianity. During the end of the 5th century, the Pope declared February 14th St. Valentine’s Day in honour of their saints. Effectively they turned a Pagan festival into a Christian celebration. This tradition continued throughout the Middle Ages when people became enveloped in Christian beliefs. Most people were very poor and life focused around the church.
Valentine’s Day became more as we know it and gained popularity around the 17th century. Ever since it has evolved into a day of love and romance. The initial meaning behind the Pagan or Christian influence has been long forgotten by the masses.
With technological advancements of the 1900s and cheaper postage rates, mass production of Valentine’s day greeting cards began. This was when the commercialization of Valentine’s Day truly began. Via strategic marketing throughout many counties around the world, estimated spending on greeting cards and gifts are in the hundreds of billions. Plus the industry employs a massive population globally.
Why a I telling you this? Well some people associate Valentine’s Day with mass commercialisation. They refuse to be manipulated by corporate giants promoting love and romance for profit. To them Valentine’s Day is just another ploy to empty the pockets of the people. They’re tired of the growing pressure placed on couples to show their love through expensive gifts, dining at exclusive restaurants or booking a romantic weekend away.
For me Valentine’s Day has a very different focus. It’s not that I’m not a romantic either. February 14th is the day my first child was born. Giving birth on Valentine’s Day forever changed my perspective. After my divorce and meeting a new partner, they understood that unlike someone who place an emphasis on Valentine’s Day, it didn’t have the same meaning for me.
So to answer my initial questions; should couples automatically expect some token of romance from their partner on Valentine’s Day? Sorry as unromantic as it may sound the answer is no.
What if they choose to ignore the intention of the day? It’s clear that Valentine’s Day mean’s different things to different people. So if you have a partner you really need to understand their perspective and they should appreciate your expectations. Ask the question about what the day means to them. Ironically most of us don’t even know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day anyway.
Is it something to get upset or angry about? In all honesty if you love and cherish your partner everyday, why should this one day make any difference? Why not just make everyday your Valentine’s Day!
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If, in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day on Saturday, your partner awarded you a free pass to get it on with a Hollywood celebrity, whom would you choose?
Recently married actor George Clooney is an extremely popular top pick, a recent sex survey revealed. Conducted by adult dating site Victoria Milan, via www.victoriamilan.com, the survey found 21 per cent of respondents wanted to pants Clooney.
Of course, the 56-year-old one-time sworn bachelor last year shocked the world (and no doubt himself) when he married London-based Lebanese-British lawyer, activist, and author Amal Alamuddin, 37, now known as Amal Clooney.
With an arguably more impressive career than her new actor, writer, producer, director and activist husband, Amal may have to watch her back if this survey is to be believed.
And while I am in no way personally advocating infidelity – it’s not my bag, baby – Victoria Milan is a dating site for attached people looking to cheat. And, back to the results, which also showed seven of every 10 cheating Aussie wives prefer to have an affair with a married man.
Next up, on the list of most-coveted celebrity husbands included George’s good mate, Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds, who secured second and third place with 16 per cent and 14 per cent of the votes respectively.
Founder and CEO of Victoria Milan, Sigurd Vedal says the results demonstrate solidarity between married cheats.
“If the person you cheat with is married, the playing field is levelled. There is a level of understanding, and most likely, you both have the same wants and needs,” Ms Vedal says. “Cheating doesn’t mean a person is unhappy in their marriage – they are just looking for that little something extra.”
Erm, right. I’m so glad she cleared that one up. Did someone say “wedding vows?”
Also popular were actors Joe Manganiello; Johnny Depp; Ashton Kutcher; Sean Penn; Adam Levine; Kanye West and Marc Anthony.
Images, in order, via: www.phootoscelebrities.com; www.dailymail.co.uk; and www.womenshealthmag.com.
Whether you will spend Valentine’s Day with your partner, your best friend, or alone, it’s a great day to have a night in and watch a chick flick. There are so many romantic movies out there, but only a few have become classics over time.
It might be because of the storyline, the great actors, or the tear-jerking scenes that make you sob like a little baby, but each of the following 5 films is great in its own way and makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day movie:
1. Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s classic, which served as inspiration for pretty much every love story that followed. There are countless films based on the drama, but who doesn’t enjoy Baz Luhrmann’s version starring a very young (and cute) Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
2. Ghost. Yes, this movie is sad. But it also makes us believe in the power of love beyond death. And it reminds us of what Demi Moore used to look like.
3. 500 Days of Summer. Not your typical love story and definitely more suited for the realists out there. If you want a story about love rather than a love story, watch Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt fall in and out of love in this one (and enjoy the amazing soundtrack).
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For a bit of nostalgia, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly never disappoints. This movie is both comedic and sad and includes one of the best kissing-in-the-rain scenes of all time.
5. The Notebook. Two words: Ryan Gosling. This movie, though only ten years old, has quickly become a classic and is the definition of the term ‘chick flick’. A must-see for Valentine’s Day.
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From ice festivals and romantic concerts to luxurious hotel packages, New York City’s five boroughs are the ideal place to discover and cherish romance this Valentine’s Day.
Share a special Valentine’s Day experience in New York City next month. Whether visitors have already found or are hoping to meet their one true love, New York City’s five boroughs offer a range of fun and romantic experiences this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day events and activities taking place throughout the five boroughs include:
Carnegie Hall: In a special program of classics from musical theater and the Great American Songbook, Jessye Norman and Mark Markham will mesmerise audiences on February 14 at 8pm with a recital of songs by master music makers including Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter. For more information and to buy tickets, go to carnegiehall.org
Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival: This Valentine’s Day, visitors can celebrate at Central Park Conservancy’s Fourth Annual Ice Festival in Naumburg Bandshell. The event includes ice carving, a photo booth, a Central Park trivia contest, sweet treats and, as night falls, a 1980s-themed silent disco with live DJs. Purchase tickets at centralparknyc.org.
NYC Chocolatiers: Between French-style truffles in Manhattan, Austrian treats in Queens and a feast of raw chocolates in Brooklyn, the City is experiencing a chocolate boom. For a comprehensive list of local chocolatiers, visit nycgo.com.
Cupid’s Chase 5K New York: Community Options, Inc. will hold its Annual Cupid’s Chase 5K Run on Saturday, February 14, kicking off at 10am. The race will take place at Hudson River Park‘s Charles Street Pier (enter at Christopher Street). To register, go to comop.org.
New York Transit Museum: This February, the New York Transit Museum will welcome all the could-be lovers on our transit system to the Fifth Annual Missed Connections Party, inspired by Craigslist’s Missed Connections classifieds. This sexy, fun and subterranean event will kick off at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 11, at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights. To purchase tickets go to blackbaudhosting.com.
On Location Tours’ Romantic Movie Moments Tour: On the Romantic Movie Moments Tour, a local New York City actor will bring to life some of the most alluring movie locations featured on the big screen, including the bookstore where Harry meets Sally in When Harry Met Sally. For more information, go to onlocationtours.com.
Romeo + Juliet at Lincoln Center: Next month, the New York City Ballet performs Romeo + Juliet at Lincoln Center. Shakespeare’s immortal tale of tragic love translates into a powerfully moving full-length ballet, with a famed climax that never fails to affect audiences. Performances will take place February 13–22, with tickets available at nycballet.com.
St. George Theatre: In Staten Island’s St. George, visitors can celebrate with A Valentine’s Day Cabaret: Love Songs, Showtunes and Standards, presented by Staten Island’s Shakespeare Theatre. Tickets are available at stgeorgetheatre.com.
The Rejection Show Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven: Located in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, the Littlefield venue hosts the cult-favorite comedy series, The Rejection Show, which will regale the audience with an evening of its best breakup, heartbreak and love-related performances. Purchase tickets at littlefieldnyc.com.
Valentine’s Day at the New York Botanical Garden: In this Valentine’s Day workshop at the Bronx’s New York Botanical Garden, kids can sample Mayan-inspired hot chocolate and other chocolates from around the world, while learning about living cacao and vanilla plants. Each ticket also includes an All-Garden Pass for a participant and one adult to enjoy access to all of the Botanical Garden’s offerings. Tickets can be purchased here: nybg.org.
Valentine’s Day Lunch Cruise Aboard Spirit’s New York Cruise: This Valentine’s Day, couples and families can enjoy an all-new lunch buffet by Food Network’s Chopped champion and celebrity chef Eric Levine, along with a backdrop of some of New York City’s most famous sights. For more information, go to entertainmentcruises.com.
Wave Hill: This Valentine’s Day, Wave Hill in the Bronx is offering a special cookie-decorating event. Use sanding sugars, cookie icing and a variety of sprinkles to design your own cookies. Fill a box with your creations to show that certain someone how much you love them. More information: wavehill.org.
Buying gifts for the special man in your life can be difficult enough, especially without the added pressure of Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re looking for something that he is bound to use almost everyday, then investing in skincare, and fashion accessories are a great choice. Shop our top five gifts for your man this Valentine’s Day – we’re sure he won’t be disappointed!
Urban Skincare Co. Backstreet Bath Pack, $44.95
The ultimate indulgence ideal for de-stressing after a strenuous day in the office. The pack contains hair wash, conditioner, body cleanser, body balm, body bar, detoxifying bath salts, and a sweet-smelling bath-bomb to unwind. The perfect give for the man who is constantly on-the-go!
Uppercut Deluxe Filled Wash Bag, $75
Is your man obsessed with keeping his hair in mint condition? This gift pack by Uppercut Deluxe features all the essentials in a convenient little carry case. With a wash bag, face wash, shave cream, aftershave moisturiser, and a toothbrush which is the perfect size to pack into your carry-on luggage.
The Horse Matte Black/Black Leather Watch, $129
Stay on time with this classic watch featuring a matte black case, and a premium leather band which will only look better with age. There are a variety of colours and finishes available online, but we think this black on black is perfect for the man who wants to keep it simple.
Fane Footwear Boater Black Canvas, $100
Not only is a boat shoe light and breathable for the summer, there are also a number of colours available in the collection by Australian based, Fane Footwear. The sole is entirely waterproof, and is designed to feel soft and comfortable on the foot in all weather.
Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky 700mL, $77
Dubbed one of the worlds most popular beverages, this award winning whisky is sure to make any man happy on Valentine’s Day. The Black label has been aged for 12 years, and creates smooth-tasting liquor which is packed with flavour.
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Spoil yourself, or add these highly covetable items to your wish list this Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14. Flowers are so 2014. And who doesn’t love a little gift to self, or from a loved one? Of course, true love is the greatest gift of all. Happy V Day!
Related: Get Gorgeous: Valentine’s Day Lust-Haves
Supermodel style: The new feminine and elegant Heidi Klum Intimates range is certainly causing a stir; knock his socks off in this stunning Valerie set featuring underwire bra, $119.95 (pictured at top), and suspender belt, $69.95, and thong, $54.95 (pictured). I’m loving the stunning eyelash lace mixed with silk and chiffon for a textural twist. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.
Sparkle and shine: Make your skin glow on Valentine’s Day date night with Bare Blossom’s divine mineral Body Shimmer Cream, $31.99. Available in three beautiful, shimmery shades of pink, gold and translucent, this baby will add a delicate sparkle to your skin. The added bonus is all Bare Blossom products are made from natural ingredients, are gluten-free and vegan. Visit www.bareblossom.com.au.
Velvet goldmine: Perfect your complexion via Issada Cosmetics’s new Mineral Velvet Cream Foundation, $69. On-counter in February, the triple-whipped, mousse-like cream texture is said to give weightless, flawless coverage. The 12 shades are paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free and contain natural mineral sunscreen. Fun fact: each shade is named after a different international city, and in a nod to the brand’s heritage, there’s a shade called Brisbane. Cute. Visit www.issada.com.
Edible blooms: I’m loving this adorable Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom 2-Tiered Cake Stand, reduced to $139. Have him serve you some sweet treats, or treat your lady friends this Valentine’s Day on this gorgeous, hand-drawn beauty, complete with an intricately detailed pattern featuring English and oriental flowers and butterflies. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.
Say I do: Love a pink lippy? Pink Holiday Lipsticks from NYC celebrate women’s love affair with pink. From soft pale to vibrant, high-energy pinks, there’s a perfect shade for everyone. The creamy formula delivers highly pigmented, full-coverage colour for a luxe, long-wearing look. My top picks for V Day include Wedding Day, $28.75, the perfect blush pink shade, and Marry Me, $28.75, (pictured) a bright, deep geranium pink with a hint of coral. Gorgeous! Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.
The black arts: No one does lingerie better than the Italians; case in point: luxury label La Perla, which will have you looking a million bucks in this divine Maison Paragina Chemise, $699. This silk beauty, which also comes in a range of colours, features intricate embroidery and adjustable, over-the-shoulder straps. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.
Pocket rocket: This swoon-worthy Valentino Rockstud Wristlet Nappa Flap Clutch, $1999, is small but mighty! Exclusive to David Jones, its silky smooth leather has a studded trim and it also comes in an array of colours. Love! There are three compartments too, for all your lady needs. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.
The cat’s pyjamas: This iconic Kitty Flat from Charlotte Olympia, $949, is pure perfection. Even your hardest-to-buy for fashionista will adore these! Exclusive to David Jones, these fancy leather flats feature a luxe velvet finish, gold-tone heel and the brand’s signature embroidered cat face on a rounded toe. Want! Find them at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.
Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14, is a great excuse to get glam, grab your beloved, and hit the town for a date night, so here’s some handy, new tools for your beauty arsenal. Single and ready to mingle? Fear not – the celebration of romantic love is also an opportune time to pamper and gift thyself! These are a few of my favourite things, new-to-counter. Here’s hoping they help you activate your mojo! Love (and good beauty products) is all your need…
Love me, thrill me: Pucker up, baby, with the new Guerlain Kisskiss Lipstick, $41, in bold, vampy 324 Red Love. The elegant and versatile lipstick has a silky texture, ensuring softness and long-lasting comfort. What’s more, it’s the perfect, easy-wearing shade of red. Va va voom! Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.
Fifty shades of sex: The clever people at OPI are cashing in on the February 12 film release of Fifty Shades of Grey with six new limited-edition nail lacquers, including five grey nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue. Sexy stuff! Individual nail lacquers are $19.95, or a Fifty Shades of Grey Mini Pack, containing six nail lacquers, is $29.95. The collection will be on-counter from late January at selected Myer, David Jones, Sephora stores and salons nationally.
Smoking hot scents: The latest fragrance collection by Juliette Has A Gun – The Luxury Collection – which features seductive, new scents Oil Fiction Eau de Parfum, $390 (pictured at top), and Moon Dance Eau de Parfum, $350 (pictured), is a great way to spoil yourself this V Day. Oil Fiction plays with oriental notes of saffron amber and iris, whereas Moon Dance is an extravagant mix of violet, bergamot, rose and Aphrodite’s flower, heightened by a touch of musk. Find them at Libertine Parfumerie via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, selected David Jones and Myer department stores and niche perfumeries.
A crowning glory: Shower time doesn’t have to be boring – add some razzle dazzle to your routine, and protect your blow-dry, with the divine Louvelle Dahlia Turban, $40, at Lulu and Lipstick. Created from stretch, quick-dry fabric with waterproof lining, the pleated turban style is fabulously fun and practical; it also doubles as a hair protector when removing or applying make-up. Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.
Fresh as a daisy: You’ll be irresistibly sweet thanks to the new Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Editions: two seasonal scents on-counter this February. The first, Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $79 (pictured), is a succulent blend of sheer florals with a hint of fruit. Lush and playfully fresh, it opens with a juicy blend of pear and passion fruit, as crisp jasmine brightens the floral muguet and woody notes leave a warm dry down on the skin. Next up, Daisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $89, is dewy, fresh and fun and said to evoke happiness with a sweet blend of fruity florals. Find the collection at major department stores. Phone 1800 812 663.
Eyes on the prize: Your beloved may be spellbound by your mesmerising eyes this Valentine’s Day thanks to Issada’s pretty, new Ultimate Eyeliner collection of mineral gel eyeliner pencils, $36 each. On-counter in February, this baby is said to deliver the budge-proof benefits of a gel with the versatility and ease of a pencil. What’s more, it treats the delicate eye area with anti-aging botanicals and minerals. The 10 runway-inspired colours include turquoise, emerald, gold and more. Gorgeous! Paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan, find them at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. Visit www.issada.com.
Colour your world: Love yourself sick this V Day with the new Juuce Love Conditioning Colour Treatment, $25.95. An Australian hair care brand, Juuce blends quality ingredients with styling performance and is developed by hair care experts. Its Love Conditioning Colour Treatments are infused with Argan Oil and said to restore colour intensity and shine, refresh brightness and tone in between salon visits, and revitalise dry and dull hair. The colour treatment comes in seven colour levels for all hair types. Find it at Price Attack stores, salons and stockists nationally.
If you’re looking for an excuse for a Queensland getaway, Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 14, is a damn fine time to pamper yourself (and your loved one). And this year, the romantic day for all lovers magically falls on a weekend. Mark it in your diary now, ladies.
Call me high maintenance, but I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day blowouts. Love should be celebrated!
And if my husband is reading this, take notes! Being a Queenslander, this is my top pick of local escapes: Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has announced two romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day 2015 – The Exquisite Valentine and The Enchanted Valentine, as well as an optional add-on, the custom-created Cinderella Experience.
Located at 1000 Ann Street, in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish Emporium precinct at Fortitude Valley, the multi-award winning Emporium Hotel was recently awarded Australia and Queensland’s Best Luxury Accommodation.
The Exquisite Valentine package, from $499, includes overnight accommodation in a luxurious King Suite, valet parking, in-suite breakfast for two, Molton Brown toiletries, and a demi-bottle of Mumm Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Alternatively, the Enchanted Valentine package, from $549, includes an overnight stay in a King Suite, a romantic turndown with candles and rose petals, in-suite breakfast for two, a bottle of Mumm Champagne, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Packages are subject to availability, conditions apply.
But wait – there’s more – together with leading shoe designer, Nat-Sui Shoes, Emporium Hotel is launching The Cinderella Experience this Valentine’s Day: a personal shoe styling and shopping session with one of Australia’s leading designers, Natalie Mainwaring herself (pictured), owner and designer at Nat Sui Shoes. Nat-Sui Shoes has adorned the feet of Oprah, Gayle King, Tara Moss, Deborah Hutton and many more women of style. The Cinderella Experience is included as a VIP benefit for all Valentine’s Day guests and requires booking through Emporium’s concierge. Swoon!
Visit emporiumhotels.com.au for more information.