Because sometimes the clichés are the best part.
Frankly, for the most part, a holiday like Valentine's Day—especially with the cheap chocolate coma lead-up—is one of those "holidays" that, ever since we stopped passing around cards in grade school, kind of induces an eye roll. Not to be totally cynical or anything. But the fact remains, when you really start to take a look at all the stuff surrounding Valentine's—not to mention the sentiment (that would be love, btw)—it's all things we actually do, ahem, love. We mean, chocolate, wine, things that come in shades of red and pink, lingerie, significant *cough* time spent with your significant other, even spending a down-on-love night with your single girlfriends. It's all good stuff so we might as well come out of our skeptical shells and just enjoy it already.
Ever since my boyfriend and I went out to dinner one Valentine's Day a few years ago only to pay an excruciating amount for a mediocre meal sitting in a room with what felt like every other couple in the city, I've preferred the DIY, Netflix-and-chill approach. That said, I wouldn't say no to some of Valentine's Day's more appropriate clichés. Like some (very) sexy lingerie, a somewhat suggestive choker and a great perfume. At the end of the day, I love this stuff all year around, so why not take the opportunity break it out and celebrate (if you catch my drift)?
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My Valentine's Day picks start with a pair of polka dot embroidered culottes, because nothing really screams 'date night' quite like baby pink Michelin Man pants. Second, the result of the geeeeenius Olympia Le-Tan x Diptyque collaboration: this candle, which, upon lighting it up, has hints of leather (!) and roses (!!). Finally, white suede pumps that are really just ballet flats with a block heel. Nonetheless, I'm into them.
To me, Valentine's Day is a non-holiday but I'll take any excuse to pop open a bottle of red and wear all of the most romantic wares in my closet. These crystal wine glasses are what I hope to have as part of my adult bar, alongside all my vintage wines—one day soon, guys. But in the meantime, this rose garden printed blouse is just festive enough, without being cheesy. And there's no better complement than Maison Martin Margiela's Lipstick On fragrance, which is pretty much made for this occasion.
I wasn't sure if this Valentine's version of ed picks was about what we are planning on wearing on Valentine's Day (which is most likely something similar to this) or what gifts we're hoping to receive alongside floral arrangements and chocolate covered things. So if you're reading this, fiancé... time to take note. Everyday lingerie is all well and good, but this Kiki de Montparnasse bodysuit with scalloped edges is infinitely luxurious and I'd love to call it my own. In keeping with embracing the corny vibe of the whole holiday, what better time to receive jewelry with my soon-to-be-husband's initial (told you: corny) engraved in diamonds. And finally, Fendi blush shearling. Because if that doesn't scream epic V-day gift, I don't know what does.
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My dad used to buy my mom, sister and I fancy chocolates every Valentine's Day growing up. So, for me, this holiday basically always equates to receiving fancy ass chocolates. Then I got to thinking... what would I want to be wearing eating said fancy chocolates if my boyfriend was to be ever so kind and surprise me with these? A silk-satin pyjama set, soft-furry slip-ons and a circle bag, that's what. Why the bag? It's in the color of love, duh, and where I could stash those Belgian chocolates.