Now that it's officially February, it's well within reason for you to freak out over Valentine's Day--or rather, lack thereof--plans. Forgot to set something up for that special someone? You're in luck: The following hotels are offering swoon-worthy packages that will no doubt propel you into the Romantics' Hall of Fame in her mind.
"Spin, Whip & Sprinkle," all Personality Hotels, San Francisco
An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this week's Valentine's Day gift round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:
1. Valentine, Bleeding Necklace by iacua, $38: This cheeky copper heart pendant with garnet 'blood' is a beautiful token for hopeless romantics and skeptics alike.
Oohoohooh - it's not too late! If you've been scrambling to get work done before the big three day weekend (woot!) and let Valentine's gifts go to the wayside, there's still time. And to make it easier on you, here's a present that works for kids, grandparents, bfs, gfs, and everybody else you're lovin'. Jacki Paper's cards bring back humor from your childhood for sentiments that appeal to all ages. They're guaranteed to put a goofy grin on your loved one's face, and isn't that worth a holiday all by itself? See the full list of area stockists here, so you can swoop in and pick one up asap.
Opening tonight at BellJar: Lisa Congdon's Love Me Not, a modern upgrade of Valentine's notes from the Victorian era. The show will include paintings, illustration, collage and shadowbox. Here's what Congdon said about her show: "Valentine's Day reached its height of celebration in the Victorian Era. Valentines cards were produced in tens of thousands, from whimsical to slightly vulgar. Their designs included lace paper, embossed envelopes, glass or metal mirrors, ribbons, real feathers, and flowers or dried ferns. Chubby, adult-looking children called cherubs adorned them.
Getting a jump on St. Valentine, love was celebrated in great style last week at a big-hearted party toasting the engagement of PR pro Allison Speer and Dr. Fred Moll, founder and CEO of Hansen Medical.
Hosted by Alexis and Trevor Traina and Sloan and Roger Barnett, their sweet party invitation encouraged guests to dress in, Red, Red and More Red!
So it was that a sartorial red-hued sea washed over the sleek black-and-white tiled and glass-walled solarium in the Traina’s gracious and glamorous home.
Shopping for that special gift for your special someone on that special day can be so... exhausting. Flowers and chocolates will do, but they're usually lacking in the creative department. Thankfully, Design Public did the work for you by going through its products and selected the best gifts for Valentine's Day. From Alexander Girard's iconic Love Heart print (see photo to the left), to a fashion-forward modern beanbag, you're bound to find something for your special someone.
Singles of the city, brace yourself: the annual doomsday, which divides people into two categories - alone or coupled - falls on a Saturday this year. (Oh, the horror!) Here’s our list of ways to commiserate with fellow haters, celebrate singledom or just plain ignore the day’s existence. (But, alas, if you must partake in the holiday, please consult our guide of Non-Cheesy Valentine's Day activities).
The 2007 Christmas day mauling-to-death at the zoo may have diminished the Zoo’s status as a top destination for furry cuddliness and adorability on parade. The Annual Valentine’s Day Woo at the Zoo might just seal the deal that this is no place for kids. It’s a veritable den of sex and violence.
The adults-only sex tour includes racy tid bits of beastly canoodling – plus champagne and covered strawberries. Zoo experts will answer burning questions like: do giraffes prefer Barry White or Beyonce? Is it wrong to give a box of chocolates to a dieting hippo? Are penguins really frigid?
We here at 7x7 heart MJ. And for his resort ’08 collection, Marc Jacobs hearts, well, hearts. Just check out the new windows at the Marc Jacobs boutique on Maiden Lane, where there’s a veritable heart-themed explosion on everything from embroidered organza dresses to heart-bedecked leather handbags, just in time for that next beloved holiday. We’re head over heels for the red stacked-heel pumps, which have a heart-shaped peep toe opening and, like a tiny secret meant just for the shoes’ owner, a heart-shaped heel bottom. (Don’t forget to come back again in February for our Valentine’s Day online-exclusive gift guide!)