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A Valentine's Day Chocolate Buying Guide

Whether you're celebrating with a sweetheart, a gang of single buds or by yourself, chocolate is in order. Here are our picks.

For your coworkers (aw, aren't you nice!)
Everyone in the office will appreciate the flavor focused “Hug Me Lazy Bite Me Tasty” treats from Tcho. Forty-eight mini bars in a nifty tin ($40) will keep your coworkers happily munching away. Pier 17, 415-963-5090

Long Weekend of Love or Just Snookin'? Beauty Finds for All

With a romantic long weekend on the horizon, what’s a style-savvy girl to pack for easy and TSA-friendly on-the-road beautification? Here are seven sweet beauty enhancements to take on your next journey, whether you're in love or just snookin' around:

1. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, by Kiehl’s, $42: Before you head out of town, prep skin for the weekend ahead with this fast-acting and restorative paraben-free elixir, new out this month.

The 8 pm Valentine's Day Flash Mob: Pucker Up

We all had so much fun at our last restaurantd-driven Friday Flash Mob that not doing a Valentine's Day camera opp would be heartless of us. Show us (and the rest of San Francisco) what you're doing on Valentine's/Single's Awareness Day. But we have one directive: The photo has to include a kiss! So pucker up for your lover, your cat, your spouse or your booty call and get your iPhone out.

Valentine's Day Hotel Guide: Swoon-worthy Deals

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

Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local V-Day Gifts

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.


Valentine's Cards from Jacki Paper

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. 

Valentine's-Inspired Show BellJar

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.

Love, All: Allison Speer and Fred Moll

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.

Valentine's Day Gifts at Design Public

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.

Love's in the Air at Jonathan Adler

It seems love is in the air over at Jonathan Adler, where the four letter word is emblazoned on everything from porcelain fists to tissue boxes.

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