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Believe in Love

A few days after Super Bowl 50’s Lisa Frank colored halftime show message of “Believe in Love” emblazoned across Levi’s Stadium, and a mere 5 days before Valentine’s Day, my thoughts turn toward gratitude. It’s my first year as a mother on Valentine’s Day. February 14th (and sometimes July 6th) is originally a wholly Christian holiday observed by the Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church in honor of Saint Valentine. Again, in the vein of unlabeled (raceless, genderless, areligious) love, I can get behind a holiday whose express purpose is now to celebrate displays of affection. Some of my favorite memories of the Hallmark holiday are not from dates, boyfriends, my husband or schoolmates. My best memories are from my Dad. He would always delight in picking the perfect card, a cute stuffed animals, or a specific treat for me. Whether it was a school night or a weekend, he would excitedly wake me up and usher me to the kitchen where a surprise would await me next to me breakfast. A small, yearly tradition that I hope to pass on to my son.

The day isn’t about lavish spending (even though about $180,000,000 will be spent) nor is it about flowers (198,000,000 roses cultivated) , it’s a day dedicated to small acts of adoration – platonic and familial included.

Multiple studies, including one that tracks Facebook breakup statuses, have shown that couples are more likely to break up in the weeks before and after Valentine’s Day. Yikes. Other research supports that couples who give more credence to the holiday are less healthy than their counterparts who celebrate “just because” throughout the years. Apparently, the feeling of obligation or forced romance can lead to dysfunction!

So, instead of making this day about love for our partners, let’s give in to some self-love and parental-love retail therapy.

Believe in Love - The Walkup does Valentine's Day

1 Voluspa’s Yuzu Rose Stonecrop 2 Wick Candle
/ 2 Oh Joy! for Target’s Heart LED Neon Light / 3 Carey All Over Hearts Sweater / 4 Dolce & Gabbana Silk Cotton Floral Printed Skirt / 5 Jade by Zoya (Nontoxic and Big 5 Free) / 6 The World Book of Love / 7 High Seas Romper in Red from Winter Water Factory / 8 Piece of My Heart Valentine’s Day Postcard, Set of 10 / 9 Persimmon Ink Blot Medium Cube by Pehr / 10 Red Baby High Tops from H&M

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Be My Valentine

Although I have never been one for the color pink, and the “heart” is my least favorite, anatomically-incorrect, geometric shape…there still remains a soft spot in my calendar for the holiday of Saint Valentine.

A day to celebrate adoration, passion, affection, ardor and devotion. What’s not to “love”?

Hearts and Pink Lifestyle Items Inspired by Valentine's Day

Incredibly Awesome Gold Foil Valentine Cards, in a Set of 10.  // No one receives physical cards nowadays so your lover (or your friend) will love this note.  Shiny gold foil lettering looks beautiful on bold color stripes from red to coral. A fun and festive way to tell someone they are incredibly awesome!

Diptyque, Limited Edition Valentine Rosa Mundi Scented Candle. // The new Limited Edition Diptyque Rosa Mundi candle celebrates the complex, emotional alchemy of the rose as it blooms over time. A soothing, romantic and sparkling scent, rich with opulent notes of Black currant, Lychee, Damask Rose, Centifolia Rose and Honey.

Moschino Cheap & Chic, Heart Cashmere Jumper. // Full of character and charm the heart cashmere sweater is utterly irresistible. Super soft to the touch it is a versatile piece that can be worn with pencil skirts or trousers alike. Dove grey cuffs sit perfectly as a contrast to the candy pink base as the white heart motif takes centre stage.

Dogeared, Heart Ring. // The American jewelry label works within a happy Karma culture to create beautiful, individual pieces “in the spirit of love, kindness and consciousness”. The 100% Silver ring is Made in California from gold-dipped sterling silver. This open heart ring is a sweet and simple style staple. Love looks good on you!

Love Poems (New Directions Paperbook) by Pablo Neruda. // Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or just to say “I love you!” Neruda’s love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner’s oeuvre.

Bisou Heart Sunglasses. // These fifties style sunnies always remind me of Lolita, which is to say that they ooze youth and sexuality.

Ciaté Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish and Effects in Mineral Love and Access All Areas. //  Bringing you the best of the best from Ciaté London in super cute bite-size minis, mix and match to create your own bespoke nail look. Sparkly soft pink with gold or a matte coral orange will make you feel feminine, even unshowered.

Tarte Cheek Stain. // A natural-looking, award-winning cheek stain that imparts a just-pinched look. Tarte’s iconic flush cheek stain is the first product that Maureen launched from the brand out of her one-bedroom New York City apartment. Now, almost 15 years later, the Tarte team introduced a new color, True Love, a sheer watermelon. 

Gorjana, XOXO Bracelet. // If you can’t say it with a card, or even utter the phrase aloud, why not say it with 18 karat gold-plating? Keep the message simple and concise with a cut-out of hugs and kisses ala the alphabet.

Valentine's Ombre Love Party Decor by MintedValentine's Ombre Love Party Decor from Minted

“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.” ― Pablo Neruda 

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Studio 54

Located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan, New York, Studio 54 was the epicenter of the debaucheries party-world. Inside its gilded walls, all tomorrow’s parties and celebrities romped. The disco balls twirled, the socialites teased, and the artists observed. The music never stopped and the alcohol flowed as in Victoria Falls. Andy Warhol, talking about the nightclub in 1979 wrote, “It’s the place where my prediction from the sixties finally came true: ‘In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.'” Oh to be a bright young thing in 1979!

Image created by me from photos found at The Ian Schrager Development Company – The Nightclub Years Slideshow. 

In 1977, Studio 54 was transformed into a new age, spectacular nightclub by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, with Jack Dushey as a financial backer. They operated the company as Broadway Catering Corp. It took four months to transform the theater into a nightclub and cost $400,000. Adjusting for inflation, what cost $400,000 in 1977 would cost approximately $$1,502,726.07 in the present (2012).

Studio 54 was widely known for its mixture of “regular joes”, “star”, and “notable personalities”. Rubell, Schrager’s creative partner was known for “casting a play” when selecting the people who could enter the club. The floor of the space held around 1,550 patrons who paid a $15-$20 cover charge to  “be invited to the party”, nightly.

New Year’s Day 1978, at Studio 54 with Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote and Paloma Picasso. Image found via Jerry Hall, HERE.

Bill Murray and Gilda Radner, dancing together at Studio 54’s 1978 Valentine’s Day ball. Photograph via WWD from Conde Nast Digital Archive, found HERE.

Bianca Jagger and Liza Minelli at Studio 54 in 1978, Photo: Bulls, image found HERE.

Diana Ross & Richard Gere at Studio 54. From a genius article called “Instant Art: 1970’s Celebrity Photographs”,  found via Small Shop, HERE. 

“By far the most iconic image to come out of the most infamous nightclub in living history is one of Bianca Jagger, wearing a sheer, red, off-the-shoulder gown riding a white horse (being led onto the dance floor by a painted naked man!). Staged as a publicity stunt a week after the infamous New York discotheque opened in 1977, legend has it that co-owner Ian Schrager was persuaded by fashion designer Halston, who had created the red dress, to give It-girl of the moment Bianca a special birthday present (she had just turned 30, or 27 depending on who you believe).” –  Image and store found, HERE.

Andre Leon Talley (who started as Warhol’s assistant and is who became KING of the fashion world) and Diana Ross in Studio 54, New Years Eve party 1978-1979. During one famous night four tons of glitter was dumped in a four inch layer on the dance floor. It is rumored that the glitter was found in crevices, outfits, and the hair of guests months later. Photo By WWD Archive, found HERE. 

On February 4, 1980, the nightclub closed with one final party called “The End of Modern-day Gomorrah”.  Image found HERE.

Studio 54 has become synonymous with excessive excess and decadence that defined the late 1970s and early 1980s. Although drug fueled and liberal, in many ways the era of Studio 54 was a more naive time.  Some employees and regulars of Studio 54 were early victims of AIDS, a decade before doctors and the public were aware of the disease. Even Steve Rubell, co-founder of Studio 54, died at the age of 45,of AIDS-related complications.

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