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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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The Big Chill

No movie captures the angst of friendships gone by, the joys of inside jokes, and the idea of nostalgia better than The Big Chill (1983).  It is, hands down, the coming-of-age “reality” film for the baby boomer generation. Myself, daughter of a boomer, has inherited a cult-like love for this witty story with a psychotically talented ensemble cast. Centered around seven former college friends gathered for a funerary weekend (wherein Kevin Costner is the corpse, albeit briefly), the gang catches up with each other, plays the music of their youth (lots of Motown hits), reminisces, smokes marijuana and wears Nikes.

The Big Chill - Glenn Close and Jeff Goldblum

The soundtrack is irresistible, the script is smart (read: pithy), the conversations are authentic, the premise is stellar, and the fashions of the baby-boomer generation are straight-up disastrous bordering on unflattering. Seriously, how did people even procreate or have sex in the eighties? Who found one another attractive?

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

In March of 2013, the  Beaufort, South Carolina antebellum plantation known as “Tidalholm Mansion” (where the iconic film was produced) was listed for sale at a hefty $4.5.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

viaExamining the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Boy, they sure did love their dusty pink leather and blush hued upholstery. 

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Meg Jones: [about men] They’re either married or gay. And if they’re not gay, they’ve just broken up with the most wonderful woman in the world, or they’ve just broken up with a bitch who looks exactly like me. They’re in transition from a monogamous relationship and they need more space. Or they’re tired of space, but they just can’t commit. Or they want to commit, but they’re afraid to get close. They want to get close, you don’t want to get near them.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Let’s reinterpret this house, keeping its southern charm, familiarity and comfort. It’s a place where coastal living meets shabby chic. I will even keep the floral patterns in the drapes.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

 

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Tree: The iconic Joshua tree, the namesake of the California park, is actually a member of the lily family. Legend says that Mormon travelers named the tree after the biblical figure of Joshua. Image found HERE. / Room: Home of Maurizio Zucchi, from Ideat Magazine, June 2011. Image found HERE.

Tree: Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’). Image found HERE. / Room: Purple floral living room Oversized floral wallpaper can be teamed with simple, solid, and bold accents to create a balance. Mirror – Tesco Direct. Armchair – Sofa Workshop. Photograph by Dominic Blackmore. Image found HERE.

Tree: Meyer Lemon Tree (and recipes to use its fruits), found at Happelsauce, HERE. / Room: Amy Lau Design, Beach House Bridgehampton. An airy, midcentury, natural, citrusy, living room. Image found HERE.

 

Tree: ‘October Glory’ maple is a hybrid between the Red maple (Acer rubrum) and the Silver maple (Acer saccharinum). It is not as brittle as the silver maple, but has the rapid growth of the silver maple. Fall color rivals that of the red maple. The tree and image found via Lynn’s Garden in Arkansas, HERE.  / Room: Elegant Pre-war 2 bedroom apartment in boutique full service cooperative on a lovely tree-lined street.  170 East 78th Street #5F on Upper East Side, NYC. It can be yours for ONLY $1.25 million. Image found, HERE.

P.S. What are you doing for earth day this year? Any special traditions or recycling and water usage promises?