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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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New York Fashion Week 2013 x Valentine’s Day

In honor of New York Fashion Week 2013, which so nicely coincides with Valentine’s Day, I bring you (dear reader) a series of red-toned vignettes. Each outfit from a designer’s recent show also represents a style or facet of love, using a series of adjectives ending in ‘ic.’  I admit I used a thesaurus for some of these –  knowledge is power. Which type of  love and blood-stained hue best represents you?

Gothic_Victoria, Victoria Beckham - Prestentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Victoria BeckhamFall 2013 Ready-to-Wear_Araks

Araks

Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear_BadgleyMischka

Badgley Mischka

romantic_ Jenny Packham during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013

Jenny PackhamThe Tadashi Shoji Fall 2013 Fashion Week in New York Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Tadashi Shoji

Reem Acra, Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Reem Acra Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013_Fashion Week in New York (AP Photo_Seth Wenig)

Diane von Furstenberg

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

Carolina Herrera

J.Crew Fashion Week - NYFW 2013

J.Crew

Zero_Maria Cornejo

Zero + Maria Cornejo MM6 Maison Martin Margiela

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela

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Creative Coupling

In preparation for Valentine’s Day…

Georgia O’Keeffe photographed by Alfred Stieglitz – c. 1918

Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe. Painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz wrote each other letters — sometimes two and three a day, some of them 40 pages long.  When Stieglitz and O’Keeffe met in 1916, he was 52 and famous — an internationally acclaimed photographer, with an avant-garde gallery in Manhattan. She, on the other hand, was 28 and unknown.  Stieglitz believed in O’Keeffe’s paintings during a time when his contemporaries called her “talentless” and “derivative”. Love is supporting your other half’s ideals. More about the couple and the book on NPR. 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: lovers, collaborators, and artists. Both born 1935. Christo is an American, Bulgarian-born man by the name Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and raised in a Bulgarian industrialist family. Jeanne-Claude is an American, French-born woman by the name Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat. Raised in Casablanca by a French military family, educated in France and Switzerland. Died November 18, 2009, New York City.  They explain “All of Christo and JeanneClaude’s projects come from ideas from their two hearts, and two brains.” It seems the most important artist’s tool for the two are their hearts. More beautiful photos of the couple through the years, and their projects, on their website.

Christo and Jean-Claude, Wrapped Trees, 1997-1998

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91, Photo: Wolfgang Volz, © 1991 Christo

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety. He was regarded as a mostly reclusive artist. He had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner (her all-over-painting technique is not to be ignored!), who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy. Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related car accident. Home and Estate Above.

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner stones in Green River Cemetery in Springs, New York.

Continually be influenced and inspired by love. Love is passion, passion is art.