Happy Valentines Day!
February 14, 2008
Happy Valentines day!
Whether you believe that today is a silly made-up holiday (ahem... Dave..) or like to go all out, I hope that everybody has a wonderful romantic evening together.
I am a sucker for all things romantic, so I feel like Valentines day is a perfect excuse to do things a little bit differently. It is about making an effort to create a special occasion out of an ordinary evening and to celebrate being in love! I thought I'd do a quick post this afternoon to give some last minute ideas that don't require spending a fortune and are more meaningful than the last minute roses and chocolates *though, Dave, if you were planning to stop for these items on your way home from work, don't let this stop you.. Flowers and chocolates are perfectly nice too...* (especially when they come from somebody you love. :)
1. Flight Night at Silverlake Wine
My friends at Silverlake Wine hold their "Flight Night" tasting (a flight of three reds and three whites) every Thursday and Valentines day is no exception. This is a fun alternative to going out to dinner- and unlike those crazy restaurants tonight- does not require a reservation! Just show up anytime between 5pm and 9pm and enjoy! (I may see you there!)
2395 Glendale Blvd.
2. Order take out
Okay, so this probably doesn't seem like such a fabulous idea on the surface (as most probably do this on a regular night anyhow..) but tonight is all about enjoying and celebrating- so doing those little things that you do not normally do can make ordinary take out a special occasion. Open a bottle of your favorite champagne. Use your fancy plates. Light candles. Make a fun playlist on your ipod. Put a picnic blanket on your living room floor. Have fun and enjoy not having to cook!
3. Go out for ice cream
I always think of ice cream as a special occasion, but going out for it is something I almost never do. For something a bit different, check out Scoops on Heliotrope and Melrose- where the ice cream flavors are sure to inspire and excite. From the popular "brown bread" ice cream to "Fois gras and sweet cream" (I am not kidding) ice cream. The flavors change daily on the whim of the owner and I am sure he has concocted something fun for Valentines day. Scoops closes when the ice cream runs out or at 10:00pm- whichever comes first.
712 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029
4. Pick up a sweet treat
Cupcakes always make me smile. For those lucky Westsiders who live close to Vanilla Bakeshop, their Valentine's specials sound divine. Flavors like Southern Red Velvet, Vanilla Bean with pink sanding, Bittersweet Dark Chocolate, and Chocolate Vanilla Bean with red sanding all come topped with a sweet red heart.
512 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
I know this is not particularly romantic, but tonight is all about celebrating, and Lost's return is definitely worth celebrating! Combine any of the items #1-4 listed above with Lost, and I think you will have a pretty swell Valentines day. :)
You have just experienced one of the most incredible events of your life. The person who you love most in the world has popped the question and you have answered 'yes!' The whirlwind of the wedding planning world has now opened- questions and excitement from friends and family, your childhood wedding dreams re-visited, wedding magazines taunting you from the shelves of the check out lanes. You are finding yourself with a new language. A vocabulary full of words such as Fiancé, Chivari chairs, fondant--words you had no idea that you knew and now they seem to run off your tongue effortlessly.
I know how fast everything seems and how overwhelming it all can feel at first, so I created this blog to help answer questions, give advice and inspire new ideas.