Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Your Everyone's Guide to Valentine's Day

Written by Jesse Sposato, Josie Schoel, and Jessica Mahler
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Valentine's Day, in a guilty pleasure, totally commercial, consumerist way, is kind of our weakness. It's not just because we love buying boxes of chocolate for half off the day after and biting into them one by one, only finishing the (two or three) good ones. It's the pink and the red and the hearts all over. Every year for about one month, stores usually designated to bare-bones basics, like Rite Aid or Duane Reade, are filled with small candy hearts replete with endearing sayings and doilies and cheap stuffed giraffes and faux roses. What's not to love?
SadieVDay.jpgValentine's Day, in a guilty pleasure, totally commercial, consumerist way, is kind of our weakness. It's not just because we love buying boxes of chocolate for half off the day after and biting into them one by one, only finishing the (two or three) good ones. It's the pink and the red and the hearts all over. Every year for about one month, stores usually designated to bare-bones basics, like Rite Aid or Duane Reade, are filled with small candy hearts replete with endearing sayings and doilies and cheap stuffed giraffes and faux roses. What's not to love?

As for the true love aspect Valentine's Day is meant to offer, Mad Men's Don Draper said it best when he spelled it out for Rachel Menken over cocktails: "What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons." We're not saying Valentine's Day isn't the Hallmark holiday you thought it was; it is. But it's still a fun excuse to buy some cutesy gifts for your partner, friend, family member, or self. We came up with some ideas of what's Valentine's hot so we thought we'd share it with you via our gift guide below.
 
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Pure Illumination Light Up Lip Gloss & Nail Polish
Nothing says pretty in pink and Valentine's fun like light up lip gloss and matching nail polish (now on sale!) by Pure Illumination. We're personal suckers for Party Girl Pink and we can guarantee this gloss does, in fact, bring a party. We spent our last Friday night at a table of five ladies passing this gloss from one to the next (I know it sounds a little gross, but none of us had colds or koodies!) and fun times it did bring. Perfect for your bff who has everything . . . but not this.
 
 
 
 
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Canon Camera Lens Mug
Looking for a special cup to hold your special person's freshly brewed LYON? Well, forget the fake paper cup made out of porcelain mug. The newer, cooler model is the camera lens mug. Pouring coffee into this mug gives the allusion that you are overtired, having a bad morning, so out of it that you're mistaking your fancy lens for a coffee mug. But the joke is on them! You're just having your morning cup of joe. And now your bf/gf can share in the fun. Order your dude or lady a Canon Camera Lens Mug and include them in the joke.
 
 
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My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Sure roses, chocolates, and dinner reservations are obvious go-tos in making for a fun, romantic Valentine's Day with your partner, but we think some mood music is what will really heat things up. Our soundtrack of choice? My Bloody Valentine's classic LP, Loveless. Let the premier shoegaze band take you on an odyssey through a luscious otherworldliness, helping to put you and your lover in a trance on each other with its cataclysmic (read: orgasmic) dissonance. The album just celebrated it's twentieth anniversary last November, proving that, like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.

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Initial Heart Locket Necklace
Nameplates have been hot for some time now, but these days girls are into shortening that to just their initials. Combine that with a sweet heart locket and you have the perfect Valentines gift for your sweetie. Or, better yet, get one for yourself with your sweetie’s first initial on it and wear your love proud. Even better if you have the same first initial. 

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LYON CoffeeYou know whose always got your and your honey's best interest in mind? Leo. First he came through by ruling in What's Eating Gilbert Grape and then Basketball Diaries and a couple other pictures since, and now he's got your back with LYON, the new "extraordinary coffee with a cause," co-created by Leonardo DiCaprio himself and La Colombe, your favorite coffee company. All profits generated from this velvety sweet brew are donated to charities supported by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. So, why wait? Click here to purchase some Leo-approved coffee that will get you points with your significant other and points with the environment. "Through purchases of LYON, consumers will make a significant impact on projects that defend lands and oceans, clean water, help endangered species, aid disaster relief and support alternative and green energy efforts." To read more about LYON, go here
 

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Sweet Nothing Necklace
In God We Trust, with a location in our very own Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has been showing up all over the place these days. The jewelry designers make unique, fun, wearable objects, from arrow point cluster necklaces to these Sweet Nothing engraved heart necklaces with phrases like “sugar lips” and “really fucking cute.” I mean, really, is there any reason to resist that?

 
 
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Pure Instinct essential oil

Did you know that scent plays a major role in attraction? Sure, aesthetics play their part, but according to scientists, it's the scent that a potential mate gives off that really draws us in. Whether you're attached or not, lure your perfect mate to you this Valentine's Day with Pure Instinct's essential oil. You can apply it as you would any oil or perfume, but we suggest massaging some into your elbow/knee pits—basically anywhere you are most likely to sweat—to really enhance your natural scent and pheromones to hook the object of your affection, placing them into a spellbind with just one whiff.

 

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