Our resident cultural attache, guest blogger and all-around romantic, Marcellas Reynolds, is back, ready to help y'all make this Valentine's Day one for the books. M, take it away...
You can do something normal for your lover like go to the Longs Drugs on the corner and buy a pre-printed, mass-produced card and whatever Gund teddy bear is shoved down your throat...or you be imaginative. Think outside the box. Do something extraordinary for the one you adore. I suggest you do what I'm doing for my men (yeah, I said men). I'm going to pair a romantic lyric from a song with a gift. Then, burn a CD tailor-made for that lover.
Here are five of the most romantic
songs ever with a gift tailored to each. Without further flourish, here
are my suggestion for a happy Valentine's Day:
The Faraway Lover:
Call Me by Aretha Franklin
Armand Diradourian Travel Pillow - It comes in a variety of colors, is 100% cashmere, comes with an eye mask and both are lined in silk. No one wants to use the blanket and pillow given on the plane. This is a super luxe, super chic alternative. So as your love's neck and cheek nuzzles the soft cashmere and is engulfed in it's warmth they can't help but think of being in your arms.
The Seduction: Me & U by Cassie
It's nighttime, and you're gonna get it on. It's just the two of you. Set the scene.
Dom Perignon Champagne & Godiva Truffles - What could possibly be sexier? Dim the lights, take out a chilled bottle of champagne and feed your love the most decadent truffles on Earth. The way the truffles compliment the champagne is culinary magic. When two greats get together magic is made. Wine.com ships a vintage bottle of Dom and an 18 piece Godiva signature truffle box to you. At $199 it's an elegant steal.
The Introduction: Crush by Jennifer Paige
Sometimes you have to introduce yourself. Valentine's Day is the perfect day to tell that guy you're eying, it's so on.
Navy Bamboo Rings Flat Card by Boatman Geller - Everyone should have monogrammed note cards. They reek of class and sophistication. They are also practical. Use them as a Thank You card, calling card or just to send a friend a hello. In this case use it as a valentine's card. Find a romantic quote or song lyric and ask your object of desire "Will you be mine?" 50 for $96 at Lemontreepaperie.com.
Charlie Brown Valentine Be Mine Stationary - Be a big kid. No cartoon character is more romantic (or so gay) than Charlie Brown. Yeah he "pined" away for the the Little Red Haired Girl but you know he grew up and moved to NY with Schroder. Schroder plays for the NY Philharmonic and Chuck (as he goes by now) is a DM for Abercrombie & Fitch. Tell your crush you dig 'em with this adorable printable stationary. It's free at i-love-cartoons.com . Don't say I never gave you anything!
The Puppy Love: The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
Kent Dualdrive Tandem - It seems silly but this is adorable. Yes it's
made for two but this bike looks modern and ultra-cool. It's packed
with features, including a low step-over frame for easy mounting and
dismounting, a 21-speed Shimano drive train and alloy wheels. If you
think the bicycle made for two is too kitschy/hokey then try matching
cruisers. Schwinn makes several at a wide range of prices. You can find
the Kent Tandem on-line for under $300.
The Proposal: At Last by Beyonce
When you found the one, nothing is more romantic than a Valentine's Day marriage proposal. Get those wedding announcements out now!
Garrard Half Eternity Band & 3 Stone Diamond & Platinum Ring - Established in 1735 Garrard is the oldest jewelery house in the world. It is home to the Crown Jeweler. If you want to make a statement go seriously old-school. Forget Tiffany's. Harry Winston? Eh… That's for Hollywood trash. I want to start a new trend; huge diamonds on men. And that Half Eternity Band? That's 5.19 carats. Price available upon request.
Don't worry readers I'm not buying anyone a ring. I'm still playing the
field. Still desperately searching for the one. But when I find him, I'm
ready! I know what boys want. And for Valentine's Day, boys (and girls)
want a quirky, fun, thoughtful gift. If you wanna be my valentine, drop
me a note at marcellas@marcellasreynolds.