February 4, 2007
The color of roses for V-Day is generally red, but I think a color appropriate for an intense relationship that doesn't quite fit into any of the usual categories, as seems to be on the rise these days, is a hot pink presented in profuse quantities.
I'd say you need about 50. That's a good number, just about enough I think, for one person... especially if you'd like to pelt someone with them. Or think of those old movies where there were dozens of long stemmed roses in vases, standing in every room...
This could be combined with a serious gift of fragrance, in any one of a number of intensely floral or redolently primal fragrances. Favorites candidates of mine would be Creeds' Fleurs de Bulgarie, or in the range of something subtlety darker, more ambiguous, and even unisex, such as Chergui by Lutens, or the tobacco apricot warmth of Habanita, or something more specialized in taste, such as JAR's Diamond Water, extravagant and luxurious. Or combine the gift of perfume with a wearable pendant, such as Aftelier's Shiso in a clear French heart shaped flacon on a gold ribbon cord.
A Shakespeare Sonnet A Day, delivered by email, is a great reminder of the world's beauty and the action of time upon it; and a call to enjoy while the going is good lest we waste the ephemeral bounty of nature in our fleeting lives. I think it would be a great gift to receive every day til the 154 are complete.
Scented candles are fragrance at a bit of a remove, that can be enjoyed by both in an intimate environment. Apothia has recently gone all out and developed a very full line that range for every mood and theme. One of the standouts was Soul, which has the incense and woody elements that ground and uplift at the same time, and Bronzed, which leads one down to a much more casual free and easy place; smells like suntan lotion on a seaside memory lane. They are created so that the wax is softer and can be used as a solid perfume, too. While burning they emit enough fragrance to fill the environment fully in ten minutes.
Chanel lipstick in a classic red would be a small, exquisite gift that would last quite a while as be a jewel in the makeup handbag, and a classic reference to all the symbolism of Valentine's Day. Their site provides videos to give instruction on the perfect application techniques.
For something to accompany the roses and perfume, think about music. Soul Music is experiencing another revival; and none too soon I say. It is the perfect music for romance and passion. I found a site with some ideas for specific artists and releases. My favorites so far, utterly transporting, were James Brown (believe it or not) singing the song "Sunny" as a low key ballad in his deep gruff voice in a duet, and Ahmad Jamal's piano for late Winter moods in "Stolen Moments" - try this site Soul Sides ("for something you can feel")...
A deep chocolate experience can be provided by visiting Jacques Torres either downtown in Manhattan on Hudson Street or in Dumbo in Brooklyn, or shopping online if you are too far away. I envision two sharing cups of hot chocolate in this cold snap, it is said to be the most intensely rich fine liquid chocolate experience to be had.
If you are alone for V-day this time, it's nice to take the opportunity to relax and enjoy a little something special, perhaps an order online from StockinGirl. They offer an intriguing range of patterned hose of every description, something that can brighten and enhance the dark heavy clothes we are all still wearing right now for the end of the winter season.
Mid-February Valentine's Day means that Spring is just around the corner. It's time to start getting ready to emerge from our winter selves.