Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Date Night at Home with Herbivore Botanicals

For Alex Kummerow and Julia Wills, the husband and wife duo behind Herbivore Botanicals, simple gestures are the most romantic. Rather than opt in to the Valentine’s Day hubbub come February 14, the couple retreats to the solitude of their house for a delicious home-cooked meal, surrounded by flowers (preferably orchids) and chakra-cleansing rose quartz, the stone of universal love.

Ahead, the couple shares their plans for the ideal Valentine’s Day date night at home, which includes Julia’s recipe for a bath so calming, you’ll want to soak for hours.

OH LA LA – READ ON

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What to Wear on 6 Kinds of Valentine’s Day Dates

You’ve got plans. Even if they’re not the dozen roses, champagne and candlelit-dinner kind—no matter—you’ll still definitely do something on February 14. Maybe you’ll hang with your ladies, work out and then chill out on the couch, or spend time with your spouse and the kiddos. (The babysitter seemed to have no problem getting a date and dinner reservation.)

Feel amazing about whatever you’re up to on Valentine’s Day in outfits that you’ll love, even if your love life leaves something to be desired.

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Up Close and Personal: Lingerie and Perfume Pairings for Your Valentine’s Night In

Selecting a fragrance is much like choosing lingerie—both are deeply personal decisions that involve trusting your instincts. Whether your boudoir persona is more shrinking violet or smoldering temptress, we believe your scent and your skivvies should align with the mood—both yours and the occasion’s.

Below, we’ve paired our favorite romantic fragrances with their complementary negligees, bralettes and underthings, for an extremely sensual approach to the art of seduction.

PICK YOUR PAIR

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Calling All Cupids: Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Guys and Gals You Love

February 14th is a day dedicated to love of all kinds—romantic love, self-love, puppy love, loving friendships and love for chocolate. And though we do believe it is the thought that counts, it doesn’t hurt to also say “I love you” with some heart-shaped diamonds or an indulgent, fleece-lined robe—especially if you are both giver and receiver.

Upgrade her bouquet with the rapturous scent of turkish rose, or accessorize him for spring with a colorful beanie. Get in the spirit of the holiday with this adorable Alice + Olivia sweater, or spread the love with something extravagant—both a luxury handbag and a designer belt are gifts on our list. When in doubt, remember that a box of chocolates is a classic for a reason. 

Below, all of our favorite gifts for the men and women that we love (ourselves included).

LOVERS, READ ON

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Really Sexy Feminist Lingerie: A Talk with the Founder of Bluebella

Emily Bendell, founder of the London-based lingerie company Bluebella, is an Oxford graduate on a mission to embolden women through an erotic first layer. Since 2005, when Emily founded Bluebella, her goal has been to create lingerie that is both affordable and appealing to women of different sizes. Her arrestingly original designs produced in luxe fabrications don’t cut corners or cut uncomfortably into your curves.

We spoke with Emily just after she returned from showing her new collection at Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris. Here’s what she told us about why you should buy your own lacy underthings, how to wear them now and why lingerie is about female empowerment, not submission—which is why she recruited British Olympians and Paralympians to model some of her seriously sultry styles.

SEE THE PRETTY SKIVVIES

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Sweet Shots of Fashion Love to Put You in the Valentine’s Day (and Fashion Week) Mood

Whether it’s a cool couple holding hands during Fashion Week, besties dressed to coordinate, chic pups with their adoring owners, moms with their little darlings or declarations of love on apparel, fashion is for lovers.

Here are some fashion moments that make our hearts swell.

Fashion couples

SEE THE SWEETHEARTS IN THIS SLIDESHOW

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What to Wear for Any Valentine’s Day Date

You’ve got plans. Even if they’re not the dozen roses, champagne and candlelit-dinner kind—no matter—you’ll still definitely do something on February 14, be it hang with your ladies, workout and then chill out on the couch, or spend time with your spouse and the kiddos. (The babysitter seemed to have no problem getting a date and dinner reservation.)

And looking good will help make you feel amazing about whatever you’re doing on Valentine’s Day. Here are some outfits that you’ll love, even if your love life leaves something to be desired.

The Candi-date

You’re not sure about this one. Keep an open mind but dress for yourself in this Topshop sweatshirt and crepe dress. If things heat up, this frock has a sexy crisscross back that will look downright adorable paired with lace-up ballet flats.

Topshop sweatshirt dress, Nadri ear crawlers, Shrimps faux fur jacket, Miu Miu ballet flat, Stella McCartney Fabella bag

Topshop crisscross back midi dress | Nadri Starry Night crystal ear crawlers | Shrimps Bingo faux fur jacket | Miu Miu lace-up ballerina flat | Stella McCartney Tiny Falabella faux leather crossbody

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Valentine’s Day Gifts with Heart (and Edge)

Wear Your Heart Everywhere

At one point in your life you were all about the anti-Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day. Commercially motivated romance was a fraud to be avoided at all costs—even red traffic lights made you avert your course during the month of February.

Then you met your sweetheart—your child, sig other or dear friend—and you couldn’t help gushing, just a little.

To help you show your emotions, we rounded up the coolest, heartiest (as in bearing hearts) Valentine’s Day gifts. But none of these are so sappy as to cause nausea. Even the teenagers on your list will approve.

WEAR YOUR HEART EVERYWHERE: SHOP THESE GIFTS

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Two Valentine’s Day Date-Night Looks (One Naughty, One Sweet) from M•A•C Artist Victor Cembellin

Just in time for romance and exclusive to Nordstrom, M•A•C has released four Looks in a Box that provide all the makeup you need to create a completely stunning face—on your already gorgeous canvas.

Each kit contains a lipstick, cream base, mascara, eyeliner, two eyeshadows and a blush. But each prescribes a unique colorway and application process to achieve a distinct style. “These are colors that work harmoniously together,” says senior M•A•C artist Victor Cembellin. “Cosmetics departments can be overstimulating. We wanted to pare that down for somebody who wanted a personal makeup shopper to tell them what they need.”

The looks are titled “Be a Little Naughty,” “Be Sweet & Dreamy,” “Be Cool” and “Be an Original.” In preparation for Valentine’s Day, we asked Victor how to perfectly construct “Be a Little Naughty” and “Be Sweet & Dreamy,” two mood-setting options for date night—one with a matte red lip, the other with a nude lip. He added some extra M•A•C products to really amp up the effect, but both styles can be done with the Look in a Box products alone.

Here are his face charts and step-by-step instructions to get these sex-kitten and angelic looks.

Be a Little Naughty

MAC Be a Little Naughty Look in a Box

Just add lingerie and bubbles.

DO IT UP FOR YOUR DATE: HERE’S HOW

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Layer It On: Lingerie for Valentine’s Day

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then sensuality is in all five of the senses. We wouldn’t begin to tell you how to woo your paramour—you have your methods—but allow us to make a few immodest suggestions in the intimates department that might put a welcome, and inviting, spin on date night.

Hanky Panky Mesh bra and bikini

You probably don’t have anything like this sexy-cool set in your top drawer. Red lace and black mesh make your intentions unmistakable. Hanky Panky cute boyshorts and comfortable bralette both lend a laid-back charm to your tryst.

THIS WAY TO MORE LINGERIE

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