January 30, 2019
I must admit, I’ve never given much thought to Valentine’s Day – as an adult that is – it’s different when one is a child. We’ll bring this up again later. To start, let’s look at the options for this special day.
Flowers Speak Volumes
When I started researching this topic I saw very quickly that flowers (primarily roses) were the #1 choice as a gift to mark this special day. Let’s take a look.
RED: PASSION AND DRAMA
This color is associated with strong emotions such a love and nothing comes close to saying, “I love you” like red roses. Even one beautiful red rose presented with a flourish can melt a damsel’s heart. (I think I’m really getting into this.)
PINK: UNIVERSAL LOVE OF OTHERS
Want to honor a friend on Valentine’s Day? Pink roses show admiration, grace and appreciation. A bouquet of pink roses is a great way to say “Thank you” to someone who is special in your life.
WHITE: LIGHT, PURITY AND PERFECTION
Why not surprise a loved one with white roses? They symbolize innocence, and charm. Even youthfulness! This makes them the perfect gift for a beloved grandma or great aunt. You’ll probably hear, “Why me?” Five words will do it, “Because you’re special to me.”
YELLOW: HAPPINESS AND JOY
This is the way to say, “We’ve been friends for years and I care about you.” There’s no way that one would frown while looking at twenty-four yellow roses – an explosion of color and delight.
ORANGE: DESIRE AND CREATIVITY
People either love or hate orange so check ahead – in a subtle way. Personally, I love this color because it radiates warmth and energy. That’s it for flowers. Now let’s take a look at candy.
A Heart-shaped Box of Chocolates
Richard Cadbury came up with this great idea in 1861. He was the son of Cadbury founder John Cadbury. He reportedly used drawings of his family and Alpine scenes to decorate this new creation of his and, 158 years later, heart-shaped gifts are still going strong.
A Romantic Dinner on Valentine’s Day
This seems to be a big favorite so YELP compiled a list of 25 restaurants in the U.S. that are considered the most romantic. In New York, it’s (1) Gramercy Tavern at 42 East 20th Street, (2) Club A Steakhouse at 332 West 29th Street and (3) Per Se at 10 Columbus Circle. The “most romantic of all” is Café Monarch at 6939 East First Avenue, Scottsdale, Arizona. Take your pick!
Different Things Happen on Valentine’s Day
FIRST: Hooters (the restaurant chain) will give you free chicken wings on Valentine’s Day if you shred a picture of your ex-girlfriend, wife, whatever. (No comment.)
SECOND: Last year, 2.6 million people sent themselves a card on Valentine’s Day (presumably to impress a certain someone).
THIRD: Kids are still expected to send a card to everyone in the entire class (even those one does not particularly like) to avoid hurt feelings. I remember this daunting task very well.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.