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Setting the Mood

There’s nothing like some lovely company over a sweet delicacy to cap off the perfect Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart. With the right china, a perfect dessert combination, and a few glasses of chilled champagne, your table can set the mood for a wonderful evening rich in romance. I’m excited to share the perfect love-themed dessert setting to enjoy with your beloved this February 14th—all it takes is a few treats and some luxe table elements!

Start off with some classic flavor combinations—the light sweetness of colorful macarons leads into a luscious chocolate cheesecake, finished off with chocolate-dipped strawberries, the perfect aphrodisiac! Don’t forget to toast to your romance with a few glasses of champagne and some gorgeous flowers that scent the air between you, dressed in an elegant vase.

While the company and the dessert will make the night special, the right décor helps set the perfect intimate ambiance. That’s why I chose to complement these delectable sweets with gorgeous dinner plates from the fabulous Lionel Richie Home Collection—the LOVE theme is the perfect embodiment of the everlasting flame that burns between you and your beloved. If you’re an L.A. local, you’re in luck—Geary’s Beverly Hills just happens to carry this ornate plate set, along with the entire Lionel Richie Home Collection!

This sweet, playful “love” plating conjures up memories of countless moments spent together, evocative of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE statues the world over. Looking at these plates, I’m reminded of stopping to admire Indiana’s iconic statue at 55th and 6th Ave in Midtown Manhattan. If you’re like me and you love to travel, these lovely dishes might even spark a memory from a romantic trip to Tokyo, London, or any number of destinations across the globe.

Indulge in some sweetness this February 14th by re-creating this exquisite dessert setting for your lover—it has all the makings of an unforgettable Valentine’s Day!

 

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

While Valentine’s Day tends to put more pressure on men in relationships, the truth is our gents like to be pampered just as much as we do! After all, if Valentine’s Day is the one day a year when we really go out of our way to make our lovers feel special, then valentine gift-giving should go both ways in a relationship.

This year, make the man in your life feel like a sophisticated and tech-savvy gentleman with these gifts inspired by five different guy types. Whether he’s channeling his inner international man of mystery, working hard to get that muscled physique, or flaunting his modern style, these gifts will ensure that your partner feels sexy and adored.

The Jetsetter

For the mysterious and worldly gentleman, try a gift that exudes internationalism, intelligence, and style. The Estate Collection’s St. Tropez luxury candle will make him feel like he’s in the middle of a speedboat chase in the South of France with you at his side. With notes of cypress, eucalyptus, and patchouli, St. Tropez offers the manliest of scents. Pair it with Tom Ford’s Marko sunglasses and your man will be poised to take you jet-setting across the globe!

The Debonair Gent

Smooth, charming, and talented, the debonair gent loves only one thing more than the dame at his side: a smooth pour of whiskey in a cool, solid glass. A set of iconic crooner Lionel Richie’s Home Collection Black Onyx Rocks glasses and a bottle of top-shelf whiskey is the perfect gift to show your man how much he lights your fire. Snuggle up on the couch, pour him a tumbler of his favorite libation, and enjoy a romantic evening together!

The Outdoorsman

Tech-savvy and not afraid of getting his hands dirty, the outdoorsman is the rugged survivalist we wouldn’t mind being stranded on a desert island with! While your guy may not be a professional adventurer, he’s sure to appreciate techy gadgets he can play with in the great outdoors. Celebrate his adventurous streak with a recreational hobby drone, perfect for taking aerial videos, whether he’s close to home or trekking through the Australian outback.

The Metropolitan Metrosexual

If your man sports a classy, metro style and is constantly on the move, choose a gift that complements his busy lifestyle. Chances are your metro man simply doesn’t have the time to spare when it comes to finding his wallet and keys. For a sleek techy solution that will keep him on trend, try Tile with the Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve Wallet, which can easily fit in the pocket of even the tightest pair of pants. Tile offers small Bluetooth trackers that attach to one’s keys, wallet, remote control, and other easily lost items. Simply download the app on a smartphone and computer, and your guy will never be slowed down by misplaced items again!

The Fit Guy

A true fitness aficionado, the fit guy works hard to make sure he looks good just for you! Whether a weight trainer, martial arts enthusiast, or runner, this guy loves staying active and keeping it tight. With so much time spent working out, a signature scent will enhance the allure of his amazing bod even more. Make him feel sexy all day long with the iconic Givenchy π (Pi) Cologne. This deeply masculine, sensual fragrance will make your man feel as irresistible as you find him, even while he’s completing a triathlon!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable one with these fun, sexy, and sophisticated gifts for him. Whether your lover is more of the athletic type, a man of mystery, a debonair gentleman, or just plain sexy, these gifts will let him know that you appreciate him just as he is.

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THE LANGUAGE OF THE BLOOM – Flowers

Have you ever visited a beautiful flower garden and taken time to observe the natural variety of colors and hues? From the deep passionate red of the rose to the delicate and gentle lavender clematis, each tells their own language – be that the language of love and admiration or a heartfelt message of sympathy.

So what does each color signify? What do we need to know when choosing a floral gift or flowers for a particular occasion?

 

Red Flowers

Demanding attention and capturing a vibrant, passionate energy, red is the color of love and romance – giving red roses is well known as being a traditional romantic gesture. Red flowers are a close symbol of the heart – they are powerful, command respect, and are dynamic and impulsive, but above all symbolise desire, love and admiration.

Pink Flowers

Pink colored blooms represent fresh beginnings and convey the sweetness of youth. It’s also a romantic colour symbolising grace and innocence. Light pink flowers suggest a feminine energy while brighter shades suggest friendship, happiness and love.

Blue Flowers

Blue is an unusual color for flowers with most containing a hint of purple. Truly blue flowers represent tranquillity and harmony – giving out a sense of honesty and security, calming worries with an air of peace and openness.

White Flowers

White is the colour of the circle of life. White flowers given at significant life occasions such as a birth conveys innocence, love, peace and purity. Equally they are often noted at funerals as well as weddings for being that gesture of respect to highlight the peace and purity aspect. A bouquet which features predominantly white blooms is graceful, elegant and demonstrates a simple, but natural beauty

Yellow Flowers

Yellow flowers symbolise the color of the sun, evoking happiness, friendship, success, pride and joy. Yellow is a color associated with spring time –new beginnings and fresh hope. The daffodil and sunflower, typically spring time blooms, signify this light hearted, relaxed and happy time.

Lavender Flowers

Lavender flowers personify femininity, refinement, grace and evoke memories of our youth – Lavender scented drawers and distinctive lavender perfumery display a delicate mix of old fashioned quaintness and modern day timeless and elegance. Lavender flowers are a softer shade of purple, and whilst not symbolising the regal qualities of purple, lavender sends out a message of youthful beauty.

Orange Flowers

Orange colored flowers are bold, full of life and suggest a flamboyant air. Orange blooms will speak for themselves in terms of evoking confidence, enthusiasm and friendship. Often seen in floral arrangements where people may gather together to discuss ideas, orange flowers are fiery and vibrant and are therefore used to help bring out passion, boldness and natural exuberance.

Green Flowers

Traditionally green flowers are said to bring good luck or good health – the clover and shamrock being examples. Green is the color of nature and perfectly complements other colors for being a balanced tone. It represents the optimism of renewal, of spring and of youthfulness.

Purple Flowers

As a color purple has long been associated with royalty, dignity and ceremony, purple flowers also symbolise this. Traditionally used for dignified or successful occasions, purple flowers highlight admiration and adoration. They have a distinctive charm – an almost enchanting elegance brought about as a result of their ceremonial use.

 

So as can be seen, flowers have a significant, yet hidden language. Next time you need to think about sending a bouquet or even visit a stunning floral exhibition, you’ll be able to understand the emotion behind each color and see nature in a new light.

What is your favorite color?

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Him

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Before we start brainstorming for gifts, I just want to say that the meaning of Christmas is obviously not the gifts. It’s about family and friends gathering together and enjoying the holidays. Celebrating love & memories. Finding a way how to give back and share. Being attentive and making someone smile.

If you want to gifts something to a special person,  always remember it’s not the price or the gift that counts, but the thought of making it special. Adding a personal handwritten note…. “remember back in June…”, or “Just a little something to make you smile….”, or “I really hope the size will fit you….”…there are many ways to make a gift more meaningful and personal. In our busy days we sometimes forget to add the personal touch! Remember…Santa is watching you…

And the most rewarding feeling is to find the perfect gift for our loved ones and see the face when they unwrap the gift…enjoy a few favorite gifts for him below:

xoxolisa

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BROOKS BROTHERS
Striped Cotton Pajama Set

$98

Opt for a classic nightwear ensemble with these striped cotton pyjamas from Brooks Brothers. Change into this dapper pair to get into full relaxation mode in the evenings, or pack them in your luggage to give your overnight stays a homely feel. Shown here with Derek Rose slippers.

GQ Men

$150.00
Assouline from New York, NY
Mining the magazine’s extensive photographic archives, GQ Men captures the essence of what it means to look sharp and think smart —the magazine’s mantra by showcasing the men who embody the GQ spirit. GQ Men celebrates all the facets of the modern American man- smart and stylish both inside and out.

BROOKS BROTHERS
Cotton-Terry Bathrobe

$185

Slip into this Brooks Brothers bathrobe to bring a touch of luxury to your morning shower. Absorbent cotton-terry fabric and multiple pockets make this piece as practical as it is indulgent.

Hair Gift Box

$120

Based in a traditional-style barbershop in the heart of the city, Pankhurst London give good hair. Start off your home-grooming ritual with the brand’s ‘Thickening Shampoo’, formulated to deliver body and shine, following with the ‘Styling Conditioner’, a deeply nourishing treatment. Finish off with the texturing Pomade, to set your chosen style in place for the day. Also included is the ‘Head-to-Toe Shampoo‘, a conditioning cleanser for both the scalp and body, perfect for those in more of a rush to get ready.

Nickel Shaving Set

$170.00
Penhaligon’s from England, United Kingdom

This nickel-plated shaving set lends a timeless and sophisticated quality to your bathroom. Hand-assembled and finished to the highest quality in Sheffield, the set includes a classic shaving brush made from ethically sourced badger hair and a streamlined razor with a Gillette Mach 3 Blade.

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DOLCE & GABBANA
princess print scented wax candle

$145.00

Multicoloured glass holder, wax candle, aluminium lid princess print scented wax candle from Dolce & Gabbana. This item comes with a gift box.

 

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$ 43.00

MANHATTAN – CANDLE
22-KARAT GOLD DECOR

A rich vanilla orchid fragrance with a bergamot & lemon top note and a floral jasmine body. The fragrance dries down to a sweet Tahitian vanilla base with a tonka background and rare musk accord.
Top Note: Lemon, Bergamot
Mid Note: Jasmine, Orchid
city guide book gift guide for him

LUXE CITY GUIDES
Europe Gift Box

$60.00

EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Travel to the chicest European cities in style with LUXE City Guides’ pocket-sized booklets on hand. This set includes five fold-outs packed with the insider scoop on Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Stockholm and Venice. Find out everything from where the locals eat to how to navigate the city’s public transportation system. Each pamphlet has a protective plastic sleeve and they come together in a travel-friendly black linen box.