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extend the love-day love with some eye candy

Valentine’s has come and gone, again.

Happy?

I sure am. And no, the “feelings are for chumps” camp does not wave a flag over here. Rather, the team flag around these parts reads something like “do romantic things anytime, all the time, even now-ish.”

Did you just throw up a bit picturing a couple than on any given night might bring home chocolate, a new toy, or a favourite treat? Well swallow it back down and take note: a couple that treats every day like V-Day is a happy couple.

Depending on holidays to do something special only makes every other day lame. So I propose you do special things more often for no reason at all. An incredibly easy way to do this came to mind the other day when La Senza launched it’s new Eye Candy collection.

The go-to bra and panty stop has taken a swift turn for sultry with it’s lingerie offering as of late, and this collection is just the thing you need to spice up a random good-for-nothing Tuesday.

Healthily padded bras in red and black with lace details make getting sexy super-simple (matching panties abound, of course). For a little something extra, opt for a bustier and garter instead,  plus matching tutu for the brave. Need even more of a costumey jolt? The maid apron babydoll is just for you.The full lingerie collection offers something for everyone, and those shopping in store can easily opt for a 5 second fitting to make sure they’re getting the right fit in addition to the right piece. As for gentlemen looking for a gift but unsure of size: a slip or babydoll may be easier to pick out, and any lady would be happy to get a gift card as well.

One thing’s for sure, with lingerie at under $60, turning a lame old weekday into a very special evening has never been easier. You’ll even have money left over for a bottle of bubbly and perhaps some bedroom bucks.

Check out photos below of La Senza’s Naughty Nights event to launch the collection at the Eaton Centre store, and consider this as your new special look:

love totally not on a dime – lingerie

You have 3 more days until Valentines, which is more than enough enough time to trip on the sidewalk, fall into a secret hole and land into a mountain of cash, making what’s about to follow a perfectly reasonable purchase.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold.

The announcement of Jean Paul Gaultier’s collaboration with luxury lingerie label La Perla came out this summer, with two limited edition pieces being shown during Gaultier’s A/W 2010 Couture show. This show took place on my birthday – which I’ll take as a sign of fate.

The images showed a collection that beautifully combined the quality and finesse of La Perla with Gaultier’s signature Parisian elegance and not-so-subtle sexuality.

And now with a little love in the air, La Perla has updated their NYC windows, opening the door for Modelizing to take a few shots of some stunning pieces.

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With prices ranging from $200 to over $900, these pieces aren’t for the faint of heart or wallet.

But since you’re about to trip, fall, and land in a pile of money, what’s a few hundred dollars for a fancy brassier?

And since you’ll have the Black Card handy, why not throw in some champagne and truffles?

Harvey Nichols has put together this lovely package of mini brut Champagne bottles and truffles. At £29.95, it’s actually a bit of a steal.

There you go, Valentines Day all wrapped up in a nice little leather and lace bow for you.

A girl can dream can’t she?

 

love on a dime – the date

Closer still, Valentines is just a week away.

Monday morning we’ll be waking up to tell someone we love them, even if that someone is ourselves. Fact is, this is a day to share love – be it with lovers, family, friends or our wonderful selves. So why not plan a few low-stress date nights for the week and stretch out that loveydovey feeling.

A suggestion: take a stroll into your neighbourhood art gallery. If you’re in downtown Toronto, you’re in luck. There are two galleries showing beautiful photographs that are sure to lift your spirits and add a little whimsy to the air.

Walking into the Stephen Bulger Gallery will be like walking back in time with its current exhibit The Toronto Show. Showing until  February 26th, you’ll find a collection of historical and contemporary photographs, from the late 1800s to 1970s, of the city we hold so dear.

Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West, Tue-Sat 11-6

The Great Fire of 1904 began on Wellington Street on the evening of April 19 and went on to consume 122 buildings. No one died, but the financial losses reached a staggering $10 million. Bulger bought this photo 15 years ago, then sold it shortly afterward. Regretting his decision, he bought it back from the same man a decade later.

“Toronto Fire,” 1904, by Charles Gooch

 

And over at Bau-Xi Photo you can be blown away by shots from inside international opera houses. David Leventi’s Bjoerling’s Larynx project will transport you into the beautiful places, often with a center-stage vantage point, leaving you breathless. On untill February 19th, hurry on over for your chance to see these images and plan your next travel destination.

Bau-Xi Photo, 324 Dundas St. W, Mon-Sat 10-5:30 Sun 11-5:30

David Leventi - Romania Antheneum, Bucharest, Romania-Ed. Of 10

Romania Antheneum, Bucharest, Romania

 

Now all you have to do is grab a few strawberries, some chocolate and bubbly to finish off a super romantic Valentines date on a dime.

love on a dime – something baked

With Valentines Day just around the corner, the inevitable question will come up: what to get/do/say?

In our little loveland, Valentines Day is an excuse to get out for a great meal and have a nice old-fashioned date night. It’s not about showing love with material things, but with actions.

But what do you do if you’re strapped for cash?

Well lucky you, there are tons of things you can do to show you care on even the tiniest of budgets. A personal favourite: baking. Who doesn’t love a little homemade treat? Not only are they delicious, they show you took some time an effort to make something special.

So if baking is on your love-day to do list, might I suggest you try these to-die-for Dulce de Leche Brownies by the amazing David Lebovitz. Hands down one of my top 3 favourite recipes.

Dulce de leche, a milk-based caramel, is among one of the most delicious things out there. Sweet and smooth, you’ll just want to slather it all over yourself (and certainly, you’re loved one will approve).

Brownies are a treat loved by most, especially when as moist and rich as the ones Lebovitz provides with this recipe. With huge chunks of dulce de leche throughout, it becomes a treasure hunt for golden nuggets.

Pair these with a good wine, a cuddle-worthy flick and a back rub and watch your romantic night unfold.

recipe from davidlebovitz.com

Dulce de Leche Brownies
12 brownies

Adapted from The Sweet Life in Paris (Broadway Books)

8 tablespoons (115g) salted or unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 ounces (170g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup (25g) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (140g) flour
optional: 1 cup (100 g) toasted pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup Dulce de Leche (or Cajeta)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 C).

Line a 8-inch (20 cm) square pan with a long sheet of aluminum foil that covers the bottom and reaches up the sides. If it doesn’t reach all the way up and over all four sides, cross another sheet of foil over it, making a large cross with edges that overhang the sides. Grease the bottom and sides of the foil with a bit of butter or non-stick spray.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the chocolate pieces and stir constantly over very low heat until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sugar, vanilla, then the flour. Mix in the nuts, if using.

Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan. Here comes the fun part. Drop one-third of the Dulce de Leche, evenly spaced, over the brownie batter, then drag a knife through to swirl it slightly. Spread the remaining brownie batter over, then drop spoonfuls of the remaining Dulce de Leche in dollops over the top of the brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the Dulce de Leche slightly.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The brownies are done when the center feels just-slightly firm. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Storage:These brownies actually become better the second day, and will keep well for up to 3 days.