Lover’s Day

Hello Friends, I hope you’re well and happy on this beautiful Monday. How am I you ask ? Well, I’m fucking wonderful. Not only did I just get back from an amazing 3 month trip down under, a period of time that fulfilled me to the highest degree. But arriving back in LA marked me being comfortably back in my man’s arms, thus ending the specific suffering that is long distance. As valentines day approaches, I find myself not only feeling very grateful that I get to celebrate it with the man I will marry (it’ll be our first and probably only one as fiancé’s, this year’s feeling a little more special than years of past) but also relishing in the love that’s most definitely in the air.

You must know, I am a sensitive and sentimental gal. I lurve love. Adore it. Mine, others, the energy that surrounds it.. the whole notion itself. Honestly, if it were considered a legitimate illness I would be patient zero when it comes to being a hopeful romantic. So today’s topic will be my humble opinions and recommendations on sweet date night ideas that won’t break the bank, the absolute best places if you’re feeling a fancy night out and some sentimental gifts idea’s that’ll keep your love flowing through-out the year. Without further adue mi amour’s, lets dive in…

First, We Feast

I know you’ll ultimately be hungry for something else as the night progresses, but to maintain your strength and stamina, actual food is a must. Keep the romance levels high at the amazing restaurants below..


Yamashiro – Touted as one of the more romantic date night spots in Lala land, they go all out for Valentines day. While the romantic view from the garden’s alone is worth battling the traffic, the food and atmosphere are superb. Choose from a prix fixe menu or a la carte as you dine inside or on the patio, if you can get a reservation this beautiful haunt is a must for V-day.

Crossroads – For all my plant based babes and bro’s, Crossroads is a favourite of mine on any given day but in particular the day of love. Visit their original location in LA or the newest addition to the family in Calabassas, they’re offering a 5 course dinner of decedent vegan fair for only $125 per person in classiest and most intimate digs

Soulmate – What better way to celebrate the romance of Valentine’s than a dinner at a place called Soulmate. Take part in a one night only special menu that includes 6 courses under the stars of Weho as champagne flows freely. Love in the air at no additional cost.


Le Salon Cocktail Bar & Lounge – It’s THE destination to unwind and spend a romantic night this Valentines, smack bang in the heart of Tribeca. Known for it’s delicious and innovative cocktails, this stunning bar is offering a Valentines day deal that’s impossible to pass. $85 per person for a prix fixe 3-Course Menu including a complimentary mini bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne, if we were in NY I would book in a second so this ranks high on my list of recommendations.

Mezze on the River – Celebrate Valentine’s Day along the Hudson River at twilight, taking in the sweeping views of the North Cove Marina. Wine and dine your partner with Mezze’s evening special for $125 per person that sweetly includes a long stem rose and a bottle of Moet Imperial or Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Isabelle’s – On the cusp of Flatiron and Gramercy Park, this quote from an article in Forbes says it best… ” For a Valentine’s night that includes exquisite Italian food with a chic vibe, Isabelle’s Osteria is an exceptional place to win your date’s heart. To honor the holiday the restaurant will be offering a special four-course prix-fixe menu by Chef James Tracey for $125 per person “

Home sweet home

Sometimes we really just don’t feel like venturing out. I feel you, I deeply connect to that notion as a homebody and I’ve got you covered with some at home date night idea’s that are sure to add a little spice to your night without ever having to leave your sweats..

Roll up the romance with some homemade sushi – Quoted straight from the lovely ladies at Pure Wow ( ) ” Whether you’re planning a Valentine’s Day evening at home with your partner or a Galentine’s Day with a few of your besties, a KazuNori hand roll kit is not only an amazing meal, but it’s also tons of fun. The kit goes for $128 and comes with everything needed to make 20 hand rolls, including all the ingredients—four different fresh fillings (toro, crab, yellowtail and salmon), their signature warm rice, seaweed, plus an assortment of condiments—to make decadent hand rolls from scratch ” No sushi-making skills required and I’m happy to say its available in both LA and NY.

I love you S’more – Date Night Box for Two – Reignite the spark with an at home S’more making kit ! Delicious with a hint of pyromania, it includes 50 romance filled conversation starters that will surely deepen your connection and is a sure fire way to keep the flame alight on the day of love.

Get messy in the right way – Love is art. Art is love. So if you’re feeling particularly creative this valentines, I urge you to express those special and sexy moments on canvas through a Love Art paint kit. Strip down, romp around then relive those memories whenever you pass your painting for years to come

Feast in peace on Fornino ( NY ONLY ) – This beloved pizzeria in Brooklyn is offering a delicious date night in the comfort of your own home. The Pizza love fest kit will provide you with everything you need to enjoy a mouthwatering meal however/ whenever you see fit. They provide instructions for caring for your meal and heating your heart shaped pizza ( so stinkin’ cute ) so all you need to focus on is your devouring that, then your partner.


Now if you are looking to spend a little moola, but still want to keep the intimacy level high my suggestion will always be a staycation. The home of away from home that you don’t have to clean up afterwards, its a space you can be as rambanous as you want with little to no consequences. And honestly.. what’s better than bubble baths with champagne, then being fluffy robe clad next to the one you love eating overpriced room service ? Nothing. I’ve got some LA/NY spots listed below that are doing great VD deals


For a more luxe experience, head to The Viceroy in Santa Monica. They put together a delightful Valentines day deal that includes an overnight stay and a five-course culinary journey at the delicious Sugar Palm.

As part of their ‘Celebrate Love Any Day’ package, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood offers an overnight stay that includes a 50% discount at the restaurant followed by flutes of bubbles and macaroons at the IO Rooftop Bar & Lounge. They even generously throw in a 2 p.m. check-out so you can properly sleep off the nights festivities.

Be swept away with this romantic and delicious “taste of Japan” experience by Sonesta Hotels in Redondo Beach. Couples will enjoy a private sushi-making session with their Executive Sous Chef Hayato, where they will prepare and enjoy two different types of sushi rolls paired with sake and a delicious traditional Japanese dessert. This package includes a room with a view with a rose petal turn down service, plus a bottle of Champagne and flowers in the room upon arrival.


The ever trendy and beautiful Williamsburg Hotel offers an aptly named ” Lover’s Day ” deal where you can reserve a room with complimentary champagne & breakfast for two. Feeling a little more indulgent ? Add-on treats like as a bouquet of fresh roses & chocolate dipped strawberries

In the heart of Soho, Hotel Hugo suggests you treat your loved one to a weekend away from the ordinary with their special Valentine’s offer. Book 2 nights on a bed & breakfast basis to receive a room decorated to the highest romantic level ( along with many delicious macaroons ) and receive unlimited access to the their Spa amenities. Use code VALENTINES23 at

The month of Love is here, and what better way to celebrate than a stay at The Lowell, hailed by many as New York’s most romantic hotel. For those wishing for the perfect NYC getaway this Valentine’s, discover their Elements of Love Package which offers a anything from a thousand rose filled room ( omg ) or a legit fireplace alongside a fantastic bottle of red that will allow you and your partner to get sexy and snuggly in style.

Experiences ( LA only )

I never been one for materialistic things, so much more interested in what can fill my heart and memories rather than my pocket or status. So I’ve got some experiences listed below that yes, will cost you some moola but will result in unique bonding experience for you and your boo that’ll leave long lasting memories.

Feel like indulging in the oxymoron of a boozy hike ? Well then Malibu Wine Hikes is the day date desitnation made for you this Valentines. At only $149 for two people, make your day that little bit sweeter and sweatier with 2.5-mile hike! Take advantage of the numerous photo-ops throughout while boozing responsibly on rosé and nibbling on chocolates and cheese along the way— the boozy cherry on top ? Take home bottle of rosé to celebrate!

If being pampered in style is high on your priority list this V-day, then look no further than the indulgent and deeply satisfying experience that is the Couples Treatment at The Tomoko Spa in Beverly Hills. Starting with Detox Foot Massage that calms the tension of your feet and body, your therapist will then guide you through their signature “Tomoko Massage.” Once your body is fully at ease, they invite you to further unwind in your very own Ofuro (Japanese natural Hinoki bath). The whole experience is side by side with you lover in a private suite, and culminates in a decadent en suite sushi meal for two along with organic teas and Japanese sweet delicacies

Let your frustrations fly at a rage room. Unconventional for a day that encompasses love, I know. But this entire experience is full of passion and vigour so trust when I say it’s almost guaranteed to bring you closer. Perfect for lover’s or galentines day celebrations alike, let the lines of love and hate be momentarily blurred as you gear up and wile out. I lied when I said it was LA only as I’ve got a few bi-coastal suggestions below :

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Sweetly Sentimental

” What I love about you ” – A plethora of pages that can express the emotions that are sometimes hard to put into words, these books are a sure fire way to give that special someone a tangible and long lasting reminder of how you feel. A personal favourite of mine, there are so many to choose from and will definitely bring a smile to both your dials for years to come.

Customisable underwear – I’ve lovingly laughed at these every time they’ve crossed my eyes, and I’m this bloody close to buying them for Joe. A hilariously sweet addition to his underwear rotation, remind your man how much you love him every time he gets changed.

The night we met – What better way to immortalise the night you found your forever person than a star-map printed chart that shows how the heavens aligned on that fateful evening ?

Custom heart puzzle – Made with luxurious matte paper and the highest-quality chipboard, the Minted heart puzzle is a lasting keepsake providing hours of entertainment for you and your loved one.

A memory Jar – A unique and personalised gift for your significant other, by filling out the tickets with romantic messages and joyful memories this sweet sentimental keepsake will act as a time capsule for the two of you


Don’t worry my single friends, I would never forget you. I’m extremely happy to announce that we are having not one, not two but three Valentines day events this year. We start on Monday February 13th at Soho House in NYC.
Join us for a night of face-to-face interactions, custom FROME cocktails and blind-date cocktail wars, as we encourage guests to be more confident in themselves on their quest for companionship. It goes from 7pm-10pm, in order to RSVP please email the lovely by Sunday, February 12 ! Then on lover’s day night is Wonderland Dreams Costume Ball in NYC, also at Soho House NY going from 5pm- 11pm. Come dressed ready for a Valentine’s Day party unlike any other in their Living Garden, with music, a photo booth, and a team photo scavenger hunt! General and VIP admission available. VIP ticket sweetens the deal with access to our Private Room with special guest entertainment, and Wonderland Dreams gift bag! Every month a new theme will be announced. Must be 21+ ! Last, but certainly not least our official V Day celebration at the Mondrian Hotel’s Sky Bar on the 14th in LA, hosted by the amazing fella’s at Before/After. It’s invite only so be sure to RSVP, I guarantee it’ll be perfect place to meet that special someone while enjoying great music and the best vibes overlooking the LA skyline.

To end I want to remind us all that while yes, Valentines is the day officially dedicated towards love… loving and appreciating people should be an everyday occurrence. Whether you are in your forever relationship like mine, a newly minted love, freshly dating or simply have friends you hold near and dear, we as human’s are at our absolute best when we freely give love and open ourselves to receiving it. Be sure to let the people around you know how much they mean to you, with the suggestions above or in your own special way. Until next time x


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