To all of the mamas (and dads) who shared your kids' best snaps on Instagram, thank you for making our Valentine's Day just a little bit sweeter! We loved seeing your precious little tots all decked out in their V-Day best, and are so excited to share the highlights today. Here, we're sharing the love with the very best of our readers' Valentine's Day photo submissions. Enjoy!
Tibi recently released a special limited-edition Valentine's Day collection filled with irresistibly adorable pieces we'd like to wear, well, everyday. Proving that you don't have to wear the usual red or pink hues associated with the holiday — though, there's nothing wrong with that, either — designer Amy Smilovic created a range of chic heart-print sweatshirts, relaxed camis, and tops, each priced from $95 to $265. If you're all about getting into the Valentine's Day spirit (in the sartorial sense), then we really can't think of a better way for you to wear your heart on your sleeve. Click through to see Tibi's cute capsule collection now. Which piece are you crushing on?
Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers; whether it's your best friend, mom, or sister, we suggest you use this sweet holiday to show them just how much you actually appreciate them. Translation: forget the chocolates — and gift the loved ones in your life with something truly special this year, straight from our very thoughtful gift list. From stylish headphones for the ultimate musicphile in your life to cute heart-printed sweatshirts, our gift guide is sure to please every person on your list. Oh, and the best part? Everything is under $100 — more reason to spread the love, right?
Before you host a soiree with your girls or enjoy a romantic dinner at home, dress up your place with accents of red and romance. Whether you love or hate it, Valentine's Day is filled with an abundance of hearts, florals, and rose-tone colors that every decor enthusiast should take advantage of — seriously! Leave the kitschy, crafty connotations of this holiday behind, and check out the pieces we're considering come Cupid's arrival.
This Valentine's Day, make a gamer's heart go pitter-patter with pixelated hearts. A lovely take on the quirky cube design is just the way to show your favorite geek you care. Pixels are popping up in places beyond the screen, on everything from journals to jewelry . . . and into our hearts just in time for Valentine's Day.
If it's really true that 70 percent of women and men expect to get hot and heavy tonight, then dinner should have one mission: to make the two of you swoon. We've offered the lowdown on healthy foods that'll stimulate sex drives — but what foods do chefs put on the menu to help you get in the mood?
To find out, we turned to David Bazirgan, who's no stranger to sexy meals. As the executive chef at San Francisco's Fifth Floor Restaurant, he helps to set the standard for the city's relaxed fine dining atmosphere. To check out some of the ingredients that he elects to use on his Valentine's Day menus — and to hear what he calls the most "underrated" aphrodisiac, read more.
Valentine's Day may seem like frivolous holiday filled with flowers and chocolate, but its beginnings are rooted in Christian and ancient Roman tradition. Love letters, small gifts, and sweets are common ways to commemorate the day in nearly every country that celebrates it (and even those that aren't supposed to), but they all put their own twist on it. From Sweden to Saudi Arabia, see how Valentine's Day is celebrated around the globe.
Of all the crazy chocolates I've seen — among them, wasabi pea chocolate and soy-sauce-flavored Kit Kat — the most intriguing I tried was Xocolatl de David's Chicharrón Chocolate Bar. I loved the concept of crunchy mixed into smooth, savory blended with sweet, and yet I found myself wishing for more pork rind.
That's when I dreamt up my perfect chocolate snack: Chicharrónes, or deep-fried pig skins, halfway hand-dipped into semisweet chocolate. The result is simple perfection. Smoky, porky, cheese puff-like awesomeness commingled with just the right amount of smooth chocolate. Any omnivorous man (or woman) would be crazy not to love this. Get the recipe now.
Wanting to show loved ones we care without breaking the bank, this year we've decided to bake handmade gifts sprinkled with an extra dose of geek spices. We hunted down these geeky cookie cutters to get started on some inspired baking.
Be sure to check out our own text message-style version of a heart cookie as well!