Intimidated by Valentine's Day? You shouldn't be. It's pretty simple, really. Bathe. Groom yourself. Dress up a little. Bring a gift. Have a drink. And then, if you've accomplished the aforementioned tasks with just a little bit of style and grace, it's...time for milk and pink cookies. Still scared? OK, we'll help you out. Bathing—you're on your own. Grooming and clothes? Check the Style channel. As for gifts and drinks, we've got a few suggestions to share, plus a little V-Day advice from former Chappelle's Show writer Neal Brennan and the god Chris Rock. Here's how to romance, fancy pants.
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Hit snooze on the stuffed teddy bears and dozen red roses and try something new.
Daddy B. Sunglasses from Oliver Peoples: A huge fan favorite of Jay Z. this hand-sculpted, unisex sunglass with its new red colorway is the perfect shade. oliverpeoples.com
Bulgari Chocolates: A box of chocolates from Bulgari isn’t your normal run of the mill tub of sweets. These chocolates are treated and packaged like jewels. Buying a box of these is like saying “I wish I could get you the real thing.” She’ll appreciate the sentiment, the chocolates, and especially the jewelry store packaging. Available at Bulgari flagship stores
Yves Bag from Boyy: Strong yet sweet, with fine detailing, what girl wouldn’t appreciate the custom chain shoulder strap and hand stitched chain fringe? boyybag.com
GP1 Biokork Bicycle Handles: For the athletic germophobe, the GP1 Biokork bicycle handles from Ergon are great. And yes, I own a pair. issuu.com
Gift Certificate for Esquivel Shoes: As the saying goes, "Get her what she really wants," like a custom pair of handmade shoes with unique details from the toe shape down to the perfect hand burnished shade. It screams, "I don’t know what you want so go make it yourself!" esquivelshoes.com
retaW Fabric Liquid: Buy it for yourself (before she comes over). It’s like fancy Febreeze and shows your houseguests and potential dating partners that yes, you’re sophisticated (it’s Japanese) and you like your shit to smell nice.
Customized by the bar wizard and host of TV series, Cocktail Kings, Colin Asare-Appiah.
Fresh lemon juice
Bollinger champagne St. Germain elderflower
Chambord or raspberry liquor
Tall bar spoon
For her (pictured above):
2 fresh strawberries, mashed
1 fresh strawberry for garnish
2 teaspoons St. Germain elderflower
1 oz. U’Luvka Vodka
1 bottle of Bollinger champagne
1 champagne flute
Add ice water to your champagne glass at set aside to chill
Add 2 strawberries and mash into pulp
Then add vodka and elderflower to strawberries and shake
Empty ice water out of champagne glass
Strain contents from shaker into chilled champagne glass
Top with champagne
Garnish with fresh strawberry
4 fresh raspberries
2 oz. Applejack whiskey
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp Chambord or raspberry liquor
Add 4 raspberries and mash into pulp
Add whiskey, lemon juice, and Chambord and shake
Add crushed ice to tall glass
Strain contents of shaker into glass
Take tall spoon and mix the ice and the drink
Top with more crushed ice and serve
"I don't know much about getting laid but here goes. If you're a guy you fall into two categories sexually: If you're good-looking girls tend to fuck you then get to know you. If you're not good-looking they get to know you before they fuck you. That would be me anyway. On Valentine's Day I've found that if a women is into you sexually there isn't much you can do wrong—girls that wanna fuck you tend to wanna fuck you more on V Day. My advice? Feed her, shut up, and get your dessert. On the other hand if a women isn't into you sexually then she really, really doesn't want to fuck you on V Day."
Movie: "Best movie to watch on Valentine’s Day is Rocky. The guys get a good fight movie and the girls get a good love story. Everybody's happy."
"Girls just need to know that on Valentine's Day, dudes are under a lot of pressure. It's like a piano recital for us. At the end of the recital, it's important that you have sex with us."
Movie: "The Apartment is one of the best romantic comedies ever made. Watch it after you have sex with us."