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By Bobby Coniferus

Earlier this week we told you about Love At First Flight and yesterday we told you about XRated Pink Cocktails and how Love Is In The Hair this Valentine’s Day.

But the staff of BN is so into La Jour d’Amour that we have more great ideas to share with you…

Bond no. 9 Bon Bons for her

What girl does not like sweets? And especially, calorie-free ones!

In time for February 14th, from Bond no. 9 comes these bon-bons, hand-wrapped in the most colourful eyecatching foils, each containing one of the 24 delectable neighbourhood eaux de parfum released by this New York-centric line to date. The introduction of these 7 ml pocket spray flacon makes life a lot easier for your girl. She can carry around her Park Avenue in her makeup kit or her New York Fling in that overnight bag (wink!). You can get her the one that’s her most favourite or gift her the whole collection. They come individually or in a boxed set.

We can guarantee she will be really sweet to you when she sees these candies! You can find them at Bond No. 9 boutiques or at select branches of Saks Fifth Avenue.

If you are still a-raking your brains to find something really sweet, yet really classy for your sweetheart, rake no more. Let us do the work and save your grey matter for other things, like being creative with in-bed acrobatics! (wink, wink)!

Idole by Lubin for him

Olivia Giacobetti’s juice in this ravishing bottle by Serge Mansau is simply irresistible and otherworldly. It showcases heady, exotic notes in an almost poetic composition. Nothing overpowering here. Notes include black cumin, rum absolute, saffron, leather, and the like, yet the result is as simple and elegantly intimate as can be. The gentle opening is sweet and spicy with a shot of rum that melts into temptations of saffron and bitter orange peel. The spices linger through the leathery drydown which also has restrainedly luscious hints of red sandalwood. Be nice and don’t keep it for yourself after you buy it for him. You know, you will be the one enjoy it, anyway, mmmmmm!

Idole comes from the re-established house of Lubin, which vanished in the 1980s after centuries of excellence in French perfumery. The scent is supposedly inspired by the ancient maritime routes from East Africa to Indonesia, and Zanaibar to Maccassar, through a mostly uncharted Indian ocean. Even the website for Idole is a sensory experience in itself. Where to find it? LuckyScent.com has it waiting for you.

Wink & A Kiss for him by John Allan

No love story is complete without lots of winks and loads of kisses…

Hence, John Allan presents this cute bundle that should put your man’s eyes and lips in top form on one of the most intimate days of the year, and beyond. It includes the line’s top basics — Advanced Replenishing Eye Cream and conditioning, no-shine Spearmint Lime Lip Balm, cleverly targeting areas first to be noticed but often last to be addressed, especially with men.

To add a dash of extra romance to that deep-gazing or taking the smooch to a smoooooother level, find the Wink & A Kiss bundle at John Allan’s, Saks, Barneys, or select Nordstroms. Also available at www.saks.com and www.barneys.com.

And hey, remember, if you are single like moi, no cause to mourn this lovely day and be foul-tempered and glum at one and all. Order your gift of choice, have it gorgeously wrapped just as you would for the love of your life, and carefully address it to your very own special self. Finally, do not forget to include a thoughtful note. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”, as the genius Mr. Wilde once said, would be quite in order.

V-Day: Put a new twist on your Valentines Day
By Stacey Cervellino

V-Day is February 14th. No, not Valentines Day, the fictitious holiday created by Hallmark and candy companies to boost sales and create relationship and emotional havoc for those in it’s grip. V-Day was born out of Eve Ensler’s brainchild, The Vagina Monologues. What started as a performance piece meant to empower, educate, liberate, and celebrate women, body and soul, became an international movement to stop violence against women.

Eve Ensler interviewed women from all walks of life and uses their stories in her monologues. As a result of her performances, hundreds of women came forward to tell her their stories, stories about finding honor, dignity, and self worth. Finally, here in New York, a group of women helped Eve to start the V-Day Campaign.

Between Feb. 1 and March 8th organizations, individuals, theaters, and colleges can produce performances of the Vagina Monologues. The proceeds from the performances benefit organizations that are committed to ending violence against women.

In 2005, 2500 V-Day productions raised $4 million dollars for local organizations committed to ending violence against women. Over the past 7 years, V-Day has raised $25 million dollars, distributing funds to grassroots, international and national organizations and programs.

To find out how you can make a donation to V-Day or how to start your own V-Day campaign and performance visit their website: www.vday.org. You can also find information about campaigns and performances in your area and sign up to receive updates and newsletters, so you can be a part of V-Day 2006 aptly named: The Vagina Warriors. The New Revolution.

Below is a partial listing of V-Day performances and events happening in New York City in the month of February. You can also find directions and more detailed information about these and other V-Day events taking place in New York City, Long Island, Upstate New York, and college campuses in New York City and New York State on the V-Day website.

V-Day Brooklyn
A Benefit Blowout! The Vagina Monologues, A Live Band, Drink Specials, Gift Bags, Brooklyn Style!!!
Performances:
14 February 2006 – 7 PM

Venue: Galapagos Art Space
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn New York 11211

V-Day New York University
College Campaign Event: New York University
New York, New York
Performances:
6 February 2006 – 8 PM
7 February 2006 – 8 PM
8 February 2006 – 8 PM
Venue Info: TBA

Beneficiary: New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence

V-Day Hunter College
College Campaign Event: Hunter College
New York, New York
18 February 2006 – 7 PM
Venue: Assembly Hall
695 Park Avenue
North Building–1st Floor
New York New York 10021
Beneficiary: Casa Atabex Ache, Day One
Tickets price: Students (with ID): $7 in advance, $10 at the door. General Public: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Seniors: $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

To purchase tickets:
Tickets will be sold on campus.

V-Day Columbia University – Health Sciences Campus
College Campaign Event: Columbia University – Health Sciences Campus
New York City, New York
14 February 2006 – 8 PM
16 February 2006 – 8 PM
17 February 2006 – 8 PM
Venue: Alumni Auditorium in the Black Building

630 West 168th St
New York City New York 10032
Beneficiary: Project FAITH of Alana Dominicana, Inc.
Tickets price: $10 at the door

Originally published February 2006
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