valentine’s day

Monochrome Floral Portraits Sure to Please Your Inner Goth

New York-based photographer Daniel Seung Lee, who we learned about on The Fox is Black, wanted to study the texture and shape of flowers by removing the color from his images. The still lifes are striking monochrome portraits that reveal the subtleties of natural forms, but the photos are also fitting for the post-Valentine’s Day haze. Here are flowers made beautiful in black, sure to please your inner nihilist, goth, or crank. … Read More

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The 10 Best NBC Valentine’s Day Episodes of the ’90s

The ’90s were a great decade for NBC, and my favorite era in the network’s history. It had a nice batch of sitcoms, most of which made up the “Must See TV” Thursday-night lineup (a lineup that was, overall, superior to the current “Comedy Night Done Right” block). The sitcoms were an eclectic mix, but they all had one thing in common: excellent holiday-themed episodes. Thanksgiving and Christmas are always popular in the sitcom world, but Valentine’s Day is the one that provides the best material for a fun half-hour of television. Here are the ten best Valentine’s Day episodes from that decade, perfect for revisiting whether you love or hate the holiday. … Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Sex Jam

If you’re looking to show your significant other a proper Valentine’s Day, you need a proper soundtrack to go along with it. Whether you’re the type who spends bags of money to hire a violin quartet to accompany your romantic dinner or a straight-up slow-jams fan, V-Day requires just the right amount of mood music. … Read More

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The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made

Ah, Valentine’s Day: flowers, candy, gifts, overpriced dinners, and wildly outsized expectations. And we can blame the movies for most of those expectations; few genres are as unfairly fantasy-based as the romance, and as prone to send jaded viewers like us into fits of gagging. But we’re also not made of wood; there are a good number of romantic movies that get us right in the old ticker. As a matter of fact, there are about 50 of… Read More

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Valentine’s Day-Worthy Art Inspired by the Talking Heads

The fine folks at Land gallery in Portland are celebrating Valentine’s Day with some arty odes to love, inspired by the Talking Heads. If oversized business suits and avant-garde theatrics make your heart swell, the exhibition Love for Sale will call to you. From the Johnny Marr-backed “(Nothing But) Flowers” to the songs from David Byrne’s 1986 film True Stories, directed by the performer, these valentines reference all the greats from the band. Catch a preview of the show in our gallery, then head to the official website for more information. … Read More

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The 50 Best Songs About Love

If you don’t buy into the Hallmark-approved mythos of Valentine’s Day, or if you’re just feeling lonesome or blue, then February 14 can be a pretty miserable day. But perhaps the fact that it gets everyone thinking about love isn’t an entirely bad thing — because, as Jarvis Cocker once said, love isn’t just chocolate boxes and roses. It’s dirtier than that. And it’s a subject that’s fascinated songwriters for as long as there’s been music… so here are 50 great songs on the topic. These aren’t just love songs — they’re songs about love, with its manifold glories and complications and confusions and… Read More

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50 Gifts for Your Valentine That Don’t Suck

Ah February, ye of the punishing cold, disappointing social calendar, and most existentially troubling holiday to ever be invented, we meet again. Here at Flavorwire, we have a little tradition around this time: rounding up ways to avoid giving (or getting) anything lame this Valentine’s Day. Yes, crumbly, awkward chocolate roses, and the dude who swore they were a creative option, we’re looking at you. So check out this year’s suggestions, from the cozy to the crazy, from the edible to the bed-able (yes, that happened). And treat yourself to a happy holiday, whether with that special someone, friends, or all by your… Read More

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12 Curious Vintage Sex Books

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air. Ignoring the whole corporate manufactured holiday thing, we can’t think of a better way to get you in the mood for love than with a fun, vintage book about sex. Part curious time capsule, part laugh riot, these guides are sure to charm. Head past the break to indulge in some good old-fashioned loving between the pages of these sexy (and chuckle-worthy) manuals. … Read More

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Diagnosing Your Romantic Issues Based on Your Favorite Literary Couple

Happy Valentine’s Day, literary lovers! Or literary loners, as the case may very well be. If you’ve been going through a rough patch this year, maybe your reading habits are to blame — or maybe they’re just clues to the source of your strife. After all, we can’t help but be influenced by our favorite love stories. After the jump, you’ll find our cheeky analysis of your romantic issues based on your favorite literary couple — whether you’re modeling yourself after them or just can’t get enough of their particular brand of crazy. See if you can find your favorite literary lovebirds below, and let us know if we’ve got you pegged in the comments. … Read More

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Adorable Valentine’s Day Cards for Typography Geeks

Here at Flavorpill, we’d like to wish a very Happy Valentine’s Day to all the typography geeks and those who love them. If you’d like to send a note to that special nerdy someone, might we suggest these adorably tech-y valentines created by graphic designer Joanna Behar, which we spotted over at Wave Avenue? After the jump, check out a few of our favorites from the series, head here for more valentines, and then be sure to mosey on over to Behar’s website to check out more of her work. … Read More

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