above photo Hong Photography
It’s that time of year again, boys and girls, time to buck up and blow for your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Complete nakedness and total submission certainly do the trick, but after a fine meal and a bottle of wine or two it might be wise to spice things up a little to show her/him that you really put some thought into it. Here are a few suggestions…
PANTY BY POST
Make Valentines Day last a lot longer with Panty by Post. Through this locally operated website, you can send your valentine a Sexy Single ($28), a Sultry Six ($128) or give her what she really wants – The Commitment (12 pairs of sexy underwear for $188). The friendly girls at Panty by Post will send your Valentine their selections of the month with a personal note enclosed from you. Exactly what the undies will look will remain a mystery until they arrive. Don’t worry though, the beautiful lingerie is thoughtfully selected each season for their quality, style and sexiness (from an established, family-owned lingerie company in Montreal). I’ve said it before: the smile that 12 new pairs of knickers in the post box will put on my her face is like no other. Go for it. Play it right. Anticipation is foreplay.
At a loss for something to give a lover who already has everything? Local textile artist Stephanie Menard will create an adorable set of portrait dolls for you and your Valentine – mini versions of yourselves, forever captured in soft sculpture. Portrait dolls run from $250 to $500 depending on the level of detail required. No – they aren’t cheap – but think of the work that has to go into hand-crafting a likeness of someone from a photograph. Each doll comes with a minimum of three handmade accessories, a hand sewn outfit and their first name embroidered on their foot. Bonus: they’re anatomically correct. They’re sweet as can be on the mantle piece and ever so versatile, and if things don’t work out, I don’t see why these darling little numbers can’t be used as voodoo dolls. I’m thinking of having a little Andrew Morrison doll made, all dressed up in a leather jacket, hoodie, and jeans with shredded vans, holding a teeny-tiny iPhone in one hand and a skateboard in the other (so cute!). One doll takes a week to complete – so if you’re interested, you will want to contact Fibre Manipulator as soon as possible.
For the brave among you – Vancouver photographer Ellen Ho teams up with hair and make artist Ai Nagasawa to present the first official Boudoir Photo Session Marathon at the Sutton Place Hotel. Each $300 photo session includes: make-up, hair and Boudoir photoshoot as well as 10 high-res creative shots on a DVD & a leather DVD case. From what I understand, once you are dolled up and ready to roll, you will be plied with a glass of bubbly to help that inner sexiness shine through. Have a look at the website – photos are tasteful and nicely executed. Boudoir Marathon spaces are being snapped up quickly so be sure to contact Hong Photography Studio on the double if you want to get in on it.
Feb 8 | Sutton Place Hotel | see website for details
Maybe you don’t have a valentine this year. Don’t whine about it, be your own Valentine. February 2-13 singles can book in to Skoah for a ‘fitskin’ facial and receive a complimentary killer foot facial – which promises to leave your feet “toe-sucking-worthy” (just in case you meet someone really cute on the bus ride home). Skoah has all sorts of Valentines Day goodies planned… Visit their website for details.
Do you have a unique gift idea or event that Scout should add to this list? Let us know. Make a comment below or email me at michelle[@]scoutmagazine.ca
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended Bond University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives by the beach in Vancouver and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.