February 13, 2010 |
It isn't often that cynical singles and religious police find themselves on the same side, but in Saudi Arabia they are standing united against a common threat: Valentine's Day. Saudi Arabia's religious enforcers, backed by the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, are doing their annual purge of anything Valentine-related: flowers, gifts, candy -- even the color red. The broader region, however, is not so sure. And Saudis themselves are far from unanimous.
February 15, 2010 |
Director Garry Marshall returned to a tried-and-true-formula -- the all-star cast vehicle -- with his latest film. As in the past, the formula paid off handsomely: The romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," featuring Julia Roberts, her niece Emma Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Hathaway and more in a stellar lineup, took in a studio-estimated $52.4 million from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada. Last Valentine's Day, audiences grooved to another romantic comedy, "He's Just Not That Into You."
February 1, 2013 |
What better way is there to tell someone you love them than by giving them a hot pink phone? That's what Verizon Wireless thinks you should do. The carrier announced a Valentine's Day edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR M on Friday morning. The device looks just like its black-and-white counterpart, but it has a bright magenta frame. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The New Jersey-based carrier put the device on sale along with a flurry of of other Valentine's Day deals . Besides offering a special version of the Droid RAZR M, Verizon has also discounted the phone by $50 and now offers it for $49.99 with a two-year contract.
February 15, 2013 |
It appears skier Lindsey Vonn and golfer Tiger Woods are getting serious about their romance, with the two spending more and more time together in recent weeks. Earlier this week, Woods let Vonn use his private jet to return to her home after she suffered a knee injury during the world ski championship in Austria, which many took as the first public sign of their relationship. After all, you don't usually lend your private jet to just anyone. I certainly don't. Now, according to Us magazine, Vonn and Woods have met each other's families and Vonn gave Woods' kids a ski lesson as they spent Valentine's Day together.
January 21, 2012 |
You've got the haute couture outfit and designer jewelry. So, what's next? How about gold bullion bars designed by the enfant terrible of French haute couture, Jean Paul Gaultier? The fashion industry bad boy has been in vogue for decades — he designed Madonna's much-ballyhooed cone-shaped bra, a line of skirts for men and outfits for rocker Marilyn Manson. Now he's reworking one-ounce bars of gold, charging about $1,830 (along with a $25 handling fee) for each.
February 12, 2010 |
To paraphrase that Southern philosopher Mama Gump, "Valentine's Day" is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get -- although I'm pretty sure ooey-gooey sweetness and absolutely no nutritional value is a given. Because the man handing out this particular box is Garry Marshall, definitely more a milk chocolate than dark bittersweet kind of guy, the hearts-on-sleeves sentimentality that saturates this romantic comedy won't come as a surprise. Funny-sweet terrain has proved a very good match for the director over the years, with "Pretty Woman" among his many nougats.
February 17, 1999 |
It's no secret that Americans love to dine out on Valentine's Day. And this year was no exception. On any given day, the nation's restaurants ring up $970 million in food sales, so it's a good bet that on Sunday, consumers pushed restaurant sales above $1 billion, according to Karen G. Kraushaar, spokeswoman for the Washington-based National Restaurant Assn. In a recent survey, the restaurant group found that one in five respondents ate at a restaurant on Valentine's Day in 1998.
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February 15, 2010 |
Yolanda Miranda spent two months planning for Valentine's Day this year -- assembling hundreds of cellophane-wrapped gift baskets, designing dozens of flower bouquets, hunting for deals on teddy bears, holiday mugs and picture frames. A year ago, she made $3,000 peddling Valentine's Day gifts from a folding table in a Northridge parking lot. This year, she doubled her offerings, staked out three spots, and imagined dollar signs over every heart. But on Sunday night, Miranda was pacing the sidewalk in front of her home, her melting candy, wilted roses and untouched pile of teddy bears crowding her tiny front lawn.
February 14, 2013 |
Hey Girl, Happy Valentine's Day. It's me. Ryan Gosling. Wouldn't it be great if you picked up your ringing phone today and it was Ryan Gosling calling? His smirking face with that signature furrowed brow and blue eyes filling your calling screen? Well now you can, sort of. Hasty Torres of Madame Chocolat at D.L. & Co. Beverly Hills has created a custom chocolate iPhone. For $35 you can make it look like Ryan Gosling, a.k.a. Mr. Perfect, or whoever your crush may be, is calling.
February 9, 2010 |
Dtox Day Spa - Los Feliz The Valentine's weekend celebration at luxuriously tranquil Dtox includes spa treats, gifts, and a little bubbly. Promotions include the "Hot Chocolate Facial" (50 minutes; $95), the "Kissed by a Rose Organic Facial" (50 minutes; $125) the "Floating on Air 'dtoxygen' Facial" (50 minutes; $225), the "Choco-Delight Body Treatment" which includes a chocolate raspberry sugar body scrub and a hydrating organic shea butter body wrap and the "Aroma-Berry-apy Custom Massage" (both 50 minutes; single $95, couple $190)