Celebrate Your Valentine

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    If all you need is love, where would you be without it — without any ounce of love in your life? The answer to that question proves that Valentine’s Day serves as a holiday that can and should be celebrated by anyone. Whether you’re single, married, divorced or widowed, join in the celebration of love.


    To help make it a celebration, Cincy Chic provides unique ways to share and prepare for Feb. 14, so get your heart pumping and get ready to have some fun!


    Treat and Indulge


    Escape to France with your Valentine! With high airfare, a long flight and short notice, physically going trans-Atlantic would be nearly impossible, but Votre Vu offers a way to stay Stateside as you appreciate some French luxury.


    Just more than a year old, Votre Vu, a direct sales company, offers naturally-based French skincare that helps you celebrate Valentine’s Day and every day before and after. To boost the love of the season, Votre Vu has four special sets for you and your special someone(s) for up to $48 off their retail value.


    As the effects of the cold, dry winter have taken their toll, both the "Supple Couple" ($49) and "Clothing Optional" ($68) sets provide needed hydration, says Julena Bingaman, local Votre Vu brand ambassador. Clothing Optional even features a stress-relief in one product as it keeps your hand creme and lip balm in one place with Duette Luxe Lip Balm & Hand Creme. The "Love Triangle" ($75) set focuses even more on stress relief as it combines Royal Treatment (a face scrub); Calm, Cool and Collected (a mask); and Tout Lemonde (an eye gel to reduce puffiness and dark circles).


    The last set, "Ready Your Steady" ($46), helps you pamper all of the men in your life. Combining three products from Votre Vu’s men’s line, this set gives your man sun-protection and face creme in one; a shave balm; and the three-in-one wash for body, face and hair.


    For more information, head to VotreVu.com/Julena, e-mail Bingaman at julenabb@hotmail.com, or call her at (859) 496-5153.


    Tweet and Win


    Before, during or after your escape to France, use your experience to help you express your love over Twitter. Between now and Feb. 14, Macy’s encourages tender tweets between loved ones using the hash tag #sweetesttweets. Choose your 140 characters carefully, though, because each day the tweets will be judged, with the sweetest tweeter receiving a diamond pendant. On Valentine’s Day, Macy’s will award a grand prize winner with a three-stone diamond ring. Doesn’t that make you a chipper chirper already?


    For more information, visit Macys.com.


    Share and Receive


    If you’re feeling extra lucky, try your chances at a Fountain Square Valentine’s Package. From now until right before the drawing at 7 p.m. Feb. 14, you can sign up to win dinner for two at Via Vite (three course meal and a bottle of champagne), a bouquet from Jones the Florist valued at more than $100 and a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Enter your name at the U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square during operating hours and be back at the rink for the drawing because you must be present to win.


    Even if you don’t win the Valentine’s Package, you still can enjoy the ice rink’s extended hours on Valentine’s Day and receive two skate rentals for the price of one. Before you lace up, though, send a photo of you and your loved one to valentine@aerva.com, and you might just see yourself on the big screen in Fountain Square between 5 and 9 p.m.


    For more information, head to MyFountainSquare.com.


    Search and Find


    If you love the ones you have but are still looking for that special someone, head to Teller’s of Hyde Park, located at 2710 Erie Avenue, at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 for a "Find Your Valentine!" event. Singles will be split into two age groups, 25-35 and 36-47, for eight eight-minute dates.


    Besides the opportunity of finding Mr. Right, you will have a chance to win a $25 Teller’s gift certificate, and you won’t have to leave it to chance to enjoy free appetizers throughout the night. Admission is $35, and you can sign up to attend at 8MinuteDating.com.


    For more information, check out TellersofHydePark.com.


    Shop and Give


    Show yourself some love with a shopping spree at the Unique Boutique from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at The Oscar Event Center above Jungle Jim’s International Market. Enjoy upscale shopping throughout the day and a local celebrity fashion show starting at 3:30 p.m. General admission is $10, which includes light hors d’oeuvres, and VIP admission is $20, which includes a beer/wine tasting in addition to the light hors d’oeuvres. Advanced tickets are available at DesignsbyPaolo.com/Events, and tickets also will be available at the door.


    Give yourself a sneak peek the night before as you give to the LIFT (Leading Individuals for Tomorrow) Scholarship Fund. From 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12, Designs by Paolo will play host to a VIP preview party set to include a variety of wine and food pairing stations, live and silent auctions, music, and preview shopping with all of the Unique Boutique vendors.


    Tickets are $85, and all proceeds benefit the LIFT Scholarship Fund. As the number of tickets is limited, be sure to reserve a place at The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty.


    Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
    Model: Missy Scalia
    Location: The McAlpin