Valentine's Day has a bad rep for those who find it a bit challenging and uninspiring to show love and affection under duress. Not to mention the fact that everything is more expensive on this day than any other thus making romance synonymous with bankruptcy.
The good news is that romance is more a product of your creativity than your wallet. The bad news is you have to exert some brain power. Good news again, below are some ideas to help revamp your intimacy without selling your soul or mortgaging your home.
For one thing, the best romantic move is to create an atmosphere void of distractions from the outside world. So as hard as it may be, prepare to spend some time apart from your iPhone in exchange for some valuable time with your Valentine. Relax, it doesn't have to be the whole day, but if you're going to spend at least the evening together, then do it right. Ditch the phone, iPad, or X Box binge playing in your underwear.
If you've been together so long that you're comfortable peeing in the presence of the other, it's probably time to do as Justin Timberlake would advise and bring sexy back. Reenacting your first date is a great start. (Unless it went horribly wrong. Then reenact your favorite date). There's no sweeter time in a relationship than the courtship period. Visit that feeling again by visiting the scene of your first date and replaying details as much as possible.
If you really want to do your sex life a favor, a strip club is something to consider. More women visit strip clubs with their husbands and boyfriends than ever before. The erotic atmosphere and visuals inspire some great times between the sheets at the end of the night (with your partner, not with a stripper). The trick is not take it too seriously but just have a good time. Fortunately, L.A. is home to some of the classiest strip joints around, including 4Play in West L.A.
If you haven't yet reached that comfortable and daring peak in your relationship, then get in touch with your inner, untalented child at Color Me Mine and paint a vase together, or a plate or a frog. Or whatever. It's the closest you'll get to the epically romantic pottery scene from Ghost without having to mold the pottery yourself.
Forgoing the stuffed-teddy-bear-holding-a-heart ordeal is a smart move, especially if you're not in junior high. Instead visit Aahs or any of your local adult stores for some fun couples paraphernalia like edible undies, board games and sex dice. This could be either really sexy or just ridiculously funny. Win/win situation.
For an even bigger laugh, reserve your tickets for Spank! the Fifty Shades Parody playing at Club Nokia the day after Valentine's Day.
Chocolates are mandatory not only because they're delicious but have an amazing effect on mood and sexual drive. For best results, splurge on some quality chocolates, even if you have to settle for less than a box full of cheap CVS candy.
Enjoy this day. It's your opportunity to pause from your everyday routine of work, errands and catching up on Homeland to acknowledge the person you're with and remind yourselves why you put up with each other in the first place.