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Valentine Image by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

2021 Valentine’s Day Drink List

Valentine’s Day is always a day full of romance, love and of course, alcohol. 360 Magazine has curated a list of the most divine drinks for this season of intimacy. Making these drinks for a loved one is a sure way to show your adoration.

D’USSE Between the Sheets

Glassware: Coupe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts D’USSE VSOP Cognac
  • 1 part Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 1 part Orange Curacao
  • ½ part fresh lemon juice

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass

Between the Sheets for 360 Magazine

Sandra Guibord’s Wine Picks 

Sandra Guibord, Founder of Sandra’s Wine Life, has affordable and approachable wine recommendations for you to consider this Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day.

Sandra’s Top Bottle Recommendations for this Day of Love:

Red Wine, 360 MAGAZINE

Elysian Brewing’s Fuzzduster

Made by combining two of the company’s most popular beers – Space Dust IPA and Superfuzz Pale Ale – Fuzzduster is the love child of the two, boasting bright and bitter notes that complement one another nicely and bring out each other’s best qualities. 

Fuzzduster can be whipped up in a matter of seconds and is the perfect concoction to create with your significant other (or by yourself, more power to you!) before sitting down for Valentine’s Day festivities at home. All you have to do is combine half a glass of Space Dust and half a glass of Superfuzz with one another, sip and enjoy!

Elysian is also hosting a sweepstake throughout the month of February, where one lucky winner will win a $2,000 Airbnb gift card – to enter, just text “FUZZDUSTER” to 78896 between 2/1 and 2/28. 

Elysian Fuzzduster

 

Cavit Collection Wines

Cavit Sweet Red: A new, lusciously sweet red wine cultivated in vineyards in Vallagrina and Veneto with pronounced cherry and raspberry notes. This delectable beverage pairs well with red meat dishes and are excellent with spicy foods, along with grilled meats and vegetables. The wine has an ABV of 10.5% and is available in 750ml and 1.5l.

Cavit Rosé: It’s never too early for Rose season…especially during a global pandemic. Cavit’s Rosé features beautiful aromas of fresh strawberry and cherries and comes from a blend of native Trentino red grapes. The wine is best served with fish dishes and white meat.

Cavit Moscato: This sweet wine features delicious notes of apricot, white peach and sage, a true Italian gem. Cavit’s Moscato is best served with flavorful appetizers, cheeses, spicy dishes, and fruit and chocolate. The wine has an ABV of 7.5% and is available in 750ml and 1.5l.

Winter Moscato Cocktail (Source: Cavit Collection Wines and Honest Cooking)

  • INGREDIENTS
    • 2 parts Moscato wine
    • 1 part cranberry juice
    • 1 part ginger beer/ale
    • sugared cranberries
  • DIRECTIONS
    • Shake wine and juice together with ice, strain into glass (no glass preference from client) and top with ginger beer/ale.
    • Garnish with a toothpick of sugared cranberries.

CavitMoscatoRecipe.jpg

Valentine Image by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

15 Valentine’s Day Marketing Ideas for Your Boutique

By Joseph Heller

Love is in the air, gals… Valentine’s Day is almost here! If you’re new to owning an online boutique and this is the first Valentine’s Day you’ll be celebrating as a small business owner, the approach of February 14th might have you mainly thinking about what you’ll get for your significant other and (maybe even more so) what he or she will get for you. Or maybe you typically spend Valentine’s Day with your best single gal pals, eating chocolate and exchanging gifts.

But Valentine’s Day isn’t all about love, romance, and cheesy cards. No matter how big or small your eCommerce business is, it can be a day that drives sales like no other – especially if you sell clothing, jewelry, or other gifts. In fact, it rivals only Christmas in consumer spending. If you play your cards right, the days surrounding Valentine’s Day could make up one of your best sales weeks of all time.

Of course, competing with major retailers isn’t easy, least of all on Valentine’s Day. Stores all over the country are spending thousands of dollars on Valentine’s marketing, trying to get people to buy their gifts from them. Sure, you could have an incredible selection of Valentine’s gifts and accessories, available for great prices – but if nobody knows about your shop, it won’t do you any good in the end.

If you’re going to drive both new and existing customers to your shop for their Valentine’s shopping, you’ve got to get creative about your Valentine’s Day marketing. Read on to learn 15 affordable Valentine’s Day marketing ideas for your boutique – and why you really should care to do something special for this holiday in the first place.

Valentine’s Day and eCommerce

The numbers are clear – Americans spend a whole lot of dough on Valentine’s Day. The average American celebrating Valentine’s Day spent $196.31 on Valentine’s Day in 2020, adding up to a total of $27.4 billion spent on the holiday in 2020. Trends show that number only heading upwards – 2020 spending was up 32% from 2019.

Of course, that’s just the big picture – and not all of that money is being spent in boutiques like yours. Here are a few other stats you should be aware of that paint the picture of consumer spending on Valentine’s Day, based on 2020 numbers:

  • 32% buy Valentine’s Day gifts from discount stores.
  • Men spend nearly three times as much as women on Valentine’s Day.
  • $5.8B was spent on Valentine’s Day jewelry
  • $4.3B was spent on a Valentine’s Day night out
  • $2.4B was spent on Valentine’s Day chocolate
  • $2.3B was spent on flowers
  • $2B was spent on Valentine’s Day gift cards
  • $1.3B was spent on Valentine’s Day greeting cards
  • 45% of adults didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day
  • 15% of Americans buy themselves a present on Valentine’s Day
  • Americans spend an average of $12.21 on Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets

With all of that shopping and spending going on during the Valentine’s Day season, you’ll want to make sure your business ends up with even a small sliver of that massive pie. Running holiday-themed campaigns and upping your marketing efforts leading up to Valentine’s Day will help you keep your boutique fresh in people’s minds and increase the chances that they go straight to you once it’s time to shop for their Valentine’s Day gifts.

15 Valentine’s Day Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

Don’t have a huge marketing budget? No problem – with time, effort, and the right direction, you can still get your boutique’s awesome Valentine’s Day gifts and products in front of the right people. Here are 15 Valentine’s Day marketing ideas for small businesses that you can implement for little or no money.

  1. Send a themed email marketing campaign

Instead of generic email newsletters or sale messages, send a themed Valentine’s Day email that’s all about love, friendship, and gift-giving. Drive your audience to your website with gift suggestions and fun Valentine’s-themed wordplay. (You know… “love is in the air,” “we will always love you,” “gifts with heart,” etc!) For more tips on how to use email marketing to grow your boutique, click here.

  1. Host a contest

Embrace the holiday and host a fun couples contest or giveaway on your boutique’s social media page. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Have participants recreate a photo, do a challenge, coordinate an outfit together using a piece from your shop – whatever sounds like a good time. Then, have your audience vote for their favorite entrant on Valentine’s Day. (No need to exclude single people from this one – you could welcome entries from couples, BFFs, family members, etc.)

  1. Run “couples” deals

How do you make a BOGO deal more festive? Call it a couples deal, or a two for one deal! Choose a selection of Valentine’s Day items that you’ll put on sale, whether it’s chocolates, earrings, or pink scrunchies. Encourage them to gift the extra item to their significant other, give one to their BFF for Galentine’s Day, or just keep it for themselves as a token of your love for them!

  1. Partner with another small business

Community over competition, right ladies? Partner with a local business and share the love. It could be another online boutique or a local business that doesn’t directly compete with yours but has a similar clientele, like a florist or a nail salon. Offer a combined Valentine’s Day gift package of your products/services and theirs. This is an especially great idea if you have a strong local presence (or if you’re interested in making it stronger!)

  1. Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Don’t sleep on Galentine’s Day! Coined by Leslie Knope from the TV show Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a day reserved for celebrating female friendships. It takes place the day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th. To celebrate, bundle a few of your most popular items offer curated gift packages that’d be perfect to gift to a best friend. You could also offer a discount when they multiple of the same item to gift to their friends.

  1. Have a V-Day themed photoshoot

Create some fun Valentine’s Day photos to post on your social media accounts leading up to the big day. You could take photos of couples wearing your clothing, flat lays of all of the red and pink items you carry, or outfit inspo photos against a red or a pink backdrop.

  1. Create a Valentine’s Day gift guide

You and I both know how hard it can be to shop for people – especially your significant other. Make the whole V-day shopping experience a little less stressful by putting together a list of gift ideas and sharing it on your company blog.

No need to have every single item come from just your shop – in fact, it might be more helpful and comprehensive if you scour other local or small boutiques as well and feature their products in your guide. (It’s a great way to open the door to new networking relationships, too!) If you’re feeling up to it, you could create multiple gift guides with different people in mind – for her, for him, for mom, for Galentine’s Day, for your pet, etc.

  1. Send a card

Everyone loves getting mail! Send your past and present customers a real-life Valentine via snail mail. No need to be salesy – the point of this is to show your customers how much you appreciate them and that you’re even thinking about them on the day dedicated to love. Include a coupon to be used in-store or a unique promo code to thank them for showing you and your store love throughout the years.

  1. Share the love

Turn your social media into even more of a community. Invite your audience to share their love stories with you, whether through DMs or by using a certain hashtag in their posts. You can make this as sappy or spicy as you want to – feel free to mix things up a bit by also asking people to send you their worst or funniest dating stories as well! Once you’ve compiled submissions, feature your favorites in your stories. It’ll keep the rest of your audience engaged and help participants feel even more involved in your brand.

  1. Show the love locally

Valentine’s Day is all about sharing the love. What better way to do that than by giving back to the people who need it most? Celebrate Valentine’s Day by hosting a service project, donating products from your store to a local organization, or pledging to donate a certain percentage of your profits in the weeks surrounding Valentine’s Day.

Make sure to advertise this throughout your social channels and your website so your customers know how much good their purchases are doing. Not only will you be able to make a real difference in your community, but you’ll also be able to involve your customers in your charity work.

  1. Highlight date night outfits

People don’t just spend money on gifts during the Valentine’s Day season. They also spend money on themselves, buying clothing, lingerie, date night jewelry, and more. Put together a few fabulous Valentine’s Day outfits using products from your boutique and share a few outfit inspo photos on social media. Be sure to group those products together on your website so your customers can easily purchase everything they need to recreate the outfit.

  1. Don’t alienate single people

For people who aren’t currently in a relationship, Valentine’s Day feels a whole lot more like Singles Awareness Day. Why not go out of your way to show them a little love, too? Don’t leave single people out of all the Valentine’s Day fun – consider running some sort of promo just for them. Run a sale on self-care items that make treat yo’ self gifts, like bath bombs, jade rollers, and (of course) chocolate. You could do this in conjunction with your regular Valentine’s Day promotions or the week before.

  1. Be clear about shipping deadlines

Some people plan ahead of every holiday and finish their gift-shopping weeks in advance – but most people tend to be last-minute Valentine’s Day shoppers. Of course, placing a last-minute order from your online boutique on February 13th probably isn’t going to work out for them. Add a banner to your site reminding shoppers of the Valentine’s Day delivery deadline. Be clear and realistic about shipping cutoffs to receive items by Valentine’s Day. Encourage people to buy early, especially with COVID-related shipping delays making package deliveries even more unreliable than usual.

  1. Make a Valentine’s Day video

When it comes to commanding your audience’s attention, video is one of the very most effective marketing tools out there. Rather than just snapping a few photos of your new Valentine’s Day products, create a video showcasing your favorite Valentine’s Day outfits or gift ideas. You could create a short-form vertical video using IG reels or TikTok, or share a longer informative video on YouTube, Facebook, or IGTV.

  1. Host a Giveaway

Spread the love with an exciting giveaway. Partner with other small businesses in your community or your niche to give something away. It could be a romantic couple’s getaway with flowers, a hotel stay, and a new outfit, a date-night-in package with a dress, a romantic candle, chocolates, and a voucher for fancy takeout, or an epic Valentine’s Day shopping spree. Just make sure it’s somewhat Valentine’s Day related, whether with what you’re giving away, how you enter, or even just with the images and language you use to introduce it.

While implementing these Valentine’s Day marketing ideas might take some serious thought and strategizing, with a little effort they can pay off in a big way.

Now that you have a few great ideas on how you can encourage your customers to shop with you this Valentine’s Day, make sure you’ll have enough Valentine’s Day gifts and outfit ideas in stock ahead of time. Click here for 15 wholesale boutique items you’ll want to stock up on for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Image by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, the team at 360 Magazine has come together to share their favorite gift ideas that your loved ones are sure to cherish. When getting that special someone a gift, it’s important that it’s romantic as well as useful and these gifts encompass these qualities. 

ArT Wine Preserver®

More people are finding reasons to enjoy a glass of wine at home these days. In some areas, the bars still aren’t open. As kids go back to school, parents are finding themselves needing an extra glass of wine or two, especially with homeschooling and distance learning this year. What’s a better gift for Valentine’s Day than a tool to preserve this romantic beverage.

Most opened bottles of wine go to waste and an estimated  $1.5 billion worth of wine is poured out every year due to oxidation. ArT Wine Preserver® wants to change this wasteful drinking habit. At the same time, it’s promoting moderation drinking in a sustainable way. This made in the USA, recyclable wine saver uses pure argon gas to displace oxygen. Argon gas is the preferred method by winemakers to prevent oxidation in wine.

Argon is a natural atmospheric gas that’s non-toxic and non-reactive. It makes the perfect wine preserver because it doesn’t react with your wine flavors or aromas, it simply displaces the oxygen. It also, keeps wine fresh 7 to 30 day, preserves up to 40 bottles per can and takes two seconds to use.

ArT Wine Preserver – Starting at $14.99

ArT Wine Preserver for 360 Magazine

Patrick Mahomes II Signature Series

Oakley® and Patrick Mahomes II recently launched the Patrick Mahomes II Signature Series. Dreamt up by the reigning Super Bowl Champion and MVP, the debut sunglass of his Signature Series is a fresh and unexpected take on the all-new Sutro Lite. The stylish and functional frame features discoverable details throughout to honor the unconventional talent who is shaping the future of the sport. These are the perfect gift for the athlete in your life. 

The frame features a red color theme for the quarterback’s teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Texas Tech, an etched lens with II for Mahomes, and a unique print that nods to the MVP’s nicknames “Showtime” and “2 PM.” Each frame is also equipped with Oakley’s Prizm™ Lens Technology, designed to enhance color and contrast to see more detail, and a custom microbag that features his signature.

“When I first joined Team Oakley, I was instantly drawn to the Sutro family – a bold and sleek performance frame that is style driven for life off-the-field,” said Mahomes. “Now today, to have the opportunity to launch my own Signature Series that represents who I am as an athlete has been an honor.”

Patrick Mahomes II Signature Series – Starting at $196

Sutro Lite Patrick Mahomes II Collection Photo

David Beckham Sports NEQI Mask

David Beckham, known for his high-quality performance and superiority in the world of Professional Soccer, is known to dress as equally well as he plays. The greatest soccer player of our time spares no details, especially when it comes to wearing a mask, and is among the latest celebrities to wear superior face covering, NEQI Reusable Mask!

Stay safe (and soft) with NEQI, the UK brand that specializes in keeping you clean and safe, which has now made its way to the USA via Amazon.com. Natives of the Earth standing for Quality and Innovation, is the motto that NEQI embodies. Founded in 2020, NEQI focuses on producing premium face coverings, disinfecting sprays, and hand cleansing gel products. NEQI believes good health belongs to everyone and stands behind quality. 

The design affordable, reusable, sustainable face masks are lightweight, ultra-breathable and easy to style. Designed with comfort in mind to ensure we are protecting our environment as well as ourselves. Masks come in 3 colors and multiple sizes, all perfectly pocket-size for on-the-go storage. No one imagined face masks would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, but in 2021, nothing says I love you like protection from Covid. The masks come in two colors and sizes and there is also a children’s option. 

NEQI Face Covering – Starting at $10.99

David Beckham Illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Fine Jewelry from The House of Luxury

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like exquisite jewelry for that special someone. Jewelry has always been a classic gift for Valentine’s Day and The House of Luxury will ensure you pick the right piece. For Valentine’s Day The House of Luxury has created a beautiful selection of fine jewelry  from their leading designers Alessa JeweleryTabbahAisha BakerTerzihanYEPREM and Dreamboule

From a Y-NOT Necklace by YEPREM in 18K White Gold in Diamonds to Fizzy: Red Enamel Square Earring by Terzihan in 18K Rose Gold with Diamonds and Red Enamel, these superb selections are sure to be a hit with any woman in your life. 

A variety of pieces and styles – Starting at $1,700

Heart necklace from the house of luxury

The “Don’t Block Your Blessings” Festival

Give your loved ones the gift of blessings and mental health as we navigate what holidays look like through Covid-19.  We have loved watching the  Don’t Block Your Blessings movement develop. They have announced a one of a  kind live-stream festival featuring musicians, artists, and some of the most innovative minds in self-growth and healing. The DBYB Festival boasts three interactive rooms on an exclusive virtual platform allowing festival-goers to jump from room to room attending talks and sessions, accessing musical performances, and viewing live art as it’s created.

Produced by Erez Safar, whose first live-stream festival, Lo-Freq Fest, was featured in Billboard, and shared around the globe. The debut DBYB festival featured over 40+ world-wide presenters with 25,774 viewers.

The next festival will be free to participate in and free to attend virtually, and is set to take place on Valentine’s (Sunday February 14th), between 6-9pm PST.

RSVP Now by going to www.dontblockyourblessings.org/fest.

Virtual Festival – Free

DBYB Fest Promotional Poster

The GMWB5000RD-4

Casio has recently introduced an all-new timepiece to G-SHOCK’s premium Full Metal Series, the GMWB5000RD-4. The new model is constructed with a tough yet fashionable exterior that boasts an eye-catching red stainless-steel case and solid stainless steel band.

The latest Full Metal 5000 model carries on the tradition of the original G-SHOCK DW-5000C with its classic square case shape and digital display. The GMWB5000RD-4 also features a band created with a bold red IP finish, and a screw back with a diamond-like carbon finish for outstanding wear resistance. This is sure to be a show-stopping gift for anyone in your life.

In addition to an updated look, the new Full Metal timepiece comes equipped with several of G-SHOCK’s new and most premium technical features, including Bluetooth Connectivity via the G-SHOCK Connected app, and Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping for self-adjusting and accurate hour / date display virtually anywhere on the globe. It also boasts a STN-LCD digital display that makes the watch easy to read from any angle, as well as Tough Solar Technology, making it capable of self-charging even with low sun exposure.

The GMWB5000RD-4 will retail for $600 and be available for purchase starting January 20th  at select Jewelers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

The GMWB5000RD-4 – $600

G-Shock RED STAINLESS STEEL CASE

Samsung Galaxy S21 Accessories

New accessories from ZAGG Brands that support the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra have just been announced and they would be the perfect gift for any Samsung Galaxy User. 

The line consists of two screen protectors as well as a variety of cases in four different colors. The GlassFusion VisionGuard+ with D3O is a hybrid screen protector that is engineered to be unbreakable and features an Eyesafe® technology layer that blocks HEV blue light without distorting the color performance of the smartphone screen. It also contains anti-microbial properties that protect the screen protector by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria. The GlassFusion+ with D3O, is a slightly cheaper model without VisionGuard+. 

The phone cases include the Havana , the Crystal Palace, the Copenhagen, and the Denali, all priced reasonably starting at $29.99. The cases are slim, stylish and protective, everything you could want from a phone case. 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Accessories – Starting at $29.99

PUMA x Michael Lau Collection

This new unisex collection consists of footwear, apparel and accessories that features hand-drawn pencil graphics, graph paper textures and other playful design references with a hand-made inspired look and feel. Key footwear styles include bold iterations of the Mirage Mox, Ralph Sampson Mid, Ralph Sampson Lo and RS-2K. Additional items from the pack include the Two-Face track jacket which features a unique print with a pencil mark graphics, a reversible style and a tall collar, a Flat Brim Cap with a detachable “PUMA SAMPLE STUFF” graphic and a Tote Bag that comes with unique graphic prints.

The PUMA x Michael Lau collection will be available on PUMA.com, PUMA stores and select retailers starting Friday, January 22, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

PUMA x Michael Lau Collection – Beginning at $40

 

Sperry Men’s Bahama II Sneaker

Sperry has always been a classic shoe perfect for the summer. With a timeless style this shoe is 50 percent boat shoe and 50 percent sneaker which makes this boat-sneaker hybrid come with double the wearability.

It has a canvas upper featuring rawhide laces and uses Sperry’s 360° Lacing System™ for a customized fit. The shoe also features a non-marking flexible rubber outsole with molded Wave-Siping™ which provides the ultimate no-slip traction so these shoes can handle any slippery terrain. Sperry has a large selection of shoes for men, women and children which makes them the perfect gift for anyone. 

Sperry Men’s Bahama II Sneaker – Starting at $59.95

Sperry illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Oakley® x Turtle Beach

The gaming accessory brand Turtle Beach recently announced a new partnership with Oakley®, a leader in sports performance and optical innovation. As a brand rooted in competition, Oakley continues expanding its lineup of eyewear developed for gamers who share a passion for performance. The new partnership pairs Turtle Beach’s expertise in creating high-quality, glasses-friendly gaming headsets with Oakley’s quest for optimized vision and performance in a collection designed to help gamers see better, hear better and conquer their opponents.

The new collection features two products. The Metalink RX features headset-compatible temples to ensure they stay in place even in the most intense gaming sessions and come with a custom Turtle Beach logo microbag.

The Frogskins Lite is a limited-edition set that is the newest evolution of Oakley’s most iconic lifestyle eyewear. The eyewear features a throwback Turtle Beach color scheme, Oakley’s Prizm Ruby Iridium Lenses, and a rainbow gradient Oakley and Turtle Beach logo on the temple. Either of these are a great selection for Valentine’s Day for any game lover in your life.

Oakley® and Turtle Beach Collection – Starting at $166

Adidas Headphones

Whether your partner cranks up the music during workouts, listens to a podcast on a walk or has days filled with work calls, Adidas Headphones has you covered with lightweight headphones, long battery life and uncompromising sound. 

RPT-01 (AH / Amazon)

  • Over-ear Headphones; washable ear cushions, launch a playlist with one button
  • 40-hour battery life
  • $170 retail, $119 sale

FWD-01 (AH / Amazon

  • In-ear headphones; knitted tangle free cord and passive transparency to hear your surroundings
  • 16-hour battery life 
  • $150 retail, $99 sale

The upcoming sale runs February 7- February 13 on Adidas’ website for all colorways, like the eye-popping Signal Coral. Adidas has a large variety of headphones for your loved ones, that are sure to support 

FWD-01- Starting at $99

Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones

Farm-Raised Ossetra Caviar Malossol

Valentine’s Day is all about decadence and your Valentine’s Day meal should be no different. What better way to celebrate than with caviar, and D’Artagnan’s Ossetra Malossol Caviar is the caviar of the highest quality. 

D’Artagnan’s Ossetra Malossol Caviar is unpasteurized, low-salt and preservative-free, giving it the best authentic and fresh flavor. This caviar is harvested from Siberian sturgeon on a state-of-the-art aquafarm in France. This sustainable product follows the strictest of animal welfare and environmental protocols. The high quality of the caviar is evident in its color, flavor, and texture. The round, plump pearls have a lingering and nutty flavor reminiscent of hazelnuts or fresh walnuts. With ultra-silky mouthfeel and a color that ranges from clear grey to golden chestnut to deep brown, this buttery caviar is truly unforgettable. Make your Valentine’s Day extra special with caviar. 

Farm-Raised Ossetra Caviar Malossol – Starting at $124.99

Caviar Image for 360 Magazine

WHOOP Health Monitor

In case you aren’t familiar, WHOOP is a 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor that provides personalized, actionable feedback and tracks key metrics like heart rate variability, resting heart rate, respiratory rate, and sleep staging with industry-leading accuracy. WHOOP distills all of this data down into three key pillars – recovery, strain and sleep – and provides coaching so users can balance their daily lives, train optimally and unlock the secrets to their body’s true potential. 

In April, WHOOP reported findings about the importance of tracking respiratory rate (RR) during the pandemic, and how sudden changes could be significant. In short, WHOOP found that people who had tested positive for COVID-19 had elevated respiratory rates (while people experience most other illnesses did not exhibit that change in RR). Pro golfers, Nick Watney & Scott Stallings, both used WHOOP to track RR and subsequent positive tests for COVID-19, and countless members have shared similar experiences on social media. Lots more info on WHOOP & COVID-19 here and here

STRAIN, SLEEP & RECOVERY

Strain is a measure of the cardiovascular load your body takes on over the course of a day or during a given activity. WHOOP does not count steps, but calculates your personalized exertion and quantifies it on a scale from 0-21.

Recovery is a personalized measure of how ready your body is to take on strain each day. WHOOP calculates your recovery based on 4 physiological markers: heart rate variability (HRV), resting heart rate (RHR), respiratory rate (RPM), and sleep.

Sleep Performance is the amount you slept compared to how much sleep you needed. WHOOP auto-detects your sleep and wake times each day as well as your sleep stages throughout the night to determine your sleep performance for that night.

The WHOOP Lux Kit includes a band and clasp and is the perfect gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. It’s sophisticated and useful, so it’s sure to be a hit. Add a WHOOP membership to your gift so they can always stay healthy.

WHOOP Lux Kit – Starting at $85

WHOOP product image

Roots of Fight x Kevin Hart

The apparel brand Roots Of Fight and American stand-up comedian, actor, and producer Kevin Hart recently announced that they have joined forces and launched a limited-edition apparel collection. The collection pays homage to different milestones in the comedian’s life that helped get him to where he is today.

The first capsule in the collection, titled the PHILLY 15 & ERIE COLLECTION, pays tribute to his North Philadelphia roots and the intersection where he grew up. Kevin is unequivocally Philly-made and the art in this capsule commemorates that formative time in his life. This capsule, and others to follow in the coming months, will see a portion of all proceeds going to charities.

Items included in this first capsule include a hoody, sweatshirt and tee, which retail for $48 – $85. The full collection is available in limited quantity for purchase now, exclusively on rootsoffight.com

Roots of Fight x Kevin Hard – Starting at $48

Kevin Hart apparel image

House of Luxury launches the ‘Virtual Xperience

This month House of Luxury launched their new hyper-immersive luxury retail platform ‘Virtual Xperience‘. It is literally a virtual House of Luxury where exquisitely furnished 3D spaces like the ‘Parlour of Perfection’ and the ‘Chamber of Calibre’ accentuate choice designer products ranging from fine jewelry by renowned brands such as YEPREMSimone and Alessa; contemporary art by Banksy, Condo and Kaws; interior décor from Fendi and Ralph Lauren; haute horlogerie from Patek Philippe and others; as well as limited-edition objet d’arts created by leading artists such as Zhuang Hong Yi. 

This is the perfect way to shop for luxury gifts this Valentine’s Day in a covid friendly way. You will be able to find the most lavish, designer gifts that will wow anyone on your gift list. 

Take a closer via the VX Tour – here house of luxury showroom image

Bourbon Summer Cartoon Crisis

These clothes are the perfect unique gift for any fashion lover in your life. With bold prints and snazzy design, this is a gift that will show your love in a BOLD way.

“We use the post-apocalyptic artwork of BOURBON SUMMER CARTOON CRISIS! to produce exquisitely constructed clothing from the most sumptuous and sustainable fabrics. Our clothes explore the tension between ostentatious prints and refined silhouettes. These garments embody the CRISIS philosophy—finding meaning and beauty amidst the chaos that surrounds us.” Find out more about the product line and the company here

Bourbon Summer Cartoon Crisis – Starting at $50

Bourbon Summer Cartoon Crisis Imagery

Sugar Plum Broken Heart Chocolate Pizza

There’s no better way to say I love you than with food! This chocolate heart pizza from Sugar Plum is a unique treat to share with your loved one. 

The solid milk chocolate heart is topped with a festive assortment of chocolate candies and finished with a white chocolate drizzle. Every Chocolate Heart Pizza comes with a wooden mallet, so you can feel free to break this heart into bite-sized bits knowing it’ll never return the favor! Perfect to share with your girls on Galentine’s day
as well! Sugar Plum also offers complimentary two-day shipping!

Chocolate Heart Pizza – $40

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Pornhub Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Free Premium, Launch of Personalized Love Message Video Generator and Popup Shop in NYC

In Honor of the Romantic Holiday, Leading Adult Platform Will Host Popup Shop Selling Specially Branded Gifts in New York City and Allow People to Send Personalized Messages to Loved Ones from Pornstars

Pornhub, the premiere online destination for adult entertainment, today announced the debut of its Valentine’s Day video generator that allows users to send personalizedvideo messages to their loved ones from adult entertainment stars Asa Akira and Rod Jackson, as well as Ryan Creamer, the man behind Pornhub’s most wholesome videos. The site has a long standing tradition of offering Pornhub Premium, the company’s high-definition, on-demand premium subscription service, free of charge to its fan base to honor the romantic holiday, which continues this year. Last year, over 3 million accounts utilized free Premium.

“We’re about getting people in the mood – it’s something we do for 120 million site visitors every day. What gets people in the mood more than Pornhub?” said Corey Price, Vice President, Pornhub. “That’s why we’re making Pornhub Premium free for anyone and everyone to access for the holiday. Whether you are spending the holiday with a significant other or loving yourself solo, we want to lend a helping hand to ensure everyone is feeling the love this Valentine’s Day. ”

Concurrent to the debut of the video message generator, Pornhub will be opening its first Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop in New York City’s Lower East Side from Feb. 13 to 14. Available for purchase will be specially branded gifts including chocolates, flowers, mugs, apparel, and teddy bears, among other items. All purchases will include a gift card valid for a one month membership to Pornhub Premium, The shop will have guest appearances from Pornhub Brand Ambassador and industry legend Asa Akira, alongside several models from Pornhub’s Model Program.

Like past Valentine’s Days, in addition, Pornhub Premium will be free for all users who visit the site on Valentine’s Day.

For additional information about how to get free Pornhub Premium on Valentine’s Day, to generate your own personalized video message, or to check out our Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop in NYC, please visit: www.pornhub.com/valentines

Pop-Up Shop Hours and Location:
91 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002
Store Hours: February 13-14, 2020
9 AM – 11 PM EST

About Pornhub:
Founded in 2007, Pornhub is the leading free, ad-supported adult video streaming website, offering viewers the opportunity to upload and share their own videos. With over 5 million videos and over 120 million visitors a day, Pornhub truly is the best adult site in the world. Pornhub has built the largest dedicated membership base in the adult community, with over 10 million engaged and loyal members, offering viewers a fun and sophisticated social experience directly in site, complete with messaging, photos, achievement badges and much more.

YK Osiris New Single

DEF JAM PHENOM AND RISING STAR YK OSIRIS RELEASES NEW SINGLE

LISTEN TO “WORTH IT” HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

YK OSIRIS FEATURED ON DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION DROPPING MARCH 8

“VALENTINE” AT 70M TOTAL STREAMS

“TIMING” AT 40M TOTAL STREAMS

SIRIUS XM “THE HEAT” DUBS HIM A “FUTURE FIRE ARTIST”

CATCH YK OSIRIS ON THE WORTH IT TOUR

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Swatch Launches Valentine’s Special

Valentine’s Day is within reach and so is Swatch’s TRIPLE LOVE! At long last, there’s a clear way to light up February 14th with zesty romance.

Does (s)he or doesn’t (s)he? What’s for sure is that there is TRIPLE LOVE on the wrist. This beauty features three transparent printed hearts in shades of red and pink, visible through a clear transparent dial and finished with a semi-transparent patterned bracelet. Delicately wrapped in distinctive heart- covered packaging, this limited and numbered edition of 5.143 pieces is a rare gift for that special someone. If only true love were this transparent!

5SOS Valentine Premiere

Today, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) premiere the video for Valentine — the new track from their chart-topping new album Youngblood, out now on Capitol Records. The eye-catching video, which features the band members’ largely disembodied heads singing the lyrics against a black backdrop, interspersed with images of balloons, cherry pie, and skeletons, was directed by 5SOS’ Ashton Irwin and photographer, Andy DeLuca (Kendrick Lamar, Wolf Alice). 

Watch it HERE.  

Says Irwin, Collaboration has always been one of the key most important things about 5 Seconds Of Summer since day one and co-directing the video with Andy was an incredible and very fluid experience.  There are a few things we wanted to capture; the androgyny and the feminine element of the way Luke performs as well as the dark romance of the song.  This video is us taking something into our own hands and attempting to be a part of every single detail of what we create. We hope you enjoy it and I’m looking forward to making many more.”

5SOS are currently on the road for their North American Meet You There Tour — a 25-city headline outing that will conclude with a show at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on October 12th. The full itinerary can be found here.

Youngblood, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, expands 5SOS’ musical parameters while retaining the hooks and trademark DNA that’s always been a massive part of their appeal.  Rolling Stone declares, “5 Seconds of Summer shred on “Youngblood…(The track) has a relentless, thumping rhythm, around which (the band) move between delicate verses and a booming chorus… 5SOS could be on track to let this new sound carry them into a whole new era of their career.” Nylon raves, (‘Youngblood’) is…great. Like, really, really great” and Billboard says, “Youngblood’ is the perfect example of what can happen when you jump of out of the box and see what’s happening outside- in this case, swaggering tight-grooved pop with EDM inflections.”   

5SOS is now the only band (not vocal group) in chart history to have its first three full-length studio albums enter the chart at No. 1. The album’s title track is a smash hit, with cumulative worldwide streams already surpassing 400 million. It hit No. 1 on both Apple Music’s biggest pop playlist, “Today’s Hits,” and Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” playlist, remaining on the latter for 20 consecutive weeks. The album’s first single, “Want You Back,” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 18 countries earlier this year.

Combined sales of 5SOS’s self-titled debut album and 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good now exceed six million units worldwide. Sounds Good Feels Good charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. She’s Kinda Hot topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries. 5SOS – which is Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass), and Irwin (vocals/drums) – have won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. The band recently won three 2018 Teen Choice Awards – for Choice Song Group (“Youngblood,”) Choice Music Group and Choice Summer Group.

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Youngblood acoustic version

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), release an acoustic version of their new single, Youngblood; Download/stream Youngblood (Acoustic) HERE. Youngblood is the title track from the band’s third studio album, out June 15 on Capitol Records and now available for pre-order. Fans who pre-order the album will instantly receive Youngblood; and, Want You Back; See below for full album track listing.Youngblood hit #1 on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits and has over 64 million streams. Rolling Stone says, 5 Seconds of Summer shred on Youngblood. The song has a relentless, thumping rhythm, around which (5SOS) move between delicate verses and a booming chorus. Nylon declares, Youngblood is great. Like, really, really great and Alternative Press calls the song, stunning. Watch the Youngblood live video, filmed across the band’s sold out 5SOS3Tour HERE.

Tickets for 5SOS Meet You There Tour, are on sale now at LiveNation.com. Each ticket purchased for the tour also includes a copy of the forthcoming album. The 25-city North American headline outing will launch on August 27 in Toronto, ON and include shows at several amphitheaters as well as Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL (September 8) and Los Angeles Greek Theatre (October 12). Full itinerary can be found HERE.

Following 5SOS five-plus years of recording and touring behind its first two albums both of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the band decamped across the hemisphere to Los Angeles to find a new set of collaborators, influences, and inspirations. While expanding its musical parameters on Youngblood, 5SOS retains the hooks and trademark DNA that’s always been a massive part of the band’s appeal. They wrote and recorded the bulk of the album with the Swedish producing-writing team Carl and Rami (Nicki Minaj, Madonna). Other collaborators include Andrew Watt and Ali Tamposi (Camilla Cabello), producer/instrumentalist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Fiona Apple), producer/engineer Noah Passovoy (Maroon 5), J Kash (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth), Asia Whitacre (Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd) and Andrew Goldstein (Linkin Park, Simple Plan).

Hailed as the biggest new rock act in the world by Rolling Stone5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. 5SOS’s self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone. 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. She’s Kinda Hot, the album’s first single, topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries. 5SOS comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) has won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

Young Blood

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), debut the live video for their new track, Youngblood today on Vevo. The video was filmed across the band’s sold out 5SOS3 Tour– watch it HERE.

Youngblood is the title track from the band’s third studio album, out June 22 on Capitol Records and now available for pre-order. Fans who pre-order the album will instantly receive Youngblood and the first single, Want You Back.

Tickets for 5SOS Meet You There Tour, are on sale now at LiveNation.com. Each ticket purchased for the Meet You There Tour also includes a copy of the forthcoming album. The 25-city North American headline outing will launch on August 27 in Toronto, ON and include shows at several amphitheaters as well as Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL (September 8) and Los Angeles Greek Theatre (October 12).

5SOS new single, Want You Back, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 18 countries and has already amassed more than 60 million streams worldwide. Billboard calls the track, painstakingly catchy, while Idolator says, the Aussie hitmakers dive head-first into slick pop with a rhythmic edge on their best single to date. Check out their recent performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon HERE The official video, which was directed by James Larese (Eminem, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons), can be seen HERE

Following 5SOS five-plus years of recording and touring behind its first two albums both of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the band decamped across the hemisphere to Los Angeles to find a new set of collaborators, influences, and inspirations. While expanding its musical parameters on Youngblood, 5SOS retains the hooks and trademark DNA that’s always been a massive part of the band’s appeal. They wrote and recorded the bulk of the album with the Swedish producing-writing team Carl and Rami (Nicki Minaj, Madonna). Other collaborators include Andrew Watt and Ali Tamposi (Camilla Cabello), producer/instrumentalist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Fiona Apple), producer/engineer Noah Passovoy (Maroon 5), J Kash (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth), Asia Whitacre (Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd) and Andrew Goldstein (Linkin Park, Simple Plan).

Hailed as the biggest new rock act in the world by Rolling Stone5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. 5SOS’s self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone. 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. She’s Kinda Hot  the album’s first single, topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries. 5SOS comprising Luke Hemmings(vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) has won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

Youngblood Track Listing:

1 Youngblood

2 Want You Back

3 Lie To Me

4 Valentine

5 Talk Fast

6 Moving Along

7 Walls Could Talk

8 Better Man

9 More Spike

10 Why Won’t You Love Me

11 Woke Up In Japan

12 Empty Wallets

13 Ghost Of You

14 Monster Among Men

15 Meet You There

16 Babylon

Looking for Love

Important Qualities to Consider when Looking for Love :
We all want to be able to settle down with someone special one day but finding the perfect partner is not always easy. While there are plenty of resources to help you find love these days, such as online dating sites, you have to be sure that the person you choose has the right qualities. It is not all about appearance, which is something that you need to remember when you are looking for that special someone.

 
While you do not have to go over the top and start carrying out a background check online every time you find someone you like, there are certain qualities that you should look for. This will make it far easier to find someone that you will not only be attracted to physically but will also enjoy the company of. Relationships that are based purely on physical attraction are far less likely to succeed in the long run compared to those that are meaningful on a deeper levels.

 
What else you need to look for :
Of course, physical attraction is important in a relationship. However, you should remember that it is you that must feel attracted to the person not your friends and family. So, don’t worry if your friends don’t like the look of the person you are interested in – as long as you have that attraction there, that’s all that matters.

 
One thing you should look for when you are looking for love is someone that has a good sense of humor. Unless you want your life to be deadly serious all the time, it is important that you find someone you can have a laugh and a joke with. Finding a partner with a similar sense of humor as you can be really beneficial because it means that you are likely to have a lot in common from the types of movies you like to the types of activities you enjoy.

 
Another important quality that you need to look at is just how much the person has in common with you. Of course, they do not have to like every little thing that you like. However, having some similar interests is important because it means that you will be able to do far more together when it comes to your free time. If you enjoy things such as walking, cycling, and hiking, finding a partner that prefers to be slumped in front of the TV in all their spare time could make things difficult when it comes to spending quality time together.

 
One more thing that many people look for is someone that can provide some essence of security and stability. This doesn’t refer to how much money they earn or what assets they have. It means finding someone that you can wholly trust and someone that wants to work toward the same life goals as you. This will enable you both to work toward a common goal such as eventually settling down and starting a family.