Valentine's Day can be one big cliche or it can be the most romantic holiday of the year. After 26 years in the engagement ring business, the designer Catherine Angiel has seen it all. So take a bit of advice from someone who's had a front row seat to what works and doesn't work when it comes to love.
What to do in NYC on Valentine's day or what to give for Valentine's Day are consistently two of the most googled topics in February annually. We've asked the designer to lead us in the right direction on these two topics and keep us out of the drugstore candy isle.
1. A Relaxing Spa Day
Who doesn't love an afternoon involving a massage, a luxurious soak in hot and cold pools, and topped off with some champagne. If that isn't a romantic, New York way to get the mood going, we don't know what is. We love Soju Spa Club (pictured above) or the Mandarin Oriental for a splurge.
2. A Staycation
Escape your typical surroundings and discover something new about your partner. One night in a hotel in your own city will make you feel like you've been away even when you've only gone down the block. We recommend the Edition or the Jane Hotel (inspired by the Titanic!) to help you explore new territory in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
3. A Burlesque Show
Learn the art of the tease before things heat up at home. Get tickets to a burlesque show and you'll leave laughing and ready for an adventurous evening. Check out The Slipper Room for plenty of different shows to suit your taste.
4. A Speakeasy
An easy way to impress your date, take them to one of New York City's famous hidden bars that have been around since the prohibition era in the 1920's. But we're not talking the one above the Five Guys in the Village....We mean the Flatiron Room (make a reservation) where they escort you to your seat in a fabulously ornate back room or The Manhattan Cricket Club through a hidden door above Burke & Wills for fantastic cocktails in a preppy, luxury setting.
5. Chocolate Making Class
Skip the store bought chocolates and opt for a chocolate making class instead. It's something you can do together and things always tend to heat up in the kitchen. Try Roni-Sue's Chocolates in the Lower East Side.
6. Astrology Reading
7. What to give when you want to give Jewelry
If you're looking for something more unique than a generic heart necklace, Catherine Angiel has you covered. Check out our Valentine's Day selections that are ready to wear and will have your partner swooning over your thoughtfulness.
Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day wherever you end up. We're in the business of love and we love being a part of so many couples' stories.