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5 Beauty Looks Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day—love it or hate it, it is the perfect opportunity to experiment with different makeup and hair looks. Whether you are planning on spending V-Day shopping with your besties, watching cheesy Netflix movies by yourself and eating chocolate straight from the box, or with your significant other at a fancy restaurant, creating the perfect look is easier than ever. From natural-looking makeup to soft curls, we’ve gathered five looks perfect for Valentine’s Day. Read on to find your perfect look!
 
Sultry, smoldering eye

You just cannot go wrong with a smoky eye! Pair this sexy look with soft curls, and you’re ready to take on anything that comes your way.

 
Bold, red lip

This is a classic statement look. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal to focus attention on your lips.

 
Braids

Braids are flirty and cute! Choose a simple braid, fishtail, or a heart-shaped braid to spice up your look.




 
Natural look

Perfectly peachy. Go with a straight hairstyle and complete with pink or peach eyeshadow. Top with a gloss on your lips and subtle blush on your cheeks to complete your look!

 
Top knot

Casual and coy. Pull out a few hair strands from the sides for a wispy style, and voilà!: the perfect look for staying in or heading out on a date.

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5 Looks Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Photos courtesy of Pinterest, Flickr, Ulrika Edler, WeHeartIt, and Getty Images

3 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back

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Jewelry is one of the most popular, classic Valentine’s Day gifts to date, yet it always seems impossible to find just the right piece for your loved one. A bracelet can’t be too gaudy if their tastes are simple, or a necklace too simple if their tastes are more extravagant. With so much on the market, it can seem a daunting task to select just the right piece and find something at the right price. With these three Valentines Day gifts that give back, we’ve made it simple to find the right bling for even the most picky of recipients, donating a little something to a good cause. After all, it is the holiday of love.

 

(Photo courtesy of Delicacies Jewelry, Delicacies Wheat Bracelet, $50)


Whether she’s a chef or just a major foodie, Delicacies Jewelry offers a variety of ingredient themed jewelry and donates the proceeds to a good cause. This Valentine’s Day each bracelet purchased donates 50 meals to charities, hand selected by a team of chefs, including brand ambassador Andrew Zimmern. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving and is a totally unique alternative to the typical diamond pendant.
 

(Photo courtesy of Novica, Pearl and Sterling Silver Branch Pendant Necklace from Peru, ‘Modern Branch’, $79.99)


Every woman deserves to have a nice set of pearls; however, the modern woman often doesn’t have a need for a full set.  Enter designer Daniela de Sainz’s contemporary spin on the classic pearl necklace. Simple and understated, yet totally elegant, this piece is sure to please both the minimalist and the woman who enjoys the finer things in life. Sourced by Novica, a company in association with National Geographic, each item purchased supports the business of artisans around the world.
 

(Photo courtesy of Fashionable, Druzy Earrings, $98)


For the gal who needs a little sparkle in her life, Fashionable offers gorgeous druzy stone earrings set in 14K gold, all while providing business opportunities to women facing hardships locally and abroad. Iridescent, subtle, and perfect for any occasion, these earrings are sure to make your S.O. swoon.

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3 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back.  Featured Image courtesy of Delicacies Jewelry

Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day Date Night

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“I have so much to wear!” said no woman ever.  If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, choosing the perfect outfit can be a long process. A majority of the time, we’re staring into the closet saying to ourselves, “I have nothing to wear.” Whether you’re going on a date with your beau of many years or celebrating your first Valentine’s Day together, dressing to impress is still essential. Why? It will maintain that spark in your relationship and, of course, spice things up for the night. Here are some outfit ideas to inspire you for your perfect Valentine’s Day date night. 

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Classic little black dress, $45

This little black dress from Lulu’s provides a classic look. Its deep v-shape offers the perfect amount of cleavage and the double straps in the back add edge. Pair this with a pointed black suede ankle strap heel for a sexy look.


 

Pretty in pink (Dress: $36, Boots: $44.90)

This pink sweater dress from Missguided will still have you feeling festive even if you want to tone it down a bit. A pair of nude knee high boots would go great with this.

Lady in red (Dress, $34.99)

If you’re really feeling Valentine’s Day this year, this lovely red lace dress with a heart cut-out shape in the back will definitely match your Valentine’s spirit.

Keepin’ it classy (Leggings: $79.90, Bodysuit: $49.90)

A pair of white skinny jeans with this suede wine color bodysuit will look classy and sexy when paired with any black flats or black heels.
 

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Out of the office (Skirt: $36)
If you plan on going on your date right after work, wear a nude pencil skirt and tuck in a white or black blouse (one you might already have) that shows a little cleavage to spice up your office look. Here’s a nude pencil skirt from Missguided. Black or nude close toed heels would pair perfectly with this look.  

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Straight sexy (Dress: $34.30)

Plan on wowing your significant other? Go all out in this lace bodycon multiway fishtail dress.

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Let’s skip date night (Lingerie: $39.50)

Celebrating V-Day date night at home doesn’t require much outfit planning if you go straight to lingerie. No shoes required!
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Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day Date Night. Image courtesy of Victoria’s Secret.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him and Her

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Now that it’s officially February, it’s time to start planning for the holiday dedicated to expressing your love: Valentine’s Day. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s definitely a holiday that’s hard to ignore. Everywhere you go are pink and red hearts, advertisements of couples embracing or smiling, and our personal favorite: boxes and boxes of chocolates. While the classic Valentine’s Day gifts of balloons, teddy bears, and sweets are all well and good, we gathered some other gift ideas for that special someone.

Datebox

Whether you are in a flirty or serious relationship, date nights, especially on Valentine’s Day, often carry high expectations. Now, DateBox is here to take the stress out of planning and make your special Date Night fun and simple. In each DateBox, you’ll find cute activities and games to do together, as well as sweet treats to bake and share. Getting this fun box delivered to your doorstep each month will inspire you both to try something new. It’s a great gift for you both to share! Learn more at www.getdatebox.com.

The Most Charming Valentine’s Day Gifts From A Lovely Universe

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we have love on the brain! While traditional gifts like flowers and chocolates are all well and good, we’ve teamed up with boutique owner Sarah Cunningham of A Lovely Universe to pick the perfect gifts from her cute Montclair, NJ shop.
Since being founded in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn in 2012, A Lovely Universe has expanded to locations in Beach Haven, NJ (seasonal) and Upper Montclair, NJ. In the shops, customers will find the cutest pieces in women’s clothing, accessories, and paper goods. Cunningham works hard to curate the store, and with such a wide range of accessories and trendy pieces available for under $75, it’s the perfect, affordable one-stop shop for charming gifts!
With Valentine’s Day in mind, here are some truly lovely gift ideas, ranging from the perfect charm necklace to the sweetest (see what we did there?) donut card.

“I Love You to the Moon & Back” Necklace
A Lovely Universe is filled with cute charm necklaces just like this crescent moon one. Although this particular item is only available in stores, the “Love You With All My Heart” necklace ($23) is just as cute and is a sweet alternative if you can’t make it to the shop.

“Love You” Donut Card
What says “I love you” better than donuts? Not much. This adorable handwritten card ($5) with matching kraft envelope will get your point (and your sweet tooth) across perfectly. The best part is it’s blank inside, so you can write whatever your heart desires.

Front Row Notepad by Garance Doré
Looking for the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life? Look no further. This 70-page front-row-at-fashion-week notepad ($10) illustrated by France’s Garance Doré is so chic and charming; it’s the perfect gift for the girl who loves fashion as much as you love her.

Gold Me & You Pencils
This set of seven gold-stamped pencils by Knot & Bow ($12) makes the perfect gift for anyone and serves as a cute reminder for your love. With phrases like “Peanut Butter & Jelly,” “Milk & Cookies,” “Pancakes & Syrup,” and “Me & You” engraved on each, it’s the cutest way of saying you and your significant other are the perfect pair!
There’s a lot more where that came from. Be sure to shop alovelyuniverse.com this Valentine’s Day for other sweet gifts, or if you’re in the area, pop in to their Upper Montclair location at 195A Bellevue Ave.

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
The Most Charming Valentine’s Day Gifts From A Lovely Universe: Photographed by Megan Portorreal

Love is in the Air with February’s Glossybox

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Glossybox is bringing lovers and friends together this holiday with their Valentine’s Day themed box. Whether you are prepping for the perfect date night with your significant other or toasting with your BFFs, Glossybox’s February box is equipped with five glamorous products that will make the day extra special. Read on to learn how to get your own themed February box, and how to win a trip to visit someone you love, no matter where you’re located!

From a deluxe sample of GLAMGLOW’s buzz-worthy Thirstycleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser ($39), which “combines the power of mud with pure green coconut water” to plump your skin with moisture, to Teeez Cosmetics’ Oasis Gem Lipstick in “Heat Wave Ruby” ($22), this box is a must-have to make any date night special. You can also prep your skin with a Biorepublic Skincare Sheet Mask ($5), or use Etre Belle Cosmetics Golden Skin Roll-On Caviar Eye Gel ($45) to get rid of under-eye fatigue or dark circles. Not pictured, but also available, is Benefit Cosmetics’ cult favorite POREfessional Face Primer ($31), which gives you a flawless base for your makeup.
What’s the best part? Valued at well over $60, this box will only cost you $21 at Glossybox.com! It makes the perfect gift for your Valentine, or you can pamper yourself (like we did).

In addition to the February box, Glossybox is also bringing lovers and friends together through their exclusive sweepstakes. Applications have until February 10 to enter; all you need to do is tell Glossybox about your special someone through their online form, and then share a picture on Instagram with #GLOSSYLoveAffair! Then Glossybox will give away a special trip to one lucky winner to visit the person they love on Valentine’s Day.
To enter the sweepstakes and for more information, via Glossybox.com.
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Love is in the Air with February’s Glossybox: Featured image courtesy of Glossybox, product images courtesy of Megan Portorreal

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review

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Contracts, whips and chains, oh my!
Okay, ladies (and gents) Valentine’s Day weekend is here and so is Cliché Mag’s Fifty Shades of Grey movie review!
Audiences are flooding their local movie theaters this weekend with their friends, significant others and some even solo to see the film that’s been heating up movie screens, but is it worth it? Well…some things you’ll love, some things you’ll hate and others will make you go WTF.
First things first, the movie is based on the first book in British author E. L. James’ erotic trilogy, which began as Twilight fan fiction and stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a sexually inexperienced college student and Jamie Dornan as Christen Grey , the handsome, charming, BDSM-obsessed young billionaire. The two unexpectedly fall for each other, but Steele wants a love story and fairytale romance while Grey admits that he wants her, but on his own terms.
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Let’s break things down. If you were expecting to see heart racing erotica, steamy sex scenes in the “Red Room of Pain” or anything that was too hot for TV in order to pick up a tip or two- you’d be disappointed. It’s not to say the film lacked these things, but let’s just say the build up was better than the actual climax.
Now, if you’re one of those people who knew all along that the film was going to be a bust, you’re not entirely correct, but you have a point. The lovers of the Fifty Shades book series would encourage those to read the book and just skip on the movie, but we must remember that only so much can be translated from book to big screen, so bare with it and keep an open mind.
Some things you’ll love about the movie: the sexual chemistry between Steele and Grey, although their regular interaction was a bit awkward and reminiscent of the relationship between Bella and Edward from the Twilight movies. The two did an amazing job capturing the lust, sensuality and dominance of their relationship, while also staying true to the real life situations people encounter while dating (i.e. drunk phone calls and jealousy).
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Some things you’ll hate: the contract, the contract, the contract! The constant talk about the contract, which became irrelevant as time went on. Also, the ending. Compare it to a bad sexual encounter, just when things start to get good, they finish first and just leave you hanging. Completely unsatisfied. Now, you have to wait for the next time around or in this case for the next movie.
Overall, did Fifty Shades of Grey live up to the hype? Not exactly. Was it enjoyable? Yes. It kept audiences interested and might have sparked some sexual fantasies, but it also triggered many side conversations about book comparisons, inconsistencies and more laughs and funny lines than expected.
For the first installment, the movie was OK, but the real verdict is how the trilogy will do as a whole in the future.
Photos Courtesy of E! Online

Valentine’s Day Playlist

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It’s the time of year when love is in the air and couples are preparing for Valentine’s Day. Music can help you get into that V-Day mindset, so I’ve made a playlist that reminds me of love. Now, the playlist doesn’t need to accompany a dinner or any sort of date, because if you’re like me, you’re single and not planning to spend V-Day with anyone special. If that’s the case, then you can listen to these cute songs, and curl up on the couch with Netflix and enjoy a relaxing Saturday night. Enjoy the day however you’re spending it and make sure to hit up those post-Valentine’s Day candy sales. Check out my list below!
Dance Me to the End of Love — The Civil Wars
I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) — James Newton Howard
Forever — Ben Harper
Don’t Tell Him What Happened to Me — James Newton Howard
Be My Forever — Christina Perri and Ed Sheeran
Hear Your Heart  — James Bay
Something’s Got a Hold On Me — Etta James
Loving You Tonight — Andrew Allen
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me — Billie Holiday
Sweet Pea — Amos Lee
I Find the Light in You — Joe Brooks
Yours — Ella Henderson
Hold You In My Arms — Ray LaMontagne
Thinking Out Loud — Ed Sheeran
Love Like This — Kodaline

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Scentbird Designer Fragrances

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All of us have a bit of a perfume connoisseur within us. The amount of scents out there are literally endless. Now if only the amount of dollar signs in our bank accounts was too! I’m the first to say that some perfumes out there aren’t always the most affordable. The higher quality of a perfume bottle the more expensive its pricing is — this goes for whatever brand it was created by as well. When collecting new perfumes we aren’t only met with the high prices, but the decreasing of space to store them. It is no lie that we love to display those gorgeous perfume bottles, but we all don’t have the space. A Sephora-sized wall display would definitely do the job! So what do you do when these two negative spaces walk into your perfume loving life? Well, you turn over to Scentbird, a designer perfume subscription service made with your perfume wishes in mind. Scentbird offers a 30-day supply of perfume at your choosing for an affordable $14.95 a month — way less than what you would spend on one full designer perfume alone. You’ll be able to still choose from your favorite designer brands though from the 350 luxury scents available, including Chloe, Dior, Viktor&Rolf, Hermes, Gucci, and more. Each one is sent to you in a modern to-go packaging that you can easily store in your purse/luggage and take wherever you go.
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Need help choosing a perfume? Scentbird has got you covered for that, too! The site provides a detailed, quick and easy questionnaire to help design your own personal perfume selection. You’ll have your very own scent profile created from the questions and a queue of fragrances you can pick from during the months you are subscribed. Each month the perfume you choose is delivered to you with the price of $14.95 including shipping. The subscription process provided on Scentbird allows you to cancel at anytime or set up a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription to acquire more savings.
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If you’re looking to try out more perfumes or widen your range, Scentbird is just for you. It also makes a fabulous gift for this upcoming Valentine’s Day for your best friend or loved one.
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For 25% off your first month from Scentbird, enter the code Scent25. A big thank you to Scentbird for this offer! Are you ready to purchase your Scentbird subscription? I know I already am!
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Scentbird Designer Fragrances: Photos courtesy of Scentbird

Drake Drops New Album and Music Video

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Surprise, surprise, Drizzy fans! Drake drops new album and music video for Jungle for this Valentine’s Day weekend!
Friday the 13th doesn’t seem so bad after all. In the dead of night, Drake silently released his album titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and screenshots of the iTunes listing spread like wild fire across Instagram and Twitter.
His approach to this album release is drastically different from his most recent album Nothing Was The Same, which was promoted for months in conjunction with his 2013 tour. This album promotion simply consisted of a single instagram post.

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The album follows the release of Drake’s new music video,  Jungle.

Fans anticipated the album being called Views From The 6 and have been anxiously waiting for a release date, but things change and the wait is over!
The album’s 17 tracks include:
1. Legend
2. Energy
3. 10 Bands
4. Know Yourself
5. No Tellin’
6. Madonna
7. 6 God
8. Star67
9. Preach (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
10. Wednesday Night Interlude (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
11. Used To (feat. Lil Wayne)
12. 6 Man
13. Now & Forever
14. Company (feat. Travi$ Scott)
15. You & The 6
16. Jungle
17. 6PM In New York
Even with Lil Wayne feuding with Birdman and Cash Money Records, Drake continues on with his album and gives the fans what they’re asking for. Now the only question is: how will they perceive the album?
Stay tuned.
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Valentine’s Day Date Night Outfits

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to get those outfits prepared for the big night! From dresses to playsuits, retailers such as Topshop and ASOS are always on track to ensure that you have everything ready for your night with your beau! We picked out our favorite Valentine’s Day date night outfits, whether it be with your partner or a fun-filled night out with the girls. Check them out below!
Jemima Dress by Motel:
 
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This little red bardot style dress is perfect for any Valentine’s date night. Simple yet sophisticated, you can dress to impress by teaming it with a cute headband or simple necklace.
Even better news is this dress is on sale! Grab it now from the Topshop website for just $23.
 
Plunge Pleated Skater Dress by Rare:
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This wine colored dress with a deep V plunge at the front provides a classy but casual look for any night out whatever the occasion. Sport this dress with a black clutch bag and wedge heels to complete your perfect Valentines look.
Another bargain, snap up this dress for $23 on Topshop.
 
Fitted Lace Dress:
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This beautiful laced dress from Topshop provides an effortlessly elegant and stunning look and is sure to flatter any body type. Channeling an Audrey Hepburn vibe, this 50s inspired dress oozes class and the lace adds a cute, soft floral feel to the dress.
You can purchase this dress from the Topshop website for $190.
 
Two Tier Beaded Dress by New Look:
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Keep the 20s alive with this Gatsby-inspired two piece dress. This floaty number adds a dreamy feel to your look — perfect for a Valentine’s date night. The beaded embellishment adds an expensive feel to the dress therefore no jewelry is necessary! Compliment this dress on a cold February night with a ivory faux-fur jacket or a kimono.
This dress is a steal at just $52.30! Grab it while you can at ASOS.
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10 Activities You Can Do As a Singleton On Valentine’s

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Valentine’s Day. The only day of the year singletons dread more than Christmas – but you don’t have to be the Valentine equivalent of the Grinch! You’re single because you know that any old fish, in that vast sea, won’t do. You don’t want a goblin shark, you need a lion fish.
But until you find them, what should you do on the big day? If you spent the day alone this year, consider these suggestions for 2016. Or adopt them whenever you feel fed-up and in need of cheering up!
bubble-bathTreat yourself
That’s right, crack out the bubble bath, style yourself a bubble beard, pour yourself a glass of Prosecco, stick Beyoncé on (even if you’re a guy, her power ballads are always a guaranteed pick-me-up) and enjoy some ‘me time’ in the evening – whilst the couples out there cram themselves into overbooked restaurants and wait two hours for their food to arrive.
Bingo!
Bingo isn’t exclusively for old ladies anymore. Now you can indulge in some online bingo in your jammies, on the sofa and while away those hours as a singleton winning cash and making some new friends online.
Get away
If you simply can’t bear to be in town where you might run into your newly loved-up ex – never a good idea, let alone at this time of year – then book a last minute escape to somewhere fun. Take some friends with you and make it a wild weekend away.
Girl’s night
Or just stay in and enjoy a pizza and alcohol night with your mutually single friends. Just be sure to enforce the ‘no drunk texting your ex’ rule before you start drinking.
puppyFurry friends
Do you know what’s better than being in a relationship? Dogs. Pay a visit to an animal shelter and meet some of the dogs waiting for new homes or sign up for Borrow my Doggy and walk or look after a furry friend for the day. You might find you enjoy it so much you start looking after them regularly. You could also take a friend or relatives pet off their hands for the evening.
Secret Santa Valentines
Arrange a secret Santa style Valentine’s present swap with a group of, also single, friends and be sure to write a nice message in the card to them.
Volunteer to baby sit
Whilst this might not sound like the most appealing way to spend Valentine’s Day it will keep you busy and definitely put you in the parent’s good books.
nutellaNutella
You might have missed Nutella Day this month (yes it’s a thing) but to be honest, every day is a good day for eating Nutella. Get a spoon and a fresh jar of the good stuff. Enjoy that beautiful moment when you peel back the gold foil to uncover the chocolate and hazelnut deliciousness beneath. Eat it while binge watching a series on Netflix.
Treat yourself… again
Most women spend an average of £20 on their partner on Valentine’s Day, while men will apparently put their hand in their pocket for £35 worth of gifts. £1million is spent on cards each year and £595million was spent on the Valentine’s Dayin 2014.  So, without someone to spend all this money on this year treat yourself instead.
Go out
It’s no surprise that on Valentine’s Day lots of single people venture outside to look for someone special. Be brave, go to a coffee shop, a bar or the local pub and get talking to people. You might just find the one – plus how romantic would meeting them on Valentine’s Day be?
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