it’s just about that magical time of year where we once again feel overwhelmed by pink-and-red-rom-com tomfoolery. we’ve never been the types to quite love or loathe this fluffy holiday, but this year we are digging the idea of a gothic-vampy-sexy oxblood valentine date night. here are the essentials we’re eyeing – from red absinthe (try swapping this for the standard colored version in our new year’s eve recipe for a valentine cocktail that packs a punch) to the perfect scented candle, finishing with our favorite candy for dessert – so that you can go ahead and save those rom coms for…never.

oxblood valentine's day // unique valentine ideas

clockwise from top left: red absinthe; betsey johnson pumps; clare vivier calf hair clutch; diptyque tuberose candle; godiva red velvet truffles; chanel rouge noir nail color, mac lipstick in ‘rebel’