Gifts Of Love

The countdown to the most beloved or hated holiday has begun. In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, we’re highlighting The Sunset Strip’s many unique offerings.

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift for the love in your life? The Sunset Strip has you covered, offering items at every price point. Below is a sampling of some of our favorite picks.

Thymes Tamarind Lychee aromatic candle
from LIVE! On Sunset blends form and function. And at $26 won’t break the bank, either. Scents of grapefruit, tamarind, lychee blossom, yuzu warmed with aromatic ginger and coconut milk.

Also at LIVE!, when you are looking for a ring but not “the” ring, CC Skye’s blossom ring offers a fun take on the glamour of art deco design. The black and gold-plated ring features a round medallion shape with black enamel and white crystal design ($220).

For the big city girl with a little country in her soul, Boot Star’s handmade Red Karine boots will make her heart two-step. The pair features crackled red goatskin leather with white multi-row “Nevada” stitch pattern. The boots are an exclusive Boot Star custom design, so you can rest assured your lady will be the only one showing up on the dance floor in this pair ($350).

Book lovers and collectors will adore Mystery Pier Books’ selection of first-edition and signed books. Among the many titles, first editions of D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, 1928 ($6,000); Harold Pinter’s 1981 screenplay “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, signed by Jeremy Irons who co-starred in the film with Meryl Streep ($650); and Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind”, 1936, which includes a letter enclosed from actress Olivia de Havilland, who portrayed cousin Melanie Hamilton in the film adaptation, dated November 26, 1948 ($5,500).

Oliver Peoples’ Boxley sunglasses provide the perfect stylish accessory for your man as he blocks the bright Southern California sun or attempting to dodge the paparazzi. The laidback, masculine design is hand-crafted and includes technologically-advanced lenses that will keep his eyes safe from glaring lights ($425).

Buttercake Bakery
offers a plethora of homemade treats for your sweetheart from red velvet cupcakes ($2.25 / 75-cent minis) to lemon bars ($2.50) or a strawberry shortcake ($36 for 9” cake). 

Not the ooey-gooey lovey type? Stop by Book Soup and pick up a copy of “Touch Me, I’m Sick: The 52 Creepiest Love Songs You’ve Ever Heard.” The book analyzes the 52 most bizarre and creepy love songs ever written, giving you plenty to discuss over your V-Day dinner ($12.95).

Gil Turners
provides a selection of fine wines at various price points. Looking to splurge? Pick up a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal champagne ($299.98). The medium- to full-bodied 1999 Cristal boasts fresh hazelnuts and apple scents and a silky texture. Those looking for a lower-priced bubbly may enjoy a bottle of Adami Prosecco, which offers dry, crisp tartness and complex fruit notes ($15.99). 

For those who love to be pampered, Ole Henriksen’s seven-piece Worship Your Body Kit lets you transform your home into a spa. The kit features a collection of spa body products including body scrub, lavender body oil, body sleek hydrating lotion as well as a CD of tranquil spa music ($24).

Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
offers the ultimate dining experience on Valentine’s. Enjoy a three-course menu with bottle of champagne served in one of the hotel’s rooftop poolside cabanas overlooking the city ($350 per couple). Or, enjoy the “Engagement” Room package served in one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms with a customized Chef’s Tasting Menu with optional wine pairing ($1,000 per couple).

Check out the complete listing of Valentines Day events on The Strip.

Photo (clockwise from left): Boxley sunglasses (Oliver Peoples), Red Karine boots (Boot Star), CC Skye’s blossom ring (LIVE! On Sunset) and Worship Your Body Kit  (Ole Henriksen)


–C. Kemp

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