Published: February 01. 2013 2:00AM
Photographed by Josh Norris
Shakespeare’s Othello professed to “Wear my heart upon my sleeve.” Knights jousted wearing their fair maidens’ ribbons. Victorian suitors publicly pinned their desireds’ names to their jackets. Each openly displayed their emotions to the world.
In today’s society, a suitor needs to roll up his sleeves and take a creative plunge. To successfully broadcast one’s emotions, a Valentine offering must stun the workplace into silence, stop neighbors in their tracks or trend on Twitter.
That’s a pretty tall order, but one that, with a few pointers, can be filled.
The first approach is to think outside the heart or, event better, take the heart outside. A vine wreath cleverly woven into a heart shape sporting spectacular posies and fluttering ribbons is the perfect greeting on a front door. Your loved one will be surprised, and — even better — your pledge of love is hung boldly for the world to see.
For the more introverted, delving inside the heart may best suit. Find the perfect heart-shaped container and fill it with the unexpected. Flowers would be a first choice but consider jewelry, lingerie, a love note or the never-fail option of gift cards. Bury your gift in a garden of fragrant rose petals for even more impact.
If a celebration is in order, serve up the day with a toast to the two of you. Adorn your special moment with a floral design that reflects your feelings. Discover the language of flowers and the meaning different stems and different colors denote. Choose to make a savvy statement this year and send an all green arrangement to reflect emerald, the “in” color for 2013.
Wearing your heart is not reserved exclusively for shirt sleeves. Hat bands, jacket lapels and billboards will also get the job done. For the more secretive admirer, a cozy pillow or a framed sentiment might be the best messenger.
If cupid’s arrow did not strike in time for a special gift selection and you find yourself empty handed, there is one last chance to dazzle and impress. Google origami roses and create a bouquet of mini blossoms from crisp dollar bills. Yes, the larger the denomination, the grander the impression.