V-Day Cocktail Matches

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Sometimes all a girl needs is a

Nice big cocktail to get her through!

No matter if you are flying solo this Valentine's day and possibly in need of a little liquid courage, or if you are in fact paired up and simply in search of the perfect pre-date libation, one of these adult beverages is sure to fit the mood. Check out our list of seven drinks to see which cocktail is your 100% match!

Indulge Yourself

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Image via Punch

Made with rye whiskey, plum tea, an egg white and bee pollen for garnish, the Red Velvet from Bemelmans Bar may not be an every day occurrence but is sure to be your next guilty pleasure.

Have you met my main bae, Tequila?

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Image via Saveur

Le Mexique may not be for the faint of heart but this twist on a margarita with mango and ginger, Domaine de Canton - a small batch ginger liqueur from France - and chocolate shavings, nothing quite says February 14th like a few shots of tequila.

The Netflix and Chill of Drinks

Image via  Eater Drinks

Image via Eater Drinks

If a cozy night with your main squeeze is the plan, this silky, eggnog style beverage is sure to keep you two snuggled up on the couch. The Angostura Flip uses a whole egg for its luscious texture and goes down oh-so-smooth.

Girls Nite

Image via  Martha Stewart

Image via Martha Stewart

If a Galentine's Day celebration is in order, the Rose Noir is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. With a vodka base, a hint of acidity from the Meyer lemon and all the pink bubbles you could want, this pleasant mixer is sure to get the girls talking!

The People's Party Punch

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If Valentine's Day calls for a punch bowl, the St. Charles Punch recipe will have your guests on their knees in no time! Made with cognac and ruby port, raspberries and sugar, this recipe goes down quick and is sure to wash away any lingering V-day regrets .

For the Lonely Heart

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Image via Liquor.com

While the Aviation may be a year round favorite, sometimes it is nice to see a familiar face on such an occasion as V-day. With four ingredients and a bright violet hue, this gin-based sipper is quick to make so you can get back to Facebook stalking your ex or drowning your sorrows in terrible romcoms - any Hugh Grant film will do!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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Image via Epicurious

While the Aperol Spritz may be one of the best warmer weather libations around, this float style twist was made for the dreary days of February. Gelato lends a silkier, seductive vibe to the dessert cocktail and with a little coaxing this after dinner treat may just be the highlight of the evening.

As always, please drink responsibly and cheers!

'Til next time,

KCH

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Let us help you pick the perfect gift for your special someone! Here are our top pics for the ladies, men, and your lil' one this Valentine's Day. Can't make it into the store? Shop online here!

FOR HER

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1. Asunder Orb Necklaces in Rose Quartz and Opalite, $45
2. Paddywax Relish Jar Candles, $10
3. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest Adult Coloring books, $15.95
4. Royal Apothic Candles, $29; Royal Apothic Hand Cream, $24; Royal Apothic Small Perfume, $21
5. Love Must-Have Necklaces, $24-$28
6. Royal Apothic Lippie Set, $25; Royal Apothic Large Perfume, $60
7. Clutches, $31
8. Jewelry Sets, $40-$65
9. Beaded Stone Bracelets, $18-$24

FOR HIM

1. Esquire Eat Like a Man Cookbook, $30
2. Old Factory Handmade Soaps, $8-$15
3. Wallet, $28; Cardholder, $20; Brass Money Clip, $32
4. Mandles, $15-$33
5. Sox or Cubs Art Panel, $45
6. Train Stop Art Panel, $45
7. Plenty Vegetarian Cookbook, $35; Mason Jar Garden Herb Kit, $27
8. Salty & Sweet Engraved Pocket Knife, $24; On Your Bike Fix it Kit, $23; Key Tools, $11

FOR LIL' ONE

1. Jellyfish Bath Light, $11
2. Lip Gloss Rings, $2.50-$3
3. Sweets Clickable Pens, $2.95
4. Stud Earrings, $12
5. Color-In Books, $12.95; Beeswax Crayons, $14
6. Jacks, $8.50; Dominoes, $14; Harmonica, $10
7. Glow Star Stickers, $12.50; Celestial Projectors, $15
8. Bando Hair Accessories, $10
9. Party Animals Finger Crayons, $12.50

 

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Don't forget the cards! 

Happy shopping!

Valentine's Day Makeup

We here at OSB love any excuse to shake things up a bit with our daily look. So even if the word V-day gives you the chills, why not embrace a little of Cupid's spirit with your makeup? Whether you and your honey are off to a romantic dinner for two, or your best girls are holding a seance to excise your exes over wine and cupcakes, or better yet, if Sunday the 14th is just another Sunday, our list of Valentine's Day makeup looks (with a few hair tips thrown in there too!) is sure to have at least one option for everybody.

Pinks and Blues

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Image via @inthefrow

While Valentine's Day is usually all about sultry reds and rich, dark pigment, this fresh-faced look is a fun twist on the classic cat-eye. A pared down face highlights the blue eyeliner and mascara, putting all the focus on a favored asset: the eyes, and pale pink lips are sure to stay put even after you mow down on a red velvet cupcake for dessert!

Soft Barrel Curls and Finger Waves

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If headed out into the night to see what Cupid has in store, may we suggest pretty barrel curls to give your mane an undone polish. Use a curling iron for more stubborn hair or just wrap sections around your fingers as you blow dry for a more lived-in look, this quickie style holds all through the night with a dash of hairspray but gives your locks - no matter if above the shoulder to below the collarbone - a finished look with only a smidge more effort on your part. We love that!

Red Lips and Messy Chignons

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Image via @jeannedamas

For the most classic V-day style, a heavy red lip with a pulled back chignon is ever so festive but still pretty and refined. A strong bold lip is the perfect punctuation to any outfit as long as you make sure not to clash your reds together. Pull a few loose hairs from your low-slung bun to give this put-together look a relaxed edge and get out there. But don't say we did not warn you: this look is sure to attract an admirer or two when used correctly!

Top Knot with a Magenta Lip

For a no frills girls' night movie date, may we suggest a clean top knot and bold statement lip to add some fire to your evening. With a simple, carefree vibe, give face with hair pulled back in a sleek bun. A vivid berry lip adds a playful edge to this style and also dresses up a white t-shirt if dressing down for your Valentine's Day evening.

Bedhead Fringe

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Image via @awildatheart

We have said it before and will say it again, bedhead hair is not only easy to achieve but exudes confidence with a touch of rocker sex appeal. Regardless of your plans, a tousled mane - in our opinion - is quite possibly the best hairstyle for any occasion but definitely when old Cupid is running around working his magic. Whether your opt for authentic bedhead and manage second day hair or if you add a spritz of sea salt spray to add texture, these locks atop a frilly dress, sweatpants or jeans and red sweater stitched with hearts looks just right.

Thick, Neon Blue Eyeliner

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Image via @stilacosmetics

Add a quirky punch to your holiday by eschewing the traditional reds and pinks to opt for a bolder, brighter hue: why not blue? This thick eyeliner again highlights the eyes but is also a fun look no matter what the evening's plan entails. Teal and cobalt are sure wow and set you apart from the rest of the Valentine's Day crowds.

Barefaced Beauty

Image via  @inthefrow

Image via @inthefrow

Quite possibly our favorite V-Day look, if staying in - or even going out - a bare face never felt more right. Low key and comfortable, some BB cream for moisture and chapstick to keep lips oh-so-supple - we are in Chicago after all and chapped lip season is still upon us - a pure, fresh face is all you need for a relaxing night in.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours! (Even if yours is a book and a slice of pizza.)

- KCH