"By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation."
Oscar Wilde's famous witticism has been the bane of many a heterosexual woman's existence (and has worked well for George Clooney). The pressure however is on when the "day of the couple" is around the corner for those "uncoupled" ones. As another author, Joan Bauer, wrote: “It was February sixth: eight days until Valentine's Day. I was dateless, as usual, deep in the vice grip of unrequited love. It was bad enough not having a boyfriend for New Year's Eve. Now I had to cope with Valentine datelessness, feeling consummate social pressure from every retailer in America who stuck hearts and cupids in their windows by January second to rub it in.”
But for Valentine's Day (or at least the spirit of the festivity, if not the commercial aspect of it) some of the famous people out there are willing to share what makes them tick, even if it's not necessarily a "public temptation aka the persistently single male".
(Megan Fox is currently the face of Avon, launching two fragrances for Valentine's Day, Avon Instinct for Her and Avon Instinct for Him).
Kim Kardashian on the other hand is uncharacteristically low profile when sharing her tips for a successful Valentine's Day: “It almost doesn’t matter what you are doing. It’s about whom you are with and the thoughtfulness…even if it’s cooking a favorite meal or going to his or her favorite place!” she recently shared to Gotham magazine.
Of course every famous Hollywood star has had some photo shoot or ad or comedy show which reprises the Valentine's Day theme. I'm merely including a very small selection (courtesy of reelhollywoodselections).
Actually some of those famous valentines are a literary opus in themselves, such as the script for The Misfits which was Arthur Miller's gift to Marilyn Monroe. Others went the traditional way and bought jewels; maybe none went as gaga as Richard Burton did for Liz Taylor, though: the revered thespian bought the historic pearl that once was part of the crown jewels of Philip II of Spain at an auction and offered it to the star famous for her penchant for impressive jewels as a Valentine's Day gift in 1969 (and the infamous "Burton Taylor diamond tale needs no retelling, surely). Liz had even participated in an ad for Valentine's Day chocolates for Whitman's; can you imagine the tongue-in-cheek of seeing that older ad (depicted) and its "he remembered" slogan years later? If you're Liz's date, "remembering" might run you out of serious $$$.
Ol' Blue Eyes (i.e. Frank Sinatra) and Chet Baker maybe said it most romantically nevertheless when they sung that their funny valentine had looks that were laughable and unphotographable. Yet, to them, she was their favorite work of art, and she shouldn't dare change one hair for their sake. What's better than that?
Finally one non celebrity-endorsed trick (via bettyconfidential.com) which I kinda think would be fun is the following: "Throw an Anti-Valentine’s Day party with your single girlfriends: Cook dinner, play Taboo, do a wine tasting, have a dance party, do a Sex and the City or Gossip Girl marathon and enjoy some girl time with your awesome friends." If I were to twist it Perfume Shrine style, I'd say gather them and enjoy a perfume sampling marathon! Now wouldn't that be something!