This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and to help get your romantic groove on we’ve created the ‘Essential Valentine’s Checklist’…
Bottle of Wine
(Lots of) Chocolate
Being a florist and all, Flowers for Everyone naturally have the roses, wine and chocolates covered, but what about the romantic tunes? To give you a little nudge in the right direction, why not create a mushy Valentines playlist for your lover (ah, the long lost days of mixed tapes)…
After a little online investigation we’ve uncovered the most popular weddings songs from 2014. Mind you, this list is very different if we’re talking about most requested dance music at weddings, but we didn’t think Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ or Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On It’ were as appropriate for a Valentines music mix 🙂
All of Me, John Legend
Safe and Sound, Capital Cities
Treasure, Bruno Mars
Somebody Loves You, Betty Who
What other songs would you add to a Valentine’s playlist?
The above songs may be okay if you are under the age of 30, but a lot of you reading this post may never heard of these songs before. Leave a comment in the box below and share your pick on the perfect tunes for a 2015 Valentine playlist!
Our flower cupids have been busy in the studio creating a lovely-dovely range of blooms for Valentine’s Day delivery. This year’s ‘Organic Love’ Valentine’s Collection consists of traditional romantic blooms as well as flower arrangements that offer something ‘slightly different’ for the less traditional punters.
On a budget? Take a look at our showcase of Valentine gift ideas under $80 (excluding delivery).
ONE LOVE: $45
A simple statement of your love and affection. `You’re the one for me’. Beautifully presented in a gift box and delivered to your door for $45 plus $10 delivery. Order your single rose now…
For a great value Valentine’s Day gift, we suggest our exotic Phaelanopsis orchid plants stylishly presented in a neutral stone-look pot. Only $77 plus $10 delivery (price based on single stem plant). Order your orchid plant for Valentine’s Day now…
A super cute gift for a super cute ‘special someone’. Six perfect long stem red roses and a soft cuddly teddy bear snuggled in for added mooshiness, only $74.50 plus $10 delivery. Order this Valentines Gift Combo now…
PERFUMED LILY BOUQUET: $77
Available in pure white or pretty pink, this long time favourite bloom is a guaranteed winner. Long lasting and exotically perfumed, our oriental lily bouquet is perfect for expressing your love and devotion this Valentine’s Day! Order our lily bouquet now…
PINK TIGER LILIES & ECOYA CANDLE: ON SALE $74.95
Save $10 off the retail price when you order this fabulously feminine pink Tiger lily bouquet and ECOYA Sweet Pea & Jasmine soy wax candle (55 hr burn). Order this divine Valentine gift now! *Offer valid Sydney delivery only.
So there you have it – our top eight Valentine gift ideas under $80 for 2015. We’ll be taking orders online right up till 10pm on Friday 13 February for delivery on the Saturday. Or simply give our team a call on 1800 66 66 46!
Venetian Giacomo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author famous for his often complicated and elaborate afffairs with women, earning him a reputation as a womaniser that still remains centuries later. Yet he was so much more than that.
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, “His many achievements would put the likes of Hugh Hefner to shame”.
“He hobnobbed with Voltaire, Catherine the Great, Benjamin Franklin and probably Mozart; survived as a gambler, an astrologer and spy; translated The Iliad into his Venetian dialect; and wrote a science fiction novel, a proto-feminist pamphlet and a range of mathematical treatises. He was also one of history’s great travellers, crisscrossing Europe from Madrid to Moscow”.
“And yet he wrote his legendary memoir, the innocuously named Story of My Life, in his penniless old age, while working as a librarian at the obscure Castle Dux, in the mountains of Bohemia in the modern-day Czech Republic”. (1)
When he died, Casanova had no idea whether his memoir would even be published. In fact, when it finally did emerge in 1821 in a heavily censored version, it was denounced from the pulpit and placed on the Vatican’s Index of Prohibited Books. Oom-ah!
The miracle of Casanova’s manuscript lies in its tale of survival over the centuries and its escape from destruction in World War II.
Casanova’s erotic memoir was originally bequeathed on his deathbed to a nephew in 1798, whose descendants later went on to sell it to a German publisher that kept it under lock and key for nearly 140 years, only releasing pirated and mistranslated extracts.
In 1943 an Allied bomb landed on the publishers office, yet it miraculously survived. The family secreted it by bicycle across Leipzig and placed the precious manuscript in a bank security vault. When the U.S. Army occupied the city in 1945, even Winston Churchill inquired after its fate. Reunited with its owners, the first uncensored edition was published in 1960 in French, during a time of major sexual revolution.
Now housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, this reverence and treatment of his manuscript as a sacred relic would have made Casanova roll over in his grave and do a little happy dance. Often dismissed as a frivolous sexual adventurer, a cad and a wastrel, his hilarious, provocative, philosophical and (still) shocking memoir provides an amazing window into authentic 18th century life.
“Apart from the more than 120 notorious love affairs with countesses, milkmaids and nuns which take up about a third of the book, the memoir includes escapes, duels, swindles, stagecoach journeys, arrests and meetings with royals, gamblers and mountebanks”, explains the Smithsonian Magazine. (1)
Even in today’s modern thinking world some extracts still raise eyebrows, especially the pursuit of very young girls and an interlude of incest. Attitudes towards these behaviours were tolerated quite differently in the 18th century!
“He would have been surprised to discover that he is remembered first as a great lover,” says Tom Vitelli, a leading American Casanovist. “Sex was part of his story, it was incidental to his real literary aims. He only presented his love life because it gave a window onto human nature.”
SIX INTERESTING TIT BITS ABOUT CASANOVA
Mostly identified as a famous lover who romanced women all over Europe in the 18th century, Casanova was also a revolutionary thinker, food-writer, kaballist shaman, and bisexual traveller. Below are some interesting insights into this remarkable man’s life by author of ‘Casanova’ by Ian Kelly.
Casanova was a dedicated food writer and in his epic memoirs, he spent almost as much prose on recalling his meals as his lovers.
Casanova collaborated with Da Ponte on the libretto for Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Casanova’s promiscuity may not be all that remarkable: over the course of his life, he averaged ‘only’ 3 sexual partners a year. It is his manner of writing about sex that was revolutionary.
In his own time, Casanova was never famous as a womanizer. This aspect of Casanova’s story is posthumous, the result of the 12 volumes of memoirs found after his death.
Casanova was bisexual and began his career in Venice as a sort of upmarket rent boy.
Casanova was a devoted disciple of the Kaballah – a craze amongst 18th century urban elites as it has become again in the early 21st century.
Order Valentine’s Day flowers from our gorgeous Organic Love 2015 Floral Collection to be delivered in Sydney and you will automatically go into the draw to win the most amazing, romantic Valentine’s gift valued at over $1000!
The lucky recipient of our Ultimate Valentine`s Gift will receive a Sydney Seaplanes ‘Fly & Dine’ package for two to the famous Jonah’s at Whale Beach.
Enjoy a magic day out with a Sydney Seaplane flight along Sydney’s Northern Beaches to Palm Beach, followed by a 3-course lunch overlooking Whale Beach at Jonah’s restaurant.*
Perched high on the edge of a cliff, enjoying dramatic views of Whale Beach and the sprawling Pacific Ocean, Jonah’s at Whale Beach is one of Australia’s most prestigious ocean retreats. Departing Sydney Harbour late morning, your seaplane flight tracks north past Sydney’s spectacular Northern Beaches before touching down in the expansive waterway of Pittwater. Jonah’s courtesy vehicle will meet you at the dock and transfer you to the restaurant. Jonah’s offers contemporary Australian cuisine combining the best and freshest local produce. You will be as impressed with the food as with the restaurant’s 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. After lunch, enjoy a glorious afternoon seaplane flight back to Rose Bay, encompassing a Sydney Harbour circuit over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
*Package does not include beverages.
Not a bad incentive to send Valentine’s Day flowers hmmm? The prize is valid for use up until 13 December 2015 (subject to availability), and is fully transferable if for some reason you were unable to use it yourself.
Our lucky winner will be notified by email and on Facebook by close of business on Friday 13 February (AM). That way you will not only have a Valentine’s flower delivery, but an extra fabulous surprise to really wow your partner with!
Terms & Conditions
To qualify for automatic entry an order must be placed online, in-store or via the phone for flowers to be sent in Sydney for Valentine’s Day.
Entry cut off is 12pm 13th February 2015.
Prize will be drawn prior by 4pm by a Flowers for Everyone staff member at head office, Unit 2, 1-15 Wentworth Rd North, Homebush, NSW, 2140 (Ph: 1800 66 66 46).
Prize winner will be announced before C.O.B. on the 13th February via email/mobile and winner promoted on Company Facebook and Google Plus pages.
A gift voucher from Sydney Seaplanes/Jonah’s Restaurant will be delivered to winner post announcement (alternatively winner can arrange to pick up personally from one of our stores).
There is no minimum age requirement for entry. The prize is for two people, is fully transferrable and valid for use up until 13 December 2015 (subject to availability).
Entrants are not required to be at the drawing of the prize.
Package includes flight from Rose Bay to the Pittwater where a Jonah’s vehicle will transfer winners to the restaurant for lunch (package does not include beverages). After lunch the seaplane will return the winners back to Rose Bay (total value $1070).