So, you’ve booked your romantic boutique hotel for a decadent Valentine’s Day break. How about some romantic inspiration to pack in your weekend bag.
CHIC LIT – LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (‘DANGEROUS LIASONS’) – CHODERIOS DE LACLOS
It’s been adapted many times – including the nineties hit ‘Cruel Intentions’ – but nothing quite matches the wickedness of the original 1782 novel. In the years before the French Revolution, two French aristocrats, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuile both seek to seduce and ‘corrupt’ younger, purer individuals for their own scheming ends. Their plans quickly become ensnared and complicated, not in the least by unexpected love, This is a fast-paced, sexy romp of a novel, perfect for reading curled in a chair, amongst the decadent furnishings of a hideaway country hotel.
CHIC FLICK – LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel, this film follows lovers Tito and Pedro during the years of the Mexican Revolution. Kept apart by family tradition, Tita channels her passion for Pedro into her cooking, the other great love of her life – with magical results! Starring Marco Leonardi and Lumi Cavazos, Alfonso Arau’s 1992 film skillfully evokes both burning passion and the seductive power of good food. Like Water For Chocolate recently enjoyed its 20th anniversary and was re-released on Blu-Ray and DVD, so it is an ideal film to watch curled up with a special someone.
CHIC TUNES – We’re loving this playlist put together by Glamour Celeb in 2015, featuring an eclectic mixture of romantic blues, soul and pop, that is guaranteed to get you in the mood for love.