Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Records tell us that approximately 150 million cards are exchanged annually on this day of romance we call Valentine’s Day, making it the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

This issue has a feature story about Leslie and Dino Cancellieri, who certainly personify true love, as they met and married very young–and that was 47 years ago! And, of course, Valentine’s Day brings to mind presents for loved ones, and jewelry and watches come to mind. Our “Buyer’s Guide to High Luxury Jewelry,” authored by Kyle Roderick, highlights some of the best in the business. Chocolate is always a great gift, for as Deirdre Michalski says in her “Defining Romance” article, “Chocolate Equals love. No. Chocolate IS love.”

If you’re planning celebrating at a tony restaurant, A Restaurant should certainly be on your list. Our restaurant review, thanks to reviewer Jenn Tanaka, showcases the cuisine, ambience and servers at this Newport Beach icon in the best possible light. Or, if you’re wanting to stay home on Valentine’s Day and orchestrate a leisurely repast without much fuss, Suzette Zara details recipes for an easy, romantic dinner.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a romantic place to visit with a rich history, a charming atmosphere and great restaurants, go to Charleston, South Carolina. The warm Southern hospitality of its people will bowl you over!

However you choose to observe our nation’s “Day of Love,” be happy.

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor

DBunce@LifestylePubs.com

On the Cover: Original painting by Newport Beach artist Georgeana Ireland. Her new series, “Love,” explores the mysteries of emotions and features hearts with 24k gold, diamond dust, holographic pigments and oil on linen. “What is Love?” 67″ x 62,” Private Collection.