Saint Valentin se rapproche de mon amour
Valentine's Day Approaches my Love...
A Brief History of Valentine's Day
February is a great time of year to be in the greeting-card or chocolate-heart industry. This month has long been associated with love and romance, going back to the days of early Rome. Back then, February was the month in which people celebrated Lupercalia, a festival honoring the birth of Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of the city. As Lupercalia evolved and time went on, it morphed into a festival honoring fertility and the coming of spring.
For part of the celebration, young women would place their names in an urn. Eligible men would draw a name and the couple would pair of for the rest of the festival -- sometimes even longer. As Christianity progressed into Rome, the practice was decried as Pagan and immoral, and done away with by Pope Gelasius around 500 C.E. Although recently there's been some scholarly debate about the existence of the Lupercalia lottery, it's still a legend that brings to mind ancient matchmaking rituals -- perfect for this time of year!
A More Spiritual Celebration:
Around the same time that the love lottery was being eliminated, Gelasius had a brilliant idea. Why not replace the lottery with something a bit more spiritual? He changed the love lottery to a lottery of the Saints -- instead of pulling a pretty girl's name from the urn, young men pulled the name of a saint. The challenge for these bachelors was to try to be more saint-like in the coming year, studying and learning about the messages of their individual saint.
Who Was Valentine, Anyway?:
While he was trying to convince Rome's young nobleman to be more saintly, Pope Gelasis also declared St. Valentine (more on him in just a bit) the patron saint of lovers, and his day was to be held every year on February 14. There is some question about who St. Valentine actually was -- he may have been a priest during the reign of the Emperor Claudius.
The legend is that the young priest, Valentine, disobeyed Claudius by performing wedding ceremonies for young men, when the Emperor preferred to see them roped into military service rather than marriage. While imprisoned, Valentine fell in love with a young girl who visited him, perhaps the daughter of the jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter, signed, From your Valentine. No one knows if this story is true, but it certainly makes St. Valentine a romantic and tragic hero.
The Christian church had a hard time maintaining some of these traditions, and for a while St. Valentine's Day disappeared off the radar. In fact, during medieval times the lover's lottery regained popularity -- chivalrous young men paired off with ladies, and wore the names of their lover on their sleeves for a year.
Modern Valentine's Day
Around the end of the 18th century, Valentine's Day cards began to appear. Small pamphlets were published, with sentimental poems that young men could copy and send to the object of their affections. Eventually, printing houses learned there was a profit to be made in pre-made cards, complete with romantic pictures and love-themed verse. The first American Valentine cards were created by Esther Howland in the 1870s, according to Victorian Treasury. Other than Christmas, more cards are exchanged at Valentine's Day than any other time of the year.
Valentine's Day with a Sensual Rendezvous
From the preparations of romantic gestures and special gift items while also sticking to a very strict budget during these harsh economic times, allow Bella BloodLust to inspire you to throw caution to the wind and thrill your love with the most decadent, creative and DIY Valentine's Day a man or woman could ever dream of.
Choosing The Purrfect Setting
Location Location Location!
Location is the foundation, the hallmark of romantic escapades, from finding a sexy and private location for a sensual and erotic picnic, to traveling the town on a salacious adventure before hitting the hotel for dessert, it's truly the center of how one plans a truly brilliant romantic adventure. For those looking to celebrate this sensual holiday without breaking the bank in a tight economy, preparing one's home and turning it into a lover's paradise isn't as expensive or as difficult as you may seem.
Lighting, Music, Perfume that lingers in the air, these are all elements of ambiance, from bringing out sensual fabrics in your erotic interludes with lover, to lighting candles, dimming lights and the purrfect selection of sensual music adorned with perfume from your soaked and freshly washed skin. The wafting of heavy and romantic incense that beckon lovers to move closer to each other as each romantic tune is heard from the stereo, this is your time to truly add so much decadent depth to your Valentine's Day. Truly when they say the small things make a big difference in planning an erotic dance between lovers is when it truly impresses upon the one being spoiled with the most warmly received affection.
A Page from the Book of Inspiration
Think of your absolute favorite movie, your favorite song or erotic novel that beckons you to day dream about your lover until you see them and ravage them in the flesh next time, this is where you'll find your Valentine's Day inspiration. I personally enjoy watching my favorite sensual actresses, or recalling my favorite Femme Fatale or Intellectual Vixen, for naughty ideas and escapades to tease and tempt lover until He loses His mind. Draw from your inner sex kitten, your sensual Goddess, and find what it means to be passion and love incarnate. Folklore and Mythology are great inspirations as well, these passionate and endless love and lust stories can be utilized during escapades and interludes for centuries to come. From favorite costumes, to the sensual way a specific actress acts, take a page out of her book honey, you can't go wrong with a Classic Film-Noir Vixen. For the modern sensualists I suggest Christina Hendricks from Mad Men or anything with ScarJo as we all can easily see why so many find these gorgeous women irresistible.
If you plan to rendezvous outside ensure that wherever you're headed that weather is fairing well for your big plans, being rained on during the cold months of winter when you wanted to be warmed by each other's body heat sends chills and thrills to the romantic mind but is a much different experience when encountered first hand, so be prepared to compromise plans if the elemental's are planning to have a celebratory rain party for Valentine's Day. Be sure that your picnic is private and away from any disturbances if it's planned to be in the buff or naughty interludes between lovers is on the menu. If an outdoor picnic isn't feasible then be happy to move it indoors, even if this means just moving it to the car to continue your outdoor rendezvous, trust me ladies and gentleman this will be a Valentine's Day you and your lover will never forget.
Scenario #2 The Night of Traveling Romance
Why not create a sexy scavenger hunt? Nothing is more titillating for lover or the one surprising lover to plan ahead, find your favorite local eatery and perhaps a few other places you'd like to visit throughout the night before ravaging each other back in that hotel room, where the mini-bar flows free and the sign on the door says Do Not Disturb. Have a few random hand drawn clues hidden at each location you plan to attend to drive your lover's mind wild with the anticipation of what these clues truly mean?
Reservation for 2
Have your clue in a fancy envelope and prepare by calling ahead and orchestrating with the staff of your favorite eatery to play along in your adventure, have your waiter or waitress drop off the card with your menu's, perhaps draw something naughty, like the lingerie you plan to wear, or leave a sexy kiss print with a naughty message to keep them squirming all throughout the evening, with endless questions of curiosity, take it from former Mistress and Pro-Dominatrix Bella BloodLust, these riveting games only add fuel to the delectable fire so have fun won't you.
Rendezvous for 2
Maybe you want to grab ice cream at your favorite sweet's shop, plan ahead by having the staff informed and have your dessert server give the second clue to your lover when they receive their delicious treat, well the first of many to come. The second clue should be a naughty poem or perhaps a small and abstract photo of you wearing lingerie, just keep it sexy and titillating, like all good burlesque shows, the art is the tease.
Surprise for 2
This is the fun part, take your lover to an erotic store, or even better lingerie shopping, while they watch and select what you'll be wearing just hours from now. This requires some planning ahead as holidays usually are their busiest or sometimes non-working days in the evenings, so prepare this date for lunch and spend dinner and dessert in the hotel room, and perhaps breakfast as well. Taking your lover to an erotic sex shop to pick out lingerie, film, toys, or something else you've both been dying to try is a sure fire way to throw caution to the wind while ending up in the throes of passion with nothing but smiles and the most salacious memories.
Room for 2
Well my love's I've gotten you this far, I'd keep in mind about the music, lighting and perhaps tossing in a sexy bubble bath for two to start off the mood right, take that lingerie out and watch as the hours go by and sunrise appears with nothing but the smiles of spent passions throughout the night, be sure to stay well hydrated and enjoy a healthy breakfast, as i'm sure you'll need your strength after such a passionate evening.
Stay tuned as i'll be going into great detail with Bella's plans for this sensual Valentine's Day with lover.
Luscious Banquet of Passionate Exploits
It doesn't matter whether you plan to order take-out, travel out for a lavished meal, prepare a picnic for two or seduce your lover to your boudoir for dinner and dessert, it's essential to serve a complex and energy enriched meal to ensure both of you share the passion and stamina to last throughout the romantic holiday evening. Local Pizza Delivery places enjoy cutting them into the shape of a heart to celebrate the day of love, reservations for two all over the city in the most romantic restaurants are bound to be an adventurous choice for the traveling romantic. If you're like myself and enjoy turning your home into a lover's paradise why not cook one of your decadent and award winning home-cooked meals and add a home-made dessert for a delicious surprise.
Wine has been a historical aphrodisiac since the Greek and Roman times, no need to go into endless details about how those civilizations partied, I'd surely have to charge commission at such debaucherous exploits, from the god's of wine and passion known also as Dionysus, to the very scientific studies that prove that reservatol in wine harbors extensive bloodflow that well leads to endless hours of lover's interludes as if you didn't already know. If you're on a budget there's been an endless mark down in high quality wines to ensure that anybody can enjoy the sensual and relaxing disposition it contributes to lover's escapades. Do keep in mind that red wines and white wines vary greatly in taste with romantic dinners, so do a bit of research prior to preparing that award winning dish, to ensure that the win you've selected suits that dish of yours just purrfectly.
If you have your eyes on chocolate, or fruit, or perhaps a bit of both, chocolate covered fruit, either of these classic and historically known throughout the centuries aphrodisiac is certainly more fuel to that endless fire of passion and lust to be the cherry on top of the already romantic and sensual sundae that you've planned for your lover this sexy Valentine's Day. From eating it directly from the box, covering it all over fresh fruit and enjoying sensual fondue, to taking the erotic road less traveled and eating it off of each other, the darker the chocolate the better as far as the libido is concerned, for those aching for this lush dessert, try it in many forms, from cocoa while curled up watching Johhny Depp in Chocolat to a delicious Dark Chocolate Cake, Truffles or Candy made by hand, the adventures are endless with this exquisite treat, many have lost their lives, kingdoms and so much more in search for the richest of all aphrodisiacs, the one and only, Chocolate.
The Pie`ce de Re`sistance
The highlight of any Valentine's Day evening is the Lingerie. Nothing hearkens back to Old World Sensuality quite like the illustriously worn and delicately woven pieces of satin, silk, mesh and lace.
Nothing Says Sensuality Like Sheer Fabrics
Start the evening off with delicate layers, ones that whisper what the soft pristine skin aches to tell in the dark passionate throes of ecstasy, it keeps lovers hungry, and aching to ravage what delicate creature lies lurking under all those beads, velvet and and tightlacing. Do remember that location of adventures determines just how sensual you'll be able to get, for the exquisite sex-kitten who desires to seducer her lover to silk sheets, it might be wise to wait to add those heels after one's served a satisfying meal. Comfort as well as sensuality is key in these boudoir adventures nothing is quite the romantic holiday buzz kill than having to take somebody to the doctor for a romantic escapade accident. If you're not used to heels above 5 inches, than practice weeks in advance in the setting you have planned to ensure you walk as gracefully and sensually as the Goddesses of the silver screen.
If you and lover have desired to explore more characteristic exploits invest in a naughty costume before the passionate evening and enjoy scenarios of what would really make that smile appear with naughty sentences, phrases and sexy dirty talk for the two of you to enjoy while romping in the bedroom during parlor games.
Tantric Connection, When Two Become One
Perhaps the fun and games are the beginning of your enjoyed evening, perhaps connecting as One, through tantric and energy play is more suitable for your Twin Flame Connection, from romantic interludes of sacred breathing, to exploring the Kama Suttra, these passionate love affairs lead one closer to God and Goddess than two beings can ever conceive as individuals, there's plenty of exciting applications and exquisite time-old tales from all sorts of sacred sexuality venues that will cater to bringing you two closer to each other, your universe and to the greatest connection of unconditional love two beings could ever hope to attain as One.
Bella BloodLust's Sensual Valentine's Day
I'm sure after this arousing read you're just aching to know what Bella BloodLust has in her arsenal for lover and Twin Flame, I can assure you this year i'm taking a page out of Mistress Irene Adler's Book....After watching and falling head over heels in love with a persona from my past, Ms. Adler's calculated sensuality beckons back to my former Mistress days, and truly leaves a salacious smile on my porcelain face.
Fans of BBC's Sherlock are smiling ear to ear, you naughty boys and girls know just what I have in store for the brilliant man that's truly SHER-LOCKED my heart to leave me pining for ways to seduce His brilliance back into my boudoir. The only persuasion a Mistress does best is wearing the proper battle dress. After attending The Gaslamp Societies Victorian Valentine's Day Soiree dressed in one of Ms. Adler's infamously stunning costumes I intend on shedding that decadent black velvet layer for a more proper feast at hand for my sexy Sherlock.
This Banquet is fit for The Sun King
From a love filled gift for my Sun King that will beckon Him to learn French to find what naughty notes of love and passion await for Him throughout His very own Calendar of His Concubine Bella Luna to the home-made meal of vegan delights, fried tofurkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, zucchini, sprouts from Brussel's and delectable toast, to the home-made vegan dark chocolate pie and peanut butter cups I plan to appease my love, my glorious Sun King with whatever His appetite desires. My boudoir will be filled with the rich fragrance of incense, I haven't decided on the scent just yet but it will be one filled with erotic undertones to add depth to this sensual interlude between feast and erotic dessert. As far as music and lighting goes both will be soft, candlelight but of course, and as far as music goes I'm sure the romantic channels we enjoy on Pandora radio will beckon us both to dance by candlelight before moving to the velvet boudoir for tantric and Twin Flame unification.
I even found Sherlock & Irene Adler Tea from my favorite Etsy Tea Shoppe: Beastly Beverages to celebrate this Valentine's Day in true Sherlockian Fashion. This lovely tea connoisseur is the one who created the tea for my 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who Viewing Party 9th & 10th Doctor Tea, article coming soon.
You see as much as I enjoy adventures outside the home, and traveling between places before finally ending up in a romantic hotel or bed & breakfast, for Bella BloodLust, there truly is no more advantageous place for erotic interludes with the love of my life than when I'm right here at home, in my elegant boudoir filled with secret treats, and hidden places only I'm well versed in to torment and tease my hungry Sun King until He's unable to contain His passion and love and we end up bodies and limbs entwined in ecstatic bliss. Any woman will tell you that her home is her palace, her castle, her temple of solitude where she fortifies her most erotic and sensual daydreams to be woven into the grandest love and lust story ever told. When I know my lover is arriving I've already got all my plans for Valentine's Day or any romantic night together very much planned. But this does leave room to explore, think on one's heels, and explore the greatest and most memorable nights together two beings could ever imagine. We're resourceful, insightful and foretelling creatures us women of passion, but even the most psychic woman can have pitfalls during holiday romance when improvising with weather, busy traveling conditions and unexpected murphy's law side effects that the universe does so enjoy sharing for comedic reference from time to time.
A Special Note for those Still Searching for Love
I truly hope this article of passion and eroticism has inspired you to explore this holiday season with your lover, as well as those single lovers waiting to find their special someone, don't be surprised if you're out and about this Valentine's Day season if Cupid finds it interesting to shoot arrows in your direction, this isn't the holiday to sit at home an feel sorry for one's lack of love connections, if one is willing one is more than capable of attracting a new flame and quite possibly their Twin Flame on this most romantic day of the year. Happy Valentine's Day, to my exquisite lover who has no idea how many things I plan to suprise Him with, to each and every one of you.