Manolo says ayyyy! The Dia de San Valentin, it approaches! Woe unto the man who neglects his duty to provide for his beloved the items of sufficient quality, cost, and/or sentimentality to properly express his undying affection.
If you are at the loss for what to give, the Manolo suggests costly chocolates, whose cocoa has been delivered to the master-hipster
chocolatier’s Brooklyn atelier by the labor-intensive and ecologically-sound modes of transportation, such as the windjammer, where it is mixed with the finest heirloom ingredients, and then lovingly urged into antique heart-shaped molds.
Or, you can do the same thing you did the last year, give to your fine lady the single red rose, procured from the $1.99 “Last Minute Valentines” bin at the Quik-Mart while you are filling the Honda Civic with fuel and yourself with Mountain Dew and beef jerky.
Or, you can do as the Manolo’s friend has done and give the whole love thing the pass, and go to the child’s birthday party.
Here is the Wallace from the Belle by Sigerson Morrison, the moderately whimsical, moderately practical wedge heel shoe ($225, zappos.com).