Bob and Cortney Novogratz Blog: Our Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

02/12/2016 at 06:46 PM ET

I Love You Pillow

Bob and Cortney Novogratz are a design duo—and parents to seven children—who recently bought a 1920s-era castle in the Hollywood Hills. Check back regularly on as they blog about the rewards, risks, messes, and successes of the project, giving their expert tips and tricks for home renovation. You can follow them on Twitter at @TheNovogratz.

Everyone who’s been in love has been guilty of buying a Valentine’s Day gift at the very last minute at least once in their lives — it feels like the holidays are barely over by the time stores are putting out candy hearts and teddy bears. Robert and I have surely gone years without making a big deal over Valentine’s Day; raising our seven kids and running a business often take precedence.

In case you’re like us and are hunting for a last minute gift, here a few Valentine’s Day gift options we love:

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1. Pillows that read like a card: Who doesn’t want to lie on a pillow that says “I Love You” or makes them feel like royalty?

Scuba Diving

2. Classes: Have you and your partner ever been scuba diving? Buy a set of classes that take the two of you outside of your comfort zones. Try dancing, woodworking, surfing, cooking, or spinning. It’s no secret: sharing new experiences with your loved one is best way to spice it up.

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3. Prints of partners: Art is a wonderful, lasting gift. Complementary prints are a great way to freshen up your home, and are a nice reminder that sometimes two is better than one.

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4. A homemade dinner for his or her friends: We all love it when our partner makes dinner for us. But imagine if your partner took the time to cook, set a beautiful table, and invite your closest friends to the dinner without you even lifting a finger? Nothing shows love like being good to a partner’s best friends.

Mr. Mrs. Mugs


5. Mugs: Whether it’s Mr. and Mrs., Mr. and Mr., Mrs. and Mrs., or a Ms. thrown in there, a mug with a good message is a delightful way to start the day (we’re such strong believers that we’ve got a whole line of mugs with messages).

Han Leia Hand Towels

6. Han and Leia hand towels: For the Star Wars fans, need we say more?

Whatever your budget, it’s always the thought that counts. Something as simple as a homemade card with your faces photoshopped in can bring as big a smile to your partner’s face as any material gift would bring. Valentine’s Day is about sharing the love, so say thank you to your partner and spend time doing something that makes both of you happy.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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