HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER Featured on Philip & Isabella

Once upon a time, LA-based lifestyle blog, Philip & Isabella, featured a little piece I wrote, catered to the fellas, on How To Write a Love Letter. Now, this how-to format hopefully inspired some of the man-folk to pick up a pen and write down their most sincere feelings. Right? He loves me... he loves me not?!  

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Hallmark is for amateurs. Real men write love letters. 

As the month of LOVE comes to a close, otherwise known as the holiday of mail, (according to my darling cousin, Isabella) it’s amazing to me the number of women I’ve recently encountered who have NEVER actually received a legitimate love letter.

Remember grade school days when we made decorative Valentines boxes and gave candy-grams and carnations to the cute boys in class? When it was reassuring to get tons of cards from all the hotties with sayings like BE MINE or I’VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU. What happened to that innocent declaration of love that seemed so easy as a kid? It may not have meant as much back then but its depressingly sad that many of my gorgeous female friends, both single and married, haven’t seen a written expression of love EVER SINCE!

Of course in today’s digital dating world we’re programmed to reread text message exchanges and Facebook chats from our crushes, pining to analyze what each phrase or sentence means. Searching for hidden messages of love within the, “hey girl, where you at?” and “we on tonight?” texts like its an AP course in Shakespearean Literature. Guys have become so lazy and ill equipped (no pun intended) in declaring their love, often forgetting to even hit up the card aisle at the nearest grocery store, that the ladies they’ve magically wooed are disappointed yet equally to blame for these shortcomings. We want and deserve more!    

Whether you are married, engaged, dating, or even flirting with a flame, keep the spark alive with this simple tutorial on How to Write a Love Letter - 10 easy steps that guarantee you’ll win her over with the loveliest trick in the book.

HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER

Step 1. Pick the Paper   

You definitely do not need to overthink this. A clean sheet of lined-paper would do just fine. But if you want to dazzle us with your Casanova-like qualities, get creative and make us a pinterest-friendly announcement or find a sheet of stationery that suits your lady’s style. It truly is the thought that counts, but we notice when you make that extra-effort (as will we… later on.)

Step 2.  Choose a Writing Instrument.

For sure,  you can go with a standard number #2 pencil or any kind of pen, but bring out your inner-Hemingway and bust out the vintage typewriter. While they are quite extinct, I know a few fellas out there who actually still  own old electric typewriters from their school days. And if you aren’t so lucky, check out your neighborhood thrift store, or borrow one from a instagrammer/stylista who just happens to have one because they are so cute to look at. You just never know…and this romantic gesture will definitely knock the socks (and pants) off your lady-love. 

 Step 3. Brainstorm Your Content

I know this is hard. Guys are not always able to express their feelings in words but by doing a little pre-planning, it can certainly help get your thoughts and structure on paper. Perhaps you want to take a poetic approach with lines that rhyme or maybe this is just a simple statement of attraction, regardless of the content’s nature, make a list of 10 ideas, phrases, or sentences that you want to include. Get personal. Be clever. Show her that you HAVE been listening this whole time.

 Step 4.  Outline the Letter

After you’ve made your list, formulate your letter in an outline. I know you did this in school, remember 5th grade English? What order makes the most sense to you and sounds best. Consider building intensity with your declarations, like you do in the bedroom. For example, start out by describing how you felt when you first met and continue to explain how your feelings (and man parts) have grown with each coming day. We aren’t afraid of a few dirty thoughts – we like it when you talk that way.

 Step 5. Write With LOVE

Get the first draft out. Write from your heart. Tell her how you feel. What the first moment with her was like. Why you’ve never expressed yourself like this before. Here’s your shot to make her fall in love with you ALL OVER AGAIN.  And she will, I’m certain, as long as you are sincere, honest and mean what you say.

 Step 6. Proof & Revise

I know this isn’t a homework assignment but definitely reread and check for any grammar mistakes or spelling errors. We want to be impressed with your first love letter, and chances are we’re going to share this with our girlfriends and brag about how smart and talented you are. By giving that extra attention to detail, you’ll look like the genius we’ve always hoped you be.  

 Step 7.  Seal with a Kiss

Okay, you don’t have to ACTUALLY kiss the letter. But fold it neatly and place into a proper envelope. If at all possible, you could put one of those nifty red wax seals over the enclosure. That’s so overly official that you wouldn’t even need to kiss it for good luck…but you can if you wish!

 Step 8.  Scents for our Sensitivity

Yes, please, by all means, go for it. Spritz a bit of your manly cologne on the envelope. Arouse us with your masculine scent before we even read your confession of love. It’s possible that this teaser will work before we even open up.

 Step 9.  The Letter Set-Up

Make sure to surprise us with this golden letter of love. In fact, we’d prefer to find it waiting for us to read alone. We’ll be soaking in EVERY. SINGLE. WORD.  you write, rereading your poetry over and over again. Perhaps you should leave it on our doorstep or on top of our pillow (if you have keys to our castle). You can always send flowers to our office and include the letter. Not only will this save you the face-to-face confrontation, but will add a bit of mystery to our long-awaited response.

Step 10. Be the KING

You’ve earned the title, Sir Love-A-Lot. We will be so in awe of your magical powers in the written word that we will grant you any wish… ANY WISH AT ALL.

Shakespeare in Love - Bridal Fashion Shoot - Ceremony Magazine Los Angeles

Shall I compare thee to a SPRING day….   As this lovely season starts to bloom, I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite bridal fashion editorials featured in this year's Los Angeles Ceremony Magazine edition - Shakespeare in Love, photographed by Studio EMP.  

Of course, I fell in love with the movie (especially hottie Joseph Fiennes as the poetically-challenged Shakespeare) and felt that our location at Ponte Vineyard Inn could set the stage perfectly for a stunning Mid-Summer-type fashion tale. 

“This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.” Romeo and Juliet

“This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.” Romeo and Juliet

“Here my soul speak. The very instant that I saw you, did my heart fly to your service.” The Tempest

“Here my soul speak. The very instant that I saw you, did my heart fly to your service.” The Tempest

“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me” Anthony & Cleopatra 

“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me” Anthony & Cleopatra 

“Tis is my memory lock’d. And you yourself shall keep the key of it.” Hamlet 

“Tis is my memory lock’d. And you yourself shall keep the key of it.” Hamlet 

“Doubt that the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move his aides, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” Hamlet

“Doubt that the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move his aides, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” Hamlet

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     “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.”  Romeo and Juliet           

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.”  Romeo and Juliet           

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is that not strange?” Much Ado About Nothing

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is that not strange?” Much Ado About Nothing

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     “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?” As You Like It

“Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?” As You Like It

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     “But, soft! What light through yonder window break? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.” Romeo & Juliet

“But, soft! What light through yonder window break? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.” Romeo & Juliet

“One half of me is yours, the other half yours. Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours. And so all yours.” The Merchant of Venice 

“One half of me is yours, the other half yours. Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours. And so all yours.” The Merchant of Venice 

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”  Romeo & Juliet

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”  Romeo & Juliet

Photography Studio EMP 

Location Ponte Vineyard Inn 

Hair Dressing Richard Dalton Styling 

Makeup Artist Pure Beauty by Danielle 

Styling Couture Events 

Furniture & Props FOUND Vintage Rentals 

Bouquets & Fresh Floral Head Pieces My Floral Bliss 

Gowns Lovella Bridal & Mon Amie Bridal Salon 

Video Godfather Films 

Models Kimberly & Caitlin, courtesy of Refresh Agency 

Produced by Ceremony Magazine for Los Angeles 2014 

EXPERIENCE FASHION NIGHT with WISHNOW BY VICTORIA ROBERTS

I could picture Andy Warhol sitting front row at EXPERIENCE FASHION NIGHT with WishNow by Victoria Roberts and Studio Oseas. It may not have been "The Factory" as in Warhol's days but Dragonfly Autobody shop was transformed into a hip NYC-style underground party with fashions driving the catwalk. Featuring San Diego Fashion Week alumni in back-to-back exclusive shows, I was proud to be a part of TEAM WISHNOW working as the show stylist and producer for Victoria's collection of storybook-inspired cocktail couture. 

Photos courtesy of Josie Gonzales for Quasi Studios Photography and Locale Magazine
 

Ceremony Magazine Interview with Legendary Bridal Gown Designer: Ines Di Santo

As seen in the 2014 edition of Ceremony Magazine Los Angeles, my article, FOR THE LOVE OF LOVELLA, is one of my favorite contributions to Ceremony this year. Not only is this brand new location and home for Lovella Bridal's luxurious salon a showstopper, but on the eve of their Grand Opening, I had the pleasure to hear the REAL STORY of how it all came to be!  And to top it off, I sat down with the legendary and magnificent Ines Di Santo for a fabulous interview.

See my article in print in Ceremony's LA edition on newsstands now. 

Behind-the-scenes pics of the beautiful Lovella Bridal Grand Opening event, shot by Duke Photography

Ines and I during our interview in her showroom at Lovella Bridal, which takes up half the first floor of the salon. 

Ines and I during our interview in her showroom at Lovella Bridal, which takes up half the first floor of the salon. 

The handsome and stylish Jorge Manuel received a large-scale rendering of his original drawing of the Lovella Bridal new store design while Angie and Nayri of Lovella wore colorful lace cocktail dresses created by the famed designer.  

The handsome and stylish Jorge Manuel received a large-scale rendering of his original drawing of the Lovella Bridal new store design while Angie and Nayri of Lovella wore colorful lace cocktail dresses created by the famed designer.  

Jorge mentioned in his "acceptance speech" that if he would have known this drawing would forever be remembered, he would have used better paper and put more thought into it… We think it's perfect :) 

Jorge mentioned in his "acceptance speech" that if he would have known this drawing would forever be remembered, he would have used better paper and put more thought into it… We think it's perfect :) 

Lovella Bridal  is located at 224 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA, across the street from The Americana at Brand. For appointments call 818.246.4637

Lovella Bridal is located at 224 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA, across the street from The Americana at Brand. For appointments call 818.246.4637