Love is in the Air

Courtesy MS Company

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this week’s post is all about romance.  There’s the traditional candlelit dinner, bouquet of roses, chocolates, whispered sweet nothings–all leading up to a wonderfully intimate evening to celebrate your love. Simple, yet elegant. Then, there are the more extravagant declarations of love, like jewelry or an overnight stay at your favorite hotel. It’s all good.

After twenty-odd February fourteenths, my Valentine surprised me a few years ago with what I consider his most thoughtful present ever, a gift basket of my favorite romantic comedy DVDs. To top it off, we watched one that night while snuggling on the couch with our wine and strawberries.

If you’re thinking about a cozy night in with your Valentine this year, here are my recommendations:

When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, French Kiss, The Holiday, Love Actually, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise, Wedding Date, Thirteen Going on Thirty, Just Like Heaven, Sleepless in Seattle, Hope Floats, While You Were Sleeping, The Wedding Singer, The Ugly Truth, Enchanted, The Proposal, Definitely Maybe, Made of Honor, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Sweet Home Alabama, and Leap Year.

If you missed this romantic comedy from 2010, Leap Year stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. Amy’s character, Anna, reminds me of the the girl from the Taylor Swift song about a guy who makes a “rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter.”

Matthew Goode

Anna is a proper, control freak on the verge of moving uptown with her safe, predictable cardiologist. Still ringless after four years, she decides to take matters into her own hands and travel to Dublin where her boyfriend is at a medical conference. She believes there to be an Irish tradition where a women can ask a man to marry her on February 29th. Of course, her journey meets with many obstacles. Matthew Goode plays Declan, who is adorable and maddenly interesting but financially unstable. Yet, Anna can’t help falling in love with him along their rocky road to Dublin. Click on Matthew’s photo to see Anna and Declan’s first kiss.

Not only is Leap Year’s story cute and fast-paced, but the scenery is incredible. You may be tempted to visit the Irish Isles after seeing this flick.

I’m not the only one with romance on my mind this week. Check out this cool movie blog post featuring romantic movie moments from a variety of genres. Which movie moment would get your vote?

Well, I have to run…time to write love notes for my Valentine. (Find this and other romantic ideas at Marcia Richards’ Sexy. Smart. From the heart. blog.) I’ll leave you with this video compilation of most romantic movie kisses:

Happy Valentine’s Day, however you choose to spend it.



20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcia
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 07:36:47

    Thanks for including my blog in your fabulous post of Valentine recommendations! Matthew Goode is HOT! Love the DVD collection idea! Gotta run..been so busy I haven’t had time to prepare for my own Valentine night with hubs. Dinner out tonight at our fave restaurant, but tomorrow the day is devoted to each other…gotta write out my post-its! have a fun V-day!

  2. Nicole Basaraba
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 09:01:58

    I LOVE Leap Year and it happens to be a leap year this year. 🙂 I have to say you got a great basket list there. I’m a big sucker for romantic comedies. Have a great V-day.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 13, 2012 @ 13:25:41

      Funny how the more titles I listed, the more I wanted to include. I didn’t add all those wonderfully dramatic romances or classic movies, although some of my favorites were mentioned in links I shared. For example, I could watch The Notebook and Casablanca over and over. And who could deny Audrey Hepburn her place as rom-com queen of her day?

  3. alicamckennajohnson
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 13:54:25

    What a great list of movies- I haven’t seen Leap Year yet- I’m going to have to now 🙂

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 13, 2012 @ 20:13:53

      Thanks, Alica. Now that I think about it, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset don’t necessarily qualify as romantic comedies, yet I adore the setting, the story, the craft of the pair. I especially love the song at the end of Before Sunset. Leap Year is just plain fun, and a wee sexy.

  4. Julie Glover
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 14:30:59

    When Harry Met Sally is easily one of my faves! I have seen about half of your romantic comedies list, so you gave me several ideas. Thanks, Jolyse! Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

  5. Gwen Hernandez
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 15:08:49

    Great ideas, here, Jolyse. I’m adding Leap Year to my Netflix list ASAP! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 19:48:10

    I’m going to HAVE to watch Leap Year because I’d love to see Ireland’s scenery and I love Amy Adams. Thank you for reminding me about that flick.

  7. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 23:38:23

    What a lovely thoughtful gift your husband gave. Thanks for the ideas and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 15, 2012 @ 17:14:15

      Thanks, Donna. We had a lovely dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant and then joined our son at home to watch a new episode of NCIS. And you? Hope it was a day filled with love, as every day should be. 🙂

  8. Catie Rhodes
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 15:08:43

    I loved your list of romantic comedies. When I’m in the mood for one, I just am. Every once in a while I have to have a break from horror and crime. 😀

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 15, 2012 @ 17:16:56

      I think everyone’s heart enjoys a good love story every now and then. Maybe that’s why I write contemporary romance.Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s with your loved ones. 🙂

  9. Tuere Morton
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:44:24

    Great video! Can’t have a clip without the best kissess of all time without classics like ‘Ever After’ and ‘The Notebook’, among others. Albiet late, still very nice to see. Thanks for helping me finding my muse again 🙂

  10. Jeannie Moon
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:53:15

    I think I have to watch that movie. 🙂 Lovely post, Jolyse.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 13:24:42

      Hi Jeannie. Thanks for stopping by.

      I’d also recommend Crazy, Stupid Love yet either–especially if you enjoy Ryan Gosling and his sexy accent. 😉

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