In the non-stop, 24/7 world we live in, Valentine’s Day seems to provide a respite from our busy lives (especially in the dead of winter) and a chance to celebrate romance. It’s that time to pause and show your sweetheart (or yourself) some love.

This week we’re getting you set for a weekend of amour. Whether you’re prepping for a special evening or planning to kick back with friends, you don’t want to miss Pre-Dame’s Expert Style Tips to transform your look – a few lucky #TeamCeci ladies got to test out their glamorous makeovers. See their transformations, photographed by Julian Ribinik at Above Twelve by Marcia Selden Catering, below! Or if you just need to escape from it all, then we’ve got you covered with fireside snuggles or poolside play at one of our three featured Great Escapes (my personal favorite is Acqualina Resort & Spa – their coastal Florida locale is heaven). Or, if Cupid’s special day is your excuse to treat yourself, then look no further than Get the Look. My studio is obsessing over M2Malletier’s red bag – the gold bar detail and unique shape is beyond.

Lastly, what would Valentine’s Day be without love notes or, in our case, invitations? In search of timeless romance, we went digging into our archives and came up with our five most romantic invitations of all time to keep you inspired.

Hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s Day. Kisses to all of you lovebirds!


Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - Divine Valentine

Photography by Julian Ribinik

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Photography: Julian Ribinik Hair & Makeup: Pre-Dame Venue: Above Twelve by Marcia Selden Catering

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CeciStyle Magazine v283: Get The Look - Divine Valentine - Treat yourself to a little something special this Valentine's Day - Luxury Wedding Invitations by Ceci New York - ceci new york, invitation, wedding invitation, wedding, luxury, couture, valentine's day, brunch, lipstick, tom ollivierre, earrings, kate spade, candle, diptyque, olympia le-tan, fleur du mal, kimono, robe, valentino, perfume, aquazzura, shoes, moet et chandon, champagne, rose, m2malletier, purse, handbag, chocolates, lock and key confectionery

  1. LOVE ACTUALLY:Put yourself in Ceci New York’s creative hands and turn your custom wedding invitation into the ultimate Valentine!

  2. LIP SERVICE:Rock a bold, red lip with Troi Ollivierre’s ultra-flattering Parker lipstick.

  3. KISS AND TELL:Wear these Kate Spade New York Signed Sealed Delivered Kiss Kiss Studs to send a flirty hint to your Valentine.

  4. ROSY GLOW:Bring a girly mood to your space with this rose and leather-scented candle from Diptyque, which collaborated with handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan on this special piece.

  5. TIE ONE ON:Embrace a modern, feminine take on kimono style with Fleur Du Mal’s Haori Floral-Print Silk-Crepe Robe.

  6. FEMME FATALE:Valentino’s Donna fragrance will have you exuding an elegant-yet-mysterious air with its notes of bergamot, iris and leather.

  7. HIGH NOTE:Get in touch with your fiery side wearing Aquazzura’s Latin Lover Studded Fringed Suede and Leather Sandals.

  8. BUBBLY PERSONALITY:Put an appropriately pink spin on your Champagne this Valentine’s Day by sipping on Moet & Chandon’s Rosé Imperial.

  9. HOLD IT:Add modern edge to your date night look with M2Malletier’s Amor Fati Perforated Patent Satchel Bag.

  10. HEART TO HEART:Looking for a sweet treat with style to spare? Look no further than these Heart Spectrum Chocolates from Lock & Key Confectionery.

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Ceci Creative Tips
A PERFECT ROMANCE - In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we bring some of our most romantic invitations out of our archives. These invitation suites have stood the test of time, and will surely be favorites of ours for years to come.

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Expert Style Tips
Valentine's Day Beauty Looks



  1. Prep skin with moisturizer and primer.

  2. Apply a medium-coverage foundation like Bobbi Brown Sticks to even out skin tone.

  3. Add a bronzer or contour like Kat Von D Contour Palette on cheekbones.

  4. Apply a soft blush like Nars Impassioned to apples of cheeks.

  5. Choose warm brown matte shades for eyes to create a soft smoky look – try MAC Corduroy, Brown Script and Charcoal Brown – and blend.

  6. Apply Corduroy to bottom lash line to softly smoke it out.

  7. Use gel or liquid black liner and apply it to top lash line.

  8. Add a black kohl liner like MAC Mystery to bottom waterline.

  9. Apply false lashes and mascara to top and bottom lashes.

  10. Add a soft pink lipstick like Pre-Dame Nude Pink.


  1. Prep with mousse on roots and shine oil on ends; then blow dry.

  2. Flatiron any imperfections.

  3. Finish with dry shampoo on roots.

  4. Tuck behind one ear to encourage a symmetrical trend.



  1. Prep skin with hydrating moisturizer and primer.

  2. Apply a glowing tinted moisturizer like Jour Luminizing Moisture Tint.

  3. To add warmth to skin, brush a light bronzer on cheekbones, forehead, and nose.

  4. Use a pink cream blush like Makeup Forever HD Second Skin Cream Blush #210 on apples of cheeks.

  5. Add a soft-color eye shadow all over lids. We chose lilac but any soft shade will do.

  6. For a fuller eye look, sweep same color along lower lash line.

  7. Apply mascara.

  8. Place cream highlighter like W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick on tops of cheekbones, inner corner of eyes, down center of nose, and above cupid’s bow.

  9. Finish off with a lightweight gloss like Pre-Dame’s Sassy.


  1. Prep hair with mousse and blow-dry for full and textured effect.

  2. Take a one-inch curling iron and wrap medium sections around rod for beach waves.

  3. Create an ear-to-ear section going towards the hairline – braid section from ear to ear and create same-size section directly behind your current braid.

  4. Repeat braid and fasten with bobby pins.



  1. Prep skin with a gel moisturizer and matte primer like Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Oily Skin.

  2. Apply a medium-coverage matte foundation like Bobbi Brown Longwear Even Finish Foundation.

  3. Powder skin with translucent powder like Makeup Forever HD Translucent.

  4. Using a black gel liner like MAC Fluidline, create a heavy winged cat eye.

  5. With a blue kohl liner like Vasanti Intense Eye Pencil in Navy, trace over top 2/3rds of black liner from center of eye all the way to outer wing.

  6. Add a soft grey shadow to bottom lash line to widen eyes.

  7. Apply a full set of false lashes and mascara to top and bottom two times.

  8. Fill in brows to create a fuller effect with a wax brow pencil like Anastasia Brow.

  9. Contour cheekbones, chin, and forehead with a contour kit like Kat Von D Contour Palette.

  10. Choose a bold and matte lip color in a red or a burgundy shade to finish off look.


  1. Prep hair with mousse and blow-dry upside down.

  2. Section your side part and curl your hair with a one-inch curling iron going away from the face, pinning the curl in place to set.

  3. Set with hairspray.

  4. Take clips out and brush out curls – begin to look for S shapes in the hair and brush them in those directions.

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NYC based Pre-Dame, founded by editorial and commercial makeup artist Stefanie Syat (Birchbox, Brides, The Knot, Clinique, Covergirl), arrives with her team of beauty obsessives to your apartment, hotel or location of choice to put the fun (and glamour) back into party prep. Her talented team of artists, complete with makeup kits in tow, false lashes, and complimentary Pre-Dame lip gloss, will glam its goers into their ultimate selves to prepare them for their night on the town.

With an impressive career in the industry, and Pre-Dame parties taking off, Stefanie explains her move into bridal. “I knew we could bridge the gap between the magazine industry and the bridal industry by bringing our editorial makeup backgrounds to a real wedding. We do away with the old ‘heavy bridal makeup’ stigma by creating beautiful makeup schemes to enhance a bride’s best features and bring out individual qualities.” She adds, “Your wedding day look should reflect your personal style, represent you, and most importantly, bring out your inner beauty. So, that’s what we do!”

To keep up with Pre-Dame’s expertise and beauty secrets, follow them on Instagram or shoot them an email with any beauty related questions you may have!

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Valentine's Day Pre-Dame Party
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Great Escapes

Acqualina Resort & Spa, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is a luxury seaside haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, featuring 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Acqualina invites you to step into a world of luxury with unprecedented accommodations and service, world-class dining destinations, including Il Mulino New York and AQ by Acqualina, and three oceanfront swimming pools. A variety of lavish interior and exterior venues provide an ideal background for opulent weddings and memorable events on the lush property grounds boasting 400 feet of stunning Atlantic coastline. Acqualina Spa by ESPA, the first ESPA-branded spa in the United States, provides guests with an exquisite 20,000-square-foot, two-story tranquil sanctuary of excellence and relaxation set in a class of its own offering eleven multi-functional treatment rooms, and an extravagant private spa suite for two, along with the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace complete with a spa pool, heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall – all set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Inn by the Sea is located on a mile of sandy beach and just fifteen minutes from the vibrant city of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Offering sixty-one guest rooms, suites, and cottages makes the Inn the perfect luxury Maine beach hotel for couples or family travel. Enjoy your view of Crescent Beach from the comfort of your luxuriously appointed room or suite, and make sure you leave time for serene relaxation. Inn Activities include a nightly fire pits, beachfront sunsets, early morning yoga and garden tours. Inn by the Sea is also well known as a pet-friendly destination in the Portland area, so please bring your four legged companions with you! The Spa at Inn by the Sea is ready to spoil you with Signature Treatments, Massage Therapies, Facial Treatments, and Body Therapies. Come to relax for an hour or a day of restorative spa treatments that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

The Inn also offers event space for your business or social gathering, and features a signature restaurant, Sea Glass. Cape Elizabeth, Maine is known for exquisite dining, and the Sea Glass restaurant is no exception. Enjoy the oceanfront view while you dine on Executive Chef Steve Sicinski’s latest creations, featuring fresh, local seafood and produce. Whether for a weekend getaway, wedding celebration at the beach or group meeting, Inn by the Sea will allow you to experience a Maine destination where luxury comes naturally.

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Covent Garden Hotel, London, England

Covent Garden Hotel holds its own among the stars of London’s acclaimed theater district. Guests pass through grand curtains festooned with English roses before entering a world of aged wood, dignified architecture, and head-turning interiors by designer Kit Kemp. Her signature mix of luscious upholstery patterns, demi-canopies, decorative headboards, flowing drapes, and matching wallpaper envelops visitors in British charm. Guests in search of an intimate retreat can withdraw offstage into Tiffany’s Library, with its radiant fireplace and honor bar. The gym, beauty spa, two private dining rooms, and private screening room provide state-of-the-art amenities, while the pewter-paned mirror, cozy banquettes, and tucked-away corners of Brasserie Max gain widespread applause as a pre- or post-theater retreat.

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