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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Part 4 — Love And Happiness

Want to put a little love in a gal’s heart for Valentine’s Day? Don’t distress. Whether she’s a shoe fanatic, a fragrance phenom, or a jewelry junkie, here are some flirty and fabulous finds to make her heart go pitter-patter.


Badgley Mischka Women’s Renee T-Strap Sandal, $200. Visit Endless.com

Look at the ruffled petal running length-wise from angle to toe on these Badgley Mischka’s Renee T-Strap Sandals — now that’s a floral bouquet that will live forever (okay, maybe not forever, but way longer than anything picked from a garden!).


Bing Bang by Anna Shefield “Heart & Locket” Charm Bracelet, $195. Visit BingBangNYC.com

This Bing Bang bracelet makes heart motifs look edgy and slightly weathered thanks to the mixture of materials: rose gold and yellow gold-plated heart charms and lockets, sterling silver crescent moons, and brass heart outlines


CH by Carolina Herrera Purse Spray, $70. Visit Nordstrom.com

Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera is a genius — whether she’s tackling fashion or fragrance, she manages to effortlessly invoke a feeling of subtle sexiness and sophistication. This floral oriental scent was among my favorite releases in 2009 and now it’s available in purse spray form, so it can always be within your reach!



Scosha NYC 10K Yellow Gold and Sterling Silver Necklace With Love Shield, Bird and Leaf Charms, $199; Scosha NYC Sterling Silver Necklace With a 12mm Solid Heart Pendant With Six 1mm Diamonds and one 2.3mm ruby stone, $229. Visit ScoshaNYC.com

There’s an alluring ruggedness to these necklaces — from the asymmetrical shape of the solid heart pendant to the lumpy, dissheveled look of the hammered sterling silver shield disc bearing the word “Love.”


Luxe Link “Juliet Swarovski” Bag Holder, $67. Visit LuxeLink.com

Hate going to a restaurant or cafe and not being able to hang your purse on the back of your chair? Then be as ready as a former Girl Scout with a Luxe Link bag holder, which features a chain link that unfolds into a sturdy purse hook. All you have to do is place the disc on the edge of a table (no matter if it’s a glass, metal, ceramic, or wooden surface), unfurl the chain, and hang your bag from it. Since it’s gravity that’s holding the hook to the table, you won’t have to worry about it slipping off. The Luxe Links are available ina  vast variety of designs, including this number with a red heart shape made of Swarovski crystals.


Perrelet Diamond Flower Rare Prestige Edition Watch, Price Available Upon Request. Visit Perrelet.com for more information.

With a watch this gorgeous, no woman has an excuse for being late — well, that is, unless she’s so hypnotized by her watch’s beauty that she loses herself (and loses track of time) as a result. Perrelet’s Diamond Flower watch features a golden lotus flower motif on the deep red dial, with precious stones all along the flower’s outline. Diamonds also adorn the gold bezel for an extra dose of elegance.


Linda & Harriett Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Goodie Bag, $26. Visit LindaAndHarriett.com

Remember the “Heartgrams” we got in junior high? Well, with this Linda & Harriett set, you can write love notes any time you please (and they won’t  have the unwanted cheesiness factor of heart-shaped construction paper). The limited edition goodie bag includes a note pad, pencil, a box of note cards, and a reusable canvas bag with a pink heart motif.




Nivea “Kiss of Flavor” Cherry Tinted Lip Care, $2.49; Nivea “Kiss of Shine” Pink Glossy Lip Care, $3.29; and Nivea “Kiss of Shimmer” Pearly Shimmer Lip Care, $2.49. Visit Drugstore.com

Kissable lips are an absolute necessity on Valentine’s Day, and Nivea makes achieving a sumptuous pout a cinch with its array of flavorful balms, shimmering tints, and lip glosses. To hydrate the lips and add just a touch of color, opt for the Kiss of Flavor — a lip balm available in scents like cherry and passionfruit (my fave). If you’re hoping for ultra glossy lips, pick up Nivea’s Kiss of Shine, a lip gloss that manages to moisturize while also providing the necessary shine (all without the pesky stickiness we associate with most drugstore glosses). For a subtle look, just apply some lipliner or a nude lipstick and top it off with the Kiss of Shine. Lastly, if you want just a tinge of shimmer, the Kiss of Shimmer, with its pearly particles, is your best bet.

Retro Super Future “Super Flat Top” Sunglasses, €94,00. Visit RetroSuperFuture.com

Red frames are always fun, but the flat top of these shades makes them unique and gives them even more of a playful retro flavor.


Links of London Flutter & Wow Heart With Red Garnet Bracelet, $295. Visit LinksOfLondon.com

For Valentine’s Day 2010, Links of London expanded it Flutter & Wow collection, adding some seriously edgy sterling silver pieces with red garnet details. The collection includes cage-like, sterling silver heart charms with intricate cut-outs, as well as asymmetrical, faceted silver heart shapes (like the one pictured above), and interlocking heart charms. The red garnet stones, meanwhile, reference the intense passion we associate with love.

Halle by Halle Berry Pure Orchid 1 oz. Eau de Parfum, $28. Available at Sears stores and Sears.com

This sensual floral fragrance, which just launched this month, is the second fragrance championed by Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry. The fragrance was created by perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Christophe Raynaud, and it features notes of jungle cactus flower, lemon, blackberry creme, star anise, masdevallia orchid, giant sequoia and patchouli. Though it’s named “Pure Orchid,” the strongest note hear is vanilla, but the florals surrounding it, make it even more feminine and sensual.


Mary Kay Limited-Edition Romantic Petals Gift Set, $32. Visit MaryKay.com

This hot pink set makes for a red hot gift, featuring a body sponge, body soufflé, shower gel, and eau de toilette spray — all boasting an intoxicating floral scent with hints of iris, orchid and gardenia.

Flirt! Rock-N-Rebel Perfume Spray, $35. Visit Kohls.com

The Veronicas were elected to be the face of this new Flirt! fragrance — and, once you smell this daring scent, which features blackberry, apple nectar, and pink grapefruit notes, you’ll understand why they’re such a perfect fit.

NP2 Solar Nail Lacquer, $22.50. Visit NP2Beauty.com

I’m completely smitten with Np2’s nail polishes — from their futuristic packaging to their fun colors and built-in top coat bottle (which snaps atop the base of the nail polish color). The Solar shade, a deep orange red hue, is ideal for a Valentine’s Day date.

Check out how the color looks on nails:


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