Check Out My Valentine’s Day Suggestions On Telemundo’s “Hombre de Hoy”
Happy Valentine’s Day, dolls! Yesterday, I spent the day taping a Valentine’s Day-themed piece for Telemundo NY’s “Hombre de Hoy” segment in which I suggested different gift options that men could get for their sweethearts. The premise of the segment was to encourage men to think beyond the traditional (and, yes, cliché) drugstore chocolates and red roses — not that we don’t appreciate these things but, truth be told, we’re way more wowed when the tokens of affection we receive convey a great deal of forethought and an understanding of our likes and dislikes or when they’ve been infused with a personalized touch. To that end, then, I showcased a ton of products to make women swoon: from fragrances, handbags and shoes to makeup sets, cosmetics organizers, jewelry (even pieces which can even be engraved), chocolate- or rose-scented bath and body products, iPhone cases, and much more.
If you missed it, definitely check out the video above — and, if you happen to fall in love with any of the items featured, then check out the post below, in which I list every single item shown, its price, and where you can purchase it. Remember: you can be your own Valentine every single day of the year!
In the “Hombre de Hoy” segment, we discussed how you can indulge in chocolate without having to worry about an expanding waistline. To experience the delicious scent without devouring a box full of truffles, women can enjoy a shower or bath with one of the cocoa-scented products below, whether it’s Philip B’s Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath, The Body Shop’s Chocomania Bar Soap or their thick and ultra emollient Chocomania Body Butter, or the 99.7% natural Shea Terra Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream. I discuss these products around the 1:10 mark in the video above!
The Body Shop Chocomania Collection Soap, $4. Available at The Body Shop stores and TheBodyShop-USA.com
Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash &Bubble Bath, $35 for 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Available at PhilipB.com
The Body Shop Chocomania Collection Body Butter, $20. Available at The Body Shop stores and TheBodyShop-USA.com
Shea Terra Organics Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream, $22. Available at SheaTerraOrganics.com
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Every kiss does not, in fact, begin with Kay. Yes, women love shiny baubles, but we like trinkets that speak to our personal style. Women who appreciate dainty and fanciful things, for instance, will love the Stella & Dot Wonderland Charm Bracelet (shown in great detail at the 1:46 mark in the “Hombre de Hoy” video). Those who have problems with punctuality or who complain about the watches on the market being too masculine and clunky will adore the La Mer Collections for Target watches (shown at the 1:24 mark), which feature wrap-around straps with chains featuring rhinestones, heart charms, and more.
If you are a sucker for heart-themed trinkets, then you’ll swoon over the Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Hammered Heart Necklace (shown at the 0:14 second mark), the dainty Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Heart Horseshoe Necklace (perfect for those who are a bit superstitious!), and the Venessa Arizaga Pour Your Heart Out Necklace (shown at the 1:25 mark), a stunning hand-crocheted collar with a hefty gunmetal-toned chain trim. For those who want to give their beloveds a more personalized gift, options include stud earrings, necklaces, and rings from Sweethearts Jewelry (shown at the 0:52 second mark), which feature messages like “Kiss Me” and “Be Mine,” making them reminiscent of the candies we ate as children, and the Blessed Charm Life Link necklaces, which can be inscribed with names, dates, or messages that make them true keepsakes, along with the Zaiken Jewelry Calligraphy collection bracelets (shown at the 1:21 mark), which feature fine silk bands and beautiful plackets which can be engraved with messages like “Beloved” and “Cherished.”
For those who want to take a big step on Valentine’s Day, meanwhile, we suggested getting the Venessa Arizaga “Marry Me” bracelet (as we discuss at the 0:45 second mark) since it’s an incredibly clever way of popping the question.
Venessa Arizaga Marry Me Bracelet, $55. Available at VenessaArizaga.com
Sweethearts Jewelry Sterling Silver 14mm Strawberry Enamel “Be Mine” Heart Pendant, $89.99. Available at SweetheartsJewelry.com
Stella & Dot Hudson Leather Wrap Bracelet, $39 each. Available at Shop.StellaDot.com
Sweethearts Jewelry Sterling Silver 12mm Dark Pink Enamel Forever Ring, $79.99. Available at SweetheartsJewelry.com
La Mer Collections for Target Pink Watch with Rainbow Crystals Wrap Bracelet, $49.95, and La Mer Collections for Target Red Watch With Heart Charm Bracelet, $49.95. Available at Target stores.
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Hammered Heart Necklace, $50. Available at EmilyElizabethJewelry.com
Zaiken Calligraphy Collection Bracelets, $2,187.50 each. Available at ZaikenJewelry.com
Venessa Arizaga Pour Your Heart Out Necklace, $330. Available at VenessaArizaga.com
Stella & Dot x Alice by Temperley Design Collaboration Wonderland Charm Bracelet, $98. Available at Shop.StellaDot.com
Blessed Charm Life Link Diamond Necklace in Rose Gold, $375, and Blessed Charm Life Link Necklace in Gold, $100. Available at BlessedCharm.com
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Punk Love Studs, $48. Available at EmilyElizabethJewelry.com
Stella & Dot Carmen Necklace, $158. Available at Shop.StellaDot.com
Venessa Arizaga ‘Til Death Do Us Part Necklace, $180. Available at VenessaArizaga.com
Sweethearts Jewelry Sterling Silver 12mm Green Enamel “Kiss Me” Stud Earrings, $119.99. Available at SweetheartsJewelry.com
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Heart Horseshoe Necklace, $65. Available at EmilyElizabethJewelry.com
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HANDBAGS WORTH CARRYING ON ABOUT
For most women, there’s no such thing as too many handbags! Those who show restraint in terms of the amount of items they carry will adore pieces like the rosette-adorned box clutch from Darling (which you can see on the shelf behind me at the 0:49 charm), while women who carry their entire lives inside their bags and whose style has more of a rocker edge will lust after the Treesje Moracy Tote (which I model at the 1:01 mark in the video). Check out all the handbag styles we selected for the segment!
Treesje Reverie Fuchsia Crossbody Bag, $350. Available at Treesje.com
Darling Sophia Clutch, $62.79. Available at DarlingClothes.com
Shoedazzle Ashland Faux Leather Bag, $39.95. Available at Shoedazzle.com
Treesje Moracy Fuchsia Tote, $435. Available at Treesje.com
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MAKEUP MAVEN MUST-HAVES
Beauty junkies will get their coveted fix with any of the items shown here. In the “Hombre de Hoy” segment, I discussed the convenience (not to mention the chic print) of the Sonia Kashuk Plaid Triple Train Case (as you can see at the 0:29 mark), which I loaded with such handy cosmetics as a Topshop Nail Trio incorporating three festive glittery nail lacquers and the velvety soft lip pencils inside Mally’s Gorgois in a Minute 7-Piece Gift Set, which includes 1 pencil sharpener, 2 lip magnifiers, 2 shadow liners, 1 blush crayon, and 1 highlighter crayon. We also focused on Lipstick Queen’s Look of Love Lip Library (check it out at the 0:04 second mark), which is packaged to resemble a book and opens up to reveal two lipsticks (one a pinky nude and the other a shimmery and sheer pink) and a multi-use creamy color that can be applied to lips or cheeks
Sonia Kashuk for Target Plaid Cosmetic Triple Train Case, $19.99. Available at Target.com
Lipstick Queen Look of Love 3-Piece Library Vol. 2, $39.75. Available at QVC.com
Topshop Eye Palette in Atmosphere, $32. Available at US.Topshop.com
Mally 7-Piece Gorgois in a Minute Color Crayon Collection, $54.56. Available at QVC.com
Deborah Lippmann My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duet, $38. Available at DeborahLippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom
Sonia Kashuk Tile Makeup Organizer, $9.99. Available at Target stores and Target.com
Topshop Multi Bright Nail Trio, $28. Available at Topshop stores.
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There’s nothing like turning your bathroom into a veritable spa, and these great products allow women to to precisely that! The Yes to Cucumbers Ultimate Calming Facial Kit features the top-of-the-line Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, which are ideal for removing makeup and refreshing the skin, as well as the brand’s Calming Facial Moisturizer and Soothing Eye Gel — all way more convenient that slicing cucumbers and applying tiny slithers to the eyes as you see in the movies! The Tammy Fender Tres Rose Body Oil, meanwhile, allows women to enjoy the romantic fragrance of rose without having to worry about watering real blooms. And, of course, you’ll benefit from such skin-loving ingredients as avocado oil, Bulgarian rose oil, rose hip seed oil, grapeseed oil, and soybean oil.
Yes To Cucumbers Ultimate Facial Calming Kit, $24.99. Available at Ulta.com
LUSH Sexy Fun Times Gift Set, $26.95. Available at LUSH stores and LUSHusa.com
Archipelago Global Bazaar Collection Kadota Fig Box Candle, $29.50. Available at Archipelago-USA.com
Tammy Fender Tres Rose Bath & Body Set, $160. Available at Store.TammyFender.com
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SCENT OF A WOMAN
A fine fragrance is always a fantastic gift. Women who want to feel sexy and glamorous will appreciate the golden, exotic, amber-y scent of the Reem Acra EDP, which is perfectly balanced by feminine notes like jasmine, peony, and orange blossom, while those who gravitate towards fruitier scents might enjoy Bath & Body Works’ Forever Red scent (available as a perfume, body mist, shower gel, and body lotion), which incorporates pomegranate, peach, and apple notes married with marigold and red peony notes, or BCBG’s Bon Chic EDP, which marries black raspberry with violet and woody notes.
For a diaphanous, sensual, feminine scent, try the orange blossom-, gardenia-, honey rose-, and vetiver-scented Elie Saab’s Eau de Toilette — now available in a Perfume Spray form so that women can always tuck their favorite fragrance inside their shoulder bags for aromatic touch-ups. Other top choices include the Juicy Couture Couture La La EDP, which blends succulent mandarin, green apple and red currant notes with water hyacinth, and the Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck scent, a floral oriental that blends wild berry, passion fruit, pink poppy, peony, white freesia, vanilla, and white musk notes.
You’ll see a shot featuring most of these fragrances at the 0:16 second mark in the video above and again at the 0:57 second mark. The Forever Red fragrance collection, meanwhile, is featured at the 1:36 mark.
Reem Acra Eau de Parfum, $125. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and other fine department stores.
Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Purse Spray 3 x 20ml, $78. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Bath & Body Works Forever Red Shower Gel, $28; Forever Red Body Lotion, $20; and Forever Red Fine Fragrance Mist, $22. Available at Bath & Body Works stores and BathandBodyWorks.com
Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck Eau de Parfum Spray, $49.50 for 1.7 fl. oz. and $59.50 for 3.4 fl. oz. Available at department and specialty stores.
Juicy Couture Couture La La Eau de Parfum, $70 for 1.7 fl. oz. and $90 for 3.4 fl. oz. Available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
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CALL ME MAYBE
Nowadays, women spend most of their days glued to their mobile devices — whether they’re making calls, browsing the web, shooting off e-mails, tweeting, or snapping pics on Instagram. Stylish women who want everything they clutch to convey their own fashion prowess will appreciate a fun iPhone case they can show off while on the go. In the segment, we showcased all of the iPhone cases here (look at the 1:39 mark), paying close attention to the Case-Mate Zebra Heart case (as seen at the 0:20 mark).
Case-Mate x iomoi Zebra Heart iPhone 5 Case, $50. Available at Case-Mate.com
Paul Frank Zoom Blue Houndstooth iPhone 5 Case, $34.95. Available at GetUncommon.com
Case-Mate x iomoi Island Sky iPhone 5 Case, $50. Available at Case-Mate.com
Stella & Dot Signature iPhone Case in Poppy, $29. Available at Shop.StellaDot.com
Paul Frank Classic Dots Julius iPhone 5 Case. Available at GetUncommon.com
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You’ve likely heard the superstition that, if you give a woman shoes, she might walk out of your life. Well, nothing could be further from the truth! Nine times out of ten, if you give a woman shoes, she’s likely to feel like marrying you. In our Valentine’s Day-themed segment, then, we focused on different styles including the Shoedazzle faux suede Kaydra booties, which feature five faux snakeskin straps with gold-stoned buckle accents (as seen at the 0:13 second mark) and a pair of hot pink AMI Clubwear wedge sneakers for sportier gals (also shown at the 0:13 second mark).
Shoedazzle Kaydra Ankle Boot, $58.95 Available at Shoedazzle.com
AMI Clubwear Fuchsia Faux Suede Leather Lace Up Studded Sneaker Wedges, $30.99. Available at AMIclubwear.com
Shoedazzle Sharon Pump, $44.95. Available at Shoedazzle.com
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TURN THE LIGHTS DOWN LOW
Not all gifts are meant to be enjoyed alone! These trinkets help to set a sexy, intimate mood that’s perfect for couple’s play. In the “Hombre de Hoy” segment, then, we proposed such fun gifts as Pure Romance’s Burning Desire candle (shown at the 0:03 second mark), which features a soy wax that, when melted, yields a vanilla-scented oil perfect for massages.
Pure Romance Burning Desire Soy Massage Oil Candle, $24. Available at PureRomance.com
LCN Water Lily Massage Oil, $53.90. Available at LCNUSA.com
Pure Romance Hot Stone Therapy Massage Gift Set, $39. Available at PureRomance.com
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HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST
Women who love throwing dinner parties will appreciate a whimsical cocktail napkin set from Hen House Linens or the Teroforma Whisky Stones Set, which features limestone cubes that can be frozen to chill beverages without melting and diluting cocktails as ice cubes would do (both shown at the 1:38 mark in the video).
Hen House Linens 10 x 10 Cocktail Napkins, $24 for set of 6. Available at Shop.HenHouseLinens.com
Teroforma Whisky Stones Beverage Cubes 9-Piece Set, $20. Available at Teroforma.com
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PUCKER UP, BUTTERCUP!
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some serious smooching and these great products ensure lips remain as smooth and kissable as possible. We’re particularly fond of the EOS Smooth Spheres, which come in yummy flavors like Strawberry Sorbet and Pomegranate Raspberry (you’ll see them arranged into a heart at the 0:13 mark).
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry and Strawberry Sorbet, $2.99 each. Available at Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Duane Read stores.