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The Glory of Love — Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Just realized Valentine’s Day is this Friday? Don’t panic! Just check out these suggestions and find the perfect token of your affection!


LUSH Love Locket Bath Bomb, $10.95. Available at LUSH stores and LUSHusa.com

Lockets are inherently sentimental tokens. However symbolic their nature, lockets make those who wear them feel closer to the beings whose photographs are tucked within their pendants’ centers. These dainty lockets makes them feel protected and reassured; they help to keep precious memories alive. But lockets are also a source of mystery for those unfamiliar with their contents. When we lay our gaze upon a locket, we tend to wonder, “Whose picture is in there?”

Similarly, this LUSH Love Locket Bath Bomb conveys both a sense of romance and one of intrigue. When you throw the entire heart-shaped bath bomb into a tub, you’ll enjoy the scent of vanilla and jasmine (both essential oils includes in the formula), which should function as aphrodisiacs. But the real surprise comes from the secret tucked inside this particular locket — see, when the outside layer dissolves inside the tub, the water turns a fun shade of pink and paper confetti hearts emerge, floating on the water’s surface. As the bath bomb continues to dissolve, eventually reaching the center, shin red hearts made of agar seaweed  burst out for the true visual climax, making your soak feel like a party.


Sophia Webster Lola Heart Print Wedges, $395. Available at Neiman Marcus stores; visit NeimanMarcus.com

Any shoe-loving girl’s heart will go pitter-patter over these cheeky and chic Sophia Webster wedge heels. Featuring aqua-colored uppers covered with coquettish honeysuckle pink hearts, a low-cut vamp, a pointed toe adorned with a teal-colored bow, and a covered 3 1/2″-tall wedge heel in a deep teal hue, this wedge is a slice of footwear heaven.


Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Big Love Necklace, $125. Available at EmilyElizabethJewelry.com

Romantic without being diminutive or soft-spoken, the Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Big Love Necklace features gold-plated hearts of alternating sizes (from 1/4″ to 2″)  dangling from an 18″-long, gold-plated chain. The biggest heart charm is positioned at the enter of the necklace and features embossed, scroll-like motifs along its inner perimeter. The two Victorian-flavored hearts on either side of this hefty charm feature slightly raised hearts, with elaborate scrollwork along their outside perimeter, making them reminiscent of Versailles mirrors. Two hearts, meanwhile, are completely hollow, creating an interesting negative space while also working to lighten the necklace’s overall weight.



mighty-fine-star-wars-i-love-you-teeMighty Fine Star Wars I Love You T-shirt, $25. Available at WeLoveFine.com
Maybe it’s because I just saw the Rodarte AW14 show, which concluded with several evening gowns featuring Star Wars prints,or because I myself remember the days when talk of R2D2 and Princess Leia was an everyday occurrence (hey, I came up in the early ’80s) or because there’s a Latino twist to this design, but this Mighty Fine T-shirt lured me in almost immediately. The graphic tee features illustrated renditions of Princess Leia and Han Solo in the midst of a telenovela-worthy passionate kiss, with Leia saying, “Te amo” (“I love you”) and Han Solo responding cockily, “Lo sé” (“I know”). Qué romántico! 



Forever 21 Sweet Bangle Set, $10.80. Available at Forever21.com

Perfect for the spring season ahead, this four-piece bangle set is feminine and dainty, with one bracelet covered with faux pearls, one encrusted with clear rhinestones and adorned with peachy pink carved roses, and two golden pieces featuring scalloped edges. You can wear them together, stacking them all up, or mix and match with other bracelets in your collection, so that the styling options are virtually endless.


AS by DF Renata dress, $198. Available at Shop.ASbyDF.com

Fashion is getting holey this season, with perforated fabrics appearing on even the most unexpected of garments, lending chic pieces a sporty and slightly urban sensibility. Take, for instance, this slim-fitting, sleeveless AS by DF dress, which features a perforated coral-colored fabric over a cream polyester lining. In addition to being perfectly on trend, the Renata dress features sexy and figure-flattering details — from the front zipper detail to the clever stitching along the waistline, which contours the female form.


Kate Spade Miss Penny’s Emmanuelle Clutch, $348. Available at KateSpade.com

Know someone whose love — in the words of Sarah McLachlan — is better than ice cream? Then let her know with this adorable clutch, which is sweeter than the triple scoop ice cream cone shown along the front. Measuring 6″ in height, 9″ in width, and 1″ in depth, the patent faux leather clutch features a pattern of black-and-white diagonal stripes that add a cheeky and Mod vibe to the piece, with its dainty frame closure, thin chain link strap, and playful ice cream motif.



Delia’s Sweetheart Tank, $24. Available at Store.Delias.com

Bohemian and beachy, this tank top features a tie-dye print in pastel shades of sky blue and cotton candy pink, with graphic images of candy hearts dancing atop the front, each printed with a romantic or flirty word or phrase like “XOXO,” “U + Me,” and “Cute.”


The Cambridge Satchel Company Clutch in Peach Pink, $240. Available at CambridgeSatchel.com

After creating fashion-forward satchels for over a century — some in neon hues, others featuring tartan, houndstooth, checkered, or leopard prints —the Cambridge Satchel Company is now experimenting with new handbag shapes that are still rooted in a traditional satchel silhouette but interpret this form a bit more loosely. Case in point: the new clutch design, which features an envelope-like top flap with an elegant twist-lock closure in a pale gold finish, along with a detachable shoulder strap. Available in five hues, including the peachy pink shown here, this leather clutch measures 10.5″ in length, 6″ in height, and 2.4″ in depth, making it perfect for date nights and daytime excursions alike.



Liza Schwartz The Heart You Bracelets, $66 each. Available at LizaSchwartz.com

This season, the approach to jewelry will be “the more pieces the merrier.” One of the easiest ways to pull off the look consists of piling on the bracelets to create magnify the visual effect. These 4mm braided leather bracelets will complement almost any other piece of wrist candy in your jewelry box. Each bracelet features a sterling silver heart accent filled with clear cubic zirconias, so that you can wear it alone when going for a minimalist look or mix it with other bracelets (chunky chain link and ID bracelets, Boho chic woven thread pieces, sliced leather cuffs, and so forth) when experimenting with the “more is more” trend.


LUSH Toucan Love, $16.95. Available at LUSHusa.com

Remember the film Cocktail, with Tom Cruise entertaining crowds while stirring up the meanest martinis in New York City, even venturing to Jamaica, where he meets Elisabeth Shue and falls madly in love? Well, that 1988 film — or, more specifically, the Hawaiian shirts Tom Cruise wore during his time in Jamaica — were the inspiration behind the vibrant paper used to wrap this gift set. A psychedelic interpretation of a Hawaiian shirt, this wrapping paper features palm leaves in shades of mauve and neon green, with colorful toucans propped atop these leaves and hot pink hearts hovering above these colorful tropical birds.

As might be expected given the themes depicted in the wrapping paper, the Toucan Love gift set is meant to conjure up the scents and feels of a tropical getaway. To that end, the set includes the LUSH Neon Love soap, which is scented with rosewood oil and features passion fruit juice and soya yogurt to soften the skin; and the Close to You massage bar, which has a creamy and seductive vanilla fragrance.

Who cares if it’s freezing outside? Turn up the heat with your loved one by sharing a shower and then massaging each other tenderly — it’s the Toucan Love way!

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