Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Will Leave You Smitten — As Seen On CBS Austin’s “We Are Austin”
Can you believe we’re one week away from Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re still scrambling to find a gift for your other half or you’re looking to practice a little self-care and self-love, I’ve got some great suggestions that will make hearts go pitter-patter. I stopped by CBS Austin’s “We Are Austin” today to showcase some creative and swoon-worthy gift options that will hopefully inspire you in your time of need.
Check out the segment above (or click here to watch it on CBSAustin.com) and make sure to continue reading for all the details on the products seen on the show. Smooches!
GET COZY WITH THESE LOUNGEWEAR PIECES — AVAILABLE AT JCPENNEY!
Once you’re past the courting phase and you’re blissfully coupled up, staying in starts to feel way sexier than going out — especially when there’s plenty of cuddling on the horizon! This Valentine’s Day, you can get cute and comfy for that Netflix-and-chill session with your sweetheart by changing into the PJ Couture 2-Pc. Long-Sleeve Women’s Pajama Pant Set ($46 at JCPenney.com) pictured above, which features a darling wine glass print. The pajama set is so soft it feels like a warm embrace, and the wine theme adds just a touch of personality and whimsy.
And, if you’re not paired up this February 14th, you can always enjoy some music and vino at home a la Bridget Jones in these PJs, or you can plan a spa night and sleepover with your girlfriends and rock these crowd-pleasing duds!
Similarly, you can keep the cozy vibes going strong with the Liz Claiborne Women’s Long Sleeve Fleece Robe ($59 at JCPenney.com), a plush and indulgently soft number that’s perfect for enjoying coffee or tea on the deck or porch. Just imagine watching the sunset with your cutie pie while nestling a cappuccino in your hands, both of you clad in fluffy robes. Cute, right?
Lastly, if you’re going on a romantic weekend getaway, you can pack the essentials in the sporty pink Mixit Duffel Bag ($20 at JCPenney.com) shown above. Not only is the lightweight bag great for day trips, but it makes for a handy gym bag, so it’s a great gift for the fitness-minded fashionista in your life.
INVITE LOVE INTO YOUR HOME WITH THESE THOUGHTFUL TRINKETS — AVAILABLE AT JCPENNEY
Home is where the heart is, right? Well, JCPenney has a ton of fantastic Valentine’s Day gift options to make your living space feel like it’s brimming with love. Case in point: the Waechterbach 6-Pc. Coffee Mug Set (shown above ($79 at JCPenney.com, which is comprised of 6 red ceramic coffee mugs with the word “Love” emblazoned along the front and back in a Pop Art-inspired fashion that nods to Robert Indiana’s iconic Love Sculpture in New York City. Talk about espresso-ing your love, right?
And for anyone who loves cuddling as much as I do, there’s the JCPenney Home Shag Knit Midweight Throw ($42 at JCPenney.com), which is delightfully soft and warm and adds an elegant pop of color as well as a textural juxtaposition to any living room.
FLAUNT A MESMERIZING MANI WITH COLOR STREET
There’s a saying that goes, “The only time a woman is helpless is while her nail polish is drying.” Funny and playful as the idiom might be, us modern gals don’t have the time, energy, or desire to ever play the role of damsel in distress — and with Color Street’s nail polish strips, which require zero drying time, we don’t ever have to!
Color Street’s nail polish strips are a time- and money-saving wonder, allowing women to achieve high-quality, fashionable manicures in a matter of minutes from the comfort of their own homes or offices. Each nail polish strip consists of a base coat, rich color and top coat – all made using high quality, 100% real nail polish. The application process is simple and quick. After removing all traces of polish from your nail plate, you can proceed to find the nail strip that best fits each nail. Then, working with one fingernail at a time, you can then peel off the clear film atop the nail strip, carefully remove the strip itself from its plastic backing and position it atop your nail, pressing down so that it adheres to your nail seamlessly.Next, you simply use the nail file included in each packet to file away the excess material. That’s it! There are no complicated tools, no tutorials necessary, and no drying time involved. Now think of how much quicker you can get dressed before going out on a date!
For impatient gals like me, these nails trips are a lifesaver as I don’t have to wait to grasp for a pen, write a text, or open up a bottle of wine out of fear of ruining my mani (score!). Also, any mani you create using Color Street’s nail polish strips is sure to last up to 10 days, so it really is salon-quality without the expense and the time commitment. Moreover, if you’re a fan of intricate designs but find that all your forays into nail art wind up as Pinterest fails, you’ll love the convenience of Color Street’s fashion-forward, graphic nail strips.
You can visit ColorStreet.com to check out the Valentine’s Day Collection, which includes glittery colors like the pink “Czech Me Out” style shown above ($11 at ColorStreet.com) as well as cheeky, on-theme designs like the “I’m With Cupid” style shown second above ($13 at ColorStreet.com). Prepare to be majorly lovestruck, ladies!
PAMPER YOURSELF WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OHLOLLY
Whether you’re boo’d up like Ella Mai or single and ready to mingle, you can pamper yourself this Valentine’s Day with some great skincare products available at Ohlolly.com. The Los Angeles-based online shop offers 100% authentic Korean beauty products formulated using clean and natural ingredients. The company was launched in 2016 by two sisters who share a passion for skincare and an appreciation for the non-stop innovation of the Korean beauty scene. Ohlolly became their labor of love, and they share that love with their customers — even including a hand-written note in every package.
One of my favorite finds on Ohlolly are the Urang Love Rose & Hibiscus Sheet Masks ($34 for a box of 5 at Ohlolly.com) which feature a really ingenious two-pouch system to preserve the mask’s freshness, with each of the pouches attached together to create a swoon-worthy heart shape. One pouch contains a 100% organic cotton mask, while the other one contains an all-natural essence made with organic rose water, hibiscus, and three types of hyaluronic acid. The ingredients in the essence help to balance, clarify, brighten, and tighten the skin. To use this mask, you simply remove the mask from its packed, pour the essence atop the textile, then position it atop your face. You can then kick back for 15 minutes and remove. Your complexion will be left glowing and dewy!
Another great find is the Kocostar Cherry Blossom Lip Mask ($4 each at Ohlolly.com), which will leave your lips soft, smooth, and smoochable This hydrogel lip mask is infused with moisturizing ingredients, including antioxidant-rich cherry blossom extract, which boasts anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. You can just place it over your pout for 10 minutes, then apply your favorite lipstick or gloss to accentuate that pout!
PRACTICE THE ART OF SEDUCTION WITH CACIQUE’S VALENTINE’S DAY COLLECTION
Turn up the heat before you turn off the lights this Valentine’s Day by shimmying into a sultry number from Cacique’s Valentine’s Day inspired collection, available exclusively at Lane Bryant.
Cacique offers curve-hugging panties, sleepwear and intimates in sizes 12-28, and it has an amazingly size-inclusive bra selection, with bras in in band sizes 34 to 50 and in cup sizes B to K.
The Valentine’s Day collection contains tons of saucy, pretty, bombshell-worthy pieces — among them the Cacique Front-Close Boost Plunge Bra With Lace ($56.95 – $66.95 at Cacique.com) and Mid-Waist Cheeky Garter Panty with Lace Trim ($28.50 at Cacique.com). Thanks to their polka dot and heart print, as well as details like corset-like lacing, there’s a burleque-ish, Betty Boop vibe to these intimates that will any woman feel a little frisky and flirty. You can complete the look with the matching, semi-sheer Cacique Heart Robe ($69.95 at Cacique.com).
GIVE YOUR GUY THE GIFT OF COMFORTABLE ELEGANCE WITH BUTTERCLOTH
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that many men abhor dress shirts with the same intensity that women reserve for their shapewear. Why? Because the average dress shirt, however elegant and expensive, tends to feel scratchy, stiff, and cumbersome. That’s why Vietnamese designer and entrepreneur Danh Tran developed a Buttercloth, a brand specializing in stylish, expertly tailored dress shirts that look dapper and expensive but which feel as comfortable as worn-in T-shirts.
Buttercloth shirts are made using 100% sustainable, long-fiber cotton that, through a unique manufacturing process, is transformed into this buttery soft fabric – hence the name Buttercloth!
The shirts are breathable, so guys can stay cool on hot summer days or when going from the brisk winter air outdoors to the sweltering heated air inside office buildings. They also feature this incredible 6-way stretch for greater ease of movement and a better, more flattering fit. Plus, thanks to an exclusive double-finished construction, they’re wrinkle-free!
There are both short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirt styles available in solid hues as well as in creative graphic patterns. I love the Grand Endurance shirt ($98 at Buttercloth.com), which features a graphic pattern that seems abstract from afar but which, upon closer inspection, consists of tiny cars. Cute, right?
Shirts range from $98 to $118 at Buttercloth.com
ENJOY A FEAST OF LOVE AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
Can you think of a better gift for your main slice than a delicious heart-shaped pizza? Of course not! This Valentine’s Day, California Pizza Kitchen is bringing back its wildly popular heart-shaped pizzas. From February 11th through the 16th, guests can order their favorite pizza varieties on a a special, crispy, heart-shaped thin crust for no additional charge at participating locations. All 20 of CPK’s pizza varieties can be ordered on this special crust — from the BBQ Chicken Pizza to the Five Cheese & Fresh Tomato flavor. These heart-shaped pizzas are available for dine-in and take-out only.
And there’s another reason to visit CPK on date night! From February 12th through the 16th, dine-in guests can enjoy CPK’s “Sweet Deal for Two” prix fixe menu, which includes includes the choice of an appetizer, two entrées and a dessert for just $35 at participating locations. Appetizer options include a Spinach Artichoke Dip as well as White Corn Guacamole and Chips. Among the entrée options, you’ll find the Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad seen on air, the Santa Fe Power Bowl, Bolognese Spaghetti, and Cream Garlic Fettuccine with Chicken (also seen on air). Dessert options include the luscious Red Velvet Cake that Taylor feasted on, as well as other options like Key Lime Pie and Butter Cake. Plus, for an additional $12, guests can also enjoy two 6 oz. glasses of wine. Cheers to that!
But there’s more treats coming at CPK! Guests who dine in anytime between the 11th and 16th of February will be eligible to enter a California Wine Country Sweepstakes, courtesy of CPK and premium wine partner Colby Red.
Visit CPK.com for more info on all these special deals and offers.