October 2017

It’s Time: Divorce Your Boots & Marry Ballet Flats

By Daniela Apeloig

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Not only has the weather been playing with your feelings, running hot and cold by the day, but you’ve been married to your 6 pairs of boots and booties for so long now that the honeymoon is over. Teased by Black Swan, you seek out those ballet flats from last season—they whisper your name, flirt with you, and beg you to take them out for a spin. You are totally seduced and headed for divorce. If you’ve already signed the papers and are totally over it, we can help. We love matchmaking. So, here are the ballet flats on trend this spring. You’ll fall in love at first sight.

Nude Ballet Flats
Neutrals and nude colors are a big spring fashion trend. The BCBG Molly Ballet Flat, $98, is a classic and hits the spring color trend at the same time. The elastic trim makes the flat super-comfortable. The perfect pairing for a neutral outfit, or to contrast with something more dramatic.

Colorful Print Ballet Flats
Colorful florals and tribal prints are a hot spring fashion trend. You can have fun mixing and matching motifs—just make sure they have a similar color palette or pattern. Pair this Vitia Kaleidescope Print Snip-Toe Bow Flats by Mossimo, $24.99, with a print outfit, tribal accessories, or a simple T-shirt and jeans. Whatever the combination, you’ll make a statement.

Waterproof Ballet Flats
With spring ☺, come the spring showers ☹. Although you divorced your boots, we know you still see your rain boots from time to time. We’ve got the perfect rebound—Melissa Plastic Island shoes, made from Melflex, a waterproof plastic. The Melissa Royale II in black, $86, is very Chanel-like, with a white toe and a heart-shaped heel.

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Lace Ballet Flats
Lace is fickle. One season it’s the hot trend, the next, it’s moved on. This spring, the lace trend loves you, so love it right back with the Sam Edelman Women’s Caper Ballet Flat, for $99. It’s covered with black Belgian lace and topped with a jeweled toe to add just the right amount of sparkle to your look. Wear these flats with anything from jeans to leggings to dresses.

Floral Ballet Flats
Flowers bloom in spring and in spring fashion trends. They should bloom in your wardrobe too. The Gap’s Appliqué Flower Ballet Flats in taupe for $49.50, put the perfect spring in your step. Pair them with that military vest you just bought—you’re so on top of the trends this season!

Striped Ballet Flats
Ahoy, there, nautical stripes! Come aboard this spring fashion trend with the American Eagle Outfitters Canvas Ballet Flat, $29.50. With white and navy blue stripes, these flats are great for jeans or a nautical outfit in blue, gold, or red.

Metallic Ballet Flats
We love everything that shines. That’s why we love this Yosi Samra Merlin Fold-Up Ballet Flat, in Bronze Crackled, for $65. These flats fold in half, so you can carry them in your purse and take them out whenever you want a rest from your killer heels. Also available in gold, silver, pewter, rose gold, and even metallic pink or blue. So choose your favorite metallic and hit the streets rocking one of spring’s hottest trends!

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After the Oscar Fashion Stylist Leaves, Who Do Starlets Turn To?

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Big girls glam it up when it comes to the Oscar red-carpet—the Oscar dress, the red-carpet jewelry. But what are Hollywood’s hottest actresses wearing the morning after? For everyday celebrity jewelry, they go Barbie. Barbie jewelry means never having to say goodbye to your childhood favorite. How kid-chic cool is that? So excited we could just plant a big wet one on Ken!

Barbie Rocks for Big Girls, Too
By Layna Friedman, Guest Editor

I Got the Idea for the Barbie Rocks by Layna and Alan Jewelry Collection When
We designed a beautiful pink diamond pendant to be auctioned for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.

Celebrities Wearing the Barbie Rocks Line Include
The Kardashian sisters, Heidi Klum, Selena Gomez, Denise Richards and her daughters, Teri Hatcher and daughter, Leighton Meester, and many more.

Stars Love Barbie Because
The sweetness of the collection, the feminine quality, and that Barbie brings us back to our childhood while addressing our big-girl love of diamonds and precious metals. Everyone I meet has a Barbie story. Some spent hours dressing her and imagining her various careers. One day she was a nurse, another day a vet. She was a fashion model, a housewife, a mermaid, and an athlete. She made everything look glamorous and fun and inspired, and she empowered little girls. Guys have great stories about taking Barbie on a date with their GI Joe or a superhero action figure.

The Celebs Love Barbie Rocks Pieces, Such As
The rose gold and pink sapphire pendant, the black-diamond silhouette pendant, and the cognac pendant. The custom vintage oval pendant with pink and white diamonds in a full silhouette is also very popular.

The Barbie Rocks Collection Also Includes
Sterling silver pendants, bracelets, and dog tags from $74 to $395, as well as 14k- and 18k-gold jewelry, such as a diamond ponytail holder for $895. The luxe pendants have pink and yellow sapphires or black, white, and cognac diamonds; and the custom vintage pieces have pink diamonds—all $1,400 and up.

Barbie Rocks Jewelry Gives Back, Donating
5% percent of all sales worldwide to the Children Affected by AIDs Foundation, and jewelry to its annual Dream Halloween auction.

My Favorite Pieces in the Collection
Are the pendants with the natural-colored diamonds, and the triple-charm bracelet with the most adorable shoe, with green tsavorites and an 18k-gold and pink-enamel bow, and a tiny purse in white gold with blue and pink sapphires.

I Love Barbie Because
She was a special friend growing up, and now my daughter Nicole-Juliet and I have a special bond knowing she is growing up with the same inspirational doll. We love to wear matching jewelry pieces, and I love to share with my girlfriends as well.

If a Barbie Doll Were Named for Me, It Would Be
Romance Barbie.

Being on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Was
Fun and we loved Taylor’s enthusiasm for the collection. The little girls were so excited to receive the round silhouette pendant as party favors. They all wore them at the party.

I Am Currently
Expanding the line—with Ken’s upcoming birthday and “wanting Barbie back,” look for some very special pieces.

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Top 7 Things You Should NEVER Give a Woman for Valentine’s Day

By Nancy Rotenier

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The pressure is on, fellas. Valentine’s Day. How seriously does the fairer sex take Valentine’s Day? It’s a religious holiday—think Barney’s Warehouse Sale. In guy terms, it’s the Super Bowl. Since our first crushes, we’ve been Disney-ed into believing in happily-ever-after, and we’re going to leave our rose-colored, heart-shaped glasses permanently in place, thank you very much. Read the bad boyfriend warning label: Valentine’s Day is our fairy tale, we play the fair maiden. You better let your inner Prince Charming loose—or you’re going to have one very pouty princess on your hands.

To avoid Valentine’s Day Post Traumatic Relationship Disorder, give good gift. It’s pretty simple. If we spend hours getting dolled up—slinky red dresses, Valentine’s Day smokey eye makeup, perfect red lips, put in some time picking our gift. Here, the top 7 things you should NEVER give a woman for Valentine’s Day—and plenty of tips to give good gift.

And girls, it’s time to accidentally forward this to your shopping-impaired boy or your best friends’ significant others. That can be your BFF gift to her!

Top 7 Good Gifts/Bad Gifts That Make or Break Your Boyfriend Status

• Chocolate Gifts for Valentine’s Day
Bad Gift: Were you not paying attention the 1,452 times we asked you if our butt looks fat in these jeans? Clue in! We are ALWAYS on a diet. We want something we can wear on our ring finger, not on our hips!
Good Gift: We will, however, make an exception if you make a chocolate Valentine’s Day treat by hand. Chocolate truffles are easy to make, require few ingredients, no kitchen equipment, and come with a guaranteed “oooh, you made something just for me?” The points you score? You can’t count that high.

A Gift for WHOM? Valentine’s Day Lingerie
Bad Gift: Hellooo. Anybody home?! Who exactly is getting the gift here? Not to mention that once we put it on, we really don’t get to wear it very long. Not that we’re complaining . . . rest assured, we know what to wear on a date, and we know what to wear under it. But when you give us a romantic Valentine’s Day gift, we want to feel like you know us.
Good Gift: Go for a personalized or monogrammed Valentine’s Day gift that says you didn’t grab any last-minute lingerie. From pendant necklaces to pillows with our initials, it’s easy to have something made just for us.

Anything That Plugs in for a Valentine’s Day Gift
Bad Gift: The scary thing is, we just might have to explain this to you. Valentine’s Day gifts should be personal, not practical. Practical, as in vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, coffee maker. Get us what we want, not what we need! If you treat “I need a dustbuster” and “I need new shoes” equally, you don’t deserve to date us.
Good Gift: The best Valentine’s Day gifts are unique, indulgent, unexpected, something we wouldn’t necessarily buy for ourselves. Think keychain with a pink leather heart, a sexy necklace, even a Polaroid camera to capture our big smiles when you surprise us with other gifts throughout the year.

A Perfume Gift for Valentine’s Day
Bad Gift: We know that perfume is sexy, that’s why we wear it. We know that scent triggers memory, that’s why you’ll go to the perfume counter, test different fragrances, and think the one that evokes familiar feelings of love and happiness is perfect. It’s not. It’s your mother’s. And smelling like your mother isn’t sexy.
Good Gift: We would love a sensual scent for Valentine’s Day—as long as it reflects who we are. Girlie girls will go for fresh or floral, classic sophisticates will opt for something subtle and balanced, rocker chicks go bold. Not sure which way your girl swings? Answer 5 quick questions on our perfume personality quiz, and you’ll know if she’s floral, fresh, classic, bold, or sweet. And you’ll get a signature scent suggestion to match her perfume personality.

Valentine’s Day Bouquet of Flowers
Bad Gift: Flowers can easily say, “He loves me not” when they feel cliché, last-minute, impersonal, or overpriced. We know it’s supposed to be the thought that counts, but when it’s no thought, those dozen red roses just die on the vine.
Good Gift: We’re up for the red theme to get in the Valentine’s Day mood. But instead of giving us some long stems, how about we show you ours? We want to be your Valentine. So, get us a little red dress for Valentine’s Day, and we’ll look like your Valentine, too.

Regifted Anything for Valentine’s Day
Bad Gift: It’s over. Need we say more? In case you need this spelled out, there is no eco-friendly, budget-conscious, time-saving excuse on the planet that will redeem you for this Valentine’s Day gift gaff! And don’t think we won’t notice that it’s the scarf you forgot to give to your mother or the necklace your ex-girlfriend never wore—or did.
Good Gift: It is a truth universally acknowledged that any man in possession of a car must be in want of directions—BUT HE WON’T ASK! Get over yourselves when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. You don’t score points going it alone and getting us the wrong gift. Celebrity stylist Stacey Mayesh has fab finds for Valentine’s Day, and you can be sure if she wants it, so do we.

On Valentine’s Day, Sale Is a Four-Letter Word
Bad Gift: Ordinarily, there are few words that make our hearts sing louder than sale. But if it pops up on the register when we return your A-for-effort Valentine’s Day gift, let’s just say singing is not what our hearts will be doing. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Just don’t make us feel like you were bargain hunting from the get-go.
Good Gift: Baby, you know the bling’s the thing we’re looking for on Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s THE RING, or a tiny token of your affection, jewelry gets you in good with your girl. Does she wear delicate jewelry? Look for a thin chain with a small pendant on it. Does she like to make a statement with her accessories? Then, go with a cocktail ring.

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Kid-Chic Style—Let Your Inner Barbie Loose

By Lindsay Hahn

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Remember when you couldn’t wait to grow up? Now, you just reminisce about when you were younger? Snap out of it! While you may be all grown up, you can always be a kid-at-heart! These 10 kid-chic finds will bring you back to comic books and Barbie dress-up. The only difference—those kiddie favorites have gotten trendy makeovers. What was once kiddie is now cool.

Embrace Your Inner Child with Kid-Chic Style.

1. From Little Girls to Kid-Chic Celebrities, We Are All Barbie Girls
Now you can be a Barbie Girl at any age. With celebrity fans like Leighton Meester, Teri Hatcher, and Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, celebs just can’t get enough of this Barbie Rocks Collection. And really, what could be more fabulous than Barbie?! This Barbie-inspired jewelry collection by Layna and Alan Friedman will leave you looking fabulous whether you’re playing house or painting the town red!
Buy Barbie Round Sterling Silver Silhouette Pendant, $95, at rockandrollltd.com

2. Kid-Chic Beauty Products Inspired by Wonder Woman
Fight your Plain Jane look with a superhero POW to your hum-drum makeup routine. BAM it bold! MAC’s new Wonder Woman collection offers that pop of color you’ve been craving, just in time for spring. Go from demure demoiselle to fierce glamazon with this collection, so don’t be shy about trying dark blue eyeshadows and colored mascaras.
Watch the Video Spring Makeup Trend: How to Get the Bronze Look video featuring MAC Pro makeup artist Chantel Miller.
Buy MAC Wonder Woman Eye Shadow X4 in Lady Justice, $40, at maccostemics.com
Buy MAC Wonder Woman Nail Lacquer in Spirit of Truth, $15, at maccosmetics.com
Buy MAC Wonder Woman Opulash in black, $15, at maccosmetics.com

3. Hello Kitty Purrs with Kid-Chic Cool
Say hello to this new Hello Kitty fragrance. Hello Kitty, that iconic collectible loved by little girls and big, is just the right mix of sophisticated and downright adorable. So, what’s this fab cat’s signature scent? A mix of all things sweet, sparkly, and pretty. Think tart green apple, Japanese fruits, rich florals, with a hint of warm vanilla. You won’t be able to resist this fragrance, especially since it comes in an elegantly kitschy Hello Kitty glass bottle with a crystalline bow! That’s one cool kitty!
Buy Hello Kitty Eau de Parfum, $55, at sephora.com

4. It’s That Kid-Chic Cutie, Minnie Mouse
Let Minnie be your muse! From a classic cartoon to a modern mouse, the Minnie Mouse limited-edition collection at Forever 21 is anything but childish. You’ll sparkle in this sequined dress. With its scoop neck and Minnie’s face in silhouette on the front, you’ll be ready to meet your Mickey.
Buy Forever 21 Sequin Racerback Minnie Dress, $29.80, at forever21.com

5. Give Your Kid-Chic a Slap on the Wrist
Think back to the ’90s, when “slap wraps” or slap-bracelets were at their peak. They’re baaack! This time, with a sleek, fashionable upgrade. TKO silicon watch bands are interchangeable. Buy a watch face and pop it into a variety of colored bands—mix and match to your heart’s content. What could be better? The bands are waterproof, so you can take them anywhere!
Buy TKO Slappers, $50, at tkowatches.com

6. Kid-Chic Tech Gear
Your favorite childhood toy takes a techie turn, transforming your iPad into a red Etch A Sketch with this iPad case, the latest must-have tech accessory. The retractable kickstand makes typing easy. This retro chic case is available for your iPhone or iPod Touch, too. Looking for the complete kid-chic experience? Download the Etch A Sketch app!
Buy Headcase Etch A Sketch Hard Case for iPad, $39, at amazon.com

7. Pop on Some Ring Bling for Sweet Kid-Chic
Bring out the bling with this ring pop! Rock the candy classic without the cavity-causing temptation. Read: no calories. From sweet to chic, this ring is studded with Swarovski crystals and available in fun, electric colors, such as neon blue and bubble gum pink. Don’t be fooled though. This ring is identical to its candy counterpart—same size, same shape—minus the yummy flavor. But it makes one sweet accessory!
Buy Pretty in Pink Watermelon Ring Pop Resin Ring, $36, at athinalabella.etsy.com

8. Kid-Chic Comic Books Come Through in a Clutch
Are you a Betty or a Veronica? Maybe Josie and the Pussycats was more your style. And let’s not start on that crush you had on Batman. If you loved your Saturday cartoons and your comic books, you’ll love these handbags—eco-fabulous and kid-chic. Made from recycled comic books, each clutch is one of a kind, tear-resistant, and comes with a detachable handle.
Buy Moonlite Comics Clutch, $47.25, at nahuiollin.com

9. Classic Game Turns Kid-Chic Chain
Admit it. You loved to play the classic kids’ game, Barrel O’ Monkeys, creating chains of chimps to see who could connect the most to win. Well, start monkeying around again with this sterling-silver statement necklace, cast from the original iconic monkeys.
Buy Perpetual Kid Barrel O’ Monkeys Necklace, $49.99, at perpetualkid.com

10. It’s Kid-Chic to Play with Your Food
Go ahead, play with your food! It’s hard to resist with this plate, styled after Wolly Willy. Let your inner artist run free as you accessorize—condiments are key! Go for some mashed potato hair, a cherry tomato necklace, maybe some ketchup-enhanced cheeks. After you complete your masterpiece—and eat it—this ceramic plate gets a clean face in the dishwasher. Lots of fun, easy clean-up!
Buy Mrs. Food Face Plate, $14, at urbanoutfitters.com

Do you feel your inner child smiling now?

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Be My BFF Valentine: Show Your Best Friends the Love on Valentine’s Day

By Nancy Rotenier

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Don’t wait for birthdays to make your best friends feel special. Show some BFF love on Valentine’s Day. For this twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day gift, no money required—it really is the thought that counts. But if you’re more “buy” than DIY, you can get great Valentine’s Day gifts for your best friend for less than $10.

Find Those Special Gifts for Your Best Friend
To come up with personalized Valentine’s Day gift ideas, what do you and your BFFs bond over? What don’t you bond over?! Clothes, shoes, boys, music, cocktails, work. You see Sex and the City the day it premieres, laugh about the boy you both had a crush on, share weight-loss tips, and more. What glues your friendship together makes for great gifts on Valentine’s Day. So, whether you like to buy or DIY, take these Valentine’s Day gift tips out for a BFF spin. Remember, on the day dedicated to love, you’ve loved your girls long before you discovered boys!

For a Happy Valentine’s Day Gift for Your BFF, Say It with a Chocolate Gift
Best friend plus Valentine’s Day? Chocolate. Enough said?! From PMS craving-cure to boyfriend-breakup cheer-up, you and your bestests could form a local chapter of Chocoholics Anonymous.

DIY For Your Best Friend Gift: Bake Something Chocolate—Think Brownies or Truffles
Gourmet treats or homespun favorites, both brownies and chocolate truffles are easy to make, don’t require many ingredients or special kitchen equipment, and—THEY’RE CHOCOLATE!

BFF BUY Some Chocolate Love Straight from the Supermarket
Do you and your best friends prefer your chocolate prepared by Mr. Hershey? Go for the spot-on Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses. Just tack a red ribbon on the supermarket-size bag and hand it over. Yes, you actually have to hand it over to your BFF.
Buy Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses, $5.99, at walgreens.com

Be the Best “Boyfriend” Ever & Give Your BFF Valentine’s Day Jewelry
From sharing plastic princess tiaras to pairing her pearls with your LBD, you both love all things sparkly. For Valentine’s Day, be the best boyfriend your girlfriend could ask for. Whether she has a boy of her own, or especially if she doesn’t, you know what she really wants—bling.

BFF DIY Homemade Friendship Bracelet
Reminisce about pinky swears and cootie shots? Then take a turn down nostalgia lane and make your BFF the classic friendship bracelet. Make a friendship bracelet in her favorite colors. There are dozens of websites with easy-to-follow instructions. Find a pattern you love, buy some embroidery floss at a local yarn store or toy store, then weave away! And if you’re especially crafty, work in some beads, glue-gun some rhinestones, embroider her initials or favorite word.

BUY Your Best Friend Jewelry If You Prefer to Fake It, Not Make It
Not a hands-on kind of girl? Go for costume jewelry. There’s plenty of jewelry that says Be My BFF Valentine without breaking open your piggy bank. Blow a little BFF Valentine’s Day kiss. These delicate earrings are from Candi Stamm, who makes it feel like every day is Valentine’s Day with her fabulous assortment of costume jewelry. There’s a lot to love for $10.
Buy Candi Stamm Costume Jewelry, starting at $10, email candistamm@nyc.rr.com

On Valentine’s Day, Remind Your Best Friend You’re There for Her
You bond with your BFF over girl talk. She’s still looking for the one. You give her first-date tips. She can’t decide which shoes to buy. You go with. For her Valentine’s Day gift, give her what she needs most—you.

DIY BFF IOU for What She Can’t—or Won’t—Do Without You
If your best friend plays Oscar to your Felix and you wish she’d just clean up her act, do it for her. When she gets homesick and misses her mother’s cooking, make her favorites. Give your best friend a helping hand as a Valentine’s Day gift and write her an IOU for something special, from organizing her desk, to making her breakfast in bed, to listening to hours of deconstructing her most recent dating debacle.

BUY Your Best Friend the Perfect Gift of a Perfect Fella
In the BFF bible, the first commandment: Thou shalt be there for her through thick and thin. Translation: You will encourage her through every endlessly weepy breakup with not-the-one. Prefer to skip the “he’s out there and it’s just a matter of time” pep talk? If a quick pick-me-up is more her speed—and yours—go for a laugh instead and give her Prince Charming. Grow him in minutes. Just add water!
Buy Magic Frog to Prince, $8, at fredflare.com

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10 Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts to Show Us the Love, from $8 to $98

By Daniela Apeloig

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Think outside the box of chocolates for a unique Valentine’s Day! We know it’s the thought that counts, and giving us anything for Valentine’s Day is thoughtful, including chocolates and flowers. But these gifts are not exactly unheard of. We want to be wowed by creative, personal, unique gifts for Valentine’s Day, gifts that show us you know us—and love us. That is romantic. Here are the top 10 unique Valentine’s Day gifts we WANT, starting at $8. Oops! “Accidentally” forwarded this email to your boyfriend instead of to your best friend? No worries. Happens to us all the time. And when it doesn’t, our BFF “accidentally” forwards it to him for us!

1. The Valentine’s Day Gift with the Keys to Your Heart
Take your Valentine’s Day gift and the memories that go with it wherever you go with this pink heart-shaped leather key ring. Every time you open the front door or start your car, you’ll use this stylish and sentimental token of love and smile. The key ring can be monogrammed to make it even more personal—isn’t that the cutest thing?
Buy Smythson Magenta Heart Key Ring, $60, at smythson.com

2. Bring Sexy Back with This Valentine’s Day Delight
The sense of smell is incredibly sexy, and the right perfume is like love potion. Enter Trish McEvoy’s Sexy 9 Musk, a rich musky-sweet scent as sexy as its name. We have yet to find someone who isn’t in love with this fragrance, and he’ll love it on you. That is the point of perfume, after all, isn’t it?
Buy Trish McEvoy Sexy 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk, $52 (.5 oz.) and $98 (1.7 oz.), at trishmcevoy.com

3. Rub Each Other the Right Way for Valentine’s Day
Set a sensual mood when you light up a room with this set of 6 natural-oil candles. Make the mood last even after the candle burns down—you’re left with warm oil to smooth onto skin for a massage. Mix and match the 6 enticing scents—Cucumber Water, Grapefruit, Pink Lotus, Dark Vanilla, Bourbon, and Truffle+Gardenia—to see which spark your flame.
Buy Jimmy Jane Little Afterglow Sampler Set of Six Massage Oil Candles, $58, at jimmyjane.com

4. Embrace the Cliché with This Gift for Valentine’s Day
If Valentine’s Day seems cliché, we say, who cares?! Take the expected over the top with chocolate-covered strawberries. But these are no ordinary treats. Shari’s Berries will send you a dozen, hand-dipped jumbo strawberries in an assortment of white, dark, and milk chocolates, and decorated with red drizzle and tiny candy hearts. The cute factor continues with 4 heart-shaped brownie lollipops hand-decorated in charming Valentine’s Day colors.
Buy Shari’s Berries 4 Valentine’s Brownie Pops & 12 Valentine’s Berries, $54.96, at berries.com

5. Celebrities Love This Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift
What better excuse than Valentine’s Day to want—and get—some sparkly jewelry that makes you feel special? This Rich Rocks necklace mixes classic and modern for an edgy statement piece. The brand is fashion-forward jewelry, and a favorite among celebrities such as Blake Lively, Brooke Shields, and Kelly Osbourne.
Buy Rich Rocks Gunmetal Multi Linked Oval Detailed Necklace, $90, at richrocksnyc.com

6. Dip Your Love in Chocolate with a Unique Valentine’s Day Gift
Make any date feel like a Valentine’s Day date when you skip dessert and create a romantic mood at home with chocolate fondue. This all-purpose fondue set works with chocolate, cheese, or anything you want to cook in oil. For chocolate-fondue fun, gather strawberries and other fruit, marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzels—or ditch the food and get creative.
Buy Crate & Barrel Cast Iron Fondue Set, $39.95, at crateandbarrel.com

7. It’s Love at First Sight with an Instant Gift for Valentine’s Day
Shake it like a Polaroid picture for Valentine’s Day with the instant Polaroid camera. We know we’ve all gone digital with our photographs, but there’s nothing like instant gratification with your significant other and seeing those photos smiling back moments after you take them. Forget the hassle of printing—be spontaneous and have fun. The camera is available in red, black, or blue.
Buy Polaroid 300 Instant Camera, $89.99, at polaroid.com

8. For Valentine’s Day & Beyond, Get Exactly What You Want
Wish your loved one knew exactly what you wanted without your ever having to ask? And without you ever hearing him say no? The Valentine’s Day gift fairy comes to the rescue with this customizable coupon book, where you decide what each voucher should be for. At a loss for words? How about breakfast in bed, a foot massage, “go out with me and my friends,” or even “kiss and make up”? You’ll have a lot of fun with this personalized gift.
Buy Everyday Grace Coupon Book for Your Love, $15, at etsy.com

9. Heart-Shaped Token of Love for Valentine’s Day
You love it when he makes you breakfast in bed, don’t you? Or you would love it if he ever did it. Give him a heart-shaped hint with this small heart-shaped frying pan. Heart your eggs, heart your pancakes, whatever your preference. Just make sure he knows the gift doesn’t stop at the frying pan, it stops when he uses it to make you breakfast in bed—then be a sweetheart and share!
Buy Urban Outfitters Mini Heart Fry Pan, $8, at urbanoutfitters.com

10. A Valentine’s Day Gift to Put You in the Pink
You’ll look pretty in pink with lips ripe for kissing, come-hither eyes, and gently flushed cheeks wearing the NARS beauty products in this Tainted Love Set. You get a nail polish, a lip gloss, and a limited-edition multiple stick with flecks of shimmering silver and gold for eyes, lips, and cheeks—all in shades of pink from soft to sexy.
Buy NARS Tainted Love Set, $59, at nordstrom.com

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Jay shared his thoughts about women, now you share yours about his dress. Tell us how you would style his fabulous winter white dress, from shoes to jewelry and more, and where you would wear it! For contest details and to enter for a chance to win, click here.