By Daniela Apeloig
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.
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!
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.
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
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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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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