I'm in love, we're in love, you're in love! It could be an amazing significant other (or one to be), friends, family, fab projects that are coming your way (we have a few that are amazing)! Above are some of the items that I'm definitely loving and want to share with you so make sure to check them out throughout the guide from treats, accessories, beauty, fashion and of course ways to relax! One of the top 10 things that we have been in love with and are having continual swoonfests over is Spring! For the first month of our Love Guide, (Jan 19th - Feb 15th) we will focus on love and what we love about it which is perfect for Valentine's Day! From Feb 16th - April 15th, we will focus on amazing spring fashions that you will want to have or get for others - thus becoming our Love Spring Preview Guide! We love trends and fab ideas and can't wait to share with you all the items that we have been loving for such a long time! So get prepared to fall in love with traditional Valentine's/Love fest times as well as what you can begin stocking your closets with during Spring 11. As always, we will be adding to this guide over the next few weeks so we can't wait to continue sharing our finds with you!
Let's elevate beyond candy hearts and tiny treats. We're following in love with Georgetown Cupcakes which is the bakery that will be starting their second season on TLC's DC Cupcakes with co-owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis. This Valentine's Day they are offering a number of fun cupcakes that are fun to take to office parties, for your honey or to have around the house. These are available online and the cupcakes that have a variety of looks to them are available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue which includes 3 Red Velvet (my fave), 3 Strawberry Lava Fudge, 3 Chocolate Square and 3 Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes (could be another favorite as well). Take some time to think about these sophisticated cupcakes!
The spring is the perfect time of year that you can still rock some cold weather looks while also enjoying all the fun spring colors. We're a huge fan of the snowbunny look and Mukluk is a fab brand that ensures that we stay warm as we dress up our skinny jeans, leggings, tights and so much more. I'm a huge fan of the Tall Wrapped Grey Boot which is super cute and has great studding on the foot. There are a number of great shoes within their line so check out what they have to offer and how much comfort you'll be in!
A tweak here and there and all of a sudden you feel like a new person! We know the feeling and we also know that you would love to change the look while being able to add additional accessories into it! Enter Spex Club which has a number of eyewear options (including sunglasses) where for one price you get your frames and your prescription filled for $78! In addition to finding that great signature look, you may find that you'll find a few other pairs that you can swap on and off as the mood strikes! We're all about options and this is one that will definitely work for you!
It's all about thinking of ways to rock pink and red and we're loving the uber comfy ballet shoes by Wanted Shoes which look super cute with skinny jeans and leggings. Of course when it comes to spring, they have a number of pairs that you'll enjoy adding to your wardrobe as well from boots to heels! Take some time to check out their collection.
On Valentine's Day it is expected to have jewelry on your list for items to gift to your honey or those that are close to you but what you gift doesn't need to be anticipated! We're definitely fans of Erin Hakansson as she knows how to create unique pieces that will leave your beloved sparkling whether you decide to get something within the pink and red hues OR you opt for something else. She has created a number of treasure that are on her site that are simply waiting for you to add them to your shopping cart! Take some time to check out her collection and to get in time for a fabulous candle lit dinner.
I'm all about exfoliating so I'm always on the lookout for great ways to keep skin looking phenom! Earlier in the year, I was introduced to Booty Parlor's Flirty Little Secret Pink Sugar Scrub Caviar. Not only is this a perfect way to have a fun beauty item that is Valentine's pink but as the spring continues on, you'll be glad to know that you'll have an amazing glow throughout this season no matter what takes place!
During the Holiday Gift Guide for 2010, we introduced our readers to Shameless Jewelry! We showed you there tongue and cheek jewelry which has sexy little twists where one side of their pieces will say Kitten on one part and the second part will have Tiger! Shameless is more than a fab cheeky brand, it's also all about amazing craftsmanship - we're loving the leaf ring and cuff which is perfect for gifting for Valentine's Day as well as for the spring. Take some time to check out more from the line whether you're looking for a sassy piece or something that is sophisticated!
This holiday season, we look to the Nile for an exotic fragrance that blends Egypt and Boho chic together in order to create Love the Key to Life. The sophistication of the fragrance begins with the black lacquered box which reveals an Ankh inspired fluted glass with sweeping forms unfolding and rising to form the classic symbol. The elegance of the bottle is a mere preview of the scent that it contains which has seductive top notes of Italian Bergamot, black currant absolute and pink peppercorns. The essence of this scent incorporates rose centifolia, orange flower and jasmine with hints of ylang ylang. This blend is complete with white amber, patchouli, sandalwood and musk notes. Love the Key to Life, is a decadent mixture of exotic warmth and sensuality which is exactly what you want when it comes to what we love most about Valentine's Day! Your signature scent awaits as we begin to focus on the spring. Priced at $120, you can purchase this scent on their website as well as at the Plaza Beauty at the Plaza Hotel
located at 5th Avenue and Central Park South in NYC.
Looking good is a mixture of exercising, getting enough sleep, having fun with friends and eating well! Freshology also believes in having an amazing system and takes it to the next level by creating menus that keep you healthy and focus on a number of areas that work for you. Whether you're interested in maintaining your weight, losing it or going into your next phase of life as a mommy to be, they have you covered! Many of you may remember that Freshology was one of our sponsors so we're so glad that they are back during this season of love and renewal. The fact is that now that we are post winter holiday season, we are thinking of ways that we can either slim down or make sure that we get the nutrients that we need. Check out the various meal options that can be available to you and conveniently delivered to your home. I have to say that the month of Feb is packed with so many events from Fashion Week, my upcoming HSN appearance and more that this is a fab item to incorporate into my routine.
They call it Havana Red but I call it fab! I'm loving how red is the perfect accessory to add a bit of pop into any outfit. We've been fans of Oliver People's for quite some time and we know that whether you're rocking sunglasses or regular glasses, you've got the perfect look to any outfit! Take some time to check out their new campaign and items to see what needs to start being apart of your wardrobe this spring.
Mommie's to be are filled with love and definitely need love as well! For mom's to be or those that are new moms, there is no need for them to not embrace their inner sexy and thank goodness that Cake Lingerie has these ladies in mind! Team Kitten Lounge loves knowing that we know how to make the mommies on our list happy when it's time for them to go out or to have some sassy time at home. We're loving the Raspberry Ripple lingerie set and how cute it is that it looks amazing when you pop in some fab accessories. With a number of items to choose from there is no excuse when it comes to looking fab.
Valentine's Day is all about a little romance - yes it should happen all the time but it's nice to have a day to focus on it. Whether it's dinner, dancing or late night drinks you begin the night in sky high stilettos but as you cab it back, you know that you want to have a comfortable shoe that you can walk around in. Or if you opt to change into them before the end of the night, they must be fashionable. Relax Missy makes sure that you don't have to wait until you get home to get cozy. These foldable shoes sit in a pouch and can be placed in your bag. Not only are they easy to get to, but they have enough of an adornment on them so that you can wear them out without looking like you dressed your outfit down too much. This is a must for all of the outfits that you'll wear this spring!
It's all about the Spring and making sure that you look phenomenal. We love that this is the time of year that we can enjoy a number of fun gemstones to add some pop into our looks especially when we get closer to warmer weather. Not only will you find amazing items that are on the site but you can also get custom pieces as well (think wedding) from Calico Juno Designs.
The season of love is almost upon us. We need to get ready whether we'll be purchasing items to gift or will be looking at making our outfits look phenomenal for this day. Cynthia Rybakoff is known for creating pieces that allow you to get multiple double takes whether you're wearing something from her silver collection or you're rocking out to a piece that has a little more bling. Her items are perfect as we get closer to spring and you'll definitely stand out as their accessories will ensure that you will not blend into the rest of those that are fashionable as well.
With everyday we're closer to spring which means that we need to embrace as much color as we possibly can without a doubt! Fusion of Color is a fabulous mineral collection that has a series of colors that are fun to work with as you enhance your look for a night out or simply to try something different! I love that the hues above can be worn as bronzer or eyeshadow to enhance the glow that you already feel when you're heading out to your next big event or intimate occasion! Take some time to check out everything that this line has to offer as there is always something new being added.
Have you ever thought about creating your own playlist when it's time to have a romantic evening? Or maybe there is a show on your iPod that you want to watch in the background as you work? Chinon takes this to a whole other level by creating a system that allows you to share videos, music and your photos with everyone whether you're at home, work or having a get together. The iPod becomes truly functional and everyone gets to see what type of items you enjoy downloading! In addition to taking your player to the next level, this box also plays digital TV, becomes a radio and more this is the ultimate gift whether you are getting it or receiving it!
You need a white smile no matter what but I have to say that the spring and Valentine's Day is perfect to have this accessory. The warmer the warmer the weather, the more pictures will be taken and of course, you want to look your best. With so many options out there, you're bound to find the one that works best with your lifestyle. Sparkle 365 is used by the Raiderettes during the current 2010 football season! Now if those fab ladies are using it then you know that every guy and girl should have one of these convenient sticks within their bags to ensure that your teeth are as white as possible! Visit their Smile Shop and be one step closer to having that fab look that you've always wanted.
I'm about to do some serious traveling and of course it makes me think about spring. When heading out the door, I love knowing that I have phenom luggage and that it is tagged appropriately so that no one will wonder which bag is theirs. In addition, there are times when I'm at events that it would be a good idea to have a cute tag not just to identify my purse but to be cute when I'm amongst friends. Sassy Concepts and Designs has super cute tags that are perfect for you to start thinking about when it comes to sharing your thoughts without saying a single word! Take some time to check out the site as we begin to get into the season where reading a funny line would be amazing as we take our spring walks.
Fab pieces that can be paired with jeans are an essential which is what we love about Carla Morrison and why we think it's an essential to complete the line. Although I am a Sterling Silver girl at heart, there is something to be said for having a golden glow that only gold can provide.Adding this into your look will create a nice goddess look to the entire outfit and are perfect for gifting if you want to give hints for your Valentine's presents.
I don't want to be that person when I hit a city and I have a map or I have to ask a million questions just to get to the other side of the city. At the same time, there are times I'd love to get a little tour of the area without having to go into a large group that is led by someone carrying a colorful umbrella or flag so that we can all stay together. I want to look like I know where I'm going and thankfully, GPS My City does just that! Not only do they have a number of locations and self guided tours that you can download to your phone at the fraction of a cost of a tour, but for those tour buffs out there, you can create your own guided tour and have people download yours as well! You can enjoy seeing the city as the GPS tracks where you are and you won't have to wonder how far you are from your next location. Before you jet, see if your destination is included!
If I've said it once, it's worth saying again. Anytime you purchase something that benefits someone else - it was well worth the cost! You'll find that World Wise Jewelry fits within that business model as it is not only hand crafted by an artisan but it is also all about using ethical practices in creating beautiful pieces that you're proud to wear as well as to gift to others! These items have the bling and the benefit factor which is essential to any well crafted look.
The best accessory is always clean and healthy skin. You can have the most amazing look but if your face isn't fresh and clean, the overall vibe is completely off. With that said, Terralina has an amazing trio that's good to use for as you prepare for your Valentine's Day dinner! The cleanser, toner and exfoliator are three amazing components that will leave your skin looking clear and amazingly soft to the touch! Check out more from this line to see why so many people are talking about it!
I just had a conversation with a fellow colleague and it was said that you're either a shoe person or a bag person but that's unfair as I refuse to choose which team I'm on. Of course I was told that I just love accessories - so with that conflict successfully squashed, I do love bags. They are one of my many signature pieces without a doubt! I love that bags show a bit of my edgy style without losing any of the classic elements that I grew up with! Enter one of my new obsessions - Elly Clay! I'm super excited to think about all the options that one could infuse into their wardrobe this Spring! This is a great way to enhance your look as you decide what the next steps will be in terms of getting your wardrobe ready.
Spread the love this Valentine's Day and extend it to our four legged friends. This is why we love Bon Christiani who makes fabulous collars that will not only leave your gift friends tail wagging but you will be the talk of the puppy walks - which is the new cool kids table!
The everyday can be ordinary but we have to find ways to spice our lives up with the little things whether it's your jewelry, keychains or whatever baubles you interact with on a daily basis. Thankfully, Trace Ellements is on your wavelength and has created a number of "one of a mind designs" that will add a little something extra to the everyday. From fab cocktail rings and glitzy rings, to a number of gifts from bottle stoppers to bookmarks, each item is meant to have a hint of bling that is bound to set you apart. Whether your thinking this could be a gift for Valentine's Day or you feel that you would love to wear this on the day of love, you definitely have some phenom options.
It's all about color and as an Accessories Expert, I love when I see lines that embrace that aesthetic! Introducing, SAFH which is a Brazilian based accessory collection that has fun pieces that allow others to give you a double take as you enter, stay and leave the room. The line believes in color, texture and just the element of cheerful surprise which makes this a line that you would want to wear with a number of looks this holiday season. We also love that this company is socially responsible in its work and beliefs which is yet another reason to support such a fab brand that is also influenced by the fashion capitals of the world while bringing the best of Brazil.
When you think of iconic pieces of jewelry, you can't go very far on the list without saying pearls. Whether you wear them everyday or on special occasions, it's one of those pieces that you know you want to have; moreover, it's also known as pricey jewelry. Enter Pearl Paradise which not only has a full collection of pearl necklaces, rings, bracelets, sets and more - but they are also about affordability. This holiday season, you'll find that a number of pearls in various hues are available to you! They're great to wear layered and you can start the process of creating your own soon to be heirloom pieces. This is the perfect site to think about as we get closer to Valentine's Day and in terms of gifting that special someone!
My main thing is soft skin. I think it is the ultimate accessory that is super easy to maintain. Soft skin is obtained by proper exfoliation while also drinking water and of course lotions, sprays and so much more. I am always up for trying new products so when I heard about Soy Spacasso, I knew this was something that had to be shared with readers! They don't leave any portion of the body out and if you know a guy who seems to feel that moisturizer isn't meant for him - think again as they have him covered too!
Love and Kisses, we think about it as something that would end notes in the Victorian Era but it's also a fabulous way to wear pieces that stand the test of time with their stainless steel and Crystalized as well. XOXO Jewelry stands the test of time. During Valentine's Day we can't help thinking how fab this name is and how easy it is for us to think about as we begin to think about what makes our hearts flutter!
We're a huge believer in being pampered and in taking as many spa days as possible whether it's at your favorite salon or it's something that you do from home. Pampered skin is happy skin! But we also know that many people have sensitive skin and there is no excuse to not have amazing skin this spring; therefore, we introduce you to Eau Thermale Avene who are experts in this area and have been around since the 1700's committed to the cause of ensuring that your skin type is being focused on as well. They have a new body care line that is focused on sensitive skin and there has been a lot of buzz about how amazing this addition is to the line! Whether it's a matter of introducing their Moisturizing Body Lotion, Body Oil, Cold Cream Body Lotion or Gentle Scrub, there is an item that will work with you in your beauty routine! We also love that you can ask about where their products are sold as well as get some much needed advice by checking out their Facebook Fan Page as well as their Twitter account @AveneUSA.
Nothing is better then wearing pieces that are not only fab on you but have a bit of ethnic/tribal elements to it as well. That is something that we have come to love and expect from Lisa Jenks who has designed a number of pieces that you'll be super excited to see as you unwrap it! Whether it's a gorgeous bracelet, pair of earrings or a fab necklace, there are a number of great items to add phenomenal pop into your outfits!