Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either ignore, or enjoy full tilt. The Advice Sisters think the best way to enjoy the day of love is to embrace it, and share the love with best friends, family and yes, show some love to yourself, too. I was in Paris when the Accessories Council held one of there always wonderful events, showcasing some of the best of the best gift ideas and accessories for the season. However, they were kind enough to share some of the items they presented and I’m suggesting some of these to you not just for Valentines’ Day, but for the month of February and beyond, for the season, and for every reason to be fashioanble.
I’m starting off with a trio of scarves, because they are one size fits all, and there is just something magical about adding a scarf to whatever it is that you’re wearing. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to make a statement with a scarf. Even an inexpensive one can add a pop of color, update a look, and add warmth if the weather is chilly. Everyone in Paris knows the allure of the scarf and both women and en wear them every single day. Parisians wouldn’t walk out without one. The three I’m showcasing that were sent to me from the Accessories Council Valentines Day event are all perfect for Valentine’s Day, but also for the season, and very affordable.
An obvious choice for fashion and for Valentine’s Day is this BCBGENERATION Go On Say It! Loop/Infiniti scarf ($28.00) that is festooned with a design of hearts and romantic words. The soft polyester fabric drapes nicely over a blouse, sweater or even a coat. It’s available for purchase at BCBGeneration, Belk, BonTon, Dillards, Macy’s, and Vonmaur. Check out the BCBG Facebook Page, too!
Another soft scarf that is perfect for Valentines’ Day but doesn’t ooze hearts and flower in an obvious way, so you can wear it all years, is this Silky Gauze Floral Heart & Vintage Script Scarf from the ICING ($22.00). The scarf is ivory with a red and grey design. The vintage grey script and butterflied and flowers look romantic but not stuffy or old fashioned. The `100% vicose fabrice is light and airy, perfect for wrapping and twisting. This scarf is available for purchase in Icing stores and on www.Icing.com. Check out the Icing Facebook page
Red is the color of love, and the official color of Valentine’s Day, but it’s a color you can wear all year round. This wine-colored pleated infinity scarf by Echo Design ($38.00) is a polyester scarf that adds a pop of color to your jackets and coats. The 24″ X 36″ makes it easy to wrap twice and keep your neck or head, toasty. Available on www.echodesign.com
Rain or sleet can be a pain, but a colorful umbrella can make all the difference in your outlook, not to mention keep your clothing and head, dry! This trio of treats from MADDEN GIRL are colorful, Auto Open Umbrellas ($25.00). They offer 42” of coverage with a black rubber coated handle and 2-colored bungee cords. Even if the weather is gloomy, there is no reason why your umbrella should be! A cheerful design makes you feel happy. Steve Madden makes such cute accessories and shoes! Umbrellas are always a nice gift that is one size fits all, too, and these are available in 3 assorted prints – Mustache, Neon Aztec, and Polka Dot. Visit the Steve Madden Facebook page #
Watches are memorable gifts that are also practical. This one by Caravelle is really for him from the Men’s Chronograph Collection ($110.00) but women who love big watches can wear it too. This Chronograph is made in stainless steel with patterned gray dial, luminous Arabic and stick markers and hands, second hand, 24hour track, double-press fold-over clasp, and water resistance to 30 meters. It’s impressive, but affordable. It is available for purchase at Kohl’s and Kohls’.com. Visit the Caravelle Facebook page
The final recommendation I have to offer from the products I was sent is this Steve Madden small , PVC Studded Crossbody bag ($48 .00). It is just big enough to hold your essentials for a hot date, clubbing, weekend shopping, or to stuff into your travel bag when you don’t want to bring the BIG bag along. The gun metal studs and chain strap (but with a soft PVC piece at the shoulder to shield you from the chain) is edgy and yet still feminine. The square shape gives you enough room to actually bring the things you need without a struggle: keys, phone, lipstick, cards, a little brush..check! Available at www.stevemadden.com.