Recently I attended a showing at the Accessories Council and had the opportunity to review some of their Top Valentine’s Picks.
Here are some of my favorites:
The “Mr. Postman” handbag by Kathy Van Zeeland is simply too cute. This hand-held satchel also has a detachable shoulder strap that converts this whimsical bag and provides both a feminine and fashionable statement. As someone who is waiting for spring, the lively print pattern will brighten up any winter’s day. You’ll be traveling in fun style with this one. $89, www.qvc.com
If you are looking for something just a bit more ‘subdued’, the Faux Lizard print bag from B. Makowsky is the answer. This is a great bag that can take you from day to evening. The cross body strap allows for hand free movement as he slips that beautiful ring on your finger. $138, www.qvc.com
The Belgian-Moroccan sisters Leona and Hasna Erziak, have created the ultimate series of handbags. These are for the woman who wants to have a bag that is luxurious and elegant. Made from various skins and leather, these are truly a bag-lover’s dream. If you want superior quality, you should put Lena Erziak on your wish list. Already with a cult following this is the “it” bag of 2011. $626-$1,829
How about a little something extra special for yourself or your special someone? Cosabella is calling you. The new ‘Never Say Never Shapewear’ floral lace collection by provides the comfort and color of Cosabella and the function and support of shape wear. Where have you been all my life? I think I hear a collective sigh of woman everywhere. $65
Not your mother’s slippers anymore. With over 60 years of experience, you can still turn to Dearfoams for an exceptional slipper. I love that they have updated their styles (to include some cute blinged-out slippers) and guys; they have some for you too. Comfort and reliability is what I look for and Dearform comes through. $ 32-$50
Avon has long been a brand that people have turned to for everything from skin care to makeup. Now, they have a jewelry line that will be the buzz. You can find ‘pearlesque’ necklaces, CZ shapes on rings and beautiful multi-colored stones on necklaces and bracelets. If you’re looking for playful jewelry from a brand you can trust, why not check out Avon.
We all know that honeysuckle is the new haute color of 2011. Armitron knows it too. This Hot Pink Resin Watch by Armitron, features a silvertone case with 41 genuine crystals in bezel. The dial is glossy white and has matching silver numeral and index markers. The watch also has a second-hand sweep and is water-resistant to 100 ft. This is a great way to keep in time with the latest trend. $50 at Armitron and JC Penny’s nationwide.
There are so many great finds at HSN and this is no exception. The Joan Boyce collection is simply fun. Not only has she bedazzled shoes she has a new jewelry line that is playful, chic, and reasonably priced. I’m a big fan of her cuffs and bracelets. $79.95
What is the concept of boyfriend? Women want one, have one, broke up with one; everyone has a story to tell. This is the basis of and why Kate Walsh (who I love from The Practice), developed the ‘Boyfriend’ fragrance. Let’s face it, we’ve all stolen a bit of their cologne or simply found that the more musk/woodsy fragrances appeal to our senses. The Boyfriend is a floral scent, with night-blooming jasmine, and dries to woody amber, vanilla and musk. It is just yummy and warm. I love a woman who is secure, sexy and having fun wearing your man’s jacket, watch or shirt. I love it more that even if you don’t have a man in your life (right now) you can still enjoy this perfume. $44.95
Ladies, I’m going to take the guys side for a moment. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I think THEY should get a little something special too. Olympus stylus 3000 is too HAUTE. This camera is so sleek, records HD movie and if your guy happens to…drop things often, don’t worry. He can drop it in the pool, on the ground, snow and it bounces right back. This Tough Love Camera will melt his heart. $199.99
If you’re looking for a camera that has the lens change capability, then the Olympus Pen E-PLI may be the one for you. This camera provides superior optics and multimedia capabilities — combining the creative freedom of a advanced digital SLR with the simple controls and small size of a point-and-shoot. $499.99
Oh Calvin! If you’re guy is like mine, he wanted to see Tron in 3-D. Going to a 3D movie, well the 3-D glasses they give you are…well, not the best to say the least. Calvin Klein is pure genius because he has created (Marchon3D Patent-Pending3D Technology and RealD Certification) sunglasses that are cool to wear and you can use them at the movies. The curved lens matches the contour of the eye, improves and maximizes your 3D viewing experience, allowing for greater image immersion. The photocromic (transitioning from indoor to outdoor) lens technology allows for wear indoors and outdoors. Offers full UVA/UVB/UVC protection. Available in Men’s, Women’s and Unisex styles. $180 at Calvin Klein stores.
Show your hair some love with ‘hair rules’ quench conditioner. Formulated with it helps to nourish hair that is parched from winter dryness and heat. Love how you look with a blow out service at the Hair Rules salon. Each service includes a texture evaluation, designed to show you how to best care for your hair, and receive a texture specific styling product to get the look you want, be it straight or curly. $24Any and or all of these are great for Valentine’s Day or any day you think deserves a little something special.