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my funny valentine

every year, i start out grousing about valentine’s day.  how it’s a hallmark holiday, created by retailers to force us to spend money, is sheer torture when you’re single, allows restaurants to charge ridiculous amounts of money for mediocre prix-fixe meals, and really…didn’t we just finish buying christmas gifts?

but i always end up falling for valentine’s day in the end.  i’m swayed by all that pretty pink and red candy, the paper hearts strewn everywhere i go, and the fantasy that maybe, just maybe, i’ll send out valentine’s day cards where i failed so miserably at holiday cards this year.

~ bortolomiol rose prosecco:  because, really, when else is pink prosecco de rigeur?  (believe me, this one should always be…)
~ peggy li rough diamond disc necklace:  so subtle and lovely – i think it’s the prettiest valetine i’ve seen this year. plus, can you even talk about valentine’s day without jewelry?
~ see’s candies hot hearts:  simply the best valentine’s day candy ever!
~ kate spade striped bow tank:  it’s freezing, of course, but this ribboned tank makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.  in july, i’ll be wishing i’d splurged on this…and it will be sold out.
~ bristols 6 lovin’ kit:  in case you (or your valentine) are feeling a bit more naughty than nice…
~ paper source DIY moustache valentines:  is it even possible not to smile when you see these guys?
~ rifle paper co. customized valentine’s portrait:  can you imagine a sweeter valentine than this?
~ zedena designs enamel heart necklaces: conversation hearts get me every single time, and these might be the cutest yet.

what are your plans for valentine’s day this year?

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friday finds: the leftovers edition

i was going to skip ‘friday finds’ this week, if only because this whole week of gift guiding has felt like the most gigantic ‘friday finds’ ever.  but, there were a few little goodies that didn’t quite fit the guides that are still utterly lovely and deserving of your attention.  and so, this week’s guide is for them!

the very sweet melissa of zedena designs sent over this beautiful enamel pendant for me a few weeks ago.  isn’t it just lovely?  i’m a sucker for anything enamel, and i love the vintage wallpaper feel this design has.  i can tell you firsthand it does amazing things for a simple black v-neck.  the medallion is my favorite of her designs, but i’m imagining that beautiful little bird would be a perfect gift for a friend that loves music, and it’s a very affordable gift option.  oh!  and i’m told that code JINGLEBELLS will get you 10% off through 12/20, so that’s good news too.

i’m having a serious case of wanderlust these days, especially whenever i see anything related to paris.  these two prints have been haunting my dreams since i first saw them. i can’t resist much of anything that blanca gomez does, but this may just be my favorite of hers yet. and though clare owen’s beautiful snowglobe looks to be out of stock, these etsy folks are so kind, i’m betting she’d reprint if you asked nicely.

this is another handmade find i just can’t get out of my head.  i’m loathe to spend $40 on a mug, but these pretty poppies catch my eye virtually every single time i’m on etsy.  so, perhaps the universe is trying to tell me something about my personal limitations with regard to coffee mug spending.

i’ve had these little pants bookmarked to show you for months now…but really, how often do we talk baby-friendly goods here?  that said, they’re maybe the cutest baby-related thing i’ve seen all year.  even the name is cute:  crankypants!  you’re dying of cuteness right now, i know.  by the way, i do know that $80 for baby pants is ridiculous.  but if you were going to save one piece of your kid’s clothing for posterity, wouldn’t it be the crankypants?   plus, they’re handmade by a knitting cooperative in peru, so you’re basically supporting a village.  how can you say no?

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and, lest we get on too much of a ‘handmade’ run today, i’ll wrap up with this amazing vermeil lotus ring from the sundance catalog ($138).  you can find beauty everywhere, people…even in the middle of a hippie-crunchie catalog like sundance.  i’m head over heels for this beauty…and i just know it’s one of those things people would stop you on the street to ask about.

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get gifting: all that glitters

we’re going to kick off this year’s gift guides with a little something that’s close to my heart: jewels! ever wonder why there are so many holiday songs about “silver and gold”? it’s because every holiday’s better with a little sparkle. take these gift ideas, for instance…i know my holiday would be dramatically improved by any one of these beauties. i tried to find a little something for every wallet, so whatever your holiday budget, you’re sure to find a little something glittering under your tree this year. significant others everywhere, take note!

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left to right, from top: christine mighion stacking diamond rings, $450-690; giles & brother chevron earrings, $115; skagen denmark rose links with glitz, $145; peggy li herkimer fringe necklace, $79; rosena sammi key to ajmeri necklace, $249; burberry prorsum leather and brass-studded cuff, $450; prismera designs amethyst slice necklace, $112; erickson beamon glenda bangle, $475; rebecca initial bracelet, $$$; gorjana star stud earrings, $35; by boe alfabet stud earrings, $18 per stud; tahitian pearl earrings, from $169 (the bigger, the better!); macha jewelry triangle stud earrings, $195.

{FTC disclaimer: some product samples were provided to help me compile this guide, but as usual, there’s no pay-for-play here.}

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