Heather’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Ahhhh Valentine’s Day… I’m not trying to be a downer, but it’s often quite underwhelming and cheesy, am I right? When I first got married I told my husband that the pressure was off for him ever buying me a dozen red roses and a box of chocolates. I can’t think of anything I would like any less, especially for how cliché it is. I’d much rather have something unique like a one-of-a-kind estate piece of jewelry that can be handed down to our children, an experience such as a live music show or a trip somewhere warmer, or even a thoughtful handwritten note listing his favorite memories of us over the last 21 years and a mini peppermint pattie (my favorite). You’ve gotta think outside the [chocolate] box and get a little creative to avoid the commercialism of it all, to make it a meaningful and lasting display of affection.

I don’t try, claim or pretend to be a style or fashion blogger; but occasionally I enjoy sharing ideas, tips, tricks and finds to give back to followers who spend just a little bit of your valuable time taking interest in my work. Thank you! I’m so grateful. Here are a few ideas to pass along to your hubby or boyfriend. But, when you really think about it…All you need is love. Love is all you need.

XO,

HeatherSig.jpgValentinesPicks02_01.jpgAll images courtesy of websites listed below.

  1. Heart on my Sleeve Sweatshirt $44
    Because it’s cute AND clever.
    vicicollection.com
  2. Custom Diamond Initial Necklace in Gold $1200
    Obsessed with these. Love a necklace you wear and forget it’s there until everyone comments on it. The capital H is definitely on my wish list.
    Ladybird Jewelry by Emily Dee
    (Handmade in Nashville)
    Buy locally at H. Audrey Boutique or order via email Emily@LadyBirdJewelry.com
  3. Le Labo Santal 26 Candle $75
    Because it smells like heaven and your home will too.
    nordstrom.com
  4. Estate Brooch Pendant .10 carats of European cut diamonds in a 14k white gold $675
    These and so many other beautiful and unique estate pieces that will become YOUR family heirlooms. Love my friends at Walton’s Antique Jewelry in Franklin, TN!
  5. Golden Goose Sneakers Hi Star $695
    Happy (and Sparkly) Feet!
    goldengoosedeluxebrand.com
    Also buy locally:
    Nashville: H. Audrey Boutique
    Birmingham: Etc.
  6. Faux Fur Alpaca Throw $129
    February is just way too cold. Always in need of a cozy blanket…glass of wine and movie not included.
    potternbarn.com
  7. Anthropologie Kiss Mugs $32
    To remind you that every morning should start with coffee and a kiss…in that order.
    anthropologie.com
  8. Frette Grace Italian Sheet Set $1200
    Because sleep is a luxury.
    frette.com
  9. Vogue X Music Coffee Table Book $40
    Lady GaGa is on the cover…in a big pink hat…need I say more. I just bought it for myself!
    amazon.com
  10. Calvin Klein Velvet Bra $38
    Again, February cold weather means everything that touches me must be cozy.
    urbanoutfitters.com
  11. Nancy Gonzalez Mini Lily Genuine Crocodile (in pink for V-Day, of course) $2650 
    A Tiny Top Handle Bag because whowhatwear.com says we need one…and Kate Middleton loves them too. Nice pop of color to head into spring.
  12. Anthropologie Flora Nikrooz Marion Robe in Black $98
    Love the lightweight, feminine lace sleeves on this one because I get hot when I’m drying my hair.
    anthropologie.com
  13. Big Book of Chic by Interior Designer Miles Redd $85
    Every home should have some “wow” and curiosities, even if only for good dinner party conversation.
  14. Free People Red Bikini $135 top + $110 bottom
    Because I’m always a sucker for a one shoulder anything…add two tickets to paradise (somewhere tropical) and it’s the best Valentine’s Day ever!
  15. Lana Jewelry Narrow Flat Upside Down 14k Yellow Gold Hoops $430
    I’ve never met a pair of hoop earrings I didn’t like.
    saksfifthavenue.com
  16. P.J. Salvage Camo Lounge Pants $52
    I have to admit I just purchased these and have a hard time taking them off. I love most anything camo and these are like your favorite old t-shirt that’s been washed and worn so many times it’s perfect. Soft, comfy and cute. Dress them up with a crisp white button-down half-tucked and some pumps if you feeling like getting out of the house!
    nordstrom.com
    Also available locally at Habit in Franklin and Green Hills
  17. STOCKHOLM SG 79 No 16 Eau de Parfum $400
    A sweet friend of mine from Sweden just gave my daughter this perfume for her 16th birthday. I’ve never seen it here in the U.S. which makes it that more unique and her special scent. Trust me on this one. When you read the floral notes in the online description you will understand why it’s just perfect.
  18. Commando Gram Panties $24
    These feel like…well you don’t even feel them. They are the best panties ever…especially under leggings. No seams. No show. Commando bodysuits are great too!
  19. Givenchy Limited Edition Rouge Interdit Lipstick $34
    I’ll admit, I’m always self-conscious when I try to pull off a red lipstick because I’m usually a berry-brown nude every day. However, I love a true red lip with black for a classic evening look, especially for a Valentine’s date night. I have some friends that can really rock this look. You know who you are!
    saksfifthavenue.com
  20. Tickets to a Show at The Mother Church(Priceless)
    Because the Historic Ryman Auditorium is a magical place to experience live music with your love.
    ryman.com

One last bonus idea…
Membership to a Great Gym to Workout with Your Better Half (Priceless)
My recommendation if you are in Nashville is SHED! Best workout in town for strength and cardio mix. Do something together that’s fun and good for you! The gift that keeps on giving back.
shedgroupfitness.com

And… to go with that gym membership…here’s some fashionable workout clothes you’ll love to sweat in. Check out these red legging and sneakers for your Valentine’s Day morning workout. Rock it!

Fragrant Christmas Packages

There are only a few days until Christmas and I’m finally wrapping the first gifts to place under our tree! Thankfully most have been purchased (thank you Amazon), but sitting in a closet waiting on my work deadlines to be completed before they could be wrapped. I’m SO behind, but better late than never!

I love everything organically scented. My favorite candles and men’s colognes are the ones that smell like nature. So, why not create packages that also smell fragrant? And you don’t have to wait until Christmas! You can wrap birthday, thank you, wedding, baby and house warming gifts this way all year long. Here’s a quick and easy tip on how to do it. And, please excuse the iphone images. It’s all I had time for before packing and heading out of town for the holidays.

The key is to purchase simple wrapping paper and ribbon. You don’t want the gifts looking too busy. I purchased simple and inexpensive kraft wrapping paper and baker’s twine from Michaels craft store. You can also purchase an array of baker’s twine colors for year ’round gift giving from Etsy. I’m usually not a Christmas red and green kinda girl, but this year, I chose just a touch of red in my baker’s twine since the rest of my house was decorated in all white and greenery. Next year I think I will choose the white baker’s twine just to change it up a little.

Once you have your gifts wrapped, walk out to your yard and clip greenery sprigs such as rosemary, head to the nearest nursery to purchase a small plant, or go to a florist, online resource or Whole Foods for some seeded eucalyptus. Anything that looks pretty and smells fragrant (and also dries well) will be perfect. Keep in mind that it will need to to be used on all sizes of presents, and cut accordingly.

A few years ago, my Mom and I heard a lecture at Birmingham Botanical Gardens,  by Jason Powell, owner of Petals from the Past, about planting fragrant flowers and shrubs near entrances and exits of your home, to give your guests a scented welcome. So, last spring, when we’d only been in our home for a few months, I planted rosemary near my back porch, where we entertain, for fragrance and to use for cooking. For my Christmas packages this year, I clipped several sprigs since it was handy. It’s also a good idea to make sure they are clean and dry, by blotting them with a paper towel, before you place each one on your packages.

Here’s the simple, easy and inexpensive package I’ll be giving to friends and family this year. I chose a more casual look, but you can also do a formal version of this idea by using solid white paper (also available for purchase from Michaels) and gold or silver ribbon.  I hope this post gave you a little bit of inspiration for your own unique gift giving and that your holidays are just perfect, surrounded by the people you love, sharing lots of memories. laughter and good food! Merry Happy Christmas!

XO,
Heather

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