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ah valentine’s day. definitely not my favorite. my lukewarm feelings about this holiday go wayyyy back — i’m just not a big fan of the lovey-dovey, rose & chocolate filled mush nor the pressure and expense of a forced declaration of love. however, when i was growing up, my mother always gave the three of us a little “treat” the morning of February 14th before we ran off to school, and the tradition is certainly one I can get behind. this little heart shaped bag could prove to be my perfect v-day treat. its cheeky and cheery, and the perfect accent piece for my mid winter “all black outfit” schlump.

Image 1 of HEART CROSSBODY BAG from Zara

zara heart shaped bag

other little valentines day pick me up ideas? i love the idea of….

  • something simple. a simple cuff or bracelet, especially engraved with something sweet inside! we gave my boyfriends mother this one for Christmas and i’ve been secretly eyeing it for myself.


monica vinader rose gold bracelet

  • something warm. a prettily packaged candle for cozy nights at home

capri blue candle

  • something lux. cashmere sweats, the ultimate indulgent item, are now made for mortals by our friends at everlane

cashmere sweatpants

  • something practical. monogrammed pouches. these ear bud organizers indulge my every OCD whim, but it’s the kind of thing i wouldn’t usually buy for myself (thus making it the perfect treat). i also love this similar looking smythson makeup bag.


leather earbud cases

  • something feminine. a classic scent in a beautiful bottle for your dresser is the ultimate ladylike gift. i discovered Jo Malone’s peony & blush suede perfume as a gift last Christmas, but a new bottle never hurts ;).

blush suede perfume

  • something easy. pajamas are one of my go to favorite gifts, regardless of the season. i love sleeping in something new and cute and this romper is not only that, but also easy to throw on and pair with a robe during chillier months.

eberjey romper

  • something sweet. but not to eat! with dry winter lips, this agave lip scrub is calling out for an invite to my next pampering sesh.

agave lip scrub

  • something furry. given that it is February after all, a cuddly scarf is just the thing to fend of winter chill. i love this rainbow version (in sort of Fendi-ish stripes) as a fun way to spice up your same ole boring coat.

rainbow twist scarf

  • something yummy! if you are going to indulge in an edible treat, these cookies (from one of my favorite bakeries in the city) are too good to pass up. and now, new yorker or not, momofuku milk bar is now coming to you, with a new line of baking mixes all available at target- including the classic crack pie, birthday truffles and always delicious compost cookies.

milk bar cookie mix

what carine says is cool

i frequently wish i was a better purger. over the years i’ve tried to get better at letting go of pieces sooner and making space for new. however occasionally the hoarding comes in handy– you never know what will come back in style– and it’s especially helpful when you see some cool girl walking down the street wearing something you already own.

such is the case with a pair of pointy toed ankle booties from J. Crew that have been hidden in the back of my closet. i rarely wear them because the narrow heels make any subway ride extra hellish, but they were a gift from my parents and to be honest I just never got around to finding them a new home.

thank god for my laziness, however, because seeing this recent snap of bella maqnifique Carine Roitfeld made me need my boots asap. she’s truly the most sexy, fashion-forward sixty two year old I’ve ever seen (i hope i look half as good at her age). here she’s wearing an almost identical pair, styled in her classic french way– all black, a little edgy, and lots of leg.

screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-5-05-59-pmcarine is proof that a good stiletto never goes out of style. so get yourself a lookalike pair stat– options by nine west (shown below), via spiga, jimmy choo, johnston & murphy, and stuart weitzman

1) black ankle boots

2) volumizing hair spray

3) grommet embellished mini skirt

4) spanx opaque tights

5) barbara bui ribbed turtleneck

6) beige polish