RI Beauty Insider: Romantic Valentine’s Day Style
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Wear all black if you must but turn your nails into mini jewels. Fire engine red, sparkly vamp, or cherries in the snow - shiny nails in the red family look so festive. And if you’re an extra blessed this Valentine’s Day, red and diamonds look smashing together! Be prepared just in case.
Iconic red lips speak passion. Choose a hue that works with your coloring: blonds look great in pinky red; dark-haired, think deeper burgundy. There are many luscious variations. Remember to go lighter on eye makeup and soften the blow with a swipe of gloss. He won’t be able to keep his eyes off your kissable lips across that candlelit table.
Many women feel that red is not their best shade. Enter accessories: try a warm cashmere shawl in garnet, red’s softer sister. Wear it as a scarf over your coat and then drop it across your shoulders at the theater or restaurant for color as well as warmth. Keep your outfit monochromatic in dashing greys or cozy browns. Sophisticated and old-world romance at the same time.
We got the BFF thing between diamonds and red but how about a pretty enamel heart-shaped brooch on that fur scarf? Maybe Mom has a gorgeous 1960’s cocktail ring or a pair of vintage rhinestone earrings in her jewel box. What day is better for a little bling than dreamy Valentine’s Day? If not now, when?
No discussion of Valentine style is complete without lingerie. A romantic dinner for two is the perfect time for black or red lace under your warm sweaters. Tarting it up just a wee bit is not completely out of realm and sets a mood. For love, that is.
An unexpected touch
Lastly, if he charmed you with confections and filled your home with red roses, claim one especially perfect blossom to carry along with your evening bag. It’s a beautifully feminine soupçon and will look sweet resting on the dinner table and all who pass will know what a lucky girl you are!
Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.
10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her
A Charming Gift
Show your special someone that you cherish them this Valentine's Day by giving them a unique gift from Alex and Ani. The popular Rhode Island retailer has outdone themselves this Valentine's Day season offering a variety of gifts -- including bangles, wraps, and earrings. You can even personalize your piece with a cupid or heart charm.
Price: $28 and up
Buy it from: Alex and Ani, Providence, Cranston, Newport, East Greenwich
She adores it so why not indulge her? Pink Pineapple carries the best cashmere in the chicest styles. Choose a stunning black tunic to wear with winter boots or a bright sweater in a Palm Beach color to lift a dreary winter mood. Go ahead...make her Valentine's Day!
Price: $120 and up
Buy it from: Pink Pineapple, Newport, Portsmouth
Today's mini clips and barrettes are yesterday's glamorous 40's hair combs. The most fanciful and sparkly are at Karol Richardson. Just one of these irresistible little hair charmers will throw facets of light back at your smiling face in thanks. You'll love the candy counter experience so cast a spell with one (or two), made in France with Swarovski crystals.
Price: $4 and up
Buy it from: Karol Richardson, Newport
Lingerie is a traditional Valentine's Day gift but forget granny gowns and opt for an exquisite chemise in a sumptuous color. Blush of Montreal's Sweetest Sin chemise works for all women with its covered lace and quarter wire for support. The beauty of lace is that it draws attention but reveals little.
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She'll love an iconic heart in sweet shimmering silver. Green River Silver Co. has outdone themselves with pendants, bracelets, and earrings of whimsical hearts to cherish. Better choose two as she'll surely want one close to her heart.
Price: $18 and up
Buy it from: Green River Silver Co., Bristol, Providence, Wickford
Luxurious Body Care
Thymes Goldleaf bath products make a stunning impression. Besides the packaging being festive and pretty, the jasmine, rose, and hyacinth draw a tapestry of scent on her skin. Put together a combination of bath powder, lotion, and soap and then give her an hour to herself, no questions asked. Your Valentine will find one hundred ways to thank you!
Buy it from: Kate & Company, Bristol
Valentine's Day Dinner
End Valentine’s Day on a romantic note this year with a spectacular dinner in Seasons at the Ocean House. Ocean House chefs will take you through five palate-enticing courses, each highlighting the best of the New England bounty. Celebrate one another and the passion that you share over a decadent dessert. What are you waiting for? Click here to make your reservation.
Price: $95/ per person (plus tax and gratuity); Wine pairing is an additional $40/ per person.
Buy it from: Ocean House, Watch Hill
A Beautiful Bouquet
Nothing says "I love you" on Valentine's Day like a wonderful bouquet of flowers. Express your love Valentine's Day beautiful and affordable flowers from A New Leaf. From romantic roses to impressive modern bouquets, A New Leaf offers nearly 50 unique Valentine's Day special that are sure to please even the most discerning eye.
Price: $34.95 and up
Buy it from: A New Leaf, Providence
A Music Lover's Dream
Does your Valentine have an affinity for Opera music? How about taking her to the Blithewold Mansion on Valentine's Day for a concert she'll never forget. Opera Providence will present “A Happy Valentine’s Day Concert” on Friday Friday, Feb. 14th, at 7pm and Sunday, Feb. 16th at 3pm at the Blithewold Mansion. The event features the voices of the Opera Providence Ensemble.
Price: All concert tickets are $40 per person. Tickets for the entire concert series are $75 per person.
Buy it from: Click here to purchase tickets or call 401-331-6060.
The Perfect Perfume
It's no secret that roses and Valentine's Day go hand in hand, but what about rose-scented fragrances? Think outside the box and get your special lady an all natural botanical perfume blended with real rose petals from Providence Perfume Company.
Price: $30 and up
Buy it from: Providence Perfume Co., Providence
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