By Megan Bartley / Special to Sunday Market
With love’s big day right around the corner, it’s time to fall head over heels for fashion, décor and gift ideas that help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in sweet, sweet style.
Prep the house
Show your family how much you care with love-themed décor.
On the walls, the Heart Hanging Chalkboard ($5 at Paper Source) can hold a personalized message, while the I Love Us Wall Art ($5 at Paper Source) and Seattle Heart Map ($24 at Butter Home) are love letters ready for framing.
Add Hearts Tissue Paper Confetti ($10 at Paper Source), Valentine’s Day Plates ($36 for four at Williams-Sonoma) and “red volcano” Capri Blue Mini Iridescent Jar Candles ($12 each at Anthropologie) to the dinner table to create a love-filled tableau.
And boost the feeling of romance with Stitched Silk Pillows ($50 each at Anthropologie) in rose or wine, and West Elm’s Love Letter Trays ($24–$29), which can keep cellphones snuggly contained for the night.
Get the gift
Whether you want to impress someone knew or rekindle the old flame, love-inspired gifts can speak volumes.
The Dogeared Sparkle Heart Boxed Pendant Necklace ($62 at Nordstrom) is a tiny kiss she can wear every day, while local metalsmith and designer Ada Rosman’s 143 (I Love You) Sterling Silver Numerical Secret Message Necklace ($48 at adarosman.com) is a subtle way to wear a sweet sentiment.
The Kate Spade New York Charming Key To My Heart Bracelet ($48) is a tribute those witty at heart, and the ban.do Back Me Up Charger ($30 at Nordstrom) ensures your electronic love notes don’t get lost in a dead phone.
Are your friends your true loves? Get them the fun Fortune-Telling Book of Love ($10 at Lucca Great Finds, Ballard), containing love spells, dream interpretation and romantic omens, along with a cheeky note from the You’re Cute Card Set ($12 for 25 at Anthropologie).
Men can get into the spirit of the day while still looking manly in the Wallace & Barnes Buffalo Check CPO Shirt-Jacket ($168 at J.Crew) or Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 High Sneakers ($85 at Nordstrom) in crimson. Polish a date-night look with the dapper and fun J.Crew Wool Pocket Square in Jack Russell Print (on sale for $40).
For ladies, Loft’s Polka Dot Utility Blouse ($59.50) is easy to style for day or night with boots or pumps. For more formal affairs, the polished Hutch Candy Rose Jacquard Dress (on sale for $120 at Anthropologie) is a subtle nod to the holiday with its pink hue and floral motif.
Pair a classic black dress with statement tights, such Pretty Polly’s Heart Detail Back Seam Tights ($48), or pumps that pop, such as Vince Camuto’s Carlotte Pointy Toe Pump in Ruby Red Suede ($129, both at Nordstrom).
Finish with sweet pink and red accessories such as the Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Monday Bag in Rosy Dawn ($148) and Loft’s Metallic Heart Shaped Sunglasses (on sale for $17).
Layer on J.Crew’s Double-Cloth Lady Coat in Bohemian Red ($378) for a polished finish you’ll wear all winter long. Or take it all off, leaving just the Only Hearts Newsprint Tank ($70) and Shorts ($53, both at Anthropologie) for a sweet way to end the day.
And if your Valentine is your furry best pal, make sure they’re dressed to impress in a Dog or Cat Bow Tie ($15 at Butter Home, Capitol Hill).
Polish your look
For makeup that’s sensual but not overdone, start with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze ($33), which adds a natural luster to winter skin. Highlight lips, cheeks and eyelids with Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Lip and Cheek Color in Perfect Rose ($30, both at Bluemercury, U District), a pretty pink that’s soft and radiant.
To prep hair for day and night (with a chance of rain), try label.m Sleek Blow Out Cream ($27.50 at Essensuals London Salon, Capitol Hill), a lightweight protector that leaves hair soft, shiny and frizz-free.