Be Mine – Valentine’s Day Want List

I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day merch. Everywhere I look there are red and pink hearts, kisses and bows smacked on everything from cupcakes, to shoes, lip gloss, jewelry and handbags. Maybe the fact that my birthday is two days after Valentine’s Day makes me love the commercial holiday so much, but I like to think that it’s because I’m a lover of all things hopelessly kitsch in fashion, beauty and design. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled some of my favourite fashion items that get my heart all aflutter.

ALDO GIRIDDIN SHOULDER BAG
This cross-body heart-shaped bag by Aldo gives a new meaning to the phrase “arm candy.” The heart candy-inspired bag comes in light pink, green or yellow and reminds me of a similar-looking Charlotte Olympia clutch, but for a fraction of the price tag.

Aldo Giriddin Shoulder Bag, $30

Aldo Giriddin Shoulder Bag, $30

VON FOLLIES LINGERIE BY DITA VON TEESE
There’s nothing sexier than retro-inspired lingerie and Dita Von Teese does it right. I know most women would be hesitant to buy their lingerie online, but I purchased pieces from Teese’s Von Follies line through ASOS and found they were true to size. The quality is great, the price is pretty sweet and if you’re a lover of retro-tailored lingerie (high-waisted, slimming and smoothing) then give this collection a try.

Her Sexellency Suspender and Her Sexellency Overwire Bra, &73.71 and $80.03 at asos.com

Her Sexellency Suspender and Her Sexellency Overwire Bra, $73.71 and $80.03 at asos.com

KATE SPADE OOH LA LA TOBYN
Kate Spade is the queen of cool kitsch with a good dose of posh, upper east side, pretty sophistication. I just knew she would deliver a Valentine’s-inspired collection that would have me oohing and aaahing. One of my favourite pieces is the Ooh La La Tobyn cross-body bag with top handle, which has just the right amount of quirk and ladylike polish.

Kate Spade Ooh La La Tobyn, $348

Kate Spade Ooh La La Tobyn, $348

BATH & BODY WORKS SWEET SHOP CANDLES
The Sweet Shop candle collection from Bath & Body Works not only has a range of sweet, mouth-watering scents perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, but it’s also cute as hell. The Mason Jar Candles would look perfect anywhere in your home and the Sweet Shop Pedestals elevate your candles to chic new heights.

Bath & Body Works Raspberry Peach Macaron Mason Jar Candle, $12.50

Bath & Body Works Raspberry Peach Macaron Mason Jar Candle, $12.50

TOO FACED TEDDY BEAR HAIR 5 PIECE BRUSH SET
Don’t be fooled by the cutesy name or heart-print cosmetic bag, because this is one fierce brush set. These five essential brushes – powder, contour, all-over shadow, blender and liner – may be made of synthetic materials, but they feel identical to real hair.

Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set, $79 at Sephora

Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set, $79 at Sephora

BATH & BODY WORKS VELVET SUGAR BODY LOTION
Get super soft and smooth skin that will leave you irresistible to touch and smelling good enough to eat. This shea and vitamin E rich lotion smells divine thanks to its sweet blend of red velvet crème, golden plum, sugared musk, pink jasmine and strawberry.

Bath & Body Works Velvet Sugar Body Lotion, $12.50

Bath & Body Works Velvet Sugar Body Lotion, $12.50

MAYBELLINE COLOR ELIXIR BY COLOR SENSATIONAL
To get a look-at-me pout for Valentine’s Day – or any day of the year, for that matter – look no further than this lip product hyphenate from Maybelline that delivers the colour of a lipstick, the cushiony feel of a balm and the glassy shine of a gloss. I have a few shades on rotation in my makeup arsenal right now, including Caramel Infused, a neutral rose, and Dashing Orchid, a bright purple that’s in line with Pantone’s colour of the year.

Maybelline Color Elixir By Color Sensational, $10.99 at drugstores

Maybelline Color Elixir By Color Sensational, $10.99 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

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Freshly Squeezed

Spring accessories are starting to crop up in stores and the big, bright and fruity finds are perfect for a modern-day Carmen Miranda. Known as the “Brazilian Bombshell,” Miranda became a film icon in the  ’40s known for her singing, dancing and colourful costumes, which included a headdress of fruit.

Carmen Miranda

I couldn’t help but think of “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat” at the sight of cherries, bananas, pineapples and apples cropping up on tote bags, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. The tutti frutti accessories have me longing for a tropical trip and also realizing that I’m probably not getting enough Vitamin C in my diet. Look below for some of my freshly-picked favourites.

Forever 21 Sweet Fruit Earring Set $4.80

Aldo Follin Charm Bracelet $15

Forever 21 Sparkly Pineapple Earrings $5.80

Aldo Wexell Tote $25

— Jodi Goulart

Tarantino’s Inglorious Beauties: Chapter Two

As promised from last week’s story on the brave beauties in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, I’ve found some key pieces (even heels that resemble those that play a vital Cinderella moment in the film) to give you the old Hollywood style of Bridget von Hammersmark. The fearless German film actress (played by the stylish and sophisticated Diane Kruger) is armed with loads of tenacity, confidence and a whole lot of glamour.

The Stakes Are High For Bridget

The Stakes Are High For Bridget

Urban Outfitters Felt Bowler, at Urban Outfitters stores

UO Felt Bowler, at Urban Outfitters stores

Le Chateau Tweed Blazer with Leather Look Trim $150; Tweed Skirt with Leather Look Trim $79.95

Le Chateau Tweed Blazer with Leather Look Trim $150; Le Chateau Tweed Skirt with Leather Look Trim $79.95

Aldo Firlik Leather Heel $135

Aldo Firlik Leather Heel $135

Bridget Is Every Ounce The Starlet

Bridget Is Every Ounce The Starlet

Aldo Crivaro Chandelier Earrings Made With Crystallized Swarovski Elements $100

Aldo Crivaro Chandelier Earrings Made With Crystallized Swarovski Elements $100

Forever 21 Large Flower Elastic Headband $10.80

Forever 21 Large Flower Elastic Headband $10.80

— Jodi Goulart

A Night Out At The Museum

A recent trip to the ROM got me in a museum kind of mood and I’m finding myself thirsting for more culture. Currently on at the AGO until August 30 is the Surreal Things Exhibition and I’m thinking of making an artsy night of it.  The exhibit features surrealist paintings, sculptures, jewellery, fashion, the list goes on… I can’t wait to see Salvador Dali’s Ruby Lips Brooch.

So, what to wear? I found the perfect French Connection halter dress that with its embroidered white swirls is a piece of art all on its own.  And for spending a few hours in the museum I found this great pair of patent cherry red flats from Aldo.

French Connection "Twist & Swirl" Dress, $120 at French Connection

French Connection "Twist & Swirl" Dress, $120

Aldo Fritima Flats, $45

Aldo "Fritima Flats", $45

The AGO is open until 5:30 on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It’s closed on Mondays and open until 8:30 on Wednesdays, when from 6:00 – 8:30 admission is free. You’ll have to pay a special admission charge if you want to see the Surreal Things Exhibition on Wednesday nights.

— Jodi Goulart