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

Juicy Fruit

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I was swept away by the palm trees, warm temps and abundance of Hawaiian goodies. The dried mangoes and pineapples and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts made my sweet tooth salivate ,all while making me think of fruity and tropical-inspired lotions, body washes and fragrances. Here are some of my picks to get you smelling sweet and in the mood for sunny weather — no margaritas required, though they don’t hurt.

"Sunny Skies," Rolf Armstrong 1953

Bath & Body Works’ Tahiti Island Mimosa collection includes a Body Lotion and Body Wash that contain the Tahitian Tamanoi blend of Tamanu nut, which helps skin soothe and heal itself, and Monoi oil, which provides moisture for thirsty skin. The Fragrance Mist is a softly sweet exotic floral.

Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Mimosa Fragrance Mist $16.50, Body Lotion $14.50 and Body Wash $16.50

Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls are back at it again after a Winter collection of fragrances with the new limited-edition Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties range. All of the girls are wearing adorable swimwear, polished toes and Plumeria and Hibiscus flowers in their hair. Each fragrance is new and all are florals, except for Lil’ Angel, which is a citrus gourmand, and my favourite G, which is a creamy musk.

Harajuku Lovers Limited Edition Sunshine Cuties, $32 each at drug stores, Sephora and Sears

The Body Shop and Sephora both have new bath and body collections that are refreshing and citrusy instead of overly sweet. Sephora’s is the Pink Grapefruit Sorbet Bath & Body Collection that includes a body lotion, bubble bath, bath gel and scrub. Body Shop has just launched its new Sweet Lemon range that includes a Body Butter, Scrub, Lotion, Shower Gel, Lip Butter, Soap and even a lemon shaped bath pom pom. The products range in price from $3 to $20.

Sephora Pink Grapefruit Sorbet Bath & Body Collection, from $16 - $21

The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Shower Gel $13

And because our lips deserve a fruity treat there’s Rimmel’s new line of Royal Gloss lipglosses in 10 delectable translucent shades. They’re packed with Vitamins A, C and E and smell like mouth-watering candy. See my favourite shades below.

Rimmel Royal Gloss in Candy Rush, $6.99 at select drug and mass retailers

Rimmel Royal Gloss in Pink Taffy, $6.99 at select drug and mass retailers


— Jodi Goulart