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

‘Cause She’s A Lady

With holiday parties coming up I’ve been finding inspiration in Christian Dior’s Fall 2009 Couture collection. Yes, the models were dressed in various stages of un-dress, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look to the garters, lace-trimmed slips, girdles and stockings for inspiration of what to wear under your holiday dress.

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

The contrast of blushing pink and black frilly under-things with the bright lime, orange, raspberry, yellow and animal prints of the fitted jackets, pencil skirts and cocktail dresses made for a striking image. The lady-like accessories of pearls, hats with veils and long gloves were also to die for.

Below are some of my picks to get the look. Next week, I’ll post my beauty finds to create the ’50s chic makeup looks from the collection.

H&M Blue Strapless Dress $49.95

Forever 21 Jewel Button Cardigan $34

H&M Corset $29.95

Kimchi Blue Silky Lace Tap Short, $28 US at Urban Outfitters

H&M Feather Hat $17.95

Long Leather Ruched Gloves, $48 US at Urban Outfitters

Forever 21 Chiffon Pearls Necklace $10.80

La Senza Beyond Cleavage Bustier $54.50, Lace Garter $24.50, Lace Thong 3 for $30

— Jodi Goulart

H&M Gets Cheeky With Sonia Rykiel

Last month when everyone was losing it for the super-sexy H&M collaboration with Jimmy Choo, I was counting down the days for the next designer pairing with the mega retailer to hit the racks.  The Sonia Rykiel Pour H&M collection is a retro sexy line of lingerie and accessories in satin, lace and velvet that sashays into select stores this Saturday, December 5. This is the first time that the designer collaborations have extended to the lingerie department and what a great way to start!

The Parisian chic collection from the famed French house includes panties, bustiers, bras, garters, robes and even rosette-topped kitten heels in shades of pink blush, black, deep purple and hot pink  that are all tres feminine. If you’re in the Toronto area, the  following stores will carry the collection: Eaton Centre, Bloor Street and Yorkdale. Once I’ve gotten my hands on this lingerie, it’ll be time to start counting down for the Spring 2010 Sonia Rykiel knitwear collaboration, which will be in select H&M stores on February 20.

Here are just some of my favourite items from the Sonia Rykiel Pour H&M lingerie collection:

— Jodi Goulart

French Dressing

It’s finally getting steamy in Toronto – well, at least for now – and what better way to celebrate than to raise the temperature in the bedroom? La Senza‘s Parisian-inspired lingerie from its summer collection will have you both saying oh la la! The frilly, flirty and feminine panties, garters and bras come in soft lacy whites, lilacs and my favourite colour combination of pink & black, which is very Agent Provocateur, non? So grab a bottle of champagne and head to the boudoir with your man in tow.

Polka-dot Mesh demi cup bra $26.50 Polka-dot g-string panty $10.50 Sheer stripe garter with lace trim $24.50

Polka-dot Mesh Demi Cup Bra $26.50, Polka-dot G-string Panty $10.50, Sheer Stripe Garter with Lace Trim $24.50

Frill Trim Satin Lined Demi Cup Bra $26.50, Sheer Frill G-string Panty $10.50, Sheer Frill Garter Skirt with Lace Trim $26.50

Frill Trim Satin Lined Demi Cup Bra $26.50, Sheer Frill G-string Panty $10.50, Sheer Frill Garter Skirt with Lace Trim $26.50

— Jodi Goulart