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Fashion Forward: Have a heart this Valentine’s Day!

Nancy Itani
Nancy Itani

Valentine’s Day is getting very close and hearts are as popular as ever this fashion season. The heart-shaped jewelry is always in style for this fun and festive holiday. Pendants, earrings and bracelets are everywhere in the heart-shape - and this year the glitzy look is still going strong. For fun, heart-shaped watches are stylish this season, and the Betsey Johnson brand has heart-shaped watches at a great price (and a really colorful gift box too.) Watches are also popular in red and bright pink shades this year in both everyday brands and high-end fashion brands as well. A red accent with an outfit says Valentine’s Day without going overboard. Wearing a red or pink scarf or jewelry is a fun way to celebrate this day. Also, anything with a heart-shaped print on it is a great accent such as a blouse or a sweater with a heart pattern in the design.

Creative small heart-shaped gifts include little clutches and travel bags with colorful heart shapes on them. Purses and even heart keychains are also fun. The gift does not have to be huge, but thoughtful and right for the person receiving the gift.

Of course, lingerie and pajamas are a popular gift for this holiday, but the everyday fashion is also a lot of fun. The P.J. Salvage brand has a lot of sexy and casual pajamas/loungewear for Valentine’s Day. P.J. Salvage has a lot of humor in the line and that makes it more jovial and fun to wear and to give as a gift. This brand is available at Dillard’s in Jordan Creek Town Center.

Buying a gift for Valentine’s Day that helps the environment or a special cause is an additional bonus on this day. A simple way to do this is to buy from Target a product that is a part of the Feed Project. The Feed Project is a project established by Lauren Bush Lauren to help fight hunger in the U.S., and this line has many nice inexpensive bags featured in the Target stores. Many individual manufacturers and product lines give a percentage of their sales to a great cause. Toms is a fashion brand that provides employment in poor countries such as Haiti. Toms sells shoes and has some terrific hand-painted shoes that are fun, yet help support a serious cause. Sunglasses and other accessories are also available at You can view their story on the web site.

I also want to encourage everyone to shop locally for your Valentine gift. In Dallas County we are truly blessed with extraordinary culinary, floral and gift stores in our towns. A gift of an Iowa made wine, an artisan creation, a homemade treat such as chocolate or toffee, or a gift from your local hometown florist is a nice way to show your love and friendship and show local support.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and enjoy your thoughtful gift-giving this year! Have a heart!