Style and Styling

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Happy day, fabulous readers!

It’s that time again… Valentine’s Day is around the proverbial corner. Back in December, I had the privilege of pulling some style picks for Augusta Magazine to be featured in their February issue. That was a real trick in the weeks running up to Christmas, when all stores are focused on the holiday chaos, and finding items you can count on being available in two months qualifies as a minor miracle. I wanted to keep the picks local, and so loved some of the Valentine’s idea picks that didn’t make it past the magazine editors that I want to share them with you! Thank you, again, to all the stores who loaned me their beautiful pieces; these photos don’t do them justice. (These were down and dirty shots before returns to their stores.) Please feel free to send the URL to your S.O. if he or she needs a little nudge, there’s one week left!


Not every Valentine gift has to be romantic! Finding something for our BFF’s may be even more important than one for the guy in your life. I love the personalization on these Katie Loxton multipurpose clutches! They are great for organizing your tote, or holding documents when traveling, and would make a lovely (and very reasonably priced!) Valentine for our sisters (by blood, law, or love) who stick with us through thick and thin. If you are planning ahead for a June wedding, there is even one for your bridesmaids! I couldn’t resist, and bought “Fabulous Friend” for my bestest for Christmas. You can find these (and so many other goodies) at Swank in Augusta and Evans.

Champagne Flutes

Thinking about popping the question? Flutes make a lovely Valentine’s Day gift… and foreshadow a wedding toast! These gorgeous rimmed pieces by Vetro have a familiar old elegance paired with a simple modern shape. Not part of a couple? Buy one for you and for your best friend so that you can share a drink together, no matter how far away he or she may be. Don’t save the best only for special occasions. Every day is special! You can buy them in either silver or gold, or maybe you prefer one of each. These lovelies come from Charleston Street at Surrey Center.

Statement Bracelet

Who doesn’t want a little bling for Valentine’s Day? This would add sparkle and drama to last year’s floral frock, or glam up your jeans and a silk tank on a warm spring evening. Choose that spring evening carefully though, you might distract someone on the course! The easy-on stretch makes it a wonderful choice for those who struggle with clasps, or for those with hard-to-fit wrists.  You can pick up this bold sparkler at Capsule at Walton’s Corner. If you haven’t heard of Capsule yet, they just opened on February 1st, so hop on it and check out one of our newest Augusta boutiques!

Bow Ties

Yes, I did include something for the man in your life, or the woman with an independent sartorial sense. These silk stunners combine just the right combination of soft spring color and jaunty flair. They transcend age boundaries and feel fresh with jeans and an oxford, or dressed up in your Sunday best for Easter services. Tied-it-myself says you are a man (however young) of accomplishment! These (and many others) are available at Low Country Clothiers on Fury’s Ferry Road.

Senn Designs Necklace

This design by local artist Susan Senn-Davis simply stole my heart. “Bee mine?” or maybe “You are my Queen Bee”? Mixed metal pieces are a great way to give intentionality to other disparate baubles you may want to combine. The rugged texture of the pendant and soft sheen of the beads are flattering to those of us with some experience, and the grey of the hematite is a beautiful way to highlight the sparkle of “wisdom highlights”! This little lovely (and others by the same artist) can be found at Soho (of Augusta, not NY!).

And just in case you are in need of a little self-Valentine-ing…

Suede Ankle Strap Sandals

Rose Gold Superga Sneakers

Rose gold is still having a moment, and why not? It’s flattering to a variety of skin tones, and a metallic sneaker oozes casual glam. Sneakers and a dress? Yes, please! Perfect for spring break at the beach. Or for kicking around and running errands in town? Of, course. And let’s not forget for that bachelorette weekend away with your besties? Ideal! Maybe you are more of a ruffles or heels woman? Not either/or, but Yes, AND! These beauties don’t make you choose, and they bridge the winter/spring divide with style. Ruffled suede heels with a delicate ankle strap are feminine and elegant. The heel says I can go anywhere I want. The suede nods to cooler weather, but the sandal gives it longer wear in our warmer climes. I can see this woman in a dinner dress, or faded jeans with an ivory silk blouse and thin gold necklace… If these are must-haves for you, take your happy feet to Shoes at Surrey and tell them Liz sent you!

What would you like to receive for Valentine’s Day? Let’s start a conversation in the comments below! I love to hear from you!

Stay Stylish!

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