Valentine’s Day is this week, which means we women are batting our lashes at every man we meet in hopes of being hit by cupid’s arrow.  Then, if we’re really lucky, come February 14 the doorbell will ring and a heart shaped box full of chocolates and a dozen red roses will greet us... on the arm of Prince Charming, of course.

Well, maybe not.

Contrary to this commercialized version of Valentine’s Day, many women refuse to wait around for Mr. Right. And while a good guy is priceless, you certainly don’t need a man to show yourself a little love. Here’s to treating yourself come Valentine’s Day, and every day that follows. 

Luck be a Lady

No need to wait for that fat cherub, gift yourself with a piece of stunning jewelry from the Sydney Evan collection.  Created by designer Rosanne Karmes, the Sydney Evan line of necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets was named after Karmes’ two children and is inspired by the designer’s passion for spirituality, sentiment and simplicity.

Our favorite, the Om, Eye and Hamsa Charm Necklace is crafted of 14 karat white gold, sapphires and diamonds ($1,015 at ylang23.com). And since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, it’s not surprising that A-listers such as Carmen, Gwen, Lindsey and Hilary are BFF with Sydney Evan.  

You may be unlucky in love, but you’re oh-so- lucky in life… and style, of course.

A Vino Valentine

It could be said that a bottle of wine has gotten many a woman out of her clothes.  With Vinotherapy you can ditch that little black dress and keep your self respect.

The official term for vineyard inspired spa treatments, Vinothérapie, originated in France, along with the world’s first wine spa.  After crossing the pond, Vinothérapie became Vinotherapy, a term now used for spa treatments that call upon powerful antioxidants in grapes, such as polyphenols and resveratol, which boast a bevy of skin saving benefits.

You don't have to hop aboard a jet plane to enjoy the benefits of wine-infused products locally.  Head to Sephora and shop their collection of Vinothérapie Body Treatments from Caudalie Paris. We adore the Caudalie Spa at Home Set ($56), featuring six faves such as Beauty Elixir, Fleur de Vigne French-Milled Soap, Sauvignon Scrub, Vine Peach Shower Gel, Hand and Nail Cream and Body Lotion.

The Anti-Valentine 

For those who are happily attached come February 14, you too can buck the trend towards sappy, cloying, and utterly predictable Valentine’s Day rituals.  Start by shaking things up a bit with a greeting card from New York based stationery company, Uncooked.

Ultra non-traditional, these nutty notes include greetings such as, “From the moment we met I knew we were going to be together forever. At least we better be. I’ve already started to let myself go a little.”  

The Uncooked collection is so unique it caught the eye of MTV execs who asked the folks at Uncooked to write, illustrate and direct animated commercials for MTV based on Uncooked’s irreverent greeting card humor.

Cards cost $3.25 each and are available online at uncookedland.com

Love You

No Valentine’s Day gift guide would be complete without mentioning one of our favorite ways to show yourself some love—book a $59 spa, salon or medspa service during PrettyCity’s month-long campaign, “Love You.”

Love You is a luscious month-long beauty bonanza featuring discounted treatments at top beauty destinations across the nation at prices up to 70% off this February, National Heart Month.  Love You reminds women everywhere to take charge of their own well being and to treat themselves.

Participating locations will be offering discounted, fixed price treatments -- just $59 -- for the entire month of National Heart Month. Choose from indulgent treatments such as hot stone massages and revitalizing facials as well as basic beauty necessities like manicures, laser hair removal, Microdermabrasion, Brazilian waxing and med spa services including Dysport and Laser Hair Removal.

For a full list of participating salons and spas across the nation and their offers, consumers may log on to www.prettycity.com/love.

 

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