Be your own true love and gift yourself something great for Valentine’s Day this year. At the very least, indulge in a good bottle of wine or a happy that is less than $25. We have lots of options from which to choose in this month’s FINDS!
For the home
A trio of graceful ballerinas, this bronze and brass work of art will look beautiful on your bookshelf or on a coffee table. And for your sweet daughter who has taken ballet for the last dozen years? A perfect forever gift. $143.50 at The Snooty Fox
Useful, meet beautiful. Have a lovely romance and create memories that include this one-of-a-kind piece that can be used as an ice bucket, salad bowl, planter or myriad other ways. $180 at The Registry
Add a touch of glamour to your barware with these beautiful gold-striped glasses. Set up a bar on your foyer table or even a coffee table. These glasses are pretty enough for display! $15.94 each at Silver Steer & Co.
Already wrapped with a bow, this cult-favorite sugar lip scrub is a perfect Valentine gift to keep lips smooth. And the blood orange scent and taste is perfection. $24 at The Cosmetic Market
This dainty pearl cross is one of those pieces that you can wear every day. Wear it solo, or layer it up — this spring’s biggest accessory trend — with a few other pieces. I love the creamy white pearl as we trend into spring for a lighter vibe, too! $90 at Vignette
Black and white
Spring trends you can (finally) embrace knowing you’ll look amazing and feel comfy in one fell swoop? Black and white and a pointy-toe flat, this shoe hits both trends with perfection. $195 from Boutique MMM
By jewelry designer Alexis Bittar (he made lucite luxe in the design world), this trio is swoon-worthy, elegant and slightly edgy. (No easy feat to make something so pretty still seem really cool, yes?) Imagine white jeans, a cream-colored lacy top and a bangle on each arm. Instant chic! And a little daring fashion [email protected]# without looking like you are trying too hard. Bracelets, $295 each; ring, $225; at Johnnie Q
Who says a cross-body bag has to be all sporty or utilitarian? This confection, beaded and embellished with aged metals, will be your statement piece for spring. Wear it with jeans for a boho/hippie vibe, or with a sheath for a dressy-but-still-cool look. (I mean, it comes from Haven, so yeah, it is going to be cool.) $325 from Haven
Here’s a lipstick-red clutch that you can tuck under your arm, or slip the attached bangle bracelet on your wrist for a hands-free evening. Yes, it is practical, but this clutch feels fun and frivolous, so you don’t have to feel even a tiny bit guilty. Such a win-win. $34.95 from The Perfect Setting
This is the perfect transitional jacket. Wear it now with wool trousers and a leather tank, and in the spring, pair it with a pair of white denims and a striped tee. $159 at Stacey Rhodes Boutique
The movie Steel Magnolias gave the phrase “My colors are bashful and blush” a place in cinema history. Now the blushy shade, a top trend for spring, will have a place in fashion history. Or at least a place in your closet. Joie linen sweater, $198; jeans, $187; Chan Luu scarf, $172; booties from Joie, $295; all from Emmaline
Food and beverage
Sprinkle of seasoning
Specialty salts are the easiest way to add flavor to foods. And if you are trying to eat clean, a sprinkle of this Alderwood smoked sea salt on fish or veggies before you pop them into the oven to roast will make your tastebuds sing! It’s the perfect treat for the burgeoning chef for Valentine’s Day, too! $5.30 for a 2-fluid-ounce bottle at Savory Spice Shop
Just Love Coffee Roasters is a fair-trade, organic coffee company that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities that support adoption and the arts. Locally roasted in Murfreesboro, the award-winning Valentine’s Blend can be found at Miss Daisy’s Kitchen at Grassland Foodland. This blend, with notes of chocolate, lemon and caramel, is a sweet, non-fat Valentine treat! $14.95
It’s raining, and you’re exhausted. It’s sunny, and you don’t want to waste time in the kitchen when you could be enjoying the precious sun on a pre-dinner walk. It’s snowing, and you want something warm, comforting and homemade. Whatever the weather, fresh, homemade butternut squash lasagna with a homemade bechamel sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese ready to pop into the oven is the perfect solution. (And no pans to wash, which clearly is worth a high five and hallelujah.) $13.95 from Miss Daisy’s Kitchen at Grassland Foodland
What better wine to try during the month of love? (And the month of cold, dreary and “let’s curl up with a buttery glass of red and relax?”) Gran Passione is from an area in Northern Italy where grapes are harvested and dried outdoors before pressing. The result? A big, rich wine that belies the price tag of $14. Available at Moon Wine & Spirits
“The Newlywed Cookbook”
With wedding season approaching, we are on the hunt for creative, thoughtful gifts for our favorite brides and grooms. This cookbook, by Sarah Copeland, makes for the perfect gift for every couple. Whether the newlyweds are seasoned chefs or just learning their way around a kitchen, this collection of recipes will give them an excuse to spend some time together. With ideas and inspiration for classic and contemporary dishes, this cookbook has the right recipe for every occasion. Available at Spruce.
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