THE JEWELRY PIECES WE’RE FALLING FOR THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
Even with all the promise and excitement a night out holds, getting ready is often the best part. It’s a leisurely time for paying special attention to picking the perfect outfit, accessories and soundtrack to kickstart your evening. This Valentine’s Day we’re feeling a little indulgent, and what simpler way to spice up your wardrobe than with some statement jewelry? Our Editorial Director, Lauren Bradshaw and Jewelry Merchandise Manager, Trish Stevens are sharing their inspiration for our latest lookbook Feeling Fine, and dishing on their tricks for finding stunning pieces that give you that in-love glow (even if it’s just with your jewelry). No matter how cupid’s set you up for Valentine’s Day, set your own mood with a little pampering and some seriously luxurious jewels.
What inspired you for this lookbook? LB: We found a really cool image of model Daria Werbowy perched in the tub and it really evoked how fun and luxurious it is for girls to get ready for a date or night out.It’s so nice taking time getting ready, spending hours in the bath, and putting the effort into feeling and looking great.
What’s the best part of getting ready for a night out? LB: Since I’m more of a homebody, prepping at home for a night out is almost better than the night itself! If I have the time my husband and I have a ritual where he lights candles, we pour a little wine, and we put on a nice mellow playlist of songs he’s into at the moment. He’s definitely the music expert of the household so I just sit back and enjoy!
TS: I put a little extra time into getting ready for a night out than I do on an average day, so I love the way it makes me feel to look my best and head out for a fun night out with good food and company!
What’s your must-have accessory for a special night out? LB: I’d say definitely a statement earring. In San Francisco people don’t get too dressed up, but even something casual like some jeans, a cozy knit and a mule can become date night worthy if you add a standout pair of earrings.
TS: Right now I’m loving the drop earring. They’re elegant and the easiest way to take a top from day to night.
What’s on your wish list this Valentine’s Day? LB: I like a nice mix of high value pieces, like diamonds or rubies, mixed in with more accessible items that feel fresh like these Stella McCartney hoop earrings. We all want high value pieces but it’s easy to find high quality jewelry that’s affordable too.
TS: The Cartier Juste en Clou bracelet, featured in our lookbook. I love how clean and modern it is, with just a touch of edge.
What are your favorite jewelry and wardrobe pairings? LB: For day to day, turtlenecks and big earring have become my uniform, but for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day I think a super feminine blouse (think Gucci-inspired ruffles) with diamond studs is classic and fun.
TS: Jewelry helps to add a feminine touch to any outfit. When wearing a lower neckline, I like to pair it with a delicate lariat necklace. With a simple top or higher neckline, I’d wear a pair of statement earrings.
What are jewelry box staple pieces to invest in, and what’s a more fun piece to incorporate this season? LB: When I was working at the pop-up shop I met some women who were looking for simple bands and going on about how cool they were. I’ve always been more into statement jewelry but I’m learning to appreciate the versatility in high value pieces that can be stacked and mixed, or worn alone. I also love a diamond tennis bracelet, a very classic piece, but you can add leather strap watch to make it feel cool yet elevated.
TS: Some pieces worth investing in because you’ll wear forever are diamond earrings, a Rolex watch, and a gold cuff – I’m obsessing over the Tiffany bar cuff right now. In terms of fun pieces a collar or choker or a Gucci cocktail ring are great conversation starters.
Do you have any tips for finding a perfect fine jewelry piece? LB: Searching by our ‘Editors’ Picks’ filter gives you the cream of crop without having to search! They already have our stamp of approval. You also can’t go wrong with something classic, like studs or a watch, and they make great gifts because you can hold onto them for a long time.
TS: Look for inspiration, then search carefully for similar items. You can often get the best value on items made by private jewelry makers. For example, say you are loving the lariat style– you can find a piece like this for 60% off retail!
Do you have any jewelry pieces that are sentimental? LB: Well my dad bought me a pair of diamond studs to wear on my wedding day, but unfortunately last year I lost one! My husband bought me new ones for my birthday, so they’re doubly significant. I also have a cool signet ring that was my mom’s in college, and she got if from her aunt so it’s become something of an heirloom passed down to the women in my family. It’s special to have something with personal value that you know will last forever.