This Valentine’s Day will be different from the last. Almost a year after the start of the pandemic, who doesn’t feel tired?
We all lack the ability to kiss, hug, and relate to our loved ones. Plus, we spent so much time worrying about our friends and family that many of us struggled to find time for ourselves.
This Sunday, just relax and indulge yourself.
We’ve rounded up 18 of our favorite items for you to celebrate. Remember: it’s not selfish, it’s self-esteem.
Little House Confectionery Cake
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Los Angeles-based bakery gave their signature Bomb Ass olive cake a pink powdered sugar makeover. Available at littlehouseconfections.com, the Chill Out Baby package ($ 122) includes the company’s beloved sweet treat as well as Alaya loose mint tea, colander, and candle.
The Sahara rose quartz sandals from shoe brand Astara ($ 290) are as beautiful as they are witty. According to the brand, founded by Mariah K. Lyons, author of “Crystal Healing for Women,” the shoe “attracts and radiates love and harmony” with three ethically-sourced rose quartz gemstones featured on each shoe. . Handcrafted by artisans in downtown Los Angeles, the sandals are available at astaracollective.com.
COS’s Plush Zip-Up Jacket ($ 125) would be a comfortable yet chic addition to any man’s wardrobe. The design, which comes in red, navy and beige, is available at coststores.com.
Farmgirl Flowers + Lindt Chocolate
Take inspiration from Cher Horowitz in “Clueless” and send yourself a gorgeous bouquet and candy on February 14th. Oakland-based Farmgirl Flowers has teamed up with Lindt Chocolate for an arrangement of red roses, ranunculus and seasonal greens with milk chocolate truffles from the Swiss chocolatier ($ 105). Available at farmgirlflowers.com, the combo could brighten up a marathon night of romantic comedy movies.
Patrick Church leather jacket
British artist Patrick Church’s hand-painted Hearts Leather Jacket ($ 1,350) lets you wear your heart on your sleeve. The original biker jacket, which is made to order within four weeks, is available at patrickchurchartist.com.
Sophie James Wine Membership
Treat yourself to a Sophie James Wine membership at sophiejameswine.com. The first generation family vineyard, run by women, ships their organic wine three times a year for $ 35 (Pinot Noir rosé), $ 39 (Sauvignon Blanc) and $ 55 (Pinot Noir). Members also have access to special packages such as the Rosé Care package ($ 105). Additionally, in a post-COVID-19 world, members will be invited to dinners at the family’s vineyard.
Happy Dance CBD Bath Bomb
Los Angeles CBD favorite Lord Jones has teamed up with actress Kristen Bell to create Happy Dance, a CBD skin care collection. One affordable product in the line is its Bath Bomb ($ 15), which includes essential oils, hydrating plant extracts, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and 60 milligrams of CBD for 4 fluid ounces. Available at doaappydance.com.
Saint Laurent Rive Droite shopping bag
The Saint Laurent Rive Droite “Heart Trap” Tote Bag ($ 65) offers a cheeky take on love. Made in Italy, the cotton bag is available at ysl.com. In addition, in honor of Valentine’s Day and throughout the month of February, the Saint Laurent boutique in Beverly Hills will host an exhibition of Derek Ridger’s photographs, curated by the creative director of the French fashion house Anthony Vaccarello. . As a bonus, black baccarat rose bouquets from Castor Florist will be available in stores on Valentine’s Day in matte ivory white paper, sealed with black ribbon and a free condom. The store is located at 469 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.
Josie Maran Body Butter
New Pro-Retinol Argan Whipped Body Butter from Los Angeles-based, clean and cruelty-free beauty pioneer Josie Maran ($ 46) uses pink algae as a safe, eco-friendly alternative to retinol. Available at josiemarancosmetics.com, the luxurious cream leaves your skin immediately regenerated.
Socks Bisous for Leo X High Heel Jungle
Cozy, cute and for the benefit of a great cause, what more could you ask for? Nonprofit Bisous for Leo collaborated with Kathryn Eisman of LA sock label High Heel Jungle on a kitsch cotton design covered in kisses ($ 35). Available at highheeljungleshop.com, 50% of the proceeds from the socks go to the organization’s work to find a cure for Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy, or INAD, a rare genetic disease often referred to as “Parkinson’s mixed with Alzheimer’s disease for children.”
Rowing Blazers X NBA Belt
Rowing blazers and the NBA web logo belt ($ 55) add a pop of color to any look. The American clothing brand has partnered with the National Basketball Assn. for a capsule collection, available at Fred Segal Sunset (8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood) and avironblazers.com. The collaboration also includes LA Lakers clothing, blazers and joggers with scarves and a bank bag, with parts priced from $ 40 for a branded basketball to $ 895 for a blazer.
Stuart Weitzman sneakers
Slip on Stuart Weitzman’s festive Ollie Heart sneakers ($ 275) for a stroll through a socially remote neighborhood. Available at stuartweitzman.com and the brand’s South Coast Plaza boutique, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 1855, Costa Mesa.
Chanel’s pink mini flap bag ($ 4,300) from her Spring / Summer 2021 Act 1 collection is a classic design with a modern twist thanks to its rainbow metal chain. A perfect addition to any Chanel fanatic’s collection, the handbag is available at the Chanel Robertson boutique, 25 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information visit chanel.com or call (800) 550-0005.
Stroll the sunny side of the street wearing handmade pink Krewe sunglasses. The Aubry design ($ 235) in petal is available at krewe.com and at Madison Brentwood Gardens, 11677 San Vicente Blvd. # 115, Los Angeles.
Founded by Chelsey Bartrum, the Starling’s Heart commemorative jewelry brand is available as a solo ($ 180) or as a set ($ 360 – $ 380) in solid 14k yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold at starlingjewelry.com. Sustainably crafted in downtown LA, the dainty bracelet is a keepsake for yourself. (However, if you’re feeling generous, buy the duo for yourself and your mini me, a good friend or loved one.)
PJ Salvage pajamas
The Love Blooms cropped lounge set by contemporary California label PJ Salvage ($ 90) includes a red lace-trimmed tank top and high-waisted navy floral shorts. Available at pjsalvage.com, the set could be a stylish upgrade to your typical pandemic pajama wardrobe.
The company that brought you Jade Eggs and This Smells Like My Vagina candle introduced their first vibrator ($ 95). Goop’s water-resistant and water-resistant double-sided wand is endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow and will be available from Sunday on the Santa Monica-based company’s website, goop.com.
If you can’t cuddle this Valentine’s Day, settle for comfort with the Sheltered Co. Love Apple Weighted Blanket ($ 265). Hand-crocheted in Los Angeles and made from dead fabrics selected by founder Pamela Hunter, the blanket is available at abrico.com.