Last-minute shop­pers have time to say ‘love’

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH PROFILE - HELAINE WIL­LIAMS

Funny how time flies. It seems like only yes­ter­day it was New Year’s Eve. Now it’s four days un­til Valen­tine’s Day. And you haven’t yet got­ten that spe­cial gift for that spe­cial some­one, or pre­pared for that spe­cial evening.

No re­buke here. Luck­ily, in the world in which we live (read: mi­crowave so­ci­ety, com­plete with ex­pe­dited ship­ping op­tions), four days is plenty of time to get your act to­gether. And we’re here with some al­most-last-minute fash­ion and beauty ideas for to help you do just that.

Sub­mit­ted for your ap­proval:

■ Re­mem­ber Love Un­lim­ited’s 1972 R&B hit “Walkin’ in the Rain (With the One I Love)”? (Young­sters: Look it up on YouTube.) Here’s a ro­man­tic ac­ces­sory just in case it rains. ShedRain (mak­ers of the re­v­erse Un­be­lievaBrella) has come up with a Heart Um­brella ($29.99), car­ried ex­clu­sively at Tar­ It’s mas­sive, comes in a red or white heart-shaped canopy, and is built for two.

■ Give her the gift of fine jew­elry by Va­han … such as op­u­lent, ca­ble-shaped and wrapped bracelets, 14-karat yel­low gold and ster­ling sil­ver and elab­o­rately adorned with di­a­monds and other stones. Prices start around $1,300, says Mindy Ste­wart at west Lit­tle Rock gift bou­tique Pow­der & Smoke, which car­ries them. “These are very col­lectible and you can never have too many. We’ve car­ried these for close to 20 years and they are more pop­u­lar now than ever,” she says. (Also sell­ing Va­han jew­elry in cen­tral Arkansas: Jones & Son Di­a­mond & Bridal Fine Jew­elry in Lit­tle Rock

and Baker’s Fine Jew­elry in Bryant. For a store near you, go to Va­han­jew­

■ “Who says jew­els are only meant for jew­elry?” They’d bet­ter hush. Am­ber Daz­zle’s Jewel Pal­ette ($55) con­tains 18 get-V-Day date-ready eye­shadow col­ors you will not have en­coun­tered in your gar­den-va­ri­ety, multi-shadow com­pact. These rep­re­sent the “bright and bold col­ors of pre­cious stones.” Among the 18 di­verse shades: Emer­ald, Am­ber, Amythyst, Rose Quartz, God­dess (a very glit­tery dusty pink), Gold (and this gold glit­ters!), Sap­phire and Black Agate. There are a cou­ple Greek god­desses thrown in — Aphrodite and Athena — along with that great Egyp­tian queen her­self … Cleopa­tra. Fin­ish off the look with Am­ber Daz­zle’s Matte Liq­uid Lip­stick ($20), which comes in such suit­ably un­sub­tle shades as Su­per­nova and Rogue (reds), Laila (red-or­ange) Rose, Pow­erPuff and Show­girl (pinks) and Bold (pur­ple) Visit Am­ber­daz­zle. com.

■ A gift two sweet­hearts can share: Bond No. 9 … a lot of it at one time. In­side its Grand Bon Bon Box ($380) are Bond No. 9’s 30 top sell­ers — male, fe­male and shared scents — in re­fill­able travel sizes, also avail­able at Pow­der & Smoke. Those Bond peo­ple keep com­ing out with fra­grances. … This would be a great way for you and your loved one to keep up with them.

■ A date-night dress from New York & Co’s Gabrielle Union Col­lec­tion. I’m dig­ging the Tie-Dye Sweater Dress ($79.95), a tank-style, mi­dlength, “body-con” sweater dress fin­ished with an open­stitch ribbed knit; and the knee-length, Ruched Sheath Dress ($89.95), a black frock with cap sleeves, ex­posed zip­per and ruch­ing at the bot­tom. Oooh, then there’s that white Over­lay Jump­suit ($99.95) with a sweep­ing over­skirt fram­ing its wide legs. Sizes range from XS to XXL (0-20). Check your near­est New York & Co. out­let or visit Nyand­com­

■ Is your fel­low a lover of all things Louisiana … and still hacked off about, you know, “that” NFL play­off game? Con­sole him with a Ni­chol­son Louisiana Craw­fish shirt ($89.50) from Haspel Re­sort Wear. The whim­si­cal, sub­tle blue-and-white checked cot­ton shirt is adorned with red you-know-whats. Haspel is a brand that has been around since 1909 — thanks to New Or­leans na­tive and Amer­i­can seer­sucker-wear god­fa­ther Joseph Haspel Sr. and head­quar­tered in Ba­ton Rouge. Go to

■ For the gift re­cip­i­ent with a free spirit and a sense of hu­mor: Anatom­i­cally cor­rect heart neck­laces or var­i­ous col­ors from Block Party Press, pur­veyor of hand­made jew­elry and ac­ces­sories, at Check out the cuff links ($35); one link says “love,” the other says “lust.” There’s the neck­lace ver­sion that sim­ply says “& soul,” And the one that says “of gold” ($45 each). We see what you did there, Block Party Press.

■ And here’s a sug­ges­tion for that James Bond man or the per­fect James Bond V-Day date: A ready-to-wear suit ($795) or tuxedo ($895) from Q Cloth­ier, Prom­e­nade at Chenal. A true stun­ner: the store’s deep-blue tuxedo with black shawl col­lar and trim.

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/Shedrain

For walk­ing (or rid­ing) to­gether in the rain: Shedrain’s Heart Um­brella is car­ried ex­clu­sively at Tar­

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/HELAINE R. WIL­LIAMS

Glam up those eyes you’ll be bat­ting at your spe­cial Valen­tine. Am­ber Daz­zle’s Jewel Pal­ette ($55) con­tains 18 vi­brant eye­shadow col­ors rep­re­sent­ing pre­cious stones.

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/HELAINE R. WIL­LIAMS

Am­ber Daz­zle’s Jewel Pal­ette ($55) has eye­shadow shades you will not have en­coun­tered in your gar­den-va­ri­ety, multi-shadow com­pact.

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/ PAUL RAIN­WA­TER

This tuxedo from Q Cloth­ier will help take that for­mal Valen­tine’s date night up more than just a notch.

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/ MINDY STE­WART

Smell good to­gether with Bond No. 9’s Grand Bon Bon Box, which con­tains the fra­grance brand’s 30 top-sell­ing women’s, men’s and uni­sex scents in travel sizes.

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/ MINDY STE­WART

Valen­tine’s Day bling for your boo: Va­han bracelets, sold at Pow­der & Smoke.

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