It’s that time of year. When just days after the new year begins, Target has already hung the giant pastel conversation hearts. The foil-lined boxes of chocolates are on display everywhere, from gas station to grocer. And the lists of classmates arrive home with plenty of time to address each Valentine. To me, these are the signs that we’re entering the winter lull. And although Valentine’s Day is BIG in some households, sometimes accompanied by diamonds and overnights, it’s not so romantic around here. In fact, with so many great local shops, I’m often kicked out in an effort to bring back a few “hints”. And like clockwork, I’ll end up buying a few things for myself along the way. This year, I’m sharing just a few of the many things that I’m currently loving in our local shops. Let’s just call them the local Valentine’s gifts that I’ll happily buy for myself this season.
ALL THE PRETTY THINGS
1. PLATTERS AND BOARDS BOOK ($24.95) from The Savory Pantry. In addition to making it socially acceptable to slap the refrigerator leftovers onto a board and call it breakfast for the boys, this book gives so many great ideas for pairings, meals and arranging! 2. COLORFUL MACARONS ($18 for a box of 6) from Putnam Market. Who doesn’t love getting a curated box of macarons, in the festive colors of the season? 3. RABBIT HAND WARMERS ($98) from Lola Saratoga. Although they come in a variety of colors (all equally super soft), this brown combo is my favorite. 4. FERN-SCENTED CANDLE ($36) from Silverwood. This scent single-handedly gets me through the doldrums of winter, with promises of spring. And, the adorbs green glass holder can be upcycled as a sweet bud vase when spring finally arrives! 5. CHUNKY CABLE SWEATER ($88) from Caroline & Main. Perfect for working from home OR when out and about this super cold winter! MORE BELOW…
6. TORY BURCH MILLER MINI BAG ($358) from Lola Saratoga. With a big sister available as well, I just love the lady-like structure and 70’s flair. 7. FOSSILIZED CHANNEL WOOD RING ($1,115) from Silverado. I’m obsessed with the colors and unique design of this bold ring by designer Jamie Joseph . 8. FISHBONE EARRINGS ($167) from Silverado. I always LOVE a statement earring, and the design and movement of these Jane Diaz earrings are just stunning. 9. GOLD-TONED (HORSEBIT) BRACELETS (around $30) from Silverwood. I’m all about stacking, and these are perfect for doing just that. And at their super-reasonable price, I may treat myself to every one. 10. CAMP CRAFT COCKTAILS ($25 jar makes 8) from Impressions of Saratoga are as beautiful as they are tasty! And just in case you’re carrying your dry spell from January into February, you can just add hot water instead of booze! 11. FAUX FUR-TRIMMED WINTER HAT ($62) from Spoken. The perfect way to stay cute during the ugly lows of an upstate winter! 12. DOUBLE HEART HOYA PLANT ($30) from Samatha Nass Floral Design Shoppe. Who doesn’t LOVE a succulent in the shape of a heart… AND, in one of SNFD’s gorgeous gold vessels. 13. ATLAS OF THE HEART ($30) from Northshire Books. We all need more meaningful connection (and to read more). It’s a perfect time for another Brené Brown book… especially after these last few years.
WHO NEEDS A VALENTINE?
Or heck, even a “Galentine”. I give you FULL permission to take a break from the bitter cold of our Saratoga winter, and treat yourself to a little something that makes you smile. Or maybe something that makes your life just a little bit easier. And feel free to do what I do: blame it on your #loveoflocal.
PS- remember when Erika Dibble of Saratoga Grazing Co. taught us how to make a Valentines Day treat board? So fun!