Haute & Cool: The Heart’s Delight!  

The human heart has been associated with love since the time of the ancient Greeks. Aristotle deemed the heart the center of vitality in the body and expansive by nature. Later, Descartes extended the heart’s domain to the metaphysical as the principal spiritual organ of the body. Over time, the heart gained the distinction as the seat of emotions, in which love reigns supreme. Today, the heart is the universal symbol for romance, love and affection.  

As Valentine’s Day approaches why not use the heart’s symbolism to express romantic sentiments to those we hold near and dear? From lavish accessories to tasty treats, the hearts have it. 

Indulge your one-and-only with pink sapphire jewelry or rose-colored glasses… And if it’s sweet nothings you’re looking for, try a crystal-infused water bottle or sweetheart pajamas that won’t break the bank. That special someone will be head-over-heels with any of these exceptional objets de désir. February 14, Valentine’s Day, is a day to celebrate love and romance with heartfelt gifts, sure to delight! 

Anabela Chan Lab-Grown Pink Sapphire Mini Heart Ring. Olivela. $1,035.  

Meet the ring you’ll never take off. Forged from timeless yellow gold, this playful pinky ring boasts a heart-shaped centerpiece cultivated in a laboratory for a sustainable and conflict-free design.  

Mach & Mach Crystal Heart 95 Satin Mules. Saks Fifth Ave, 5555 Wisc. Ave., Chevy Chase. $1,090. 

The lustrous satin mules are sure to dazzle. The sculptural, metallic heel is complemented by a low-cut vamp and adorned with a crystal-embellished heart.  

Ferragamo Heart-print Silk Tie. Ferragamo Store, 1001 H St. NW. $210. 


This pure silk tie boasting a two-tone heart print is a great idea for an elegant and romantic Valentine’s Day gift. The masterful skill of Ferragamo’s designers lies in the detailing of this print, in which you can glimpse the shape of a parrot.  

  Smythson of Bond Street Small Card: Roses. $17. 

There’s nothing quite like a beautifully handcrafted card to share your love. Printed pink heart motif, blind embossed with roses and gold-engraved frame. Sure to enchant your special someone.  

 Judith Leiber Secret Garden Clutch. Moda Operandi. $4195.  

From the Couture Collection, their petite heart-shaped clutch is the perfect accessory to sweeten your look.  

Saint Laurent LOULOU Oversized Heart Sunglasses. Bloomingdale’s. $490. 

Fall in love with these whimsical, heart-shaped sunglasses with glossy frames and subtle logo detail at the temples creating a sleek, fashion-forward style.  

Williams-Sonoma Heart Mugs. $15 Each. 

Graceful silhouettes and a bright red heart design give these classic white mugs the homespun charm of handmade paper valentines. The sturdy stoneware mugs provide endearing presentation for everything from hot chocolate and spiced cider to freshly brewed coffee and tea.  

Swarovski Crystal ‘Only for You’ Heart. Swarovski Union Station. $125. 

Lighten up your home or office space with this Swarovski Crystal heart that boasts a hidden message. The smaller, pink crystal heart can be removed to reveal the message “Only for you” engraved inside the larger, clear crystal heart.  

Vitajuwel Love Water Bottle. Gracious Mineral Company.$98. 

For the heart to beat, it needs water. And when you add rose quartz, the quintessential stone of love, tenderness and sensuality, anything is possible. Fiery Garnet infuses a wonderful component of passion to this blend. Combined, they create a unique emotional dynamic of love.  

 Mignonne Gavigan Raeni Rose Quartz & Pearl Earrings. Saks Fifth Avenue. $150. 

A delicate touch of glamour, the Raeni earrings are back in a new colorway. They feature an organic mother-of-pearl coin top stud with an elegant light pink heart-shaped stone.  

Comme Des Garcons CDG PLAY x Converse Unisex Chuck 70 Low-Top Sneakers. Commonwealth Store, 1811 14th St. NW.$150. 

From the Comme des Garçons PLAY x Converse collaboration, these unisex Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers are adorned with the Japanese label’s heart-and-eyes, a motif created for Rei Kawakubo by Filip Pagowski in 2010.  

Newhaus Love Letter Box Chocolates, limited edition. Neuhaus, 3428 Conn. Ave. NW. $44.90.  

The Love Letter Box – Chocolate Mystery – contains 15 hearts in milk, dark & white chocolate. For this Valentine’s Day, their Maîtres Chocolatiers have developed three limited edition flavor combinations, that invite you to rely on your senses. Solve the clues, indulge, and reveal the mysterious hidden flavors. 

Duluth Trading Co. Men’s Performance Boxer Briefs, 3-Pack Set. $49.95.  


Treat any deserving guy to a gift of real comfort. This Boxer Gift Set contains one print and two solid colors, packaged in a fun gift pack any Duluth gentleman would be proud to receive.  

Hammond’s Candies Wild Cherry Heart Lollipops. Amazon.Three for $15.50. 

Spread a little love with an adorable and delicious Heart Lollipops lovingly handmade at Hammond’s. Each Lollipop is individually wrapped.  


Carter’s Toddler 2-Piece Heart Pajamas. Kohl’s. $24. 


Cozy up in style with this loose fit coat-style PJ set, complete with a long-sleeve top and matching shorts! They’re designed with a snug and stretchy fit for safety and comfort. 

Allyson Burkhardt is founder of Let’s Get Dressed! Image & Style Services. Go to  Www.letsgetdresseddc.com to put your best look forward. 












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