Loving the Essentials

Dempsey & Carroll

Valentine’s day offers a nice respite from the chaos of fashion week; and serves as a reminder that it’s always nice to give (and receive) gifts.


These mini packages of assorted candy are insanely addictive—especially the chocolate-covered mint caramels. I can easily eat 20!

Sugarfina candy box by Kimberly McDonald, $75, available at Seaside Luxe Boutiques


My friend Paola, who spends the winter in Vail, introduced me to these cozy little boots from Italy—a few designers have even made their own interpretations.

Ikkii Boot, $196,


I have had my eye on these ceramic heart-shaped plates for a while—they are great for a bedside table.

Aerin, $240,


I first saw this bracelet from Taffin by James de Givenchy at Simon Teakle in Greenwich, and recently found out that I love you can have it engraved with a personal message in any language.

Taffin bracelet, available at Taffin 212.421.6222


It’s obvious I am obsessed with bucket bags—they remind me of the original Epi leather Louis Vuitton bag I wanted so badly in high school. Here is the most recent update.

Louis Vuitton, $3700,


A love note is always welcome.

Dempsey & Carroll, $65,


The Balmain pastel-colored resort collection was beautiful. And I’m not the only one who thinks so, clearly, as it’s almost all sold out! Get this one before it’s gone.

Balmain, $2075,


My husband always needs a chic, discreet watch for traveling, and he is going to get one for Valentine’s Day!

Uniform Wares, $1000,


Maybe it’s because it hasn’t stopped snowing in New York, but I have been in the mood for some upbeat makeup—especially when it comes to lipstick. I recently bought this NARS matte lipstick in Fire Down.

NARS lipstick, $26, [](NARS matte lipstick)


If you are in need of bag for date night, here is a classic Valentine’s Day special.

Edie Parker, $895,