Valentine Style Guide

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Some believe Valentine’s Day can be pretty cliché -champagne and strawberries, sweet nothings and big romantic gestures. Whether or not you choose to view Valentine’s Day as a holiday designed to sell cards and candy, fact is, it’s the one holiday solely designed to honor and express gratitude for the special individuals in your life. Why not indulge whole-heartedly in celebrating love? Still not sure what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day? Find a way to express your sentiment of affection with The Artful Blog’s well thought out and stylish Valentine Gift Guide for him and for her. From the heartfelt and handmade, to the traditional and tasteful. #sharethelove ❤

Karma

Dogeared Karma Necklace, 18K Gold Dipped, one of Dogeared’s best-selling and most loved pieces, the Karma Necklace is a simple reminder to keep your own circle peaceful and loving. A beautifully delicate yet powerful necklace and message to gift your beloved, for daily wear. Founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke believed jewelry could be both beautiful and meaningful, and her idea that jewels should speak sparked the creative journey now known as Dogeared. Dogeared jewels are simple, modern, and versatile, inspired by California’s free spirited, natural beauty. Subtle, affordable classics, designed in the spirit of love, kindness, and consciousness, handcrafted to order in their Southern California Studio. Dogeared lives by their philosophy that what goes around comes around by handcrafting everything locally, respecting the planet, and partnering with nonprofit organizations that share their vision of a better world. #simplysaid

Chefridi

Adel Chefridi Rings, Chefridi’s 18K brushed Gold & Diamond, Mezzouna Ring, Stepping Stone Band, Foret Ring, Memories, and Shimmer Band, accentuated by delicate etchings. Born in Tunisia and now settled in Woodstock New York, Adel Chefridi creates unique jewels that cross cultures and time, and draw upon ancient and intricate motifs found in the art and architecture of his native land. Using natural gemstones, solid precious metals, and stone setting techniques ranging from bead work to microsetting, masterfully. If your plan is to pop the question or to married this Valentine’s, Chefridi offers exquisite designs of stunning beauty that emphasize simplicity, wearability, durability, and openness to light and movement. In sure to be future heirloom style. Available in a variety of bespoke designs for him and for her, at Adel Chefridi Studio Woodstock. #artofthejewel

Shamballa

Shamballa Jewels Lock Cufflinks, In 18K Yellow Gold with Diamonds. Ancient scriptures tell us of a mythical kingdom hidden in a valley in the Himalayas. A harmonious place populated by enlightened and compassionate people, the Kingdom of Shamballa when translated from Sanskrit means ‘a place of peace and tranquillity.’ Evocative of spiritual icons and symbols used since the dawn of time, Shamballa jewelry encourages you to find your inner Shamballa, and connect to your inner compassion and wisdom. The thunderbolt is a symbol for irresistible force across many ancient cultures. The double thunderbolt represents pure consciousness, a state that cannot be destroyed or corrupted and has no beginning or end. The Star of Shamballa -two intercrossed thunderbolts, represents the force created when creativity springs in a pure, conscious mind. Available from Shamballa Jewels in White or Yellow Gold. #omegaofstyle.

Rolex

Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch, Crafted with a 36mm case, this White Gold and Stainless Steel, circa 1972, Women’s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch features a custom-colored Salmon Rose dial, White Gold fluted bezel and Jubilee bracelet band. Made in Switzerland. The aesthetics of the Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. They embody timeless form and function, firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex. The simplicity of an original. Nothing says ‘our love has, or will, stand the test of time’ like a tastefully crafted, classic timepiece. The pinnacle of cool and clever gifting on Valentine’s Day, literally and metaphorically. Available at Barneys New York. #timelessclassic

Tulku

Tulku Aham Brahmasmi Amulet, In Sanskrit, ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means, ‘I am God.’ Or as Deepak Chopra puts it, “The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.” The reverse side of the amulet is the Tibetan Mirror. Tibetan Dzogchen masters teach that ones true, ‘Buddha’ nature is like a mirror. It symbolizes emptiness and the perfect clarity of the essential Self, which is pure and unaffected by the reflections of the world. The three circles represent purity of heart, openness of mind, and integrity of action. Representative of Water and used for divination or to look into the divine side of the Self. Available in Silver, Gold or Copper, on waxed cotton cord for men. Each Tulka Jewels amulet is carved in repousse by master artist Rajendra Bajracharya -a 17th generation Buddhist priest, then blessed by a Nepalese holy woman known as Mata. These amulets are imbued with the power inherent in traditions where there is no separation between pure spirituality and the act of creation, thus in wearing, the power of the mantra will support, inspire, and protect your man on his particular path in life. #artoftransformation

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Byredo Parfums Mister Marvelous Eau De Parfum, Wonderful, exquisite, and astonishing, with a bit of strangeness as well -for a marvelous thing must be strange in that it must be like nothing else. Byredo’s founder, Ben Gorham, crafted this effervescent scent, rich in Neroli, Green Lavender and Bamboo, with a nod to the marvelous, world-renowned hair stylist Christiaan Houtenbos who currently embodies his idea of this fragrance. Based in Stockholm Sweden, Byredo was founded by painter-turned-creative-director Ben Gorham. Partnering with perfumers Olivia Giacobetti and Jerome Epinette, Gorham’s scents are inspired by distinct places (such as Palermo Italy), moments in time (think 1920’s excess and avant-gardism), and works of art (for example, a photograph taken by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin), as well as memories and personal experiences. #fantasticman

Roseshire

Roseshire Legendary Roses, Gentlemen, take note: 24 is the new dozen. With roots tracing all the way back to 16th century, the Rose is considered to be one of the most romantic flowers, a popular representation of affection -especially on February 14th. The Rose is a symbol of love and beauty, so when presented it must be fresh and nourished. Nasim Pakmanesh, the CEO of San Francisco floral brand Roseshire believes that it’s the company’s premium duty to guarantee that every box of long-stemmed beauties comes perfectly packaged to protect and preserve each individual flower en route. The roses are sourced from sustainable growers and presented in a sleek trademark box, black or white, that allows them to be arranged in a way that showcases each bloom. Roseshire offers three different kinds of arrangements of 1-4 dozen, available in Torch Red, Oyster White, and Fairy Tale Pink, with nationwide, overnight shipping. #royalromance

LoveLetter

Handwritten Love Letter, One of the best Valentine’s Day gifts you can ever give someone doesn’t have to cost you a dime -except the paper it’s written on. And few things will last as long, nor be as meaningful. A Handwritten Love Letter. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to receive one, you know what a treasure it can be. You don’t have to be a poet to write a great one, either. Just write what you feel. Think heartfelt Johnny Cash and Richard Burton old school style love letters. See Love Letters of Great Men -an iconic anthology of romantic love letters written by leading male historical figures. Tips: Write your letter on quality stationery or handmade paper, or artistically crafted ephemera from a vintage letterpress such as Atelier Austin Press. This is not the occasion for email or for the love of Cupid, a text message! Send it in a fun way. Mail it to him or her. Put it in a mason jar filled with Red M&M’s. Roll it up and tie it with a red ribbon and slip it under their pillow before bed. #straightfromtheheart

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Paris Review Gift Set, The Paris Review has curated a special Valentine’s Day Box Set to assist with your endeavors in gifting a literary minded love. It includes two vintage issues from the archive, a one-year subscription, a copy of their latest anthology, and their classic Paris Review T-shirt. What’s more, you can fine-tune your literary love letter by choosing from a selection of issues -with Ernest Hemingway, Italo Calvino, T. S. Eliot, and Adrienne Rich among the contributors. The Paris Review founded in Paris in the 1950’s, and based in New York since the 70’s, is a quarterly English language literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers. Decade after decade, the review has introduced the important writers of the day -with an impressive archive to prove it. Their “Writers at Work” series includes interviews with Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Bishop, and Vladimir Nabokov, among many hundreds of others. The series has been called “one of the single most persistent acts of cultural conservation in the history of the world.” #literarylove

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Fine & Raw Chocolate, Take a step up from the classic Red box of chocolates and chose these super-stylish and deliciously crafted sweets. Show your sweetheart that you really care, and that you know your food, with this silky smooth, raw cacao bar from Brooklyn-based chocolatier. Fine & Raw crafts artisan confections in Williamsburg Brooklyn using conscious ingredients and innovative low heat techniques to keep the chocolate’s raw vitality and flavor. Raw chocolate = the quintessential chocolate experience. All of their ingredients are organic, the packaging is recycled and the inks they use are non-toxic and vegetable based. They want the planet to be strong so it can grow more chocolate. Yum! Available from Fine & Raw in several unique varieties, individually and as boxed gift sets. #rawlicious

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Glass Heart Bowl, There are two sides to being in love. There’s the whirl of feelings that pulse in your chest, and then there’s the vulnerable sensation of placing your heart in someone else’s hands. Artist Jim Loewer captures both ends of this spectrum in his artful, glass Heart Bowl. Handmade in Philadelphia, Loewer uses an ancient technique called lampworking to form the rim into an open heart. In lampworking the heart’s true form is created as the raw material is warmed over a flame, becoming soft to the touch. A treasured memento of enduring love in all its varieties. Available from UncommonGoods -an online marketplace that connects makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods. Products that express individuality and creativity, while also making a positive impact on people and the planet. #heartofglass

Rover

Abercrombie & Kent Range Rover Road Trip, Range Rover and Abercrombie & Kent have teamed up for what looks an unforgettable road trip. The Abercrombie & Kent Range Rover Road Trip (itinerary) sees travelers touching down in five different continents, eight countries, and nine of the best hotels in the world. And your coach for the voyage is none other than the 2016 SVAutobiography -designed and engineered by Special Vehicle Operations, the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the ultimate variant of the British manufacturer’s luxury model line. This trip has a little bit of everything, from a drive through the Dolomite Mountains, to a personalised fragrance making class in the Lavender-scented hills of Provence, to a stay in a 16th century hunting lodge after a helicopter trip for a picnic on a glacier. A 21 day excursion meant to redefine luxury travel the same way the new SVAutobiography is attempting to redefine luxury automobiles. If you have the time and the means, this is the ultimate off the beaten track Valentine journey for the adventurous at heart -branded the most luxurious road trip on Earth! #theopenroad

Cabin_BookCabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Somewhere, by Zach Klien, Get inspired to build your love nest or retreat with a collection of beautifully designed, handmade homes in the world’s most idyllic natural settings, from the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn. Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York, Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which is now a huge audience. The site features photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world. Now Zach Klein, the creator of the site (and a co-founder of Vimeo) goes further into the most alluring images from the site and new getaways, including more interior photography and how-to advice for setting up a quiet place somewhere. With their picturesque settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simple construction can create. #lovenest

RumiLove Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems Of Rumi by Rumi (Author), Nesreen Akhtarkhavari (Translator), Anthony A. Lee (Translator), This new volume of Rumi’s works, the first-ever English translation of his Arabic poems, takes the reader on a journey of spiritual exploration, ecstatic union, cruel rejection, and mystic reconciliation. Rumi reveals his soul and welcomes everyone to his spiritual feast. This dual-language volume opens a treasury of Rumi’s mystic thought and startling poetry of desire and longing, mixed with sensuality and ecstatic celebration. Rumi found in his mystic poetry a vehicle for the expression of the endless spiritual bounties of love. He placed love at the center of his faith and doctrine, and he pronounced it to be the goal of his life and the only form of true worship. This collection is beautifully rendered by an award-winning poet and a distinguished translator of Arabic poetry. #sublimelydevotional