Photo, Bangle, Cards These are words my grandfather George wrote to my grandmother Barbara in 1945, while he was stationed overseas during World War II. Several years ago my husband-maybe partly inspired by my grandfather's romantic ways-took me on an impromptu getaway to the Virginia wine country.
With its rolling hills and elegant inns, it's true that Virginia is for lovers. We stayed at the charming Goodstone Inn, toured vineyards, and had lovely, quiet dinners. The highlight of the weekend was the beautiful letter Henry wrote me. (Who says romance is dead?) Whether you and your sweetheart are planning a weekend getaway or a fabulous night on the town, here are my favorite Valentine's Day finds.
Spend a Long Weekend at the Gambrel-Roofed Dutch Cottage; Goodstone.com
"I love a handwritten letter. I keep a box of notes my husband wrote me under my bed. I adore Florida's Rifle Paper Co.'s products."
Floral Heart Card, $4.50; riflepaperco.com
"My friend Amy Jain from Dallas cofounded BaubleBar, which sources jewels at affordable prices."
Lily Heart Bangle, $129 each; baublebar.com
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"Nothing Takes an Outfit from Day to Night Like Red Lips."
Cherry Lush, $49; tomford.com
Beurre Salé Caramels
"This boutique chocolatier in Atlanta makes delicious salted caramels."
Beurre Salé Caramels, $24; cacaoatlanta.com
That's Amore Tunic
"This Playful Pattern Screams Fun and Flirty. Cinch it at the Waist with a Skinny Belt and Pair with Jeans and Heels for a Sleek Look."
That's Amore Tunic, $384; tuckerbygabybasora.com
"Nothing says date night more than heels. I love the silhouette of this pair."
Carine Heel, $375; tibi.com
Shimmer Brick Compact Rose
"This compact adds a little pink sparkle to eyes or cheeks. I've been a fan since my best friend introduced it to me in high school."
Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose, $42; bobbibrown.com