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Shawna Nadelman is a Gemini vegetarian who enjoys long walks on the beach and curling up on the couch to take in the latest episode of, well anything on Bravo. The staff at Trader Joe’s (the Encinitas location) know her by name. She can spout off almost any celebrity’s dating history, refer to Friends episodes in daily conversation and would give anything to marry a man like Coach Eric Taylor (of Friday Night Lights). She’s never met a ruffle, oversized flower or horizontal stripe that she didn't love and though her entire wardrobe hails from J.Crew and Anthropologie, she'll never buy an item at full price (momma loves a good sale!). Sure, some may argue she's the whitest gal they know, but (surprise!) she's fluent in Spanish and left a part of her heart in Madrid, Spain after a summer abroad in college. Her family is her everything and she certainly does not deserve her friends. Left to her own devices, she could probably finish off a jar of peanut/almond butter in one sitting.

Red & Pink Gifts For Valentine’s Day For Yourself Or A Loved One

What’s red and pink and heart-adorned? This article, for one, and Valentine’s Day, which is now less than a week away! So if you’re looking for gift ideas to give or for items that you can playfully hint that you hope to receive, I’ve compiled a list of plenty of rose and crimson-colored pieces that will take the guess work out of gift-giving on the most romantic day of the year.

Looking for the perfect dress to wear for a night out with your sweetie? Gift yourself a garment by opting for any of these holiday-appropriate pieces. Don’t forget to compliment your ensemble with a pair of sky-high stilettos and a smile, which is always the best accessory.

Laundry Shelli Segal Lace Shift Dress | $195 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Laundry Shelli Segal Lace Shift Dress | $195 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Donna Ricco Lace Sheath Dress | $148 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Donna Ricco Lace Sheath Dress | $148 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Caridad Ruffled Dress | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Caridad Ruffled Dress | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Flocked Speckle Dress | $188 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Flocked Speckle Dress | $188 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Lotty Petal Dress | $148 | (Photo credit: Poylvore)

Lotty Petal Dress | $148 | (Photo credit: Poylvore)

J.Crew Collection Appliqued Guipure Lace Dress | $750 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Collection Appliqued Guipure Lace Dress | $750 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

If it’s baubles that make your heart flutter, hint that any of the following items might look lovely sitting in your jewelry box. Or shower your best girlfriend with a little something sparkly. Who says Valentine’s Day gifts are only reserved for your significant other?

J.Crew Beaded Rose Necklace | $128 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Beaded Rose Necklace | $128 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Aqua Multi Layer Beaded Necklace | $68 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Aqua Multi Layer Beaded Necklace | $68 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Fairburn Necklace | $58 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Fairburn Necklace | $58 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Elizabeth Cole Bacall Swarovski Crystal Earrings | $235 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Elizabeth Cole Bacall Swarovski Crystal Earrings | $235 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Gilt Gloriosa Earrings | $108 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Gilt Gloriosa Earrings | $108 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Woven Navette Earrings | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Woven Navette Earrings | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Loft Pink Stone Teardrop Earrings | $29.50 | (Photo credit: Loft)

Loft Pink Stone Teardrop Earrings | $29.50 | (Photo credit: Loft)

Alex and Ani Cupid's Heart Bangle | $38 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Alex and Ani Cupid’s Heart Bangle | $38 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Juicy Couture Valentine's Day Charm Bracelet | $78 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Juicy Couture Valentine’s Day Charm Bracelet | $78 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Kate Spade New York Locked in Slim Bracelet | $88 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Kate Spade New York Locked in Slim Bracelet | $88 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Heart Birch Cuff | $108 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Heart Birch Cuff | $108 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

For the tech-savvy sisters, give the gift of accessorized technology.

Diane von Furstenberg iPhone 5 Case | $40 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Diane von Furstenberg iPhone 5 Case | $40 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Bodhi iPhone Case -Leather Heart | $34 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Bodhi iPhone Case -Leather Heart | $34 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

J.Crew Factory Phone Case for iPhone 4 | $16.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

J.Crew Factory Phone Case for iPhone 4 | $16.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

J.Crew Factory Glitter Phone Case for iPhone 5 | $16.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

J.Crew Factory Glitter Phone Case for iPhone 5 | $16.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tablet Case Dreamy Logo Neoprene | $58 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tablet Case Dreamy Logo Neoprene | $58 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Marc Jacobs Quilted iPad Case | $495 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Marc Jacobs Quilted iPad Case | $495 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

J.Crew Printed Backup Battery for iPhone | $39.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Printed Backup Battery for iPhone | $39.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Stay dry in the springtime showers with a festive umbrella, a fashionable and practical gift to give or receive.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Stripey Lips Umbrella | $58 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Stripey Lips Umbrella | $58 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Felix Ray Rain Rain Go Away Clear Umbrella | $65 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Felix Ray Rain Rain Go Away Clear Umbrella | $65 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

J.Crew Factory Umbrella | $19.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

J.Crew Factory Umbrella | $19.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

Give the gift that keeps on giving by providing someone shelter with a custom-made Marisol umbrella. Marisols “are ethical umbrellas designed to protect women not only from rain and sunshine, but from violence and war. A portion of the proceeds of every umbrella purchased helps the women of Democratic Republic of Congo rebuild their lives at the City of Joy, a revolutionary healing and training center conceived by women on the ground and sustained by V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women.” Prices range from $425-$455. For more information about Marisol’s efforts and to order a one-of-a-kind design, visit their site.

Marisol Umbrella (Photo credit: Cece Feinberg Public Relations)

Marisol Umbrella (Photo credit: Cece Feinberg Public Relations)

Another Marisol Original | (Photo credit Cece Feinberg Public Relations)

Another Marisol Original | (Photo credit Cece Feinberg Public Relations)

For a pertinent present to pack your personal items, peruse my picks for the perfect purse.

J.Crew Factory Whittier Purse | $98 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

J.Crew Factory Whittier Purse | $98 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

Kate Spade New York Satchel | $398 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Kate Spade New York Satchel | $398 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Valentino 'Lacca Bow' Dome Satchel | $1295 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Valentino ‘Lacca Bow’ Dome Satchel | $1295 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Jewel in the Rough Pouch | $58 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Jewel in the Rough Pouch | $58 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Valentino Small Lace Bag | $2595 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Valentino Small Lace Bag | $2595 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Because scarves can be worn nearly all year long and offer a pizzazz to any outfit, they just might be the quintessential gift. Sure, jewelry is always welcomed, but for something a bit more low key, opt for a piece of printed neck wear instead.

J.Crew Factory Printed Eyelash Scarf | $29.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

J.Crew Factory Printed Eyelash Scarf | $29.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew Factory)

Diane von Furstenberg Chain Scarf | $250 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Diane von Furstenberg Chain Scarf | $250 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Velvet Presence Scarf | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Velvet Presence Scarf | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Gap Ditzy Dot Scarf | $24.99 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Ditzy Dot Scarf | $24.99 | (Photo credit: Gap)

J.Crew Linen Scarf | $49.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Linen Scarf | $49.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

So before cupid makes his appearance once more, pick up or hint at any of these gifts  and ensure that your  February 14th is full of red and pink!

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