These are our editors’ top picks.
With so much love flying around on Valentine’s Day—romancing your significant other, planning the best Galentine’s Day, sending love to family—we sometimes forget about the one person who deserves the most TLC, our wonderful selves. Channeling Donna and Tom from Parks and Recs, we say treat yourself. Whether it’s in the form of clothes, fragrances, jewelry, or fine leather goods, no item is off the table. Ahead, our staffers round up the pieces they’re extra excited about gifting themselves this season.
Jess Teves, Editor in Chief
This stunning black jade bangle with delicate bezel-set diamonds from Bliss Lau is so strong, distinct, and fabulous—it’s the perfect addition to my growing arm party.
I’m working towards ‘pirate status,’ which means if I can have yellow-gold rings stacked on every last finger, I will have hit goal. This delightfully chunky yet refined wide band from Jamie Wolf will get me one step closer, and ooohhhh is it chic!
I’ve always been a devotee of the utilitarian fanny pack and this belt bag from MCM dials that up in style about 10 notches. Its chic candy-red Nappa leather is just the pop of color my everyday outfits need for running about town and holding all my daily essentials.
Leya Kaufman, Head of Brand & Publisher
Red might be a romantic color, but I’ve also always gravitated towards it to express personal style and self-confidence. This classic Loewe clutch in daring burnt red is just perfect. I think buying it for myself would be the ultimate display of self-love this Valentine’s Day too.
Fine jewelry that represents female empowerment? Sold. I love how a stack of recycled gold rings like this can also represent a series of accomplishments, goals, or occasions worthy of self-love. After all, even the attempt to do it all is worth celebrating with a self-gift (or two).
I just love the juxtaposition of a punchy bright heart against practical black sweatpants. I might be in my 30s, but I haven’t lost my love of hearts and would argue that this one is subtle enough to be worn in front of the couch or out running errands. As a bonus, this type of loungewear always reminds me to take a beat, relax, and lean into self-love.
Caroline Dunn, Associate Manager of Affiliate Partnerships & Content Strategy
This dreamy throw travels everywhere with me throughout the day (i.e. the bed to the couch to my WFH station and back again). It comes in three neutral colors, so you can easily incorporate this minimalistic luxury into your living space.
I looked to my local Sephora after learning that my beloved NARS Afterglow Lip Balm was being discontinued in the Laguna shade and luckily discovered the Mahogany shade of the Dior Addict Lip Glow. I have worn it every single day since I bought it and have successfully worked it into both no-makeup and full-makeup looks.
Nothing says “treat yourself” like enjoying a cocoa-flavored cereal for breakfast as an adult, and I can seriously vouch for this reduced-guilt option. I was honestly skeptical after hearing the hosts of my favorite podcast (Who? Weekly) gush about Magic Spoon but can report that I am now a believer after trying it for myself.
Ama Kwarteng, Beauty Editor
There’s been a lot of talk about the gut microbiome as of late; everyone has a unique combination of bacteria that keeps everything balanced. But when that balance gets disrupted—because of your environment, diet, stress levels, etc—it can throw it off, leading to inflammation and digestion issues. Working a probiotic into your diet could help restore equilibrium and renew the good bacteria. Definitely chat with your doctor to figure out which one is best for you, but if you’re looking for an option to bring forward to them, consider this one from The Well. I just completed their 15-Day Cleanse; in addition to eating well and cutting out refined sugar, these supplements have made such a difference in my digestive health and energy levels.
This multitasking tint supplies a sheer yet buildable pigment with just one coat. Swipe it onto your lips and cheeks for a berry-tinged stain that’s creamy, not sticky, meaning it melts right into the skin for a lightweight and hydrating glow.
My nighttime skin-care routine is more of a ritual; it helps me wind down before bed, so I prefer to use products that immerse me in a luxurious and sensorial experience. A blend of oils, including meadowfoam, sweet almond, and jojoba seed, absorb instantly into the skin with no greasy residue. The gentle formula doesn’t just soothe my dehydrated skin, but it also locks in hydration while I sleep, so I wake up with a cushiony, silky texture in the morning.
Katie Mok, Editorial Production Fellow
I have a long-term goal, and it’s to build my graphic tee collection. Casual and comfy are my highest criteria to enter this collection. And personally I love a giant graphic on the back. If you pair this with a leather jacket, some dark jeans, chunky boots, and some oversize sunnies, you achieve the New York look, my usual go-to look.
By far my favorite scent for winter and spring. Paired with a spritz Nest Wild Poppy Perfume, it puts me in nature while I’m typing away indoors. I prefer to spray this cologne on clothes rather than skin for a longer-lasting scent. It sets the mood, and I’m ready to take the day again. I might also treat myself to the hand soap too.
My Air Force 1s are gently ripping away after years of heavy use. It’s time for an upgrade. This practical treat yourself moment is going to happen in the near future when my wallet allows it, and this gives me time to figure out how I want my next everyday shoes to look. I love the customize option, so I get to fit these shoes into my style however I’d like.
Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty
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