I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, you may consider me a bit of a Valentine grinch. Maybe it’s the years of over-hyped expectations and the inevitable resulting disappointment. I mean, seriously, who can live up to the Hallmark-Godiva-De Beers hype ingrained into our young Cinderella-saturated brains?
Which is why I take not a small amount of pleasure in the slightly dark,self-deprecatingly humorous side of the holiday.
I like to think of these Valentine’s-themed accessories as the equivalent of crooning Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” to your loved one.
Like Tiffany Lee‘s graphic nod to Valentine’s for her accessories line KidViskous. The bleeding heart would look really cool pinned on a cardigan and boyfriend jeans.
Of course, nothing says you’re mine (and nobody else’s!) better than a stack of rubber bands and a heart padlock.
For a more upscale version, I love Karen Karch‘s barbed wire wrapped black heart. So counterculture yet so wearable.
If you have to go the more conventional route, try something more subtle and meaningful. A little secret between the two of you. Like May Chen’s artfully sculpted links appropriately called “For8ver.”
Or pieces of jewelry that allow you to personalize yourself. Like Cara Lyndon‘s locket earrings — put something meaningful inside each tiny locket.
Or stick your own special message into Peggy Li‘s “Firey” enamel heart necklace.
And a classic — a personalized sterling silver heart engraved with your initials.