julia fetch vday   Julia Reed shops Taigan for some of her favorite picks for Valentine’s Day… Enjoy! Julia B.’s “Love Hanky,” made from fine linen and hand-embroidered with three hearts, is the most thoughtful “something” for those you hold most dear: Mama, Granny, your dearest friend or best big sister. The first Diptyque candle I ever bought was the one scented with tuberose and it remains my favorite. This version of the now classic “Tubereuse,” in red is a delicious Valentine’s Day gift and a swell addition to a jewel-box-like powder room. Valentine chocolates are indeed swell, but my husband will opt for a cookie every time. He’ll get Chucklet and Honey’s Firecracker Chocolate Chips, enlivened with seasonal color and suitably spicy red hots! Jack Rudy’s Small Batch Grenadine is the perfect elixir to make your Valentine—and his or her favorite cocktail—blush. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but I would not turn up my nose at these fabulous Pomellato rock crystal earrings. I love the rose gold setting and openwork floral design on the back—both of which make them far superior to actual flowers!     This Big Bad Wolf doll is too adorable in his fine fur-trimmed coat to be entirely scary. Pair him with Moulin Roty’s equally adorable Little Red Riding Hood Doll for your youngest Valentines. My friends call me the soap fairy and I have to say beautifully packaged soaps are among my very favorite things to give—and to receive. This year my Valentines will get Claus Porto’s Red Poppy bath soap from Aidan Gil. One year, I cooked a five course caviar-based menu for Valentine’s Day dinner. But when using this gorgeous, footed shell caviar server, one course will more than suffice. Be sure and add the small case of mother of pearl spoons (and the caviar!) to go with it. My seven-year-old goddaughter Mary will get this “big girl” and oh-so-ladylike pink tweed dress for her Valentine’s present, while her younger sister Maggie will get the poufy cotton candy pink skirt from Virginia Dunn, below.   Outfit your Valentine with pocket squares for both his modes of attire—an elegant pink silk and a festive red-and-white cotton check. Shop all of Julia’s picks for Valentine’s Day HERE.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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