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Heart It Hard: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Even if you know someone intimately, buying him or her a romantic gift can surface a host of anxieties. Will she read too much into it? Is he even going to get you something? What size is she? Does he have any idea what a pocket square is?

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It’s a miracle we all don’t just break up the second week in February.

Don’t fret, however. Our editors’ gift picks for him and her will steer you clear of any unconscious uncoupling.

BE MY VALENTINE’S GIFT: OUR PICKS

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Watch This: Topshop Solves Valentine’s Day Problems

Indeed: Men are from Mars and women are from Venus—or whatever all that hoopla was about. Bottom line: Dating can be weird. Your outfit doesn’t have to be—unless, of course, that’s the look you’re going for. Our friends at Topshop put this V Day vid together to inspire all kinds of creative solutions. Enjoy!

Shop: Topshop

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What to Get the Ones You Love for Valentine’s Day

Sure, that’s easy. Just follow the link to: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone

(Or, take our LA crew’s lead and go for something short and sweetly sexy like the romper shown here from BCBGMAXAZRIA.)

GIF image by Andrew McLeod for Nordstrom | Styled by Alexandra Hartle | Hair & Makeup by Jessica Later | Art Direction by Rosemary Cassidy

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February Book Club: Lonely Hearts Club Edition with Anjelica Huston, Lee Grant & Nora Ephron

Circle up the lovelorn bookworms; this month’s Book Club is all about what to read if you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day. Not into reading this month either? Can’t say we approve, but our February selection lends itself particularly well to film, so be sure to check out our small-screen suggestions at the end of the post.

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GIF Shop: Valentine’s Day Gifts

Not that you would, but here’s a friendly reminder: don’t blow it. A good Valentine’s Day gift sets a tone. But don’t overthink it, either. Proceed with love and you’ll hit that bullseye.

Shop: Valentine’s Day gifts for him | Valentine’s Day gifts for her

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What to Wear for a Valentine’s Day Date Night? Instagram’s 4 Hottest Couples Share Their Style

As of presstime, you have 25 shopping days until the date night of all date nights, Valentine’s Day. Do you know what you’re wearing? Because we talked to four of the most in-love and Instagrammed couples on the Internet, and their plans are looking pretty solid.

Mine these interviews for outfit ideas, date itineraries, soundtrack notes and general romantic maneuvers. Oh, and good Instagram feeds.

(DJ Kiss and DJ M.O.S. via Instagram)

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Listen Up! Valentine’s Day

Whether you regard February 14 as a day to hand out candies and shower the object of your affection with, well…affection, or you think it’s a holiday dreamt up by the greeting card industry, it’s hard to avoid the plethora of heart-shaped EVERYTHING that’s prevalent this time of year. And since we don’t want to tip the scales in either direction (we’re trying to be diplomatic here), we thought for today, aka St. Valentine’s Day, we’d pick two songs—one for each end of the spectrum.

First up: Best Coast. Even though this song is a couple years old, it so perfectly evokes the giddy, I-never-want-this-to-end vibe that new love makes us feel we had to post it. Oh yeah, and there’s a cat at the end.

When you can’t make out the lyrics of a song, it can be hard to figure out the intent or message. LA-based electro dance duo Soft Metals use the video medium to let you know exactly what they mean with this glittery, kinda creepy clip for “No Turning Back.” Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Office Romance: V-Day Stories from Nordstrom HQ

We channeled Cupid and flew around the office asking some of our Nordstrom Headquarters coworkers about their favorite Valentine’s Day memories, gifts they love to give (and receive) and how they like to spend February 14. Read their stories and get inspired to create your own special day filled with love.

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One Model’s Token of Love for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we asked model Victoria Anderson to dish about what she’s planning to give her beau on Cupid’s most cuddly day of the year.

It’s the first New York Fashion Week season for Victoria, who is signed with Wilhelmina. The North Carolina-born beauty moved to the Big Apple just 2 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. We spotted the runway rookie backstage at Rebecca Minkoff doing a little knitting and immediately had to get the scoop about her artsy craft.

The Thread: Are you a designer-in-training?
Victoria Anderson: I knit and crochet as a hobby. It keeps me relaxed at shows and it’s a great way to keep myself occupied in between castings and fittings. I taught myself how to do it about a year ago, watching how-to videos on YouTube.

What are you working on?
Victoria: I am actually making a scarf for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. It’s so cold right now that I think it will be the perfect gift. I just hope I finish it in time!

Any special Valentine date night plans?
Victoria: I love to cook, so I’ll probably make a special dinner for him.  I’m really into baking and making pies. I do my own homemade crust—it’s so yummy.

Check out more Valentine’s Day gifts for boyfriends.

–Qianna Smith

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Valentine’s Day, Two Ways: Sugar Or Spice

Whatever your plans, our Editor’s Picks are sure to please you and your Valentine. Whether you’re more sugar or spice, these looks will make everything nice—the romance is up to you.

This flirty, color-blocked Jessica Simpson dress goes prim with a frilly pink clutch, all accessorized by a hint of dazzle. A sophisticated nude pump, not to mention that croc-embossing detail, keeps this look sophisticated while still satisfying your date’s sweet tooth.

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RED Valentino Leather Bow Clutch
Jessica Simpson Sleeveless Chiffon Dress
Alexis Bittar ‘Otto’ Encrusted Ring
Alexis Bittar Crystal & Lucite Drop Earrings
Dior ‘Miss Dior’ Peep Toe Pump
Alexis Bittar ‘Smoky Dust’ Small Hinged Bracelet (Nordstrom Exclusive)

A neutral, sequined shift dress is the perfect palette for layering on your own personality. Try going on a gold rush to infuse the sequined sparkle with individuality—think unique accessories in similar tones and materials with just the right amount of edginess and texture. A black high-heeled sandal, street-wise enough to ground all that gold, pulls together a crush-worthy look that’s urban and sleek.

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Jewelry Fashions Statement Necklace
Alexia Admor Sequin Shift Dress
Jewelry Fashions Wide Cuff
B Brian Atwood ‘Clio’ Sandal
Rafe New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere
Daly Bird Diamond Cut Leather Earrings

Check out more pieces for a Valentine’s Day outfit, and shop our Valentine’s Day Lingerie Guide for something comfortable to slip into when Valentine’s Day turns to night.

Jeff Powell

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