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Valentine's Gifts That Will Steal Their Hearts


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Shining heart -- The sterling silver key ring has a chain with a heart charm that has an Itaglio fleur de lis, a symbol of New Orleans, etched into one side and "If Ever I Cease To Love," the name of a traditional Mardi Gras anthem, engraved on the other, $135, from Mignon Faget Ltd. (3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 524-2973; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244; www.mignonfaget.com).
The road to love -- A romantic weekend trip starts with a super-plush, ultra-soft shawl-collar robe for him or her by Barefoot Dreams, $110.95; a black-and-white makeup bag with a train-scene print by Stephanie Johnson, $50.95; and a Soutane Lesley No. 6 Oculatum candle, poured and wicked by hand using pure ingredients and based on a medieval apothecary formula by Illuminata Apothecary, $36.95, all from Earthsavers (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; www.earthsaversonline.com).

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Read her lips -- Whether you dress it up or down, this Sicilian Lipstick tank by Carushka, which has a totally different image on the back, says volumes about your mood and your sense of style, $52, from Priorities (8128 Hampson St., 861-8780).
Key to her heart -- Lock in her affections with a "Key To the Heart of the City" necklace with a fleur de lis in sterling silver, $190; 14-karat yellow gold, $399; or 14-karat white gold, $429; by jewelry designer Rick W. Simmons for Symmetry Jewelers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925). The necklace also can be specially ordered in platinum, with gemstone accents in the fleur de lis and cabochon stone in the bottom of the key; call for prices.

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Show your colors ­ Pink and red T-shirts promote hometown loyalty with "Be a New Orleanian" printed on the front and "In love with New Orleans" on the back, $15 each. For added comfort, wrap up plush thong slippers with crystal hearts on top by P.J. Salvage, $27; both from Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com).
Color her beautiful ­ A fuchsia and orange silk camisole is richly embellished with gold embroidery and sequins by Miss Me, $66, from Gae-tana's (7732 Maple St., 865-9625).
Photo by Romney Photography

Photo by Romney Photography
Undercover Valentine ­ Sometimes what doesn't show is the most fun, especially when it includes an assortment of spunky bikini and thong panties in Valentine's Day designs, $4.50 each, from Wish (306 Chartres St., 552-4301).
His and hers ­ Thrill someone you adore with a "I Love New Orleans" lapel pin with a 14-karat gold fleur de lis set atop a 14-karat white gold heart designed exclusively for Aucoin Hart, starting at $149; and give your best girl a sterling silver and 18-karat gold figaro-link bracelet with a heart charm by David Yurman, $260; both from Aucoin Hart Jewelers (1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9999).



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Photo by Romney Photography
Beautiful kisses and a warm feeling ­ Give her all she needs for beautiful, supple lips, plus a great bag to store it all in with DuWop's special Valentine's package that includes Shades of Venom lipstick, a tube of gloss, a lip pencil and sharpener for the special price of $40 (it would be $55 if purchased separately). Add to the luxury with Tea Forte silk infusers of contemporary blends of whole-leaf tea, served on the Queen Mary II, $6 for set of two tea infusers and $16 for a set of two trays, all from Beauty 101 (2728 Magazine St., 895-2869).
Glitter and go ­ Make her shimmer all over with lightly flavored body powder in a brush that gives the skin a silver shimmer and smells like pina colada, $30; or flavored body balm in a compact that brushes on with a gold shimmer and smells like mai tai, $25, both by Urban Decay and available exclusively at Fifi Mahony's (934 Royal St., 525-4343; www.fifi-mahony.com).

Photo by Romney Photography

Photo by Romney Photography
Love on the Best Bank ­ You don't have to be from the other side of the river to love this pink T-shirt with a red heart and "Gretna Is For Lovers" on it by Ichabod's, $18, especially if it covers a sheer black bra and ruffled bikini panties duo with pink dots, $18, both from Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 899-5587).
 Beautiful kisses -- Give her all she needs for beautiful, supple lips, plus a great bag to store it all in with DuWop's special Valentine's package that includes Shades of Venom lipstick, a tube of gloss, a lip pencil and sharpener for the special price of $40 (it would be $55 if purchased separately), from Beauty 101 (2728 Magazine St., 895-2869).

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