MCM The German luxury leathergoods brand dresses up its classic bag silhouettes in charming new colours and finishings for Valentine's Day. The Velvet Crystal Studs range features "M" letters on quilted velvet in quartz pink or viva red, while embellishment is front and centre with the Soaring Heart range, featuring an exotic snakeskin base emblazoned with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted heart inspired by aviator badges and the laurel wings motif. The collection ($1,520 to $4,700) is now available at MCM Paragon and MCM The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands stores. KATE SPADE NEW YORK To celebrate the relationships with the women in your life, turn to the US fashion brand's selection of Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day gifts. Discover hearts, lipstick-red hue and a touch of playful sophistication on apparel, handbags, shoes, jewellery and accessories. Get bling-y with the My Precious Heart Studs ($110) and Romantic Rocks Ring ($110), and dress the part in the Leather Midi Skirt or Heartbeat … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day collections you’ll love
Candy for valentines day
By Annie Gasparro WSJ Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 Candy lovers are searching for a new sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. For the first time in over a century, the original conversation hearts aren’t rolling off conveyor belts by the millions. The debacle, caused by candy-maker Necco going out of business last year, has faithful fans buying up the last batch of Sweethearts brand hearts on the black market and looking for other ways to convey romantic sentiments—“Be Mine” or “UR Hot”—expressed so succinctly on the pressed-sugar Valentine’s Day candy. Robin Helfand, owner of Robin’s Candy in Great Barrington, Mass., said she got word early last summer that Necco would be ceasing production and bought 1,000 pounds of Sweethearts. “Sort of our version of insider trading,” she said. Robin’s Candy is down to about 100 pounds now, so Ms. Helfand keeps the individual boxes in a glass case … [Read more...] about No one’s making Sweethearts this year, crushing lovers of Valentine’s Day candy
MANILA -- Fewer Americans plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, according to the Washington-based National Retail Federation (NRF). But among those who said they plan to do so, the NRF-commissioned study showed they will spend an average of $161.96 or about P8,500. In the Philippine setting, that’s not too bad considering a dozen roses will set you back about P2,500. Then maybe you also shopped for a gift (a decent one would be between P2,500 to P3,000) to go along with the flowers and cap the day with a romantic dinner (possibly P2,500). But what I found shocking was the estimated $20.7 billion total spending for Valentine’s Day this year! According to NRF, this is a new high and will break the previous record of $19.7 billion set in 2016 by American consumers. How is this even possible? Well, knowing consumers have money to spend, retailers are ready to offer anything from a 24-carat gold bag to a perfume in a bottle made with 16,500 Swarovski stones. And … [Read more...] about News Avoid Being Broke from Valentine’s Day
By Kathleen Purvis The Charlotte Observer Mon., Oct. 29, 2018 Is there something wrong with a country that has suddenly decided it hates candy corn? Candy corn is festive, it’s small, and everyone knows it tastes better if you eat it one colour at a time. A website called candystore.com has released the results of a survey (it claims to have asked 40,000 people) naming the 10 Worst and 10 Best Halloween Candies. On the list of worst, I have no argument with the No. 1: Circus peanuts. Circus peanuts should have been left behind with the guys who swept up after the elephants in the days when it was still OK to have elephants at the circus. But the No. 2 spot was disturbing: Candy corn. Article Continued Below Look, candy corn is not a trick-or-treater thing. Candy corn is a bowl thing, something you put out in your office all October because ... it’s October. Check that bowl at the end of the day. It will be empty. Why is it empty? Because everyone … [Read more...] about Does candy corn deserve to be on the worst-candy list?
By Helena Oliviero Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thu., March 29, 2018 ATLANTA—Easter baskets can be so much fun to put together for the kiddos. And while the Easter Bunny is not going to fill up a basket with broccoli and Brussels sprouts, there’s no reason for the basket to be loaded with sugar either. Sugary candies may be easy to buy, but did you know that one prefilled plastic egg can contain more than 30 grams of sugar? That is the same amount of sugar as what’s in two ice cream sandwiches. By adding toys, coins and books to the mix, the Easter Bunny can dial back the sugar — and amp up the fun. In fact, the sugar consumption during the Easter season can even compete with Halloween when you take into account all of the sugary treats collected from egg hunts, baskets and school parties, not to mention Easter family gatherings. Read more: Celebrate Easter with these tricked-out devilled eggs Article Continued Below Easter chocolates … [Read more...] about How to make Easter fun for the kids without sugar overload