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Friday finds: 20 Valentine's Day-inspired cheap thrills

The problem with Friday Finds, is that the pieces in question almost always make their way into my closet. Although, I suppose one could also argue that's the best part of Friday Finds. AMEX would certainly agree.

Today we're doing something a little different... a Valentine's Day inspired collection of cheap thrills. Now, I'm usually of the "buy quality once" mindset, but I think we can all agree that we sometimes get a little joy from finding a cheap and cheerful little something.

With that I give you today's Friday Finds. Each are perfect for gifting your girlfriends, daughters, mothers, or (ahem)... yourselves. Even better, each item pictured is US$25 or less, with many coming in well below budget. Consider it my Valentine's Day treat to you.

From top left:

1. Floral print portable speakers, made from recycled materials ($14.99) sadly sold out at Dormify, but you can nab Lilly Pulizer's ($25) version here.

2. Sephora's 5 piece makeup brush capsule ($22).

3. Fresh "Life" soap ($15) at Nordstrom.

4. Stila Valentine's Day blush ($18) at

5. & 6. r+Co Gemstone Color Shampoo ($24) and Conditioner ($25) at Neiman Marcus. I have no idea how well this product works, but it is just gorgeous!

7. River Island soft pink tank. Similar at ASOS ($10).

8. Isaac Mizrahi loves band-aids ($5). You need this, it's a safety thing.

9. Enric Rovira dark hot chocolate with hazelnut ($17.50) at Selfridges. Calling it Xocolat makes it extra fancy.

10. A Sephora golden brush ($15). Don't you just love it when mundane objects turn glam?

11. A silly little headband. Similar versions at Etsy ($20) but frankly you could make this for a couple bucks.

12. Sweet little briefs. Underella by Ella Moss ($19) at

13. Smith's Rosebud lip balm ($5.59) at A perfect way to give her rose(s) on the cheap.

14. Mast Brothers chocolate organic Guatemala bar ($9) ABC Carpet & Home. Are we willing to pay nine bones for some pretty little packaging? Yes, yes we are.

15. A gold accented coffee cup and saucer ($12) at H& So affordable you could even buy a pair.

16. & 17. Butter London nail lacquer ($15 each) in Ladybird and Disco Biscuit. NB: I was amused for an entire week in 2008 when I discovered that "disco biscuit" was the 80s term for quaaludes.

18. Super cute pen set by Jonathan Adler ($20) at Really inspires some good old fashioned snail-mail.

19. Kate Spade monogrammed note cards ($24.95) at Papyrus.

20. A trio of bud vases ($25) sold out on One Kings Lane, but similar versions here.




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  • @Melissa – completely agreed! it’s amazing how far good packaging goes….

    lindsay @ vaughan on

  • I love these finds! The colors are all gorgeous! I especially love the cute soft pink tank, so pretty and romantic!

    Everygoodthingblog by Melissa on