Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

Valentine’s Day is one holiday I look forward to in this drab stretch of winter blues. As soon as they are up, the red, pink and white hearts and cupid signs in shop windows make my heart jingle. They bring back my Tween years – that age of innocence when romance holds the promise of something magical and mesmerizing. Though stuffed bears, chocolates and hearts are traditional Valentine’s Day staples, if you want to give something with more character and lasting value to your 8 to 14 year old daughter, check out my list for great possibilities.

I love the Olive Juice Kids line. The clothes have a Vintage, old world elegance but are solidly made and comfortable. This charming red Eloise Skirt with white hearts in a tweed/polyester blend is perfect to wear on Valentine’s Day (and ever after). It is lined in 100% cotton, has an elastic waist with belt loops and two pockets. The skirt runs big so I suggest getting a size smaller than you normally buy. It is matched in the picture with a Lyon Sweater that adds a bit of “Je ne sais quoi ” to an everyday look. Check the whole line of Olive Juice kids. After all, there is no true romance without nostalgia! http://www.olivejuicekids.com

Alexandra St. Clair has an off-the-beaten track collection of lariat necklaces and charm bracelets made out of exotic materials, rare artifacts, semi-precious stones, sterling silver, 22 carat gold vermeil and Czeck crystal. The hand-crafted bead combinations are fun to mix and match to create a waif-like sense of free-spirited elegance that has made Miley Cyrus a big fan. Every unique piece is meant to evoke a story and make a personal statement. Check this avant-garde line that will appeal to all the budding style junkies and independent minded girls you know at http://www.alexandrastclair.com

A Lock and Key Bracelet by the online retailer Things Remembered is fun to give on Valentine’s Day to a girl who is developing a taste for the mystery and intrigue of romance. This silver plated bracelet, adorned with pink, cubic Zirconium crystal accents, requires a real key to open its locked heart. A set of two keys comes along with the bracelet, one for her and the other for that special person. You can have the heart plaque on the key chain engraved with a Valentine’s Day message for her. This gift also includes a free engravable box. Also at Things Remembered, you will find a personal Journal with a crystal adorned, filigree beaded heart on the metal front cover. Tweens love to write their thoughts in a private book out of the sight of siblings, parents and even friends. You can ask to have your daughter’s name or a special dedication engraved on the front to personalize your gift. Both items are available at http://www.thingsremembered.com

Who doesn’t love Hello Kitty? To celebrate Hello Kitty’s 50th birthday, FabNY has a special Hello Kitty collection of Glitz, Glitter and Hello Kitty accessories that will make a great Valentine’s Day gift for any glamorous Hello Kitty fan. Check the whole line of FabNY at http://www.amazon.com

The new Miss Chamilia collection from the Chamilia fine Jewelry line allows girls to use their own imagination to create their own bracelets. On the website, they can add to a basic sterling silver or leather bracelet one of a kind, hand-crafted beads shaped in little toys with names such as Flower Power, Love You Honey Pot, Let’s Go Shopping, Best 4 Ever, Freedom Heart (there are 70+ different beads) and create their own personal bracelet or sparkling statement. The beads are made out of .925 sterling silver and colored stones. Check out this collection of one of-a-kind-pieces and let your daughter have fun piecing a bracelet together at http://www.chamilia.com

Valentine themed cupcakes make a big statement on Valentine’s Day. The Saint Cupcake kits come in 3, 6 or 12 that can be shipped anywhere in the US. First choose your cake (Vanilla, Red Velvet, Pumpkin Spice, Fudgy Chocolate, Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Cookie and more) then pick the icing (Vanilla or Chocolate Buttercream, Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing, Hot Fudge, Mint Buttercream, Toasted Coconut Cream…it goes on and on!) and finally top it with some sprinkles. New this year are special mixes featuring pink and purple heart shaped jimmies. The delicious kit arrives at your door and will make any cupcake enthusiast really smile.
http://www.saintcupcakes.com

A pair of cute socks makes a great Valentine’s Day present. Growing girls can always use new socks and Steve Madden has the perfect Valentine’s Day sock sets with love or heart designs on them to make girls’ feet happy any day. Available in Steve Madden stores and http://www.stevemadden.com

Vardagren has offbeat Tshirts that will appeal to the tween girl who likes her clothing to make a clear statement. The Deer Ugly Sweater humorous series of Tshirts takes its inspiration from the ugly polyester themed sweaters we all received as kids from uncool relatives and turns them into a hip fashion statement. The red version makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for the fourteen year old who thinks Valentine’s Day has become a bit too un-cool for school. http://www.vardagren.com

If your ten year old is an aspiring rock star or budding fashion designer, she will love the rock star inspired clothing line founded by Megan Kent, a 10 year old entrepreneur/designer. And who knows? Your daughter might get inspired to start her own line too! Check the cute LoveGone Tshirts and support a budding Tween designer at http://www.lovegoneapparel.com

The Baby-G watches from Casio offer a multitude of glossy, colorful, fashion forward possibilities. The distinctive metallic finishes, acrylic bands, glossy textured dials, shock resistance and 100 m water resistance appeal to style conscious girls who are always on the go. This red colored piece will allow the girl on your list to do all the talking this Valentine’s Day.

Available at http://www.baby-g.com

A new back pack always makes a great gift for Valentine’s Day. Who does not get tired of dragging the same bag to school every day? This Mojo plaid version in vibrant red by FabNY has spunk and is sure to add some life to a drab winter day. Made out of light polyester fabric it has multiple pockets to hold everything – even a laptop. Available at http://www.amazon.com.

I hope you got some good ideas from my list to make your Tween girl’s Valentine’s Day special. Celebrating holidays makes life more enjoyable and reminds us to practice the art of inspired gift giving. Have a fun Valentine’s Day with your Tween!

Originally published February 2011
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