Valentine's Day Favorites

by Christen Coppola

I can't believe this is my first "gift guide!" Since many times my gifts come from the Goodwill, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to highlight some of my favorite thrifted and non-thrifted gift finds! 


What holiday would be complete with a Steel City Cotton Works tee, amirite, Pittsburgh? I love all the fun Pittsburgh sayings!  In fact, they have a "Sidney Crosby is Really Good at Hockey" tee that I basically wear around my house 24/7. Not to mention, lots of non-sports related items that play on the colloquialisms of our dear city. Most tees are around $29.99, and can be purchased on their website or permanent store downtown on Smithfield street! If you haven't been to their pop-up shop turned storefront, you're really missing out. Fellow blogger tip: They have a few photo-friendly set ups inside and outside the shop!

(I just realized as I was posting this that my last blog post from my Doubletree "Staycation" also features this tee - I'm sure you can tell that I like it a little - hehe)

My next favorite item is this ornate silk scarf from Niki Whittle Designs - she's actually doing a cyber sale right this second! Enter code CYBER30 for 30% off your purchase! This scarf is long enough to wear around your neck or as a bag accessory! I'm very obsessed with her designs and I cannot wait to order more from her as gifts and for myself!

Of course, candy and new purses never hurt nobody! Candy Club is a great way to try new candy! Each month of your subscription, Candy Club sends a link to all of their candies for the month. I like chocolate, whereas my husband likes gummies, so we're always both satisfied! For an extra $7, you can also add a 4th box. We've really been loving the selections lately, especially through the holidays! Check them out for your first box for free!! 

This thrifted Henri Bendel wallet that I cannot wait to transition into for spring. I don't see many Bendel Bags in Pittsburgh, so anytime I spot one while thrifting, I snatch it up! This one was $22 at Clothes Mentor Bridgeville - easily retailed for over $120. Needless to say, the neutral tone will match my other Bendels flawlessly! 


Quay Sunglasses have also quickly become an obsession of mine, once I realized how trendy their pieces were and affordably priced! I take these sunnies with me on nearly every vacation - and I love the "Australian flair!" I love their styles, which are slightly more edgy than some American designs. They can also be found at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack for a good price! 

The cutie dog plate is from the Goodwill, naturally. (Did you really think this post would be void of some thrifted goodies!?) I absolutely LOVE finding fun chotchkies at the Goodwill! I usually pair something fun and thrifted with a store bought item for a unique and customized gift.

For all those moms and moms-to-be out there, my final item is the 3 B's Balm from Inclined Designs Pittsburgh - she has the cutest, most Pittsburgh-y inspired things! I have a feeling that I'll be getting the 3B's balm on auto-replenishment! I've been using it on my growing bump to prevent stretch marks, and I hear that its a great nursing cream and diaper rash healer! You can catch Inclined Designs at the IMadeIt Markets around town, as well as order straight from her Etsy site! 


Be sure to tag me on Insta in your fun Valentine's day finds!