Pulse Style: Lowdown: Be My Valentine?
1099 General Greene Road, Washington Crossing; 215-493-0969
Park Place Jewelers
6 Bridge Street, Lambertville; 609-397-0102
Fans of designer Diana Vincent’s modern, fluid and expertly crafted designs will find her new Washington Crossing boutique a case-by-case temptation. Her bold, swirling heart cuffs and earrings ($200 to $600), gold-and-diamond “thumbprint” heart pendants ($2,950), and uniquely beautiful engagement rings are elegant, but individualistic, splurges. Vintage more her thing? Hit Park Place Jewelers for troves of Tiffany Deco diamond pins (upwards of $1,000), three-strand pearl chokers (around $1,350), and platinum engagement rings from every period. For the hippest new looks that won’t break the bank, try tokenstyle.com, where Drexel grad Julia Wang sells her swinging earrings and funky lariats for around $100.
111 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-354-4700
Girlie meets sexy at this adorable boutique in Haddonfield, which has the mildly naughty as well as cute-and-cozy down to a T. Go here for coveted Cosabella boy shorts (from $24), lace teddies ($80), and double-layer stretch-lace camisoles ($79). Sleepwear standouts include super-soft Eberjey pajamas (around $108 for a set) and luxuriant Arianne pants ($64).
FOR A SPA DATE
Zanya Salon and Spa
287 South Main Street, Lambertville; 609-773-0770
Located in the lofty Laceworks Building, this full-service, 6,700-square-foot salon and spa is our new favorite: cool Soho upstairs (where hair and nails are done to perfection, and drinks are served at a coffee-and-juice bar), warm Morocco below, awash in mosaic tile, gauzy drapes, low cushions and candlelight. If you’re headed here for some pre-date prep work, consider a radiance renewal facial, body polish sea salt glow, or green tea and mango pedicure. Or take him with you — all the way to the intimate couples’ treatment room — for a joint rubdown ($170).
Alison at Bluebell
721 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell; 215-641-2660
37 South 19th Street; 215-564-2925
1623-25 Passyunk Avenue; 215-755-9697
What to order after your romantic dinner for two? At Alison at Bluebell, the walnut sticky bun: an ice-cream sandwich filled with brown sugar, crushed walnuts, and butterscotch ice cream, and topped with caramel sauce. At Matyson, the hot and cold chocolate brownie semifreddo: a frozen chocolate parfait on bottom, warm chocolate brownie on top, with rum, hot fudge and whipped cream. At Roselena, the antico dolce torte: cinnamon-flavored pastry with raisins, nuts, honey, whipped cream and lemon zest.