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Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Oscar de le Renta robe, $69, and Annmarie D'Ercole necklace, $125, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Oscar de le Renta robe, $69, and Annmarie D'Ercole necklace, $125, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Nemacolin Woodlands Resort</em></div>Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nordstrom - Oscar de la Renta 'Lovely in Lace' robe ($76), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Nordstrom</em></div>Oscar de la Renta 'Lovely in Lace' robe ($76), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Vera Bradley sweetheart coin purses, $18, with Toffee Taboo by Sendall Chocolates, $5, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Vera Bradley sweetheart coin purses, $18, with Toffee Taboo by Sendall Chocolates, $5, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
Phillips House - Phillips House yellow gold and diamond heart necklace ($2,000), available at Orr's Jewelers in Squirrel Hill and Louis Anthony Jewelers in Upper St. Clair. Phillips House
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Phillips House</em></div>Phillips House yellow gold and diamond heart necklace ($2,000), available at Orr's Jewelers in Squirrel Hill and Louis Anthony Jewelers in Upper St. Clair. Phillips House
Nordstrom - Hanky Panky 'Hello Kitty' signature lace nightie ($82), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Nordstrom</em></div>Hanky Panky 'Hello Kitty' signature lace nightie ($82), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
Nordstrom - Natori 'Aphrodite' long robe ($140), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Nordstrom</em></div>Natori 'Aphrodite' long robe ($140), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
Nordstrom - Shimera silk pajamas ($148), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Nordstrom</em></div>Shimera silk pajamas ($148), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com. Nordstrom
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Nemacolin Woodlands Resort</em></div>Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Nemacolin Woodlands Resort</em></div>Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
NemacolinWoodland Resort - Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NemacolinWoodland Resort</em></div>Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa is offering two special Valentine's Day packages. The spa offers couples massages and facials. Contact the spa for pricing. www.nemacolin.com. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
ByLangley.com - Zinke 'Mae' pink chemise ($135), available at www.bylangley.com. ByLangley
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ByLangley.com</em></div>Zinke 'Mae' pink chemise ($135), available at www.bylangley.com. ByLangley
Kohl's - Hershey's Kiss sterling silver pink pendant ($275), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kohl's</em></div>Hershey's Kiss sterling silver pink pendant ($275), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
Kohl's - Silver plate crystal openwork key pendant ($40), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kohl's</em></div>Silver plate crystal openwork key pendant ($40), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
Phillips House - Phillips House yellow gold and diamond 'Love Always' double chain bracelet ($8,100), available at Orr's Jewelers in Squirrel Hill and Louis Anthony Jewelers in Upper St. Clair.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Phillips House</em></div>Phillips House yellow gold and diamond  'Love Always' double chain bracelet ($8,100), available at Orr's Jewelers in Squirrel Hill and Louis Anthony Jewelers in Upper St. Clair.
Phillips House - Phillips House rose gold and black diamond 'Love Always' bracelet ($3,850), available at Orr's Jewelers in Squirrel Hill and Louis Anthony Jewelers in Upper St. Clair.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Phillips House</em></div>Phillips House rose gold and black diamond 'Love Always' bracelet ($3,850), available at Orr's Jewelers in Squirrel Hill and Louis Anthony Jewelers in Upper St. Clair.
ByLangley - Fortnight 'Mira' slip ($165), available at www.bylangley.com. ByLangley
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ByLangley</em></div>Fortnight 'Mira' slip ($165), available at www.bylangley.com. ByLangley
Heidi Murrin | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Natori chemise, $160, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin  |  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Natori chemise, $160, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Jacques Levine slipper, $45, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, Febraury 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin  |  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Jacques Levine slipper, $45, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, Febraury 4, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Natori gown, $160, Annmarie D'Ercole necklace, $125, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Natori gown, $160, Annmarie D'Ercole necklace, $125, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, February 4, 2013.
- Natori 'Feathers' bra, $68, Hanky Panky thong, $20, Annemarie D'Ercole necklace, $125, and a personalized basket/tin with whatever items you may like (for example thongs, nail polish) at Cheeks Monday, February 4, 2013 in Shadyside. Heidi Murrin PIttsburgh Tribune-Review
Natori 'Feathers' bra, $68, Hanky Panky thong, $20, Annemarie D'Ercole necklace, $125, and a personalized basket/tin with whatever items you may like (for example thongs, nail polish) at Cheeks Monday, February 4, 2013 in Shadyside.  Heidi Murrin  PIttsburgh Tribune-Review
Heidi Murrin | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Cosabella chemises, (blue and pink), $120, and an Eberjey chemise, $74, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, Febraury 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin  |  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Cosabella chemises, (blue and pink), $120, and an Eberjey chemise, $74, available at Cheeks in Shadyside Monday, Febraury 4, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - A personalized basket/tin can be made, filled with whatever may make a nice gift (such as thongs, nail polish, etc) at Cheeks in Shadyside. Monday, February 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>A personalized basket/tin can be made, filled with whatever may make a nice gift (such as thongs, nail polish, etc) at Cheeks in Shadyside. Monday, February 4, 2013.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Affinitas by G. Grace bustier ($70), available at The Pussycat in Squirrel Hill. Thursday January 31, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review</em></div>Affinitas by G. Grace bustier ($70), available at The Pussycat in Squirrel Hill. Thursday January 31, 2013.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - FIT total control shape smooth silhouette slip ($38), available at The Pussycat in Squirrel Hill on Thursday January 31, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review</em></div>FIT total control shape smooth silhouette slip ($38), available at The Pussycat in Squirrel Hill on Thursday January 31, 2013.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Honeydew heart panties ($22), available at The Pussycat in Squirrel Hill.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review</em></div>Honeydew heart panties ($22), available at The Pussycat in Squirrel Hill.
Tiffany & Co. - Tiffany yours 'I Love You' bangle in 18 karat gold ($3,100), available at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall. Tiffany & Co.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Tiffany & Co.</em></div>Tiffany yours 'I Love You' bangle in 18 karat gold ($3,100), available at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall. Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. - Tiffany hearts lockets with 'I Love You' inscription and diamonds in sterling silver on sterling silver pendant chain ($400-$625), available at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall. Tiffany & Co.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Tiffany & Co.</em></div>Tiffany hearts lockets with 'I Love You' inscription and diamonds in sterling silver on sterling silver pendant chain ($400-$625), available at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall. Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. - Frank Gehry hearts necklace available at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall. Tiffany& Co.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Tiffany & Co.</em></div>Frank Gehry hearts necklace available at Tiffany & Co. in Ross Park Mall. Tiffany& Co.

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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

Think outside the heart-shaped box of chocolates.

This Valentine's Day, find a romantic gift that's chosen just for her — the woman you love.

“Flowers and candy are cliché,” says Mollie Lang, of Shadyside, owner and founder of bylangley.com, an online boutique of lounge, lingerie and sleepwear. “We are talking about romantic love for Valentine's Day, and so you can't go wrong with a piece of black lace lingerie, which is so on trend. It is so grown-up and so sophisticated.”

She believes lingerie should be flattering and comfortable enough to live in.

“Valentine's Day is about doing something nice for the woman you love,” Lang says. “Buying her a piece of lingerie is romantic. And it doesn't have to be red or pink. Buy the color she likes. Buy the style she likes. Some women like frilly and silky items, while others may prefer a great pair of pajamas.”

Knowing her style is important in making the correct romantic choice, experts say.

“Something that feels personal and something that shows you gave it some thought is romantic,” says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion director. “It can be something like an initial charm or zodiac charm, something that reflects her and what she likes. Romantic doesn't always have to be sexual. It can be something sentimental or fun or cute.

“I know there is pressure felt on Valentine's Day,” he says. “But I also know it's an opportunity to show somebody you care about them and that you appreciate them.”

Choose an accessory that's her favorite color, print or pattern. Or buy an article of clothing she has been wanting, Andrews says.

One item you can never, ever go wrong with is jewelry, says Russell Shor, senior industry analyst for the Gemological Institute of America, an authority on diamonds, colored stones and pearls, headquartered in California.

“Diamonds are a can't-miss gift, “ Shor says. “And they do cost more than chocolates or flowers. But I don't know a woman who would say, ‘That is not what I wanted.' ”

Start with something like a diamond heart or diamond earrings — especially drop chandelier earrings — as perfectly romantic gifts. When looking at diamonds, Shor says, do your homework. If it is a larger diamond, make sure it has a grading report, Shor says.

Spa gifts are another perfectly precious option, says Lindsay Huggins, senior fashion market editor for Self magazine and self.com.

“A couple's massage would be a great way to spend Valentine's Day,” Huggins says. “Spending some time lounging at a spa is wonderful and relaxing. Also, a night at a hotel can be a nice gift. Women are so busy that they often don't take time for themselves.”

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Woodlands Spa in Farmington is running two Valentine's specials — a chocolate and strawberry delight pedicure and a “light my fire” couple's massage upgrade.

“A spa gift is such a nice surprise,” says Lori Shubert, the spa's director. “It is something a woman wouldn't necessarily buy for herself, but she definitely would enjoy it. Also, a couple can enjoy services together in one of our couple's suites, which can be very romantic.”

Personalization is the way to go, says Marissa Rubin, senior fashion market editor for People Style Watch. Something with a monogram might be nice or something in her favorite color -- a handbag or cell-phone case.

“You can choose an item with a heart on it, but you don't have to,” Rubin says. “If you do, keep it simple. A sweater with a small heart on it is nice and not too saccharine-y sweet. If you aren't sure, stay away from hearts and go with something like a gift card to her favorite salon, because most women love to get their hair done. Know the woman you are buying for, know if she is edgy or more of the traditional type because romantic means something different to different types of women.”

Why not create your own romantic gift by designing a personalized basket, suggests Ilene Levy, owner of Cheeks in Shadyside.

She offers baskets — with hearts and without — that can be both romantic and practical. Fill them with a robe, panties, nail polish, eye mask, slippers and a skin care products, such as a lotion or scrub, or consider champagne glasses, a Vera Bradley bag or a heart-shaped candy dish.

“If you want to earn some extra points, show her you put some time and effort into choosing items she likes,” Levy says.

Black shapewear that's not too clingy works — possibly with an animal print design on it, says Gail Gross, owner of The Pussycat in Squirrel Hill. It is something she can use that looks and feels good on her body. Valentine's Day isn't just for women who are size 4, Gross says. Full-figured women love to show off their curves and there are plenty of choices for them.

“Not every woman wants something super-sexy, slinky or see-through for Valentine's Day,” Gross says. “You can still find nice things that have lace or ruffles that are tasteful. And for those women who wear lots of T-shirts, choose a piece of lingerie made out of T-shirt material. A robe is a thoughtful gift. Know your woman.

“And, men, you are going to be most successful when you buy something that she is going to like, not what you like. A caring man wants the woman to be happy and to feel good in her own skin.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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