A unique column of finds in New York from the eyes of someone who is a “discoverer”...Rhonda Erb.




Philip Stein Fruitz Watch:

This candy apple red watch from the new Fruitz line of timepieces will brighten anyone’s Valentine’s Day. Philip Stein has created these sporty watches using fresh fruit as their inspiration. The luxury brand manufactures all of its timepieces using natural frequency technology, which reportedly helps to maintain the wearer’s overall sense of wellbeing. If red apple is not your color, there are 24 Fruity “flavors” to choose from, so you are certain to find something to suit your taste.

www.fruitzwatches.com , Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, $225.00


Sequin for Douglas Hannant Multi Strand Necklace:



Designer Douglas Hannant and Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti of Vivre.com have collaborated on a jewelry collection for the woman who loves beautiful things, but has a secret bohemian side. This necklace features a colorful combination of cape amethyst, aqua, citirine and peridot glass beads on a brass chain. The exclusive collection is only available on the Vivre website and the Douglas Hannant Plaza boutique.

www.vivre.com Multi Strand Necklace by Sequin for Douglas Hannant, available through March. Douglas Hannant Boutique, The Plaza Hotel, New York City, $1,295.00.


The Sharper Image Portable System Dock for iPhone and iPod:



Good things come in small packages for music lovers on the go. This compact sound system from the Sharper Image plays and charges your iPod or iPhone, has two alarms and a snooze function. It has two 2.25” speakers for superb sound quality, and it folds flat and slips conveniently into a soft case. The unit weighs just over two pounds so you can take it anywhere with ease.

www.sharperimage.com Best Buy Stores, $99.99.



Wink by Shutterfly:



Here’s a new way to share your photographic memories for Valentine’s Day or any day. The people at Shutterfly have introduced Wink, a web based service that allows you to create printed photo strips using pictures from your phone, camera or social networks like Facebook and Flickr. The photo strips (2”x6”) are reminiscent of the ones you get in old-fashioned photo booths. They take just minutes to create and Wink will print them on high quality photo paper and deliver them anywhere in the world. If you don’t have your friends’ addresses handy, Wink will e-mail them and get the information for you. They will even email them a preview of the strip, all for less than the cost of most greeting cards, what could be simpler?

wink.shutterfly.com/about, $2.50



Be Mayan Teddy Bear Truffles from Moonstruck Chocolatier:



Who doesn’t love chocolate? These cute little teddy bears are from Portland, Oregon’s Moonstruck Chocolatier. Each handcrafted bear is filled with their simply delicious Mayan ganache: a mixture of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and crushed roasted almonds. They are covered in milk chocolate and each one holds an ivory chocolate heart dusted with crystallized sugar. After all, what would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate?

www.moonstruckchocolate.com, $15.00



Tees for Change LOVE T-shirt:



Express your feelings with an eco-friendly t-shirt made from a soft organic cotton and bamboo blend. The Boulder based company’s founder, Andreea Ayers, believes “…you can make a difference with what you wear.” Their motto is “Sustainable Tees on a Mission,” and along with printing a positive message on each of their shirts, the company plants a tree for every t-shirt sold.

www.teesforchange.com, $32.00

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