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Voluspa owner Traci Arntsen


Behind Closed Doors

By Allison Mitchell

Photo by Tim Melideo


Voluspa owner Traci Arntsen shares her top 10 picks for Valentine’s Day.

Everything is coming up roses for Voluspa ( founder Traci Arntsen, who’s gearing up to open the brand’s first brick-and-mortar at Fashion Island. “It’s a huge milestone,” says the San Juan Capistrano resident. “Our customers have been asking, and we are excited to give them a lifestyle experience from Voluspa’s point of view.” Offering the complete line of nearly 100 fragrances—Goji Tarocco Orange is the best-seller—the space will also house a fresh rose boutique, allow customers to customize or monogram select products, and showcase Voluspa’s first line of body wash, lotion and roll-on perfume in its famous Macaron scent. Here, Arntsen shares the products that will ignite sparks this Valentine’s Day.

1. “[I love] anything from Elyse Walker’s jewelry vault. This ring from Spinelli Kilcollin’s new collection has my name all over it.” Emrata x SK Adara Blanc
ring, $12,800, by Spinelli Kilcollin at Elyse Walker, Lido Marina Village

2. “The storytelling and creativity of the Zimmermann collections is mind-blowing. I’d love this beauty from their 2019 resort collection and a date in an exotic locale to go with it!” Corsage embellished minidress, $2,950

3. “Lucite! Lucite! Lucite! I can’t enough, and I’m dying for these sexy lovelies at Christian Louboutin.” Tornade blonde 120 mm sandals, $2,495, Christian Louboutin, South Coast Plaza

4. “A sexy robe? Yes, please! I love this kimono option and would pair it with a silk eye mask from our Voluspa boutique.” Gloria kimono, $1,015,

5. “Herbivore uses the best ingredients for skincare, without all the extra chemicals you don’t need. If you know me, you know I need this!” Self Love Bath + Body Ritual Kit, $36, by Herbivore at Sephora, South Coast Plaza

6. “Nothing says Valentine’s Day like this Mark Cross box bag in rich red velvet.” Small Grace velvet box bag, $2,295, by Mark Cross at Elyse Walker, Lido Marina Village

7. “For date night, this Charlotte Tilbury set includes the perfect red lip, all kitted together for you with instructions. The sexy eye combo to go with it is a bonus!” The Bombshell Look Set, $205, by Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom, Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza

8. “Red velvet cupcakes from SusieCakes are heavenly. Significant others out there—are you listening?” $3.50 each, SusieCakes, Costa Mesa, Laguna Niguel and
Newport Beach

9. “Our giant hearth candle from our new Roses collection has fragrance for days and is a total statement piece for my living room.” Rose Petal Ice Cream hearth candle, $198, Voluspa, Fashion Island

10. “To sip, pink Champagne. Dom, please!” Dom Pérignon rosé with gift box 2005, $360,