Friday, 12 February 2016

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that you either love it or you hate it. If you're single, seeing all the mushy, lovey dovey tweets, Instagram pictures & Facebook status' of couple claiming their undying love for one another can just be too much to handle & probably makes you feel a little queasy inside. If you're in a relationship, seeing all of the above can make you feel so warm inside & make you feel so excited about spending the day with your other half & you just have to let everyone you know how much you love each other by plastering it over every social media platform you're on.

Usually I hate this holiday in particular. I've always thought it's super overrated, super expensive & a retailers dream of conning you out of extortionate amount of money. I could never justify paying triple the amount of money for heart shaped chocolates as opposed to the standard rectangular/cubed shapes we buy for the rest of the year. Yes, I was always the Valentine's Scrooge.

Howeverrrrrrr, I'm being a hypocrite this year & I've completely changed my thoughts on V Day as I'm in a fully committed, all loved up & very happy relationship, (enough to make the anti-Valentine's people queasy). I'm the latter of the above & I cannot wait for Valentine's Day. My boyfriend went allll out for my birthday last September & told me he is taking me to Paris! I cried, squealed, and cried a bit more at how exciting and blown away I was.
You can't really get more stereotypical in terms of gifts & traditions. Waking up in one of the most romantic cities in the world, room service breakfast, then taking a romantic stroll along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, and being surrounded by other loved up couples, is just going to be blissful. (Pictures to follow. Lots of them).

My boyfriend & I have decided to not really do Valentine's Day presents as seen as we are going to be in Paris. But I've found some gifts that would be perfect for your other half that won't break the bank & are still very beautiful.

For Her

The White Company always have such beautiful gifts for both him & her. The gifts are just so charming, simple but so lovely. The White company has such a lovely feel to their products. Being an interior designer, we love to use The White Company's products for our clients so I know they won't fail to please when it comes to buying Valentine's gifts.

Silver Plated Heart Box A perfect way to say 'I love you' is this stunning Silver Plated Heart Box. You can purchase this box here or use the store locator to find your nearest branch.

Makeup Brush Case
If your girlfriend or wife is like me, she can never have too many makeup bags. This small brush bag from The White Company is perfect for the travelling girl & it comes in two colours, white & taupe so they will compliment any current makeup bag collection. Shop it here

Heart Bracelet
Jewellery from The White Company is so delicate and beautiful & what girl doesn't love jewellery? This bracelet is such a good keepsake gift. For me, having a gift that you can keep with you all the time is a lovely reminder of the person who gave it to you, that's why this bracelet is perfect Valentine's Day present. It comes in silver & gold so will suit any style. You can buy it here.

For Him

I have alwaaaayyysssss found buying Valentine's Day presents for men harder than trying to apply nail varnish with my left hand. Virtually impossible. However, I have found a few ideas that I think would be great for the man in your life.

Dartington Crystal Whiskey Glasses
John Lewis is my go to place for presents & any interior design work I am doing. I think I could spend an entire day in there. & they have some fabulous Valentine's Day presents for men. These Dartington Crystal Whiskey Glasses are brilliant if your man is an avid whiskey drinker. 3 glasses for £49. Shop them here

Card Holder
If your boyfriend or husband is anything like mine & prefer to just take out a small card holder when they go on nights out, this Ted Baker Card Holder is just right. It's small, sleek & practical. Perfect to slip into their back pocket. Buy it here.

Now, you cannot go wrong with buying your man aftershave for Valentine's Day. They can never have too many bottles as far am I'm concerned. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is such a gorgeous scent. This is a personal favourite. I absolutely love it. It lasts all day, has a strong smell and isn't too overpowering. You can buy it here. & The Fragrance Shop currently has 15% off gift boxes for Valentine's Day!

I hope you all enjoyed reading my first official blog post. What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Are you all prepared with gifts? Let me know in the comment box below. Would love to hear from you.

Much love



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