Valentine’s Day itself is pretty cliched – champagne and strawberries, roses and lingerie, sweet nothings and big romantic gestures. Whether you choose to see it as a festival designed to sell cards and flowers or you really go in for all that mushy stuff, why not indulge whole-heartedly in the cliche and live it up on Valentine’s Day? Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is now pretty much upon us and this week I have chosen a few gorgeous , romantic ideas to help Cupid’s arrow hit home on 14th.
Whilst February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and St. Valentine’s Day, who was this Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. My favourite legend, which plays to my strong romantic streak, contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Today we celebrate his chivalrous actions by giving blood red roses in honour of his sacrifice for love.
Nothing is more traditional than flowers on Valentine’s Day. There’s a reason for that they really are the perfect way to express your love for your Valentine. I would be more than happy to receive either this beautiful traditional bouquet
or this stunning white collection
both from The Flower Stand in Brighton http://www.theflowerstand.co.uk/
Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are a match mad in cliche heaven but if you are going to surrender to the typical trappings of the day, you might as well surrender with the best. Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton and London is a chocolatier with a difference, really design focussed and sometimes cutting edge, each piece is a sheer work of pure artistry.
From these cute white chocolate love birds
to a full on hour of chocolate indulgence for you and your beau in one of their specially created rooms for the chocolate lover , ChoccyWoccyDoodah is sure to elicit grand passions .
Our lovely Sussex based stylist Elloise has been working with the amazing lingerie company Luva Huva. We love this company because they marry beauty, sensuality and affordability with an eco friendly ethic. The small team make virtually every piece form scratch in their Brighton based studio. Elloise created the natural looking hair and make up look for this image.
When our talented stylist Kate was recently in LA at the IMATS she was really impressed by the whole of the Anastasia from Beverley Hills range but was especially enamoured by these luscious liquid lipsticks. Very kissable don’t you think?!
I have always adored Diptyque, they have consistently produced long lasting, exotic fragrances for home and body. Diptyque Eau Dominotee Multiuse Fragrance, is simply divine and smells so indulgent . Rose meets violet in this generously sized, romantic scent which can be used as a personal fragrance or to spray in the home or on furniture.
Forget music, the food of love comes in 75cl bottles. A chilled glass of champagne on Valentine’s day is just the thing to get you in the mood. High up on my list of favourite fizz is Laurent Perrier 2006. A really well balanced wine, with a fresh almost peachy finish.