It's what underneath that counts
VALENTINE'S DAY SPEACIAL
words: Karishma Pranjivan
Every woman wants and deserves to feel confident, desirable, and sexy. Indulging in a beautiful lace bra, tantalizing corset, or sultry slip is a perfect way to kick off the month of love (that includes self-love!). Lingerie is a 14 DAYS OF LOVE great way of expressing a part of you that not everyone gets to see. Outerwear can be so circumstantial, as we are constantly dressing for an occasion (school, work, events, etc.) lingerie is a secret, and decided entirely by you! So treat yourself this month, to some of the finest and sexiest lingerie from around the world.
WHERE TO GO:
Myla - 74 Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY Agent Provocateur - 6 Broadwick St, London, W1F 8HL
Victoria’s Secret - 111 New Bond St, London, W1S 1DP
Playful Promises - Box Park, Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY
Wolford - 17 Kings Road, London, SW3 4RP
TWO: SOMETHING SWEET
One can’t celebrate Valentines Day without unleashing their inner sweet tooth. Whether you’re picking up macroons, cake, or sitting down for tea and desert, nothing beats the beautifully crafted delights at Ladurée.
87-135 Brompton Rd, London, SW1X 7XL
THREE: A VLICK
A movie night out could be the perfect way to spend Valentines day. Whether you’re all loved up and ready for a Romance, or you’re not feeling the hype this year and want to watch a good slasher movie we’ve got a great list for you. Going to the theatre:
About Last Night - Starring: Kevin Hart, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Michael Eely. One of the most anticipated romantic comedies of 2014, get ready to laugh!
Endless Love - Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabrielle Wilde. A romantic drama about two star-crossed lovers who are being torn apart by secrets and the heroine’s parents. It will keep you on the edge seat.
Her - Starring Joaquin Pheonix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson. Set in the slight future of LA, a writer develops an unlikely relationship with his home operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. This critically acclaimed romantic drama directed by Spike Jonze is a beautifully made film with a very interesting story. A must see!
The Invisible Woman - Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas. A story set around Charles Dickens at the height of his career, he meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. Directed by Finnes himself, this film is sure to pull heart strings.
Not feeling the love? Not to worry:
My Bloody Valentine - Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jamie King, Kerr Smith. A man returns to his hometown 10 years after the Valentine’s night massacre, but instead of the homecoming he expected he finds himself suspected of committing the murders. The perfect anti-Valentines day movie.
Fatal Attraction - Starring: Michael Douglas, Glen Close, Anne Archer. Focused around a married man’s one night stand that comes back to haunt him, when that lover begins to talk him and his family. A classic. Let the Right One In - Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar. This Swedish Vampire film follows a young boy’s relationship with a young female vampire. The American remake called Let Me In starring Chloe Grace Moretz is a great alternative if foreign films aren’t your thing.
FOUR: PAMPER YOURSELF
What better way to prepare for Valentines Day than a visit to the spa, salon, and nail bar! Whether its a massage to unwind and relax, a bountiful blow-out to have you looking and feeling fabulous, or manicure to keep those hands that work so hard looking gorgeous, we all need a little TLC every now and again!
GO TO: St. Pancras Spa - Marriott St. Pancras Rennaissance, Euston Road, London NW1 2QR Nicky Clarke (hair salon) - 11 Chandos Place, London, W1K 3AX
The Paint Shop (nail bar) - Located in Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB
FIVE: WINE AND DINE
Whether you’re looking to impress on a first date, wanting to enjoy an intimate meal for two, or just grabbing drinks with friends, there are endless possibilities in Britain’s capital to make the most of your Valentines Day night out.
GO TO: Sketch - 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
ME London - The Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge - 98 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AF
Mamounia Lounge - 136 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, W1J 7TX
Buddah Bar - 145 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PA
SIX: BE A FLOWER GIRL
Every girl loves to get flowers, especially when it comes from someone they love! So whether you’re buying flowers for your significant other, or sending tokens of love this month to your friends, visit these spectacular flower markets and florists to show whoever you’re giving them to, how much you care.
GO TO: Columbia Road Flower Market - This East London street market will definitely give you an array of choices. But keep in mind, it’s only open on Sundays!
Covent Garden Academy of Flowers - Expect flare and precision with this florist as you’ll get exactly what you desire. (WC2E 9AB)
The Flower Station - Located in Marylebone, this florist is open 24 hours a day and delivery to any London postcode is free on Valentines Day! (NW1 6XU)
Flor Unikon - This florist has a creative international team hailing from Holland and Scandinavia, and do same day delivery! (EC1R 1XS)
SEVEN: WEEKEND GETAWAY
Why not plan a romantic weekend getaway with your partner, or a fun trip with your friends, this month. Be spontaneous and jet-off to a new, or favorite, destination to spread the love this month (globally!).
Suggestions: Le Bristol Hotel, Paris | The Montcalm Hotel, London | Hotel Claris, Barcelona | La Sultana, Marrakech | Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà, Verona
EIGHT: BUY HIM A GIFT
It’s true, every man is different. Different interests, different tastes, and different needs. It’s always hard to pick the right thing for them. But don’t fret, we’ve complied a few gift ideas any man would be grateful for this Valentines Day.
A portable iPhone charger - Everyone needs one of these, it will always come in handy!
BUY AT: Red 5 (http://www.red5.co.uk/valentines-gifts/pebble-smartstick-plus.aspx)
A new wallet or cardholder - A spiffy new leather wallet may be exactly what your man needs! So throw out that old tattered one and get him something he’ll never forget.
BUY AT: Selfridges (http://www.selfridges.com/en/Bags/Categories/Shop-Men/Wallets-card- holders/)
Speakers - For the music junkie; whether its portable speakers or ones for the flat, he’ll love this gift from you. Maybe even try something a little out of the box, like Water Dancing Speakers?
BUY AT: Red 5 (http://www.red5.co.uk/valentines-gifts/water-dancing-speakers.aspx)
Jewelry - Maybe you’re man is into bracelets and necklaces, Thomas Sabo does men’s jewelry with a personalized touch; yours! Add a charm to remind him of you or your relationship. If he’s not into jewelry, a classic pair of cufflinks are always a safe bet.
BUY AT: Thomas Sabo (http://www.thomassabo.com/GB-en/)
Nespresso Machine - For the man who loves his coffee, what better way to start your day than with a scrumptious espresso. He’ll be forever thankful!
BUY AT: Nespresso (http://www.nespresso.com/uk/en/home)
NINE: GIRL'S NIGHT OUT
If you’re not able to be with your loved one this Valentines day, or if you’re fabulous and single, there are always great alternatives to spread love this month. Plan a girls night out somewhere cool and interesting, and treat yourselves to something nice. Flaunt that new dress, haircut, or shoes. Make this Valentines day all about you!
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BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE SOFA
Not much of a chocolate lover? Well, atleast there's a different kind of chocolate every woman will fall in love with. This sofa will give your lounge a new modern edge.
ART PAPER PRINT - UNTITLED
Taken by Tel Aviv photographer Merav Ben Loulou. Share some love with those empty walls in your bedroom. This timeless photograph will add a touch of fine art elegance to your walls
EMBROIDERED HEART CARD
This definitely isn't one of those cheesy vday cards. This is clean, simple and to the point by saying that 'three-letter-word'.
RUTILATED QUARTZ OPEN TEAR NECKLACE
YES! It's made in my home country, South Africa. I'm so excited about this necklace because not only is it beautiful but it's really great to see some South African designs being sold abroad.
Designed and made with love by Cape Town's Black Betty
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FOIL STRIPES THANK YOU SET
Don't forget to send all those 'secret adirmers' Thank You cards this Valentine's or any other perfect occasion.
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