Bringing you a slice of everything I have my eye on this Valentines Day. Because while the candlelit Dine In Meal Deal and special bottle of wine is a given, some of these more indulgent treats, are not. So this is a Happy Valentines Day to me and you.
Little impact-making buys with the potential to bring a big dollop of joy to a very turbulent time of our lives. (I’m looking at you, colourful Kitri gingham face masks!) It’s the small things making a big difference at the moment and a treat-to-ourselves here or there can really cheer things up.
Stay@Home Valentines Treats
Filling the void from taking down the Christmas wreaths, this dried beauty by Your London Florist will bring texture and interest to your hallway or kitchen throughout spring/summer. An instant centrepiece for the Easter table too. I love the field-blend of dried roses, lavender, thyme, wheat, eucalyptus and rosemary.
Sweet water pearls and mother of pearl daisies strung to perfection. All of Wald’s designs are as at home with my floral midi dresses as they are my vintage Levi’s dungarees. I’ll live in this daisy necklace for the months ahead, layered with everything golden from my jewellery box. One of those purchases I’ll cherish and hope to pass down to my daughter. Try Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Studio B for a great Wald selection.
A hit of candy-coloured nostalgia (rainbow jewellery really reminds me of my 90s childhood) to decorate your ears now and poolside later in the season.
Dewy glow that can be applied half asleep in the dark while we wait for the light mornings to arrive. Brightens and illuminates – yes please!
As iconic as it gets in the fashion-meets-candle-world. Lifts a coffee table set-up in a flash.
I give you the Loewe iconic basket – the bag you should buy now because it’ll be sold out by April and you’ll love it for a lifetime.
Gold, graphic, works with everything from floaty peasant blouses to smart tailoring. Will induce ‘Where did you get it?’ compliments always. Plus, Isabel Marant is rather fabulous at everything isn’t she?
This one’s a bit of a preview. Ex-jewellery designer turned queen of the veg patch Lucy Hutchings has written her debut book, Get Up And Grow, and pre-order is open for its April release. If you have been thinking about starting a veg patch, you need Lucy’s no-fuss 19 herb, veg and fruit growing projects in your life and if you don’t already follow her on Insta @shegrowsveg – what are you waiting for?
Everything this rising brand delivers is all kinds of wonderful. From the embroidery to the ruffles and the exceptional prints, these are classic floral dresses made to last.
Because if we must wear them, we will make them pretty.
That flower patch is within your grasp thanks to Higgledy Garden. A selection of seeds ready to direct-sow in April and you can even follow along with owner Ben on the Higgledy blog or Higgledy Facebook page so you can sow, nurture, grow and cut for your vases, together with a great, like-minded group of gardeners.
Drop everything and browse Cutter Brooks amazing array of one-of-a-kind, handmade, crafty fashion and home delights immediately. Or better still, visit the Cotswolds shop when it reopens post-lockdown. These The Green Vase intricate paper flower works of art are right up there on my wish list.
Not only the best artisan chocolate with the prettiest stores in London (you’ll recognise Rococo’s blue and white branding anywhere) but there’s nowhere else I’d rather get my choccies from this Valentines. I attended one of their chocolate making workshops once and can say with conviction (after lots of truffle and ganache tasting) that these are the best in the land. And that famous blue and white print branding – it’s actually many different chocolate moulds gathered into one amazing piece of art. This special red heart V-day box is pretty adorable too.
Happy Valentines from me to you!
For the record: I met my husband on a flight to Ibiza. We always giggle about how it happened. How did you meet your other halves? With Valentines right around the corner and England in lockdown still, this year we’re keeping it simple – a walk out in the fields, our favourite food, (lots of) wine and we’ll definitely light the wood burner once the kids go to bed before watching a film. How are you spending this lockdown Valentines?