This post is sponsored by Lowndes London
When the 14th February rolls around, the mere mention of Valentines Day is usually met with a universal eye roll. Whether single or attached, it’s generally a day that is associated with over-priced restaurants, a social pressure to mark the day and an uncomfortable display of emotions that traditionally sit well with us Brits. For me, it’s a 24 hour excuse to remind myself and my loved ones, romantic or platonic, how much they mean to me – from a simple text to a grand gesture, I love that I can make someones day by simply saying three little words.
Toff and I rarely ‘celebrate’ Valentines Day, like most, we believe that we should always make the people we love feel loved and not because a date dictates it but it’s always nice to do something to join in the festivities. The last couple of years have been sweet and spontaneous occasions like a picnic on the floor of our lounge, a simple cinema date or a meal at our favourite restaurant the week after the big day. But nothing marks a day of romance for a woman more than the ritual of getting ready for a date. There’s something indulgent and luxurious about taking our time, feeling good and wearing our very best for a night of unapologetic romance.
But while there’s a big focus on couples for Valentines Day, I’ve always seen it as a day of love, generally. You don’t have to be in a relationship to make the most of the day, in fact some of the best Valentines Day’s are when you’re not. From dinner with your girlfriends to taking your mum to the cinema for a trashy girls film, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself. Some of my favourite night’s are when I shut out the world, run a bath, open that bottle of wine I’ve been saving, using all of my expensive beauty products and getting into a brand new pair of pyjamas that cost me a weeks salary!
This year, we will be in the middle of house renovations on Valentines Day so we’ll be doing the classic date night in search for an excuse to get out of the house (and somewhere with a big cocktail list) . With a few new additions to my wardrobe this month, these are a few of my rituals on February 14th.
PULLING OUT MY BEST JEWELLERY
I don’t wear a huge amount of jewellery on a day-to-day basis which makes it even more special when I pull out my finest on Valentines Day. I’m not overly adventurous with my style and have found that as I’ve got older I know exactly what suits me, what doesn’t and I don’t need to prove anything else. This may mean that I favour neutral hues, simple silhouettes and classic cuts but it allows me to play with truly beautiful accessories. Lowndes London jewellery very much falls into that category thanks to its modern yet timeless designs that completely transform my outfit.
I never had what my mum would call “smart jewellery” growing up, I opted for bright, costume jewellery as a teen and boho designs as a young adult. Turning 30 made me re-access my fashion choices, I discovered a more grown up style and Lowndes London jewellery has been a big part in helping me channel a more polished look without compromising my typical style. If you read my blog regularly you’ll know my weakness for rose gold which is why I couldn’t resist their Georgiana range. With its interlocking cones, each piece is polished and contemporary without being intimidating yet maintains that cool girl aesthetic we all want from our accessories.
Like all investment buys, I like to choose brands that I really believe in and what I love about Lowndes London is the stories that they tell. Each collection has a different source of inspiration and Georgiana is “beautiful, bright and fiercely independent. She adored the finer things in life and she knew how to shock and tease with a mischievous charm. She danced with scandal and the people loved her all the more.” Who doesn’t want to be a Georgiana girl after that?!
BREAKING OUT THE PRETTIEST FRAGRANCE
Any date night calls for a sensual spritz of your favourite perfume and Valentines Day is the perfect excuse to push your everyday scent aside in favour for something a little more special. I have two or three fragrances on rotation for those evenings when you want to feel your best and I only bring them out on those once-in-a-while nights.
I tend to favour light, floral scents with a hint of something spicy to give it a bit more body and depth. This time of year I love a heady, woody aromas but crave a light, feminine flower so I tend to layer a winter musk and a summer perfume to create the right scent. Even if you don’t have big plans for Valentines Day, those special perfumes are ideal for a little pick-me-up or just to make you feel a little more indulgent on those days where you want to do something just for you.
DRESSING UP TO THE NINES
Unless Toff and I are in London, we don’t often dress up that much these days – our evenings are usually spent on the sofa with wine and a good Netflix series or at the local pub in front of the fire. Which is why it makes it all the more exceptional when we do pull out our best and dress up for a night out. I’ve never been one to conform to tradition, so while it’s customary to wear something red or pink to mark the day, I prefer to wear something that’s 100% me and that something is obviously black and tailored! To give it a softer edge, I love how the Georgiana earrings catch the light in my hair, giving a glimpse of that smooth pink finish.
I’ve wanted a tuxedo dress for years but always thought I wasn’t curvy enough to pull it off. Aside from the typical university weight gain, my figure has always stayed the same – boyish to some, I prefer athletic! This means that I can rock a boyfriend tee with no bra without batting an eyelid but cinched in tailoring isn’t quite my vibe. Until I found this beautiful tailored dress for Valentines Day. Boxy and form fitting, it’s loose enough for an androgynous feel but tight on the areas that you want accentuating making it the perfect LBD, especially when the temperature drops on those chilly February nights.
“Georgiana is beautiful bright and fiercely independent. She adored the finer things in life and she knew how to shock and tease with a mischievous charm. She danced with scandal and the people loved her all the more.”
AMPING UP MY MAKE-UP
Getting ready for Valentines Day is one of my favourite occasions. Everything feels a little bit more of an event. From putting on that hair mask in the shower to slowly massaging in your moisturiser, it reminds me of being a teenager when you would spend the whole day getting ready for the evening party. When it comes to putting on my make-up, I like to opt for a slightly heavier, glam look for the evening starting with a matte base followed by just the right amount of highlighter on my cheeks, cupids bow and above my brows so the light hits my face just right. I prefer the natural look for daytime so a night out means I can dress up my eyes and play with new shades.
As I have small eyes, I adapt the typical smokey eye for something a little lighter – a sultry bronze lid with highlighted brows, a deep grey eyeliner on my top and bottom lashes and tons of mascara. I rarely choose a red lip but, depending on where we go, it would look perfect with this tuxedo dress to add a bit of Parisian drama.
Whatever your plans (you can let me know below!) or relationship status, Valentines Day doesn’t have to be a torturous, cringe-worthy day of gushy love songs and musical cards. It’s inevitably going to roll around every year so why not use it as a day to do all the the things you enjoy, guilt-free with the people you love? You can’t roll your eyes at that!
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