With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this is our guide to help you prepare! This isn’t just about the special someone in your life, but sharing the love, and spoiling, your family, bestest friends – whom ever it is that you love! However you wish to share it – this is our edit on gifts for him & for her, ideas for how to spend the day and of course what to wear! Whatever you do – the best gifts are those from the heart – where extra thought has gone into it!
Every woman loves jewellery. We adore the Chopard hearts bangle, the opulent collection from Jaipur Gems, and the luxurious simplicity of Carolina Bucci silk woven bracelets. For small tokens to add to your gift basket, the Confidential perfume collection from Carolina Herrera has something for everyone and Diptique has added special Valentine’s packaging for Eau Rose. Finally there are the love inspired creations! The Smythson heart key ring, the Anya Hindmarch ILOVEYOU stickers and Fendi red and white fluffy heart bag charm to add to your favourite bags and pouches and the fabulous heart clutch from Edie Parker.
Love is in the eye of the beholder, so the gift for your beloved should be tailor made too! We love engraving, and Smythson have just added astrological signs to place on all their leather goods and Anya Hindmarch has her whimsical message engraving. How about writing the name of your girl on a stunning clutch? Not only do we love Edie Parker‘s clutches, but you can custom make them with names, initials, words with colour combination – my favourite is the glow in the dark! For the super romantics you can make jewellery with Coordinates of where you met for him and for her. Finally there is Locquet of London, which lets you pick the locket, the chain and of course each and every charms to go in a beautiful locket to be placed around her neck.
For the man in your life, we have picked gifts he will cherish for years to come. From the incredible cologne from AJ Arabia, to heart inspired Duchamp cufflinks or turquoise & gold cufflinks from Trianon. For shoes, Louis Vuitton has made some amazing sneakers, of course we picked the red ones! Whilst Tom Ford has patent loafers for a smarter look. For the man who travels a lot we love the keepall bag from Louis Vuitton and for the work day, the Loewe bag. As for accessories, there are pitch perfect wireless headphones from Bowers & Wilkins, the leather Fendi monster cap, a super soft Berluti scarf, the Tom Ford wallet, a simple Bottega Veneta woven bracelet. For the man who loves watches, the new Hublot Classic Fushion in Grey is simple and stylish, and of course the Smythson watch box which can house his precious timepieces – and it can be initialled for a personal touch. Finally, we love the beautiful leather game boards from Hector Saxe, for something you can both do together.
SMALL TOUCHES, FOR HER AND FOR HIM
You always need something handwritten, whether a letter, message in a bottle, Bonbon balloons with a note or a beautiful card – Smythson has some super romantic ones. Of course you need Roses, and now that Maison des Fleurs has created everlasting ones, we can love these all year round. As for something sweet, there are Rococo chocolates or Godiva and some love cupcakes from Hummingbird Bakery! Finally to set the scene you always need a scent for the home, we love the candles and room scents from Molton Brown.
For Valentine’s Day we love wearing red, with some beautiful shoes and a Love inspired clutch. For the long covered gown or abaya, there is the Oscar de la Renta red cape gown, for something with a bit of hearts Christopher Kane has done a collection full of hearts, and of course our favourite Iranian designer Amir Hossein Studio has done a super cool silk top filled with hearts. Of course we can’t forget the accessories, with the Love Clutch by Edie Parker, the Nicholas Kirkwood Cinderella Glass Slipper and the Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me ballet pumps. Finally finish it off with some red nails from OPI !
A ROMANTIC GETAWAY
If you want to take your sweetheart away for a few days here in the region, we love Six Senses Resort Zighy Bay Oman and Banyan Tree Resort Ras Al Khaimah UAE- both short drives from Dubai. If you want to try something a little further, there is the Keemala Hotel Phuket Thailand with rooms and villas set in the trees of an enchanting forrest.
Wishing you a beautiful love filled Valentine’s!
Sara & Tamara xx