Neither Ben or I are massive Valentines Day fanatics but at the same time we do like to mark the day with a card and token gift as well as some time spent with each other. As this is our first year in our own home and the 14th happens to fall on a Sunday we’re planning a very quiet and cosy day enjoying our flat.
Rakuten kindly got in touch asking if they could lend a hand by sending out a box full of treats to help make the day extra special as well as giving us some credit to spend on the site (which obviously went on homeware, but more on that in a later post!). Today’s post touches on the contents of the box and some ideas for a cosy day in.
It was lovely to receive a selection of beauty products in the box for a spot of pre-Valentines pampering (I seem to have become quite the pampering fan of late!).
When it actually rolls around to February 14th I shall be going OTT (for me) and stringing up the foil hearts, scattering the love hearts tea lights and chocolate hearts on our coffee table and preparing myself for an easy day of cosy indulgence.
We’ll be doing things on a budget this year and to be honest I can’t bring myself to pay £30 per person on a themed meal out when we can cook for ourselves at home. I don’t profess to be the worlds greatest cook but I can whip up a mean pasta bake that we both really enjoy and from the comfort of our living/dining room we can pop on a soundtrack of our choosing, open a bottle of wine and sit back and relax our way- no cheesy love songs and satin roses on the table here!
When it comes to gifts we quite often go down the homemade route and this year will be no exception. Last year I whipped up a batch of coconut ice in heart shapes for Ben and this year I’m considering something like these biscuits along with a home made card and the promise of breakfast in bed (I happen to excel at scrambled eggs on toast!).
What are your plans for Valentines Day this year? Do you prefer a quiet night in or a posh night out?
A while back, probably when I was still in sixth form there was a bit of a trend among my peers for skipping a night out clubbing and heading to one of Bristol’s casinos instead. I can’t say I ever took them up on the offer. Not that I’m against a bit of responsible gambling once in a while but more (and this sounds very shallow) that I didn’t know what to wear- I wasn’t a stylish teenager, in fact I’d hardly declare myself stylish now and deciphering the dress code sent my anxiety through the roof. I was thinking back to this the other day and decided to pop together a little post that would have been VERY helpful for my younger self.
(all from a selection at ASOS)
A lot of casinos will have a dress code in place ranging from smart casual to a more black tie type deal. You should be able to find this out on the casinos website beforehand so there is no chance of being turned away at the door. Personally I’d prefer to go for a more dressy approach just because I can and because when I was younger I just wouldn’t have had the confidence for this. You don’t need to spend a fortune to look like you own a fortune- shops like New Look, ASOS and H&M all have some chic and simple dresses or smart trouser suits that won’t break the bank and can easily be incorporated in to you every day working wardrobe too so you aren’t splashing out for just a one off night.
Of course if the effort is all too much, and now I’m older and lazier (not to mention more boring) I’d probably rather stick to an online casino where I can have a flutter from the comfort of my sofa wrapped up in my dressing gown….you know, I might even invite some friends round and throw my own casino night, dress code not required! Click here to play for fun and earn money from the comfort of your home.
I’m trying really hard to get back in to the swing of things when it comes to outfit posts but between picking up extra hours at work and the dodgy at best winter lighting conditions it’s proving a hard task. Still, the other weekend Ben and I managed to get as far as the park behind our new flat to snap some shots of my newest addition to my coat collection, long overdue of course as it was actually a Christmas present!
Coat: Pull&Bear | Pinafore: Primark (similar) | Roll Neck: Topshop (available here) | Boots: Sarenza
I actually first saw this coat when I was out in Spain with my Mum. Pull&Bear is one of my favourite shops to visit when over there as it is so reasonably priced, essentially Zara’s little sister. I couldn’t rationalise buying such a big, fluffy coat when the weather was 30 degrees and sunny but vowed that once back in the UK I would visit the shop in Bristol and make it mine- along with countless other things I saw when I was over there!).
Ben thinks the coat looks a bit ridiculous and initially asked if I was actually going to wear it in public. He’s soon got used to it though and it has put a complete stop to my moaning about being cold all of the time which is no mean feat.
This is a bit of a random ensemble, I haven’t quite got my head around “put together” outfits at the moment for whatever reason. It’s just so much easier to chuck on something sloppy and some flat boots and declare it done.
Anyway, goodness knows when I’ll next get an outfit post up so in the meantime let me know what you think of this coat and if there are any European brands you love when both home and away.