Valentine's Night In*

Whether you love it, or think it's commercialised bullshit, there's no denying that Valentine's Day is once more upon us. The stereotypical agenda for the most romantic day of the year would surely be a dinner date at a restaurant and perhaps a movie, but did you know that in fact, 63% of people prefer to stay in on Valentine's Day, rather than go out? These were the results of a survey conducted by the lovely people at Festive Lights, and to be honest, I'm not surprised. I'm definitely in the "staying in" camp myself, so I've written a guide to the perfect night in!

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Setting the Scene
If you're planning to surprise your partner with a romantic set-up in your house when they arrive home from work, getting the lighting and scents right is a must! Nothing gets you in the mood more than candle-light, and if you have some, you could also string up some fairly lights as well. If you want to add an extra tender touch, you could even pop some fragranced wax melts onto a burner, to fill the room with scent! I was sent the adorable heart-shaped melts below by Suzanne from Starlight Soy Candles. These hand-poured melts are perfect for Valentine's Day, and the pink peony scent is just divine! Suzanne's philiosophy is that life is about the little things, and I completely agree that small touches like this can really make an evening special! Check out more of her products here.


Entertainment
If you're looking for easy, low-key entertainment, a DVD or Netflix is your go-to! Stumped for what to watch? You could go for a romantic classic like Ghost or Titanic, something a bit more recent such as Brooklyn (which I just ADORE), or if you want to break the mould, why not go for something which packs a bit of a punch, like Interstellar or Suicide Squad

But what if you want to get a bit more creative? Laughter is apparently a big aphrodisiac, so if you want to get your partner giggling, here's a silly suggestion! Try your hand at being Shakespeare by writing 20 words associated with love/sex/romance on individual index cards. You could have "longing", "passion", "lips", "chocolate" and so on. On another set of 20 cards, write normal everyday words, for example "llama", "wallpaper", or "nose hair". You and your partner then have to take it in turns to draw one index card from each pile - the challenge is to create a romantic mini poem or phrase which features both words! Try it - it's a lot of fun!

Another game which you might enjoy is two truths, one lie! Take it in turns with your partner to tell one another two true statements, and one lie. Your partner has to try and guess which one is the lie! As I'm such a gigglebox, I am absolutely HOPELESS at telling lies, but it's still a lot of fun regardless.


Gifting
As you're staying in on Valentine's Day and not shelling out on a meal in a restaurant, you might be tempted to purchase a gift for your loved one. If so, I highly recommend that you check out Browns Family Jewellers. I was lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous pair of their Vamp London Silver Stud Earrings, which are absolutely beautiful! They arrived luxuriously packaged in a little box with a gold ribbon, already perfect for giving to your Valentine!


The earrings are made from sterling silver and are excellent quality. The curved spike design is unique and eyecatching, and would work equally well with a floaty day dress, or a jumpsuit for that edgier look. They're not too gaudy, making them ideal for everyday wear, but still sparkly and special enough for occasions. So, whether you're spoiling yourself this Valentine's, or if you're buying for a partner or a friend, stop by Browns Family Jewellers and check out their impressive selection!


How will you be spending Valentine's this year? Are you staying in? Or heading out? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

A x

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