the valentines day post

I have to be honest about my feeling where Valentines Day is concerned. I am bit of a Valentines Day Grinch. I struggle somewhat with the concept that I need to be told when to be romantic with the one I love, and with the concept that you need someone to spend the day starry-eyed with! Every restaurant is booked out, red roses are astronomically expensive, tacky lingerie is the order of the day and roses chocolates from the petrol station are a great fall-back if all else fails. So I say NO! to Valentines Day (partially because my wedding anniversary is 2 days before hand so we have always ignored in to celebrate the date that means more to us) and why not make it a day to spoil ourselves instead. If we get something fabulous from the one we love (or who loves us) – then fantastic, but seriously we shouldn’t be waiting for a commercial day to stipulate when we should celebrate all things romantic. So here is a list of things we can buy, do, acquire for ourselves…

There is something elegant about this chair.  It comes from a new company Loft Living who can be found on-line here.  I love this chair called the Old Flour Bag Armchair and it comes from Belgium.  It retails for $1500 and could be considered a very special sort of present for yourself. Or something from someone else… you can find them on-line at loftliving.co.nz or at Victoria Park Market, 210 Victoria St West, Auckland.

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Well here is something that costs you nothing! To celebrate Glassons are running a Valentines Day competition where you can create a ‘wish list’ on-line and be in to win a $500 voucher.  With some rather fabulous things coming, and things already instore (as Madz just bought a gorgeous denim jacket with leather look sleeves) there will be plenty to spend your voucher on – make your list here

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And why is it we choose things that aren’t permanent to spend our money on (boxes or chocolate and dinners out) with we could be using that money to buy a perfectly classic piece for our homes. The Margaret Howell Anglepoise Lamp from everyday-needs.com is just such a piece.  It comes in two colours ways, both black and white and retails from $380. This is something you would never regret owning – a gentle re-working of a great classic.

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If budget is limited, then a movie might just do the trick. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is a positive feast for the eyes.  With the screen play adapted by Tom Stoppard and the film directed by the interesting Joe Wright (who directed Atonement). The sets are amazing with a mix of sumptuous Russian homes and landscapes, and unusually, the extension of the play just done on a stage.  Interestingly I would have preferred for one or the other as the flicking back and forward is a little difficult to follow at times, but it is a still a feast for the eyes with the most amazing costumes. Matthew Mcfadyen (Pride and Prejudice) is fabulous as Stiva, Anna’s brother.  Jude Law is almost unrecognizable as Anna’s long-suffering Husband. A word to the wise, this is a romantic saga but it doesn’t end well…

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This is absolutely my favorite design book at the moment,Things I Love by Megan Morton. The Australian Stylist has just a fabulous eye – and curates her favourite houses, spaces, designers – generally just everything that catches her eye.  She has such a great mix of the quirky and of the classic which is probably why I like her so much… Things I Love by Megan Morton is published by Penguin and retails for $59.

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OK.  What Girl doesn’t want a new fabulous handbag? This Wild Porter bag from Kate of Arcadia comes in black as well as this ruby-red fur – and I just love it! If you have to do red for Valentines Day – how about a red fur bag? Too gorgeous!

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The new kid on the on-line Homeware Block is qwerkyhome.co.nz based in Wellington. Qwerky Home’s Anna Wilson-Farrell gets super excited about sustainably produced, fun and offbeat homewares, gifts, furniture and stationery. They stock the German-made, Italian-designed MIHO range made from recycled MDF and painted with non toxic colours. The deer heads are my favourites and range in price from $79 to $139. There is an interesting take on flowers!

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2 Comments on “the valentines day post

  1. I’ve just found your blog after flicking through a copy of House & Garden I was about to recycle. Amazing what wonderful things you can find! Thank you, I shall be a regular dipper in. I particularly like the clip about those fabulous ladies who realise that age should not restrict you when it comes to having fun with life and expressing who you are. I am always telling my lovely 16 year old daughter that you are as young as you feel and I still feel 19. Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

    • Thanks you for your kind words… I personally always feel about 26. It was a great age when the world felt alive with possibilities – and I am entirely unsure where the intervening twenty-something years have gone! You have definitely made my weekend a little brighter (and it was rather fabulous anyway!) Anya

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