Be My Quarantine?
These days, it can be a little tricky to differentiate one week from the next. It’s cold. It’s colourless. It’s COVID. In order to shake things up and have something to look forward to (when, oh when will we be able to travel again?!), we’ve taken it upon ourselves to embrace every holiday that comes around. Whether it’s Burns Night, President’s Day or Good Friday, we’re going the whole hog. Valentine’s Day often means swanky restaurants, long-stemmed roses, and grand gestures, but this year, our first and hopefully last Valentine’s Day in lockdown, we’re turning Valentines into Quarantines. We’re making this the cosiest, most intimate Valentine’s Day ever.
A moveable feast
It’s February, so we know there’s a snowball’s chance in hell you’ll be picnicking at Hampstead Heath or the Jardin de Tuileries. Instead, we recommend sprawling out on the living room floor atop a cheery Pom Pom Throw, a makeshift picnic hamper stocked with goodies in arms’ reach.
Mix it up
Things are certainly a little deflating these days, and what better tonic for ennui than a parade of bracing cocktails. Since time seems endless these days, try out something a little fancier than a gin and tonic. Book a killer cocktail class – online, of course – and break out your best glasses. After all, hangovers are much easier to handle when you’re working from home.
Spending Valentine’s with your COVID bubble mates? There’s nothing more fun or festive than a pub quiz. Create your own personalised quiz or download virtual Jeopardy. Just make sure you have a great prize for all of your homebody homies.
Depending on where you are, it’s pretty unlikely you can decamp to a luxurious spa hotel for a day of pampering. And if Mohammed can’t go to the mountain, bring the mountain to Mohammed. Bundle up in bright, beautiful robes, pop on some face masks and trade off giving each other relaxing massages. Or, if it’s allowed and you feel like splurging, book an at-home masseuse or facialist to take things up a notch.
Spread love, not germs
Valentine’s Day is all about love – and not just romantic love. We want to show our love for people in our community, so we’re giving back this February 14th. 50% of the proceeds from the sales of our Verre Amours will go to support Mind, a UK-based charity that aims to support and empower people living with mental health issues. Mind’s dedicated phoneline provides vital support and information about where and how to get help. So, join us in spreading the love!
6 Verres AmourHotel Grand Amour £48
There’s a lot to love about these wine glasses. They’re iconic to the patrons of Hôtel Grand Amour, the Parisian hotel owned by renowned graffiti artist André Saraiva. And unsurprisingly – for someone used to writing in unusual places – he designed these engraved wine glasses himself. Each of the 6 wine glasses has a short, thick stem, with an elongated bowl on top – perfect for holding Parisian measures. And around the middle, the word ‘Amour’ is engraved with precision, along with an abstract, accenting wavy line
Private: Be my QuarantineFrom £31
Poured and produced by hand in East London, bespoke candle maker Old Flame Club uses natural soy wax scented in a range of intoxicating signature fragrances. This range features 8 limited edition hand-embroidered appliqué badges to bring a vibrant pop of colour to your home.