Now as a married woman I know I’m not supposed to say this, but I simply cannot stand excessive soppiness on Valentine’s Day.
That doesn't mean I don’t want to celebrate being married to my lovely husband, but I don’t need to do that with choruses of overflowing love and devotion. It’s simply not me. So as I’m not very talented when it comes to slushy creative writing, I make it all about the gift. My most successful Valentine gift proved to be a new pair of football boots for my husband. Nothing romantic, but he was delighted nonetheless. But this year I’m totally and utterly stumped.
To that end and to help out others in the same predicament I’ve put together my selection of top gifts for both boys and girls. My first collection is for the girls, so if you struggle to say the right words, rest easy and let her new Anya Hindmarch bag do all the talking.
As someone who seems destined to destroy the hair nature gave them by constant straightening, curling and styling; it felt like fate was offering me a helping hand when I was asked to review ESPA’s Pink Hair and Scalp Mud intensive conditioner.
At the age of 14 I discovered straighteners and since then it’s been a daily battle to tame my mass of hair into something vaguely resembling a style. Although my hair only has a gentle wave, there’s so much of it that after blow drying I start to resemble various 80s pop stars with remarkable accuracy.
I recently spent a delightful Saturday with my friend Lucy, indulging in a girly day with a little pampering, plenty of chatting and lots of cake - mmmm Hummingbird Bakery.
We started the day at the Anesis Spa in South London, where we both had a fish pedicure. The Anesis Spa only recently opened and since then has had a stream of celebrities (?!) passing through its doors. I proudly announced this to my husband, only for him to decide to look up which famous faces had been gracing this marvellous new spa. The first picture he found was of Amy from The Only Way is Essex... so that immediately ended my boasting about sharing the same tank as a famous celeb.