Love is in the air... Some thoughts for Valentine’s Day

Well fashion friends, life should be a celebration and the celebrations have not stopped since December. Phewee! Last Monday marked the start of Chinese New Year and in just three weeks time… it’s Valentine’s Day!

St Valentine’s Day is of course a day of expressing true love and affection between sweethearts. But over the years, it has become so commercialised; for many love and affection are judged from the value of the gift...and in turn, the value of the gift therefore represents the value in your lover’s heart. Oh dear… this is crazy, right? Maybe, but there are still many people falling (or willing to fall) into this trap. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against lovers buying gifts for their special someone – in fact I am going to recommend something for you – but remember, the value of the gift DOES NOT equal the amount of love that a lover feels! There’s a lot more to be found in something that takes some effort to make it more memorable (and make sure you spend your money wisely of course).

OK! Here goes, guys: Make some effort...

1) Get Personal! Start by thinking of all the things that are special and unique in your relationship and make use of this. Think of some meaningful gestures and make the whole experience as personal and natural as possible to make your sweetheart feel special.

2) Planning Is Everything! The personal touch takes a little time to prepare. Don’t only think about it the night before and end up spending more and become a victim of the glut of schmaltzy marketing.

3) Do Your Detective Work! A little subterfuge goes a long way. You need to make sure what your buying is something they’ll love...so if you’re not sure, drop some hints, point things out online and generally gauge their reaction.

Romance is... Spending wisely and sensibly

1) Don’t leave it to the last minute! What you think looks spontaneous and generous, stands to look thoughtless and it will definitely cost you more!

2) Stay away from the cliché! Please don’t only do the things that most people would do (candlelit dinners, flowers, and definitely give anything retailers only sell for Valentine’s a massive swerve). Again, these things come at a cost: it’s a demand and supply thing, as we all notice when prices drop enormously as soon as the day is over.

3) Buy something useful, memorable (preferably both) whose price doesn’t fluctuate! There’s little worse than buying and then watching its price slashed by half.

4) Do It Yourself! Buying a card is simple, but if possible, DIY your card. That’s sweet and it costs hardly anything. You don’t need to do a proper card like one from the shop, get creative! Personalise it and go for it: maybe print something on a hard cardboard, cut it to bookmark size, hole-punch it and it is good to go! He or she will keep this bookmark a whole lot longer than anything bought from the shop!!!

Some gifts recommendations just for you:

1)      For anyone who loves gadgets!!  Gadget covers and skins from GelaSkins – I have recommended this before and I must recommend them again! GelaSkins works with many designers and come out with lots of beautiful and breathtaking designs for your gadgets, devices, phones, iPads, laptops and others almost 100s of devices. Apart from the designers’ graphics, you can also personalise these by uploading your own photos and designs. It is all very cool and user-friendly. Go check ‘em out! Here are some of their best sellers:Personalize your iPhone with removable protection from GelaSkins. Choose images from 100's of great artists or upload your own designs!

 

 

Personalize your Laptop with removable protection from GelaSkins. Choose images from 100's of great artists or upload your own designs! Here are some of the cool desgins!

2)      For anyone into sports!! Especially running and tennis!! Keller has a very wide selection and fantastically, they also offer a Best Price Guarantee, which means if you find the same product at a lower price, you are credited the difference (terms and conditions apply of course, and please note they only deliver within Europe). Go discover their So go and check their website out www.keller-sports.com and see if anythig cataches your eyes!

3)      For Watches & Jewellery Lovers!! I love watches and just cannot resist stopping by any watch shops every time I see one. Well this is more on the pricey side kind of gift but it does has it value though. Diesel offers quite a cool and sporty range for men, women and in unisex styles. This is the one I particularly love ~ classy, clean & bright design. For jewellery, check out Karma Jewellery! They offer a 30 day guarantee for returns and/or exchanges and deliver worldwide. They have wide selection and individual designs that’ll adorn her wardrobe. If you like something then better be quick as they are on SALES now and also offering 10% off (on top of the SALES price!) with discount code KARMA11 at the checkout [Until end of this month only]!

4)      For beauty stuff lovers!! How about some beauty treats? If you want to look for all the beauty stuff under one "roof", I would like to recommend COSME-DE.COM. COSME-DE is an online retailer site for China and worldwide for skincare and cosmetics products by the Cosme De Net Group which was established by a Japanese entrepreneur. You may be skeptical about "Chinese stuff" but this website is genuine. They have now had their flagship office in Hong Kong, and has offices in Paris, Rome, New York, Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei, allowing it to directly purchase skincare and cosmetics products around the world. What's more, they offer FREE worldwide shipping (regardless the size of the order) which is great!! FYI - They source from original manufacturers but it may have different packaging in different countries (from the manufacturers). So that means you may not get exactly the same packaging design like what you normally get from your own country but the ingredients should be all the same. The best part of this website is that you can browse and look for many well known branded products from different countries from just one website. You will love it if you are a beauty stuff lover :)

OK... oh, final tip… a gift certificate or gift vouchers is the most insincere gift ever = =|

So what are your plans for February 14th? For me, it’s another great reason to plan something special to do with my other half. Many dislike Valentine's Day, claiming love should be shown every day, and I agree that we should not neglect a display of affection on the other 364 days of the year. However, just like birthday is a special time to celebrate another year of life, so Valentine's Day is not just a day to express our love, but to celebrate it in a special way. Quality time is getting hardly found in this busy world nowadays, so it is good to have an excuse to have a carefree day and celebrate love xx

Love and happiness,

MeeKee Kokoroni xxx