All posts tagged: love

Valentine’s Gift Ideas: When passion becomes a dance…

Hello, my dear readers! I always encourage to celebrate all kinds of love as often as we can possibly fit into our busy schedules, but there is one day a year when romance fully takes over. Yes, you guessed it – Valentine’s! Over the years, I’ve gone through the Valentine’s classics and how to elevate them (see my post on flowers and chocolates here),  suggested unexpected romantic dinner solutions (here) and even offered some fashion advice for men’s underwear gifts (yep, I really have). This year, I’ve gone for something quite unusual. I’m gifting a skill that can only be mastered as a couple – tango. Anyone who has ever experienced tango, either as a dancer or as a lucky observer, will tell you that it’s not about skill, complexity of steps or experience. It’s about the connection between two people sharing a powerful, almost primal emotion. The teacher I know has given me further interesting insight into tango that makes it even more relevant to modern day relationships: the 80/20 rule. 80% of your focus in a tango …

The “I care about you” stocking fillers

“All you need is love”, argued the famous Beatles almost 50 years ago! Love to me is many things, but the most important showcase of love is taking care of even the smallest needs of your loved ones. It’s definitely winter here in London, so unless you’re a lucky person in tropical far-away paradise, you’re reading this post with warm socks on and a hot cup of tea (or hot chocolate, as it often happens to me!). We’re generally quite good caring about the warmth of our clothing, but we often forget about the only vulnerable part that’s always outside whatever the temperature  – our lips. Boys are as likely as girls to get chapped lips, but they are generally too “manly” to go and buy themselves a lip balm. My boyfriend’s reaction to my suggestion of getting him a lip balm was a categoric “No way!”, followed by a very judgemental facial expression. Cutting the story short, I went out to test lip balms for men in order to find the perfect one. What’s …

A rant about the importance of “wrongly timed” gifts

A friend came to me for a piece of gifting advice the other day. “It’s my girlfriend’s birthday coming up,” he said, “and I’ve written this beautiful song about her, but I really think it’s too much, more of a Valentine’s material, so how about I get some flowers and take her to a picnic?” I almost yelled at him angrily “Yeah, sure, if you sing that song there – otherwise it’s boring!”, but I saw such genuine confusion in his eyes that I realised a much bigger societal issue was hiding behind it. How many times have you thought “That’s it!” about a gift for your loved ones and then took a step back and started doubting yourself with “This is too much, he/she will think I’m showing off/guilty of something/overdoing it”? I have, many times, until one day I finally got the point why gifts exist in the first place – to convey an emotion – a perfect moment in time when all your thoughts are concentrating on one person, and all you …