Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. If you’re not waking up with a sore spot from Cupid’s arrow (don’t be so rude!) then there’s a chance you, like many others, have been dreading this day – or in fact weekend – for a while. Want to avoid the PDA’s and ‘What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?’ questions from loved-up ‘friends’? Well thank goodness you don’t have plans, because we’ve come up with a few perfect (and much more fun) alternatives to a ‘hot date’ this weekend. Date night, schmate night…
Lady and the Tramp would have you believe there’s no better way to spend Valentine’s than sharing a romantic meal by candlelight. In reality A) we don’t share food and B) we’d much rather an elegant afternoon tea with friends than spaghetti and meatballs with a mangey old mutt – naming no names. This Valentine’s weekend forget tables for two and indulge with a pampering afternoon tea like High Time for Tea Time at the St Pancras Spa, St Pancras Renaissance. Enjoy a classic afternoon tea, a luxurious treatment and full use of facilities like the spa’s relaxation pool. 4 o’clock is so the new 8 o’clock.
Flowers wilt and chocolates get eaten – and leave a ‘guilty’ taste in your mouth. For a Valentine’s gift that keeps on giving why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage or facial and forget about work, stress and all those declarations of love clogging up your Facebook feed. Sticking with our romantic theme, opt for an aromatherapy treatment which works on the belief that certain smells can have an uplifting effect on our moods. Aromatherapy massages and facials involve massaging aromatherapy oils (tailored specifically to your mood) into the skin, which are absorbed by the blood stream leaving you feeling completely relaxed from the inside out while giving dull skin the essential oils it’s missing. All you need is love? We think not.
Whether it’s the same message on the same bunch of flowers, or the same worn out Bridget Jones DVD, if your Valentine’s Day plans tend to be pretty similar year on year it’s time to spice things up. Don't worry, we’re talking about a new look. Not only is a mini makeover one of the best ways to breathe a little excitement into date night, it’s also one of the most effective ways to boost your mood and confidence – especially if Cupid doesn’t deliver this year. Whether it’s a whole new cut and colour, the eyebrows you’ve always dreamed of or simply that feel-good mani you wouldn’t normally treat yourself to, this weekend begin a new Valentine’s tradition that doesn’t have thorns.
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