Day dedicated to L.O.V.E

I may be a week late but I’ve finally got around to blogging it: my first Valentine’s Day with someone that I love  🙂 And what a night it was! I’m a bit of a lucky girl I’ll have you know. Seeming as I thought I knew F quite well, and knew that he wasn’t the surprising type or overly romantic he definitely bowled me over when I turned up to his on Tuesday evening.20170214_202832_edited

I was requested to get there at 8 and at 8 I got there. Not quite on the dot but I got there.
I didn’t expect anything special from F because I told him I wasn’t into things like that. But it seems he knows me a hell of a lot better than I know myself. I walked in, mellow magic was playing on the radio and I spied the table.

The dinner table was set accompanied with two red tealights and two larger red ca20170215_110502_editedndles. It was so romantic. He informed me that the candles were there because he knows how much I love a good candle! I then spotted the champagne flutes on the breakfast bar and he comes over and gives me flowers 🙊💐. Seeming as they make him sneeze I couldn’t believe that I was being given them. They were a beautiful bunch with a red sparkly heart in the middle of them.

Another surprise was the prosecco! He doesn’t drink prosecco yet he knows my love for it and bought it for us both (he actually rather enjoyed it, so I am having my influence on him 😉).

After a quick pop of the prosecco, I gave him one of my cards. I have a bit of a things for cards. I often buy far more than I need to and more often than not give at least two to the same person at one time. This Valentine’s Day was going to be no different. I like variety. I get a funny/rude one and then a really soppy lovey dovey one. The funny/rude one went down a treat and made F chuckle. It was so relevant to him and it seemed like the card was written about him 😂 I then received mine from him as I handed him his soppy, romantic one.
F knows me well and often gets me my cards from my favourite stationary shop: Paperchase. I love their cards and products. They’re so unique and beautiful that I normally end up spending hours in one of their shops just looking around. F got my card from there and what a cute card it was! It didn’t have the word girlfriend or Valentine’s Day on it but instead it had a picture of a dog with a rose in his mouth saying I like your face. Such a beautiful, simple card. It fits me well and shows just how well F knows me. The thing with Paperchase cards is that more often than not there are no words inside so you have to write your own greeting inside. For anyone that knows me they will know I am a sucker for a good card with personal words written inside. I’d rather that than a present! (Not hard to please, am I?!) F did write some lovely words inside the card and even signed it as ‘your F’. It’s official. He is mine.

20170214_205041_editedAnother sip of the prosecco and dinner was ready. It was lovely and very well cooked by F. Sea bass with lemon and ginger butter sauce, with mixed veg and rice. The candles were lit on the table and mellow magic was still going strong in the background.
Dessert wasn’t until later but as we’re talking about food I might as well give it a mention. F bought me my two other favourite men in my life for dessert, what a threesome this would be: Ben and his pal Jerry with the Karamel Sutra😍 Me and F whilst sat in front of the telly demolished the pot and not a single scrap was left!

As suspected my presents went down a right treat with F. I couldn’t help smiling as he opened them. Just seeing his face was priceless especially with The 1975 vinyl box set. He didn’t open it until after the other presents. To my surprise he was so in awe of my sweet box that I made him. I didn’t think it was that special, but he did. He said it was the nicest thing someone had made him *Blushing face alert*. The 1975 vinyl was whipped out and put to play straight away on his record player and soon The 1975 filled the house. He passed me my gift all beautifully wrapped in bright pink paper with a cute tag saying with love on it. I opened it up and it was Christine and The Queens CD and DVD of her performing live. This was so thoughtful of F. Because I had been unable to go to see her perform live last year and was absolutely gutted but thanks to this DVD I can watch her whenever I want.

Whilst all this was going on there was a very important match for the O’s going on. I used to have no interest in football and now here I was on Valentine’s Day sat with F, eagerly refreshing the BBC sports app and the O’s twitter page awaiting news for the last ten minutes. The O’s were 2-1 down. We were desperate for a win. It had been far too long since we last had one. 88 minutes to go and my phone went off! The O’s had scored, thank God for Massey! 90 minutes came and went and there was 6 minutes extra time. Me and F were both frantically cheering on the O’s through our phones. Still refreshing the pages each second. Then 90+4 was reached. Orient’s page had boldly claimed that Semedo had scored to make it 2-3 to the O’s. We couldn’t cheer until it was official on the BBC. After holding our breath for what seemed forever, the BBC announced the 2-3 win for the O’s. Me and F cheered so loudly. I couldn’t believe it. How was I this excited over football?! But I was happy. So happy.

After calming down, F decided to try and decipher the letter that came with the 1975 vinyl box set. He sat on the arm chair and pulled me onto his lap. We sat there for a while trying to figure it out. I have never felt so comfortable and safe with someone. It’s odd how it is always the little things that put you most at ease.

All in all it was the picture perfect evening and I couldn’t have asked for a better Valentine’s Day. Thank you F. And maybe I am not so anti Valentine’s Day anymore. Who knows, I might celebrate it again next year! 😉

Not Quite Made Girl

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❤️ Valentine’s Haul ❤️

I have a Valentine! Yes, me, MAD GIRL! Well you obviously know that if you’ve been reading my blog. You’d have seen that I can’t get through a post without F’s name popping up. But yes, he’s my Valentine this year and what a lucky girl I am 😍! Or maybe I should say what a lucky boy he is with what I’ve got planned up my sleeve for him (and no I’m not speaking in terms of in the bedroom, shame on you for thinking that 😉).

This is my first ever Valentine’s Day with a Boyfriend. Actually it’s my First Ever Valentine’s Day. Ever. Not that I’ve not been around for them before, I obviously have as I am in my twenties. I mean, I’ve never had the pleasure of spending it with someone that I love and care about. I normally boycott it. And now here I am, endorsing the ridiculous idea of having one day dedicated to showing your love to someone. Shame on me.
But shh, I don’t care. More than ever I want him to know how much he really means to me and just how much I appreciate him just being by my side throughout all of this. I want him to know that I know it isn’t easy on him. I love him and I want him to know just how much. So yayy, thank goodness for Valentine’s Day ❤️.

So because I am so damn proud of what I have bought for F, I thought I would share it with y’all. I shan’t post this blog until Valentine’s Day because even though I am pretty sure he doesn’t know my blog name, I don’t want to run the risk of the surprise being ruined (I realised this bit of information is completely irrelevant to you as the reader, I think it was just more of a mental note to myself!).

As an individual I love giving presents 🎁 I love giving far more than receiving. I plan for weeks or months in advance for people. I just love it. The thought you put into planning a gift for someone based on just how well you know them is exciting and fun and makes the how process better because you know that they’ll be so pleased to receive such a gift that means so much to them. Well that’s what I like to think anyway. Maybe I just also like to nosy around on the internet at gift ideas all day on Pinterest and Google and then come up with my own version of it and spend money I don’t have on recreating it haha. No, it’s not like that at all, I do just generally enjoy thinking of ideas and giving them to their recipient.

I have got him a main present and then a few really silly ones which are just a joke. I like to pretend I am an arty farty kind of person and often turn my hand to crafts. And Valentine’s day would be no different.

Thankfully there wasn’t much that I needed to do apart from buying the sweets, the container and the wooden hearts and labels. I bought everything from a great shop called The Works. A little wooden box with 10 separate compartments  for £2.50, a pack of embossed hearts (£1), gift tags (£1), and self seal plastic bags (£1) to put the sweets into to put in the box. I then bought 10 different sweets and put a cute saying with each:

  1. Starburst – You make my ❤ burst
  2. Haribo Golden Bears – Life without you would he unBEARable
  3. Wispa bites- I like it when you Wispa to me 😉
  4. After Eights – Meet me after eight to celebrate 😉
  5. Skittles – You’ve been the rainbow in my cloud
  6. Smarties – You’re a bit of a smarty pants
  7. Strawberry laces – You’re the laces to my trainers
  8. Milky way magic stars – I thank my Magic Stars that out of everyone in the Milky way I found you!
  9. Trebor extra strong Mints – We were MINT to be
  10. Rolo – I like the way you roll
  11. Haribo Tangfastics – I think you’re Tangfastic.
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Sexy Bum

This next gift is definitely my favourite gift because it is just so damn cute! I got him a really silly cuddly toy monkey in boxers, saying ‘Sexy Bum’ because well, he has a sexy bum and I can’t keep my hands of it 🙊

There’s a bit of a novelty rude one and I am not sure if I should put it up or not. I don’t know if it is appropriate. I mean I bought it where I work and that’s in a well known card shop, but still you’re never quite sure how people will react. I remember the first year I started working there and we got the Valentine’s Day product delivered and I stumbled across the, urm, adult section of it shall we call it. And my goodness, I was shocked. I did used to be a bit of a prude, that has clearly all changed no. But still, I used to get so awkward and embarrassed whenever someone bought one of these products at my till. The shop isn’t exactly secretive about these items, they place them right at the front by the front door and it’s the first of their Valentine’s Day products range! Horrified haha. But back to the gift for F. I think I’ll just leave it as it is a little something for him to wear 😉.

Finally the big un! The one I am most proud of getting and boy did I manage to get it at a bargain to!
Last year we went to a pop up shop in London for one of F’s favourite bands, The 1975. It was such a unique place to go to. They had a variety of products on sale and I saw that they had their newest album, I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, on vinyl in a beautiful white box inside another pink plastic box. Inside came a CD, the Vinyl (obviously), two smaller Vinyls, a photo book of the band and a letter from them. At this point F didn’t have a record player/turntable. I knew he was asking for one for Christmas from his parents but I didn’t want to preempt that they would get it.
It did transpire that he got one for Christmas so I was more determined than ever to see if I could get a hold of this Deluxe Boxed Vinyl Edition of this album. After a bit of googling, or more like a lot, I did manage to find a few sites where I could buy it but it was 30 pounds more than what I saw at the Pop-up shop (Yes I know that’s the point of a pop-up shop to get things at unique prices blah blah blah.) So I continued googling. I googled hard and voila, I came up trumps! I found it for only a few pounds more than that of the original one I saw. I even got free postage and packaging with it. It came so well packaged and was in perfect condition I was so chuffed at the success I had. So I thought I’d share the beauty of this bad boy with you all.

Let’s hope F loves this present as much as I loved getting it for him. F is obsessed with The 1975 and it is always his go to album. I was pleased that I managed to get half decent tickets to see them in December last year and I think this gift will just be the cherry on top.

Finally, here’s the whole lot together 🙂

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So tonight F has very sweetly offered to cook for me 🙂 I told him I didn’t want to do anything for Valentine’s Day. Most places just rip you off and plus I am not that kind of girl. I am not very materialistic. For me, my perfect Valentine’s would be just a night in with F, cook something indoors and then watch a nice film together. Simple but sweet 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you beautiful people!

Not Quite Made Girl

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