The English Rose Knows: Romance
Hello boys. Or if you’re not a boy, the following column is definitely one to email his way. I don’t pretend to be an expert in romance (that’s a man’s role), but Valentine’s Day is 24 hours devoted to my namesake flower, so I embrace it wholeheartedly. Read on for ways to make your Valentine’s Day keep coming up roses…
First of all, the disasters. Don’t be scared of February 14th. I once had a terribly British boyfriend who was so nervous of showing emotion that he disappeared for a week around the date. When he emerged from his emotional terror, I had already been distracted elsewhere (Italian, tall, dark, handsome, very good with romance and roses). Next – the night of the 14th might not be the best to wine and dine her in your usual haunts. Surrounding yourselves with soppy saps gazing into each other’s eyes is never an aphrodisiac. Get the chef to come to you (I hear some of Jamie Oliver’s dashing team make house-visits) or cook for her (again, Jamie will help you here). Avoid the cliché chocolates and address her real tastes. This belt is the colour of romance, bejewelled in cute little love bugs. Or impress her with your fashion-nous – pink is the colour of the season, not just of Valentine’s Day. This dress, wrapped up in layers of tissue, presented in a big box with a bigger ribbon. It will beat Belgian chocolates and black negligée any day.
Roses are red, violets are blue, with these plans, she’ll fall for you.
The English Rose x
P.S. The present wrapping I mention here is exactly what we offer in our online boutique, as well as the option for a gift message on an appropriately rose-printed card.