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Valentines Day Gift Ideas With Brent Cross

February already!? All I've seen is people moaning on social media about the longest January in history but mine was actually a blast; by the end, I found myself actually wishing it wasn't going to end. But now that it has, Valentines day is the next big thing right? In a relationship or not, I have always loved Valentines day. Heart shaped chocolates, all the lovey dovey stuff in the shops and a good excuse to go and buy some gifts.

Last year, I hit up Brent Cross Shopping Center in North London to go on a pre-valentines day splurge & bought all that my heart could desire at this time of year: chocolate, underwear and avo toast for lunch. Obvs; that's all I ever want for lunch.

As you guys may already know, I'm in Vietnam this February so I couldn't make it to the centre for another splurge. Instead, I'm going to share with you what I would have liked to buy this time if I had been able to pop in.

Date Night Dress
This cream dress from River island really caught my eye. I love the hem and combined with the boning and long sleeves, I think it looks really sophisticated. A bardot neckline can also be really flattering and a different way to show off some skin. Like it's been styled here, I'd add a pop of colour with the shoes, maybe pink for the special occasion?

I also spotted a lot of longer, chiffon style dresses when I was looking online and I think they are really perfect for valentines day. A long floaty dress can be so romantic; especially in lighter tones, I think they have a kind of  dreamland feel to them. This maxi dress from Topshop is a really beautiful piece with a bit of a self portrait vibe about it. Sophisticated style, beautiful layers and lace details. 

And for something a bit brighter, this ochre colour seems to be everywhere so if you're feeling brave enough to try it out all over, this front tie dress from Miss Selfridge would be my choice. It's super floaty again but with such a bright, block colour, it works much better as a mini dress.

Jewellery
While jewellery is a good idea all year around, Valentine's day is a great excuse to treat yourself, your girls or your loved ones. Fraser hart just reopened at Brent Cross after a big extension so there's even more choice in there now. They hold all sorts of brands from Rolex to Swarvoski which is usually my go to when it comes to jewellery because of the simplicity of their pieces and also, they're pretty affordable! Yes, I already have a small collection of their skinny bracelets but this Crystal Rhodium Plated Round Tennis Bracelet has really caught my eye. I just think it's so dainty and classy.

Talking of classy and simple, I love this Kate Spade watch that can be found in Ernest Jones in Brent Cross. It's part of the Holland collection and just so simple; for me, less is always more when it comes to jewellery. Whilst I'm not usually a navy person, it is also really pretty in navy and rose gold.

 And anyone who already has a Pandora bracelet is super easy to buy for because a new charm is always going to be appreciated. These are a few of my current favourites.

Cute Gifts 
I got given a scrapbook as a gift last Christmas and even though it was a very simple idea, it was honestly one of the best gifts I have ever received. I spent my whole year working through it; filling it with photos of happy memories and now that 2017 is over, it's still something I look back over all the time. Paperchase is the best place to get one, I'd go for something simple like a brown or black one (you can  get these personalised) and gift it along with some fun stickers and colourful washi tape.

Chocolate. Because what's a special occasion without chocolate?! John Lewis or Fenwick is where I usually go for it at Brent Cross. I love Hotel Chocolat or Charbonnel et Walker. Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles are my absolute fave but as long as it's either valentines day coloured or valentines day shaped I'm usually happy.

I know last year, I spent most of day in Victoria's secret. While underwear is a very personal thing, I thought this backpack was the perfect thing to add to my gift guide. Anything with patches, sequin ones at that and I'm done, look how cute it is and practical too.

As you can see, they have it all covered so for all your Valentines gifting needs head to Brent Cross!

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