Something For The Weekend: The Alternative Valentine’s Day Content You’ve Been Looking For

It might’ve been a little quiet for the last few weeks at The Style Life Towers but we’re finally back just in time with Something For The Weekend. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it would be easy for us to bombard you with gift guides full of hearts and flowers but this year, we’re taking a slightly different approach – consider this the alternative Valentine’s Day content you didn’t know you needed.

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Not Always Coming Up Roses

There are plenty of floral alternatives to Red Roses this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day on Monday, it’s hard to move in any supermarket, florist or corner shop for the bundles of red roses winking at you everywhere. But, what, if like Antonia, you’re just not that into them?

Step forward, Emily Baylis of June in March. The floral artist has long been highlighting the lack of sustainability and ethical issues attached to those clichéd Valentine’s blooms. For while they might conjure visions of love and femininity, many are mass produced on farms in far flung locations such as Africa and Ecuador.

This Valentine’s Day, which not go British with flowers such as Tulips, Ranunculus and Lizzie for a stylish and romantic alternative to red roses? Check out June in March for more suggestions and information about how you can order British sourced flowers.

It’s All Pants

Slip into something less scratchy this Valentine’s Day

When it comes to Valentine’s gifting, just behind flowers comes the classic Valentine’s Day cliché of lingerie. However, rather than giving or receiving something red in scratchy lace, this Valentine’s Day, why not consider clearing out your undies drawer and making space for something new and, ahem, a little more comfortable?

With 140 million items of clothing ending up in landfill every year, underwear is just a small part of the problem but this year, ONE Essentials have teamed up with Reskinned to create a solution. Their new initiative that allows you to recycle your old underwear AND get money off some new styles, so it’s a win win situation.

All you have to do is head to the website, fill in your details and the brand will post you a prepaid postage label so you can send your old underwear to them (from any brand). In return, ONE Essentials will recycle them in partnership with Reskinned and you’ll receive a voucher for 15% off your new order.

The Great Getaway

The New Brompton Collection from Antler is reason enough to book a weekend away

Perhaps you’ve booked one of our bargain luxury UK breaks for under £200, or maybe you’re using Valentine’s Day as an excuse for a well deserved weekend away? Whatever your reason is for getting away, make sure your luggage looks as good as you do when you check in with Antler’s new Brompton Leather collection, with prices starting from £79.

Each piece is made from the finest quality, full-grain leather from a tannery approved by The Leather Working Group, meaning that it comes from an environmentally certified source. Heading away for just one night? The Oversized Laptop Bag (top), £249, has plenty of space and if you’re staying away for a night or two, the Weekend Bag (bottom), £399, will make sure you have plenty of space for your travel essentials AND look super stylish as you check in.

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Feature image: June in March. All other images, courtesy of brands.

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