Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day 2017

February has arrived, and there are only 7 days to go until Valentine’s Day! If you’re still stuck for gift ideas, don’t worry. Our fabulous gift guide comprises the most thoughtful Valentine’s gifts for every personality, and will be sure to score you top marks next week.

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Is she a hopeless romantic? Has she been counting the days until Valentine’s, because she always has the perfect gift and date ideas? If she lives for classic romantic gestures, you can’t go wrong with hearts and flowers.

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Tell her exactly how you feel with a Mantra, or give her a precious keepsake with a pendant by My Token of Love. Mixing rose tones and Swarovski crystals, the new Alex and Ani collection is perfect for those who love fairy-tale romance- there’s even a Frog Prince bangle! With their timeless and elegant designs, Thomas Sabo are always a favourite for a classic romantic gift.

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Hearts and flowers not her thing? Maybe she prefers gifts with deep meaning and thought behind them. Buy her a simple symbolic piece that she can wear all day, from the office to the yoga studio.

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For a gift with deep thought behind it, respond to her psychic energy with a Daisy Chakra, or give her words to live by with a Mantra. Find a symbol that perfectly captures her with Alex and Ani’s Path of Symbols.

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Maybe she lives to look her best. Is one of her favourite things about  Valentine’s Day having an excuse to get dressed up? If her style is all-out glamorous, spoil her with something fabulous.

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With ornate filigree pendants and chiming pave sound balls, Engelsrufer lockets  are the perfect piece of sparkle with meaning. Nikki Lissoni lockets, in which each coin has its own meaning, also carry striking dazzling designs. Or, for something that’s as unique as she is, opt for precious gemstone piece by Soru– no two are the same.

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She might have told you not to do Valentine’s gifts this year- don’t fall for that trap! She maybe doesn’t want the fuss of old-fashioned romance, but a low-key and on trend piece of jewellery is perfect for her laid-back attitude.

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Steer clear of the big designer names this Valentine’s and look into up-and-coming designers with individually striking designs. A simple bangle by Life’s Journey, chosen to match her personality, is an ideal thoughtful gift. Find a Mantra that perfectly matches her free-spirited approach to life, or motivate her with a Giving Key.

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If you need some extra help, take our fabulous Valentine’s gift quiz!

 

NEW Alex & Ani: Love is in The Air

It’s here- the Alex & Ani Valentine’s collection has landed at fabulous! The Love is in The Air collection is inspired by all the meaningful connections- big or small- that we make throughout our lives. With sweet designs in rose and mint tones, adorned with Swarovski crystals, the collection is a vibrant celebration of the universal power of love.

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Alive With Love Set of 5, £110

For the first time ever at fabulous, Alex and Ani have released a set of 5 bangles for a special price of £110. The set includes an eclectic mix of metal and glass beaded bangles, Swarovski details and a Path of Symbols charm bangle in the trademark rafaelian gold and silver finishes.

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Because I Love You Set of 3, £84

Those of you who prefer a shiny finish will be pleased to hear that the collection also features a shiny colour infusion set of 3 at the special price of £84.

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Love Cuffs, £37

An exciting new addition to the collection are the Love Cuffs, embossed with an intricate pattern and accented with Swarovski crystals.

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Love Wrap Ring, £24

As well as reintroducing the popular arrow and heart wraps from last year’s collection, Alex & Ani have designed a beautiful love wrap ring that adjusts to fit the wearer.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to me!

Celebrate the day of love and romance by letting the most important person know how much you love them – you! Fill your day with treats and reminders of just how fabulous you are, whether you’re celebrating with friends, family or your significant other – take a moment to embrace some #selflove

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From top left: Alex and Ani Lovestruck Ring, £24

Mantra Initial Necklace, £25

Faith Giving Key, £30

Alex and Ani Wild at Heart Bangle, £24

Alex and Ani Lovestruck Arrow Wrap, £42

ChloBo Triangle Ring, £40

The Giving Keys Love Padlock, £58

Happiness Mantra Bar in Gold, £58

 

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Top Romantic Spots for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner we’re dreaming of where we’d love to spend the most romantic day of the year! We’ve already picked out our dream jewellery so now it’s time for some location spotting…

For a location close to our Solihull store we’re lusting after a spot at Marco Pierre White’s roof-top restaurant in The Cube, we’re not so bothered about the food, more the cocktails overlooking the city!

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We’re lucky enough to visit Bath often and we love it, it’s such a beautiful city full of character and history which makes it the perfect romantic city break. So if Bath was our Valentine’s location we’d definitely head to the Thermae Spa for a roof-top dip in the natural thermal waters before visiting one of Bath’s many amazing bars and restaurants. We love the Art Bar in the Abbey Hotel for cocktails and Sotto Sotto for fabulous Italian food.

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Head office is based in Leamington Spa which also has a plethora of amazing bars and restaurants perfect for the romantic occasion. We’d head to Morgan’s Bar above Restaurant 23 for cocktails (which we have been known to treat ourselves to after management meetings) we love the art deco interior and recommend the espresso martini, and then we’d heat out for a cosy dinner at Wildes.

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What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Do you have a recommendation for our fabulous areas?

Having a Moment: Arrows

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Cupid is gracing the covers of cards and romantic gifts, his bow and arrow synonymous with the romantic time of year. Alex and Ani have referenced the arrow in their ‘hooked on you’ collection for Valentine’s Day 2016, but the arrow has a rich history of symbolism, anchored in Native American Indians traditions…

  • Two Arrows pointing away from each other depicts war
  • Arrows crossed over shows friendship
  • More than 3 arrows represents strength,  it’s easy to snap one arrow where as a bunch of arrows is much harder to break, symbolising solidarity
  • A broken arrow represents a feud coming to an end, the end of a disagreement or war

We love the arrow, for us at fabulous it symbolises overcoming difficult times, it represents the path of your life and reminds us that sometimes you have to be pulled backwards in order to be propelled forwards in a new exciting direction.

As January comes to an end, we want to continue to soar on the excitement of the New Year. The arrow reminds us that we still have a whole year of exciting adventures and that we are very much aiming forward. Here are the Arrow items we have our eyes on this payday…

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Mantra Silver Arrow Necklace, £30

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Cross Arrow Wall Sticker, Etsy £12.23

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Alex and Ani Adjustable Rose Gold Arrow Ring, £24

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Mint Green Arrow Note Cards, £15 from Notonthehighstreet

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Arrow Cushion, from £35 Notonthehighstreet

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Alex and Ani Arrow Wrap, £42

Are you treating yourself this payday? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below…

fabulous Romantic Gestures!

With Valentine’s Day just two days away (guys have you bought your gifts?) we spoke to our fabulous staff about their favourite romantic gestures. From thoughtful acts to elaborate plans, we loved hearing these beautiful acts of love! We’d love to hear yours, leave a comment at the bottom of the article to share the love…

Jo, Owner of fabulous

Paul proposed to me in the most romantic of all places – Venice – on a balcony at the gorgeous Hotel Danieli, overlooking the Grand Canal. We had only stopped in Venice for one night on our way to Florence, so I had absolutely no idea that was what he was planning. It was a hugely romantic moment, and Venice is still the most special place in the world to me!

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Rhian, eCommerce Manager

When I first started dating someone I went to Greece on holiday for two weeks. He gave me a package to open on the plane, which was a hand written letter for every day I was away. It was the most romantic gesture and I absolutely loved it – safe to say he was very much on my mind for the whole holiday and I couldn’t wait to get back to see him!

Becky, fabulous Manager Bath

If Dan goes away he always leave a little chocolate on my pillow to let me know he’ll be missing me. He also always comes home with wine and flowers on his return. Those little acts of kindness are one of many many reasons I’m marrying him in September!

Beth, Sales Assistant Bath

If my boyfriend ever has a half day at work, he rushes home to cook me a lovely meal as a treat, he puts all of his effort into making it special. I love it x

Sinade, Buying and Creative Manager

On my Mom’s Birthday Dad left for work as normal leaving her a card on the windowsill and asking her to promise not to open it until he called her after his meeting.  We spent hours excitedly coming up with ideas as to what it’d be… Mum was starting to panic that’d be a new tumble dryer and wasn’t sure how she’d hide her disappointment.

The time came and the phone rang, Mom ran to the windowsill, opened the card and shouted “I can’t read French, what does it say?”, we all looked at the words stumped ‘il a besoin d’une maman’. Dad was standing in the hallway with the tiniest black French Bulldog curled up in his arms. The card read “I need a mum”.

The next thing we knew there was hysteria, with me, my sister and my Mom all crying! Dad did very well, he got Mom exactly what she asked for, he’d surprised us all and done it in such a romantic way!

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Do you have any romantic stories you’d like to share? Pop them in the comments section! Happy Valentine’s Day from fab HQ x

Treat yourself on Valentine’s Day!

You don’t have to be in a relationship to get a fabulous Valentine’s day present, treat yourself to a little treat this Saturday, or spoil a friend or family member with a token of love this year!

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1. Nomination Bracelet, buy two links and we’ll send you the bracelet for FREE! Links from £18

2. Alex and Ani Providence collection in Gold from £42

3. Daisy Alpha Bracelet in Gold £50

4. Nikki Lissoni Dreamcatcher Coin in Rose Gold £28

5. Alex and Ani V66 Love Wrap in Silver £41