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Your Valentines Day Game Plan


I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again today – Valentines Day is on our doorstep. Action is required, but are you ready? If you are anything like me, I generally leave the planning and preparation for such auspicious occasions until the last minute. And then they generally land up being somewhat uneventful. Naughty, naughty.


Remember my post from last year in which I shared my KFC Valentines experience? Well, let’s see what we can do to ensure you don’t suffer the same fate this Valentines Day.


Valentines Day planning and blog post


This then begs the question “what makes a successful Valentines Day?”. Well, I think I have the answer for you. I believe it’s all about the occasion, making an event of the day and celebrating that something special you and your special someone share. 


The key concept is “spoil”  all day long. So kick the day off with a deep rejuvenating massage that will relax your body and aching muscles; done couples style – so much more fun! The ideal massage will help you both escape your demanding lifestyles, if just for the day, and reconnect with nature. Man I feel relaxed already!


Now that you guys are relaxed, it’s time to glam you both up. A hair styling makeover and treatment will get you back on track with the aim of celebrating Valentines in style a little later during the day. Test the notion that, in the infamous words of my stylist Mel, “gorgeous hair is the best revenge”.


Selecting your outfits is key, but will be so much easier now that you are fully relaxed from your massages and looking like the stunners you always knew you were, thanks to the magic hands of a professional stylist. Contemplate outfits together and keep the Valentines magic going. Select items that compliment your partners look, but make sure never to imitate it.


An outfit is made in the details. Consider new fragrances and leave your standard, trustworthy scents aside for the big day. Fresh from your styling session and abounding in newly discovered confidence (it’s amazing what a hair makeover will do for your confidence) flirt with the notion of Agent Provocateur for her or, perhaps, Dunhill Desire Silver for him. Or, for him and him, match your fragrances and both don the Dunhill!


Lastly, a fine meal to round off the day is in order. I say go tapas and enjoy a long, social meal together in a hidden gem of a venue that you never knew existed, to bring the celebrations to a fitting end.


Does that sound like a plan? Do you think a Valentines Day spent with these spoils on the menu would make this a Valentines Day to remember? Well fear not, I’ve organised just such an experience for one lucky reader couple! Your planning for the big day has been taken care of, all you need do is take part in our Valentines Day giveaway and enjoy. 


Let’s confirm exactly what is on the menu for one lucky reader couple:

  • A couples signature Casablanca Massage from Urban Bliss Wellness Spa.
  • A hair styling makeover and treatment for two from Mel Taylor Hair (Mel is my personal stylist and is super awesome – she got me to start growing my hair again).
  • A fragrance hamper for two, depending on the winners, of Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense for her (or two of this fragrance for her and her) and Dunhill Desire Silver for him (or two of this fragrance for him and him) from Bacher & Co.
  • A meal for two on 14 February at Escondido Tapas in Illovo to the value of R600 plus a special bottle of bubbly.


Geesh, this will be your most hassle free Valentines Day ever!


So what do you need to do to win?

Simple, write a few lines of prose to your loved one in the comments section below, expressing your love for them. Easy-peasy. For an additional chance to win, look for the main tweet on my Twitter account promoting this giveaway and retweet it.


But wait, there is more to giveaway

Naturally! Watch my social media channels for two daily fragrance hamper giveaways on Wednesday and Thursday. I love to give my readers goodies!


The nitty gritty

Please note that this giveaway is only open to readers who are available to take advantage of the services on offer, in Johannesburg. The dinner for two at Escondido Tapas is available only for the evening of 14 February 2016, but the other services may be enjoyed on alternative days as agreed with the service provider. The two daily fragrance giveaways are open to anyone living in South Africa.

The main giveaway closes at 16h00 on Friday 12 February and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.


Happy Valentines Day all!


Our list of winners

Daily Winner – Jimmy Choo Fragrance hamper from Wednesday giveaway

Well done Bee, our winner via Twitter (@b_balutto)


Daily Winner – Ted Lapidus Fragrance hamper from Thursday giveaway

Well done Michelle, our winner via Twitter (@michelecwi)


Main Valentines Day Hamper giveaway

Well done Veez, our winner who responded via the comments to this post





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  1. We have known each other for a while,

    But everytime i see you , you still make me smile

    A year has gone by since our first vday

    And even though it just seems like yesterday

    Our lives seems to have intertwined so perfectly.

    If I win this amazing prize

    our second vday together will be the best surprise.

  2. My Tall, Dark & Handsome and I have been through the gooey, through the rocky, through the rose-tinted and the bare naked truth. I can say that we’ve come out the other side wiser, more loving, more gentle, more forgiving and more passionate. I love you dearly, you sexy animal. May we forever be goofing and fighting and loving and winning in all these ways.

  3. Time seems to fly, my heart always melt
    You are my heaven on this planet Earth
    40 years of memories
    Of smiles
    Of tears
    Of proof..that I fall deeper in love with you
    Each day
    Every day
    Forever yours…x

  4. My husband and I got married 6 years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I feel like I was born just to get married! My darling, I love everything about you, from your squonk smile to your passion for your work to the simple things you do at home like sorting out the pool and putting up paintings. You really complete me and I love spending my life with you.

  5. 21 years ago our paths crossed and ever since we have been walkin the same path.along way it had a few twists and turns but love grew stronger with one . I love you with all my heart ,my soul and my minds .God placed the sun and moon in sky but he also place you my star to shine.

  6. You’re the guy that made me drive home in a blur, because I was smiling so much I forgot to put my glasses on.
    You’re the guy that held my hair back when I was bent over being sick on some stranger’s flower bed. And we were on a date.
    You dressed me when I was in hospital and could not dress myself.
    You taught me how to make killer Nachos.
    You change my lightbulbs because you know I can’t reach.
    You and me, make for a better day, every day.

  7. I never dared to reach for the moon
    I never thought I’d know heaven so soon
    I couldn’t hope to say how I feel
    The joy in my heart, no words can reveal

    Life’s summer leaves may turn to gold
    The love that we share will never grow old
    Here in your arms, no world’s far away
    Here in your arms, forever I’ll stay

    Over and over, I whisper your name
    Over and over, I kiss you again
    I see the light of love in your eyes
    Love is forever, no more goodbyes

    {I have to give credit that this is an extract from “Over and Over” by Nana Mouskouri, on which my husband asked me to marry him, which incidentally became our song until this day}

  8. Dear Darling. There is a special place in my heart that only you can fill. Love you with all my heart and forever more?

  9. LOVE all the comments/poems – I dont have a valentine but if I did I know that your prizes are just fabulous!!

  10. You are my high school sweetheart,
    You are my SuperMan that showed me the Super Powers of Marriage
    You are my SpiderMan that showed me how to untangle the web of parenthood,
    You are my BatMan that showed me how to drive my car ,
    You are my Soulmate that made me believe that love is Everlasting,
    You are My Prince Charming that made me feel like Cinderella,
    You are My Everything and
    I love you with all my heart Jay Francis now and forever more.

  11. You are my soul mate
    The person I want to spend the rest of my life with for as long as I am still alive
    You showed me that true love really exist
    I can’t imagine sharing my life with anyone else but you
    I just want to say thank you for loving me wholeheartedly with no conditions
    Everyday in my world is a Valentine’s Day when am with you?????

  12. We started off as friends chatting online and now we have been together since the first day we met which is over 5years ☺ u have become the best friend I have ever had the one I can be totally crazy with and not be judged not only have u been my best friend but a life long partner and have been there for me through thick and thin. Thank u for everything Moe ❤

  13. There are very things that compare
    to the intense passion, love and care
    that over time we have come to share
    and although we dare in a world so unfair
    I’m lucky to have you my boy, my bear.

  14. In your eyes I feel like ice
    Coz ur eyes are sunshine on a gloomy day.
    When I’m with you the world disappears
    Coz you al I need to be in this world.
    We’ve known each other since we were teens
    Even though it feels like the 1st time we met
    With almost 3yrs in our Marriage
    I’m still in love with you deeply
    Clearly this was meant to be
    The world is a lovely place with me in your arms daily.
    We create global loving with the positive energy that we radiate
    I glow inside out coz of the love you give me &for the queen you make me
    I’m honoured to be your lifetime Valentine
    And you’ll forever be ” My Hart se punt”.

  15. Teri aankhon ki namkeen mastiyan … teri hasi ki beparwah gustakhiyan … teri zulfon ki lehrati angdaiyan … nahi bhoolunga main … jab tak hai jaan, jab tak hai jaan

    I wanna grow old with u dear will u be mine forever
    Love u

  16. My only, I just want to say thank you for all that you are, for all that you do, for all your advice, unconditional love and support over the years. You are my substance, my strong tower, my anchor and a man of his word. I love you forever and ever . You’re my best friend, the person I call immediately when I have news, the one I run to when I am in utter despair. Your comfort and protection and sincerity is endless and I am amazed at the strength you give me to face the world. I thank God for you!

  17. To my lovingly partner .Thank you for these past 8 years of magic .You have stood with me in good times and in bad even when I got retrenched last year,you have also left your loving family and relocated with me to Johannesburg this year. Life has being difficult but by you by my side nothing is impossible. .I know you are the one for Me the day Our eyes met .I can’t wait to make you my wife .Thank you for everything you do

  18. Perhaps a love like yours is exceptional. Perhaps a soul, a strength like yours is unprecedented. Perhaps there’ll never be a heart that touches mine, like yours. Perhaps you were obvious – a perfect fit. Perhaps that’s a best kind.

  19. My sun, my moon and my stars, my Vic. Although for our 9 years together we have only been able to spend 3 together, I am so glad that this gets to be our fourth, even if we don’t have anything planned.

    You are the best valentine anyone could ask for, and the kindest, most loving little creature in the world.

    This Valentine’s Day I hope that we get to celebrate us, our past, our present and our future together which I cannot wait for. Hopefully we will also have nice hair and smell good at an amazing restaurant in illovo while doing so 😉

    All my love, Sabrina

  20. You are shade on a sweltering day. You are the water that refreshes. You are balm to my soul and fire to my blood. You are the peace of a setting sun and the quiet radiance of the moon. You are home, rest and contentment.

  21. To my hubby Wendell. I have never wanted a man who was God’s gift to women, I only wanted the man who is God’s gift to me and that’s exactly what I found in you. You are my soulmate, my best friend, my confidant and the one I want to grow old with. You complete me.

  22. I never knew about happiness
    I didn’t think dreams came true.
    I couldn’t really believe in love,
    Until I finally met you.

    Now each and every day, Happiness fills my soul.
    My Dreams came true, my skies are blue and its all because, I finally met you.
    My dream came true,

  23. When we met at a mutual Friends house 18 years ago. I had to do something to get her attention. I sent her 1 rose on Valentines day and said I’m watching you. The rest is history. 18 years on #ValentinesDay is our anniversary. I knew you were my true love I’m glad you’ve chosen me, Together we are perfect soul mates. This Valentine’s Day, I just want to say My heart is glowing so bright. Kathleen Germaine nobody makes me feel the way you make me feel, I Love You! Happiness keeps us sweet.Trials make us strong. Sorrow makes us humble Success together forever keeps us glowing. ❤ #MyValentines #Love ❤ you madly

  24. I could watch the sunrise, I could watch the sunset,
    I could walk in the rain without getting wet,
    I could witness their beauty as the flowers bloom,
    I could I could listen to bird songs as the new day dawns,
    I could feel the sunshine through the darkest clouds,
    I could hear a sweet whisper through the roar of a crowd,
    I could walk on water without soaking my feet,
    I could travel the world in less than a week,
    I could ponder the knowledge passed down by the wise,
    I could dwell in a castle built in the sky,
    I could paint a portrait and bring it to life,
    I could sleep without pain, on the edge of a knife,
    I could play a sweet melody to soften the mood,
    I could take all the bad and turn it to good,
    I could float on the breeze, I could fly on the wind,
    I could soar high in the sky leaving the world behind,
    I could travel the cosmos and watch it unfold,
    I could witness it’s power, so wonderful to behold,
    But of all the wonderful things I could do,
    There’s nothing in the universe that compares to you,
    I’ll hold you in my heart for the rest of my life,
    You’re my living miracle, my sweet valentine.

  25. It’s been a while since I said this it’s been a while since I’ve done this…if only my heart had a mouth to recite your name so heaven and earth could hear the heart of a loving man.You are so precious you’ve always been there for me…surely you are my rib as God intended…I am truly complete with you soon I wish you carry my last name…I love you

  26. Cappuccinos, cake and you,
    Are my favourites things that’s true.
    Manicures and shopping too,
    Are also what I love to do.

    These things aren’t fun done apart,
    As you are connected to my heart.
    Time spent together is so smart,
    As I’ve been struck by Cupid’s dart!

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