Choosing a thoughtful gift for Valentine’s Day is never easy. The shops are full of roses, chocolates and heart-covered everything but finding something truly special seems always near impossible. This year I decided to go all out and invest in something timeless… an engraved watch.
When shopping for watches I knew it had to be from Henry London. Their founding story is a romantic tale of inspiration so they seemed like the perfect brand for a Valentine’s Day gift. Two designers exploring a London market stall stumbled upon a 1960s vintage timepiece at the famous Portobello Road Market. They were inspired by the classic watch wand simple engraving so they started their own collection dedicated to the vintage timepiece. Don’t you agree that’s just the loveliest story?! I live just around the corner from Notting Hill and am very found of that feeling when you discover something special in the markets.
One of my favourite things about Henry London is that they offer an opportunity to personalise every watch with a unique engraving. If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I love having things engraved or embossed. Any chance to make something unique is irresistible to me.
I had our initials and a memorable date engraved on the back of our watches (apologies if this is just too soppy for some of you). As the engraving is usually pressed against my wrist it’s like a little secret that only I know is there so it’s sentimental but also subtle and discreet.
Have you ever seen a design as cool as the Moonphase Movement on my watch?! It’s a really rare feature to find in a modern day watch. The arc shaped dial shows the phases of the moon whilst a feature hand points to the date along an inner chapter ring. Having a watch that shows how every day that passes is different and each date is special is so unique.
My boyfriend has very understated style so I chose a much more traditional design for him – The Richmond. His watch has a black leather strap watch and features three sub-dials. It’s a truly timeless design and suits him perfectly so if I think I’ve done pretty well for is gift this Valentine’s Day (if I do say so myself).
I took these photos whilst we were brunching at Redemption Bar in Notting Hill, just around the corner from where the first Henry Watch was discovered in Portobello Road Market.
Having an un-deniable sweet tooth I have to visit any weekend I can for the buckwheat and chia pancakes. They’re drizzled in blueberries, bananas, coconut yogurt, candied pecans and maple syrup … delicious! My boyfriend is much better at resisting sugar cravings and had avocado on toast.
If you’re still struggling for Valentine’s Day ideas, or maybe you fancy getting an extra present (to really get yourself in their good books) then you can’t go wrong with perfume. I love Jo Malone because the scents are so subtle and natural. The Red Rose Cologne for Women and Oud & Bergamot Cologne for Men.
If you’d rather do something than give something, why not book a weekend away? You can read about the UK hotels I’ve stayed at on my travel page, a few of my personal favourites being the Galgorm Resort & Spa in Ireland and The Spread Eagle in Sussex.