Valentine’s Day Ideas

The Best Love Songs for Valentine’s Day Romance

The Best Love Songs for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Mixtape.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I decided to break away from my everyday “indie shopping obsessed” mindset and consider some love songs.

But not any old songs will do, I’m looking for the best love songs to make the perfect soundtrack for Valentine’s Day.

Now I have to admit, when I got to thinking my mind went totally blank and I came up with nothing.

Luckily however I was able to turn to the team at Five Dollar Shake; not only do they make beautifully romantic greetings cards that ooze L-O-V-E  … but Steve who looks after their online world is a  bona fide music expert (and even DJ’s in his spare time).

So “who better to ask?” I thought, and I was totally right as he’s come up with a fantastic ‘Top Ten Songs for Valentine’s Day’ with some original and fabulous choices.

So grab a cuppa, watch the videos and then add the songs to your playlist for February 14th.

The Love Songs List.

1. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

Taken from the album ‘So’ In Your Eyes was released in 1986 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best Music Film’. 

2. INXS – I Need You Tonight

Released in 1987 from the album ‘Kick’ the song received numerous awards including the MTV Video Music Award for ‘Video of the Year’.

3. Elton John – Are You Ready For Love?

Released in 1979, Are You Ready for Love? was taken from ‘The Thom Bell Sessions’ album. 

4. Blink 182 – I Miss You

Released in 2003, ‘I Miss You’ was voted the winner of ‘Best Love Song’ at the Teen Choice Awards.

5. Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You

Although some folks will only know the Whitney Houston version of this song, this is the original version by the song’s writer Dolly Parton. Released in 1974, the song can be found on the soundtrack for the movie ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’, which starred Dolly alongside Burt Reynolds.

6. Beautiful South – Song For Whoever

From the 1989 album ‘Welcome to the Beautiful South’, ‘Song for Whoever’ received a Brit Awards nomination for ‘Best British Video’.

7. Example – Kickstarts

The newest song in the love songs list, ‘Kickstarts’ was released in 2010 on Example’s album ‘Won’t Go Quietly.’

8. Nilsson – Without You

‘Without You’ can be found on the ‘Nilsson Schmilsson’ record. Introduced to the world in 1971, it took home the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

9. Daft Punk – Digital Love

Released in 2001, Daft Punk’s ‘Digital Love’ was used in a French-Japanese animated movie called ‘Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem’. Unveiled in 2003, the science fiction movie is a visual representation of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ album.

10. The White Stripes – Fell In Love With a Girl

We finish with my personal favourite from the list. ‘Fell In Love With a Girl’ was released in 2001 from the celebrated ‘White Blood Cells’ album. With its unique lego-style animated video the song won a heap of trophies at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.

Need a little more inspiration? Don’t miss our pick of this year’s best Valentine’s Day gifts and Valentine’s Day greeting cards in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 12/02/16
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30+ Love Quotes to Inspire the Best Valentine’s Day Message

Love Quotes Sure to Impress Your Valentine.

So you’ve got your Valentine’s Day gift and you’ve picked out the perfect Valentine card but just what do you say in the card?

You want to get the message right, after all that hard work choosing the perfect card (hopefully from a fab indie card designer!) but your stuck.

Crafting a brilliant message of love isn’t easy, not even for professional writers.

So what do you do? Where do you start?

Well, you could just watch the movie The Notebook and make notes, but if you haven’t got 2 hours to spare don’t worry.

We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a handy list of love quotes.

For a little Valentine’s day assistance we’ve hunted down a few well chosen quotes on the subject of love. 30+quotes that are without doubt some mighty fine wise words on the subject of love; hand-picked from the world of novels, movies, poetry and more.

So grab a cuppa, sit back and browse the list.

You’ll either kick start your creativity and produce an epic Valentine declaration … or you’ll swipe one, credit the author and look very cultured.

Bring on the Love Quotes.

1.  Sanober Khan …

“In a world full of temporary things you are a perpetual feeling.” 

2. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice …

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

3. Dracula (1992) …

“I have crossed oceans of time to find you”.

4. Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love …

“This fire that we call ‘loving’ is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.”

5. Plato …

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

6. Scott Adams …

“I love you like a fat kid loves cake!”

7. Elbert Hubbard …

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

8. Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets …

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

9. Robert Fulghum, True Love …

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.”

10. Alfred Tennyson …

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.”

11. Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook …

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me … everyday.”

12. E.E. Cummings …

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling).

13. The Fault in Our Stars (2014) …

“I am in love with you. And I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed, and that one day all of our labors will be returned to dust. And I know that the sun will swallow the only Earth we will ever have. And I am in love with you”.

14. William Shakespeare, Hamlet …

“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love”.

15. Edgar Allan Poe …

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”

16. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita …

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

17. Bob Marley …

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

18. Agatha Christie, An Autobiography …

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realise just how much you love them. ”

19. Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore …

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”

20. Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse …

“Look after my heart – I’ve left it with you.”

21. Lisa Greenwald, Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes …

“Today’s Valentine’s Day. There’s a whole day devoted solely to love. Does that make any sense? Nah. Love makes us all crazy. But it’s fun too.”

22. John Keats …

“My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.”

23. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring …

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”

24. George Moore …

“You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.”

25. When Harry Met Sally …

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

26. Robert Fulghum …

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

27. Roy Croft …

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.”

28.Sam McBratney’s, ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ …

“I love you right up to the moon — and back.”

29. Ben Folds Five ‘The Luckiest’ …

“I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you.”

30. Franklin P. Jones …

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

31. Walt Whitman …

“We were together, I have forgotten the rest.”

Next get a little help with your Valentine’s Day playlist, see the pick of The Best Love Songs for Valentine’s Day Romance.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 10/02/16
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Affordable & Awesome Valentine’s Day Gifts for Girls

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Girls that Will Be Adored.

With Valentine’s Day on the near horizon we noticed that the lovely indie shops in the Piccadilly Lane community have a wonderful array of Valentine’s Day gifts for girls.

Affordable and adorable presents that we think any lady will love.

So today we wanted to share a few quick gift ideas; presents that will make perfect love tokens this February 14th.

1. Spell it Out.

Spell out your feelings for your loved one!

A great gift for the home, this stylish typographic print speaks to the one you love in the language of love. £15.00 from Coulson Macleod.

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2. Floral Tribute.

Red roses might be the norm on Valentine’s Day but for the unique gift giver you can go one better with this hand-decorated floral token.

Show your declaration of love is set in stone with this super sweet keepsake from Valerie Valerie.

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3. The Daily Reminder.

When choosing Valentine’s Day gifts for girls you can’t go too wrong with a classic gift of jewellery.

With its elegant, contemporary style this bangle from Hello Pearl is a gorgeous piece that can be worn daily. A continual reminder that she is loved.

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4. Happily Ever After. 

Every love story needs a happily ever after and now you can get this perfect Valentine’s sentiment in gift form.

New to the Caroline Gardner gift collection is this adorable ‘Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After’ print. An affordable and lasting way to show you care … complete with cool dotty backdrop.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Girls

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 5/02/16
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Get Your Last Minute Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Feeling Stuck? Here’s Some Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we wanted to share a dose of last minute valentine’s day inspiration; to help you choose the perfect Valentine card for your favourite person.

A selection of love cards that will show you care and make your loved one smile this February 14th.

So without further ado, here’s our quick pick of this year’s best Valentine’s Day cards.

Go Unique. 

Choose a card with personality to add the wow factor to Valentine’s Day – we love this ‘Wanna Hop In My Kayak’ retro-inspired greetings card from Pennychoo.

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Go Luxurious.

It’s a fact (we think), people can spot a cheap card and it won’t make them feel special or loved. For Valentine’s Day choose a quality card such as this luxurious design from Five Dollar Shake to show you care.

Go Sweet.

There’s never a better card occasion to choose the sweet option than Valentine’s Day. Why not overwhelm the one you love with this sweetheart selection of cards from Night Owl paper Goods – who could resist a love owl after all?

 

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Go Classic. 

Let’s face it you’re not going to escape flowers on Valentine’s Day so why not go with it. Send a card bursting with floral tributes. A beautiful array of blooms almost as beautiful as the one you love, courtesy of the fab Rocket68 Cards.

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Go Personal.

There’s more and more opportunities now to personalise a greetings card and what could be better for your Valentine? We love this ‘Bubbles’ card from Kali Stileman which comes complete with its own speech bubble just waiting for your Valentine message.

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P.S. Stuck for what to write in your Valentine’s day card? Check out this handy pick of 30 + Love Quotes to Inspire the Best Valentine’s Day Message.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 1/02/16
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14 Random & Weird Facts About Valentine’s Day

Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day You Didn’t Know.

Although some may see the 14th February as another way for businesses to sell love-themed greetings cards and Valentine’s gifts, discovering some facts about Valentine’s Day, we’ve found it does indeed go back much further than the card industry.

In today’s post we’re sharing some fascinating, random and weird facts about Valentine’s Day. For fun, for the pub quizzes and game show contestants of the future.

There are many theories on the precise origin of Valentine’s Day, but many believe it dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II.

Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime, believing single men made better soldiers. Working against his wishes, Bishop Valentine performed secret wedding ceremonies.

For his defiance of the Emperor’s wishes Valentine was jailed and then executed on February 14th. Prior to his execution it is believed that he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine” … and that was that.

So love it or hate here are 14 (see what we did there) random facts about Valentine’s Day:

The ‘Facts About Valentine’s Day’ Countdown.

1. Valentine’s Day is often connected to the ancient Romans who celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on 14th February in honour of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.

2. Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X; the X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

3. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared 14th February the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

4. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.

5. Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to 14th February.

6. As well as in the UK, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.

7. In the 1800’s doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would sooth their pain. (Seems like legitimate medical advice to us!)

8. Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. (As showcased in the movie Letters to Juliet with Amanda Seyfried)

9. About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

10. The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

11. Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.

12. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year. (Extra fact – red roses were the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love).

13. Hallmark produced its first Valentine’s Day card in 1913.

14. The phrase “Sweets for the sweet” is a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Want some more Valentine’s Day inspired fun? Check out our pick of the Best Love Songs.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 29/01/16
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