Valentine’s Day the Sloanie Way

preppy Valentines Day with the Sloane Ranger British elegance style

Yes guys and girls, the big day is just around the corner now and loved-up prepsters both sides of the Atlantic are holding out hope for a token of affection from that special someone come Friday. Whether February 14th is date night for you or if you’re thinking of sending them something special to mark the day, why not read through our Sloanieguide to Valentine’s Day for some last-minute inspiration? As ever, the Sloane Ranger way is traditional with a twist, so expect our tips to shake up the tried-and-tested approach.

… And if you don’t get what you wish for on Friday, go right ahead and treat yourself. We absolutely insist! 

Afternoon Tea

A proper British institution; all the best hotels in London serve Afternoon Tea and it’s one of the cutest first date ideas, if you ask us. Less intimidating than going out for dinner with the potential to feel a bit more special too, proper Afternoon Teas consist of dainty little sandwiches, a selection of cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam, and of course a pot of tea (which can often be swapped for a couple of glasses of bubbly if the mood takes you). Our favorite spots for tea when we’re in London? It’s got to be The Ritz, closely followed by Fortnum and Mason. Divine.

drinking british tea at the ritz carlton hotel in london

Watches

Being given something sparkly is always lovely on Valentine’s Day, but stylish and modern prepsters may be just as excited by a really good watch. We’re in love with Michael Kors’ range of rose gold watches right now: on-trend and practical with a dash of romance too. Plus, there are options with diamonds for those who like a bit of bling with their timepiece. Go on and show them you intend to stand the test of time. Sloanie tip: these watches look super-preppy with a bracelet stack.

michael kors rose gold watch is a perfect match for preppy's of all ages

A Sloanie favorite – classic gold Michael Kors watch

Scented Candles

Forget perfume – such a cliché and so easy to get it wrong – and go for a gorgeous scented candle instead. Thoughtful, decadent and romantic, a luxury scented candle is just like our ideal Valentine, and this is a gift that will never disappoint. Just trust us on this one. Splash out on something from London designer Jo Malone or Parisian perfumery Diptyque for an aromatic treat that’s sure to remind them of you day after day. Supermarket candles need not apply.

scented candles are the perfect valentine gift for sloane rangers everywhere

Macarons

A wonderfully Sloanie alternative to the standard box of chocolates or bouquet of red roses, macarons are way prettier and like everything French, ten times more romantic. We challenge you to find anyone who can open a box of macarons and not be instantly romanced by the sight of neatly stacked little delicacies in cute pastel colors. And that’s before they’ve even tried one…

delicious and colorful macaroons from sloane square in london

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