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  • 5 Things You Should Know About Corsets

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    Let’s face it – choosing the corset that’s right for you is different to picking just about any other garment. Don’t get us wrong – picking an outfit takes time, it’s just that picking the perfect corset takes a little more time again. The reasons for this are many, but other than bras few other items from your wardrobe are as intimate, as personal as your corset.

    With that in mind, let’s look at five of the most important things to bear in mind when you’re shopping for a steel-boned corset!

    1) Bones – It’s Not About the Numbers

    While it’s true that many so-called waist-training corsets (which, typically, offer a significantly larger reduction in the waistline) have around 24 bones, the number of bones a corset has isn’t necessarily a guarantee of quality, or suitability. If you’re already familiar with steel-boned corsetry, you’ll have some idea of what works best for you. If you’re new to corsetry, it’s probably wise to start with a lower number of bones, but your early days as a corset-wearer will tend to involve a fair amount of trial and error!

    2) Fabric – It’s About Quality, Not Type

    Some corset aficionados insist that coutil is the only choice for corset fabrics, but this simply isn’t the case. For one thing, coutil itself comes in a wide variety of thicknesses and qualities, as variable as just about any other type of fabric. Also, it isn’t always about the number of layers involved. The layer closest to your skin should be a good quality, breathable cotton, and the main fabric should be tough and durable.

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    3) Attention to Detail is Vital

    One of the earliest warning signs that a corset might not come up to scratch is in its tailoring. If the corset features a patterned fabric, check that the pattern matches up on both sides of the enclosure (i.e. that the pattern appears to be continuous). If it doesn’t, it implies a somewhat lazy attitude on behalf of the manufacturer, increases the likelihood that it was produced on a conveyor belt with little attention to detail, and is probably best avoided altogether!

    4) Size Matters

    Stop giggling at the back. We’re talking about corset size, yes? And when it comes to picking the corset that’s right for you, size is more than important – it’s essential! For one thing, if you see a corset advertised as coming in a “Small, Medium or Large”, run like the wind. A true corset’s size will be measured in inches, usually 2-4 inches smaller than the wearer’s usual waist size.

    5) Wear, Lace and Grommet

    The key to a good quality corset is its lacing and enclosure. The laces should crisscross through two-part grommets (or eyelets), while the front should have a busk rather than a hook-and-eye enclosure. Most corsets will also have a “waist tape” that allows you to stabilise the waist once you’re wearing it.

  • Our Top 5 Catwalk Fails

    February 14th (that’s Valentine’s Day, folks) marks the beginning of the London Fashion Week for Spring, one of the world’s biggest and most sensational fashion events. Now, it should go without saying that we’re big fans of anything fashion based, but we are also very amused by the sight of someone falling over and making a fool of themselves. In fact, the more beautiful and graceful the fallee (yeah, we totally made that word up), the better. So here are five of our favourite catwalk mishaps from the wonderful world of fashion shows…

    1) Shadang, LA Fashion Week (2007)

    Fashion house Shadang’s chief designer Rafi Anteby is a tai chi master, so perhaps he was the brains behind the decision to open their LA Fashion Week catwalk show with a dazzling display by Chinese acrobats. Unfortunately, one of the acrobats fell flat on his back after performing a complicated somersault, punching a hole right through the runway… a hole that wasn’t noticed until the very first model to strut her stuff fell through it minutes later.

    2) Naomi Campbell vs High Heels (1993)

    Yes… It’s the ‘Citizen Kane’ of “Tall, Elegant Women Falling Over” videos. When Naomi Campbell took to the catwalk in a pair of 9 inch (yes… 9 inch) heels designed by eccentric couturier Vivienne Westwood, it could only end in disaster. Campbell totters, then wobbles, and is finally defeated by gravity in a less than dignified tumble. Fortunately, the model (who is somewhat famous for her temper tantrums) appeared to see the funny side of it at the time. What’s more, this mishap didn’t do the shoes’ reputation any harm – they’re now in the permanent collection at London’s V&A museum!

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    3) P Diddy’s Helping Hand (2008)

    Karen Elson may be stunningly beautiful, graceful and elegant, but when it comes to the odd stumble on the catwalk, she has form. She enjoyed a bit of a wobble at a Jason Wu show back in 2013, but perhaps her most famous runway mishap happened during a 2008 Zac Posen show in New York when she tripped and fell and was helped back up again by none other than Sean “Puff Daddy/P Diddy/Plain Old ‘Diddy’” Combs.

    4) Julien MacDonald vs PETA (2006)

    PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have been actively campaigning against the use of real animal furs in fashion since their formation in 1980s, but that campaign turned nuclear when they began targeting fashion shows in 2002. Perhaps their biggest “success” came when, in 2006, they flour bombed Welsh designer Julien MacDonald and his model, reality star and heiress Paris Hilton.

    5) The Light Not-So-Fantastic (2006)

    So you’re sitting in the front row of a fashion show, and if anything’s going to go wrong, you figure it’ll happen to the people on the runway, yes? WRONG. The spectators at Diane von Furstenburg’s 2006 Spring/Summer show in New York must have felt very safe in their exclusive seats… right up until a lighting rig collapsed on them. Fortunately, no-one was seriously hurt!

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  • 5 Steampunk Bands To Listen Out For

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    Steampunk comes in many forms. Starting as a genre in fiction, it’s since spread out to become a worldwide phenomenon in art, fashion and music. Yes… If you weren’t already aware, there are a growing number of bands and artists who specialise in creating sounds suitable for steampunk-themed parties and events. We’re talking about bands such as…

    The Dark Design

    Named after the novel by steampunk legend Philip Jose Farmer, The Dark Design claim to hail from a world like our own, “where the romance of discovery and adventure is still aflame”, and write songs about “airships, paddle steamers, satanic nannies and mermaid queens”. Now, we don’t know about you, but if we’ve long thought that if there’s one thing missing from the hit parade, it’s songs about satanic nannies.

    The Mysterious Freak Show

    Less a band and more a “mature collective” (their words, not mine), The Mysterious Freakshow are a collection of artists drawn from other outfits, and from a richly diverse range of musical backgrounds. Their sound is an eclectic mix of rock, electronica and ska, with a pinch of industrial thrown in for good measure!

    Crimson Clocks

    Dark, devilish and demonically talented, Crimson Clock’s sound is a chaotic fusion of jazz, rock, reggae and “something intangible”! As their band name suggests, their songs cover some pretty dark subject matter, albeit handled with a theatrical flair, including vampires, Celtic and Norse mythology, demons… and cats!

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    Frenchy & the Punk

    Compared to such contemporary acts as Gogol Bordello and The White Stripes, Frenchy & the Punk’s sound combines a hard rock edge with traditional instrumentation, making them the ideal soundtrack to a steampunk party. Like The White Stripes they’re a two piece outfit, consisting of French-born vocalist Samantha Stephenson and rock guitarist Scott Helland, formally of hardcore band Deep Wound.

    DH Lawrence

    No, not the author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Rainbow. DH Lawrence (or, to give them their full name, DH Lawrence and the Vaudeville Skiffle Show) are a four-piece band hailing from “the green hills and valleys of Lawrence County”. Their songs tell tales of drunkenness and despair in a heady blend of country, skiffle, psycho-billy and folk!

    All these bands (and many others) will be performing at The Steampunk Experience, a festival-within-a-festival at this year’s Alt-Fest, at Broughton Estate, Northamptonshire. For further information about the event, the festival, and its pretty extensive line-up, go to www.alt-fest.com.

  • How to get the Rockabilly/Pin-Up Look with Make Up

    red polka dot halterneck dress So you’re heading to a 1950s-themed party, but how do you go about doing your make-up? Here’s our simple guide to getting that rockabilly or 1950s pinup look.

    1) Before You Begin

    Uh, durrr. 1950s-style make-up isn’t much different to modern-day make-up. Don’t go slapping it on until you have a clean face. Get rid of any little blemishes and imperfections (we all get ’em) with a subtle concealer to create an even look before you move on to actual make-up.

    Now, don’t go overdoing it with the foundation. Pinups were famous for their clear skin, and the look you’re aiming for is “saucy” rather than “trashy”. Plastering your face with heavy-duty foundation will not give you the pin-up look. It’ll make you look like you’re auditioning for a circus. Try, instead, a powdered foundation. Clarins and Clinique both make excellent foundations, but even a cheaper brand like No.7 is excellent value for money.

    2) First, the Eyebrows

    Look at pictures of rockabilly gals and pinups from the 1950s, and one thing that’ll strike you is just how meticulous their eyebrows are. The shape and thickness of eyebrows is one of those things that seem to go in and out of fashion through time. Back then, eyebrows were sculpted to perfection. As such, it may be wise to get yours waxed or threaded professionally. Once they’re the perfect shape, accentuate them with a pencil one or two shades darker than your natural hair colour.

    3) Eye Shadow and Liner

    If you’re light or pale-skinned, take a light taupe, light brown or beige eye shadow, and use it to create a light sheen over the whole eyelid. This may not be how you’d usually apply eye shadow, but it’s a vital step in achieving the pin-up look, because you then apply a darker shade of eye shadow to the crease of your eyelid, brushing it out towards the edge of the eye.

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    The trick with the eyeliner is to start thin, sticking as closely as possible to the lash line. Focus your effort on making short strokes, as these will give you greater control. If you want a thicker line, begin the process again, working out from the one already created, and built it up from there. If you’re new to liquid eyeliner, you may find it easier to use an eyeliner pen rather than one with a brush applicator.

    4) The Lashes

    The key word here is “volume”. You want big, bold lashes, but if you apply coat after coat of mascara too quickly, they’ll look “clumpy”, so take your time.

    5) And Finally, the Lips

    First, make sure your lips are nice and supple by applying some lip salve. Once that’s done, you’ll want a lip liner just a shade or two darker than your lipstick, and apply generously to the outline of your lips. Again, practise may make perfect, and take your time. Once you’ve done the outline, apply a thin cover to both lips as a base for the lipstick. Which type of lipstick you choose will depend largely on preference, but we tend to find brush applied lipsticks best for achieving that crisp, pinup effect.

  • 5 Big-Name Fashion Designers With A Steampunk Streak

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    2013, in case you didn’t hear, was the year when steampunk went mainstream. Now, to those of you saying “Tish” and “Pshaw” to such a bold statement, hear us out. According to global techno-giant IBM, who know a thing or two about processing data, 2013 was the year when steampunk went from being a niche, cultish interest and began trickling into more mainstream movies, books and – of course – fashion.

    Now, while the debate over the ifs, hows and whys of all this would probably end up in fisticuffs if we were to pursue it at length, one thing we do know for sure is that even before 2013 steampunk was making its presence felt on the world’s catwalks. So let’s take a look at some of the big name fashion designers and labels whose work has more than a little in common with the world of steampunk.

    1) Vivienne Westwood

    Once the architect of the British punk aesthetic, Dame Vivienne Westwood’s career in fashion is as old – if not older than – the steampunk genre itself, so we can’t claim that she’s been cribbing her ideas from it, but one thing is for certain. Dame Viv (as we like to call her) was mashing up rough and ready street fashion with corsets, crinolines and very high heels long before many of her competitors.

    2) John Galliano/Dior

    Galliano has proven a somewhat controversial figure in recent years (his anti-Semitic outburst in a Parisian bar saw him arrested, fined and ultimately sacked from his job at Dior), but in 2010 he was still riding high as one of the world’s leading fashion designers. His Dior autumn collection for that year followed an equestrian theme with definitely neo-Victorian leanings, including lacy frills and thigh length leather boots.

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    3) YolanCris

    Formed by sisters Yolanda and Christina Perez, YolanCris is one of Europe’s biggest dedicated designers of bridal wear. Based in Barcelona, the pair’s designs place an emphasis on classical tailoring and exquisite lace detail.

    4) Prada

    It’s not just women’s fashion that has touches of steampunk. Prada’s menswear collection for winter 2012 was actually cited by IBM in their 2013 report as evidence of steampunk’s shift towards the mainstream! Modelled by A-List Hollywood actors including Gary Oldman, Willem Defoe and Jamie Bell, this collection – which featured frock coats, and round-framed shades with colour-tinted lenses – was both dramatic and daring, and owed a great deal to steampunk.

    5) Aloye Adede

    Founder of her own fashion label, Eyola (it’s Aloye backwards… get it?) and one-time apprentice to the late, great Alexander McQueen, Aloye Adede is a self-confessed Victorianophile (if that’s even a word), and has a keen interest in travel, art and architecture, which, when you put them altogether, sounds like a pretty steampunkish set of interests to us. This becomes even clearer when you look at Adede’s creations, which are full of Victorian-infused drama and panache!

  • 5 Weird and Wonderful Fashion Trends

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    We’re all about unique, distinctive looks that make the wearer stand out from the crowd, and we’re more than aware that fashion trends come and go, but there are some trends, from around the world, and throughout the pages of history, that almost defy explanation – looks that are unlikely to ever make a comeback. Such as…

    Weird Make-Up

    The earliest evidence of weird make-up comes from the ancient Egyptians. Not only did they use beetle blood (also known as cochineal – yes, the food colouring) as lipstick, they daubed heavy black lines beneath their eyes. There was, however, a sensible explanation for this, as in the days before sunglasses were invented the heavy lines helped reduce the sun’s glare!

    Weirder than the Egyptians, ladies (and, indeed, many gents in the 16th and 17th Centuries) took to wearing lead-based white make-up. While these days it’s all the rage to sport a tan (real or fake), back then a suntan was a sign that you spent all your time outdoors, presumably working as a farmhand. It was much more fashionable to look as if you rarely left the house. Sadly, lead-based make-up was actually poisonous, and could lead to brain damage and organ failure!

    Weird Headgear

    Where to begin? Well, for one thing, there’s the fact that when you’re looking at portraits of glamorous, beautiful women from the Olden Days, it’s worth remembering that many of them (and, indeed, their husbands) are wearing wigs. There were many reasons for this. For the men, an elaborate wig might cover up the signs of baldness. For both men and women, having your real hair shaved and wearing a wig was just about the only guaranteed way to avoid suffering with head lice!

    Weird Footwear

    Well, we say foot “wear”, but possibly the weirdest thing anyone’s ever inflicted on the human foot is foot binding. This practise, quite common in places such as China right up until the mid-20th Century, involved binding a woman’s foot from a very early age, deforming it into a tiny little stump. Not a great look, and far from healthy. We’ll count ourselves lucky we got away with only having to wear heels from time to time! Slightly less harmful, but no less weird, were chopines – the perilously high platforms popular from the 15th – 17th Century.

    Weird Waistlines

    Now, while we don’t mind suffering a little discomfort for our fashion, we’re pretty sure we’d draw the line with crinolines and panniers. Panniers (the frames that made Elizabethan women’s hips appear so wide) made walking through doorways almost impossible, unless attempted by walking sideways, while crinolines (the hoops that gave dresses their volume) made both getting around and sitting down an ordeal.

    Weird Neckwear

    We’ve all seen photos of tribeswomen in parts of Africa and Asia, their necks elongated by elaborate neck rings – a practise that is still common in some parts of the world to this day. What few people realise is that this was once an almost global phenomenon, and was practised across much of Europe. Less of a pain in the neck, but no less odd-looking, our Elizabethan forebears hid their necks with enormous ruffled collars. The fashion was short-lived (in historic terms, anyway), lasting only about a hundred years.

  • 5 Fabulously Curvy Women

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    Late last year celebrity magazines were all a-flutter with the news that some bright spark at a magazine had Photoshopped an image of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, to shave off some of her natural curves and slim her down a little. Miss Lawrence was less than pleased about it – as you might imagine – and the story sparked a debate about how curvier women are represented in the media.

    We, for one, were a little bit cheesed off at the idea that Jennifer Lawrence might be considered “fat” or even “large” when she’s clearly neither, and it made us think it’s about time that curvier women were rightly celebrated, without the need for picture editors to attack them with a little airbrushing here and there. So here are five of our favourite, most fabulous curvy women.

    Kate Winslet

    Kate first came to prominence with roles in costume dramas such as Sense and Sensibility, films set in times when women weren’t expected (largely by male fashion designers) to have the physiques of twelve-year-old boys. Of course, her major big break was James Cameron’s epic Titanic, in which she played the feisty young society girl Rose, torn between her caddish fiancée and a handsome young artist. One thing we love most about Kate is that despite being in the A-list for almost 20 years, she’s never bowed to pressure to change her figure.

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    Jennifer Lawrence

    As already mentioned, Jennifer has suffered from the picture editor’s virtual scalpel, but we hope she takes a leaf out of Ms Winslet’s book and never goes the way of crash diets or punishing, quasi-fascistic fitness regimes (sideways glance at Madonna). We love you just the way you are, Jennifer: A great natural beauty with envy-inducing curves.

    Beyoncé Knowles

    Beyonce isn’t big boned, but she’s amazingly curvy, and she really knows how to flaunt it. Never more fabulous than in the video to Crazy In Love, her duet with future hubby Jay-Z, Miss Knowles recently proved she’s still got it when she surprise-dropped a whole album of new material – complete with music videos – with no pre-publicity. Predictably enough, she looks amazing in the videos.

    Ashley Graham

    The 1990s fashion world was famous for its “Super Models”, and the Super Models were famous for their stick-thin, almost curve-free figures. Thankfully, in the last 10-15 years we’ve seen the rise in popularity of plus-size models, not least of all because many of us probably qualify as the fashion industry’s idea of “plus size”. Ashley has modelled for Vogue, Glamour and Latina, and more than proves the old adage that big is beautiful.

    Jennifer Lopez

    We’re not always convinced that Ms Lopez – one of the most famous divas in the music and movie industry – is still “Jenny From The Block”, so you could argue that we’re very much fooled by the rocks that she’s got, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire her for the way she made a curvaceous figure not only acceptable but desirable. Hers must be one of the most famous bottoms in the world!

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  • Smuggling Style - Wearing Corsets at Work

    Christmas office party season has just come and gone, which leads me to thinking. It can be a fine line to tread, wearing a corset to work without heading out of ‘dress up’ and into ‘dressing up’ territory. You may get away with a multitude of sins at Halloween, but that just won’t cut the mustard Mon-Fri unless you’re lucky enough to work at Google Headquarters or Ben & Jerry’s. Or Corset-Story, of course.

    That said, I think I’ve come up with a cunning plan – both as a means for ‘smuggling’ a corset into work every day, but also to undo the tyranny of silk shirts with that added pen-pocket horror so many retailors seem to insist upon sewing onto their clothing – what is this pocket for? Has any women in the history of the world ever used this hideous pocket? Especially on a silk shirt, which is beautiful for its simplicity – allowing a quality fabric to speak for itself? Please retailers, can functional pockets be sewn into our skirts, trousers and jackets instead, where we’ve begged for them to be placed for years. Where else to carry a work pass, Diet Coke money or lipstick? Goodness knows, it’s not going to be in that malevolent little pocket. Ahem. Rant over. Now where was I?

    Wear your corset next to the skin, under work clothes

    Oh yes. Wearing corsets at work I think I have this conundrum licked. It's not just about hiding a corset (anyone can do that) but getting something from it as well. Wear a white, straight-cut strapless corset under your favourite silk top, ensuring that the line is almost perfectly in line with the top of this pocket. I’ve done this myself and if I do so say myself, it looks pretty fabulous. Plus, with the extra support I don’t have to worry about bra straps showing (a pet hate I’ll never outgrow) so the lines stay sleek and crisp.

    Teamed with a plain skirt and heels, the shoe-collection and jewellery box can be your oyster when it comes to adding color. Accessories are essential for keeping your outfit versatile. Turquoise earrings? Amber, green glass, rose quartz? The list is endless. Accessories also make it very easy to take your outfit from day to evening, which will become increasingly important as we launch into the 'silly-season', currently lurking just around the corner. All you need to do is change your shoes and earrings, slip off your work jacket and you’re good to go.

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    A color-block corset can also work extremely well. Wear it all day under a plain suit jacket, but come evening, swapped for a single-breasted satin-lapelled tuxedo jacket, sparkly shoes and red lips and you’ll be good to go. Perfect for this season’s 'punk-pretty' look. When in doubt however, a lightening quick change from work garb, then throwing a little black dress over your head (and over your corset) will always be a sure-fire winner. A time-saver too!

    The rule as always has to be to keep it fresh, uncluttered and fun & enjoy every minute as you throw yourself into celebrating life and all it has to offer – because of course, the final touch to any outfit has to be a positive attitude.

  • New York Fashion Week

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    Twice a year, New York plays host to Fashion Week, one – or rather two – of the biggest events in the fashion calendar, not only in the US but the world. Fashion week began life as “Press Week”, a week when the press were invited to see the latest fashion collections, during the dark days of World War II, when – for understandable reasons – French fashions weren’t quite so readily available in the United States.

    Since then it’s gone on to become one of the Big Four fashion weeks in the world (the others being London, Paris and Milan). Both the Spring and Fall shows attract thousands of visitors to the city, attending not only the fashion shows in Bryant Park but the various “hot ticket” parties around the city throughout the 7-9 day event.

    If you’re visiting NYC for Fashion Week this February, and especially if this is your first time, here are a few handy things to know before your visit.

    Stay Central

    Much of Fashion Week is, as already mentioned, based around Bryant Park. This is a large square behind the main Public Library (the one you’ve seen in movies), and for the duration of Fashion Week it’s covered in white tents. Some of the bigger shows, such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, take place elsewhere (in this case, the Lincoln Centre). Either way, much of Fashion Week is pretty central, and it’s really easy to get to this part of town, either by cab, bus or subway. Even so, we’d recommend you stay in Manhattan, and preferably close to Midtown. New York is a great and safe city to walk around.

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    Last time we were in NYC for Fashion Week, a lot of the parties took place in and around the Meatpacking District. While this particular neighbourhood may have an inauspicious name (thanks to its history as the place where meat was indeed packed), recent years have seen it become a hub of fashion labels, and its reputation was only further enhanced when it was used as the location for many scenes in Sex and the City.

    What’s especially great about this part of town is that there are still very reasonable boutique hotels to be found. The Jane (on Jane St) may be a little basic-bordering-on-hostel, but if you’re travelling alone and don’t intend to spend much time in your hotel room, it’s perfectly acceptable, and its location is pretty tough to beat.

    Don’t Chance It

    Don’t just rock up in NYC thinking you’ll automatically get in to fashion shows because you’re enthusiastic and/or pretty. Many of the shows (especially the big name ones such as Mercedes-Benz) are very exclusive, and almost impossible to get in to unless you’re an invited guest, VIP or press. Our saddest memory of the fall fashion week in 2009 was a girl squawking, “We drove all the way from Philadelphia!” at the front of house staff who were turning away. Don’t be that girl.

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  • 5 Fun Ideas For Valentine's

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    February 14th is just over a month away, and if you’re in a relationship – whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been together for years – you may be wondering what to do this year. After all, the night of the 14th is usually a hellish time to go out for dinner – everywhere will be fully booked, meaning you’ll be elbow-to-elbow with complete strangers, all trying to enjoy that romantic moment together when there’s a 45 minute gap between your starter and your main course.

    Unless you have limitless funds to jet your beloved away to someone quieter, more romantic and little more exclusive, like us you’ll be looking for something to do that isn’t just the same old candlelit dinner where the only people getting busy are the over-worked staff.

    Here, then, are five suggestions for fun, alternative Valentine’s Day activities!

    1) Go to a Burlesque Show

    We’re a little partial when it comes to burlesque, but we think it’s a great couples’ activity. And if you’re a little unsure about it, and think burlesque is all about striptease (and so only your man will enjoy it), think again. Modern burlesque, much like its classic, early-20th-Century ancestor, is much more of a cabaret experience with a sexy-sultry edge!

    2) Go Ice-Skating

    With Valentine’s happening in mid-February, many places in the northern hemisphere will still have open-air ice rinks from the holiday season still in place. Even if you’ve never been skating before, it’s a fun activity for couples. For one thing, if you’re particularly inexperienced it encourages intimacy (you’ll be linking arms as you inch your way around the rink’s outer edge), and even your little slips and bumps can be a great ice-breaker. Not literally, though. That would be awful.

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    3) Go Glamping

    For the uninitiated, “Glamping” is camping with a dash of glamour – think blankets, throws and plush cushions instead of sleeping bags and inflatable cushions; chilled champagne instead of wine-in-a-box. Now, we’re not big fans of the word (see also: “staycation”), but it makes a better Valentine’s Day option that plain old camping. However, like we said, Valentine’s happens in mid-February, so you should give this one careful consideration before packing your camping gear into the car and driving off into the nearest mountain range. If conditions are still a little wintry, maybe try glamping in your own back yard!

    4) Go to a Spa

    Having a busy, hectic work and social life can be one of the biggest romance-killers in a relationship, so why would you want to make that worse by going to a busy place with lots of other people? Why not get away from the hustle and the bustle of it all by booking a spa day (or even a weekend). Rest and relaxation might be just the thing to pep things up a little!

    5) Watch a Sunrise

    If you’ve been together a while, we’re thinking you’ve probably watched plenty of sunsets, but have you ever stayed up to watch the sun rise? Remember though, if February is still winter where you are, to wrap up warm – or do whatever it takes to keep the cold out while you wait for dawn!

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