It's Written in the Stars
Saint Valentine may have been lucky in love but those not so fortunate may we suggest looking to the stars? Our alternative zodiac will pinpoint the perfect presents for every horoscope, whether buying for yourself or for a loved one. After all, astrologists are the most reliable matchmakers.
Aquarius girls are open-minded, energetic and eccentric! So, court her the old-fashioned way with this lady-like box bag by Ming Ray. Aptly named “Je T’aime”, the metallic 3D-heart embellishment will ensure she always carries your love with her wherever she goes.
Ming Ray Je T’aime box bag, £770, from Harvey Nichols
The clear glass flaçons of Prada’s Olfactories fragrance range is elegant enough without the added allure of the pop-tastic fruity, Tokyo blossom of the juice contained within. For the poetic and ever-generous Pisces, this Pink Flamingos perfume makes a beautiful gift to oneself or for a friend, it’s neon lit and erudite too, nodding to the cult-classic 1972 John Waters film Pink Flamingos.
Prada Olfactories Pink Flamingos Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £195, from Selfridges
Trendsetting Aries is always ahead of the curve so pre-empt her spring/summer wish list with these Miu Miu sunglasses. The layered, love-heart detailing makes for a perfect romantic gift. If her fiery moods mean she’s not feeling so starry eyed, with these specs she will always see you through rose-tinted lenses.
Miu Miu acetate sunglasses, £225, from Net-A-Porter
The gracious and practical Taurus is as grounded as she is loyal. She’ll love this traditional Provence-made soap, worn around the edges to resemble a heavy pebble resting in the palm of the hand. Like all Bamford products this rose, ylang-ylang and camomile soap is all natural and smells divine, leaving the skin soft and supple and squeaky clean.
Bamford Rose Pebble Soap, 75g, £10 from Bamford
Geminis are spontaneous and thrive on excitement and gossip. Match her mood with Être Cécile’s tongue-in-cheek sweatshirt. For those who aren’t so romantically inclined this pop of humorous colour will be sure to distract from the ubiquitous love birds flying around this Valentine’s day.
Être Cécile Rodeo and Juliet sweatshirt, £95, from Être Cecile
The compassion of a Cancer is unparalleled in the zodiac, but with all her sisterly energy so often expended on others sometimes she forgets herself. This Valentine’s is the perfect chance to redress the balance with this exquisite Nanette de Gaspé Restorative Techstile Mouth Masque. This Canada-based brand is creating “dry” sheet masks containing potent “wearable” skincare technologies delivered straight to target areas – idea for a self-care Valentine’s evening.
Nannette De Gaspé Restorative Techstile Mouth Masque, £60, from Selfridges
Science-savvy luxury Californian make-up brand Hourglass create some of the most swoon-worthy products to date and their newest lip launch is no different. The new Girl Lip Stylos fuse the nourishment of a balm, the precision of a pencil and the punchy colour of a stick. Eschewing the trend for “sexy” names, each of the 20 shades embodies the quality of a powerful woman: for larger-than-life, natural-born leaders like Leos, we’re fans of the nude Influencer, the fuscia Leader, the rose-toned Creator and the bright-red Lover.
Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo, £26 each, from Net-a-Porter
Only a Virgo’s innocent and elegant feet could fill these Repetto shoes. If she’s a perfectionist and as poised as a ballet dancer, then these flats will complete her Valentine’s date night outfit. The strands of silky red ribbons represent endless love.
Repetto Anna satin ballerinas, £180, from My Theresa
Ruled by Venus, the planet of love and elegance, Librans revel in Valentine’s festivities, which is why one present simply will not do. For these particularly indecisive yet hopeless romantics the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire nail varnishes make a perfect match. We love the dark depths of Red Bow Tie, the classic and vibrant Red Heels and the coral-red Fire Bow.
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour, £17 each, Harrods
Scorpios are fiery, sexy and always looking for ways to be different. Defy the Valentine’s stereotype of delicate silver jewellery, prove that bigger equals better and knock her (or perhaps yourself) out with these Céline Chandelier earrings. These shoulder-grazing clip-ons ensure she stands out from a crowd.
Céline chandelier earrings in Burgundy, price on request, from selected stores
The Sagittarius girl is humorous and impulsive; which is why she would certainly splash out on this Solange Hearty dazzler. Packed with more jewels than Tutankhamun’s tomb, (rubies, diamonds, fire opals and sapphires to be precise) this ring is a show-stopper. The perfect gift to oneself.
Solange Hearty ring, price on request, from Solange.
Rock-steady Capricorns emit a timeless radiance. Preened, ambitious and ruled by Saturn – the planet of maturity – a Capricorn woman would never leave the house without a fully-stocked handbag, replete with tissues, a tube of hand cream, a Post-it laden Filofax and this Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm. With the signature jasmine and neroli scent this natural, luminous balm leaves the lips looking hydrated and healthy.
Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm, 50g, £25 from Panache Cosmetics