Yep, it’s that time of year again when the world as we know it changes for a day.

Shop windows are festooned with blazing red hearts, florists are bracing themselves for the rush on roses, restaurants dim the lights to create an even more romantic mood and jewellers’ displays sparkle bright with anticipation. Like it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is here.

Now, while the generosity of giving to another is to be applauded, I’m advocating for a more significant and transformative gesture. The gift of giving to yourself. The potential of that offering is endless: it could be the blessing of time alone, a much-wished-for luxurious experience, or an indulgent purchase. All are equally worthy and the only rule is that you are the one who benefits. What would lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face?

But for fashion lovers, here is a selection of some of my favourite treats and the reasons why you might love them too. Here’s hoping you feel the love on 14 February, no matter where you find it.

Make a statement

If the winter feels like it’s dragging, these vibrant fuchsia and amber glass stone earrings will add some much-needed sparkle. They’re lightweight, great value and made in Kilkenny.

Zante long cherry earrings €30

Declare your love

Declare to the world that love matters with this eye-catching pendant. The reflective surface will add some shimmer to your look. As it sits flat, it can be worn as a statement piece or in a more demure way under the collar of a shirt.

The Love Pendant €25

Dream collar

Imagine a single accessory that could smarten up your look. This handmade collar offers that. With its vintage rose print, its delicate lace trim and distinctive style, this will be the versatile add-on that just keeps on giving.

Dream Rose Collar €35

HandmadebyRasa on Etsy

Jump into spring

Now that spring is a little closer, it may be the time to slowly step away from the darkness and embrace some colour. This jumper will work really well with your favourite black basics and will add colour to your look.

Heart flower check jumper €38

Maximum style

This striking dress is one-piece dressing at its best. The draped detail in the front is very flattering and the colour will give your winter complexion a healthy glow. Tie knot dress €69 by Mango

Rock ’n roll

Add some rock ’n’ roll to your look with this Leo Lips tee. Wear it with your favourite trouser suit and trainers for a street-style vibe or with an oversized cardigan and jeans for a relaxed look.



Sustainable style

Karen Jackson has gone to great lengths to have her range recognised as sustainable. It is even GOTS (global organic textile standard) certified. If you appreciate luxurious, timeless knitwear, you’ll love this cashmere. €225

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