Preparing for Your Valentine’s Date? Get These 6 Grooming Essentials Ready

It’s Valentine’s Day and you’re having dinner with your beautiful date tonight. You know she’ll look lovely in that dress and the bouquet of roses will be ready for pick-up anytime soon. As a man, you also need to look neat for tonight. Get your cologne for men, deodorant, shower gel, after shave balm, shampoo and shave brush ready.

Tips on how to get Ready for your Valentines Day Date Night

1. True Religion by True Religion Brand Jeans. From a brand that sold millions of jeans worldwide, True Religion released a modern yet timeless scent for a man who demands the world attention. Rugged and vintage but oozing with sex appeal, you can sweep your lady off her feet with your stare. You will look and smell more handsome with True Religion for cologne for men. Blends of citrus and herbs fill the four-piece set of hair and body wash, deodorant stick, a 3.4 oz eau de toilette spray and a travel size cologne. If you want an overall scent for the day, this set is for you.

2. Herbissimo by Dana. If you like a refreshing scent for your bath, Herbissimo shower gel is perfect to cleanse your body. A refreshing blend of herbs, this clear gel starts up to lather once squeezed into palm or sponge. If you like to relax for a few minutes in your tub, pour some gel on your tub filled with water.

3. Lui by Rochas. Something for your hair? Get it soft and clean by using Lui all over shampoo. This shampoo has a masculine scent highlighted with notes of wood and spices. Prepare to seduce your woman with your fragrant shampoo.

4. eShave Fine Badger Shaving Brush. A perfect shave doesn’t end in a razor. You need a shaving brush to get your face exfoliated and lathered to get that smooth finish. Use eShave Fine Badger Shaving Brush to reduce irritation and increase shaving precision.

5. Prada Pour Homme. It’s a must to use an after shave balm to keep your skin moisturized and heal skin irritation brought by the sharp shave. Prada Pour Homme after shave balm has the same smell as its cologne. The combination of sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli and tonka bean will bring out the sex appeal in you.

6. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani. Before wearing that suit and tie, remember to use Armani Code deodorant stick for that fresh feeling all night long. You want to prolong a fresh out-of-the-shower look so make it possible by using a deodorant. Armani Code smells so sexy, you can expect full attention from your lover. Pair Armani Code with any Giorgio Armani fragrance.

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Cosy AND chic: My pick of this season’s snuggly styles

It’s easy to simply throw on a print dress and a pair of sandals in the summer – not forgetting the huge slouchy bag you need if you’re a parent, containing everything from plasters to sunscreen, crayons to baby wipes.

But, in the winter, coordination becomes key as you layer up against the plummeting mercury levels. My children don’t seem to feel the cold at all, they’re still desperate to get out and about – building snowmen in the garden, playing in the park, collecting leaves to make collages. So, determined this winter to enjoy the Great Outdoors no matter what the weather throws at me, I’m going to be investing in my wardrobe of warm woollies with some pieces that are bang on trend.

Here are my favourites so far:


Cuddly coats

It’s not very often that style and practicality meet. But with the re-entrance of faux fur coats on the fashion scene, I’ll be super warm and super stylish. Everyone from Kim Kardashian, whose style has moved from bodycon dresses to more fashion forward pieces of late, to Agyness Deyn, who never sets a fashion foot wrong, have been donning beautiful fur pieces. For a more relaxed version, I absolutely love this style from Browns. At £3,720 it’s way over my price range though – and I’d rather have faux – so I’m going to be searching for a high street copycat.

Hearts and minds

Heart prints have been all over the catwalks for autumn and winter, with Burberry’s heart motif shirt becoming an A-list favourite – worn by the likes of One Direction’s Harry Styles and Spice Girl turned designer Victoria Beckham. And the heart motif knitted dress from La Redoute is a cute take on the trend. I’ll be wearing with opaques and biker boots.

Essential knitwear

You simply can’t have too many pieces of knitwear in the winter. A sweater is perfect for throwing over jeans or layering over a crisp white shirt and wearing with a pencil skirt and heels for work. This sweater from The Kooples would work with just about everything. And, not only is it ideal for this season, it takes in two trends from next season as yellow is a key hue for spring, and it also has a sports luxe feel.

Boots made for playing

While ballet pumps are my summer staple – smart enough for work but comfortable enough for running around with the kids, for winter, flat boots are absolutely essential. They look great and you can wear thermal socks underneath them to stave off frostbite. With equestrian styling featuring heavily on this season’s catwalks, I’m going to be opting for a riding boot, like this Lucky Brand pair, with two-toned brown suede and leather styling and buckle details.

The sleeveless jacket

While it may not be warm enough in the depths of winter, sleeveless jackets have been showcased on the runways of Antonio Berardi, Chloé and Rochas. I love this blue version from N_8 for Emeza. You could easily layer over a white blouse and black trousers for an extra layer of warmth in the office, or make it work with your casual wardrobe by wearing over a rollneck and leather skinnies or jeans.

This season’s pieces just go to show that you can stay warm while channelling some of winter’s biggest trends. That’s not to say though that I won’t simply be donning my onesie and fluffy slippers once I get home from work and the school run.

Katie is the style-addicted blogger behind the Delightsome Blog. You can follow her adventures on twitter @delightsomeblog.

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