Valentine’s Day is less than nine days away and while everyone is already thinking of getting decked out in red and trotting to one of the soon to be overpopulated restaurants across the country for a ‘romantic’ date surrounded by several hundred other people.
But we know you are different, cos duh! you read The Other Style. That you may have a truly memorable 2016 Valentine’s Day while supporting our growing fashion economy at the same time, we have created a list of ‘hipster’ gifts and activities you can get into.
A Full care set from Kinky Apothecary.
Naturalista or firmly entrenched in team ‘If I bought it then it’s a part of me’, we’re sure that everyone on both sides of that divide will appreciate a great Kinky Apothecary care package. The Nigerian body care brand has a great assortment of natural oils, body and hair care products to make even the staunchest anti-natural blush with excitement. With a stocking deal with White Space in Ikoyi and an online e-commerce platform, you can give your valentine the kind of gift that keeps on giving.
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I’ve never met a woman (and some men) who could say no to great hair and Teniwades Hair is a startup that gives the best of them, from weaves, to extensions and even DIY wigs. Their braided wigs were all the rage a few months ago, and in this relentless harmattan, a wig with all the versatility of braids will keep your girl loved up till the rains come pouring.
R and R Luxury.
The luxury in their name ain’t no joke. R and R Luxury takes all the great Nigerian skincare recipes like black soap and aromatic oils and puts their unique spin on them, making them better. They look so good, your girlfriend won’t be ashamed to Instagram to all her friends (and a few haters). Don’t believe us, take a look.
The Scrubstation At MeiDei.
No woman is ever not overdue for a little pampering, so this Valentine, instead of dragging out into the night, take her over to the scrub station at MeiDei in Lekki Phase One and treat her to their collection of skincare and wellness products. Who knows, you might even find something for you.
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Jewellery shopping at Zazaii.
Zazaii boasts the widest assortment of high street menswear and womenswear brands. You just have to take your girlfriend to Zazaii this Valentine, if not for anything, to pick out that perfect necklace from Raya Jewellery. Who knows? she might get so happy that you’ll get to skip the date altogether and go straight to the main event.
Lingerie from Aimanosi.
Maybe you’re not the kind of guy to hint at things and prefer the grand gestures, then the perfect lingerie set from Nigerian nightwear brand Aimanosi is your surest bet. What better to set the mood than the right uniform?
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Drinks and a dress at Stranger
Finally, if nothing else works and your girlfriend is adamant on the proverbial date, put a spin on it and take her for drinks at fashion store and cafe, Stranger Lagos. Their assortment of wines and the ambience will have you whispering sweet nothings to each other, and end the night with a flourish, with a little shopping from the store’s eclectic selection of clothes and accessories.
You have all the tools boys, now go out and seize the bae.