Be My Valentine August 09 2013, 0 Comments

IT’S TRADITIONALLY A TIME OF hearts and flowers, but there’s more than one way to woo your one-and-only at this time of year. Here are our ideas for a perfect 14th February with a retro twist!

Day Tripper:
Love a romantic trip out in the car? Make it a drive with a purpose with a little stop-off.

Ipswich Transport Museum: Smell the engine oil and feel the upholstery as you take a whistle-stop tour of the coaches, buses and trams of yesteryear. You can pucker up for a kiss on the back seat when your guide isn’t looking!

Peacocks Tea Room, Ely: Spend a genteel afternoon sipping tea and taking cake alongside the serene River Great Ouse, not far from the mighty cathedral. There are dozens of tea varieties and many sumptuous scones to try at Peacocks, so you may as well settle in for a few hours.

Dolly Mixture says: “Look the part for your day out in a stylish dress. Our slinky, fitted Red and White Polka Dot Dolores dress will really match the occasion, with its puff sleeves and gypsy-style fitted top.”

Under the Moon of Love:
If you come alive after the sun goes down, these options will be for you, whether it’s a swanky dinner or a ‘date night’ style spot of fun.

Dinner a deux: – Don a pair of our Filthy Landlubber pumps and make like a sailor to the Mariners at Il Punto (Neptune Quay, Ipswich) for a slap up dinner in the delightful surroundings of this restored former gunboat.

Perfect ten: Bowl a strike at Bury Bowl, and although you’ll have to swap your own Iron Fist shoes for a pair of bowling creepers, you’ll be able to put yours back on before long. Anyhow, you can still look luscious on the lanes in our Stella halter neck top. But don’t dazzle your rivals too much in this fitted leopard print beauty – you’ll be accused of cheating!

A night at the movies: Why not see the latest releases in vintage style while sharing a giant box of popcorn and a soda? Try the Electric Palace in Harwich (a beautifully restored space), or the Regal in Cromer (Norfolk’s oldest cinema).

Dolly Mixture says: “Whether you’ve got dinner or high jinks planned, you can’t go wrong by wearing a quirky piece of jewellery. One of our favourites has got to be the Milkshake Necklace. it’s a miniature drink in a miniature glass with a miniature cherry on top – this charm on a chain is pretty sweet!”

Something for the Weekend:
In it for the long-haul? Move your Valentine’s celebrations to the weekend for a heady 48 hours. We recommend…A trip to Southend-on-Sea!

  • Stroll along the longest pleasure pier in the world, and take the mini-train back to shore;
  • Stop overnight in one of several, quirky independent guesthouses on Royal Terrace, overlooking the pier;
  • Eat your heart out at Bobby Jo’s 1950s diner. It does authentic American-style burgers and out of this world shakes in a bubblegum setting;
  • Dance the night away at Dandy Bloom’s Valentine’s All Nighter, at the Railway Hotel. They’ll be playing Northern Soul and Rhythm & Blues for your delectation until 5am on 16th February…

Dolly Mixture says: “A weekend away is frankly a marvellous excuse to buy a new bag. Our Iron Fist Tomorrow’s Sorrows handbag is enormous and will hold all your essentials, including an all-important change of shoes. We recommend a pair of skull-tastic Iron Fist Lacey Days Platforms for the day time, and some flat Iron Fist Tomorrow’s Sorrow Pumps for when you’re bopping into the wee small hours.”

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Fancy staying in instead? Why not snuggle up by a rip-roaring open fire to the tones of a lovely soundtrack, or stretch out on the sofa for a night of movie magic!

Our Top Five Classic Films
American Graffiti
West Side Story
Rebel Without a Cause
Roman Holiday
Some Like It Hot

1950s Tunes for your Turntable
My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
Don’t – Elvis Presley
Frankie & Johnny – Gene Vincent
Only You – The Platters

Do you have favourite film to snuggle up with a loved one too? Let us know!