Since ye olden times, Valentine’s Day is a day to declare your undying love to your beau in a letter filled with sugary sweet romantic poetry, written in a medieval calligraphic scrawl. Nowadays on Valentine’s there’s less calligraphy and more emojis, but the affection is still there. If you’re all loved up, it’s a chance to treat your beloved (or be treated), and if you’re single, it’s a chance to profess your platonic love for a BFF with a cheeky box of vegan chocolates to share. Whatever you’re doing, we have the ultimate guide for what to buy in time for Sunday for a very vegan Valentine’s.
Sweets for my Sweet
Pana Chocolate is raw, organic, gluten-free, handmade and totally delicious, making them ideal for a vegan Valentine’s gift. They have two gift boxes designed with cupid in mind, packing some wildly delicious-sounding flavours. Now we’ve heard about their Sour Cherry & Vanilla flavour, it’s hard to stop thinking about it. Check out Pana’s different stockists in the UK right here.
We’re diehard fans of Booja Booja, and we think Valentine’s is the perfect occasion for a box of their Fine de Champagne chocolate truffles. The only downside is you’ll have to share them, or actually let your beloved eat them all. In that case, it might be best to buy two boxes…
You could even order some freshly baked cookies from the incredible vegan Ms. Cupcake. Of the cakes that they deliver the UK over, they have so many tasty treats, such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Black Forest and Salted Caramel Pecan. Sounds downright mouth-watering, right? Correct. After scrolling through a few of their rave reviews, we think anyone receiving some of these vegan Valentine’s treats will certainly be wooed.
Lingerie is often made with silk, and as you may already be aware, the production of silk often involves boiling or gassing silkworms alive in their cocoons in order to increase the amount of silk harvested, and also to cause the cocoons to unravel so the silk thread can be used. Because of this, the satins we use at Beyond Skin are made from polyesters, so are 100% cruelty-free. But where to find ethical lingerie?
One company, Luva Huva, uses bamboo, organic cotton, vintage lace, soy and hemp fabrics to create some of their sweet lingerie, which is all sewn in their studio in London. We dig their commitment to stylish ethical and sustainable fashion, so we recommend having a flick through their collections this Valentine’s.
The Most Romantic Gift We Could Think Of
We racked our brains trying to think of the best Valentine’s gift imaginable, and after much careful deliberation, we concluded wholeheartedly that it would of course be a pair of our stunning vegan shoes. We have a selection of new shoes now available for pre-order, so it might be worth dropping a few hints to your partner asap! Our India platform sandals in navy floral ooze summery vibes, our Tommy nude sandals are the ideal match for pretty painted toes, and our Molly heels in faux snakeskin would give a cool edge to your workwear. Don’t forget, you can order some of our shoes in smaller in larger sizes.
Vegan Valentine’s Date Night Outfit
If you are out on the town on Sunday, here’s a little inspiration for an ethical and cruelty-free outfit to don for on your vegan Valentine’s Day.
The Whiskey Dress in black is a vintage twist on the LBD, with a sweetheart neck cut-out, puff shoulders and flared skirt. One neat thing Reformation does is tell you how much water and CO2 you saved by buying from them taking into consideration the entire supply chain of the garments. This particular dress saves 64 gallons of water. Sweet!
A black dress is the perfect match for Molly, our vintage Mary-Jane court shoes in gold. We use PU (polyurethane) faux leather, and as we explored in our recent blog about the pros and cons of real versus faux leather, leather is much thirstier industry than PU. So these heels will also be saving water in style.
The clutch is by vegan bag brand Melie Bianco, in deep orchid with a gold metal detail. Like us, they value high quality faux leather, and this bag is a case in point. The gold complements the shoes and the necklace, and could be matched with a similarly deep red lipstick for the full effect.
The bold necklace is by Made, designed and handmade in Kenya. Made seeks to create gorgeous jewellery using traditional, time-honoured skills, earned by talented artisans. They pride themselves on providing a safe working environment, long-term job security and training for their staff, to create sustainable jobs for those working in Kenya. They use reclaimed brass sourced locally to the area, in order to strengthen the local economy and empower small businesses, and in an effort to recycle materials. This necklace is beautiful inside and out.
Images: Reformation, Made, Melie Bianco, Luva Huva, Pana Chocolate, Booja Booja, Ms. Cupcake.