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Leap into February
This year we celebrate a leap year with 29 days in February. It's the shortest month of the year and in my opinion, it's the most optimistic, signifying the start of spring with snow drops and daffodils starting to show their faces.
There are many events to celebrate this month but the most notorious has to be Valentine's Day on Sunday 14th February. It feels like we only have one day to show our loved ones how much we care, with a few loving words and the gift they've always dreamed of – no pressure then!
So what do you buy the person you love other than the traditional chocolates and roses? Whatever your budget, here are a few exquisite gift ideas that we thought would give you some inspiration:
Light up her face with the perfect present to keep and cherish!
For him. Understated but distinctive business accessories to arrive to work in style.
For him or her in three different sizes...........
Who could resist this handy accessory box designed to enhance any bedroom. It's also perfect for carrying your precious possessions when you travel as it's light in weight with a secure press stud fastening.
Has he earned enough Brownie points for one of these?
Our SageBrown belt collection can add a touch of class and distinction to any outfit and are versatile enough to be worn with formal or casual styles.
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SageBrown’s collection of leather gifts can also be personalised with embossing to make it truly unique.
Even though it’s a short month, there are still plenty of other events going on here in London.
Sunday 7th Feb - Grimaldi Day - The annual service in which around 60 clowns, dressed in full costume, gather to honour the king of the clowns, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), will this year take place in the All Saints Church in Haggerston. This temporary venue is larger than their usual haunt but it's still best to arrive early – many Grimaldi fans and clown admirers usually show up, so the pews will no doubt be packed.
Monday 8th Feb is Chinese New Year -The Year of the Monkey is coming up and, as usual, Chinese New Year in London celebrations will be loud and colourful. The main London parade will take place on Sunday 14th in Soho where decorations, dragons, music and dancing will take over Chinatown.
Tues 9th Feb - Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. This is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – is traditionally a time of fasting. Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent: milk, butter, and eggs. Pancakes have featured in recipe books as far back as 1439!
As well as eating pancakes, there's a long tradition of pancake races in London. Participants have to toss pancakes in a frying pan while completing the course. The races often raise money for charity.
Friday 12th Feb is the start of half term for many schools, lasting either one or two weeks. Many families are lucky enough to go skiing in Europe, however why not try your local ski dome to learn something new or polish up on your technique.
Friday 19th Feb sees the start of London Fashion Week to show case trends for Autumn/ Winter 2016 .This year it's taking place in Brewer Street Car Park, Soho and gives top international talent a chance to present their collections to global press, industry buyers, bloggers and photographers.