The February Shop is lush and pale — a little like us after a long January. We’re rounding out the long winter season with this month’s The Shop filled with thoughtful books new and old, mood and libido-boosting wellness essentials, and a few unapologetic heart prints.
February holds both the promise of idyllic romance and the responsibility of real life relationships. Even though many of us protest that Valentine’s Day is a ‘commercial’ holiday – little more than an excuse for chocolate makers and florists to rake it in – the day still rarely passes without a little reflection on the state of our relationships – the good, bad and the ugly.
We threw classic relationship guide, ‘The 5 Love Languages’ into The Shop this month, in case it’s escaped anyone’s attention. The book’s philosophy on communication styles makes it an essential. Another great read? The Food Therapist by Shira Lenchewski that explores another kind of relationship: that between us and our plate. (Bonus: it’s a great one to read with a friend! Girl’s night in book club, anyone?)
This month’s beauty picks include deeply nourishing skin oils from African Botanics and Vintner’s Daughter for dry winter skin, plus an overnight miracle mask by K beauty brand, Glow Recipe that sold out around the world last year. A must-try for any beauty obsessee.
For your pantry, we’ve added Mucuna (called ‘dopamine bean’ for a reason!) for a nerve and mood enhancing boost to tonics and smoothies, and this Joy Tonic to put to rest any anxiety surrounding all this relationship talk.
At home, try a few of these subtle pink cues that feel light and modern, not V-Day cloying. The ultimate? Parachute Home’s pale pink linen sheets. These linens are pitch perfect for a month that has us beginning to think about a spring refresh, but romance too. Pair the look by lighting up Overose epic (and non-toxic) millenial pink candle or try a few of our favorite picks from an upcoming incense story – so many moody, uplifting scents and a few gorgeous ways to display them while they burn.
On the fitness front, we’re not ashamed to declare our love for these tiny heart prints – both this cotton muscle tee and the bright red legging will add a pop of life to any boring winter fitness wardrobe. AllBirds beautiful, sustainable wool trainers are also a no-brainer, for the gym and beyond.
We hope you cruise through February with the kind playful spirit we’ve filled The Shop with. Pass on all the fun and pick up any of the below items as gifts for Valentine’s Day too. We can’t wait to see what you love best…