Whatever happened to the days of penpals you got from a camping trip in France, writing cheery letters to your granny on the other side of the country, and candid declarations of love to the cutest kid in the class ?
Rituals of the past
Choosing the best writing paper, using your finest handwriting and then creating finishing touch with a squirt of your favourite perfume. You could almost rush to the attic and dig out your old fountain pen right now. Luckily Valentine’s Day is upon us. There’s no better excuse for a nostalgic moment full of frills, sweet nothings and romance. But with a contemporary update packed with flower and plant elements.
Say it with plants
The message comes across even better on attractive paper. Use our downloadable writing paper with an illustrated drawing of flowers or plants. Also great for everyday shopping lists and to-do lists. Once you printed it out, grab your pen and pour your heart out on paper.
Smell is one of the strongest senses. A fragrance can transport you to the most incredible memories, but can also evoke emotions. Just think of your lover’s jumper or freshly baked cookies.
Do you have a signature perfume? A fragrance that is always with you and hangs around you like a cloud? Ideally something botanical. Feeling a lack of inspiration? Try sniffing Figuier by Diptyque, Wood by Dsquared² and Baudelaire by Byredo.
The finishing touch
It’s time to post your love letter. But wait! In keeping with this over the top day, let’s add some petals or some greenery to the envelope. That might be rose petals, or a sprig of lavender, but equally you could use the symbolic petals of the Alstroemeria or a colourful sprig of winter heather. Seal the envelope, stick on the stamp and pop it in the post box.
You really don’t need to sit by the letterbox waiting for a reply. Not only is it pointless, but it’ll only result in postal-traumatic stress. It’s 2017, so it’s quite likely that your loveletter will be answered digitally. Or the doorbell will suddenly ring, and you will have worried for nothing. Or maybe you’ll find a mysterious envelope amongst your post a few days later. As you open it, you recognise his scent and in beautiful typography it contains the words you’ve been longing for: “I love you too!”