♥ Gift Ideas Please Be My Valentine Gift ideas for February 14… Sabi Japanism Make your Valentine’s Day extra special with a touch of Japan! This boutique shop, newly relocated from Newport to Avalon, has a variety of special gift ideas from Japan – specialist artisan plates, bowls and cups from Arita, Southern Japan where Japanese porcelain started 400 years ago, plus Japanese themed scarves, handbags and sweet crane origami earrings. “There are many porcelain products newly arrived in store, which will make practical and long-lasting beautiful gifts for everyday use,” said Yuko, the owner of Sabi Japanism. Yuko adds she will be more than happy to help you to choose the best gift for your loved one for Valentine’s Day. “Your gift will be wrapped beautifully in a Japanese way for a personal touch,” she said. “We very much look forward to meeting you in our store.” Find Sabi Japanism at Shop 5, 25 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon. Trading hours are 9:30am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday; 1pm – 4pm on Mondays; 10am – 2pm on Saturdays. Closed Sundays. For more information phone 0430 238 850. Utopia Lingerie Owner Julia says it’s a given that women love their men to show their appreciation of them – “and giving us lingerie means we both get to enjoy it!” Indecision is no excuse either, with Julia urging men who may be uncertain about the right gift to speak to one of her trained staff, who have years of experience in knowing what women want. She suggests you could even give your special someone a Gift Voucher so that they can choose themselves. Utopia Lingerie was situated at Warriewood Square for 10 years so if you are wondering where they have gone – they’ve moved to bright new spacious premises at Narrabeen (in between The Sands and the 7/11, opposite Bunnings) where they currently have lots of items on sale. “We have a huge range of brands and can fit from first bras to ladies’ soft cup, then up 28 FEBRUARY 2017 to H cups including sports bras,” said Julia. “Many of our European brands cater for small to large cups and backs. Our Simone Perele range is extensive. Not forgetting our sleepwear – particularly for the elderly ladies.” Brands include Givoni, Schrank and many more. “We can also arrange trips from retirement homes where we provide tea, biscuits and extra discounts, which makes a lovely day out.” For more info phone 9913 7091.
Avalon Floral Art To say “I love you” on February the 14th, head to what we think is the best and most creative florist on the Northern Beaches: Avalon Floral Art. You will find an amazing selection of roses including traditional red, soft pastels and modern brights available in single stems, dozens or more. Tropical bouquets are a popular choice with a wide variety of exotic blooms available this time of year. Oriental lilies, lissianthus and hydrangeas also prove to be favourites. You can choose to have your flowers RitzyRocks Give the gift of ‘1000 flowers’ this Valentine’s Day! Millefiori is a term which is a combination of the Italian words ‘mille’ (thousand) and ‘fiori’ (flowers) – hence the English word of one thousand flowers. “This is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive patterns of glassware,” says Renata from bespoke jeweler Ritzy- presented in a vase and for that special touch include a Knox/Cox candle which are sold exclusively in Avalon. Beautiful Phalaenopsis orchids and brightly coloured frangipanis are the perfect choice if you prefer a potted plant. Avalon Floral Art offers Sydney-wide delivery for orders placed the previous day and same-day local delivery for orders placed before 2pm. You can place your order by phoning 9918 2711 or visit their website www. avalonfloralart.com.au and order online. Rocks. “The technique was lost in the 18th century and was not revived until the 19th century. It involved producing glass canes or rods known as ‘murrine’ with multicoloured patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane.” Renata explained the rod is heated in a furnace and pulled until thin while still maintaining the cross sections design. It is then cut into beads or discs when cooled. Renata has now managed to obtain a variety of these delicate discs, which either have gold or silver bezels, presented on a beautiful sterling silver or 14kt gold filled snake chain. “This makes the perfect Valentine’s gift being presented in an elegant RitzyRocks display box,” she said. Visit www.ritzyrocks to view the unique designs. FEBRUARY 2017 29