has been slow with delivering the expert quotes/product details/inspiration you
need for any last-minute Valentine’s Day features you’re working on, here are a
selection of just some of the experts you can get in touch with via the
Journalist Enquiry Service today – send a quick request here.
Oh, and if
you still haven’t decided how you’ll be celebrating (or willfully ignoring) the
big day on Sunday, a few have shared how they’ll be spending their own
Valentine’s Day, too.
For food features…
Irini Tzortzoglou, celebrity chef/author/business woman/motivational speaker
Expertise: Suggestions for something tasty for Valentine’s Day (that isn’t a takeout) are a cinch for Irini, whose talent for cooking has led to her winning MasterChef 2019, shooting Instagram Live videos with Michelin Star celebrities, lecturing at universities and authoring her own cookbooks.
Plans for Valentine’s Day? Irini will be
‘giving herself the whole day off to enjoy some treats with her husband John
starting from a glass of fizz and heart shaped churros in bed in the morning to
watching some soapy old film in front of the fire and finishing with a simple
but delicious early dinner of pan-fried breast of duck served with parsnip
puree and griddled purple sprouting broccoli, some pickled wild garlic buds she
foraged last Spring and drizzled with a hedgerow fruit flavoured balsamic
For romantic interiors…
Jess Martin, Ginger Ray
Expertise: Jess Martin is Ginger Ray’s
resident party planner and can provide comment on how to decorate your home for
Valentine’s Day – from a beautiful bar backdrop, or perhaps a Valentine’s
tablescape. Jess can also provide tips on fun activities to do in the home to
celebrate the day.
Plans for Valentine’s Day? ‘I’m a huge foodie
so I’m going to focus my loved-up energy on creating a tasty treat evening this
Valentine’s Day. I’m thinking lots of delicious red wine, rich dishes and
chocolate in front of the fire. It’s important to keep these traditions alive,
even in lockdown, and indulging in festivities really gives us something to
look forward to – something we all need, that’s for sure!’
For home entertainment ideas…
Honey Langcaster-James, TV psychologist
Honey is a
chartered academic, social and behavioural psychologist and coach, and
regularly offers expertise across radio, television, film and in the press. She
can offer advice on surprising activities couples can do this Valentine’s Day
to shake things up…
Plans for Valentine’s Day: Honey isn’t sharing, but has teamed up with The LEGO Group for Valentine’s Day and recommends that couples ‘build LEGO together to improve cooperation’, which sounds good to us.
For beauty tips…
Amish Patel, skin-care expert/award-winning aesthetic’s artist
Expertise: Amish has lockdown DIY beauty tips galore to ‘see you through Valentine’s Day and beyond’ – getting a ‘loved up’ glow to your skin as well as tricks and quick fixes for those of us who haven’t seen much of the sun over the last few months.
Plans for Valentine’s Day? ‘My wife and I will
be entertaining our little boy until his bedtime. Valentine’s always
has to have an element of surprise, so I’m not telling (in case my wife
reads this and it spoils it) but it will involve good food and a tipple or
For finding a date…
Adeem Younis, founder of SingleMuslim.com
Expertise: Adeem’s business singlemuslim.com has over two million users
across the world and has led to over 50,000 marriages (that’s around five every
day). Adeem can comment on finding ‘suitable partners, in a safe and respectable
environment’ (so, during Lockdown 3 – ‘online’).
for Valentine’s Day? Adeem will be on a virtual Valentine’s dinner date
on Sunday, so do not disturb.
Lewis Foster, founder + creator of Grazer
Expertise: Lewis started Grazer after seeing how quickly the vegan movement was growing and decided to create a dating app for ‘young plant-based heroes’ looking for love – he can comment on looking for a ‘plant-loving partner’, modern dating and how people interact online.
Valentine’s Day? ‘I
have a mate date planned on Valentine’s evening which I’m really looking
forward to. A few of my oldest friends and I are having some drinks and we’ll
probably play some online board games’.
For self-love (…so
Larwood, clinical hypnotherapist
Expertise: Leah is a wellbeing facilitator and hypnotherapist specialising in dreams and will be holding a Valentine’s Day workshop this Sunday all about cultivating self-compassion. ‘Self-compassion is a practise that we can sometimes overlook but now more than ever is the time for cultivating more kindness to ourselves. Accepting all that we are, as we are,’ says Leah – get in touch if writing about personal wellbeing is your thing.
plans for Valentine’s Day? Find out more about Leah’s Valentine’s Day ‘A love letter
to self: A writing for wellbeing workshop’, and others, on her website.
For relationship advice…
Duchess Iphie, sex, intimacy and relationship coach/counsellor
Expertise: Iphie Mottoh is a media-friendly relationship expert and sex coach who set up in business two years ago and has helped over 50 long-term clients with all manner of solo and couple situations. Iphie vowed to help others after experiencing issues within her own marriage and has provided expertise to outlets including the Metro, Daily Mail, Forbes and Cosmopolitan.
Juliette Smith, relationship coach and counsellor
Expertise: Juliette is a highly trained coach and counsellor whose focus over the past twenty years has been on supporting couples who want to rekindle connection, intimacy and love in their relationship. She can speak on quickly diagnosing what is really happening in a relationship (often diving deeply beneath the presenting problems) and supporting people to move through their limitations, rather than avoid them.
Plans for Valentine’s Day? ‘It goes without saying that restaurant dinners and trips to Paris are off the menu. Given the origins of Valentine’s Day are not about romantic love, but love for others, this year instead of worrying about chocolates and bouquets, it’s time to be loving to the wider world. This could be as simple as listening to our children, instead of being distracted or thanking people we wouldn’t normally thank – like the postman or supermarket security guard. And also being loving to ourselves. Appreciating what we’ve all been going through and taking time out to rest, relax and recuperate.’
On the Journalist
Enquiry Service you can reach thousands of expert sources in all sectors; these
are just a selection of the experts ready to talk about Valentine’s Day or other
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