Valentine’s Day could spell either disaster or sweet conquest for lovers. And it all boils down to planning and realising that perfect date.
Well, why not catch some sunrays together. Thanks to brain science, we now know spending time in the sun produces serotonin (the ‘happy hormone’) that can help trigger those gushy amorous feelings.
So bust out of a relationship rut by ditching the cookie-cutter meal-and-a-movie date to score big this V-day, or the weekend after, with some recommended outdoor fun.
These date ideas have been picked out and categorised for three different kinds of people. Plus, we’ve included a range of sunnies to wear on your love jaunts, because having protection is paramount — and that includes for your eyes, against those pesky UV.
1. For nature lovers
Instead of a muddy hike as a date, satisfy your love for nature and the planet by going farmers’ market shopping. You can also express your love for the greens by wearing some floral or nature-inspired sunglasses to make a statement.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Ortensia collection of sunglasses will be the perfect shades for this date. The model below features green gradient lenses capped by hand-sewn beads, blooming into lilac and white hydrangeas with leafy greens.
Or if you love tropical fruits, here’s Gucci’s gold acetate frame with pineapple design, further speckled with seeds of crystals. This oversized pair of sunnies will definitely sparkle and shine with you throughout your date.
Why do we suggest going to a farmers’ market instead of a hike? Shopping is a great way to get to know someone. You not only learn what they like but also how they make choices — may it be impulsively or methodically. You can also learn more about healthy eating and minimise your carbon footprint by filling your basket with local and planet-friendly produce.
Visit the Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market or Kok Fah’s Weekend Market for some fresh fix, and then head home to prepare a wholesome meal together. Who knows, sparks might continue to fly in the kitchen too.
2. For sports lovers
If you call yourself an aquatic adventurer, listen up! There are actually plenty of places in Singapore to go kayaking. And boy, do we have the right kinds of sunglasses to accompany you on your outdoor fun.
These Oakley Crossrange shield sunglasses below come with matte grey-smoke frame and the brand’s signature Prizm ruby lenses that sharpens visual acuity, promising to reveal nuances that would otherwise be missed by the naked eye. You’ll also get an interchangeable set of temples tip and nose pad to adapt from lifestyle to sport performance.
Then there’s the new sunglasses from the Prada Linea Rossa Constellation eyewear collection, which convey a sporty, casual attitude. The softly rounded square frame with distinctive rubber coating is fortified by the strong character of the metal bridge, as well as by the new ultra-slim flat temples. The model below utilises blue lenses.
Now you can just enjoy the sights, the exercise, and the adrenaline-making waves. It’s exciting being on water and steering your own boat as a team, which does wonders to a couple’s bond.
Row down Siloso beach at Sentosa to take in the surroundings of southern Singapore or embark on a river kayak expedition like no other at Pulau Ubin, which is crisscrossed by many waterways, or on the Mandai rivers near Woodlands.
3. For art lovers
There isn’t a date that screams utter hipster like a leisurely walk around Singapore’s visual art precincts. You can take that important #ootd with some of these spectacular spectacles on, which doubles as a shield and style soulmate.
Try on Longchamp’s new eyewear collection for size. Inspired by details from the Maison‘s French heritage, and winking at the vibrancy of its Le Pliage bags, these pairs of sunnies are the epitome of Parisian fashion and feminine allure. Not too flashy, but wearers will exude great vibes among the colourful artworks already surrounding them.
You can otherwise take a page out from Fendi’s millennial-centred ‘F is for Fendi’ Instagram campaign, where four social media elites, including Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus and Spanish DJ and model Sita Abellan, took to the streets for a candid photoshoot under the Florida sun during Art Basel Miami last December.
The highlights would be Fendi’s embellishment-free round-lens sunglasses worn by style-bomb and pro skateboarder Ben Nordberg. German beauty blogger Caro Daur also wore a stunning pearly number, with geometric accents. Both are artful pieces that are effortlessly chic.
If it’s good for Miami, it’ll be great for sunny Singapore. As you meander through the city’s creative streets, the visually stimulated free spirit in you will appreciate the superb site-specific works of art. These are usually local and very stimulating, which can add depth and passion to your relationship.