Sunday, 28 October 2012

New anti-age range from Yves Rocher

The journey to find the perfect anti-ageing product could be over. Because he unique formula of Yves Rocher's Anti-Age Global range will regenerate tired skin and inspire a fresh, youthful look which will leave even the most sceptical users satisfied.

Yves Rocher’s botanical research team has incorporated an innovative and patented technique of plant cell elicitation, calling it the “4th Generation in Plant Cells”. These have the ability to aid regeneration of broken or damaged cells. Plant Source Cells have been scientifically proven to act on all biological levels of skin cell treatment, protecting cellular heritage, stimulating and improving natural cellular renewal and strengthening dermal structures.

Each 50ml jar of Anti-Age Global care not only contains over 100,000 Plant Source cells, but they also contain the key ingredient, hyaluronic acid. Both of these ingredients key components to gaining firmer, more youthful and healthier looking complexion by firming the skins natural collagen.

The Anti-Age Global range includes a day cream, night cream and an eye cream - all designed to target wrinkles, crow’s feet and age lines, leaving the skin perfectly moisturised and radiant.

The Complete Anti-Ageing Day Care’s airy texture sinks immediately in to the skin to deeply moisturise and deliver instant and long-lasting comfort. The delicate fragrance of white flowers combined with its light air whipped texture leaves skin feeling soft and healthy, whilst day after day helping your skin appear visibly younger and rejuvenated.

For night time protection, Yves Rocher’s Complete Anti-Aging Night Care product is enriched in reparative oils such as Soy oil, Shea butter and Olive squalene. Its rich texture instantly blends into skin, leaving a non-oily, non-sticky, protective film. With added Ginseng extract which boosts cell renewal, the Night Care cream helps regenerate skin cells during sleep, leaving skin looking visibly rested and radiant.

For a targeted eye-care, Yves Rocher offers the Complete Anti-Aging Eye Cream to accompany the Day & Night Care products. Its fresh, light texture ensures that under eye bags are visibly decongested and dark circles faded and wrinkles smoothed, leaving eyes looking radiant. Enriched with a blend of botanical extracts such as cornflower water and Escin, the fragrance free emulsion soothes eyes and completely reduces any cases of irritation.

Formulated with a blend of botanical extracts, Yves Rocher has created an evidently powerful range of anti-age products. The fast acting Anti-Age Global range effectively reverse the appearance of fine lines and restores skin to its youthful condition. 80% of women who tested the product noticed that their skin felt completely restored and regenerated.

For more information, please visit the Yves Rocher website at

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hi-Tec Urges Brits to Invest in Sturdy Snow Boots to Avoid Injury This Winter

Outdoor footwear brand, Hi-Tec is encouraging the UK to prepare for a predicted severe winter by investing in a pair of high quality, supportive and waterproof snow boots.

Forecasters this week warned that winter 2012 could see temperatures as low as -18◦C in some parts of the UK, which will equal the coldest winter on record, and unprepared Brits could be at risk of injury due to slips, trips or falls on icy ground.

The winter of 2010/2011 saw snowfall of up to 76cm and icy conditions brought the country to a virtual standstill.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reported that a record 15,237 people were admitted to hospital with injuries related to falls due to adverse weather conditions across England and Wales alone. This figure only reflects more severe cases with thousands more suffering minor bumps and bruises as a direct result of venturing out wearing inappropriate footwear.

Hi-Tec supports RoSPA’s advice to wear ‘sturdy footwear with a good grip’ in order to prevent accidents during severe weather conditions.

Helen Durant, UK Marketing manager for Hi-Tec explains: ”Quality snow boots offer stability and grip, as well as warmth and insulation, which wellies and fashion boots lack.

“Walkers will be much less likely to take a tumble if they can ensure enough friction between themselves and the icy ground.

“There are some really attractive models on offer, so style doesn’t have to be sacrificed for safety!”

To see Hi-Tec’s full range of snow boots, which includes the fleece-lined St Moritz,

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rudell the Jewellers host Fope Gioielli Evening

Rudells the Jewellers were delighted to host a Fope Gioielli evening at their Harborne showroom on the 12th September. The Rudells team welcomed the representatives from both Fope UK and Fope Italy who joined the event.

On display were all the latest collections, with the much anticipated Flex'It Eka bracelet taking pride of place in the new custom Fope cabinet (the first of its kind in the country). Created in 18ct gold the Eka is uniquely flexible and the new edition features a series of gold roundels that are sold separately and allow you to customise your jewels. White, Yellow and Rose gold with diamonds in white or black pave allow you dozens of unique combinations for any occasion.

The new SilverFope Twin was very well received. The new Star, Fizzy and Naos collections feature rose gold accents as well as natural stones that perfectly complement the elegant Fope silver links.

Champagne and canapés were on offer as guest previewed the exclusive collections. Managing Director Jon Weston was delighted with the response to the evening from the guests, who all commented on the exceptional selection and designs that were on show.

Rudell the Jewellers showrooms are based in Wolverhampton and Harborne, Birmingham; they are renowned for the finest quality jewellery and customer service in the Midlands since 1938.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Hotter Shoes introduces 27 new ladies styles for Autumn 2012

Hotter Comfort Concept Shoes has revealed its new Autumn collection, with 27 new ladies styles.

Comfy shoe fans will be delighted with Hotter's new Autumn collection, each and every style has been given individual attention to guarantee the ultimate, lightweight feeling with design features to guarantee they will look as good as they feel.

The new collection features a style for every occasion so the Hotter customer can wear something comfy and stylish wherever they go, whether it's work shoes, casual shoes for a day of shopping or meeting up with friends, attending a family wedding or enjoying a city break.

"This collection is our best one yet, our customers can enjoy the on-trend styles we're seeing on the catwalks. And with thanks to the comfort features we secretly hide into each pair they can be confident that they'll look good and feel great." commented Design Director Ian Spedding. "This collection features 27 new styles for ladies including fashionable brogues Kiara and Topaz along with smart wedge heels like Kiev in bright, warm colours. For the cooler months we've created a boots collection with on-trend detailing, there’s new boot Panama with faux fur lining, soft leather boot Jade with scrunching detailing and elegant Isabella with delicate brogue detailing.

"Colours are key to the Hotter collection, with on-trend shades like Peacock, Cherryberry, Aubergine, Kingfisher and Grape Juice, making our shoes stand out from the rest," he added.

The majority of Hotter's comfy women’s shoes come in sizes 3 to 9 with some half sizes, extra wide shoes for women and EEE fittings. Anyone new to Hotter will find a handy shoe fitting guide online, with details of how to find the perfect fit and Hotter offers a free Personal Shopping service for additional advice. Hotter shoes can also be purchased at 38 Hotter stores throughout the UK.

One in every three pairs of all shoes made in the UK are made in Hotter’s Lancashire factory and the company is forecast to make nearly 1.6 million pairs of shoes this year, making it the biggest shoe manufacturer in the UK. The company was set up in 1959, introducing the Hotter brand in the 1990s with the aim of creating "the world's most comfortable footwear, continuously delighting customers".

Monday, 6 August 2012

Austin Reed & House of Colour: Partnership looking good!

House of Colour (HOC) clients have long been recommended to invest in quality, timeless garments as a core staple for a capsule wardrobe from retailers such as Austin Reed, (which includes CC and Viyella in their brand). The two companies are proud to announce a new discount card which enables all HOC clients to benefit from a 15% customer discount on full price and 10% discount on sale items. On line discounts through their web shop will follow.

With more competition for jobs and business and often less money in our pockets, the need to distinguish yourself with your own unique personal brand is essential and a partnership which helps us save money and look good is always welcome.

With over 100 years of retail experience and a stylish new flagship store in London’s Regent Street, Austin Reed pride themselves on a wide range of products and styles providing choice in Ladies & Gents clothing for business, formal and casual wear including occasion hire.

With a clear focus on supporting individuals to look the best they can be, House of Colour has been providing personal colour and style advice to men and women of all ages and walks of life through their professional consultant network accumulating over 500 years’ experience. HOC’s team of consultants originated in the UK and now have representatives in every continent.

A UK company accredited with the Investor in People Gold standard, House of Colour’s network of over 150 professional Image Consultants have been helping people to make the most of themselves through their appearance since 1985.

House of Colour has held the Investors in People award continuously since 1996, were honoured in 2011 with the Gold award and recognised as Investors in People Champions in 2012. The only company in its field to hold these prestigious awards highlights their cultural focus on empowering individuals throughout the organisation, making it the best Colour and Image Consultancy for both clients and Franchisees.

Empowering individuals through Colour and Style is what the organisation is about. As a Franchised organisation, House of Colour Consultants follow the most intensive, thorough and ongoing training available and work with individuals and organisations to empower them in gaining the edge towards achieving their goals. Click here for more information.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Goldsmiths' Fair 2012

Pearl ring by Leyla AbdollahiWeek One: Monday 24 to Sunday 30 September (closed Monday 1 October)
Week Two: Tuesday 2 to Sunday 7 October
At Goldsmiths’ Hall

Admission by catalogue purchasable on the door
£7 for one week - £12 for two weeks

This autumn the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair momentously celebrates its 30th Anniversary!

While a 60th anniversary is associated with diamonds, 30 years are commemorated with pearls – spherical beads, made up of lustrous layers of minute crystals of calcium carbonate that develop in the living tissue of an oyster into exquisite natural jewels.

Rather like the pearl, over the past three decades Goldsmiths’ Fair has evolved into what is now universally regarded as one of the gems in the contemporary design calendar, beloved by designer-makers and collectors alike.

The first Goldsmiths’ Fair took place in 1983 and is now the most visual and high profile way in which the Goldsmiths’ Company supports its trade, something it has been doing for more than 700 years. With a considerable national and international following, the Fair today is the ultimate show-case of what is up-to-the-minute in the world of contemporary jewellery and silver, demonstrating stylish, innovative design, combined with high quality workmanship.

Over a period of two weeks 180 jewellers and silversmiths present – in person – their latest designs and collections to an ever-expanding, appreciative audience. There is jewellery and silver for every occasion and in a wide variety of styles and permeations – each piece reflecting the unique creativity and artistic personality of the individual designer-maker working in precious metal.

Aside from the incredible range of exciting jewellery and silver, one of the particularly special aspects of the Fair is being able to meet the designers themselves. This gives an insight into the whole making process from start to finish – something which is rarely achievable when buying off the peg from a shop. The whole experience is therefore more personal and comes with added value, while commissioning a new piece takes the whole process to an even more intimate and satisfying level.

Jewellery at Goldsmiths’ Fair ranges from breathtaking red-carpet creations by jewellers such as Ingo Henn, Alison Bradley, Lilly Hastedt and David Marshall, set with exquisite gemstones, to the quirky silver jewels inspired by microscopic cell life by Sarah Parker-Eaton and the flamboyant encrusted statement jewels of recent graduate Maud Traon.

Appropriately in the year of the Fair’s “Pearl” Anniversary there is an abundance of these beautiful, iridescent beads from the classic creations of Eric N Smith and Jane Sarginson, as well as less traditional but equally exciting pearl jewellery by Catherine Mannheim, Yen, Ornella Iannuzzi, Jesper Velling and Jane Adam. Two other jewellers Mikala Djorup and Josef Koppmann are using unusual faceted pearls.

The silversmiths similarly employ their considerable skills to provide a huge variety of different objects demonstrating Britain’s pre-eminent status in the field of contemporary silversmithing. There is a huge range of practical, yet simultaneously stylish silver such as jugs from Graham Stewart, sauce-boats from Brett Payne, ladles by Rauni Higson, to pieces which serve simply to decorate and highlight the preciousness of the metal. For example an exquisite, silver box by Adrian Hope opens up to reveal a gilded tree. Or there is Vladimir Böhm’s almost subversive treatment of silver where he moulds a sculptural form in wax which is then cast and the resulting highly fluid, sculptural silver form is brushed with liver of sulphur to create a dark, edgy patina that is far removed from the expected traditional look of shiny silver.

From its start 30 years ago, Goldsmiths’ Fair has not only been a platform for the most acclaimed independent designer-makers on the scene but has reached out to find exciting, emerging young talent. This year is no different. Ten graduate designers – five in each week – have been given free stands to exhibit their work to the discerning audience that attends the Fair. The contacts, relationships, knowledge – and best of all, the sales – made during the Fair are invaluable and provide these young graduates with a major boost at a critical moment in their careers. This is another way the Goldsmiths’ Company supports and fosters the development of young craftspeople. And who knows which of these bright young stars will turn out to be the next Stephen Webster or Malcolm Betts who both started their careers at Goldsmiths’ Fair. This year’s graduates include: Stacey Bentley (jeweller), Barbara Macleod (jeweller), Katie Roberts (jeweller), Kerry Seaton (jeweller), Maud Traon (jeweller), Petra Kapralova (silversmith), Jack Row (silversmith), Lee Simmons (silversmith), Louise Walker (silversmith) and MaxWarren (silversmith).

No one visiting the Fair can fail to be impressed at the sheer breadth of variety, talent and superlative craftsmanship on display. Thirty years on Goldsmiths’ Fair is still scaling new creative heights of excellence.:

 • The 30th annual Goldsmiths’ Fair (first Fair took place in 1983).
• A selling exhibition open to the public and trade.
• 90 exhibitors each week (jewellers and silversmiths).
• 115 jewellers and 63 silversmiths.
• All the exhibitors are vetted by the Goldsmiths’ Company.
• 10 recent graduates have been granted a stand, a bullion loan and £1,500 cash by the Goldsmiths’ Company. This years graduates include:

Stacey Bentley (jeweller), Barbara Macleod (jeweller), Katie Roberts (jeweller), Kerry Seaton (jeweller), Maud Traon (jeweller), Petra Kapralova (silversmith), Jack Row (silversmith), Lee Simmons (silversmith), Louise Walker (silversmith) and MaxWarren (silversmith).
• Prices at the Fair range from around GBP 60 to GBP16,000.
• All the silver and precious metal jewellery is hallmarked by one of the four UK Assay Offices.
• Goldsmiths’ Fair is financially subsidised by the Goldsmiths’ Company, itself a charity, but takes no commission from the sales.

Week One: 24 September – 30 September
Closed October 1 for change over of exhibitors
Week Two: 2 October – 7 October


11am – 7pm Monday – Friday (last admission half an hour before closing)
10am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday (last admission half an hour before closing)


Entrance by catalogue purchasable on the door (£7 for one week, £12 for two weeks)


Goldsmiths’ Hall,
Foster Lane,
London EC2V 6BN
Tel: 020 7606 7010

Licensed Café on site offering drinks and delicious food throughout the day

St Paul’s, Mansion House, Barbican, Bank, Blackfriars

8, 11, 25, 100, 242, 56, 521

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Hotter Shoes reveals uncomfortable shoes cost UK women £2.5 billion per year

Women across the UK are frittering away £2.5 billion each year on uncomfortable shoes they rarely wear a new study has revealed.

The average woman in the UK spends £136.52 on five new pairs of shoes every year, at a cost of £27.40 each. Instead of investing wisely in shoes they can wear more than once, three out of the five pairs of women's shoes end up at the bottom of the wardrobe having only been worn once or twice, because they hurt the wearer's feet.

The research, commissioned by shoe specialist Hotter Comfort Concept, also revealed that 40% of the 1000 women questioned admitted to choosing their shoes purely for how they looked and not how they felt on their feet.

Lisa McCarten from Hotter, said: "Shoes really can change your life: they have an impact on the health of your feet, can influence how you feel and play a significant part in how much you enjoy your day. Not only do uncomfortable shoes make for a bad day today, squeezing your toes into ill-fitting footwear can also damage your feet causing pain and discomfort in later life."

Worryingly almost a third of women (28%) who have tried on shoes and know that they will be uncomfortable, still purchase them as they can't resist how they look.

Lisa continued: "We all want to look our best, keep up with our busy lives and have fun; stylish comfy shoes are an essential part of the modern woman's wardrobe to help her tackle all three."

62% of women revealed that they spend at least one day a week wearing uncomfortable shoes with 48% hoping to wear them in until their feet get used to them.

More than half of women (53%) will keep uncomfortable shoes for up to a year before giving up on them and throwing them away despite only wearing them once.

They also revealed that they own at least four pairs of shoes just to be worn when sitting down or 'Dinner Shoes' that look amazing but are very painful to walk in.

Regionally, women in Chelmsford buy the most shoes, purchasing on average seven new pairs a year whereas women in Leicester buy the least purchasing just four pairs every year.

Women in Worcester buy the most uncomfortable shoes admitting that 70% of their shoe collection has only been worn once, whereas women in Cambridge are the most comfort savvy revealing that just 20% of their collection has been worn only once.

To assist with the problem of uncomfortable shoes, Hotter's website offers a handy shoe fitting guide, allowing customers to ensure their shoes will fit just right.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Topman releases denim style guide

Topman has revealed the 'Denim Room', a new, comprehensive online denim style guide, featuring a lookbook which showcases on-trend ways to wear the fabric as well as a guide to washes, fits and details, and a size guide.

The lookbook includes edgy fashion shots showing customers how to wear denim this season, with stunning photography that complements Topman's on-the-pulse approach to men's fashion.

The Washes section of the guide offers an insight into popular denim washes this season, with details on how different washes are created, and what kind of style customers can create by wearing them. This season, customers can find naturally aged vintage washes, black and grey washes and coloured washes, as well as raw denim and indigo men's jeans.

The Fit section details what consumers can expect from each denim style so they can decide what fit would suit them best. This season, Topman is showcasing a range of slim and skinny jeans, including traditional skinny fit jeans with roll ups, the stretched skinny fit, classic slim jeans, tapering at the hems and the super skinny spray on fit in figure hugging denim.

The Details section provides detailed information about different aspects of jeans, such as creasing, dyeing processes or rivets. This section will assist customers in understanding every design element of their jeans, and help them choose which ones they like best.

The Size Guide provides detailed information about how to measure jeans. The guide shows key measurement points that are used to create different denim fits and where each size swill fit on different parts of the body so the customer can make an informed decision and allowing them to order the right size first time round.

The 'Denim Room' also offers a sneak preview of the Premium Denim range coming soon to Topman. The range will cater to all fit types and will feature premium fabrics coupled with the finest metalwork.

Gracia Amico, Head of Ecommerce said: "It's the ultimate destination to find out all there is to know about Topman jeans. We're providing our customers with the tools to make the right decision for them, from our washes right down to the differing thigh measurements between styles."

Sunday, 8 July 2012

pHenomenal - Vita Liberata launch first range containing solely non-toxic ingredients and lasts 2-3 weeks

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tanning MoussesIt sold out on and at Debenhams this week and sales have remained sky high throughout the week. Firmly established as the tan brand of choice on many red carpets, Vita Liberata pHenomenal is the world’s first 2-3 week tan and the Vita Liberata range is the only tanning range that contains solely non-toxic ingredients and contains no alcohol, perfume or parabens.
Developed by Founder and CEO, Alyson Hogg with one of the world’s foremost chemists, their mission was to create a tan that lasted 4 times longer than any other tanning products on the market, was highly moisturising and nourishing (great for sensitive skin types) and more importantly, packed with natural safe ingredients that don’t appear on the toxic list.

Found and CEO, Alyson Hogg says “Unlike many of the brands I have come across, we are proud to say our Vita Liberata formulas contain none of the so-called ‘toxic’ ingredients that are widely used by some of the biggest beauty brands. Neither do the products contain alcohol, perfumes or parabens, but they do contain a unique moisture lock system that brings water molecules to the skin’s surface and keeps it there. “

80% organic, odourless and lasting 2 – 3 weeks, the new pHenomenal Tanning Mousse range incorporates brand new technology (pHeno2) that works alongside the traditional active tanning ingredient DHA to ensure the formula takes to the skin in a way regular self tans can’t. Enhanced with a unique moisture-lock complex©, which dramatically enhances the skin's ability to maintain a perfect moisture balance, which helps maintain the coverage of the tan, ensuring an even fade after the 2-3 week period. pHenomenal is also packed with the same nourishing natural extracts as other Vita Liberata tans, such as silk proteins, seaweed and ylang ylang. Choose from light, medium or dark.

The pHenomenal Tanning Mousse £37.50 with free Mitt is available now from Debenhams stores nationwide, Boots stores nationwide and, House of Fraser and Gordons Chemists.

Bish Bosh Becca’s new charm

Exclusive jewellery designer Bish Bosh Becca is launching a new charm bracelets range that combines a golden chain and charms with black or white fresh water pearls.

This affordable bracelet is the ideal accessory for every occasion, from a dress down outing to your wedding day, when just a little bit of glamour is required to complete your perfect look.

When it comes to choosing your favourite mix of pearls and golden charms the choice is yours. white pearls will give that timeless classic look. For those who like to indulge their 'darker' side, the black pearl and golden charms will give you a sophisticated combination.

The eclectic mix of gold plated and gold coloured charms include: hearts; stars; fish; skulls; peace sign; fairies and doves. Each charm can be individually mixed and matched or moved around, as they all come with small lobster trigger clasps that attach to the bracelet. You can buy these individually or buy the whole collection of nine charms at a reduced price. Wear the charms that reflect your mood!

If you thought freshwater pearls were out of your price range, think again. The basic version of the bracelet includes a dragonfly and pearl charm for only £27. Additional charms can be purchased from £2 each.

To match your brand new bracelet you might want to have a look at their fabulous range of pearl jewellery which includes:

rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants

Bish Bosh Becca also has a range of jewellery in miniature just for little girls. Their children’s jewellery makes a special present for a little princess. They are also the perfect gifts at Christenings, birthdays, or as a thank you to flower girls.

Bish Bosh Becca has a collection of unique and affordable jewellery featuring sterling silver, gemstones and freshwater pearls. Each piece is made by hand in Somerset by designer/maker Sarah-Jane Hill.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Hunter wins New Footwear Product of the Year at Shooting Industry awards

Hunter’s Balmoral Hawksworth shooting boots received the prestigious ‘New Footwear Product of the Year’ award at the recent IPC Shooting Industry awards. Competition was tough with leading field sports brands competing for the title. The Hawksworth stood out with its combination of classic design and modern technology.

These innovative shooting boots use an original time-served Hunter design as the base, complemented by new technology including Sympatex® lining and rugged tread for a style that looks smart, gives great ankle support and lasts well.

Thanks to the lining, the shooting boots are waterproof, breathable, and comfortable for day-long wear. Their Balmoral multi-layer outsole with multi-directional cleats offers excellent traction and mud release in all conditions. Pull tabs allow the wearer to remove the boots with ease.

"Hunter Balmoral Hawksworth boots really are the business. You can walk in them all day long," said one of the judges of his decision to award the footwear.

“The recognition from the industry that Hunter is continuing to develop and pioneer is very rewarding for us. Hunter continues to be "outstanding in every field”, and without doubt offers the best boots for the serious field sports enthusiast,” commented Chris Dewbury, Sales Director at Hunter.

The Balmoral Hawksworth combines tumbled and full grain leathers. It features a unique multi-layer outsole, and a mud-guard that forms a protective barrier around the side of the foot, providing excellent protection against wear and tear.

Two sets of shock absorbing insoles allow the wearer to vary the fit, making the shooting boots ideal for those who want optimum durability and exceptional comfort in the field.

The Balmoral Hawksworth is available in sizes 8 – 14. RRP £285.

Love Is Dating - New Online Dating Site Aims To Bring People Together

Brand new dating website Love Is Dating launches this week with the aim of bringing together more UK couples. Love Is Dating is celebrating the launch with a free prize draw to win a GBP50 luxury gift hamper.

"Love Is Togetherness. Let Love Is Dating bring you together," says Love Is Dating marketing spokesperson Karen Barr.

This month sees the public launch of a new online dating website aimed specifically at the UK market, Love Is Dating. The launch will be supported by media advertising campaigns along with strong social media involvement and a celebratory competition to win a luxury gift hamper for one lucky member.

It's estimated that the UK now has around 15 millions single adults, and Love Is Dating aims to capture all of them. "We believe the right relationship makes you happy," says a spokesperson for Love Is Dating. "And everyone needs a little happiness in their lives."

Love Is Dating offers a free signup for everyone, and the ability to upload photos and bio information, and search for other members based on a number of criteria.

"Choice is everything when you're looking for the right partner, and we already have a database of over 2 million singles in the UK who are looking for the right partner. Your ideal match could already be signed up and waiting for you to join!"

Over the last decade, online dating has gone from being something that was frowned on or considered a little kooky or even dangerous, to something that the majority of people would now consider as a relatively normal way to meet a partner. In fact, a recent survey by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) revealed that over a third of us have tried online dating, with users in their 40s and above being the most likely to have signed up at a dating website.

For women in particular, the attractions of online dating often revolve around security issues and intentional dating rather than leaving things to chance. Whereas younger people are more likely to take an attitude of "I'll meet someone at some point", older people are far more focussed on finding a partner through actively going out and looking, rather than passively waiting for a potential mate to appear in their life.

The rise of online dating in the UK appears a trend which is likely to continue building over the next few years, as more and more people meet their partners through this medium and success stories continue to come out.

"Ten years ago, if you told someone that you met your partner online, you would often be the recipient of a shocked look or some rather prurient questions," said Ms Barr. "But as the internet has become so much more a part of people's lives, internet dating has lost that sort of nerdy or seedy aura that it used to have and is now accepted as a very efficient and safe way to meet potential partners. In another ten years' time we might all be asking not "How did you meet?" but "So what site did you meet on?" And we'd like to think that a large proportion of the answers will be that they met their partner on Love Is Dating."

Visit Love Is Dating at

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Hotter Shoes reveals shoe collection for summer holidays

Hotter Shoes has revealed its stylish comfort shoe collection which features a range of comfortable and stylish footwear for summer holidays and weekend breaks.

Design Director, Ian Spedding commented: "We have created a collection of summer shoes that our customers will find comfortable no matter how they enjoy their holidays, from active sightseers to relaxed beach lovers. With on-trend style details and an array of fabulous colours our customers can be confident that our shoes will look just as good as they feel.

"For walks along the beach our designers have created a collection of lightweight sandals designed with comfort in mind; for sightseeing we have shoes such as sporty Leanne or bestseller Shake which have flexible soles filled with millions of tiny air bubbles to cushion feet and for glamorous evenings elegant heels Surabaya and Valetta have been carefully designed with hidden comfort features that feel sublime."

Highlights for this season include new style Gaby, which is perfect for a glamorous summer getaway. With on-trend espadrille styling and pretty flower detailing, Gaby is available in a selection of colours; red, stone and classic nautical navy.

To keep feet feeling cool and fresh in exotic locations, gladiator sandal Livia is perfect. One for fashion conscious shoe fans, it's full of comfort features like soft unlined leather, lightweight, flexible soles filled with millions of tiny air bubbles and an easy adjustable touch close fastening strap. The extra wide ladies sandals are available in black and tan.

For the male holidaymaker, Sahara men's sandals include textured soles for added grip, adjustable straps and lightweight soles. For anyone planning a more active holiday there's sporty styled Impact, with underfoot cushioning and long laces for adjustability.

The full Hotter collection is available at where customers can download their personal shoe fitting guide to help them find the perfect fit. Hotter also offers a free personal shopping service where its experts provide help and advice on customers' footwear queries.

Hotter has 29 stores nationwide, with plans to have 40 by the end of 2012. The company is the UK's biggest shoe manufacturer and is expected to make 1.5 million pairs of shoes in its Lancashire factory in 2012. Hotter has been nominated by its local MP to be part of the Made by Britain campaign.

About Hotter Comfort Concept:
Hotter Comfort Concept, which was set up in 1959, is the UK's biggest shoe maker, with one of the most advanced production facilities in Europe. The company makes a range of comfort ladies shoes for women and men which include 'Comfort Concept' features such as smooth internal seams, removable insoles, soft leather uppers and soft padding.

The 1.5 million pairs of comfortable shoes designed and made in Hotter's UK factory in 2012 will have shock absorbing soles which contain millions of air bubbles, making Hotter shoes incredibly light, giving the feeling of walking on air.

(EDITOR: My wife loves her Hotter Shoes!)

Monday, 25 June 2012

Beard Week 2012 - Expert Tips on Growing & Caring for the Perfect Beard

This week marks Beard Week 2012 and with a growing popularity amongst celebrities such as David Beckham, George Clooney and Robert Pattinson, who wouldn’t want a beard?

Ken Picton’s Senior Stylist and Prynhawn Da presenter Daffyd Rhys gives his top tips for the perfect beard.

Dafydd says ‘It is a man’s duty to attempt to grow a beard at some point in his life. One might say, that to most young men it is the sign of becoming a man. To middle aged men it is a sign that he is in control of his appearance (and not the wife), or perhaps sometimes, a beard is born out of plain laziness."

Growing Your Beard
If you’ve made a decision to grow a beard, the most important thing is to be confident in your decision to grow a beard. Don’t let other people’s personal opinions change your decision. The best time to start growing a beard is on holiday or the week before. This will give your beard the chance to develop enough growth so that when you return to work it will look substantial. It will take approximately four weeks for your beard to start to take shape. Please refrain from attempting to shape your beard before 4 weeks, even if you are only going for a goatee or handlebars as this may result in you shaving off a little too much.

Shaping Your Beard
Once you have grown your beard to a reasonable thickness and length, it is time to start the exciting part of finally shaping your beard. The best place to start is the neckline; using any good neck trimmer from the high-street, start shaping the neckline at your desired perimeter. Do not shape the beard at the cheekbones as this will create an unwanted almost cartoon-like effect. Most good beard trimmers will have a grade setting. This will be your best friend when trimming your beard. Start short at the beard line and work your way up to thicker/longer areas.

Although the skin is covered with hair, you must take care and remember to look after this area with your chosen cleansing and moisturizing products. Remember to shampoo your beard. Some shampoos will include exfoliating beards, such as Aveda Men Exfoliating Shampoo and this will aid in getting rid of dead skin cells that are stuck around the root of your hair and that may cause irritation. Why not also try the Redken Men Mint Shampoo, which will invigorate your skin and give a great tingling sensation in the morning. If you do not normally use a conditioner on your hair it may be worth applying a small amount on a twice weekly-daily basis as the texture of your beard may be coarser than that of your hair.

Last but not least, try to set yourself a 6-8 week target. This should stop you getting tempted to shave it off and will give your beard a chance to develop to its full potential.’

Good luck and happy bearding!

Dafydd Rhys is at Ken Picton: 8 Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, CF10 5BZ.
Appts: 029 2066 2080

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Maison Danu says, “be BRAVE and wear RED to support our troops!”

Maison Danu For The Brave
Ethical British beauty brand Maison Danu has created a bespoke red nail colour "Brave" in support of the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund (HCOCF). The HCOCF provides immediate and material support to injured soldiers of the Household Cavalry and their families, and to those who have lost their lives on active service. "Brave" is an exact colour match to the regimental uniform worn by the Life Guards of the Household Cavalry.
"Brave" is a chip resistant, long lasting polish, free from Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP (Phthalates) and Camphor. "Brave" is also made in the UK. The nail colour retails for £9.95 and fifty percent of the profits will go to the HCOCF fund and will be available on from mid-July 2012.

"Brave" will also be featured in the goodie bags at the Fashion for the Brave event at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Thursday the 20th of September 2012.

Sponsored by The Dorchester, Vestra Wealth and Boodles, supported by the British Fashion Council, and organised by legendary fashion industry stalwarts Hilary Alexander and Lesley Goring, Fashion for the Brave is the largest fundraising event for the HCOCF and the British Forces Foundation and will feature a catwalk show featuring the best of British brands and will be attended by British stars of fashion and film. Patrons of the charity include Sienna Miller, James Blunt, Harold Tillman and Ned Rocknroll. Claudia Winkleman will host the evening and Jeffrey Archer will run the charity auction on the night.

Topman showcase SS13 Design collection at London Fashion Week

Topman debuted its SS13 Design collection at London Fashion Week as part of the new 'London Collections: MEN' showcase (June 15-17). The fashion show took place at 12pm BST/13:00 CEST/4am PST/ 7am EDT.

Topman Design is the brand's in-house designed premium collection. It is now in its 7th year and can be found exclusively in global flagship Topman stores as well as online at The collection has become a distinguished wholesale brand in itself and appears throughout Europe, the Far East and New Zealand.

While Men's Day is now an established feature of the London Fashion Week schedule, the new 'London Collections: MEN' showcase spanned across three days, exhibiting a growing interest in men's fashion and local menswear designers.

Topman Design Director, Gordon Richardson, said: "No longer shoe horned into one condensed hectic day, the newly established London Collections: Men, over three glorious days, now has the space to breathe, flourish and generate the buzz that will put its talented rising men's fashion stars firmly on the international fashion map."

The last Topman Design collection featured a range of sharp edge suits, embellished silk shirts, shorts, jackets and bold prints. Speaking to its wide appeal, an eclectic range of male celebrities, including professional athletes, actors and musicians, were seen wearing pieces from the collection.

Topman also plays a pivotal role in shaping and supporting emerging talent within men's fashion. MAN, the partnership between Topman and FashionEast credited as spearheading the whole Men's Day movement enters into its 7th year too. Adding exciting new names, Shaun Sampson and Matthew Miller, to its critically acclaimed hall of fame last season, the select panel of industry insiders will continue to ensure this key initiative strives to pioneer those newest of design talent and giving them a much needed platform in which to present.

NEWGEN MEN builds on Topman's partnership with FashionEast. It has since become instrumental in raising the profile of emerging British designers, using the dedicated Men's Day at London Fashion Week as a showcasing platform. Picking up where MAN develops, the sponsorship initiative offers its recipients tailored business and mentoring support with a view to increasing the success of their business commercially and building relationships with key press and buyers.

Tim Blanks, Contributing Editor of and a member of the British Fashion Council's Menswear committee, commented: "NEWGEN MEN mix this season testifies to the unique personality that's evolved in British Menswear. Aside from the real breadth and depth, I doubt that any other fashion capital could confidently field a men's team with this much quirk."

Topman also encouraged people to get involved via Twitter with its SS13 Tweetwalk. Moments before the model hits the catwalk, @TopmanUK tweeted a photo of the outfit exclusively for its Twitter followers.

Every London Fashion Week Twitter users can join the conversation by using the #TOPMAN hashtag, and the best tweets will be RTd to an audience of over 35,000. These RTs will also feature alongside a live stream on the homepage of Topman's UK and global sites, which reach over 100,000 people a day. The aim is to get #TOPMAN trending worldwide on Twitter and Google+.

Friday, 8 June 2012

The 2012 Salon International Website is Live!

The new look Salon International 2012 website –  is now live.

Packed full of information, the site is bolder and brighter than ever.

Counting down to the exhibition, the home page links through to a gallery of images from Salon International 2011, along with short films showcasing some of the highlights of last year’s event.

Easy to use, the website contains a wealth of information for visitors, exhibitors and press - from how to book a stand, buy tickets to Salon Live and Salon Seminars as well as an FAQs section, making it the first port of call for anyone interested in the event.

You can also sign up to the Salon International e-newsletter and be amongst the first to receive the latest news and show developments. Salon International is also celebrating 40 years as the UK’s most inspirational hairdressing exhibition and once again is set to be the must attend event of the year, with many of the world’s leading brands showcasing their products and innovations along with live stages, spectacular shows and fantastic networking opportunities.   

“Salon International has always been THE most important exhibition in the British hairdressing calendar and continues to be.  I’ve been a fan since I started in the business and still get a thrill from being part of the experience.  It’s great to catch-up with so many industry friends – and to witness younger stylists and assistants gathering inspiration and leaving motivated and excited.”….Beverly C, MBE

I Need Pampering - indulgence is important

I Need Pampering understands that striking the right balance between work and play is key to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Often, individuals will choose to spend longer at the office or even take work home rather than indulge in some much needed me-time. However, I Need Pampering has found that treating yourself to time out can help to create a balanced, flexible and more enjoyable way of life.

To escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, indulging in relaxing pamper days can help you to recharge your batteries. London, Birmingham or Manchester spa days and beauty packages give you a chance to unwind and treat yourself to time dedicated solely to you. Meanwhile, there are also spa breaks for couples which allow you to relax and unwind with someone special by your side.

Along with spa experiences, action-packed activities can also be an ideal way for people to let off some steam. Helicopter lessons, paintballing and skydiving are perfect pastimes for thrill seekers as they allow you to indulge in fast-paced and adventurous daytrips during your time away from the office.

As I Need Pampering understands the importance of indulgence, the site is dedicated to finding the best luxury days out and packages available across the UK. An entire section is devoted to spa breaks, where you are guaranteed to find Newcastle, Manchester or London spa days offering the treatments and relaxation you require. Meanwhile, there are beauty days along with makeover and photoshoot packages for those looking to enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

Also, as I Need Pampering recognises that people treat themselves in a number of different ways, there are also once in a lifetime adventures to indulge in including driving experiences as well as fun-filled activities such as clay pigeon shooting, flight training and helicopter tours.

To discover your ideal indulgent day out or package, visit I Need Pampering, where you are guaranteed to find luxury mini-breaks and thrilling experiences to help you achieve the perfect balance between work and play.


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Beach Factory basks in sunshine with a Theo Paphitis #SBS award

Theo Paphitis has selected on line retailer, The Beach Factory, for his much coveted weekly #SBS award.

A carefully worded tweet succeeded in catching Theo’s eye last Sunday. The Beach Factory’s owner, Anne Speak, had tweeted “This has to be our week, perfect timing to promote sun protection swimwear as sun burn is so un-cool.”

The Beach Factory believes in “Making it Fun Under the Sun” and always has an extensive range of sun protection products and holiday accessories in stock for quick delivery. “Our customers come back to us year after year knowing that they can get what they need for the perfect holiday without the risks of sun burn” said Anne.

Timing is everything in business and the recent good weather offered the perfect opportunity to bring The Beach Factory’s message to Theo’s attention. “We’re flattered that Theo has endorsed our efforts and that we now have the opportunity to join his club of like minded small business entrepreneurs” adds Anne.

Being in the business of selling holiday products gives Anne the ability to detect the beginnings of a more upbeat mood across in the country. She says “The last couple of years have been tough but, with people now starting to plan their summer holidays, we’re seeing a better sales uplift this year.” She continues “Entrepreneurs are always optimistic but at The Beach Factory we really do look forward to sunnier days ahead!”

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Hotter Comfort Concept launches Great British Shoes

Hotter Comfort Concept, Britain's biggest shoe maker, has launched two limited edition Great British Shoes to commemorate a truly memorable year of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Hotter Comfort Concept Product Director Paul Sayers commented: "As a British company we wanted to create a patriotic pair of Great British Shoes to underline our commitment to creating comfortable and stylish shoes in our UK factory and to commemorate an exciting Summer for our nation.

"Our customers enjoy a fun filled active life and we know they'll be out an about celebrating this Great British year. It's fantastic that we can be with them every step of the way."

The Hotter Comfort Concept team of designers have taken two of the brand's most popular comfort shoes, Leanne and Shake, and given them a 2012 makeover. These Great British Shoes offer customers a modest but instantly recognisable patriotic show of support with a Union Jack inspired colour scheme.

Just 2,800 pairs were manufactured in Hotter's Lancashire factory, with every pair of ladies footwear given the utmost attention to ensure they offer unparalleled comfort, including soft leather uppers, smooth internal seams and shock absorbing soles.

The Great British Shake shoe features an intricately plaited red, white and blue strap, whilst Leanne features red, white and blue laces. Both shoes have white leather uppers and come with both decorative Union Jack and plain, softly padded insoles for everyday use. They are both available in sizes 3-9 with some half sizes and an extra wide fitting option. They are delivered in a commemorative shoe box with a certificate of authenticity.

People can view the Great British shoes at, in their local store or by calling 0800 525 893 and requesting a Hotter catalogue.

The full Hotter collection is available at where customers can download their personal shoe fitting guide to help them find the perfect fit. Hotter also offers a free personal shopping service where its experts provide help and advice on customers' footwear queries.

The Hotter Comfort Concept brand was founded in the early 1990s by Stewart Houlgrave, whose parents set up Beaconsfield Footwear as a slipper manufacturer in 1959.

With a mission to make shoes as comfortable as slippers, Stewart created a collection of stylish shoes with hidden comfort features, including lightweight shock absorbing soles, padded heels and luxurious leather uppers. Hotter makes comfort a priority, offering footwear in a range of shapes and sizes, including extra wide fitting ladies sandals.

The company initially sold Hotter shoes direct to customers via its onsite customer service centre and Since 2009, its 50th year, the company has revamped its website, aired 6 TV campaigns and launched in the US.

With its exceptional product quality and outstanding customer service, Hotter embarked on an ambitious store opening programme in 2010 - with 45 due to be open across the UK by the end of 2012. Staying true to its British heritage, Hotter now manufactures 1.5 million pairs of shoes in its Lancashire factory, making it the UK's biggest shoe maker.

Grazia and Hunter Boots Launch Festival Style Hunter

Hunter and Grazia are joining forces at some of this summer’s coolest festivals in a search to find the best dressed festival-goers of the season.

Hunter are delighted to announce that they have teamed up with Grazia, the leading weekly fashion magazine on a quest to find the UK's best dressed festival goers. The team will be at Lovebox from 15 – 17 June, Wilderness from 10 – 12 August and Bestival from 6 – 9 September, scouting for talent with a fashion photographer.

A spokesperson for Hunter comments: “We're really pleased that we've been able to team up with Grazia for three fantastic music festivals this year, because it gives us the chance to find the new festival looks and fashions for 2012. Festival fashions have had a major impact on high street fashion and our festival wellies, so we consider it a real privilege to be able to attend LoveBox, Wilderness and Bestival this year and see what people are wearing.”

The scouts from Grazia will be looking for the best, the most unique style, the most stylish outfits, and the shortlisted looks will be visible during each festival at the Hunter area at each of the festivals where the best looks of the day will be projected onto large screens. Plus, once there, festival goers will be able to grab their copy of the latest Grazia magazine.

The spokesperson for Hunter adds: “Following each festival, Grazia’s favourite festival looks will be featured in the Style Hunter section of the magazine in three special editions. Then the competition will be opened up to a public vote where the person who is voted the most fashionable for the festival season will win a fabulous prize to a top festival in 2013.”

Hunter will also be featuring all festival looks on their Facebook app at allowing fans to vote for their favourite. Voters will have the chance to win daily prizes including a pair of Hunter Boots and Festival Survival Kits.

The spokesperson for Hunter continues: “We're looking for the best and most stylish festival fashions this year, so make sure you stand out in the crowd this summer with a pair of wellies featuring this season's biggest trends. With so many colours and styles to choose from, match your wellies to suit your Festival style with a pair of Original Tall Gloss boots. Hunter's iconic Original Tall boots are the nation's favourite festival footwear. Seen on celebrities such as Kate Moss at Glastonbury and recently Kate Bosworth at Coachella, Hunter Boots are stylish yet functional and will keep your feet dry and mud-free in the unpredictable British summer.”

Renowned for their fit, comfort, performance, and British design, Hunter Boot Ltd can trace its origins back to the setting up of the North British Rubber Company in Scotland in 1856. The Original wellington was first introduced in 1956 and the hand crafted process of manufacture from 28 individual parts has changed little since. Now offering a wide range of footwear, accessories and outerwear, Hunter’s original values of quality, durability and style are embraced by fashionistas and country aficionados alike, in over 30 countries worldwide.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Crown Jewel Born

diamond ring  www.cooldiamonds.comA crown jewel is born, CoolDiamonds have created and designed in celebration of the queens Diamond Jubilee a most magnificent diamond ring set with a crown of stunning diamonds.
The design was a collaboration from cool diamonds young international designers encompassing important commonwealth countries namely Australia, England and South Africa.

This magnificent unique design diamond engagement ring is hand made in highest quality platinum, the centre diamond being over 2 carats in size, a veritable beauty.

Cool Diamonds is renowned for magnificent jewels. Cool Diamonds rare diamonds have been exhibited at the natural history museum. This well established diamond company supports many young jewellery designers annually and hold annually a diamond jewellery design competition at the prestigious St Martins School of Art.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Make Father's Day Spa Day!

Spa days for men
Fathers Day Sunday 17th June 2012
Father's Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Of course, we all like to spoil our dads in recognition of this special day, but every year it’s the same struggle of wondering what to get him.

Socks and aftershave are so last year, twenty first century man is officially a “Spa Man”, which is why sons and daughters nationwide are acknowledging their appreciation of their own paternal superhero by sending their dad spa vouchers and booking them a day or overnight stay of pampering and relaxation for their Father’s Day gift.

Of course, there was a time when setting foot in a spa would have reduced any self-respecting chap immediately to the status of sissy. Happily, that time is now consigned to the history (or should I say “he-story”?) books.

Recent statistics confirm the huge upsurge in the number of men visiting spas on a regular basis with the latest figures revealing that a third of all spa-goers are currently men. Award winning Leicestershire health spa, Ragdale Hall are seeing this and are welcoming many more couples who just want to chill out and have a break from everyday life.

Ragdale Hall offers a range of men’s treatments which can be booked to enhance a day spa package or overnight spa break.

There is also a Three Night Luxury Time for Me package called “Just for Him” providing a break designed to give him a full MOT for mind and body!

With a fully equipped gym, exercise classes and the multi million pound Thermal Spa to use; Ragdale offers stressed out males plenty to do if treatments are not their thing!

If you are planning any Father’s Day features, then please include Ragdale Hall vouchers. We would also be happy to discuss doing a competition or reader offer.

That's Health: E45: Celebrating 60 years of British skincare

That's Health: E45: Celebrating 60 years of British skincare: This year, another British icon is celebrating six decades on the job, as E45 celebrates its 60th birthday. First produced in 1952 by Boots...

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

LaDress: Premium online fashion brand's debut, promising the perfect dress for every woman for every occasion

LaDress - LoulouWhether it’s the school run with the kids, business lunch with the board or cocktails with the girls, women spend years searching for that perfect dress. Today the premium online fashion brand LaDress makes its UK debut with one thing in mind: helping women find the perfect dress for every occasion.
Timeless pencil skirts, playful shifts, sophisticated tunics and sassy tube dresses, customers will find a stunning selection of dresses in luxurious fabrics that fit perfectly into their life. With an elegant array of colours, patterns, prints and shapes, every woman can find their perfect LaDress, for work or weekend, whether size 6 or 16. Using only premium varieties of silk, wool, jersey and cottons, designs are continually updated incorporating new materials and customer feedback.

If you prefer something more bespoke, Unique LaDress is a collection of limited edition pieces. Released every month, each dress is a completely unique design that reinterprets a classic or introduces a new style. Once sold, it will never appear in the collection again.

Simone Van Trojen founded LaDress in 2006. A mother of two and former corporate executive, she has dedicated her career to discovering the perfect dress. She understands the fashion needs of the modern, professional woman and is fast becoming a go-to fashion commentator. Before each piece makes it into the LaDress collection Simone wears it herself, making sure it is perfect in every way, taking on board customer feedback on the look, feel and wearability of each piece.

It goes without saying that LaDress makes shopping online easy with every detail thought through.

From helping customers find the right fit, sending fabric samples before placing an order, delivering a beautiful parcel to your doorstep and offering free returns and exchanges if required.

Available in sizes UK 6-18, are you ready to find your LaDress?

The LaDress collection is available exclusively online at LaDress

Prices from £125.00GBP.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Amora Is The New Romantic Among Wedding Shoes

UK designer Oliveira has created a delicate and romantic wedding shoe to fit brides and bridesmaids like a satin slipper.

Amora by Oliveira (£90 is a shoe of sheer beauty, with silky cream 3¾" heels, shimmering strap detail and a twinkling diamante toe post to reflect the sparkle of a diamond engagement ring.

Handmade for sublime quality and comfort, Amora is designed for wedding ceremony through to the final dance of the reception, and are so light and dainty that it's easy to forget they are on!

Amora is worn here with the breath-taking Amelie wedding gown (£420, made-to-measure in ivory chiffon to a flattering A-line halterneck style with exquisite scattered beading highlighting the waistline and wispy two-tier veil.

National Honey 'til 13th May 2012

Honey - the famous natural sweet stuff that is good enough to eat - is also renowned in the beauty world for its skin soothing and antibacterial properties. With its delicate fragrance and beautiful consistency Lush has created a gorgeous range of bath, shower and skincare products all filled with this natural, miracle nectar...
For the shower

Flying Fox (£4.50 for 100g/£8.95 for 250g/£15.75 for 500g)... This sensual shower gel is made with four different kinds of rich, golden honey from all over the globe. Combining a wonderful blend of jasmine absolute and ylang ylang - known for their aphrodisiac qualities - Flying Fox is a luxuriously decadent shower treat.

For the bath
Honey Bee (£3.10)... This classic bath ballistic is a calming blend of rhassoul mud, honey and aloe vera combined to create an intensely soothing bath. Each ballistic is hand pressed which helps achieve the gorgeous bee-like striped pattern which means each one is entirely unique.

For the body
Honey I Washed the Kids (£3.25 for 100g)... This is the irresistible Lush honey soap that smells like toffee and is topped with a layer of honeycomb. One of Lush's all time best selling products, made with honey water and aloe vera to both moisturise and soften the skin, this sticky toffee pudding scented soap is a favourite for all the family - even those delicate skin types.

For the face
Brazened Honey fresh facemask (£5.75)... Refreshing herbs and fruit juice are blended with warming ayurvedic herbs and spices along with kaolin and talc to provide a deep cleansing facial treatment. With almonds to polish the skin and honey acting as both a natural antibacterial agent and moisturiser, this fresh facemask leaves the skin vibrant and reinvigorated. Lush's Fresh facemasks are so fresh and preservative free they must be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks.

For the lips
Honey Trap lip balm (£5.25)... a tasty blend of white chocolate, honey and sweet orange oil all blended with organic extra virgin olive oil and shea butter for extra nourishment. The perfect natural, colourless balm that will ensure lips are soft and supple this summer.

To pick up these and many more ethical, cruelty free cosmetics, visit Lush stores nationwide now or online at

For shop details and mail order contact 01202 668 545.

Introducing The NEW Blusher Brick From Miners Cosmetics!

Build a stunning base with Blusher Brick!

Blusher Brick is a collection of face powders created to leave you with a stunning and natural glow. The bricked powder is specially designed to give your complexion an all over, even coverage allowing you to build-up your favourite blush shade.

Whether you want to create a warm glow or add a rosy flushed colour to your cheekbones, Blusher Brick has it covered with a clever collection of Pinks and Browns:

Pinks: This multi-tonal Blusher is made up of three contrasting bricked pink shades, ranging from an illuminating barely there pink to a deep colour-injecting rose.

Browns: This multi-tonal Blusher is made up of three contrasting bricked brown shades, ranging from highlighting natural sand to a deep sun-kissed bronze. RRP £4.49

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Hairtrade expands its cosmetics range with the introduction of Daniel Sandler

Hairtrade, a leading retailer of hair extensions, hair care and beauty products has recently expanded its cosmetics range with the introduction of Daniel Sandler professional finish make-up.

British talent Daniel Sandler has taken the cosmetic world by storm and his full range of multi award winning mineral makeup line is now available at Hairtrade, consisting of foundations, watercolour liquid blush, and the most beautiful shades of mineral eyeshadow.

Keven Kou, managing director of I&K International Limited said: "We decided to increase our range of makeup as we have recently realised an increase in interest, as well as sales, of our current makeup brands including New CID Cosmetics and FakeBake."

He went on to say: "We decided to add Daniel Sandler’s range as it’s an exciting, upcoming brand that fits in line with the current brands at Hairtrade. Customers are looking for something fresh and that’s exactly what Daniel Sandler provides with its mineral eyeshadows and water colour liquid blush."

The brand, already hugely popular across the UK with top beauty bloggers, is available now from and consists of foundations, concealers, powder, bronzer, liquid blush, eyeshadow, mascara, eye liner, lip gloss, lipstick, and makeup tools to create the most professional make-up finish.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Lack of 'Real' Sized Models Causing Chaos for Clients

Mention the word 'model' and more often than not people think of tall, ultra-skinny woman sauntering down brightly lit catwalks in Paris or Milan. But in reality, most modelling work that takes place here in the UK is far more down to earth; in fact there's currently a distinct shortage of 'real' sized women in the industry.

Clients such as catalogue companies, production houses and high street retailers are becoming increasingly frustrated with modelling agencies at the lack of strong size 10 models in the industry and the hunt is on for agents to find them.

"We're really not sure why it's the way it is" concedes Neely Reyes, the founder and MD of Sapphires Model Management, a London based Modelling agency. "Perhaps it's the fact the stereotypical image of a model is really skinny and so girls with a few curves don't even try to get into the industry! The fact remains though that more and more clients are looking for size 10 models and there just isn't the supply to meet the demand."

Part of the problem could be that the perception of beauty has changed a lot and now even size 10 girls don't feel they are slim enough to work as a model. "I've often approached girls who I thought had great model potential but the response is always that they thought they were 'too fat' to model, which really isn't true" Neely continues.

"In fact we're so desperate for tall, attractive size 10 girls that we've even had to start flying them in from abroad! Of course, we'd much prefer to develop home grown talent so we want to put the call out for all those perfect 10's to get in touch!"

Applying to a modelling agency is a really simple process. A couple of clear snapshots taken with a digital camera, or even a camera phone, along with measurements and contact details is all a model hopeful needs. If an agency thinks you might have potential they'll invite you in to discuss more and who know where it could lead?

Sapphires Model Management is a London based modelling agency with offices in South Molton Street, Mayfair. The company was founded by entrepreneur Neely Reyes and have a reputation for treating their models honestly and ethically and rejecting the 'size zero' image so prevalent in the industry.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Your One Stop Wedding Shop

Tying the knot this year? Then look no further than Ragdale Hall, your one stop wedding shop!

Perhaps you’re looking at booking a relaxing hen party for you and your girls, a spa day is the perfect way to enjoy your hen party and everyone will love it…even your mother-in-law!!!

Ragdale has plenty to offer and there’s heaps to do with the wide range of spa treatments and facilities including use of the Thermal Spa, a luxury playground for adults with a series of different heat and water experiences. If you want to have a real giggle with your girls, why not join in one of our dance or exercise classes such as Zumba or Legs, Bums and Tums in the studio and Wild Woggles or Aqua Dance in our Exercise Pool?

After a full day of relaxing and unwinding, you’ll be exhausted! – and you won’t have caught up with half of the gossip, so why not treat yourselves to champagne and canapés to round off your day? Don’t forget if you’re off into town after a visit to Ragdale Hall, we can do your nails, hair and make-up for you – there’s no need for you to lift a finger!

If you and your hens want to stay over at the Hall and make it a hen weekend to remember, you could always stay in The Lodge. The Lodge is a country cottage that sits separately to the Hall, with 4 bedrooms it’s the perfect pad for your lively hens and you won’t need to worry about disturbing the other guests at the Hall!!

Our beauty and spa experts have also designed some treatment packages especially designed for the Bride-to-Be:

Bride to Be De-stress Package
On your big day, we all know you want to look good and feel your best but we also know how stressful a wedding can be for all those involved. The Bride to Be De-stress package, which includes the treatments listed below, is the perfect preparation for your dream day.

Decleor Aromatic Body Massage
Clarins Tri Active Facial – choose from The Detox and Shine Stopper, The Skin Healer, The Radiance Reviver, The Lifting Line Smoother, The Youth Activator or The Moisture Replenisher
Clarins Pampering Foot Treatment plus a complimentary nail paint
Complimentary make-up advice in the Beauty Shop

Price £171.00

Bride to Be Finishing Touches

Expect all eyes to be on you on your big day so invest in a spot of pre-wedding pampering to add those finishing touches.

Shellac Hands
Shellac Feet
Fake Bake
Complimentary make-up advice in the Beauty Shop

Price £108.00
Alternatively, if you’re the bride (or bridezilla – it happens to everyone!) and the ‘W’ word sends shivers down your spine, then perhaps you and your chap should spend some quality pre-wedding time together. With all the organising and dashing around trying make everything perfect, tempers and patience can begin to fray…but at Ragdale Hall, a day is all it takes! There’s a huge selection of spa treatments for him and her, from facials to feet, all needs are catered for. Why not have a Shellac Long Lasting Nail Colour applied, it lasts 14 days (dependant on nail types) it will take you to your wedding day, through to your honeymoon and it’s one less thing to worry about!

Also, if you’ve got 2012 fever and are celebrating how fabulous it is to be British, why not look at having your honeymoon at Ragdale Hall too? With a vast range of spa breaks available from The Great British Summer Break to The Luxury Break and even the seven night Unwind and Relax Week Away, there’s no better way to celebrate your love than in the surroundings of a beautiful English country house! For those little added luxuries take a look at the package enhancements the Hall can offer – don’t forget Ragdale can also mark out a space for a helicopter to land, so why not be whisked away from you’re wedding reception in style!

Hotter Shoes smart comfort shoe collection for special occasions

Hotter Shoes has revealed its new smart comfort shoe collection, which features a range of comfortable and stylish footwear for weddings and other special occasions.

Designers at Hotter Comfort Concept shoes created this range of stylish, comfy women's special occasion shoes to help women keep a spring in their step at this season's 'must-attend' wedding.

Paul Sayers, the Range Director, said: "We've been creating comfortable footwear for over fifty years, and over one million happy customers enjoy the feeling of comfort that we carefully design into every pair of Hotter shoes.

"Whilst many of our styles are suitable for everyday wear, over the years we have seen a growing demand for comfortable shoes for special occasions. Our design team has worked hard to create a selection of smart styles that are perfect for the wedding season; with classic designs and on-trend colours. Each pair includes secret comfort features which will ensure that wedding guests will still be smiling when the bride and groom enjoy their last dance."

Darcy and Allegra, with smart low heels, flexible soles and room for toes to wiggle and flex, are available in a selection of colours, including pretty Hibiscus, neutral Nougat or versatile metallics.

For a little extra height, Quickstep, Valetta and the Surabaya sandal are the perfect finishing touch to any special occasion outfit, and are also available in extra wide fit .

For a nautical twist, or a flash of red to add spark to an outfit, Hotter's newest style peep-toe, Gaby, is a heeled espadrille sandal. Gaby has an adjustable sling-back with hidden elastic, softly padded leather footbed and suede flower detailing.

In addition to women's heels, Hotter also has options for the male wedding guest. Hotter has created a range of men's special occasion shoes that are packed with comfort features such as shock absorbing soles, leather insoles and built-in arch support. Available in classic Black or Brown, Road is a plain fronted lace-up, Town is a brogue style and City is a smart slip-on.

The full Hotter collection is available at where customers can download their personal shoe fitting guide to help them find the perfect fit. Hotter also offers a free personal shopping service where its experts provide help and advice on customers' footwear queries.

Hotter has 25 stores nationwide, with plans to open a further 20 by the end of 2012. The company is the UK's biggest shoe manufacturer and is expected to make 1.5 million pairs of shoes in its Lancashire factory in 2012. It has recently launched a Great British Shoe to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and has been nominated by its local MP to be part of the Made by Britain campaign.

Hotter Comfort Concept, which was set up in 1959, is the UK's biggest shoe maker, with one of the most advanced production facilities in Europe. The company makes a range of Comfort ladies shoes for women and men which include 'Comfort Concept' features such as smooth internal seams, removable insoles, soft leather uppers and soft padding.

The 1.5 million pairs of comfortable shoes designed and made in Hotter's UK factory in 2012 will have shock absorbing soles which contain millions of air bubbles, making Hotter shoes incredibly light, giving the feeling of walking on air. The company has recently been nominated by their local MP to be part of the Made by Britain project.

(EDITOR: My wife swears by her Hotter Shoes!)

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Heritage Stripes, Locally Made Products and Bamboo This Father's Day at Seasalt

Sailor Shirts in three colourways
Unique gift ideas straight from the coast of Cornwall are available this Father’s Day at Seasalt. With traditional nautical stripes, hardwearing organic cotton and lovely bamboo there’s a gift for every dad.

Original, classic and a staple for handsome men everywhere, Seasalt's heritage stripes make a great present to show your dad just how much he means to you this Father’s Day. Made from 100% organic cotton, the Sailor Shirt first inspired Seasalt to start selling clothes. Beloved of sailors, artists and men far and wide, Seasalt promise years of use from its fine quality, long lasting organic cotton top available in three traditional nautical colour ways and priced at just £27.50.

Locally made outerwear promises to support the remaining maritime textile traditions across the country. The Seasalt Cornish Waxed Smock is made in the Southwest and inspired by the smocks worn by fishermen of long ago. Priced at £100, the Cornish Waxed Smock is made from 100% waxed cotton for hardwearing weather protection – perfect for unpredictable Cornish summers! The Cornish Waxed Smock is not only practical but a true Cornish classic, favoured by gardeners, seamen and coastal walkers alike!

Made for hard work, Uncle Ron’s Work Shirt is a must have staple in every dad’s wardrobe. Honest and hardwearing, this classic work shirt is tough enough for every day and made from 100% durable organic cotton canvas. Available in four colours and priced at £39.95.

Don’t just give your dad socks this Father’s Day. Give him Seasalt's Box O’ Socks, seven pairs of Seasalt Seasalt Sailor Socks in classic stripes in a different colour for every day of the week. Made from bamboo, Seasalt Sailor Socks are unbelievably soft and incredibly breathable. Bamboo is comfortable to wear and doesn’t cling to skin, even in very hot weather wicking moisture away! Bamboo is also lovely and warm in the winter months, making it a perfect all year round fabric.

More Father’s Day gift ideas can be found at

Dorothy Perkins announces new collection designed by Olivia Rubin

Dorothy Perkins has revealed the launch of a new collection entitled 'A Postcard From' by London-based designer Olivia Rubin. The collection will appear exclusively in Dorothy Perkins' top 25 stores and online.

'A Postcard From' is inspired by Olivia's memories of her travels and aims to evoke a mood of summer fun. The new collection will include dresses, tops, swimwear and accessories, all featuring Olivia's signature prints. In addition to its bright pink shades, the collection's colour palette includes neutral tones of grey and pastels. With these soft colours expected to make a big splash in SS12, the collection represents a fresh, young point of view that's very much on-trend.

Known for her distinctive prints, Olivia brings her signature patterning to the collection. It includes an array of jersey with blush-coloured shells, bikinis and beach bags with bold coral designs and chiffon maxi dresses with tropical bird prints.

Olivia's collection also features many of her signature silhouettes, which have been seen on a range of popular female celebrities in recent years. The collection is aimed to flatter every woman, with sizes ranging from 8 to 18.

The collection is also an opportunity for fans of Olivia to wear her looks at affordable, high street prices. The accessibility of the range and the inclusion of versatile accessories is what has excited Olivia most about the collection.

Olivia commented on her collection: "I'm so excited to be working with Dorothy Perkins and to bring my designs to the high street. The collection focuses on strong yet simple silhouettes, as I always design feminine shapes with an original take, in order to create a versatile piece that can become a wardrobe staple. Also I have introduced jewelry and swimwear to the range, which will be the first time I have added accessories to one of my collections."

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Wallis announces Louise Redknapp as the face of its petite clothing collection

Wallis has announced Louise Redknapp, singer, TV presenter and wife of footballer Jamie Redknapp, will be the face of its petite clothing collection. The collection features a range of garments specifically designed for women with a smaller frame.

As a confident, petite woman, Redknapp understands the importance of dressing for one's shape and is therefore an ideal ambassador for Wallis' petite clothing collection. As one of the UK's most relatable and friendly media personalities, Redknapp has organically become a style icon for British women. By modelling Wallis' collection on her petite frame, Redknapp proves that being petite doesn't have to mean sacrificing style.

As spokesperson, Redknapp modelled several garments from the collection, including lemon jeans, petite dresses and rose printed trousers.

On the shoot set Louise Redknapp said: "When you are petite proportions are so important, whether it’s your jeans or a tailored jacket it’s essential that the fit is good as it makes all the difference."

Despite usually being considered off-limits for petite women, the maxi dress is also featured in the collection, and it's altered to flatter the petite frame. These floor-length dresses reflect the recent monochrome trend that's set to take off in Spring and Summer 2012. Eveningwear options in the collection include a stylish black jumpsuit and a black body con dress with lace detailing. The collection also features a range of petite tops, including striped petite knitwear pieces.

The Wallis Design team have created unique pieces for the collection, as well as adapting key styles from Wallis' core collection into petite silhouettes. The collection is designed for women of 5 foot 3" and under, and is available in sizes 8-18. The proportions of each garment are altered to flatter the petite figure, while also enhancing seasonal trends. Specifically, leg lengths in the petite collection are shorted to 29 inches and sleeve lengths are reduced by 1 inch.

The collection, as well as accessories to pair with it, is available in all Wallis stores and online at

 Wallis is as an aspirational, premium high street brand. The brand has a strong British heritage - first store opened in Islington 1932.

At the heart of Wallis is an understating of real women. It believes in women as individuals not stereotypes and it wants women to look and feel the best they can. This is reflected in the brand's design philosophy. Wallis design clothes that allow real women to look great - clothes that combine the fabric and cut with their natural curves.

Wallis dresses today's woman with distinctively designed clothes for a modern contemporary look that makes her feel confident and special, whatever the occasion. Interpreting trends for the fashion conscious 35+ woman and offering clothes that reflect the spirit of women today, including petite jeans and other petite garments.

Quality of fit and fabric is paramount as it's the brands aim to provide a welcoming and enjoyable shopping experience.