Poppy Childrenswear

Poppy Childrenswear

This month I'm loving new childrenswear designer Poppy - utterly delicious and perfect for cute flower girls. Flower girl dresses are in cotton with fab Fifties-style full skirts in pretty palettes such as sky blue, lime green, poppy red and ivory amongst others. What makes them stand out from the crowd is the pretty illustrated drawings on the hems of the skirts, giving them a fashionably fun edge. Each drawing tells a story of a little girl Poppy and her dog Fred. Bryony Richardson, the designer and illustrator also writes and illustrates a matching story book (as a gift), so children can discover Poppy and Fred's latest adventure around their dress and as well as in the book. They are also perfect as flower girl gifts and a genius way to keep children occupied in church! Prices from £39.95; see the range at www.poppychildren.co.uk  

Show Of Affection

Show Of Affection

Katy Perry and Russell Brand wowed their wedding guests with the likes of jugglers, fire-eaters and snake charmers. Want to follow their lead without breaking the bank? H2oh! Entertainment (www.h2ohentertainment.com) - which provides acts and performers for weddings such as caricatures, magicians, balloon modellers, human statues and more - is offering Brides readers 10 per cent off bookings made between May 1 and July 31 2011 (regardless of your wedding date). Simply quote 'Brides11' when booking. Call 01273 626650 or email info@h2ohentertainment.com; www.h2ohentertainment.com.

Win Royal Wedding Shoes Designed By Georgina Goodman!

Win Royal Wedding Shoes Designed By Georgina Goodman!

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Royal Mint has commissioned British shoe designer Georgina Goodman to create exclusive couture wedding shoes (pictured) fit for a princess. Only a limited number are to be produced with the first pair being given to the princess-to-be herself, Catherine Middleton, making them the must-have shoes this wedding season.

For over 1,000 years, the Royal Mint has been commemorating special occasions in honour of the British Monarchy and has already created both the official UK Royal Engagement coin and the official UK Royal Wedding coin* in celebration of Prince William's imminent nuptials to Catherine.

Georgina's unique design (pictured) includes a lucky silver sixpence embedded within the front of the shoe, taking a modern twist on the traditional wedding rhyme: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe." The body of the shoe is made from Italian suede and lace whilst the heel is embellished with Swarovski crystals. Each shoe has been hand-finished at Georgina's Mayfair studio, making each pair completely unique!

THE COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

* The official UK Royal Engagement and Royal Wedding coins are also available from the Royal Mint website starting from £9.99, along with a variety of coins suitable for wedding gifts. Visit www.royalmint.com/RoyalWedding

**The shoes will be delivered to the winner six weeks after shoe size is confirmed.

Kate Middleton's Wedding Hairdresser Revealed!

Kate Middleton's Wedding Hairdresser Revealed!

It seems Kate Middleton's wedding hair is the hot topic on everyone's radar right now: like the Grand Old Duke of York, will it go up, down, half-way up or half-way down? And who's the lucky hairstylist doing the 'do?
Today, Brides can reveal that it is not the presumed Richard Ward who owns the eponymous salon Kate regularly visits, but in fact his senior stylist James Pryce and a selection of 'dressers'.
James, who does Kate's blow-dries including her engagement coiffure, will be prepping her hair on the wedding day to get it ready for her chosen style. A selection of 'dressers' are currently trialling several looks on Kate but it's thought she will opt for a half-up half-down.
Brides' beauty editor Alice du Parcq says it's not just a case of pinning it up: "She'll undoubtedly be wearing a veil and a tiara so you need some kind of structure in the hair to hold those in place. The veil's comb needs to be fixed into a knot so that it stays put and doesn't slide out. With a half-up style you have less hair to construct that knot with, so her stylists will be trying out the best shapes and placements for it. Too high and she'll look like a Disney Princess, too low and she'll look old-fashioned. Then we've got the tiara situation. Tiaras look best when they sit against the hair, rather than on the hair, so Kate will need a little bit of backcombing at the top of the head to create a background for the tiara. We're not talking beehives here! Just a soft way to give the hair volume and sturdiness and to balance out the whole look. I do hope she does go for a half-up 'do because her hair is so gorgeous - it's her signature - and it would be a shame to roll it all up and hide it under a veil. They need to make it modern and clean and fresh, because sometimes half-up 'dos can look a bit "spaniel's ears" and dated. Richard's team are amazing and I can't wait to see the final style."