Heavenly Hands

Heavenly Hands

Whether you're showing off your engagement ring or posing for close-up photos whilst cutting the cake at your wedding, the whole process of being a bride requires your hands to be in tip-top condition. Fortunately Nails Inc have it covered, with their brilliant Heavenly Hands manicure. A trained manicurist will soak and shape your nails, perfect your cuticles and give you a hand massage, before painting your nails in one of a wide range of colours, including a vast selection of very bridal-esque pinks, nudes and whites. We love the pale pink South Molton Street shade (pictured), which is named after their flagship store. With branches across the UK and Ireland, Nails Inc provides the perfect mini-pampering sessions to treat yourself to throughout your wedding planning process.
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Something For The Wick-end

Something For The Wick-end

Multi-tasking is the trend du jour don't you know, so every new product that arrives on my desk must pass the value-for-money checklist. Is it gorgeous? Is it essential? Can it do more than what's written on the tin? Three ticks and it has won me over, just like Jonathan Ward's scented candles.
First of all, they are super pretty with dreamy flavours like Kiss in Rio, After the Rain and Peonies in Paris, so there's one to scent every style of wedding reception. Perfuming your wedding is so important: it adds a third dimension to the guests' experience by introducing smells that fit with the mood of your day. Plus, all the fragrances you integrate into your big day (your own perfume, the flowers, candles, diffusers, the food) become associated with your wedding memories. I still light the same candle I had in my ceremony room whenever I have my parents over for dinner - it reminds me of the conviviality of the wedding meal and how much fun we all had.
These candles go one step further too. They're made from organic bees' and Soya wax, they're free of carcinogens, scented with natural fragrance essences and packaged in recycled, environmentally friendly boxes. And the biggest tick of all? The crystal jars can be re-used as fabulous cocktail tumblers; so once the wedding's over, you have a brand new collection of glasses to toast those memories to. From £28.
www.jonathanwardlondon.com

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Green Is The Word

Green Is The Word

Never will I let a superhot beauty trend be too cool for bridal school and this month's obsession with Chanel's new minty-green Jade nails is no exception.
You've undoubtedly heard about this illustrious hue - it's been in the papers, flashed all over Fashion Week and blogged about incessantly, plus it has even graced my own little paws. It's the prettiest shade of milky pale pastel polish I've ever seen, but it's GREEN for goodness sake. It makes no sense. It's a beauty oxymoron: a beauxymoron.
I shan't advise it for your actual wedding day - but I will recommend it for hen nights and engagement parties, because right now it's the chicest thing on the planet and I promise it will suit everyone.
There's only one teeny little problem. It's rather hard to get hold of you see.
It goes on sale in Chanel boutiques in mid-October - yet there's already a waiting list of 400 and counting. Every celebrity agent in town has been begging for this tiny pot of instant kudos but to no avail: only a limited number of bottles are floating around London with selected manicurists commissioned by Chanel to paint VIP nails. It's bonkers: just the other day on a lunch outing my mitts were quite literally grabbed by a complete stranger. "Where did you get Chanel Jade?" she squealed. I was impressed (she knew the name), scared (will she pulls my fingers off?), flattered (yes I am the most stylish gal in this here salad bar) and horrified (she's touching my hands!) all at the same time. It was most strange.
It's a sad love story, in the end. This instantly recognisable, magnificent lacquer has become one of the most intensely adulated micro-trends in beauty history, but alas, chances are you'll never have it grace your tips. And after a day of DIY this weekend, I won't ever again.

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Shell Out

Shell Out

We were tickled pink to try out this revolutionary new treatment from the tropics - and not only because we got to escape the big city for the picturesque New Forest countryside. This unique form of massage therapy provides all the benefits of a hot stone massage, but with the added bonus of being eco friendly; using only tiger-striped clam shells from the South Pacific, dried sea kelp and natural salt water. A truly blissful hour that leaves you rested and rejuvenated. £50 per person - or combine with a stay at the Rhinefield House Hotel from £125 per person based upon two people sharing a room. www.handpickedhotels.co.uk