12-Month Planner

12-Month Planner
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Wedding Gift Shopping Made Easy

Wedding Gift Shopping Made Easy

What to buy your bridesmaids as thank-you gifts... A pair of earrings? A necklace?
Hmmm... not very original right?

How about a vintage teacup candle, a designer friendship bracelet or a set of seven Stella McCartney knickers for every day of the week?

And how about choosing all these gorgeous things from the comfort of your own computer, without having to battle through the high street in this heat and a sea of slow-moving tourists?

If you're nodding your head with gusto (we can see you!), let us introduce you to the excellent new online boutique www.keepcalmandshop.com, which sells stylish gifts for tricksy customers. As well as 'friends', there's a section for bosses, teenagers and mums amongst others.

There's a big variety of prices and categories, from decadent beauty products like Chanel purse fragrances at £73, to smaller items like the "Hungoevr" cookbook at £4.34 (perfect for the post-hen brunch).
While browsing, we stumbled across the Wedding Gifts section. It's still in its early days but the small selection is gorgeous (a Net-A-Porter gift card or Harrods Hamper anyone?). If your fiancé or family are pestering you on what you want as a pre-wedding gift, direct them here.

If you're in a beauty or fashion dilemma, there's a special SOS section with "crisis" situations such as Hair Disaster, Slimming Woes, Tan Troubles or Shapewear lingerie emergencies, with appropriate buys (and advice) to help you through them.

What we particularly like is that this e-boutique is created by top London model (and bride!) Ruth Crilly, who has been gathering expert fashion and beauty industry knowledge since she started modelling in 2001 and writes the fantastic style blog www.amodelrecommends.com
If anyone understands busy working women who need a panic-free shopping experience whilst juggling a career and wedding planning, it's Ruth.

Visit www.keepcalmandshop.com to see the full range.

Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty

Make chic and personal wedding invitations using a hand stamp from Holly's Houses, bearing a picture of your wedding venue. Send a photograph of your church or venue to Holly-Anne Rolfe, who will draw an illustration and transfer it onto a rubber stamp. The stamp will be posted back to you along with an ink pad and all you need to do is source some blank cards and envelopes. Set aside a DIY invitation day and invite your bridesmaids along to help. Customised stamps, £75 + p&p; visit www.hollyshouses.co.uk.

Bordello London - Saucy Hen Party Ideas

Bordello London - Saucy Hen Party Ideas

Want to turn up the heat with a super-sexy hen bash? Then look to Bordello (www.bordello-london.com) - whose celebrity clients include Dannii Minogue and Paloma Faith.

The decadent London boutique, which stocks sizzling bridal lingerie and luxe boudoir must-haves (erotic books, sex toys), offers a menu of hot hen party themes. Book Something Blue (£480 for eight people) and you'll be able to pick up style and bra-fitting secrets, while a handsome chap treats you to a bit of 'boylesque' (don't worry about being interrupted; you'll have the boudoir all to yourselves).

If you fancy learning some sexy moves à la Dita Von Teese, Something Bold (£600 for eight) is a burlesque workshop with the queen of the striptease, Jo King - we've seen her and she has the sexiest moves in town.

Something New (£750 for eight) is all about unleashing your creative side. Opt for a millinery class, learn how to make luxury knickers, or create your own nipple tassels. Ooh la la! All parties include champagne, artisan chocolates, 10 per cent off purchases and a gift for the bride-to-be. For more information, visit www.bordello-london.com; 020 7503 3334.