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Honeymoon buys from small British businesses.

Deborah Mistry

Honeymoon buys from small British businesses.

Stay in bridal mode for your honeymoon with these gorgeous white accessories, swimwear and nightwear! I have selected them all from UK based small brands like my own! The perfect, elegant and timeless white swimwear: Arabella London Contour Swimsuit  A dainty white clutch bag for your holiday evenings: The Opal Ivory White by Rachel Simpson.   A frilly ivory umbrella so you can get good honeymoon photos even if it rains! The Lisbeth Ivory Flounce Pagoda Umbrella from Brollies Galore. A summery white linen hair bow, embroidered with your new name or wedding date: Marie Linen bow by Gigi and...


A guide to the best original souvenirs and gifts from abroad.

Deborah Mistry

A guide to the best original souvenirs and gifts from abroad.

  Look beyond the tacky, mass produced displays of key-rings and t-shirts and the cliched bottles of olive oil and handmade soap and you can still find some lovely, original or useful souvenirs and gifts abroad. Here are some suggestions of things to look out for: Stationery Think arrays of pastel coloured kawaii writing sets from Asia, handmade marbled paper from Italy or retro-style exercise books with Hindi writing from India, there is so much cool stationery abroad, and it’s both useful and light and easy to pack!  Things in pretty tins and packaging I still treasure a little mint...


Should you wait to take your honeymoon? Reasons for and against.

Deborah Mistry

Should you wait to take your honeymoon? Reasons for and against.

  Undoubtably the last couple of years have been incredibly tough on both engaged couples and the entire wedding industry, with Covid rules causing some people having had to postpone their wedding as many as four times. So it feels like a luxury to be even able to start asking this question again: should you take your honeymoon straight after the wedding, or wait? Here are some pros & cons of both: The traditional honeymoon: Straight after the wedding you are riding high on the excitement of it all, and you want to stay in that fairy-tale bubble. After all,...


Creating a wardrobe that sparks joy: an interview with stylist Millie Coates.

Deborah Mistry

Creating a wardrobe that sparks joy: an interview with stylist Millie Coates.

‘Can I style this in at least 3 ways and does it spark joy when I look in the mirror?’ This is the question stylist Millie from The Style Phoenix asks her clients when she either looks at their existing wardrobe or takes them on personal shopping trips. And surely there is no better way to decide whether something is worthy of space in your wardrobe than to ask whether you really love and will definitely wear it?  We all want a lovingly curated wardrobe full of pieces that make us feel beautiful, reflect our personalities but are still appropriate...


Tips for understanding holiday weather forecasts.

Deborah Mistry

Tips for understanding holiday weather forecasts.

We have all been there: bags packed full of our favourite summery dresses, holiday dreams of many months about to come true, but we are nervously checking the weather every five minutes and it is not looking good…Shall we re-pack? Or shall we just look for another forecast that is more optimistic? We are beginning to feel a bit depressed and anxious and we haven’t even got on the plane yet…Yes, this might be the very epitome of a first world problem, but bad holiday weather, or even the prospect of bad weather can put a real downer on things…...