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Snow Leopard

If you’re celebrating something big in the near future, or fancy splurging in a philanthropic fashion, here’s something to consider – Snow Leopard Vodka, the brand who not only make a finely distilled spirit but donate a significant percentage to charity – are seeing in their third birthday with sales of 25 very exclusive jeroboams.  They are the first 25 ever filled, and each purchase is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Snow Leopard supports the Snow Leopard Trust UK, and will be donating an extra £30 of each jeroboam sale to the charity, which aims to […]

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Pacifica Spa

If there’s one thing to spend your money on this month it’s at Pacifica spa. Entering Pacifica is like stepping into arcadia, the staff are affable and the treatments addictive. Situated in dangerous proximity to the alluring Ledbury road, Pacifica is off temptation alley and there is no denying that once you’ve set foot inside, you will be going back.  Set over two floors, the spa, although cosy, manages to give the customer a completely private and personal experience.  The staff are so attentive and charming it’s easy to be fooled into thinking you’re the only one to have discovered […]

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Smythson for Sale

Smythson, the luxury leather goods house whose fans include Prince Charles, Cat Deeley and Gwyneth Paltrow and that employs Samantha Cameron as creative director, could be up for sale. The firm today appointed City bankers Cavendish Corporate Finance to study the potential for a deal after receiving ‘a number of expressions of interest’ from potential buyers. In 2005 Smythson was bought by Kelso Place Asset Management and Venrex Investment Management for £16 million. Sion Kearsey of Kelso Place said: ‘Smythson has developed into a very well recognised brand on the international stage and as a result we have been approached […]

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Stella’s Perfect Match

British design legend Stella McCartney has joined forces with Net-a-Porter to launch what will undoubtedly be the greatest fashion collaboration of the year. The Summer collection will be online in May, and consists of 23 stylish and exclusive pieces, all of which reflect the well-known and much-loved McCartney aesthetic. Signature favourites include a classic trench, organic cotton tee, and skinny denim jeans. McCartney herself describes it as a "Stella best of", a collection to "enjoy having in your wardrobe for years to come". McCartney has also teamed up with renowned artist Peter Blake, whose limited edition print will feature across […]

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Fruittijewels launches its online Boutique

The South African Gemstone sensation, Fruittijewels, has just launched its new Online Boutique. Sourced directly from Johannesburg in South Africa, the unique 18-Carat Signature Collection is a dazzling array of semi precious gemstone jewellery, which includes rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets, to more bespoke diamond pieces, all handcrafted by skilled jewellers. Fruittijewels is the brainchild of David Ungar, who descends from a family of five generations of expertise in fine jewellery. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, David takes pride in creating stunning masterpieces for an international list of clients but also believes that expanding into the […]

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Fear of the crunch

It looks like Lily Allen may be tipping out the contents of her piggy bank and counting out her small change as the pop singer confesses: "I'm skint."   Despite recently celebrating a number one single and a number one album (both at the same time), Lily claims to have been hit by the credit crunch, just like the rest of us. But being broke doesn't seem too surprising a confession from the star as sge recently admitted to spending nearly £100,000 last year on clothes alone (despite being sent designer freebies from the likes of Chanel). So Lily has […]

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New 5th Avenue Armani Flagship

Giorgio Armani has just unveiled his stunning new concept store in Fifth Avenue, New York. With its ultra-modern exterior, the arresting four-floor, glass-clad emporium will carry an exclusive capsule collection of limited edition products inscribed with “Armani/5th Avenue” to celebrate the launch. Covering 43,000 sq. ft. the multilevel flagship sees all of the designer’s collections – from the mainline Emporio Armani ranges to Armani Casa and Armani Jeans – brought together in a comprehensive whole. It also includes the U.S. debut of the Armani/Dolci retail area and the Armani/Restaurant is on the top floor, with fabulous views down Fifth Avenue […]

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Moonwalking to Greenwich?

Despite reportedly suffering from an acute MRSA-type infection which threatened to eat his flesh (source: The Sun) Michael Jackson is expected to announce a series of summer comeback concerts at the O2 arena in London. The superstar was recently receiving antibiotics for an infection rumoured to have been contracted from plastic surgery on his nose. But he's obviously made a swift recovery, as the King of Pop is set to appear at the south-east London venue in Greenwich to make a "special announcement", according to a statement. It read: "Michael Jackson is planning a special announcement in London this week. […]

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Vivienne Westwood at Ascot

Punk icon Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with one of the biggest events of the racing calender to create her own vision of Royal Ascot, giving this very Establishment racing week a diverse and edgy image. Launching the latest collection from her Gold label, the influential fashion designer has collaborated with the world famous milliner Stephen Jones – whose ‘Anthology of Hats’ exhibition is currently on at the V & A Museum in London – to create a series of head-turning designs. Race-goers are in for a treat and the collection will be seen each day during the Royal Meeting […]

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Tycoon heirs work on new projects

Crowds gathered and screamed at the premiere of Marley and Me on Monday night. Jennifer Aniston looked stunning in a long grey dress and sandals. Not used to such freezing spring temperatures, the actress was forced to reach for a jacket to provide some protection from the cold. She walked the red carpet with her co-star Owen Wilson taking time to sign autographs and do interviews. Sam Branson and Tamara Ecclestone who both attended the premiere, revealed they are working on separate presenting projects. Sam will be writing and presenting a new TV show, ‘Mainly presenting and writing. I am […]

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Hilary Duff

Following Victoria Beckham’s success as popstar-come-mother-come- nouveau fashion designer, Hilary Duff is also launching a new clothing range for DKNY Jeans. The American actress and singer is said to be co-designing a clothing range with the fashionistas at DKNY Jeans to create a stylish clothing line for women in their twenties. It will mark the debut of the star’s new beauty and lifestyle brand Femme. The collection will be called Femme for DKNY Jeans and will be available from August 2009 in America. 'As a young adult, I've chosen to dedicate my interest in fashion and design to creating a […]

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Love Duran Duran?

Calling all Duran Duran fans… The Simon Le Bon led eighties band are making a comeback (again!) but have announced that the only UK festival they will be performing at this year will be London’s Lovebox in Victoria Park. They will headline alongside unlikely acts NERD and festival founders, Groove Armanda at the two-day event which begins on July 18.The band are huge fans of the festival and are reportedly “delighted” to have been asked to take to the stage by Groove Armada’s Tom and Andy. Le Bon said: “The band are big fans of the festival and we were […]

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