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When is a hotel not a hotel?

When is hotel not a hotel? When it’s a private house hotel of course!

 

This new concept in accommodation is perfect for a hen party because you can take over the whole building an enjoy an exclusive stay.

 

Last week I lucky enough to enjoy a stay at the new private house hotel in Stratford upon Avon, Arden House Hotel.  This beautiful boutique hotel is the little sister of the nearby Arden Hotel, but there is nothing inferior about this amazing place.

 

Billing itself as a home from home, the idea is that you can treat the place as your own abode, even if you have only booked a room and haven’t taken every bedroom.  You can help yourself to free afternoon tea, free gin o clock and a night cap.  The hosts will happily serve you in the lounge or dining room, or you can take anything up to your room. Breakfast is included (avocado and poached eggs on rye bread, wow)

 

I have to say I love the whole idea.  It’s small so you don’t feel like just another number and it was super relaxing, not to mention beautifully decorated. There’s no restaurant but in the middle of Stratford who needs one?

 

Take a look at our video to see why we loved it so much.

 

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Buy a designer dress and help end child marriage

Getting married should be the happiest time of your life but young girls across the world are still forced into child marriage.  Now, thanks to bridal e-tailer and social enterprise Brides Do Good, you can help end child marriage and get your hands on a wedding dress from names such as Alexander McQueen at a knock down price.  It really sounds too good to be true, but it’s not and that’s why we felt that we had to let you know all about it.

 

Brides Do Good has launched their first ever pop-up boutique at Bicester Village.

 

To celebrate the launch, guests were invited to an intimate breakfast and exclusive preview of the new bridal boutique. Hosted by TV presenter Louise Roe and BBC journalist Jane Corbin, the morning featured a Q&A discussion surrounding the global challenges of ending child marriage, a mission supported by Brides Do Good, with panellists including industry expert and founder of Browns Bride Caroline Burstein, Chantal Khoueiry the founder of Brides Do Good, bridal designer Ian Stewart, Caterina Occhio the founder of SeeMe, Christina Piaia Director of Projects and Legal Counsel, and Tanya Barron CEO of Plan International [pictured in the attached].

 

Guests were then treated to a first look at the boutique, where Louise Roe offered styling tips surrounding the season’s bridal trends.

 

A completely unique concept, Brides Do Good offers a sustainable alternative for the modern bride, showcasing beautiful pre-owned gowns donated by selfless and pioneering brides. The new boutique houses a range of bespoke pre-loved and sample dresses from an eclectic mix of international designers including Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab and Vivienne Westwood to name a few.

 

Whatever the budget, ‘brides to be’ have the opportunity to purchase a designer dress for a limited time only at the Brides Do Good Pop Up at Bicester Village, whilst donating to a worthy cause, with proceeds going to charities Plan International and Too Young To Wed.

 

Louise Roe, has also donated her gorgeous bridal gown to Brides Do Good, with 100% of the sale to be given to charities Plan International and Too Young to Wed. The stunning couture

 

Pronovias gown, which took 850 hours+ to create, will be on sale for £4,500 (less than 50% off the original price) in the pop up for the next ten days.

 

The new Brides Do Good boutique will be open 9th- 19th February.

For more information visit the website www.bridesdogood.com

BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe, Chantal Khoueiry, Christina Paiaia and Tanya Barron OBE attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village) *** Local Caption *** Kim Nayar; Louise Roe; Chantal Khoueiry; Christina Paiaia; Tanya Barron
BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe, Chantal Khoueiry, Christina Paiaia and Tanya Barron OBE attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village)

 

BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe and Chantal Khoueiry attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village) *** Local Caption *** Kim Nayar; Louise Roe; Chantal Khoueiry
BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe and Chantal Khoueiry attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village)

 

BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Models Tabitha Hall and Kim Nayar at the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village) *** Local Caption *** Tabitha Hall; Kim Nayar
BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Models Tabitha Hall and Kim Nayar at the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village)
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Dapper grooms

The wedding dress is not the only important outfit at a wedding, the groom’s clothing should be just as special.

But as Louise from English Gentleman found out when planning her wedding, boys don’t always get the same treatment as the girls.

She explains:

“Traditionally grooms and their groomsmen have worn morning suits on their wedding day and it’s still a tradition that many follow today. But what if you fancy a little something different?

“My groom tried on a hired morning suit and it just wasn’t for him. He didn’t do the little skip and a hop I did when I finally found “the dress”. That made me feel a little sad for him, everyone should feel special on their big day.  It made me appreciate that things have moved on and if you want to express style and fashion as a groom today, you can. The right suit was easy to find but we really struggled to find the right accessories and settled for an average tie. Five years later I decided it was my calling in life to make sure grooms look dapper and the English Gentleman was born.

“Bow ties were first worn back as early as the 17th century. In recent years, they have made a major comeback along more traditional men’s accessories such as braces, cravats and pockets. Here at English Gentleman we aim to provide our customers all of  these accessories to showcase their individual style.”

 

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