Sunday 11th March should be marked on your calendar with a big red love heart encircling it. As in the UK this is earmarked as Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday. Yes that’s right a whole day dedicated to singling out those ladies that do the hardest job in world, yeah the lady that gave us life, brought us into the world, and essentially crafted us into the individual we are today. Remember, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the lady who gave born to us, but simply the lady we decide to call Mum, Mom, Mammy or Mother. To ensure you make sure she knows you care, take a look at these specially selected items below and go on splash out, she’s so worth it.

365 of the best loved chefs from the UK’s leading restaurants, private members clubs and 5* hotels have collaborated with CHARITABLE BOOKINGS by sharing their secret main course Signature Dish recipe to help raise money and awareness for 1,000’s of UK registered charities.

What lady can resist the charms of any Jo Malone fragrance, but Mrs Mc’s all time favourite has to be Pomegranate Noir and what’s even better is this super handy handbag travel sized version.

 

Treat Mum like royalty this Mother’s Day
Show her you care with a Fulton Umbrella. Holder of the Royal Warrant for HRH the Queen, don’t you know.

Show Mum that you really think the world of her with this Charm Pendant “HEART MUM in ROSS Gold by Thomas Sabo.

Under certain circumstances there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”  -Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady.
Luxurious, elegant and the perfect (indulgent) treat for Mum. Hotels and eateries around the country have got incredible and creative delicious Afternoon Tea menus available on Mother’s Day, ‪Including King Street Townhouse and Great John Street Hotel.

Pure fragrances and chic packaging, Diptyque candles have been a favourite in design–conscious homes for more than 40 years. This set of three mini candles is a great way to introduce this coveted brand into your home; set includes Baies, Diptyque’s best selling candle – a bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves, Figuier – the warmth of fig wood, the freshness of its leaves and the milky sap prolong the pleasure of Philosykos eau de toilette. Roses – an armful of tender, changing roses that lightly evoke the world’s most universally loved flowers.

Show Mother Nature some appreciation too this Mother’s Day by giving a giftbox from Boxwild that helps birds and wildlife to thrive and survive!

Boxwild recognises the importance of encouraging wildlife conservation and have created a selection of gift boxes that are packed with nutritious seed blends, habitats, feeders and treats!From March to the end of May garden birds are in their nesting period, so it is crucial that they have food readily available to them. The Ultimate Bird Lover Hamper is sure to increase the presence of birds and other critters in your garden over the coming months.

No Mother can resist the delights of freshly cut flowers arranged into a delightful bouquet and there are some cracking deals out there at the moment including Mark & Spencer and RealFlowers.co.uk

A gift to delight any gin lover. This Marks & Spenceraromatic London dry gin No 1 spice, infused with select botanicals, perfectly combined with crunchy sea salt and black pepper cashews and roasted and salted almonds and of course very Hamper is sent out with a personal message.

This highly versatile quilted bow tote bag by Ted Baker at House of Fraser can take Mum from Day to evening seemlessly.

These beautifully lightweight and soft cotton Pyjamas by The white Company are popular come rain or shine .this set comes with a traditional collared nightshirt and pull on trousers.

Invest in a classic for her and this trench than from Jigsaw ticks all the boxes for being bang on trend, versatile and a classic.

 

Gift Set are a perfect gift and great value for Mother’s Day, Issey Miyake have a gift set available on the L’Eau D’Issey line consisting of a 50ml eau de toilette with complimentary body lotion or Jimmy Choo’s best selling fragrances Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum and L’eau will be available this Mother’s day along with a complementary body product

This year marks the first Mother’s Day without my Wonderful, Mother, so today’s post is dedicated to this very special and much missed lady. Mum x

(Images by Rebecca Spencer)

Broadcaster James Stewart, is fast becoming one of the hottest new talents out there at the moment. His wit and and charisma on air, has made him a real hit with listeners of his regular Weekend shows with HEART FM. Aswell, as this he has also hosted for international entertainment TV channels including; SYFY, NBC and the live red carpet coverage at the Oscars for E!.

James is a regular face at LONDON FASHION WEEK, both behind the camera and also on the front row of catwalk shows and has worked with brands including; TOPMAN, ASOS and SUPERDRY.

His following on social media is building at a rapid rate, with fans regularly checking out his style and grooming tips on Instagram and YouTube. This has caught the eye of men’s grooming brand, JOHNNY’S CHOP SHOP who have made him their ambassador.

If you could have invented anything what would it be ?
I’d probably event a time travel device, that could only go back in time… I’m a bit of a history nerd so to go back and experience different points in history would be pretty cool, but I wouldn’t want to see the future… I like the idea of not knowing what’s ahead!

If you had one day to live what would be your biggest regret ?

I don’t have any regrets, life is too short.

What’s your favourite piece of clothing ?

I have a Burberry Mac that I’m quite proud of, it’s probably the most extravagant piece of clothing I own…but you only need one in your lifetime, so that justifies it, right?

If you could only wear one brand for the rest of your life who would it be ? 

Oooooof, I’m a high street boy at heart, so I think I’d say Reiss. I think they’re great for every season, and it’s just really clean and easy to wear.

(Image by Joseph Sinclair)

Who is your style icon ? 

I remember growing up, and my Dad introducing me to James Dean movies (my favourite film is ‪Rebel Without A Cause‬ ) so I think for nostalgia I’d say him. There’s a pretty iconic shot of him in New York, with baggy trousers, a roll neck and that coat in the wind which always makes my mood board for any shoot!

What piece of style advise do you live by ?

Be you. It’s great to take inspiration from different people, but ultimately, you’re the one that has to wear it, so wear something you feel comfortable and confident in, not just what you think you should be wearing.

What piece of clothing would you relegate to Room 101 ?

Crocs.

What do you have to do after this conversation?

Ha, collect my car! I bought a car recently, but forgot to sort out a parking permit for where I live in London, so I’ve only driven it once..!!

What would you like to be doing after this conversation ?

Going to LA! The weather in London is pretty naff right now…

Who would be you ideal dinner guests ?

James Dean (see above!)
Mark Hamill – I’m the biggest Star Wars fan ever, so you’ve got to have Luke Skywalker at your dinner party!
Margot Robbie – got a bit of a crush, and we have the same birthday, so we could talk about star signs….and stuff?!
‪George Michael – What he did for music was incredible, and I’d love to speak to him about song writing, his music and just life. What an interesting human. ‬

That would be it, I’d keep it small so we could cover all the bases.

(Image by Rebecca Spencer)

What is your most memorable moment ?

I got to do the Oscars live from the red carpet last year, that was pretty special, I’ll always remember that.

If you could give your teenage self advice, what would it be ?

…. it will work out!

If you could live anywhere where would it be ?

I’ve always said I’d love to live 6 months on the West Coast of America, travelling around between San Fran and LA… so there!

What would be the name of your autobiography ?

Not A Rebel, But Have A Cause.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and by whom?

Never give up on your dreams, by my Dad 🙂

(Image by Joseph Sinclair)

Tune into James Stewart on Heart, Saturdays and Sundays ‪from 1am – 6am‬. James is the grooming ambassador for Johnny’s Chop Shop available at Boots

Grooming is booming, literally. The male grooming category is the fastest growing segment in personal care; and men are far more engaged than their female counterparts with 6 per cent more online hair searches in 2017. We’ve seen a huge resurgence of barbering and specialised hair services for men is also a result of consumer demand.

Although this new range may sound like a trendy new micro-brewery beverage served in painfully cool bars in the premier drinking Dens, Redken Brews is far from this. Brought to you by the No.1 US professional haircare and colour brand.

Inspired by New York craft Ales the range consists of;

– 4 NEW hair cleansers for everyday use
– 7 NEW styling solutions for everyday use including a hairspray
– 2 NEW skincare solutions including a beard oil and shave cream

In addition, the Redken Brews range will now include the Camo colour shades for men. Camo is a no foil, no fuss five-minute colour service for men who want to camouflage greys. With a +150% increase in men searching for hair colour options, Camo provides men with an easy, quick color solution.

WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

Puma has recently had, what could be discussed as, an injection of urban creativity, by going from strength to strength with successful collaborations with the likes of Rhianna and The Weeknd creating headlines.

After, having two popular collaborations with the Uber trainer retailer, Footpatrol, these two footwear creative forces have joined forces working on two joint TSUGI Shinsei styles. Available in ‘Olive’ and ‘Birch” this particular trainer is paving the way for futuristic sneakers being Puma’s most techy and modern shoe.

Inspired by the traditional Japanese stitching technique of ‘Sashiko’ this element can be found throughout the sneakers, contributing to the final overall look. Constructed with an array of materials the shoe is made up of a mesh and Premium frain leather upper, with the co-branding for both brands found on the heels.

In addition to the high quality upper Puma has included ten years of research into this sneaker with the Ignite foam midsole being a key feature, making the sneaker lighter as well as more flexible and giving wearers that extra bit of comfort which never goes a miss.

The ignite sole originally comes from Puma’s running program but has now been included in the style aspect of Puma sneakers.

Is it just me or does it seem Summer is a million miles away & if one more person puts up on their social media, what an amazing holiday they’ve just come back from, so help me God !

With this is mind & to inspire me, we spoke to Travelbag, who after all have nearly 40 years of experience creating tailor made holidays to long haul destinations worldwide. They specialise in creating tailor made holidays to a range of worldwide destinations that can be booked either online, over the telephone or in one of their seven UK shops.

Their experts have their finger on the pulse of what’s next in travel.
From blockbuster breaks, party pilgrimages and ‘skip-gen’ holidays, here are Travelbag’s top seven predictions for 2018 travel:

Into the Blue (Planet II)

Sir David Attenborough’s masterpiece Blue Planet II is doing anything but floundering. Travelbag is seeing an increase in bookings to Borneo to encounter gentle green turtles and to Tanzania for a jaws-dropping look at whalesharks in their natural habitat. Since the programme aired, Travelbag experienced a zing in website traffic to its Australia packages from holidaymakers keen to explore Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef on the planet.

Foodies Go Four Wheels

Travelbag reports a growing interest in tailor made self-drive tours to South Africa, Australia and the USA, especially for the more discerning foodie looking to travel to all ends to taste the next culinary craze. These travellers know exactly where they want to travel, and what they want to eat, but they want the expertise of a Travel Expert to handle the logistics, such as flights, car hire and multiple hotel bookings, and to also provide the all-important support and booking protections.
Travelbag recommends America’s Deep South where the culinary curious can hit the open road to sample all sorts of delights, such as fried okra, honey baked ham, pecan pie and seasoned fried chicken.

Blockbuster Breaks

2018 is set to be another blockbuster year in film and will once again motivate holidaymakers to walk in the footsteps of their favourite on-screen characters. Travelbag predicts the Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, will see cinema Superfans booking a ticket to South Africa where the film was shot. The spotlight shines on India’s tangled jungles for a second year in a row with the new live-action remake of ‪The Jungle Book‬, directed by Andy Serkis and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Rohand Chan, Matthew Rhys, Christian Bale and Tom Hollander.

Skip-gen Travel

Marcel Proust said, ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’ Active and adventurous grandparents with extra cash and endless free time are taking the grandkids along for the ride in 2018. Travelbag predicts that Vancouver, South Africa and Queensland will be the top long-haul destinations for skip-gen holidays because they are easy to explore independently, there is no language barrier and they offer abundant wildlife viewing to make memories that last a lifetime.

Party Pilgrimages

With Chile’s 200th year of independence, New Orleans’ tricentennial, the Winter Olympics in South Korea and Mauritius’s 50-year anniversary, 2018 will be the year of epic world parties. Voted the best place to go in 2018 by Lonely Planet, Chile has so much to offer intrepid adventurers. After experiencing Santiago’s roaring food and arts scene, Travelbag recommends a night in the Atacama Desert, famed as a stargazing mecca, a winery tour to taste some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon, and an outdoor adventure in remote Torres del Paine National Park.

Long Haul City Breaks

Culture vultures are avoiding Europe’s overcrowded and frenzied capitals in the summer months and heading further afield. Travelbag’s Travel Experts say larger and newer planes have made the longer journey more comfortable for travellers, while new low-cost airlines are making long haul city breaks more affordable than ever. World wanderers can coffee-shop crawl in New York, get their art fix at the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town and shop ‘till they drop in Toronto’s trendy Queen West neighbourhood.

Cheap Thrills

With never ending changes to exchange rates across the globe, money saving, savvy travellers want to find a destination where they will be guaranteed the most bang for their buck. In a surprise take-over, Tokyo was voted the cheapest destination in this year’s Post Office Long-Haul Holiday Report, in partnership with Travelbag. There has never been a better time to visit the Japanese capital.