Charlotte Balbier

hey cupid… a valentine’s day wish list

February 12th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Valentines Wish List

Whether you consider it a day of passion or a commercial con, valentine’s day is the perfect time to swindle a lovely gift out of your other half.

You might be lucky enough to have a romantic fella whose already got your pressie all wrapped up, as well as a table booked at your favourite restaurant. However, if like many of us you fear your beau is more likely to remember when Pancake Day is in February rather than Valentine’s there is still time to drop some major hints so he’ll hot-foot it to the shops before Saturday.

So get leaving your laptop open on web pages displaying your top Valentine’s picks, circle wish list items in magazines and remember to mention that your perfume is running exceptionally low.

And if you’re in need of a little inspiration we’ve put together some top Valentine’s gift ideas right here – good luck ladies!

french connection Rhea clutch bag, £75

This block colour clutch bag in Brides Up North’s favourite hue – pink – is big enough to cradle ladies’ essentials during both the day and night making it a great all rounder.

kurt geiger Sharkie shoes, £250

As the warmer spring/summer season approaches ladies’ wardrobes will be crying out for a pair of killer nude heels – and Geiger’s Sharkie heels certainly tick the boxes. The classic court-shoe design is brought bang up to date by featuring one of the season’s top material effects – mesh.

lancome La vie est belle Eau de Parfum Légère 50ml, £52

It might not take too much thinking outside the box, but a bottle of perfume will land most men in the good books. Lancôme’s latest feminine fragrance, La vie est belle Eau de Parfum Légère blends jasmine sambac, orange blossom and  patchouli essence for an irresistible spritz contained in an elegant bottle.

marks & spencer silk lace bra and knickers, £27.50, £12.50

She’s only gone and done it again! Stunning model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has created yet another swoon-worthy lingerie set for her Autograph collection and M&S. Pretty in pink this set is the epitome of romance, featuring silk and lace, all topped off with a pretty bow. A treat for both him and her!

molton brown Pink Pepperpod gift set, £72

There’s nothing us girls love more than an indulgent soak in the tub when the daily grind gets that little bit too much, which is why this decadent bath and body gift set makes an perfect Valentine’s pressie. Blended with notes of ginger, patchouli and pink pepperpods, these gorgeous goodies will leave you feeling pampered from top to toe.

miu miu purse, £330

While some ladies like to splurge on the bag, others like a posh purse to do the talking. This metallic Matelasse’ purse from Miu Miu is high up the style ranks and is guaranteed to earn partners a bucket-load of brownie points.

oliver bonas silver bracelet, £19.50

As they say, it’s the thought that counts. So if you and your other half agree to buy each other just a small gift on Valentine’s Day this is a great choice for all you accessories lovers.

tiffany & co. Grace ring, from £9,850

Ok, so a girl can dream. While this amazing platinum band with a princess-cut diamond may be a little out of some blokes’ price range, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times of the year for proposals. In which case we should be welcoming a surge of new readers to our pretty Brides Up North pages shortly!

yves saint laurent rouge volupte, £26

Red lips are a top beauty trend at the moment making this award-winning Yves Saint Laurent lippy in ‘rouge a danger’ a fabulous addition to any girls’ make-up bag. According to its creators, the long-lasting, comforting formula is highlighted with a unique colour-shine complex that leaves lips visibly smoother, plumper and more radiant – all the better for kissing!

dachshund puppy, POA

Because who doesn’t love a puppy? Popular with celebs including Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue and previously mentioned model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, this on-trend pooch fast becoming the next Chihuahua.

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! A Real Engagement In The North West – Chriss & Ritch

February 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies!  I’ve obviously written this post in advance, as I anticipated that I’d be far too tied up clearing the hallway of all those love notes landing on my welcome mat…

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In reality though, there’s only one man for me, so Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely husband Alan – our last as a family of two! 

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I’ll let you into a secret – I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day.  Commercial racket yes, but so is Christmas (my other favourite holiday)!  Let’s just say I’m a marketer’s dream!  I think it harks back to the excitement of my school days: seeing if my of-the-moment crush liked me enough to pay a visit to Clinton Cards.  Generally not.  But hey!  I may never really have got any cards to write home about (except the ones from you, thanks Mum), but it was all about the anticipation!

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Today, we celebrate by meeting a couple full of anticipation for their wedding day, having all but given up on finding long term love before connecting online.  So dip something sweet in your cuppa and enjoy their love story, with images by Ashton Photography

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Chriss says:  We had booked a mini break trip to the beautiful city of Verona and had planned to visit all of the usual landmarks. I hadn’t been too bothered about going to visit the “Casa di Giulietta”, but Ritch really wanted to go, so reluctantly, I braved the hoards of French and Italian kids on Shakespearean educationals and we bought our two tickets into the house. Once inside and touring the various rooms it was thankfully quite peaceful as most of the crowds were gathering in the courtyard, staring up at the balcony or otherwise trying to encourage eternal luck and love by rubbing Juliet’s right breast! As we entered the room and waited for a group to leave the balcony, Ritch was hanging back and, with hindsight, I suppose seemed to be a little preoccupied. He encouraged me to go out onto the balcony; I looked down on the school kids in the courtyard… they looked back up at me.  I turned around to go back inside and Ritch was down on his knee beside me, with that little box in his hand: “Will you marry me?”

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Of course I said “Yes”! All very romantic and, for me, the perfect proposal…the boy done good!

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As soon as we announced our engagement one of my best friends offered to host our special day in their beautiful home in West Lancashire – a truly unique venue. We planned it for October 6th 2012 and can’t wait to share our wedding photographs with Brides Up North soon!

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After years in the relationship wilderness, we have both said that we had all but given up.  Our first date was “last chance saloon” for the on-line dating game!  Good job that evening in June 2010 was successful!

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We arranged to meet half way between where we both lived and our first date was at a riverside hotel bar where we sat outside and laughed about each others’ online dating experiences – always and good ice breaker!  There was definitely a mutual attraction at first sight, love, however, took a little longer

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I knew Ritch was the one for me when I received my first pair of shoes from him – what girl couldn’t fall for a bloke that buys her shoes?

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We’ve waited a long time to get lucky in love, so our biggest wish for married life is to stay happy and for it to get better and better.

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We didn’t have any decent photographs of us together and neither of us felt very comfortable in front of the camera, so the option to have an engagement shoot was a great addition to the wedding package and a chance to get a bit of practice in. Steph of Ashton Photography gave us a few tips on how to get the best photos – but she did all of the hard work. 

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We had a great day out with Steph. We live in Blackpool and spend a lot of time with our dog Jack, on the beach and prom.  Ritch is also a hard core cyclist who clocks up many a mile up and down the sea front on his two wheels; this was the natural place for us to use as a backdrop for our pre-wedding shoot.

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Even for someone that works within wedding industry and who knows what to expect, planning your own wedding can still be very daunting! The thousands of pages in the (very expensive!) glossies and limitless web coverage available to brides and grooms is overwhelming. I’ve found Brides Up North to be an invaluable place to get real ideas and real information from real people relative to the area that we live in… great weddings happen Up North – fact!

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Congratulations Chriss & Ritch!

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Get in touch to share your love story with Brides Up North!  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 Ashton Photography

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So VERY Valentines…

February 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

So VERY Valentines

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Whether you think it’s a load of old nonsense or are in the mood for romance, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself (or leave this page open on HIS browser).  This year, show yourself some love. 

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Beya V Back Body Con Dress in Rose by Reiss £149

Tunnel Vision Dress by French Connection £150

Lariat sneakers by Kurt Geiger £90

Merimee Clutch by Coast £55

Sheriff & Cherry Wayfarer style acetate sunglasses at Harvey Nicols £85

LP No.9 by Penhaligons £80 100ml

What Next Candy Love Hearts Money Box at Selfridges £11.99

Suede Court Shoe £49.99 by Zara 

Pixelated Heart Earrings by Topshop £8.50 

10  Rosie Lace Dress £80 Boutique By Jaeger

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Prices were correct at the time of publishing

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Happy Valentines Day! You’re The One For me Fatty! A Real Engagement – Alex & Ged

February 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Valentine’s Day Brides Up North!  It’s true!  I do!  And I love Yorkshire pudding a whole lot. 

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However you are celebrating today, I’m sending a whole lot of love your way (and totally buying into the commercial “nonsense” – husband, take note!).  I’ll be snuggling up with my other half this evening at home and taking a very very very long overdue night off together.  Bliss. 

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I couldn’t let the day go by without a super lovely blog post and Alex and Ged’s loved up engagement shoot by India Hobson Photography does super lovely superbly.  Enjoy!

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Alex says:  We got engaged at the Christmas dinner table in front of all of Ged’s family. Was a complete surprise! Ged had to borrow his sister in law’s mother’s ring! We are planning on getting married next January, in Rotherham as that is where we grew up.

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Our friend India is an fantastic photographer and she suggested an engagement shoot to us.  I’d never thought of it before, but really glad we did it, it was good fun and the photos are AMAZING!  Our other friend is taking the photos on the big day so we are now really relaxed about the outcome.

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Our one wish for married life is just to be healthy and happy.  I can’t wait to come back and share our wedding pictures on Brides Up North. 

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Congratulations Alex & Ged!

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Love Is In The Air! A Wedding Blog Valentine’s Giveaway From Poppy Sparkles! (CLOSED)

February 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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On Monday afternoon I ran an interview with the lovely Viv of Poppy Sparkles, who creates gorgeous, affordable and bespoke bridal jewellery.  Click here to check it out.

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This afternoon, Viv is back to spread a little love in time for Tuesday with a special Valentine’s giveaway to mark the launch of her new range of cute pieces, created from sterling silver with freshwater pearls and red Czech glass hearts.

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Viv says:  This collection was created with Valentine’s Day in mind, but I intend to carry it beyond 14th February and think it would make lovely fashion jewellery, as well as more striking bridal jewellery or even for bridesmaids.  All pieces are available from my website – www.poppysparkles.co.uk – with free delivery to UK addresses.

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I’m head over heels!  Those earrings?  Come to mama!

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Poppy Sparkles is giving one lucky Brides Up North reader a little Valentine’s love, with the chance to win a gorgeous sterling silver, freshwater pearl and red Czech glass heart bracelet worth £30. 

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If you want this pretty piece dangling from your wrist, or would like to spread the love to someone who might, all you need to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post telling us why it should be yours.

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The winner will be drawn at random on after midnight on Thursday 16th February 2012.  You have one week!  Go go go!

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Happy Valentines Day from Brides Up North and Poppy Sparkles! HEART

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