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Mothering Sunday in the UK is observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it was a day when children who had left home to work were given a day off to visit their home town or village, and spend some time with their family.
Centuries ago, in a very religious United Kingdom, it was considered important for people to return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So each year everyone would visit the main church or cathedral of the area where they were born or brought up. For this reason, most historians think that it was the return to the 'Mother' church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants and apprentices and living away from home, being given the day off to visit their mother and family. It became usual to pick wild flowers along their journey to present to their mother, or at the church.
These old religious ideas have contributed to our current tradition of spending time with, and giving gifts to mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters – those who have had a caring role in our lives as we have grown up.
As is common at every gift giving time of year, the question of what to buy is uppermost in everyone’s minds – and not least here at Fashions Finest Headquarters! As usual we have searched for some beautiful, creative and interesting gifts and ideas for Mothers and care givers everywhere to enjoy and cherish.
Say It With Silk:
A beautiful silk scarf is a thoughtful, and timeless gift, for any age woman. There are so many styles to choose from, and you can easily find something in her favourite colours.
John Lewis has a great many styles of silk scarves to choose from in their collection, with prices varying.
The Gift Of The Glow:
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Help your mother achieve her glow goals with this exclusive collection of Mio's bodycare essentials. Mio’s body glow kit will amplify her natural radiance, enhance the health and vitality of her skin, and give her skin what it needs to be as strong as she is.
The beautifully presented pack contains four Mio minis and a full size Body Brush for £32.00 with free delivery available.
Missguided’s fragrance Babe Dreams is the delicate and ‘dreamy’ feminine scent of sweet chypre scent, cushioned by a base of patchouli, rich amber and vanilla. The heart is an infusion of velvety rose with orris and violet whilst the top notes compliment with bergamot, pink pepper and red fruity accords.
A great gift for her in spring and summer, because of it’s lightness and slightly sweet scent.
Available From The Fragrance Shop from £8.00
Design.Me has come up with a complete hair care and styling range to ensure she has no more bad hair days…ever!
From sprays that allow her to blow-dry in half the time, and afford super volume, to treatments that will keep her luscious locks conditioned and shiny, she will love the gift of enhancing her hair care routine!
Available at Sally Beauty from £9.95
Give her the gift of radiance! J.ONE HANA skin cream, from South Korea is perfectly portioned in spherical capsules for ease of use, and formulated with the super-powered antioxidant - Nobel Prize-winning ingredient ‘fullerene’.
The cream works to help neutralise skin-damaging free radical activity while nourishing with a blend of macadamia and sunflower oils. Fullerene acts to visually plump and brighten the appearance of skin, while concentrated peptides work to visibly firm the skin for a toned, glowing appearance.
Available from Boots online or instore, with prices starting at £22.00
DAYTOX is a great gift to keep her skin looking and feeling as youthful as she does, and Daytox gradually helps to detoxify the skin and restore its fresh appearance. This is thanks to a combination of clinically tested active detoxifying substances, medicinal plants and precious oils that stimulate and support cell renewal.
Available from Amazon £18.00
Bags Of Love:
Help her to refresh her accessories with this stylish grab bag, available to buy from Debenhams department stores or online, at £39.00.
Finished in grained faux leather, it features multiple compartments for all her essentials and adjustable grab handles too. With this beautiful tan - brown leather material, this type of gift will stand the test of time.
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A bunch of flowers say I love you just as well as any gift, and even the humble daffodil can brighten up a room with its bright and sunny colour and mellow scents.
If you want to splash out on flowers, then online companies such as interflora can do same day deliveries for Mother’s day, and offer some stunning bouquets!
Give the gift of a personalised bottle of bubbly for mother’s day, and help that hard working lady to relax and unwind with a glass of something special. You can make the message as sweet or as funny as you like, and it’s a great way of showing you have put a lot of thought into her gift.
Available from gettingpersonal.co.uk for £34.99, with next day delivery available!
The idea of a summer wedding may be perfect for the bride and groom, but for the guests, it can be challenging to find a dress that is fit for the occasion without causing overheating. However, there are a number of dresses perfect for a wedding, or any other event you might be attending in spring or summer, that will allow you to stay elegant and stylish whilst in the sun. Here, we’ve got a few examples.
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Jess Glynne showcased a classic red lip on the carpet at the Brit Awards. The A-List staple can be taken straight from the red carpet and recreated at home with Illamasqua’s Lipstick Collection at a cost of £20.00 Available to buy here.
Smokey And Seductive
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Maya Jama’s smokey and seductive eyes can be perfected with Illamasqua’s Elemental Pallete, at a cost of £38.00. Effortlessly transform your look with these highly pigmented shades that work for both day and night time looks. Available to buy here.
Framing The Soul
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If eyes are the window to the soul, then eyebrows are the frame! Eyeco’s creamy brow powder in one end, with an angled brush on the other end define, shape and fill-in your brows effortlessly, for maximum impact, with minimum input. Available from here at a cost of £18.00
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Dua Lipa took her eye makeup to the next level at this year’s Britt Awards, stealing the show on the red carpet. To achieve her look use the EYECO lash alert, at a cost of £19.00. A botanical fuelled energising formula, infused with caffeine and a double dose of fibres to lift the sleepiest of ‘bed lashes’ for perkier volume, curl and care all day. Lash alert will improve long term elasticity and resilience for naturally thicker lashes around the clock. Available to buy here.
Formulated with a blend of White Clay and Rosa Clay to brighten and refine skin, Clay Away Purifying Body Cleanser is a two-in-one clay shower wash and body mask with a versatile formula. It removes dirt and impurities for a gentle daily cleanse and can also multitask as a deeply purifying pre-shower treatment when your skin needs a more intense detox.
Finally, the softer, firmer, pampered skin you always wished you had, can be yours! Beauty aficionados can turn that precious dream of perfect skin, into something real with the launch of the long-awaited Bath and Body collection from the US award winning haircare brand SheaMoisture.
Snag is an online-only retailer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their aim is to offer tights that fit every-size and every-shape.
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and the day we celebrate our love for that special someone in our lives has come again.
If, for some reason you have not been spending many hours agonising over the perfect gift for your loved one, and you have now realised you don’t have many days left to find something, Fashions, Finest has come to your aid, and trawled the internet looking for the fun, the sweet and the downright different gifts, so that you don’t have to!
Gifts For Him Or Her:
Chocolate sounds like the obvious choice to give as a gift this valentine’s day, however, hear us out - Pundits is no ordinary chocolate bar!
Made in the UK by a small family run company, they pride themselves on making delicious and tasty chocolate, that is almost good for you! Low in carbohydrates and sugar free, they all look and taste great! The perfect little treat when you are trying to 'be good' but need something nice!
With a commitment to the environment, and boasting a very ethical supply chain, a bar or two of pundits chocolate would guarantee to win your loved ones heart all over again.
Buy online at £3.49 per bar
With over 2,000 experiences to choose from, John Lewis is offering this great little gift for you to enjoy as a couple. A great idea for those harder to please people, because they can choose the activity themselves, or you can spend time choosing together!
At only £39.99, and available online, this gift can work for all tastes.
Photo-Book Of Love!
Make your own photo book of love, by putting together pictures and words of your choice, and developing a personalised love book for your significant other.
Made in the UK, with handy next day delivery available, its a sweet and unique way to spread a little, or a lot, of love.
From £16 and available online here.
For The Traveler
A personalised rail card key-ring could be just the ticket to remind your love one how special they are. This charming personalised key-ring features the instantly recognisable image of a National Rail train ticket, and you can personalise every aspect of the wording to make it unique to your loved one.
For £12.50 each, you can get your own here
Gifts For Him:
Sole Mate Trainer Kit
If he enjoys his trainers, and loves to keep them clean, then this is a cute gift he will be able to cherish and use.
This gift set comes with two bottles of ultra-effective cleaning fluid, and at £20 each, you can say 'I love you' in a truly unique way. Buy it online now.
The Definition Of...
A personalised gift always shows how much care you have put into choosing a present and this Square Slate Keepsake or coaster is no different. Made by Laser engraving into slate, this gift can be personalised with a dictionary definition style name and descriptions of your choice. You can be as naughty or as nice as you like. The choice is yours!
£12.99 each and available to buy here
Fit For A King.
An amazing mix of red wine with sweet and savoury classic snacks all presented in a beautifully dark, woven basket.
If the way to your mans heart is indeed through his belly, then you need look no further than here!
With many other hampers to choose from, even if this one is not ideal, you are sure to find something to his taste!
Available here at £34.95 each
Gifts For Her:
Soap And Glory Scent-Sational Bunch
Who doesn't love a bit of soap and glory in their life!
This great gift tin comes bursting with goodies which will leave her looking and smelling delicious, and feeling very happy too!
Available from Boots at only £20.00 each, why not pamper your lady with this great kit.
Butter London Lacquer
With it's 10-In-1 Formula, and plenty of pretty, sophisticated and long-wearing shades available. As well as loaded with ingredients proven to promote brighter, stronger, healthier nails, you need not look any further than butter LONDON's Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquers to make her feel spoilt this valentines day.
Available from Feel Unique at £15.00 each, she will love the quality, cover and colours of this Nail Lacquer.
Korres Lip Butter
Korres natural pomegranate lip butter in a beautiful burnt pink shade, which will leave a subtle shiny tint on her lips, whilst conditioning and protecting them from the elements, leaving her with perfectly soft and conditioned lips that are good enough to kiss!
At £8.00 and available from Look Fantastic, get yours here!
Shake up her valentines with the instax mini 9 - a compact instant camera with a cute and iconic design. Delivering instant credit card-sized prints - and great for selfies too, she will love using it to capture one-off moments at parties, festivals and fun days out.
At £59.00 each, this gift is available from Amazon
Jewellery Making Workshop Class
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Available all over the country, a Jewellery making workshop would be a beautiful way to treat her this valentines.
Book a session in a workshop near you, and spend some time together designing and making your own piece of bespoke jewellery for each other. What better way to say I love you from the heart.
Prices vary. Find out more here
Fashion retailer Missguided have unveiled a new rollerball design, of their three bestselling scents!
Spring is going to be here soon, and it’s time to get planning for all your events. In particular, if you’ve been invited to a springtime wedding, you’ll need to put together a suitable outfit that ticks all the boxes.