Category Archives: Gifts & Occasions

White Owl Messaging: Messages From Beyond The Grave

The  White Owl Messaging service is being used by many Baby Boomers and as an effective  “Grief Support Tool” by health care agencies and social workers. It allows the individual to continue to share in special life events that they will not be alive for. These messages and gifts can be delivered for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings or any special occasion the client requests. Customized ordering allows for “One time delivery”, “Multiple year delivery”, and for special life events that currently do not have a known delivery date. For unknown delivery dates the client uses the “Add a guardian” to the product. This appointed Guardian then enters that delivery date in when it becomes known: Ideal for graduations and weddings! For those who find the messages offensive and do not wish to receive these messages, the company has provided a way the individual can “Opt Out”.

White Owl Messaging understands that this service is very personal for the client and the recipient, they have put together a broad  catalog of  gift ideas that closely align that represent your personal relationships. You will find items to suit all types of relationships, interests and budgets.

With this unique service you can have your messages, gifts, and that last round of drinks at your favorite pub to be shared after you pass. The client can place orders years in advance, their account remains dormant until notification of their passing is received, at which time the account is activated. This lets those you leave behind feel they have a way to stay connected, and know they are loved in a manner that is unique to your relationship. This service is a story that ties the old fashion values of family and love to the modern technology of the internet. It is also something everyone wishes they had.

White Owl Messaging founder  Marianne Turner-Marken says that it is the relationships she has formed over the years that inspired her to create White Owl Messaging. Her work as a SpecialtyPediatric/Hospice nurse in Arizona’s San Tan Valley also played a role in this decision. The work showed her the need for these kinds of connections when a family loses someone. But it was running across a letter written by her mother years before she died that told her just how important it is be able to reach out to those we love to help them heal. It was to lay the foundation for how she could help others do it as well.

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PosePrints Wins the Red Tricycle “2012 Totally Awesome Awards” for “Most Awesome Creative Card Suppliers”

Where do the busiest and best parents go to get the skinny on what to do, see, eat, and buy? In 2011, 25 million readers weighed in on that question at the 2011 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards, which showcases the “best in parenting brands, products, services and restaurants” of several major metropolitan areas. And for the 2012 Awards (over 6,000 businesses participated), PosePrints snatched the “Most Awesome Creative Card Suppliers” award away from such arch-competitors as Shutterfly, Minted and Tiny Prints, with a whopping 206,650 votes.

PosePrints started as the creative brainchild of Jen Moss (a self-taught artist) and her mother (a financier). Their mutual love of homemade crafts and aversion to pre-fab stationary developed into a line of distinctively whimsical and customizable stationary, magnets, business cards and notepads. What makes their line stand apart is the vibrancy of Moss’ art and the near-infinite variations on each theme you can customize to your likeness. Whether it’s a thank you note, birthday invitation, or a wedding program – the better-than-your-average-avatar caricatures you can create (custom: eyelashes, hair accessories, bling, and more), make the party happen before the party itself.

Magazines for savvy brides and parents can’t gush enough about PosePrints’ offerings. “My one stop-shop for all my stationary needs”, raves Manhattan Mom Blog. “Sure to make your guests accept with pleasure,” enthuses Bridal Guide Magazine . Though some of PosePrints’ competitors have been at the stationary game longer, PosePrints won the day because they’ve come up with a winning model: singularly custom invitations and gifts so charming they can (and do) double as gifts.

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DiscountVouchers.co.uk Poll Reveals Flowers as Leading Valentine’s Day Gift

Leading money-saving website DiscountVouchers.co.uk – the website which helps people enjoy bargain deals at over 800 famous name stores – has announced the results of its latest user poll. The site’s survey has shown that flowers are still the top Valentine’s Day gift.

The website’s poll revealed that 40% of people believe flowers are still the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift. Next in line in the site’s poll was jewellery with 34% – yet 9% of Brits don’t consider a Valentine’s Day present necessary at all.

The top ten Valentine’s Day presents listed in the voucher codes website’s survey: 1. Flowers. 2. Jewellery. 3. Nothing. 4. Chocolates. 5. Champagne. 6. Lingerie. 7. Teddy bear. 8. Simple card. 9. Perfume. 10. CD.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk
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About DiscountVouchers.co.ukDiscountVouchers.co.uk features the latest money saving offers from a growing range of retailers, all updated in real time. Designed to help consumers save money with both leading high street brands and specialist retailers, DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers one of the widest choices of discounts available.

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CouponChief.com Uses Online Coupons To Help Support Local Charities

The popular website CouponChief.com, which helps frugal shoppers find the best deals online, is now using the power of saving money to help charities in local communities across the country. Coupon Chief has recently adopted the mantra, “Saving is Giving” to promote what could be the next big thing when it comes to savvy shopping and supporting charitable causes. The new promotion is all about giving back to those in need, and encouraging shoppers to do more than just buy products online. With Coupons-4-Causes, the site promises to donate up to 20% of the purchase price every time shoppers use Coupon Chief’s online coupons.

The money-saving website CouponChief.com has started a new trend in the industry with the introduction of a novel way to donate to local charities. With the Coupons-4-Causes program, shoppers are able to support their favorite charities every time they shop online. All visitors to the site have to do is shop using the site’s coupons, and Coupon Chief will automatically donate up to 20% of the purchase price to the charity of choice, whether it is a local charity, school, or church.

Online coupons provide a convenient way to save money when purchasing items such as clothing, jewelry, and more, but with this new cause shoppers also have the opportunity to help their communities every time they make a purchase – no matter what the item.

The site provides discount coupon codes for a wide range of different online stores, from big name brands to smaller operations. Coupon Chief sets itself apart from the competition through innovation, ease-of-use, and by providing visitors with a reliable service. Many coupon sites are difficult to navigate, unorganized, and make it almost impossible to search for great deals that haven’t already expired.

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National Wedding Company Offers Gay-friendly ‘Valentine’s-Grams’

The national wedding resource, RainbowWeddingNetwork.com, announces the release of Valentine’s Day e-cards this season, specifically customized for the LGBTQ community. The vibrant and diverse line of online cards is available free to site users, and provides a convenient way for senders to surprise their partners while also supporting a lesbian-owned company devoted to promoting equal marriage and family rights.

National Wedding Company

Recently celebrating the ten-year anniversary since its launch,RainbowWeddingNetwork.com has been providing unique and dynamic wedding resources to the gay and lesbian community for over a decade. The company has produced over 35 Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expos in sixteen different states, and since 2006 has published the nation’s first Wedding Magazine dedicated to the LGBTQ community. Newly revamped, www.RainbowWeddingNetwork.com offers a fresh variety of interactive features, including the Valentine’s Day e-cards as well as Couples’ Wedding WebPages, Engagement Announcements, Social Networking and upgraded Directory Listings with mini Photo Galleries and Audio Spots to provide at-a-glance vital information about gay-friendly wedding, travel and home-related businesses both locally and abroad. The online Directory spotlights over 5000 businesses: each has been screened to uphold a policy of non-discrimination.

In response to the first Federal Marriage Amendment Act, RainbowWeddingNetwork launched its sister campaign www.SameLoveSameRights.com, to serve the LGBTQ minority throughout the country in enhancing communication and cohesiveness surrounding the issues concerning equal marriage and family rights.

“We are sincerely excited to offer the Valentine’s Cards this year,” states co-founder Marianne Puechl. “They are cute and trendy and fun… but they also represent much more than that. In many ways, same-gender couples continue to face limited options when expressing their love for one another. These Valentines are customized with imagery and language that supports gay and lesbian couples and our commitments: it’s one more way that our minority can truly feel legitimized. RainbowWeddingNetwork is honored to be able to provide this important resource.”

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Strike Action Off, But Damage Done as Consumers Cut Back on Christmas Cards

New research out from uSwitch.com reveals that 15% of consumers are cutting back on Christmas cards this year as a result of earlier postal strikes. Even though pre-Christmas strikes have now been postponed until the New Year, the move came too late to prevent consumer confidence from nose diving, showing how quickly damage can be done.

The uncertainty has made consumers re-think their card-sending habits. As a result just over one in ten (15%) have decided to shorten the list of people they send cards to, cut back on the amount of money they spend on cards and stamps or to just stick with cards that can be hand-delivered. Whether their custom can be won back again next year remains to be seen.

However, there is still a strong sense of tradition around the act of sending cards. Even with the prospect of strikes, 58% of people were still going to take their chances with the post while a further 21% believe that sending cards is an essential part of their Christmas festivities.

While email and texting is seen as a suitable alternative to sending letters, especially in the business world, it’s not seen as such an acceptable alternative when it comes to sending seasonal greetings. Less than a third of consumers (32%) think e-cards are OK and only 5% of these think they are better than paper cards – hardly a ringing endorsement.

Not only will this be music to Royal Mail bosses’ ears, but the greetings card industry and charity sector can also take heart. Strikes would have hit Christmas card sales this year, but they could also have hit future sales too by pushing more people to move to e-cards or texts, or to even break with tradition entirely. The potential loss of revenue could have been devastating as Christmas cards account for £324 million, or 43 per cent of the total number of cards sold in the UK annually.

Over a quarter of people (28%) spend £5 – £10 on Christmas cards in total, while two in ten (20%) spend between £10 and £15. Over one in ten (13%) spends between £15 and £20. Consumers also spend generously on charity cards – 34% of those who buy them spend between £5 and £10. In fact charities estimate that £50 million is raised for good causes through the sale of charity Christmas cards each year.

According to the findings, 19% of consumers only buy charity Christmas cards, while 57% buy a mixture of charitable and non-charitable cards. So far this year, charitable organisations have reported mixed fortunes in Christmas card sales. Mental health charity Mind and Cancer Research UK say Christmas card sales are down on last year, but others such as Barnardo’s and British Heart Foundation have seen income from cards rise, despite the recent postal strikes.

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, says: “These findings show the speed with which consumers can react and change their habits. We have a long history of sending cards in this country and the threat of strikes was potentially going to deliver it a hammer blow.

“The good news for consumers is that with the strikes postponed it’s now business as usual – they can send Christmas cards without worrying about it. However, the postal action could now take place in the New Year and this is really bad news for consumers who could see important bills delayed or go missing. The New Year is a difficult time financially for most of us without credit card or energy bills going missing. I would urge anyone who thinks they could be affected to contact their provider to see if they can pay by direct debit. Not only will this be more convenient, but it can also earn you discounts on household bills such as energy and could prevent late payment charges on credit cards.”

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Artificial Christmas Trees Top the News on The Today Show With Matt and Merideth

Artificial Christmas trees have gained in popularity over recent times and Balsam Hill® is the name that is associated with this trend. Though some would attribute the attractiveness of these products to an interest in the environment, others say it has more to do with the ease and convenience that they provide. Who doesn’t remember pine needles stuck in carpet for weeks after Christmas and the worries of a fire due to a dried out tree? Balsam Hill® is the leader in crafting artificial Christmas trees that have a realistic look and feel, plus, they are notorious for their easy assemblies. This was reiterated during a recent feature on the Today Show.

Balsam Hill® is known for quality and each of the artificial Christmas trees is made to be as real as possible. Beyond that, the ease of assembly and storage is paramount. Because convenience is a part of the mission undertaken by Balsam Hill® the company is always on the lookout for ways to make things more convenient for customers. With that in mind many innovations have come about. Many of the company’s artificial Christmas trees are pre-lighted, and each tree with both color and clear lights receives a free remote control. The remote allows one to turn the lights on or off, switch between clear or multi colored, or use both, all with just a touch of a button.

Balsam Hill®’s innovative technology has developed True Needle™, which allows for the realism provided in the foliage of the artificial Christmas trees. The needles of the trees actually have a pigment structure, texture, and color very similar to that of natural evergreen needles. One of the most distinctive features of this technology is the color variations within the branches. The branch may be a very dark color and the needles may then start off as a dark color and slowly fade to a lighter shade of green. This is truly a unique technology, exclusive to Balsam Hill®.

Set up of all artificial Christmas trees made by Balsam Hill® is always easy, but assembly of the Artificial Trees Instant Evergreen is almost instantaneous, which means the buyer is quickly ready to decorate the tree. Balsam Hill® has that covered too. The company offers high-end, luxurious Artificial Christmas Trees Ornaments that perfectly complement the luscious trees. Because these Artificial Christmas Trees Ornaments are unique, they can add a touch of elegance and charm to any Christmas tree.

Another product offered by Balsam Hill® that has taken the market by storm is the flatback tree. Just as the name implies, one side of the tree is flat, making this the perfect choice for small or tight spaces. After adding the beautiful Artificial Christmas Trees Ornaments and other decorations it is easy to forget that this is actually a ‘half tree’.

Balsam Hill®’s mission is to create the most luxuriously realistic Artificial Christmas trees ever produced. The company also works diligently to meet and exceed customers’ expectations for beauty and convenience. Though ages ahead of other artificial Christmas tree companies, Balsam Hill® is committed to making continual improvements to offer customers, as evidenced by such innovations as the Artificial Trees Instant Evergreen and the Flatback tree.

Santa Letters Expose Santa Has Real Mouse Helpers!

In a recent interview about the handling of Santa letters, Santa himself revealed a long kept secret. Mice help organize and maintain the many letters received at the North Pole. This news is shocking because it is the elves that have long been given credit for helping Santa with every detail of the Christmas preparation.

Santa Claus disclosed in an interview with the North Pole Gazette that Christmas letters begin pouring into his mailbox as early as September every year. Santa said that he realized he could not keep track of the gazillions of letters by himself, and he stressed that he did not want to overlook even one of those carefully crafted notes. Santa said that his elves are too busy making toys to assist with such a task so he had to be innovative in finding helpers.

As he looked around the North Pole he thought about the many animals that live there. It’s true that birds and fish often help with the delivery of the santa letters but they live outdoors, Santa needed help after the letters arrived, after they are in his house. Suddenly, like a bolt of lightning Santa thought about the thousands of mice that live with him and Mrs. Claus. The fact is that the mice like to stay indoors, where it is warm and cozy. And they are always asking what they can do to help out, but in the past it seemed their size kept them from being very helpful at all. However, even a little mouse can help organize mail.

Santa immediately set out to teach his mice how to organize the mail in a way that would expedite the entire system. Santa and Mrs. Claus labeled baskets for each of the various countries and for each type of animal. All the mice had to do was place each letter in the appropriate basket. This meant that a santa letter from a dog would go into the dog basket and a letter from a rabbit into the rabbit basket, and so on.

Hailei Corin, is Santa’s little public relations guru and she states “Santa can now insure that everyone that sends a letter to him will receive personalized letters from santa. It seems this has eased Santa’s mind immensely as he shared one of his greatest worries in the past was that he would somehow miss a few letters, and children somewhere waiting for letters from santa would be disappointed”.

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Clinique Launches New, Limited Edition Bamboo Pink Make Up Collection

The Bamboo Pink Collection f r o m Clinique is inspired by the wearable and subtly seductive hue Bamboo Pink, one of Clinique’s best-selling lipstick shades. Featuring a range of classic, best-selling products together with several new, limited edition make up treats, The Bamboo Pink Collection is the must-have make up kit to get a glow this summer.

Exclusive f r o m Clinique at Debenhams and online at clinique.co.uk, The Bamboo Pink Collection is being launched for summer 2009 and contains ten summer make up essentials. This includes; Lipstick, an Allover Colour Face Powder Compact, Long-Last Glosswear SPF 15 Lip Gloss, a Cabana Blush Quad, a Bamboo Pink Blush Brush, a Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad, a Cream Shaper Eye Liner, a Quickliner Lip Liner and a Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black.

The new look features a natural pink lip available in a choice of two best-selling lipstick formulas; Long Last or Butter Shine, complimented by Long Last Glosswear SPF15 and Quickliner for Lips to help lipstick stay put. The subtle lip is accentuated by beautiful warm browns and muted pinks on the eye with the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and Cream Shaper for Eyes. An allover, soft luminous glow for the face is created using the Fresh Bloom Allover Colour Powder Compact and a new, limited edition Cabana Blush Quad. To finish the look, Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black lengthens, glosses and enhances lashes ensuring they stay silky and flake-free.

Adding further dimension to this collection is the beautifully crafted ‘bamboo’ packaging featured on select items within the collection.

Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free. Ophthalmologist Tested. Non-Comodegenic.

Exclusively available to Clinique counters in Debenhams and Online at clinique.co.uk only.

About Clinique
Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, Clinique’s mission remains what it was f r o m the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective collection of products to enhance every skin type and tone. The brand’s customised approach and quality products – all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All make up and skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique offers products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Clinique is sold in more than 130 countries and territories, and over 16,000 sales locations.

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Gandhi Hurwitz Plans New National Bridal Directory

Baltimore videographer Gandhi Hurwitz noticed that most of his calls for shooting wedding videos were coming in between 11a.m. and 2p.m. each day. An astute observer of industry trends, Hurwitz tracked this one to its source. It turns out more and more brides are planning their weddings online at work, a trend that coincides with the advent of high-speed Internet. Hurwitz, who has been shooting wedding videos since 1989, has parlayed his keen eye and thorough knowledge of the business into a cutting edge, deeply interactive online community for both brides and wedding professionals.

thebridalguides.com

A tech-savvy, nimble newcomer to the online bridal industry, Hurwitz offers state-of-the-art streaming video uploads to users of his new website, TheBridalGuides. This and other unique, user-friendly services created by Hurwitz’s webmaster, Larry “Fresh” Scott, are reinventing the business model for bridal Bigfoots such as The Knot and Wedding Channel. A bride-to-be can browse thousands of local and national vendors and print online coupons from Hurwitz’s site, all without logging in. With a few clicks, she can register on the site for free and build her own personalized wedding website which her guests can interactively visit. The Bridalguides.com. 

Using the site’s unique BridalTV streaming video, the bride and her fiancé can upload personalized video invitations to their guests. Later, guests can watch the wedding videos online — including video clips uploaded from their own Bluetooth cell phones. (Click on “BridalTV” on Hurwitz’s homepage, TheBridalGuides.com , and watch Will Smith singing at a private wedding shot by Hurwitz’s associate, Visions Unlimited of Baltimore.)

Other click-to-use features include an interactive photo gallery, online RSVP and guest book (guests can leave messages here), gift registry, maps, hotels and city details. The bride can use the site’s ePlanner tools, read articles, and chat in bridal forums. Best of all — the bride and her guests pay nothing for these services.

Where brides go, vendors follow. Having himself been frustrated by the limited interactivity of other bridal websites — having to call an 800 number and play endless phone tag to changes ad postings, for example — Hurwitz says he has tried to create a site he as a wedding professional would want to use. By pricing his vendor services at less than half the cost of higher profile bridal sites, he has made his site “a lot more user-friendly for a lot less money”.

Each vendor has complete, click-to-use control over its personal interactive ad space, including streaming video uploads, photo gallery, unlimited article publishing, coupon generation, and customized search engine placement. All changes can be made online. Vendors can visit the bridal forums as well as vendors’only forums for tech chat.

tBigfoots, look out. Lunch hours aren’t what they used to be for brides-to-be, and the smart money is on TheBridalGuides.com To arrange an interview with Gandhi Hurwitz for more information on this subject contact sale@thebridalguides.com

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Shop Like The Stars – Gwyneth Paltrow Loves The Handpicked Collection

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website ‘GOOP’, a collection of recommendations and musings from the actress herself, features an assortment of things that she considers make life special. In one of her recent newsletters Gwyneth described The Handpicked Collection as one of her favourite online shopping destinations, ‘I’ve also included some of my favourite websites that everyone can take a look at no matter where they live…for off-the-beaten-track home & kitchen things I like The Handpicked Collection.’

The Handpicked Collection’s catalogue and website is the lifestyle shopping bible, offering gorgeous gift ideas and unique products for the home and garden. From everyday essentials including Pretty Enamel Saucepans (£13.95) and the Garlic Machine & Storer (£7.95) to designer gadgets such as the Freud Stove Top Espresso Maker (£64.50) and Joseph Joseph Bread Bin With Bread Board lid (£38.95), each product featured has been vetted by an independent, expert panel of journalists, entrepreneurs and trendsetters and is endorsed with helpful editorial explaining what makes it so special.

The Handpicked Collection is perfect for finding inspiring products for your home and kitchen, as well as original present ideas – you can take Gwyneth Paltrow’s word for it.

For orders: www.handpickedcollection.com; 0845 6023578.

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H.Samuel Advises Shoppers To Buy Online In Time As Mother’s Day Fast Approaches

H.Samuel, the leading high street jeweller, has a range of offers and services to aid shoppers looking for the ideal Mother’s Day gift. H.Samuel boasts a huge range of watches, jewellery and gifts, and will also provide gift wrapping, flexible delivery and engraving as well, but with the special day rapidly approaching, customers will need to move quickly .

Whether Mother’s Day shoppers are looking for classic, traditional jewellery, or fashionable, top brand items for their mother, H.Samuel has a full range of gift ideas for mothers. H.Samuel’s buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on all earrings and pendants means that shoppers will be able to find a gift that captures their own mother’s personality and style.

H.Samuel also stock many leading watch brands in a wide range of styles and designs. The collection features elegant dress watches f r o m DKNY and Oasis, sport watches f r o m Citizen and Fossil and leading fashion brands such as Diesel and Ben Sherman.

Customers also have the choice of a wide range of compacts and keyrings in the H.Samuel gift selection and a large selection of collectibles f r o m Me to You, Willow Tree, Swarovski or the Disney Traditions collections.

If customers want to really make their Mum’s day really special, they can have their gift especially gift wrapped and delivered directly to their Mother’s house. H.Samuel also offer customers the chance to have their chosen jewellery engraved, adding a personal touch.

The choice at H.Samuel is massive, and with trained and experienced staff members in-store or at customer service, shoppers are sure to get the right gift for
Mother’s Day this year. Alternatively, customers can research online, browsing the collections at their own leisure and reading the informative buyers guides.

The last order dates are:
Standard Delivery: order before 2pm Wednesday 18 March
Next day Delivery: order before 2pm Friday 20 march
DHL Courier: order before 2pm Thursday 19 March

About H. Samuel:
H.Samuel is the nation’s favourite High Street Jeweller with over 350 stores and a retail website at www.hsamuel.co.uk. H.Samuel has a stunning range of jewellery, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, and features an incredible range of branded watches offering something for every taste and style. H. Samuel is part of the Signet Group, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

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Hsamuel Voted Cosmopolitan Best For Watches 2009

For the second year running H.Samuel has won the Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards Best for Watches category. This prestigious award from one of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines, further enhances H.Samuel’s reputation as the most wide-ranging, reliable, informative and trustworthy online watch retailer.

The Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards took place on the 5th March 2009 at the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Judged by top celebrities Fearne Cotton, Lisa Snowdon and Mark Heyes, together with Cosmopolitan readers and fashion experts, the awards celebrate the very best in online fashion retailing, representing online fashion with categories including Hottest Partywear, Sexiest Heels and Best for Watches. The winners will feature in the April issue of Cosmopolitan (on sale 9th March).

Two of the judges, Fearne Cotton and Lisa Snowdon are big fans of online shopping. “Nothing quite beats surfing for a new wardrobe from the comfort of your own home,” commented Fearne, “The Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards provide the ultimate guide to the best fashion sites available. Being able to experience all the joys of shopping with no queues or crowds – complete heaven.”

Lisa Snowdon, thinks that the Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards make online shopping even easier and more accessible. “Shopping online has never been easier and Cosmopolitan has made it even more accessible,” said Lisa, “With increased time pressures combined with the sheer volume of fashion websites that cater for every shape and size, women can transform their wardrobe at the click of a mouse.”

This award for H.Samuel is also recognition for the work and effort put in to establishing a competitive online presence as the UK’s leading online jewellery, watches, gifts and collectables retailer. H.Samuel Online store manager, Vikki Luke, commented, “We are delighted to receive this award for the second year running. The team works extremely hard to keep the website up to date with the latest models and hottest brands, ensuring that it always has a great range of designer watches. To be recognised by Cosmopolitan and its readers as their favourite online watch retailer for two years in succession is a fantastic achievement.”

Cosmopolitan is a magazine for fun, fearless, females, celebrating fun, glamour and a passion for life, while inspiring young women to be the best they can be. Cosmopolitan magazine, published by The National Magazine Company, has a circulation of 450,836, with a readership of 1,760,000 – the highest in the monthly market. The Cosmopolitan website currently attracts 5.4 million page impressions and 428,520 unique users every year.

About H. Samuel:
H.Samuel is the nation’s favourite High Street Jewellers with over 350 stores and an online retail website. Featuring an incredible range of branded watches, H.Samuel also has a stunning range of jewellery, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, offering something for every taste and style. H.Samuel is part of the Signet Group, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

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Clinique, a leader in skin care and make-up innovation has launched High Impact Curling Mascara where 24 Hour Curl Meets 24 Hour Wear

Clinique, leader in skin care and make-up innovation, has announced the launch of their latest advance in long wearing mascara.

High Impact Curling Mascara is designed to provide dramatic volume plus extreme long-wearing non-smudging curl for 24 hours. Ideal for the woman who wants it all – big, bold lashes, long-wearing formula and astonishing curl that stays all day.

The new formulation introduces thermal technology to curling mascara. This long-wearing, innovative formula lasts 24 hours without running or smudging, but can be removed easily with warm water. A blend of lightweight Polymers and Silica provide a smooth, thin film that when dry, holds the curl in place without weighing down the lashes. And, with less wax in the formula, colour stays truer. Perfect for all lash types, New High Impact Curling Mascara won’t flake, clump or smudge. And, like all Clinique mascaras, it is not only Ophthalmologist Tested but it is also appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Clinique’s new brush applicator is specifically designed for this formula, featuring a curved brush to elongate and curl lashes for a more lifted appearance. Clinique’s exclusive brush distributes and coats lashes evenly, making them appear to stretch instantly with every stroke while the brush’s curve sets the curl in place. It is the perfect make up essential to make an eye-opening statement

The new High Impact Curling Mascara is part of Clinique’s New First Blush, Spring 2009 makeup collection, a simple, soft and completely feminine trend for Spring. Cheeks are the focus, showcasing a natural, youthful glow with New Quick Blush. Eyes are simple with a monochromatic wash of colour with Limited Edition Fresh Bloom Eye Shadow whilst lips are romantic and glossy with Long Last Gloss Wear SPF15. This wearable collection can be custom-fit to create a variety of looks for any occasion and is perfect for every skin tone.

The new High Impact Curling Mascara will be available in Black and Black/Brown at Clinique counters nationwide from February.

About Clinique 
Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, Clinique’s mission remains what it was from the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective collection of products to enhance every skin type and tone. The brand’s customised approach and quality products – all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All makeup and Skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique offers products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Clinique is sold in more than 130 countries and territories, and over 16,000 sales locations.

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BedroomPleasures has announced that the Hitachi Magic Wand is now available in the UK, after previously only being available in the US

BedroomPleasures, one of the largest online sex and lingerie companies in the UK, has revealed that the Hitachi Magic Wand is now available in the UK, after previously only being available in the US.

The Hitachi Magic Wand has been available in the US for 25 years but following an increase in demand for the product in the UK and numerous requests from customers who had seen the product while in the US, BedroomPleasures decided to import it, with an increase of 20% in sales of the item this month.

Although the Magic Wand is marketed as a gentle massager, BedroomPleasures received reports from customers using the device for the first time as a vibrator and achieving their most intense orgasms ever.

The Hitachi Magic Wand is an electric massager intended for massaging muscles as well as erogenous zones. It was first used in the 1970’s as a medical device but is now one of the more widely known sex toys. The device features a soft, round flexible head measuring 2.5 inches in diameter with a nine inch handle. The Wand provides two levels of vibration speeds; 5000 and 6000rpm, that are controlled by a hand switcher located on the handle. Unlike many vibrators, the Magic Wand is plugged into a wall socket rather than using battery power.

Like other personal massagers, the Wand can be used as a muscle massager for soothing and relaxing sore muscles and nerves, with the intensive vibrating movements of the device against the muscles providing the increased blood supply to the areas that helps regenerate the tissues and release the painful sensations.

These properties have also helped the product become well known as a sex toy. It can be applied to the genital area or the anus for erotic simulation and can be used by men, women and couples. Some physicians have recommended the Magic Wand to women to increase genital sensitivity and enhance arousal.

The massager’s effectiveness as a sex toy for women has been widely publicised by a variety of sex writers, as well as appearing on nationally syndicated TV shows in the US, magazines and radio programs.

About BedroomPleasures.co.uk:
Formed in 2003, with the aim of selling high class sex aids of any nature on the internet, BedroomPleasures is now one of the largest online lingerie and sex toy companies in the UK, stocking over 3,000 products. BedroomPleasures serves hundreds of happy customers every day and provides same-day dispatches to the UK, Europe and beyond.

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The Internet’s most popular wedding favor store offers the largest selection of favors and gifts at enviably affordable prices

AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, today announced a new era in economical wedding planning with the largest collection of affordable wedding favors — f r o m edible, customized and keepsake to theme and do-it-yourself wedding party favors, customers can shop by color, season or price.

“As seen in the film ‘Bride Wars’, wedding planning can be draining for the couple and their wallets, but thanks to our selection of just about any type of party favor imaginable, this portion of the planning is easier than ever,” said Shirley Tan, founder, AmericanBridal.com. “In 2009, we usher in a whole new era in wedding favors, where the customer will find exactly what they want, without spending a lot of money or looking like they purchased cheap wedding favors.”

During a challenging economy, it’s possible to find savings on wedding expenses by shopping around for wedding favors, and even lower honeymoon and travel fares. With less corporate dollars being spent on events, venues such as hotels and restaurants may be more likely to negotiate, especially for off-peak days and times.

Founder Tan offers additional suggestions on money saving ideas in her wedding book “The Bridal Handbook by American Bridal.” The book will be available for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and AmericanBridal.com later this year. For a limited time, customers can receive an additional 50 percent off on select clearance items by entering the coupon code “clearance50” at checkout.

AmericanBridal.com is a popular destination for wedding favors, bridal shower favors and discount wedding favors, now serving and shipping to U.S. and international customers.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com

AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. F r o m fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

 

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H Samuel and Ernest Jones customers will receive a last minute Christmas delivery service, following Signet Group’s investment in a revamped distribution infrastructure

H Samuel and Ernest Jones, the speciality retail jewellers owned by the Signet Group, will offer customers a last minute delivery service this Christmas, allowing online shoppers for both brands to make purchases up until 3pm on the 23rd of December and have them delivered the following day on Christmas Eve, to their own home or to the directly to the recipient of the gift.

The announcement is noteworthy, as Signet has invested in the fulfillment area of the online channel to ensure they can cope with what is promising to be the biggest Christmas ever for online shopping. With Christmas falling on a Thursday this year, Signet will be able to fulfill orders made on the 23rd December, meaning that shoppers don’t necessarily need to hit the high street at the last minute to find the perfect gift.

With a full range of leading brand watches, diamond jewellery, collectibles and gifts for the whole family, this new guaranteed service will be a lifeline for anyone who needs to buy a last minute Christmas present. Signet has developed its online offering with the customer in mind.

Nicky Brown, Head of Multi Channel at Signet, said: “We have worked on developing our delivery proposition on two fronts to improve the customer experience and maximise our service. Firstly, at the front end, we have increased our bandwidth to facilitate additional traffic and ensure visitor experience is maintained to the highest quality.

“Secondly, at the back end, we have employed additional warehouse staff to facilitate increased online orders, resulting in an efficient operation that can offer customers Christmas online last order dates as late as 3pm on the 23rd December.”

About Signet Group:
Signet Jewelers Limited is the world’s largest specialty
retail jewellers and operates leading operations in both the US and UK. The US market accounts for approximately 50% of worldwide jewellery sales and the UK for around 7%. In the UK, Signet is the largest specialty retailer of fine jewellery with 563 stores at 2 February 2008 and 12.1% share of the £4.5 billion total jewellery market. Primarily situated in prime High Street locations (main shopping thoroughfares with high pedestrian traffic) or shopping malls, the Signet stores trade as H. Samuel and Ernest Jones. The Group aims to build long term value through focusing on the customer by providing a superior merchandise selection in high quality real estate locations.

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Elemis announce the launch of a new range of Christmas gift sets designed exclusively for timetospa

Elemis, the leading and award winning British spa and skincare brand, has designed a range of special Christmas collections exclusively for official online retailer timetospa.

Elemis’ goal is to address specific skin and body conditions using potent formulations that dynamically treat the skin with powerful results. The four new seasonal collections have been inspired by favourites and classics alike and are being provided through timetospa along with savings of up to £26.

The new Bathing Luxury collection lets customers create a luxurious home spa with moisturising skin treats. Award winning Skin Nourishing Milk Bath has a milk protein base and Japanese Camellia Oil to soothe and nourish dry skin and restore the moisture balance. Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow is an invigorating body scrub which stimulates circulation and leaves an all over glow. Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask contains a dynamic blend of ingredients to leave skin super moisturised and enriched. The Scented Travel Candle is the perfect size to sit on the side of the bath and really set the mood.

Skin brightening formulations are the basis of Elemis’ Fabulously Fruity gift set. A luxury skin care collection blending natural fruit actives for a radiant and brighter complexion. Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash has a gentle resurfacing action which stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle and replenishes moisture levels. Papaya Enzyme Peel uses the natural exfoliating fruit enzyme action of Papaya and Pineapple to smooth, brighten and clarify the complexion. Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask is a deep cleansing, creamy mask packed with Strawberry and Kiwi extracts to restore the glow to dulled complexions.

Elemis has combined favourites from their exotics range for the Monoi Magic spa gift set. Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Cream is a luxurious cream wash with a gentle natural lather that cleanses the skin without stripping protective surface oils. Exotic Island Flower Body Balm has pure extracts of moisturising Pot Marigold and soothing St. John’s Wort to soothe and soften the skin. Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt is Elemis’ best selling body oil; which soaks into skin quickly to deeply moisturise and leaves a gentle, exotic fragrance.

Elemis has also launched the Best Seller Selection using best selling daily skin care and anti-ageing favourites, presented in a white vanity case. Products include award winning and all time best seller Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Papaya Enzyme Peel, a rinse-off exfoliating cream, rich in fruit enzymes, that smoothes, conditions, and repairs skin. Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser and Rehydrating Ginseng Toner are gentle formulations, perfect for drier or mature complexions and Skin Nourishing Milk Bath is the ultimate bath time treat.

About Elemis:
timetospa (commonly referred to as Time2Spa) is part of the
Elemis group, the pioneering British spa and skin care brand.

Elemis is proud to partner with over 1200 luxurious spas and salons, 130 lavish cruise ship spas, British Airways Elemis travel spas and over 100 retail stores around the globe. Elemis treats over 5.7 million people each year and has the single largest influence on trends and developments in the global spa and skincare industry. The successful combination of powerful natural ingredients, cutting-edge formulation technology and proven clinical trials has enabled Elemis to bring to market some of the most influential anti-ageing homecare products and professional spa-therapies the beauty industry has ever seen.

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Balsam Hill Introduces New Slim Artificial Christmas Tree

Thomas Harman, CEO of Balsam Hill Artificial Christmas Trees, proved last year that True Needle™ technology is the best way to create realistic artificial Christmas trees. The realistic look of the Balsam Hill trees earned kudos from the Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show and Good Housekeeping.

This year, Balsam Hill looks to keep the buzz going by introducing the Fifth Avenue Flatback Christmas tree, the first True Needle™ tree with a space-saving, slim design. Priced at $399, Christmas tree stands seven feet tall with 400 lights and 1536 premium branch tips. More importantly, its half-back tree shape allows it to rest right up against any wall, saving floor space in narrow areas or tight spaces.

“It’s perfect for our customers who live in apartments in big cities or have smaller living rooms,” states Harman. “Our slender trees give you the option of taking up less floor space, while still having plenty of sturdy, lifelike branches to hang your ornaments.”

While it’s too early to tell if the new half Christmas tree will be a hit, it’s likely that demand will continue to grow. Artificial Christmas tree sales showed a 10% growth year over year in the past five years, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, with U.S. consumers purchasing 9.2 million artificial Christmas trees in that time. With the reusable nature of artificial trees, the market is likely to see even more people turning to them to celebrate the holidays as environmental concerns grow.

For more information about Balsam Hill’s slim Christmas tree please visit www.balsamhill.com

About Balsam Hill:
Credit: Jennifer Faulkner Balsam Hill’s mission is to create the most realistic artificial Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and Christmas garlands ever produced. With over 20 different styles of pre-lit Christmas trees, pre-lit Christmas wreaths, and pre-lit Christmas garlands, Balsam Hill strives to offer a high quality product to satisfy any holiday style. To learn more about all our trees including our new
slim Christmas trees, visit www.balsamhill.com.

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The Body Shop Has Launched A Christmas E-Card Design Tool, Allowing Customers To Make Their Own Cards To Send To Friends And Loved Ones Wherever They May Be In The World

The Body Shop, the ethical cosmetics company, has launched a new section of its website that allows customers to design their own festive greeting card.

The Body Shop, known for its ethical roots, has created a card design tool to enable people who want to use less paper this Christmas, yet still want to spread some festive cheer, do just that. The e-card initiative fits beautifully with the seasonal theme at The Body Shop, “Festive and Fair” – after all smart gifts needn’t cost the earth.

Those visiting The Body Shop website can navigate to the Beauty Lounge section, where the e-card creating tool can be found. Users can pick from one of seven designs, add a desired greeting and a personal message and then e-mail the e-card to their relatives or loved ones. The e-card design feature also offers a variety of Christmas greetings from around the world, allowing users to spread some festive greetings to people all over the world, regardless of language barriers.

The Body Shop Christmas e-card design tool is the latest feature to be added to the company’s online Beauty Lounge, which also includes videos offering make up tips, information regarding new products and a new Christmas gift finder tool, assisting those who may be stuck for some Christmas inspiration.

About The Body Shop:
The Body Shop International plc is the original ethical cosmetics company, now operating across more than 2,500 stores in over 60 markets worldwide. The Body Shop has constantly sought out wonderful natural ingredients from all four corners of the globe to bring customers products bursting with effectiveness, to enhance their natural beauty. The Body Shop strives to use the planet’s resources wisely, searching for outstanding natural materials and ingredients from across the globe to include in their range of products. The Body Shop continues to lead the way, sourcing sustainable palm oil, introducing 100% recycled packaging, and raising funds and awareness to help prevent the spread of HIV/ AIDS, and continuing to support marginalized communities around the world through Community Trade fair trade programme.

For over 30 years The Body Shop has believed that business has the power to make the right kind of difference to the world. This unique philosophy continues to drive everything The Body Shop does, allowing customers around the world to become ‘activists’, simply by choosing from the range of products.

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