Gifts for those groomsmen : SWIG hip flasks

I barely ever write about wedding ideas relating to the groom and his groomsmen, in fact I’ve only done so 5 times in the 5 years I’ve been blogging. But the awesome people at SWIG recently sent me a hip flask and it’s too sexy not to share!

SWIG hip flasks - Groomsmen Gifts

Ask anybody to name a classic gift for the groom and/or groomsmen and chances are many will say a hip flask. There are loads on the market, but they’re certainly not all the same, and SWIG definitely stands out in the crowd.

This London start-up focuses solely on making hip flasks and was set up by a fella named David Galbraith after he sold everything he owned to move across the country and pursue his vision of making the world’s best hip flask brand.

SWIG hip flasks - Groomsmen Gifts
SWIG hip flasks - Groomsmen Gifts
SWIG hip flasks - Groomsmen Gifts

The flasks come in a gift-able box and there are a range of pouches available to dress them in. You can also purchase a funnel to make getting the alcohol in there way easier, and personalise it with an engraved message for that special occasion.

They’re made from stainless steel and are one ‘solid unibody shape’ which basically means there are no chance of leakages and they look bloody good. Each flask comes with a unique serial number that permits lifetime membership to the ‘SWIG Society’ and makes the flask feel that bit more special.

SWIG hip flasks - Groomsmen Gifts

The one I received has a Harris Tweed pouch handmade on the Isle of Skye, and that’s another thing I love about these flasks: SWIG use over 15 suppliers from across the UK so you’ll be supporting British industry if you buy one of these. The only thing that isn’t from the UK is the flask itself and that’s just due to UK manufacturers not actually being able to make them.

I was a little concerned about the size of the flask when combined with a nervous groom but the website reassures me that the flask holds 170ml, roughly 4-5 shots, that creator David reasons is not enough to get drunk but is enough to soften the edges of your day.

SWIG hip flasks - Groomsmen Gifts

If you’re looking for a hip flask for a wedding gift then definitely check SWIG out. Engraving these flasks with a personal message of love/thanks to the groom, groomsmen or father of the bride makes for a thoughtful wedding present they’re sure to keep… and of course you can gift these to the female members of your party too – I’d prefer a hip flask full of gin over a bunch of flowers any day!

Debs

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Bridal Style : Ani Burech accessories

Finding the right hair accessory for my September wedding has been challenging, mainly because I don’t have a massive budget… or a massive head! My little peahead makes some accessories just look too darn big! I originally bought some beautiful felt flowers which I will have to do a blog post on at a later date, but they just didn’t look how I imagined them to. Instead I’ve gone for a vintage piece I found on Etsy which I will be sure to share after the big day.

If the budget had been that little bit bigger however, I would have headed straight over to the Ani Burech website and spent an age deciding exactly which stunning creation I’d be making mine!

This Spanish company offers hair accessories…

Ani Burech Hair Accessories

… and bridal belts…

Ani Burech Hair Belts

…and they’re ALL bloody gorgeous!

Details:
Ani Burech website
Ani Burech Facebook

Debs

Felt flowers from House For Pixies

I discovered these lovely felt flowers from House For Pixies when the creator, Lucy, bought a Helvellyn coaster from my new venture of Alp & Ash!

Lucy makes her gorgeous felt blooms in a range of colours and offers them in bouquets or as single stems. They’d be perfect for a bridal bouquet you can keep forever or as cute table centrepieces…

Felt Flowers from House For Pixies
Felt Flowers from House For Pixies
Felt Flowers from House For Pixies
Felt Flowers from House For Pixies

Weddings aside these would make a lovely gift for a birthday or a loved one. A single red rose would be a very romantic offering, with the added bonus that it will never wilt like regular flowers sadly do!

Felt Flowers from House For Pixies

I love them :D

Debs

Details:
House For Pixies

Beauty & the bride: MIMI 100% natural skin care

I’ll admit that when it comes to beauty I’m not all that clued up. I’ve never had a manicure or pedicure, barely spend any money on beauty products and often forget to even moisturise on a daily basis :|

The thought of being a bride, however, has really made me think about how I’m going to look on the day. The thought of being the centre of attention and being photographed has me wanting to make sure I’m looking and feeling my best, so I can just relax and enjoy it all.

Beauty for the big day

I’ve tested out false eyelashes (which are awesome and I’ll definitely be donning them on the big day), am working on growing back my eyebrows for the first time since plucking them in the 90s (when tiny sperm brows where in fashion) and will be booking at least a hair appointment and a manicure, maybe even a light spray tan and some teeth whitening for the big day!

Mix it yourself

With all this beauty stuff on the brain I jumped at the chance to try a natural skincare product from MIMI (aka Make It, Make It).

MIMI came about when creator Jess struggled to find suitable skincare products for her sensitive skin, and so she started creating her own. Her kits are made from 100% natural ingredients and are never tested on animals which makes them instantly appealing. But then there’s also the fun fact that you get to play chemist and mix them yourself!

MIMI 100% natural skin care
MIMI 100% natural skin care

MIMI currently offer three kits: Green Goddess Fresh Face Mask, Sweet Cheeks Body Rub and Sleeping Beauty Facial Oil which was the kit I received. Everything was pre-measured making it really easy to mix the oil and the kit also included a mixing bowl and spatula as well as a dispenser for the finished oil.

MIMI 100% natural skin care
MIMI 100% natural skin care

Testing it out

I’ve been applying the oil before bed and it feels really good to know it’s all soaking into my skin and doing it good whilst I sleep! The essential oil gives it that fancy salon smell too which is lovely – even the fella has commented on how nice it smells! I’ve definitely noticed that my skin is looking more nourished and it feels really good to not be slathering chemicals on my face. Amazingly for Jess, this particular product has just been short-listed for the FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2015 too!

I’m going to have to try the Green Goddess Fresh Face Mask next :D

Debs

Details:
MIMI website
MIMI Facebook
MIMI Twitter

Bridal Style : Silvia Bours

Silvia Bours is a Mexican Fashion Designer that hand-makes stunning dresses. Perfect for the bride wanting to wear something a little less traditional for her big day, you’d certainly feel fancy sparkling down the aisle in one of these…

Bridal Style - Silvia Bours

Bridal Style - Silvia Bours

Bridal Style - Silvia Bours

Bridal Style - Silvia Bours

Bridal Style - Silvia Bours

If you’re thinking they’re a little too bold for a bridal look there’s always the option of donning one for the reception, putting your bridesmaids in them (if your budget allows that is!) or, why not just treat a mini maid to a flower girl dress that she will definitely feel like a princess in…

Bridal Style - Silvia Bours

Debs

Details:
Silvia Bours Website
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