Monday, 15 February 2010

February Birthday Gift Ideas…

It’s my birthday this month and I can finally get another gorgeous new leather handbag. Which one am I hankering after this time? It has to be one of the fabulous Catwalk Collection Dispatch bags. They now come in three dark and sultry antique colours; black, brown and just released for 2010, red. What’s so special about them, I hear you ask? Well, the leather has been given the designer touch which gives it that much loved vintage, aged leather appeal that simply exudes street cred. It’s so sensuously soft and slouchy with fashionable creases. The bag is also very street-wise as it fastens securely with a hunky metal zip and the top part folds over and is secured further with a hard wearing brass spring clip. The perfect deterrent for pick-pockets!

February Birthday Facts

Birthstone: Amethyst
Flower: Voilet or Primrose
Star Sign: Aquarius (the water bearer) January 20 to February 18
Star Sign: Pisces (the fish) February 19 to March 20

Famous People Born in February

1968 Lisa Marie Presley Actress
1882 James Augustine Joyce Writer  [ d. 1941 ]
1942 Graham Nash Musical Artist
1947 Farrah Leni Fawcett Actress / Model  [ d. 2009 ]
1954 Christie Brinkley Actress / Model
1950 Morgan Fairchild Actress / Model
1969 Bobby Brown Musical Artist
1919 Sari Gabor Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor
1966 Rick Astley Musical Artist
1812 Charles John Huffam Dickens Author  [ d. 1870 ]
1925 Jack Lemmon Actor
1955 John Grisham Writer
1942 Carole King Musical Artist
1945 Maria de Lourdes Farrow Actress Mia Farrow
1926 Leslie Nielsen Comic / Actor
1936 Burt Reynolds Actor
1962 Sheryl Crow Musical Artist
1969 Jennifer Aniston Actress
1809 Charles Robert Darwin Naturalist  [ d. 1882 ]
1950 Steve Hackett musician
1933 Kim Novak Actress
1950 Peter Gabriel Musical Artist
1955 Janice Doreen Dickinson Model
1933 Yoko Ono Musical Artist
1950 Cybill Lynne Shepherd Actress / Model
1954 John Travolta Actor
1960 Greta Scacchi Actor
1964 Matt Dillon Actor
1940 Smokey Robinson Musical Artist
1955 Margot Louise Hemingway Actress Margaux Hemingway
1924 Sidney Poitier Actor
1924 Gloria Vanderbilt Fashion Designer
1949 Ivana Marie Zelnickova Model Ivana Trump
1975 Drew Blyth Barrymore Actress
1943 George Harrison Musical Artist [ d. 2001 ]
1953 Michael Bolton Musical Artist
1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poet  [ d. 1882 ]
1932 Elizabeth Taylor Actress

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Monday, 8 February 2010

Valentine’s Day Gifts – 14th February – Boyfriends, Fiancees & Husbands…

1. Officially known as Saint Valentine’s Day, this holiday was named after an early Christian martyr.
2. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by giving gifts and greetings cards known as ‘valentines’.
3. The holiday first became associated with romantic love through the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
4. The sending of Valentines became highly fashionable in nineteenth-century.
5. Today, the U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.
6. In the U.K. Valentine's Day has various quirky regional customs. In Norfolk, for example, a character called Jack Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children. Although he leaves treats, many children are frightened of this mystical person.
7. In Wales, many people celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen, St Dwynwen's Day on January 25 instead of or as well as the 14th February. The day commemorates St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers.
8. In France and Spain, Valentine's Day is known as "Saint Valentin" and is celebrated in much the same way as other western countries.
9. In Portugal this holiday is commonly referred to as "Dia dos Namorados" which translates as Boy/Girlfriend's Day.
10. Valentine's Day is celebrated in some Asian countries with Singaporeans, Chinese and South Koreans spending the most money on Valentine's gifts.
11. In South Korea, women traditionally give chocolate to men on February 14, whilst men give candy to women on March 14 which is known as White Day. On April 14 which is Black Day, those who did not receive anything in February or March go to a Chinese restaurant to eat black noodles and ‘mourn’ their single life.
12. In most of South America the Día del amor y la Amistad which translates as ‘Love and Friendship Day’ and the Amigo secreto, ‘Secret friend’ are quite popular and usually celebrated together on the 14 of February. This consists of randomly assigning to each participant a recipient who is to be given an anonymous gift, similar to the Christmas tradition of Secret Santa.
13. In Saudi Arabia, in 2002 and 2008, religious police banned the sale of all Valentine's Day items, telling shop workers to remove any red items, as the day is considered a non-Islamic holiday. In 2008 this ban created a black market of roses and wrapping paper.

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Monday, 1 February 2010

Valentine’s Day Gifts – 14th February – Girlfriends, Fiancées & Wives

Girlfriends adore little trinkets and keepsakes which become especially treasured possessions when given with love from a boyfriend or secret admirer! The True Love Key Ring is exclusively sold by The Real Handbag Shop and can double up as a Bag Charm to be displayed on a favourite handbag. They were so popular last year that we couldn’t resist having some more made for this year. The appeal of these key rings is in the myriad of beautifully coloured light reflecting beads, baubles and leaf shapes which positively shimmer as they move. Amongst the curios you’ll find the tiny figure of Cupid, the ultimate symbol of love and romance. At just £5.95 this is an inexpensive and unique little gift that’s worth its weight in gold!

For a beloved fiancée, your gift should demonstrate how much you love and respect her. A gorgeous new leather purse shouts quality but doesn’t break the bank. We have a great selection of leather purses at The Real Handbag Shop with prices from just £15.95 for the latest Catwalk Collection Jodie Purse right up to £49.95 for the vintage Kipling River Purse. Of course, it goes without saying, the more you spend on her, the more you will be appreciated for your efforts and the more beloved she will feel!

Valentine’s Day gifts for a dearly loved wife need a little bit more thought. Roses and chocolates are just too old hat and she’s probably had more than her fair share of them over the years. However, women love handbags with the added advantage that one size fits all, unlike shoes and clothes. A quick peek in her wardrobe will tell you whether she prefers a shoulder bag, a cross-body bag, a top handle bag or a clutch bag. A glance at her shoes will indicate the colours she likes. Then all you need to do is go online to visit The Real Handbag Shop and put your selection into the search box to get some really great gift ideas. And there’s no need to worry if you get it wrong as The Real Handbag Shop will accept any item back for exchange.

In the image above is a selection of black leather handbags; click on the image to enlarge. 
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