Best British Staycations

With the rest of the summer holidays and the August bank holiday weekend round the corner, we have plenty of long lazy weekends to fill. And where better than with a British hotel break? Step in our round up of the best British staycations.

Whether it’s a girly weekend, a romantic getaway or a family trip- we’re sure there will be something for you, so here are our recommendations for summer weekend breaks around the UK…


Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire, UK

Our number one destination this summer is the stunning Cowley Manor estate in the beautiful Cotswolds. This majestic hotel is set in the beautiful British countryside surrounded by 55 acres, while the huge gardens feature natural springs, lakes and Victorian cascades. When you’ve finished soaking up the breathtaking exterior and great outdoors, you can enjoy the award-winning C-Side Spa.

With chic and contemporary rooms, a delicious restaurant and parkland, woods and meadows in the grounds, you will easily wile away the weekend here. Consider staying the  full week!

Cowley Manor

Gleneagles, Scotland

This fabulous five-star golf and spa hotel resort, set in Auchterarder outside Edinburgh, is the ultimate in luxury north of the border. Complete with an award-winning ESPA spa and an 18 hole golf course, there is plenty to do during the days at Gleneagles. Come evening, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie is the hotel’s two Michelin starred restaurant from one of the country’s most celebrated chefs.


Star Castle Hotel, Isle of Scilly

This 16th-century castle has a lot to offer: sea views, gardens and a blast to the past! Star Castle is a brilliant trip for the family and certainly deserves to be one of our Best British Staycations!


Style Edit Launch Event at Sketch

Last week saw the launch of our new Spring/Summer 16 campaign Style Edit, a fabulous event at London’s exclusive venue Sketch. We were lucky enough to take over The Glade, a room which made us feel as though were in the middle of an enchanted forest!

sketch london glade room, style edit launch party

Key media and bloggers attended our event to find out more about Style Edit, in association with ELEMIS – a directional and versatile edit of our SS16 collections, curated by stylist Sasha Barrie. The campaign is targeted at women looking for straightforward style advice and quality pieces for all occasions this season.

sketch london, style edit launch, jacques vert

Beautifully set tables with liberty print napkins and vibrant flowers created the setting for an afternoon tea to die for, delicate cakes and sandwiches as well as the most perfect scones enjoyed were by all – thank you Sketch!

sketch london, style edit

We can’t wait to share our new collections with you, you can find out all about Style Edit here.

Don’t miss our fabulous competition to win £250 to spend on our new Style Edit collection as well as a fabulous ELEMIS hamper worth £300! Enter here

25 Days of Christmas!

With December already here (how quick did 2015 go?) our Christmas countdown has begun! Treat yourself with our 25 days of must-have products, special discounts and competitions to celebrate the festive season. Merry Christmas!


Find out more about our festive countdown here, by clicking on the door…Here are the first three to get you in the mood!

1st day again

Find out more about our most coveted coat of the season. Designed by the legendary Paul Costelloe, the Windsor coat is beautifully crafted from luxurious wool and tells a stylish story of the modern woman.

2nd day

Don’t forget to complete your outfit with our range of fabulous shoes, a definite step in the right direction!

classic LBD

Get party ready with the obligatory LBD, style this classic any which way you like for a look that suits you and your event.

Precis comp

Exciting news, we also have a competition where you could win 2 tickets to Christmas at Ascot, all you have to do is tell us what your favourite Christmas song is!

Autumn/Winter Trilogy: A/W Pampering, Plus Giveaway


The colder months call for extra pampering, and skin requires a little bit of extra effort to stay nourished at this time of year. We asked quirky brand Anatomicals to recommend its favourite winter products, and tell us why they’re so good, to help you prepare for some A/W pampering…

A/w pampering

your taps are going to be so turned on, fruity bath foam

“For a bath that’s full of passion, passion fruit that is, pour this heavenly scented fruity bath foam under your running taps. Of course they’re running, they’ve just seen you naked.”

high noon for the prune, dry relief balm

“This balm does everything. It conditions. It alleviates dryness. It prevents chaffing. It softens. It moisturises. Containing cocoa butter and Tahitian Monoi oil, it even tackles chapped lips, cracked elbows and toothless rugby players running towards you. How many other beauty products can claim that?”

stop cracking up, lip balm

“Give your kissing equipment an overhaul with this soothing SOS for lips. Containing beeswax, olive oil and zingiber, this lip balm harmonises the textures and contours of your lips to leave you with the perfect pout.”

 Crabtree & Evelyn

One brand we know will definitely be helping our skin get through winter is Crabtree & Evelyn, who we’ve asked to recommend its favourite products for the winter.

“Our Hand Therapy hand creams and hand washes are great for the colder weather. The hand washes are gentle on the skin and don’t strip it of moisture. Hands show your age even before anything else, and nothing tells your age faster than a pair of dry hands.”

A/W pampering

“Our favourite winter product from Crabtree and Evelyn is the Hand Therapy. It’s an intensive conditioning cream that is formulated with shea butter and macadamia nut oil to moisturise and soften hands, along with myrrh to help condition cuticles and nails. It melts into skin to leave hands feeling softer with each use.”

We also have an exciting giveaway for one lucky reader  – Crabtree & Evelyn have given us a 60 Second Hand Fix for one lucky reader to win!A/W pampering

The 60 Second Fix Kit For Hands is an all-round treatment which will scrub, buff and moisturise your skin. It contains a Hand Recovery to gently exfoliate and Hand Therapy to nourish and soften.

Simply go over to our Dash Facebook page, like, share and comment to let us know which of the three is your favourite: ‘Citron, Honey & Coriander’, ‘La Source’, or ‘Gardeners’!

Bridesmaid Dresses Edit

Minuet Petite Organza Lace Dress

Are you looking for bridesmaid dresses this year? Look no further than Jacques Vert Group’s collection of Elegant British Brands. We have selected our favourite dresses that are perfect for bridesmaid style from Kaliko and Minuet Petite.

Minuet Petite Organza Lace Dress
Minuet Petite Organza Lace Dress

We know that choosing bridesmaid dresses is an exciting time to share with your friends over beautiful outfits and champagne. It’s also a very personal time, and the dress must complement the bride’s wedding dress, the colour scheme and so much more! With each bridesmaid no doubt a different shape and colouring, it’s hard to please everyone. That’s why we’ve edited a great selection of bridesmaid dresses to suit everyone.

Choose from soft floral prints, lace designs or shimmering sequins to achieve a stunning  look that will coordinate with your dress and the surroundings. Whether the wedding is in the city, the country or somewhere exotic, these dresses will give you the perfect look for any wedding style.

Bridesmaid Dresses

We love the beautiful and feminine styles in the Bridesmaid Dresses Edit. This gorgeous selection of dresses features this season’s pastel hues, prints and intricate embellishments.

Minuet Petite Lilac Lace Prom Dress Kaliko Beaded Bodice Prom Dress Minuet Petite Duck Egg Lace Prom Dress
Kaliko Cornelli Lace Prom Dress Minuet Petite Organza Lace Dress Kaliko Wisteria Print Organza Dress

We are giving away one of the Minuet Petite Lace Prom Dresses in your choice of Lilac or Duck Egg, worth £99. Enter here for you chance to win: