Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

tis the season to be jolly

The beginning of new week and hello to the Festive Season! As soon as December arrives there’s a collective sigh of relief as people begin to wind down towards the Christmas break. If you can ignore the over-commercial nature in the run up to Christmas it is still a really special time of year, and it’s possible to immerse yourself in all the traditions and events that show the real spirit of Christmas. Even if you’re a bit of a ‘Bah Humbug’, you may still find a little bit of joy in our Bravissimo ‘Christmassy Things To Do’ guide.

Somerset House in London has just opened their now famous Christmas ice rink. There is no better place to practice your ‘Dancing on Ice’ steps than in the beautiful and breathtaking surroundings of Somerset House. They have normal skating sessions, a skate school for people who want to learn to skate, and they even hold club nights, starting with the London summer festival Lovebox coming to the ice this very weekend.

Not to be left out, the rest of the country are going ice crazy too, The Ice Factor is 900 sq. m rink in York and is part of the Winter Wonderland Village Square. Or for an authentic Christmas atmosphere, you can skate to the sound of the choir, at the rink next to 11th-century Winchester Cathedral. You will find other rinks at Spinningfields in Manchester, one in Cardiff next to City Hall, the Eden Project, Cornwall and one of Europe’s biggest and most awe inspiring, is at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.

If you don’t want to take the risk of breaking a bone before the December 25th, how about meandering around a Christmas Market. Christmas Markets began as early as the late middle ages in Germanic Europe, one of the oldest recorded is Dresden Christmas Market, first held in 1434, it is still going today and attracts between 1.5 and 2 million people a year. There are some amazing Christmas markets up and down the UK check out for one local to you. Here is a selection… Traditional Christmas Market in Glasgow at St Enoch Square, Nottingham Christmas Market Smithy Row, Leeds Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market, Bath Christmas Market and Dickens Christmas Market At Rochester Castle.

How about listening to something magical, that is guaranteed to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. English Cathedral Choirs are performing in Cathedrals all over the country. Take a look at the music schedules listed on the Cathedral websites there will be a mixture of free and ticketed events. There are carols at Winchester Cathedral on 9th December at 2.30pm and Carols By Candlelight on 22nd December 2011 at 7:30 pm at Ely Cathedral. And for the ultimate experience, if you are visiting London have a look at the music programme at St Pauls there are many carols concerts taking place, starting with The Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, this coming Saturday 10th December at 5pm.

Christmas can be more than just buying presents; it can also be about sharing amazing experiences with your loved ones.


Is your Christmas shopping underway? You may be one of those highly organised women who shopped in October and whose presents are wrapped and ready. Or you maybe the type who leave it until Christmas Eve and actually quite enjoy the last minute dash from shop to shop, either side of a cheeky visit to the pub.

At this time of year it’s impossible to escape the marketing campaigns of our nation’s retailers. Two of our major department stores seem to have their Christmas TV adverts on a loop at the moment. We are constantly confronted by all of these ecstatic people opening pressies, which either makes you feel all smug that your Christmas shopping is done and dusted, or you start to slightly panic that you haven’t got anything for the really special person in your life. Whether it’s your wonderful mum, your partner (hello fellas! We know some of you read this), or your fantastic sister. There are certain people in your life that just deserve that extra special gift. Bravissimo have some brand new nightwear that would make great Christmas gifts.

Satin Cami Top by Bravissimo

Satin Cami Top by Bravissimo

Take a look at the gorgeous Satin Cami Top by Bravissimo in blue. This cami top has an integral bra and is wire free, so offers comfort and support whilst you sleep and if you really want to make that special person smile, why not buy the matching Satin Shorts by Bravissimo. These shorts are so soft and luxurious, they will ensure a great night’s sleep.

The Satin Nightdress by Bravissimo is the perfect present for any special lady, available in blue, this nightdress has black lace overlay over the boobs, a small lace bow and black lace trim on the hem, it features a wire-free integral bra and soft underband support.

We’ll be offering more present ideas over the next couple of weeks, so until the next time, happy shopping, and take a good look around for more exciting ideas and do take the time to look at our Christmas Gift Vouchers.

Party Perfect

Its nearly here! The one time of the year when you would not look out of place amongst the contestants on Strictly. Party season is just around the corner and lots of you will be searching out some serious sparkle to make an impression at the Christmas party. This is the time of year when you can really go to town on glamour. It’s all about dressing up, sequins, taffeta, and satin (not all at once, we don’t want you blending in with the Christmas decorations).

If you’re not relishing the thought of pounding the pavements, or the hours trawling the internet for the perfect party dress, then Pepperberry can take all of the hassle away, so you can concentrate on more important Christmassy things. Read on, for our ultimate guide to the best party outfits this festive season.

Platinum Shift Dress

Platinum Shift Dress

Stylish, sexy and sharp are three words to describe the Platinum Shift Dress. This dress is following the bodycon trend that has been big over the last year; it has a scooped neck and capped sleeves which are really flattering for upper arms. It is available in platinum, but is contrasted with stunning purple lining, which also ensures this dress won’t cling or ride up. This dress is so versatile it could be worn for posh Christmas drinks or any festive gathering.

The Taffeta Check Dress is right on trend for this winter with the fabulous red, grey and silver check print, in taffeta. This dress just screams Christmas and is so classic; you could wear it at any Christmas party. It features capped sleeves, an exposed zip at the back and is fully lined and comes with patent waist belt. This looks fabulous with black accessories, go for a patent clutch and heels and a satin tux jacket, or if you are going somewhere really smart, like a winter wedding, a black faux fur stole would really finish the look.

Spot Print Prom Dress

Spot Print Prom Dress

The Spot Print Prom Dress is the ultimate party dress and perfect if you want to hide your hips but define your waist. It’s a sleeveless dress and features a full net underskirt and is available in jacquard taffeta fabric, in black/silver spot print. It also has a pretty tie at the waist. This dress can be dressed up, by accessorising with a cropped satin jacket in silver and silver heels or dressed down with a turquoise or fuchsia fitted cardi and satin flats. This dress would also be perfect for NYE.

We hope we have given you plenty of ideas, there will be more party ideas to come.

sleep baby sleep

The end of another weekend. Don’t you just hate that Sunday night feeling when you know that in a matter of hours, you will be getting up and it will still be dark. Braving the train or bus, ducking and diving, so you’re not standing under a fellow commuter’s armpit. Or maybe you will be stuck in long traffic jams on the M25, M6 or M4…Oh how we love the journey to work! But fear not, however stressful and busy your week ahead might be, here are some ideas to give you that lovely relaxing weekend feeling, every day of the week.

Geometric Print PJ Bottoms

Geometric Print PJ Bottoms

Plan your evening meals ahead, so you are not desperately searching the fridge for inspiration, you will also have more time in the evenings to relax. Keep it simple, a chunky soup, stir fry, or Spanish omelette are healthy, quick options. Try a TV free night. When we are sat in front of the box, before we know it is 11 pm and we wonder where the evening has gone, try listening to the radio or reading a book instead. Ring a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages, it’s usually cheaper in the evenings to chat from a landline. Have a soak, this is something we do at the weekend that we don’t do as much during the week. Light some candles, close your eyes, and relax. Have a night out, do something different to the norm, it will break up the week and make you feel re-energized. You could try a zumba dance class or support your local theatre and see a play. Have a couple of early nights, there is nothing like a full eight or nine hours to make you feel rested and it’s just as good as a weekend lie in. Check that you have good supportive pillows, some people swear by silk pillow covers too. Make sure the room is not too warm, and that it’s dark, just like babies we sleep better in a dark room.

To help you achieve that perfect night’s sleep, you will need something comfortable and soft to wear. Bravissimo know how important comfort is to our ladies, so our nightwear and loungewear features integral bras to support you while you sleep.

Lace Nightdress by Bravissimo

Lace Nightdress by Bravissimo

For ladies that are passionate about pyjamas we have the Geometric Print PJ Bottoms by Bravissimo. They are made from brush cotton so are really soft and cosy, they come in the very funky geometric print, with these jammys, you have the option of wearing with the PJ Cami Top by Bravissimo, which comes with wire-free integral bra support and is available in berry, or wear with the new Capped Sleeve Top by Bravissimo, available in black and also with built in wire-free integral bra support and bra back fastening. We are awaiting stock, but more sizes will be available during December and you can purchase now.

For you ladies that are nuts about nighties, the pretty Lace Nightdress by Bravissimo, has had great reviews. It also features a wire-free integral bra support with bra back fastening and is available in berry. You have said, “This one looks amazing on”, “Is the comfiest nightie you have worn” and “Fits perfectly and your boobs stay in place”.

Remember girls, we spend around one third of our lives asleep, so we may as well be comfy!