Rachel’s Hen Survival Guide

Slowly but surely, the sound of wedding bells are beginning to chime in the distance, and soon wedding season will be upon us! Birthorderplus Managing Director Rachel is helping us prepare for the second most important event of the wedding – the hen weekend. Whether you’re the bride or a guest, here are her top tips to get you through it…

Having been a hen many times, my first piece of advice would be to have fun and make friends – it may seem obvious but don’t forget that while it’s not only a fun send-off for the bride, the hen is when the ladies attending get to do some pre-wedding bonding!

That said, don’t forget to share with care – while it may be traditional to tell embarrassing stories about the bride, bear in mind she may not be happy if you spill the deepest darkest secrets you’ve shared from your school days to her work colleagues. Its also important to get the tone right – its best not to show up rocking a feather boa to afternoon tea with the bride’s elderly relatives.

Some of best hen parties are the ones that aren’t afraid to out-do the boys, and if possible you should have the hen at the same time as the stag – that way nobody’s worrying what the other is getting up to. However always pace yourself – the hen is a long game and you’re going to want to go the distance. You will have to see your co-hens again in the near future…possibly in a church…

The BEST thing about being a hen is giving generously – have fun putting together a trousseau filled with sexy silk lingerie by Mimi Holliday, or a fun and flirty Bride Set by cheekfrills. Our bespoke silk chiffon knickers by Kalita are a must and always go down well! Get the hens together to get a memento for the bride – some bespoke jewellery is a no-brainer and a lovely way for the bride to remember the occasion forever.

If you’re the one getting hitched, make sure to put your faith and trust in to your Maid of Honour, and if you have recently discovered your inner Bridezilla, just make sure to leave her at home worrying about the big day itself – the Hen is a chance to have a proper blow out with your best friends and you want to make sure you enjoy it. Don’t forget to thank your Hens afterward too!

Take a look at our top 4 hen weekend outfits to achieve the perfect look, whatever the location…

  • L-R: A.L.C. Beck Sweater, Sophie Hulme Zip Top Shopper, Koral Mid Rise Skinny Jean
  • L-R: Camilla Artesania Playsuit, Austique Thong Sandals, Lele Sadoughi Sunshine Ring
  • L-R: Parker Lizzy Dress, Sophie Hulme Box Clutch, Lele Sadoughi Cube Slider Bracelet
  • L-R: Lele Sadoughi Prism Earrings, Austique Bar Ring, Amanda Uprichard Alana Dress

Hello There…Christophe Sauvat

A glorious new Summer season is upon us, and with it comes a host of gorgeous hot weather pieces to add to your wardrobe from Austique! The master of pool to bar chic and new designer at Austique for this season, Christophe Sauvat sat down with us for a set of quick-fire questions on the inspiration behind his brand and the most important people in his life…

How long have you been working with Austique?
2 years

Austique is…
A wonderful melting pot of great style and fashion. More a lifestyle than a shop.

What inspires you about your work?
People and travel. I love that my work allows me the freedome of discovery. The constant renewal of ideas, the exchange of cultures.

Did you always want to be a designer?
Wouldn’t know how to do anything else

Where are you based?
We are based in Lisbon, Portugal, with my kids and wife. The perfect place where the ocean, river and city life blend into one.

What does your average day at work entail?
We are lucky enough to have the offices only a stones throw away from our house, so it is all pretty smooth. I have to admit that I am often away on production, buying or inspiration trips. I have a great back office team, especially our right hand woman, Alejandra – a fierce Colombian with a fighting spirit who manages all the daily questions.

What is the one lesson you have learnt about working in the fashion industry that you would advise to beginners of the industry?
Be strong. The competition is tough, hang in there. For me there has never been a plan B, so this is it, it has to work. I believe it, I live it and sleep it. I am lucky as I made my hobby my work.

Who are your style influences and why?
My wife for sure, she is an extremely elegant hippie girl. Women I see on my travels, women from paintings and photographs. I am influenced by all that surrounds me, India, Europe, the blue of Aegean sea. The Caribbean, Mexico, music. That is what Christophe Sauvat is about – bohemian elegance, a marriage of cultures regardless of boundaries.

To unwind after a hard days’ work I like to…
The ocean for a swim. This is one of the great privileges of living by the sea and in a country where the weather is pretty kind to us all year round.

I could not work without….
My wife! The pillar of sanity both in the office and at home.

And finally….Chelsea or Notting Hill?
Tough one. My wife would say Chelsea. And I Notting Hill.

A Must Have: Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

Lucas Pawpaw ointment has been flying off the shelves since we had our delivery a mere few weeks ago!

So, what’s with all the fuss? Well, the fabulous ointment shipped in from Australia is made from the exotic fruit – Papaya. Raw papaya is rich in vitamins, notably vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and C, and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. For pawpaw/papaya ointment the active ingredient in the papaya fruit is the enzyme papain which is found in the fermented fruit.

Why should I use it? This 80 year old, multi-tasking salve works as a local topical application for boils, burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, gravel rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites and nappy rash. This balm helps to relieve and cleanse anywhere on the body and is a great moisturiser for chapped lips because it doesn’t taste of chemicals.

Why it’s cult: Every single woman in Australia has this in their handbag and it is fast becoming THE product in the UK for those in the know. A more natural Eight Hour Cream with a neutral taste and unbeatable moisturising properties. The Ointment comes in two sizes here at Austique; A 25g tube (£8) and a 75g tub (£15) and is described by Holly Willoughby as a ‘Great all rounder’ leaving her comfortable to leave the house without make-up!