• London's a favourite with Spanish shoppers

    Shopping is big business for the Spanish. In a recent survey by the web portal Tripadvisor, of the 730 Spaniards questioned, 42% described shopping as a passion, while a mere 10% thought of it as an obligation. Well over a quarter – 28% – admitted to having travelled at least once just to go shopping, and the British capital was top of their list of favourite destinations. It's not surprising that people like shopping in London: there are so many different districts, most with their own speciality shops and individual style. There's Oxford Street  - said to be the busiest

  • Celeb-inspired gift ideas: daughter Lourdes

    The teenage daughter of Madonna is certainly set to follow her mother’s footsteps. Earlier this year, Lourdes launched her own clothing line - aptly named Material Girl - at the tender age of 13. For any budding fashionista, a My Wonderful World of Fashion book is bound to please any young impresario eager to get the low down on designing. A pot of hair dye would also be an ideal present for Lourdes – after all, the famous teenager proclaimed she couldn’t wait for her 14th birthday so she could finally dye her hair! To finish off her new stylish look,

  • 'I'll ask for an invite': David hopes to make the guest list for Kate and William's wedding

    Victoria Beckham has more reason than the rest of the country to hope England's bid to stage the World Cup in 2018 succeeds. Husband David, one of the ambassadors for the project, says he may work up the courage to ask Prince William for an invitation to the royal wedding if England is named as the competition host. Along with William, president of the Football Association, and Prime Minister David Cameron, the star footballer has been in Zurich to present England's pitch. "The engagement has come up in a few of the meetings, yes," he confirmed. "I grew up

  • Celeb-inspired gift ideas: son Justin Bieber

    Teen sensation Justin Bieber has taken the world by storm with his catchy tunes and impressive dance routines. Given his passion for singing, a karaoke set would allow the star to exercise his vocal chords in preparation for upcoming concerts, and have fun with friends while doing so. And given his musical dexterity, a drum kit is bound to be well-received by any musician looking to make some beats in the comfort of his own home - even if mum and dad aren't fans! Finally, a portable games console would help Justin while away the hours during his rigorous tour schedule - the Sony PSP

  • It's a White (House) Christmas: festive Michelle unveils official decorations

    "It's Christmas, it's exciting!" When it comes to the Yuletide spirit, fun-loving Michelle Obama is already feeling festive. This week the first lady unveiled the White House Christmas decorations, which this year have been themed 'Simpler Gifts' in recognition of the tough economic times. And she gave a master class in creating homemade decorations while she was at it. Click on photos for gallery With two children of her own, the president's wife is well-equipped when it comes to getting creative at Christmas. And on Wednesday, she threw open the doors of the newly-decorated executive mansion for a party in honour of military families –

  • Celeb-inspired gift ideas: husband David Cameron

    It's certainly been a momentous year for David Cameron. As well as moving into Downing Street in earlier this year, he recently celebrated the birth of his baby girl with wife Samantha. In keeping with his party’s official colours, what could be better than a cobalt-blue silk tie, ensuring the Prime Minister looks his best at all times. Given his busy schedule, a multi-function phone is essential to stay on top of the many important appointments – so why not buy him the latest Blackberry Torch smart phone? It combines stylish design with functionality, and Mr. Cameron won’t be able to put

  • Birthdays put the focus on an ancient monarchy seeking change

    She looks like any normal, happy-go-lucky little girl. At times laughing freely, Princess Aiko of Japan indulges in boisterous games with schoolfriends, at others sitting quietly at her studies. Yet this is the same youngster that threw the imperial household into crisis when she was born to the heir to the throne, Prince Naruhito and his wife Masako in 2001. Click on photos for gallery No boy had been born for four decades – a real difficulty in a country where the constitution dictates that only males can accede to the Chrysanthemum Throne. And Masako, who suffers from a

  • Celeb-inspired gift ideas: wife Samantha Cameron

    Since her husband's appointment to office, Samantha Cameron has become a byword for sophistication. While visiting the Obamas in the States this summer, she chose a painting by one of her favourite artists, Ben Eine, to bring as a gift. So what could be better than getting Samantha her very own print, where she can proudly display urban-chic artwork on the walls of 10 Downing Street. Given that the former creative consultant for Smythson is a mum to two young children, a stylish Radley tote bag will be useful when it comes to carrying all the parenting essentials. And naturally, every busy woman deserves

  • Reese Witherspoon's adorable children share in Hollywood star joy

    Two of Reese Witherspoon's biggest fans were there to see her receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And as the pair - her adorable children Ava and Deacon - joined her at the unveiling of the plaque, they couldn't have looked more delighted. Click on photo for gallery Reese was also joined at the ceremony by her talent agent boyfriend Jim Toth, whom she's been dating since February. And there was another special guest in the form of Bruiser - Reese's canine co-star from Legally Blonde. Reese, stunning in a black and red polka dot dress, received the 2,425th star

  • Celeb-inspired gift ideas: girlfriend Taylor Swift

    Having sold over 13 million albums worldwide, it's fair to say Taylor Swift is not your average 20-year-old. Although she's young, Taylor is still a permanent fixture on the A-list party circut, attending endless glitzy dos. So what better than a Benefit makeup kit to ensure she never leaves the house looking less than perfect? And this acoustic guitar is also bound to help the starlet come up with the tunes for her future hits. Given her roots, it goes without saying that Taylor would surely appreciate a country music album to check out the latest tunes in her favourite genre of music.