Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Funny Guy? The Cool Dude? The Travelling Man?



Which one is your Dad? Father's Day is next Sunday 18th June. 

We have a brand new range of socks from the hilarious Brand Blue Q guaranteed to suit all the men in your life from Mr Perfect to Video Gamer, there is a pair with your dad's name on. Take a look.




This great range of Toiletries from The Handmade Soap Co, made with 99% natural ingredients in Ireland has been designed especially for men.  With a great fragrance combination - Lime Basil and Sweet Orange, it will leave you smelling like a Real Man in a good way!

And for the Travellin' Man - 'Departure Lounge' will be right up his runway - a cool range of stylish accessories, gadgets and toiletries with retro packaging and great prices.


As always we have a great range of Father's Day cards in store and each purchase will be gift-wrapped, free of charge with our usual flare!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Jewellery - Summer Dreams


hmmm......come on sunshine.

After a promising start, our Summer sunshine disappeared last week! But it's back ish & so here's your chance to get ahead and pick up some summer accessories to add to your holiday wardrobe.  For bold colourful statement pieces, check out Vincenza Dato's fabric wrapped hoops and bangles.



The Jewellery range by Satsuki May provides a sophisticated subtle and unique detail for a Summer Evening Outfit.


Pop by or browse here our extensive range of silver jewellery to suit all budgets; from the beautifully crafted silver and cz Angel Wing Ring and Earring set by Azendi at £100 through the simple and yet personal Initial Pendants at £20.  We have elegant pieces just right for your Weddings too -  Infinity Pearl Pendant and Earrings at £96 and don't forget we box and gift-wrap all Jewellery free of charge.
Finally my favourite, the 'circles' range from Dansk Smykkekunst, this Season's on trend Circles, Cylinders, Spheres and Discs.  An easy to wear, day to night - affordable range that will style up any outfit this Summer.


DISCOUNT: Please note we have a £5 FIVER off voucher running through until May 31st, please check your loyalty email or type FIVER code at the checkout online.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Easter

We love Easter, it's the first big holiday since Christmas! It's beginning to feel properly like spring, with flowers popping up everywhere, longer, warmer days (and boy have and we been spoiled this year?) oh and then there's the chocolate! Ahhh but each year we are tasked with finding gifts which aren't just about sugar, so here's an Easter edit of our sugar free goodies!  Ceramic Bunny and Guinea Pig Egg Cups and Money Boxes from Quail from £11.95, Bunny and Baby Bunny Night Lights from £4.95.  These delightful hand-painted glass trinket eggs are perfect for tiny gifts and mini eggs and if you are going on an Easter Egg Hunt these Retro Jelly Bags are perfect for egg-gathering £5.95.  Gorgeous Egg Cups in Pink & Blue by Pip Studio and these grrrreat Dinosaur Egg Cups in Orange & Turquoise at £8.95

With a full range of Easter Cards in store too, we have everything you may need (except of course the Chocolate) - Happy Easter.
Easter Opening Times 
Good Friday     11am-4pm
Saturday      10am-6pm
Easter Sunday    closed
Bank Holiday Monday  closed

Going the Extra Mile - A brand new range from The Handmade Soap Co.

We have a brand new Toiletry Range!  We really do like to go the extra mile and so when nothing caught our eye at the recent round of trade shows in London and Paris, Ian dropped in on Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna (which is the leading international platform for the cosmetics and wellness industry), to see if he could find anything special there.  He struck gold, and we are really delighted to launch this new range from The Handmade Soap Co. who are based nearer to home in Co. Meath Ireland.  We love their products and their ethos - meet founder Donagh Quigley (originally a Master Thatcher).

"We started out small, selling our lovely handmade soaps at farmers’ markets and to kind neighbours… and from there, things just grew and grew.

Pots got bigger, our range blossomed, and we added a few more hands on deck… but our mission remains the same:

To bring pure, heartfelt joy to your everyday, so even the small things feel precious.

Using thoughtful essential oil blends and nature’s pantry, we have lovingly created a range that will boost your mood and your skin in equal measure.

And oh, does it smell divine.


Put simply, it’s everything you need to grab life by the happy. So, go grab it with both hands."

We were particularly looking for a well priced range that would sit comfortably with the ever popular Burt's Bee's Range and appeal to both Men and Women - we think we have found our match.
Lemongrass and Cedarwood - Lose yourself in this sweet oriental fragrance.  Citrus top notes with a lemongrass zing, eucalyptus and lavender middle notes and earthy base notes of Patchouli and Vanilla.
A Musky, manly mix of Basil, Lime & Sweet Orange.

The products themselves have 99.7% Natural - no nasties, (the other .3% is the binding agent and preservative which makes the lotions behave so wonderfully).
They are made with coconut derivatives, vegetable emulsifiers and scented with essential oils.

There are no SLSs, parabens, petrochemicals.  No product is tested on animals, ever and even the card in their packaging is from sustainable sources and printed with vegetable-derived ink.



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Little Folk Nursery Rhymes CD

Meet Cat Bateman, I was lucky enough to meet her a few years back - our children were all taking swimming lessons at our local pool known as the "Spa", a definite misnomer it was a sweaty, stressful zone full of tetchy, tiger Mums, tantrums and toddlers..... but up rocked Cat, with her crazy trolley, eccentric pigtails and bright smile.  She has an infectious aura of cheerfulness and as such I was so pleased to learn that she was the creative force behind 'little folk nursery rhymes' (a toddler music group) which she set up to earn a few pennies around bringing up her boys.  The job suits her well and it shows - "I never get tired of seeing little people wigging out to a jolly old nursery rhyme.  No one is telling them to do that - it happens naturally because the music makes them happy.  It is so adorable".
Five years on she holds lots of weekly groups in SE London check details here.  Plus she has just released her first nursery rhymes CD.  She worked with brilliant musicians and talented designers to make it the best sounding, best looking, best quality nursery rhymes CD. It has been a labour of love, but she has been getting lovely feedback from parents who say it keeps their little ones completely entertained.  Equally importantly however, is that adults like it too....anyone who has suffered the saccharin sounds of most kids' CDs will totally understand what I mean.




Cat is delighted that 10% of each sale will go directly to JDRF, the amazing charity that funds research to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes, along with providing support to people who live with it. She is very passionate about raising awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, as her eldest son was diagnosed with this serious auto-immune life-long condition at the age of 5.

So, if you’re looking for something for your own bundles (& toddlers of joy) to enjoy, or a unique present we're delighted to announce - you can buy it here!    

Cool Gift ideas for Kids Birthday Presents

On a budget but looking for something a bit different?  Something that will definitely be appreciated?  Something that will be a stand out gift?  Here is this weeks selection of brilliant gifts for kids, all under £15 - there's many more in store and online.
1.  Create your own Superhero Comic Book  (age 7-12) £11.95
2.  Charlie the Sausage Dog Pull Along Toy (age 12 months+) £11.95
3.  Toby Bento Box  (age 2 onwards) £10.95
4.  Rosie Bento Box (age 2 onwards) £10.95
5.  Popsicle Cherry Bunny (newborn onwards) £11.95
6.  Little Folk Nursery Rhyme CD (newborn onwards) £14.95
7.  Vehicles Reusable Sticker Book (age 3-5) £6.95
8.  Adventure Reusable Sticker Book (age 3-5) £6.95

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Revive & Rejuvenate - Archway

An article from March's Angel Resident magazine.  David Lyndon of Lyndon Goode Architects discusses the rich tapestry of Archway, and the regeneration scheme we were part of in 2013.