Apatchy London comes to Birmingham

Apatchy London is a gift brand with a difference. Specialising in bags and cases, it offers a unique and innovative form of personalisation through the use of gripper patches, which mean you can change the look of the bag in an instant. The gripper patches do not require any ironing, gluing or sewing; they simply grip to the products’ style area using the latest in micro gripper technology. The patches are used on a wide range of products including beauty bags, wash bags and make up bags and Boot Bags, and make Apatchy a range that is not only practical, but is great fun too.

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I am really excited to say that the bespoke lifestyle gift company have recently launched a 6 month pop up in Link Street at The Bullring, Birmingham. This is just in time for Father’s Day (the washbags would make a great gift for dad) and also for end of term gifts (an personalised pencil case for teacher maybe.)
The Apatchy range of small bags can be beautifully gift boxed in a stylish box, complete with green ribbon, this gives it the real feel of something special. With each item carefully wrapped in tissue paper, the whole effect is that this is a perfect gift that needs no extra gift wrap or bag – it is all ready to be presented.
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My personal favourite range from Apatchy London is the  ‘Frosted Almond’ collection. This is a gorgeous, pearlised leather look PU fabric which can be wiped clean. You can instantly personalise your bag by adding the gripper patches, which range from letters for your initials, and motifs like crowns, stars and flowers. The bag is fully lined with a waterproof lining, so no worry about liquids or make up spills. ‘Frosted Almond’ comes in a range of different sized bags, suitable for holding cosmetics and toiletries.
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Apatchy  London is not just a great gift destination for adults, the pencil cases are brilliant for young scholars. Big enough for even the chunkiest of crayons and felt tips, and long enough to hold a 30cm ruler, the cases come in the same pretty almond and pink shades as the cosmetic bags, and also in dark waterproof waxed cotton. The gripper patches are again fabulous, with footballs, Pacman, skulls, flags and stars, something to suit even the fussiest child in fact. These are changeable of course, and along with the initial patches, they make the bag your child really wants.
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Apatchy London is a really great addition to the Birmingham retail scene, if you are close to the city don’t forget to go and check out the designs. If not, you can visit the website http://www.apatchy.co.uk/

Stationary Gift Ideas for Kids from Moonpig

Every child seems to receive some new stationary in their stocking come Christmas. It  may be because this comes in useful for a bit of smart time over the festive period, or on all those cold Winter days that are still to come. Or it may just be that your child loves stationary, writing and drawing being at the top of their hobbies list, and so this is a natural present idea. Either way, come December 25th, there are always pads, felt tips and pencils, prettily wrapped in paper, and waiting to make an appearance.

Moonpig may not be the most obvious place to try when searching for stationary gifts for your child, but it would be very wrong to dismiss it. This year it has some really lovely gift sets that take in the years biggest toy trends, including The Minions, Marvel and Star Wars, and have affordable gift ideas linked to all of these. In addition, perennial favourites like Roald Dahl’s ‘BFG’ and Raymond Briggs Christmas classic ‘The Snowman’ also have their own Christmas creative packs, with the BFG offering, in particular, being absolutely beautiful, a delight that any child would be happy to receive this Christmas.

Will you be giving any Stationary gifts this year – is it something that your children always find amongst the presents? Or are you the Stationary fiend? (there seem to be so many out there).

 

Ultimate Star Wars Stationery Set - NEW! £15 click to visit Moonpig

Ultimate Star Wars Stationery Set – NEW! £15 click to visit Moonpig

Roald Dahl Art Set - NEW! £15 click to visit Moonpig

Roald Dahl Art Set – NEW! £15 click to visit Moonpig

Marvel Stationery Set & Activity Book £15 click to visit Moonpig

Marvel Stationery Set & Activity Book £15 click to visit Moonpig

Minions Stationery Set - NEW! £15 click to visit Moonpig

Minions Stationery Set – NEW! £15 click to visit Moonpig

Snowman Stationery Set - NEW! £12  Click to visit Moonpig

Snowman Stationery Set – NEW! £12 Click to visit Moonpig

To view the complete Christmas gift Collection for kids from Moonpig, click here.

Don’t forget Moonpig is also a top choice if you want personalised Christmas cards, click here to view this year’s collections.

 

My handbag essentials

What do you consider to be your handbag essentials? I don’t mean the usual – money, keys and phone – we all have to carry those, but what are the other things that you always have in your bag? Brioche Pasquier asked me to put together a post on my most important handbag essentials, the things that travel with me, no matter what, and this led to some serious thinking about what I really can’t do without.

I change the bag that I use everyday on a regular basis, I may use something smaller on one day, or want to use something that’s a different colour to better match an outfit. Maybe it is a more formal day and I want to use a structured leather bag. Or I’m having a boho day and reach for something from Accessorize with tassels and sequins. The thing is, the bag may change, but my handbag essentials don’t – I just transfer them to another bag.

Here are my handbag essentials – I don’t leave home without them.

1. Make-Up

I don’t carry lots of make-up with my, but there are certain things I must have – my lipstick, bronzer, mascara and an eye pencil. This enables me to put my face on very quickly. My make-up bag is a cute design that was gifted by Emma Lomax (you can read that review here) and my current fave brands include the Kate Moss Rimmel nude lipsticks and Bobbi Brown mascara.

Best Mummy Pouch £12.50 click to visit Emma Lomax

Best Mummy Pouch
£12.50 click to visit Emma Lomax

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate Nude Collection £5.49 click to visit Boots

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate Nude Collection £5.49 click to visit Boots

Barry M Glow Bronzer 15g £5.69 click to visit Boots

Barry M Glow Bronzer 15g £5.69 click to visit Boots

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara £23 click to visit House of Fraser

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara £23 click to visit House of Fraser

2. My Camera

It’s a running joke that I am never without my camera, and I have to carry a bag big enough to accommodate it. You never know when a photo opportunity might arise.

 Nikon COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera - Black (16.0 MP, CMOS Sensor, 60x Zoom) 3.0 -Inch LCD by Nikon £268.27 click to visit Amazon


Nikon COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera – Black (16.0 MP, CMOS Sensor, 60x Zoom) 3.0 -Inch LCD
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£268.27 click to visit Amazon

3. A notebook

You never know when a moment of inspiration might strick you, and I am also a person who loves to do lists, so a notebook and pen are essential. Plus, this comes very useful when I’m out with Joe as he can use this to draw and ‘do some sums.’

 HAPPY JACKSON Random Crap A5 notebook     £9.00 Click to visit Selfridges

HAPPY JACKSON Random Crap A5 notebook
£9.00
Click to visit Selfridges

4. A snack

I often skip breakfast, so having a snack in my bag is an essential. If I don’t eat it, then I know that Joe will (the child never refuses chocolate!). My current elevenses favourite is Brioche Pasquier Pitch, especially the chocolate flavour filled variety. These are great as they are individually wrapped and definitely tastier and more filling than the average chocolate bar. Brioche Pasquier have just launched a new four pack variety, you can find these new packs in Tesco Express, Morrisons M-local and are priced at just £1.39 per pack.

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5. Perfume

I often keep an array of samples and small scent bottles in my bag. There is no better way to freshen up than with a spritz of your favourite scent. My favourite is Miss Dior Cherie, simply the most beautiful perfume around.

 DIOR Miss Dior Le Parfum spray     £70.00 click to visit Selfridges

DIOR Miss Dior Le Parfum spray
£70.00
click to visit Selfridges

So that is it – my handbag essentials. What do you never leave the house without?