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/

Smiggle has a new website – Check out the goodies!

Late last year I attended the opening of a new stationary store in Birmingham’s Bullring. Smiggle is an Australian phenomenon that has now hit the UK and is developing a cult status amongst children, teenagers and stationary lovers everywhere due to it’s fun products which are updated regularly. Now Smiggle has a new website with a huge range of products which means you can enjoy Smiggle products even if you don’t leave near a Smiggle store.

The Smiggle range has everything a young person needs for school and college, from rucksacks and water bottles, to wallets and every kind of stationary you can imagine. The range changes regularly, every six weeks in fact, and has something to suit all tastes, from bright red Ninja designs, green footballs  and the new Woodland collection that is perfect for animal lovers.

Woodlands 3D Lunchbox £15 click to visit Smiggle

Woodlands 3D Lunchbox £15 click to visit Smiggle

Colour Pop Backpack 2 £26 click to visit Smiggle

Colour Pop Backpack 2 £26 click to visit Smiggle

Scented Pencils Pack £4.50 click to visit Smiggle

Scented Pencils Pack £4.50 click to visit Smiggle

Smiggle very kindly sent me a selection of their products for Joe to test drive. He is totally football mad at the moment, living, eating, drinking and sleeping football, so we were very excited to see a football backpack, cute soccer erasers and football hologram stickers amongst the goodies. The backpack is wonderful, large enough to carry a 15inch laptop and with separate pockets for keeping wallets, dinner money etc. There are side pockets that can accommodate a water bottle safely, keeping it away from the other contents of the bag in case of spillages, and the back straps are both adjustable, and padded for extra comfort, these will not be cutting into shoulders or back of your child. This is one of the best quality children’s bags that I have seen, and the vibrant colour and Smiggle tags on the zips just add to the quality feel.

Smiggle Bakpack for the football crazy.

Smiggle Bakpack for the football crazy.

Joe loves his backpack

Joe loves his backpack

The classic water bottles are the perfect fit and colour match for this bag - £8.50 click to visit Smiggle

The classic water bottles are the perfect fit and colour match for this bag – £8.50 click to visit Smiggle

Some more of Joe’s Smiggle Haul – all now available online at Smiggle.co.uk

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Smiggle is the perfect place to find a present for the stationary obsessive, or an Easter treat that doesn’t involve anything that rots the teeth. And, if you are tempted by all the lovely Smiggle goodies, I have a discount code that can net you a lovely little discount of  20% off full priced items until 31st March.

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Kate Spade Stationary at Selfridges

As someone who has a weakness when it comes to stationary, I was super excited when I found out that Selfridges had started stocking the wonderfully glamorous stationary range from Kate Spade. Featuring a whole range of notebooks, desk implements, push pins and journals, this range is just the ultimate in glamorous stationary for budding writers, avid diarists and just those who can’t walk past a branch of Paperchase!

I took a look around the Birmingham branch and was instantly drawn to the wonderful ‘Idions’  pencils, the binder clips and the glasses pencil case (all featured below). I thought these would be super stylish for the occasions when I venture out for a game of bingo. Of course, you don’t need to leave the house to do this, you can find out about the current top 10 Bingo sites at Best Offers Bingo. But if you do decide to take a trip out, these are definitely the items you want to be pulling from your handbag.

 KATE SPADE Glasses print pencil pouch £29.95 click to visit Selfridges

KATE SPADE Glasses print pencil pouch
£29.95
click to visit Selfridges

 

 KATE SPADE Idiom pencil set £22.95 click to visit Selfridges

KATE SPADE Idiom pencil set
£22.95
click to visit Selfridges

 

 KATE SPADE Binder clips set of 8 £19.95 click to visit Selfridges

KATE SPADE Binder clips set of 8
£19.95
click to visit Selfridges

Of course, I’m a blogger, and it is a well known fact that bloggers love stationary. Whether it be a notebook to jot down bits of inspiration, sticky notes for reminders that are then stuck all over the front of your laptop, or notecards and correspondence cards to use as thank you’s for the event invitations, bloggers seem to go back in time when it comes to writing – which in my own, humble opinion, is a great thing.

I’m currently in love with the Stroke of Genius large notepad – it would be great for my notes, and also for keeping in my bag for Joe to doodle and write in. The expletive rubber is hilarious, whilst those monogrammed notecards could be a lovely, personal gift for Mother’s Day – you could chose an initial, or just an M for mother.

 KATE SPADE C monogram notecard set £26.95 click to visit Selfridges

KATE SPADE C monogram notecard set
£26.95
click to visit Selfridges

 KATE SPADE Seven-piece Sticky Note set £18.95 click to visit Selfridges

KATE SPADE Seven-piece Sticky Note set
£18.95
click to visit Selfridges

 KATE SPADE A Stroke of Genius large notepad £12.95 click to visit Selfridges

KATE SPADE A Stroke of Genius large notepad
£12.95
click to visit Selfridges

 KATE SPADE Desktop eraser £11.95 click to visit Selfridges

KATE SPADE Desktop eraser
£11.95
click to visit Selfridges

Are you a stationary fan?