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    New Goodies Galore

    New Goodies Galore

    Here in the shop we've had lots of gorgeous new goodies arriving since opening up that we simply couldn't resist showing you. Including diaries, tins and jewellery, along with adding to our slowly growing collection of sustainable products such as Chilly's reusable water bottles, there's lots of lovely newness, so read on to get updated.

    The new Emma Bridgewater tins have been very popular since they came in earlier in the month. Their bright, floral designs are perfect for the upcoming summer season for storing all of your baked treats in.

    We've been wanting to stock Chilly's bottles for a long time now so to finally have them is super exciting to us. Of course we had to get the Emma Bridgewater designs in, but if you're not a fan of patterns there's plenty of sleek, bright block colour choices instead. These guys are the originals when it comes to insulated bottles, so you can be assured that your cold drinks will stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Plus it's another way to cut out a little bit of plastic and therefore help the environment which is always a good thing.

     

    On the topic of sustainability, our other most recent addition is beeswax wraps. These can be used instead of plastic alternatives such as clingfilm or plastic bags and apart from anything else, look fabulous as a part of your lunch. But they can also be used to store snacks, or keep things tidy in your fridge instead of endless plastic tubs. They wipe clean really easily too so they're super handy all round.

     

    One thing people often forget that we sell is jewellery, and we've recently had some gorgeous new pieces come in too. We're lucky enough to stock the ever-so stylish brand One & Eight, known for it's minimalistic, coastal-inspired, premium quality jewellery that we just love. They're a local, sustainable company and all of the items come in either mini glass bottles or sleek metal tins so they look fabulous as gifts.

    These are just some of the wonderful new bits we've had into the shop recently. There's also been new diaries from the company Busy B, new home décor treats from Gisela Graham, and new cards and gift wrap from Paper Salad plus much more. But we'd be here all day if we went on! So for now here's a taster of some of our favourites and we'll leave the rest to you if you want to have a little explore. You can start in the 'new goodies' section of our website, which you can find by clicking here, or just browse whatever takes your fancy yourself.

    Best of Beauty: Barefoot

    Best of Beauty: Barefoot

    When was the last time you gave yourself a little pamper? We all need it from time to time. But equally, if you're able to treat yourself to good quality, dreamy products to use in the shower not just on pamper days, but every day, then why not right?

    Barefoot Beauty is a brand we've only been stocking for a short time, but we love it. Designed and made in Britain, they're extremely on it when it comes to staying sustainable and using natural, ethical ingredients in their products. That includes being against animal testing, as well as boasting being free from S.L.S, T.E.A, and parabens. They also try to use as little plastic as possible in the packaging, so when you buy one of their products you really are supporting a company aiming to do good in the world (with the added benefit of treating yourself to a very nice new soap of course).

    Outside of their wonderful values, Barefoot's products are always winners in the packaging department too. Just look at the fabulous messages you can choose from, along with their quirky, colourful patterns and prints. They're a lovely way to say thank you to someone special, or simply give them a little smile.

    Barefoots tinned lip balms are ideal as a little something extra to throw into a gift, even if it's to yourself, as their compact design means that they slip into even the tiniest of handbags so can always be carried on the go.

    There's even the odd gift set available if you simply can't choose what to get someone for a special occasion.

    Now, pop a relaxing playlist on, grab yourself a glass or mug of your beverage of choice, get a bath running and light a candle, and you've got your pamper evening sorted. We suggest the Sensuality scented candle from St Eval for this scenario. Its warm, light, feminine scent is just perfect for sitting back and winding down for the day.

    Pop in store to have a look for yourself, or find Barefoot under the 'eco friendly brands' or 'beauty' sections of our website now to buy online. 

    Daisy Park's Picnic Essentials

    Daisy Park's Picnic Essentials

    Nothing says summer quite like a Great British picnic. Whether you like to go all out with disposable barbeques and Pimm's, or keep it simple with sandwiches and nibbles, there's just something about it that you can't beat. Now that lockdown is slowly easing and the weather is warming, many of us are probably going to be having even more picnics than usual this summer. So we thought we'd put together a little guide on all the things you might need so that all you need to add is the fun bit: food and drink!

    Perfect Picnicware

    Sturdy and easy to clean, the Emma Bridgewater melamine sets were made with picnics in mind. You can clunk them almost anywhere without having to worry about breakages, and their classic, beautifully British designs will compliment any view.

    Something to Sit on

    When it comes to the picnic blanket, we like to keep it stylish. Atlantic Blankets are an ideal choice here as not only will the ultra cosy wool provide a comfy alternative to scratchy grass, but the lovely designs will make you feel like you're having a luxury picnic in no time.

    Stay Hydrated

    As the weather heats up and we find ourselves out in the sunshine, it goes without saying that we need to drink plenty of water. So ensure the whole family is staying hydrated with a bottle for everyone. Frugi have fun designs for the kids, and for the adults these fabulous new bottles from Blue Eyed Sun are just gorgeous. Uniquely designed with practicality in mind, they're insulated so will be sure to keep your water cool all day. There's also Dopper bottles which are great for popping your favourite tipple in as they can be taken apart to become a little wine glass - perfect for the adults!

    The Picnic Bag

    Now, you'll be needing something to put all of these bottles and plates inside. We suggest a large Hinza bag for this as their strong, practical design means that they'd easily hold all of your bits and bobs. They're easy to wipe down in the case of any spillages, and their vibrant colours make them look splendid in the summertime. You can even buy a cover or inner bag to go with them for extra protection.

    Keep the Bugs at Bay

    Finally, this ones not an essential but might come in handy if you've got wasp haters in your family, or want to avoid mosquito bites if you're picnic is continuing into the evening. The Country Candle large fresh cut herbs candle will compliment the smell of the great outdoors whilst keeping those pesky little insects at bay so that you can keep your delicious food to yourself. Plus as the sun slowly goes down, it'll help provide a touch of ambience to your summer evening.

     

    Though there are still restrictions on our life in other areas, isn't it wonderful knowing that we can at least enjoy being outside with the ones we love now? We hope this gives you inspiration for the many picnics we'll all probably be having this summer, and gets you excited for good times ahead!

    Celebrating VE Day

    Celebrating VE Day

    VE day, or Victory in Europe Day as it's formally known, celebrates the day that millions of people were able to return to their homes and families. It's a special day, and one that we think probably holds particular importance this year, with many people being stuck away from loved ones, waiting for the day we can all reunite once more.

    But, it's important to remain positive so we suggest still celebrating it in some way that you can, perhaps by still decorating your home a bit, and by holding a virtual tea party?

    Being a proudly British brand, Emma Bridgewater of course has a wonderful mug dedicated to the day. It's beautifully designed with everything that summarises Britain and that day: bunting, planes flying home, a vintage car with people celebrating, with the phrase "and the bells rung throughout Britain" just completes it.

    We think it would make a perfect gift, perhaps for an elderly loved one who remembers the day, or simply just to keep in your collection and use for a proper cuppa on the day.

    If you want to decorate your home too, there's some gorgeous union jack printed bunting that we got in from Emma Bridgewater also, just for VE day because it's simply perfect for it. Pop it up around your home and have it on show in the background of your virtual tea party and you're sorted! Or hang it up around your garden and have a tea party in your garden with your household if the weather allows.

    And to finish it off, the Emma Bridgewater union jack mug would also be ideal for this celebration. It's a simple design that holds great meaning, and would be great for general use all year round as well as VE day.

    To make the day that bit more special whilst celebrating from home, you could bake (or buy ) a traditionally British cake, like a Victoria sponge or some scones and enjoy them with loved ones on video call. Then grab a cuppa in one of the lovely mugs, and have a chat about all things British: the weather, sarcasm and of course the war and those who fought in it.

    But whatever you choose to do this VE day, it doesn't really matter. The main thing is that you take some time to think of the people who were there and how much they mean to us, and what they did for us. As we're facing these current strange times now, it's certainly going to make us at Daisy Park think about it and celebrate it that bit more.