Archive: June 2013

7 of the Best Pay Day Treats for £30 or Less

Celebrate You With Pay Day Treats.

The end of the month and pay day are approaching so it’s time to reward a month of chores, late nights and working hard. Fresh from the Piccadilly Lane community seven pay day treats that will brighten your day, but not break the bank.


1. Abahna Make Up Bag from Sorella, £15 & FREE POSTAGE till the end of June!


 2. Imagination by Coulson Macleod, Hand-Stamped Art Print, £15. Shop Coulson Macleod.


 3. Caroline Gardner Fig Scented Candle, £23. Shop Caroline Gardner.

cole-of-london espresso cups

 4. Cole of London ‘Wit & Wisdom’ Espresso Set, £30. Find out more about Cole of London.


 5. Claire Ogden Designs Handmade Pink Leafy Earrings, £12.00.

JustBe-Salts-Tranquil-Therapeutic Salts with-scoop

 6. JustBe Botanicals Therapeutic Bath Salts, £12.95.


 7. Embroidered Lipstick Pouch, £28. Find out more about SewLomax.

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Posted by Charlotte 16:23 28/06/13
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How to Pick the Perfect Presents for Stylish Girls

Get Inspired With These Presents for Stylish Girls.

Are you stuck for gift inspiration? In need of presents for stylish girls?

Never fear! In today’s gift giving tips we’re looking into the challenging world of shopping for ladies. In particular, we’re looking at how to pick perfect presents for stylish girls.


For ‘Gift Picks’ we’re browsing the Lane for the perfect card & gift combinations. From the latest additions we’ve hand-picked a fantastic new gift from SewLomax and a stylish greetings card from Caroline Gardner.


New to the SewLomax collection is a selection of ‘noir’ pouches, which contrast beautifully with the existing range of bags. Great for glamorous women everywhere this lovely pouch in classic, stylish black is embroidered with a cute blushers design, which makes it perfect for storing make-up, jewellery and girlie bits and bobs. Find out more about SewLomax.


We LOVE this bright and funny ‘Cinderella is Proof’ greetings card from Caroline Gardner for the ultimate girlie card and gift combination. The contemporary, typography-based design is bursting with colour, and the perfect sentiment for shoe fans and stylish women everywhere. Shop Caroline Gardner.

Posted by Charlotte 15:47 26/06/13
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3 Reasons Cole of London is the Thinking Person’s Gift Maker

1-2-3 Reasons We Love the Super Quirky (& Clever) Cole of London.

Gifts come in many shapes and sizes, but every now and then there’s presents that stand out from the crowd; the growing gift collection of Cole of London for example.

If you like your gifts with a touch of quirky and a lot of clever then the homeware gifts featured here are ones to watch.

Designed by London-based illustrator Sarah Cole, the gift collection brings history, literature and science to life. Famous faces of the past in a modern, contemporary range of mugs, coasters, tea towels and aprons.

Every item in the gift collection is decorated with illustrations of historical figures and is then finished with facts and quotes that will delight.

Impressing the thinkers, students and the curious souls in your life has never been easier than with a unique gift from the Cole of London collection.

& if this alone is not enough to convince you, here’s 3 top reasons to love Cole of London.


1. Great Design.

We LOVE the unique and quirky illustrations created by company founder Sarah Cole. Each illustration is full of character, the perfect style for some of the most impressive men and women of the past. But these illustrations aren’t stuck in the past, each portrait is brought hurtling into the present with a bright backdrop that makes the collection pop!

Cole of London Tudor Coaster Set


2. Think while you Drink.

The Cole of London gift collection is the perfect way to soak in knowledge as you sit back with your favourite brew. Whether you choose from histories favourite kings and queens, literary heroes or the smartest scientists; with Cole of London your head will soon be jam-packed with fun facts.

Cole of London Brontes Mug


3. Quality First.

Cole of London’s mugs are made from finest bone china; a super strong translucent material that has a bright white, shell-like sheen. The strength of bone china enables the Cole of London mugs to have thin lips, which we’re reliably informed makes your tea taste even better.

cole of london espresso cups


Like what you see?

Discover more about the thinking person’s gift maker on the Cole of London website.

Posted by Charlotte 14:49 24/06/13

5 Summer Essentials for the Best Holiday Season

Home or Away, Don’t Forget These Summer Essentials.

In the hope of summoning summer, here’s a few ideas from the Piccadilly Lane community and our favourite indie shops; essential bits and bobs for the coming sunshine (fingers-crossed) months.

1. One Beach Bag Please.

No matter where you’re holiday takes you, you’re bound to have a plethora of ‘stuff’; sun tan lotion, paperbacks or e-readers, a mobile and a bottle of water to name just a few. This large size bag from SewLomax is a great way to keep and transport all your essentials on the summer break. Decorated with a stylish, embroidered beach huts design it is the perfect choice for the summer season. See more cool accessories from SewLomax.

SewLomax Beach Huts Bag

2. The Gift of Hydration.

Alongside drinking copious amounts of water this summer, treat yourself (and your skin) to facial skincare specially designed to keep you hydrated in hot weather. The JustBe Hydrated collection from JustBe Botanicals is created from purely natural, active ingredients that will keep you refreshed and hydrated all summer.

JustBe Botanicals Facial Set

 3. The Classic Notebook & Pen.

Alongside your music or beach read, make pen and paper a summer essential. You might dream of writing a novel, creating a work of art or starting your own business; whatever your ambition … get jotting! Even the briefest snatched moments on your summer break can be a good time to doodle, draw, write and plan. We LOVE the Caroline Gardner stationery collection for adding a touch of style to your grand plans and creativity. Treat yourself to a beautifully patterned notebook and pen for your summer holiday. Add style to your stationery with Caroline Gardner.

Caroline Gardner Notebooks


Caroline Gardner Daisy Print Pen


4. Roll out the Bunting.

Make those summer barbecues and parties extra special with your very own personalised, paper-cut bunting. These delightful decorations from Studio Seed will make any party into an occasion; perfect for summer weddings, engagements and birthdays.

studio seed handcut bunting

5. The Summer Greeting Card.

For summer birthdays you need a summer-themed greetings card! Seriously, when else can you send a card with a giant ice cream on the front!?! Summer is the perfect time to celebrate everything that comes with the odd ray of sunshine. We LOVE these cards … A classic 99 ice cream captured perfectly in a collage of materials and stitching by Dilys Treacle Treasures, and a cool, retro-inspired bowl of jelly and ice cream from Pennychoo.

Dilys Treacle Treasures Ice Cream Card


Pennychoo Jelly & Ice Cream Birthday Card

Posted by Charlotte 14:30 14/06/13
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Fantastic Reasons to Love Blueberry Street Greetings Cards

Here’s Why You’ll Love Blueberry Street Greetings Cards.

Blueberry Street greetings cards is a collection of  design-led cards and gifts; but more than just a pretty token, the online boutique also has strong Eco-conscious credentials when it comes to making all of their greetings cards and stationery.

Here are our top three reasons why we loveBlueberry Street greetings cards and one fabulous giveaway.

Blueberry Street Birthday Card Collection

1. Great Design

Blueberry Street’s greetings cards feature gorgeous whimsical illustrations, utilising bright, beautiful colours. Artist, Sandra Oost, works across a variety of mediums including lino-cut printing, inks, acrylics, collage and digital to create Blueberry Street’s signature style.


Blueberry Street Occasion Greetings Cards

2. Eco-Friendly Cards

All of Blueberry Street’s greetings cards are created to be Eco-friendly. Each of the designs is published using post-consumer waste, recycled board; retaining high quality, while being aware that it is all too easy to waste our natural resources. The intricate patterns and bright, colourful illustrations as shown in the tea party and wedding cards above are brought to life with vegetable-based inks, which are kinder to the environment.


Blueberry Street Blank Multi-Purpose Greetings Cards

3. Multi-Purpose Designs

As well as card designs for birthdays and occasions, the Blueberry Street greetings cards collection has a wonderful selection of blank cards that are perfect for any event or general correspondence. With beautiful floral themes and cute character designs, the cards are a great way to catch up with friends and loved ones.


The Giveaway! **UPDATE: These offers have now expired**

Blueberry Street Greetings Card Giveaway

The lovely folks at Blueberry Street have given us a great prize worth £25 for the Piccadilly Lane community. One lucky winner will get their choice of ten greetings cards from the Blueberry Street website, simply head on over to our Facebook page to enter the giveaway. You have until Tuesday 11th June to  enter the competition. Lookout for the option to ‘tweet the giveaway’ this will earn you 3 entries; a quick and easy action that can be repeated daily to increase your chance of winning.

Alongside the chance to win a bundle of Blueberry Street cards everyone can claim 20% off and free postage on all Blueberry Street greetings card orders until Tuesday 11th June – use discount code PICCADILLYLANE at the checkout.


Posted by Charlotte 11:06 4/06/13
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