Archive: June 2014

Fantastic Reasons Why We Love The Black Rabbit

Quirky & Cool Creations from The Black Rabbit.

For this week’s ‘Inspiring Independents’ recommendation we’re taking a closer look at the rather fabulous ‘The Black Rabbit’. Founded in 2006 by Lindsay Marsden, The Black Rabbit webshop is the place to find quirky and cool home products, jewellery and gifts.

So without further ado, here’s 3 top reasons to LOVE independent designer-makers, The Black Rabbit.

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1. Knitted Finery Hand-Crafted.

The Black Rabbit has a wonderful array of gift products hand-crafted from the finest lambswool. By bringing a contemporary, and often stripy style to a traditional craft, The Black Rabbit create gift ideas that stand out from the crowd.

The collection has a fabulous range of woolly designs; amongst the Piccadilly Lane team’s favourites are the super cute Loopy Lapin toys, a huggable addition to any home and ‘Lovebods’ beautifully scented love tokens in stylish, stripy wool.

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2. Bold Graphics to Brighten Your Day

The Black Rabbit collection isn’t limited to knitted goods. Alongside their woollen wonders, designer Lindsay has created a series of original, graphic illustrations featuring birds and animals in a bold and nostalgic style.

The vibrant illustrations help brighten every day products, adding a special decorative touch to greetings cards, stationery, tea towels, jewellery and gifts. Here at Piccadilly Lane HQ we’ve got our eyes on the mug collection, designs include the famous black rabbit and these gorgeous red chickens.


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3. Made In Britain. Adored Globally.
From their HQ in Margate, Kent, every item in this unique product range is designed and made right here in the UK; with the majority of products handmade to order by Lindsay and a few helpers.

The mix of cute, quirky designs with high quality handmade production has created a growing number of Black Rabbit fans. To date, over 100 boutiques across the UK stock the collection and a global fanbase for Black Rabbit goodies sees Loopy Lapin and companions travelling across Europe, Japan and North America.

If you like what you see, check out The Black Rabbit website and online shop.

Posted by Charlotte 15:45 27/06/14

Summer Scents Make an Awesome Gift Idea

Freshen Up Your Day With Summer Scents.

Need a little gift inspiration for a glamorous girl? Finding the perfect gift or special treat for a lovely lady is not always the easiest task but never fear, we have a fragrant solution to banish your gift woes!

Today’s gift guide is a collection of three heavenly scents from Caroline Gardner. With exotic, floral and fresh light scents, these luxury candles and reed diffusers are the perfect compliment to sunshine-filled days and warm summer evenings.


Caroline Gardner’s Rubus Candle delivers a summery sensation with an exotic fragrance. Citrus top notes are blended with cassis, rose petals, and geranium for a fruity and floral summer scent. Created from a blend of mineral wax and natural plant extracts, Caroline Gardner candles are specially formulated to diffuse the fragrance without background aroma. Incorporating 10% of fragrance for a longer lasting aroma and long burn time of approximately 40 hours. The Rubus candle is presented in a floral ditsy print gift box for an added touch of summer.


Is there any summer scent better than cut grass? This beautiful Virides reed diffuser is a fresh delicate scent of cut grass, pear and rose with a hint of jasmine. Caroline Gardner diffusers contain a unique blend of fragrance oils and purified gm free alcohol; diffused through hand cut and dried, natural stripped reeds. The Virides diffuser is supplied in a bespoke glass vessel and Caroline Gardner diffuser box, designed with a big, bright daisy print.


Perfect for a warm summer evening, Caroline Gardner’s Folium mini candle is the light, subtle scent of green tea, infused with fragrant bergamot, crushed lily and whisper of jasmine. A fresh and vibrant scent for the hot summer months. Each candle is poured into French-made glass vessels in Suffolk, England. The Folium candle is supplied in a Caroline Gardner designed candle box, with a lilac floral print.

Discover more gift ideas from Caroline Gardner in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Posted by Charlotte 15:09 25/06/14
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The Best Wedding Stationery for a Hassle-Free Big Day

Keep Your Big Day Hassle-Free with the Best Wedding Stationery.

The best wedding stationery doesn’t just look great it should also ensure your big day runs smoothly.

Planning a wedding is a stressful time.

First there’s the pressure to have the most perfect day, then the huge cost of a modern wedding that can leave you sleepless. Not to mention having to cajole what can sometimes be hundreds of people to one location, on one day at one very specific time.

A wedding is quite simply a lot of balls to juggle. While you will get the occasional headache-inducing moment there are ways to make the chaos a little easier.

One of those magic items is choosing the best wedding stationery products.

Beyond choosing the right design to match your theme and colour scheme wedding stationery’s biggest gift lies in the organisation it brings.

With the right wedding stationery you can minimise the chaos and ensure your wedding day runs smoothly.

We’ve turned to the wedding stationery experts at Five Dollar Shake Weddings for their help in putting together a list of must-have stationery items for a hassle-free big day.


1. Save the Date Cards

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A seemingly never-ending job list, coupled with hard-to-book wedding venues means that most modern weddings are planned at least a year (sometimes more) in advance. This makes our first stationery choice, the ‘Save the Date’ card a wedding essential. Usually sent 9-12 months before the big day, the Save the Date card announces the happy news and gives your ideal guest list the date of your wedding. For you this is peace of mind that your favourite people won’t be double-booked when the day comes. It’s also a huge help for the wedding guests who may need to book a hotel or make arrangements to travel.


2. The Wedding Invitations

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The wedding invitation is the classic and original element of the best wedding stationery. This is where you can set the scene for your wedding and give your guests all the information they need to know. Alongside basics such as date and venue you can also include separate cards with details specific to your celebrations. Want to include a specific dress code, or instructions on gifts? The wedding invitation is the place for information; a great piece of wedding stationery that guests will refer to in the run up to your wedding.


3. RSVP Cards

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Including a separate RSVP card with your wedding invitation is a hassle-free way to ensure that you get a definitive ‘yes, please’ or ‘no, thank you’ response from your guests. While you can add a note to your invitations asking guests to RSVP, a card is less likely to be accidentally overlooked. Creating an RSVP card that your guests can quickly update and post back is a quick and easy way to know who is and isn’t coming; vital information for the rest of your wedding plans.


4. Order of Service


The Order of Service is a classic in the very best wedding stationery, a way to guide your guests through each element of the wedding ceremony. By giving each guest or each pair of guests a run down of what is planned you’ll eliminate anyone pestering the bridesmaids or the ushers for information when they have much more important tasks to perform. The Order of Service also acts as a great reminder of your happy day, which guests will often take with them once the wedding day is done.


5. Table Names or Numbers

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Ushering your guests into the right spot doesn’t end at the church or registry office but will often continue to the wedding reception. Usually a carefully planned, pre-wedding task the seating chart is a strategic element of the wedding plans. Whether it’s as simple as ensuring the kids have people their own age to mingle with or avoiding any potential family feuds; having clearly-labelled tables that can be matched to a seating chart is a great way to get your guests into the right seat and avoid any uncomfortable situations.


6. Place Cards



Like the table names, individual place cards are not just a way to control who sits where but give you the chance to match guests to a spot where they will feel comfortable and enjoy the wedding. It’s not an exact science, but a little time planning ahead and a place card will help everyone find their seat and (fingers-crossed) have a good time once they get there.


7. The Wedding Menu


Lots of thought, planning and tasting sessions go into choosing the wedding feast so why not show it off in a menu? One or two printed menus to share round the table will show off the food delights to come and should once again reduce the number of queries to the bridesmaids, ushers and any waiters. They’re also a great way for guests to highlight any food issues before the first course arrives.


8. The Thank You Card


Our last essential piece of the best wedding stationery is incredibly important but isn’t actually needed till after the wedding day. The Thank You card is usually sent as soon as possible after the wedding is complete, although most guests should understand if you take your honeymoon first! The Thank You card is the perfect way to end your wedding celebrations. By thanking your guests for giving presents and travelling to and from the wedding and reception venues you’re providing a token of the day and acknowledging how important it was for them to share your special day.

The lovely wedding stationery images showcased in today’s feature are from the Five Dollar Shake wedding collection.

Looking for more inspiration? See the Piccadilly Lane directory’s wedding picks.


Posted by Charlotte 16:16 16/06/14
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