Archive: December 2015

How to Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions

Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2 Easy Steps.

With a new year approaching here at Piccadilly Lane HQ, attention has fallen on the dreaded ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. Although they always seem like a good idea and we are in favour of making changes for the better it seems far to easy to fail at New Year’s resolutions and end up feeling rubbish.

So we’ve taken the barely radical step of ditching resolutions and going with ‘New Year Goals’. Although technically they should be called ‘2016 Goals’ as we’re not expecting or demanding any instant changes.

See, without all that immediate pressure everything feels instantly more possible. Here’s how we’re going about ditching New Year’s Resolutions and how you can too.


1. Harness the Power of a Little Time & Imagination.

We’re big fans of pondering (especially if it involves tea & cake) so first things first … give yourself time to think. What would really make a difference in your life? Don’t be too tough on yourself it’s easy to immediately pounce on something huge, but breaking something big into smaller mini goals makes it much more manageable and gives you a greater chance for success.

It’s attempting to tackle something impressive like ‘I must have a healthier lifestyle’ but if you end up never quite getting to grips with with the big stuff you can feel like a failure any time you do something mildly unhealthy. So, be imaginative, break the the big things down into manageable ‘mini goals’ … eat an extra piece of fruit a day, drink more water, eat one less cake a week … you get the idea. These will step you towards the big thing without having you live an impossibly strict lifestyle.

Caroline Gardner Pina Colada Weekly Planner

2. Get Organised

Once you have your ‘mini goals’ lined up it’s time to set yourself a ‘review time’. See how the phrase ‘deadline’ wasn’t used; the brave can use this term but we’re easing you in with no pressure phrases.

Review time lets you see how you’re getting on with your goal and most importantly gives you a chance to root out any unrealistic aims. Personally I like a 30 day stretch – endless articles and magazines will tell you that it takes 30 days to set a habit and after a little experimentation way back at the end of 2013 I can say it seemed to work. 30 days however may be too long (everyone’s different) so fit the review time to suit you and your goal.

When your review time comes take stock and see if you reached your goal and think about how you survived the process. If you were successful well done you, time to celebrate and think about what mini goal you want to tackle next.

If you didn’t quite do everything you hoped or had a hellish time don’t be hard on yourself, this simply means you were too ambitious or too tough on yourself. Give yourself another go and this time be a bit more easy-going; give yourself more time or work up to your goal in smaller steps.

With 2016 Goals it’s all about trying things out, taking small steps and recognising your achievements. You’ll feel a lot more positive and achieve more with several mini wins under your belt than you would to keep failing at something big.

Featured Images: Imagination Art Print by Coulson Macleod and Pina Colada Weekly Planner by Caroline Gardner.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 30/12/15

Rocket68 Cards Offer Awesome Gift Ideas for Sports Fans

Quick & Easy Gift Ideas for Sports Fans Everywhere.

It’s often said that buying gifts for men is hard, sometimes even impossible. But if you’re seeking a present for a man who also happens to be a sports enthusiast then today’s gift inspiration is just for you. Today we’re looking at some new gift ideas for sports fans. A quick and easy present idea that will delight any sports fan.

I’m particularly happy to say these gift ideas for sports fans are not another novelty shaped mug or even another pair of sports socks. Casting novelty and present buying desperation aside we’ve got a stylish gift idea that brings home a love of sports that every enthusiast will adore.

Fresh from Rocket68 Cards is a series of new art prints celebrating the world of sports.

Ski Champ Art Print from Rocket68 Cards

Taken from the popular ‘Boy’s Brigade’ range, these classic illustrated posters utilise Rocket68 Cards‘ signature retro style to create cool artworks that will look amazing in any home or office.

Mixing sharp graphics and cool typography the prints offer a stylish look at the world of sports. Thrill in the speed of the cyclists and the action of ski slope all from the comfort of your own home.


gift ideas for sports fans Velodrome Print

Choose from a variety of sporting scenes, including: Grand Prix, Speed Racing, Rally Driving, Velodrome, Cricket and Skiing.

Each artwork is printed on a high quality Callisto soft white 300gsm card with a textured matt finish. They are then individually signed by the illustrator Jill White.

Prints are unframed and priced at just £10.00 (A4) and £15 (A3) making them an affordable present idea for any budget. Currently available in both A3 and A4 sizes, the Boy’s Brigade art prints are the perfect gift for sports fans everywhere.

gifts for granddad cricket art print from rocket68

See more greeting cards and gift ideas for sports fans from Rocket68 Cards featured in the Piccadilly Lane directory or head over to the Rocket68 website to see and purchase from the full collection of art prints.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 7/12/15
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Stylish Stationery Gifts for a Happy & Fun Creative Life

Give the Gift of Creativity with Stylish Stationery Gifts.

Not sure what gift to buy for the creative person in your life? For the creative mind stylish stationery gifts offer endless possibilities; starting with inspiration and the freedom to create.

Writers, artists and creative folks aren’t always the easiest people to buy gifts.

If you’re not creative yourself the artistic world can be a series of unknown avenues and wrong turns. Even when you know your stuff you can’t always be sure that your friends and family will like what you like.

So what do you do? Well, you could always take a little sideways cheat with stationery gifts.

Stationery gifts such as notebooks, journals, pens and paints offer the opportunity of creativity. Your loved ones can unleash their creative side and write a book, doodle, sketch what they see. The possibilities are endless and you can encourage them to do what they love.

Need some inspiration? Here’s our pick of top stationery gifts, hand-picked from the Piccadilly Lane community.

‘Perivale’ Notebook. £3.00 from Pennychoo.

With its handy A6 size and 40 blank pages, this mini notebook is the perfect pick for the artist on the go. Carry anywhere ready for doodling, drawing and jotting down inspiration. Creative folks will also appreciate the vintage vibe of the cover design.

perivale notebook

Geometric Pencil Case and Gift Boxed Pen. £12.00 and £10.00 respectively from Caroline Gardner.

Creative fans of prints and patterns will love Caroline Gardner’s geometric collection. The collection has an array of goodies every creative fan will adore including this smart, stylish pencil case to store all your pens, pencils and markers. Add in the matching gift boxed pen, and you’ve got a bonus gift that will allow your artistic friends to unleash their creativity with ease.

stationery gifts - geo print pencil case

caroline gardner geometric pen

‘Fairy Tales’ Spiral Bound Notebook. £3.95 from Always Sparkle.

What better place for a writer to keep track of all their story ideas than this fantastic spiral bound notebook. Each book is available in both A5 and A6 sizes, ideal for home and travel, ensuring no good idea will ever be lost again.


‘Wilderness’ Badger Jotter. £2.50 from Rocket68.

Creative friends can never be short of jotters. The perfect mini stationery gift that will allow them to follow their passion wherever they go. Great for making notes, lists or doodling little sketches, we love this Badger design from Rocket68’s wilderness collection.


Posted by Charlotte 8:00 2/12/15
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