Style

7
Jan

January Detox

January is the perfect month to settle down and focus on your body and mind, detoxing and re-energising after the stresses of 2021 and the inevitable excess that come with Christmas and New Year.

Limit Alcohol

The first step in any detox has to start with limiting alcohol and we suggest you head to Tesco to check out their extensive range of zero alcohol- and alcohol-free spirits and beers, if you feel like you are craving the taste – this may just be the perfect answer to achieving a dry January!

You can also turn your hand to making and getting creative with making, mocktails – you can experiment with mixers and flavours and if you still crave the real deal after January – you will at least be a whizz at the recipes.

We discovered that Poundland do an amazing cocktail set for just £10 and this may just help you further refine your cocktail skills for when the detox is over!

Blood Orange and spiced Vanilla Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 6 blood oranges juice, freshly squeezed,
    • slices for garnish
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lime
  • 500ml sparkling water
  • blood orange slices for garnish
  • cardamom
  • ginger

Instructions

  1. Squeeze the blood orange juice into a jar with a lid or cocktail shaker. Add the honey, spices and vanilla extract to the fresh juice. Shake. Add ice to cool it down.
  2. With the drinking glasses – you can frost the rims using orange juice round the rim and dipping into crystalised brown sugar, gold and silver sprinkles or other edible decorative frosting, generally it is wise to use a ready-made decorator icing for the rim as opposed to orange juice for things such as sprinkles to stick.
  3. Pour evenly into two ice-filled glasses. Top with a squeeze of lime and sparkling water and a slice of blood orange on top.
blood orange mocktail

Notes: Squeeze the blood orange juice on a non-porous surface or one that you don’t mind ruining. It will stain. 

Shops – Tesco

bedroom wild flower

Focus on Sleep

Next on the list is to focus on your sleep and sleep preparation, we would encourage you to really go to town on relaxation techniques and pampering yourself, allowing yourself some time to unwind and relax in order to get the best nights rest you can and make the most of your other detox efforts.

 If you are slightly sleep deprived, it can have a tremendous knock-on effect on your cognitive abilities and other areas of your work and social life and really getting this routine nailed will be one of the best things you have ever rewarded yourself with.

Bodycare is well worth a visit on this –  https://www.bodycareonline.co.uk/product-category/health-wellbeing/stress-relaxation-and-sleep-aid/ with a good selection of sleep and relaxation products.

We would also recommend investing some time and money in really making your bedroom somewhere you want to go – focus on soft neutral colours, soft furnishings, quilts and cushions, arrange some flowers and try reading a good old-fashioned book – maybe a visit to the library might prove inspirational and allow you to avoid the blue-light that devices give off and that can wreak havoc with your daylight settings.

Foods and Prebiotics

Next on the list of to visit is perhaps The Grape Tree – they are one of the fastest growing health and wellbeing stores and stock a vast range of foods that are natural and unprocessed, various superfoods and ingredients that will really help kick-start your healthy eating routine.

To supplement your new healthy diet with vitamins such as Vitamin D is also a good idea during the winter months and you may also like to try a probiotic supplement. Boots is also located at Chesterfield Pavements and has a good range of health which can help maximise the results from a healthy eating regime.

Get Active

Last and certainly not least is the get-fit kick that we all turn to in January. It really is a wise move and although we wouldn’t necessarily urge you to launch into a full gym programme it is worth planning your new routine and making sure you are getting 10-20 mins exercise daily – this can be a home workout – or brisk walk or jog, whatever form of exercise you choose – it is best to plan something that you will stick to and really make the results happen for you in 2022. And January is the perfect time to pick up some new active wear with their 50% off Sale at Sports Direct!

15
Dec

Have Yourself A Stylish Little Christmas

It’s still busy here at The Pavements 🎅 with plenty of festive activities taking place for both little kids and big! You’re probably tired from all the shopping, so this time we focus on Style tips for the home. Is your home guest-ready?  We show you how to welcome loved ones into your humble abodes in the warmest of ways – warning: those guests might not want to leave!  We also look at alternative tree decorations. Step aside Kirstie Allsopp as we craft our way to a joyful festive season by creating stylish and affordable decorations.

Stylish Decorations

Xmas table

Christmas is a special time, so why not add a personal touch to remind you of the people you love? Print pictures of family and use them as decorations. To keep it looking sophisticated, print photos in black and white. Just punch a hole and thread red ribbon from Card Factory through to hang! 

For a magical table display, get creative with fresh flowers from Tesco. Create a magical table display by dividing up a bouquet into small vases or jam jars. Lay stems on the table first so you can cut the stems and play around with different arrangements. Place the vases along a runner on your festive table and weave candles or fairy lights from Poundland around them for an enchanting glow. 

Table gifts just add something extra to the festivities. A small personalised gift for the guests will ensure Christmas lunch is even more memorable. Hunt for vintage finds at British Heart Foundation and Mencap.  Make a simple ‘wine cork tree’ for each person. You just need wine corks and tiny sprigs of a Christmas tree. Pop the greenery into the gap where the cork went and you have your very own cute tree!

Get Guest-Ready

Xmas hallway decoration

Here are our top three tips for being the hosts with the most(s): 

Tidy The House: Use Christmas visitors as motivation to get things in tip-top shape. An afternoon of cleaning can go a long way  — even if it’s a vacuum and polish. Pick up cleaning supplies from Poundland

Bedroom Bliss: There’s little better in a bedroom than opening the door and seeing a bed that your guest just can’t wait to dive into. Our tip: If you’re buying bedding, go a size up with the duvet covers. It’ll drape better over the sides and it’s easier for those quick guest bedding changes!  A fluffy towelling robe on the back of the door is a lovely find. Go one step further by putting slippers from Shoe Zone at the foot of the bed and hand cream from Boots

Guest Services: We don’t all have guest bedrooms but you can still give those special touches even if your guests are sleeping in the lounge or spare box room. Display some glossy magazines from WHSmith by their bed.  Fill a jug with water, and place tumblers on the nightstand. A super-king pillow will fit perfectly on single beds and is a more luxurious option if it’s an adult sleeping there. Don’t forget fresh-baked bread from Pound Bakery for breakfast! 

We can’t wait to see you this Christmas…

For Christmas opening times and events please see our website.

10
Dec

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

With plenty of offers on at the centre and Christmas in full swing, there’s lots happening at Pavements. Whether you’re stuck in a present-buying rut or just want to give something unique this year, putting together a personalised Christmas hamper for someone is a great option. We show you how and give you gift ideas too. 

Gift Ideas All Wrapped Up

Christmas present

Whether it’s Secret Santa with a £5 limit or splurging on your nearest and dearest, we have ideas for gifts you’d be delighted to give (or even receive) all available at Pavements. 

Love it or loathe it, it’s Secret Santa season! You either get your work bestie or the new starter in the office – plus, it’s tricky to find presents under budget. Our picks for specific people are: 

  • For the office organiser – Mrs Hinch: Life in Lists from WHSmith
  • For the team creative – Satzuma Infinity Notepad (3 for 2 mix & match in Boots
  • For playing it safe – Chocolates or wine from Tesco.

When it comes to mums, they are special superhumans who deserve to be pampered – think bubble bath from Bodycare and fluffy slippers from Shoe Zone. Santa loves the Laura Ashley Ultimate Bloom Collection with an elegant keepsake box from Boots. Over to dad. They’ve all got their “thing” sports, music, cooking, DIY, ales! You might find something unique in the British Heart Foundation store. You can’t go wrong with an aftershave from The Fragrance Shop.  

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend but so are Swarovski® Crystals that’s why we love Warren James. Treat her to a new outfit from Revolve.  

Why not take the hubby or boyfriend shopping? Stop for festive drinks at Crown & Cushion and head to Sports Direct where footie fans are going crazy for the Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo home shirt

Finally, did someone say pawsecco? Make it a pawfect Christmas for pets with Poundland toys. 

Make Your Own Hamper

gift basket

Hampers make great gifts, as you can personalise them to suit whichever loved one you’re buying for. 

Build your perfect hamper in five easy steps…

  1. Decide on a budget.
  2. Think of a theme – Make it personal and relevant to the recipient. Would they prefer food, beauty products, or a tipple perhaps? 
  3. The basics – pick up an empty hamper or gift box, colourful shredded tissue paper and cellophane from Card Factory and Poundland. 
  4. Shopping for treats – whatever the theme, Pavements has it all. 
  5. Arrange the gifts by placing the tallest items first and arranging the smaller items around these. Add cellophane and ribbon. 

Inspirational ideas for your themed hamper: 

Food Lovers: For the coffee lover, pick up some illy coffee from Tesco. For those who love the sweet and savoury combo, be sure to add in a fruit and nut selection from Grape Tree Feel Good Foods so they can snack happy all through the festive season. Add a bottle of wine from Tesco. To make it extra special for the foodie, pop into WHSmith for a copy of ‘Together’ by Jamie Oliver. 

Beautiful Babes: For trend lovers add a shampoo bar. We love cute Aussie Koality Shampoo vegan bars from Boots. Include a face mask for smooth skin from Bodycare and if you’re making more than one hamper buy a pack to keep costs down. Add a muslin cloth and exfoliating mitt.  A new beauty accessory is always a great addition and we love the eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes from Grape Tree. For the tired key-worker, pop in a candle from Poundland.

26
Nov

Wrap Up November

It’s all about style this November. If all you want to do is hibernate, we’re giving you inspiration for a bedroom revamp. We have clothing must-haves to keep you warm and stylish this winter.

There’s also nothing like a new outfit to help get you into the festive spirit, and we’ve got everything you need to create looks that are perfect for the season ahead.

Step Into The New Season

blonde woman with hat sat on bench

When it comes to updating your wardrobe all you need are a few new pieces to refresh your look and breathe life into your existing wardrobe. Karen Peters-Amphlett, Personal Stylist at Style by KPA, gives us her top three picks this winter: 

  1. If you’re looking for a new coat to see you through the colder months then you can’t go wrong with a quilted jacket. Have a look at the selection in Revolve. There are so many different styles in the shops at the moment, you can go with any colour, from khaki to bright blue. Remember to choose a length that works for you. 
  2. Boots this year are chunkier than ever! Think Chelsea boots with thick soles – there are plenty of options, from ankle boots to knee highs. Wear now with skirts and dresses, or tuck your jeans or leggings in as the weather gets colder. Head to Shoe Zone.
  3. Nothing screams winter like a chunky knit. This year it’s all about stripes. Go for a classic Breton stripe with navy on cream, or try the reverse with cream on navy. They look great teamed with jeans and leather, or if you’re feeling brave and want to go for a print clash, stripes look amazing with leopard print too. 

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

With the clocks in wintertime, our beds are calling us! November is a great time for a bedroom revamp. Transform winter nights into cosy ones by: 

  • Creating warmth and brightness to any space with lighting. 
  • Keeping extra warm by adding a couple of throws in different colours and textures (we love pink and grey.) 
  • Shopping for soft blankets and scatter cushions. Just like winter clothing, layering is key! Take a look at the new Pep & Co home range at Poundland.
  • ‘Dressing the bed’. Have fun mixing patterns, textures and finishes. Silks, wool and velvets make for a solid winter collection. 
  • Adding a touch of hotel luxury. Stimulate your senses with reed diffusers and select scents that are uplifting and calming. Lavender and chamomile promote deep sleep.

Stand Out In The Gold

women trio with glass of champagne

This Christmas and New Year we might get to party in person! Occasionwear is back – think sequin dresses, six-inch heels and clutch bags. The best part? You can keep said outfit and wear it again for NYE – a party dress isn’t just for Christmas!  

 From metallic to sequin, there’s plenty of choice in the shops to carry you through the festive season in style. We love show-stopping sparkle dresses. Alternatively, go sleek with a long evening dress for the ultimate Red Carpet look. You will find the perfect dress in Select or Revolve. Jumpsuits are a great option if you’re spending some of the night outside. 

With a focus on sustainability, visiting British Heart Foundation or Mencap might just present that vintage lace dress, meaning the chances of you wearing the same as Kate in HR is less of a possibility! For a timeless classic, recycle a cocktail dress by dressing it up with gold heels and a clutch bag

Strut into the party season in statement heels or comfortable flats from Shoe Zone adorned with jewels. 

Dance the night away in dazzling style and top off your look with sparkling gold accessories. You’ll be the star of the show and stand out in the Gold! 

We hope to see you at Pavements soon. It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas here. Inspired cards are now refitted to the Christmas shop and the Calendar club are here for the festive period! Remember, our Guide dogs charity collection takes place on the 18th Nov and 9th December. 

3
Nov

Sparkling November

The kids have returned from their half-term break, and it’s back to the daily grind for most – but there’s still plenty to look forward to this November!

Don’t forget the 5th… Bonfire night celebrations are back with a bang this year (pun intended). We’re loving warm scarfs, local firework displays and the smell of bonfires. Take a look at our sizzling savoury snack ideas.

Coffee lovers – don’t forget Cappuccino Day on November 8th, something we can definitely get behind! Be sure to drop into Peacocks Cafe to sip to the occasion. 

With the drop in temperature and the darker nights, now is the perfect time to focus on your home. We take a look at the Danish concept of Hygge and how to create Scandinavian winter vibes right here in Chesterfield!

Sizzling Savouries

woman holding a sparkler

Creating a bonfire feast can be just as fun as eating it! Make Catherine Wheel puff pastries by spreading tomato puree and adding grated cheese before cutting into strips, rolling up and baking. Delicious hot dogs with proper meaty sausages from Tesco and topped with fried onions, organic ketchup from Grape Tree and hot mustard are firm favourites. Alternatively, wrap sausages with sesame coated puff pastry before baking. Create a bonfire-inspired platter of veggie dippers, using multi-coloured peppers and carrots to create the flames and twiglets as logs.

There aren’t many occasions to dine ‘al fresco’ this time of year, but eating and drinking in a woolly hat and gloves are all part of the Guy Fawkes fun! Hosting a party? Hot chocolate is an easy way to serve a crowd. You could also add a tipple of Baileys from Tesco to each adult’s mug! Don’t forget to visit Poundland for all your extra treats. 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

festoon on wooden wall

Just because it’s cold outside, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Winter barbecues can be fun for all the family, and they’ll add a nice change to the pace of the week.

Set a fun mood with outdoor lighting, solar-powered may not be getting enough sunlight for a while, but weatherproof fairy lights provide a magical touch. Stay cosy when you’re out – stock up on chunky blankets and buy some seat pads for extra comfort. Patio heaters can be expensive, but why not look for more traditional and inviting heat sources, such as a fire pit or chiminea?

Hygge The Home

Hygge book

Chances are you’ll have heard of the Danish phrase ‘hygge’ – pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ – which loosely translates as ‘cosy contentment’.

November gives us the chance to reassess our living spaces, create a snug environment and embrace the longer evenings. Getting cosy can go a long way to make us feel more comfortable during winter. This is why, when creating a sense of hygge at home, textiles are essential. Switch up your textiles – add throws, cushions of different sizes and rugs in earthy colours to make your home feel welcoming. Replace light and airy cotton or linen with wools, velvets, and thicker textures to add warm layers to create a peaceful, serene space.

Hygge isn’t about perfectly coordinated interiors, so it’s relatively easy to build up pieces gradually that work together. Finally, to achieve the ultimate atmosphere, add ambience and scent with candles from Poundland. We love candles with wooden wicks that crackle and pop like a real log fire. Just how peaceful is it to watch flames flicker?

Hygge isn’t all about the home, though. It’s more akin to a well-being philosophy; it’s a lifestyle too – think warm woollen socks from Sports Direct and oversized chunky knitwear. Reading is a great form of winter escapism and invokes a warm feeling, which is everything that hygge encompasses. Visit WHSmith for a wide selection of magazines and why not borrow some good books from Chesterfield Library

We hope you’ve enjoyed these style ideas, and we look forward to seeing you at The Pavements soon. And remember, poppies are back at the centre. Once again we have put together a display for the public to lay a poppy or a cross. Remembrance Day is on Thursday the 11th and Remembrance Sunday is on the 14th. There will be a two-minute silence at 11:00 am on both Sunday and Thursday. 

19
Oct

Pumpkin Spice And All Things Nice

This October we’re excited about pumpkin spiced lattes, walks in the falling autumn leaves, home-cooked food and Halloween. Autumn is when the last of the summer fruits have been picked and we see apples falling from trees right into bobbing basins, mushrooms in the woods and the harvest (and carving) of pumpkins.

If you’ve been inspired by the London Marathon, we have tips for setting fitness goals – we recommend hitting the park for a run or bike ride. The beautiful colours make it even more exhilarating, so why not make the most of the mild weather before winter arrives?

And we know it feels as though the children have only just settled back at school but it’s almost half-term so let’s share Halloween ideas too!

Spooky Style This October

Pumpkin carving

Set the scene for spooky celebrations this month. Whether you’re crafting kids costumes or getting creative with pumpkin carving, discover everything you need for fright night at the centre. Get into the spirit of the spooky season with quirky decor from Poundland.

  • Bobbing for apples is a Halloween tradition. All you need is a tub, water, and—you guessed it—apples.
  • Create a fun, ghostly atmosphere at home with lanterns, cobwebs and LED candles. Hang a wreath, string up lights, and display pumpkins.
  • Parents and older teens might love a horror movie night! From monsters and slashers to haunted hotels, there are plenty of classics to pick from!

Goodbye BBQ, Hello Comfort Food

seasonal autumn fruits and vegetables

Out with the salads and in with the soups, pies and crumbles. This layered potato pie is great for chilly nights. It’s ideal for a fish fan, meat-lover or make it vegetarian or vegan with your choice of fillings.

From Tesco you’ll need:

  • 1kg potatoes (4 -6 people)
  • A large ovenproof dish
  • Any three of the following:
  • Ham or minced beef
  • Tuna or peeled cooked prawns
  • Carrots, peas, sweetcorn, leeks, baked beans or mixed beans

Here’s how to throw it all together:

  • Decide what fillings you would like (and if needed cook whilst potatoes are on)
  • Mash the potato (or cheat we won’t judge)
  • Put a layer of mash in the dish, add first filling
  • Add a layer of mash, add second filling
  • Add a layer of mash, add third filling plus a final layer of mash
  • Top with optional slices of peppers, tomato or chorizo
  • Sprinkle added extras on top – dried parsley, chilli flakes, breadcrumbs or grated cheese
  • Cook for 20 minutes at 220°C or until golden brown

Serve with French bread and butter, or depending on fillings add gravy or baked beans.

Fall In Love With Fitness

trainers on autumn leaves

How often have you set yourself a goal, been motivated on day one, then days later fallen off the bandwagon? Whatever your motivation, get kitted out with fitness supplies from Sports Direct and follow these tips to get started.

 

Set realistic goals

Don’t throw yourself in at the deep end with your end goal. Losing five stone or running a marathon can take months to reach. Break your final goal down into smaller monthly goals. For example ‘lose 2lbs’ or ‘run 2km more this month.’ 

Understand motivation fluctuates

Accept that motivation will fluctuate and your new routine won’t always go to plan. Don’t beat yourself up, keep mainly consistent with your exercise and you will see results.

Be accountable to your goals

You can either be accountable to yourself or to someone else. If you’re not self-motivated, tell a friend your goal. Check-in with them regularly to keep yourself on track.

 

It’s important to celebrate success and reward yourself. You’ve made big changes so celebrate each kg you lose or every extra bit you run. A glass of wine every now and then at The Crown & Cushion never hurt anyone!

We hope we have given you some style ideas for October, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

6
Oct

Warmer Style For The Colder Weather

Summer may be on the way out, but there is still plenty to get excited about – including National Chocolate Week and all those cosy evenings spent at home!

So, get excited for our look at the October hair and makeup trends, ideas for nights in and plenty more besides.

Get The October Look

women with red lipstick red jumper

Get ready to welcome the autumn season in good style. Just as a great leather jacket can transform your autumn outfits, these makeup looks will make a serious statement.

Berry Lips

Deep lips are always on-trend, and berry tones are universally flattering. Look at any beauty magazine and you will see that the berry lip has reinvented itself as a transitional shade, transcending seasons, meaning that when you find your perfect berry shade (we love Boots No7 colours), you’ll get year-round wear.

Bordeaux Lips

If berry isn’t your thing, why not bring some wine to your lips? Rich burgundy lipstick pairs perfectly with black mascara. Use a lip liner to keep the pigment from feathering. Check out the MAC collection in Boots.

Highlighted Skin

Unlike contouring, which has gradually been disappearing from our radar, highlighting is a great way to emphasise the points of your face where the light hits. Add highlighter to your Cupid’s bow, cheekbones and brow to give your skin a naturally gorgeous finish. Bodycare has a good selection of makeup. 

Chocolate Lovers

chocolates in hands

National Chocolate Week starts on October 14th! At Peacock’s Café we will be swapping our Cappuccino for a Mocha this week!

Did you know the first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry? As a trained doctor, he was convinced of its health-giving properties and saw it as a nutritious alternative to alcohol! If only.

To celebrate, there’s plenty you can do at home. Why not host your own tasting evening? It can be as simple as trying chocolate from a new country or getting creative and curating your own selection of bars from Tesco.

Choose a classic dark chocolate. Next, look for milk chocolate – a high cocoa content milk chocolate will provide more of a ‘cocoa hit’ without the bitterness of dark chocolate. But don’t forget white chocolate for the sweeter teeth amongst your friends and families!

You could also celebrate with the kids and try an afternoon of chocolate truffle making or create a chocolate mug cake in under ten minutes. But if you’re after a no-mess celebration, the chocolate cakes at Pound Bakery and Greggs will tantalise your taste buds. Oh, and don’t forget to treat the kids to chocolate milkshakes from McDonald’s this half term!

Cosy Night At Home

hot drink with book on tray

With the nights drawing in and a noticeable chill in the air, cosy nights are back in vogue.

  • Get comfy. One of the most important things about having a cosy night in is comfort, so treat yourself to an oversized hoodie from Sports Direct.
  • Stock up on snacks. No cosy night at home is complete without your favourite snacks from
  • Discover a good book – there’s plenty of choice in WHSmith. If you like good thriller try A Slow Fire Burning by The Girl On The Train author, Paula Hawkins.
  • Enjoy a pamper night at home. Bodycare has some great pamper products, as does Poundland. You might even find a chocolate face pack at Boots.
  • Finally, fill your favourite mug with hot chocolate. Marshmallows optional!

With all of these ideas for October just waiting to be tried, the colder weather doesn’t seem so bad after all, eh?

21
Sep

Stylish September

The most popular birthday in the UK is September 26th, so the chances are you know someone celebrating this month. That’s why we’re sharing memorable birthday ideas. With the annual Macmillan coffee mornings taking place, we explore the Swedish tradition of Fika, taking a break and relaxing over a drink or snack with others. Finally, with many of us returning to more normal routines, we suggest steps to take to reduce separation anxiety when leaving your pampered pooches at home.

Home Alone – Pet Parent Tips

Now the world is opening up again, could you spot the signs of separation anxiety in your pets? Changes in behaviour are common indicators. Coping mechanisms can include excessive barking, destruction near doors and windows, accidents, pacing and decreased appetite. To see how they behave when alone set up an indoor camera.

Unpredictability stresses dogs but routines help them cope. If you know change is coming, slowly introduce your pet to the idea of alone time. Take short trips without your dog and leave out Poundland treats and toys.

Before leaving home, set up a cosy, inviting space where they can’t destroy items or try to escape. Prior to leaving, engage your pet with a walk, or do some trick training, they might even sleep while you’re out!

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee

coffee and mince pie

It’s the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan Cancer Support on 24th September. Hosting a fun coffee morning and support a great cause. Pick up coffee supplies from Tesco, herbal teas from Grape Tree and baked treats from Greggs and Pound Bakery.

Fika is the Swedish custom of enjoying a coffee and cake with others. Some companies have a Fika clause in their contracts, because it’s therapeutic, promotes wellbeing and productivity. The properties and positive effects of caffeine on the body and mind include:

  • Physical wellbeing – Sitting for hours on computers isn’t healthy so if you’re homeworking break for coffee.
  • Relieves irritability – Taking a break from your desk relieves stress and tension.
  • Colleague collaboration – Take workplace coffee breaks to discuss work worries in a relaxed manner.

Coffee catch-ups are sociable – Fika with friends at Peacocks cafe or Massarella’s. No washing-up afterwards!

Party Like It’s Your Birthday

birthday decorations

After the cards hit the recycling, our tips will ensure the birthday person has memories to cherish.

Texting is nice but it just doesn’t hold birthday candle to something special. We love this September birthday rainbow card from Card Factory. You can customise it online and get free first class delivery. While there pick up lettered or numbered helium balloons for that special touch and Card Factory inflate them for free (phew)!

Whether you’re planning a surprise, or your own celebrations, accessories from Poundland makes things easy!

Real ales and dinner at The Crown & Cushion might be a good option for the man in your life. Stuck for the perfect gift? Treat him to trainers or a sports shirt from Sports Direct. For the special lady in your life, Warren James is a gem! For your BFF gift, get creative making your own hamper. Simply fill a gift box with pamper products from Boots and Bodycare. We’ve all forgotten about a birthday, fear not WHSmith is a great one-stop shop.

What’s more fun than opening presents? Finding them! For a birthday scavenger just hide gifts and clues throughout the home. Don’t forget the cake from Tesco’s!

That’s All, Folks!

We hope we have given you some style ideas for September, and we look forward to seeing you soon. The safety and comfort of our customers remains important. We would like to remind our customers that the use of face coverings is still recommended, to protect yourself and others throughout the centre. #ShoppingSafe

14
Sep

September In Bloom

September is a time for new beginnings and if you are looking to start a new creative hobby, we take a look at the simple yet effective craft of journaling. Think September means it’s time to pack away your secateurs for the year? Think again! If you’re green in the garden and not green fingered, we have some tips for the garden this month. And if you’re heading off to university, how can you create a student room with style? From bedding to decorations, we show you how to deck those halls!

A student room with style!

A nice living room

Let’s face it. Student rooms and shared houses aren’t pretty. The walls are plain, the curtains are in weird patterns and let’s not talk about the state of those carpets! Whether you’re a fresher, or a returning student renting a house, decorating your own space to make it feel like home is easy.

So, to bed Stylish bedding is a great start to introduce colour to your room. For a cosy vibe, dress your bed with a chunky throw.

Store while you snore In a small student room you’ll want to make the most of your space with storage solutions. Your desk will also need organisation. We recommend coming prepared with a magazine rack, a pen pot and an in-tray from WHSmith.

Let there be light A lamp is essential not only to show off your taste, but for that late night studying. Fairy lights can liven up a bare-walled room. Plus, fairy light curtains look amazing over windows.

Added extras

You don’t need to be green fingered to manage a houseplant if you consider cacti, aloe vera and spider plants. Not ready to become a plant-parent? Fake plants require zero watering!

Sweet smell of success

Candles and diffusers make a room smell fabulous. Visit Poundland for budget-friendly candles. Perfect for your relaxing haven.

Finally, don’t forget to check out Tesco for cutlery and pans!

Get organised, focused and creative with journaling

A diary open at september

With winter nights (sorry) looming, September is a great time to start a new hobby and we recommend journaling.  With mindfulness a growing focus in the UK, the use of journaling is growing in popularity, with searches for journals up 18% on craft websites.

Bullet Journaling uses a bullet point structure to keep on top of all your tasks. It’s designed to be quick, easy and creative! Your bullet journal gives you a birds-eye view of your tasks, work and social commitments and goals.

Use your journal to unleash your inner creative with lists, books to read, recipes and brainstorming. The creative personalisation will take your mind off worries and is perfect for mindfulness.

You can splash out on a fancy journal from WHSmith or grab a plain notebook. Stock up on highlighters, stickers and washi tape too!   

Hacks

  • When adding tasks into any sections, split them out as follows: Bullet point for Tasks, circles for Events and an asterisk for important!
  • Get yourself a bookmark to easily access main sections.
  • Sticky notes are great for reusing pages. Say you want to brainstorm ideas for a birthday party? Use a selection of post-it notes to scribble your ideas on. Once you’ve decided remove the notes ready for your next brainstorm.

What to sow and grow this September

Flowers

September might be peak harvest time, but there’s still plenty to do.

Vegetables and herbs

Sow salad leaves for quick crops and sow turnip seeds into well-prepared beds for small roots. If you have been growing herbs, now is the time to pot up mint and parsley for the kitchen windowsill.

Flower power

Continue to feed and deadhead hanging basket and containers. This time of year, you are planting for spring flowering bulb displays with flowers like Crocus, Narcissi and Alliums.

From the sofa

Grab that journal and plan next year’s garden with a sketch of your borders and vegetable plot.

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Back to school must-haves!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s never truer than over the summer holidays.

September will be here before you know it, and whether your child is starting school or returning for another year, it’s important that they’re well prepared for the new term. From uniforms to stationery supplies, we’ve rounded up the ‘back to school’ must-haves!

We’ve also put together a tonne of tips for people heading back to the office or continuing to work from home who are looking to build a simple (capsule) wardrobe.

And, because summer is nearly over, we’ve pulled together our favourite feel-good style hacks so you’ll be ready for anything Autumn throws at you!

Back to Skool School!

‘Back to school’ season is almost here, which means it’s time to stock up on essentials.

In all the chaos that comes with the new school year – it’s easy to miss something along the way. We’ve put together a basic checklist to ensure your child is properly prepared for the new school year.

Uniform: Head to Sports Direct for all your PE kit items. They have all the essentials for gym and after school classes. Visit Shoe Zone and Wards Shoes for new shoes, you might even be able to find a scuff-resistant pair to survive the playground!

Stationery: Poundland has a collection of fun and colourful pencil cases. What’s a pencil case without pens and pencils? Check out WHSmith for pens, notebooks and other essentials.

Back to the office in style

A woman with a mug that has like a boss written on it

If you’re heading back to the office soon, will you throw on those old clothes? If your workwear is in need of an update, a capsule wardrobe (a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement each other) can be a great start to make you feel stylish and ready for anything!

Clothing priorities have changed in the past 18 months, so we suggest starting with a few key items to build your work capsule wardrobe:

An oversized blazer – A blazer elevates a simple outfit like a T-shirt and jeans, but can also be layered over skirts or midi dresses for office wear. If you like colours, a bright blazer can really lift the spirits.

A chic skirt – There’s a reason a black pencil skirt is a classic office wardrobe staple. Style a pencil skirt with an on-trend shirt print to start the week in style.

Trouser time – When the weather changes, play with different cuts to go to work. From cigarette trousers to culottes, find what works for you. Wear with a T-shirt for a casual look, and add a blazer for that all-important meeting.

T-time – A basic T-shirt is one of the easiest and most versatile wardrobe staples, and is also a staple business-casual item. It works well with a statement jacket or trousers.

Midi Wrap Dress – Plain or floral? Black or bright? Comfortable and easy to wear, picking a wrap dress is like after-work drinks at The Crown and Cushion – it’s hard to go for just one!

For jewellery head to Warren James – look for pieces that can be worn daily, but cool enough that they stand out. When it comes to shoes, invest in a pair of flat ballet pumps, ankle boots or knee-high boots and coloured heels – these will go with all your capsule wardrobe staples! Take a look at Shoe Zone for your autumn footwear.

These tips should stop you stressing over your back to work outfits, and give yourself more time to pick up a coffee from Peacocks Café from The Pavements on the way to work!

Or, treat yourself to some delicious artisan bread from Cawa and enjoy it with a lovely cup of coffee in the outside seating area.

Home Office Inspiration – How to create your ideal desk

A home office

If you’re working from home it is time to say hello to the hot desk! There’s never been a better time to ditch the dining room table (or sofa / bed / kitchen worktop) and create a working space to call your own.

If space or budget is limited, take a look at stylish ladder desks. If you have more space, consider a corner unit or even an ergonomic standing desk. Don’t forget a comfy yet stylish office chair!

Once you have your dedicated working area, create a harmonious atmosphere with soothing scents and faux plants from Poundland. Why not invest in a sleek desk trinket to make yourself a cool, inspirational place to work? Check out The British Heart Foundation and Mencap charity shops for that unique desk decoration.

Finally, don’t forget to add lighting to your desk space and a selection of colourful notebooks from WHSmith. Keep your desk tidy with folders and storage.

We hope we have given you some late summer style ideas and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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