Shibumi at Spirit of Christmas!

Shibumi at Spirit of Christmas!

– London Olympia – 30th October – 5th November 2017 Its Spirit time again! Here at Shibumi we can’t believe how quickly this year has zipped by. Is time speeding up?! We are delighted to be back at London Olympia’s Spirit of Christmas and so looking forward to seeing you at our stand G39, the same spot as last year. Please do come by and have a look at our new contemporary Deco Collection which has been flying off our shelves! We have our usual stunning collections with delicious new silks to be seen and a taster of our dresses that can now be ordered for next year, perfect for the wedding season. Tickets for the show can be purchased here click to purchase Bespoke Service Rest assured, we will be bringing many of our beautiful Shibumi collections to the show, so be sure to visit us at our stand G39 to have a look through our stunning silk and cashmere ranges from sizes 6-26. We offer an additional bespoke service if you should require it, to ensure that you love and fit your Shibumi design as much as we do. Simply enquire at the stand, or drop us an email to get started. Our gorgeous showroom is also located in Gloucestershire and is available for private viewings by appointment. We look forward to seeing you! As ever, we love to hear from you. Please do continue to send your pictures via email info@shibumistyle.com or tag @ShibumiStyle on social media. With love, Shibumi Simple beauty, simple elegance, nature seeking...
Autumn competition on the Topic of Healthy Living

Autumn competition on the Topic of Healthy Living

  This is all about YOU! We love writing about Healthy Living and sharing our ideas, experience and tips with you. But, this time we want it to work both ways. What aspects of Healthy Living do you most want to read about? We get lots of feedback from followers on our social media, however it would be great to pick YOUR brains and create an exchange of ideas. Especially as of course, we can learn so much from you too. Almost everyone loves to eat, and as we often say, healthy should not mean boring, but sometimes seeking to ‘be good” risks avoiding foods that, perceived as fun and naughty. In reality,  very few foods are actually naughty, we are just programmed to think so. (There are some that have no nutritional value at all, and only provide taste and empty calories… but that’s another story!) Yes, certain foods can lead to health issues when taken in excess but we also believe in treats and not punishment, an attitude that creates a positive relationship and more realistic expectations. Treats can be healthy. We all know someone who makes the best Victoria sponge, shortbread, pasta salad etc. etc. For example, I have a relative who makes the best apple crumble in the world and I would never attempt to replicate it. I also have a couple of signature Healthy cakes that I’m rightly proud of. What about you? Do you have any amazing Healthy recipes to share with our Healthy Living followers? Any special tricks you use to make your dishes stand out and add a little extra “je...
Shibumi At the Game Fair 2017 Hatfield House Hertfordshire 28th -30th July

Shibumi At the Game Fair 2017 Hatfield House Hertfordshire 28th -30th July

  Everyone has a quest for a Shibumi Moment – Show Offers Shibumi is thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at the amazing Game Fair 28th-30th July. Showcasing our stunning new DECO collection along with the popular Shibumi classic styles, come and visit our beautiful stand (Avenue F, stand number F780, main shopping village) for the full Shibumi experience. We will be open all weekend, do pay us a visit and would be delighted to help you find your perfect Shibumi style. As usual we will be offering special show discounts and offers that can’t be missed! Bespoke Service Rest assured, we will also be bringing our other beautiful Shibumi collections along to the show, so be sure to visit us at our stand F780 to have a look through our stunning silk and cashmere range. Remember – all our pieces can be tailored to fit you perfectly! We offer an additional bespoke service to ensure that you love your Shibumi design as much as we do. Simply enquire at the stand, or drop us an email to get started. Our gorgeous showroom is also located in Gloucestershire and is available for private viewings by appointment. Special Show Offers We will be offering a fantastic variety of show discounts on all of the products available for purchase and order at the show. This discount will only be available for the duration of the show so there’s no time to waste! Day and weekend tickets are available via The Game Fair website. We look forward to seeing you! With love,...
CJ Wildlife – Natures Little Helpers

CJ Wildlife – Natures Little Helpers

Give the Bugs some Room Our gardens, however large or small, are part of an amazing tapestry; linking to provide food, water, shelter and breeding sites for a broad range of wildlife. Mother Nature intended us all to live in harmony and some of our smaller garden allies are often forgotten. Aphids are a serious pest to many plants in the garden as they have the ability to reproduce very quickly and are resistant to many chemical pesticides. Insects such as ladybirds and lacewings work tirelessly, naturally cleansing our precious blooms and shrubs of unwanted aphids – so it’s worth trying to attract them into your garden! Our range of insect boxes are the perfect haven for ladybirds and many other beneficial insects. Another garden helper is the butterfly. Butterflies are one of the most fragile of insects with their wonderfully decorated petal-like wings. Aside from the visual appeal they bring to our gardens, butterflies also pollinate our wild plants and crops ensuring the successful production of seeds and fruits, all vital to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. You can cultivate your interest in these delicate creatures with one of our butterfly boxes. But there’s another very important garden visitor who has been sorely neglected recently: our humble bee. Regrettably our bees are in a drastic decline and we need to act now before it’s too late. There are various reasons for the decline in our Bee’s: the introduction of intensive farming methods, loss of hedgerows and a loss of traditional hay meadows are to name but a few. This means that the bees, and other wildlife, are losing their...
Maquien New Product Development

Maquien New Product Development

  White Top for Wimbledon For that Centre Court moment enter the New Product Development Winner from Maquien.  A pure White Linen Top from Maquien with No fastenings, it simply slips over the head to give an elegant summer chic to any outfit.  Double this up with their fabulous Tash Pure linen  Two Tone Skirt and Vita Waistcoat it make for a strong  choice as your Outfit for that special day amongst the Strawberries, Cream, Champagne  and Centre Court Excitement of your day at Wimbledon 2017. Even if you are not attending Wimbledon 2017 this top is a must for any summer wardrobe as it can slip under a suit, match up any trouser, jacket combination and have a crisp summer look that is always cool and casual or formal and fascinating. It only requires a Gentle cool wash and natural dry (no tumbling). I have one of these and it has performed well and likes a bit of starch if you have it to hand. Iron on reverse a little damp with quite a hot iron It has a Flattering ‘V’ slit at front and is made in Good Quality Linen, and of course like all Maquien Products it is Made up  in the UK. To purchase this top please click through to purchase on Beyond the Galleries....
CJ Wildlife Can Supply Hungry Birds in Summer’s Heat

CJ Wildlife Can Supply Hungry Birds in Summer’s Heat

Food for thought from CJ Wildlife We think of the summer, quite rightly, as a time of plenty, and for that reason some people used to stop providing for wild birds at this time of year. Garden wildlife enthusiasts know that it’s good for wildlife and people if we put out food and water throughout the year. The wildlife benefits because the summer’s productivity also sees lots of inexperienced extra mouths adding to the competition for food, and our tidy, often over managed landscapes sometimes see food sources suddenly mown, flailed or sprayed out of existence. We benefit from having the sound and movement of some of our most attractive wildlife in our gardens at the time of year when we’re most likely to be outside to enjoy it, or at least have the windows open, letting in the natural soundscape. Young birds – and their stressed parents – will appreciate a reliable source of a good quality food such as our Vitality Mix or Premium Sunflower Hearts, which are suitable for practically all species, including Robins and Blackbirds that may not bother with more traditional foods. Putting some on the ground or, better still, bird table will help the less agile, ground feeding species, but for the tits and finches one of our easy to clean Apollo Seed Feeders is a great choice. Peanut cakes, a mix of peanut flour and energy rich tallow, are a great source of energy throughout the year and particularly to the tits, Robins and one of our most attractive and rapidly declining breeding birds: Starlings.  Not everyone appreciates them, sadly, but the...
New Product Development  At  Shibumi for Summer 2017

New Product Development  At  Shibumi for Summer 2017

  Shibumi’s New Summer Number the Bella & Nina Jackets   Ruth Guise designer of Shibumi has produced two new jacket styles for you this Summer the Bella and the Nina. The Bella Jacket her elegant, simple and desirable-to-wear Bella (beautiful) style jacket creation,  is a stunning addition to your wardrobe. It is a simple stylish cut and in Ruth Guise’s familiar Shibumi way it can be made in any of Her sumptuous range of silk or cashmere fabrics – It’s elegant, easy to wear and beautiful. The chic neckline of the Bella Jacket is so simple and yet so effective that you can keep the clean cut line or wear a pretty blouse underneath.  Ruth has designed a truly versatile jacket with this number. The next new addition to her range is the Nina Jacket. The long-awaited blazer is here! For work, for play, for fun – again versatility is key. Ruth has named it Nina that means grace – be graceful at work, be graceful at play and for fun, of course. It’s a neat, classic, blazer style cut that is the perfect jacket to compliment skirts, jeans, linen trousers and dresses. It is available in all sizes, petite to plus and in a range of fabrics, colours, embroidered and plain. It truly is a gorgeous shape and very flattering for all figures. Both jackets, The Bella and The Nina, make a perfect addition to any Summer Wardrobe and can be worn on numerous different occasions both formal and informal. Ruth’s Shibumi range covers all the sizes and will make an impact at an event that is...
Be Right In The Cuckoo’s Nest with CJ Birdfood

Be Right In The Cuckoo’s Nest with CJ Birdfood

Watch the Resident Cuckoo on Webcam We have a new webcam for you all! A cuckoo has laid an egg in a Reed Warbler’s nest giving us an exciting chance to watch the chick being raised by another species of bird. Cuckoos do not tend to their own nests but will lay an egg in another bird’s nest and then leave the foster parents to raise the cuckoo chick. The first thing the chick will do when it hatches is to kick the rest of the eggs out of the nest so that it is the only mouth left to feed. The chick will grow to enormous size providing interesting viewing when the much smaller foster parents are still feeding the giant chick. The cuckoo has adapted and gathered a huge amount of information over the years allowing it to lay an egg the colour and size to match those of the ones that are already in the nest they have chosen to use as a host for their egg. Different cuckoos can lay eggs of many different colours and patterns but each individual female cuckoo can only lay eggs in one colour. This means that different female cuckoos will specialise on a particular host species. We are looking forward to watching the nest, the chick and the foster parents once the egg hatches and the chick starts to grow! Watch the live Cuckoo  Just click through on this link...
CJ Wildlife – Advice for Bird Lovers in Hot Weather

CJ Wildlife – Advice for Bird Lovers in Hot Weather

  Give Your Birds some Water and Food with CJ Wildlife Products   With the recent soaring temperatures our thoughts are on long summer days, barbeques and beaches. But as we sit back and relax in our gardens with an ice cold drink we should spare a thought for our garden birds who may be struggling to find essential food and water. Although most wild birds are well adapted to hot temperatures and have several ways to regulate their body temperature the hot weather still brings with it a number of problems that can impact on their wellbeing. The dry summer months can result in a lack of natural water sources so a supply of fresh water for drinking and bathing is fundamental. Hot temperatures and a lack of water mean the ground becomes dry and hard making it more difficult for our feathered friends to access the supply of worms and insects that they can usually find in the soil. Consider offering Dried Mealworms to help supplement your garden birds natural diet. Not surprisingly, finding a shady spot is one of the natural ways birds keep cool in the summer. So planting our gardens with trees and shrubs offering deep shade is a great way to create a welcome cooling retreat from the mid-day sun. Consider adding more water dishes to your garden this summer. CJ Wildlife offer a range of Birdbaths and Water Feeders as well as their wonderful range of Bird Feeders  Buy now* and save 10% across the complete range with CJ Wildlife. Please click through to purchase on Beyond the...
Morrows Outfitters Join Anna Dempsey

Morrows Outfitters Join Anna Dempsey

  Stylish Socks for the Silly Season from Philip Morrow Designer Most of us might shirk at the idea of getting involved in a family business. The prospect of life within a parent’s business empire doesn’t exactly fill the mind with connotations of financial independence, social freedom and making your own way in the world. Just look what happened when Darth Vader tried to persuade Luke to join the dark side… But dig a little deeper and it soon becomes clear that family businesses are not only a major part of the UK’s economy, but many are indeed thriving, despite the endless economic woes. Morrow’s Outfitters is a brilliant example of a start-up business that has capitalised on the heritage and story behind their family brand. In 2011, a report by Oxford Economics revealed that family businesses were employing more than nine million people and generated revenues of £1.1trillion that year. One great example is Warburtons, the bakery firm with a £500million annual turnover. Jonathan, Ross and Brett Warburton are the fifth generation of the family to run the 135-year-old Bolton-based business. Everything about the company shouts family – even their marketing (“From our family to yours”). And it’s working. The recession, it seems, has increased the desirability of joining, continuing (or even restarting) a family-run business, which can often escape problems around financing, leadership and decision-making (even if arguments may get a little bit more heated). So can tradition, family ties and heritage still resonate with the UK’s young entrepreneurs? Philip Morrow is proof that it can. He re-established his family’s outfitters two years ago and is now the fourth generation selling menswear...

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