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  1.  KUKShades has been a stockist for Alphabet Bags since 2013. Our fisrt order was for a collection of shopper bags with summery typographic messages printed on them. I was attracted to their fresh look, they were simple yet stylish and I just knew my customers would love them. Alphabet Bags is based in Saffron Walden and was created by Hayley and Lucas, a husband and wife team with a desire for design. 

    This is how they say it started, on their website:

    "Alphabet Bags launched quite simply with 26 cotton totes printed with every lovely letter from A to Z. People sure seemed to like them, and this not only made us very happy but it also encouraged us to carry on designing new things. We now have a whole bunch of collections including initial coin purses, colourful totes for summer, wash bags, a wedding collection and more typographic totes than you can shake a stick at. We are always working on new things and boy do we have big plans!"

    Their enthusiasm, creative style and support of British manufacturing are a perfect fit with the KUKShades philosophy and Alphabet Bags are now a firm favourite with my customers. All their items are made from natural cotton or canvas and are hand printed. The quality of the work is amazing and the feeback we get from our customers is always positive. Alphabet Bags are a fabulous small business and I am so proud to be able to support it. If you want to give their products a go, we highly recommend it.

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    We still stock the cotton summer shoppers but as Alphabet Bags increased their product lines we too developed our store and opened up our accessories department. Wash bags and travel pouches are now as popular as the beach bags. 

    For the past two summers our best selling beach bag has been their "99 Problems" beach tote. A roomy, open topped bag perfect for long summer days.

    bigbagproblems_3 (1)I've got 99 problems but a beach ain't one. - £20 from our Beach Bag department.

    Thank you for taking the time to find out a little bit more about Alphabet Bags, until next time,

    Candice x


  2. Summer trends come and go but the addition of golden accessories always endures. Could it be that the warm tones of gold go so beautifully with a tan or is it the simplicity, style and timeless quality that never fails to dress up a summer outfit? 

    If you are looking to add a touch of golden glamour to your summer we have some ideas that won't break the bank.

    Flip Flops.

    From the KUKShades collection we have these beautiful tropical leaf print flip flops in warm yellow with gold accents. They are by Gandys so you can be assured they will be comfortable as well as stylish. Wear them from the pool to the restaurant with ease.

    These flip flops are only £22 from our footwear department.

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    Statement Necklace.

    If glamour is what you're looking for this summer, this stunning choker style necklace from our friends at Sparkle And Charm offers a bold statement. A piece like this would look amazing with a simple black sarong. beach dress or an evening dinner outfit. You will be sure to turn heads however you wear it.  

    This necklace can be bought here for just £12.50: https://sparkleandcharm.co.uk/product/ostara-gold-statement-choker/

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    Feather Earrings.

    Feather prints and accessories are a 2016 summer trend and we love it! You will have already spotted feather print towels and flip flops from our store. It was only right that we should share this find from the wonderful Mhoho Jewellery. Not made from gold but from brass with turquoise beads, these earrings will bring a touch of boho chic to your look. These earrings are only £16 and can be found here: 


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    Shimmer Tattoos.

    For a more relaxed beachy look these shimmer tattoos are a great idea. You could change your look daily and be as creative as you like. These are widly available but I have picked this little store, 'Shimmer Tats' on Etsy, to share with you. This store really shows you how creative you can be with them. These temporary tattoos are £4.50 and here's the link for more information: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShimmerTatts?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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    We hope this has given you some inspiration to add a hint of gold to your summer look. Have lots of fun getting creative and experimenting with your style.

    Candice x