There’s still time to give an AMAZING Xmas present this year – look see! @otoneaudio @johnlewisretail #gifts #shopping

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Ho Ho Ho we hear you say! Can Christmas REALLY be just round the corner? Well from our experience it looks like the Christmas parties have well and truly started, and the idea of hitting the high street is causing all sorts of hung over dread! So to ease the pain and help you make some quick (and excellent) decisions on what to buy this year, we’ve found some goodies to share just for you! 

BREAKING THE BANK (in a great way!) 

OTONE’s newest speaker system, Soundship  £179.99.

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Soundship is the complete sound system for the home. The Bluetooth Smart dock has a futuristic design with interchangeable connectors, so no matter what device you have, you’re covered.

The system also features an FM radio and alarm.

http://www.otoneaudio.co.uk/products/smartdocking/soundship/

OTONE’s Aporto speaker system, £34.99.

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.51.51This truly versatile speaker system manages to specialise in two distinct areas. As a travel speaker, Aporto’s sleek form fits easily into any travel case or bag – working as high quality USB laptop speakers through a simple connection. But thanks to its innovative modular design, Aporto can also be instantly transformed into a universal micro system: simply detach the speakers from each other and you can create a simulated surround sound effect, perfect for music lovers on the go.

http://www.otoneaudio.co.uk/products/portable/aporto/

TOP TEN UNDER £30 FROM JOHN LEWIS 

BaByliss Nano Dryer 1200 – £14.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.31
At less than half the size of a regular hairdryer, the BaByliss Nano Dryer is the perfect travel companion for fast drying performance in a handy little package. Available in pink and purple.

 

YupiiRun – £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.39
YupiiRun has been designed to make exercise effective and fun. Each program (from a choice of six) will tell users when to walk or run, at what speed and when to rest, all with the best music to workout to.

John Lewis Spectrum In-Ear Headphones – £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.44
Available in gunmetal, cobalt blue, orange and pink, these great value headphones feature silicone buds for comfort, as well as a built in microphone and remote control.

Bone Collection – USB Flash Drive 8GB – from £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.51
Searching for a fun Secret Santa? Check out these USB flash drives in Snowman, Gingerbread Man, Monkey, Kungfu Master and Queens Guard designs.

John Lewis Sound Cylinder Bluetooth Mini Speaker – £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.56
With a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to three hours on full charge as well as built in microphone, this Bluetooth mini speaker makes a fab gift. Choose from gunmetal, burnt orange, blue or green.

Crockpot 374 Slow Cooker – £22.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.01
A thoughtful present for a busy couple, this brushed chrome slow cooker has two heat settings, a keep-warm function and a removeable stoneware pot and glass lid that can be put in the dishwasher.

Juice Cube, Emergency Mobile Charger – £24.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.06
An ideal choice for technology fans, this mobile charger will make sure their gadgets never run out of juice when on the go. Users just need to charge the compact Cube and attach it to a phone, games console or MP3 player via a USB cable with the appropriate connector.

Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5 and 5S – £24.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.11
A quirky stocking filler; these cases feature a hard plastic back in the style of a Lego base plate, allowing them to be customised with Lego bricks. The shell of the case is also shock absorbent and provides protection for the back, sides and buttons of an iPhone.

Gourmet Gadgetry 3 in 1 Drinks Maker – £29.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.16
With a 1950s inspired design, this drinks maker can be used to prepare milkshakes, smoothies and cocktails. The Gourmet Gadgetry range also includes a retro Chocolate Fountain, £29.95.

Beatrix New York Cases for Tablets up to 10.1″ – £29.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.21
Available in four cute designs, these water resistant, padded and velvet-lined cases provide protection for a child’s tablet.

 There you go… don’t dread it, spend it! Tis the season to give (and receive – hehe!) so go have some fun! 

Happy Holidays! Almost! 

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Friday Feature Spotlight on Streatham: Cafe culture. @serendipitySW16 @hideaway_cafe @therailwaySW16 #streatham

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Thanks to everyone who tweeted, emailed to tell us which places you love the most within Streatham. Having recently moved our Snoochie Boochie HQ to the area we immediately fell in love with its diversity, beautiful Victorian houses and exciting future with the re-generation. So in the first installment of our Spotlight on Streatham features we’re going to look at three key places which serve amazing food and bring a really friendly and relaxed vibe to the area.

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SERENDIPITY

@serendipitySW16

https://www.facebook.com/www.serendipity.co.uk

Need a bit of old school glamour? Well opposite Streatham station is a little wonder of a tea room, cosy and elegantly decorated, Serendipity is run by the wonderful Jackqueline MacDonald who brings in home made cakes (including a lemon drizzle to die for!) and serves high quality tea and coffee. With room to sit outside on girly shabby chic metal chairs and tables, you can sip your tea from one of the many vintage style cups and saucers and take away one of the beautifully crafted gifts on sale on the back shelf. This really is boutique at its finest. Serendipity is an oddity within the hustle and bustle of Streatham High Road as it manages to pull in some sleek sophistication and sense of calm as the cars go whizzing by. If you also venture downstairs in this mini labyrinth, you’ll find an amazing cove of wonders. This little cubby hole houses hen parties and craft nights for those wanting to make anything from fascinators to burlesque nipple tassels! If you’re taking a stroll along the high street this place is the perfect stop off point for reflection on the beautiful weather… and perhaps the start of a new investment of quirky cafes and shops in the area.

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THE HIDEAWAY

@hideaway_cafe

http://www.hideawaylive.co.uk

Voted venue of the year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, The Hideaway has two sides to it. The first is the London jazz club that features a selection of Jazz, Funk, Swing and Soul, showcasing new talent, established artists and star performers. With a cosy purpose built staged venue at the back, its an elegant place to sit and be transported to a world of jazz music new and old. The second side is the fantastic bar and restaurant. Giving an indoor/outdoor café feature, you can sit on wooden benches inside and be surrounded by various vintage items for sale from the neighbouring Xanadu vintage shop a few doors down, or by the more modern black and white images of Jazz artists singing and playing a variety of instruments canvased across the walls. The menu is limited in a good way. The choice is something you would expect to see down the road from Ronnie Scotts in Soho and definitely brings an upmarket feel to the place. On a Saturday morning you can enjoy varying price ranges when it comes to breakfast, from a simple tea and toast to a more extravagant eggs benedict which will tug on your purse strings just that little bit more. Judging by the high volume of clientele on a breakfast run reading the papers on the roadside and enjoying the busy atmosphere that reflects some of the Jazz tunes playing inside this is one of the perfect places to start your weekend.

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THE RAILWAY 

@therailwaySW16

http://www.therailwaysw16.co.uk

Now we have covered this wonderful pub before, but due to high demand (quite rightly) it deserves a second mention. You cant miss The Railway as you leave Streatham Common station, its directly in eye site with its baby blue colouring, vintage style lettering and welcoming wooden benches outside. Step inside and you will see Jenga, Guess Who and a whole host of board games which for us always spells out a good pub outing (particularly during the week!). The food is hearty and there are some great deals such as Fish and Chip Fridays where you can get two fish and chips for £20. The Railway’s burgers are also divine and served in a great gastro way with chunky chips, alioli all on a big wooden board. On a Tuesday night which is quiz night, the backroom fills to the rafters with eager quizzers scrambling to get a table for their team. Out the back is a beautiful space full of greenery, the odd quirky mirror and a great atmosphere. Finally every other Saturday, The Railway plays host to a small yet very refined Farmers Market, with fresh meat, baked goods and fruit and veg, this in itself is starting to turn the small parade of shops into a mini Primrose Hill and we love it!

So there you go, this is just a tiny selection of all the fantastic elements that Streatham has to offer, its no wonder that the overspill from Clapham and Balham is falling straight into the laps of Streatham, with houses being snapped up, the regeneration taking place and small upmarket businesses setting up shop in key areas, its no wonder Streatham is one to watch.

Have a great weekend!!

Willy Wonka eat your heart out…we’re growing Chocolate Flowers!! @prezzybox #gift

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Calling all you chocoholics… now tasting chocolate is just one thing, but smelling chocolate (everywhere) takes it to a whole new level…

With this in mind, those clever people at Prezzybox have made us aware of a cunning little gift which is bound to inspire you a) to eat more chocolate and b) to take up gardening!

Introducing the  GROW YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE FLOWERS kit! What a cool (if not slightly bizarre) gift this would make! So if you know any budding Willy Wonkas, or if you just want to celebrate the fact that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is hitting the West End, then this is the perfect opportunity to get yourself growing some amazing chocolate flowers! Yes, you will impress your friends…you will!!!

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This kit includes everything you need to cultivate a daisy patch that gets Umpa Lumpa’s going gaga! Just follow the instructions on the packet and watch your flowers blossom into chocolate scented blooms – money might not grow on trees, but chocolate does!

The Grow Your Own Chocolate Scented Flowers Kit is just £9.95 from: www.prezzybox.com

What do you get in the box?

·         Beautiful flowers with chocolate aroma

·         Full instructions provided

·         Full equipment suitable for any beginner; including 2 x Packets of Chocolate Daisy Seeds, 4 x Coconut Husk Starter Pots,4 x Coconut Husk Compost Discs which expand when watered and 4 x Wooden Plant Marker.

Good work Snoochers!

Forget the strawberries at Wimbledon, now you can have them all year round with @nicolephillipse #homeware #buybritish

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Nothing starts the Summer off quite like Wimbledon, and with the shocks and thrills that have been going on over the last couple of days, you probably need a bit of light relief… so with the sounds of barbecues sizzling, fine textile design company Nicole Phillips England has the perfect missing ingredient for you within her strawberry collection.

Now that summer is truly here, perk up your kitchen linen with a quirky strawberries and cream tea towel, create your Eton Mess wearing the vibrant strawberries apron, or even dress your picnic table with the delightful wipe-clean oilcloth strawberries fabric.

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 09.15.44Created by artist Nicole Phillips from her studio in West Sussex and inspired by a love of all things British, Nicole’s original watercolour artwork of the popular British summer fruit has been transferred onto carefully selected fabrics and turned into a stunning collection that also includes cushions, table napkins, aga covers and oven gloves.

The strawberry range is a true celebration of Britishness, as they not only feature the much-loved native produce but every item has been designed, manufactured and packaged here in the UK.

As well as the strawberry designs the collection also includes other truly British summer delights such as seafood, trailing roses and asparagus.

The strawberry range starts from £12 for tea towels and all pieces are available to buy online at www.nicolephillips.com.

Nicole will also be displaying her new range at this year’s Dorset Seafood Festival on 13th-14th July in Weymouth.

 

Beautiful textile designs that make amazing home furnishings! @nicolephillipse #homeware #buybritish

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Last week the Snoochie Boochies team headed over to the Spirit of Summer exhibition at Olympia to find out what would be on offer to make you and your home fabulous and ready for Summer! 

We found some fantastic British designers covering all different areas from furniture to food and make up to accessories. Its well worth a visit when it comes around again, but first and foremost, we wanted to release a few posts over the coming weeks from some of the exhibitors we felt stood out at the show. 

First up is Nicole Phillips England. 

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Nicole Phillips England is a new British-­‐based textile design company that is just launching their first range of textiles for the home.

rhubarb-and-custard-tea-towelDesigned and created by artist, Nicole Phillips, the unique, beautiful and slightly quirky range of home furnishings and accessories have been manufactured here in the UK. The result is a distinctive collection that appeals to both town and country.

The range highlights Nicole’s hand-­‐painted watercolour designs printed on quality fabrics, all of which are offset with a trademark twist of humour – very British!

Taking inspiration from the natural world, Nicole’s artwork features quirky coastal characters, culinary delights and classic botanical details that are transferred onto carefully selected fabrics to create a product range that include tea towels, aprons, hob covers, oven gloves, napkins and cushions. The lovely fabric designs will also be available to buy by the metre.

nicole_phillips-7083All products are available in various colours and offers a refreshing new take on the country chic trend, and its something very original that will appeal to a lot of people, so certainly gets the thumbs up from us!

Products start from £12 for tea towels and all pieces are available to buy online here where you can also find more information about the company and the Nicole Phillips England blog.

Definitely worth checking out if you fancy sprucing up some of your homeware, and of course supporting a brilliant British Brand!

Happy Homeware Shopping!