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Royston Tuesday Talks Part 4 – Forever Flowers

Hi everyone! We hope you are keeping well and staying safe during this second lockdown. With just over 5 weeks to go (!!) until Christmas, and as a family with young kids, we’re taking this stay at home opportunity to get into the festive spirit a little earlier this year.  From present purchases to thinking about how we’re going to decorate the house, Christmas is very much on the radar in our household!  So with this festive cheer in mind, our #RoystonTuesdayTalks series is all about flowers. Here we are chatting to the hugely talented Ashley from Forever Flowers 😊. Enjoy…


1) Tell us a little bit about your business and what you do.

Forever Flowers is a small local business creating bespoke artificial floral displays. Creations include, hand tied bouquets, wreaths and garlands which are all handmade to order.


2) When did you start Forever Flowers and what/who inspired you to start the businesses?

Forever Flowers came to life in July 2020! I have always enjoyed being creative and have always loved the idea of having a business to call my own, but I decided to finally take the leap in the height of lockdown number 1. My original inspiration came when I was planning my own wedding. We wanted to add our personal stamp and to keep costs down, so I decided to create our own bouquets and table pieces. We had such amazing comments about my creations.


3) How involved are you in the local Royston community?

My flowers are currently displayed locally at ‘Homemade’ which is located in Kneesworth (https://www.homemadeatthebarn.co.uk/). The barn is filled with other local talented business owners who all showcase their products. I have also worked alongside other local businesses to create a wedding package to help entertain children at weddings which has been published as a blog. I use social media to reach out to the community and to share my designs, and also advertise locally in the Listing. I love supporting and working alongside other businesses and hope to work with more in the future.


4) How do you keep up to date with the latest trends and techniques in your industry?

The seasonal changes are my biggest inspiration! I love using autumnal colours in my creations and of course pumpkins and pine cones! I am also in preparation for Christmas. Given the year we have all had so far, Christmas is going to be very different and I feel people will make more effort to decorate their own homes to make it as special as possible. I would love my designs to fill the homes in Royston.


5) Are you ever inspired by the fashion world when designing your flower arrangements?

As mentioned, my wedding was my original inspiration, so spent a lot of time looking at bridal fashion to help me choose the best flowers to match the finer detail on my dress and wedding colour scheme. I also love country fashion so am often inspired to use wildflowers and wheat in my bouquets.


6) Do you have any top tips for our wonderful Pentlebay customers, on how to pursue a creative career?

I was very apprehensive when starting Forever Flowers, but I am very glad to have taken the leap as the feedback from my customers has made it worthwhile! If it’s something you love doing, share it with others! You’ll never know until you try and having a happy customer at the end of a sale is the best feeling ever!


To find out more about Forever Flowers head over to https://www.instagram.com/foreverflowersbyashley/ or https://www.facebook.com/ashleysforeverflowers/


Thanks for reading, stay safe.

Top tips on how to declutter your wardrobe

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of clothes you have in your wardrobe? Do you find it difficult to find certain items when you need them and know that they’re in there somewhere?! If so, now’s THE perfect time to give your wardrobe a healthy declutter! And, most importantly, by freeing up some space means that there’s more room for NEW purchases 😊 … surely there’s no better motivation than that?!

So here’s a few tips on how to create a more organised, fashion-forward wardrobe.

Enjoy…


1) Make time

You need to make sure that you have plenty of time before you start. The de-cluttering process will take a while, but it really will be worth it.


2) Make all your clothes visible

This might seem obvious but it Is quite surprising what you find when you make sure everything Is visible! A lot of us tend to have our clothes rammed in so tightly that you can’t actually see all your clothes. Have a really good look through, you might be surprised with what you find. This process will either re-fresh your wardrobe with clothes you had forgotton about, or make more room when you throw clothes out that you haven’t worn for such a long time.


3) Do a quick wardrobe purge

Take everything out of your wardrobe that you don’t need or want any more – this should be a relatively quick job and if there are some items you’re not sure about you can always leave them and decide at a later date. If you do wonder when you wore them last – a quick trick. Turn the head of the hanger so when you re-check at a later date you can see If It’s been worn recently or not. Then you need to be ruthless and throw things out that you haven’t worn for a long while.


4) Take a reflective inventory of your wardrobe

Now this can be the difficult bit, as often clothes are linked to memories and are sentimental, but really do take your time to think about the clothes you do have and ask yourself:

Do I really need 10 pairs of jeans? As much as I love it, when did I actually last wear that dress? And if after reflection, you realise you don’t actually need them anymore, now’s the time to take these items out.


5) Not sure? Try them on

If you do have 10 pairs of jeans it may be hard to decide which ones you should keep and which ones to throw out. Try them on and see which ones fit and which ones really don’t. A second opinion Is often helpful, and a full-length mirror Is essential.  If you still aren’t sure, it might help to accessorise it with shoes, jewellery and a handbag in order to make that final decision!


6) Clean out your wardrobe regularly

It’s incredible how much dust collects up in our wardrobes so make sure you regularly wipe down any wardrobe shelves you have and hoover out the floor; making your wardrobe look spick and span!


7) Rearrange and reorganise your clothes

Now there’s no right or wrong here, people like to organise their wardrobes in different ways. Some people like to arrange it by seasons, others by clothes types and sometimes it’s all about the colour-coding. Whatever works for you is great 😊


We hope this helps, thanks for reading & have a fab day!

Top 5 tips on how to dress comfy yet stylish whilst #StayingSafeAtHome

Yes, we all have our days where loungewear and PJs are our favourite go-tos and the idea of “getting ready” isn’t appealing at all. Or we have days where we throw on an uncomfortable pair of jeans and faded tee…just because they’re there and they’re easy. We’ve all been there – and particularly through lockdown. But often, what we really  want is to be able to look chic, with relatively little effort, AND at the same time stay feeling comfy. Sound familiar? While we’re still mostly #stayingsafeathome, we thought we’d share a few tips and tricks on how to how to achieve both of these things – with ease and simplicity!

Enjoy…


1) Say YES to the dress

We all need to take a break from wearing tight-fitting jeans or trousers, once in a while, or from pyjamas/onesies – now that the novelty is wearing off 😊. At Pentlebay we feel that dresses really can be that missing piece to the “what to wear” (whilst mainly staying in) puzzle.  Whether it’s a shirt dress or a printed midi dress… these are all incredibly comfy styles that will not only boost your overall mood but will have you looking dressed to impress all year round – both at home or out and about!

Shop our versatile range of dresses.

2) Wear fabrics that have you ‘feeelin’ good’

We all have our own personal tastes when it comes to the kind of fabrics that we go for and most enjoy wearing. Some of us prefer wearing cottons & linens, whereas others prefer silks and floaty fabrics. Whatever the clothing is that you’re wearing, just make sure the fabric suits you and your lifestyle. Fabric places a huge part in the comfort of clothing and can really change our mood, confidence and productivity; without us even realising sometimes.


3) Play wardrobe dress up & dress down… or a bit of both!

It’s also really important that we wear clothes that make us feel happy and confident in ourselves. Sometimes that means following trends, and other times it’s being a bit more experimental and not so conventional in our dress sense. For example, you can make casual clothes look dressy and vice versa. You can combine multiple materials and patterns to create different looks on different days. You can combine tight fit with loose fit etc etc!  The sky’s the limit! What we’re really trying to say here is just have fun, be creative, be YOU 😊.


4) Accessories can make all the difference

Sometimes, all that is needed is a pair of sparkly earrings, a sophisticated scarf or a fun pair of sunnies, to elevate an outfit and make it look more “chic”. EVEN joggers can look more stylish with the right kind of accessories or jewellery to match!


5) Treat yourself to some good quality basics

It goes without saying that basics should always be the fundamental building blocks to any wardrobe; so with this in mind, we’d recommend making sure that these are of a good quality. At Pentlebay we have a number of basic tees on our website that leave you feeling comfy and looking stylish. Our soft pink v-neck tee, with a rolled sleeve, is made from lightweight viscose fabric with elastane for added stretch.

Shop Now on our website: soft pink v-neck tee.


Thanks for reading, take care & have a lovely day!

Competition Winner

We were blown away with the number of entries to our ‘Win Free Clothes for a Year’ competition.

Thank you to everyone who entered and for your continued support! We truly appreciate it.

The lucky winner was Mel Cann who is already enjoying our range – especially our dresses!

This certainly won’t be the last competition we run, so do follow us on our social media channels to make sure that you don’t miss out on more chances to win some lovely prizes.

https://www.facebook.com/pentlebay

https://twitter.com/pentlebay

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Thank you!


Love the Pentlebay Team x