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Royston Tuesday Talks Part 2 – Katie Moulton

#SupportingLocalBusiness is something we’re really passionate about at Pentlebay Clothing. This has inspired us to create a monthly #RoystonTuesdayTalks series – where we chat to other local businesses from our lovely hometown in Royston, Hertfordshire.

& this month we’ve had the pleasure of chatting to the hugely talented Artist Katie Moulton 😊. Enjoy…


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

I’m Katie and I run a nail salon, ‘Fancy Fingers’, from my home in Royston and I have also recently started up a new art business, ‘Katie Louise Art’.

Fancy Fingers – I work with gel polish and I love creating lots of new nail art designs. I have over 230 colours and over 100 glitters to choose from! Glitter is my absolute favourite and you will often find me wearing full glittery nails! 

Katie Louise Art – I mainly paint animals and flowers. I produce prints of my work, paint commissions on request and have a range of greeting cards. Most recently I have started to paint pet portraits which are proving very popular.


2) When did you start Fancy Fingers and Katie Louise Art and what/who inspired you to start the businesses?

Both businesses actually started up as hobbies and I never intended on them becoming jobs! I feel very lucky that I have been able to turn two hobbies that I have really enjoyed into jobs that I love.

Fancy Fingers started in 2013. After having my second child and not returning to work I decided to find something I could do for myself and to be able to switch off from ‘being Mum’ in the evenings. After completing a home course I soon realised I was passionate about ‘doing nails’ and decided to book a professional course and get fully qualified and learn everything in lots more detail. I needed a job that was going to work around my husband’s shifts and my two young children and this was absolutely perfect!

Katie Louise Art only started in July this year after finding a new love during lockdown. While I couldn’t be painting nails I decided to have a try at painting something different and spent many evenings learning lots of techniques and following tutorials which I really enjoyed. After sharing a couple of photos on my social media accounts I gained lots of interest from people asking about purchasing my paintings and I decided to set up ‘Katie Louise Art’.

I’m lucky that my Husband and Dad have always been very supportive with my ideas and encouraged me to pursue them. My Dad runs a business too, Delissimo in Buntingford, so I am often on the phone with him asking for his business advice which is always something I listen carefully to and appreciate his experience with!


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

I have pretty much lived in Royston my whole life and really like it here.

During lockdown I wanted to create something nice for our community so when my nail business had to be closed I started ‘Royston Goes on a Bear Hunt’ where households requested a number from me which they then displayed in their windows along with a bear to create a type of hunt around Royston. The initial idea was to get a few houses (I was hoping for 50) to display bears for the little children to look out for while out on their daily exercise. This quickly became very popular with 1268 houses/businesses taking part and we raised £4135 for NHS Charities. Although this isn’t linked to my businesses in any way I have now become known to many as ‘The Bear Hunt Lady’!!


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

Nail trends change all the time! Social media is great for keeping up to date on the new designs/crazes! I use Instagram a lot for inspiration.

I also subscribe to Scratch Magazine, which is the nail industries leading magazine. This is always full of lots of advice, what’s becoming popular, new techniques and other nail technician’s work. I have had my salon featured in their ‘Salon in the Spotlight’ feature and also had photographs of lots of my nail designs in the printed magazine and on their online galleries.


5) Are you ever inspired by the fashion world when producing artwork?

Always! I notice patterns on everything and often think how it could be turned into a nail design! There are patterns and designs wherever you look. Often clients might have an outfit that they want nails matched to so I can create something bespoke to them to go with a particular outfit!


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

My advice is don’t necessarily go looking for it. Do things you enjoy and love in life and see how those things could be turned in to a job for you. If you enjoy your work and love what you do it really does make it so much easier to wake up for!


To find out more about Katie Louise Art head over to www.katielouiseart.co.uk and if you’re in need of some well-deserved pampering check out www.facebook.com/fancyfingersroyston


Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

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

https://www.instagram.com/pentlebay/

Thank you!


Love the Pentlebay Team x