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  1. 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/

    osrara sparkle and charm


    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: 


    feather earrings blog

    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

    shimmer tats

    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

  2. At KUKShades HQ we are approaching our first anniversary as a Gandys stockist and what a year it has been. Last summer our customers went flip flop crazy. We had one of our busiest seasons and had so much fun, showcasing and getting to know the brand. 

    We had always wanted to stock flip flops in our new footwear department and after lots of research, for us, no ther brand would do. So what is it that makes Gandys so special? When you hear their story, you'll know why.

    Gandys was the idea of two brothers Rob and Paul Forkan who, after losing their parents in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, wanted to do something to pay forward the kindness the Sri Lankan community showed them; helping them and their siblings make it back to the UK. Their flip flop business was a way they could do this. Together they set up the charity Orphans for Orphans and 10% of all of Gandys profits are paid into it. The charity has just completed it's first project - a school for under priviledged children.

    Gandys also insist the production of their flips flops is ethical and responsible. They use only FSC certified rubber and continue to ensure the people who make them are paid and treated fairly. 

    gandys orphans for orphansRob & Paul Forkan - Orphans for Orphans (image courtesy of Gandys)


    I was veryfortunated to meet Rob at the Small Business Sunday event in 2015. He spoke at the event about the brand and building the business - a real inspiration.

    meeting rob forkanMeeting Rob Forkan at the 2015 SBS Event.

    2016 sees a new direction for Gandys and KUKShades is thrilled to be a part of it. The company has worked on some exciting new flip flop designs and intoduced a whole new line of products, including travel bags, shoes, sunglasses and beach towels.  We can't wait to add these products to our collection. We have our order in and the new stock will be available at the end of March.

    round towel promoNEW for 2016 - Round Beach Towels by Gandys. (Image courtesy of Gandys)

    KUKShades is so proud to be a Gandys stockist. Our customers are happy too and tell us, consistently, how comfortable the flip flops are and how much they love the designs. We know we made the right choice.

    Here's to many more years selling Gandys flip flops.

    Candice xx