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  1. It's late September, the air is crisp and cool, the nights are drawing in and the trees are preparing for the changing season. Summer will soon become a memory and that holiday in the sun will feel like it happened a lifetime ago. It's understandable to feel a sense of loss at this time of year - although the autumn can be just as warm and colourful. For this edition of The Sun Room, I thought it would nice to feature some ideas that can help us hold on to summer just a while longer, a few treats to trigger memories of sunshine and help us to look forward. 

    From our friends at Kiss Air Candles, we recommend their Sun Kissed Raspberry soy candle. Burn this candle and be transported to the garden with summer fruits ripening in the sun. Perfect for adding a bit of sunshine to a grey day. These large tins have a burn time of up to 30 hours, so your summery fragrance will last and last. You can buy this candle from www.kiss-air.com 

    raspberry kiss airraspberries


    Our second treat is so much fun and will transport you pool side in an instant. It's also very practical for the winter months too, when we need to give our hands a little TLC. This hand cream is from a selection of cocktail inspired products from the wonderful Boozi Body Care. There are lots of fragrances to choose from, including Mojito and Kir Royal - my favourite is the tropical Peach & Passion Fruit Bellini - which lives in my handbag at this time of year. The warm scent lasts for ages and melts into the skin. Gorgeous!



    The iconic summer holiday cocktail has to be a Pina Colada. Lets face it, it's practically sunshine in a glass... with a cherry and an umbrella on top. As the nights draw in and you are dreaming of a cheeky cocktail, we invite you to put your slippers on, grab a blanket and enjoy these creamy pineapple & coconut lollies with a kick of real white rum. These grown up sweet treats are handmade by Holly's Lollies and come in a variety of summery flavours.

    hollys lollies pina colada 










    Are you feeling warmed up yet? Good!

    Of course one cure for the loss of summer is to look forward and plan your next beach holiday. If that's you then why not keep all your important documents, passports, reservations and brochures in one of our handy pouches. All ready for when you jet off to the sun. You can find these in our Accessory Dept. 

    scenic route pouch


    So, my lovelies, what ever this change of season brings, lets embrace it and enjoy it because this wonderfull world of ours is sure to keep on turning and summer will be here again. 

    Candice x


  2.  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.

    scenic route pouch

    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