Friday, 18 November 2011

Super Amazing Mum Loves..................

This week, in my professional capacity as a Photographer, I have been at the British Red Cross Christmas Fair but, never one to miss a shopping opportunity, I took some time out to see if I could get some Christmas shopping wrapped up.

These events are a great opportunity for small businesses to showcase their latest products and the majority are home run.  I love the camaraderie and support and of course, I would much rather support local businesses rather than huge corporations.

The first thing I bought was from a lovely young lass called Fiona who has set up a company called The Elephants Trunk Company which specialise in luxurious velvet and silk jackets.  The jacket I bought cost just £30 and is versatile in that it can be worn two different ways.  It is incredibly well made and has received so many comments already.    It would make the ideal gift any special lady in your life (yes, I see myself as very special as bought it for myself!) and is beautifully made by hand.   I LOVE it!!

I was placed next to Rachel Vosper candles and felt like a massive stalker as had quite literally, that week, commented on the lovely Bangs and a Bun blog post as she was lucky enough to go on a candle making course with Rachel.  Her candles are AMAZING, reasonably priced and long lasting.  Forget your big named brands, and support a small business.  I PROMISE you, you won't ever look back.  

I then figured I better buy something for someone else, and so, with HAW being a foodie, I set of on a quest for a stocking filler.  I was blown away (quite literally with some of the flavours) by the amazing flavours and Caribbean influences of the husband and wife team at Kush Cuisine who specialise in chutneys and preserves with locally sources ingredients and hand cooked in small batches.

These were an absolute taste sensation and the passion that the company has is contagious, they had also recently won a gold award for their produce so I'm in good company when I recommend these.   I got three chutneys for just £10 and have been a VERY naughty girl as have already opened the pear, ginger and chilli chutney to have with cheese and crackers for brunch.  Shhh, don't tell HAW.

Finally, if you have small children, you MUST check out Jenny Wren Clothing who are two sisters who hand make the most beautiful liberty print dresses and accessories and hand knitted tank tops.  With prices starting at just £1 for  a hair slide, the team of sisters are a force to be reckoned with.  The dresses would be perfect for Christmas day and I will be getting the Pixie one very shortly!!!

So, before you start your Christmas shopping, have a google and see if you have any Christmas Fairs in your area, not only will you get a unique present, but you will be supporting local businesses at the same time.

Happy Shopping!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx


  1. Wonderful recommendations here. I need that silk jacket in my life. Now.

  2. Ohh your jacket is gorgeous and what a bargain! I love the way your Xmas shopping starts with somethign for yourself, lmao

    Mich x


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