Posts Tagged ‘www.newroomsonline.co.uk’

Furry friends an asthmatic can enjoy!

June 13, 2013

I’ve been allergic to all things furry and hairy since birth and it never ceases to amaze me that people still say, “oh you don’t like animals do you?”

In reality I could go quite gaga over a pug, thanks to Men in Black’s Frank and his excellent rendition of I will survive!  I do genuinely think pugs are gorgeous, schnausers running a close second, and of course a big, golden lab would make my day, and doubtless the day of Ventolin as I would drain them of their supplies within the minute!

When I had a physical shop I could sell no end of cat themed products, dogs were, in contrast, in short supply.

So I loved it when I met Hot Paws & Trogg for the first time. Their adorable terrier themed oilcloths and linens were ideal for the site. Their retro feel was perfect for the current gift market, I’m only sad that, as far as I can tell, they have gone out of business.

Pink Terriers Tea Towel

While not the cheapest of items for the home, the quality is not negotiable. And they don’t scrimp on sizes either. This washbag is cavernous compared to others out there.

Blue Terriers Washbag

Following my twitterstream this morning I fell in love, instantly with this, posted by Bella and the Moo. Terrier bunting! At £4.50 per metre I think it’s fabulous!

terrier bunting

And that got me thinking about what else might be out there……

Behold Pugs Not Drugs – The T-shirt! Surely a bargain at £16.00?

pugs_not_drugs_womens_cap_sleeve_tshirt

Or maybe you prefer these from my favourite online foody people – Biscuiteers – Best in Show at £38.50 per tin of 16 biccies!

timthumb

Could there be any better way to gain weight?

Of course, as we’ve mentioned countless times, the default gift of choice has to be the humble mug…..so you can indulge your doggie passion with Lots of Dogs, from Tyrrell Katz…

lots of dogs mug

or if that doesn’t whet your appetite, then why not consider the humour of Repeat Repeat…..features a blue Dachshund stating “Fetch it yourself…..you threw it”. At £7.49 for a bone china mug, we think that’s a steal!

You threw it

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Reena – MMU Agency Life Teamster!

March 5, 2013

Reena is the last member of our MMU Agency Life team left to introduce to you.

A great Prestonian, Reena turns up every week making me look dishevelled and decidedly uncool – I consider her the ultimate Bond girl, she combines style with fun and intelligence , doubtless, set to have a fabulous career ahead of her……with her own Event Management company, I can see more freelance opps for me! Yippeee!

Reena

Here are her 20 questions…….except there are only 19……no idea what happened to the last one!

  1. Name – Reena Chauhan
  2. Nickname – Most of my friends call me Ree for short
  3. Age – 21
  4. Course of study at MMU – Retail Marketing and Management
  5. What is your dream job? – My dream job would be to own my own Events company
  6. Where do you see yourself at 30 years old? I hope to have travelled the world, be living in a large house with husband and kids. I want to have my own company that’s successfully earning a lot of money and enjoying life
  7. Kit Kat or Tunnocks Teacake? – Kit Kat
  8. Favourite TV Show? – My Wife and Kids shame it doesn’t come on TV anymore
  9. Who is your role model?  – Beyonce Knowles is my role model as she is an amazing businesswoman, married with a child yet she keeps her family life private
  10. What is the last book you read? PS I love you
  11. What is your favourite film? –  Mrs Doubtfire a childhood classic
  12. What was the last CD you bought? – Michael Jacksons album a very long time ago
  13. What made you choose Manchester for your degree? I chose to study in Manchester as I love the city. Compared to where I live, Manchester is a lot bigger which helps me gain more independence
  14. What is your most commonly used word or phrase? FABULOUS..!!
  15. If you could invite 4 famous people to dinner, who would you invite and why? Nicki Minaj – think she is an amazing singer, seems fab to be around. Alan Carr – hilarious human. The Queen. – she is a cute old woman and she is the Queen..!! Beyonce Knowles – a very private celeb, fantastic singer an amazing family woman also my role model.
  16. Where is the one place on earth you’d like to visit? – New York – Shopping..!!!
  17. How much is a pint of milk? £1 I think..!
  18. Who’s going to win 2012’s X Factor? Not really watched it much but I think Jade is amazing
  19. Of all the products available at newroomsonline, which is your favourite? Champagne glasses I think they are very classy an a cute gift

Mother’s Day 2013 – Amelia Carey

February 28, 2013

Mothering Sunday is approaching (10th March FYI) so it’s time to start celebrating our Mums! In case you’re struggling with ways to show your Mum just how much you appreciate her, we have a few ideas we’d be happy for you to steal.

First of all, make sure you head to www.newroomsonline.co.uk to take a look for yourself at our huge selection of gifts, we have everything from mugs to bags.

Everyone’s mum is different, and we all have a different budget and style, so read on to discover everything from cute little gifts to grand gestures, all of which will be guaranteed to bring a smile to your Mum’s face.

So let’s start small, it doesn’t matter if you can’t afford much on Mother’s Day, the best gifts are always the most personal ones. Even if something doesn’t cost a penny, if you put a lot of thought into something, it will always be appreciated much more than something expensive and unoriginal. One thing we’re not short of at Newrooms is mugs! With so many designs and patterns to choose from you’re bound to find something that your Mum will love, and it won’t break the bank. Is your Mum a lover of all things British? These London Bus mugs are fabulous!

londonbusmug

One of the nicest and probably cheapest ideas, is cooking. Grab your apron and make your Mum breakfast in bed, cook up her favourite meal for dinner or even have a go at cake. Everyone loves to eat, and personalised cakes or favourite meals always go down a treat.

marmite

A lot of women are like magpies, they see something shiny and they have to have it. If your Mum’s anything like that, jewellery is always a good shout! This colourful charm bracelet by Mojo could be the one.

mojo

If you want to get your Mum something extremely personal that will maybe even bring a tear to her eye (in a good way), nothing beats a photo album filled with pictures of some of your favourite memories. This Ted Baker album is a personal favourite of mine, very cute and stylish, but the real winner will be the photos you put inside. Choose the most sentimental, tear jerkers you can find!

tedbaker

Now it’s time to step it up into the big leagues! Give the gift of relaxation with a day at a Spa, after all being a Mum is never easy, however old your children are, so allow your special lady a day off to get her pamper on! This kind of gift can cost anything from £20 to £659, but make sure you shop around because you can get some great deals. And remember, whatever the price, everyone’s happy when they’ve been pampered and spoilt.

Finally, I love the idea of giving someone the gift of an experience, rather than a material object. They say people are happiest when they spend their money on experiences rather than material objects, and think about it, memories are worth so much more than handbags and cars. There are so many experiences you can give as gifts, everything from holidays to restaurants to adrenaline filled activities. For the real daredevil, bungee jumping or skydiving is a must, but there’s plenty to choose from.  Take your mum for a delicious meal or spend a day together doing something fun, whatever it may be she will be sure to cherish the memory forever!

The main thing to remember on Mother’s Day is that it doesn’t really matter what you give your mum, as long as she knows that you love her and appreciate her.

Here’s Amelia – teamster No. 4!

February 11, 2013

Amelia is the next member of the newroomsonline team to introduce to you all.

A driven individual for whom nothing is too much trouble. I have a feeling that she would survive and thrive no matter what discipline she chose to follow.

A former competitive equestrian who drinks in all things marketing, she keeps me on my toes, alerting me to new ideas every week.

So while she offers no nickname, let’s say I’ll call her the Boss from now on!

Topshop – take heed, please don’t miss out on Amelia!!!!

The Boss!

The Boss!

  1. Name – Amelia
  2. Nickname – n/a
  3. Age – 19
  4. Course of study at MMU – Retail Marketing Management
  5. What is your dream job? – Head of Marketing at Topshop.
  6. Where do you see yourself at 30 years old? – Living in New York or Sydney.
  7. Tunnocks Teackes or Kit Kat? Peanut Butter Kit Kat!
  8. Favourite TV Show? – The Inbetweeners or Sex and the City, bit of a difference!
  9. Who is your role model? – My Auntie, she lives in Spain doing what she loves.
  10. What is the last book you read? – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  11. What is your favourite film? – Lord of The Rings, best films ever.
  12. What was the last CD you bought? – TNGHT ep
  13. What made you choose Manchester for your degree? – Manchester is my favourite city in England.
  14. What is your most commonly used word or phrase? – ‘I love [insert random object/thing]’
  15. If you could invite 4 famous people to dinner, who would you invite and why? – Miley Cyrus, because I love her, Ed Westwick, because he’s gorgeous, Mila Kunis because I have a massive girl crush on her and Zach Braff because he’s hilarious.
  16. Where is the one place on earth you’d like to visit? – I couldn’t name just one, I hope to see the whole world before I die.
  17. What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done? – I am the biggest wimp, so that would probably be learning to horse ride and eventually competing on my own Horse.
  18. How much is a pint of milk? – 50p
  19. Who’s going to win this year’s X Factor? – I really don’t care.
  20. Of all the products available at newroomsonline, which is your favourite? – The Chupa Chups Umbrella, you can’t survive Manchester without one!

Meet Filipe….you might have seen him somewhere before!

January 14, 2013

Say hello to the next member of our MMU Agency Life team, Filipe Paka de Lemos – a very busy man!

Filipe should be my personal trainer…..his schedule is draining just listening to it.

Aside from his studies, Filipe is also a cage fighter, hoping to compete in the US later this year…..oh and a model! Who knew the two disciplines would ever get along? He’s clearly fearless.

He’s currently our leading light on all things Cubic.

blog Filipe

 

 

1.    Name- Filipe Paka De Lemos

2.    Nickname- Baby Boy

3.    Age- 25

4.    Course of study at MMU- Retail Marketing management

5.    What is your dream job?- to have my own business

6.    Where do you see yourself at 30 years old?- In a big mansion

7.    Tunnocks Teackes or Kit Kat?- I am not a fan of sweet things

8.    Favourite TV Show? News

9.    Who is your role model? My dad

10.  What is the last book you read? Buyology

11.  What is your favourite film? American Gangster

12.  What was the last CD you bought? I dont buy CDs

13.  What made you choose Manchester for your degree? The lifestyle

14.  What is your most commonly used word or phrase? No worries

15.  If you could invite 4 famous people to dinner, who would you invite and why? Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther king, Rosa Parks, Oscar Schindler.  They all fought for something that they believed

16.  Where is the one place on earth you’d like to visit? Bora Bora Mexico

17.  What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

18.  How much is a pint of milk? 60p

19.  Who won last year’s X Factor? I dont watch X Factor

20.  Of all the products available at newroomsonline, which is your favourite? I like all the Cubic items, they are crazily innovative!

It amuses me that Filipe hasn’t answered the question relating to the most daring thing he has ever done. He nonchalantly describes cage fighting as a buzz….not at all vain about any damage that could affect his modelling opportunities! Surely cage fighting merits daring??? Scares the hell out of me just hearing about it.

Keep your eye on Filipe…mark my words, he’s a strong contender for Brazil 2016! But on whose side he would compete is still up for debate. If he doesn’t fight for the UK (because I’m crossing everything for him that it becomes an Olympic sport) we’ll be having words!

 

Winter Warmers – Laura Crosby

December 13, 2012

With the warm weather officially behind us, there is nothing better than getting cosy in front of the fire with a blanket and a cup of warm, whipped cream topped with hot hot chocolate!

I love nothing more than doing just that, especially as Manchester weather isn’t the best!

Here are my top five favourite mugs from the newroomsonline collection to enjoy my hot chocolate in.

Keith Brymer Jones Chocolate Mug

Keith Brymer Jones’ chocolate mug.

Obviously with chocolate on the mug this is one of my favourites. Does what it says on the tin!

RR Dog mug

Repeat Repeat Dachshund mug.

Sausage dogs are definitely my favourite, but I cannot have a pet, so seeing one on a mug is close enough!

Little-Miss-Chatterbox---Mr

Little Miss Chatterbox Mug

This mug sums up what every girl does when they get together, gossip over hot drinks!

Pintuck

The retro design on this mug by Mary Fellows is girly and so cute, absolutely love this one.

Herdy Sheep Mugs

Have sheep ever been cuter?

Find all these mugs on newroomsonline before all the hot chocolate addicts (or just me) snap them up!

Brownie in a Mug

December 9, 2012

Christmas is a time for family, presents and of course, food! What better time to stuff your face with chocolate and mince pies? One of my favourite treats is brownies, the melt-in-your-mouth, gooeyness is just too divine to refuse. I recently discovered a new way to make brownies, it’s quick, it’s easy and it requires very few ingredients. I would like to introduce you all, to Brownie In A Mug! (It’s also helpful that the recipe only makes 2 mugs worth of brownie, to avoid inevitably eating your whole batch of goodies). Everyone’s eating cupcakes these days, mix it up a bit with a fabulous brownie in a mug.

They’re so fast and easy to make, perfect for if you fancy a quick and tasty snack, or if you’re not the most capable baker!

To make these irresistible treats, you will need:

Ingredients

  • 50g of chocolate (we used milk but you can use dark or white, whichever you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar (caster is best, but granulated is fine  too)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons of Nutella

(this recipe makes two mug’s worth of brownie)

And of course, you will need a mug! We used this gorgeous Catherine Colebrook mug available online at www.newroomsonline.co.uk.

mug

So, you’ve got your ingredients, you’ve got your two microwaveable mugs, and you’ve got your microwave. Let’s bake!

First of all, place a tablespoon of butter into each mug, followed by 25g of the chocolate, broken up into small pieces. These will then be microwaved separately for 40 seconds, to melt the butter and chocolate together. After microwaving, stir until blended together (try not to eat this concoction, sounds gross but it is extremely delicious! If not slightly sickly)

chocolateandbutter                   microwave

Next, stir 2 tablespoons of sugar into each before beating the egg in a bowl, and adding half to each mixture. Now add a tablespoon of flour to both, and stir everything until mixed well and smooth.

sugar    crackegg   stirinegg

flour

Finally, the Nutella. Place one and a half tablespoons in the centre of the mixture (this will melt into the centre of the brownie, absolutely scrumptious) Cook each mug in the microwave (separately) for 1 minute, told you it was quick!

nutella

And there you have it, gorgeously gooey and definitely delectable Brownies. You will not be disappointed, impress your friends and relatives this Christmas with a heavenly Brownie in a Mug. We hope you enjoy!

finishedbrownie              finish

Brownie in a Mug recipe found on www.kirbiecravings.com…..road tested by Amelia Carey (@newroomsame) and Eleanor Ashton (@newroomsel) !

Eleanor – Queen of Pintuck!

November 28, 2012

Eleanor is the third member of our Agency Life Team here at newroomsonline.

She always makes me laugh and hides her light under a bushel…..a little questioning of her own writing skills at first, it was a real pleasure to read her rewrites of my product content.

She has a talent with words that I hope to put to good effect as the project progresses…..it’s interesting how she immediately challenged the way I have written things myself – which is both daring (for someone who says she isn’t) and refreshing for me. It’s making me see my own work in a new light and I am already working on a change in the style of my own product content as a result!

Hey, who’s doing the knowledge sharing here?

Eleanor is championing Pintuck designs, a retro range using a combination of wartime slogans and vintage style patterns to create a lovely selection of mugs, tea towels and assorted kitchen linens.

 

  1. Name – Eleanor
  2. Nickname – Nor
  3. Age – 19
  4. Course of study- MMU Retail Marketing Management
  5. What is your dream job? – To run my own business
  6. Where do you see yourself at 30 years old? – Married with a career and ready to start a family
  7. Tunnocks Teackes or Kit Kat? – Kit Kat CHUNKY!!
  8. Favourite TV Show? – F.R.I.E.N.D.S!!!
  9. Who is your role model? – I don’t have anyone in particular but just someone who has been successful in their business
  10. What is the last book you read? – That is a very good question, there is a reason I don’t know big words!
  11. What is your favourite film?  – Matilda
  12. What was the last CD you bought? – A Christmas one last year because it had ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ on it
  13. What made you choose Manchester for your degree? – I  really liked the city and maybe partly because my dad grew up here
  14. What is your most commonly used word or phrase? – Oh my god and I love my life
  15. If you could invite 4 famous people to dinner, who would you invite and why? –  Michael Mcintyre because he’s hilarious and would keep us amused all evening , Matthew Perry as Chandler ‘cos I wish Chandler from friends was my best friend, Gordon Ramsey so he could cook for us and Santa is technically a celebrity, right? Santa so he can bring us presents!
  16. Where is the one place on earth you’d like to visit? – Australia
  17. What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?  – The fact I can’t answer this question makes me feel I should be daring , this could get dangerous!
  18. How much is a pint of milk? – I don’t get if I’m supposed to answer this or say something clever?!
  19. Who’s going to win this year’s X Factor? – Ella Henderson
  20. Of all the products available at newroomsonline, which is your favourite? – I really like the milk glasses, I’m such a child!

Ted Baker – it’s more than just a clothes thing!

November 16, 2012

I’ve always battled with my weight but LOVE clothes, however, being too big for the names I love, have, instead, indulged in the merchandise that IS available to me….and I can’t help but wonder if the big houses aren’t missing a trick….trust me we’d spend a fortune on the accessories if they were, well, more accessible!

Ted Baker, however, never fails to please. He only entered my world in the last 5 years or so upon the purchase of a new pink purse. I’ve never looked back! Joy of all joys, then, to be the bearer of good news.

TED BAKER IS IN THE HOUSE!

….sadly not actually in person, but his stationery range arrived earlier this week and I’ve finally uploaded it to the site.

TED BAKER brown brogue notebook – small, medium & large available

Ted Baker has a number of ranges which we are currently stocking…the brogue, tweed and the floral. Brogue as you can see, replicates the feel of a classic brogue shoe. Brogue designs are aimed at men and women including notebooks and an address book, but there are matching touchscreen ballpens too!

These pencils are gift-boxed in sets of six

I seem to spend more of my life writing in pencil than I do in pen these days – easier to correct! The set of six comprises two lots of three – a plain pink and a floral design, both highlighted with gold foil wording at the end.

The photo album comes in its own presentation box making a perfect gift for a special occasion.

The Ted Baker photo album holds 200 photographs measuring 7 x 5. No need for photo corners are the design allows for easy placement of pictures within plastic sleeves.

Some Day My Prince Will Come is embossed on the spine in gold foil

I love this address book – two shades of pink and lots of sumptuous foil embossing…….just delightful.

Touchscreen ballpens – a colour for every day of the week – almost!

The touchscreen ballpens write in black ink and are available in purple, nude, mink, red and (lime) green. They are giftboxed and have their own protective pochette! Great gift idea – am I right?

The green notebook is available in small and medium.

The brogue range includes mink, pink and green in its choice of colour, and is available in small and medium sizes. The pages are gold edged and each contains lined, cream paper.

Finally – more pens for the guys!

There are two pens available for the menfolk…although equally lovely for women! Tweed comes in a tweed design green box with a dark green barrelled pen while the one above is the brogue pen, making a perfect match to the notebooks.

Do you ever need an excuse to put pen to paper?

Notelets, notecards – what do you call them? Do you ever, truth be told, still buy such things? I love these, the attention to finer detail is truly adorable. There are three different designs, all floral or garden bird related. Each has a plain gold back and on the front has wording highlighted in gold embossing. The set has matching pink envelopes and is contained within this richly illustrated gift box. The perfect present.

There are lots of colours and variations from which to choose….and I am spoilt for choice. If you love design, fashion and stationery then meet your perfect accessories!

 

 

 

 

Lozza! Newroomsonline’s answer to the love it/hate it debate.

November 14, 2012

Yes Laurence is the second member of our MMU Agency Life Team who will be championing all things Marmite for the foreseeable….hopefully ensuring that even if you don’t love the black sticky stuff per se, you will, at least, love the merchandise enough to buy some!

Laurence’s talents go way beyond the humble world of retail marketing…with aspirations of entering quite different areas of life from the music industry to pro skateboarding. I am currently trying to persuade him to use these extra curricular skills to market our stuff in a more contemporary way…..watch this space!

As the team starts to experiment with creating films for a youtube channel, maybe Laurence will become our in-house creative director…..you know you want to Loz!

I can’t argue with his taste in our range – the ACME crayon pens are a firm favourite of mine – I think the design is inspired….and as for XL mugs….there isn’t a mug of tea I won’t drink…so no arguments there either!

 

And so to his 20 answers:

  1. Name – Laurence Donaldson
  2. Nickname  – Lozza
  3. Age – 20
  4. Course of study at MMU   Retail Marketing Management
  5. What is your dream job?    Something to do with Advertising
  6. Where do you see yourself at 30 years old?   Not sure
  7. Tunnocks Teackes or Kit Kat?  Kit Kat
  8. Favourite TV Show?  Breaking Bad or Peep Show
  9. Who is your role model?  Don’t really have one
  10. What is the last book you read?  A bit of a Blur- by Alex James
  11. What is your favourite film?  Anything with Will Ferrell
  12. What was the last CD you bought?  Q-Tip- The Renaissance
  13. What made you choose Manchester for your degree?   I like Manchester?
  14. What is your most commonly used word or phrase?   Cool, peng, safe or sick
  15. If you could invite 4 famous people to dinner, who would you invite and why?   Snoop Dogg, Josh Homme, Jack Black and Damon Albarn
  16. Where is the one place on earth you’d like to visit?  Iceland
  17. What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?      Hmmmmm
  18. How much is a pint of milk?   50p
  19. Who’s going to win this year’s X Factor?  Hopefully nobody
  20. Of all the products available at newroomsonline, which is your favourite?  Either the Crayon Pens or one of the XL mugs.