Q+A With Victoria Pendleton

For those of you who don’t know, allow us to introduce you to our newest Brand ambassador Victoria Pendleton. And with the most prestigious event in the horse racing world only a week away, let’s find out more about this amazing talented Jockey who wears our Christy Ascot towel with pride.

Tell us your Christy story.

Christy is a brand I became aware of through their support of  Team GB. We received products within out kit to make our stay in the London 2012 Olympic village more comfortable, the pillows and towels were of a lovely quality. It’s the little things that make all the difference.

How did you get into equestrian sport?

I was always into sports at school and wanted to be part of every team possible, it was the one subject that I excelled at, despite it seeming to be the least important on the curriculum. My dad was a keen competitive cyclist his whole life, racing domestically and even holding some hill climb records and a national championship title. I spent my childhood watching him race, it was only a matter of time before I followed in his footsteps. I was talent spotted at 16 by the national team and after university moved to train with the Great Britain team in Manchester the rest is history. In 2013 I was approached by a sponsor to take up a switching saddles challenge, learning to become a jump jockey in 12 months to ride at Cheltenham festival in the amateur race, the Foxhunters Chase, a 3-mile race over 22 steeplechase fences. I had never ridden a horse before and had my first lessons with Yogi Breisner, before spending some time at the BHA British Racing School, I knew instantly that is was something I wanted to try! It was so exhilarating. Some of my cycling training really helped me to become a jockey; core stability, leg strength, focus and determination. I raced some flat races, point-to-point and some hunter chases and ended up coming 5th very unexpectedly in the Foxhunters Chase on the beautiful horse called Pacha du Polder, I love that horse he looked after me. Since that experience I have continued to ride, I have two retired thoroughbreds which I am retaining to become eventers. I have also tried a little showjumping for charity and some polo. Horses are a big and permanent part of my life.

What is a typical day in your life like? 

I walk my dogs in the morning, and then go to the yard to ride my two horses. I come back for lunch and often head into London for meetings or engagements. I have a portfolio career so  lots of different opportunities come my way! I try to make the most of it and experience as much as possible. I tend to do fitness work in the evenings. I have a gym at home with plenty of equipment so I am very lucky, and I love keeping in shape.

How did you find the Christy photoshoot 

I love doing photo shoots! Doing something a bit different. I’ve never been in a bath full of foam before! It was fun and I really liked the images. It is lovely to feel glamourous when you spend so much time in riding breeches and polo shirts!

Where did your love of horses begin?  Do you own any? 

I have two horses, According to Sarah who is a lovely chestnut mare and Vesperal Dream my elegant black beauty (those are their official racing names) they are both retired racehorses from great yards. I love them to bits.

Do you have any healthy living tips for our readers related to fitness? 

Little and often is the key! Rope friends into committing to a plan with you, it’s always more fun to work out with people rather than alone. If you struggle to get motivated, enter an event to work towards, maybe for a charity you care about to help push you at training when you are struggling.

Describe your interior style in 3 words 

Minimal, neutral, natural.

What’s your favourite room in your home?

My bedroom it’s cozy and relaxing. It is my haven. Sleep is really important to me.

If you could give your teenage self, one bit of advice, what would it be? 

Worry less about the future and enjoy the moment!

Where is your happy place? 

The Yard with my horses or out in the woodland on a hack in the dappled sunshine.

Greatest achievement in your life to date? 

Finishing 5th in the Fox-hunters chase at Cheltenham festival…. oh and a couple of Olympic gold medals!

 

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How to bring a Spa home

Spa breaks have always been a popular choice to escape the mundane and to relax. In our busy everyday lifestyles filled with balancing work, family time and a social life, it can be hard to find the time to get some you-time.

Sometimes you cannot book a spontaneous spa break, massage or facial. So, why not bring that spa feeling to your home instead? Made especially easy with our Christy spa-inspired bathroom collection.

Look

Spas balance earthy tones with light accessories to create that peaceful ambiance. An atmosphere that can be reflected in your own bathroom.

Maroc towels, one of our favourite summer towel designs, is lightweight and relaxed. Draped over a leaning ladder against a wall, or hung over the side of your bath, you can transform your bathroom into a spa-inspired beauty.

Fringe finishes are so chic right now. Our Kasbah towel’s delicate fringe addition and ribbed texture enhances the overall bathroom aesthetic and your washing experience. Paired with the Christy Maroc towel, these towels can be layered in your bathroom to create that full spa vibe.

Feel

Allow us to set the scene. Sat in a jacuzzi, you hear the bubbles continuously popping around you. The stream of running water brings you peace and comfort. You close your eyes, rest your head back, and enjoy the melody of running water and piano symphony playlists. Blissful.

Although we may not have a jacuzzi at home, a warm bubble bath is just as relaxing. Once you step into it, you can immediately feel the tension in your muscles release. Instantly at ease, you lie down and rest.

This tranquil experience should not be ruined as soon as you step out of the bath.

You grab your Christy bath robe. Wrap yourself up inside its lusciously sumptuous 100% cotton perfection. To get this ultimate experience, the Christy Supreme Velour bath robe is the perfect solution.

For a lighter option, for those hot summer days lounging by the pool, our Mali and Faraday bath robes are a fabulous alternative. Mali’s soft waffle texture is perfect for that effortless, poolside style. You may not be on holiday abroad when wearing this but you will sure feel like you are!

How our stylists do it

Wonderful stylist Hollie shows us how easily the robe is to use both at home and away!

Our Faraday bath robe goes on tour and looks fab.

 
 

It’s back and bolder than ever! Allow us to introduce you to Jaipur…

In every sense, the Christy Jaipur throw is beautiful. In both its look and feel. For this reason, this is one of our favourite accessories to-date. Let us explain why…

It is very easy for a room to become monotonous over a long period of time. Easy for a room to lose its sparkle, appeal and on-trend vibe. But, this is very easy to fix with pops of colour and texture.

With a dash of new paint, and some accessories you can make your bedroom instantly feel contemporary whilst maintaining that home cosy feeling. Brand new, with minimal effort – who doesn’t want that!?

Our Jaipur throw and cushions help with exactly this. The plush and lusciously thick throw can be added to any bed linen. And, as well as being unbelievably cosy and snug, it is available in a wide range of colours from dusky pastels to vibrant brights, making it easy to pair with your design aesthetic.

From bold and brash, to minimal and understated, this throw is available in six colours which help you to attain your bedroom design desires. Perfection.

Take a look below to see how we would style these ranges:

Tumeric, the colourway that is bold yet is easy to pair. It can lift plain white bedding, or bring out delicate accents in a design – as demonstrated with the Haruki bed linen.

The Jaipur in Jade, understated and minimalistic, this colourway is perfect for a summer bedroom revamp.

Beautiful for summer, our Dusky Pink Jaipur can be paired with the minimalist or the boldest of colours.

Let us know what your favourite colour of Jaipur is? Share your style on social media using #MyChristy.

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Blast Off with NEW season Christy Junior

 

Just landed in our Christy Junior Collection, or should we say taken off is our NEW Blast Off Bed Linen Range. Your little one’s dreams will be rocketed to another galaxy with our space themed bed linen made with 100% cotton.

With details of spaceships and rockets they will always have the correct transport to explore the many planets and stars the Blast Off range includes. And the journey through their dreams will be out of this world!

The perfect addition to the range is the two NEW cushions in the collection. Who needs a telescope when you have the stars and moon in your own bedroom?! Made from super soft velvet it also makes an ideal cuddle buddy.

To celebrate the launch of a new range in our Christy Junior Collection we’re giving you the chance to WIN a full set of Christy Junior bed linen including our jersey cotton Speckles sheets and pillowcases, your choice of bed linen for your little explorer or even yourself, a cosy throw and super cute Star and Moon cushions. All you need to do to enter this amazing competition is follow the link below and answer the question. Good luck!

http://www.christy.co.uk/christyjunior-competition

 
 

Christy’s Season Must-Haves.

Spring has arrived! A season full of new beginnings, freshly mowed grass, crisp air and the start of beautiful balmy weather – we hope, this is the UK after all! Whether you spent your days escaping away to a warmer climate for Easter, hiking through the nearest woodland forest or getting your home ready for the season ahead, Spring has the power to bring you out of your winter hideaway into the outdoors.

At Christy HQ, we’re always looking forward to Spring. Partly because we are quickly becoming tired of the cold, wet days, but also because we get to experiment with bright colours and patterns which help to make your homes summer-ready!

Our brand-new SS18 collection draws inspiration from the outdoors, both in the UK and overseas. Featuring bold colours and patterns, this season’s collection can help you to escape from the mundane and relaxxx. From oriental florals to minimalist French chic, our bed linens can easily transform your winter sanctuary to a summer escape.

Discover a taster of our SS18 collection.

Haruki

The statement piece

Tapping into vibrant yellows, Haruki in Ochre is this year’s essential, on-trend bed linen. By capturing the beauty of the blossom tree, this design showcases intertwining branches through a watercolour masterpiece.The perfect base layer to creating a colourful getaway in your bedroom.

Also available in two additional colourways, Pink and Coral, this range is perfect for the bold and daring.

Japonica 

The bold traveller

Bedrooms are an expression of you. So if you are a fan of venturing into tropical paradises during your holidays, then this design is the perfect reflection of the summer you! Styled with wooden décor, you can easily transform your bedroom into a secluded exotic escape.

Prestbury

The woodland wanderer

This digitally printed design showcases the wonders of woodland walks. Featuring tall trees and hidden stone castles, Prestbury can give your bedroom a classic-contemporary feel.

Placed in a plain white room and paired with our Jaipur accessories in Jade your bedroom can bring the woodlands indoors easily and elegantly.

Freya:

The beautifully understated

If your vibe is more along the lines of ‘less is more’ then Freya is this season’s ‘go to’ bedding for you. Tapping into sophisticated, vintage French style, this design is easy to dress with colourful throws and cushions, and can be incorporated into your room effortlessly. Detailed with small embroidered flowers, this design is minimal but far from boring!

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram what your favourite pick is from our Spring Summer 2018 collection using #MyChristy.

 
 

#ChristyMumsKnowBest Q+A with Kiren Owens from @MakingSpacesCount

Mother’s Day – the one day a year where we take the time to thank and celebrate the inspiring women in our lives. A day that is placed in our calendar which encourages us to properly reflect on all of the wonderful things that our mums, nanas, aunties, carers do for us on a daily basis. This day is about appreciating the small things that they do for us every day. Whether this is waking us up in the morning with a coffee or tea, or being there to give advice and guidance on the hurdles that appear throughout our whole lives. Mother’s Day give us a chance to return the favour.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, this Sunday 11th March we asked our friend Kiren, from the amazing interiors Instagram account @MakingSpacesCount to share the wisdom and advice she’s been given from her Mum using #ChristyMumsKnowBest. Team Christy met Kiren at a No House Rules interiors event and we were blow away with Kiren’s Christy story. Get yourself a cup of your favourite drink and take five getting to know Kiren and reading her Christy story.

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Tell us your Christy story.

When I was going away to University at 18, my Mum bought me a set of blue Christy towels- I leaned to appreciate quality and as I grew older I continued to buy from Christy. Now I have the great pleasure of introducing the brand to my Foster children, many of whom have never had comfort and luxury items. To see a child relax in gorgeous fluffy towels, and clean, soft bed linen for the first time is absolutely priceless. And I still have my original blue towels- many years later- they last forever!

When did your passion for interiors begin?

When I bought my first house! I had always loved clothes and fashion and all of a sudden, I had free reign to do as I liked with a whole house! I immediately painted a room in a dark blue, including the ceiling- and I still adore it!

Describe your interior style in 3 words.

Mismatched, sentimental and as my mother in law would say “oohh, that’s…different” (see the faux camel’s head hanging in our snug!)

What’s your favourite room in your home?

My bedroom. I’m very lucky to have a huge bed and I love to sleep. I don’t think I ever grew out of my teenage habits! These days sleep is precious so I enjoy every moment! There’s nothing better than getting into a freshly made bed with clean and luxurious linen!

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Press the snooze button! Then I go downstairs, give my dogs a cuddle and let my chickens out of their coop! If I’m lucky they’ve laid some gorgeous eggs for breakfast!

What makes you smile the most?

Being at home with my husband and dogs, in front of the fire, eating cake!

In the spirit of #IWD2018, what women have inspired you?

My mum. She went back to work when I was 6 weeks old and has always worked full time, but we always had amazing home cooked food and got taught the value of money.

What’s the best piece of advice or wisdom you’ve ever been given, because our #ChristyMumsKnowBest?

Everything tastes better with cheese on! But on a serious note, be kind.

Thank you so much to Kiren for sharing her Christy story. Make sure you’re following Kiren on Instagram @makingspacescount.

We’d love to hear the best piece of advice or wisdom you’ve ever been given, share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #ChristyMumsKnowBest.

 
 

The Christy Guide To Self Care

January is the perfect time of year to take time to reflect on the kind of lifestyle choices you want to make. One thing’s for certain, 2018 is the perfect time to start focusing on some self-care and self-love. That’s right, you’re pretty important too you know. Why not try these 9 tips to make 2018 your year:

Dream spray – The one thing better than fresh bedding? Scented Christy sheets to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality. Feather and Down has you (and your bed) covered, spritz your pillow with their calming spray before bed time to ensure that you have a peaceful slumber.

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand – Read a nice book in bed. Unplug and unwind, take some time out for yourself. Grab your favourite genre and indulge in some escapism, lose yourself in the pages and transport yourself in to whole other worlds.

Relax, Refresh, Recharge – Putting on a nice refreshing facial mask and just relax without any distractions. Self-care isn’t just one thing, and it’s not the same for everyone, but if you’re doing something that makes you feel good inside and out – then it’s working for you!

Let loose and move to the beat – Turn on your favourite hip-shaking song and give yourself permission to dance the craziest, most soulful dance you’ve ever danced. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy a dance, strap on your boots and go for a long walk with the dog.

Burning the Candle – Run a nice bubble bath and let the oil ease off any trace of the day. Why not try some at home Aromatherapy, it has long been linked to increased well-being but now, according to the European Society of Cardiology, it also has positive effects on heart rate and blood pressure.

Create Your Own Calm – Listening to Mindfulness podcasts or videos. These can be taken anywhere and everywhere these days, making it a speedy and accessible option for self-care. Despite common beliefs meditation doesn’t have to be done on a cushion. Plug yourself in next time you need a little zen, it’s a great way to escape from the everyday for ten minutes or so.

Grass is greener on the other side – Go for an outdoor run or to the gym, fitness isn’t only for exercising your muscles, but also your mind. It is also good to focus on something else that you can see improvements on quickly, so it makes it really rewarding! By now you know the sleep reducing implications of scrolling through Instagram late at night. Even if you don’t have time to go outdoors why not sit near a window, relax, and watch the nighttime sky.

If it Makes you happy – If it doesn’t serve you, let it go. Life is too short and way too uncertain to spend it surrounded by people, activities and things that drain you. Why not focus on things that make you feel loved, fulfilled and most importantly happy!

Turn on/ Turn off – Sometimes we’re so busy getting on with our lives we forget to take some much needed time out to focus on ourselves. Clear your mind and boost your well-being by giving up the scrolling on your mobile for the evening, according to The Fuss you’ll see the benefits right away. Just do more of what you love and make time to feel good.

After all, it is ultimately simplicity that leads to purity and bliss…

 
 

Get Fit with Christy

In the spirit of New Year, we have created an alternative exercise for you by combining towels and a workout. Yes, that’s right, a towel workout!

Using our very own Christy Supreme Hygro towels, we have created a workout which combines training with comfort. The Supreme Hygro towels super soft texture is the perfect padding for your feet making your workout more comfortable, as well as providing some resistance to make your workout slightly harder.

So why not give it a try and let us know how you get on on our Christy Facebook page? Because who needs the gym when you have a Christy towel!?

Shop Supreme Hygro towels >> here <<.

 
 

Reasons To Love Autumn!

Although it may signify the end of warm summer days, we love Autumn.

From the beautiful change in the leaves bringing golden yellow and burnt orange hues to the once green trees, to wrapping up in chunky knits and being able to hibernate under a knitted throw with a cup of hot chocolate – teamed with the promise of the Christmas festivities in the coming months where nature becomes a little bare for the winter.

It is one of our favourite times of the year!

From snuggly nights in with candles, button up pyjamas and good autumn shows, here’s why we should all get up and do little happy dances about the fact that we’re in the colder months. This is the best season to take early morning walks, while morning dew lingers on the crisp grass and soft mists make a romantic picture of the rolling suburban and city centre landscapes.

  1. Outside Events. Staying outside watching a display can make you a little chilly (even with a nice mug of mulled wine or hot chocolate) so layering up is key. There’s bound to be at least one November day or night where you think about lighting the fire for the first time, curling up with a chunky knitted throw or lighting a scented candle on a dusky evening. All are simple pleasures that make us happier about the onset of autumn.
  1. Burnt Oranges and Green Hues. Freshening up the home for the autumn months helps, you certainly don’t have to stick rigidly to a very specific palette especially for smaller accessories and it’s always a nice way to freshen up your home seasonally, with such brilliant colours during this time of year its hard to see why you wouldn’t. Our favourite colours are warm yellow, dark berries and greens such as our Atlas throw.

  1. Bed. Not feeling guilty about collapsing in bed wrapped in your duvet under piles of cosy throws shortly after dinner. Bad sleeps are a thing of the past with Christy’s bedlinen. It’s already dark alright, meaning its essentially bed time. Plus the added luxury of your electric blanket suddenly springs back into action. Hello old friend, it’s been too long…
  1. Heating on & Up. The end of the October half term signifies ‘putting the heating on’ time, so, making sure you’ve got a thin layer on underneath your woolies is always a good idea. You can shed layers when you move indoors to continue the celebrations. Fill up your Cashmere Hot Water bottle for a lavish and indulgent treat for chilly nights, this 100% Cashmere hot water bottle in this stunning on trend Light Grey hue is soft and warm and the perfect cuddle buddy to keep you cosy.
  1. Food. Sausage buns, slow cooked sticky sausages dripping in honey, toasted marshmallows and toffee apples are all on our November to-eat list, but is there anything better than getting home, slippers on, candles lit and snuggling up on the sofa with a lovely cup of tea?

  1. Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the season. Remember, remember when you wrote your name in sparklers? Yes Bonfire Night has been and gone but who doesn’t love the smell of bonfire with welcome undertones of a warming chilli?
  1. Scented Candles. Dreamy and indulgent autumn candle scents. Why make your home feel light and fresh when you can make it smell like cinnamon apple cake or like a pine scented cabin in the woods?
  1. Foraging. It’s the month to go foraging for nuts and berries. Woodlands and hedgerows are full of blackberries and hazelnuts, and old-fashioned wild ingredients like damsons, sloes, elderberries and wild strawberries are also in season. Take a tub or two on country walks and bring things home for culinary adventures – just remember to leave enough behind for wildlife.
  1. Baths & Robes. After a long day at work or a weekend spent looking at the many stalls at the Christmas Markets, theres nothing better than retreating to the sanctuary of your own home. Why not take a long, hot bubble bath before bed? With a warm and fluffy personalised bathrobes from Christy, snuggle in and treasure time spent at home, secluded and relaxed. pull on your soft cashmere Christy socks.
  1. Flavoured Coffees. Hot Chocolates with extra cream & marshmallows, Gingerbread lattes, Pumpkin spiced lattes are just some of the Christy staffs decadently creamy favourites. We think these are the perfect way to re-fuel during or post festive shopping trips. With Autumn also brings the benefits of being able to chain-drink tea and coffee without feeling like you’re boiling your vital organs.

  1. Darker Mornings. Although some see this as a negative, at least the sun isn’t aggressively waking you up at 5am. Waking up gradually as the sun comes up rather than two hours prior to the alarm going off is far better, so you can continue enjoying those uninterrupted dreams…
  1. Heading home. The food has been eaten, the sparklers have been lit, and the fireworks are finished until next year! Thaw your frozen hands in front of a radiator (or an open fire if you’re lucky), change into your comfiest pyjamas and relax.
  1. Rainy days/ nights in with the children. We know that the Autumnal weather brings a mix of crisp days and wet days. Continue your adventures indoors with our new Junior Collection. Our new designs bring the outdoors indoors, enabling playtime to never stop! From woodland trails, to infinity and beyond, this collection has something for everyone. Made with 100% Cotton, this luxury range provides the perfect backdrop and resting ground for all explorers. Besides, who says that adventures should begin and finish outside.

  1. Leaves. Piles of vibrant reds, oranges, browns and yellow on every street corner. Trying to resist the temptation of walking along the streets and kicking them up one because you’re an adult and two because you don’t want to draw unwanted attention to yourself. Then theres the glossy, shiny, perfect conkers perfectly placed near the tallest of trees, just lazing about in the leaves and wondering if maybe, just maybe, you should make this the year you start collecting them again.
  1. Chunky knits. Apart from our knitted throws, we love throwing on those loose, knitted jumpers and everything about them. Just eaten a 17-course meal? No-one needs know. Growing a human? We can’t see it. Want layer up because no one knows what the British weather has up its sleeve, that winter knit has you covered. Tucked into skirts or worn loose with jeans? This Autumn favourite can do both.
 
 

Introducing Christy Junior

Our NEW Christy Junior Collection caters to all children who want their adventures to continue. These brand new designs bring the outdoors indoors, enabling playtime to never stop! From woodland trails, to infinity and beyond, this collection has something for everyone. Made with 100% Cotton, this luxury range provides the perfect backdrop and resting ground for all explorers. Besides, who says that adventures should begin and finish outside?

Inspired by little galactic explorers and childhood adventures in the woods, our Christy Junior collection is lovingly designed in England to spark your child’s imagination. Every product is created using only the finest fabrics, ensuring each piece will feel soft and comfortable wash after wash. Tuck your little ones into bed, safe in the knowledge that they are getting the very best night’s sleep.

Have a blast and watch our behind the scenes videos on the Christy Junior photoshoot.

 

Shop the collection here >> http://www.christy.co.uk/christy-junior.

 
 

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