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.

 
 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: Cocktail Making with Lanson, with The Ana Mum Diary

Strawberries and champagne – two Wimbledon must-haves that are the perfect accompaniment for an afternoon of tennis and sun.

Luckily, our lovely friend, Amanda, from The Ana Mum Diary is here to share her perfectly simple yet delicious champagne cocktail recipe that only consists of three ingredients. Where do we sign up?

For this recipe, all you will need is:

  • 1 punnet of strawberries – approximately 400g
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1 bottle of Champagne

Amanda’s top tip: “if you can buy or grow wild or Alpine strawberries, they taste amazing.”

Firstly, take your punnet of strawberries and pull off the green stems and leaves, then add to a blender with two mint leaves for a fresh kick and blitz these up until they make a puree.  

If you have a particularly sweet tooth or your strawberries aren’t in season, feel free to add a little sugar syrup, but if the strawberries are ripe (which they should be in July), your puree should be sweet enough from the natural sugars in the fruit.

Next, add a three teaspoons of your puree into a champagne flute, and top off with ice cold champagne. Et voila, the perfect summer cocktail to accompany an afternoon of spectatorship.

Amanda says: “This should make enough for one or two bottles of champagne depending on how strong you want the strawberry taste to come though. If you’re feeling daring, a slight variation on the recipe would be to add a teaspoon of brandy to each champagne glass too.”

Enjoy!

 

 
 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: Wimbledon Crafts, with Along Came Cherry

Wimbledon is now in full swing which means that in Britain, summer has officially arrived. If you are planning any Wimbledon themed parties or BBQs then our friend, Jess, from Along Came Cherry, is here with some Wimbledon inspired crafts this Summer. We’ve got our scissors at the ready…

First up, is this impressive- looking tennis racket garland that may look complicated, but is actually rather easy to master.

For this garland you will need:

  • A small scrap of cardboard
  • 1x glue gun
  • 1 roll of white yarn
  • 1 metre of felt (Jess has used white and grey but you could use any colour you wish)
  • 1 pair of scissors

To start, take your cardboard and cut the outline of a tennis racket shape out of the cardboard, ensuring to cut a hole in the middle for your racket wire. This should be cut to the size that you want your rackets, but we would recommend 10cm x 5cm.

Next, take your cardboard template and use this to cut out racket shapes in the felt until you have 15 or so rackets to hang on your garland.

Then, cut small strands of yarn to fit inside your rackets. About 4 pieces of yarn per racket should make it look detailed enough. Then (carefully) use your glue gun to attach the yarn to your felt in a lattice fashion.

Finally, cut a piece of yarn to the desired length of your garland, and use the glue gun to attach your completed rackets to the string. Once fully dried, hang up over your fireplace or attach each end to a tree for the perfect Wimbledon decoration.

Now, what would a Wimbledon party be without a celebration of Strawberries? This next garland will ensure that once all your guests have snaffled the strawberries, you’ll still have motifs of the fashionable fruit dotted around your Wimbledon party.

For the strawberry garland, you will need:

  • 1 metre of red felt
  • 1 metre of green felt
  • Needle and thread (in green or red)
  • 1 pair of scissors

Start by cutting a strawberry shape (similar to a heart shape) out of the red felt until you have around 15 strawberries. Next, take the green felt and cut out the foliage to sit on top of the strawberry.

Then take your thread and stitch the foliage to the strawberry. Once you have stitched them together, leave around 10cm of thread and stitch the next strawberry together. Not only will the thread attach you two pieces of felt together, but it will also provide the integral structure for your garland. And you’re finished!

Not only are both garlands really simple to make, but they provide you and your family with a great afternoon of activities and some fabulous handmade decoration for the sporting party of the year.

 
 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: Bringing Wimbledon In To Your Home, with Love Chic Living

As you may have already guessed, the team here at Christy HQ can’t get enough of Wimbledon this year, and like a lot of people, we eat, breath and sleep tennis at this time of year.

By why should it just stop at the odd Wimbledon-themed party once a year? Why not take some inspiration from the court and bring it into our homes for the ultimate summer upgrade?

Luckily, our friend, Jen, from Love Chic Living, is also an avid Wimbledon fan and is here to help discover the ultimate in tennis-inspired home décor.

Upcycling Tennis Racquets

Credit: Houzz

This first idea is a nifty DIY project that will transform a vintage tennis racquet (these can be found online or in most charity shops) into a fabulous multi-purpose addition to your hallway.

Jen says: “As above, you can turn them into great wall hooks in the entrance hallway, or use them in a wall collage or display, or even add a few little hooks to them to store your jewellery.”

We think it’s a must for any tennis lover. What would you use yours for?

Tennis Wallpaper

Credit: NOTHS

Next up is this beautifully intricate tennis-motif wallpaper from Cazalet Designs. It features a delicate design on a lush green background which makes the piece simultaneously bold yet subtle. It’s fun without being too quirky and wouldn’t jar with other décor pieces.

Jen adds: “Coordinated as in the picture with bright contemporary décor, it looks cool without being kitsch. This would be ideal as a statement wallpaper or even an all over pattern in a smaller room.”

Towels

Now, how could we mention tennis-inspired decor without including our beautiful range of Wimbledon textiles? Possibly the easiest way to incorporate the sports-luxe look into your home.

Jen’s favourite is the Wimbledon Sports Towel in white. She says: “With just a nod to the tennis scene, this is a bang on-trend way to add some tennis-inspired interiors to your home”.

Vintage Wall Art

Credit: Etsy

If like us, you can’t get enough of the industrial interiors trend that is everywhere at the moment, this next piece from Etsy will be perfect for you.

A fan or the piece, Jen adds: “I just love this piece, it’s so different, stylish and not obvious at all. For the diehard tennis fan, a piece like this is a must. Perfect displayed on its own or as part of a larger wall display, maybe even with the upcycled vintage tennis racquets we mentioned earlier.

 
 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: Guide To Wimbledon Etiquette, with William Hanson

Also known as The Championships, Wimbledon is arguably the most prestigious tennis event in the world and has been held in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. This year, the two-week event starts on the 3rd July and to ensure that you’re properly prepared, we spoke to William Hanson, the UK’s leading etiquette coach and expert,  who gives his advice for those attending Wimbledon for the first time. Follow his advice, and in no time you’ll be sipping on Pimms on the Centre Court in no time.

Dress code

William Hanson says: “Although there are no hard-and-fast rules for spectators (they need not wear all white) “It is generally acknowledged that Wimbledon is an ‘occasion’ and should be treated like such and so smarter dress is worn.

“Panama’s for the men and large brimmed sunhats for women are a good idea, as indeed a good pair of sunglasses.”

Advice for spectators

If this is your first time at Wimbledon, there’s a few things to note to avoid any potential scowls from fellow attendees.

  1. If you’re inside a court watching a game, your phone must be switched off
  2. Similarly, chatting is kept to an absolute minimum
  3. No flashlight photography
  4. No selfie sticks

William adds: “For first-timers, it is important to know that you cannot leave or take your seats whilst a game is in play. Wardens control the spectator entrances and exits and sometimes you can wait anything up to fifteen minutes before the game is completed.”

Celebrations and commiserations

When it comes to cheering on your favourite player, William says there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to show your appreciation: “I would suggest that spectators do not make a song and dance about any British sporting prowess or success that Mr Murray may have: flag waving and nice cheering (not during actual play, mind you) is preferred – there’s no need to go overboard.”

Similarly, if the player you’re routing for doesn’t win, keep that classic stiff upper lip that us Brits are famous for. William says: “If Murray does not do as well as hoped, one should remember to be gracious in defeat. Congratulate the victor and do not sulk churlishly or lash out.”

 Get the perfect selfie before heading to Wimbledon and we’ll see you court side.

Love, Christy

 
 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: Essentials to Pack for a Day at Wimbledon

It’s that time of year again when it feels like summer, strawberries and cream are back in style and the world, once again, can’t take their eyes off of that little yellow ball. That’s right, Wimbledon is upon us and for that lucky few who get to grace Henman Hill and see the action in person (well, sort of), it’s important to be prepared for the day ahead.

A properly stocked bag is the key to enjoying all that the tennis has to offer. With the help of lifestyle and travel blogger, Elle Croft, we’ll share our packing essentials for a day at Wimbledon.

A set of Wimbledon towels at a picnic

Sunglasses

Not just practical, a statement pair of sunnies will keep you looking chic among the celebs you’re bound to spot at The Championships.

Picnic

There’s plenty of scrumptious food available on site, but let’s face it, there’s no picnic like a Wimbledon picnic. We’d recommend keeping the menu light and fresh with recipes like this strawberry, avocado and spinach salad, or these turkey, apple and brie sandwiches.

Elle’s Top tip: “keep it compact, as the maximum bag size per person is 40cm x 30cm x 30cm.”

CSunscreen

Elle says: “British weather is admittedly unpredictable, but you can still get burnt under cloud cover, and trust me, from experience, the one souvenir you don’t want to bring home from Wimbledon is a sunburn.”

Waterproof

Time to be realistic, this is Britain we’re talking about which means a day of grey clouds and constant drizzle isn’t out of the question. While umbrellas aren’t banned from Wimbledon, there is a risk of blocking the view of those behind you or poking your neighbour’s eye out. Instead, we’d recommend taking some quality waterproofs to ensure you stay dry and comfortable, no matter the weather.

Cash

Elle says: “If you queue for Grounds tickets you’ll need cash just to get in. Once you’re inside you can pay by cash or card to buy your programme, Pimms, and that all-important strawberries and cream”.

A picnic blanket

A picnic blanket, possibly our ultimate essential for a day at Wimbledon, will ensure that you always have a place to sit, whether you’re queuing up, enjoying a picnic or sitting tight on Henman Hill.

Top Tip: Our Wimbledon Blanket will make you look like a total pro and can be doubled up as a throw if it gets a little chilly at night.

Drinks

A day at Wimbledon wouldn’t be complete without a sip of Pimms, but don’t forget, you can bring your own drinks in, too. Elle says: “Whether it’s pink lemonade or pinot grigio, pack it in your bag – but be sure to check the regulations first!”

A portable charger

Wimbledon is the perfect Instagram opportunity. The Pimms, the lush green grass and the endless strawberries and cream are made to be documented, so as well as your phone, ensure you take a portable charger to give yourself a well-needed battery boost throughout the day.

Not only will this ensure that you can stay in touch with your fellow attendees, but you can keep those Instagram stories going, too. Elle warns: “Leave the selfie stick at home, though – they’re banned.”

Comfortable shoes

Whether you’ve got a long day of queuing ahead of you are going for a stroll to discover the outer courts and the stunning flower displays dotted around the walkways, comfortable shoes are a must. We’d recommend avoiding a heel and sticking to tennis shoes, but if you still want a bit of height, opt for a classic wedge.

For more Wimbledon tips from Elle, check out her post here.

 
 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: How to throw the perfect Wimbledon screening party

Summer marks the start of a special time of year for Christy, not only because the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, but because summer is officially Wimbledon season.

Christy is extremely proud to be the official towel supplier for Wimbledon, particularly when the likes of Andy Murray and Serena Williams are seen sporting our championship towels. And while we would love to be courtside brushing shoulders with Bradley Cooper during the Men’s Finals, for many of us, it is but a distant dream.

But instead of sitting in despair, why not take the opportunity to throw a Wimbledon viewing party for your friends and family? Keep reading to discover how to throw a ‘proper’ British party and enjoy the games at the most elegant sporting party of the year.

Decorations 

The colour theme for any Wimbledon party should, of course, be green and purple to represent the iconic colours of the men’s championship towel. Think bunting, flags, crisp White linens to contrast and your finest bone china to really impress your guests.

For extra bonus points, pitch your own tennis court in your yard using a net and rackets from a toy store. This will keep your guests entertained between games and give them a chance to polish up on their own tennis skills.

Food

Every tennis fan knows that Wimbledon is synonymous with the iconic dessert of strawberries and cream, but why not try experimenting with these two ingredients to serve a trio of desserts that will really impress your guests?

For the first dessert, we would recommend sticking with the classic strawberries and cream dish. It is the perfect accompaniment to a hot day and will provide a healthy(ish) option for your guests.

Next up is something a little more indulgent – strawberry and cream donuts. Simply use this fabulous doughnut recipe from Epicurious and swap out the vanilla filling for fresh cream and sliced strawberries. Just be sure to let the doughnuts come down to room temperature before filling to avoid a pre-party disaster.

And finally, the third dessert in our trio is a real crowd pleaser – a strawberries and cream cheesecake. This delicious recipe from taste.com can be made a couple of days in advance to give yourself some much-needed spare time on the big day.

Drink

There’s only one drink you’ll need for a Wimbledon viewing party: Pimms.

For the perfect Pimms pitcher, you will need:

  • Plenty of ice cubes
  • 200ml Pimm’s No.1
  • 600ml lemonade
  • 5 mint sprigs
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 10 strawberries, sliced

To assemble your pitcher, add ice until it reaches the halfway point in your jug. Then pour your Pimms and lemonade over the ice, ensuring to leave room for your sliced goodies. Finally, add your cucumber, orange, strawberries and mint, stir and serve.

So, are you ready for an indulgence of Pimms, strawberries and cream and tennis this summer? Come immerse yourself in the world of Wimbledon over the next two weeks on the Christy blog. We’ll be posting regular updates with more recipes, craft ideas, home style all inspired by our favourite sporting event of the year.

Serve it, Smash it, Win it, Love it.

Love, Christy.

 
 

Etiquette guide for a day at the races, by William Hanson

Royal Ascot, held annually in mid-June (this year: 20th – 24th June), is the epitome of the British Season.  As well as being a major social occasion it is firstly a world-class sporting event, dating back to the late eighteenth century.

Tickets for the Royal Enclosure need to be applied for well in advance and letters should be sent to Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot (currently Jonathan Wetherby).  You’ve missed out if you haven’t got your tickets for Royal Ascot, but there are many other events at Ascot and other racecourses coming up in the near future; knowing how to behave is key, especially at the grander races such as Royal Ascot and Epsom.

Firstly, honour the dress code.  If formal daywear isn’t your thing then some of these events may not be for you.  Cheltenham (which has been and gone for 2017) is perhaps the least dressy race in the social calendar.

Within Royal Ascot there are varying dress codes subject to the different enclosures: there’s the Royal enclosure, Queen Anne, Village and Windsor enclosures.  (As a side note, never try to sneak into an enclosure that you haven’t booked.  Know your place!)

Royal Ascot has tightened up dress regulations in recent years, especially for the top enclosure: the Royal enclosure.

Here, gentlemen are asked to wear morning dress: the most formal daytime dress code and ladies wear smart dresses with often creative and outlandish hats – although something a bit more timeless and practical is best advised.

Fashions and trends change each year but dress colours that always work well for the races are pastels, bright colours, neutrals such as cream and fawn.  As for materials, linen creases easily and for an event where you may be sitting to enjoy a picnic, this is not a good idea.  Lightweight wool and silks are preferable.  Skirts that ride up when you sit down are not, however.

Umbrellas may be a nuisance but are worth it if it begins to rain.  They can be left in a cloakroom if needs be: parasols are naff – remember, My Fair Lady was a Hollywood film.

Hats should be on straight and should be sensible: too much veiling and you won’t be able to drink or eat.  If the brim is too low then you may not be able to see, so it is important to make sure you are wearing a sensible and comfortable hat, which should on no costs be removed, as your hair will look messy.  When purchasing or choosing your outfit, do remember that you could be in it for up to seven hours.  Shoes (if new) should be worn-in before the event as to avoid blisters.  Avoid stilettos.

Whether you are enjoying corporate hospitality or have brought your own catering, remember not to overindulge in the alcohol.  Less is very much more.  Ascot still has a sense of decorum, even if other racing events in the social calendar have a different reputation.  Don’t let the side down.

When attending any racing event remember to take more than a passing interest in the racing itself.  Don’t just attend for the social aspect – many also in attendance are hardened racegoers or horse owners and won’t take kindly to seeing your back turned to the racecourse whilst the sport is happening.   Place a bet or two and enjoy the main reason the event is happening, but don’t then try to haggle with the bookmakers over your winnings, losses and pay-offs.

If stuck for conversation with a racey-type – ask them what ‘the going’ is today and watch them silently squeal with joy that you are taking an interest.

Finally, remember where you are.  As with the moratorium on drinking to excess, a more restrained  type of cheer and applause is what is needed at the appropriate times: it’s not a football match.

 
 

1 2 3 4 5 27