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The History of the Iconic Wimbledon Towel

Imagine, you are sat in centre court. Your seat is a breath away from the finalists. You are so close to the court you can smell the freshly cut grass. The game begins. Players and fans from all over the world come to experience this prestigious event filled with excitement and luxury. But this is also an experience that you can bring home.

Wimbledon only source the finest. The best champagne, the juiciest strawberries and, without a doubt, the most beautiful towels the world has ever seen.

Christy have had the privilege of designing and making a towel perfect for The Championships, Wimbledon for over 30 years. Ensuring that the design is bold and beautiful every year. Fit for professionals. Fit for champions.

Our wide Wimbledon range will help you get into the spirit this year!

The Wimbledon Towel – even the name increases our Wimbledon fever! Be sure to check out our Mens Championships Towel incorporating the iconic Green and Purple combination.

Our Ladies Championships Towel is simply b-e-a-uitful! Block colours of Cornflower Blue and Punchy Pink add an element of fun.

Game Set Bath! The collection fit for your little Champion.

Make sure that your Wimbledon finals BBQ is fit for the occasion by dressing your garden with our beautiful Wimbledon blanket.

Be sure to share your Wimbledon set-up with us on social media @Christy_Home using the hashtag #ChristyLovesWimbledon

Towels through the decades

Here’s a sneek peak at our towels through the decades!

 

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

 

How To Use up your Leftovers with a Turkey Curry Recipe from Spice Kitchen

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As is tradition, Christmas day is filled with mountains of food that has taken days to prepare and only a short amount of time to eat. After Christmas, it can seem like you have endless amounts of leftover food that you aren’t quite sure what to do with.

But if you’re stuck thinking of a new way to reinvent your turkey leftovers every year, then look no further, we have the perfect solution for you.

Whilst you family may tell you they’re all turkeyed-out, this turkey curry recipe from Spice Kitchen will completely  transform undesired leftovers into a tasty Boxing Day treat that is sure keep everyone’s spirits up.

Adapted from Antony Worrel Thompson’s hit recipe, this turkey curry is simple to make and is designed to give you a much needed from the kitchen.

Simply follow the recipe below to create a turkey curry dish that is perfect for boxing day this Christmas.


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 25g/1oz unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2.5cm/1in knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 8 Spice Kitchen green cardamom pods, slightly crushed
  • 1 tsp Spice Kitchen ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp Spice Kitchen ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp Spice Kitchen chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Spice Kitchen garam masala
  • 1 tsp Spice Kitchen ground coriander & cumin powder
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into cubes
  • 570ml/1pt chicken or turkey stock
  • 125ml/4fl oz yoghurt
  • 85ml/3fl oz double cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 large handfuls roast turkey, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Preparation method

  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick casserole pot.
  2. Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic, ginger, chilli, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, garam masala and ground coriander. Cook over a medium heat until the onion is soft, being careful not to burn the spices.
  3. Add the potatoes and butternut squash and cook until the potato begins to stick to the bottom of the pan slightly.
  4. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes and butternut squash are tender.
  6. Stir in the yoghurt and cream, then add the lemon juice.
  7. Add the cooked turkey, fold in and simmer to heat through.
  8. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Have you given this boxing day turkey curry recipe a go? Send us a photo of the finished masterpiece over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we’d love to see how you got on!

 

The Nutcracker Garland Tutorial, by Laura Pearson-Smith

By Laura Pearson-Smith, founder, http://www.alifewithfrills.co.uk

Here at Christy, we think that Christmas is the perfect excuse to get your scissors out of the drawer and get crafting. Luckily, so does our friend Laura from A Life With Thrills. In this blog post, Laura provides an easy step-by-step guide for making a Nutcracker themed garland, decorated with ballerinas, snowflakes and sparkling beads, perfect as an afternoon activity with the kids.

To make this sparkly festive garland inspired by The Sugar Plum Fairy, you will need: a selection of white, gold and silver ribbons, thin gold elastic, pink A4 card, silver A5 paper, snow and Christmas-themed die-cuts, white pompoms and some small bells. It’s a great way to utilise left over ribbon, tags and decorations from wrapping your presents.

Step One

Cut your collected ribbons and cut them to the length that you would like your garland. Lightly twist them together then tie the ends with your gold elastic.

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Step Two

You are going to make your own Sugar Plum Fairy. I’ve put one of these in the centre of the garland, but you can make as many as you want, in whatever size you want. Fold your pink card in half and on the fold, copy my outline of one side of the ballet dancer. When you cut this out and unfold it, you will have a complete body. Next, make one of the paper snowflakes that we all made in school (fold up a square piece of your silver paper then cut designs out of it and unfold), make a slit in the centre and pull down over the top of The Sugar Plum Fairy to resemble a ballet skirt.

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Step Three

With your gold elastic and left-over ribbon, tie on your Sugar Plum Fairy, die-cuts, bells and snowballs along the length of your garland, then hang up on your wall.

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How to Create #dreamchristy Origami Star

If you are looking for some extra crafts to do this Christmas then why not create your own #dreamchristy origami star. These paper crafts are a cute addition to the tree or to place around the dinner table. Here’s our step by step guide on how to create an origami star.

What you will need:

Paper (click here, here or here for your free download template already cut to pentagon shape in a Christy bed linen design)

Scissors

  1. Carefully cut around the black line from the template to get your pentagon shape and should you something that looks like the below image.

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3. Start with your paper nice side down, so the pattern is on the flat surface top. Fold the pentagon in half through each of its points and unfold again, so that you have a set of creases like the images below.

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4. Fold up the bottom edge so that the corners meets the creases you just made.

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4. Unfold what you just folded, then make the same fold for all the other sides of the pentagon, so that you have a set of creases like the image below.

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5. Fold in the left edge along one of the creases you just made. Then fold up the bottom edge, at the same time pulling the corner of the pentagon out to the left like this. Squash the fold flat.

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6. Unfold completely. Rotate the pentagon 1/5th of a rotation so that the next side is at the bottom, then repeat the folds as in the image above. Do the same thing for all the rest of the sides of the pentagon. When you’ve finished you will have a new set of creases that look something like this:

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6. Starting with the pentagon completely unfolded, pinch all the corners together and squash them toward the center. With a bit of “massaging” the paper will collapse into a star shape.

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7. Turn over the star. Fold in the right edge to the center line, like this:

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Working clockwise around the star, do the same thing for all the other arms:

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And there you have your #dreamchristy origami star.

We’d love to see any crafts you create this Christmas let us know on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page by hash tagging #dreamchristy.

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Looking after guests this Christmas

One of the best things about Christmas is the time spent with family and friends. We teamed up with Aerobed and asked Kate from My Family Fever to share the best ways to make your guests feel comfortable while they’re at your house. Here’s what Kate suggests:

It is imperative that guests get a sufficient and quality night’s sleep – sleeping on uncomfortable surfaces such as the floor or sofa or even a poor mattress can lead to pain and discomfort.

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It can often be difficult to get a quality night’s sleep when staying away from home, therefore here are a few tips for your guests that could potentially help:

  1. Try to avoid sleeping on your front. The spine will never be in alignment in this position as one has to severely turn the head in order to breathe and usually the pelvis is in torsion with one leg lifted up.
  1. Always have a pillow – or something that can be shaped into a pillow to support the neck. Even if sleeping directly on the floor, having a supportive headrest will immediately relieve the pressure placed upon the upper region of your spine – and where possible travel with your own pillow from home.
  1. If suffering from any discomfort in the low back, place a spare pillow or cushion between your knees (if sleeping on your side) or under your knees (if sleeping on your back) to relieve the pressure on the lumbar spine area.

As well as providing a comfortable sleeping area, there are other things you can do to make your guests feel comfortable. Make sure you provide them with everything they might need during their stay, from soap and shampoo, to jugs of water and soft fluffy towels.

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It’s important to make the guest room as homelike as possible, and add in little touches to make your guests feel welcome, such as books to read, pictures on the wall, thick blackout curtains and clean fresh bedding.

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Is there anything else you do to make sure your guests have a happy stay? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d would love to hear your ideas!

 

Be Guest Room Ready

 

Blogs by Marie

You’ve ordered the Turkey, wrapped the gifts and decorated the tree, but there is more to being the perfect hostess than hors d’oeuvres and pretty place settings.

Making overnight guests feel right at home requires a few thoughtful touches to the spare room. Here are our top five tips to get yourself “guest room ready”

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  1. Dress To Impress – Freshly laundered, good quality bed linen is the fastest way to make your guests home away from home feel (but with a little added 5 star treatment!) A quick spritz of fragranced linen water when ironing leaves a clean and fresh scent that will linger throughout their stay.

A Flat sheet under the duvet and Extra blankets allows guests to be in control of their temperature.

 

  1. Hanging Out – Clear a little space in the wardrobe or a drawer, and add a hook to the back of the door or if space allows a freestanding rail so guest have somewhere to hang their clothes.

 

  1. Midnight Feast – Leave a jug or bottle of fresh water and a glass on the bedside table (along with a good book and a simple sprig of foliage or single stem flower)

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  1. Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush – Don’t neglect the bathroom. Drying off with a fluffy towel is one of life’s little luxuries. A bath towel and two hand towels per guest is ideal. A bathrobe and even some slippers give that at home feel. Stock up on toiletry supplies and leave them neatly arranged but visible and easily accessible. A simple toothbrush and toothpaste is often appreciated too.
  1. Tech savvy – It maybe the season of rest but god forbid we can’t have a quick nose at our emails or check out what your third cousin twice removed is up to on Facebook! So leave your guests a little note with wifi details, or print it out and frame it for a hotel touch.

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