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Sleep: How does this affect you?

March, one of our favourite times of year. Spring is on the brink of fully blossoming – that’s right, more daffodils and baby lambs will be greeting you soon! It is also a particular favourite time of year for Christy HQ too, as this is the month of celebrating sleep.

National Bed Month* takes place between the 1st and 31st March annually. Founded by the Sleep Council, an organisation dedicated to improving peoples quality of sleep, this campaign encourages you to reflect on your nightly routine. Yes, that’s right, this is a month dedicated to improving the relationship between yourself, your bed and rest. Amazing.

Okay so this is not an excuse to ditch work for a month and sleep all day everyday (we can wish upon a star for that time but it doesn’t look like human hibernation will be a trend anytime soon). But, this is a good time for you to reflect on your routine, your well-being and ways to improve both.

Sleep is an imperative part of everyday life – we can instantly tell when we have not had enough sleep. We feel groggy, distracted, short-tempered, dazed, sluggish, we could go on…

Inspired by National Bed Month and our dedication to helping you with your sleep as much as possible, Christy decided to create an online survey to learn more about how sleep affects your day-to-day lives. The results that we found were eye-opening:

  • 59% of total participants struggle to get a good night’s sleep, 65% of the total were women and 47% of men respectively.
  • 35% of total participants found that sleep deprivation was as result of Stress.
  • 26% of total participants referenced Discomfort, and 25% of participants referenced Temperature (too hot and too cold) as a form of sleep hindrance.

Comfort, Stress, Temperature. Three important factors that influence sleep. Three things that you can change. Three things that you have an element of control over.

At Christy, we are dedicated to helping you as much as we can. Our products are designed with you in mind, and so is the information which we provide.

On that note, we would like to share with you some top tips on how to make your bed cosy, comfortable and a balanced temperature from our experts in the design department. Take a read below!

Lucy Ackroyd, Christy Design Manager: “If you love the feeling of crisp clean sheets in a smart hotel then you’re already realised the sensory benefits of pure cotton, high thread count bed linen  You may not know why they feel so good though. Firstly 100% cotton products are naturally breathable so they help to regulate your temperate and also moisture levels, stopping the clammy feeling you can experience with synthetic fibres. Secondly high thread count fabrics are smoother against the skin so as well a being much more comfortable you are less likely to feel tangled up or trapped by rougher fabrics that cling, especially to nightwear. The good news is also that superior quality cotton products have great durability and lifespan too making them a really worthwhile investment. Your sleep is worth it!”

Julia Galloway, Christy Design Manager: “Most of us, at one time or another, have suffered with stress in our lives and whilst there is no quick fix, there are a few things that we can do to help with our everyday mood.  Playing with colour is such a way and has been proven to have an effect on the way we feel.  Chroma Yoga and light therapy are becoming more and more popular as people start to look into mindfulness techniques in their own homes.  One quick way to add some colour is with a change of linens in your bedroom and bathroom, both of which should be a sanctuary and a place of rest when stress takes a hold of our lives.   As a guide, we’ve added some key words to help you understand how certain shades will affect your mood:

  • Soft blues can be calming, serene and tranquil.
  • Yellows can be stimulating, happy and energising.
  • Greens can be harmonious, refreshing and renewing.
  • Soft pinks can be soothing, calming and balancing.
  • Purples can be relaxing, inspiring and spiritual.
  • Greys can be grounding, calming and balancing.”

*The Sleep Council, founders of the National Bed Month campaign, is an organisation which investigates how sleep affects your health and well-being, and provides brilliant tips on how to get more of it. More time for dreaming and escaping to a paradise.

 

#LoveYourPetDay

At Christy HQ, we love chatting about all the silly and funny things our pets do! So to celebrate #LoveYourPetDay, we asked team Christy at Christy HQ to send us the cutest shots of their furry friends relaxing on luxury in true Christy style! Get to know our pets below and get ready to say aww and so cute a lot!

Firstly, we would like to introduce you to Frank the pug. Frank is only 2 years old, his mummy tells us that he hates the cold so loves snuggling up to keep warm. Here he is all wrapped up in his Christy Karina throw probably awaiting his cheese on toast as that’s his favourite treat!

Here we have Lady. Lady enjoys snoozing on the very best linens although her very expensive basket is only to the left of her, it doesn’t even get a look in when she knows that she can curl up on her humans Christy bed linen.

This isn’t any pooch taking a little nap on Romeo bed linen… This is a Batdog pooch, a superdog amongst the rest and it is clear to see from Bachus’ position that he is clearly taking a flight in his dreams. Batdog to the rescue!

Being a photogenic cat, Treacle has many poses which she turns on for the camera. Her mummy has told us that Treacle calls this pose her ‘don’t make me get up’ pose and we do not blame her! Christy bed linen is just too good to leave at any time of the day.

Now, Christine did start off by not allowing the dogs on the bed… but look at those puppy dog eyes, it’s hard to say no and Tyah just loves her Oslo throw!

Treacle the Labrador is not really fussed which Christy bed linen and throws she relaxes on as long as it is Christy

Move over human, this is my bed now! This doggo is certainly a royal; Harry the cavalier King Charles often wonders why the humans want to share his bed of Bude Christy dreams.

Ted does not like early mornings. In fact Ted usually lies in until around 11am in his Coniston bed linen and then he STILL needs a little encouragement to leave and go for a walk. His mum and dad are rather jealous of this as Ted usually spends more time in their bed than they do.

 

What a round up of beautiful pets. Make sure you are using the hashtag #MyChristy when you share your photographs of your furry friends on Instagram so we can like and share these!

 

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.

 

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…