Quirky little gifts from Old English Company

It’s been a while since I’ve written about anything delightfully quirky so I thought I’d give y’all a little treat for your eyeballs – and perhaps a bit of gift giving inspiration! Old English Company are a stationery and homeware brand who create simple but stylishly quirky hand lettered designs, from prints and cards to mugs and pillowcases.

Having a little browse around I found some stuff that makes me happy, so I thought I would share that happy.

Everything is better in pyjamas

Everything is better in pyjamas. Who knew pillowcases were so wise? I totally support this statement and as I went to work in my pyjamas on Halloween I can confirm that this is 100% true.

Another saying I can totally get on board with would be this one – when life gives you lemons make a gin and tonic – on this lovely little coaster perfect for resting a cool glass of G&T on.

If anyone wants me I’ll be right over here in my PJs drinking gin and tonic ok?

When life gives you lemons make a gin and tonic

Of course I’m going to have to include something travel related in here too aren’t I? I love this print of Australia (and you know how much I love Australia!). I like that it has various places in Australia written inside the shape of the country. So clever!

Quirky little gifts from Old English Company

And for my animal loving peeps there’s some super cute tiger stuff to adorn yourself and your surroundings with, including these pins. I can’t decide which one I like best out of the two below… infact there’s quite a few enamel pins that take my fancy!

Old English Company enamel pins - tiger themed
But it just so happens that Old English Company are running a competition to WIN some rather fierce heart-shaped pins. So if you fancy adorning yourself in something new and shiny then follow this link to win a set of enamel pins – competition closes 30th May 2018.

Good Luck!

 

My birthday weekend

Hello April, so far you’ve been fabulous.

I’ve had a fun 3 day weekend, kicking off with my birthday on Friday when I received lots of lovely presents, including that amazing Alice in Wonderland pop-up book I raved about when I went to the exhibition at the British Library (I have the best husband!). I did take some photos of it but they just don’t do it justice so I will try again another time.

Another really cool gift I got (because I am a massive nerd) was this Pan Am pilot wings pin. I love vintage travel and I enjoyed the Pan Am tv series, just gotta work out what I’m gonna wear this beauty on!

Pan Am Junior Clipper Pilot Wings

Then our day out in London was filled with some of my favourite things, namely Japanese, weird and cake.

Japanese food at Inamo Soho – an Asian fusion restaurant with cool interactive tables.

Cocktail and beer on the interactive tables at Japanese/Korean restaurant, Inamo in Soho, London

A world of weird and wonderful at Ripley’s Believe it or not at Piccadilly Circus.

Giant rocking chair at Ripleys Believe it or not in London

Ending the day with some tea and cake at Crumbs & Doilies cake shop in Soho. I chose a Peanut Butter and Chocolate cupcake with mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top (LOVE Reese’s!). My husband opted for a slice of the Raspberry Bomb cake which was so huge that I had to help him eat it! Normally it’s the other way around!

Peanut butter cupcake from Crumbs and Doilies in Soho, London

Raspberry Bomb cake from Crumbs and Doilies in London
My hubby had a slice of this – not this actual chunk!

Saturday then treated us with even more cake when we took our mums out for a belated mother’s day gift – afternoon tea at Chilston Park Hotel in Kent.

Afternoon tea cake selection at Chilston Park Hotel in Kent, England

In the evening we played a game of Catopoly – my most random and quirky birthday present. It’s basically Monopoly for crazy cat ladies. I’m pleased to say that I thrashed my husband in what shall henceforth be known as ‘The Revenge of Ragdoll’ BAHAHA!

FYI – you know you’re old when your Saturday is spent having afternoon tea and playing board games rather than partying until 3am.

Catopoly - a monopoly style board game for Crazy Cat Ladies

Sunday has been all about cats and coffee. I did my volunteering at the Cats Protection in the morning and then in the afternoon, hubby and I popped out for a free Starbucks, discussed our possible 2016 travel plans and I bought myself a new face cream because I’m thinking now is probably about time I develop some sort of skin care regime. I think I will, but probably won’t.

Stay tuned for some more in depth posts!

How was your weekend?

Travel inspired gifts PLUS GIVEAWAY!

Time to Take a Map Necklace

If you’re familiar with this blog then you will know that I am a big fan of quirky jewellery and anything travel-related. Combine the two and you get Comuse Travels – an online store run by California-based husband and wife duo Neel and Dawn Bulchandani.

Neel and Dawn love travel and they love inspiring others to travel too, working together they “champion the dreams of others in tangible ways via advocating travel, adventure, discovery, wonder, whimsy and the imminently hopeful reality that every person can be a positive change agent for their environment and the world.” – which I absolutely love!

After browsing Comuse Travels’ website, I pretty much realised my entire Christmas wish list (hey I’m a sucker for anything map print!) so when they offered me one of their Time to Take a Map Necklaces to review I jumped at the chance!

comuse travels world map necklace

A little touch that I adored is that each order comes with a poem written by the creators of Comuse themselves who, as well as being passionate travellers, are also keen poets. In fact, every item on comusetravels.com has a poem as part of its description.

gold world map necklace

I wore this necklace to work the other day and it did receive quite a few compliments – I work with a bunch of travel loving ladies, mostly in their 20s and 30s, who are also total magpies when it comes to pretty things. It makes a subtle statement and although gold is not normally my colour, it looks fabulous against a simple black outfit!

So, if you fancy putting some travel on then keep reading as together with Comuse I have not one, but TWO of these Time to Take a Map Necklaces to give away. All you have to do is follow Quirky Little Planet and Comuse Travels on twitter and then retweet the competition tweet!

Competition closes at midday BST on Sunday 20th September 2015.

Not only that, I am offering my readers 15% off all Comuse Travels orders until 31st December 2015. Just simply use the unique promo code: QuirkyLittlePlanet

Good luck and happy travels!

time to take a map necklace

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Comuse Travels but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Terms & Conditions: 
1. The prize consists of a ‘Time to Take a Map’ necklace and there will be two winners, receiving one necklace each. 2. The prize is non transferable, non refundable and there is no cash alternative. 3. Entries must be made via following Quirky Little Planet and Comuse Travels on twitter and retweeting the competition tweet. 4. The competition closes Midday British Summer Time on Sunday 20th September 2015. 5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. 6. These Terms and Conditions are correct at time of being published but may be subject to change without notice. 7. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Gorgeous gifts for globetrotters

Gorgeous gifts for globetrotters!

It’s been a little quiet on the blog for the past week but that’s because I have been preoccupied… it was my birthday the other day you see. I had a great day and received lots of lovely gifts, many of which were travel themed, which has inspired me to write this post about gorgeous gifts for globetrotters!

Bon Voyage bag

Bon Voyage handbag from Accessorize

This was actually a pre-birthday present I bought for myself, but it got quite a few favourites and retweets on my twitter that I couldn’t not include it here. I have always wanted a vintage suitcase covered in stickers so this is the next best thing! It comes with a shoulder strap too so you don’t have to carry it like a suitcase if you don’t want to.

£29 from Accessorize

Gandys flipflops

gandys flipflops

After being inspired by Rob Forkan (co-founder of Gandys) at the Destinations Show, I had a look at the different flipflop designs and fell in love with these map print ones. Money from every sale goes towards building children’s homes for orphans in places such as India and Sri Lanka.

gandys flipflops and box

Even the box and the logo are beautiful.

£22 from Gandys

Travel journal

I wanted a cute journal to keep a diary for my upcoming travels and couldn’t find much more perfect than this map print journal by Wild & Wolf. It’s A6 in size so small enough to carry around too.

Wild and Wolf travel journal

£8 from John Lewis

The Book of Everything

Lonely Planet Book of Everything

I must confess, I have a bit of an addiction to coffee table travel books. I am running out of bookshelf space, but perhaps one day I will write a blog post about all of them. The Lonely Planet Book of Everything is a fun and factual book about, well, almost everything. It’s definitely a dip in, dip out sort of book but there’s some pretty useful stuff in there (how to survive a shark attack for example because you never know!).

There’s also stuff like the Northern Lights

Lonely Planet Book of Everything

Or even Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Lonely Planet Book of Everything

£14.99 from Lonely Planet

Globetrotting Percy sweets

Marks and Spencer Globetrotting Percy sweets

Need some sweeties for the road? Grab a bag of Globetrotting Percy jellies. Percy Pig is a bit of a mascot for Marks & Spencer and there are several different types of Percy sweets you can buy, including vegetarian options.

Available in store at Marks & Spencer

Disney Pixar Up pin

Disney Pixar 'Up' pin badge

Not strictly travel themed but if you’ve seen the move Up you’ll know that the characters go on a great adventure. I was actually looking for this pin when I went to Disneyland Paris but I couldn’t find it as I think it may have been a limited edition promotional item or something but my clever husband managed to track one down from who knows where – and I love it!

Note: all items featured in this post were gifted to me by family, apart from the handbag which was from myself to myself. Prices and availability correct at time of publishing.