Cosy Autumn Nights In

BLOGBANNER

 

 

It’s officially Autumn, which means that it’s time for everyone’s favourite seasonal activity: cosy nights in!  We can’t wait to trade in picnics and sunglasses for long evenings spent under a warm blanket with a good book and a big mug of hot chocolate.  We’ve put together our list of night in essentials to help you relax and indulge as the colder weather arrives.

The Cosy Accessories

The first thing you’ll need are a snuggly pair of socks, which make you feel instantly warm and comfy.  Some cute, chunky knit socks are a treat that you can enjoy again and again, so invest in a pair made to last.  We love Powder’s new Autumn/Winter range, which features so many adorable, cosy designs.  Each pair of Powder socks come with a branded gift bag included, so why not treat you and a friend to a matching pair?

 

SOC163 Long Fair Isle Candy.jpg
Fair Isle Long Socks Candy – £15.99

 

 

SOC172 Long Mr Fox Slate.jpg

Mr Fox Long Socks Slate – £14.99

The Indulgent Snacks

Every night in needs to involve snacks, it’s a rule! A luxurious bar of artisan chocolate from Coco Chocolatier is the perfect way to indulge.  Whether you’re sharing with friends or keeping it all to yourself, these delicious chocolate bars are available in milk, dark and white varieties, with a range of crowd-pleasing flavours.  Try their famous Gin & Tonic dark chocolate, or enjoy the warm, rich tones of Artisan Roast Espresso.

 

Capture5
Gin & Tonic Dark Chocolate Bar – £4.99

 

Capture4
Artisan Roast Espresso Chocolate Bar – £4.99

 

The Warming Hot Chocolate

Now it’s time to pair your favourite chocolate with a delicious mug of hot chocolate to match.  Whether you love to pile on the cream and marshmallows, or enjoy discovering exciting new flavour blends, this selection bag will keep everyone happy.  Featuring twelve sachets with six delicious flavours to try, choose from sweet vanilla, classic cocoa, warm orange, rich caramel, roasted hazelnut and toasty cinnamon.

 

413vab8BpJL.jpg
Café Tasse Hot Chocolate Assortment Gift Bag – £8.99

 

The Lively Board Game

Now that you’re wrapped up warm and have your chocolate and a hot drink, it’s time to add some entertainment.  Evenings at home are the perfect time to play a board game with friends and loved ones.  Whether you enjoy fast paced group games or family quiz nights, it’s always fun to discovered something new.  Just try not to get too competitive!

 

ginger-fox-buzzed-out-game
Buzzed Out Game – £10.99
Doodle-Dash.jpg
Doodle Dash – £7.50

 

These are just a few of our favourite products to help you create your perfect Autumnal night in.  To browse our full range of products, visit us at Liquorice Tree Gifts in the West End of Glasgow at 431 Great Western Road, or in Edinburgh at 29 Cockburn Street.  Alternatively, head over to http://www.liquoricetree.com to see the products available on our website.

Advertisements

New For Autumn: Katie Loxton

KLB191One of our favourite brands for beautiful accessories has just launched their new Autumn/Winter collection and we’re in love!  The new Katie Loxton range promises rich, autumnal tones and gorgeous designs, guaranteed to become your new wardrobe staples.  All of these products, as well as many more, are now available in store and online with Liquorice Tree Gifts, so why not treat yourself or someone you love to some gorgeous new accessories?

Handbags

Brand new for this season, the Florrie bag is the perfect everyday handbag for Autumn and Winter.  This stunning bag has a wonderfully unique design, with side stitching and a large, statement tassel.  The perfect size for everyday use, the bag comes in 2 neutral colours, charcoal or stone, great for coordinating with a whole range of outfits.  Which colour is your favourite?

KLB223.jpg
Katie Loxton Florrie Day Bag Stone – £49.99
KLB224.jpg
Katie Loxton Florrie Day Bag Charcoal – £49.99

 

For a smaller bag option, the brand new Loulou is the perfect choice.  Great for day trips and nights out, this compact bag still has space for all your essentials.  Designed to be worn in a cross body style, this gorgeous little bag features an interior pocket and a zip closure.  Choose between the neutral oyster grey or the beautiful blush berry pink.

KLB233.jpg

KLB233-A.jpg
Katie Loxton Loulou Bag Oyster Grey – £38.99

KLB234

KLB234-A
Katie Loxton Loulou Bag Blush Berry Pink – £38.99

 

The popular bucket bag is also back, with 2 new colour options now available!  Introducing the classic black and sophisticated charcoal grey bucket bags, which feature an adjustable shoulder strap and a drawstring fastening.  With loads of space for your everyday essentials, this beautiful bag is both stylish and practical.  The neutral colour choices allow this bag to suit any outfit, making it the perfect choice for your new everyday bag this Autumn/Winter season.  For the full range of colour options, visit us in store on online at http://www.liquoricetree.com.

KLB191.jpg
Katie Loxton Chloe Bucket Bag Charcoal – £49.99
KLB161.jpg
Katie Loxton Chloe Bucket Bag Black – £49.99

 

Purses

Katie Loxton have also given their range of purses a fresh Autumn update.  We particularly love this beautiful burgundy Spend In Style purse, which is the perfect colour for the new season.  The purse features loads of storage space, including 8 card slots, 2 note sections, 2 storage slots for receipts and an internal zip pocket for coins.  Finished with gold metal accents, this purse is the perfect accessory to transition your wardrobe into the new season.

KLB174.jpg

KLB174-A.jpg
Katie Loxton Spend In Style Burgundy Purse – £34.99

 

Scarves

As the colder months approach it’s time to wrap up warm and stock up on gorgeous, cosy accessories.  The new range of scarves from Katie Loxton offers loads of beautiful choices in a whole range of colour options.  Their gorgeous Life’s A Charm scarf features a rich, burgundy colour with a scattered star, heart and polka dot design, perfect for coordinating with the other burgundy accessories from the range.

 

KLS062.jpg
Katie Loxton Lifes A Charm Burgundy Scarf – £19.99

 

The soft slate grey Love Love Love scarf is another addition to the range that we just can’t get enough of!  The neutral colouring and sweet design would make this scarf a lovely treat for you or gift for a loved one, especially since each Katie Loxton scarf comes with a lovely branded gift bag included.

 

KLS065.jpg
Katie Loxton Love Love Love Slate Grey Scarf – £19.99

 

All these beautiful accessories and more and now in store at Liquorice Tree Gifts!  Shop the range in store at 29 Cockburn Street in the centre of Edinburgh, or at 431 Great Western Road in Glasgow.  Alternatively, head over to http://www.liquoricetree.com to browse and shop the new collection as well as many other amazing Katie Loxton accessories and homeware items.

New Product Alert: Orbitkey

home-slider-slide-1

We are excited to announce the arrival of an exciting new product line to the Liquorice Tree Gifts stores and website!  Introducing Orbitkey: the new way to carry your keys.

This handy device is the perfect way to keep your keys compact, organised and silent.  Your keys are stylishly stored in the order of your preference in a neat stack, so no more annoying jingling.  This also means that your gadgets are kept safe from screen damage and scratches.

The classic Orbitkey Leather offers a wide range of colour options to suit every taste.  The perfect gift for him, this sophisticated key holder is made from quality cowhide leather and comes presented in a sleek Orbitkey gift box.  It can hold between 2 and 7 standard keys, as well as being car key compatible.  To see the full range of colour options, visit us in selected stores, or head over to our online store.

Leather Cognac w Tan Stitching
Orbitkey Leather Cognac With Tan Stitching – £34.99
Leather Navy w Tan Stitching
Orbitkey Leather Navy With Tan Stitching – £34.99
Leather Espresso w Brown Stitching
Orbitkey Leather Espresso With Brown Stitching – £34.99

 

Orbitkey also offer a selection of gorgeous leather colour options tailored to the modern woman.  With all the same features as the classic leather colour options, these pastel toned Orbitkeys are an essential accessory for a luxuriously organised life.  Their slim, compacting effect makes them perfect for events and nights out with a small bag or clutch.  They also feature beautiful rose gold elements, making them even more chic and on trend.  These Orbitkeys are available in a soft Blush pink and a neutral Stone grey.

Leather Stone w Stone Stitching
Orbitkey Leather Stone With Stone Stitching – £34.99
Leather Blush w Blush Stitching.jpg
Orbitkey Leather Blush With Blush Stitching – £34.99

 

Orbitkey also offer a range of alternative product styles to suit different lifestyles.  For gym regulars and joggers, the Orbitkey Active is the perfect choice.  Made from durable and dust resistant TPU polymer rubber, the lightweight design is the perfect partner for exercise.  Enjoy an uninterrupted workout without noisy, bouncing keys bothering you.

Active Jet Black.jpg
Orbitkey Active Jet Black – £21.99

 

For those who love the great outdoors, look no further than the Orbitkey Canvas.   Designed to endure and made to last, the canvas is reinforced with leather for maximum durability.  The tightly woven and water resistant canvas allows this Orbitkey to survive any adventure.  For a balance between style and function, the Orbitkey Canvas is the perfect choice, available in either Olive Green or Navy Blue.

Canvas Olive
Orbitkey Canvas Olive Green – £29.99
Canvas Navy
Orbitkey Canvas Navy Blue – £29.99

 

Orbitkeys are also customisable with a range of specially designed add on accessories.  The bottle opener is perfect for picnics and day trips, meaning you can enjoy a refreshing drink anywhere.

Adding the multi tool transforms your Orbitkey into an adventure essential.  With 6 tools in 1, including a bottle opener, box cutter, flat-head screwdriver, multi-sized wrench and a file, this little gem will always come in handy.

Orbitkey also offer USB sticks, perfect for those who need to take their files on the go.  Available in 8GB or 32GB, this slim and light weight accessory offers a highs speed 3.0 chip for a super fast transfer rate.  All accessories are sold separately and do no include an Orbitkey.  We are expecting all add on accessories to arrive in store soon, so watch this space!

To find out why Orbitkeys have been flying off our shelves, visit the Liquorice Tree website at http://www.liquoricetree.com, where you can find the full range of colour options and Orbitkey styles.  Each style featured in this post will also link you straight to the website in just one click.  A free gift wrapping service is also available, so shopping for the perfect gift has never been easier!

 

 

 

Meet the Artist: Louise Mulgrew

Louise Banner 2.jpg

Picking out which greeting cards to stock is one of the most challenging yet exciting tasks for the Liquorice Tree Gifts team.  There are so many amazing artists out there with loads of great designs to choose from that we have a tough time deciding which ones are going to make it to our shelves.  With some ranges, however, we know straight away that we just have to have them!

One artist who really stood out to us at a recent trade show was Louise Mulgrew.  Her bright, bold designs are full of energetic colour and heart-warming characters.  She runs Louise Mulgrew Designs along

side her dad in Brighton, illustrating the cards while he handles the admin. Many of her designs feature adorable animals in stunning watercolours that we just couldn’t help but fall in love with.  We chatted to Louise to find out first-hand what inspires her work and which of her cute creations are her special favourites.

 

bear.jpg
Take It Easy Bear Card – £2.50

Inspiration

Louise loves to draw inspiration from everything and anything!  She has a particular soft spot for animals which really shines through in many of her collections, where cute furry friends take centre stage.  As Louise says, she loves “creating characters that people can relate to and that make them smile”.  She readily admits to being an ‘unfocused’ person, who can be distracted by new ideas and inspiration at any moment, even if she is mid-conversation!  These ideas can be sparked from anything, such as “pretty flowers, a quirky building or a picture on Instagram”.

 

 

FF19 With Love.png
With Love Bluetits Card – £2.50

 

Favourite Designs

There will always be one or two designs that hold a special place in their artist’s heart.  We wanted to know which of Louise’s amazing illustrations were her personal favourites.  She is particularly fond on her new Jungle Tumble range, which she created from observing wildlife first-hand on a recent trip to Costa Rica.  Her two favourite characters from the range are the anteater and orang-utans because of their fun, cheeky personalities!  She sent us over these sneak peak images of the new jungle designs, which are still to be released.

 

orang-utans.jpg

anteater-happy-birthday.jpg

Real Life Animal Inspiration

When artists frequently feature animals in their work, we always wonder whether there are any real life animals and pets inspiring the designs.  We asked Louise if any of her adorable designs are based on animals that she has known.

It turns out that her childhood cat, Osc, has featured on a few of her cards, as she always enjoys drawing him.  Sadly, Osc recently passed away, however Louise feels that “having lots of drawings of him around the place is a huge comfort”.  It is also lovely to think that drawings of him are being sent as cards, so that he can continue to make people all across the world smile.

 

louise's cat.jpg

 

cat.jpg
Thinking Of You Cat Card – £2.50

Edinburgh & Glasgow

We always love to ask people about their experiences in our two favourite cities: Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Our two stores are located in the Old Town at the heart of Edinburgh and in Glasgow’s West End, so a lot of our customers want to know all about the best places to explore.

Louise is currently planning her first trip to Edinburgh this Christmas.  Being a huge Harry Potter fan, she can’t wait to see the city that inspired J. K. Rowling when she was writing her world-famous series.  With so many incredible Hogwarts-esque buildings to see, we’re sure that she’ll have an amazing time!

 

suitcase.jpg
Bon Voyage Suitcases Card – £2.50

Future Projects

Louise has loads of amazing designs and cards available, and we wanted to know what fun projects she has in the works just now for future release.  Although it can be difficult to balance spending time in the studio with keeping up to date with the admin, she has lots of exciting new ideas which we hope to have hitting our shelves very soon!

 

mouse note
A Little Note Mouse Card – £2.50

 

To purchase some of the cards featured in this post, make sure to visit us online at http://www.liquoricetree.com or in store at 29 Cockburn Street in Edinburgh or 431 Great Western Road in Glasgow.  Due to popular demand, some card designs may currently be out of stock, so make sure to check back or get in touch for stock updates.

We want to thank Louise for taking the time to answer our questions all about her wonderful card designs.  Make sure to follow her on Instagram at @louisemulgrew to keep up to date with her work!

 

Meet the Artist: Ilona Drew

ILONADREW_BLOGBANNER.jpg

We are so fortunate to call the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow the home of the Liquorice Tree Gifts shops.  Both cities are full of world-renowned buildings and landmarks, so many of which are right on our doorsteps.  Such an amazing setting is also enjoyed by many artists, who draw inspiration from the historic beauty.

One such artist is Ilona Drew, whose brand I Drew This is best known for its eye-catching Landmarks collection.  Ilona uses vivid colours to depict famous landmarks from across the UK, including some of our favourite Scottish sites.  Her use of colour reimagines well-known buildings and monuments in a whole new way, capturing their shape and details.  Her illustrations are available in the form of prints and greeting cards, both of which can be found on the Liquorice Tree Gifts website and in stores.

We wanted to know where her love of such bold colours came from and which of the Scottish landmarks were her favourite to draw.  Here’s what she had to say…

Edinburgh Castle Capture.JPG
Edinburgh Castle A3 Print – £24.99

Love Of Colour

Ilona fell in love with using vivid colours when she was at college, where she loved to create pieces that were bursting with as much colour as possible.  Any project with a restricted colour palette was her worst nightmare!  This love affair with colour has continued in her work, particularly in the Landmarks collection.

 

Scott Monument Capture
Scott Monument A3 Print – £24.99

 

Inspiration For The Landmarks Range

While taking part in an Open House in Brighton, Ilona decided to create something local.  Having always loved the ornate detailing of the Brighton Pavilion, she decided to reimagine it in her own, unique style.  The illustration was so well received that she began to look for other places to draw, and thus the Landmarks range was born.

The range continues to expand to this day and Ilona is frequently adding new, exciting designs.  It has also enjoyed widespread success, winning the Best Art Range at the Henries Awards in 2016.  Ilona loves working on the Landmarks range, as she gets to learn about incredible architecture whilst doing something that she loves.

 

Forth Bridge Capture
Forth Bridge A3 Print – £24.99

 

Edinburgh & Glasgow Landmarks

Of all of her Edinburgh-based illustrations, Ilona most enjoyed taking on Edinburgh Castle.  Her use of colour allowed her to capture the natural element of drama that the castle and its location hold.

As for Glasgow, Ilona was particularly struck by Glasgow University’s building.  She was blown away by its size and detailing and has just recently finished illustrating it as a new addition to her Landmarks range.  We’ve just ordered this illustration as cards for the shop because we just love the way that the vibrant colours highlight the scale and complexity of the building!

 

glasgowuniversity.jpg
Glasgow University Card – £2.99

Ilona On Edinburgh & Glasgow

Ilona lives in Brighton but loves to visit Scotland, especially since she has family near Edinburgh.  Each time she visits she always loves the people and the food!

She recently visited Glasgow to work on some new Landmarks illustrations, including the Glasgow University drawing featured above.  She also drew the famous Duke of Wellington statue (below) whilst there, and has just released these two designs!  Ilona plans to continue expanding the Landmarks range and we hope that she will return to Scotland to illustrate even more of our favourite local buildings!

 

Eilean Donan Castle Capture
Eilean Donan Castle A3 Print – £24.99

 

If you love Ilona’s art as much as we do, then head over to the Liquorice Tree Gifts website to browse her products.  Each image in this post will link you straight to the print version of the illustration, with the greeting cards also available.  Please note that the prints are sold unframed, and that the images included here and on our website are for illustrative purposes.

Due to practical issues, we unfortunately cannot post the prints, however they are available in store at 29 Cockburn Street, just off of the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.  For more information, please get in touch!

 

 

dukeofwellington
Duke Of Wellington Card – £2.99

 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Weather Survival Guide

WEATHEREDI_BLOGBANNER.jpg

The Scottish weather is famous for its unpredictability.  It’s been known for there to be rain, sun and snow all in the same day!  We understand that airline luggage restrictions can be strict, and that packing for such temperamental weather can be difficult. Thankfully, Liquorice Tree Gifts have all the accessories you need to survive Edinburgh’s ever-changing weather and enjoy the Festival to the fullest.  Our Edinburgh store is conveniently located just off of the Royal Mile, just a minutes walk from the Edfringe Shop.

Sun

We all have our fingers crossed for a glorious summer full of sunshine!  After all, Edinburgh in the sun is an incredibly beautiful place, perfect for exploring and relaxing.  The arrival of the Fringe Festival means that beer gardens will open all around the city centre, so enjoying a refreshing gin and tonic in the sun becomes oh-so-tempting!

For the hot weather, certain accessories are essential.  A quality pair of sunglasses are a summer must-have, and the right pair can make any outfit look instantly put-together and chic.  Whether you’re looking for something neutral or statement, we have a great range of fabulous styles, shapes and colours available in store and online.

Here are a few of our favourite pairs, all of which will link you straight to our website for a simplified shopping experience.  Each pair comes with a branded hard storage case and cleaning cloth included to keep your sunnies safe and polished.  A gift bag is also included, if you’d like to give someone the ultimate summer gift!

BAR2-Bardot-Sunglasses-Pearl-1.jpg
Bardot Sunglasses Pearl – £26.99
BRI10-Britt-Sunglasses-Tortoiseshell-1
Britt Sunglasses Tortoiseshell – £26.99
KEL2-Kelly-Sunglasses-in-Amethyst-Mix-1.jpg
Kelly Sunglasses Amethyst – £26.99

Rain

Unfortunately, we all need to be prepared for the Edinburgh rain, which can strike at any moment!  Carrying an umbrella at all times is definitely recommended.  Being a shop based in Scotland, we make sure to offer an extensive range of umbrellas to suit all styles and needs.  For those with limited space, a small, collapsible brolly is the perfect choice.  Here are a few of our favourite designs.

Fulton Incognito Polka Dot Navy Umbrella
Polka Dot Print Umbrella – £4.99
Fulton Incognito Scottie Dog Umbrella
Scottie Dog Umbrella – £4.99

 

For a more substantial umbrella, we love these beautiful brollies!  Each one features a stunning design in vibrant colours, guaranteeing that you’ll never get lost in the crowd! These umbrellas also feature a smooth automatic assembly function with just the press of a button, so you’ll be protected from the rain in no time with minimal hassle.

gerbera-daisy-folding-umbrella-8059_1
Gerbera Daisy Folding Umbrella – £29.95
Blooming BrolliesMonet Lillies.jpg
Monet Water Lilies Art Folding Umbrella – £29.95

 

We hope you have an amazing time at the Fringe Festival, exploring this amazing and historic city! Come and say hello to us at 29 Cockburn Street, just off of the Royal Mile.  A full range of sunglasses, umbrellas and other beautiful accessories are available in store. Alternatively, head over to our website to browse the range and have your favourite products delivered straight to your door.  Each image in this post will link you straight to that item on our website, making your shopping experience as simple as possible.

Meet the Artist: LucyLovesThis

LUCYLOVE_BLOGBANNER.jpg

If you follow us over on our other social media channels then you might have seen us posting about a collection of prints that recently arrived at our Edinburgh and Glasgow stores.  Each print features illustrations of the most famous buildings and landmarks in a particular city, all arranged into the shape of the first letter of it’s name.  We particularly love that Edinburgh and Glasgow are included in the range, since those cities hold a special place in our hearts.

We just can’t get enough of these prints and you guys are loving them too!  We decided to get in touch with their designer, Lucy Stephens (aka LucyLovesThis), to learn the story behind her art.  Read on to find out why Liquorice Tree Gifts just had to have them!

London_A4
London Print – £20.00

 

What is it that you love about type-based designs?

I was a book cover designer for many years before I started this business, so I suppose I’ve always been obsessed with words and type for a long time.  I love using a letter form to communicate in a new way – and I like hiding messages that you have to search for – which is why a lot of my work has lots of intricate detail.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh Print – £20.00

 

What inspired you to create the city letter prints range?

I initially started out doing letters for areas in London, starting with a B for Brixton which was where I was living at the time.  I wanted to create something beautiful for my wall to represent the place that I lived, and it turned out lots of other people wanted one too!

From there I did more letters for friends – and their areas of London – and it just grew organically.  Last year I decided to give myself the challenge of creating an entire alphabet for Britain, and I’ve found over the last year the university towns in particular have been a big hit!

Glasgow. LucyLovesThis.jpg
Glasgow Print – £20.00

 

How did you choose which landmarks to include in the Edinburgh and Glasgow prints?

My mum’s family are all Scottish- so they helped me to choose the locations that should be featured.

Paris
Paris Print – £20.00

 

Do you have any new, exciting designs in the works?

I always have new designs in the pipeline, and there are a lot of exciting projects happening this year that I’m part of – but I can’t talk about them yet!  I’m also designing new letters, this year I’ll be adding Nottingham, St Andrews, Warwick and Cornwall, as well as a host of new London areas!

New York
New York Print – £20.00

These prints make amazing gifts for travellers and those who love to explore, reminding them of their past adventures or inspiring future trips.  They are also great for resident of the cities, as a reminder of all the rich history and character that surrounds them.

Prints featuring Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York and Paris, as well as a special bespoke Princes Street Gardens print, are all available at http://www.liquoricetree.com.  Clicking on the images on this post will take you straight to their page on the website, making browsing oh so simple, or click the link http://www.liquoricetree.com.

The prints are also available in store at our Edinburgh and Glasgow gift shops.  Visit us at 29 Cockburn Street in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile in the heart of the city’s Old Town.  If you’re in Glasgow, find us in the West End at 431 Great Western Road.

We’d like to thank Lucy Stephens for taking the time to answer our questions.  You can find her on Instagram at @lucylovesthis for all her latest news.

PrincessSt. LucyLovesThis.jpg
Princes Street Gardens Print – £20.00