Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Garden Party

Outdoor Living Book Signing
at Powder Blue Stoneygate

Saturday 17th May 12-3pm



Powder Blue will be hosting a garden party to celebrate the Launch of Selina Lake Outdoor Living Book in which owner of Powder Blue  garden is featured.

Selina will be there to sign copies of her latest book. The First 10 purchases of  the book receive a goodie bag for FREE.

Belvoir Fruit Farm will be providing complimentary drinks and there will be a pop stall with Knighton Flowers creations.

Powder Blue, 3-5 Francis Street, Stoneygate, Leicester. LE2 2BE. 

Friday, 31 January 2014

A Touch of Romance

Powder Blue is hosting a Romantic Style Event 
Saturday 8th February. 

Come meet Selina Lake at her book signing of Romantic Style. 

"To Celebrate the re launch of my book Romantic Style, I will be signing copies of the new Paperback Compact Edition at one of my favorite Interior Boutiques, Powder Blue in Leicester! Debbie the shop owner and creator, home features in the book as do many of the lovely products she stocks in the shop. 

This special event is on just in time to get us in the mood for a Romantic Style Valentines!

Sat 8th Feb 2014, I will be in store from 1.30pm - 4.30pm   
Powder Blue, 3-5 Francis Street, Stoneygate, Leicester. LE2 2BE.  

Hope to see you there!"

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Stoneygate Shops Christmas Market 8th December

Stoneygate Shops is having its annual Christmas Market on 8th December from 11am-4pm. With over 40 stalls of handicrafts, food & drink, locally-sourced products and great Christmas gift ideas, it is a great day out for all the family. Musical acts will be providing a festive atmosphere throughout the day, and there will be plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Battle of our own

With all the talk of King Richard III and images of medieval battle, we are having a battle of our own... we are now recruiting supporters to help in our quest... To bring back our Stoneygate Post Office.

All willing supporters PLEASE sign our petition online or on paper.

Online click here
On paper at:- Francis Street & Allandale Road - Stoneygate Leicester. LE2 2BE
Powder Blue on Francis Street
Ram News on Francis Street
Room 13 on Francis Street

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Richard III

Great news finding King Richard III in Leicester. It can only be a positive thing, Stoneygate shops have had a mention in the Guardian already!

Read the article "Is Richard III's Leicester the next tourist hotspot? Apart from Greyfriars car park, final resting place of the last Plantagenet king of England, where else might holidaymakers visit in this East Midlands city?"

Sunday, 3 February 2013

A stylish slice...

Housekeeping is much more enjoyable in Stoneygate, Leicester.


The only problem with loving shopping – assuming you can afford what you buy – is that you end up with a lot of stuff. One day, you have plenty of cupboard space and several clear surfaces. The next, you have loads of pairs of this, several types of that, all the latest whatchamacallits and a thingummy that’s the same as your other thingummies, but with a blue light on it.
Frankly, it can get a bit much, so it’s not surprising there comes a time when many a seasoned shopper thinks: “Enough. I need some space. Be gone, plethora of modern gubbins. I want to go back to basics’’.

At times like that, you need a shop such as Housekeeping, which has recently brought a stylish slice of yesteryear to Leicestershire.
It sells traditional household cleaning equipment – the type of your great-grandma would have proudly wielded around her spotless scullery – and sturdy-looking tableware and cookware in classic designs that have been around for generations (and, therefore, brim with vintage appeal without even trying).

There isn’t a plug and cable to be seen among Housekeeping’s wares; no electronic display panels, no unfathomable buttons nor hi-tech challenges of any description. Even the price tickets haven’t been near anything so modern as a printer; they’re handwritten on brown luggage tags.
There’s iconic blue-and-white enamelware by Falcon, a British brand established in 1920, and robust-looking glasses by Duralex, which began in France nearly 70 years ago.
Housekeeping sells a range of stoneware for the table by Swedish company Hoganas Keramik, established for more than 100 years.
But that’s nothing compared to fellow Swedish tableware company Rorstrand, which was established in 1726. Housekeeping stocks its Swedish Grace design, which was first unveiled at the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930, and conveys “the sensation of ears of wheat swaying in the summer breeze”.
The wooden scrubbing brushes which look so robust they could be left as heirlooms are by Redecker (established 1935), and the blankets and cushions are handwoven in Wales by Melin Tregwynt (established, ooh, yonks ago).
There are wooden dolly pegs, traditional brooms and feather dusters, glass orange-squeezers, linen cloths for glass and Le Parfait jars.
For the organised house-spouse, there are notepads and pencils by American company Field Notes, whose no-frills designs are perfect for no- nonsense notes about broken light bulbs and when the front step was last scrubbed.
There are a few smellies too – handcream and candles by award-winning English company Bailey’s and Savon de Marseille soap among them,
Our favourite thing was the pastel enamelware by Austrian company Riess (established, ooh, aeons ago). We’d be cooking non-stop if we had a collection of its adorable dinky pink saucepans on our shelves. And purchases are wrapped in brown paper – of course.
If you want some old-fashioned charm in your home, or if you just love proper cleaning tools, Housekeeping is a must-visit. Find it in Francis Street, Stoneygate, Leicester. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm.

article by Linda Steelyard - Leicester Mercury: read the article here
Visit Linda's blog at: lindashops.wordpress.com

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Local going Global

Business is booming for a fashion designer thanks to a host of celebrities clamouring to be seen in her luxury beach-ware cover-ups.
Items from Lindsey Brown's MyaBlue Luxe line of silk beach dresses, tops, tunics and kaftans have been seen on a host of famous faces since she launched the range last year.

Most recently, choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Philips tweeted a picture of herself wearing a piece from the collection at a party for Andrew Lloyd Webber's wife in Barbados.
Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton, The Only Way is Essex (Towie) star Lucy Mecklenburgh and TV presenter Lizzie Cundy are also fans of the brand.

Lindsey, whose business is based in Bushby, said: "It's really taken off in just a year, and we've now got celebrity clients and a fanbase. Arlene Phillips is one of our clients, she was going to a glamorous poolside party and needed to find pieces to wear. We advised on certain items and she tweeted a picture of her and Cilla Black.
"It's great to see people wearing the pieces and liking them.
"We do style celebrities as well, helping them pick out pieces suitable for their bodies.
"When they are going on holiday and they know they might be photographed, they want to look their best at all times."
Lindsey said there had been "an amazing response" after Towie star Lucy Mecklenburgh was seen in one of the brand's tops.
"She was going on holiday to Mexico and tweeted a picture of herself. She's got about a million followers on Twitter so it went around the world and was on the OK magazine website.
"For us, it's not just about getting celebrity status but it does help build the brand. We're getting a lot of enquiries from shops wanting to stock it.
"I'd say sales are up by about 85 per cent this January, compared with last."
Lindsey started her business in 2000 and launched her first range, MyaBlue Beach, in 2006. The Luxe collection was launched last year and sales have soared ever since.
The brand is stocked in Leicestershire boutiques Browns, in Stoneygate, and Brief Encounter, in Loughborough, and at boutiques across the country.
"I launched MyaBlue Beach after seeing a gap in the market for cover-ups," she said. "In 2012, we saw a gap in the market for high-end luxury goods.
"The range is 100 per cent silk and it's a cover-up collection of things that can be worn on the beach or in resorts.
"I've been in the industry for years and I understand body shapes. The range goes from XS to XXXXL, so all sizes.
"We use lots of Leicestershire companies as well, we like to keep it local. Keeping it local but going global – that's what we're doing."

article By Gemma Peplow for the Leicester Mercury