Brug by Wunderlife

Brug by Wunderlife

During the summer you will get a few guest blogs by our amazing ladies at the shops. Yesterday we took on a new brand to us, and this is by two local mums. As you know we are strictly Scandi focused! This is the first time (and probably the only) I have ever bent that rule and I do that only because I believe in this product so much and I really feel passionate about the Brug. Rachael has written a wonderful blog about the Brug and please do pop in and try it out for yourself, I am taking one with me to Sweden for the summer! Charlotte x

 

Hello lovely Spektakular blog readers, my name is Rachael and I can be found in Lilla most Friday’s and Sunday’s.

We have so many amazing products between the two shops but I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to one of the very newest, the Brug from Wunderlife.

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The Brug

As a mum to a VERY active toddler, I am always looking for products that will make things that little bit easier, saving me time and allowing me to concentrate on the more important things in life!

The Brug is a fantastic product designed here in Edinburgh by the lovely ladies from Wunderlife, with exactly this ethos in mind.

What is a ‘Brug’? I hear you cry?

Well… it’s a shoulder bag that transforms into a rug!

The Brug is water resistant, lightweight, machine washable and folds away into a neat pouch when not in use.

A day at the beach or the park? It’s perfect to stow all your kit; chuck it all on the Brug, pull the draw strings, fasten the buckle and zip, and you’re off. The long straps allow the Brug to be worn on the shoulder or across the body, keeping both hands free, and even fits nicely across the buggy handle. Once you’re there, it’s super quick and easy to unpack, and with the Brug laid out, you have a base for the day.

Ideal for travelling, holidays and camping too, the possibilities are endless!

But it’s not just for outdoors, the Brug is perfect for use in at home too. What better way to contain the Lego, or even the PlusPlus, on a visit to grannie’s? Or just a handy way to clear way the toys once the little ones are in bed and reclaim your living room.

Personally, I love that the Brug is machine washable. As someone who only has to look at a drink to spill it, and with two messy men in my life (Husband and Toddler), being able to stick the Brug in the washing machine is perfect!

Come along to Lilla, to find out more about the Brug. Touch it, try it out and you might just love it as much as we do!

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The small luxuries in life

I am not a person who spends a lot of money on beauty products. I probably should, I mean I am hitting my mid 30’s and lets face it I eat crap, live in a city and always feel a bit stressed, surely that can not be good for your skin. I think that it comes and goes in stages of life when I spend lots of money on a special cream or mascara but it just ends up not being used and I throw it away after a while (when it does not smell as it should any more).

Last Autumn we introduced a new brand at Spektakulär called Mirins Copenhagen. When we went to Copenhagen in November we went to say hi and what a lovely lovely couple (due date that same day so now with an addition to the family) and Jane does for sure know what she is doing as a certified Aromatherapist. All organic and natural ingredients and the smells are just so lovely. I am also super delighted how well received Mirins has been at Spektakulär.

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Mirins Copenhagen

Mirins have five main aroma blends (and some limited editions now and then for special occasions such as Christmas). These five blends are:

  • Calming: Lavender and Bergamot
  • Happiness: Rose, Geranium, Orange and Mint
  • Intuition: Patchouli, Geranium and Rosewood
  • Purify: Grapefruit, Rosemary and Tea Tree
  • Recharge: Ginger, Lemongrass and Lemon

Don’t worry I had to google some of these ingredients as well! But while using the testers at the shop I found the recharge aroma is my personal favourite.

I have myself the hand cream which is the best hand balm I have ever used. And just before opening Lilla I somehow managed to lick my lip so badly it looked like I had injected botox so I invested in the lip balm duo and after just a day or two with Mirins Lip Balm Recharge it calmed down and I felt like I normal person again. I need to buy a new bar of soap, previous one lasted since January (which is very good in our house) and it basically smelt the same from first use to the last. And the body scrub, yes my feet loved it! Hmm think I might treat myself to a foot bath very soon!

Last night I treated myself to a bath, you know one of those baths without little ones and late at night. Now that is pure luxury to me. I had bought the Mirins clay mask a while ago and gave it a try. I mean it looks like clay/chocolate/poop (imagination of a three year old) but the smell oh what a beautiful smell of lavender. Mirins have three clay masks depending on your skin type, I invested in the one for normal skin. After a few minutes of dreaming away that I do not live in a flat in a big city but in a huge house (actually does not have to be huge) on the country side with a huge bathroom and outside it is summer and I can smell the garden and enjoy the peace and quite, the clay started to dry and it is quite an odd feeling, almost like your skin is starting to pulsate. But wow after cleaning it of, my skin was soooooo smooth and I could really feel and even see the difference it made. Now I am no expert, I have no education in beauty and I would never consider making any beauty products of my own. But I am a firm believer in when you find a product you enjoy and makes you feel happy well enjoy it and try to remember that feeling of luxury. It is worth every penny!

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Mirins Copenhagen

At Spektakulär we do stock quite a large range by Mirins, from soy candles, bar of soaps to travel kits and the very luxury hyggen kit. So why not pop in and have a smell and test by your self and I do hope you will find a product you will love just as much as me. Next on my shopping list is the body balm in recharge, just love the freshness of the lemon grass and ginger.

And they also do a few bits and bobs for men, hint hint Father’s Day is coming!!!

Charlotte x

LAKRIDS

Ohhhhhhh you got to try these!

I am not a hard core liquorice fan, I do enjoy it I mean I am Swedish after all (it runs in my veins) but when I am home in Sweden it is not what I need to fill my suitcase with (no then I fill it with chocolate and bread). So when I came across Danish Johan Bulow liquorice I did not have massive expectations but wow. You know when you put something in your mouth and it is just a pure pleasure experience, like a smell or flavour from childhood and you get all warm and happy inside. That is what happen to me! Zuzanna’s friend once said Johan Bulow is the king of liquorice, she is not wrong! Even Richard who is not that keen on liquorice enjoyed Lakrids (unless he is just pretending to keep me happy).

You just have to try it for yourself! I have a couple of favourites, first  I am a coffee drinker and I tried the Dark chocolate and Coffee covered liquorice, oh hello that one I enjoyed a lot! But also the freshness of the White and Passion Fruit chocolate covered is stunning! However the Pink LOVE, gosh taste bud heaven and it is totally true what says on the box “With these flavour-packed mouthfuls, you get to experience a broad variety of taste sensations. First the intriguing taste of raspberry, followed by the intensity of dark chocolate, and then – just when you thought the ride was over – the tickling heat of Habanero chilli liquorice swirls around your taste buds” my mouth just exploded in flavours, wow!

They have four chocolate covered flavours which seems to be main flavours

  • A. Chocolate Covered Soft Liquorice (Belgian Milk Chocolate)
  • B. White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Covered Sweet Liquorice
  • C. Dark and Coffee Chocolate Covered Sweet Liquorice
  • D. Roasted Almond Coated in Belgian Milk Chocolate and Raw Liquorice Powder
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A. Chocolate Covered Soft Liquorice
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B. White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Covered Sweet Liquorice
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C. Dark Chocolate and Coffee Coated Soft Liquorice
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D. Almonds Covered with Chocolate and Raw Liquorice Powder

 

As well as the pure liquorice sweets (no covers)

  • 1. Sweet Liquorice: the one and only sweet liquorice you will ever need
  • 2. Salty Liquorice: this is the true love for any Salty Liquorice fans out there
  • 3. Red Liquorice: their answer to the american version, I would say it is better
  • 4. Habanero Chilli Liquorice: the spicy one (sadly not in stock just yet)
  • 5. Salty Chilli Cranberry Liquorice: created after request by the public (sadly not in stock just yet) 

As you are aware I do enjoy baking but I have never tried baking with liquorice. Seen recipes for years but since it is not as common as finding good quality liquorice here in the UK as back home I have just not done it. But now is the time for me to give it a go since we also stock the Raw Liquorice Powder .

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Raw Liquorice Powder

On Lakrids website are some pretty amazing recipes. Think I should give these chocolate chip and liquorice a go, but the ice cream and oh wow even some brown bread with liquorice…oh my baking fingers are starting to itch!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Liquorice Cookies

Have I tempted you yet?

How about these lovely ones. Lakrids seem to introduce a few limited edition flavours now and then, for example I was given the Salty Caramel Chocolate covered liquorice for Christmas, that went rather quickly. For Easter they have a Mint edition (I thought I ordered it but must have missed it, sorry). Last summer was a Elderflower, oh I hope they will bring that one back.

Let me introduce you to the LOVE flavours. Two outstanding and simply lovely flavours that is good for all year around. Does not need to be for Valentine’s. We all need love now and then, so why not treat your mum this Mother’s Day or instead of an Easter Egg from the supermarket. new house gift, get well soon, the little extra to a wedding gift oh you name it. We all need love and for some it is an easy way to say it with chocolate so why not with chocolate and liquorice?!

Love Pink: Raspberry and Dark Chocolate covering a hot Chilli Liquorice (taste bud heaven)

Love Cerise: Blackcurrant infused White Chocolate covering soft Liquorice (very fresh and pleasant taste, perfect with a cup of tea)

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Raspberry and dark Chocolate covered Chilli Liquorice
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Blackcurrant and White Chocolate covering Soft Liquorice

I am not sure how I will be able to stay away from these. Selling things you love to eat is really hard. You just like to take another one and another one…so addictive! Self discipline Charlotte!!! On the other hand, I would not sell anything I did not love!

Enjoy!

Charlotte x

Welcome Stelton and Rig Tig

Wow finally… Some of you have been waiting for a long time for me to bring these two brands in to our little shop. And finally we have added a small selection of Stelton and quite a large by my new personal favourite Rig Tig.

There are a few brands that is impossible to miss and Stelton is one of them. I have a few Stelton designs at home which I love and use daily. I have a fantastic flask that is always filled with coffee (mulled wine) when I have FIKA at home. However, regarding high end and well know brands I am a bit careful to introduce them to our shop. It is not really who we are! But I could not resist Stelton’s Theo range. I mean just look at the fantastic Coffee Brewer…

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Stelton Theo Coffee Brewer
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Stelton Theo Coffee Brewer and Cup

Absolutely stunning! I need it for myself!

Stelton is a high end, well known Danish brand. They create high quality, stylish and functional designs for everyday use. Here is a little anecdote for you: they even teamed up with one of my early teenage crushes The Swedish Prince Carl-Philip (who actually is a great designer) and created the Stockholm collection. Which is very beautiful and do remind me of Stockholm.

We have started with just a few designs including Theo and Emma by Stelton but after a customer ordered the To Go Click Mug in Copper I think we need to add those to the next order, we all fell a little bit in love with it. We have not ordered the flasks or teapots in the Emma collection just yet but if you are interested please do let me know.

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Steltons Stylish To Go Click Mugs
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Stelton Emma in Blues
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Stelton Emma in Greys

Stelton has also created a new more affordable brand called RIG TIG and I just love Rig Tig. Now these are practical and functional designs for everyday living. They come without boxes to keep the cost down, personally I do not think that matters, they are still beautiful. As you know I am a keen baker, do not like cooking, well who knows maybe I would, but having a picky family and a terrible toddler who refuse to eat ANYTHING I am not interested in cooking. Bakes no problem, she eats those for sure. Anyway Rig Tig have the most beautiful wooden utensils and I am in the process of replacing everything I have at home with these instead. Love them! But it is not only the utensils I love I also love the Parmesan grater and Dressing maker and the Storage jars…

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Rig Tig EASY Wooden Utensils
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Rig Tig Spaghetti Measure
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Rig Tig Woodstock Storage Box
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Rig Tig Parmesan Grater
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Rig Tig Easy Utensils
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Rig Tig Dressing Shaker

All images are by Stelton/Rig Tig

Well I guess it is fair to say I am delighted with both Rig Tig and Stelton and we already are selling a lot which is the best approval by you. We got it right :)

Enjoy!

Charlotte x

February deliveries

Lovely happy Spring deliveries are starting to arrive, January is a odd month for us retailers. The happiness of Christmas is over, it is dark, wet and quite frankly rather depressing. My pocket is empty so assume yours are too. And it is just too early to fill up the shop with happy, colourful, bright Spring designs. So yes I can happily say I am delighted January is over. I am just a bit sick and tired of these storms though, even though it brings the most beautiful sky full of rainbow clouds where the unicorn queen lives (why not, I do love the imagination of a five year old), but I do not and I am NOT enjoy that the boiler gave up last night and it wont be fixed until tomorrow morning. It was not nice at all to get up this morning, I got up, put on coffee and fan heater in kitchen and went back to the warm bed and we all stayed there until it was warm enough to even be able to spend time in the kitchen area.

Anyway now I am placing Spring orders and they are starting to arrive already. Last week, happy cards arrived from Lagom Design. A great mixture of new home, baby, birthday, Valentine’s and lets not forget our beautiful mothers.

Yesterday jewellery arrived!!! Yes a fantastic delivery with beautiful jewellery by Swedish Våga. Lovely Spring collection. Among necklaces and bracelets we also introduce earrings which I think will be a lovely addition to the jewellery cabinet.

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Våga Jewellery 

We are also awaiting a beautiful Spring delivery from Swedish Sagaform. Happy pastels serving and cooking set mixed with new additions to the “on the go” Fresh range plus a lot more. You will not be disappointed!

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Piccadilly Range by Sagaform Image Sagaform

And of course more plastic rugs are on its way. Love the Pappelina new FIA collection. Very happy. And wow the wonderful comments we have got on the stunning Regina that is now in the middle of the shop floor (yes please do walk on it, it is a great way for us to show you have fantastic these are).

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Regina in romantic warm pink. Image by Pappelina

Tonight I am sitting with cushion orders and oh it will be a colourful Spring in the shop. Love the happy colours, it sure brightens up all our homes.

So plenty to look forward to and I shall try to keep up with the blog to show you what is arriving.

Charlotte x

Time for a new Pappelina order

Yes it is time again! We are so delighted to see how much love there is for Pappelina and it is just as it should be. For any reason you have missed all the excitement about Pappelina well here is a quick guide.

 

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A rug is born (Image by Pappelina)

What is a Pappelina rug? It is a rug weaved in Sweden made out of plastic. Plastic are you crazy?? No it is the best, durable, easy to clean, hard wearing, non slip and perfect in every room. Kitchen, bathroom, kids playroom, bed room, hallway, front room, conservatory, outside, summer house why not take one camping with you. Just pop it in the washing machine when you think it really needs it. Otherwise just hoover, mop or as I do and I am sure a lot of you have baby wipes or cleaning wipes.

Pappelina was founded 1999 by Lina Rickardsson who reintroduced the classic 1940’s Swedish plastic rug. She experimented and made them thicker, stronger and happier with contemporary designs. Suddenly plastic rugs became a massive trend again and many other companies tried to copy Pappelina but you can feel and tell the difference. There is no other brand that are as good and proud as Pappelina and you can tell. Each rug is weaved with love. I will one day fill up my whole house with Pappelina rugs.

This Spring/Summer season Pappelina has brought in a few new designs as well as a few new colour combinations which I think are really strong. Love the new Fia rugs and the lemon colour Vera rug is in my order already. If you like to find out more about Pappelina “A rug is born” and how a rug is made, please read all about it on their website. You will notice all the hard craftmanship that is put in to a rug.

 

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Mono (image by Pappelina)

I am also delighted that we have cleared away the big table in the middle of the shop and made space for their Regina rug in 180 x 275 cm. It is the second largest rug they create and it is amazing. I love it. After almost a week on the floor it still looks like new.

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Regina (Image by Pappelina)

Pappelina does not only create stunning plastic rugs but also the most amazing blankets, runners and cushions.

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Fia Blanket in Lemon (Image by Pappelina)

Now next order will go on Monday 1st February so if you like me to add an rug, blanket, runner, cushion or even the amazing lamp get in touch. Either pop in and see us, call the shop on 0131 6290941 or email me at hello@spektakular.co.uk and we get added to our order.

Enjoy

Charlotte x

Copenhagen

Since Richard and I had the shop and the girls we sometimes struggle to talk about anything else than the girls or the business…I assume this is common called as life! However sometimes you think of things you did before this life (I mean the last five six years) and I think about our city breaks our just taking the car and go away somewhere for the weekend, and yes I must admit now and than I miss that more chilled life. However our girls are getting bigger and spending a weekend with grandparents is heaven to them and I know the grandparents love spending time with their granddaughters too. So after our summer holiday I got one of those spam/promotional emails from the airline we used flying back to the UK. Affordable tickets to Copenhagen! Well why not, asked the grandparents, asked Zuzanna to cover the shop and asked Richard to take time off work (well that was the tricky one since I liked to keep it as a surprise, sometimes it is good to have the shop to blame on). So Richard’s birthday is at the end of October and I bought the tickets in August, yes I managed to keep it a secret! I think everyone knew but not him and he was delighted when he found out (phew)!
So off we went, it was wet and windy but it did not really matter, we did enjoyed Copenhagen!

Even though we are not supposed to talk about business we do, owning your own business makes it your lifestyle! Owning your own business does not mean you leave work and have other things to focus on, no its always there. You do weird things like when having a coffee at a friends house you check the brand of the cup, small things like that! Anyway yes we did see The Little Mermaid (larger than I remember). Sadly lots of tourist hanging on her and I was not that touristy to do the same. We saw her, said hello and kept walking around the beautiful buildings. Oh I could move to Copenhagen in a flash, such a fantastic city. International, happy and chilled!

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Of course we have been in great shops, even said hello to lovely Jane and husband from our new brand Mirins Copenhagen and I am excited to introduce more of her lovely bath and body care products to our shop in the future.

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Spent a few hours in a amazing shops looking at New brands, displays and of course all the stunning Christmas Windows! Arrgghhh we need a bigger shop, I really like a great big space to show all the wonderful, functional designs, colour combinations or just inspiring designs… Oh well we shall see what the future holds!!!

Now if you have not been to Copenhagen, just go! It is relaxed and lovely, everyone speaks English (which is great because my Danish is crap). And this weekend Tivoli open its gates to their Christmas fair (which we missed…boooo)

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Ohhhh LOVE Illum Bolighus Christmas Window
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Advent Stars
SuperLove is SuperLivings own shop! So of course a little visit was needed :)
SuperLove is SuperLivings own shop! So of course a little visit was needed :)

SuperLiving amazing happy colourful candlesticks...hmmm which one!?!

We stayed at a lovely little Boutique hotel very central. SP34, great hotel, great atmosphere, great staff, great breakfast and hello wine hour (oh yes). Tiny let down was the room itself, but we hardly spent anytime there. And if you like a good burger, in connection to the hotel is Cocks and Cows, the burger place to go to! And just down the street is a great independent shop Nordic Nesting, well worth a visit!

Our lovely Boutique Hotel, just loved the wine hour and the opportunity to sit in a little library and read a book with a glass of something.
Our lovely Boutique Hotel, just loved the wine hour and the opportunity to sit in a little library and read a book with a glass of something.

Now back to reality, breakfast club and nursery, late nights in front of the computer and yes we are busy at the shop which is so fantastic. Thank you all for supporting us. Not all of our amazing stars are on display yet but we can go through them when you are in. And more fantastic Christmas decorations are arriving daily.

Charlotte x