Whale, hello there, Hope! The skeleton of a blue whale, affectionately dubbed “Hope”, was officially unveiled last Thursday in its new home, the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall.
To celebrate this exciting attraction, the Natural History Museum shop has released a brand new, under-the-sea inspired collection, bringing a nautical splash to homes this summer. The collection ranges from kitchenware to fashionable accessories, ensuring there’s something for every big blue sea lover.
Originally stranded in Wexford Harbour, Ireland in 1891, this 4.5-tonne whale skeleton has been on display in the Museum’s Mammals Gallery since 1938. Now, shown in the divine lunging feeding position, her name was chosen to represent hope for a sustainable future.
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) feeds almost entirely on small crustaceans called krill. Incredibly, it can eat up to four tonnes of krill each day, so much so that it turns the whale’s poo red.
A children’s outerwear brand that believes every child is wild at heart, Muddy Puddles is on a mission to encourage childhood play in the great outdoors. Waterproofs, wellies and ski wear are sure to keep children warm, dry and happy, regardless of the weather!
Known for their vibrant, unisex colours and designs, Muddy Puddles is built on the proposition that there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kit. Each item in the extensive Muddy Puddles collection has been carefully designed to protect children from the elements to enable as much outdoor fun as possible.
Designed with technical performance in mind, Muddy Puddles’ outerwear inspires families to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, regardless of the weather (which, as we all know, can quickly reduce any day out to tears). The Muddy Puddles team painstakingly perfects their designs to ensure every item is flawlessly fit for purpose. Suitable from ages 0–12, each piece is fully waterproof, breathable, and machine washable (yes, even the wellies! Parents, rejoice). A brand with a conscience, their newest A/W ’17 collection even includes innovative styles made from cutting edge recycled fabrics to reduce negative impacts on the planet.
Started by a farmer in Devon familiar with the woes of muddy children, Muddy Puddles has been creating weather-proof clothing for over 20 years. Now, their vision extends beyond just clothing as Muddy Puddles continues to inspire through their various, charitable ventures. For the past two years, Muddy Puddles has supplied samples, returns and non-saleable items to children in need; those living in makeshift homes in refugee camps worldwide. Leading up to this years Refugee Week, they’re calling on other brands to donate their fully-functional returns.
Together, Muddy Puddles and Neat PR are intent on spreading the message that children need to spend 5-15 hours per week on outdoor activity to have healthy bodies and excellent concentration. By protecting children from the weather, Muddy Puddles enables children to leap into life, rain or shine!
Parents, be honest – Who agrees they need an extra pair of hands even at the best of times?
Holiday travel can test even the most patient of parents – we’ve all been there. That’s why Silver Cross has announced the launch of Avia, weighing in at just 5.5kg.
Featuring a one-hand operated ultra-compact fold, this state of the art lightweight pushchair is a must-have for parents who are after both a practical and stylish pushchair this summer.
From Britain’s favourite nursery brand, this design is suitable from birth. For little ones up to 20 kgs, the Silver Cross Avia is set to become a must-have for every family, just in time for sunny travels.
Be bold. Dress to be visible, not invisible. Forget the constraints of fashion trends.
That’s just a selection of the pearls of wisdom that London based artist and textile designer Cressida Bell offered while being interviewed by Metro. In her full-page feature today, she not only explains her inspiration and approach to new designs, but also explains how she sees patterns and designs affecting people – and why it matters.
She also gives a behind-the-scenes look at how she created her newest collection, a collaboration with the Natural History Museum shop. The new range has been curated to celebrate the world’s vibrant abundance of plants by combining a passion for Earth’s natural beauty with a nod to the museum’s rich heritage
The stand-out botanical illustrations take inspiration from the 162 decorated ceiling panels in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall which were illustrated by hand and date from when the Museum opened to the public in 1881. To make a cohesive design out of so many options, Ms. Bell focused on her favourite botanical designs, sketching a variety of patterns before settling on a delicate, leafy pattern.
Using a colour pallet which includes silver and gold Cressida has designed a stunning repeat pattern artwork complete with border. The collection has something for everyone, from notebooks for the creative to home textiles for the stylish.
Pick up a copy of today’s Metro to read more from Cressida Bell, or browse her new range of exclusive designs at www.nhmshop.co.uk.
We all know the struggle of finding good face wash, don’t we? The hours of standing in front of the skincare aisle, comparing prices, ingredients, label colours…I’m always amazed when I make it out of the store with just one product!
Then come the waiting days – Days of use, waiting to judge how a soap works, how it feels, how it smells and, most importantly, how it works. The moment of panic (shortly followed by regret) when the mixture makes your skin worse than before. The disappointment when your money quickly finds its new home in the bin.
Luckily, those days are over. Thanks to the award winning Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing from Natura Siberica, never be in doubt about your face care again!
Don’t be put off by the dark colour either – The black hue comes from the soap’s highly absorbent activated carbon that works to draw impurities from deep within the skin!
Filled with unique properties of revitalising Siberian herbs and berries from Northern Siberia, this award winning product can only be from trusted organic brand, Natura Siberica.
Natura Siberica carefully studied and brought together the ancient recipes of the northern Nenec, Selkup and Khanty people to create this unique facial cleanser. Featuring a unique blend of wild harvested Siberian herbs and berries rich in valuable oils and vitamins – known as “The Northern Collection” – this hero product will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and sparkling.
Just a glimpse at the unique list of herbal ingredients will turn your favour; rich and powerful ingredients such as Sea-Buckthorn Oil helps to regenerate the skin, softening, toning and nourishing while improving elasticity.
Siberian Cedar Oil contains Vitamin E and Vitamin P which help to moisturise and strengthen the skin while Flax Seed Oil contains an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Then, Northern Cloudberry Extract provides an antioxidant effect with Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids, improve the firmness of the skin and protecting it from external impurities.
But why take just our word for it? County Wedding Magazine agrees – Natura Siberica’s Northern Soap is the ultimate deep cleanse.
The Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing is available at Natura Siberica for £10.80
Inspired by this one simple question, Chatty Feet was born. The UK’s punny and playful sock company started with the sole aim of injecting more fun into everyday life, one character at a time, and Neat PR’s delighted to represent them.
Oh, you thought these were just bright designs and creative colours? Think again – Every sock is a strong character, with bold personalities to match. From Kate Middle-Toe to Feetasso, there’s nothing quiet about them.
Is Yoko Mono your role model? Or does Commander Awesome express who you truly are? Maybe The Sockfather’s just a really useful conversation starter for those awkward, dragging silences. The bottom line is, there’s as many uses as there are faces on these wacky socks.
Chatty Feet welcomes designs from artists all around the world. With over 29 designs in sizes from 12 months and up, don’t forget to complete the look with a pair for every member of your family.
So sit back, relax, and let your socks do the talkin’ – You’ll never be bored with what they have to say!