Little Beach Boutique

Our colourful new in-house ranges

 

Here at Little Beach Boutique we have been spending the first few weeks of the year creating some new ranges and products. We are delighted with our first range of Brighton themed mugs, which have been created from our own illustrations featuring some of our favourite buildings and places in Brighton and Hove.

 

 

 Featuring the beach huts of Hove seafront, the Palace Pier, the Bandstand and the famous legs on top of the Duke of York’s Cinema, they reflect the colour and diversity of Brighton. 

 

The images wrap around the mug so they are different on each side.  Our Bandstand mug also features the West Pier and the starling murmurations that are seen flying over head at dusk. 

 

The mugs are on fine white china and are tall and tactile.  They are now available to buy online.

As well as mugs, we have been creating some new screen-prints to add to our range of framed glass tiles.  Inspired by old and new architecture of the city, we have illustrated the recently erected BAi360 as well as some iconic Regency and terraced town houses, which we have made into a screen to use to print onto glass coasters and tiles.

 

The BAi360 on Brighton and Hove Seafront

The curved roofs of Brighton and Hove Regency townhouses

The terraces synonymous with Hanover in Brighton.

 We have also created a larger silk screen of the iconic Palace Pier so that we can produce a large curve or wall panel and fill it with...more colour!

 

Work in progress, making a large glass Brighton Palace Pier ornament, perfect for a Brighton wedding or graduation gift

 Work in progress - screen-printing onto clear sheet glass and layering it with crushed coloured glass in lots of vibrant tones.

 

 

The finished piece - a free-standing curved glass ornament which has been fired twice. It will look so beautiful in some Spring sunshine! We have added it to our online shop.

We are continuing to build our own in-house ranges, so feel free to give us your suggestions - and watch this space for more coming soon!

Suzanne x

Galentine’s Day Giveaway

Enter our Galentines Day giveaway at Little Beach Boutique

Next week it is Galentine’s day - a celebration of female friendship - and we are giving away a beautiful prize to give to someone you love (or keep for yourself, because self-love is important too, right?!) In this giveaway you will win - 

A ‘you are loved’ gift-box with a notebook, pencil, necklace and postcards, a ‘sparkle’ trinket dish, two beaded friendship bracelets, a bar of artisan chocolate, mint lip balm, a marbled notebook, a unicorn necklace card, a ‘young rose’ candle, a ‘queen bee’ mini sign, butterfly seedballs, sterling silver beach hut studs, a pink seagull mug, a ‘beautiful’ manicure set and a screen-printed glass coaster made by us.

To enter -

1 - Go to our Facebook or Instagram page  

2 - Follow us or like the page

3 - Tag three people who inspire you

4 - Watch our social media channels for our winner announcement on 13th February!

Good Luck! 

Enter our galentines day giveaway

Spring Collections and Valentines Inspiration

We have spent the last few weeks making the shop look fresh and beautiful again after a busy Christmas.  We have cleaned, painted and rearranged, ready to welcome some new collections as they trickle in.  Some of our new arrivals so far are perfect for Valentines Day, which is just a couple of weeks away.
The perfect way to brighten winter blues is with fresh colours and bold prints, and we love this new collection by Fenella Smith.  Make-up cases, wash bags and pencil cases in this vibrant hummingbird and palm leaf design are ideal for a winter getaway or a fresh look on your dresser.  It is also lovely gift for Valentines day, filled with chocolate or a lovely candle perhaps?! 

 

We also love these delicately fragranced candles by Timi, perfectly packaged in scandi-style pastels, with words to make it ideal for the most romantic day of the year, or give it to your best friends on Galentines Day!

 

 

These foiled velvet jewellery rolls look and feel sumptuous and make a wonderful gift - maybe alongside tickets for a weekend away?!  Ideal for keeping your necklaces, earrings and rings secure and organised, they come in three soft and feminine colours. perfectly finished with a beaded drawstring. 

 

 

Finally, this new collection of Spring/Summer bags from Earth Squared have got us thinking about other occasions, such as Mother's Day.  These coastal flavoured tote bags have cute pompoms and candy stripes for a beachy vibe that will see you through the year.

  

 

 

We also have a selection of 'love-ly' Valentines cards - we are open every day - pop in for a browse!

 

Suzanne x

Fused Glass Workshops for Spring 2019

Our fused glass workshops continue to be popular and we have welcomed lots of private groups over the last few months - it is a wonderful way to spend a creative few hours with friends, making colourful glass pieces to treasure or to give away as gifts - who doesn't love something thoughtfully made by hand?!  
Our February workshop has just sold out and there are a couple of spaces remaining on 24th March, but a brand new date has just been added -
Sunday 28th April - book it while you can!
We have received some wonderful reviews for one one day workshops - here are just a few from our Facebook page - 
"We had the most awesome day visiting LBB this weekend for a glass making workshop. Great value for money and we had a lovely time being creative. Even my other half who is not creative enjoyed it. 100% recommended and really good fun. Suzanne and her team are very welcoming and she did an amazing job telling us all about the process. Very hands on and happy to help you. Can’t wait to see what came out of the Kiln. Brightened up our dreary Sunday"
"I bought my wife a voucher for the glass-making session as a gift. We both love the style and colour of Suzanne's work, and Sara absolutely loved the whole thing. Nothing was too much trouble, Suzanne was generous with her time, advice and materials, and the results are beautiful. Just go there. Today. It is a special place"
"It was my first time taking a glass class today was a bit nervous but Suzanne made me feel totally at ease, booked my next session I enjoyed it that much"
New dates now available for our beginners glass workshop
Join us in April for our Spring fused glass workshops
Gift vouchers and private sessions are available, just get in touch and speak to Suzanne.  Bye for now!

Happy New Year from Little Beach!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and your year has got off to a good start.  We had a very busy Christmas and are thankful to all of our customers, returning and new; whether you came to our late night shopping events in December, or visited us in store, or ordered online - your continued support for our independent shop is very much appreciated and we hope you are delighted with your purchases!
  We have fully embraced the start of a new year here at Little Beach Boutique and after clearing away our Christmas decorations, we are holding a January sale in store and online.  We are offering 25% off selected ranges for a limited time only.  
Get 25% off out leather backpacks
You can view the sale range here and get 25% off our leather backpacks and cross body bags, as well as manicure kits, keepsake pouches and clutch bags.
We are open for winter hours throughout January - 7 days as week from 10.30 - 5.30 and 11 - 5 on Sunday.  

Late Night Shopping in the North Laine, Brighton

Little Beach Boutique Late Night Shopping in the North Laine, Brighton
Join us in December for a night of festive late night shopping in the North Laine!  We are joining up with over 100 other independent shops to offer special discounts, nibbles and a giveaway with purchases between 6 and 9pm on Thursday 6th December.  
This is the third year we have joined our neighbours for this event and it promises to be the best year ever, with more shops and small businesses taking part.
It is always a fun filled night with a wonderful atmosphere - people come with their colleagues after work or plan a friend’s night out, doing their Christmas shopping in a relaxed and warming environment, with a glass of somehting fizzy in their hand. 
See details of the full event on our Facebook Page and see who is taking part this year.  Shops confirmed so far are from all over the North Laine area, such as Lavender Rooms, Present in the Laine, Badger, Dowse, InHouse Space and Sugarhill Boutique. 
We hope to see you there!

Make a blanket in our arm knitting workshops

We are delighted to have hosted our first Arm Knitting workshop, held by Jamie of She Knits You Love.  Using giant, vegan, yarn people made their very own soft and colourful blanket - perfect for keeping warm on these cooler evenings.  In just a couple of hours, people learnt the skills needed to knit with their arms, enough to warm you up alone! They were chuffed with their finished pieces.

The workshops are every other thursday evening here at Little Beach Boutique. The next one is 18th October.  You can book in store or follow @sheknitsyoulove on Instagram to book directly.

 

Arm Knitting Evening Workshops in Brighton

 

Make you own blanket in our arm knitting workshop

It's time for some Autumn accessories...

This time of year is beautiful in Brighton.  Crisp mornings, cool pink sunsets and a mellowness to the city ensues after a bustling summer. 
We have some beautiful new bags and jewellery to see in the new season.  The metallic trend continues with warming rose gold and steely pewter, echoing the transition to cooler months ahead. 
We met mother and son duo Hill and How in September.  They are based in Balcombe, just outside of Brighton, and design bags together.
We love this rose gold suede backpack - such a great size and design, as well as being the perfect colour for autumn.  It can be worn with both straps across the shoulder, or off to one side.  It is fully lined with discreet inner pockets which make it easy to find small things like your lippy!

Rose gold back pack, metallic shoulder bag for autumn

 

This rose gold sunshine necklace is the perfect accessory with the bag. With a retro, 70s feel reminiscent of Biba, it goes perfectly styled with a black jumpsuit and heels, or dressed down with a jumper and jeans - just don't forget the glitter eye shadow!

Esa Evans Sunshine Rainbow Necklace in Rose gold

If metallic isn't your thing, this black suede backpack might be! Stylish and functional, it will go with everything and exudes effortless chic...

Black Suede Hill and How rucksack

As the days start to shorten we love these weather themed necklaces by Esa Evans.  Part of a range called 'Silver Linings' you can pick the pendent to suit your mood. This sunshine and cloud necklace looks like an optimistic weather forecast, with the sun just appearing from behind the cloud!

Esa Evans Sunshine and cloud necklace

This one might be more apt for the months ahead though! This cute rose gold raincloud pendent is available in rose gold...

Esa Evas Raincloud necklace

 

Pop in to see us to take a closer look, or browse these beauties online in our jewellery and accessories collection for convenient home delivery. 

Bye for now! 

Suzanne x

Autumn Fused Glass Workshop creations

Beach Hut Light catching panel handmade in our fused glass workshop

We hosted a small group fused glass workshop for a 60th birthday celebration on Saturday.  It was a complete surprise for the birthday girl, who had no idea she was doing it.  She had spent the morning with her family, first doing the Brighton Sewer Tour, then going on the bungee jump on the seafront.  By the time she arrived hrere, she didn’t know what to expect next! 

She soon relaxed into the surprise and started making her own beautiful glass pieces with her three children, none of whom had ever  made anything from glass before either. The picture above shows her main piece, which is a free-standing beach hut panel, full of colour and texture.  

Made with colourful cut sheet glass, layers of copper leaf and small pieces of broken glass called frit, it is all fired together to fully fuse and form a smooth and tactile finish.  It has been fired a second time, into a mould so that it can stand up by itself.  It transmits the light beautifully, with some bubbles and transparency through the copper leaf - perfect for a windowsill or a sunny bathroom shelf.

We have one space left on our next workshop, on the 23rd September.  You can book online or visit us in store.

The next available date is October 14th - or why not book your own private group workshop with some friends, family or colleagues?  Contact us to find out more! 

 

Bye for now!

 

Suzanne x

Written by Suzanne O'Leary — September 12, 2018

Create a cosy corner on a cool evening...

It has been a record breaking summer, with long sunny days for weeks on end, but - for now at least -  the cooler evenings have got us thinking about the months ahead. Think warm feet, a beautiful candle and some soft lighting.

This essential oil candle by Nathalie Bond Organics has warming tones of cedarwood and the uplifting scent of orange.  Made from soy wax, these candles burn more cleanly and for longer than traditional wax candles, up to 35 hours. 

 

Soy Canlde by Nathalie Bond Organics

These soft felt sheep slippers are ideal for cosy evenings at home.  Made from soft New Zealand wool, they have been enduringly popular here at Little Beach Boutique - people come back each year for a new pair or to try out a new style. By far our favourite design are the sheep, with curly fringing around the edges, they feel warm and cosy as soon as your feet pour into them.

 

Handmade felt sheep slippers available online or in store at Little Beach Boutique

 

We have some new parchment paper lighting designs which create a soft glow and add gentle elegance to a room.  This avocet lamp has understated neutral tones and creates a coastal feel to your room.

 

Avocet Lamp, soft parchment paper lighting from Little Beach Boutique

 

We have the lighting, the scent, the comfort, so how about a warm drink to sit back and enjoy it with?  These “From Brighton with Love” mugs are the perfect size for a warm beverage and bring a bit of Brighton to your home, wherever you are, with the cheeky ‘Oscar the Seagull’ design on the reverse... 

 

From Brighton with Love Seagull mug from Little Beach Boutique

Oscar the seagull mug from Little Beach Boutique

The warm weather might be back, but if it isn’t we’re ready!

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An independent shop in the North Laine, Brighton, we sell a handpicked selection of gifts, handmade accessories and homeware alongside our own collection of glass, designed and created on site.

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