Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Marilyn Rain Bonnet

Hello everybody!  I am so sorry for the lack of blog posts this month, it has been a busy old time!  I have now completed the patterns for the Nell Robe in small, medium and large and have been negotiating a more firm date for delivery of this baby with my factory.  I hope to be receiving them on 28th November, all being well, so just in time for you to get it organised for Christmas presents for others or indeed just as a present for yourself.  I will of course keep you all informed if this date changes for any reason.

I have also been working on a new product called the Marilyn Rain Bonnet.

Picture the scenario: Your hair is perfect! It has taken hours of styling and preening and an uncomfortable night in sponge rollers. You leave to go to your soiree looking and feeling fabulous! But uh oh!!! It decides to rain/hail/sleet/blow a gale on you and your perfect "doo" is ruined :(

This is where the Marilyn Rain Bonnet comes in handy! It is designed to shelter your locks from the unpredictable weather wherever you may live, and when you don't need it fold down into a cute little discreet, hand bag sized pouch.

"Another little piece of ingenious design from Betty Blue’s Loungerie! Keep your pin curls, curled and your pompadour, pompfed with this gorgeous little rain bonnet. Perfectly designed to slip into your handbag with ease, this must have item shields you from the elements to keep your hair looking flawless when caught short. Wear whilst raining or simply to shelter your “doo” from the wind. And remember - don’t let it rain on your parade!"

The design is similar to the Marilyn headscarf from Betty Blue's Loungerie in that is has a layer of tulle with tiny bows stitched all over, trapped underneath that all important plastic layer. It also comes in the two Marilyn Headscarf colours of Classic Black and Powder Pink.  It is retailing at £25 with the usual postage charge of £6, and will be up on the website very very soon :).  You can of course pre order it from me so it gets shipped out to you as soon as it is made.  Just contact me at:

Just state which colour you would like it in and I will e-mail you details of payment and delivery dates.

I hope to do more blog posts soon, including a post on what to do with your scabby old sweat pants and details on Christmas postage dates ect.

Betty xxx

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Great News Everybody!! Spread the Word :)

Since the success of the Betty Blue's launch it's been all go at the HQ.  There was lots of interest in the gorgeous Nell robe, so I've been whipping up samples and sorting out production slots.  So I hope to be bringing you news on when I should be getting this little beauty in and how much it is selling for very soon.

In other news, I have been scouring the country finding new UK suppliers to bring you even more luxurious fabrics at even better value for money. So it is with great pleasure I can announce some amazing new prices for some of the "best sellers" here at Betty Blue's:

Rita Jacket - £85
Rita Slacks - £95
Marilyn Head Scarf - £25
Luna 100% Silk Head Scarf - £70

The quality is exactly the same as before and all the items are still made right here in the UK.

Over the next few months I will be concentrating on bringing you even more amazing products, so keep your eyes peeled for updates! In the mean time, pop over to the website to pick yourself up a truly unique little something special

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Proud to be British

There are some times when I'm not at all that proud to say that I am British.  We tend to have a terrible reputation in places such as Spain, Lanzarote and Ibiza, to name but a few, as sunburnt larger louts.  Where “ladies” go out with belts on that they would call a skirt and shaven headed “gentlemen” spit, swear and pee in the street.  So to admit I am British and risk being lumped in with the few who can’t behave when abroad, doesn’t fill me with much pride.  However, as a company which was set up and trades from the UK, there are many reasons I am proud to be British and have embraced my Britishness.

Last night I was inspired to write this post when I was watching the nightly news.  There has been much talk in the press recently about the doom and gloom that is the British economy, and how to kick start it again.  In particular the plight of a British man sparked a reaction in me of how I can do more to help.  This man had started his own printing company in the 80’s at the height of the last major recession.  His company had seen good economic times, as well as bad economic times.  This current recession however, is like nothing that he has seen before.  People are looking for cheaper solutions, which is perhaps pushing business elsewhere – i.e. abroad.

So what has this got to do with Betty Blue’s and how does Betty Blue’s help the economic situation in the UK?  Well when I started up Betty Blue’s Loungerie, I was adamant that I wanted to manufacture in the UK and if at all possible source most of my fabrics and components here if I could.  So here is an example of how I am trying to help my country.

I use a fabulous factory in the depths of the Valleys in Wales, to make my garments.  Not only does this make it easier to make sure that the quality of your BB’s Loungerie is perfect; it also means that I am helping to sustain the wages of a team of highly skilled workers.  The factory has roughly 45 workers throughout the team, each with families of varying sizes.  Let’s say, for arguments sake, that each of those 45 workers has another 3 members to their families.  This means that by buying from Betty Blue’s Loungerie, you are playing your part in supporting 180 people’s livelihoods in the UK.  And this is just using the example of one company that I use from the UK.

If you count all the other fabric, printing, haberdashery, accounting, event and packaging companies that I have used to date, the number of people’s lives that you are helping increases even more.

So to sum up, Betty Blue’s needs you! 

Every time you buy something from my website, not only do you get a fabulous new lounging outfit to make you feel like the Hollywood star you are, you are also supporting a whole chain of UK businesses, workers and ultimately their families.  That in turn helps our countries economy.  Isn’t that just lovely!  Betty Blue’s – single handedly helping make the UK a better place to live!.......Well a little exaggeration but you get the gist.

And for those of you who don’t live in the UK, who aren’t so bothered about the Welsh workers and their families (shame on you!).  Think of the delicious parcel wrapped up just for you, made with love, care and attention detail.  Imagine the softest fabrics and prettiest trimmings sweeping softly against your skin.  And the look of awe when you open the door to the postman/milkman/fancy man/gardner or whoever, in your finest Betty Blue’s Loungerie!  Now how can you resist buying something?  Get it here!

If you live and run a business from the UK – maybe think next time you outsource a skill as it is cheaper abroad.  Think about the people’s lives you are affecting and how you can do your bit to help.

Lots of Love
Betty xxxx