Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bishopston Mum reviews us in her fantastic blog!

Popular local blogger, 'Bishopston Mum' has written a feature review of our business. We're chuffed to bits with her kind words about us, and as readers of the blog ourselves, very proud to be included.

The blog, written by a local mum, is read by hundreds of locals and has nearly 3.5K follows on twitter, and reviews local businesses and events. She also has a regular feature in the community magazine Bishopston Voice.


The blog concentrates on local events and runs a regular feature on businesses in the area, as part of the Bristol Shop Local campaign, which is brilliant. It celebrates some of the fantastic businesses in the local area, and helps raise awareness of the great resource we have here on our doorstep. With the threat of supermarket chains and internet sales being able to beat most prices on the high street (thanks to thier reduced overheads), the survival of small, independent businesses is big news and close to the hearts of many local communities.

If you'd like to read the blog about Fancy Dress fanatics on Bishopston Mum, click here or visit www.bishopstonmum.com to read her fantastic (and useful) blog posts. a must for those with kids!

Friday, September 20, 2013

An Invitation to 10 Downing Street for Fancy Dress Fanatics

In early September we received a most unusual invitation - to go the 10 Downing Street for a reception with Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrate the success of the Government's Start Up Loans scheme and showcase some of the recipients of the loan and what they have achieved with it.


Out of over 8,000 loan recipients through the Start Up Loans Company (plus others who have received funding through other routes, such as the NEA (New Enterprise Allowance), 70 of us were picked to attend the reception, hosted at No 10. Other faces making an appearance included Dragon's Den star James Caan (who is Chairman of the start Up Loans company) and Dragon's Den success story Levi Roots. Plus some others I probably didn't recognise.

The best way I can describe the event was 'Surreal'. Walking through the gates to Downing Street past the tourists clicking their cameras at the famous landmark was bizarre to start with, but when it got really strange was at the front door! Stood with others who were on the invite list, we asked the Policeman (who is probably the happiest Policeman I've ever met!) what we do. Do we wait outside to meet someone? Is there anywhere special we should wait? The answer.... just knock at the door. As though it was the most normal thing in the world to knock at the iconic 10 Downing Street door and walk in. and it really was that simple.


We were made to check in our phones and any camera equipment (although I later saw many hadn't and were using iPads to take pictures. At times like this I regret always doing what I'm told!). The reception was held in a room upstairs with canapes and drinks. We all had an opportunity to chat to each other about what we did with the loans and how our businesses were going and it was great to speak to others who had done the same as I had, and find out about their challenges in getting started. I got talking to a guy called Frazer who had started a business called 'Mirrors By Design', and his business sounded fantastic.

When David Cameron came in, he greeted a few of us on his way through, then stood on a stage to make a speech about how young entrepreneurs are the future. It was a really good speech and came across very heartfelt and genuine. During the speech, I realised I was stood just behind James Caan (who actually accidentally stepped on the tip of my shoe - bit exciting!). After the speech Frazer and I spoke to James Caan for a few minutes. Definitely a high point for me as an avid viewer of Dragon's Den (and he was a firm favourite of mine).

It was such an amazing experience, and so interesting to meet some of the other loan recipients there and find out what they had done with their loans. There are some seriously talented young people in our country and this scheme is brilliant for harnessing that skill, enthusiasm and potential. 

Even better, the event was also to celebrate the funding having an additional £34m added to it, and opening it up to over 30's. Initially the schemes were for young entrepreneurs aged 18-24, and then up to 30, but now it's being extended to all ages which is brilliant (I was only just young enough when it was 18-30!).

We were also very pleased to have an article published in the Bristol Post about this, which can be viewed here: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Fancy-dress-leads-way-10/story-19840152-detail/story.html

Come and have a look at what it's all about! Pop into our Fancy Dress shop in Bristol, at the top of Cheltenham Road just by The Arches, or contact us:

Fancy Dress Fanatics 
212 Cheltenham Road
Bristol
BS6 5QU

Tel 0117 329 0093

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Costumes beginning with the letter 'K'

Another in our series of blogs on costumes A-Z, perfect for those ever increasing 'come as something beginning with letter of the alphabet' themes, here's a huge list of ideas for fancy dress beginning with 'K'

Some are easily put together with bits at home, some more elaborate and needing to buy or hire, but hopefully there's enough here to inspire you with the perfect costume solution!

Got any ideas to add to the list? Pop a comment on this post with your own additions and we'll add them!


Kangaroo
Karate Kid
Katy Perry
Keith Lemon
Kelly Osbourne
Kenickie (Grease)
Kenny (South Park)
Kermit the Frog
Kill Bill – Uma, Nurse
Kimono
King
King Arthur 
King Henry VIII (we have this in our hire costume collection - click here)
King Kong
King Neptune
King of Hearts/Clubs etc
King Richard
King Tutt
Kirk (Star Trek Captain)
Kiss (band member)
Kitten
Kitty
Klingon
Knight
Koala
Kristine Kochanski
Kryton (Red Dwarf)
Kung fu fighter (Bruce Lee)
Kyle (South Park)
Kylie Minogue (showgirl)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Now stocking Mesmereyez coloured contact lenses!

We're really excited to now be stocking colour contact lenses! 

Mesmereyez Cosmetics are the No. 1 brand for eye colour change, and have taken the cosmetics industry by storm, featuring in publications such as Vogue, Grazia, and appearing in London Fashion Week.

They have the world's largest range of colours, and right now, we're stocking their 'XtremeEyez' range, which is perfect for Halloween! 

We currently have their 1 Day, 1 Month and 3 Months lenses in stock in a variety of styles, including Zombie eyes, Cat eyes, Assassin eyes, Wolf eyes, designs such as blood spatters and fire, and basic colours like black, white, red, green (and more!).

After Halloween we'll be looking to stock a wider range of their products, including the UV Glow lenses (although we have a couple of their UV ones already), Natural style lenses and Intense lenses - whatever we can get our hands on. We love them!

Pop into our shop in Bristol and take a look:

Fancy Dress Fanatics
212 Cheltenham Road
Bristol
BS6 5QU

Tel:  0117 329 0093

Friday, September 6, 2013

Costumes beginning with the letter 'J'

The next in our series of blogs on costumes A-Z, perfect for those ever increasing 'come as something beginning with letter of the alphabet' themes, here's a huge list of ideas for fancy dress beginning with 'J'

Some are easily put together with bits at home, some more elaborate and needing to buy or hire, but hopefully there's enough here to inspire you with the perfect costume solution!

Got any ideas to add to the list? Pop a comment on this post with your own additions and we'll add them!


Jack n Jill
Jack o’Lantern
Jack of diamonds/hearts etc
Jack Sparrow
Jack the Ripper
Jackson 5
Jackson, Michael
Jailbird
Jake Blues
Jamaican
James Bond
Jane Austin
Janis Joplin
Japanese Lady
Japanese Man
Jasmin (Aladdin)
Jason (Fri 13th)
Jaws
Jazz Singer
Jean-Luc Picard
Jeannie (I Dream Of)
Jekyll and Hyde
Jedi (We have a Jedi costume in our hire collection - click here)
Jessica Rabbit
Jessie (Toy Story)
Jester
Jesus
Jetsons
JF Kennedy
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Saville
Joan of Ark
Jock
Jockey
Joey/kangaroo
John Lennon
John Travolta
John Wayne
Joker
Joker (Batman)
Joker (playing card)
JR Ewing
Judge
Judy Jetson
Juliet (Romeo and)
Julius Caesar
Jungle Boy
Jungle Jane