5 Ways To Spend Your Bank Holiday Weekend

Thats right folks the May bank holidays are on the horizon and we can't wait! Whether you're looking to relax or get active, we've put together some fun ideas to make the most of the long weekend.
1. Visit an exhibition  
Bank holidays are a great opportunity to get cultured. Why not try being a tourist in your own town and visit the local museum or gallery. If you're lucky enough to live near London then head to one of the many great exhibitions currently running, including David Hockney at the Tate and Princess Diana's Fashion Story at Kensington Palace.
2. Get active
Why not rent a bicycle and explore the surrounding area with some friends, or try out a new sport. There's bouldering, ice skating, squash, volleyball... the possibilities are endless!
3. Go on a seaside jaunt
There's nothing quite like the great british seaside! Whether the sun is shining or not, head to the coast and treat yourself to an ice cream by the sea. 🍦  There's plenty going on in Brighton, including Foodies Festival (29th April - 1st May), and Brighton Fringe (5th May - 4th June).
4. Head to the countryside
 The British countryside is the perfect backdrop for a picnic, pack your sandwiches and take your Sunday lunch outdoors! (weather prevailing) 
5. Play host
Staying in is the new going out! Dust off the cookbooks and invite your nearest and dearest over for dinner and some classic boardgames.

Eco Friendly Spring Wishlist

With Earth Day last weekend, its got us thinking about how to be more eco friendly with our shopping habits! Earth Day started in 1970 with the idea to build a healthy sustainable environment, address climate change and protect the earth for future generations. 46 years later its great to see that so many brands still aim to support those efforts.
Minimising our impact on the environment is very important to us here at Maria Allen, so we've put together a spring wish list full of brands that share our passion for sustainability!
1. H&M Conscious Collection, Mesh Shopper // £34.99
H&M Conscious is all about making sustainable fashion choices affordable, attractive and available. Sustainability is a word of action, their mission is to ultimately make fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable! 
2. Korres
Korres only use biodegradable ingredients, recyclable packaging, and eco-friendly manufacturing practices on all their products (they even use a steam generator to heat their facility, rather than electric heating!).
3. Maria Allen Boutique,  Wooden Layered Triangle Necklace // £31.50
 We're committed to using reclaimed and sustainably sourced wood throughout our collection of jewellery, accessories, gifts and home ware. Much of the wood we use is reclaimed from the local area, close to our studio in lovely Brighton.
4. People Tree, Block Stripe Dress // £90
A pioneer in slow fashion, producing Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable clothing, People Tree partners with artisans and farmers in developing countries to produce stylish, ethical clothing.

5. TOMS, Black Canvas Women's Classics // £34.99
Casual footwear with a conscience; TOMS was created in 2006 by an American traveler
who after meeting children in Argentina, was shocked they had no shoes to protect their feet. W anting to help he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. 


New For March: The Wedding Collection

As you may have noticed we've gone a bit wedding mad here in the studio! With spring (almost) in the air, we've started getting ready for the wedding season. We've been busy developing lots of new products and designs, many of which are now available online! Here is a round up of our favourite new products:  

Personalised Large Glass Wedding Card Box, £98
This A4 version of our popular rectangular glass boxes would make a lovely wedding gift and is a great way to store and display wedding cards from the big day.

Personalised Wooden Just Married Luggage Tags, £31.50
This set of two 'Just Married' luggage tags are the perfect gift for a newly wed couple embarking on their honeymoon. 
Something Old Something New Glass Compartment Box, £47
This beautiful glass compartment box is etched with the words 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'. The perfect gift for a Bride to be, the box is designed to hold those treasured 'somethings'. 
Set Of 10 Mini Favour Jars, £32.50
These mini favour jars are great for styling your big day. Personalised with the happy couples initials, they can be filled with sweets or chocolates and given to guests to remember the day by.
Personalised Wooden Happily Ever After Luggage Tags, £31.50
This set of two 'Happily Ever After' luggage tags make a lovely personalised wedding gift for the happy couple. The perfect accessory for their honeymoon trip!

  Best Day Ever Glass Keepsake Box, £37
A stylish addition to the home, this glass keepsake box would make a lovely wedding gift and is a great way to store and display keepsakes from the big day. 
Click here to shop our full wedding collection 💍 💕