Hen party ideas – Top 5 customised items!

It’s now less than two months until I get married (eek) and I think it’s about time to order some hen party clothes!

There are five of us going to a cabin near the Lake District at the beginning of July for a grown up sleepover style party, so I was thinking snuggly clothes rather than L-plates. It’ll be face masks, cocktails, popcorn, films and silly games like making wedding dresses out of toilet roll!

I’ve had a look online for inspiration to get ideas of what I can get printed and I’ve seen loads of stuff that I like!!! Here are my top 5 ideas for personalised hen party clothing:

1. Bags

Drink champagne bags

Time to drink Champagne and dance on the table – bag ideas

Goodie bags make a great giveaway for all your hens, you can create one for each person and put silly things in it, perhaps beer goggles, party poppers, silly straws, toilet roll for the wedding dress game etc!
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There are so many bag ideas it’s unbelievable, and bags could be used over and over again even after the event if they don’t have a date on them. A few slogans that stood out to me were:
– Time to drink Champagne and dance on the table
– Lets party!
– A heart or a star
– Song lyrics/a famous quote/an ‘in’ joke
– Each individual persons name (I’m pretty sure this is what I’m going to do because at clothes2order.com printed names are only £3 each!)

If anybody was looking at doing bags and wanted them as just a one time use (with something like ‘Team Bride’, or ‘Hen’, or a scavenger hunt list printed on them) then we’ve got some nice tote bags online which I like, they’re really reasonably priced and they come in loads of different colours so I think I may get a different coloured bag for each person, with the same print on them.

I was inspired to do that by a picture of some t-shirts I’ve seen actually which I LOVE. I mean, just look at this for simple but effective!!

2. T-shirts/Vests

Bridesmaid tops

The same design but printed on different colours looks AWESOME

 

If you were looking for inspiration, then here are some more t-shirt/vest printing ideas I’ve stumbled upon:
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3. Joggers

Again I think this is something I may do. We’ll all be mega customised and cute!Customised joggers

Just imagine everybody wearing trousers with their names on and the same t-shirt on.

These could be a nice keepsake as well because they’re not specifically hen do-ish or wedding themed (and maybe an excuse to have a big sleepover again).

 

 

 

 

 

4. Blouses/Shirts

Again, I think these are cool and quite classy as well with embroidery on. They’d be good for a slumber party and I’ve seen pictures of girls on the day of their wedding having their make-up done wearing monogrammed shirts.

As Shania Twain would say “Men’s shirts, short skirts, ah woah-a-oh. Man! I feel like a woman!”shirt blue&white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Hoodies/Sweatshirts

If it’s a colder month then I wouldn’t want to be out and about without a hoodie or sweatshirt. And I saw this one hoodie which made me think, actually, that’s an AWESOME idea because everybody wants snuggly clothes when they’re hungover right?Hangover hoodie

I spent ages looking at personalised hen party clothes (probably for a fair while longer than would be considered normal) and I’m so inspired!

Other ideas could inclide:

– Little dresses which would look nice with a Hen Party print
Dressing robes with embroidery on them again, for the same reason as the blouses
Personalised Caps for a sporty themed event
Wooly hats if you were going skiing or camping

There are so many things you could do! Has anybody done anything cool for their hen/stag do or wedding? Or have you just seen something that you think is cool and fancy letting us know?

We always want to hear! You can give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter, on here, or Instagram.


Regional last year, hopefully National this year

We were the regional winner of the Best Use of Technology Award in 2014 and we’re entering again this year so hopefully we can be the national winners! We’re all keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully come 28th September we’ll find out that we’re one of the regional finalists. Then the national awards will be presented in London on 26th November, where one of the lucky winners will walk away with the Business of the Year award and win £10,000! Lets hope it’s us!!

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have posted a story about us online which you can read here.

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Working with Colour

We’re proud of our printing, and have a few different printing methods that we use to create a great impression every time! We’ve got a fantastic bunch of artworkers who check through every order and match your logo and your design with the best print method for you, but they aren’t mind readers and you should always remember that colour perception is subjective. Everyone perceives colour differently and in different ways. You can not judge a colour on an adjective word.

‘I want it to be sky blue’ What kind of blue is that? Is it a cloudy sky, is it morning, night time?

Sky blue

We always like to rely on numbers and not just go off eye sight because that way we can ensure that the printing will be correct. We mainly do DTG printing because it’s fantastic for full, complex designs of all colours, great for small to medium quantities, and can print on light or dark garments.

All our DTG printers print in the CMYK spectrum. (For everybody who doesn’t know what CMYK is, because I know I didn’t before I worked here, it refers to the four inks used in printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black), and when these numbers are changed slightly it changes the colour.

The artwork bunch are happy to change colours in your design, we’ll just ask for a CMYK reference to get you the exact result you want.

 

A short while ago, back in February, Rachael (from our artwork department) and Miriam (from our direct to garment department) went on a few training days over in Düsseldorf, Germany. Our printing machines are made over there, and our two lovely staff learnt loads of interesting things about the printers. When they came back, everybody in the company had a presentation about colour and this particular part really stuck with me…

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Before this training, I thought, “well clearly that’s a plum colour, it’s pretty standard”. But oh how wrong I was!

 

Now this probably worked a lot better when it was on a PowerPoint presentation and there was a bit of suspense. So I’m trying to do the same effect on a blog… now scroll down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK.

Ready?

can you see which it is

Just think…. these are all ‘plum’

At this point, in our presentation, I sat there thinking, “well…. it’s the one on the….. right? I mean, that looks the same?” But the more I looked, the more I doubted myself, and everybody in the room was saying different things! How could we all think it was different?!

Then Rachael went on to explain that each colour has a CMYK reference code, and just look at the difference with just changing a few numbers (these are like a percentage of each colour, cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black))

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I don’t know why this stuck with me so much but we want every order to be perfect and this really helped me to understand how ‘plum’ or ‘sky blue’ can be completely different to different people, and it’s geeky but I appreciate CMYK reference codes now!

Without cheating, can you see which colour is the right one? Let me know what you think by commenting on here, or give me a shout on Facebook or Twitter.


What did you last spend £1 on?

  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2015  | 
  • Staff

£1 doesn’t get you very far these days, in fact you can’t even get the bus! But surviving on this small amount each day is the reality for 1.2 billion people across the world.

Karolina Zwierzyk from our embroidery department has been with us for just over two months now and if people didn’t know her name before, they definitely do now! Karolina is just one of thousands of people who have taken part in a challenge and is living on just £1 a day for five days, between yesterday and Friday. The challenge has been organised by Live Below The Line, which is a charity who want to raise awareness, and of course as much money as possible, for the world’s leading anti-poverty organisations.

Live below the line logoThe idea is to buy all the food and drink you need to survive for five days with just £5 (£1 per day). There are no specific rules on what each individual can and can’t do, it’s really up to the person how strict they want to be (e.g. using oil, or spices etc), and Karolina is being pretty strict! Live Below The Line want people to gain first-hand insight into the lives of people living below the poverty line and have the chance to make a difference with the donations raised.

Karolina’s shopping list so far:
Rice
Pineapple (because it was going cheap)

I didn’t actually believe her when she said this and so I asked, “well then, what are you eating for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?” to which she laughed and said “for breakfast I have rice, lunch I have rice with pineapple, and for dinner I have rice…. I’m on my second day and I don’t want to eat any more rice so I’m thinking I may buy some bread!”

Karolina Zwierzyk from Embroidery Production

Karolina Zwierzyk from Embroidery Production

“I can’t stop thinking about food!”

She said that she’s finding it particularly difficult because “I like chocolate! I really like chocolate but I don’t want to spend £1 on a bar”, and “last night my house mates all had pizza, but I resisted”

Karolina has chosen Save the Children as her nominated charity and as well as raising money with sponsorship for this challenge, she also does voluntary work with children at the weekends which she enjoys because it makes the kids happy which in turn makes her happy too!

“I’m really delighted to be raising funds for such a worthwhile cause. Across the world, Save the Children are delivering life-saving aid; providing clean water, running vaccination programmes and helping to give  children an education. I know the money I raise during my 5 days of eating on the poverty line really can make a difference.”

You can donate to the cause and help motivate Karolina on the Live Below the Line website here.

 

Let us know what you’re doing to raise money, or awareness, for charity. We’d love to hear from you and maybe even write a blog post on you too!! You can talk to us on Facebook, Twitter, or send us a photo on Instagram.


22 Stone to Team GB!

As a company, we’ve recently started eating more fruit, we even had a monthly reward of fruit baskets which went down a treat! We’ve got rid of our “emergency chocolate box” from the office to encourage staff to be healthier, and we’ve got a ‘bike to work scheme’ that came in to play earlier this month, which is both good for the environment, cutting down our carbon footprint, improve our health, and helps with the parking situation at the warehouse.

Paul Sellars is our operations director, he has been the main influence behind all of this health and fitness; he joined the company towards the end of last year, and the more I hear about everything he does, the more I’m interested so I thought I’d share it with the world!

Paul - before and after

Paul – before and after

In 2000 Paul had an incident of Atrial Fibrillation and as part of a week’s stay in Warrington hospital he was electric shocked to get his heart back into rhythm. In 2004 the same thing happened in Tenerife, but this time he had intravenous drugs to reset the heart beat. In 2010 he had about 6 attacks in 6 months and ended up seeing a cardiac specialist who gave him 3 choices:

1) drugs with potentially life endangering side effects
2) an operation to scar part of his heart to stop it going out of rhythm, with life endangering side effects
3) stop drinking, change your diet and do some exercise.

He was actually considering these options whilst on holiday in France in the summer of 2010, when his heart went out of rhythm again, and that was that – decision made, to him life is more important than booze, cakes, biscuits, ice cream, chips etc.

When Paul and his family got home, he started to run a 3k loop – he says he stopped about 10 times on the way round for the first few times, and he watched his son disappear into the distance, running ahead of him.  Gradually he got fitter and got to a point where their home scales, that max out at 20 stone, started to register him! He then did his first competitive 10k run in September 2011 which took about 51 minutes, and his first triathlon was in Wilmslow in the summer of 2012.

Paul said “not drinking was the easy bit, and my wife (Ann) sorted the diet bit, making me healthy meals and keeping me away from trash…..it is probably 4 years since I ordered chips, although I have maintained a healthy relationship with chocolate, cake and biscuits throughout my journey!”

Between 2012 and September 2014 he entered several triathlons and long distance runs – Chester Marathon in 2013 and 2014, Barcelona Marathon in 2014, several standard and half iron triathlons, and then finally in September 2014 he achieved the ultimate goal of the full distance triathlon, finishing 7th in his age group.

This year the events that Paul is officially doing for charity are on his Just Giving page which can be accessed online at https://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Sellars1/  But he always ends up adding a few extras in, so in March he did an extra Duathlon and a 30k trail run in Delamere Forest which he won!
If you don’t think that all of this is impressive, this Sunday he is expecting to do a 103 mile bike ride around North Wales and the big “extra” this year is the European Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Weymouth in September – this is the GB team event, and everybody at work is so proud of him that Michael Conway (the MD) even got a t-shirt made up with “Team Sellars” on it and a picture of a Union Jack.
Rach & Charlotte 5k run
A few months ago, two members of our artwork department ran 5k to raise money for The Stroke Association; they managed to raise over £100 between them. They aren’t usually the running types and it wasn’t the best day for it, Charlotte says “that isn’t sweat, it was the rain!”

This photograph was sprung on them during a monthly update, and of course congratulations is always encouraging and makes other people think how they could improve.

In terms of training, Paul’s typical week goes like this:

Monday 6am – 152 lengths of the swimming pool – 3.8km
Monday 6pm – strength session in the gym
Tuesday 6am – 20km run into work (park the car on the trans Pennine trail)
Tuesday 5pm – 20km bike back to the car
Wednesday 6am – 50km bike into work
Wednesday 5pm – 50km bike home
Thursday 6am – 15km – 20km run
Friday 6am – 80 lengths of the swimming pool followed by strength session in the gym
Saturday 8am – 120km bike ride
Sunday 9am (lie in for him!) – 25km – 30km run

Most days he also does a 20 minute abdominal work out because “a strong core is essential in this game! I do mix things up a bit depending on the weather and up coming events, but that is the standard!”

So as you can see, most of his training is done instead of sleep (although he is lucky in that 6-7 hours sleep is enough for him thankfully).  He says he’s “also lucky that my wife is massively supportive and also enjoys gym work too – so when I go out on Sat and Sun morning, she goes to the gym for the morning too.  I do try to keep a balance between work / home / training but that is a big challenge – hence why I try to take advantage of coming and going to work, rather than sitting in traffic on the motorway!!”

In 2007, Paul’s dad died from Prostate Cancer, so until now, all of his charity work has been done in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

Paul in Barcelona

Paul with his running vest in memory of his dad

This photograph is of him after the Barcelona Marathon wearing a T-shirt that his daughter (Rachel) got designed for him with a picture of his dad on, and the Prostate logo on the back – “I still wear this for all pure running events just to raise awareness and keep my dad’s memory alive!  Last year I raised £1200 for Prostate Cancer.”

This man really is an inspiration, and I think his story is awesome. I know of a fair few people who are going to partake in the Bike To Work Scheme, and I myself will definitely be starting to do more exercise, and getting a vest printed just so I feel cool.

Are you doing anything fitness related to raise money for charity? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, send us a picture on Instagram, or leave a message on here!

 

Glossary of Terms

Atrial Fibrillation – a situation where rogue electrical pulses make the top 2 chambers of your heart beat very fast (200ish bpm) and irregularly.  The bottom 2 chambers carry on as normal, so blood gets pushed through the heart leaving “ponding” in the lower chambers.  This ponding can lead to clots which when the heart rate returns to normal can be pushed out causing strokes etc .  You become completely knackered – even standing up is a major effort.  In the early days, the treatment was to use defibrillators to shock the heart back into rhythm, over time drugs have been developed to do it, but this takes longer to take effect – 2 days on average

Long Distance Triathlon – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run (generally swimming in the sea or big lakes)

Half Ironman Distance Triathlon – 21.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13.1 mile run

Duathlon run, bike, run format when the water is too cold! Generally 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run

 


Meet the team!

  • Friday, April 17th, 2015  | 
  • Staff

I’ve got this lovely new job and you know what it’s like, being excited and nervous all at the same time… and I’ve only moved departments from customer services to marketing! Well, my name is Jade and part of my new role is to write the Clothes2Order blog. I’m pretty new to blogging (unless reading Bakerella counts) so bear with me, but I thought I’d start by introducing myself and some of the C2O office team.

Over the last 18 months we’ve grown from 25 to 70 people, so I’m going to break it down and start by introducing customer service, marketing, account managers, and the finance team.

Just look at this lot… I see these faces on a daily basis!

Office Staff :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to know more about some of the faces behind Clothes2order, here are some quick interesting facts about everybody in order of their photos:

Simon: genuinely believes he could have been Mario Kart world champion & used to work for Nick Clegg

Anna: plays the violin, speaks Spanish & used to live in Peru

Jon: was a stunt man in the film Sophie’s Fortune (& I think he looks a bit like Vector from Despicable Me)

Me (Jade): travelled around Australia for 4 months (mainly living in a car) & is getting married in July

Jamie: used to play National League basketball & has a black belt in Ju-Jitsu

Alicia: does the jump splits when she’s drunk, hates being called Alesha & has been on Radio 1 four times

Paul H: plays the drums & used to run a record label

Katy: has emotional eyes (she can’t help but cry when other people do) & has an unusually large tongue

Jim: was a Secret Santa gift & changes his outfit on Fridays, ready to party

Lucie: has been backpacking in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia & isn’t scared easily

Steve: has traveled to Japan 3 times to watch wrestling & is a massive comic book geek with a tattoo inspired by Justice League and Transformers (he met his previous partner, of 4 years, on a Pokémon forum)

Donna: loves to sing, she used to be in a band & was partial to a bit of drag racing when she was younger

Charlie: dreams of being an author & has lived in England for 3 years

Lauren: has a cheeky 3 year son & is a dangerous driver when he isn’t in the car

Paul S: at age 40, he was 22 stone, drank 40 units of alcohol a week and did zero exercise of any sort.  At age 46, he is 13.5 stone, doesn’t drink, exercises for a minimum of 15 hours per week & on Sunday 13th September 2015 will represent Great Britain in the European Long Distance Triathlon Championship, a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run! WOW!

Alex: has a MEGA loud cough like a seal & is a trained barista

Jon: used to play rugby for York U19’s and North Yorkshire and he once met Jonny Wilkinson at a tournament & he built his first website when he was 15. 18 years on, he’s still happily working in the same field.

Mev: can speak 5 languages & always comes to work in colour co-ordinated outfits

Jonathan: used to be an amateur boxer & has spent the weekend at Dwight Yorke’s house

Emma: doesn’t think she has ever lost an argument & used to get paid to do R-Kelly cornrows on the side

So that’s us! Now if you call or you email, you’ll know a little bit more about the people you’re talking to :-)

Please let me know what you thought of this post, (even if you thought it was naff) I’d like to know about it and I’ll take constructive criticism on board.

Also, is there anything you’d like to read about in future? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter, or simply leave a comment here.


Have you won £250 worth of personalised kit?

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition! Watch our big reveal below as we print the winner’s name on a t-shirt!

If it’s you, congratulations! We’ll send you an email to confirm your win and start producing your £250 worth of C2O clothing and send out your £100 charity donation!

If you haven’t won, we’d like to thank you for entering with 10% off site-wide! Simply use code TENAPR4 at the checkout, expires Fri 17th April:-)


Hell yes, the campaign trail is heating up

  • Wednesday, April 8th, 2015  | 
  • Politics

The battle for number 10 is heating up this week after each mainstream party released their manifestos this week.

It seems we’ve had more failures than successes over the past 6 months in the run up to May 7th, from Tory Education Secretary Nicky Morgan exclaiming last week that failed tests must be “resitted”, to Ed Miliband forgetting to mention the deficit at his party conference in Manchester at the end of last year.

It all got a bit too personal for the two main party leaders a couple of weeks ago, during the head-to-head Channel 4/Sky battle between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. Whether you thought Jeremy Paxman’s interview tactics were brilliant, or whether you thought his style revealed that he is a “genuinely tortured, angry individual”, as his former colleague Andrew Marr commented, you must admit that the only way was up for Miliband when Paxman began with the question of why Ed was so “gloomy”.

Whether you saw his subsequent questions to Ed as personal attacks or just clever interviewing tactics, it was clear that his “North London geek” slander called into question the professionalism of Paxman, with viewers expressing their shock at the use of the phrase:

But many of those sympathizing with Ed expressed their pride at being North London Geeks, to the extent of wanting to print it on a t-shirt:

We’ve mocked up a couple of Ed’s best phrases from the night, plus a couple of other t-shirts we think might go down well before May 7th below: Are there any more phrases from the party leaders that you think would look good on a t-shirt? Let us know on Twitter @clothes2order or post a comment below.

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Clothes2order Go Karting!

  • Monday, March 23rd, 2015  | 
  • Event

We enjoyed an exhilarating and competitive trip to Daytona Motorsport in Trafford Park, where our eCommerce & Development team took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Go karting go karting 2 go karting 3 Gokaritng 5 Go karting 7 go karting 8 go karting 99 go karting 98 go kartin g97 go karting 55go karting 54go kargting 55


Clothes2order prints t-shirts for Red Nose Day #teamselfie

Check out our #teamselfie below for Comic Relief! We printed some “Changing the Face of Business” t-shirts and uploaded them to Red Nose Day’s Official Team Selfie website along with encouraging staff to donate. Check out our #CEOselfie below too!

Is your business doing anything for Red Nose Day? How are you planning to raise money? Let us know below, or you can Tweet us or Facebook us #ComicReliefBusiness

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