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Calling all independent business owners . . . do you want to work with Elsie’s Attic?

. . . are you an independent business owner? Are you pretty epic? Then we’d love to hear from you!

Elsie’s Attic is expanding and we are looking for independent businesses to partner with. We are interested in hearing from smaller, independent businesses that make/produce their own goods that can be featured on our site.  We are interested in hearing about anything and everything!

If you think you have something special we’d love to hear about then please email us at amanda@elsiesattic.co.uk with details of your business and what it is you produce!

Excited to hear from you! Much love EA Amanda x

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Celebrating Women Photo Shoot!

Wow, what a day . . . .  on a otherwise nondescript day in April, we got together around 40 women to hold a decadent style tea party photo shoot to celebrate just how fabulous womankind is!   We work very hard here in the Attic to represent relatable women through our brand; women of all ages, sizes, shapes and backgrounds – we are all amazing so let’s celebrate that!  So, we thought a tea party in our tulle skirts would be the perfect way to do so.

So we set about recruiting models from our lovely followers and we were utterly blown away and honoured by the responses we received.  Now, there’s no judging here, so we didn’t choose people on their looks, our ladies are about so much more than that. We sat down, as a team, and recruited a bunch of ladies of all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds to come along and kick ass!  None of the girls . .  well, except our brand rep Jordan, had modelled before, so it just added to the excitement . . .  and nerves!

Then we needed a venue . . . we are lucky enough to be based on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside so we thought we would use one of the quaint village halls near us and draw on those vintage vibes . . . . can’t beat the smell of the old wooden floors – like being back at school! Although the venue was great – it really was just a blank canvas  . . . so along came the super duper event stylist, Betty Loves Vintage to transform the venue into a magical set up for the shoot! If you are getting married or running an event, you need Helen from Betty Loves Vintage, and her amazing array of props.

 

Just a few of the epic props and styling by Betty Loves Vintage

 

After a lot of hard work, sleepless nights and the whole of Team Attic and beyond working night and day to get everything in place– we were ready for shooting on the Saturday. The ladies involved travelled from near and far to get to us and lots stayed over the night before  . . .  just adding to the party atmosphere on the day!  Now when it comes to photos the ladies to do the job were obviously the gorgeously fun Emily and Katy of Emily and Katy Photography  . . . they are definitely the best in the business, in fact we trusted them to shoot our own wedding last July and they were flippin ace!

We also recruited a fabulous team of super talented hair and makeup stylists to make the models on the day look even more incredible than they already do.  Again, a team of amazing women stylists responded to our call outs on social media and we went with a team that most fitted our vibe! We have included the details of all stylists involved at the end of this post – we can personally and totally recommend each and everyone of them!

The styling team started work very early and did an amazing job pampering and making over our models for the shoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aim for the day was essentially to have fun!  We wanted to capture the essence of the day – women empowering other women! None of the ladies involved really knew anyone else before the shoot, by the end of it we were all planning an annual reunion!  We spent time shooting each model individually in our super pretty tulle skirts before eating more cake than probably  necessary, swigged down with more than one glass of prosecco!  We then had retouches, outfit changes and more group shots.

 

The day was truly amazing and we all loved every minute of it . . .  it was topped off by a little surprise visitor that you might recognise . . .  it was only our Gemma from Coronation Street, AKA Dolly-Rose Campbell, friend of the Attic!

 

You will see lots of shots from the shoot over the next few weeks and months but here is a shot of each model so you can see how fabulous they all were!

 

 

It was such an amazing day that felt really magical to be involved with.  We mustn’t forget to mention our amazing catering crew . . .  AKA our mums! We were all kept wonderfully fed and watered from early morning pastries for brekkie through to afternoon tea, and lots of refuelling on cake and bubbles throughout the day.

 

 

 

I hope you all love the shots as much as we loved making them, we have 100s to share over the coming weeks and months!  Thank you to all involved you were all super star beautiful professionals and thank you to everyone who buys our tulle skirts it means so much!

Much love Amanda (EA Owner and Chief Tulle skirt fluffer!)

. . .  and that ladies and gentleman, is a wrap!

As promised, here are the details for our awesome styling team – gold star recommended!

Taisiya Marsh – Beauty by Taisiya
Caroline Potter – Make up by Caroline Potter
Anna Murray – Wedding Hair in the Lakes
Rachael Doig
Emily Haydon
Lauren at Plaits and Pin Curls
Sophie Peake
 The most epicly stylish and delicious cake by Sophie and Big Day Blooms and Cakes. . . .  And in case you missed it earlier, the amazing venue styling was by Helen of Betty Loves Vintage.
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Elsie’s Attic Pop up Shop!

So, remember when we said it was our last ever warehouse sale . . .  well, it appears that wasn’t strictly true!  We are coming back, bigger and better than ever, read on for all the goss . . .

So we started our little warehouse sales around three years ago from our tiny little first warehouse in Cotgrave.  Over the time we have been running them they have grown bigger and bigger and the sales have become one of the things we most look forward to throughout the year, well other than Christmas, obvs!

We have now outgrown our first warehouse and have given the keys back as we have moved into our larger, supershiney HQ (still in our lovely village of Cotgrave).

Me and Mr Attic at a sale in 2017 before the craziness started!

So, as much as we love our new HQ, it was making us sad to think we wouldn’t have the chance to meet so many of our gorgeous customers again face to face, so we thought we would have a regular pop up shop!

Meeting some of our gorgeus customers – lovely cuddles while Mummy shopped!

Our first event will now be in our new warehouse – about 5-10 minutes from our old location (for those of you who travel to get to us). The sale is set for SATURDAY 30TH JUNE starting at 9am until 12 noon!

We have also listened to all your feedback from our previous sales and we have made some improvements . . .  the thing we get asked for the most is for some of our current, full price stock. We can’t guarantee it will all be there but we will certainly take some of our full price, most popular goodies too! There will definitely be some tulle skirts there for twirling around in!  We will also now be taking card payments.

We sincerely hope to see more of you lovely people there.  Please click here for all the info, full address, to register your interest and to ensure you are kept up to date with the latest  . . .  Elsie’s Attic Pop Up Shopping Event

Much love Amanda and the rest of Team Attic xx

 

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Free postage you say . . . go on then!

So, we love hearing from our lovely customers and a lot of you have been asking for free postage.  We appreciate that shopping online can pose a bit of a challenge . . . will it fit?  Will it look like the images on the site?  So, paying to have something delivered to only have to send it back can be quite frustrating.

As much as we’d love to offer free postage on all orders, as a small developing business, we are not quite there with that one yet, but are are now pleased to offer free postage on all UK orders over £60!  As much of our occasion wear is over £60 we hope this will be a help to you all.

We are still working with our suppliers to drive down postage costs so hope to be able to offer free returns very soon!

We love hearing from you – our amazing followers, so if you have any more feedback for us – please get in touch.  Drop us a line at amanda@elsiesattic.co.uk

Much love Team Attic x

 

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Calling all Stylists!

On the 28th of April we are holding a tea party photos shoot and we are inviting some of our very beautiful followers along to take part.

We are now on the hunt for stylist to join us on the day.  If you are a fresh and enthusiastic makeup artist, hair stylist or event stylist and would like to collaborate with us on this event then please get in touch.

We will have around 10 ladies joining us on the day who will have their hair and make up fixed up to help them feel fabulous and shine on the day.

We are also on the hunt for an event stylist to work with us.  Are you a talented and resourceful event styler that would love to join us then please get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our photo shoots are always massive fun and a great opportunity for you to reach a huge audience via our social media platforms.  The event will be an all day shoot in Nottinghamshire.

Sound like your kind of thing?  Then please email amanda@elsiesattic.co.uk

Much love, EA x Amanda

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We are Celebrating Women!

Us women are pretty damn fabulous aren’t we and we think that is something to celebrate.  So, we are hosting an afternoon tea photo shoot to show off the true fabulousness of women!
We are looking for amazing women of all ages, shapes & sizes to come and join us for a spot of afternoon tea, a little tipple and lots of fun!
 
The ladies selected to come along will have their hair and make-up professional done, get to dress up and twirl around in our beautiful clothes while our photographers snap away!
So, if you feel you could strut your stuff in front of the camera and would like to get involved then please email two up to date photos of yourself to amanda@elsiesattic.co.uk
The shoot will take place at our new gaff in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, on the 28th April. Excited to hear from you amazing bunch!
Much love x Amanda
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Join Our Team!

Elsie’s Attic is a fast moving and vibrant fashion business.  We are expanding again and are looking for a certain someone to join our small, friendly team to help take us onto the next level.

Do you have a passion for fashion? Drive & enthusiasm? Attention to detail? Do you know who is who on Instagram world of Mummy fashion? Do you love folders and post it notes? Love working as part of a team . . . do you have a proven track record for being efficient and effective?

We are also looking for someone to help with photo shoots and styling – a very exciting opportunity!

Operations Manager

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and flexible individual to run our warehouse operations. We are looking for someone with a passion for fashion, the ability to get on with a small team and work under pressure

Main tasks include: –

Customer service – answering customer emails and phone calls

Managing staff – give direction to the existing warehouse team on a daily basis

Manage incoming deliveries

Manage stock control processes

Manage the listings on the website

Liaise with the Directors of the business to ensure the business is delivered effectively

We are also looking for dynamic individuals that we can develop and can become more involved in fashion shoots, brand reps etc.

As a family friendly and realistic company we are happy to consider job share applications.

Salary circa £22-24K PA depending on skills and experience.

If you have the enthusiasm and skills to fulfill the above then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!  The position is based at our new warehouse in Cotgrave, South Nottinghamshire and is full time 8.30 – 4.30pm.

To apply please email amanda@elsiesattic.co.uk with a covering letter and CV. CLOSING DATE – MIDNIGHT THURSDAY 1st MARCH.

We will contact candidates re interviews week beginning 5th March.

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Elsie’s Attic is Cruelty Free!

We are so pleased to tell you all that Elsie’s Attic is cruelty free! . . . well . .  we have never been not cruelty free, if you get what I mean, but read on and it will become clear!

Steve and I are passionate about animals and are strict vegetarians – almost vegan! So, we thought it was only right that our business followed suit.  We have never sold leather and would never, ever, ever go near fur.  However, we were hearing more and more about major, high street brands being caught out in selling items that they genuinely believed to be fake fur that in fact contain fur from real living animals such as fox, racoon and even cat!

So, we decided to have a look at a scarf we had bought from one of our suppliers as we all felt the faux fur was not so faux! We had spoken with our supplier who assured us it was NOT real fur, as that was what they had been told when they also queried it with the manufacturer.  So, we decided to cut one open and have a look . . .  as you can see from the pictures – this is REAL fur not faux.  I’m sure most of you can imagine how upset we were! So, we realised the only way to be real fur free is to be totally fur free – so from now on we will no longer stock any faux fur items either!

In terms of the scarves we had with fur pom poms – one brave member of staff cut all of the pom poms off and we then donated the fur free scarves to our local horse sanctuary, Pablos, for them to sell on their charity stall . . . at least this way some good can come of it.

We thought you might also be interested to know we donate set amounts every month from our profits to four animal charities,The Dogs Trust, Pablos Horse Sanctuary, Hillside Animal Sanctuary, and Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre.  We also donate some of our old stock to a homeless charity in Nottingham, Base 51 and we are actively looking for more local charities to support too.

Our next mission is plastic reduction! Watch this space! #fortheanimals

Much love Amanda xx

 

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All the Fun of the Sale!

We just wanted to say a huge massive thank you to all of you who came along to our HUGE warehouse sale on Saturday 9th September and in fact to all of you that have ever been to one of our sales!  It really is one of our most favourite days as we actually get to meet lots of our beautiful customers face to face!

Shot of part of our warehouse all set up and ready for the shoppers!
Mr and Mrs Attic – aka Amanda & Steve waiting to meet our fabulous customers x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though we opened up slightly earlier this time there as still a gorgeous bevy of beauties ready to go once we opened up!  We are always so touched that so many of you make the effort to come and how far some of you travel!  We regularly have people come and stay overnight the day before, I think the record so far has been a lady and her daughter who travelled down from Glasgow the day before!

Delighted to meet the gorgeous Ezra – only a few weeks old and I was lucky enough to have a big cuddle while Mummy & Granny shopped!

 

Here come the girls . . . and just check out those glitter boots – if only we could find big girl sizes!
So happy to have been treated to some of this gorgeous ones ballet moves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an amazing day, great to meet so many of you and thank you to the two gorgeous girls who nipped into the village for Coffee and cakes for us!  We sold 100s of dresses but still had lots left so these are all now available on the sale section of the site.  Get your bargain here –

We are already planning the next sale – drop us a line of you think we can improve in anyway or have any questions.  Keep an eye on your email and our Facebook for updates.

Much love – Team Attic xx

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Fall in Love with our New Hygge Collection

So, what is hygge . . . pronounced hue-ugh . . . ?  Well, as I think we all know by now it is a Danish term to encompass that feeling of cosiness and well being.The Danes are the happiest nation on the planet so we reckon they must be onto something . . .

Hygge encompasses that feeling of relaxation, indulgence, togetherness and comfort. It is the pursuit of everyday happiness and cosiness, drinking hot chocolate by candlelight!  We think our new Hygge Collection encompasses this spirit perfectly!

So, there’s no denying summer is over . . . but the upside of that is, we can now all buy some new clothes for the autumn and winter!  It can’t just be us that are obsessed with big coats, cozy cardigans, hats and huge wraps . . .  now we love our occasion dresses more than anyone but wearing them on the school runs is pushing it, right?!

Well, that is where our new hygge collection comes in.  We have launched a range of stylish, soft and comfortable day wear that can be dressed up, dressed down and layered up with other wardrobe staples for a super comfy and cosy look.  Even better, the collection is a great affordable price point.

We have soft layered tops that pair perfectly with our slouchy trousers.  The dresses are long and generous perfect to dress up with some well chosen accessories or dress down with a large scarf and flat boots for the school run!

We have a beautiful range of jumpers and cardigans – all oversized for snuggly and so very soft! For even more layering and warmth we have our amazing range of coatigans.  Coatigans are perfect for when its nippy enough to wrap up but no ‘big coat’ is need yet!

The collection is growing daily so please keep an eye on our Facebook and the Hygge Collection page for updates.

Big love EA Amanda xx