June 2012

When TruffleShuffle came across this in the news this week we actually felt a little bit sorry for Barbie :-( Ok, we know she is a fictional character but we have grown up with the tales of Barbie and Ken and their perfect life so this insight gave us a slightly different view on the whole affair!

These clever photographs are the creation of Dina Goldstein who used models who were realistically made up to portray living dolls in a series of pictures showing what really goes in the lives of the beautiful Barbie and handsome Ken (although it would appear Barbie is not the only one on the lookout for her G.I. Joe!)

We just love the his and hers matching pink towels in the Barbie dream house bathroom! Some interior design inspiration perhaps……

If you would like to see how the story unfolds (we warn you, it doesn’t have a Disney happy ending!) you can see the rest of the pictures here

So, I guess you really never know what goes on behind closed doors – even in Barbie world!!

xoxo

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We are all keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine here at Truffle Towers, really hoping that July will deliver! With that in mind, my look of the month is worked around our fabulous new vests. In a flattering swing shape and with our most loved prints, these look pretty cool teamed up with denim shorts and a big straw hat. Perfect for a causal, fun and quirky look jumping around on beaches or playing Frisbee in the park!

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Two weeks ago, eight of us TruffleShufflers took a day out from our desk jobs to take part in an Apprentice style “Director’s Challenge” for the lovely one25 charity. The aim of the day was to work through a list of challenges in order to raise as much money as humanly possible in an eight hour day for the charity, which aims to support street sex workers in changing their lives for the better – by giving up this street work, finding new jobs, new homes and ridding themselves of addictions. One25 provides an outreach van which engages street workers at night on the streets of Bristol, providing advice, support and all the details they need to feel welcome at the charity’s drop-in centre. At the drop in centre, the women are welcome to come for a cuppa, do their laundry, meet counsellors, doctors and addiction specialists – with the ultimate aim of giving them the best possible chance to step away from the streets into a safer, healthier life.

Our Director’s Challenges were as follows:

1. Recruit as many people as we could to run the Bristol Half Marathon or perform a sponsored SkyDive in aid of the charity. Each of these people would have to raise a minimum of £200 for one25 and that amount would go down on our scorecards.

2. Sell as many cake cook books as we could for £5 each.

3. Gather donated prizes for one25 to sell at their charity auction in November.

4. Collect corporate donations to the charity, trying our hardest to secure £125 from each generous donor.

5. Persuade people to text smaller donations to a special text number setup for the day.

We split into two teams and planned an unexpected attack on our business friends in Bristol, supplier base throughout the world and not to mention the unsuspecting members of public who were about to get harassed for as much cash as we could bully out of them!

Team Truffle (James, Borat Dickie, Dave and Tracey):
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Team Shuffle (Pat, Amy, Si, Lucy):
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So, a hectic seven hours later and it was time to enter the boardroom and present our days work to the judges. Neither us, the judges or one25′s representatives could believe that Team TruffleShuffle SMASHED the world record for one25′s Directors Challenges over the years by raising an astonishing £12,000! That’s £1,500 each!

Without the help and support of our friends and colleagues, none of this would be possible. We’re sorry there’s so little space to thank you all individually, but we had so much support, we’ve got TONNES of people to thank!

Firstly, our runners and skydivers deserve a massive round of applause – not only do you have to raise a big chunk of cash, you’ve then got to run a half marathon or throw yourself out of a plane! Thanks a million to Sean Smith, Amy Cridland, Jonathan Rich, Mark Cook, Jemma Lewis, David Shaw, Kaye Doddymead, Chris Smart, David Poole, Ryan Williams, Gillian Davies, Jamie Jarvis, Julie Hobby, Jonathan Shaw and Lucy Miles!

After that, a huge thanks goes out to all of our corporate sponsors who donated prizes, experiences and cold hard cash to our worthy cause. You’re all great and we thank you so so much for helping!

Protectahome Croudace Properties Sand Bay Caravan Park Boudoir PR Fabric Flavours Deloitte RajBari Urban Clothing CJ Hole APE Fire & Security Juice Recruitment First Call BMW BM Foods Computerworld Vibe Energy Gum Nudge Digital AMS Insurance Brands Apart UWear Momentum Corporate Finance Allmead Commercial Recycling Self Service UK Rockoff Hilton Garden Inn AV Bristol Lisa Elliott Floral Design Zerodegrees City Centre Barbers Bristol Zoo Gardens Lucy's Longer Lashes Failand Inn Supperlicious Primrose Cafe Bristol http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/ Plants Enhance Chris Cox Magician LoveHoney Identity Salon Clevedon FatBoy Clevedon Garages Kelvin Sharpe Ignition Licensing Nail Xpression Merchants Arms Bristol John Furlong Music Catto Gallery Good Woodworking Magazine Clifton Photographic Company

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Yay! Weekend time again folks, Thank the god of weekends because they have packed it to the brim for us movie loving geeks. From adventuring archaeologists, teenage wizardry, shrimp boat captains, teenage romantics and firemen, it’s a fine time to stay in with us so put your feet up and completely immerse yourself in this weekends retro extravaganza. Enjoy yourself folks!

Have a happy retro weekend :-)

SATURDAY 30th JUNE

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) BBC1 London 6:30pm-8:20pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones goes in search of the legendary Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artefact of devastating power. His quest leads him to Egypt, where the Nazis are plotting to use the Ark’s power to further Hitler’s plans for world domination – aided by Jones’ deceitful French rival. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, with Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) ITV1 London 7:30pm-10:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
The young wizard struggles to convince his fellow sorcerers that the evil Lord Voldemort has returned to life. When Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore is ousted in favour of a sadistic replacement, Harry realises he must take matters into his own hands, uniting his fellow pupils to form a secret army and training them for the inevitable confrontation to come. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman.

Forrest Gump (1994) Sky1 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
A simple soul bumbles his way through a series of bizarre adventures, becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.

Kindergarten Cop (1990) ITV2 12:25am-2:25am (2 hours )
A tough detective is forced to pose as a pre-school teacher in a bid to capture a drug dealer whose son is one of the pupils. However, his biggest challenge turns out to be controlling a class full of five-year-olds. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Linda Hunt, Pamela Reed and Richard Tyson.

SUNDAY 1st JULY

Pretty Woman (1990) Sky Movies Modern Greats 4:15pm-6:15pm (2 hours )
A ruthless millionaire hires a prostitute while on a business trip. Realising she may be useful in helping him keep up a successful appearance, he pays her to accompany him for a week as he associates with the rich and powerful – but falls in love despite their many differences. Romantic comedy, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, with Ralph Bellamy and Laura San Giacomo.

Pretty in Pink (1986) Sky Movies Modern Greats 6:15pm-8:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Misfit high-school girl Andie Walsh unexpectedly attracts the attentions of a rich, popular boy, but the course of true love runs far from smoothly when their two worlds collide. Romantic drama, starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, Jon Cryer and Harry Dean Stanton.

Clueless (1995) Film4 7:00pm-8:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A rich high-school student uses all her charm and financial clout to boost a new pupil’s image, but soon finds she has created a monster – while her own popularity suffers in the process. Comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.

Backdraft (1991) Sky Movies Crime & Thriller 7:40pm-10:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
The two sons of a fireman who died in the line of duty follow him into the profession. However, a feud develops between them because the elder brother is convinced his sibling is not up to the job – until a mission to uncover the identity of a serial arsonist gives him the chance to prove his worth. Action drama, starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Donald Sutherland.

Let’s hope that’s got your remote controller finger itching ;-)

Not your cuppa tea? Well, if you could watch any movie in the world this weekend what would it be?

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Ok, so we know we are not exactly enjoying much of a “Summer” at the moment however we have been brightening up our daily attire with some fabulous new TruffleShuffle tees which help to lift the gloom of all this rain! We thought we would give you a little insight into the summer colours we are loving right now so you too can forget about the dreary weather and brighten up your outfits! ;-)

Ladies First – we are old “fashion”ed like that! Whether you look Pretty In Pink, fancy yourself as a bit of a Baywatch babe, Big Bang Theory nerd or just love a bit of Disney and My Little Pony we have the tee for you, which will you choose?

If super bright isn’t quite your style you could always opt for a slightly less “in your face” pastel colour which is very much on trend at the moment, see our selection of perfect pastels featuring everything from Button Moon, Raggy Dolls, Moomins, Guess Who, Cluedo and Jem And The Holograms!

If none of these are your cup of “tee” you can check out the full range of Ladies T-shirts on the site to find your perfect summer treat!

Now for the men, whatever your style we have the summer colour to suit. Whether you’re more Sesame Street or Simpsons, Superheros or Sports we have it covered with these bright colours featuring Harry Potter, Coca Cola and music tees!

Whoever said pastels were just for the girls obviously hadn’t seen our huge collection of very manly designs on some great masculine colours! See for yourselves! Starting with Mr Men‘s Mr Grumpy or the original Play-Doh logo. For any of you guys wanting so show off those muscles this summer we have a selection of vests which are just the ticket and just added to the site is the fabulously retro Heat Sensitive colour changing t-shirts, just a fascinating as they were the first time round! Not forgetting the Labyrinth collection and the brand new Danger Mouse t-shirts and of course ultra masculine Ford designs!

To see the full men’s range click here and find your brilliant bright or perfect pastel design to see you through the summer (should it ever happen!)

I hope this has helped to inspire your summer wardrobe, here’s hoping for some sunshine soon so we can show off our new purchases and get working on those t-shirt tans! :-)

xoxo

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Festival season is fast approaching and here at TruffleShuffle, we can’t wait for a summer of music, mud and general madness among the fields of some of our favourite festivals.

The bad news is there’s no Glastonbury this year (booooo!) but the good news is there are hundreds of other music festivals happening up and down the country to help fill the Glastonbury shaped hole in our hearts.

Ladies – to help you choose your rucksack essentials, we’ve shared our top festival fashion finds for this Summer, all available right here at TruffleShuffle so you can make sure you stand out in the crowds whatever the weather. And don’t worry guys – we haven’t forgotten you! We’ll be back with our top picks for you too in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled.

PLUS we’ve picked out some of our must visit UK gatherings for this Summer so you can get organised and make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Enjoy and make sure you let us know which festivals you’ll be hitting up so we can compare notes xoxox

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Here are our picks of the must attend UK festivals for this Summer! Happy festival-ing folks…..

Reading and Leeds

When? 24th – 26th August

Where? Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds

Who? Foo Fighters, Kasabian, The Cure, Paramore, Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club

How much? Weekend tickets from £197.50.

V Festival

When? 18th – 19th August

Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, near Birmingham.

Who? Stone Roses, The Killers, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran, Tom Jones, David Guetta

How much? Weekend tickets from £180 and don’t forget to get your Stone Roses tee in preparation here!

T in the Park

When? 6th – 8th July

Where? Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland

Who? Snow Patrol, Stone Roses, Kasabian, New Order, Tinie Tempah, Elbow

How much? Weekend tickets from £189.00.

The Isle of Wight Festival

When? 21st – 24th June

Where? Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

Who? Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Biffy Clyro, Elbow, Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

How much? Weekend tickets from £190.

Bestival

When? 6th – 9th September

Where? Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

Who? New Order, The XX, Sigur Ros, Friendly Fires, Hot Chip, Two Door Cinema Club

How much? Weekend tickets from £170 with valid NUS card.

Latitude

When? 12th – 15th July

Where? Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

Who? Bon Iver, elbow, Paul Weller, Metronomy, Laura Marling, White Lies, The Horrors

How much? Weekend tickets from £175.

Download

When? 8th – 10th June

Where? Donington Park

Who? Prodigy, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Biffy Clyro, Chase & Status, Tenacious D, Soundgarden

How much? Weekend tickets from £190. 

Sonisphere

When? 6th – 8th July

Where? Knebworth House, Stevenage

Who? KISS, Faith No More, Queen, Incubus, Evanescence, Tim Minchin, Marilyn Manson, The Darkness

How much? Weekend tickets from £180.

Summer festivals are fast approaching, so if you are planning to spend a couple of weekends in muddy fields do it in style.

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