TruffleShuffle’s Top Ten Tees Of 2016!

Try saying that in a hurry…

So! 2016 was a bit of a mixed bag of events – okay so it MIGHT have sucked at times – but plenty of you lovely lot decided to bring cheer to the year by snapping up a tee or two from TruffleShuffle (and boy, did we all need some positivity right?!)

So what were people buying you cry?? Read on to find out which tees you lot thought were the bees knees and maybe get a little wardrobe inspo for 2017. New year, new T-Shirt, right?? (we’re sure that’s the right saying…). Let’s go!

Men’s Red Batman Graffiti Logo T-Shirt

This quirky take on the iconic Batman logo has been a TruffleShuffle staple for years – and with the look and feel of a real vintage find, it’s no wonder!

Men’s Mr Grumpy I Had Fun Once T-Shirt

Just MADE for those who prefer life on the sulky side, we’re not surprised Mr Grumpy is so popular (and with a year like 2016, we were with him more than ever!)

Women’s White You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt

After the sad loss of the legend himself, celebrating Bowie’s amazing appearance as Jareth the Goblin King in completely cult film Labyrinth was a must-do in 2016. This cool, classic black and white tee fitted the bill perfectly.

Men’s Black Stormtrooper And Darth Vader Selfie Star Wars T-Shirt from Chunk

The selfie was still going strong in 2016 as proven by two unlikely guys on this super-cool tee by London label Chunk Clothing. And with the release of Rogue One, with lots more movies to come, it’s still an out-of-this-world buy. Say ‘Dark Siiiiiiide’!

Women’s White Fleetwood Mac Rumours T-Shirt from Amplified

This incredible record just gets better with age! With hits like Go Your Own Way and Dreams – not to mention the explosive, sensational relationships within the band – tons of you celebrated one of the best-selling albums of all time, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

Men’s Black Fast N’ Loud Gas Monkey Garage Logo T-Shirt

As the awesome US motor makeover show Fast N Loud went mega in 2016, people wanted a piece of its slick southern style. This classic logo tee was just the thing to inject some serious grease power into any fan’s wardrobe!

Men’s Black ThunderCats Logo T-Shirt

ThunderCats were always on the move back in the 80s… as was this super-cool (and some might say meowvellous…) tee in 2016, as loads of you decided to pay homage to the fierce feline fighters.

Women’s Daddy’s Lil Monster Suicide Squad Varsity T-Shirt

HOW good was Margot Robbie’s star turn in last summer’s much-anticipated Suicide Squad?! This super-cool varsity tee was snapped up by lots of style conscious ladies looking to channel the mischievous Harley Quinn. Suuuuper popular and super cool.

Men’s Old School Gamer T-Shirt

Yeah, there might be some seriously swish gaming gear about now – but we think you just can’t beat the classics, from the Gameboy to the NES zapper. It seems that lots of you agreed in 2016, with this Old School Gamer tee flying off the shelves!

Men’s Distressed DC Comics Flash Logo T-Shirt

The speedster of DC Comics is always in style! With his famous super-speed and superhuman reflexes, it’s no surprise that so many of us wanted to pay homage in this classic tee (and hopefully pick up some useful skills at the same time!)

So there you have them peeps! Fancy seeing all these and our complete collection of funky tshirts? Go check them out on our site.

What were YOUR favourite TruffleShuffle designs of 2016? Shout them out in the comments below.

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Simply de-vine…Quirky accessories from Tatty Devine now at Truffle Towers!

It’s here! When we heard East London jewellery label Tatty Devine were launching an accessories collection for Wild & Wolf, we knew we’d need to get our mitts on what were sure to be perfect pieces.

Known for their bright, playful necklaces in the quirkiest designs and cut from the coolest materials like acrylic, Tatty Devine was founded by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden in 1999 after meeting at art school. And boy, have they delivered here! From purses and bottles inspired by their famous gin motif to old-school records-inspired lights and bags (and a whole host of other cool creations), you’re sure to find tons you’ll love.

So, we’ve handpicked a few of our favourites to make it just that little bit easier for you to choose! Decisions, decisions…

Glitter Gin Bottle Coin Purse
Gin is the drink du jour and we’d trust the Tatty Devine ladies to hand pick the best – and they’ve delivered here with this bottle-shaped purse!

Dental Bling Make Up Bag
We’ll be keeping our lipstick collection pristine in this beaut of a make-up bag – but also working it as a clutch with an LBD (oh – and a slick of red lippy!). Red, glittery and full of fun – what’s not to love?

Lolly String Lights
A delicious addition to any room, these lolly string lights look good enough to eat (we wouldn’t recommend trying though!) Perfect for parties – or just adding some sweetness to your humble abode.

Pink Boom Box Wash Bag
Let’s get those records on! Style up your bathroom accessories with 80s-flair in this wicked stereo-shaped wash bag.

Glitter Soda Pop Water Bottle And Cover
Perfect for POP-ping your fave drinks in, the blues, pinks and glittery finish (can you tell we love glitter?!) mean this bag-stroke-bottle holder is definitely on our wish list.

All this and tons more to be found right here. Enjoy!

(Psst! If you’re looking for more awesomely cool accessories, then check out our whole accessories range here!)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Review

If there’s ever been an excuse to pop open the bolly, the triumphant return of our favourite gruesome twosome in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is it!

What’s it all about, darling?

When the star-studded fashion show intro against the thumping beat of Jason Derulo’s Get Ugly began, we already knew we were in for a treat! The film has all the partying, booze, crazy fashion, naughtiness and ‘sweetie darlings’ galore we all know and love from the TV series but now there’s the Gen Y additions of DIY Botox and a social media whirlwind, with selfies and Tweets aplenty, which Eddie struggles to understand. (“Do you feed my Twitter?” she asks at one point, mystified!)

The ladies are just as ludicrous yet somehow lovable as back in the 90s – the first crisis of the film is “Where is the champagne?!” (nothing’s changed!). Patsy is a fashion editor and Eddie has become something of a washed up PR. A book deal flop prompts even more of a crisis than usual from flappy Edina leading to *SPOILER ALERT!* (though we feel you may have had to be living under a rock not to know this) accidentally knocking Kate Moss into the Thames – as you do…

So what did TruffleShuffle think, sweeties?

We’re pleased to report that the heavy-drinking dysfunctional duo are as amazing as ever, with most of the flick’s laugh-out-loud moments coming from Eddie and Pats. Joanna Lumley is on top form as chain-smoking, incredibly selfish, platinum-doed bad influence Patsy. When the pair need to make a ‘serious plan’ to leave the country, it somehow results in drug and vodka-fuelled chaos with Patsy in the mix; she sells Saffy’s daughter Lola as a cleaner in Cannes and poses as a man to inherit a rich woman’s fortune courtesy of a dodgy looking stick-on moustache!

Eddie is still afraid of being old and fat – one of our favourite parts is the hilarious daydream/nightmare where her beloved designer heels have disappeared and flat frumpy shoes abound – the final step into the doom of old age. “Not…the…sandals!!”

Apart from a few slightly misplaced emotional moments, the pair haven’t grown up one bit and this is nicely reassuring to us diehard fans. At times the plot can feel a little meandering but the steady stream of hilarious gags and chemistry between Lumley and Saunders keeps everything sailing along nicely. It would be so weird to see them being sensible – and where would the fun be in that?!

We should also emphasise that the film is a total celeb fest (which you may or may not love!) Personally here at TruffleTowers we thought most of the cameos were great. They were cleverly chosen, with lots of unexpected surprises – Rylan and Rebel Wilson popping up as flight attendants were a particular highlight – and it included plenty of stars willing to send themselves up (Joan Collins and Jean Paul Gaultier, we’re looking at you!) The movie also isn’t afraid to take the mickey out of celebrity culture – when Kate Moss goes missing, the hugest furore breaks out – from Dawn French insisting that Lily Cole is “heartbroken…devastated…” to BBC News’s hashtag #iskatedead and shrines all around the country. And (*SPOILER ALERT* – look away now) when Kate eventually turns up, the country’s celebrations are something normally reserved for royalty (hello, Red Arrows!)

And of course, the fashion is completely crazy – Bubbles’ inflatable hashtag outfit is a favourite and Eddie still dresses like an overexcited child discovering mum’s retro wardrobe.

Cheerful, eccentric and thoroughly hedonistic, if you fancy some frivolous fun with your fave 90s ladies, we totally recommend you see this film!

(And if you fancy doing it in style, check out our glam Ab Fab clothing and gifts – from a mug the pair would be proud to sip bubbly from to a divine, must-have tote!)

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5 Reasons We Still Totally LOVE Labyrinth 30 Years On.

It’s Labyrinth’s 30th birthday and time to rejoice like the legendary David Bowie here!

Can you believe it? The fantasy cult classic that entranced us with its magical maze, wonderfully wacky puppets, ultra-80s soundtrack and the legendary David Bowie in *ahem* those tights (but more on him later) first graced the big screen all the way back in 1986 and it is still one of those precious films that stir up warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia. Here at TruffleTowers we may be a little older, a lot greyer and a whole heap wiser (ish), but we still love it – hey, maybe even more than back in the day! – so we felt it was only right to reflect on what makes this movie so magnificent.

So, without further ado, here are our 5 reasons why Labyrinth is still AH-mazing, 30 years on

David Bowie’s majestic presence…

Need we say more? Probably not, but we’re going to anyway. The hair. Those tights. That juggling ability (okay, it wasn’t actually him but we reckon he can pull it off with panache). Some SERIOUS swagger. Watching Labyrinth, we fear Bowie, but love him too (obvs) as he brings that unmistakable charisma to the role of Jareth the Goblin King. Who else could steal a baby, make a teenage girl tackle death defying traps (not to mention risk smelling hideous for all time!), attempt to possess her forever and STILL win us over? There were whispers that Prince, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson were considered for the role in the early stages of production but we think it’s impossible to imagine anyone else doing it quite like Bowie.

It teaches us about the magic of friendship…

There’s no way our heroine Sarah would have made it through the Labyrinth without a little help from her friends… the bravest fox there ever was, Sir Didymus; gentle giant Ludo and even warm and welcoming Worm (okay, he sent Sarah the wrong way but he meant well, didn’t he?). Sarah helps her companions, too – our hearts twinge when she rescues lovely Ludo and we love her sweet bond with Hoggle, who Sarah encourages to overcome his cowardly nature and put their blossoming friendship ahead of his loyalty to evil Jareth. And that’s the beauty of friendship, right? Giving others a chance and helping people – particularly in a world chock full of ghastly Goblins, traps at every turn and where a glam-rock Goblin King wants to transform your baby brother into a troll. *Gulp*

Should you need some of these lovable characters that Sarah encounters in your own life/wardrobe, head right on over to our cute Labyrinth clothing, for tees, tops and gifts featuring Worm, Ludo and the whole gang!

It’s the ultimate Jim Henson nostalgia fest…

With childhoods whiled away watching The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street, Jim Henson holds a very special place in the hearts of any 80s kid (or 60s, 70s, and 90s for that matter!). Whether cute, quirky or just a little bit creepy, Jim Henson was THE master of making the most endearing, unforgettable characters, and Labyrinth’s fabulously fun fantasy land of goblins, creatures and marvellous monsters was no exception. Fun fact: In Labyrinth, Baby Toby was played by Toby Froud, son of conceptual designer Brian Froud who worked on Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, another amazing cult Henson film – and he was clearly taken with Henson’s magical puppetry at a young age as he eventually became a puppet designer and even worked at the Muppet Workshop in New York! No-one creates an inspiring, magical world quite like Jim for kids (and big kids!) alike.

The seriously 80s-tastic soundtrack…

As purveyors of all things 80s, it’s no surprise we’re ginormous fans of Labyrinth’s gloriously retro soundtrack! From moody moments like Within You to ballad As The World Falls Down, the biggest tune of all is of course Magic Dance! The super-impressive Magic Dance scene consisted of over 48 puppets, 52 puppeteers and eight people in goblin costumes (perhaps most impressively of all, Bowie was the voice behind the gurgling baby effect in the song (was there any end to this man’s talents?!). You’ll truly be the babe with the power in our wicked You Remind Me of The Babe T-Shirt, which proudly flaunts a black and white pic of Bowie in all his goblin-dancing glory – perfect for a magic dance of your own! All together now: “You remind me of the babe…”

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It reminds us that money doesn’t equal success…

Hard though it may be to believe, Labyrinth was a box office failure on its release. But it quickly gained a cult following and was well on the way to becoming the oddball classic it is now. Jim Henson was reportedly devastated when Labyrinth wasn’t commercially successful, but his son has since said his father was so happy to see it achieve cult status before he died. There are tons of box office smash hits that aren’t loved anywhere near as much as Labyrinth is today – the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA, heaps of outdoor film screenings and amazing fancy dress are testament to the ongoing love for this absolutely 80s classic.

So, that’s all folks! All that’s left for you to do now is don your best Sarah-style peasant blouse or over-sized blonde wig and tight trousers a la Bowie, blast out ‘Magic Dance’ and leap around like a loon. Just us? Okay then…

So what do you guys love the most about this retro classic? The action? The songs or just the nostalgia of it all? Let us know below.

(Psst! Make sure you keep your peepers peeled for some AWESOME new Labyrinth goodies coming your way soon – did someone say Labyrinth board game?!)

Get your Care Bear Stare ready! Our super-cute Care Bears collection has landed…

Better start practising that Care Bear stare – our AH-mazing new Care Bears collection from the super-awesome Iron Fist has landed! Makers of wicked threads for fashionistas who love the limelight, cult Californian brand Iron Fist are hot property at the mo so we’re EXTRA excited for the dreamy new collection.

The beloved Care Bears series has recently had a Netflix revival and there’s never been a better time to show your love for these guardians of good spirits, with stand-out pieces like head-turning printed leggings to ultra-cute fluffy jumpers. Though we can’t quite take you to Care-A-Lot (sob, sorry guys!) we can assure you you’ll definitely be feeling on cloud nine in these bear-rilliant new threads! ‘Bear’ with us while we introduce you to the whole collection…

Iron Fist x Care Bears Collection

Care Bears Grin and Bear It Leggings

Featuring cuddlies like Cheer Bear and Love-A-Lot Bear, these sweet soft leggings are made for bringing real joy to any day of the week! We also think they’d be a great festival staple – try rocking ’em with a cropped tee and high tops to really turn heads in the crowd.

Care Bears Grin and Bear it Leggings

Care Bear Stare Collar Detail T-Shirts in Mint and Pink

In the words of Baby Hugs, goody goody gosh! With its pretty collar detail, our cool and slouchy Care Bear Stare tees in soft pink and on-trend mint really make US smile and will lend some cheer to your wardrobe – and hopefully stir up warm and fuzzy feelings too!

Care Bear Stare Collar Detail T-Shirts

Care Bears Sweaters

Our soft and snuggly cropped numbers in their cute candy colours are definitely two of our favourite pieces! With its super-soft fabric and smiley expression, our Pink Fluffy Care Bears Face Jumper is the right way to go if you’re looking to attract mega bear hugs. And our lavender Purple Share Bear Sweater is a great way to share your love for this generous little bear (sharing is caring, after all…

Fluffy Care Bears Face Jumper Share Bear Crop Sweater

Care Bears Grin And Bear It Bikini

Did someone say ‘bear-kini?!’ We’d be hard pushed to find a more fitting swimsuit for a summer break or soaking up the sunshine than the happiest bikini we’ve ever seen. Not only is the Care Bears print retro-tastic, but its twisted top and cute strap frills give it a playful vintage-style fit, too!

Care Bears Bow Back TShirt

Cheer Bear, Love-A-Lot Bear, Wish Bear and Share Bear grace this boxy tee with their joyful presence and we think it will look the bee’s knees with denim cut offs for a sweet spring and summertime look. And if you thought it couldn’t get any cuter, the back of the tee is made up of charming bows!

Care Bears Bow Back Top and Care Bears Bikini

Fluffy Care Bears Stare Cross Body Bags in Mint and PinkComing soon…

We’ll be getting our paws on these delightful, oh-so-charming bags pronto! In cheery mint and pink and super easy to carry, they’re ready to freshen up your wardrobe for the new season. We’ll be brightening up our denim crops and adding some furry fun to summer dresses with ours. Get ready for the admiring glances…

Fluffy Care Bear Stare Cross Body Bags

Care Bears Clouds Of Caring DressComing soon…

If you agree that a world filled with more rainbows, love and sparkles is a better world (hands up everyone at TruffleTowers) then this dreamy dress is made for you! With its ruffled sleeves and floaty fit, as well as all the fave cuddlies of course, you’ll feel like you’re walking on air yourself. Spring and summer shopping? Check!

Care Bears Oversized Tote Bag

Larger-than-life in its size and vibrant print, we’re getting our mitts on this Care Bears oversized tote for whimsical weekends (up, up and) away, beachside getaways and being whisked away to the magical Care-a-Lot (hey, a girl can dream!)

Care Bears Dress and Oversized Tote Bag

Phew, what a collection! We can assure you your head isn’t in the clouds – these incredibly awesome Care Bears pieces are totally authentic, definitely real and right here at TruffleShuffle. Don’t lose your bear-ings – head over to TruffleShuffle.com to get your paws on these dreamy pieces and pay tribute to the glorious ’80s cartoon!

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