Guest Post: Rock Chick vs Geek Chic

Just before Christmas, me and fellow blogger Emily Jayne were discussing our favourite TruffleShuffle 80’s t-shirts, as you do. It was interesting to see how although we had similar tastes our personal style is so different. So whereas I was more ‘rock chick’, Emily was more ‘geek chic’.

That’s the beauty of TruffleShuffle, there is something for everyone. Whether you grew up listening to your favourite punk rock band or watching Neighbours, there is a t-shirt to bring back those good memories!

We thought we’d embrace our individual styles by joining forces for a ‘Rock Chick vs Geek Chic’ photo-shoot, picking a TruffleShuffle tee to take you from day to night. Choosing a t-shirt from TruffleShuffle is always hard because there is SO much choice but in the end I chose a David Bowie t-shirt and Emily a She-Ra Tee. Very fitting for our themes!

For my day look I wore my Bowie tee with some leather look trousers, cowboy boot heels, a camouflaged army jacket and my wolf Spirithood (it kept my head nice and warm)!

For my night-time outfit I just tucked my t-shirt into a leopard print jacquard skirt and swapped my cowboy boots for studded heels. I did have to wrap myself up in a black faux fur coat though as it was freezing! And it wouldn’t be a ‘Rock Chick’ look without the obligatory red lipstick.

I’ll let Emily explain her outfit choices to you:

When I was asked to demonstrate a geek chic tee that could be styled from day to night, I was pretty overwhelmed by the choice! TruffleShuffle just has so much nerd-worthy stuff to choose from, this geek girl found herself in a bit of a quandary. Should I go comic book? Sci fi? In the end I thought I’d hark back to my childhood and selected a fabulous She-Ra T-Shirt, because she was a hero of mine, and who doesn’t want the chance to be a princess of power? I also liked the fact that I had loads of colours to choose from – I don’t really wear black as I have a pretty colourful wardrobe, yet so many cool tees are only available in black.

For the day look I teamed my She Ra tee with a cobalt blue jersey pencil skirt, a denim jacket, some cutesy heart print tights, and comfy sheepskin lined boots.

I then decided to play up the red aspects of the tee for the evening look by layering it over a red dress with a fabulously floofy skirt, and added a bit of sparkle with gold glitter tights, belt and shoes. I finished off the look with a bow hairband, as I think if you’re going girly you may as well go whole hog, and a little faux fur jacket.

The shoot was so much fun, it was great to mess about with Sunny in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter!”

Like Emily mentioned, the shoot was so much fun to do but the best bit was styling our Truffleshuffle t-shirts. We would both love to thank the lovely Pete from Pete Sloan Photography in Birmingham who generously agreed to photograph us.

We picked a really cold day (In Decemeber, never!) so we appreciated him hanging around waiting for us to doll ourselves up! Also once again thank you to Truffleshuffle who are always totally awesome and supportive.

How would you have styled the t-shirts? Let us know!

xoxo

Guest Post: Going the Distance with Rocky & TruffleShuffle

As you know I’m a guest blogger on TruffleShuffle.co.uk and it is one of my favourite things about being a blogger. I have so much love for them!

Now the majority of their t-shirts excite me but when I heard they had some new Rocky t-shirts in, man I could not contain my excitement. I absolutely love the Rocky films having grown up watching them. Balboa is a total legend. Before I became a guest blogger for TruffleShuffle, I actually got in touch with them on Facebook asking them to get some Rocky tees in for ladies, a request which was heard. The tee was of the iconic ‘Italian Stallion’ logo and was given to me as a birthday present by our Steph 🙂

But one Rocky tee just wasn’t going to be enough for me…

The lovely guys at TruffleShuffle knew about my Balboa love and offered to send me the TWO (not one but two!) Rocky t-shirts. Have I told you how much I love them? I was grinning like a Cheshire cat for days! The tees have arrived at a perfect time as I’m currently on a health kick and have been taking inspiration from the Rocky films. Yes you heard right.

Rocky T-ShirtsI’m not very good at dieting (chips are my weakness) so the only way to lose some weight and tone up is to get my exercise on. However I have wasted so much money on gym memberships in the past as I become lazy and stop going. I know I know! This year I thought I’d do things differently. After watching Rocky 3 one night, I found myself grabbing my skipping rope and going for it. I found the motivation I needed, It was under my nose the whole time. Forget all those celebrity workout dvd’s and Zumba classes, I just needed to take notes from Mr Rocky Balboa.

Now I don’t have my own Mickey calling me a lousy bum and spurring me on so I went to the next best thing: my iPod. Armed with the Rocky soundtrack I have started my own fitness regime. Gone are the days of ‘Get Fit or Die Trying’ (our university regime), its all about ‘Going the Distance with Rocky Balboa’. And so far so good!

My new ladies Rocky tees are ace and can be worn not just for a work out but in the day. I wear mine all the time. The mens tshirts are just as good. I LOVE this Rocky Vs Clubber Lang t-shirt! It’s too cool. Tempted to get it for myself hehe.

 Men's Beige Vintage Rocky Push up T-Shirt
Men's Beige Vintage Rocky Push up T-Shirt £19.99
Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt
Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99

What do you think of the Rocky tees? What inspires you to work out? If you’re a girl and you love Rocky too, let us know!

Save

Guest Post! The Caped Crusader: Yep it’s Batman…

I was VERY tempted to name this blog post  “na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na naaa Batman!” because as you have probably realised by now that’s how mature I am. But there’s something about superheroes such as Batman that bring out that childish side to you. We all know that the idea of a man getting superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider or a man going around dressed as a bat is quite ridiculous yet we’re still enticed and get stupidly excited about this fantasy world.

Perfect example of this is of course ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ which is the third and final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

I’ve never seen so many people- of all ages-get so excited by one film. It is definitely a buzz that only certain movies bring. After all, superheroes are amazing. Growing up I used to love watching superhero films such as Superman and Batman. Even TV series such as Wonder Woman and don’t laugh…Captain Planet.

Batman is the one superhero that really takes me back to my childhood. Forget the films; I always preferred Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo in the TV series. I can remember watching the TV series during our summer holidays on Channel 4 around 1.30pm! At the time they were so gripping and totally believable. I never questioned the convenient gadgets (there are 100 flights of stairs and the lifts not working…oh wait we can use the Batjet which is conveniently placed in the Batmobile) or the fact that nobody could tell that it was Bruce Wayne as Batman.  Who can forget the “Bam! Crash! Wallops!”?

It was this cheesy side of Batman that I preferred growing up and despite watching most of the Batman films my allegiance was always to the 1960’s caped crusader. But then Christian Bale happened.
Man he’s beautiful. But forget his beautiful face for a second if you can…it was his dark and suave Batman that got me gripped. Christopher Nolan’s Batman was a far cry from the ones I was used to- and I liked it!

So last week, I too was stupidly excited for the release of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. With the day off from work, I managed to watch it before my friends who are die-hard Batman fans. Ha!

Without spoiling the film for those of you who haven’t seen it, it was amazing. I think the words “Oh Em Gee!” really sum it up.

After watching the film, all I wanted to do was put on a mask and go fight crime. But I sort of chickened out. So instead I put on a TruffleShuffle tee and just pretended I was Batman. Safer that way really…

As we’ve finally got a bit of sunshine, I wore my AWESOME Junk Food slouchy Batman t-shirt with some vintage denim shorts, spotty tights and hi top trainers. Not forgetting my aviators for the sunshiiine.

When I first got my latest Junk Food t-shirt (sized Medium) I thought woah this is big but once worn it looked fine as it’s meant to be slouchy. Perfect for when the weather is like this as its more comfortable and cooler.

Obviously being me, I couldn’t resist putting on a makeshift cape and pretending to be Batman. So mature Sunny, so mature.

I think this is the reason I’m not featured on the ‘cool’ blogger lists haha. But hey that’s the beauty of Truffleshuffle t-shirts. You get to relive your childhood and bring out that fun side of you! Who wants to be a bore!? Not me.

And if you’re not a fan of Batman *disappointed face* then there are loads of tees available that you could look cool in. I’ve got my eyes on the new Rocky t-shirts (yo Adrian!) as well as the Big Bang Theory T-shirts (Bazinga).

But for now, I’ve got a city to protect from crime and injustice. Ahem…

Sunny

xoxo

Reppin’ the old skool with Fydelity

As many of you know, I have the awesome role of being Truffleshuffle’s guest blogger. I’ve got a lotta love for them and of course EVERYTHING they sell from t-shirts to retro accessories.

When they asked me to review their new range of bum bags… I was a little surprised. Bum bags?! When did they come back into fashion? Were they even in fashion? I know we all used to have one back in the day, whether people admit it or not.

It was when I saw a photo of Rihanna rocking one, I thought hey if she can rock it so can I. But even Rihanna’s bum bag wasn’t as cool as the one Truffleshuffle sent me. See I knew there would be something more to it than just being a bum bag. This is Truffleshuffle after all. Retro and cool…

As cool as her bum bag is I bet it doesn’t play music…ah yeah!

The bum bag that they sent me is from the brand ‘Fydelity‘ which Truffleshuffle.co.uk stock. Like I said these aren’t just any bum bags- with built in amplified speakers so you can connect your mp3/iPod/smartphone to it. It’s a boombox in a bag!

It is literally too cool. There are quite a few colours to choose from including a leopard print one (!) but I resisted and went for a grey one.


With its retro design I couldn’t wait to wear it around my waist and blast some tunes. Just the design itself is definitely cooler than the bum bag I had back in the 90′s. I had to wait a few days to test it out as the bum bag takes 3 AAA batteries…and in our house we seemed to have millions of AA batteries but no AAA! Raging.

But when I finally got some batteries, I got my iPod Nano (which never leaves my side) and connected it to it. It was so easy to do. The first song that I played through the bag was “Rapper’s delight” by The Sugarhill Gang. ”I said a hip hop, a hippie, a hippie to the hip hip hop“… I just had to blast something old skool on it!

I had family around on the weekend and as 80′s children I had to show them this. When they saw it was a boombox they were amazed. I took it out in the garden and was still impressed with the quality of the sound. As you can see from the pictures, I was getting too into the old skool zone that I grabbed my Adidas Originals jacket. Not sure if it goes with the leopard print!

I can’t wait to take it with me on holiday and future trips to the park. Love it. Better stock up on those AAA batteries though!

What do you think of the boombox bum bag? What song would you blast if you had one?

Reminisce with the Raggy Dolls

A couple of weeks ago, I turned 24. As someone who is very much still young at heart (I think the correct word is immature!) it suddenly dawned on me that I am getting old! Pretty soon I’ll have to start doing those grown up things that I have been trying to avoid like settling down, saving up instead of spending all my wages on clothes and possibly even getting a mortgage!


So when thoughts like that start entering your head, what do you do? Well you start by reliving your childhood. Those good old days where the only money worries you had was whether you had enough money to buy the latest Smash Hits magazine AND have change for a Hubba Bubba. Oh I miss those days…

I think TruffleShuffle just totally epitomises how much value we hold to our childhood memories. It’s not so much what’s on the t-shirt that excites us but the memories behind that certain TV program, cartoon or film. Am I right?

When I heard that TruffleShuffle were launching a new range of Raggy Dolls t-shirts it immediately brought back memories. The first thing that entered my head was of course the theme tune! “It’s the raggy dolls, raggy dolls, dolls like you and me…”

It’s strange but I can remember that whole intro in my head despite not having watched it in YEARS.

Being in the reject bin with the Raggy Dolls seemed like more fun than being a ‘perfect’ doll. Look at all the fun they had! It showed as a young girl growing up that you didn’t have to be perfect to fit in- a brilliant social message in a brilliant cartoon.

I think like a lot of people ‘Sad Sack’ was my favourite just because I used to feel sorry for him! That sad little face and voice just used to make me want to give him a big hug. I used to also like ‘Claude’ just because he was French haha! But I don’t think there was a raggy doll I didn’t like- although ‘Dotty’ could be very annoying, a right bossy boots!

TruffleShuffle have some wicked designs for the Raggy Dolls range– for men and women which feature all the characters. There are 4 designs to choose from and like always I can’t pick just one! All the t-shirts are priced at just £20.00 so I could just buy all four…

Ladies Proud To Be Different T-Shirt

Ladies Lilac Raggy Dolls T-Shirt

Men's Sad Sack Down In The Dumps T-Shirt

Ladies Pink Born To Be A Princess T-Shirt

_

Ladies, if you really want to be on trend this season then opt for the lilac tee as candy colours are going to be everywhere. Or wear any of the t-shirts with coloured jeans/chinos.Fellas, blue is the colour this SS12 so the blue raggy dolls t-shirt will be a perfect addition to your wardrobe.

All this reminiscing about the Raggy Dolls has made me want to stick on all the old cartoons. They don’t make em like that anymore!

So remember: “It’s not much of a life when you’re just a pretty face. Just to be whoever you are is no disgrace. Don’t be scared if you don’t fit in, look who’s in the reject bin!”

Raggy Dolls all the way!

Sunny xoxo