National Dress Your Pet Up Day

My favourite dress up day of the year!!

I asked Max earlier to write a piece on this and he passed up the opportunity… he doesn’t “agree” with it.  It seems he’s not alone.  So many people ask me “Why do you do that to your dog?” and “Surely he hates it?”  Firstly, he’s a chihuahua – he gets cold easily and therefore, as a responsible dog owner, I put a coat or sweater on him when I take him for walks.  He associates his “clothing” with walks, fun and frolicking outside.

mrpoochie   So when I dress him up, no, he doesn’t “hate” it, he loves it!  He loves the attention and fuss he      gets off passers by.  I can’t take him out without at least one person doing the “awwww” as they  walk past, even grown men!   My cat, however, doesn’t like dressing up – I tried once – he looked  uncomfortable.  I never tried again.

 In my opinion, he looks a beauty!  So smart and handsome,  especially in this photo on the left.

 He also won this years Tombola bingo pet competition and beat over 200 other entrants (the elf  costume below)!  He got a special treat for that one!!

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Pet costumes are getting more and more popular.  We import most of ours from America and as far as we know, we’re the only ones in the UK that stock them.  There’s not a massive range within the UK suppliers so we end up selling to some really serious competition entrants as they know they’ll be very unlikely to bump into another dog wearing the same outfit!  In America, dressing up animals is big business and we’re slowly catching up.  Attitudes are slowly changing, and I hope in future there’ll be less animosity towards people that let their pet join in the fun!!

Some of our 2014 collection

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Who’s Your Favourite Superhero?

One of our best selling lines are our licensed Superhero costumes by Rubies, one of the world’s leading fancy dress manufacturers.  So we thought we’d compile a little factfile that hopefully you will find interesting!  Not just for men, these outfits come in all sizes and sexes and we have included a few photos of the lines we offer below.

Batman

 RU881626_BATGIRL_TUTU_COSTUME-500x500Real name: Bruce Wayne

First appearance: 1939 in “Detective Comics”

Enemies: The Joker, Riddler, Two Face, Ra’s al Ghul, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and Catwoman to name a few!

Super powers: Batman has no superhuman power, instead he relies on his own “scientific knowledge detective skills and athletic prowess”

Equipment: Utility belt, batarang and of course, the legendary Batmobile.

Spiderman
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Real name: Peter Parker

First appearance: 1962 in “Amazing Fantasy”

Enemies: Chameleon, Vulture, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Scorpion, Rhino, Kingpin, Hobgoblin, the Shocker to name a few!

Super powers: Spiderman has the ability to cling to walls, superhuman strength, A “spider sense”, perfect balance, speed and he is able to shoot spiderwebs from his wrists.

Equipment: Spider tracers, a light beacon and a special camera that can take pictures automatically

Superman

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Real name: Clark Kent

First appearance: 1933

Enemies: Lex Luther                                                                                                      

Super powers: Flight, Super strength, invulnerability, super speed, x ray vision, super hearing, breath and intelligance!!

 

Iron Man

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Real name: Tony Stark

First appearance: 1963 in “Tales of Suspense”

Enemies: Mandarin, Crimson Dynamo, Iron Monger, Justin Hammer.

Super powers: Iron Man is regarded as one of the most intelligent character in the Marvel universe.

Equipment: His suit.

The Flash

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Real name: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, Bart Allen

First appearance: 1940 in “Flash Comics”

Enemies: The Rogues: Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, The Trickster, Double Down and Heat Wave.

Super powers: Flash can move, think and react at light speed and can run incredible distances. In later versions, he can vibrate so fast that he passes through walls (quantum tunnelling). He can travel through time and borrow speed.

 

Captain America

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Real name: Steven Rogers

First appearance: 1941 in “Captain America Comics”

Enemies: Red Skull, Baron Zemo, Crossbones, Doctor Faustus, AIM, Arnim Zola, Flag Smasher.

Super powers: He has no superhuman powers, however, through Vita-Ray treatment he has transformed and his strength, edurance and speed are at the highest end of the human ability.

Equipment: Shields, his fire retardant uniform, under which he wears a bulletproof armour and his custom made motorcycle.

Now I don’t know about you, but I think my favourite out of the above has to be Spiderman.  Mainly because he has a bit of a “relateable” story behind him.  The troubled teen if you like, the self obsession with rejection, inadequacy and loneliness.  Using his feelings and channelling them into a positive power has to make him one of the ultimate role models for youngsters these days.  Not to mention being able to do the spider web thing – how much fun could you have with that!!!!!!

A New Chapter

“For last years words belong to last years language and next years words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot

As 2014 rolled in this quote was all I could think about.  I’ve been reading blogs for a while but had never considered I had anything “worthy” to offer the blogging community… so… with the new year I decided to channel my inner voice and offer a small insight to my crazy business life and, hopefully, manage to stay away from the mundane “corporateness” most business blogs seem to possess.

us1 So let’s start at the start and introduce myself…

I’m Sammantha and I run a fancy dress company called Fancy Me Ltd.  We started off specialising in “sexy” costumes, hence the name, but we quickly expanded to cater for men and children as well.  We are just coming up to 18 months old and it’s honestly been the biggest rollercoaster of my life!

My right hand woman, and “bestie” is Lauren.  I consult Lauren over everything!  Both in business and in my personal life.    We went to school together and I feel like she really knows me inside out.  To have her as an employee is like gold dust.

My aim with this blog is to take you on my travels as an up-and-coming “businesswoman” (I hate that term!).  I still don’t really consider myself a stereotypical “businesswoman” – you know, the money hungry, hard faced type that wears a suit to work every day and tramples on every she comes across.  I actually care, probably too much, what others think of me.  My father always used to say “treat others how you wish to be treated” and I’ve tried to take that mantra on in my professional life as well as my day to day travels.  After all, without customers, we wouldn’t have a business!

Hopefully what I hope to offer in this blog is a jovial look at the fancy dress industry and include:

  • Information on trends
  • Showing you how one outfit doesn’t mean “one night” – accessories can totally transform one key base into lots of different styles, saving money, time and stress for those last minute party invites!
  • Our pick of customer photos
  • Make up tips
  • Festival and film guides
  • 100% honest product testing, not only from adults but we plan on getting the kids involved too (and we all know how brutally matter of fact the little ones can be!)
  • Headline hitting news and local events
  • An inside view on days in and out of the office for us

The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so.  You’re entirely bonkers.  But I’ll tell you a secret.  All the best people are.”