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Bak2u - Tales from the shop floor…

Hello Bakou Belles! Welcome to my new Blog where I’ll be trying to keep you up to date with all the goings on in my world; at the shop and at home, along with any news or ideas that I might have…without boring you rigid (hopefully)!

Love me, love my dog

Published 11 Nov 2019

Anyone who knows me, even a little bit, knows that this is my motto. I am obsessed by my hound and worry constantly about her. I can’t help myself, it’s what I do, especially as she’s getting rather elderly now.

She is a mud and water fiend … part dog, part hippo

She is a mud and water fiend however; part dog, part hippo I reckon. So, when I’m not at the shop, I can usually be found trudging through mud in one of the amazing parks we have round here. Richmond Park, Nonsuch Park, Home Park, Wimbledon Common, Ockham Common, Ewell Court Park. We are so spoiled in this area, it’s extraordinary (big thanks to Henry VIII for many of these amazing spaces).

Darcey the dog repeat with mud adornment
Ali with Darcey, tennis ball in mouthmagnificent stag in Richmond Park

This time of year is spectacular everywhere; the Autumn leaves are so beautiful

This time of year is spectacular everywhere; the Autumn leaves are so beautiful. But it is starting to get very chilly. My go to pieces for this weather are the sumptuous and cosy Cut Loose ribbed jumpers and fleeces with Robell stretch jeans. However, with the promise of the ‘Beast from the East’ returning this Winter, I think I will be investing in a pair of Robell fleece lined trousers for a bit of extra warmth. I can’t be without a pair of Anna Falcke Wristees either as they keep my fingers free for those important doggy ‘duties’ and they look great too!

Keep wrapped up warm everyone, especially if you’re out and about, enjoying nature at its finest!

See you soon.

A swim on the wild side

Published 22 Oct 2019

I had a new experience this week; cold water swimming at Tooting Bec Lido. Not something I ever thought I’d be brave enough to do but I have to say, it was incredibly invigorating and is meant to be very good for you. It’s also meant to be good for burning fat and losing weight. Couldn’t hurt to try I thought.

‘ I was wrong! It hurt! It hurt a LOT!’

I was wrong! It hurt! It hurt a LOT! But I did it and I did it with my two sisters which was a fun little family outing. I’m definitely going to need to purchase all the cold water swimming gear if I’m going to do this all Winter.

I have to say, I’m not feeling any thinner yet…but maybe I have to go more than once?!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, just to completely counter any ideas of weight loss, I’ve had the joyful task of choosing the flavours for the Christmas chocs. Sadly, I wasn’t sent any samples, but they sound very delicious and will be with us around the middle of November. 

‘  … some of you will hate me for the very mention of the ‘C’ word, but it’s not that far away’

Yes, I know some of you will hate me for the very mention of the ‘C’ word, but it’s not that far away, especially in retail terms! And we have some lovely pieces that would be great for Christmas parties and Christmas Day so don’t miss out. 

We have already sold out of a lot of sizes in the stunning Grizas devore ‘circles’ tunic, but we do have a lovely new Pont Neuf top which I think would make the ideal outfit for the big day, along with a pair of Robell faux suede narrow trousers.

Plenty of stretch in those for Christmas lunch and it’s a bit of effortless glamour. Plus it has a funky pattern which will disguise any ‘canteen medals’ and a sleeve that won’t drip in the gravy! Very important, especially for all those Christmas Day chefs out there!

See you soon.

Anyone got an Ark?!

Published 25 Sept 2019

I arrived at work today with a slight sense of trepidation. This is a pretty old building and our stock room has a flat roof…Over the years we have had so many floods, I sometimes feel we should be counting the animals in two by two! We have a brook at the back of the shop and even a duck was struggling with the amount of water descending from the heavens!

‘ I sometimes feel we should be counting the animals in two by two! ’

However, yesterday, realising that a deluge was imminent, I clambered up to check nothing was blocked and, thankfully, my endeavours paid off and no nightmare start to my day! Phew!

It does look like Autumn has arrived with a bang though and the forecast is looking pretty grim for the next couple of weeks.

‘  … all our coats have arrived and we even have one waterproof one this year from Frandsen’

Thankfully, all our coats have arrived and we even have one waterproof one this year from Frandsen. There are no pics on the website yet as our next photoshoot is in a couple of weeks, but I’m very pleased with what we have; a couple of puffas, the aforementioned waterproof, a sumptuous grey leopard print and a really striking boucle, along with a very funky gilet, jacket and coat from Prisa. You know if you’re wearing Prisa you’re never going to bump into anyone in the same thing. So unique!

I know a lot of people get very low with the change in weather but I actually really love the seasons. I was walking the hound in the park on Sunday and looking at the trees changing colour.

The beauty of Autumn never ceases to amaze me. I just love it! And I love cosying up in warmer clothes. I’m bundled up in a gorgeous Q’neel cowl neck today which is so soft, I feel like I’m still wrapped up in my duvet (if only!).

So, stay warm, stay dry, embrace the change and we’ll see you soon!

Come and see us soon!


PS Don’t forget that if you park across the road, there are now parking regulations so please don’t get caught out! You get 20 mins free but you need to put a ticket in your window.

Autumn is in the air!

Published 5 Sept 2019

Where on earth did Summer go?! It seems everyone has been away, enjoying the sunshine at home and abroad, but it’s been all go behind the scenes here at the shop. I did get to have a break in June in glorious Kefalonia but that seems like a distant memory. 

Lovely Sylwia has left us to start a new career in teaching. We are missing her enthusiasm already but we know this is a good new opportunity for her and wish her all the best. Her shoes will be hard to fill but we have someone in the pipeline coming soon

Since returning it’s been go go go! A trip to Germany in July signalled the start of buying season…yes, buying for next Spring. And while my head was in ‘Spring 2020’ mode, my body was in ‘unpacking all the glorious new Autumn goodies’ mode! It’s not easy for a menopausal woman you know…all gets very confusing! But we’ve made it. As the final flings of summer draw to a close and the sale comes to an end, we are fervently emptying boxes and discovering many glorious delights for the new season. 

‘…we have plenty of light but cosy pieces that will be perfect for the slight drop in temperature’

Realising that Autumn no longer seems to herald particularly cold weather, we have ensured we have plenty of light but cosy pieces that will be perfect for the slight drop in temperature. Animal prints of all sorts are everywhere (which I love of course!). We have everything from zebra to snake to leopard (naturally) in all sorts of funky colours and the gorgeous Autumnal browns and caramels have made a return this year which complement them all beautifully.

‘…we have recently seen the return of Kasbah Clothing to our rails’

The start of a new season is always exciting for us. We love seeing the fresh new pieces and the reaction we’ve had already from those popping in to see what’s new has been fantastic.  As always the sumptuous Cut Loose ribbed tops are already flying out the door. And we have a new fleece like fabric from them too which is also already proving very popular – so so soft and snuggly!

Don’t forget we have recently seen the return of Kasbah Clothing to our rails! It has proven to be so incredibly popular, it virtually walks out the door the moment it lands. Heather’s incredible design flare and choice of beautiful fabrics definitely hasn’t disappeared! Make sure you don’t miss out!

We have put as many images on the website as we have been able to but more will be coming and never forget, there’s always more to see in the shop than we can possibly get on the website

Come and see us soon!

I hope you’re all well and happy and that you’ve had a fabulous Summer!


PS Don’t forget that if you park across the road, there are now parking regulations so please don’t get caught out! You get 20 mins free but you need to put a ticket in your window.