How to enjoy Christmas during the time of Omicron

“It’s being to look a lot like…” OH WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS?

Merry Christmas everyone – Santa has brought you a new variant to spice up your festivities. Not content with last Christmas spent apart from our families, the ever-giving joy that is Coronavirus has decided to throw up another curveball.

While it’s starting to feel a lot like this virus just hates Christmas, at Bobby Dazzlers we are determined to have a very merry time. In your last post of 2021, the team are offering up their top tips on how to enjoy Christmas during the time of Omicron.

Some are quite good ideas, some are ridiculous and we can only assume the cabin fever has already kicked in while people isolate, but nonetheless – here you go.

Open the wine

Like wine and cheese? Well according to Boris and his merry band of baboons you can enjoy lots of these delicious things under the guise of a business meeting. Maybe pop on a suit and invite your other half – if it’s good enough for Bojo and pals it’s good enough for us. Pass the Brie.

Do some online shopping

Did you get some Christmas money and fancy buying yourself some cheeky gifts? Maybe you need some self care joy in your life. Well lucky for you (shameless plug incoming) the Bobby Dazzlers shop is open across the festive period and you don’t need a booster jab to shop there.

We’ve got all our favourites and the most popular t-shirts of the last year – keep your eyes peeled in new year too as we may decide to have a flash sale, if you’re lucky.  Take a look at the shop here.

Binge on box sets

OK so it looks like the pubs might get shut before New Years Eve but the good news is there’s loads of brilliant box sets you can binge – and you don’t need to put on your post Xmas stretchy trousers for it. The best bit is you can stream from your TV so you don’t even need to get up to change the Blu-Ray anymore, just for a refresh on the port and Stilton.

Zooms

Yeah ok so we all sort of hate them now, but if you’re feeling a bit lonely or bored this Christmas (we know a lot of you will be isolating and missing out) make sure you ask your friends for help. Get on a Zoom and play silly games or just chat. It’s really good to talk.

Be a big kid

Isolating due to Covid symptoms or illness brought about by a virus named after a Transformer villain? Why not embrace your inner child and open the toy box. There’s something quite fun about pretending to be a kid again, so grab your Megatron and Barbies and have a tea party. OK, this one is a bit ridiculous but it’s been a long year and frankly the team is exhausted by it all.

On that note we’ll sign off for the year and look forward to 2022. Keep safe, look after your friends and family, and remember there’s always tomorrow.

Happy Christmas,

– Love from Team Bobby

Did someone say… CHRISTMAS!

   

Defrost Mariah Carey and get ready to give Michael Buble CPR because… it’s almost Christmas.

Like it or hate it, Halloween has been and gone, the clocks have gone back and you’re having to dog out your winter coat from the back of the wardrobe. Oh yes, hold onto your santa hats because it’s about to get festive AF around here.

We love Christmas. It’s a time for family and friends getting together and sharing the love. It’s also about mulled wine, eating 5,000 calories of carbs every day for 2 weeks and presents. LOTS of lovely presents.

Christmas 2020 wasn’t a riot, let’s be honest. Most of us spent it locked in our houses seeing next to no one and feeling generally just grateful to be alive after the previous 6 months. Seems like a dream now, as we see our pals again and live a fairly normal life (thanks to vaccines and science generally being amazing) compared to the pandemic paradise of the last year.

Life and Mr Covid permitting (we of course mean Boris messing things up for us all, again…) we should be able to have a pretty normal Christmas again this year – and that makes Team Bobby ruddy excited. It’s a special time, for giving and sharing; loving and snogging under mistletoe and all that jazz.

So to get you in the spirit (and because capitalism dictates most of us do our Xmas shopping in autumn now) we’re going to seamlessly sell you a few of our best t-shirts. We think they make excellent stocking fillers – and as a bonus some of the proceeds go to charity. So you’re buying a gift and giving a second one to those in need. Isn’t that super?

One for Dad

Is your dad a moany old git like ours? How about letting him share that joy to others with this fun ‘Feck No’ tee. Perfect present for a Black Country father that likes to make a statement.

One for Mum

Is your mum a born and bred Black Country bab? We think she might like a ‘Yam Yam’ t-shirt to show off her roots. Goes perfectly with jeans, leggings or under a coat for the inevitable wine in a beer garden sesh.

One for your mate

 Is being your pal brilliant? Why not choose the ‘Living The Dream’ tee! Great for boys or girls, it’s a fun reminder life’s a magical merry-go-round. Great for all year around too.

Ask us for more info

Don’t forget, all of our tees are unisex (so they fit literally anyone) and come in sizes XS to XXXL. Prices start from under £20 too, so you get a bargain. Check out the shop for more information about our brand and what we aim to do with Bobby Dazzlers from a community perspective.

We’ll be running increased post drops ahead of Christmas but we suggest ordering early to avoid disappointment. We’ll do our best to fulfil any requests too so drop us an email if we can help you.

Until next time, stay safe and be happy,
Team Bobby D x

How to give back to your Local Community

We talk about it a lot here on Bobby’s blog, but with the festive season coming up (and after a particularly trying year…) it’s good to think about how you can give back. Especially within your local community.

We’ve mentioned this several times in articles before, but we think it’s really important to give back to the local community and support those less fortunate or is difficult situations.

It’s actually partly why The Bobby Dazzlers was born way back in the shit storm that was 2020. We wanted to offer something practical, locally focused and fun to help raise funds for local charities that mattered to us. A small act of kindness, but one we’re really proud of and one we wish to continue for as long as we sell these tees to you guys.

Did you know we give £5 from EVERY sale to charities that support local people?
Currently those include Balls to Cancer and Good Sheppard Ministry that helps people in poverty and the homeless in Wolverhampton.  We don’t have to do it, but we want to do it. It makes us feel part of the community and shows there’s scope to both run a business and give back.

But we also know not everyone has a Black Country t-shirt company (lol) and we understand circumstances mean not everyone can afford to give financially. So what other ways can you support local charities and help your local community this winter without donating money specifically? Here’s 3 ways to show up and make a difference.

Offer your time

Nothing is more valuable really than time. Some of us have more of it to offer up for free than others, but it’s a nice way to get involved without committing to spending money yourself. You could offer to help in a homeless shelter, work in a soup kitchen, offer up your car to deliver meals on wheels, volunteer at a hospital, offer up childcare – the list is honestly endless.

You won’t get paid but you’ll get a mad sense of pride and happiness. There’s places and resources across the Black Country crying out for people just willing to give the gift of TIME.

Have a clear out

We all have things we don’t use or need anymore. Could be clothes and shoes, books, kitchen appliances, toys, baby equipment, DVDs – the list goes on. There’s numerous charity shops, hospices, shelters and clearance companies who will gladly take unwanted goods off your hands. Particularly as we hit winter the need for sleeping bags, coats and warm clothing gets really high, so your unwanted bits and bobs could be extremely wanted by others. Have a clear out and help others in the process.

Food banks

It’s a depressing fact of life now that we rely as a society on food banks. We won’t get into the politics blame game here, but just to remind you there’s more food banks than ever looking for donations. This is usually in the form of dried or canned goods like tins of non-perishable food. You can find your nearest food bank in the Black Country with a quick Google.

You can find out more about our charity pledges on the website. If you’d like to purchase a t-shirt to support our causes this Christmas please take a look at the shop. We give a fiver from all sales to those that need it and we want to make a real difference this year – so maybe buy 2 and help us along the way!

Look after each other,
– Bobby D

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn

Summer is over, the nights are getting darker and apparently we now have to fight each other for petrol because our government is inept. Wonderful!

You’d be forgiven for thinking autumn looks set to be a shocker – but this time of year can also be a time for joy! Team Bobby Dazzler always try to look on the bright side of life, so in today’s post we’ll be reminding you of some of the best bits of autumn and how to enjoy this time of year.

The leaves turn

Nothing says autumn like the beautiful changing colours. Leaves lose their vibrant green colouring and become shades of rust and gold; gentling falling in the breeze and making a carpet on the pavement.  Sure they’ll wreak havoc on the train tracks and cause hours of delays the minute in rains, but at least everywhere looks like a romantic painting, bab.

Lots of nice events

Sure, Christmas is on the cards soon but in autumn you’ll get to enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night. Think of all that flammable fancy dress you can enjoy while you drink boiled cider! Magical times. Prefer throwing dummies on fires in pub car parks and setting off whizzers into the night sky? Do it for Guy Fawkes!

Pies!

Sure a sunny BBQ is nice but let’s be honest: the season of pie is always bostin. There’s something delightfully warming about pie and mash with lashings of gravy. Feeling frivolous? Why not add a few faggots on the side and have a right old feast. Remember though: if it’s not encased all the way around it’s just stew with a lid.

Start your Christmas shopping

If you’re like us you’re probably starting to think about Christmas and all the presents you’ll buy for family and friends. Since that seamlessly (lol) links us to Bobby Dazzler’s range of affordable t-shirts, let’s have a quick reminder of the tees we have available.

Great as a stocking filler, our range of t-shirts are made from ethically sourced materials and are finished right here in the Midlands. As well as our famous Black Country sayings (we love the ‘Bostin’ shirt) our tees can let the world know how you’re feeling.

If someone in your life is looking for a bit of light hearted fashion, we think the Bobby Dazzler tees are a great gift idea. Take a look at the shop here and see the latest ranges we have available.

Give us a wave

We’d love to hear from you. You can follow us on social media (we’d particularly like to see you over on our Instagram) or alternatively drop us an email. We also have lots of other blog posts here where you’ll find plenty of silliness to keep your spirits up.

If you’d like to know more about the t-shirts we have available (or you want to be the first to hear about our upcoming new range) don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter. We promise to not spam you and you’ll find offers from time to time to sweeten the deal!

Best wishes for now,

– Team Bobby D

Why buying ethically sourced clothing matters

Most of us are now aware of the perils associated with fast fashion, and it has been never more necessary to provide sustainable and ethically sourced clothing. 

The fashion industry has long been accused of exploiting people in the search for cheap labour and clothes that rarely meet basic standards of quality, let alone care for those making them.

We take our both environmental and sociological responsibility seriously, and for that reason we thought today’s post could be a great opportunity to explain to you, our customers, why we think buying ethically sourced clothing is important.

Don’t worry, this is only a quick read, but we encourage you to do your own research and make sure you know how to shop more ethically.

What does ethically sourced clothing really mean?

Ethical fashion is garment design, production, and distribution that focuses on reducing harm to people and the planet. Ethical fashion is designed to answer questions like “Who made this garment?” and “Is that person earning a fair living wage?” It’s also about carbon footprints and how we treat the environment.

How is Bobby Dazzler providing ethically sourced clothing?

Firstly, all of our T-Shirts are Fairwear Foundation certified and GOTS accredited – it means out tees are produced in a way that benefits everyone the chain of creation. They’re also ethically finished right here in the West Midlands, so we’re supporting the local community too. 

Why does it matter?

Like most people, in this day and age we think people deserve equality and fairness. That means creating ethically sourced clothing that is not only great quality to the end user but also allows everybody in between the opportunity to earn a fair wage, look after the environment and generally be an all round good egg.

Help us help others

Don’t forget, when choosing to shop with us and buying a t-shirt from The Bobby Dazzlers you’re also supporting local charities – you’re making a real difference to your fellow human beings. Five quid from all our sales goes to great causes – each and every time.

If you’d like more information about Bobby D’s ethos please visit the About Us page, else we’re on email for any questions you might have.

Thanks for reading – don’t forget to follow us on Instagram or Twitter for the latest news and offers. If you have any questions about our T-shirt ranges (or you just want to tell us why you love the Black Country) contact us here.

Look after each other, be kind and stay safe – love Team Bobby D x

Why we think it’s bostin to give back

As we’re now in September and summer is still hanging on, we’re now sure of two things: 1) the government is still crap, and 2) the warm weather calls for comfy clothes. But above anything else that happens, our ethos is to give back and support the Black Country.

For us, that’s by giving £5 from every tee sale to local charities supporting local people. Currently we are sharing our charitable donations with Balls to Cancer and Good Shepherd Ministry. The latter helps towards supporting people living in poverty, as well as the homeless.

Of course, you know all this already. Since our inception back in 2020 – you know, when the world went mad – we’ve been giving back. We think it’s vital to support others where possible, and that’s why we give a portion of our profits to charities.

When Bobby Dazzlers started up, the world was in a strange place – it still is to some extent. But what we saw was an outpouring of people helping one another, and that’s something we want to continue.

Community and compassion have never been more important, and if the whole Covid pandemic taught us anything it’s that we need each other. Caring for others is what makes us human, and sharing is what makes the world go round, in our eyes anyway.

So how can you help us help others? Well it’s quite simple: buy a t-shirt. Around 25% of our profits go to charities helping your fellow Black Country babs – all you have to do is cough up a bit of cash. But why, we hear you ask, should it be our tees that you buy…

Well aside from the lovely stuff as mentioned above, our Black Country inspired t-shirts are durable, well made and come in at a good price. We have every item printed locally and only using the best quality fabrics and printing materials. They’re not cheap t-shirts that shrink after one wash either – these are quality unisex t-shirts.

We love all things organic and proudly show off our Global Organic Textile Standard logo on the shop. This means our garments are sustainable, use organic fibres and are fair trade. Imagine wearing clothes that have been lovingly made by people paid a fair and honest wage – wonderful.

FANCY A BROWSE?

Why not have a look at our gallery to see how our tees are being styled. Remember, we offer sizes for everybody – literally. Our Black Country inspired t-shirts are suitable for both men and women and you can pick a size depending on how you like your fit. Personally, we like ours a little looser, but hey, you do you, bab.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to work with us on upcoming projects drop us an email.

That’s it for now; enjoy the sunshine.

Team Bobby D x 

How to survive the heatwave in the Black Country

It’s a bit ‘ot ay it, bab!

You may have noticed it’s been really warm this week. We don’t often get heatwave in the Black Country, let’s be honest, but even our sweat has been sweating. For a bit of fun, today’s post is all about how to survive the heatwave in the Black Country or Birmingham. Please note some of these suggestions are probably not very sensible so maybe just skip to the last one (wink)

Go to the pub

You know what makes 30 degrees less distressing? Beer. Team Bobby will be found in the nearest beer garden sipping on a nice cold Bathems… in the shade.

Put your feet in an ice bowl

We saw this on ‘the gram’ and apparently all the cool kids (pun intended) are doing it. Shove a load of ice and water in a washing up bowl and dip your feet in and out when you get too roasty.

Get the sprinkler out

Let’s pretend it’s 1995 again and play in the sprinkler. Remember when you were a kid (and we had proper summers…) your parents would put the garden sprinkler on the lawn and let you run about? The neighbours might frown if you do it in your undies like we all did back in the nineties, but hey – at least you’ll feel less like the surface of the sun.

Stand in a supermarket

Go to your local supermarket and just stand in the chilled section. Every so often pick something up and pretend to look interested so security don’t throw you back out into the lava pit.

Have a cold shower

Working from home? Fed up of melting in the spare room? Treat yourself – hey, have 3 in a day. You’ve earned it.

Don’t eat soup

If this is you we saw in a café earlier: stop it. It’s madness.

Things to do in the Black Country this summer

It occurred to us recently that we’re been bigging up the Black Country for a while now, but we’ve not really talked about all the brilliant things to do here!

With the country reopening little by little, and July 19th almost here (Don’t let us down again, Boris!) today’s blog is all about fun things to do in the Black Country after lockdown.

Grab a brew and your diary – because we’re going out/out!

Black Country Museum
I mean, it doesn’t really get more iconic than the Black Country Living Museum does it! Opening to the public in 1978, you can learn about the local area across the decades and there’s a host of shops. We recommend trying the traditional chip shop! You can also experience going ‘down pit’ but that’s not quite as tasty.

Canals
If you’re not sick of walking the canals since lockdown last year (so… many… walks…) you can’t beat a day exploring the network around Black Country land. You can discover the Singing Cavern and learn all about limestone, which is what half the West Midlands was actually build with.

Glass making
Ever watched someone blow glass? No, can’t say we have either to be honest but you can do just that for an educational day out with the family. Based in Stourbridge, Red House Glass Cone is over 250 years old.

Crooked House
Love pubs? Love feeling a bit wonky? Then you’ll love the Crooked House pub in Himley. Playing pool there is… an experience. Rumour has it marbles actually run uphill here.

Dudley Zoo
One of the most popular tourist destinations for the area, the zoo is fun for all the family. The interactive close encounter experiences are great fun – particularly if you let the lemurs chase you. 

And in other news…

Now, that’s a whole host of fun things to do in the Black Country, but you’re going to need some snazzy attire to keep you looking sharp – that’s where Bobby Dazzlers comes in *waves*

 We’ve got something for all your fun days out – whether that be a sunny beer garden, the zoo with the kids or a BBQ with friends. Check out the shop for our latest offers and the current tees we have available.

Personally, we love a bit of this BOSTIN t-shirt – particularly because it’s unisex, so suits and fits any body, literally. Don’t forget we also have a new line dropping soon, so it’s worth checking back in on the online store from time to time.

Also, we’d love it if you came and followed us on social media – flying the flag with funny memes, inspirational quotes, and sexy selfies. Try us on Instagram and Twitter!

Enjoy the sunshine – keep smiling. Team Bobby D.

Getting your dad kitted out this Father’s Day

June means two things: it’s finally warm enough to actually enjoy a pint in a beer garden without freezing to death and it’s Father’s Day! A lovely time to celebrate your dad and treat him to something special.

We don’t know about you, but our dad’s are super happy to be out of the house this year – so we want to make sure they’re decked out in some snazzy gear.

That’s where we can help! *jazzy music plays*

We’ve got a variety of designs for you to choose from, depending on what type of geezer you’re buying for. Our current ranges are all set on black tees with white print – the Bostin is our best seller, but there’s plenty of others that might take your fancy.

Have a look on the shop to see which designs we’ve currently got available. Keep an eye on the online store in coming weeks too actually as we’ll have some new tees dropping in summer. But more on that another day…

Fancy a shop but not buying for anyone specifically? They’re not just great for dads by the way, oh no. Our tees are all unisex so they fit literally every body.

We don’t discriminate – we just want you to love your clothes from us! Because of that they come in sizes from XS all the way up to XXXL. No one size fits all here, bab.

Why pick a Bobby Dazzlers t-shirt?

All of our T-Shirts and products are designed and completed in the Midlands, and we produce clothing that’s purely created with The Black Country and Brum in mind.

Durable and made to last, all of The Bobby Dazzler T-Shirts are ethically produced and traded. Does quality matter? Feck yeah – we don’t mess about.

Not completely satisfied? No problem. We think our T-Shirts are propa bostin’ and want you to love whatever you buy from us, but if you don’t (hey, sometimes things don’t work out) we offer a no fuss returns policy. No drama just drop us a message on hi@bobbydazzlersclothing.co.uk and we’ll help you.

Don’t forget, when choosing to shop with us and buying a t-shirt from The Bobby Dazzlers you’re also supporting local charities – you’re making a real difference to your fellow human beings. A crisp fiver from all our sales goes to great causes – each and every time.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and we hope you have a really lovely Father’s Day, whatever you’re doing.

Be good to each other x

The importance of buying from local businesses

There’s a saying that when you buy from a small business the owner does a little happy dance – and we have to say that’s actually true.

As a small business, when we sell a t-shirt we’re not only providing you with a great garment, but we’re building a brand and giving back to the Black Country. That matters to us.

When you buy from a small local biz instead of a huge chain or a faceless global brand, you’re saying you love your community. You’re providing support and work for local people. You’re helping big up the area by wearing tees that show you’re proud of where you’re from.

Cool isn’t it? You don’t get those warm and fuzzies when you order from Jeff at Amazon do you! The truth is, small businesses exist less to make a use profit and more to support the local community. These businesses are often labours of love and born from passion – they’re run by people that really care.

Locally run businesses are the pillar of our economy but what you may not realise is that buying from a local business (instead of a big chain) is actually way better for the economy of your community. You keep the money mixing in and around your own area – the dream!

Research shows that £10 spent with a local independent shop (online or on the high street) means up to an additional £50 goes back into the local economy. Because other local shop owners then put that money back into the local community. This could be by going into pubs and restaurants or shopping online via digital stores like ours. It all allows your community to thrive.

The other ace thing about independent businesses is that they are run by people; real humans and not stockholders. Because they’re run by local folk, usually you’ll discover that the business offers warm, welcoming communication and a commitment to customer satisfaction. We pride ourselves on that one.

Finally, in a world that’s increasingly dominated by chains, independent businesses bring much-needed originality and variety into communities. They can be a real breath of fresh air where generic stores and companies simply don’t get the local market.

Part of our strategy with Bobby Dazzlers is giving back – we’ve done it from day one and we’ll do it forever. Every sale means a donation to local charities, so each time we sell a t-shirt we’re helping others. That makes us feel good – and it should make you, as a customer, feel good too.

So that’s a little flyby on why supporting local businesses makes a massive difference to your community. We love being a part of the Black Country landscape and are proud to serve our friends, family, neighbours and beyond.

If you’d like more information about Bobby D’s ethos please visit the About Us page, else we’re on email for any questions you might have.

Looking after each other and stay safe – love Team BD x

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