Spa hen weekends gift ideas

Spa hen weekends gift ideas

Over the last couple of months we have enjoyed creating some beautiful embroidered bridal shower caps. Not just for the star of the show, but for the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids, all to be worn at fabulous spa hen weekends in preparation for the big day.  Our shower caps can also look glamorous when worn in the pool, jacuzzi or hot tub. Made to a generous size, they won't squish your "do" or leave unsightly elastic marks on your forehead.


And it doesn’t stop there; we have also designed some beautiful personalised shower caps as unusual wedding gifts; makes a bit of a change from a kettle or cutlery!

Talking of spa weekends… cannot leave home without one of our towelling hair turbans.  They are perfect for popping over wet hair when you get out of the pool or will add a touch of glamour and protect your locks whilst you are sitting in the hot tub or jacuzzi.  Designed for those of you with short hair, these turbans simply pull on and have no fiddly buttons or twists.  They keep your head warm and help your hair dry.



Theo Paphitis

Dilly Daydream are honoured to have received a business boost from TV Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

On Sunday 10th March we tweeted Theo about our gorgeous shower caps during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly on Twitter and were thrilled to discover the next evening that we had been selected as one of his 6 winners. All slightly overwhelming, but very very exciting.

#SBS Winner 10th March 2013

Always work with professionals

If there’s only one thing that my mother drummed into me from a young age that actually registered with me, it was the old adage if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.

In my 22 years of being in the work place, I have come to realise that you get what you pay for. Take short-cuts and you get short-changed.

In my desire to take Dilly Daydream into its next phase, I knew instantly how I wanted to take it there. Pick up one of my hats in the flesh and it’s love at first sight, but how can you get the feeling of colour, texture and quality when looking at the hat on a computer screen? The answer, by employing a mix of professional photographers, models and an incredibly talented make up artist. My aim was to give my hats a feeling of life, beauty and high-end craftsmanship.

Let’s face it, Vicky Boateng, our model, would still look stunning in a knitted tea cosy, but her beauty also comes from within, and having sat half-dressed for the best part of the day on a hard village hall floor, she remained the true professional, smiling and laughing right up to chucking out time. For James Nader,  my favourite fashion photographer of all time, nothing was too much trouble, and he snapped happy for a solid 5 hours (only breaking for the odd cuppa and a tuna and sweetcorn sarnie) determined to get through my range of over 50 hats and taking more than 300 lifestyle shots. Katie, our diligent make up artist, kept the enthusiasm going, doing her thing with brushes and pots and bottles of potions and a range of fake eyelashes to die for.

And for the hat photographs themselves, I am lucky enough to work with one of the real pros – Paul, by day, owner of a British stock library,  spent many an evening hunched over a camera in a light tent taking shot after shot to try and give the hats their truest representation and then patiently cutting out each hat image to make it web ready. It’s lucky he’s my husband too.

But the award for patience and understanding goes to Karl Tall, my friend (still, I hope) and web designer extraordinaire, who took a one-dimensional site and turned it into something sophisticated, slick and something I’m truly proud of. I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with these very clever people.

It just goes to show, you get what you pay for.

New Dilly Daydream Site Launches!

Never underestimate yourself

I’m a modest soul, so when Dilly Daydream launched back in 2007, I wasn’t quite as prepared as I should have been when I took a very simple idea and turned it into something more indulgent, elegant and glamorous. I discovered there are a lot of ladies out there who do actually like to look (and feel) a little bit nicer than a drowned rat when taking a shower. And why not?

It’s really not rocket science making a useful product more aspirational (Cath Kidston is a true professional in this field) but it does require some drive and determination, something I don’t particularly associate with myself.

Trying to satisfy demand by making enough shower hats to go round at Christmas is one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. (OK, maybe giving birth to twins takes first place on the tough stakes). Making sure I’m talking to the right people, (and what a wonderful cross section of customers there are that buy from Dilly Daydream – from glamorous ladies who take Dilly Daydream shower caps with them on cruises, to the lovely women who wear their shower caps for charity swim events and the wonderful dance teachers who’ve ordered caps for their talented dance troupes to wear on stage). Streamlining the order process (and I’m still struggling on that one – any suggestions on how to do this are most welcome!). And buying the right fabrics at the right price to make hats that people want, have all proved to be the hardest part of making Dilly Daydream the success it is today.

Three years down the line and I felt the time was right to take Dilly Daydream onto its next chapter. My objective was to make my shower caps even more indulgent and special – a real pampering treat, to give my customers a chance to feel that they’ve bought themselves something worthwhile, and to provide them with the perfect and original gift for their loved one, all wrapped up in pretty tissue.

Have I done this? Let me know….I hope you like the new site.