Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wednesday Wish

A very simple yet glitzy wish for the start of the party season.  In reality I’m pondering the purchase of a silver leather clutch from the high street, but trust me, if not constrained by budget, I know exactly what I would buy …

May I present the Anya Hindmarch Valorie Clutch.  A glittering, sequinned handful of sparkle that would be the perfect festive addition to any outfit this year.  Let the Christmas countdown begin!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Have I Found Itch-Free Knitwear?

Possibly stating the obvious here, but boy it’s cold!  I think we had all got used to the balmy double digit temperatures, because everyone looked completely startled by the bitter winds of the weekend.  But handily, I had a blog post up my sleeve which is just ideal for the current weather, so settle down whilst I tell you about the wonderful world of Paul Costelloe Living Studio knitwear.

Those of you who are familiar with the blog, will know that I have always been a fan of the Paul Costelloe Christmas range for Dunnes Stores.  Each year, there would be an influx of fur snoods, shearling slippers and snuggly dressing gowns, which invariably ended up on my wish list.  But now the range is a year-round offering and this winter, the knitwear is quite simply divine.   I realise that I always preach caution when it comes to woollens, (and have usually advised to shop in person rather than online so that you can try it on) but in this case, I would be truly amazed if any of the jumpers caused irritation.  Despite having completely clear skin on the top half of my body (momentary pause for my little jig of joy) I still find many wools aggravating, but this range is quite simply a delight.  Ranging from a cotton (95%) & cashmere (5%) mix to a polamide (53%) & viscose (47%) mix, it is soft, warm, gentle on the skin and honestly just perfect.

So what did I buy?  Well, for me it was the Melanie Sweater, purely because it ticked all my current boxes, i.e., it’s black (still a novelty), it’s a flattering shape … skims the tummy but tight on the hips, so draped without having too much fabric, and finally (more novelty) I get to show off my clear arms!

In fact I loved it so much that I bought it in the mink shade also, and have plans of wearing this with either black in the winter, or with white skinnies during our ‘summer’ months.

But don’t fret; the range is not just for those with clear arms!  There are lots of other pieces to choose from.  I know that many of you love a nice chunky cowl neck.  I’m not going to lie, these scream ‘Great Aunty Beryl’ to me … all that’s missing is the tweed skirt.  Cannot abide them!  But in the interests of catering to all tastes, I bring you the Gina polo neck.  Soft as soft can be.

Then for those of you who have actually dragged yourselves to the gym this year and not gorged on every carbohydrate you set eyes on, behold the figure hugging Laura roll neck.  (It is unlikely that I will be seen sporting this particular style anytime soon unless I contract a severe and lengthy gastric flu, or develop a serious allergy to wine and Toblerone) Like most of the sweaters featured, it comes in a range of colours and would be fabulous as a layering piece, under a big chunky cardigan and blanket scarf, or indeed under a camel coat with skinnies and ankle boots.

Bless Paul Costelloe, for he has also catered for those of us who would rather conceal our lack of abs under a more forgiving knit, with the Ava Crew Neck.  This picture does it absolutely no justice.  I tried it on (and now cannot find the photo anywhere on my phone), but suffice to say, although lovely it is perhaps more suited to someone a tad taller than my 5ft 3 and a-very-important-half inches.

And finally, with a nod to all things cape-like this season, the cotton cashmere poncho which is the perfect throw-on for days when you know you will be jumping in and out of car.  Mom’s Taxi sound familiar?

So there you go!  At long last, a range of knits that I honestly don’t think will aggravate anyone’s skin.  But clearly, there is no guarantee and as always you will need to try on to make sure.  However, I feel reasonably confident that this will suit most people (she says, crossing her fingers tightly!)
Have a great week.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wednesday Wish

Hello!  I’m back!  Yes, I know I said I would only be gone for a week, but frankly there was jetlag … and unpacking … and I dunno’!  Time just seemed to run away from me.  But better late than never, eh?!

Easing back in gently today with a Wednesday Wish and as the rains lash down and the winds howl, the only thing that I’m interested in right now is warm, snuggly knitwear.  And happily, here is an Eileen Fisher grey cableknit cotton blend jumper which ticks all the boxes nicely.  A cotton blend to ensure your skin won’t be irritated.  A soft grey shade, which will conceal any unwanted flaking. And on a personal note, a nice, loose boxy shape to hide all the extra poundage gained from six days of eating and drinking in Boston! 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Filling the Wednesday Wish slot ...

Tomorrow I go to Boston and as yet I haven’t packed.  In fact, I still need to iron most of the items that are destined for my suitcase.   In other words, I’m a little short on time so instead of my usual Wednesday Wish, I bring you instead not one, but three articles to choose from!  These are pieces that I have written for a number of other websites, so I hope you enjoy them/find them helpful.

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