Monday, 28 September 2009

Unisex Christmas gifts

So you are not buying gifts this year? That’s what we all say until the week before Christmas or until we start receiving gifts we did not expect. Then we end up spending more money on unplanned gifts at desperation prices. I like to keep some unisex gifts on hand for those friends and family who wait until the last minute to give you a gift. That way I am never caught out.

It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping. In fact, the earlier the better so that you can spread the cost of Christmas gift buying and you can find some real unique gifts online and at bargain prices too. Two great unisex gifts are scarves and iphone cases.

luxury knitted lambswool scarf, christmas gifts for her
Now this knitted lambswool luxury scarf, while it will make a very special christmas gift for her is certainly not unisex. But this scarf by Selected below is certainly a suitable christmas gift for him and her.
Scarf by Select, Christmas gifts for him and her
This Wool Rich Assorted Stripe Scarf is another perfect christmas gift for him and her

wool rich scarf, christmas gifts for him and her
If you have lots of friends with iphones or aspring to have an iphone then an iphone case is a perfect christmas gift. This hand-crafted Knomo iPhone Case is an ideal unisex christmas gift for him or her. This hand-crafted Knomo brown full-hide leather case provides a touch of understated luxury protection for your iPhone 3G. It has a soft orange velvet interior which helps safeguard your iphone device on the move.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Winter Coats that will get you noticed

winter coats, hooded cape coats The mornings are now cold, though it still brightens up in the afternoons these days. But we know that it is officially Autumn and I am already layering up and looking to choose a new winter coat to add to my capsule wardrobe. I want something to keep me warm as well as look fashionable.

Practically I must be able to layer up my coat depending on the temperature and style wise my coat must be able to pull a look together.

Here are some favorites I have my eye on. Vivid reds and vibrant purples have been popular this season on the catwalks and so I have my eye on this Hooded Cape Coat. I like the architectural design and the exaggerated structural shape of this coat and know that I will be able to wear it for years to come.

Another vibrant purple coat is this Long Line Coat below by MARIANNE JAMES. It has a lovely shape with its fitted waist and flare bottom. I especially like the big hooded collar to snuggle up in style.

winter coats, long line coat
Now this Rainbow Coat is very Michelle Obama looking and sure to get you noticed when you are out and about even if you are not the first lady. This single breasted, statement wool coat has a full satin lining, and bright contrast binding.

winter coats, statement wool coat
Last on my list so far is this Jazzy Trench Coat. The animal print which is always fashionable certainly appeals to me. May not be the most practical coat when it comes to warmth but I can certainly layer it up with some wool and cashmere sweaters and jumpers.

winter coats, trench coats
Did I say last on my last? Well I meant second to last because for me the most versatile coat is a wrap and I know that this alapca wool wrap will go with everything and will certainly keep me warm. What do you think?
alpaca wool wrap from Munique

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Versatile Barrel Bag

I got myself one of these barrel bags and I absolutely love it. It is so versatile. It holds all my paraphernalia, snacks, toys, books etc that I need to carry around for the kids. As such it makes a great carry on bag when travelling. When next I visit Tenby in Wales I know that his will be my beachbag of choice. Great also as a general tote bag especially since I carry around my own shopping bags when out and about getting what I need.

The bag is made by Where and I must say it is well made. As well as practical, it is also a very attractive bag made of 100% cotton using a unique 70's inspired flower print. You cannot help but be attracted to the vibrant colours. The handles, zipper and side trim are made from cow's leather which add quality detailing to this already unusual bag. The bags fabric also features brass studs which gives it a 3D effect.

If I had a penny for the number of people who asked me "Where did you get that". At half the price £22.50.... this is a bag well worth having. Available from Munique Fashions while stocks last.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Actress Emma Watson to launch Fair Trade Collection with People Tree

Emma Watson to launch Fair Trade Youthful Fashion Collection with People Tree Actress Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, is doing her bit for the environment and sustainable fashion. Emma has been working with People Tree to produce a youthful fair trade fashion range using 100% organic and fair-trade certified cotton. This fair-trade lifestyle collection will all be handmade by Fair Trade Groups in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Fair Trade designs will include not only a clothes collection for men and women but also bohemian hand embroidered bed throws, sweetie paper jewellery, banana fibre slouchy beanies and head scarves. Must admit it sounds exciting and I am really looking forward to the launch of Emma Watson's new Fair Trade and Ethical clothing range in February 2010.

Although not part of the collection, I do like this clean and easy to wear look from People Tree.

Wool knit tank top from People Tree, Fair Trade Clothes
This pretty lacy knit tank top is hand knitted in 100% wool. Aubergine is always such a great autumn/winter colour. The richness of the colour contrasts well with the essential scoop neck top, the pearl white filigree necklace and the grey carrot trousers.

Fair Trade Jewellery, Fair Trade Clothing
Get 10% off plus free packaging and postage when you spend £70 or more. The promo code for this offer is: LFWSEP09.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Summer Dress

One of our readers was inquiring about this summer dress we blogged about on July 20, 2009. This Grandad-style neckline dress, made from Ramie is available from La redoute. It was on sale so let's hope they have more in stock. Follow this link to the dress Summer dress

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Wear Floral Dresses this Autumn

Good fashion never goes out of style and florals is one of your classic fashion which like your stripes and polka dots is always in. Though mostly assorted with spring collections, floral patterns can become part of what Gok Wan of "Gok Wan Fashion Fix" calls your ‘capsule wardrobe’. Your capsule wardrobe is simply your basic wardrobe pieces which you can build on. Each piece of your capsule wardrobe should be interchangeable with at least three outfits.

Floaty Hotchpotch Floral Dress, Floral Wear

Floaty Hotchpotch Floral Dress

When adding florals to your wardrobe you can choose patterns that already match up with colours in your wardrobe to make them easily interchangeable to create several outfits and looks. At the same time your dress sense may be more eclectic and you may prefer contrasting looks and textures.

Ruched Waist Floral Shift Dress, Floral dress Ruched Waist Shift Dress

Classic styles and cuts of floral dresses, skirts, blouses etc makes for a better addition to a capsule wardrobe as you would not have to worry about the style going out of fashion. Vintage style dresses like this ruched waist shift dress is perfect for this trend.

Silk Cotton Scoop Neck Floral Blouse, Floral dresses Silk Cotton Scoop Neck Floral Blouse

Floral fashion is usually made from soft, flowing fabrics like silk and polyester making it easy to fell dressed up when wearing this trend. Florals are fun, flirty and very feminine and a good fashion trend to wear if you want to get away from the harsh black and greys usually associated with winter.

If you feel that florals are not for you. Then floral accessories are always an option.

Heliconia Earrings, Flower Jewellery, Floral Jewellery, Copper Jewellery Heliconia Copper Earrings

Opalina ring, Flower jewellery, floral jewellery Opalina ring

Orchid pendant, Flower jewellery, floral jewellery Orchid Pendant

Orchid Brooch, Flower jewellery, Floral Jewellery Orchid Brooch