Heat Holders – Perfect products for the cold snap

This is the week when it seems that Winter has finally hit. The Midlands, where I live, has a yellow weather warning in place at least up until Thursday, with a 60% chance of snow. Mornings are extremely cold and frosty, night time is exactly the same. It is the perfect time to be trying out some products that positively love this weather. I am talking about some products from the Heat Holders range.

I am a huge fan of Heat Holders products, which I have reviewed and featured on the blog before. (You can check out previous reviews here and here. This time around I was sent a couple of different products, some of the men’s Workforce Socks that offer warm and protection for the feet. I was also sent something completely different, a very glamorous pair of Heat Holders ladies Leather gloves, that are beautifully presented in a gift box. I was excited to see if the products would live up to the standards of the  previous Heat Holders ranges.

Mens Heat Holders Workforce Socks

My husband Peter works outside a lot as part of his job doing loft conversions. In Summer this can mean a great suntan, but in Winter, especially in bitter conditions, this can be a very cold and uncomfortable time. Pete was happy to try out the Workforce socks, which promise to combine the original thermal power of a 2.3 tog rating with a reinforced heel and toe for heavy-duty usage.

The socks are a great buy, especially if you work outside. They are warm, and snug due to the elastication around the top, but they do not sweat the feet – they heat, but do not overheat. The reinforced toe area offers extra protection for that most vulnerable part of the foot, and these fit snugly under work boots. Pete has been wearing these since going back to work after the Christmas break, and they have already shown that they wash well. The soft fluffy lining gives them a luxurious feel that makes them a treat for your feet.

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Mens Heat Holders Workforce Socks £6.99 Click to visit Heat Holders

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Ladies Heat Holders Leather Gloves

Part of the problem with warm, thermal items is that they can sometimes lack style, and gloves are a key item when it comes to this problem. Leather gloves look stunning and elegant, but they can be very cold to wear, espeically if the wind can go through the opening at the top, leaving fingers like a block of ice. Heat Holders has come up with a solution to this with a beautiful pair of black leather gloves that combines style with warm.

The gloves are beautiful, with a pretty bow detail on the front that gives them a retro look. So far, so fashion. But then we look at the lining, which has the super fluffy Heat Holders thermal fur style lining that makes your hands feel warm and snug. What I also really liked about the gloves was the knitted cuffs which hold the gloves snugly to the wrist, this stops all the warmth escaping, and stops wind and cold getting into your hands.

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Ladies Heat Holders Leather Gloves £24.99 Click to visit Heat Holders

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The gloves are beautifully boxed, and are a great gift idea for someone with a January birthday, or even with Valentine’s Day coming up next year. At £24.99 these are really reasonably priced for genuine leather gloves.

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*I was sent items from Heat Holders in return for a honest review.

Ted Baker’s Sweet Shoppe – Good enough to eat

Some of the frothiest, prettiest fashion accessories around at the moment are the ones that form the Ted Baker Sweet Shoppe. In a range of the brightest shades that range from the zingiest yellows to the palest of ice cream pinks, the Sweet Shoppe range has it all. A great selection of tote bags, purses, gloves and shoppers, I think these are just the cutest pressies on the market this year. Personal favourites are those gorgeous Chuppa gloves, that come in my favourite colour, a yellow so bright the sun pales in comparison, but are probably more practical in the cool and neutral tan shade . And don’t forget those added glitter elements that have been added to the Sweet Shoppe shades like a touch of sherbet – it is Christmas after all!

GLISCON Glitter Bow Ikon Bag £39 click to visit Ted Baker

CHUPA Leather Button Gloves £59 click to visit Ted Baker

BABADO - Two tone enamel tote bag - £129 click to visit Ted Baker

CINDERS - Glitter court shoe - £95 click to visit Ted Baker

GLITZY - Glitter crystal matinee - £70 click to visit Ted Baker

GLINOR - Crystal studded clutch - £129 click to visit Ted Baker

MAYTER - Origami bow court - £100 click to visit Ted Baker

METTUN - Mirrored quilted tote bag - £139 click to visit Ted Baker

COTTCON - French bulldog ikon bag - £39 click to visit Ted Baker

TURTEL - Patent quilted bag - £99 click to visit Ted Baker

To view the complete range, click here.

 

The Bletchley Circle – Loving Millie and her glamour

I’m a bit of a latecomer to The Bletchley Circle, I sky +d it so I could watch ‘Good Cop’ and shamelessly drool over Warren Brown. But I’ve watched two episodes this weekend, and have found myself falling in love with the fabulous glamour and style of Millie, played by the wonderful Rachael Stirling.

The Bletchley Circle is set in the early 1950s, but forget about any Marilyn Monroe/Grace Kelly sort of 1950s glamour. This is Austerity Britain, a time when ration books were still de rigueur and when you found glamour and elegance where you could. Millie is a slightly bohemian character, all auburn hair and long swishing headscarves. She is homegrown glamour, and she looks great.

In terms of style, Millie is working the 1950s but looking back to the 1930s.  Wide legged trousers,teamed with knitted polo tops or silk pussy bow blouses are her uniform, although the trousers are sometimes swapped for knee length skirts. Shrunken Arran knits, pure wool overcoats in camel and moss greens, and a vast array of gorgeous accessories, from quirky berets worn jauntily at an angle, or green leather kid gloves, all make this a really great look, elegant, easy to wear, and surprisingly glamorous.

The muted shades are perfect for Autumn, browns, greens, russets are all utilised well. But the glamour comes from Millie and her flaming red hair, and bright Scarlet lips. She lights up every scene she is in by looking so sensuous and so earthy, like an homegrown Gina Lollobrigida or Ava Gardner.

Get the Look

Satin pussy bow blouse £35 

Dog print blouse £32 

Grosgrain trim cardigan £24

Mary Portas Palazzo trouser £36 

Leather frill glove £20 

Grey Luxury Italian Wool Blend Reefer Price: £65.00 

Cream Smart Belted Coat Price: £75.00 

Shawl Collar Cardi – Cream £168 

Crochet Beret – Coral £14