Reviewed – The Feathered Beauty Scarf

With the rise of the blogger as come the rise in the blogger online store. Many bloggers these days run online shops alongside their blogs, selling items like costume jewellery and scarves that offer a real stylish alternative to items sold on the High Street. Blogger stores often offer unique items at reasonable prices, and with the extra special touch of being beautifully packaged, making them a great gift idea. One of the nicest blogger shops is the one run by Becky, The Lifestyle Blogger UK which is a great place to pick up a treat for yourself, or a gift for a loved one.

Becky recently sent me a lovely scarf that is currently available from her online store. The Feathered Beauty scarf (what a stunning name!) is a lightweight scarf with a vintage style print. The unusual grey/green colour makes this an interesting piece to add to your wardrobe, and means it looks great when contrasted against black, navy and camel shades.

Feathered Beauty £8.99 Click to visit The Lifestyle Blogger UK Store

Feathered Beauty £8.99 Click to visit The Lifestyle Blogger UK Store

This scarf is actually a very versatile piece to add to your wardrobe. Although it seems like it would be a good choice for Spring, it is actually far more transitional than this as the size of this (180cm by 97cm) means that it can be bundled up to make a substantial scarf to wear with your Winter coat. Being lightweight, it also makes a lovely piece for Spring, worn over a dress or with a jacket – it would be lovely with denim, but the generous sizing also means this could be worn as a wrap over a dress for a Summer Wedding, or even as a sarong on your holiday. I would go as far as to say this is a piece your holiday suitcase needs, whether it be to protect against the cold on the aeroplane, or as a beach cover-up.

Worn over a dress as part of an outfit.

Worn over a dress as part of an outfit.

Add a coat and the scarf is now Winter Ready

Add a coat and the scarf is now Winter Ready

The soft-printed poly fabric gives this a lovely, luxury look, and yet the price actually gives you change from £10, which is an absolute bargain. You can find a great range of printed scarves on Becky’s site, I would definitely recommend you take a look.

 

Now Heat Holders have neck warmers too

Heat Holders has long been the brand I turned to when Winter comes around Their thermal socks are an absolute necessity on those cold, school run mornings, and are just the perfect thing to wear under wellies on days like today, when the rain is pouring and the wind is blowing a gale Now the brand is branching out, bringing even more products that are just designed to keep us snug and warm, even when the weather is saying otherwise The latest must-have product from Heat Holders is the neck warmer, and I was sent one to test drive.

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Last week proved the perfect conditions for testing a product designed to keep you warm – the weather was almost biblical, with storms almost every day (I call them the school run daily – as they occur at 3.20pm, every day, on the dot – grrrr and brrrrr all in one.) The neck warmer, with its heatweaver insulation promises to hold the warm air closer to the skin, hence keeping you warmer for much longer. ‘Heatweaver’ insulation is a lovely, fur like thermal lining that is just so snug and warm from the minute you put it on, and it delivers on those promises. My neck felt really warm, and, as the neck warmer is designed like a collar style scarf (or a small snood) this doesn’t slip or move with the wind, keeping the warmth in place.

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I love the design of the neck warmer, which I think makes it smart enough to wear with any sort of coat and jacket. The outer layer is a stylish cable style knit, and the sculptured fit, which drops lower on the chin, means this is not covering your mouth, but is still protecting your neck and chin and keeping out cold drafts.

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The Heat Holders Neck Warmer is priced at just £9.99, which I think is really reasonable for such a great little product, and I think it would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone who suffers in the cold, or spends a lot of time in the great outdoors.

You can find the Neck Warmer here.

To read further Heat Holder reviews, click here.

 

Introducing Gudrun Sjoden…

The title is a little bit naughty to be honest, because if you live in Sweden, where Gudrun Sjoden was born, or in much of Europe, where the brand is well established,  Gudrun has been a well-known name for many years,  opening her first boutique in Stockholm as early as 1976. The label is not so well-known in the UK, but I think this is all set to change. The first UK boutique has opened in London and is just so pretty that you must pay a visit, whilst the latest ranges are sure to appeal to anyone with a love of labels like Boden and White Stuff.

I was lucky enough to preview the new collection at the VARG press day in London and was really impressed by the pretty, yet practical designs. Gudrun seems to understand the sorts of clothing that many women are looking for. There were stretchy, soft cottons that were both luxurious and yet hard-wearing, dresses that looked great and had POCKETS (one of my favourite features in any dress), and lots of tops and dresses with sleeves. Bright colours and prints littered the collection, and the basics were also high in quality.

I loved the Gudrun Sjoden collection in flesh, but couldn’t see myself wearing it as it had been styled on the website. It looked beautiful, both weird and wonderful, but it also felt quite avant-garde. So when I was offered the chance to style a few pieces for myself, I was really interested. I was sent two striped Eco jersey tops, and a rather gorgeous ‘Chestnut’ Sweater, along with some colourful cotton scarves.

Striped eco jersey top £50

The striped eco jersey top had been styled very casually, with layering and over sweatpants and harem styled trousers, but I thought in the black/grey colourway this was a smart option that could actually be dressed up by wearing it with a pencil skirt. Add a linen and viscose knit scarf in charcoal grey by Gudrun Sjoden and you have a great smart casual look that could carry you from the school run to the office.

Top and scarf, both Gudrun Sjoden

The chestnut linen/cotton mix sweater is just such a beautiful piece, and with it’s loose, 1980’s style shape, it is just perfect for layering. The fabric has a gorgeous flower pattern in the pointelle knit, which is very eye catching and adds interest to the jumper. I styled this with layers, and also added the scarf worn previously, along with a Fedora styled hat and wedge boots in a tan shade to add contrast to the blue and grey. This is very much my Mick Dundee look and I love it, feeling very comfortable in it.

Chestnut sweater knitted in linen and cotton £75

Chestnut Jumper and Scarf Gudrun Sjoden

The linen and viscose shawls are just a fab way to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe, especially if you have an aversion to bright shades – this is a good way to experiment. My favourite is the cerise, which is a definite hot pink shade which just pops! You can add this to the simplest of outfits to just lift them.

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Gudrun Sjoden is definitely a brand I will be wearing in the future, classic and yet with the element of fun that I love to see in clothes.

With thanks to Gudrun Sjoden and Rachel Cornick from Varg.