How would you like to win one of these gorgeous Harlig handpainted herringbone silk scarves worth £120? You might remember me writing all about mine here in a review a short while ago. I love it! It is without doubt one of the most beautiful items in my wardrobe! And in celebration of being one month old, Harlig are giving away one of these handpainted herringbone scarves like mine to one lucky winner!
To be in with a chance of winning simply..
..follow @Harlig_Life on Instagram and repost the image tagging with #HarligLifeWin
..or follow @HarligLife on Twitter and retweet the image with #HarligLifeWin
..alternatively follow Harlig on Facebook and repost the image with #HarligLifeWin
There will be one winner announced from all social media entries but hurry, you only have until midnight on 6th July 2016 to enter!
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Ahh isn’t Instagram a wonderful place? For lots of different reasons of course. But most of all, because it is thanks to Instagram that I get to discover amazing new brands like Harlig. I was sent the most beautiful silk chiffon scarf to review and I have been dying to share it with you!
Harlig’s debut range of printed luxury women’s silk scarves are designed and manufactured in the UK showcasing explosive colour and kinetic textile patterns. From the design studio in London, to printing in the Gloucestershire countryside. Harlig was founded by Isobelle Rudman in 2016. Isobelle studied Fashion and Textile Design at Liverpool John Moores, where she specialised in screen-printing, receiving a commendation from Orla Kiely and featured in Selvedge magazine.
After a decade of working in sourcing and development for large fashion brands, a world steeped in a culture of overseas production and mass manufacture, Isobelle chose to leave the corporate world behind and set on her own path. Tapping into her personal innovation, embracing her intrinsic love for textiles and rebelling against her fast fashion industry experience, she focuses on printing in the UK, producing limited production runs in a sustainable approach.
Launching in a blaze of colour, the debut collection explores and plays with traditional patterns of Herringbone, Check and Dogtooth; distorting the anticipated uniform and jumbling expectations of repetition and formality. Each design begins life as meticulously hand layered and woven paper collages. Harlig consciously adopts analogue design processes, rejoices in the character of the handmade, celebrating the inherent imperfections and irregularities. The end result is quite simply stunning.
I chose this Fuschia Pink Herringbone Silk Scarf which is priced at £120. The colours are amazing and I just can’t stop touching it, it feels so luxurious. I love wearing it with my every day mummy uniform of stripes and skinnies. I love that clash of colours and patterns. But I also love wearing it with plain dresses and tops too as it makes the most ordinary of outfits suddenly look very special indeed. It is such a beautiful scarf and a great addition to my wardrobe. The design is so bold and unique and I especially love the fact that it is designed and made here in the UK.
You can find this beautiful debut range now at www.harlig.co.uk and be sure to keep up to date by following them over on Instagram as @harlig_life and Twitter as @harliglife – let’s show some support to this amazing new British brand!
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was kindly provided with this beautiful silk scarf from Harlig
Navy jersey dropped waist dress – La Redoute, scarf in Paradise Flowers print – Cath Kidston, navy opaques – Marks and Spencer, Clarks metallic Hamble Oak brogues – c/o Bells Shoes, watch – Michael Kors
There might well be a hint of spring in the air but I’m not quite ready to take off any layers just yet. This simple jersey dress from La Redoute is a huge favourite of mine. In fact, so much so that I bought it in grey too. It’s very plain with a dropped pleated waist but just so easy to wear. La Redoute really are the best when it comes to day dresses I have bought quite a few from there over the last few months. Always really good value too!
I’ve layered the dress today with this gorgeous Cath Kidston scarf. Is it a shawl? Is it a scarf? I don’t know but it feels like wearing a blanket which sounds good to me! I love this Paradise Flowers print it is so bright and cheery. My Dad and stepmum bought me this and the matching bag last year for my birthday and I adore them. Nothing quite like a Cath Kidston print to cheer up the simplest of outfits.
You probably remember these shoes they are the Clarks Hamble Oak brogues that I was sent to review from Bells Shoes and I hardly ever take them off! The dark pewter just matches perfectly with so many outfits and the little ribbon laces are such a nice girly touch. I would buy these in every colour if I could as well as looking gorgeous they are ridiculously comfy too and I don’t care how middle aged that makes me sound! Life is too short (and too busy) for uncomfortable shoes.
So, what have you been wearing this week? Have you dared to take off a layer yet or are you still hiding under a blanket like me?
The lovely people over at Lush sent me the most amazing Mother’s Day gift, I just had to share it with you!
As you can see, the gift arrived very specially wrapped. Forget paper packages tied up with string and hello knot-wrapping! You see, when it comes to gift-wrapping, Lush have adopted the ancient Japanese art of fabric wrapping known as Furoshiki (fur-o-sheeki) to make their gifts look extra thoughtful, exquisitely presented and help to reduce paper waste.
Inside this very special scarf wrapping was a whole bundle of treats just for me in time for a Mother’s Day pamper. Love and Light hand cream, Pumice Power foot soap, Breath of Fresh Air toner water, Pink Peppermint lotion, Full of Grace facial serum, Volcano foot mask and Golden Handshake hot hand mask. My plan is to lock myself in the bathroom at some point over the weekend to try out every single one of them!
Of course, not only does it make thoughtful wrapping but the scarf is absolutely beautiful and can of course be reused, worn or there are even instructions of how to make a head band with it. Such a lovely idea. I have to say that I love this eco-friendly tradition and it will be one that I will be using myself for birthdays to come.
I must just say a huge thank you to Lush Cosmetics for my Mother’s Day treats, I am feeling thoroughly spoilt!
The lovely people over at Marks and Spencer challenged me to take one of their new AW13 dresses, and style it three ways. Having seen their new range, I jumped at the chance!
I chose this gorgeous Limited Edition Sheer Panel Shift dress. Never one to shy away from colour, I was instantly attracted to the bright red tomato colour and it certainly didn’t disappoint when it arrived. The dress is fitted with a zip fastening to the back and has a pretty sheer panel that runs along the collar line and also down the sleeves. I love wearing dresses mainly because they are so versatile so I knew that I would have fun styling this three ways!
Right, outfit number one. A coffee date with my favourite bearded man and what better excuse to wear my new dress? I wore it here with my black Primark biker jacket, Wolford black opaques and my Ash Jalouse Spiral ankle boots. I think this might be my favourite of the three looks.
Outfit number two. It was a here there and everywhere kind of day with children to be deposited at school and errands to be run. I wore the dress with black Topshop leggings, black patent boots from LK Bennett, my X by Trollbeads bracelet and a Lulu Guinness handbag from the olden days when I could afford to indulge my handbag habit.
Outfit number three. A Saturday of food shopping, ferrying around of children with much more exciting social lives than me and a trip to the park thrown in for good measure. Here I wore the dress as a tunic with indigo skinny jeans from Marks and Spencer, a feather print scarf also from Marks and Spencer and jewelled ballet flats from Next.
From dressed up, to dressed right down and somewhere in between, I absolutely loved this dress. I loved how it fitted and best of all I loved just how versatile it was. So, how did I do? Did I meet the one dress three ways challenge?
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this post, I was asked to choose a dress from the new AW13 range at Marks and Spencer so that I could take part in this challenge. The dress I chose is currently priced at £45. All other clothing/accessories/items mentioned in this post are my own.
What I wore Wednesday..
..the back to school edition
Denim jacket – Only Westa (c/o Zalando), white fringed scarf – Primark, striped maxi dress – Gap, black studded sandals – Primark, skull friendship bracelet – Links of London, watch – Michael Kors, nail varnish – Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate
After a wonderful summer that was over way too fast, it’s back to school for all four of my children today. For them that means itchy new uniforms and for the girls of course shiny new patent Mary Janes the lucky things! But for now at least, I’m keen to ignore that slight September nip in the air and hang on to summer for a tiny bit longer.
I love this striped dress from Gap and I have worn it to death this summer. It’s sleeveless though so this new denim jacket is just the ticket to try to drag out my summer dresses for a little longer. The same applies to the little cotton scarf too. As for the sandals, well I hope I can keep my toes out for a while longer yet. As much as I love my autumn wardrobe I’m not quite ready for boot shopping just yet. Give me at least until the end the month for that joy!
So that was me, what are you wearing this week? Hanging on to summer like me or keen to embrace the looming autumn? You can see my other outfit posts right here and as always, I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday over at Transatlantic Blonde so don’t forget to pop over and see what everybody else is wearing this week.
I feel like I haven’t joined in with What I Wore Wednesday for ages (and that’s probably because I haven’t) but anyway, it’s Wednesday, so it’s what I wore….
Grey blazer – H&M, white tee (underneath) – Primark, grey skull scarf – Primark, jeans – Next, jewelled ballet flats – Next, watch – Michael Kors, skull friendship bracelet – Links of London
Blazer, jeans, ballet flats. Such a classic look. But I have to admit that I struggle to find blazers that I actually like on me. If they don’t finish in just the right place I look lumpy, or if they button in the wrong place I feel like I’m going to pop out of them, or if the cut isn’t just right they make me feel even broader in the shoulder than I already am. Fussy? Moi? But I love this blazer from H&M. It was an absolute bargain as you’d expect but it’s in a lovely tuxedo shape and I hope that it suits me.
The jeans are new from Next and they are supposed to be skinnies but they actually fit more like straight legs. I tried on and bought some other skinny jeans at the same time that fit me perfectly so I stupidly just picked up this other pair thinking that they would be of the same fit but I was wrong. It’s bad enough that sizes and styles vary so much from shop to shop but from the same shop? Is it too much to expect? Honestly! I should really have taken them back but I couldn’t be bothered. It just feels strange wearing jeans that aren’t skin tight! Oh well!
My gorgeous new skull bracelet was a birthday present from Mr Mostly and I absolutely love it. He really does have the best taste in jewellery. And women too of course *ahem* Can you believe that this weekend saw the ‘anniversary’ of our engagement? Nineteen whole years since he proposed to me and he’s still waiting for me to make an honest man of him! Ha!
If you enjoyed this post, you might like to take a look at some of my other outfit posts right here and don’t forget to check out the rest of the entries for this weeks What I Wore Wednesday with Transatlantic Blonde.