Posts tagged ‘scarves’

August 17, 2012

Weston Scarves and Burt’s Bees collaboration

A Weston scarf is firmly on my ultimate fashion wish list. Founded by Professor Richard Weston, the scarves are a remarkable fusion of art and science, with stunning digital images taken from nature, such as rocks and minerals, being used to great dramatic effect. The end result is something not purely to wear for one season, but something you would love forever. Perfect for someone like me, who wears a scarf like an adult comfort blanket almost every day (honestly, ask my friends) and cannot bear throw-away fashion. (I’ve written quite a lot of blog posts about scarves actually, if you want to look…)

This summer, Weston Scarves are collaborating with Burt’s Bees in a campaign to support the British Beekeepers Association, with the creation of a stunning ‘Wild for Bees’ floral printed scarf and matching, special edition version of their 24 hour Milk and Honey body lotion.

The beautiful yellow, purple and green scarf, which is over a metre long, is being sold exclusively through the Burt’s Bees website, with all proceeds going to the British Beekeepers Association‘s ‘Adopt a Beehive’ project. It’s a seriously gorgeous scarf, I covet it so much. If you bought one, not only would you feel great about supporting the charitable campaign but you’d never want to take it off!

You can buy the body lotion nation-wide from Debenhams, the Burt’s Bees website and independent stores. I’ve tried the lotion and it feels very light, absorbs easily and really does soften the skin very well. Along with the milk and honey, it also  contains shea butter, coconut and grape seed oils and vitamin E, so there is no surprise that it does such a good job. I liked it a lot.

I’ve written before about the plight of bees and every single project that is making a contribution to their recovery gets my full support. As an allotment holder and keen gardener, I’m only too aware of the importance of all bees as pollinators. Approximately a third of the food we eat has been pollinated by bees, so whether you think it matters to you or not, the survival of bees is vital for everyone. This campaign, working to support honey bees in particular, will hopefully raise the profile of the British Beekeepers Association and the work they do in supporting bee colonies. The limited edition scarf and body lotion will be available throughout August and September.

With thanks to Burt’s Bees for the body lotion sample.

December 16, 2011

Beautiful New Scarves!

As I shared with you in my last ‘Margot Friday’ post, I am a scarf addict. I thought I’d show you some scarves from some different designers who are making some beautiful pieces. As much as I adore my scarves by the legendary houses of Hermès and Missoni, it’s exciting to see some different designers and these are simply works of art:

A design from the remarkable collection from Richard Weston: Designs from Nature. The digital image of the mineral fluorite has been enlarged and printed onto silk-habotai. The rest of the collection is equally beautiful and would be something you would treasure forever…

Very cool We Are Owls print – the guy in the middle reminds me a little of Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) from The Mighty Boosh!

A pretty bow print in a bold colour from the British Fashion Award winner Mary Katrantzou

A beautiful print from the master in eternally fashionable florals: Erdem.

All of these beautiful scarves are available from Net A Porter and thank you to them for the images.

December 9, 2011

Rediscovered Scarves

So, I’ve made a start on Operation Bedroom Sanctuary (which was inspired by  A Hell of A Woman’s 12 Days of Buffy Challenge), which means that I’ve started discovering loads of things that have just been put away and forgotten about.

At the bottom of my wardrobe, I uncovered a box of scarves. I LOVE scarves, and nine days out of ten I will be wearing one. They are a really easy way of adding colour to the most basic of outfits, they keep out the cold and I use mine like a comfort blanket… I tend to have particular favourites that get worn on a daily basis, but I’d forgotten about this little collection at the back of the photo, with some others to share with you:

From left to right: Red square (Hermès), floral and graphic patterned (Paul Smith), lurex zig-zag (Missoni), green (Jigsaw), black and brown horse pattern (Next).

All the ones at the front have some kind of story attached to them:

Hermès: I bought this in a vain attempt to be more chic. I have worn it quite a lot, it looks great as a pop of colour against a simple black outfit. I have long since decided that I will never be truly chic. Firstly, I think that true chic is perhaps innate and that I’m trying too hard, and secondly, I think my hair is against the whole idea and it seems impossible to be chic with hair that often resembles a poorly constructed bird’s nest.

Paul Smith: Bought from the Pompidou Centre when I was pregnant with my first-born. I had discovered I was pregnant in the early hours of the morning, which was a shock, as at that point I was still taking Prozac (lucky me) and really never thought that I would get pregnant straight away. I realise that this is really dumb, but I’d heard so many stories about people who had tried for years before getting pregnant, it never really crossed my mind that it could happen within the first month of trying. As a result of that, I hadn’t started to come off the medication. Which meant that, by the time I caught my flight to Paris, the combination of finding out I was pregnant and coming off my anti-depressants straight away instead of the planned gradual withdrawal, meant I was on another planet. So, I went shopping. Obviously…

Incidentally, I was pregnant straight away the second time around too – but that time I was ready for it!

Missoni: This is a party scarf- one that I used to take to work back in my pre-mothering days when I went out for a drink straight afterwards. It’s sparkly, and bright and lifts a dull work outfit really easily. Lots of memorable evenings have been had whilst wearing this.

Jigsaw: This is one of my true ‘comfort blanket’ scarves. I wear this a lot, and throughout my last pregnancy, when I had a mind like a sieve, I must have lost it a dozen times. I left it on the bus once, and was completely inconsolable about it. So much so that I ended up in the lost property section of the bus depot in the early hours of the morning to get it back.

Next: This is a recent purchase and I’ve worn it almost every day since I bought it for the princely sum of £10. A true Fashion Maths bargain.

So, I will wear all of these more often, and give the boxful of ones I don’t wear to the children who love nothing more than a spot of dressing up.