Summer Scarves with ScarfWorld

Back when I was in college I was rarely seen without a scarf around my neck- a thick knitted piece in winter followed by something more lightweight when warmer weather came around. They were my kind of trademark, a bit like a comfort blanket but as years have gone by, despite having a few left in my collection I’ve been less inclined to wear them.
I was recently contacted by ScarfWorld, who as the name suggests sell a huge array of scarves and taking a look at the website re-kindled my interest in adding this simple yet stylish accessory to an outfit. I picked out a couple of pieces which were totally different to anything I owned already and set about styling both of them with the same outfit to see what a difference they could make.
The outfit consists of a Primark skirt, New Look vest and some chic ballet pumps. There’s a distinct lack of jewellery involved as I wanted the attention on my necklace and not drawn to some wrist and finger bling instead…that and I kind of forgot about jewellery that morning, oops!
The first scarf you can see is the peach butterfly scarf, which in the summer sun is more of a coral colour with immense butterfly detailing. This scarf is huge, seriously big and could easily double up as a picnic blanket (although it’s too pretty for that). I used to really struggle with this style of scarf as my folding skills are somewhat lacking, but with a little big of practice these become super versatile as they can be folded in several different ways to get different looks. I seriously love this scarf, it’s so bright and summery and excellent value for £7.95, it’s lightweight enough to wear on a really hot day too and I can see it coming in handy for protecting my shoulders against the harsh sun- just an added bonus really!
The second scarf was an entirely different style, which I chose from the huge selection of floral scarves on the website. I love the vintage feel to this and the delicate rose detail. This style is like an oversized bandana and I’ve tied it simply so it sits prettily over my shoulders. This added a real ladylike feel to the entire outfit and I can see me getting a lot of wear out of this, I think it’ll be coming with me as a shawl to a wedding I’m going to in a few weeks time as it ties in wonderfully with my outfit and will be really useful if it gets a little bit chillier in the evening. Again, at £7.95 this is amazing value and the quality of both of these scarves is exceptional.
I’m going to be experimenting more with scarves again now I’ve remembered just how much I love them and I look forward to styling these two in different ways. What’s your favourite way to wear a scarf?


10 Festivals you need in your life this summer.

Festival season has started and I once again find myself wishing I had got more organised and got a ticket to go to one…although with so many out there these days it can be hard to narrow it down! For those in the same boat as me I thought I would share this handy infographic of the ten festivals you really ought to try and visit this Summer, even if it’s just for the day…

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I’m thinking I’d really like to head to the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, with the likes of Bellowhead and Seth Lakeman playing Ben and I would be in our element! Are you off to any festivals this Summer?


Sarenza Sunday- Veja x Lily Cole

Lily Cole has been one of my favourite models ever since she first launched on the fashion scene. I’ve always admired her dedication to Charities as well as to the fashion industry so when I caught wind of her latest collaboration with shoe brand Veja I was straight in there to take a peek. Sarenza have the UK exclusivity of the collection which supports Sky Forest Rescue, itself a collaboration between Sky and the WWF to protect trees in Brazil. For each limited edition pair sold Sky and WWF will donate £10 to help protect and save the Amazon rainforest.
I’ve been wearing sneakers a lot more lately, when I’m not in work as they are just so comfortable. These designs are the perfect partner for a laid back denim ensemble, especially the orange hi-tops.
You’ll find the collection here and below I’ve included a video in which Lily Cole talks to us about her input.

What do you think? What have your favourite celeb/model charity collaborations been?


Top Scenic UK Getaways

The summertime is upon us and, as far as I’m concerned, this time of year makes the already beautiful locations in the UK look even better and, thanks to a large online win, this summer allows me the opportunity to explore some of the more scenic areas of the UK. The money came from a large four figure victory at my favourite online no deposit bingo site as I played the Dark Knight Rises slot game between a few games of bingo and I plan on taking advantage of the money to see some of the sites I would had the extra money to do so all in the one go.
The following list details some of the more scenic locations that I plan on visiting this summer.

Loch Ness, Scotland

Not only famous for the reports of a pre-historic monster known as the Loch Ness monster (which, in reality, is the reason that I am travelling to this section of Scotland!) this freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, 23 miles southwest of Inverness, is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains. Of course the main draw is Nessie, but the scenery, the countryside walks, other outdoor activities and the numerous museums make Loch Ness a must visit place of anyone visiting Scotland.
Portmeirion, Wales
Having grown up watching re-runs of the famous 1960’s TV show The Prisoner with my father that was shot in the North Wales village of Portmeirion this is a place that I have already wanted to visit. The village was conceived of by Clough Williams-Ellis who wanted to showcase how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it’s beauty. As far as I’m concerned, he succeeded perfectly. Portmeirion is one of Wales’ top attractions with the village, gardens and surrounding 70 acres of woodlands bringing in more than a quarter of a million guests each year.
The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
The legend of the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim is that it was created by Irish giant Finn MacCool in order to travel across the Irish Sea to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. The causeway was actually formed between 50 and 60 million years ago as molten volcanic rock flowed out through the chalk beds and cooled to leave the columns of rock as pictured above. I have never been to Northern Ireland and ever since I was a child I have been mesmerised by the Giant’s Causeway and the stories of the giants that created it, now the opportunity to visit this geological marvel promises to be one of the most memorable sections of this trip for me.
Kew Gardens, London
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is one of London’s top tourist attractions and is one of the most culturally significant landscapes in the world. Kew is the largest collection of living plants in the world, having more than 30,000 different types of plant, while it’s herbarium has more than seven million preserved plant species. The site is more than 250 years old and has expanded to include more than 121 hectares of gardens and glasshouses as well as 40 buildings that are at least Grade II listed buildings by the British Historical Society. It is one of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the entire United Kingdom, let alone London, and is a must visit for anyone who has even a passing interest in botany and is taking a trip to the English capital at any stage of their lives.
These four locations are my favourite of the numerous places I plan on visiting this summer around the UK, but there are plenty more places I will be travelling to with the White Cliffs of Dover, Stonehenge as well as both the Lake and Peak Districts on my list. There is so much beauty and scenery in the UK that there is something for everyone. What are you going to see this summer?

are you turning in to a crazy cat lady?

Here’s a bit of fun for you on a Saturday morning, a new effort from the brains of Riddle and something I think many of you will enjoy…
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