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5 Things You Need Right Now – Keeping Cosy

Let’s face it, ever since the clocks have gone back things have been bloody miserable. The rain is never ending, it’s always dark and a decent blow dry doesn’t stand a chance in hell of still looking fabulous the second you step out of the salon. They are dark times indeed, so lets drown our sorrows in pretty things. And gin.

1. Apparently winter is now so unbearable that fashion designers have deemed it acceptable to venture out wearing a blanket. So go ahead, you have permission.

Checked Blanket Coat from Asos.com, £90.

Checked Blanket Coat from Asos.com, £90.

Checked Blanket Coat from Asos.com, £90.

2. Log fires are comforting but if you try and build one on your desk you might raise a few eyebrows. Instead, burn this Diptyque candle to add a touch of cosiness and a little chic to your desk. And if you get real close it’s like a teeny tiny fireplace. But don’t catch fire, it won’t be pleasant.

Sapin Scented Candle from Diptyqueparis.co.uk, £48

Sapin Scented Candle from Diptyqueparis.co.uk, £48

Sapin Scented Candle from Diptyqueparis.co.uk, £48

3. I’m English, I love tea. Are you shocked? Probably not. But what might surprise you is that Ted Baker, beloved purveyor of very pretty dresses is very pretty prints have turned their hands to crockery. It’s bloody random but this tea set is SO pretty. Perfect for that 3pm Earl Grey.

Azurine Tea Set from Tedbaker.com, £77.50

Azurine Tea Set from Tedbaker.com, £77.50

Azurine Tea Set from Tedbaker.com, £77.50

4. Dressing for warmth needn’t mean you succumb to practicality. Bernstock Speirs rein supreme when it comes to quirky hats and whilst their fabulous veil beanie has spurned a hundred knock offs, the original is still my favourite. This style has little pearls flecked in the veil, which I love because pearls are ALWAYS a good idea. 

Pearl Veil Beanie from Bernstockspeirs.com, £120

Pearl Veil Beanie from Bernstockspeirs.com, £120

Pearl Veil Beanie from Bernstockspeirs.com, £120

5. In times of need Jeremy Scott can always be relied upon to elicit a smile or two. This ‘Dry Clean Only’ sweater will keep things toasty without compromising on wit. Perfect really. The real twist, it’s actually hand wash only, the cheeky bugger!

Moschino Dry Clean Only Sweater from Net-a-porter.com, £340

Moschino Dry Clean Only Sweater from Net-a-porter.com, £340

Moschino Dry Clean Only Sweater from Net-a-porter.com, £340

The Knit List – Is it spring yet?

Winter, I’m bloody well done with you! Post Christmas, the cold goes from whimsical to damned insufferable and my wardrobe is just not cut out for the cold. I adore a cashmere sweater as much as any wasp worth her pearls but I feel it’s time for a little spring splendidness and there’s nothing quite so spring as pastels. Not exactly ground breaking but damn it if they don’t put a smile on your face.

 This ruffled beauty from Sonia by Sonia Rykiel is the sort of saccharine knitwear my winter wardrobe dreams of. SO so divine, I would go all out and pair this with a full leather skirt and pink lips for a subversive girly twist.

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A little lemony freshness goes a long way on grey days Topshop have definitely injected a dose of sunshine into this white knit with a crocheted yellow overlay. The perfect partner to pretty up a a pair of jeans and boots.

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Cable knits are definitely a cold weather essential but you can firmly stow memories of lumpy, baggy numbers to the back of your mind as there are a plenty of super fine, luxe available to keep you cosy and chic. This powder blue beauty from Needle would be perfect with a pleated midi skirt for a stylish play on textures.

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Yes, more yellow (What can I say, I’m drawn to sunshine)! Whistles have long been a go to for knitwear – it’s always suitably luxurious without the added price tag and they always have the little details (such as this shoulder zip) that elevate a simple piece to something delightfully special. Wouldn’t this work a treat paired with a pencil skirt and a statement necklace.

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I love love LOVE this Michaela Buerger jumper. Hand spun in a cotton & cashmere blend, each piece is completely unique and finished with some darling crochet detailing at the hem and crystal embellishment at the shoulders. Thrown on with a pair of cigarette trousers, bright pumps and a wide brimmed hat for a quirky yet chic ensemble.

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