Archive for the ‘Scarves’ Category

Hampton Blue Winter Sale Continues!

January 24, 2013

Sale

The Hampton Blue Winter Sale continues with many items up to half price.  We have scarves from Lettuce and HLA, bags from Disaster Designs and Decodelire, costume and semi precious jewellery and more.  So get on over to the Hampton Blue website and grab yourself a bargain.

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Prepare for St Patrick’s Day

February 23, 2011

St Patrick’s Day is not that far off  – 17 March,  so if you’re celebrating by dressing in green – as so many of my friends seem to be doing, but then they are going to New York for the festivities – why not start with this Fizz Scarf in Teal and Lime, particularly since it’s on sale.

Plus it comes in a gift box so would make a great present for a St Patrick’s Day celebrating friend.

Brighten up with a scarf from our sale

January 10, 2011

It is very miserable outside this morning. Sad and soggy, my 6-year-old called it and he’s not wrong.

If you, like the weather, need cheering up, you could do a lot worse than this Fizz scarf in fuschia and orange.

It comes in a gift box (a Happy New Year present to yourself maybe?) and is reduced from £25 to £14.95 in our winter sale.

Wrap up warm with this ‘Fizz’ scarf

October 25, 2010

It’s still cold – and apprently this winter’s going to be the coldest for some time – so I find myself drawn to anything that’s going to keep me warm on the school run.

This Fizz scarf – a ‘springy’ woven bobble scarf with fringing – can be worn all year round and I think it would look just as good worn indoors as out. It comes in a gift box and is currently reduced from £25.00 to £17.50. (And my mother-in-law with love it.)

Woolly hat for wintery weather

October 20, 2010

Lavish Black Hat

I went out for a walk this morning. The sun was shining and it looked like a beautiful day, but it was absolutely freezing. The kind of freezing you can’t quite believe. The kind of freezing where you feel like your face is going to crack. I realised I’d have to hunt out my gloves, but I also realised I’ll need to buy a hat.

And this hat – by Disaster Designs – is just the kind of hat I want. And a matching scarf is also available. I need one of those too…

Wrap up warm for Bonfire Night

October 4, 2010

Lisbeth Dahl Grey Knitted Scarf

I was in a pound shop at the weekend (yes, I’m very glamorous) and I was amazed at the array of Halloween items for sale. Costumes, fairy lights, garden ornaments – there was practically an entire aisle. My 6-year-old got very excited. I did not.

For me, this time of year is all about Bonfire Night. I’m pretty grumpy about fireworks – I’ve read too many stories of the injuries they’ve caused to completely relax about them – but I love a bonfire. Wrapping up in a scarf, hat and gloves. Eating just-baked potatoes straight from the foil. Seeing people’s faces lit up by the firelight. Just the thought of the crackling and flickering makes me feel a bit giddy.

What about you? Are you happy about Halloween or bonkers about Bonfire Night? (Sorry.) Tell us in the comments.

Autumn accessories for your home

September 22, 2010

I love the autumn, it’s my favourite season. I love the cold, brisk, sunny weather and I love the back-to-school feeling. But most of all, I love the idea of snuggling in for the winter and making the house cosy with items like these:

I think one of the best things about this time of year is lighting candles. They make any room seem much more cosy and atmospheric. This East of India Candle has the scent of baked apple and so is perfect for this time of year. It’ll give you that Bonfire Night feeling.

Also by East of India is this Mug In A Box, perfect for morning coffee or evening hot chocolate. Both the box and the mug are inscribed with “Laugh often, love much, live well” – great advice for any season.

This Lisbeth Dahl Rose Knitted Scarf is not strictly for the home, but at this time of year, I like to keep scarves and throws on all the chairs and sofas so I can easily wrap up warm in the evening. This soft scarf has fine silver metallic threads running through it to add that hint of sparkle. Snuggly.

Buy Christmas Gifts in our Summer Sale!

August 23, 2010

I’ve never been one of those organised people who manages to buy next year’s Christmas presents (plus cards and wrapping paper) in the January sales, so Hampton Blue’s Summer Sale presents the perfect opportunity to stock up.

I’ve found three items that will be perfect for my mother-in-law, who is often one of the hardest family members to buy for.

The pretty Lilac Shell Necklace is reduced from £16 to just £9.95.

The Bliss Scarf in Plum is 100% silk, handwoven and can also be worn as a wrap. It’s reduced from £20 to £14.

I wrote about butterflies just last week, but I’m also loving this Blue Butterfly Jewellery Box reduced from £6.50 to £4.50.

And thanks to the offer of free shipping when you spend £25 or more (UK only), I won’t even have to pay for postage. Bargain.

Gifts for new mums

August 16, 2010

In the last three weeks, four friends of mine have had babies. Three girls and one boy. (It’s not making me broody at all. Not at all. Okay, maybe just a little…) I always try to buy gifts for the mums rather than the babies – it’s the mums who’ve done the majority of the work, after all!

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a candle and this boxed cupcake candle, by East of India, is particularly gorgeous. The inscription on the box says: “Live life in the moment and make it so beautiful that it is worth remembering.” A perfect reminder that one day you will indeed sleep again!

When I was pregnant with my first son, the books all told me to buy muslin squares. I had no idea what I was going to use them for, but the answer turned out to be “everything”. That’s how I feel about a wide cotton scarf. Perfect for making you look like you’ve put a bit of effort in when you’re actually still wearing a maternity sweatshirt and pyjama bottoms, they also work as a breastfeeding cover-up and hide the lingering “baby” bump… And if you did want to use a corner to discretely wipe your baby’s mouth (or, for that matter, your own), I wouldn’t judge…

I love this Petits Enfants frame. It’s so, you know, French! Perfectly shabby chic. And, if the new baby isn’t a first baby, it’s a great way of including older siblings in your gift.

What are your favourite new mum gifts? Or did you receive any howlers (support tights?)? Let us know in the comments!

Three travel treats

July 27, 2010

We’re going on our summer holidays in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait. There’s no internet, no mobile reception, just relaxation (assuming I ignore the children). I’ve picked three treats to take with me to make my week off even more special.

We’re holidaying in the UK this year, so goodness only knows what the weather’s going to be like. I haven’t a clue what clothes to take, but I will be taking a few scarves, which make it easier to warm up a summer top. This one’s great because it has metallic thread running through it so is “dressy” enough for a meal out too.

One of the issues with holiday accommodation is that often they’ve been shut up for a little while and so don’t smell quite so fragrant. So I will be taking one of these gorgeous East of India candles with me to cheer the place up. Vanilla = relaxing.

This is the first holiday for a while on which I won’t be taking my laptop. I can’t quite believe it. But instead I’ll be taking this travel journal so I can keep a record of what we get up to!