Thursday, 17 May 2012

Scarves: The would be king of fashion accessories!

The humble scarf has come a long way from its functional origins. Today, it is becoming one of the kings of fashion accessories. This simple addition twirled, twisted, knotted or wrapped can take a simple outfit to another level. The scarf has almost become as iconic as a great bag or piece of statement fashion jewellery.

This winter 2012 will be big for scarves including the snoods, but scarves are now an all-year-round wardrobe accessory. From beautiful, colourful summer prints to neutral wraps, there is a vast array to choose from.

Many women talk about being bag or shoe fanatics, but there is now a growing number of scarf lovers who enjoy playing with the different ways to style and tie them around the neck, head or bag.

Scarves were first seen in Italy and originally carried to mop the brows of men working in the heat. They were called sudarium, which translates as sweat cloth. The transition into something more refined came in the 1800s when certain well know fashion houses took this rag and turned it into something of beauty, the best known being Hermes.

The next transition came when cheaper fabrics came onto the market, allowing scarves not just to be the preserve of the wealthy.

The scarf is a sign of the times reflecting social mood, so in the 1960s you had colourful prints, whereas in the war years the scarves were more understated.

Lots of new accessories are coming in weekly including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, shoes and sandals and our collection of scarves at

Darling Shadow Grey Floral Print Trudy Scarf
Darling Shadow Grey Trudy Scarf £29.00
Multicolour Purple Jesse Scarf
Purple Jesse Scarf £9.50
Desigual Panu Scarf
Desigual Panu Scarf £29.00
Darling Nora Wrap Scarf
Darling Nora Wrap Scarf £35.00

Thursday, 10 May 2012

At last ... colourful, fun shoe designs at affordable prices

It's easy to find plenty of stockists of cheap shoes on the high street, but if you want something that is a bit quirky and different, you tend have look at higher price tags like Irregular Choice and Poetic Licence. So we were delighted when we found Ruby Shoo and it seems that our customers have been too! Great designs but with great prices starting at £34.95 up to £49.95, the Ruby Shoo collection is in its infancy with a small selection this year but likely to expand over the coming years.

We love the Spring Summer 2012's collection which include the wedge platform Hayward shoes with a cheeky peeptoe and the Loren wedge sandal. There's also the elegant Bancroft with a kitten heel and perfect for special occasions and wedding receptions.

More stock coming in early June 2012.

Ruby Shoo Hayward Platform Wedge Shoe
Ruby Shoo Hayward Wedge Platform Peeptoe Shoes

Ruby Shoo Loren Wedge Sandals
Ruby Shoo Loren Wedge Sandals

Ruby Shoo Bancroft Kitten Heel Shoe
Ruby Shoo Bancroft Kitten Heel Shoe

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Pretty vintage floral prints remain very popular and this year has two charming collections from Patchouli Fair and the quintessentially English brand, Darling.

The romantically styled Patchouli Fair tea dresses come in a range of colours and prints and are so flattering and versatile. They look great worn with coloured tights and a flower in the hair, or layered with leggings or over trousers.

The charming Darling range also has some vintage floral print clothing styles in its range such as the Trudy Tie Blouse and the Valerie Dress and this year, they have also introduced a range of fashion accessories including scarves, leather and synthetic bags and purses. And we hear that Darling has many celebrity followers including Mylene Klass who was spotted wearing Darling dresses on two of her TV shows this week.

Mamatayoe presents "The Tea Time" Spring Summer Collection

Take a peek at our adorable Mamatayoe Collection on

Desigual New & Good - Spring Summer 12 - Catwalk

See our fantastic Desigual Spring Summer Collection at