Cosy AND chic: My pick of this season’s snuggly styles

It’s easy to simply throw on a print dress and a pair of sandals in the summer – not forgetting the huge slouchy bag you need if you’re a parent, containing everything from plasters to sunscreen, crayons to baby wipes.

But, in the winter, coordination becomes key as you layer up against the plummeting mercury levels. My children don’t seem to feel the cold at all, they’re still desperate to get out and about – building snowmen in the garden, playing in the park, collecting leaves to make collages. So, determined this winter to enjoy the Great Outdoors no matter what the weather throws at me, I’m going to be investing in my wardrobe of warm woollies with some pieces that are bang on trend.

Here are my favourites so far:

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Cuddly coats

It’s not very often that style and practicality meet. But with the re-entrance of faux fur coats on the fashion scene, I’ll be super warm and super stylish. Everyone from Kim Kardashian, whose style has moved from bodycon dresses to more fashion forward pieces of late, to Agyness Deyn, who never sets a fashion foot wrong, have been donning beautiful fur pieces. For a more relaxed version, I absolutely love this style from Browns. At £3,720 it’s way over my price range though – and I’d rather have faux – so I’m going to be searching for a high street copycat.

Hearts and minds

Heart prints have been all over the catwalks for autumn and winter, with Burberry’s heart motif shirt becoming an A-list favourite – worn by the likes of One Direction’s Harry Styles and Spice Girl turned designer Victoria Beckham. And the heart motif knitted dress from La Redoute is a cute take on the trend. I’ll be wearing with opaques and biker boots.

Essential knitwear

You simply can’t have too many pieces of knitwear in the winter. A sweater is perfect for throwing over jeans or layering over a crisp white shirt and wearing with a pencil skirt and heels for work. This sweater from The Kooples would work with just about everything. And, not only is it ideal for this season, it takes in two trends from next season as yellow is a key hue for spring, and it also has a sports luxe feel.

Boots made for playing

While ballet pumps are my summer staple – smart enough for work but comfortable enough for running around with the kids, for winter, flat boots are absolutely essential. They look great and you can wear thermal socks underneath them to stave off frostbite. With equestrian styling featuring heavily on this season’s catwalks, I’m going to be opting for a riding boot, like this Lucky Brand pair, with two-toned brown suede and leather styling and buckle details.

The sleeveless jacket

While it may not be warm enough in the depths of winter, sleeveless jackets have been showcased on the runways of Antonio Berardi, Chloé and Rochas. I love this blue version from N_8 for Emeza. You could easily layer over a white blouse and black trousers for an extra layer of warmth in the office, or make it work with your casual wardrobe by wearing over a rollneck and leather skinnies or jeans.

This season’s pieces just go to show that you can stay warm while channelling some of winter’s biggest trends. That’s not to say though that I won’t simply be donning my onesie and fluffy slippers once I get home from work and the school run.

Katie is the style-addicted blogger behind the Delightsome Blog. You can follow her adventures on twitter @delightsomeblog.

National Stationery Week and Personalised Stationery

With National Stationery Week at the end of April, you’ve a couple of pay days to save up your pennies to go on a stationery spending spree, not to mention the perfect chance to celebrate the written word and all things stationery. Even Victoria Beckham was spotted stationery shopping. She headed to the Ryman shop in Kensington recently to stock up on goodies for her son, Romeo.

Some would say letter writing and writing by hand in a digital age is as dead as a dodo and is no longer important, but as all stationery buffs know, that isn’t entirely true.

For the past few years, the media has been drumming up a frenzy of worry and disbelief about the obvious death of handwriting – it’s as if it’s defunct, nonexistent and obsolete.

However, this isn’t the case. In actual fact, shiny new gadgets and technology has simply diverted us from the satisfaction and significance of writing, it hasn’t replaced it.

To get more people putting pen to paper and writing by hand more often, especially little ones, there is such a thing as personalised stationery, namely notebooks, address books, birthday and anniversary books, personalised stationery sets and much, much more – a new must-have where fashion meet function. The best bit is you get to customise your gift with a name and a message.

This April’s National Stationery Week aims to remind people not only about the physicality of holding a pen and languorously pouring out thought on paper, it’s about stopping what you’re doing, and taking the time to relish in writing.

That’s where personalised stationery comes in. Address books are becoming a phenomenon. As well as helping you stay organised and up-to-date, they can be customised with any name or message of your choice. What’s more, there are tons of gorgeous designs up for grabs.

Personalised stationary doesn’t stop there. Birthday and anniversary books are hugely popular and will help anyone keep on top of those important dates in style.

Writing, in whatever form it takes, is healing and helps thwart the hurry of modern life. It compels us to decelerate a little and concentrate on what we want to say. Whether you’re a birdwatcher, artist, gardener, teacher, author, or just someone who likes to make note of random stuff, personalised notebooks are great for the job. Not only will they help you record your favourite things in life, they make cracking personalised stationery gifts for just about anyone.

It’s clear there’s something special about personalised stationery – and it’s much more pleasurable to receive a handwritten note or letter from someone than a fleeting email or text, wouldn’t you agree?

Hop on over to www.gonedigging.co.uk and plump for personalised stationery and send a handwritten note to a friend or relative during National Stationery Week to show you care!

Great Holiday Gift: Teacup Piggies Review

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Oh yes we have it, Princess, a teacup piggy member born in December. This little piggy doesn’t go to the market, she rocks our house hiding wherever she can, but usually in the arms of my daughter or youngest son. I even caught her playing with Baby K as seen below in my YouTube video.

Teacup Piggies ROCK

Teacup Piggies are six inch miniature versions of real Teacup Pigs. They speak over 20 phrases and each piggy comes with its very own teacup, accessories, and birth certificate. Fabulous wardrobes and playsets sold separately.

Late last year, miniature pigs called teacup pigs became the new must-have pet. There are now hundreds of websites dedicated to these adorable pigs thanks to celebrity owners such as Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, David and Victoria Beckham, Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, and Peter Facinelli of Twilight fame. They’ve been featured on The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.

Waiting for toast

Waiting for toast

Purchase Your Own Teacup Piggy

  • SRP: $5.99 -29.99
  • Fashion set $5.99, Piggy set $12.99, Deluxe accessory set $12.99
  • Three playsets $17.99-29.99
  • Available at ToysRus, Walmart, K-mart, Walgreens, and Radio Shack.
  • Amazon.com has a small supply as well.
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Hanging on Table

Learn more about Teacup Piggies online through the Teacup Piggies website, Facebook and Twitter.

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