Category Archives: Clothes Hanger Hankers

Light Up Your Clothes

We’ve all got a favourite piece of clothing that, if we’re truthful about, we prefer to look at than wear. I’ve got several. The dress that is too fancy for my lifestyle, the one that’s a little snugger than I’d like to remember that I can’t bear to part with, or the one with too full-on a pattern to successfully wear.

Well, here’s a nifty solution.

Clothes hanger lamp - Droog

The Clothes Hanger Lamp is an acrylic clothes hanger with a low energy bulb attached (so it won’t set your clothes on fire). It doesn’t look much on its own, but when it’s illuminating your favourite outfit it could be marvellous. It’s £138 and available from Places & Spaces.

Clothes hanger lamp - Droog

Change the outfit when you get bored and as each material would diffuse the light differently it would be a beautiful way to change the mood at home. I think this would be a fabulous way to display a wedding dress instead of leaving it languishing in the loft for years after the big day. I sold my wedding dress but I have a beautiful kimono that a friend gave me for a birthday that would look fab.

What would you hang on it?

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Beedazzled

Yesterday I saw my first bee of 2012. He was humming lazily round a flower, I hope he survives the cold snap. In tribute to the little fella here are some bee things I hanker after.

It started with the La Rochere glassware that I bought my mum one Christmas. I love the raised bee motifs on the sides. Actually I’m not sure she uses them, I may ask to ‘borrow’ them… The range is are available from John Lewis at £5-£35.

La Rochere Glassware - John Lewis

Then there’s the bee wallpaper I wrote about a few weeks ago.

For a wedding present we got this beautiful Laguiole cutlery in the multi-coloured jewel range. There is a little bee at the base of each handle.

Laguiole Jewel Forks - John LewisThe stainless steel version is pretty too and you can get a whole cutlery drawer full including cheese knives, salad servers, fish sets and carving sets. The sets are £27 – £50, while individual butter knives are £5.50 from John Lewis.

Laguiole Cutlery - John Lewis

Craig Fellows’ silk scarves are beautiful, I particularly like his long Honey to the Bee scarf at £39.99.

Craig Fellows - Silk Scarf Honey to the Bee

If you prefer a square silk scarf, Runny Honey is also gorgeous at £79.99. This scarf is huge at 90cm square.

Craig Fellows - Silk Scarf Runny Honey

I’ve often wondered what bees do in the winter and Rory Dobner’s Bee in Bed mug has educated me. There are five more animals in the same Intricate range, all at £15.

Bee in Bed Mug - Rory Dobner

I hope the one I saw is doing just this until it warms up again. Wasps on the other hand, can p!ss right off.

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Tea Cosy Handbags

Tea cosy handbags. Now that’s not a phrase you hear everyday is it?

Hands up who else can remember this ginger cat tea cosy? My love of ginger cats, the memory of my granny’s tea cosy like this and the fact that it has been made into a handbag make this hankering gold! I love its quirkiness.

Ginger Cat Tea Cosy Handbag - uoldbag!

Maybe you like this vintage patchwork tea cosy handbag more?

Vintage Tea Cosy Handbag - uoldbag!The contrast back and lining make this really interesting and special. I love this almost as much.

Designed by U Old Bag! They are both currently available at a reduced price of £65 from Culture Label. There are also some cracking upcycled vintage suitcases and vanity cases.

Which would you wear?

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Pleat Surrender

I’ve never really got on with pleated skirts. I wonder if it’s the reminder of my big hipped and bad-tempered country dancing teacher sashaying round the school hall in one in the 80s. Maybe it was that time I turned up to a party in one aged ten, only to find every one else in shorts and t-shirts laughing at me. Perhaps it’s the hurried re-ironing of my daughter’s school skirt each morning after she’s thrown it on the floor and walked across it several times the evening before.

Whichever one it is, I’ve generally avoided them. Until yesterday, when I saw this printed midi skirt from Ted Baker for £119.

Printed Midi Skirt - Ted Baker

Yes, I’ve surrendered to pleats.

It was the pattern that caused me to stop because it is oh so pretty. But it was the belt that made me pick it up from the rail. I love the contrast of the (faux) brown leather against the floaty floral pleated fabric.

Printed Midi Skirt - Ted Baker

Then I saw the maxi version.

Pleated Maxi Skirt - Ted BakerTo be honest I thought it would make me look like a tent and I tried it on half-expecting to hate it, but it was actually so flattering that I didn’t want to take it off. It comes in royal blue or fuchsia pink and is £139.

They’re not cheap, but they are so pretty that you could team it with a simple vest and flip flips and look fantastic.

With all the talk of the 80s and my pleat surrender I’ve got that Wet Wet Wet song in my head now.

Are you embracing pleats or standing firmly against them?

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Bag of Sunshine

The hope hanging in the air at this time of year and this beautiful sunshine we’re having has me hankering for bright colours.

Since my bag insult I finally bought a springy green leather bag but I’ve been kicking myself ever since I saw this gorgeous sunshine yellow bag from H&M. It’s such a lovely colour and is so soft.

H&M - Yellow Bag

You can get it in bronze or beige but I think this colour is the winner by miles. It’s faux leather which explains the disparity between its softness and its price of £24.99.

Is it just me or are you all adorning yourselves with colour now spring has arrived?

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Nice Hues of Red, White & Blue

I don’t know if it’s because of the Queen’s jubilee later in the year but I’m really drawn to red, white and blue at the moment so when I saw this scalloped dress from Oasis I was hankering.

Scallop 2 in 1 Dress - Oasis

I like the blocks of colour making it look like separates and the pretty scalloped edge of the skirt. At £50 I think it’s not a bad price although I might have to buy this striped clutch bag by Layla Copeland to go with it which would nearly double the cost.

Chic Nautical Clutch by Layla Copeland

Hmmm, what shoes though?

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Dresses Fit For a Church

After I wrote about the beautiful Junkaholique dress, a lovely reader asked me to keep my eyes peeled for a shorter dress suitable for her daughter’s christening. I’m not altogether au fait with what a mother should wear at a christening but I’ve found a few dresses that I think  are smart and elegant but not too sexy for the church. If you’re attending any spring or summer weddings they’ll work for them too.

This navy lace pencil dress from Dorothy Perkins is really pretty and only £30, there are also grey, blush and lavender versions.

Navy Lace Pencil Dress - Dorothy Perkins

I think this bubble pink Suzie Wong draped silk dress is really special and teamed with a little shrug might be perfect for a spring christening or wedding. On ASOS at the moment it’s down from £365 to £125. With the draped front you could eat several plates from the buffet and not have to hold your tummy in all day.Suzie Wong Draped Silk Dress-ASOS

Ele Horsley’s Jubilee Dress is very elegant, I love the floaty sleeves and the square buttons on the waist band. At £210 it’s not cheap but it’s timeless and no-one else will be wearing it.

Jubilee Dress-Ele Horsley

This dress by Oasis is £65 and is available with a pink or blue skirt and belt. The back has a lovely draped section and although it has a shorter under-skirt I think the longer pleated over-skirt keeps it suitable for a church.

Pleated Drape Back Dress-OasisWith the Sophie dress Coast give you monochrome, a halter neck, bow (which I thought was a butterfly) and ruffles. What more could you want? A discount? That too, it’s half price at £75.

Coast Sophie Dress

This tie neck knitted dress is my wildcard choice from Anthropologie. The style is demure but the colours make a bold statement and I love the forties feel to it. It’s £128.

Tie Neck Knitted Dress - Anthropologie

Now I’m not really one for hats but I think this would look great with a wide-brimmed hat. I know hats are traditional at weddings but do people wear hats to christenings?

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1930s Junkaholique

I was going to write about sideboards this morning. But oh my gosh. This dress!

1930s yellow satin bias-cut dress - Junkaholique

We all know I have Art Deco aspirations but this 1930s yellow satin dress has me hankering like crazy, but alas, my hips aren’t going to fit in this unless I shave some bone off them. The colour is absolutely beautiful, maybe it was the glorious weather we had yesterday but it doesn’t seem unseasonal either.

This 1930s cherries purse also caught my eye and I won’t need to worry about it fitting me. I love embossed leather and the fact that they’re embossed cherries pleases me greatly.

1930s leather 'cherries' wallet - Junkaholique

Both are fromJunkaholique at £78 and £45 respectively. There are so many beautiful things on their site, I’m hankering after almost all the accessories they have.

Which is your favourite?

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Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeves

I’m really going to town with the Valentine’s Day posts aren’t I? I think this one is my fourth. After tomorrow I’ll stop, I promise.

But in the meantime let me show you this jumper with heart elbow patches by ASOS.

Jumper with heart elbow patch - ASOS

I like the black version with the brown elbow patches as it’s quite subtle and you may not notice that they’re hearts straight away. It’s pure cotton and £35.

Jumper with heart elbow patch - ASOS

The cream version with the pink elbow patches I think is a little too much. Although I just had another look and it could grow on me. What do you think?

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Winter Warmers

Last night as I was lying in bed dressed in leggings, thermal vest, thermal top, socks and dressing gown under two duvets and two blankets next to all 6’3″ of my husband radiating body heat, I was still cold. Even turning away from the breeze coming through the failed double glazed windows didn’t make its usual difference. Yes I know it’s winter and it’s meant to be cold, but how many layers can a person wear?

For Christmas I received a Marks & Spencer Heatgen Long Sleve Thermal Top and I promptly went to my local M&S sale and bought as many as I could hold. I have literally worn them every day since, they don’t look thermal and are so warm. They are 25% off the normal price in the sale and come as leggings too. Or pop over to American Apparel where their thermals are going super cheap in the sale – I’m talking £5 cheap. For those of you put off by the picture below, they also do ones with full-length sleeves.

American Apparel Thermal Top

Wrist warmers are what the woman above needs and what I need when I’m typing, these soft Mermaid Cashmere Mix ones by Avoca Anthology would do very nicely. They are £18 from Inis.

Mermaid cashmere wristwarmers - Avoca Anthology

If I had this Blanched & Buckled Cardigan from Anthropologie I don’t think I would feel cold at all. It looks so thick and warm and I love the contrast of the leather buckles. At £158 I have my fingers crossed it might go in the sale and I can snap it up for next winter, or more likely this spring and maybe even during our British summer.

Blanched & Buckled Cardigan - Anthropologie

But still the thing that keeps me warmest is my onesie/baby-grow/all in one/bunny suit – whatever you want to call it. I used to come home from work every night and put it straight on but since living with my husband who hates it (what? I don’t look attractive in a baby-grow?), and as I’m still trying to keep some sort of attraction alive, I only put it on at select times. But he’s out tonight so I think I will spend the evening in it feeling warm.

What keeps you warm in this weather?

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