Baby it's cold outside

So we can finally, legitimately talk about hats and scarves.  Oh yes, my favourite sort of accessories that actually serve a purpose.  They both keep you warm and can add a whole different dimension to an old outfit.  

There are also some amazing bits out there at fabulous price points that make it ridiculously easy to justify a teensy little purchase as a treat and are also a great idea for presents as well.  I don't think I need to remind anyone that Christmas is round the corner.  For me, scarves are the easiest no brainer.  I don't think there is one lady or girl I know to buy for, who wouldn't love a scarf (I have a new one on today - loving it)

Well, today I had to trek to Bluewater (oh poor me, I know.  I could see sympathy oozing out of every pore when I told The Husband earlier) to return the Mango jumpers I'd bought and the Warehouse teddy coat.  Polishing halo as we speak (for a short period as I may have another rather random purchase to report tomorrow....). 

But it was absolutely freezing today so I thought it was a great opportunity to have a look at the new woolly hats that are everywhere.  I feel the need for a pom pom.  I feel the need for an oversized pom pom.  Not on my bag, oh no, that's far too subtle, I want one on top of my bonce.  A pom pom for all the world to see. 

I fear I may look like a bit of a fruitloop in them though and so I had a try on today.  The jury is out although there is one I am rather liking.  Here is the photographic evidence. 

Starting off at Warehouse. 

Coral.  In for a penny, in for a bonker's pound.  I thought it would go really well with my scarf but it's too pinky as opposed to an orangey coral.  However it would transform a plain navy, grey, black or beige outfit. 

Apparently it's pink. Oops.  That'll be why it doesn't go with the orange scarf....  Pink Cable Pom-pom hat £12 from Warehouse







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As you can see I was very serious about this one..... I was rather taken with this pale pink which is a popular colour in all the shops actually.  To be honest, I think it might be quite flattering for skin tones. 

I also LOVED a teensy bit more, the scarf that I found that I thought went well with it.  I want this in grey.  They don't do it in a grey grey.  Really can't justify it in the pink darn it.  (at the moment....).  It feels like a huge chamois leather.  If chamois leather felt like a wool scarf that is.  It feels lovely.








And the scarf. 




Now onto Topshop and again, success.  

Thought this was good in beige - Pom Ribbed Beanie in blush £14




Until I saw it in the navy.  This was definitely definitely my fave out of all of them. 





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Especially when I saw this amazing navy scarf to go with it. 

Supersoft Scarf £16 from Topshop This is 100% acrylic. I don't care. I defy anyone not to feel this and think that's pretty much gorgeous. 




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Hand knit cable beanie £16 Topshop  A super chunky version, very much more substantial than all the others I saw.  Also in red or cream.  This was by far the warmest of them all and if you'd told me it was £40 I would have thought it was worth it.  You can definitely tell it's hand knit (even though I don't know if that is in fact Topshop lingo for hand knitted.... aww hell, it feels like it's hand knitted.  Although not by me.)





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Girls pink fluffy pom beanie hat from River Island £8  Yes, this is from the section des enfants.  I was ever so slightly concerned the Sales Assistant (who looked about 14) was going to scream at me "YOU'RE STRETCHING IT" as I grabbed a child's hat, tried it on and then took a photo.  With hindsight, I should have been more grateful she didn't call security)  But hell, it fits and I have a big head.   And the pom pom was the most oversized of all I saw (to be fair, that is in relation to a small hat....) 









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They also have it in a coral.  I. Love. This.  £8 (and it would go superbly with my new scarf too.....) Didn't have this one in store.  Oh and they also do it in cream.... Which is probably more useful in the long run but not nearly as fun.  Although there is something about this coral one that vaguely reminds me of Beaker from The Muppets.....On the upside, it's a great one for the fancy dress cupboard as well.




Now I have to say, I wasn't that impressed with the grown up hats at River Island but this is pretty perfect.  A snood, scarf, collar thingy.....  the perfect softness to it, the perfect size, the perfect shades of browns and tans, just perfect in every way.

Beige Faux Fur Snood £25 from River Island. This looks so so much better in real life and not remotely road kill as it does look in this photo taken from their website.




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However I already have a new scarf and pretty much everyone I've bumped into today has asked me where it's from.  Well I've been super excited to say it's from one of my dearest friends Cathy who I met when our eldest were only weeks old.  And they're now TEN!!  My ten year old still goes to bed every night with "Itchy Bear" which Cathy bought her when she was a tiny baby.  We've been through so much together and I'm so proud of her new business Alice's Wonders where this scarf is from.  

As well as scarves there are simply stunning necklaces and earrings (which I will be featuring more of in the next couple of weeks as it's always lovely to see how they're styled) but today, it's all about the scarves. 

Here is a close up of the Orange and Navy leopard scarf which is a lovely soft cotton, a great huge size and only £10.

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I've also got the cerise pink and navy one which I can't wait to wear as well.  Again, £10. 






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However I also have my eye on the grey and sky leopard (how much have I said I love pale blue with black?) 



Or the green and navy...... 



I guarantee you won't be disappointed and I can't wait to show you some of the necklaces. 

And finishing with a vaguely comedy element.  Which, I won't lie, I was tempted to purchase for £16.... I have seen identical ones at gazillions more spondoolies.  This would keep you warm.  I was trying to think however, of an occasion when I would wear it as opposed to a normal woolly hat and failed.  However it's vaguely cool in a Yeti Chic way?  

Fox Faux Fur Trapper Hat from Dorothy Perkins £16


As you can see, I'm not entirely convinced...

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Have I lost my tiny mind?  Apart from the scarves, obviously....   I do have a theory why I might be close to the edge - all will be revealed tomorrow. 

Outfits from the weekend.  As promised I cracked out the silver jumper.  Had forgotten how much I love it. 

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White tee - Eileen Fisher 
Silver metallic Jumper - Zara
Black triple zip jeans - Mint Velvet 
Black boots - Toga Pulla 
Black Diego bag - Alexander Wang 

And today with my new scarf which bought a whole new lease of life to an ancient military knitted jacket and ten year old jeans.

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Navy waffle tee - Cos
Navy military knitted jacket - Zara
Jeans cut off and turned up - Rock & Republic
White leather tennis shoes - Zara
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe 
Orange and navy leopard scarf - Alice's Wonders 

Off to watch I'm a Celebrity.  All the glamour of a Monday night.......

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  1. Gorgeous scarf! Am going to get them as Christmas presents plus one for myself of course.
    Bod and Ted in TW do a gorgeous pompom woolly hat BTW

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    1. I shall bomb in and see them next week! x

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  2. Just placed my order of scarves and necklaces. Your friend will love you Kat x

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  3. Love everything on that website and so reasonable! Have sent link to my partner with note ' all of it' ..........

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  4. Another love for your friend´s shop! Off to make an order now before more sells out.

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    1. Hope you managed to snag something x

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  5. I have been looking for a nice big pink leopard print scarf for ages. Thank you.

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  6. I've got the cerise and navy one too! Although not from Alice Wonders, however I shall definitely take a look at her website. I love a grey woolie beanie with pom pom that I bought from Accessorize at the tail end of the sales last Winter. Been wearing it loads now that it's officially freezing. Have also purchased a black faux fur stole from Topshop that fastens near the bottom so it can look like a faux fur trip on a coat or blazer, or be worn as a scarf. It is warm and gorgeous! And an oyster beige/cream faux fur scarf from M&S that is so cosy and looks far more expensive than it is. I would say not to the trapper hat Kat...but what about a fur trimmed beanie...or fur hat/beanie as an alternative?

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    1. I think I'm just going to go straight for the big bobble!

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  7. Have just ordered the orange and navy scarf for my mum for Christmas, perfect to go with her new orange coat! And I might have slipped in a navy and black opal necklace for myself (for Christmas socialising season with my red Baukjen Jessica dress). Thanks Kat! It's certainly hat weather now and I am sticking with my trusty old cream cashmere M&S beret, years old but lovely and warm.

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    1. Excellent idea - I have a cashmere beanie from last year that I can't wait to drag out - good old Hush x

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  8. Love your friends website too and have just place and order for he gorgeous yellow fern print scarf, a ring and silver necklace. Lovely things at a fab price...I'm sure I will be back for more!

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  9. Just ordered 2 scarves, hoping the navy/orange will go well with my new navy Boden peacoat with orange under collar! Love your blog! I think the navy TopShop beanie might be calling me too....
    Any plans to do belts? My Zara one just bit the dust and I am struggling to find a narrow-but-not-too-narrow brown belt to wear with every day jeans.

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    1. OOh belts - good idea, they're a hard one for sure. My belts that I have - one of them I got for my 30th and the other is about 8 yrs old from Primark!

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  10. A work colleague and I were only talking about animal print scarves today and where to get them from. I LOVE this one, especially in the orange. Tell me, when you open it out, is it square or rectangular? Can't be doing with square ones!

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  11. how have you all checked out the website? it is telling me they are working on the site, desperate to have a look and buy some more scarves.

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    1. Think it's back up and running now - we may all have broken it!

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  12. I hope the site is up again soon as I WANT one of those scarves (do they deliver outside of the UK I wonder? - hope so!)

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    1. Think it's back up now - and Cathy will be able to help you I'm sure x

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  13. Love the Topshop one on you and gorgeous scarves too. Lynne xx

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