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Two extremes: Winter Destinations

By December 7, 2018 INSPIRATION, Travel
Holiday Blog

Winter has now arrived in the UK, with Christmas markets taking centre stage, shops busy with present buying and festive lights all around the city. It’s the most wonderful time of the year … when eyebrow raising festive jumpers become acceptable and mulled wine is flowing freely. It is that one time of year when you can take a long vacation and really relax. But as wonderful as home is right now, sometimes there is something exciting and fulfilling about being abroad for Christmas and discovering a new place and traditions and people. It can be just what is needed to breathe new life and energy to start a new year.  What if New Year wasn’t so much about a ‘new you’, as a new more travelled and experienced you?

Does skipping the cold winter blues and heading to one of the warmest destinations in the world sound appealing? Or are you more of a winter bunny? To help you plan your winter holidays, here are some suggestions for the hottest and coldest places on Earth to spend Christmas!


Warm destinations
 
Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has long been the Caribbean’s cheap and cheerful all-inclusive option but, in recent years, it has been quietly developing its luxury side too. Located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is famous for its beaches, upscale hotels and great golfing. With over 40 miles of  palm lined coast, that has earned it the nickname ‘Coconut Coast,’ Punta Cana is a tropical paradise, with stunning beach views, water adventures and family friendly conveniences. The region is warm and sunny throughout the year, although the mountainous areas of the island are significantly wetter and cooler.

Average temperature in December: 25-28 °C – 9 hours from the UK

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Montego Bay – Jamaica

Holidays to Montego Bay are a perfect introduction to Jamaica. Tropical white sands, pristine coral reefs, and vibrant Caribbean culture. If this is what you are looking for, don’t think twice! The weather this time of year is pretty much perfect, and there are plenty of water sports and other activities to keep you entertained during the day if you aren’t more interested in just relaxing.

Average temperature in December: 25-28 °C – 10 hours from the UK

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Boa Vista – Cape Verde

A series of volcanic islands 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, at first look Cape Verde seems a lonely prospect. But with ivory beaches, surfing activities and an intriguing lunar landscape, it has become a tourist favourite. Boa Vista island (translation: “good view”) still feels like something of a secret, characterized by infinite stretches of golden sand and charming, stone-hewn villas. Boa Vista is also the perfect warm destination without having to travel too far and is  considered one of the hottest and driest of all the islands due to the hot harmattan winds from the Sahara.

Average temperature in December: 25˚C – 6 hours from the UK

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Goa – India

Goa is an incredibly popular destination, with prices growing drastically year after year. That said, it’s still very cheap compared to other sunshine destinations and it offers a unique travelling experience. For more than four centuries, this western part of India was a Portuguese colony, and you’ll still notice a distinctly European character here today. Characterized by historical churches, delicious cuisine, and a 66-mile stretch of coastline running along the Arabian Sea, it is no wonder this state is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’!

Average temperature in December: 25-30 °C – 9 hours from the UK

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Cold destinations
 

If mountains and chalets are your passion and snow flurries warm your heart, pull on your warmest sweater, and get ready to plan the ultimate winter weather getaway.

Prague – Czech Republic

If you can bear the cold, this stylish capital is brimming with grand historical and cultural sights. Prague’s ancient cafés, contemporary art and Christmas stands give the city a chilling beauty, blending the East and West together perfectly.

Average temperature in December: 1-2 °C – 2 hours from the UK

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Fairbanks – Alaska

Fairbanks is definitely an extreme destination, with the potential for -20 degree temperatures and short hours of daylight. However, don’t let that stop you. The colder winter months are also the best time of year to view the spectacular Northern Lights and experience unique cultural events for Christmas such as dog mushing and Ice parks. It is also a place to come to taste the cuisine, with crab legs and all-you-can-eat salmon and cod fillets baked over an open fire only a few of the diverse food options you will find here. If you are looking for an immersion into the nature, this is the perfect destination for you.

Average temperature in December: -8 – -13 °C – 16 hours from the UK

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Alta Badia – Italy

Located in South Tyrol, Italy’s northern province, Alta Badia, with its dramatic natural landscape, culture, mouthwatering cuisine and the lovely Ladin people, it is the ideal destination for a skiing holiday. A mix of cultures can be found here, with German, Italian and Ladin mother tongue living side by side since time immemorial, to create a unique mix of alpine traditions.

Average temperature in December:-2-3 °C – 1.5 hours from the UK

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Behind the seams | Autumn Winter ’17

By July 19, 2017 BEHIND THE SCENES
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Our autumn collection is inspired by the Japanese view of life, in particular the art of Wabi Sabi. Through embracing a simple, uncluttered aesthetic, we’ve concentrated on paring back inessentials and finding beauty in imperfections. We are abandoning the perfect and celebrating authentic craftsmanship whilst appreciating the beauty of natural objects.

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The Wabi Sabi way of life favours authenticity over perfection and the natural and organic over clinical and symmetrical. This appreciation of fragile and incomplete things that do not adhere to our preconceived idea of beauty is something that is at the forefront of  our designs in this collection.

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In the first part of the season  we have created pieces with raw edged seams, asymmetric and unfinished hems. Layered textures and unique silhouettes are supported by a palette of blush and natural tones of dusty pink and stone.

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Towards the end of the season, there is a harmony between nature and design with a palette of rich tones of forest green and deep charcoal. Intarsia prints in scattered designs inspired by Raku ceramics give character, touch and feel.

Keep tuned for our new season styles, coming soon!

Shop our summer collection here.

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Treasures from the sale | our top picks

By October 28, 2016 SALE
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From the softest layering piece to the ultimate knitted trouser, these are the pieces you can’t (and really shouldn’t) miss out on…


 

1. The Coat

Ada

A bonded terri-cotton coat which allows for the soft comfort of cotton near the skin, while the coated exterior creates structure and durability. A simple and clean silhouette with a single button fastening at front.

£199 NOW £139

Shop here!

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2. The Dress

Shann

A mid length dress, cut in a flattering shape and composed from a soft and supple material. We love how versatile this style is, as it can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion. Wear on its own or over leggings on cool days.

£129 NOW £90

Shop here!

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3. The Shirt

Flores

This is the style for you if you’re looking for an easy day-to-evening piece. An elegant 100% silk shirt dress in black with a concealed front placket and a loose fit.

£149 NOW £104

Shop here!

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4. The Trousers

Pascoe

Cropped trousers with knitted waistband and front pockets. The trousers fit loosely through the hips and thigh and taper at the calf. Ideal trousers to wear to work.

£109 NOW £76

Shop here!

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5. The Jumper

Issey

A fitted wool jumper with stitch detailing down the front and a split at the cuff. The lightweight wool quality allows you to dress it up or down over the autumn and winter months.

£78 NOW £55

Shop here!

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Shop our full Autumn Sale here!

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In the press | New season styles

By September 21, 2016 IN THE MEDIA
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We’re so thrilled to see our new season collection in the press this month!

Shop the magazines below!


Slouchy Stars: Our Deena cashmere roll neck and Natalia cashmere joggers have been featured in the latest Stylist.co.uk shopping gallery ‘the best loungewear and PJs to get comfy in’. We love cosy loungewear and nothing beats relaxing in head-to-toe cashmere.

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Shop the gallery here! 

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Shop Deena cashmere roll neck here!

Shop Natalia cashmere joggers here!


Our Huan cashmere jumper dress has been featured in September’s Fashion Issue of Stylist Magazine! Tap into the head-to-toe knit trend with this luxurious and cosy dress.

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Be the first to shop Darby when it goes live on online here!

 


 

The lovely team at Hello! Magazine has featured our gorgeous Plato cashmere skirt. Available online and in-store now and in Blush Pink and Taupe.

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Shop Plato cashmere skirt here!


 

Woman & Home Magazine have chosen our Darby tunic in their ‘how you wear it’ feature, showing you how to layer your clothes like a pro!

The styling team at Woman & Home have paired Darby with a pair of tailored trousers for a sartorial edge, or you can layer it over our Britney leggings for a slim-line silhouette.

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Be the first to shop Darby when it goes live on online here!


 

 

 

 

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The trenchcoat: 2 ways to wear

By September 2, 2016 How to Wear
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