The Knit - List

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The weather here in the UK has become decidedly colder, which means only one thing: Knitwear!(and hot chocolate, but this post is about knitwear..haha..but just to say that Costa's festive cups are super cute as per usual). I have compiled a list of the "knits-to-know" and I may have thrown in a few cheeky extras at the end.

This is not in any specific order in terms of price, but snugglyness (a technical term of course):

The Texas song "Halo" is just what this sweater is like...a halo around the skin. It's light and cosy and great for work and play. Toast fares favourably in this regarding, as knitwear is what this brand is known for.

I'm not usually a fan of fully acrylic knitwear, but Topshop has nailed it on the cosy front. Their oversized funnel neck is an exception to my own rule. It looks and feels like a cloud and I style mine with blue jeans.

Although red is the colour of the season I think now that the red frenzy has peaked, it calls for more of a subtler nod to the trend (in my humble opinion of course). Yet another piece of Parisian chic in the form of Vanessa Bruno's gold button striped sweater will keep you toasty and on-point....result!. Black Friday will soon be upon us, so it may be worth holding out for a few more weeks to see if

Cosy Cos also provides knitwear and scarves that you will want to keep on all day long. I myself, have a number of pieces from Cos, which I wear practically on rotation. Here's a few to add your mental wish-basket. What can be more comforting then a sweater dress, great with boots and flats alike. This one may seem a bit sack-like, but it screams effortless cool (and will hide a post-pizza tummy).

Does Christmas Jumper Day strike fear into the hearts of the style-conscious?. If it does, this sweater from Mango, has all the embellishment, but none of the cheese. For those who are brave enough to go full-speed "jungle bells", head to Topshop for their Xmas special. If you really wish to invest in something more seasonal, then N.Peal is a safe bet. Cashmere is what they do and this Jewelled Fairisle Cashmere number has "Seasons Greetings" written all over it.

Lastly, a few little extras which I will definitely be enveloping myself in over the next few months: this Toast green Donegal cashmere scarf will add a pop of colour to any dark outfit. Green is a lovely autumn colour and there's a shade out there that'll suit everyone. Saint Laurent is not an obvious choice for scarves, but their appliqued scarf has subtle branding and would make a nice treat for yourself, or a fan of the brand.

That (Black) Friday Feeling

This time of year should definitely be more about spending time with family and friends, rather than spending money, but one can't deny that shopping has become as much a part of the festive season as Christmas pudding and the Queen's Speech. Black Friday is the newest addition to the shopping calendar (thanks USA) and it would be rude not to take part. If nothing else, it provides an opportunity to save a few quid on Xmas gifts and perhaps even give the money saved to a good cause (?).

In order to make the most of Black Friday, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to ensure you get what you want.

- The details: This year Black Friday will be on Friday 24th November 2017.

- If it's fashion you're after, then I suggest going in store to try on the item/s and select the size you want well in advance. I know from experience that this can really help in the middle of a scrum on the day. Just pick up the item and head to the till. Job done.

- Try online: Online shopping has come a long way and can save time, money and serious injury than heading out and braving the crowds on Black Friday week. If you're a die-hard shopper, there are bargains to be had by hitting the (online) shops at a time when most of the country will be sound asleep (wimps!)

- Fuel: To have enough energy to be able to shop effectively, you need fuel. No, not a guzzle of petrol, that would be lethal, but rather food to give you the stamina to carry on, whilst those around you are suffering pangs of fatigue and despair. A good breakfast should provide you with the strength you need to carry heavy bags laden with treasure (or that new top from New Look).

- It's not just for a day - Black Friday has gradually moved on from a one day event, to discounts and offers being spread throughout the week, so there's even more opportunity for success.

So that's it for another Black Friday post: I will, of course, share my own acquisitions and I hope its filled with promise, joy and success for all!