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Top Winter Hat Tips – We’ve Got You Covered

It’s time to bundle up for winter but first use your head about what’s covering your head. All winter gear isn’t created equally. Here is what you need to know to help you stay snug and warm this winter. Whether you want to keep warm during casual trips to shops, while exercising outdoors, or are addressing a special need like hats for thinning hair, here is what you need to know to keep warm and cosy this winter.pom-pom-hat-beanie-knitting-pattern-mollie-makes

Knit your own with this bobble hat pattern by Mollie Makes

Fit for winter

Headwear can make a huge difference in keeping warm during the winter. Even if you are simply dashing between your car and the store or from one heating building to another, staying warm is important. Even indoors drafts and irregular heating can make it important to keep your head warm. A large portion of your body heat can be lost through your head.

If you’ll be outside in the cold for more than a few minutes, it’s important that your headwear covers your ears. Ears are thin but have a relatively large surface area. This increases the risk of heat loss and even frostbite.

If you’ll be enjoying outdoor sports this winter, it is important to get the appropriate headwear. Hats for running, hiking, and skiing and other outdoor sports need to combine comfort, fit, warmth, and an ability to handle sweat. Choose a longer style hat that will cover your forehead and ears without riding up as you run. You want to make sure the headwear is snug enough to stay in place while you exercise without being too tight or creeping out of place. If you’ll be out in extreme conditions, consider wearing a balaclava. This style of knit cap covers most of the face and neck as well as the head. It can even be worn under a hat or beanie for added warmth. crochet-bobble-hat-pattern-mollie-makes-45

Here’s a Mollie Makes crochet pattern to make your own slouchy hat

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Vintage and handmade hats for the races

It’s that time of year again. Just as you’re plucking up the courage to bare your faux-bronzed legs to the world, someone has invited you to the races. Those who’ve been to the races before will know that it can be a full on fashion parade, and finding something glam to wear can cost a fair amount. But fear not! There are some ways you can cut costs, starting with the most crucial part of any race-day outfit – the hat. Here are some ways to get yourself a fabulous hat for a fraction of the at the races hat fascinator DIY

image by  Jennifer Su 

Create your own fascinator

If you love to get creative, you can also make your own fascinator (or head piece) from scratch. To start with, you’ll either need a ready-made base disc (ask your local craft shop or buy one online) or a piece of material called sinamay, which is very durable. The base disc can make a little round base for you to sew decorations onto, or you can use the sinamay to fold and iron into a decorative bow. Both of these, once embellished with your desired decorations or feathers, can be fixed onto a plain silver or fabric head band and there you have it – the finished fascinator! Continue reading “Vintage and handmade hats for the races” »


Thrifty fashion for BBQ parties

With Summer in full swing and lots of lovely weather to look forward to, you’d probably be heading outdoors and spending a lot of time in the sun, and if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a BBQ, even better! But what should you wear for an al fresco event? It’s difficult to predict the weather at times so it’s best to be protected against the sun whilst being prepared for all eventualities! Here’s my guide to dressing for summer and enjoying your BBQ in style:

  1. Choose an outfit you’re comfortable in. It may seem obvious, but you’ll want to feel free if you’re running around the garden with the kids, moving food around or lying on a sun lounger, so it’s best to choose an outfit that isn’t too short, too revealing, or likely to fall off!
  2. Loose clothing will help keep you cool by letting the breeze through your layers. Cotton or linen will also help to maintain a cool temperature when the sun is shining, so a linen skirt or loose cotton shirt would keep you comfortable on a hot day.
  3. Take a cardigan! If the skies cloud over you’ll be able to slip it on to stop the shivers, and if the temperature is soaring you can throw it over your shoulders to protect yourself from burning in the midday sun. Similarly, a thin pashmina scarf (like mine below from New Look) would work well as a sun cover-up and something to keep you warm. BBQs often carry on into the evening so you’ll be glad of this extra layer when the sun goes down.

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  1. Always wear a hat when outdoors – it will keep the sun off your face, stop you from getting a red nose and ears (the most regularly burnt parts of our bodies!) and will protect your scalp from sunburn. Plus you’ll look glamorous and be following one of the top trends of Summer 2014!

5.Likewise, sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from UV rays so wear them whenever you’re outside.

You’ll easily be able to cope with whatever the weather throws at you during your BBQ party and will stay safe in the sun. I know I say it all the time, but it’s so important to me: don’t forget to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and keep an eye on your friends and family – especially the children – to make sure they are staying in the shade, wearing high SPF and drinking plenty of water. Enjoy your day of al fresco fun and dining!

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I’m off for a day at the races… but what do I wear??

Today I’m off to Newmarket races for the day. I’ve never been before, and I have no idea what to expect and even less of an idea about what to wear! My generous brother-in-law gave me and my husband tickets for today’s race-day for Christmas – and to top it all off, after the races is a concert performance by cheesy pop group Steps (one of my favourite as a kid!).

So I’m really looking forward to going to this event later this afternoon, but the dress-code seems really strict which is confusing me no end! Hubby is okay as long as he wears trousers and a shirt, an absolute no-brainer! But for me, I can’t seem to find something dressy enough yet summery enough to wear, and what about the hat situation?! Do I have to wear a hat or is this an optional extravagance? For a start, I don’t have a hat so would have to nip round to mum’s to borrow something! I do however have a great many fascinators and flowers-on-headbands, so would this be acceptable, or will I look like I’m only making a half-hearted attempt? Or should I really go for it and stick a tutu on my head like this hat below?!


I think I’ve left it a bit late to sort out a race-day outfit, so fingers crossed that I’ll be ready and dressed in something suitable by lunchtime… in fact, I’d better get on with it now! I’ll let you know how I get on 🙂

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