If there is one thing you learn and learn fast on the school run in winter it is how to stay warm and toasty in the depths of freezing mornings, damp afternoons and the inevitable snow sodden pick ups. Last year I invested in a seriously warm Duck & Cover duvet coat in a beautiful burnt russet orange and thankfully this year it is still fashionable because it is like doing the school run in your duvet. Deep pockets which are perfect for shoving my phone in and car keys and a great big hood to hide under when its a bleak morning.
That doesn’t mean though that this is enough to shield me from the elements though and recently to prepare for the winter school run I was sent the most gorgeous Fair Trade scarf from independent online retailer Accessories Boutique.
Accessories Boutique is the most gorgeous online shop run by entrepreneur Julie Marsland. Julie has created a treasure trove of beautiful, unusual and vintage inspired costume jewellery and accessories, for women. Julie kindly invited me to pick something that I’d love to have in my wardrobe and I was drawn to this pretty olive green polka dot scarf with its cute ruffle edges and super soft fabric. The scarf arrived exquisitely wrapped in tissue paper and a bow and Julie clearly takes pride in sending her orders out.
Opening the packaging I was not disappointed in my choice. The scarf was beautifully soft, not rough or coarse to touch and trimmed with brown polka dot satin and jersey lined for extra warmth. This scarf is made by artisans in North Vietnam in conjunction with Earth Squared so if you’re into your ethical products then this is a gem of a find.
Priced at £23.99 I don’t think this is at all over priced for a high quality scarf compared to the £15 – £20 you can pay on the high street for mass produced commercial accessories I know which I would rather receive as a gift this year.
You can view the full range of beautiful accessories, scarves, bags and jewellery on the Accessories Boutique website and if you’re looking for some Christmas gift inspiration here are my top pics from Julie’s Aladdin’s Cave.