Winter Folklore - An interview with Braintree Clothing

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Braintree Clothing recently contacted me to tell me about their newly launched A/W range. I had a look through the website and fell in love with the cosy, eclectic feel of the new collection. The most recent range is Winter Folklore, which has an laid-back, vintage feel, featuring vibrant folksy prints in rich jewel colours. There are lots of the warm layers and chunky knits that you'd expect from a winter collection, but in a variety or cuts and styles to suit different tastes and body types. There are more basic styles, like leggings and tops, which are perfect for yoga, as well as more detailed patterns and prints in the dresses and cardigans.

Luckily, I was given the opportunity to interview Jo Woodman, a member of the Braintree team, to find out more about it.

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First up, describe Braintree's signature style in five words or less. 

Unique, eclectic, flattering, feminine, relaxed.

Now, what was the inspiration behind the autumn/winter collections? 

Key trends in our autumn/winter '14 collection include jewelled rich colours, folk and vintage inspired prints and embellished unique styles. We were inspired to give our customers some great relaxed, casual weekend pieces, which were easy to layer up during the cooler months. We combined with our pretty, feminine prints and quirky styling details which Braintree is known for.

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If you had to pick a favourite item of clothing from the new range, what would it be and why? 

I always go mad for warm and cosy knitwear pieces during Autumn/Winter! Braintree have a lovely range of new, unique, organic knitwear pieces for AW14. My favourite would have to be the Calluna Tunic. It’s a casual but super cosy piece to through on with jeans and boots, but the fairisle pattern makes it extra special and unique. It would be perfect for snuggling up in during Winter and I could see me looking forward to wearing it every year.

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What was the inspiration or desired feel for the lookbook?

Our lookbook is overflowing with exciting new prints, floaty romantic dresses and tunics, and cosy knitwear in deep jewel tones. We wanted to inspire customers with a huge variety of easy to mix and match options and unique, eye-catching looks.

And last but not least, if you could only wear leggings and tops or dresses and socks every day for the rest of your life, which do you choose and why? 

Oooh, this is tough one! I’m obsessed with both Braintree’s bamboo socks and bamboo leggings so would really struggle to live without either! Looking at my wardrobe though, it’s probably made up of 90 percent dresses, as I practically live in dresses all year round. So I guess it would have to be dresses and socks for me.

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I had a lot of fun speaking to Jo and learning about Braintree. Some of the winter collection looks so lovely and cosy, I think I'm going to have to treat myself. Checkout the full collection at and use promo code 'WONDER' to get free delivery (until 01/01/15). 

LoveLula Beauty Box - November '14

Yep, it's that time of the month again. No, not that time. I meant it's time to post what I got in my beauty box this month. 

Barefoot SOS - Face and Body Rescue Cream
This advanced formula provides a welcome relief to dry or sensitive skin. Intensely rich and nourishing, and suitable with those with eczema.

Suti - Cleansing Balm
This handcrafted organic Balm transforms into an uplifting oil on contact with the skin; part of the Suti's beautifully balanced range designed to nurture body, mind and spirit.

Giovanni - Deep Moisture Shampoo

A luxurious formula to soothe dry and chemically processed hair; increases shine and delivers a finish that's as smooth as silk.

Jason - Brightening Apricot Wash
A gentle, soap-free foaming Scrub to polish away impurities and remove Makeup leaving skin clean and comfortable. Mild enough to use every day.

Hello Fresh gift card
Top chefs create exciting step-by-step recipes, sourced with the exact fresh ingredients delivered to your door for free, to cook delicious meals at home. 

Living Nature - Nourishing Hand Cream
This rapidly absorbed had treatment blends healing Manuka Honey and Larch Tree extract to repair chaffed hands and give extra protection from moisture loss

I'm really happy with the size and quality of the products this month. I've tried out the creams and they're brilliant. I'm looking forward to using all the items, I like getting to experience new brands and products every so often. 

I'm interested to hear if you've used any of these and what you thought, or if there's any other green beauty products that you recommend. 

Have a brilliant day.

Ethical Box - The Ethical Marketplace

The new online marketplace, Ethical Box, has launched, and to celebrate, their hosting a pop-up event in London on the 29th-30th of November. The event is run over two day and will introduce customers to some of the best ethical brands around, such as Faulkner London, The Fablelists, Jara Wine, Buttress &Snatch, and US Fashion Source. For more information and how to get there, checkout their Facebook page.

Those who can't make the event can check out the website to see some of the first products available. They host a whole range of sellers, offering all kinds of goods, like clothing, accessories, jewelry, and beauty products. I picked out some of my initial favorites. 

I'm a sucker for plum, and I'm a sucker for Chelsea boots. I want these so bad.

Yes, those shoes have badgers on them, how cool is that?

I'm really excited about this site because it makes it easy to browse and buy ethically responsible products. What's more is that there is some seriously awesome stuff, from brands that I previously didn't know about. I think this is a huge step in making ethical fashion more accessible and appealing to a wider audience, which will hopefully be another way to help it move into the mainstream. So check out the site and let me know what you think, 

I hope you've had an awesome week.

You are the fire

Dress from Monsoon, Scarf from Accessorize, Belt from ASOS, Boots from M&S





This is my go-to work look at the moment. The dress is nice and floaty, it makes it look like I've made more effort than I really have, and I get to feel like a real lady. Shame it's so chilly though. 

Hope you have a great week. 

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I'm all out

Scarf from Accessorize, Shirt from Primark, Belt from ASOS, Jeans from Monsoon, Boots for New Look




This colourscheme seems to be my go-to look for autumn. What can I say, I'm trying to blend in with nature. It's getting so cold, so I'm trying to layer up a lot more. although, it is almost November after all, so I suppose there's no real point in complaining. I've had the cold all week so now I'm finally coming out the other end of that and burying my head in books trying to get as much done for college as I can.
Hope you've had a good week.

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