Saturday, 24 December 2011

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Friday, 23 December 2011

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Findmypast.ie announces 'Start Your Family Tree Week'

Findmypast.ie has announced the launch of 'Start Your Family Tree Week,' which will take place from December 26th to January 1st.

This Stephen's Day, findmypast.ie wants to help users find out more about their ancestors with the launch of the second year of 'Start Your Family Tree Week'. From the 26th December through to New Year's Day findmypast.ie giving users all the help and advice they need to help them make a start on their Irish family history research.

'Start Your Family Tree Week' aims to encourage people to find out more about their family history and to hand down stories and memories to the next generation. Christmas is the perfect time to do this as it may be the one opportunity in the year when many get the chance to interview older relatives and gain a much better understanding of their family history.

Each day findmypast.ie will be providing a handy tip, including free downloads and interview guides to help users along the way. It will also be offering a 10% discount on all subscriptions making it easier for interested parties to access almost 10 million Irish family history records.

In addition to help and advice, findmypast.ie has announced its 'festive family history challenge,' which will take place during Start Your Family Tree Week. Each day via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, findmypast.ie will post a question for people to answer. At the end of the week people can send all their answers via email to be in with a chance of winning a 12-month subscription to findmypast.ie and a €200 voucher for Amazon.

There will also be spot prizes for those who get involved via Facebook, Google+ and twitter.

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager at findmypast, said: "'Start Your Family Tree Week' is an ideal time to start exploring your family history, whether it’s tracing great-grandparents' names, searching military records or even discovering that you have a famous inventor in the family. The internet has made it so much easier to trace your family tree and learn about your family’s own unique story, full of colourful, real-life characters from the past. Every family has its intrigues, well-kept secrets and heart-warming tales."

About findmypast.ie:
Findmypast.ie is the world's most comprehensive Irish family history website, providing easy-to-search, online access to some of the most significant Irish records that have ever been made available, including census records. This new site is a joint venture between two experts in the field: findmypast.co.uk, one of the leading family history websites and part of the brightsolid family, and Eneclann, an award-winning Trinity College Campus Company specialising in genealogical and historical research and the publication of historical records.

Based in Dublin, findmypast.ie has a dedicated team committed to providing the best experience possible when researching Irish family history.

www.findmypast.ie

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Monday, 19 December 2011

Gloople Launches Black Tomato's Newest Online Venture

BeachTomato.com unveil a one stop shop for all your holiday wardrobe requirements, with the launch of their new e-commerce website, The Beach Tomato Shack.

Having launched in March 2011, Beach Tomato combines the best in inspiring beach editorial content with innovative technology and captivating imagery.

As a natural extension to the offering, The Beach Tomato Shack (The Shack) will now retail the very best of luxury beachwear, dressing both men and women for their stylish travels. From chic footwear to statement dresses, swimwear and sunglasses, the site will encompass all your holiday needs for a stylish stay in the sun. The Shack is the new home to the world’s coolest beach brands, hand-picked from the newest need-to-know designers and the classics we love.

With over 50 brands available online, The Shack showcases the most desirable summer looks, from labels such as Chloe, Mawi and Roksanda Ilincic, available all year round. Menswear collections from brands such as Sergio K, Polo Ralph Lauren and luxury swimwear label Robinson Les Bains will offer men the perfect holiday wardrobe in one quick click. Womenswear exclusives from emerging labels such as Mungo Gurney, Tosca Delfino and Miguelina, discovered everywhere from Brazil to Australia, ensure that the globe has been scoured and the best items sourced for the ultimate in travel style.

The Shack’s travel trunk essentials for Spring Summer 2012, includes Mungo Gurney’s bandea printed one piece, Olga Olsson’s high wasited 50’s inspired bikini and Prisms nude modular bikini X, guaranteed to take you effortlessly from poolside to late-night cocktails.

Showcasing summer’s hottest looks in The Shack was made simple by partnering with industry-applauded Gloople, the easy-to-use and completely customisable ecommerce platform that gives small and niche businesses the impact of a big brand.

Showcasing summer’s hottest looks in The Shack was made simple by partnering with industry-applauded Gloople, the easy-to-use and completely customisable ecommerce platform that gives small and niche businesses the impact of a big brand.

With three tiered packages and a wide range of fully integrated tools, including group-buy apps, wholesale, portable storefronts and mobile platforms, Gloople allows retailers to create their own customised package of add-on features to suit their business and their customers – even choosing to pay monthly to spread the cost.

Black Tomato can now effortlessly connect with new and existing customers alike through their social media networks, who share their purchases and experiences with their wider community of family, friends and colleagues, driving new customers to their online store.

Black Tomato joins other much-loved SMEs who are enjoying the benefits of Gloople, such as Komodo, CheekyBeach, and Megan Brown.

Why not join them? Gloople offers a free 7-day trial – no obligation, no credit card details required. Visit www.gloople.co.uk or call 020 3384 6315 for more info, and start transforming your business with social commerce today.

Spa Secrets Winter 2011 Out Now

Spa Secrets Winter 2011/12
Winter 2011/12 issue out now
— interview with Erin O’Connor, great subs offer & win a trip to Mauritius
See the 22-page ezine www.spasecretsmagazine.com/winter11

The 164-page Winter issue of Spa Secrets is out now and asks when was the last time you considered changing your beauty regime - is there an age-specific beauty regime for you?

Editor Katie Reich-Storer, says: “It’s time to act your age – if you’re still using the same moisturiser now as you were 10 years ago, it's definitely time you looked at your beauty regime and brought it up to date to match your age. Our beauty feature will help you choose the right products whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s or over 50s.”

Also Inside
• The Big Question: Is there a right time to become a parent and why are so many women leaving it later to start a family?
• Beauty and Wellbeing features include – spa treatments to help you combat common problems from water retention to uneven skin tone; and the latest perfumes and nail polishes for your beauty bag.
• Travel: Ski & Spa – choose from one of the top ski resorts and do your apr├Ęs ski in the spa. Or head for some winter sun in one of the luxurious resorts in South East Asia.
• Competition: A five-night holiday for two, in Mauritius with Four Seasons Hotels and Air Mauritius.
• Superb Subscription offer: Subscribe for only £5 and receive a free Elemental Herbology product worth £40 (while stocks last).

Regulars inside
• Trends: Tackling the latest fads from fashion, to beauty and nutrition.
• The scene: What are the latest beauty, spa and salon innovations? They round up this season’s best new products and update you on the latest news.
• And their usual round of spa and hotel reviews
• Expert tips: Make-up artist Jemma Kidd picks out four key looks for winter
• Interview: Supermodel Erin O’Connor on her model sanctuary
• Fitness & Health: From personal fitness trainers, to Bikram yoga, foods to boost your immune system and fend off the common cold and why honey is so good for you.

Take a sneak peak at the 22-page ‘teaser’ magazine at: www.spasecretsmagazine.com/winter11

For more information visit www.spasecretsmagazine.com

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

New Billion Dollar Brows Eyebrow Treatment from Los Angeles launches in UK

Billion Dollar Brows logo
Give your Brows the WOW factor!

The latest thing in beauty treatments, coming to a salon near you from across the pond, is set to transform your face and take years off you. No, it is not another anti-ageing cream, but making the most of your brows!

Brow Artists are transforming brow shaping and turning it into an art form with a little help from Billion Dollar Brows (BDB) treatments.

Arched, natural, pencil thin, or over-plucked, it doesn’t matter what shape your brows are in, this latest beauty treatment from LA is creating a buzz in the media about possibly one of the most important but neglected facial features.

Brows are big business in the States with Brow Bars on every corner, and the UK is set to follow. But don’t just take our word for it! BDB’s brow artists in Los Angeles have shaped some of Hollywood’s finest brows. They include a client list of Paula Abdul, Lauren Conrad and Kristin Chenoweth.

Advanced beautician Kerie Hoy has just returned from Beverly Hills after securing an exclusive deal to become the UK’s master trainer for Billion Dollar Brows. This means from February, she will be training beauticians and therapists all over the UK and ROI in the latest brow shaping techniques, so everyone can benefit from this new treatment. Kerie aims to bring a touch of Hollywood glamour to the UK by using the same techniques that have everyone in LA talking, namely making eyebrows as beautiful as they can possibly be. BDB uses the patented Brow Buddy - an ultimate tool that works with your own facial shape giving you perfectly shaped brows every time.

The fantastic range of products which help maintain beautiful brows between treatments, will also be available, including the ground-breaking Brow Boost, which helps return a fuller and thicker appearance to over-plucked skinny brows.

Kerie comments, “I am always searching for that special beauty treatment that is unique and I am delighted to have found one which I am introducing exclusively to the UK, Billion Dollar Brows, the eyebrow specialists. I am proud to be the Master Trainer for the UK and Republic of Ireland and excited about bringing the full range of BDB treatments and products to the UK. These products and techniques can have a dramatic effect on the way you look and feel about yourself. We have received some wonderful heartwarming feedback from BDB clients, one of which had been receiving chemotherapy and felt that the products had helped her regain her confidence. Personally, that makes it all worthwhile.”

Billion Dollar Brows will be exhibiting at the Professional Beauty Show on 4th and 5th March 2012 at Excel (stand O64), where Kerie will be demonstrating this amazing new treatment and selling the fantastic range of products.

For more information about the treatments  www.keriehoy.com 

Burton launches mobile site

Burton has launched its new mobile site, making shopping at the store even easier, quicker and a whole lot more convenient.

With the ability to shop on the go, customers will be able to browse and buy straight from their mobiles on morning commutes, from the pub at the weekend, or at half time during the footie. For prospective mobile customers, the opportunity to purchase items from this leading mens clothing outfitter will be more instantaneous than ever, and achievable within just a few touches. Limited edition items, and exclusive offers are more quickly and easily redeemable to those who embrace mobile. Put simply, there's not a more convenient way to shop.

The mobile site should be accessible on all handsets, including market leaders, iPhone and Blackberry.

This move from Burton comes as more and more fashion retailers are focusing their energies, and budgets, on mobile solutions for their increasingly tech savvy and time-poor customers, something which male brands in particular are viewing as essential development in order to retain their loyal customers.

A new way to reach out and speak to this demographic, Burton anticipates that the convenience of mobile shopping will be a key driver in transitioning male customers away from the high street and develop them into online, mobile, customers.

Arguably, male interaction with brands via social media not only indicates that men are more likely to become online shoppers, but, when interacting with the brand on the move, mobile customers too.

With mobile shopping on the up, and Christmas just around the corner, it seems there’s no better time than now to buy via mobile.

Following in the footsteps of other major players in the fashion industry, it's only a matter of time before Burton also develops apps of its own. With the promise of specific content and games for information hungry app users, the demand for an app is certainly already there and Burton aims to satisfy that demand in 2012.

Girls WILL make passes at men who wear glasses

SPECtacular news for glasses-wearers, as survey finds glasses make men up to 75% more sexually attractive to the opposite sex.

Glasses wearers around the country rejoice! According to a new survey from Selectspecs.com specksy is officially sexy.

Hitting the streets armed with photographs of five models, both with and without their glasses, the SelectSpecs team asked members of the public to rate the models’ faces against a series of characteristics. Astonishingly, 100% of the models were considered sexier, more employable, trustworthy AND intelligent when wearing their specs.

And interestingly, the study found that it is men who benefit the most from embracing their glasses. Women considered the male models on average 38% more attractive and 35% more intelligent when wearing the accessory. One male model was perceived as a whopping 75% sexier when pictured in specs.

Tony Russell, Registered Dispensing Optician from SelectSpecs.com, says: “Glasses can really add character, and when chosen well, will bring out all your best features. There are a lot of misconceptions about specs – and we at SelectSpecs are on a mission to make people embrace their frames.

“These findings are great news for glasses wearers everywhere, particularly for those men who are looking to dress to impress a special someone. We hope they will encourage people to wear their specs with pride this Christmas!”

You can afford to experiment with different styles and looks with SelectSpecs, where you can buy the world’s cheapest prescription glasses from just £6 including lenses with UV, anti-scratch and anti-reflection coatings as standard.

Visit Youtube.com/selectspecs to see the SelectSpecs street team in action near Tower Bridge in London.

Get 75% off selected brands with MeeMee.me

Edited online fashion store, www.MeeMee.me is offering customers a massive 75 per cent off selected lines. Shoppers can take advantage of the huge discount when buying shoes, clothes and accessories by participating brands.

Treat yourself with something causal from Only or the classic designs of Vero Moda. You could even splash out on one of the luxurious faux fur coats. Don’t miss out; get that special party outfit while there’s still time! MeeMee.me has 75% off Maggie+Me and Lipsy ranges until Christmas.

All items display body shape recommendations, what’s more, you can try on your items before delivery, using MeeMee.me’s virtual Fitting Room. So you can be sure that what ever you choose you will find the perfect item for your style and shape.

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How to beat the January sales!

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A study carried out this year* has shown that women in the UK spend more than £1.6 billion on more than 500 million items of clothing they will never wear, with the average woman hoarding around 22 garments in her wardrobe that will never see the light of day. Furthermore, the vast majority of these crimes against fashion can be blamed on impulse buys, with over 30% of women surveyed admitting that almost all of these items are sales purchases.

With the recession still playing havoc with the purse stings, more consumers than ever are looking to buy investment pieces, viewing items on a ‘cost per wear’ basis and shunning the disposable ‘fast fashion’ that many outlets offer.

So, with the January sales looming, how can shoppers avoid wasting their hard earned cash and get sales savvy to find a true fashion investment?

Amanda Wright, founder of exclusive online clothing boutique Hunter Dunn, offers some top tips on how to beat the sales:

o Take stock of your wardrobe: Before heading out to the sales, take a thorough look through your wardrobe. Note down the items which need replacing or the gaps which need to be filled. Then, whilst shopping, use the list to keep focused, and stop you getting carried away purchasing things you don’t need, or won’t work with the rest of your wardrobe.

Update classic basics with on-trend accessories: When it comes to buying staple sale items such as dresses, jackets and trousers, go for timeless, well cut shapes without any obvious references to current trends. Then, use accessories to bring in transient seasonal trends to create classic looks with a contemporary twist!

Think big: It is better to buy something which is slightly large, on the basis that a good tailor can alter it to fit you perfectly, rather than waste money on something slightly small in the belief that one day you will fit into it!

Invest in luxury fabrics: The sales are the perfect time to snap up some luxury fabrics, which, with the right care, are guaranteed to outlast inferior materials. Cashmere is highly coveted, and the sales are the perfect time to purchase some high quality essentials which will last from season to season. Silk is also worth investing in - look for simple, well cut blouses in classic colours that can become a year-round wardrobe staple. Also not to be overlooked is pure new wool – this can come in the form of everyday knitwear, traditional woven tweeds or contemporary wool crepes. The feel of the fabric should tell you everything you need to know, and will stand up to the rigors of everyday life without stretching or sagging.

Don’t be tempted by a price tag: This truly is the golden rule - only ever buy an item if it is a shape and colour which truly flatters you. It may have 50% off, but it is not an investment piece if it languishes in the bottom of the wardrobe never to be worn.

Amanda Wright said: “Shopping the sales is a wonderful opportunity to get beautiful investment pieces at a fraction of the usual cost – but when January comes around its easy to be tempted by a low price tag and end up with clothes that will probably never be worn. This makes neither financial nor ecological sense, so it’s important to become ‘sales-smart’ and walk away with clothes that will look fabulous season after season by following these few simple rules.”

How To Spot an Investment Item

Amanda says: “Our aim at Hunter Dunn is to offer elegant understated fashion which will appeal to women who are more concerned with quality and design than transient trends.

“Buying in the sales is a fantastic opportunity to find investment pieces, and there are a few simple pointers to look out for, to ensure that what is being purchased is of a high quality.”

Turning an item inside out can tell you all you need to know about how well made it is and what you are getting for your money:

Lining
People assume lining is a sign of a quality garment, but this is not necessarily the case. Lining can make it easy for a factory to hide the quality of its work because you cannot examine the seams, the stitching or how well the pattern was cut. If your item does have a lining pay close attention to how well it fits, how the seams sit when the item is on and the quality of stitching.

Seams
High quality pieces will generally have flat pressed seams so that the item sits neatly against the body. Also, keep an eye out for bound edges - on a piece of tailoring such as a jacket, the seams will generally be bound along each edge to create a beautifully finished garment, so the inside looks almost as good as the outside.

Stitching
Check for smooth, straight stitching, and that the seams have been sewn accurately, with no bunching or puckering. Small, tight stitches are also a sign of quality workmanship as it takes longer, but ultimately helps the garments to retain their strength and shape over time and reduce the possibility of splitting and tearing.

The Hunter Dunn sale has now begun exclusively online, giving customers a chance to snap up items from DAKS, John Smedley and Mimi Berry at reduced prices.

Visit www.hunterdunn.co.uk.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

New Year’s Eve sophistication with Pure Collection

Pure Collection
Pure Collection provides the ultimate in sophisticated New Year’s Eve partywear with a selection of feminine looks in classic red, black and grey.A simple but utterly chic black dress will never look out of place at a cocktail party, so a Shift Dress, £83.85 is a flattering and versatile choice. 
 
In a wool-rich fabric with a slight sheen finish, this wardrobe staple is given a modern twist by sculptural pleats at the neckline. Pair with a Pashmina Shawl in Scarlet, £111.75, in 100% sustainable cashmere for a shot of festive colour and add unfussy, delicate diamond jewellery.

Printed cocktail dresses continue to be popular thanks to the fifties influences recently seen on the catwalks, and the Printed Silk Shift Dress, £77.40, in a bold check print channels the trend effectively. Keep a sleek silhouette with the Pleat Front Silk and Cashmere Cardigan in Cherry, £104.30, in luxurious silk and cashmere mix and its feminine puff sleeves.

If your New Year’s Eve party requires something a little more glamorous than the average cocktail dress, then the Gathered Detail Jersey Dress in Dark Red, £51.75, will be the perfect choice. With a flattering wrap neckline and gathered bodice detail, this dress needs little more than a bag to set it off, such as the Soft Quilt Bag in Black, £134.25. Detach the strap to create an oversized clutch, tapping into the popular Autumn Winter trend.

This New Year’s Eve, keep it stylish and sophisticated with a select palette from Pure Collection.

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Monday, 12 December 2011

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Diesel Clothing Fights to Reclaim Fashion Crown

Very much head to head with other leading fashion labels, Diesel Clothing seem to produce the goods year upon year. New designs and innovative ideas keep Diesel Clothing ahead of the rest, in terms of popularity and fan base. The key behind this is keeping the brand name small and contemporary, in a way that keeps it unique from the rest.

Many brands have taken new approaches to the High Street, in bringing out large printed designs and other unique garments. This is where Diesel as a brand were very clever, as they did not get dragged into this and follow on! They kept their brand small and unique in a way that creates consistency and has the feel of a great sense of style. Diesel have their very own mission statements as a fashion label, and have stuck to these throughout their 30 year reign on the High Street. This has helped them in terms of keeping, and increasing their very own fan base, as customers know exactly what they are going to get from Diesel.

Diesel as a brand have proved to be very much, more selective, in terms of promoting and being sold in most High Street stores. Other competitors such as G-Star are found in almost any fashion outlet, as they aim to produce as many sales as possible, increasing profit margins. Diesel saw this and let G-Star take a large hold in the fashion market of today.

This is a factor that resulted in Diesel becoming more popular, as their products are not found in every high street store. It is this uniqueness about the Diesel that enables them to increase the size of their fan base, and obtain a better customer relationship. It gives off the impression of quality within their products, whereas many people may see G-Star as producing as many products as possible to increase their overall profit margin.

With Diesels store portfolio more selective, and within more desirable shops, customers are seeing this as a one off item of clothing that is second to none in terms of detailing and materials used. Whereas G-Star have over compensated for this, and are found in virtually any fashion store. It is little things like this that increases Diesel as a fashion label, making them more unique to the rest. An example of this is the very small branding always found on any Diesel garment, no matter what the product is. Customers are attracted to this and see it as a very contemporary brand, to take fashion that next step further!

Why not drop into Bridge55, or even go online at Bridge55.com. Here you will find all of the latest Diesel Clothing collections, sure to hit the mark early, and impress you Diesel enthusiasts out there!

After beginning in the shadows of other brands such as G-Star, Diesel now have their hold on the current market, taking styles and materials to whole new levels, in order to provide you, the customers with a product for life!

|www.bridge55.com

Monday, 5 December 2011

AllSaints Celebrate Traditional British Manufacturing Methods in a New Film

British workmanship and manufacturing are given the recognition they deserve with the release of AllSaints' new documentary, Voices of the Cloth.

You might have never thought about it, but what if the shirt on your back could tell a thousand stories? What if the coat you throw on each day represented passion and commitment, or the jacket round your shoulders symbolized generations of toil and tradition? These are just a few of the questions that the leading fashion retailer AllSaints has posed in the documentary, Voices of the Cloth, a new film that will launch on the UK site tomorrow, that showcases the level of workmanship and care that goes into producing some of the materials that the brand use.

AllSaints explain: “As a brand with British manufacturing in its blood, heritage and tradition are uncompromising fundamentals of the AllSaints spirit. However, it's these values that too many, too often forget, as modern day production takes hold and skilled British work forces get left behind. This documentary was created in order to give voice to the whispered stories of survival in a fast-moving industry and liberate the Voices of the Cloth.”

Shot in the Yorkshire town of Huddersfield, where much of AllSaints’ woven textiles are manufactured, the town's endless stories presented a unique opportunity for AllSaints to celebrate their roots. With much of the film talking place within the traditional ‘finishing’ mill, a family-run establishment where many of their fabrics are treated, the skilled workers explain the specialist weaving and steaming techniques that have been developed over generations to give the miles and miles of beautiful fabric a very specific feel. This ‘handle’ is a quality that could not be replicated without their expert knowledge, or the temperate conditions of the surrounding area.

AllSaints continue: “These men of the mill are equally fascinating, working on machines now so old that they were unique in the world and using top secret soap recipes that their ancestors had toiled for generations to perfect. These were people who started work at the age of 15 knowing nothing about textiles, but who by retirement age had become experts in their trade.”


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AllSaints is acclaimed for it's unique brand of sharp, directional clothing, occupying a unique position in the fashion retail sector. The brand offers a complete collection of menswear and womenswear consisting of graphic t-shirts, jersey, denim, casualwear, leathers, tailoring and accessories.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

On-trend Sale Style with Pure Collection

Pure Collection
Tap into this season’s trends without compromising on luxury with Pure Collection’s latest sale, where there is up to 60% off key items in their collection. Pair jewel brights with elegant neutrals for a colour-popping outfit ideal for these dark, dreary days.

A structured coat in a bold colour looks striking worn over neutrals, and the Double Breasted Coat in Red, was £249, now £99, is no exception. Glossy button fastenings and warm stand collar make this a practical yet stylish coat. Team with a jewel-toned shirt, like the Longline Silk Tunic in Blackberry, was £109, now £54 with minimalist details to really let that colour pop.

The Cashmere Sweater Dress in Heather Grey, was £179, now £89, in 100% sustainable cashmere, provides a neutral in contrast to the rich jewel colours. Accessorise with a sparkling Sequin Jersey Infinity Scarf in Grey Marl, was £79, now £31, for a contrasting texture that keeps to the soft colour palette, creating a relaxed, feminine outfit ideal for dinner and drinks at a friend’s.

For a smart yet fun everyday look, these colour-pop cardigans are perfect. The Cashmere Puffed Sleeve Cardigan in Amber or Coral Spice, was £139, now £55, is a simple way to inject some fresh, modern style into your wardrobe.

Add texture with your neutral pieces by opting for a luscious Soft Pleat Leather Bag in Taupe, was £249, now £99 for casual, relaxed style: perfect for a day out Christmas shopping. For a touch of luxury, the Sleeveless Georgette Blouse in Beige, was £79, now £31, is a beautifully delicate addition in 100% silk that also subtly works this season’s androgyny trend.

The Pure Collection sale runs from 19th December to 27th January while stocks last, and has over 120 styles included with up to 60% off.

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