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The big Spring cover up

laiafarrangravesWith Spring officially here and the Easter holidays finally behind us, it’s time to look at the latest trends and re-discover a staple garment that never goes out of fashion: the wrap. Despite the potential of looking a bit ‘safe’ and maybe even been classed as being on the boring side, a good, quality wrap in a great colour is a must-have item for your wardrobe, –especially at this time of year: it’s that extra layer of clothing you can take on or off accordingly, with no bulky jacket or jumper to have to carry around. It’s also one of the more versatile garments you will own, as you can wear it like a scarf, like a shawl/cape or you can even tie it up around your waist as seen in Burberry Prorsum‘s Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear catwalk show. But when it comes to a wrap, you can tell quality straight away, so it really is worth investing in a good one. My fabric of choice is Baby Alpaca, because a part from being luxuriously warm and soft  it’s also water resistant, making it the perfect garment to wear indoors, outdoors and also all year round – whatever the weather! The colours to look out this Spring 2015 are delicate shades of peach, yellow and pink as well as aqua shades, blues and classic greys and taupes – take a look at Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon wearing this cult classic oversized scarf in great on-trend colours…effortlessly chic!

Check out Alpacaguapa‘s latest Baby Alpaca Wraps (£75.00). I think their light blue one is particularly stunning,  maybe because pale blue is one of my all-time favourite colours, but I also love the light grey one as it goes with everything… If you want to see the garments first hand, the next AlpacaGuapa event is in Ascot, on the 17th and 18th of April. Click here to find out about the rest of their events. For more information go to AlpacaGuapa. 100% Baby Alpaca Wraps are priced at £75.00 and are also available online.

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TIME TO SNUGGLE UP!

On this side of the world, as the winter months are setting in the cold weather spells are making us shiver, so what better investment could you possibly make than a cosy blanket?

A blanket couldn’t be more versatile: you can use it to relax at home on the couch or armchair while you read your favourite book or the Sunday papers, you can use it to sleep under on a chilly night (maybe add it to your duvet) or even as a coat, yes you hear me right: just belt it up and create a poncho shape or wear it laiafarrangravesbeautyspotover one shoulder (as seen here on Cara Delevingne at Burberry’s AW 2014 show). This is not only incredibly comfortable and warm, but a super-cool look, which has been spotted amongst celebs including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo. I’ve also seen a dark grey blanket worn over a leather jacket and it looked fabulous. But when looking for a blanket, it’s important that you find something that’s light and warm in equal measures. This is where Alpaca would be my choice of fabric: it’s softer and warmer that wool, and more water-resistant than cashmere.

beautyspotblogFor a brand that delivers excellent quality at great prices, check out AlpacaGuapa, a great company which has a very user-friendly website. Check out their Lightweight 100% Baby Alpaca throw It is a really good size (184cm x 140cm) and comes in fantastic colours: blue, green, camel, dark grey, light green, dark grey, pink red and turquoise. I personally love the grey – I know it’s a bit safe but I really do like natural colours, especially in the home (white walls, natural wooden floors and touches of grey), but actually they’re all great shades so you’ll be spoilt for choice…

So, if you’re feeling like treating yourself or a friend to something to beat the January blues look no further…it’s on my wish list!