So many small businesses have had to adapt how they work during the Covid-19 pandemic, many do not have websites and there are real people behind them still needing to earn a living. I have always enjoyed supporting small local businesses on my blog and have made many new friends from networking events and collaborating.
On this blog post I am bringing you the background story from Wendy who runs a gorgeous home based boutique in Maidenhead, called The Wendy House. Wendy is actually a bookkeeper but a number of years ago retrained and became a nail technician alongside her home based bookkeeping business. She then ended up buying and selling a few accessories to her nail customers and when she realised she had accumulated quite a lot of stock she decided to make a bigger leap, had a fabulous garage conversion done to use as her 'shop' and The Wendy House was born.
The Wendy House has a large selection women's clothes (brands include Cream, Red Button and Luella), gifts, accessories and scarves.
I love jeans, I live in jeans, I have written about jeans before. I buy jeans in all price brackets always looking for the perfect pair, the perfect fit. I tend to wear indigo and coated black in the winter and white in the summer. With a few variations thrown in, a lighter wash spring and autumn, I have a camo pair and a khaki coated pair. This winter I enjoyed my Amazing Woman jeans but then I also love French Connection rebound .... and so it goes on. I always stick with a skinny fit. Although having said that I do have a wide leg pair from Boden!! You see, I have a jeans obsession.
Anyway, White Stuff got in touch with me about their new sustainable denim collection. White Stuff is a British fashion and lifestyle brand and they are Doing Good Stuff to help the planet - and this spring sees the launch of their new denim range - you can see full details here.
It would be wrong to write this post without acknowledging the very real and very worrying situation developing around the world today. Whole countries shutting down, holidays cancelled, small businesses with no business, and no income for their owners, older people likely to feel very isolated ... stock piling of food and toilet rolls meaning the vulnerable will be left with none. And so it goes on. You have all seen the news. I am beginning to feel quite worried and a bit uneasy. I saw my elderly parents today to plan a few things for them. But life has to continue and we should try and keep as close to normal routine as possible. So I thought I would still share my outing last week. Do let me know how Covid-19 is affecting you, are you worried? Comment below.
A couple of months ago I was asked to save the day for an event in London with Maidenform, the shapewear brand. They had organised such a fun and gorgeous event, held in the penthouse suite at the ME Hotel in the Strand. I was so looking forward to it. A chance to try on the shapewear (it is so difficult to know what will work when looking online), a make-up refresh with a make-up artist, fizz, canapés and an opportunity to have some photographs taken by a professional photographer. I admit I did hesitate about going. But in the end I decided to drive into London and not take the train/tube. I felt with no official advice to stop my day to day life I was best to 'keep calm and carry on' but take sensible precautions. Hence my decision to drive. Usually when I meet friends we kiss and hug and welcome each other so it felt really odd not to be able to do this.
It's party season! Which means sequins, velvet, festive jumpers and generally all things sparkly! So I have been taking a look at what is in the shops for not only fabulous party outfits and Christmas Day dresses but also shapewear - what is actually comfortable to wear underneath - so two blogs today.
For the first time ever, this year I decided to embrace the sequin. I realised I didn't have any in my wardrobe at all and a friend said she had way too many sequins in her wardrobe and couldn't possibly justify buying any more - then promptly bought a skirt - and I thought oh no I don't have any! So with FOMO hitting me I decided I needed some sequins.
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