Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Spookified Looks to wear this Halloween


 


What’s in the back of your wardrobe? That old costume you wore to 2008 fright night or from that party where you were dressed up as a pumpkin. Well, this year, why not do Halloween with sustainability in mind, wear a clothing you can repeat, without the stigma of being an outfit repeater, be inventive with your clothing and create relatable character outfits like Velma from Scooby do or a dead housewife





A survey from North London Waste Authority and the environmental charity Hubbub, 40 per cent of the 7 million costumes thrown out in 2016 were worn only once - Vogue



Robyn - Dress

 


Therefore, we thought we’d put together sustainable costume ideas you can wear over or tips you can use to utilise the outfits you already have.






Here are a few ways to be sustainable this Halloween: 



spot wrap dress
Katy - Wrap Dress


 

Use these pieces from our range, that are basics to build on your costume and day to day wear, guilt free circular economy styles 

The Katy spotted dress above would make a great Cruella De Vil, the black and white gingham dress could be a good 60's outfit with platformed heels and a flower headband, yet can also be on trend for 2021 spring summer with its puff sleeves 



Lilly - Pleated Skirt



Or if you are channeling your inner Mean Girl, the Robyn Dress. The Lilly - Skirt in cream could be used to create a corpse bride look and our Anya - Blouse in black can be a used for a variety of outfit ideas, cat, witch zombie.. you name it, endless possibilities




Or alternatively, why not borrow or swap or rent costumes, rather than buying a new one? Buy your costume thrifted from a second-hand store



Non - Medical -  Velvet Masks
Non - Medical Velvet Masks


Why not coordinate your masks with your outfits, don't let the pandemic spoil your fun. 

wherever and however you chose to spend your Halloween, be safe



Sincerely Madia & Matilda 

 

Doing Things A Little Differently This Halloween





We all love a treat and even though this years Halloween shall be a little different, we thought we'd compile a few things to do and make this Halloween. 




We may not be able to go trick or treating, but we can hold a safe socially distanced bonfire night, or cookout with the rule of 6 family members. 




Charlie - Dungaree
Charlie - Dungaree






Or you could have a picnic with all those cookies, spice pumpkin lattes you made with our favouite recipe here: 



Homemade Halloween sugar cookies, topped with royal icing and perfectly decorated with Halloween sprinkles!

You will need:


16 ingredients

Refrigerated
  • 1 Egg, large
Baking & spices
  • 2 3/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Almond extract, pure
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp Meringue
  • 3 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Sea salt, fine
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract, pure
Dairy
  • 1 cup Butter, unsalted
  • 3 tbsp Half and half
Desserts
  • 1 Candy eye decals, Small
  • 1 Nonpareils, Small or jumbo
Liquids
  • 3 oz Water

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside until ready to use.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, use a large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer. Add the sugar and beat on medium-high speed once again until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix briefly once again. 

Add the egg and mix on medium speed until well-incorporated. Add the half and half, along with both the vanilla and almond extract and mix once more.

Add the flour in 3 separate additions, mixing on low after each addition. Do not over-mix. Divide the dough into two rounds and lay each atop a sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten into a disk shape, wrap and refrigerate until chilled, no less than 1 hour. The dough can be made a day in advance.

Preheat the oven to 350° and have ready cookie sheets lined with either parchment paper

One at a time, lay the disks atop a large floured work surface. Lightly flour each side of the dough round. Begin rolling, from the middle outward in each direction, shifting the dough slightly after each roll to avoid sticking. Do this until the dough is a 1/4” in thickness. Cut out dough into desired shapes.

Transfer the cookies to the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them at least 1 inch apart. Bake until the outer edges are just tinged with golden-brown, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before icing.

For the Royal Icing:

Have ready a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, water and extract. Begin mixing on low until powdered sugar has absorbed the liquid ingredients, then increase speed to high. Alternatively, use a large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer. Mix for 2-3 minutes or until the icing is the consistency similar to toothpaste.

To ensure the icing is the right consistency, test it by allowing icing to drip from the paddle attachment or beaters. It should take about 30 seconds before the fallen icing loses its shape and melds into the rest of the icing.

If colouring the icing, add the food colouring now. 

To apply the icing to the cookie, pipe a line of icing about an eighth of an inch from the edge of the cookie. This is also called outlining. Do not pipe directly on the edge. Then, pipe in a tight and compact zig-zag pattern to fill the inside of the cookie. This is also called flooding.

Decorate with sprinkles and decals while the icing is still wet. Set aside and allow to set for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

 


Credits: https://www.theanthonykitchen.com/halloween-sugar-cookies-made-to-party/




Tips for using royal icing - select your icing. Make up a batch of royal icing in a bowl and just dip the face of the cookie in it. This is great fun for getting the kids involved.


 If you like sprinkles and candy, it to create add more colour and detail to your cookies

 

Cookie cutters can be so useful, for interesting shapes makes  your cookies look well put together. (for the bake off pro)

If you want to go a step further, you could also buy candy eye decals for that perfect finish or pipe them from a non-plastic tube - for tips on how to use a piping tube, see here https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-use-a-piping-bag-224064




If  cooking is not your thing,why not take a trip to the pumpkin fields and decorate with the kids when you get home 

 
Sincerely Madia & Matilda 



Saturday, 26 September 2020

Lock Down 2 - Dress Code



Fashion reflects your personality, on a day to day styling potential is endless, but since covid started hands up if you’ve taken a more relaxed approach to dressing  when it comes to working from home or even your new normal dress code is a relaxed option.
 




If you’re stumped for inspiration, our selection of upcycled styles is bound to prompt you for a long term sustainable wardrobe.




Elise - Jean

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Anya - Jersey Top

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Lilly - Pleated Skirt

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Linda - Dress

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Jessie - Trousers

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Sara - Dress

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Charlotte - Sweater

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Dina - Stripe dress
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Sincerely Madia & Matilda



Sunday, 6 September 2020

Autumn's Top Picks



As we slowly transition into the autumn season, investing in the staple long term pieces to buy now and wear later. Right now, our newly revived section has been entirely updated with an influx of earthy tones and layering pieces to transition you into the inevitable colder months.

 















Sunday, 16 August 2020

Bank Holiday Reads



With the August bank holiday weekend fast approaching, and although this year there is no, carnivals. You may be going on a staycation & need our top 5 books to read whilst milling around at the seaside. A summer holiday essential; If you’re planning on taking this time to switch off and relax, you might want a good book to read and take your mind off things a much-needed distraction 






https://www.madiamatilda.co.uk/allclothing-madiamatilda/Tira-Knit-Tank-Top-p57786531



Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Queenie By Candice Cart-Williams

Postscript by Celia Ahern

Love In Colour by Bolu Babalola





Sincerely Madia & Matilda 



 

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Work from Home Vibes


Fashion reflects your personality, on a day to day styling potential is endless, but since Covid started, hands up if you’ve taken a more relaxed approach to dressing; when it comes to working from home or even your new normal dress code is a relaxed option.
 

Blouses, tops, dresses, dungarees or trousers, however you style them. If you’re stumped for inspiration, our selection of styles is bound to prompt you for a long term sustainable wardrobe.



Sunday, 14 June 2020

Holiday Shop - Sustainable Staycation





Staycation

Depending on your destination: country getaway, a city break or rural beach location, you want to pack clothes –

that are sophisticated but comfortable, good for exploring tourist spots and museums, as well as appropriate for dinner or an impromptu trip to a bar. On the other hand, a country getaway will definitely merit a pair of walking boots or wellies – so pack according to the activities you intend to enjoy on your staycation!

 

But, do you know what you’ll need to pack? Here’s a list to cover the basics

Styles to wear 






https://www.madiamatilda.co.uk/allclothing-madiamatilda/Calinda-Strap-Top-p144072502





https://www.madiamatilda.co.uk/allclothing-madiamatilda/Forest-Jersey-Top-p79309702



https://www.madiamatilda.co.uk/allclothing-madiamatilda/Emily-Strap-Dress-p144524233








Sincerely Madia & Matilda