Showing posts with label autumn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label autumn. Show all posts

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Back To Work - Staple Styles

As September draws near, we are planning outfits for the longevity, of this autumn winter season and many more to come. We’ve compiled a list of our top ten garments for back to work.




All of the pieces are from our shop MadiaMatilda.co.uk, sustainably and ethically sourced to make you look fabulous at work.

We'll start with a staple favourite - Keira, one best seller that is great all year round. 



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Ellen Trousers

A black pair of trousers is always a workwear staple. This particular pair is constructed from polyester making them a solid investment for smart and seamless dressing. Paired with a light blouse for a autumnal look, or layer a shirt and jumper for a cosy winter look.

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Victoria Blazer

This soft tweed blazer is an ideal item for smartening up any outfit and suitable for any time of year – from chilly summer evenings to autumn/winter layering. The perfect blazer to add colour and texture to your usual shirt and trousers combo.

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This smart shirt Caleigh is an effortless piece to spruce up your work wardrobe. With its classic pin stripe, made from premium cotton this top features a collar, cuff and a button down front. Pair with any trousers or skirts – perfect for the office.

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New in to the site, Marcella this skirt is idea for work and play as you could wear this skirt for a bite to eat and drinks with friends after work. 

Coming Soon (Watch this Space)




Our Anastasia sheer linen blouse is the perfect piece to transition in to the autumn. Featuring a frill neckline and a short button cuff, 3 quarter sleeves. It’s an idea piece to style this winter – layered with a structured coat; you’ll be going back to work in style.

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This jersey skirt - Leanne, paired with  Anastaia  Blouse would make a  great coord! Or style as seen here on the wonderful Dani! With a v-neck is great to wear for both casual days and workwear. Or you could, paired with a colourful pair of trousers or a blazer, this jersey basic is ideal for layering with your more stand-out pieces.

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The perfect blouse to see you through the entire year – our Leila blouse is ideal for layering this winter. The wrap style is on the scene, but with this classic style you can't go wrong. Alternatively, you could also pair it with a Blazer and our Annie trousers for a smart casual look.(we may have along sleeve version coming soon, watch this space!) As seen on blogger @julya.roberta_

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This classic spot print blouse, will see you through any type of day at work and make you look effortlessly put together. Worn with a vest top underneath, this sheer top features a skater style skirt and a racer back, the perfect item for all year round wear.


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These fitted cropped trousers are an effortless work outfit. Dressed up with our Melisa blouse and some strappy heels for a glam office look or black block heels and a smart blazer for a more formal outfit.

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Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Friday, 19 October 2018

How to: Sustainable Halloween Outfits



Sustainable Halloween Outfits




For an effortless Halloween look, pair a black mini dress with a simple white collared shirt and plaited hair for the perfect Wednesday Addams outfit. We recommend our Carrie blouse and Julia metallic dress to add more edge to the look. 





Channel your inner Barbie girl, using our Hannah crop top and Phoebe skirt, paired with your favourite heels for a fun. playful Halloween look. Or pair the Phoebe skirt with our Forest vest, heels and pin straight hair to replicate the infamous Regina George.



Combine with your favourite black jeans or mini skirt, heels and some DIY bat ears, with our Wilma flare sleeve top for a simple yet effective Halloween bat.



Save yourself time and money by pulling items from your wardrobe to create this cute scarecrow costume for Halloween. Our Alison pinafore dress is the perfect foundation for this look just add a plaid shirt, ankle boots and a little face paint to complete.





If you're looking to replicate your favourite 70's/80's pop culture icons look no further than our Faith wide leg trousers to complete your look. Pair with a fitted tank top, like our Lisa May (pictured above) for a sleek silhouette. Add some platform heels, curl your hair and you're ready to party.



From the Corpse Bride to the Bride of Frankenstein, it's a classic costume that won't fail this Halloween. Coupled with a pair of stilettos and a veil headband our Alicia dress is the perfect item for this look and is totally reusable for any event all year round. 





Create a classic cat themed look with our Kate halter crop top and Roxy trousers. These items can be reworn throughout the entire year and transformed into many Halloween costumes time and time again. Give this outfit a sexy silhouette by adding some black strappy heels and cute cat ears.



This dress ticks all the boxes, an effortless feminine style with short sleeves. Our Rachelle mini dress can be the foundation to many Halloween outfits this season. Matched with a pair of heels or boots, a stethoscope and a DIY nurse hat, and you can take this dress from a day day staple to a sultry nurse this Halloween. Alternatively, you could pair this classic piece with some pom poms, trainers and a high ponytail for a cheerleader style costume.
















Sincerely Madia & Matilda









Thursday, 18 October 2018

How to Style: Autumn Winter Basics


Autumn Winter Basics


Anabel Flared Sleeve Top - Grey

Our soft Anabel jersey is perfect for layering this autumn. The flared sleeves and round neck are great for a casual day look or work wear.
Buy Anabel here.

 Anabel Flared Sleeve Top - Pink


Anya Long Sleeve Jersey - Grey

The Anya long sleeve top is a great basic for the foundation of any sustainable wardrobe.Pair with tailored trousers for an easy smart/casual look. We recommend the Jade or Jenna trousers from our new AW18 collection.
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Wilma Jersey Top - Black

Flared sleeves add a modern touch to this basic long sleeve top, making it perfect for layering with jackets and scarfs this winter.
Buy Wilma here.

Cut Sheep Hand Printed T-shirt

Ethically made by Graphyx Madia & Matilda now offer a handcrafted range of hand printed t-shirts from their 'Artistic' Collection.
Buy Cut Sheep T-shirt here.

Imogen High Neck Jersey - Black

This sleeveless jersey is perfect for layering and pairing with statement items for a classic and easy look.

Buy Imogen here.

Maaike T-shirt - Grey

This upcycled basic t-shirt is perfect for this autumn/winter. The lace detailing is a twist on the classic grey tee, great for casual outfits.
Buy Maaike here.

Lisa May Tank Top - Pink 

Our sustainable fitted tank top, crafted from end of roll fabric, is perfect for layering up this autumn. Paired with jeans and trainers for the day time or a skirt and heels for the evening Lisa May is the perfect basic for any occasion.
Buy Lisa here.













Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Thursday, 11 October 2018

How to: Care for me. Wear Me. Love me. Mend Me.

Caring for your clothes

Inspired by the Cheltenham Literature Festival, we've picked out five of our favourite fashion care and sustainability books for you.


Wardrobe Wisdom, by Alicia Healey
Trained at Buckingham Palace, Alicia Healey has worked as a lady's maid and high-profile wardrobe consultant across the globe. In this book, she shares her top tips for decluttering your closet and looking after investment items so they'll last you a life time.
Buy the book here.

Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens
Laundering queen Cheryl Mendelson shares her love of housekeeping. With extensive knowledge of how to care for almost every fabric, from hand washing and removing stains to storing fabrics and garments, Mendelson shares the indispensable guide to caring for clothes at home.
Buy the book here.

Clothing Care Basics: Tips for Fabric Care, Clothing Storage, and Saving Money by Keeping Your Favorite Clothes Looking Good Longer
Explaining some of the basic terms used in clothes laundering, Julie Gallagher teaches you the basics so you'll never turn another white shirt pink or shrink your favourite jumper.
Buy the book here.
Clothing Cultures - Certified made in the UK
Madia & Matilda is now published in Clothing Cultures. This journal explores the issues in the production and consumption of clothes within the fashion industry.
Buy the journal here.


The Sustainable Fashion Handbook
An in-depth and comprehensive guide to sustainable fashion, from the impact fast fashion is having on our environment to eco-fashion and sustainable designers, this book will change your outlook on the fashion industry.
Buy the book here.











Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Monday, 30 October 2017

AW17— The Playlist

Turn It Up!

The days are darker, colder — and longer. So don't be sad, dance like mad! We at Madia & Matilda list 8 crazy good tunes we can't live without. Always on in the studio, these tracks get us through the day (they double-team with coffee). 

Cranes in the Sky by Solange
This track has an amazing atmosphere to it: calm and completely lush




Bourbon by Gallant
A tune. Gallant has the most incredibly elastic voice. You'll probably find yourself wondering "How the heck did he get up there?!" And then you'll listen to the rest of the album (it's the bomb) and realise that the man's basically a genius

Underwater by Porches
Simultaneously danceable and chillable, this is a versatile track with a moody bassline and 80s styling. The whole this is brought sharply up to date with spacey synths and a very sexy beat


Jungle by Tash Sultana
Aussie Tash plays all the instruments on this number. She also produces and writes her music, and has the sassiest, most gorgeously cheeky voice ever

Stay Awake, Wait For Me by Jessie Ware
A mellow, soulful tune with lyrics about that feeling of being with and without someone at the same time. It's a meditative and cosy without drowning in its own sentimentality. A good one for nights in




Silence by THEY.
Edgy and trappy, this is R&B at its most seductive: it's slightly eerie, it's not got any of the aggression of commercial rap, and it's perfect as a background to pretty much anything

Don't Want to Feel It All by White Lies
White Lies are ridiculously catchy and this track is no exception, being great for driving (or anything else really). Don't let the synths fool you, it's not as cheesy as it sounds at first

Birch Tree by Foals
This is one of the most underrated tracks from their 2015 album (when's the next one coming out please?). Its trademark opening riffs and bouncy beat make it a great one for Autumn




















Sincerely Madia & Matilda



Friday, 20 October 2017

Halloween! All the fun starts with the Prep!

Welcome to Madia & Matilda's
Halloween Party

Halloween isn't just for kids. We're excited to bring you a post all about the world's favourite Autumn festival— for adults! Step this way for boozy Halloween beverages, delicious pumpkin treats, and some amazing outfit ideas that are too good to only wear on Halloween!

Disturbing Drinks
Our first recipe is a cocktail that Snow White's evil stepmother would be proud of. Cosmopolitan magazine calls it called Poisoned Apple Pie... 
  • Add 2 oz. dark rum, 1/2 oz. heavy cream, 1/2 oz. of cinnamon syrup and 1 medium egg white to a cocktail shaker without ice
  • Shake it up! 30 seconds should do it. Next add ice, then shake again to chill through
  • Strain the mixture into a glass and top up slowly with sparkling apple juice (Cosmo recommends the IZZE brand, but we suspect another one would work just as well) 
  • For that wicked finishing touch, add a little ground cinnamon powder and 2 pinches of activated charcoal powder. Seriously, it looks amazing! Get some here.
The evil-looking Poisonous Apple Pie cocktail, courtesy of Cosmopolitan magazine


Halloween in the Tropics. Our next offering is a calming tonic for the evil stepmother after she hears that Snow White is still the fairest of them all. The Food Network calls this one a "brew to chill out stressed witches". After an evening of small ghosts hanging on the doorbell, you're going to need it!
  • Mix 30ml pineapple juice with 30ml cranberry juice in a pewter cauldron (we recommend using a pewter cauldron, size 2. Buy from Potage's: first shop on the left after the Three Broomsticks, on Diagon Alley)
  • Add 60ml lemonade. Stir clockwise 3 times
  • Pour into 4 glasses
  • Just before drinking, add one shot (40ml) of Malibu coconut rum to each glass
Green Slime Soda, a non-alcoholic drink for tiny vampires, or grown-up zombies who have to drive home after the party!
  • Stir 3 tablespoons of sugar into 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • Add 1 cup of sparkling water and give it all a stir
  • Measure one scoop of lime sherbet or lime sorbet and add to the drink. Stir well and serve
Other tips and tricks:
  • We love the idea of mixing a little red food colouring into golden syrup in a shallow bowl and dipping the rim of a glass into it. It should look as if there's blood dripping down your glass!
  • Food-grade dry ice cubes add drama to cocktails
  • You could try adding slices of blood orange to your glasses when serving, either to line the inside of the glass or as a garnish on top of the glass


Spooky Treats
Pumpkin everything! Bring it on! What Halloween gathering would be complete without some delicious homemade bakes? Not ours, no way! So put on The Monster Mash at full blast and get making.

Pumpkin Puree
Use this as the pumpkin-y base to all your baked pumpkin-y delights!
  • Preheat your oven to 170℃/gas mark 3
  • Take a small-medium pumpkin and chop the top off, where the stalk is/would be. (It's best to use pumpkins which are grown to be eaten, rather than the ones that are grown to be carved)
  • Chop the whole pumpkin in half vertically, right down the middle. Remove the seeds and stringy bits with a spoon. Don't throw the seeds away! You can roast them later
  • Next, chop each half in half again, lengthways. Repeat with the other half of the pumpkin, so you end up with four chunks of pumpkin which look a bit like giant orange slices
  • Pop the pumpkin wedges on a baking tray and into the oven for about 45 minutes, or until they go a bit brown on the edges
  • Remove the skin from the pumpkin slices while they're still warm, scraping an flesh leftover on the skin off with a knife
  • Whizz up the flesh in a blender or food processor. If the mixture looks dry, add a little water. If it's too wet, strain it gently through a muslin cloth or similar
  • Use immediately or freeze. This puree keeps for a good 6-8 months, so feel free to carve up more than one pumpkin and put the lot into the freezer for use at a later date. For more about this recipe, see this fab blog post from The Pioneer Woman


Using your pumpkin puree
Put your beautiful puree to good use! How about these spiced pumpkin cookies, perfect for a cold evening...

You will need: 
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 250g pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract  
Method: 
  • Preheat your oven to 180℃/gas mark 4. Combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and salt; then set aside
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar. Add the pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla extract to the butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients. Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking tray and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, cool and devour. How easy is that?! Thanks to All Recipes for this great one.

























The Costume Competition
It's a Halloween party, after all! Here are our top picks for the Autumn Season...

Presenting our wonderful, versatile Emily dress! You can layer her up by wearing a woolly sweater or top underneath (it is October after all), or dress her up by adding... whatever you want! Bats' wings, devil horns, a veil, you name it. This dress is the perfect sustainable canvas: not blank, but adaptable. Get it here.

Emily dress





































Dracula's Bride? More like Dracula himself in female form. If you're after a perfect Halloween dress with just the right amount of drama, look no further: our Rosemary dress has it all. Buy it here and channel your inner Wednesday Addams. You know she's in there!


Well, that's all from us! Hope you have a kooky, spooky Halloween! Please get in touch with pics of your Halloween outfits, drinks or bakes, we'd love to hear from you!







Sincerely Madia & Matilda