Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. 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, 9 November 2018

Things to do this Nov & Dec - Culture



Things to do in Winchester

The Rare Brand Market
Winchester Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester
The market hosts a wide range of rare brands across clothing, food, drink, jewellery, beauty, toys and gadgets, lifestyle and homeware. More than 85 brands will be presented at 19th century Winchester Guildhall, from Wednesday 14 November 10am - 8pm to Thursday 15 November 10am - 3pm.
For more information click here.




The Christmas Lights Switch On
The Broadway, Winchester
Celebrate the start of the Christmas season by attending the city’s spectacular Christmas lights being switched on by local Winchester heroes nominated by the public.
The event will take place on 15 November 2018 4pm - 7pm.
For more information click here.



Christmas Market and Ice Rink
Cathedral Office, 9 The Close, Winchester

Attend the opening ceremony for Winchester's Christmas market and ice rink. Enjoy routines from professional ice skaters and live music from the Cathedral Choristers. The ceremony will take place on 16 November 2018 from 6:45pm.
For more information click here.



Silent Disco On Ice
Cathedral Office, 9 The Close, Winchester
If you're looking for a fun activity to do this winter, look no further than Winchester's silent disco. Choose songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's or 00's and enjoy skating to your favourite throwback tunes.
20 November - 20 December, every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00pm & 8.00pm.
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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.
Buy Anya here.

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

Sunday, 31 December 2017

January: The Capsule Collection

The Capsule Collection


Welcome to the New Year lovelies! Today we bring you the mainstay of your wardrobe, the capsule collection to sustain you through the rest of winter and keep you happy until it finally starts warming up for real! We hope you've started the year on a high, and we're sure that the only way is up (or a gentle 4% gradient; just as long as we stick to the positive numbers).

Whatever you're in for this year, see it through in our simple, versatile styles: Jen, Greta, Belle, Rachelle and Angelica. 




Our Jen t-shirt is made of Jersey, perfect for days when you step outside to test the temperature and... Yep. Still cold. It's functional shape makes it a great contender for casual wear and a general wardrobe staple, ideal with Camille - capri trouser or maria - gathered Skirt. For an easy-fitting style our Angelica top is made from a similar jersey fabric and is a great cut to ease your self into the new year! 



Our lovely Greta! This blouse works everywhere: prep-up some jeans for a bit of smart-casual daywear, wear to work, or pair with a high-waisted skirt for a touch of elegance. 




And when the air warms up a bit, you've seen a few crocuses, you think you may survive the day without three coats, two scarves, gloves and hat... Bring out Belle! Wear over a long-sleeved t-shirt if it's still too early to take the plunge, otherwise brave the weather (or head to Spain) for a look that will instantly transport you into summer.



The floral detailing on the pockets of our Rachelle dress are a sprig of spring all year round. Also, who else is sick of having to choose between wearing a dress and having somewhere to put your phone?! Worry no more! Rachelle is a great choice for the daytime.



That's all for now.. However we have lots more in store for Feb; when we shall be celebrating 5 years of Madia & Matilda! Hope you enjoy reading our tips for a sustainable wardrobe and living.


Sincerely Madia & Matilda
@Madia & Matilda  #MadiaMatilda 










Sunday, 3 December 2017

#Foodie - Mulled Wine

Winter Warmers for the Cold Season


Got cold in your bones that just won't shift? (Bit dramatic for the UK, I know. Play along, please). Maybe you just need a mug of something warm to thaw your fingers? A good glug of something hot and delicious to lift wet-winter blues? We got you, homies. Read on for Christmas drinkies that Father C. would dive head-first down the chimney for. 


Image courtesy of Jamie Oliver's website

Marvellous Mulled Wine
This recipe comes courtesy of the GB food guru himself, Jamie Oliver. He asks you to make your own spicy, orangey mix yourself, but if you're not into that, you can buy mulled wine mixes from pretty much anywhere. This recipe serves about 10.
  1. Peel 2 clementines, 1 lime and 1 lemon
  2. Put 200g caster sugar into a large pan over a medium heat, then add the peels and the juice of both clementines
  3. Add 6 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick and 3 fresh bay leaves to the mix. Grate in 10-12 gratings' worth of nutmeg (or use a teaspoons ground nutmeg) and  halve a vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan
  4. Pour in just enough red wine to cover the sugar (Jamie recommends an Italian wine such as Chianti) and stir well. 2 bottles of red wine are required for this recipe
  5. Let the mixture simmer until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. Keep it boiling for 4-5 minutes, or until you have a "beautiful thick syrup". As Jamie says, creating this syrup will help the ingredients to blend well with the wine, while the heat of the syrup will ensure most of the alcohol is persuaded to leave the rest of the wine when it's added
  6. When you're syrup is lovely and thick, turn the heat down to low and add 2 star anise and the rest of your wine
  7. Gently heat the whole lovely lot until it's "warm and delicious", then serve in heat-proof glasses

Image courtesy of Café Delites blog
Cheeky Hot Chocolate
Our Nutella Hot Chocolate recipe is adapted from a blog called cafedelights, run by a very lovely Australian. 
  1. Heat 1 litre of milk in a medium-sized saucepan on a medium-high heat until steaming
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of Nutella or a similar chocolate hazelnut spread, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of sugar or another sweetener. Whisk the mixture until combined and dissolved
  3. Bring to a simmer and then remove from the heat
  4. Serve the hot chocolate with your choice of toppings, if using. This could be: a healthy dollop of Nutella, a few mini-marshmallows, chocolate chips or crushed hazelnuts. Up to you!
Image courtesy of Tasty Yummies blog

Egg-cellent Vegan Eggnog
Yes, it's possible. Yes, you may be amazed! But don't take our word for it— make it yourself! Thanks to the Tasty Yummies blog for this recipe.  
  1. 470ml cashew milk, or other non-dairy milk of choice
  2. 115ml coconut milk
  3. 4-6 Medjool dates
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  6. pinch of ground cinnamon
  7. pinch of ground cloves
  8. pinch of salt

It's just a matter of chucking all the above ingredients in the blender and off you go! Let us know how it turns out! 



Mmm, Mince Pies
Such a classic deserves a place on every Christmas recipe list. Here's Nigel Slater's recipe for "perfect" mince pies. The recipe's a bit long to include here, but follow the link to view it in full.  



Happy making and baking folks! Please get in touch with pics of your delicious drinks and pies, we'd love to see them!


 

Sincerely Madia & Matilda