Sunday, 8 April 2018

Wedding Season

Bride or Groom?

It's coming up to wedding season y'all. If you've been invited to anyone's big day, you'll want to start planning what you're going to wear. But for a lot of people it isn't as simple as seeing a dress in a shop with a reasonable price tag that fits like a glove and will miraculously go perfectly with your best shoes (we wish). So you're looking at the invitation and you read...


..."dress code is black tie..."
This is pretty standard order for weddings and fairly easy to shop for. It's usually agreed that for women this translates into either a long evening dress, one that finishes just below the knee, or a cocktail dress. The key with black tie dress is to keep it fairly simple and elegant— you don't want to outshine the bride! Our Katherine dress below also comes in pale blue and soft coral, perfect for a Spring wedding!



"...morning dress please..."
Formal day dress, essentially. You should aim for smart, elegant daywear, e.g. a dress or skirt with a jacket or long coat. Again, no thigh-high hemlines! You're not heading out for a night on the town, girl. If it's going to be hot (so probably not being held in the UK), you could opt for a shawl or wrap to put over your shoulders. How about teaming our Cordelia dress with a bright shawl to add a pop of colour?


"...please dress smart-casual..."
This can be a tricky one. If in doubt, always check with the organisers exactly what this means. However, if you know what the venue is and who the couple are, it shouldn't be too difficult to figure something out. Our Minnie skirt would work really well with a light blouse or shirt and jacket. The gorgeous yellow-mustard colour is perfect for any occasion. 


"...casual/themed dress..."
This can seem ambiguous but it all depends on whose guest you are! If the people walking down the isle are the 'go big or go home' type, feel free to get a bit adventurous, while taking care not to appear too formal. Have some fun with it, let loose! Make sure you read the invitation carefully and ask around to see what other people will be wearing. Our Abbie dress can be dressed up or down, depending on what the occasion calls for.



General things to remember
  • You're not the bride: don't go for colours that are too loud or clashing that might make you the centre of attention by accident.
  • Choose styles that are semi-conservative and respectful: if you're wearing a short dress with a massive slit down the side, eyebrows may be raised.
  • Don't wear white! That's the bride's colour. In the case of two grooms, double check with the organisers.
  • Have fun! Weddings are all about celebrating love, so feel free to dress like it!


Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Easter 2018: The Food Edit (No Chocolate Here!)


For all you peeps who like to do something special to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus/chocolate bunnies, this is for you! Of course, there's the good ol' Egg Hunt (who's dressing up as Mr Bunny this year?), a family walk, or church. Whatever Easter looks like for you, you can't beat a bite to eat with the Fam. We've got some ideas to kick things off. 

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Places to Eat
The Cotswolds are famous for the broad range of places where you can get some truly amazing, locally produced food. Here are three of our favourites:

Lavendar Bakehouse is a little teashop and cafe in Chalford, just by the canal. They source their ingredients as locally as possible and you can taste the love they put into the food! This is a lovely place for brunch or cake, or both! 


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The Canteen is Nailsworth's quirky, yummy offering to the Cotswolds' food scene, drawing celebrity attention stars such as Liam Gallagher. The food is incredibly good and the cafe backs onto Domestic Science, a mini emporium supplying chic vintage homewares, quality office supplies and much more. 


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Wild Garlic is also based in Nailsworth (Naily's got it all, folks!). Jay Raynor is a big fan— need we say more? We will anyway. Chef Patron Matthew Beardshall handpicks local, seasonal ingredients with which to create his dishes. And did we mention the "locally sourced traditional roast" on the Sunday lunch menu?! (Psst! Booking recommended).


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If 'forking' out for a full meal isn't for you, you could ask everyone to make their favourite dish (assign some people to sweet, some to savoury, some to drinks etc.) and put on a bring and share. Something a bit different, and if you find dates like Easter stressful, 
it should take the edge off! 

Whatever you're doing on the Easter weekend, we hope you have the loveliest, yummiest time! (And good luck with the rest of Lent!)




Sincerely, Madia & Matilda

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Three Cheers for Mummy!

Mother's Day 2018

With Mother's Day just around the corner on the 11th March, we have some 
last-minute gift ideas if you haven't quite got it sorted yet.  





If you're hoping to give your mum the opportunity to kick back and indulge in some serious relaxation, you couldn't do better than a gorgeous gift from Lola's Apothecary. Their Queen of Roses bath milk has won awards for its amazing scent and super calming properties, and if your mum likes to chill out in the bath this could be the one for her! 



Remember when you and your mum used to do everything together, like bake, or going to the park together? This Hettie bag, made from British tweed is a great gift to surprise your mum; whilst  you bring back those memories with a slightly lower-stress baking project, and enjoy the results with a lovely fragrant cuppa from Hoogly Tea. They do a fab Apple Strudel flavour that was basically made for those lazy baking afternoons and it comes in the sweetest little box! 





If you're looking for a beautiful, hand-crafted card to write something lovely and soppy in, think about getting a card from Coco Loves. They do a Super Mum card made from Scrabble tilesa brilliant upcycled gift.

Shout out to all the badass mums out there — you rock!





Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Thursday, 1 March 2018

International Women's Day 2018

Who Run the World? (Girls and Boys Working in Harmony to Overcome the Toxic Agenda of a Capitalist Patriarchy)

BeyoncΓ© is in the house, yo. Thursday 8th March is International Women's Day (IWD), so we're all about celebrating women. Just like any other day, really! 
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It's 100 years since women in Britain were given the vote by King George V on February 6th 1918. This right was afforded to women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications, and these conditions were slowly lifted over time until here we are in 2018, skipping merrily to the polling station to cast our hard-earned vote.


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No IWD post would be complete without mention of the formidable Suffragettes who fought with incredible bravery to secure their places as valuable and contributing members of British society. Shout out to you, Wonder Women! We tread your path with joy and pride.


Women have made huge progress in the last 100 years. Here are some highlights:

  • 1922Law of Property Act states that husband and wife will inherit property equally
  • 1928All women have voting rights equal to men's
  • 1958Life Peerages Act entitles women to sit in the House of Lords for the first time
  • 1967— Abortion Act evolves, allowing doctors to perform the operation if the pregnancy was in any way dangerous. This ruling became increasingly flexible 
  • 1974the Pill becomes widely available through the NHS
  • 1976Race Relations Act makes it illegal to discriminate on grounds of race in employment and education
  • 1985Equal Pay (Amendment) Act entitles women to be paid the same as men who are doing work of equal value
  • 1994After years of serious campaigning by women's organisations, rape in marriage is recognised as a crime
  • 2004— Gender Recognition Act allows transgender people to live fully and permanently in their acquired gender to gain legal recognition in that gender
Wow!




So now for a small selection of ladies who are not taking sh*t from anyone. ANYONE. 

Munroe Bergdorf
We'd be surprised if you haven't heard of this amazing woman. She's been making a lot of headlines recently, expressing her views on sexuality and gender, feminism and individuality. She's had a lot of backlash as a result, but has that shut her up? Nah. We love this article, where she talks about the L’OrΓ©al racism scandal. 


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Meghan Markle
Meghan's already incurred a lot of buzz. She's passionate about women's welfare and has been an ambassador for UN Women. She holds an extremely influential position, which could be used to do an enormous amount of good for progress in resolving women's issues. We know that so much of this progress is pushed by women everywhere, of all classes, but having someone like Meghan to represent it can be a huge asset to the effort. 


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Image courtesy of Royal Central


Lucy Siegle
Lovely Lucy is championing ecological solutions to everyday, problems via her column in The Guardian (we heard she's just left, but you can still read the articles!). She's a big advocate for going plastic free and looking for more ecological sanitary and cleaning products. Lucy is pushing for conscious shopping  (just like we are) and cautious consumerism. Hear hear!

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Image courtesy of The True Cost

Sincerely Madia & Matilda

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Cupid's Calling: Valentine's Day!

Gearing Up For Valentine's Day 

Celebrating Valentine's day with fireworks and a huge dinner? Or a late breakfast in bed, with as many movies as you can stand to watch before good ol' square eye syndrome kicks in, we've got some ideas for you guys... 


If candlelit dinners and heart confetti aren't your thing, why not head out into nature for something a little different? Guaranteed, there'll be some amazingly beautiful nature spots near you that you've never even heard of. If you time it right, you might even catch the sunset! So do some research and put together a little picnic basket. We're thinking prosecco, something gooey and chocolatey, maybe some stuffed focaccia


How about these coral culottes, 'Odette' for a laid-back Valentine's Day outfit idea? Dinner doesn't have to mean a dress - but you can certainly dress these up! Team with heels for understated charm. Or if dresses are your thing - the Carly Dress or Mary - Lace A-Line  Skater Dress is perfect for dinner dates


Valentine's Day is often synonymous with a lot of effort and expense. Chocolates and flowers to be ordered, dinners to book, events to shell out for. Sometimes the best gift to give your significant other is simple, straight from the heart like one of our handcrafted gifts or cards.

























If you're opting for the breakfast in bed option, pour yourself a cup of this gorgeous tea from our Shop Unique section of Tea. Vanilla for sweetness and harmony, rhubarb for colour and a bold, sharp flavour. #relationship goals

























However you're celebrating Valentine's Day this year, we hope you have a truly wonderful time with the love of your life (and your cat or a huge tub of Ben and Jerry's definitely counts)! Shake it up or play it cool, whatever you feel. Have a good one ladies and gents! 



Sincerely Madia & Matilda


Monday, 5 February 2018

Five Years in The Making - Madia & Matilda


Celebrating 5 Years of Madia & Matilda!

Isn't it incredible to look back and realise just how far you've come? As a business, we have accomplished a great deal through these years of development, including working or collaborating with many influential local businesses and an education team who are shaping the future of fashion and presenting in Empire Casino, St Martin's in the Fields and London Fashion Week. We feel ultimately #blessed for the fantastic opportunities we have had on our journey so far!

Below is a small selection of pictures from over the years. 




Our peerless pioneer Shalize Nicholas (above; ain't she gorgeous!) started Madia & Matilda with the goal of making a difference in fashion: contributing positively to a less wasteful world. We are grateful to have grown as much as we have over this past year!




Our ShopUnique section is made up of carefully selected likeminded businesses who craft their products using sustainable materials or upcycling wherever possible. The concept behind ShopUnique strictly adheres to our principles, and those of other small businesses which regard sustainability and ethics as important solutions to the widespread problem of excessive consumerism in the fashion industry. We make handcrafted and locally produced items the stars of our show.
We really look forward to what is to come and hope that you will be with us all the way!
















A big thank you to all who have followed and supported us over the years! As it's our
5th birthday this month we thought we'd show our appreciation to you, our beautiful customers, by adding free Worldwide delivery for the rest of the month! 





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Sincerely Madia & Matilda