Thursday, 12 June 2014

Product Review: Hanger Management

Storing scarves neatly whilst being easily accessible is a challenge, and Hanger Management is one company which provides a solution. They sell scarf hangers consisting of eight rungs in a soft velvet finish, and sent me four of those hangers and a mini-hook to test out.

Mini hook attachment

The hangers are available in pink, teal, black and purple. There is a demonstration video on their website showing the easiest way to use the hangers so the scarves sit neatly, and it works very well. Below is my list of pros and cons of these hangers:

Teal scarf hanger

Pros:

1. The hangers are very lightweight and as I happen to be packing my suitcase at the moment, it occurred to me they would also be useful for travel and hanging your scarves whilst away from home.

2. The velvet finish means they really are non-slip and the scarves stay put.

3. They are a great space-saver especially when you hang two together using the mini-hook.

4. They provide a good way of displaying your scarves individually, and would also work well for ties, belts or even jewellery.

Teal and black scarf hangers with the mini hook

Cons:

1. Each rung is quite small measuring 13.5cm, which means the majority of hijabs (which tend to measure 50cm and more) will need to be folded over two or three times before they can be hung neatly, which can create creases in certain fabrics.

2. Although great at saving space, I would not attach more than two hangers together (as the product website also mentions) to avoid overloading them, as they are not as hard-wearing as I had expected. Be careful not to bend or pull excessively!

3. For the above two reasons, I personally preferred to use the hangers for thinner, smaller scarves.

You can purchase the hangers via the Hanger Management website and selected retailers.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Summer Cover Ups: Kimonos

Kimono-style jackets have made a comeback this summer, and are a great way to incorporate prints into your outfit. Try wearing it over a plain maxi dress like these ones from Oasis and H&M, or layer over a tunic and jeans. Here a four of my favourite high street picks:


Top left to bottom right:

Cream Lily Print Soft Jacket £35, Wallis; Short kimono £14.99, H&M; Digital rose kimono £40, Oasis; Oriental Kimono Jacket £65, Warehouse.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Summer Skirts

If you're basking in the glorious sunshine here in the UK, here's an equally sunny outfit to match. I love the colour of this beautiful maxi skirt from Ghost. Pair with a white shirt, floral hijab and flat sandals for comfortable but chic summer style, or add heels and a silk blouse for a pretty evening look.


Ghost Kayla Maxi Skirt £95, John Lewis; Cotton shirt £14.99, H&M; Patterned scarf £4.99, H&M; Stud crossover sandals £22, Warehouse; Manzano clutch £45, Aldo; Vintage teardrop jewel necklace £12, Warehouse.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

High Street Finds: Maxi Skirts

Although the midi skirt is the length of the season, there are still a few maxi skirts to be found on the high street, if you know where to look! Take your pick from pastel shades to bright corals and cobalt blues. Pair with a simple white shirt or dress up with a tailored blazer. Which is your favourite?


Coral Pleat Front Maxi £18, Dorothy Perkins; Satin maxi skirt £24.99, H&M; Crinkle satin maxi skirt £55, Esprit; Peach Georgette Maxi Skirt £69, Mint Velvet; Iona Silk Maxi Skirt £89, Phase Eight.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Touch of Luxury

There are some key wardrobe pieces which are worth investing a little more in as they are so versatile. What's even better is putting them all together for a easy, classy go-to outfit. I've paired a long cream coloured tunic with polka-dot navy trousers, layered with a long taupe cardigan. Add some tan boots and a belt and a beautiful silk scarf to finish off!


Viyella Longline Merino Cardigan£99, John Lewis; Winser Long Silky Tunic Top £165, John Lewis; Polka Dot Chino Trousers £85, Jigsaw; Thalia Bracelet £19, Coast; Crocodile Embossed Leather Belt £29.95, Massimo Dutti; Ted Baker Cubist Floral Print Long Silk Scarf £69, House of Fraser; Diagonal Side Zip Ankle Boot £95, Dune.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

High Street Finds: Pastel Pinks

Right now I'm loving pastel pinks layered with neutral shades for a clean, modern look. Whether a delicate blouse or structured jacket, here are some of my favourite picks from the high street:


Roselin longline blazer coat £150, French Connection; Blush Mesh Pleated Maxi £26, Dorothy Perkins; Frances Oversized Silk Shirt £85, Phase Eight; Satin blouse £14.99, H&M; Damsel in a dress Canvas Silk Shirt £89, John Lewis.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Style Notes: Jenny Packham

Spring 2014 RTW

Jenny Packham's collection for Spring 2014 includes some gorgeous hijab-friendly designs; from sleek full length gowns to billowing maxi skirts. I love the fresh, bright colour combinations. My favourite piece has to be the pink maxi skirt, which works well teamed with stronger colours like red and cobalt blue. Which is your favourite look?

 
 

Images: Style.com

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Product Review: Jumana Couture

Jumana Couture is a UK-based company who operate mainly through Facebook. It was set up by two sisters to bring to the UK market a range of trends initially from the Middle East that are difficult to get hold of here. The first range they are launching is Kashkha scarves from Dubai. They sent me the Black Lacey Pleats and the Luxury Embellished scarf to review.


The Black Lacey Pleats scarf measures 192cm x 56cm and consists of black chiffon fabric with pleats going down both borders, and a lace overlay down the middle. I love the chic design of this scarf as it makes use of different textures to add interest, as plain black scarves tend to be pretty mediocre! The scarf is really easy to wear and is perfect for teaming with patterned dresses and tops. Although the lace is delicate, you can still use straight pins through the pleats to secure it in place.





The Luxury Embellished scarf measures 184cm x 58cm and is made of black jersey fabric with blue and black embellishments across one side. It also has the word 'Kashka' embellished in rhinestones on one corner. The scarf is pretty heavy but the fabric is great quality and super-soft. I did find though that it takes some time to work out how to style it as the embellished length can be a little stiff. This is a real statement scarf and perfect for evenings and special occasions. It is also available with gold embellishments.



Overall I was impressed by these scarves from Jumana Couture. The designs are unique and certainly stand out from the majority of scarves available on the market. You can see the other scarves and clothing available over on the Jumana Couture Facebook page.

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