Happy 2023 everyone!

Happy 2023 everyone!


This month’s post is inspired by my holiday to Sweden. I had a lovely Christmas celebrating in Are, Sweden. It’s the first time we’ve been abroad at Christmas and we went back to our family tree roots; with guaranteed snow!

 I’m a relaxed skier compared to the kids who are more brazen and adventurous and hubby who is practically semi-professional level! However, what I lack in speed and ski prowess I make up for in my appreciation of the Swedish pared back, considered style.

 In Are they are very proud of the brands that this small mountain village has spawned; especially Peak Performance, which was established in 1986; known for its technical as well as fashionable ski and leisure wear.

 My Peak Performance coat is probably three years old. After getting soaked through watching my daughters football match in the pouring rain, I realised I needed something waterproof, windproof and warm. It was an expensive purchase but I have not regretted it, and it means I’m dry when walking the dog too!

 Now we’re back home I’m about to wash my Peak Performance coat and as it’s waterproof, I don’t want to wash it with normal fabric wash as this can damage the waterproof coating. So, I use ‘Nikwax’, a technical wash that helps keep your items waterproof. I bought mine from Halfords but Amazon sell it too.

Inspired by this photo, taken outside the very stylish design hotel, Copperhill Mountain Lodge, I have put together a similar outfit from the brands I’m wearing here.




  Knitted beanie - Peak Performance

Woven scarf- Tutti & Co Clothing

Waterproof Coat-Peak Performance

Lee jeans-Jeans

Part Two -Open knit jumper

Uniqlo- Thermal top

Winter boots-Sorel

Socks -Tutti & Co Clothing



Whilst we’d rather you shop preloved, we know it’s not always possible. If buying new I try to buy less but better and most of my clothes I’ve had for years, like my coat.


The same with my Sorel boots which I bought to replace a pair of Ugg waterproof boots I’d had four years; unfortunately even after putting in a new sheepskin insolein they started to let in water, as they’d been so well worn.


I’m always recommending Uniqlo’s range of Heattech thermals to our customers. I once read somewhere that fashion editors wear them when they go to the Spring/Summer shows in London, held in September. The collection is great when trying to keep warm but don’t want to add bulk. They’re also great when working from home, if you don’t want to crank up the heating.


Tutti Clothing & Co is a brand stocked in Isla Living, Rustington. We love supporting our local businesses and I often pop in to update my look with scarves and socks!


Part Two is one of my favourite ‘go to’ brands when buying new and my mohair blend jumper was from Isla Living too, which I was lucky enough to get in the sale.


My favourite jean brand is Lee jeans; the style I’m wearing here is the ‘Elly’ which is a slim rather than a skinny leg jean. I usually buy jeans from TK Maxx, as you get the same quality but at a more affordable price; I also found them at House of Fraser in the sale.


Check out the January sales for investment items and remember we currently have our ‘Jolly January’ promotion on, where you get 20% off purchases of £50 or more! I hope you’ve found this post interesting and do get in touch if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to write about.


Take care for now Karen xx