Wednesday, 31 August 2011

All wrapped up

And here we have Ilona, modelling our latest snuggle warm fashions from our Winter Collection. As you know Ilona does not give in to the dreaded gas guzzling central heating untill the icicles are hanging from her nose and her fingers are turning white with frostbite. Tough old stick that she is :o)

As most body heat escapes through the top of her head, it makes sense to put some insulation up there, a fully lined wooly hat is just the job. Because she has recently had a haircut, a free one I might add, her nephew who visited is a hairdresser, she needs to wrap a long wooly scarf several times around her neck to keep the cold out. This plum coloured one is perfect.

Now Ilona spends a lot of time at the computer, and so it is very important that she retains some feeling in her fingertips. This is where the fingerless gloves are ideal. No need to buy a special pair, just get any old cotton gloves and cut the finger ends off.

To combat the cold around her knees, Ilona has come up with the idea of wearing an extra large mans fleecy dressing gown, over the top of her clothes. This one was given to her three years ago by a friend who emigrated, he has no use for it in Malaysia ;O))

I am sure you will agree that Ilona has colour co-ordinated her practical snuggly warm outfit perfectly.....except for her feet. The furry pussy cat slippers are ginger as you can see, but beggars can't be choosers, they were a gift and you can't look a gift horse in the mouth.

This whole outfit comes in at just over £2. The hat was a freebie, the gloves are ancient, and the scarf was a cheapie from Matalan about four years ago. So you can see it needn't cost a fortune to stay warm this winter. What have you got in your wardrobe to keep you warm?

20 comments:

  1. Very sporty and may I say stylish. I got several hand knitted sweaters at a garage sale for $1 each and I live in them during the winter. Do remember the smoking jackets men wore in the 1800s - same difference.
    How do you stop your pipes freezing ?

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  2. Dressing gown, fron Primark, a Christmas prersent 2007, really warm, wooly socks and slippers. Have heating on minimum just to stop pipes freezing.

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  3. I think you are 'on trend' with the colour scheme! I had yarn leftover from a cardi so knitted me and hubby wristwarmers (great if you spend time at a keyboard), I knitted hats for us to wear in bed (no central heating in our house and in the winter, it can get chilly some nights). Three layers of tops, thick socks, fleece dressing gown...but mine are not colour co ordinated like yours are!
    Jane x

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  4. Hi lizzie. My pipes have never frozen through three winters when my heating didn't work at all, I must be lucky. Last winter I only used the heating in short bursts to take the chill off. The houses on this street are ex council houses, they were solidly built 60 years ago.

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  5. Definitely finger-less gloves at the keyboard, ditto with the dressing gown, also been known to have a hat on but - when doing college work into the wee hours - my feet used to freeze until I used an old cushion underneath and a hot water bottle on top - bliss!!

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  6. glad you are still here and well my cross the humber neighbour.

    I have returned to blogging after lots of time squandered on MMORG's and some real life crises

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  7. At the coldest: tshirt, two sweatshirts, child's pink neck scarf around my neck and tucked in, thin pants, fluffy pajama pants, socks, thick houseshoes, bathrobe, hat, and blanket around me when sitting.

    In bed: tshirt, two sweatshirts, fluffy pajama pants, two pair socks and blanket over my head. I put a folded blanket at the top of my bed, pulled down over my pillow. I get in bed and cover up. Then, I pull the head blanket down over the covers. Then, I burrow a little hole for air. At the same time, I have a king size pillow on each side to help keep me warm and fill up air spaces. Originally, the pillows were to prop my knees on as I lie on my side. Propping my knee keeps my back from hurting. Besides the two pillows under my head, I have another on each side of those to keep air drafts from coming in the bed under the covers. Yeah, and about four or five blankets on top. I call this my little nest. No heat in my house at night. I only have one space heater for winter. Besides, I become ill if I sleep in a warm room, so this is just right.

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  8. My friend and neighbour said yesterday she had her heating on constantly as it was 'cold'!!! We live in Lancashire, not the North Pole! I looked at her in her short sleeved top and suggested she put a cardigan on... Her heating won't go off now until next Summer!

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  9. Hi Ilona

    We did the same regarding the mens' dressing gowns. A couple of years just happened to pop into Primark and they had mens' dressing gowns reduced to £4. They are delightfully snuggly and mine is on standby in the airing cupboard.

    Leggings or thick tights are pretty good too for keeping your legs warm under your trousers.

    We saved a ton last year on gas ch. but with the recent hikes in price, we are going to have to be even more careful this year.

    This is where womens' hormones can come in very useful as I am a warm blooded person and can barely stand the heat anyway!.

    All the best Ilona. :)

    Carol

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  10. Forgot to add a hoodie sweatshirt is fabulous for sleeping in. For some reason I sleep like a baby when wearing one. Must be regression!

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  11. Oh you're always good for a giggle Ilona :-D

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  12. Hello gromit, nice to see you. I don't take life too seriously, Kath. Hoodies, now that's a good idea, thanks Carol.

    Wow, PP, you've got it sorted. I use pillows under my knees, not because I have a bad back, but because it's comfortable. I'll give it a try with extra pillows alongside to snuggle up to.

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  13. I do much the same as you but I also stay in bed for most of the day, fully clothed I might add but it is warmer on the body to be covered by a duvet.

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  14. If I am working at the computer and it's cold, I sit in my sleeping bag, it covers me completely, head to toe and I just need to leave it a little open at the top to type. Very cosy. I've got feather bootee type slippers that I wear in bed, they come a good bit up my ankles and they keep me toasty warm. They are a bit like this but made from cotton only, not polyester. I got mine in H&M in the sale for £4. I also wear some slipper socks I got from Poundland, they keep your feet warm too:-

    http://www.theoriginalgift.co.uk/Embroidered-Down-Booties/Product1_22552_-1_60177_11056?cm_mmc=GoogleMerchant-_-ProductFeed-_-Product-_-1489766PL&source=googleps

    I wear fleece tops a lot too with lots of layers underneath, they don't take long to dry either when washing them. I also have a pocket warmer which uses charcoal sticks when I'm out, if it's particularly cold. I was given one with the charcoal sticks as a present when I was 13 years old, for keeping warm whilst waiting for the school bus on Winter mornings. I still have it and I'm 40 now and have bought ones for my boys too. They are great for keeping your hands warm on very cold Winter days.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Highlander-Solid-Pocket-Warmer-Sticks/dp/B0014FGMZ2/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t

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  15. I think you're fibbing Ilona. That is really an Armani coat with a pretty cowl around the neck! The slippers are really two ginger tom kittens who are kicking their back legs at your foot and holding on for dear life.

    I always wear thermal layers under trousers when it's cold and woollen socks.

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  16. I've just remembered I have some fleece socks that were meant to go in walking boots. Must remember to get out from under the bed when the weather gets colder.

    That dressing gown does look rather stylish though!

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  17. What a brilliant outfit for cold weather days!
    I often keep my fleezy nightgown on in bed if its too cold at night. My grandma`s knitted wooly socks are brilliant during the day and the night. They get worn in hiking boots, during winter days and as bed socks on cold nights. Two hot water bottles instead of one will keep my feet and body warm in extremely cold nights. I`ll guess we will encounter some more extreme weathers from now on in, as climates have shifted and weather patterns are going of the scale. It sure helps to be prepared for all types of conditions. Well done, Ilona!

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  18. Oh Ilona! How I laughed just now when I saw your new header; am I mistaken or is that a picture of your famous boys pants? And love you new winter wardrobe! Not too dissimilar to mine. I love wristwarmers, they make a huge difference indoors and out; it must be all those bloodvessels close to the skin that lose so much bodyheat.

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  19. Yes, that is indeed my boys pants, not easy to resize the pics, and my margins are all over the place. I think some of it is down to blogger messing up. I'll leave it a day or two to see if it settles down.

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  20. I like the way you are in sync with the shps - it's still summer, but now abandon all thoughts ofr shorts or swimwear and look to the winter collection!

    Brianna

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