I wandered lonely

I wandered lonelyI wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Here in Alexandra’s we have seen a host of deliveries and a lot of our new items seem to be falling in with our great Lakeland Poet, William Wordsworth.  Maybe not daffodils, but we certainly have  plenty of flowers to choose from.  seasalt, Mistral and Nomads clothing has fluttered into the store and are dancing out of the shop with happy customers clutching orchids, dahlias and flowerpots.  I wandered lonelyThe feel of Spring is found on the seasalt Riviera Dress II Petit Marine Flower.  There is some debate as to the flower colour – some say red, others orange, but, whatever the colour, this lovely design sits well on the marine blue background.  It is one of those fantastic dresses from the seasalt range that is an easy to wear dress that can be worn with flats for the casual look or heels added to make it that little bit more dressy for the evening.  I wandered lonelyThe Carnmoggas Dress Little Field Marine is bursting full of delicate little mustard and white flowers on a marine blue background.  A simple but effective pattern that is an absolute must for this season.

I wandered lonelyIf dresses are not your thing… seasalt have the Petit Flower Marine design on the Cousin Jinny Top – a fitted top with a scoop neck,  3/4 length sleeves with a rolled cuff   or on  Appletree Top there is the Little Field Marine, this top has a pleated neckline with cap sleeves.I wandered lonely On the Lemon Tunic there is the French Flower Brick design, a dark French blue there is a bright red design of flowers on grey leaves. I wandered lonely The Lemon Tunic has 3/4 length sleeves, a v neck and a ruched front to the bust where the tunic falls to the hips. Also the Lemon Tunic comes in the Sea Ditsy Floral Oilcloth.I wandered lonely  Moving away from the tunic there is the Blazey Top – French Dot Dahlia which is a reddy orange with a simple repeat pattern of orange and white flowers.  This is an ideal spring top has it has long sleeves.I wandered lonely  The Floral Theme continues with the Larissa Shirt – Newlyn Floral Ecru, a great  shirt for the traveler, as it doesn’t need ironing just screwed up into a plait for that crumpled wrinkled look.I wandered lonely

Nomads have lovely flower  patterns on blouses, tunics and dresses.  There is a dramatic dark blue background with a vivid pattern of flowers in oranges, yellow and green on their dresses and tunics. Their blouses have a white or grey background with a complimentary design of flowers to give a fresh and springlike feel to our clothing.

I wandered lonelyThe Thought  Colorado Floral Hemp Tunic has a large line drawing of an orchid across a double layered top with long sleeves. This elegant top is cut on the bais and falls to just below the hips.  This top will look fantastic with jeans or leggings. A top that again is perfect for our Spring but will see you through the summer months and on into the Autumn as it comes in a soft caramel colour with a charcoal marl under layer.  I wandered lonelyTrue to form, Thought have an artistic splash of colourful flowers on the Clemence Floral Dress and Clemence Floral Top. I wandered lonely Not quite Monet, or is it Manet’s, Water Lilies but as just good!  An unusual combination of floral designs, maps, calligraphy and a sailor can be found on the Voyage de Jeanne Tencel Skirt. This is relaxed fit skirt with the back of the waist band on elastic.  It is a full skirt falling to just on the kneeI wandered lonely and for the historian it tells the story of Jeanne Baret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in the mid 18th Century.

I wandered lonelyFlowers have to be grown and bloom in something and for this we have the Mistral Flowerpot Shirt – a great fun piece of clothing, beautifully covered in line drawing of flowers in flower pots. I wandered lonelyFor something a little more dressy there is the Mistral Spikey Flowers Arona Dress – a slim fitting shift dress with a scoop neck and capped sleeves.  A comfortable dress with a little bit of stretch.   Not quite floral, but  on closer inspection it does live up to the name of the Mistral I wandered lonelyIndian Abstract Skirt – Larkspur – (a larkspur being a member of the buttercup family).  This stunning skirt is a combination of pinks, blues. greens with a little dash of lilac on a Lakeland slate blue background. This design is almost like wearing rows of flowerbeds.

The Wordsworth theme is particularly apt for Keswick this season since the Theatre by the Lake is hosting the world premier of a new play based on William Wordsworth’s life set in 1812, which was a difficult period of time for him.  William Wordsworth is a co-production with English Touring Theatre, one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s National Theatre of Touring. They work with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences across the UK and overseas.I wandered lonely

Meet The Team – put a face to the name

Meet The Team - put a face to the nameAlexandra is the owner and manager of Alexandra’s of Keswick.  She fulfilled her childhood dream of ‘having a shop in Keswick’ in  2010 and it is now a well established destination shop for ethically made clothes.  Originally opening on Main Street, the store expanded and moved to larger premises in 2013 to Packhorse Court.

Her love of fashion and also the environment has been combined into Alexandra’s of Keswick.  Her belief which is written on the shop wall states ‘We believe clothing  should be ethical, sustainable, organic, thoughtful    …. and stylish’.

Care is taken by Alexandra to make sure that the clothes meet the above criteria, she finds out where the clothes are made , what they are made from, that the conditions of the factory worker are acceptable and meet with Fair Trading Lines, where are the materials sourced and how. She is always seeking out new companies that fulfill all or part of her ethical code, and in most case she succeeds in fulfilling all points.

 

Meet The Team - put a face to the nameAmanda is the longest serving member of staff!

Originally from Beverley, Yorkshire, she moved around the country with her husband’s work and moved to Keswick in 2002 to run her own business, Dolly Waggon Guest House.  She started working for Alexandra in 2014.

With a keen sense of fashion and knowing what will and won’t suit you, what scarf, necklace or tights will set off your outfit she makes a great Personnel Shopper. From the range of clothing that we stock her style suits  the seasalt range and she loves their tops and tunics.

If you fancy being styled by Amanda then just give the shop a ring to make sure she is in!

 

Meet The Team - put a face to the nameMelissa joined the team in 2016.  Like Amanda, she too owns her own guesthouse, Lynwood Guest House.   Originally from the Essex/London borders she moved to Keswick in 2011.  She has always loved shopping for clothes and will happily help you find the right item to suit you.  One of her jobs within the shop is to write the blogs (such as this one!) and also to post on facebook.  She loves the colours and designs from the Thought range of clothing and finds the Robell Trousers are ideal for working not only in Alexandra’s but also the guest house.  She has four pairs and already has her eye on the new Purple colour due in AW17!

 

Meet The Team - put a face to the nameGrace is the newest member of the team and joined at the start of 2017 as Assistant Manager.  Another one who was born in London, she moved to Keswick as a child, she is  now based nearer to the South Lakes.  Grace studied surface pattern design and textiles and is a talented designer with her own range- Grace Rigby Textiles. Her knowledge of textiles and fabric, accompanied with her passion for colour, she too will help you find that item that is just right for you.  Grace loves the bold and unusual patterns that Mistral use on their clothing range.