New Year, New You, New Outfit!

It is now the time of year for all our new Spring/Summer stock to start arriving.  We have already received some new pieces from Seasalt and if the first arrivals are anything to judge by this Season will be better than the last!

To keep us warm we have some  beautiful pieces of knitwear.  New Year, New You, New Outfit!The first being the Seasalt Brill Jumper – Esker Seagreen – a stripey jumper in different hues of blue interspersed with lime green and off white stripes. For a bit of added detail it has three buttons to the shoulder. A great jumper which will team nicely with jeans or leggings.  New Year, New You, New Outfit!We have also taken delivery of the Seasalt Gulf Jumper  – Pine.  The description of Pine does not do justice to the lovely green of this jumper.  It has, what Seasealt is calling, the Hepburn Neckline. The sleeves have cuffs with a split which fold back to reveal a blue and white stripe detail, which cannot be seen when down.  This jumper contains the ‘finest non-mulesed, merino wool which is prized for its natural breath ability, lightness and softness.’ A great little jumper which can be worn the whole year due to its light weight.

There is nothing better, in my opinion, than finding a complete outfit in one place, and here Seasalt comes up trumps with the combining of the New Year, New You, New Outfit!Seasalt Afloat Skirt – Spring Buds Night.  This is one of Seasalt’s classic designs and is in soft needlecord with two handy pockets to the front. It is a longer length skirt falling to the calf.  New Year, New You, New Outfit!It can be teamed with the Seasalt Branches Top – Night, a round necked long sleeved top.  To add warmth and a finishing touch, add the Seasalt Woodland Walk Hoodie Top – RavenNew Year, New You, New Outfit!This hoodie, which is a new design for Seasalt,  has front zip fastening, a pull string waist and finishes on the mid thigh. Or, if this is a bit too casual, then add the Seasalt Gulf Jumper Pine.

Another outfit that will look  great this Spring/Summer is the ever popular New Year, New You, New Outfit!Seasalt Larissa Shirt – Mackerel Plates Salt.  This great crinkle style shirt, which should be twisted to dry and not ironed, has a pattern of fish on plates on a salt white background.  This will go with the New Year, New You, New Outfit!Seasalt Landscapist Skirt  – Indigo, a knee length denim skirt with a back fastening.  Made up from four panels with large patch pockets to the front.  All the ‘hem stitching’ make a really good feature to this skirt.  Ever practical, this lovely skirt can be teamed with all the tops already mentioned, plus it will go with a brand new style top for New Year, New You, New Outfit!in the Seasalt Calm Creek Top – Layered Berry Raven.   This top is a relaxed fit, has  a round neck, long sleeves and is longer at the back with a shirt tail and comes in a unique Seasalt Print.  New Year, New You, New Outfit!Finally, we have the very popular Seasalt Elmwood Top – Little Sprout Night.  An easy to wear, collared top with little sprigs of flowers, or from the name they could be coloured sprouts, covering it.   All of these tops will look fantastic with the Seasalt Landscapist Skirt, as well as the New Year, New You, New Outfit!Seasalt Waterdance Trousers – Dark Indigo.

So, if you are looking for that new set of kit for the New Year – you know where to come for at least two outfits if not more.

Happy New You from all of us at Alexandra’s of Keswick!

In Keswick with Alexandra’s of Keswick

We are fortunate enough to work in a beautiful place, Keswick, Cumbria or the Lake District.  In Keswick with Alexandra's of KeswickThe Lake District has now been given Unesco World Heritage Status, and Keswick is where the plaque will be situated.  We spend a lot of time on these blogs telling you about the beautiful clothes that we stock. In this blog each one of us has decided to tell you about some of the beautiful places in Keswick.  You are inspired to look at our webpage and blog for clothes but we hope the views and places that we are about to show you will encourage you to visit this stunning part of the world.

In Keswick with Alexandra's of KeswickAlexandra –  My favourite walk is simply around Derwentwater,  I particularly like going round the lake after work on a Summer’s evening and taking my picnic tea.  It takes under 3 hours and the scenery is amazing.    The views constantly change and  every time you spot something different – it really does re-energize you. It has everything you could want in a walk, woodland, bridges, mountains and the beautiful bays.  In Keswick with Alexandra's of KeswickBeing part of the National Trust in places there are reminders of their link to this area with wooden hands and stone commemorative plaques.    Perhaps another reason I like the walk is that there are a few cafes you can stop off at with Nichol End Marina being my particular favourite.

In Keswick with Alexandra's of KeswickAmanda –  To blow the cobwebs away a brisk walk up Latrigg usually does the trick!  Latrigg, just under 1000 feet high, is easily accessible from town.  However, as soon as you cross the A66 the noise of Keswick drifts away.  Some mad people run up it but I know that our dog (Ron) would never be able to cope with that – which is my excuse for walking!!  Once at the top there is a handy bench to sit on and admire the views of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, with brilliant views down the Borrowdale Valley. In Keswick with Alexandra's of KeswickA great circular walk coming down the back of Latrigg and along the Brundlehow Road overlooking the River Gretaand following this back into town and perhaps finish off with a well deserved coffee in Fitz Park.

In Keswick with Alexandra's of KeswickGrace –  A childhood favourite of mine, and now of my family, is the Stone Circle.  Situated just outside Keswick, it stands on a flat area of land at the top of a fell and consists of 38 standing stones in a circle with a further 10 making a rectangle within it.  This is a really atmospheric place and has great views of Blencathra, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and High Seat.  Built over 3000 years ago, no one is sure for what reason,  whether it was for religious reasons or just a market place  it doesn’t stop people visiting it every day of the year.  It now belongs to the National Trust and was bought by Canon Rawnsley and other founders of the National Trust in 1913.  If you are lucky there may even be an ice cream van up there!

In Keswick with Alexandra's of Keswick

MelissaIn Keswick with Alexandra's of Keswick‘I am, basically, a lazy person so I have chosen Friar’s Crag as my place to visit in Keswick.  It is an easy walk from my home.  There aren’t any hills to negotiate and there are plenty of coffee shops and ice cream stalls on the way to this peaceful and stunning location.  Even better, there is a good solid wheelchair friendly path to the Crag.  Not quite at the top of Derwentwater, but near enough, to give an uncluttered view down the Water, with views of Catbells on the right and Walla Crag to the left with Castle Crag in the distance.  In Keswick with Alexandra's of KeswickThere is nothing better than being out on a crisp Winter’s morning to view Catbells rising above Derwent with a collar of mist surrounding it.  It doesn’t matter how many times you walk to this point there is always a different angle, view or scene to experience.  If this looks familiar, this setting was used in the new Star Wars Film – ‘The Force Awakens’.

We hope this has awakened your interest in the Lakes and we hope that we might see you soon in one of our favourite places!