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Clare’s wardrobe go-to’s over the festive season

Let’s face it – this year has been a tough one when it comes to knowing what to wear. Most of us have traded our jeans for joggers and high-heels for slippers! Dressing up for work and nights out has become much less frequent for a lot of us. I have pulled together a few of the pieces from our collection that I currently rely on and mixed in a few wardrobe staples that will hopefully see you through the next few months of this work from home routine and beyond – when all the lockdowns have passed. I can’t wait! 😊 Enjoy…


The drop waist ditsy dress

This dress is so comfy and will go perfectly with some black leggings or tights in this cold weather. A chunky knit can be layered on top when it is really chilly too. I find it perfect to work from home and then relax in it later – after the kids are in bed – with a glass of wine!


Live… in leggings

I have to say I have rediscovered these over the last year and a good pair of black leggings are perfect to wear with one of our mini or knee length dresses instead of tights. They are comfy for working at home and look great with a pair of boots for the school run.


The midi animal print dress

On days when you feel like you have nothing to wear, you can still depend on a bit of animal print to make you feel better – and it looks great on everyone. A dress is also such a great throw on item, with no thoughts on how to coordinate an outfit. This dress is midi length so comfortable enough to wear indoors and the long sleeves make it very versatile in all seasons. If, like me, you always favour dressing up on Christmas day this makes a perfect option and is comfy enough to relax on the sofa later after a big meal! Add some tights and boots and you are ready to head out for a walk!


Chunky cardigan

A perfect partner to your Pentlebay dress during the colder months. I often wear a chunky cardigan with a dress and tights, as well as the traditional chunky cardigan and jeans look. It’s so easy to go back to jumper and jeans every day in Winter so putting on a dress makes me feel like I’m dressing up and making more of an effort!


Black pocket dress

Who doesn’t need a little black dress in their wardrobe? This is a casual dress for everyday but can easily go from day to night with some statement jewellery. It works for me in the daytime with leggings or tights and boots. It has some large pockets too – always something I love with a dress!


Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Christmas!

Royston Tuesday Talks Part 4 – Forever Flowers

Hi everyone! We hope you are keeping well and staying safe during this second lockdown. With just over 5 weeks to go (!!) until Christmas, and as a family with young kids, we’re taking this stay at home opportunity to get into the festive spirit a little earlier this year.  From present purchases to thinking about how we’re going to decorate the house, Christmas is very much on the radar in our household!  So with this festive cheer in mind, our #RoystonTuesdayTalks series is all about flowers. Here we are chatting to the hugely talented Ashley from Forever Flowers 😊. Enjoy…


1) Tell us a little bit about your business and what you do.

Forever Flowers is a small local business creating bespoke artificial floral displays. Creations include, hand tied bouquets, wreaths and garlands which are all handmade to order.


2) When did you start Forever Flowers and what/who inspired you to start the businesses?

Forever Flowers came to life in July 2020! I have always enjoyed being creative and have always loved the idea of having a business to call my own, but I decided to finally take the leap in the height of lockdown number 1. My original inspiration came when I was planning my own wedding. We wanted to add our personal stamp and to keep costs down, so I decided to create our own bouquets and table pieces. We had such amazing comments about my creations.


3) How involved are you in the local Royston community?

My flowers are currently displayed locally at ‘Homemade’ which is located in Kneesworth (https://www.homemadeatthebarn.co.uk/). The barn is filled with other local talented business owners who all showcase their products. I have also worked alongside other local businesses to create a wedding package to help entertain children at weddings which has been published as a blog. I use social media to reach out to the community and to share my designs, and also advertise locally in the Listing. I love supporting and working alongside other businesses and hope to work with more in the future.


4) How do you keep up to date with the latest trends and techniques in your industry?

The seasonal changes are my biggest inspiration! I love using autumnal colours in my creations and of course pumpkins and pine cones! I am also in preparation for Christmas. Given the year we have all had so far, Christmas is going to be very different and I feel people will make more effort to decorate their own homes to make it as special as possible. I would love my designs to fill the homes in Royston.


5) Are you ever inspired by the fashion world when designing your flower arrangements?

As mentioned, my wedding was my original inspiration, so spent a lot of time looking at bridal fashion to help me choose the best flowers to match the finer detail on my dress and wedding colour scheme. I also love country fashion so am often inspired to use wildflowers and wheat in my bouquets.


6) Do you have any top tips for our wonderful Pentlebay customers, on how to pursue a creative career?

I was very apprehensive when starting Forever Flowers, but I am very glad to have taken the leap as the feedback from my customers has made it worthwhile! If it’s something you love doing, share it with others! You’ll never know until you try and having a happy customer at the end of a sale is the best feeling ever!


To find out more about Forever Flowers head over to https://www.instagram.com/foreverflowersbyashley/ or https://www.facebook.com/ashleysforeverflowers/


Thanks for reading, stay safe.

Top tips on how to declutter your wardrobe

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of clothes you have in your wardrobe? Do you find it difficult to find certain items when you need them and know that they’re in there somewhere?! If so, now’s THE perfect time to give your wardrobe a healthy declutter! And, most importantly, by freeing up some space means that there’s more room for NEW purchases 😊 … surely there’s no better motivation than that?!

So here’s a few tips on how to create a more organised, fashion-forward wardrobe.

Enjoy…


1) Make time

You need to make sure that you have plenty of time before you start. The de-cluttering process will take a while, but it really will be worth it.


2) Make all your clothes visible

This might seem obvious but it Is quite surprising what you find when you make sure everything Is visible! A lot of us tend to have our clothes rammed in so tightly that you can’t actually see all your clothes. Have a really good look through, you might be surprised with what you find. This process will either re-fresh your wardrobe with clothes you had forgotton about, or make more room when you throw clothes out that you haven’t worn for such a long time.


3) Do a quick wardrobe purge

Take everything out of your wardrobe that you don’t need or want any more – this should be a relatively quick job and if there are some items you’re not sure about you can always leave them and decide at a later date. If you do wonder when you wore them last – a quick trick. Turn the head of the hanger so when you re-check at a later date you can see If It’s been worn recently or not. Then you need to be ruthless and throw things out that you haven’t worn for a long while.


4) Take a reflective inventory of your wardrobe

Now this can be the difficult bit, as often clothes are linked to memories and are sentimental, but really do take your time to think about the clothes you do have and ask yourself:

Do I really need 10 pairs of jeans? As much as I love it, when did I actually last wear that dress? And if after reflection, you realise you don’t actually need them anymore, now’s the time to take these items out.


5) Not sure? Try them on

If you do have 10 pairs of jeans it may be hard to decide which ones you should keep and which ones to throw out. Try them on and see which ones fit and which ones really don’t. A second opinion Is often helpful, and a full-length mirror Is essential.  If you still aren’t sure, it might help to accessorise it with shoes, jewellery and a handbag in order to make that final decision!


6) Clean out your wardrobe regularly

It’s incredible how much dust collects up in our wardrobes so make sure you regularly wipe down any wardrobe shelves you have and hoover out the floor; making your wardrobe look spick and span!


7) Rearrange and reorganise your clothes

Now there’s no right or wrong here, people like to organise their wardrobes in different ways. Some people like to arrange it by seasons, others by clothes types and sometimes it’s all about the colour-coding. Whatever works for you is great 😊


We hope this helps, thanks for reading & have a fab day!

Competition Winner

We were blown away with the number of entries to our ‘Win Free Clothes for a Year’ competition.

Thank you to everyone who entered and for your continued support! We truly appreciate it.

The lucky winner was Mel Cann who is already enjoying our range – especially our dresses!

This certainly won’t be the last competition we run, so do follow us on our social media channels to make sure that you don’t miss out on more chances to win some lovely prizes.

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Thank you!


Love the Pentlebay Team x