Clean fresh colours give the latest Bianca collection a Spring-like kick. Athleisure stripes and sporty silhouettes yield stylish, casual looks. Perfect to take you through the next few months.
Although we may love the vibrant new, spirit-lifting colours, not all of us are able to wear certain colours. The hot shade this season, zesty chartreuse, for example, can seriously mess with our complexion. In that case, this cotton-mix jumper can help work tricky colours into your wardrobe. It won’t drain your colour and leave you looking peaked.
Bianca have given us gorgeous bold bright colours this Spring, that will get you noticed: We’ve teamed the denim ‘Denver’ jegging with a classic stripe shirt and the luxurious faux-suede jacket in power blue. To finish, and compliment this casual look, we’ve added the Geox ‘Annytah’ loafer in scarlet or equally comfortable and on trend, the Geox ‘Myria’ trainer in white and silver – (both styles available from Daniella’s).
Well, here we are at the start of a New Year with lots of exciting things in store. The new season stock is arriving; Le Comte, Bianca, Monari, and Just White. Strong, bright colours in Bianca and beautiful, feminine pastels in Le Comte, are sure to present collections to desire, and remind us just how great it is to be a woman!
For those of you looking for a quick update to your winter wardrobe, the A/W Sale continues and there are still some amazing bargains to be had!
Since opening in Louth just over two years ago, the boutique has gone from strength to strength, and it has become increasingly demanding to maintain the website and bring you an excellent selection of inspiring womenswear to purchase online.
Therefore, we have taken the difficult decision to redesign the website, and while still bringing you insight into our fashion profile, online purchases will no longer be possible.
Our intentions are also to create an increased presence on Facebook and Instagram and with the back-up of our personal customer service, you are welcome to email us, or telephone the shop for enquiries, advice and mail-order purchases.
The new Autumn collections are now arriving, and we are SO excited. There’s a riot of colour for the new season and we are pleased to announce that we have introduced Olsen to the boutique, which gives a modern and versatile range of mix and match separates that are the perfect foundation for uncomplicated everyday outfits. You’ll be inspired by the beautiful, relaxed look of the Bianca Winter range, that’s great for co-ordinating and for something a little bit more glam, the Frank Lyman designs are a must for that seasonal occasion.
There are so many choices when it comes to layering this Autumn. You could go for a classic jumper and trouser look topped off with a seasonal jacket, scarf and ankle boots, or what about jeans, teamed with polo neck worn under one of this seasons fantastic knits? I’ve teamed up with my daughter’s shoe shop, ‘Daniella’s’, next door to show you some of our favourite layered looks
A scarf can transform a top or an outfit, giving you endless styling possibilities, and we ladies are in love with the fashion versatility, practical versatility and limitless combination options that scarves offer us.
There are many ways to tie a scarf and it’s a question I am frequently asked. I’ve even had ladies ask me to tie it for them before they leave the shop. So, I thought I’d share this guide with you to give you some tips and techniques to show off the beautiful scarves that you have bought from the boutique. Have fun ladies X
Summer has shown it’s face at last! It’s time to show off what we’re wearing, ladies and ditch that winter coat.
At Orchid Boutique this Spring, we have a range of maxi-dresses that will take you to any occasion: Perfect for the races, summer barbecue or your holiday wardrobe alike.
For more day to day-wear, or for the office, choose a more structured dress in a cotton or light-weight fabric.
And for that summer wedding or race day, Frank Lyman has it covered. Team any of these dresses with a contrasting bolero or pashmina, add your accessories and flaunt it! Wear again afterwards for cruising and holidays.
We hope that this brief insight gives you some ideas for your summer wardrobe, and if you’re in Louth, pop in and take a look at our full range.
Spring is upon us, and at last we can start to look forward to baring a bit more of our bodies. For some of you though, this might not be something to look forward to. Over the last few weeks I have had so many of you in the boutique, bemoaning the fact that over the winter months you have put on a few extra unwanted pounds!
Do not get despondent, my friends. Here are a few useful tips to try and help get you back into shape to enjoy wearing your summer wardrobe.
The first golden rule of course, is to GET MOVING! I’m not suggesting you take up marathon running, but a brisk daily walk that gets your heart rate up will help to kick start the metabolism. Not to mention the benefits of fresh air into our lungs.
With lighter evenings and milder days, pay the garden some strenuous attention and work off some calories.
Joining the gym is not for us all, but most gyms nowadays have specific ‘ladies only’ sessions, or maybe hire a personal trainer, who will tailor make an exercise plan for you and help with diet advice. But that age old rule of 20% exercise to 80% of what we eat will be certain to provide results.
Swimming is a good all-round exercise and an effective way of toning your muscles, but as it’s low-impact, it means there’s less stress on your joints. Why not make it a more sociable event, and go with friends?
We all have busy lives nowadays and therefore our diet tends to suffer. With a bit of planning, committing to a healthy diet will be one of the smartest moves you make. To help you on your way, I’ve added a simple, yet healthy meal idea, that is a favourite of mine:
POTATO CAKES WITH BAKED TOMATOES
preparation time 35 mins plus cooling
cooking time 40 mins
serves 4 (makes 8)
Per Serving: 401 calories; 18 g protein; 16 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 69 mg cholesterol; 44 g total carbohydrate; 7 g sugars; 8 g fibre; 314 mg sodium
(Potato cakes are often fried in oil or butter. Here they are oven-baked to produce cakes that are equally tasty but with a lower fat content).
1 kg potatoes, washed
1 large leek, sliced
2 tablespoons low-fat milk
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
2⁄3 cup 25% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, grated
6 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
all-purpose flour for dusting
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
4 large tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons ready-made garlic-flavoured olive oil for brushing (or, to make your own, add 1 crushed garlic clove to 2 tablespoons olive oil)
Cut the large potatoes into halves or quarters. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and add the potatoes. Bring back to a boil, turn down the heat and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Add the leek to the pan for the last 5 minutes. Drain the vegetables, then spread them out on a plate and leave them to cool. Preheat the oven to 220ºC / Gas mark 7.
When the potatoes are cool, peel and place in a bowl with the leek, and mash. Add the milk, mustard, cheese, parsley and thyme, and mix well. Divide the mixture into 8 portions. Shape each into a ball, then press on a floured surface into a flat cake about 10 cm across and 3 cm thick.
Set the potato cakes on a clean plate. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle over half the breadcrumbs. Turn the cakes and coat the other side with egg and breadcrumbs. Transfer them to a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the tomatoes in an ovenproof dish, cut- side up. Brush them with the garlic oil and sprinkle over any remaining breadcrumbs.
Turn the potato cakes over carefully. Place the tomatoes in the oven with the potato cakes and bake for a further 10 minutes or until golden. Serve hot with a mixed salad. Delicious!
I know you’ve all probably heard this advice many times before, but if by reading this, it inspires just a few of you to get motivated and helps you ladies out there, then I’m pleased to have shared this with you, and I thank you for taking the time to read it.
We have some fabulous new Spring/Summer collections in store, to entice you gorgeous ladies. So, what are you waiting for? X