A little bit of subtle tartan in a Burberry scarf – and a Topshop alternative

For today’s post I was going to show you the outfit that I have been wearing for the past two days but then I decided that “tax-return chic” was not a look that should be shared with anyone, anywhere, ever.  It will be heading into its third day tomorrow and then I will finally see the back of it – the outfit and the tax return that is. Hopefully.

Instead I’m sharing an outfit from late last week. I was given this Burberry scarf by my husband for Christmas a few years ago now. It is lovely and soft, with pretty muted colours in it, which work well with this Hobbs blazer that I have managed to get much more wear out of this year than last. I’ve also got my eye on this Topshop tartan scarf (£18), which comes in a few colour ways.  BUT ONLY WHEN I HAVE FINISHED THE TAX RETURN (just to remind myself.)

I also thought that this was a nice cheery picture to share on a January night.  When Mr SG said that he liked the idea of a new tea pot for Christmas, I was expecting him to identify something sleek, shiny and Alessi like – but what he had in mind was this Cath Kidston teapot. I’ve been trying for the last 19 years to break the bright green one that I bought at the same time as my first house but it’s still going strong. I give this one – the one that we all actually like – a month!

And I know that this makes me really sad but I am ridiculously excited about these new side tables from Ben de Lisi at Debenhams. You know when you just see something that catches your eye and you keep going back to have a look? Well that’s what happened with these. They’re in the corner of the kitchen with two armchairs and my favourite cushion made for my birthday by my school friend who blogs over at Lottie’s Interiors. She has just moved house with her family and is in the process of giving it a major overhaul which includes knocking down walls. I know that she will work wonders with it so it’s definitely worth nipping over and taking a look at her progress – something I hope to do really soon in real life.

Wishing you all a very happy start to the week. The nights are definitely getting lighter. Yippee!


  1. Anonymous
    January 15, 2014 / 9:35 am

    Hi Beth,I love your bag in this pic. Please could you tell me where it's from?Cath x

  2. Lottie Schmidt
    January 15, 2014 / 9:41 am

    Thanks for the plug Mrs G. Nice teapot and nice side table! Making progress…but those blog gremlins are at work on mine so posting delay at the moment. x

    • StyleGuile
      January 15, 2014 / 9:29 pm

      Ah, you are v welcome! Glad you are making progress – can't wait to see the fruits of your labour! Let me know if there's anything I can help with re the blog gremlins. xx

  3. Rachel
    January 15, 2014 / 10:33 am

    Love that scarf! Would love it if you did a round up of tartan scarves. I spotted some on the Urban Outfitters website but I just can't decide on the right colourway!

    • StyleGuile
      January 15, 2014 / 9:30 pm

      Hi Rachel – leave it with me and I'll see what I can come up with. I am in town tomorrow so I will take a look at some in the flesh!

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