Yesterday, Saturday, was the most perfect winter's day, in fact, the unseasonably warm temperature made it feel more like early spring.
With my children otherwise occupied, Adam and I went out for lunch to one of our favourite restaurants, Rhubarb, at Herriots in Skipton, which is a short walk from my home along the canal towpath.
I wore a new dress by the brilliantly named Monks On Vacation.
This is a new British brand headed up by Anneli Nowroz who wanted to create garments to suit a busy lifestyle and that are comfortable, stylish and easy to wear. The fabrics have all been knitted here in the UK and the manufacturing takes place in London.
What is lovely too is that the model on the website is Anneli's Pilates teacher and while she is as beautiful as any professional model, she is a "real" woman which makes the brand easier for the customer- you and I- to identify with.
The capsule collection comprises jersey jackets and tops with a striped tee which is a lovely alternative to a traditional breton, plus maxi skirts and pants all in neutral colours enabling much mixing and matching.
The Maxi Sweat is made from a grey melange jersey and has oversized ribbing detail on the cuffs and hem, with pockets and a sumptuous roll neck. It's beautifully made and held its shape perfectly.
It's versatile too. Perfectly practical for our stroll along the canal, (though I did have to shorten my stride very slightly to accommodate the narrower-than-I'm-used-to hemline), and smart enough for lunch.
It might possibly be the comfiest, snuggliest most cocoon-like dress I have ever worn and I absolutely love it.
The extra long sleeves really add to the cosiness of the dress and are a very stylish detail.
(I'm still in love with my double star ring too).
The canal was very tranquil and still yesterday, so it was a very relaxing stroll.
My ham hock terrine, winter salad of butternut squash with cous-cous and winter berries crème brûlée were accommodated rather nicely by this most flattering of styles.
It is THE perfect weekend dress.
Do take a look at the Monks on vacation website. It's a beautiful collection with pieces that will fit into any type of wardrobe, that are versatile, beautifully made and that will last.
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Love Liz x
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*Maxi Sweat, £160, Monks on Vacation.
Pull on skater shoes, Johnnie B at Boden SS14
Double star ring, Danon at Lizzy O £25
Disclosure: My dress was given as a gift from Monks on Vacation. All opinion is 100% honest and all content is my own. I was not paid to write this post. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support my blog.