Colourful scarf transforms plain dress.


If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I am an obsessive fan of scarves. I have a very large collection and never travel without at least two or three. They can completely transform an outfit from ordinary to special.

They add colour near the face. Can be tied in a multitude of ways, twisted round the head, used as belts the options are endless.

It was a beautiful sunny day when we took these shots in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Whilst we were waiting for the light to fall at the right angle for the photos. I got chatting to a charming woman sitting on a nearby bench. Her name was Basma Alshather. It turned out she designed beautiful scarves. She sells her scarves under the brand name Basmadesign on Etsy. In fact Etsy is a great hunting ground for ethnic, creative and individual scarves.

Scarves make wonderful accessories

Scarves by Basma Alshather at Basmadesign available on Etsy. Mixing art with fashion is the idea behind the creation of the scarves. The designs are hand painted and digitally printed into luxurious hand rolled silk with attention to quality.

Multi blue scarf I am wearing by Hope.
Blue dress by Winserlond0n first shown here

Photos by Laura Hines.


  1. 12th September 2016 / 15:34

    I love the fact that you just happened to start talking with the designer! And yes, I totally agree that Etsy is one of the best market places around. The selection is tops, and the personal service always so good. I am a scarf fanatic also, but can’t wear them most of the summer here as it is just too hot!

  2. Ann
    12th September 2016 / 15:34

    I enjoy your posts so much! Great inspiration, beautuful photos, and valuable tips. Thanks!

    • 13th September 2016 / 11:34

      Thank you Ann. It makes all the hard work worthwhile to get a comment like yours.

  3. Margie
    12th September 2016 / 22:45

    I love seeing you are wearing a silk scarf. It seems to me, here in the USA, most of the scarves that being worn are oblong and some fabric other than silk, and they don’t drape as nicely as silk. I love the colors in the silk! I’d like to know how you tied your scarf in the post.

    • 13th September 2016 / 11:32

      Hi Margie. The scarf I am wearing is not 100% silk it is a mixture. You are right it is almost impossible to find a silk square scarf except at Libertys (very expensive). I was looking recently for a present for a friend. I finally found a gorgeous vintage one (probably from the early 60s) in our local charity shop. It was in very good condition and a lovely heavy silk. I just wrapped the scarf round my neck and then wound the ends round at the front till it looked like a sort of knot.

  4. Sue Lewellen
    13th September 2016 / 01:30

    beautiful scarf—looks great with the blue dress. Definitely your color!

  5. 13th September 2016 / 21:25

    Hi Hun, that’s a great looking scarf! Can’t wait for the weather to change and I’ll be able to embrace some favourite ‘friends’ again. Great to see your blog, maybe you could check mine out if you get a chance. Wishes.x Jacqui

  6. Linda Vens
    17th September 2016 / 23:45

    I love to add a scarf to my outfits. I have tons of them! I moved to Florida a year ago and alas, I cannot wear them until November

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