Springtime

Springtime

Here’s a few things we love to do as we transition into Spring…
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First of all...Easter! Nothing welcomes spring better than easter egg hunts, gifting your loved ones and making cute crafts with the kids. 
One of our favourite bakes is this glorious easter cake with, of course, a mountain of mini eggs for decoration… Treat the family with some home baking which will keep everyone happy, and on a constant sugar buzz!
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As well as baking, we love the traditional easter egg hunt. Hide chocolates of every shape and size in little nooks and crannies and everyone will be running around like headless chickens!
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The Scavenger hunt is just as fun if not more so, you can hide clues around your garden and everyone will be searching for less traditional treats. In fact, the more specific and random, the better.  An example of this is a colour scavenger hunt, where you’ll have examples of the colour you want, and everyone has to run around and find anything that matches that colour, it could be a pebble, flower or even a gnome!
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If the weather isn’t perfect, then you can always take the activities indoors with some arts and crafts. Dress up some eggs to make them beautiful or create little spoon bunnies that the children can play puppets with. The possibilities are truly endless. 
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If you want to enjoy the changing seasons, then spending a day in the countryside is the perfect plan. Take a stroll through some farmlands to watch the lambs gambole, and the daffodils sprouting, the true epitome of spring. Take a picnic, but always remember to pick up your litter!
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Not only are we looking forward to spending more time outdoors, but we can now properly plan our gardening efforts. Plant some flower seeds in that overgrown patch (remember to weed first) and expect a beautiful vista of budding bulbs in a matter of weeks! If you’re a beginner then start with some easy veggies that aren’t too high maintenance. Some of these veggies are: beetroot, salad leaves, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, radishes and courgettes. A little bit of patience, love and green fingers will go a long way!
Mother's Day with @mud_on_my_mulberry

Mother's Day with @mud_on_my_mulberry

We caught up with Andrea (mud_on_my_mulberry) to discuss the day that celebrates our lovely mums. 
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What does Mother's Day mean to you?
As a new mum (well a year in now!) I guess it’s a love and a bond like no other, watching your child develop and grow into a little person is so rewarding and just fascinating to see.
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What does Mother's Day mean to you?
A day of family coming together for all the mums, step mums, grandmas, great grandmas, aunty’s, pretend auntys, and remembering those special to us who aren’t with us any more. It’s certainly a day of celebration in our family. 
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What is your ideal Mother's Day outfit?
We always dress up for Mother’s Day, Christmas Day etc, we put on our Sunday best, so usually a nice top, jeans and some heels.
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What is your ideal Mother's Day meal?
A roast for sure! My dad is the king of the roast potato, so usually on days like this we gather around mum and dads and have a big roast all together, usually fighting for the end of the meat or the crispiest potato! 
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How does your ideal Mother's Day play out?
Ooooh, well, ideally I’d have had a good nights sleep with Andy offering to see to Grace if she wakes, then breakfast in bed maybe, I’ve got really into pancakes lately, then an easy morning, and as I said, We tend to gather at mum and dad's for a roast dinner. We have a couple of drinks and all just chat and catch up. My nephew is usually entertaining us with something new and of course we now have Grace, who loves a crowd and everyone fights over Grace cuddles because they have hardly seen her since she was born. It’s not going to be the same over zoom this year! :-( 
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We thank Andrea for taking the time to talk to us and for the lovely images she captured with gorgeous baby Grace. Andrea wears our Odette Khaki Coat, Camel Roll Neck JumperSand Suede Trainers & Brown Herringbone Bakerboy Hat
Yoga To Improve Your Running

Yoga To Improve Your Running

Running can be really tough, especially if you’re a first timer. Getting into the groove and building up those muscles can seem almost impossible, but it isn’t!
Interestingly, doing other forms of exercise can really help you start your cardio journey. Interestingly enough, yoga can be one of the best ways for you to build muscle and flexibility, strengthen your breathing and even prevent you from injuring yourself whilst running. Here’s why Yoga will make you a better runner.
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Strength:
By building up your strength on the mat and developing your key muscles like the core, hamstrings, quads and hip flexors, you’re more likely to stay injury free when out on a run. It can also maintain good posture and back health, as stretches like down dog and cat cow can reduce pain in the spine.   
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Breathing:
In yoga, breathing is a vital part of your practice and learning to maintain your breath whilst in challenging positions can be difficult. Through this practice of regulating your breath you become more aware of your body and consolidate a relaxed state of mind. Building up your lung capacity through breath control in yoga can help you an infinite amount when you're running. You’ll be able to increase your oxygen intake naturally and reduce anxiety with breath control. Most of the time in running, the issue can be your mind, not your body.
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Heart:
Intense yoga, like Power Yoga or Hot Yoga can do wonders to strengthen your heart. By improving your fitness through challenging postures in yoga, you’re building your heart into a stronger muscle. Common sense says that stronger muscles are inherently good, that’s undeniable. The heart will work better by pumping blood around your body more efficiently and allowing you to work better under stress, it’s a no brainer.
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Flexibility and Posture:
By maintaining poses for long periods of time in yoga, you're building elasticity in your muscles and joints, which will enable you to move with more freedom and grace. The mental challenge of holding a pose in yoga also translates into running when you’re fighting to maintain your concentration on putting one foot in front of the other. Good flexibility and posture will not only lower your risk of injury, but will also give you more freedom of movement to allow you to carry on and not give up. Loosening up those muscles after having not done any exercise for a while can be tough! Stretching is key.
  
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Mental Health:
Yoga allows you to build a stronger relationship between the mind and body. Sometimes stillness can be as powerful a tool as movement; stillness in yoga can be just as strengthening as 10 minutes on a treadmill. By exercising mindful breathing and focusing on the present, you are training your mind to push the limits and forgetting your daily worries and anxieties.
It’s so important to recognise that you are not a machine; learn to accept that some days, your body will allow itself to be pushed harder than on other days. Be kind to yourself and accept that it might take awhile before you can master the crow or run 10k.
It’s important to note, that whilst yoga can soften your muscles after a long run or get you limber before a sprint, you shouldn’t push yourself too much on both at once. There are millions of yoga tutorials out there, ranging from a relaxed class to a more vigorous Power Yoga Flow. If you’re pushing yourself running, then perhaps a beginner’s Hatha Yoga would suit better to stretch and take care of your body. However, if you’re looking to strengthen your muscles and become a serious yogi, then an intermediate Vinyasa Yoga could be an excellent choice. 
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Yoga flow for stretching with @madss
A daily stretch flow with our lovely @madss to help you become supple and fluid…
 
Our Favourite Dog Walking Spots

Our Favourite Dog Walking Spots

Staffordshire - Kinver Edge
There is an abundance of trails to explore at Kinver Edge. There are many routes you and your furry best friend could take, exploring enchanting woodland, glorious open country, ancient hill forts, as well as the rock houses that are infamous in this area. There are plenty of quiet trails here where your dog can roam freely, but bear in mind that it is a sensitive wildlife habitat. There is also a tea room, but dogs must remain outside. There’s plenty of area to picnic outside, but you can also visit the nearby The Cross Inn.
 
Snowdonia - Beddgelert
Beddgelert is a popular walking destination at the heart of snowdonia, the delightful stone-built village is the ideal base for exploring all the classic sights and beauty spots. It offers walkers of all abilities the opportunity to go out and explore the wonderful views, wildlife and habitats that make Snowdonia so special. With beautiful trails through the forestry and up to greater heights, both walker and dog are sure to have a great time.
 
Monmouthshire - Hay on Wye
For anyone interested in the open moorland of Mid-Wales, where red kites might be spotted wheeling overhead, Hay on Wye could be the perfect dog walking spot for you. The route’s crowning glory is its end point at Plynlimon, the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains and the source of the Wye river. Here, you’ll spy the five heads of Plynlimon and see out across Wales all the way to the coastline on a clear day. Check out The Granary as a dog friendly cafe where you can refuel after a walk!
 
New Forest National Park
With beautiful walking trails, the New Forest is a lowland national park which means no large mountains, just beautiful scenery and wide trails through ancient woodland and open country. It’s a beautiful landscape with lots of villages, good visitor facilities and excellent rail and road links. Given the accessible nature of this landscape it’s small wonder that the New Forest has been welcoming visitors since the early nineteenth century. As a National Park it is important to be as accessible as possible so everyone can enjoy this fabulous place.
 
Balmacara Estate -  Isle of Skye
Just 3 miles from the Isle of Skye, you can explore the beautiful Highland crofting estate of Balmacara. The forms of agriculture that are used here are small scale and low intensity, which has great environmental benefits as well as defining the social system of highland communities. Balmacara woods is perfect for families and dog walkers, there are easy walks among the trees and splendid views from the hillside above the woods. Follow the Tree-Spotter trail to explore the dense woodland, or venture further for exquisite views. Take the Skye View trail that winds through the trees to reach the site of a World War II gun battery, which protected the military camp and port at Loch Alsh from air attack by German planes. You'll also see some spectacular views of Loch Alsh, Kintail and the Isle of Skye.
 
Cornwall St. Agnes & Wheal Coates.
 If you head up to St Agnes Beacon, astonishing views welcome you at the top of the hill where guards used to be stationed during the Napoleonic Wars to look out for French ships. The breathtaking 360-degree view is one of the best in Cornwall, and the coastal paths are perfect for any length of dog walk. After you’ve explored the iconic engine houses and mining relics of Wheal Coates, continue along the path to the coastline and downwards toward Porthtowan where you can enjoy some fresh seafood, a stone baked pizza, or a pint at Blue Bar where dogs are perfectly welcome.
Sustainability

Sustainability

Being a small family company, gives us  agency over the big decisions, as well as the smaller ones. We regularly inspect how our garments are made which is rare in itself, and we have a lot of control over the supply chain. We choose natural, regenerative materials and fabrics whenever we can and we’re always looking for innovative ways to create products in a more sustainable way. Our high quality materials are designed to last.
Our Wool:
Our wool jumpers and loungewear are made from raw materials and all natural fibres. As part of our journey to provide sustainable fashion, the IWTO (International Wool Textile Organisation)"wool is all natural, renewable fibre". Our 100% chunky soft merino wool jumper is a traditional guernsey style piece. It’s an incredibly warm item, originally worn by sailors due to its practicality.
Our new loungewear sets are made with a merino wool and cashmere blend, made from the wool of Kashmir goats, our merino wool is our most luxurious yarn. Kashmir goats produce their fine long hair in very small quantities, which makes this pure cashmere very rare and luxurious. A pure cashmere jumper can feel as light as air, however it can be up to eight times as warming as ordinary wool. Our method is to weave two threads together to create the yarn, which makes it stronger and more pliable than other high street jumpers. Our 100% merino wool is also a luxurious yarn which is also all natural, renewable fibre.
Our Cotton
Producing cotton can take its toll on the world, particularly as the majority of cotton is grown in countries facing water shortages. According to the World Economic Forum, water scarcity has been recognised as one of the top 10 global risks to society we’re facing over the next 10 years. Because of this, we use 100% organic cotton in our shirts which has significantly fewer negative impacts on water than non-organic. Farmers use natural methods like composting to fertilise their soil, which makes it healthier and more likely to soak up water and retain it when there is a drought. Pesticides are banned from organic farming, therefore less water is used in the process, because there is no need to dilute the chemicals from the soil. And finally, organic farmers rely on rainfall to water their cotton, so that they don’t put pressure on precious water resources in local communities. 
Our recycled Polyester
Our sustainable activewear is made from recycled plastic bottles, which means that we avoid manufacturing virgin polyester and contributing towards already saturated landfills. We’re using 30% less water in our manufacturing process, saving natural resources and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Our beautiful custom made activewear pieces come in 4 different styles; Noir , Marble , Paw Print and Blue Roses.
 
 
Recycled office resources
We try our best to not only use sustainable resources in our garments, but also in our office resources. We make sure to use recycled paper for our printer in the office and in our day to day note taking, as well as having eco friendly printers that use less energy than normal printers. Wherever possible, we recycle our delivery boxes if they are in good condition and for our swing tickets and neck labels, we use eco-friendly cards or recycled materials.
Lockdown Distractions

Lockdown Distractions

Wine and Cheese tasting
Why not try out a company that sends you handpicked wines and cheeses and will then guide you through with a personalised video. They’ll explain why each component fits perfectly with each other, and you can widen your vino knowledge, as well as fill up on delicious dairy! They’ll also provide you with crackers, gherkins and cured meats. https://www.lafromagerie.co.uk
 
Podcasts
Here are some of our favorite podcasts that you should definitely check out!
Table Manners / Deliciously Ella / Off Menu / My favourite Murderer / Something rhymes with purple / Serial / The Cheer Up Luv Podcast / The Guilty Feminist / Code Switch / Grounded with Louis Theroux
 
Use a Tie-Dye Kit
Feel like being creative? This is great fun to have with the family, or to turn an old white t-shirt into something colourful for spring!
  1. Find a clear space. Tie-dye can be messy, so we recommend arranging bin bags or plastic sheeting outside, in the garage, or on a craft table.
  2. Prepare your T-shirt. Choose a pre-washed, 100-percent cotton T-shirt. Soak the shirt in lukewarm water, wring out the excess, then lay it flat. (You don't need to wet the T-shirt before dyeing it, but the color won't spread as far on dry fabric.)
  3. Prepare your dye. Grab a tie-dye kit and follow the package instructions. The highly-concentrated dyes will come in partially-empty squirt bottles. You'll probably fill the bottles with warm water and shake to combine.
  4. Plan the design. Pinterest is full of pattern ideas, choose one you like, and tie your shirt tightly with rubber bands to make the desired design.
  5. Tie-dye your shirt. Squirt dye from the spray bottle onto the shirt, following the pattern of your choice. Make sure to apply only one color at a time. Work with lighter colors first (pink, yellow, lime green, etc.), since darker colors can be layered over the top of them.
  6. Let it dry. With the shirt still rubber-banded together, place it in a plastic bag or cover it with plastic wrap. Let it sit for 12-24 hours so the colors set. You can also take it out sooner to achieve pastel-like colors.
  7. Wash the shirt. Unwrap the shirt and take off the rubber bands (wear gloves!) Rinse it in cold water until the run-off is clear. Then wash it in the washing machine with cold water; don't put any other clothing in the machine. Dry the shirt and it's ready to wear!
 
Karaoke Night
An easy party night could be to indulge in some home style karaoke! There are plenty of karaoke apps out there, or even splash out on a karaoke machine if you’re feeling extra. YouTube is also a great place to find karaoke versions of all your favorite sing-alongs.
 
Try Out New Cuisines
Try out a new cuisine to cook at home - we have plenty of recipes for you to try. Getting out of your comfort zone in the kitchen can be rewarding and delicious! 
 
Marvels of Mexico

Marvels of Mexico

 

I have been a part of the Welligogs team for several years now. I began working on the trade stands at the various exhibition shows we visit but have recently started focusing on the trade side of the business. Throughout my time with Welliogogs, I have been involved with the design of new products and helped choose the various fabrics we use. Recently, I was lucky enough to join a small team who visited Mexico to gather some ideas for a few pieces of SS19 collection. This is a little story of what we discovered and came up with….. 

As a distinctly British brand, we of course take an abundance of our inspiration from the lush green land we call home. However, for a small number of jackets in chosen collections, we go slightly further afield for the muses to sing to us.  

Keeping very much in line with our core ideals of being comfortable, durable, and fashionable, we always want to provide unique and fresh pieces to our staple collections. For our SS19 range, a few members of our design team travelled to Mexico, to see what inspires their free spirited, enchanting nation.  

We were like kids in a sweet shop…. with the tree lined streets, colourful buildings, and the smells of street food encircling them at every corner, the muses began to softly hum.  

 

Frida Kahlo’s house was a particular favourite. As a pioneer among not only Mexican art but fashion and art across the world, her Cassa Azul (“Blue House”, where she lived with her husband Diego) was a great place to start. 

With her positive outlook on the world, despite having lived with polio since  she was 11 and having been involved in a car accident at the age of 18, which left her with a broken spine, her strength and uniqueness continued to shine through. She was feminine, bold, and utterly fantastic. Her vibrant artwork has been the inspiration for us and many fashion houses to date. We replicate her splash of bold colours with our Kuoni Jacket, a brilliant piece to jazz up these chilly winter months, and our bright tassels, which you can swish onto any of our boots or accessorise with. 

 As great as it is to wear a statement jacket, sometimes one needs something a little more understated but just as chic. Our Phoebe Shirts have always been hugely popular with varying details to mirror the ever-changing seasons. Our new design, Phoebe White, is one of our best yet. We wanted to keep her elegant but simple, unique without being gaudy. We took inspiration from the architecture of Mexico. 

From the Oaxaca state to Chiapas, the buildings are breath taking. The detail in their sculpture inspired us to do an intricate lace effect down the front of the shirt. Whilst remaining a staple, our Phoebe White also becomes exquisitely distinctive. 

One thing that struck our design team was how green  Mexico  is. Its landscape differs massively, from beaches, to mountains, to jungles…. all three surrounded by lush green vegetation. Now in England, we’re not short of greenery and it got our team thinking about bringing back a green raincoat. We haven’t done one for a while and with it being such a rich colour in multiple different climates, why not?! We were debating what style to do, whether to let the muses steer us in the direction of the mountains or the beach… but there is something about classic things that we at Welligogs gravitate towards.  

 

The muses of the ruins triumphed… we decided to do our famous Louise coat in a khaki green. An oldy but a goody, and a wonder she is! Louise Khaki is timeless yet trendy, waterproof yet feminine, pretty yet practical. A must have for this season. 

Pink, pink, pink! From sunrise to sunset, market stalls to fruit, flowers to lakes. Yes, would you believe it, there are pink lakes in Mexico! Los Colarados, naturally coloured pink by the salt and algae. Being literally the colour of candy floss, we couldn’t not be inspired.

Our Ascot Rose Pink with its blush coloured tweed and rose suede detail, one cannot not wear it and smile. In our ever-loved Ascot design, this jacket will swiftly become a firm favourite. 

 Well what can we say  Mexico… you were a feast for our eyes, and we were swept away by your beauty. Muchas gracias… 

 

Written by Tess Annan