Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Check you out! Pashmina Shawls and Scarves with check appeal Part 2

For Part 2 of our look at checks we're stepping away from tartan and taking a look at the alternatives.
Houndstooth is always a weave that designers return to and is a good buy for a scarf to carry through a few seasons.

I've had a Black and White small houndstooth scarf for several years and it comes out of the drawer every autumn. It's just one of those reliable choices that can look smart or fun depending on your outfit, brightens the face in darker mornings and goes with every coat.  This scarf is available with Small or Large Check. (The large check is about the size of a 50p piece.)

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Black and White Houndstooth Scarf (PD010)
Price: £19.95
Size: 30 x 150cms (12 x 60 inches)

The Houndstooth check also comes in various other sizes and with a beaded fringe, in the scarf size.

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Large Check Black and White Houndstooth Scarf with beaded fringe (PD011)
Price: £24.95
Size: 30 x 150cms (12 x 60 inches)

And in Shawl size (70 x 180cms) Small Check Navy/Tan or Large Check Brown/Black
Price £49.50

Or Large Shawl (90 x 200cms) Large Check Red/Black
Price £64.50

At the more pricey end, two 100% Pashmina Cashmere scarves that are nominally for men but really lovely for women are featured on the Men's page of

The Herringbone scarf is woven in a herringbone weave which gives it a basic stripe lengthwise along the scarf. A check is then introduced using muted golds and navy, and produces an interesting design with the most luxurious feel.

                     100% Pashmina Cashmere Herringbone Scarf - Large Check (MV212M)
Price: £125.00
Size: 45 x 180cms (18 x 72 inches)
Colour: Navy and Gold

The small check scarf is a complicated weave, blending olive green and black. It is formed of small houndstooth checks that are woven to form larger checks. Once again the clever weave and interplay of colours combines to produce a beautiful effect. One side is dominated by the black yarn check and is muted, while the other has a larger proportion of olive green and is brighter and has a more striped look.

100% Pashmina Cashmere Long Scarf - Small Check (MV209)

Price: £125.00
Size: 45 x 180cms (18 x 72 inches)
Colour: Green and Black

There are plenty of other choices in a wide range of prices throughout both sites. If you've never tried a Check weave, give it a go. You'll become hooked!

#shawl #scarf #pashmina #cashmere #houndstooth #checkpashmina #silk

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Check these out! Pashmina Shawls and Pashmina Scarves in Checks for AW16 Part 1

Tartans are the classic way to wear a check scarf and they are immensely versatile as you can choose between a discreet colourway or one which is brighter but blends several colours, making it easier to wear with various outfits.
The tartans at Pashminas Direct and Mayfair Valley Pashmina are authentic weaves made of 70% pashmina cashmere and 30% silk, so that you have the luxury and enduring wearability that you expect from a pashmina.

                                                                   SINCLAIR SCARF
                                                               BLACKWATCH SCARF
                                                                       GUNN SCARF

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Scarf - Tartan Size : (30 x 150cm) (12 x 60 inches)  
Ref PD016ST Price £24.50
Tartans: Blackwatch, Gunn or Sinclair

Being a pashmina addict, I've had the Sinclair and Blackwatch scarves for several years and find them really useful with a denim jacket in Autumn and as Winter turns to Spring. They're a neat size when you don't need much scarf and the broken colour of the check is flattering round the face, even with strong colours that would be difficult to wear as a block.
My shawl size is the Dress Gordon tartan. With its white base and blend of Royal Blue, Green and highlights of yellow, it is bright but still discreet and goes perfectly with a navy mac.

                                                      TARTAN SHAWLS 70 x 180cms

Clockwise from top left: Pride of Scotland, Sinclair (Red), Dress Gordon, Gunn, Lindsay, Ancient Buchanan (Oranges)
70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Shawl Tartan

Size : (70 x 180cm) (28 x 72 inches)
 Ref PD016LT Price £59.30
Tartans: Ancient Buchanan, Dress Gordon, Sinclair, Lindsay, Pride Of Scotland, Gunn

                                    If you want more wrap, go for the Large Shawl size!

                                    LINDSAY TARTAN LARGE SHAWL 90 x 200cms

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Large Shawl - Tartan
Size : (90 x 200cm) (35 x 80 inches)
Ref PD016XLT Price £75.00
 Tartans: Ancient Buchanan, Blackwatch, Dress Gordon, Sinclair, Lindsay, Pride Of Scotland   

The Tartan Shawls and Large Shawls all appear on the Mayfair Valley Daytime page as single items. If you want to see them pictured individually, please follow the link below.

Lightweight Pashmina Cashmere and Silk has a beautifully sensuous drape that is perfect for occasion wear and if you are looking for something with that wow factor, the Zanzibar range at Mayfair Valley Pashmina gives a nod to that tartan look with designer oomph.
The Zanzibar Shawl is woven in a pattern of stripes that run length and width-wise to produce a check. As the colours cross they double up and intensify, or mix and create a blend, producing a fascinating shimmer of colour. Some of the range are also over-dyed with another colour to add a further iridescence  
                                     SILVER ROSE ZANZIBAR SHAWL 70 x 180cms

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Lightweight Shawl - Silver Rose Zanzibar
Size : (70 x 180cm) (28 x 72 inches) Ref MV370LW Price £99.00

                                          PEACOCK ZANZIBAR SHAWL 70 x 180cms

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Lightweight Shawl - Peacock Zanzibar
Size : (70 x 180cm) (28 x 72 inches)
 Ref MV361LW Price £99.00

#pashmina #cashmere #silk #shawl #scarf #tartanscarf #tartanshawl

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Green Days! Pashmina Shawls for Green Goddesses Part Two!

Glamourous greens can come in all shades and part two of my look at all things green, concentrates on the fancier scarf and shawl choices.

First up a little scarf with a lot of sparkle. This Seagreen Pashmina & Silk Scarf is embellished with Swarovski and is an inexpensive way to perk up any coat for evening wear.

A shawl size (70 x 180cms) equivalent with crystal beading in a lightweight weave (70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk) that is perfect for occasion wear, is available in a lovely delicate pistachio.

In a higher price bracket and also in a lightweight weave is this stunning hand embroidered garland edge shawl from Mayfair Valley Pashmina. The design is made up of a loop of bugle beads, embellished with aqua pearls and with ropes of beads and pearls hanging from each garland. This is a real red carpet shawl! The size is 70 x 180cms and it is 70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk. Colour: Jade

Another stunning shawl in Teal from Mayfair Valley gives a deep lace fringe that is true drama. This has a regular weight to the pashmina weave and is also 70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk . The Teal shade is a blue/green mix. The size is 70 x 180cms.

For lovers of neutral shades, this loden green will move from day to evening wear. The embroidery is exquisite on the scallop edge and is bang on trend for autumn/winter. Size 70 x 180cms. Regular weight pashmina:  70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk

A style that is featured on Pashminas Direct and Mayfair Valley is the 100% Organza with 100% Pashmina Cashmere Reverse panel - Elegance. This is a classic occasion shawl at under £100.00. It drapes in a structured way due to the organza side, while the pure cashmere reverse that is against the skin is beautifully soft and makes sure that it doesn't slide off. Size 60 x 180cms. Colour: Pale Mint. This shawl is available in a variety of colours.

For an everyday indulgence 100% Cashmere is a joy to wear....
100% Pashmina Cashmere Diamond weave Shawl : Pale Spearmint or Forest Green  70 x 180cms


100% Pashmina Cashmere Shawl Zig Zag weave: Hunky Dory in Emerald 70 x 200cms


Or go for a hint of green with pure silk in your holiday wardrobe. It is super-light to pack and shouts summer!!

100% Silk Chiffon Shaded Shawl 125 x 200cms Pale Aqua to Sky Blue


100% Silk Chiffon with Silk Border 70 x 180cms : Flame Pink/Aqua

#cashmere #silk #pashmina #shawl #scarf #beadedpashmina


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Green Days! Pashmina Shawls For Green Goddesses!

Green is a colour that gets a lot of bad press. But if you don't feel strongly that it's an unlucky shade, it's infinite varieties are a pleasure to wear. Yes, it's more difficult than blue - greens are just a bit more spikey and are unwilling to suit everyone with every shade - but when you find the green that works with your skin tone, it will look absolutely stunning, rather than safe.

Firstly here are the plain Pashmina Cashmere & Silk choices in stock at the moment.

Scarf 30 x 150cms Grass Green

and Stole 45 x 180cms Forest Fern

Available in the Shawl or Large Scarf size 70 x 180cms : Emerald and Moss
or with a short fringe Grass Green

Lime also has the short fringe and is the 70 x 180cms size
and in shades of the ocean: Seagreen, Aqua and Pale Aqua 70 x 180cms
In the Large Shawl size 90 x 200cms we have Emerald;  Pistachio is a soft green; Kiwi has a vibrant yellow base and Peacock with is a rich jade green with a hint of blue.

#pashmina #cashmere #silk #shawl #scarf #cashmerescarf #cashmereshawl


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Pashmina Is A Girl's Best Friend! April Birthstone Pashmina Colour

Diamond is April's birthstone colour and a girl's best friend, so accordingly have reduced a selection of pale pashminas (mostly ivory and in our Wedding or Red Carpet range) that feature Swarovski, crystal or beading embellishments. You really can't go wrong with a combination of cashmere and bling!

                                           70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk Shawl with Beaded fringe

One of the most popular shawls is the Pashmina Cashmere & Silk Plain Shawl with Beaded Tassels. This is currently reduced as a birthstone offer in Ivory and Cream. However, don't despair if you miss it this time around - Pashminas Direct and do put various colours on offer in this style regularly. The weight of the beads makes it drape consistently; a useful benefit when you want to enjoy an occasion rather than fiddle with a shawl.

Another shawl in the spotlight this month is the Greek Key Swarovski pashmina shawl. It is such an unusual design to finish off a pashmina, and very simply chic.  It's currently on the Bridal page which is worth checking for summer looks, even if you are not a bride. Ivory and Cream are classic colours for evening wear shawls -  crisp in the summer and elegant in the winter, it's a versatile neutral that earns its keep.
                           70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk Shawl with Greek Key Swarovski edge

This autumn Mayfair Valley introduced a pure cashmere knitted bolero which is embellished in Swarovski crystals. The original white sample is here in size 10-12 and with a 50% discount on the RRP:

     100% Pashmina Cashmere Fine Knit Bolero Shrug with Diamond Swarovski

Another pure pashmina cashmere, this time in a very fine knit, is the Stardust Sweater (UK 6-8) Taken into occasion wear by it's own sequin corsage, this is an elegant style that looks stunning for spring with pale pants or dramatic with black in winter.

     100% Pashmina Cashmere Fine Knit Sweater with Sequin Starburst

For simple elegance, the Lightweight Pashmina Cashmere & Silk Shawl with Swarovski - Starlight Wedding gives a great drape with a hint of sparkle. An ideal choice in plain ivory for summer events.

 Lightweight 70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk Shawl with Swarovski - Starlight Wedding

For more hand embroidered and beaded designs in other colours check the Red Carpet page of Pashminas Direct  and the Evening page of Mayfair Valley Pashmina

#pashmina #pashminashawl #shawl #Swarovski #cashmeresweater #cashmere

Monday, 21 March 2016

Pashmina! A brand new season of beaded fringe pashmina shawls!

Bright Orange Pashmina Shawl with Bugle Bead fringe
Beaded fringe are some of our most consistently popular 'fancy' pashmina shawls. They are the 70% Pashmina & 30% Silk quality regular weight shawls that people know and love; but along with the comfort of knowing that you will be kept warm in our unpredictable whether, there is the added value of looking glamorous as well.
Bugle bead fringe on a 70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Shawl

They are an ideal shawl for a big occasion - particularly weddings where you may be in a cool church or outside for photographs.  We have a choice of Cream and an Ivory Shawl for brides, and can order particular colours on request for Mothers of the Bride or Bridesmaids.  The beaded fringe provides a weight to the end of the shawl that keeps it draped as you want it, but isn't too heavy. There is a 4-6 weeks delivery time for special orders.

Cream Pashmina Shawl below:  with Ivory Pashmina Shawl on top

This season we've added to our colour range with Silver, Pale Coral and Sienna Red making a first and welcome appearance.  Pale Pink makes a long awaited return and Black is back once more after selling out before Christmas.  All our Beaded fringe Pashminas are made in Nepal from 70% Pashmina Cashmere & 30% Silk.

Pale Coral Pashmina Shawl

Pale Pink Pashmina Shawl

Silver Pashmina Shawl

Pale Blue Pashmina Shawl

Plum Pashmina Shawl

Sand Pashmina Shawl

Raspberry Pashmina Shawl

Black Pashmina Shawl
Sienna Red Pashmina Shawl
Pale Turquoise Pashmina Shawl