Autumn/Winter Accessory Essentials: Pia Rossini

As the Autumn/Winter season draws near, it’s time to get your wardrobe stocked up with all your seasonal essentials.  We all know that this time of year can bring endless amounts of wild weather, so it’s crucial to be prepared with plenty of warm, stylish accessories at the ready.  But even if the weather is dreary, that doesn’t mean your outfits have to be!  Beautiful prints and vibrant pops of colour don’t have to be compromised in order to face the British weather.

Here at Liquorice Tree, we’ve fallen in love with a very special brand named Pia Rossini.  From gorgeous gloves to sumptuous scarves, each piece perfectly blends on trend designs with ultimate comfort.  Made from a range of wonderful wools, fabulous faux furs and luxurious leathers, this brand have really hit the spot when it comes to stylish yet practical accessorising.  The wide colour ranges available mean that there’s something to suit every wardrobe and personal style.  From classic monochromes that compliment any outfit, to vibrant shades perfect for adding that eye catching splash of colour, Pia Rossini have you covered.

To help you get started with exploring the wide range of Pia Rossini products available in our stores and online at the Liquorice Tree website, we’ve selected our top 10 favourite pieces which we hope you’ll love as much as we do!

 

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First up, the beautiful Belle blanket scarf is the ultimate go-to staple.  Combining the fun of a large polka dot print with the elegance of classic black and white tones makes this a wonderfully versatile piece.  Perfect for throwing on over your favourite winter jackets or for being the neutral centrepiece to a simple, sophisticated outfit (as pictured), this scarf can do it all.  Its generous size is great for layering, draping and styling in a variety of ways, as well as keeping you lovely and warm.

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If you’re in the market for a little more colour, then the Ruby branch print scarf will be right up your street.  Featuring a lovely, branching pattern, this blanket-style scarf combines grey and white tones with wonderful, bright panels of vibrant red to create the ultimate colour-popping Autumn/Winter accessory.  Its soft feel and large size are perfect for keeping you wrapped up warm, while its beautiful design keeps you looking great.

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If you can’t get enough of Pia Rossini’s beautiful scarfs and are crying out for even more vibrant colours, they certainly haven’t let you down.  Say hello to Laura, the most incredible winter must-have!  We just can’t get enough of these gorgeous, eye catching colours, which are reminiscent of a breath-taking sunset.  With its lovely fringe detailing and soft, snuggly feel, you’ll be reaching for this beauty all season long.  Let the scarf do all the talking by wearing it with your favourite, neutral winter jacket, or pair it with complimenting colours for an even brighter look.  The Belle, Ruby and Laura scarves are all available in selected Liquorice Tree stores and on our website, where you can also find the full range of Pia Rossini scarves.

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With all these beautiful scarves to choose from, it can sometimes be easy to forget just how much potential each one has.  Let’s be honest, fancy scarf styling looks great, but in the end all we ever have time for the classic ‘I just threw this on’ look.  Not anymore!  This charming little book is full of 33 easy scarf styling tutorials, each with a simple step by step guide telling you how to achieve the look.  With so many styles to choose from, there’s guaranteed to be loads to suit each person and every occasion.  Grab your copy of the book in selected stores or on the Liquorice Tree website.

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Continuing with our top picks, Pia Rossini’s excellence doesn’t stop at scarves, there’s a whole range of wonderful winter accessories to explore and choose from.  Another of our favourites is the beautiful Ashleigh wrap, which is right on the money for one of this season’s hottest trends.  The soft camel and grey toned check pattern is both gorgeous and sophisticated, as well as neutral enough to pair with all your favourite outfits.  The lovely fringe detailing adds even more interest to the wrap, and features subtle intertwining of all of its wonderful colours.  For the ultimate piece to bring you both style and comfort this season, look no further than the Ashleigh wrap!

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For those who want extreme comfort and warmth this winter, indulge yourself with the Bailey faux fur snood.  Its beautiful material is so luxuriously soft, your neck will feel like it’s being hugged by a teddy bear!  Perfect for those chilly days, this snood will keep you wrapped up tight and wonderfully warm.  Even with all this comfort, Pia Rossini have by no means compromised on style.  The snood features a gorgeous monochrome colouring, wave patterning and twisted style and looks great worn alongside your favourite winter jackets.  Both the Bailey snood and Ashleigh wrap are available online or in our Edinburgh and Glasgow stores.

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When it comes to winter styling, finding the right hat is essential.  Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work for you and found the best that Pia Rossini has to offer, starting with the amazing Ellen hat.  Its wide-striped design and neutral tones keep it simple and versatile, while the scattered silver embellishments and big, fuzzy pom pom add some feminine fun.  Perfect for keeping warm or hiding bad hair days, this lovely hat will become your go-to winter wonder!  It also comes as part of the Ellen range, which features matching scarves and gloves.  There are also two beautiful colour designs to choose from, either black and cream or charcoal and silver grey. 

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If you’re looking for a more sophisticated option, then Faye will become your new best friend.  Available in four beautiful colours, this cloche-style hat is the perfect accessory for adding the finishing touch to any outfit.  Featuring a lovely side flower detail, Faye is easy to style and brings instant elegance to your look.  This hat is also made from 100% wool, making it wonderfully soft and comfortable to wear.  Simply choose your favourite colour design: either navy, grey, black or red.  Both the Ellen and Faye hats and more are available in Liquorice Tree stores and online at our website.

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Now that we have your perfect hats, scarves, wraps and snoods sorted, it’s time to find a lovely pair of gloves to match.  Pia Rossini have a wide range of both woollen and leather gloves to choose from, all featuring stylish designs and quality materials.  From their selection of woollen gloves, we’re loving the Monroe style, which have luxuriously soft faux fur cuffs and lining, perfect for keeping your hands warm and snug this winter.  They also feature a lovely two tone design, with the faux fur cuffs complimenting the shade of the gloves.  Choose from two lovely, neutral shades: either charcoal or camel.

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From the leather range, we have our eyes set on the gorgeous Sullivan pairs.  Their lovely zip detailing adds some unique and eye catching interest to your outfits, and the vibrant red or blue colouring brings a wonderful pop of colour.  Wear these all season for effortless style and wonderful warmth.  Each colour design comes in two different sizes, either medium or large.

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Finally, what outfit is complete without the perfect handbag?  Looking for the right bag can take time and be a challenge, but with Pia Rossini your search is over!  Their beautiful Perth bag features a gorgeous two tone design and brings you the ultimate in both style and practicality.  The bright red or blue exterior brings a much needed injection of colour to the dull Autumn/Winter months, which is complimented with sweet bow detailing.  Inside, there are lots of pouches and pockets, great for keeping you bag organised and being able to quickly find all your essentials.  There’s also a handy zip pocket on the back, ideal for securely storing papers whilst keeping them from getting crushed.  The bag also features a detachable and adjustable cross body strap, letting you choose how to wear it.  Overall, the Perth bag is the perfect choice for those who want something beautifully stylish without compromising on functionality.

So that’s a wrap on our list of the top 10 Pia Rossini essential Autumn/Winter accessories.  Now that you’ve had just a taste of what the brand has to offer, there’s even more wonderful seasonal pieces to browse and choose from.  Visit us on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh or Great Western Road in Glasgow as a wide selection of Pia Rossini products begins to arrive, or head over to www.liquoricetree.com to shop the full range.  If you’d like to get in touch with us about the Pia Rossini products or anything else to do with our shops, we’d love to hear from you.  Please look in the ‘contact’ section of our website for more details.

 

Thank You Teacher!

School’s almost out for Summer and now is the best time to plan the perfect teacher gift.

With so many schools near our Great Western Road store in Glasgow, teacher
gifts are something that we have always been asked for. This year, the Liquorice Tree team have listened and brought together a collection of teacher gifts that we think you’ll love.

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Thank You For Being My Teacher Candle

We have found over the last few years that candles have been a really popular choice for an end of term gift.  The summer holidays are a time for teachers to relax and what better way to unwind than with a calming scented candle?

With a huge selection available in store and online, finding the right candle for a gift can be a little overwhelming. We’ve happily selected a few candles from the new Katie Loxton range that we think would work really well as a gift for a teacher. Each of the candles from this collection carry a very subtle scent so you don’t have to worry about the fragrance being too overpowering. The candles are presented in beautiful contemporary boxes that carry a fun and/or inspiring message. Priced at only 19.99 each, these lovely Katie Loxton candles are available to shop in store and online.

If you like idea of a relaxing gift but were looking for something a little more quirky, these wonderful bath tea bags are great gift idea for teachers. Scents available include, Marshmallow Rose, Strawberry Cream Tea and Lavender and White Tea. Each bath tea bag is priced at only 1.75 and looks great as part of a hamper or even popped in alongside a main gift.

All scents are available to shop in store and online.

Over the last few seasons people have been buying scarves as an alternative to a traditional  teacher gift. Our new Spring/Summer collections have arrived in store and include designs for every personality and age. Below we have hand picked a few of our favourite new designs that we think are perfect for a teacher. The whole collection is available to browse in store.

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A Little Thank You Teacher Joma Jewellery Bracelet

 

For those looking for a keepsake, this lovely little teacher bracelet from Joma Jewellery is the perfect way to say thank you.

Something that a teacher can treasure forever, the ‘a little’ bracelet comes on a pretty card that reads “this little golden apple is just to say thank you for teaching me something new every day”

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For something that little bit special we absolutely love this beautiful teacher print. Written by poet Joanna Miller – who herself used to be a teacher – the poem lists all those little things that a great teacher does. At only 12.50, this charming print is available to browse in store and online.

If you love the print but were looking for something a bit more practical, we love this What Is A Teacher? Notebook. Digitally printed, the notebook highlights the role of an inspiring teacher.

what is a teacher notebookEvery teacher spends their term time giving out treats and awards. Now Summer is here, it’s time for the roles to be reversed! And what better way to spoil a great teacher than with some delicious Charbonnel et Walker chocolates? One of Britain’s first and finest chocolatiers, we have handpicked a few from the collection that we think are the perfect treat for a teacher.  These include the Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles, Rum Truffles and Whisky Truffles.

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Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles
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Charbonnel et Walker Whisky Truffles

 

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Charbonnel et Walker Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Truffles

If you have already got the main gift sorted and are looking for a little trinket we do have a charming selection of teacher gifts priced under £5 that are a great as an add on gift.

We absolutely love these little sentiment tokens and know every teacher will too. In the shape of a teacher’s apple, each token is engraved with a classroom inspired phrase including, You’re A* and You’re Top of the Class. Each token is priced at only £2.50 and looks great popped in a card.

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Teacher Tokens

Who else can keep calmer in a stressful situation than a teacher? Inspired by the Keep Calm trend, this quirky coaster is printed with the words, Keep Calm I’m A Teacher.

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Keep Calm I’m A Teacher Coaster
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World’s Best Teacher Keyrings 3.50 Each
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Awesome Teacher Mug, 8.95

Finding the right teacher card is just as important as finding the right gift. A card is a great opportunity for parents to express just how thankful they are to have a teacher who supports, encourages and challenges their child.

One of our favourite teacher cards is one from our Wise Words collection. This beautiful card expresses how a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instil a love of learning. Available in store and online, this wonderful card says it all.

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Teachers Wise Words Card

If your child happens to have the Best Teacher or more precisely the Best Teacher in Glasgow we have a card that couldn’t be more perfect. Bold and bright, this fabulous card is the only way to honour a great Glasgow teacher.

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Best Teacher in Glasgow Card

These are just a few of the teacher gifts and cards that are available in store and online. To browse the full collection visit us online at http://www.liquoricetree.com or pop by our store in the heart of Glasgows West End at 431 Great Western Road, next to Kelvinbridge underground.

Our lovely team will be on hand to help and inspire!

Top On Screen Couples

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and to celebrate we are looking at our favourite on screen couples of all time.

As well as list our favourite couples we also asked ourselves what we would do if one of these famous characters were to break out from the screen and walk on into Liquorice Tree looking for the perfect Valentine gift for their other half. Which gift would we recommend and why?

What does Sandy buy Danny or Jamie buy Claire? Here are our favourite TV and movie on screen couples and the Valentine gifts we know they would love.

Ross and Rachel, Friends

Whether they were on a break or not we were all rooting for Ross and Rachel from the very beginning – after all she was his lobster.

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If Ross was to swing by Liquorice Tree this week we would have to point him in the direction of our jewellery and scarves. Rachel Green loves her fashion and is a girl who knows her trends. Therefore we can guarantee she would love one of the new Elie Beaumont Rose Gold watches. What girl wouldn’t?

We all know Ross is a bit of a Dino geek and if Rachel was Valentine shopping for Ross we know that he would be obsessed with these quirky Dino cookie cutters.

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Jamie and Claire, Outlander

We all knew from the beginning when Claire accidentally travelled back two hundred years and was rescued by Jamie the hunky Scotsman that these two were destined for each other.

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We reckon that if Jamie and Claire were ever to travel to 2016 their first stop would definitely be Liquorice Tree.

For Claire Randall there are so many gifts we could recommend for the time travelling beauty. Our top recommendation would be a collection inspired by the Dragonfly in Amber.

 

Our top gift for Jamie would have to either be the the Outlander quaich or flask. With the crest of Jamie’s clan engraved both are finished with the slogan “Je Suis Prest” (I am Ready).

So Claire and Jamie if you are planning a visit before Sunday … We are ready.

Edward and Vivian, Pretty Women

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A modern love story, Pretty Women taught us all to never judge a book by its cover. If Edward himself were to walk through Liquorice Tree’s doors, after swooning, we would help him find a gift for Viviane.

A man who knows how to treat a lady we think that Edward is definitely a classic gift type of guy and what is more classic at Valentine’s Day than chocolate? Viviane would love this little box of handmade Belgian chocolates.

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Valentine shopping for Edward is definitely a trickier task. What do you buy a guy who probably has everything? Finding the right card is just as important as the gift and for Edward we would have to show Viviane the Silver Fox card. Is there anyone else on this planet more silver or foxy than Edward?

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For the gift we think businessman Edward would love a piece from the Dalvey Collection. Smart and stylish like the man himself this exquisite timepiece features a full hunter fob case with the iconic Dalvey logo deeply engraved.

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Danny and Sandy, Grease

It’s that classic tale of good girl falls for the bad boy.

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The best thing about Danny and Sandy’s characters in Grease is that they really brought out the best in each other. Danny learned to be a less of a greaser and more of a sweetheart whilst Sandy learned that a good girl can still have a bit of fun. For Danny, a man who takes pride in his appearance we would have to point Sandy in the direction of our bath and grooming gifts. Something perhaps from the Gentlemen’s range would be the perfect Danny Zuko gift?

And for Sandy? Well that depends if Danny is buying for nice or naughty Sandy! For nice Sandy we think she would love something from the Joma Jewellery collection. Perhaps a pair of earrings for those newly pierced ears? And for bad ass Sandy well these quirky heel stickers have her name written all over them. With these on her soles, Sandy’s dance scenes just got even more epic.

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So there you have it. That was our top TV and movie couples and the gifts we would recommend for them this Valentine’s.

New Rose Gold Watch Alert

The new Elie Beaumont rose gold watch collection landed in store and online at Liquorice Tree today and we couldn’t be more excited.

Following on from the popular rose gold collection last season, new styles include classic black and navy straps mixed in with some new season tones.

Statement pieces, every Elie Beaumont watch is finished with an on trend rose gold finish.

The perfect little treat for yourself or stylish gift for your beau this Valentine’s, all Elie Beaumont watches come with a brown leather carry case and gift box.

All styles are availble to purchase at our Glasgow gift shop next to Kelvinbridge Subway and at our online store http://www.liquoricetree.com

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Elie Beaumont Navy Blue Rose Gold Watch
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Elie Beaumont Blue Square Strap Rose Gold Watch
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Elie Beaumont Stone Grey Rose Gold Watch
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Elie Beaumont Purple Square Strap Rose Gold Watch
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Elie Beaumont Black Rose Gold Watch

 

Burns Night with Macsweens Haggis

To celebrate Burns Night we caught up with James Macsween, Managing Director of Macsweens Haggis. Despite his busy Burns Night schedule, he kindly took the time to answer a few Haggis questions for us.

– Where did it all begin for Macsween? 

  • It all began in 1953 at 126 Bruntsfield Place, the shop is now a Costa coffee. My grandfather was running someone else’s butcher shop until then. After it closed he set up on his own, then my father joined him when he was 16 years old.

– What makes Macsween haggis the best? recipe5

  • Great question, Passion, quality and the love of our national dish.

– Burns Night is just around the corner, describe the perfect Burns supper.

  • Doing the full event at home with a huge group of my pals, eating, singing and having a great time.

– How does Macsween celebrate Burns Night?

  • I’ll be in London this year with some of my team and Cyrus Todiwala, raising money for charity. As for the team, they might be eating haggis, but after selling £2 million of it in January, it could be a take away

– For people who have never tried Haggis before how would you describe it?

  • I’d say it’s like spicy mince.

– What’s the best/worst reaction to Haggis that you have ever experienced?

  • Worst, I don’t like haggis as I’m allergic to it.
  • Best, has to be my two sons asking for it every time they visit me at work.

– Do you have any tips on how to cook the perfect Haggis dish?

  • Wrap it well in foil and don’t overheat it or boil it. And don’t put whisky anywhere near it.

– We love your #NotJustForBurns campaign on social media. As well as the traditional Haggis Neeps and Tatties which other dishes would you recommend using Haggis?

  • Los Cardos haggis burrito is my favourite street food, At home on toast with beans and grated cheese or with nachos or in a baked potato with grated cheese and mango chutney #yummyfpBanner1

– The US government is preparing to lift the ban on Scotch lamb products by 2017, will we see Macsween Haggis across the pond in the near future?

  • I’d like to think with the good work the Scottish Government and DEFRA have done we should see haggis in North America by the end of 2016 or 2017

– And finally, what’s next for Macsween?

  • Ah well, just you watch and see.

Thank you to James for answering our questions and for those intrigued to try some Macsweens haggis you can purchase some from Liquorice Tree opposite gate 10.

 

Burns Supper

For those looking to host a Burns Supper on Monday this delicious recipe from Macsweens haggis – available at our Airport store – has everything you need to make the perfect Haggis Neeps Tatties dish.

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Ingredients
907g Macsween haggis
1kg turnips
1 large carrot
1kg Maris Piper potatoes
100ml milk, warmed in the microwave
80g butter
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Heat the haggis following the instructions, meanwhile peel the potatoes and turnips, then dice the turnips and carrot into 1cm cubes and cut the potatoes into quarters.

Gently boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water and the carrot and turnip in a separate pan of salted water for 20-25 minutes until soft.

Drain each pan separately and allow all the steam and moisture to evaporate. This will ensure creamy potatoes and turnips that are not watery.

To the potatoes, add 40g butter, the hot milk, salt and pepper to taste and mash well until creamy. To the turnips and carrots, add 40g butter, salt and pepper to taste and mash, retaining some texture.

Serve altogether with the hot haggis.

 

Haggis Tasting Event at Edinburgh Airport

If you are flying through Edinburgh Airport on Monday 25th January visit us opposite gate 10 for a Haggis tasting event to celebrate Burns Night. MacSween haggis will be joining us on the day and will be bringing along Hamish the Haggis for you to meet and greet!

The Haggis tasting event will be taking place between 11am and 3pm on the day just outside the Liquorice Tree shop and will give passengers a chance to try Scotland’s National dish.

Hamish will be there to say hello to everyone and will be there to take photographs with those brave enough to try Haggis!

MacSweens will be bringing along their award winning Haggis as well as their tasty Vegetarian haggis so that everyone has a chance to try the famous Scottish dish.

So if you are flying to or from Edinburgh Airport on January 25th come and visit Liquorice Tree and celebrate Burns Night with us. burnsblog