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Liberty Kelly for This is Your Kingdom

The last few years have brought about big changes in my life. Previously I was someone who bought a lot of stuff. I needed to buy the latest fashions and the new editions of glossy magazines, and if I didn't get those things I thought it would make me unhappy. As soon as I bought something, I wanted something else, something more, something that would fill the void but it never came. It took me a long time to realize that purchasing lots of things isn't the answer. The solution was to change my attitude and simplify, only buying things when I needed them and only then items that would last for a really long time. After some serious decluttering I now have a small, more manageable wardrobe with classic pieces like my navy blue duffle coat which I bring out on those cold, biting months of winter or my French style trench coat I throw on for the fresher days of spring. These are the things that I never tire of, they remain classics, staples that I love. It's amazing to me how having less means having so much more. 

I was delighted when This is Your Kingdom asked me to help launch their latest competition to win this simply gorgeous poncho from London based designer Liberty Kelly. Designed in Britain and using tweeds woven in Yorkshire (so double thumbs up from me!),  each individual item is put together by a dedicated team of London seamstresses. Liberty's range of jackets, parkas and ponchos are built to stand up to our great British weather and be worn year after year, becoming a staple in the wardrobe. Having previously worked in the costume design industry,  Liberty made her first poncho with some leftover Harris tweed from Johnny Depp's costume in the Tim Burton film, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Her design was an instant hit with friends and colleagues so she started making more of them to sell. A contemporary twist on a countryside look, her designs are made for real women and for all shapes and sizes. These are items that are distinctly different to other heritage brands - feminine, flattering and versatile, they are ideal for wearing in the city, heading to work, on the school run, grocery shopping or even walking the dog. And best of all, they are built to last, actually softening and improving with age. 

This is Your Kingdom are giving away one of Liberty's bestselling blanket ponchos in Sea Blue.  Perfect to wear with a long sleeved top during Autumn or layered up with a thick woolen sweater on a freezing cold winter day, this is the ideal addition to any wardrobe. And such a beautiful colour too. To enter, simply visit the competition page on This is Your Kingdom here.  Full terms and conditions are on their site too. Good luck! 

I'm wearing the Flintstone Blue Blanket Poncho in the photographs which were taken at the beginning of October on Ilkley Moor. It was a cold day, breezy but the sun came out to play occasionally! You can tell by the images how much the light changes up there and so quickly too. We were amused at the film crew who arrived in a coach to do some location scouting, many wearing shorts. They didn't last long on Ilkley Moor before they were headed back to the cafe for a cup of tea to warm themselves up! But I was lovely and toasty warm in my poncho and it's now a firm staple in my wardrobe.