Cashmere luxury from The Cashmere Specialist




Hello lovelies! I'm so happy to be back firing on all cylinders again. And not only back, but enjoying the opportunity to share details of my new cashmere polo neck courtesy of The Cashmere Specialist. I've been gifted a couple of beautiful items from the Slovakian company, but the review is mine, all my own words and my honest opinion of the goods.






I chose this vibrant fine yarn sweater mainly for the colour (Lapis blue - find it here). I'm all about colour after all. A cashmere polo neck is the ultimate luxury item for the winter and this one is a lovely fit. I like the slimline shape for a sleek outline. I referred to the size chart to check my measurements and opted for the medium which is a perfect fit. I hate to wear wide sweaters as they make me look very square and do like this one for that reason. The smooth, soft yarn is comfortable against the skin without the need of a layer underneath and the tight ribbed neck is perfect for trapping the body's heat to keep toasty warm - it's also very good at disguising my turkey neck! 






The Cashmere Specialist is family run company, trading online only. Quality is their prime concern from sourcing the wool to production across their entire range, whether it's 100% cashmere or the cashmere and cotton range, cashmere and silk or Alpaca range. Luxury items don't come cheap, but the brand offers high quality, which means that these are not only soft, warm and comfortable, but durable and long lasting too. I hand wash my cashmere in a specialist liquid in warm, not hot water and always dry my sweaters flat on a towel to maintain the shape and keep them colourfast.  This jewel bright blue deserves to be kept as vibrant as ever!







Raglan shaping and deep ribbed cuffs and hem are a classic design, ensuring a great finish. The smooth two ply yarn is a real plus in my opinion. I have quite a few cashmere sweaters from other brands that use a fluffy wool  and initially this fluffiness always seems to have a great appeal - oh how cuddly soft they are, just like a teddy bear! However, inevitably over time, the fluff results in piling and bobbling resulting in a sweater that has to be relegated to at home wear. I even bought one of those cashmere mini combs, but all they do is cut off the lumps and bumps leaving you with a thinner patch underneath. 










And here's the rundown of the rest of the outfit: skirt and two-tone brogues are by Boden, but are very old indeed. Rings are pre-loved, tights are ancient and sunglasses are by Quay Australia. Many thanks to Fiona for giving up her lunchtime to take the photos. 




This zingy yellow snood (find it here) is my second gift, and what a fab burst of sunshine it is! Again, I chose a bright colour as another anitdote to the dark winter months ahead. But on a more practical note, the snood acts as a barrier against the cold and also as an effective heat trap to stop the body's warmth escaping. Easier to wear than a scarf, the smooth yarn doesn't itch and is also fine enough not to add too much bulk around the neck either. 






I'm hoping that the yellow snood perks up this offering, which on reflection may be a tad too much brown for my liking. I fancy that I may be less bold in my outfit choices since I've emerged from my poorly time at home. I'll have to scour through my wardrobe to find something a bit more inspirational for my next post. There - I've thrown down the gauntlet to myself style-wise and let's hope I can come up with something worthy. The details however are: trench by Topshop (pre-loved), jeans by Curve Appeal from TK Maxx, striped sweater from Topshop, boots from Primark, sunglasses are by Radley - none of this is new. 




What I've failed to mention this far is the fact that I have a discount code for The Cashmere Specialist - if you order anything from the website between now and the 2nd of December you can claim a 10% discount simply by quoting ANNA10 in your order. 




Do please take a moment to browse through their website - it's a veritable cornucopia of knitwear for both women and men in a wonderful array of yarns and colours. They do a great line in accessories too which may help with your Christmas wish list!


                                                                          Anna x

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  1. I bought one cashmere sweater a few weeks ago, my first one. Don't want anything else anymore. So warm, I love it. Defenitely going to visit their site.

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    1. Isn't cashmere the most joyful of discoveries? I find it very moreish too! I love the combination of lightweight yarn and warmth - it's a winner x

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  2. What beautiful items of clothing Anna. The vibrant blue sweater really suits your colouring and I love the skirt and shoes that you’ve paired it with. The sunny coloured snood with your trench adds vibrancy and interest to your outfit; great coat too.
    I bought my first ever cashmere from M & S last year; a gorgeous, animal print cardigan which feels luxurious and special to wear. Enjoy these pieces of luxury, I can imagine that we will see you match them beautifully with other items too. X

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    1. Cheers Phyl. You can imagine how happy I was to receive these gifts during my shopping ban! I totally love the blue sweater and yes, it's coming along again soon :)
      The little snood is great to slip into a coat pocket when I go out for my daily walks. These colours really are perking up my winter wardrobe x

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  3. I do really like both items you got! I love cashmere and I really like the feel of it. I always prefer to have it on the larger side though. The fitting of you is amazing though! The colour of the top is beautiful and it goes so nicely with the brogues and skirt! Beautiful! I like the idea of a snood in cashmere- phwoar!

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    1. I get what you mean about sizing up with cashmere - they have lots of shapes and fits on the website, including some lovely sloppy joe styles.
      I'm delighted with these wonderful pops of colour and yes, what luxury it is to have a cashmere snood!

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  4. You picked the right colours, Anna! That blue is glorious, and how sunny is that yellow! I adore cashmere and have multiple pieces (including a skirt!) that I've found over the years. It's so worth it!

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    1. We're all about the colour, you and I aren't we Sheila? There really is nothing as luxurious as cashmere is there? A cashmere skirt sounds rather fabulous x

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  5. I love that lapis blue and it suits you well. Would be nice with the yellow snood. I love cashmere too it usually comes out for holidays and Christmas. Much of the time I am painting, gardening or rustling up a curry or bolognese sauce. Maybe I'll make the effort to change for facetime and zoom. Have a lovely week. Tessa x

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    1. Hahaha, I did wonder about pairing the snood and sweater together, but wondered if it might counter the slimming effect of the tight neckline.
      I go back to work soon and must admit I do get a lot of opportunity to wear my cashmere that way.
      Wishing you a lovely week too x

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  6. I love the colour of your super jumper Anna, it suits you so well and looks perfect with the skirt and boots. What a gorgeous sunny day, we need more days like these. Jacqui x

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    1. This colour would be very flattering for your skin colouring too Jacqui. I'm making an effort to get out and about whenever the sun breaks through here.

      Have a good week x

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  7. Hi Anna,
    Hope this message finds you well.
    I have bought their Giza 45 cotton jumpers and the fabric is absolutely wonderful! Best of cotton! Can never find this cotton elsewhere online nor stores...Have you heard of Mahogany Cashmere UK? It's website shows that they offer exactly the same items as Cashmere Specialist. Never bought from them although their pricing seems a bit cheaper than the former.
    As for the latest jumper...sadly has to return as its way too long for my husband...

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