Lainey Keogh Cashmere


Are you a cold or a hot type? I’m one of those strange girls who loves the cold. I love to bundle up and kick my way through autumn leaves, face buried in wool while the sun struggles to warm the crisp air. Well today I’ve gotten my wish – after nothing but wind and rain, the cold snap has arrived and I can wear this cashmere scarf by the Irish knitwear designer Lainey Keogh. I have a deep fascination with wrapping and winding a huge scarf around my neck because I love cold weather. Isn’t it a default part of being Irish?


It’s a large scarf come wrap and the folds and fibres tend to grab and hold onto any fragrance I wear which makes it even more inviting and comforting. The secret to its long life I am convinced is proper care – try not to wash it, avoid storing in a dark place and shake it out a few times a month to prevent those dreaded pesky clothes moths from setting up home – I’m afraid the honest truth is that it’s a mini war against their huge appetites.


This summer is was a bumper year for clothes moths and I’ve kept a vigilant eye on my precious things to keep my cashmeres moth free. I tried loads of different things, but in the end locking everything away in zip-lock bags is the most sensible option.

My Favourite Soap


‘What is elegance? Soap and water!’ wrote Cecil Beaton.


I agree with just soap and water and use 34 Boulevard Saint Germain by Diptyque Paris soap every day. Sometimes I use a bath oil for a long soak but it’s generally just this beautiful soap (and water).


I love its creamy colour, thick lather and its lingering scent. I also love the way it fills my home with its fragrance and the large bar lasts months.


If you’re looking for a gift idea for a guy or a girl, it’s super affordable. I LOVE it!