Sometimes a rainy day is exactly what the doctor ordered. We've curated a fun and functional set of accessories for the next time you are out and about exploring on a dreary and wet day.
A camel trench coat is a classic, must have piece in every woman's wardrobe. While I personally love neutrals, it transcends all styles and colors and can truly be worn with most every outfit. The black Sperry wellies combine a classic quilted look with a waterproof base. In inclement weather, functionality is of the essence! Our Lightweight Collection in Dark Grey fits perfectly into the color palette, won't be damaged if wet, and is not too heavy to be bulky or overly hot in the humidity. We are also loving this new Hunter umbrella is extra deep to keep you protected and dry from downpours.
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The Complete Guide to Caring for your Cashmere
All wool materials have special properties unique to the specific type of fiber as well as the type of weave of the textile. One of the most iconic and recognizable woolen fibers is cashmere. Cashmere is a special material that, if cared for properly, will last for a very long time.
As with any natural fiber, it is imperative that you care for your cashmere carefully and with love in order to maximize its lifespan. A cashmere textile should last through countless seasons and wears if treated with care.
Common Cashmere Issues Include:
We are conditioned to think that pilling is a sign of low quality; however, this simply isn't the case. Pilling is a natural characteristic of cashmere due to the long fibres in the material. Using a product such as a cashmere comb or sweater stone can easily remove the pills and leave your cashmere looking good as new! A cashmere comb is ideal for more delicate weaves while the sweater stone is best suited for heavier knits and blankets. We recommend purchasing your cashmere care products from The Laundress.
The easiest way to remove fold lines and creases from your cashmere or knit textiles is by turning the piece inside out (if applicable) and ironing on the lowest setting. A clean, dry cloth should be placed between the iron and the cashmere to protect the textile. The iron should never come into direct contact with the wool fibers.
You can also use a handheld steamer on your cashmere but be sure to lay the piece flat to dry afterwards from any residual water from the steam.
All stains to your woven wool/cashmere pieces should be taken to a specialist for removal. Never attempt to spot clean yourself as it may damage the fibers and cause the stain to "set" into the fabric.
While many sources suggest that your cashmere good may be handwashed, all of our Worthington Corners collections are woven textiles, and hand washing a delicately woven piece can lead to irreparable damage.
Never store your cashmere pieces on a hanger! Hanging a cashmere or wool garment can cause the fibers to stretch. When out of season, cashmere and wool textiles should be folded and placed in a breathable cotton bag and then stored in a cool, dry place. Preferably, in a spare room or top of a closet as opposed to under the bed. Placing a sheet of tissue paper between each piece also allows for any excess moisture to be absorbed.
Do not store wool in a plastic bag as wool is a natural fiber and needs to be able to breathe. The Laundress sells easy, zip-closure all purpose storage bags safe to for use with cashmere/wool or you can pick up natural cotton storage bags in various sizes from your local Container Store.
Pro Tip: Always add a few cedar wood balls to your cashmere storage. Cedar naturally prevents damage to your textiles from moths and mildew.
Wanderlust and a desire for travel has always been a part of my life. Worthington Corners was inspired by the time I spent living abroad in the U.K. and the beauty and elegance I observed throughout the cities that I visited. From the old world architecture that has endured through so many trying times to the luxe textiles and classic fashions, the environment around me was truly timeless. As an ode to this love of exploring and experience, I hope that you will join me on Instagram for our #WCTravels series.The breathtaking view from the top of Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain. Visiting this beautiful mountain range and the monastery and small village at the peak while the morning clouds were breaking and revealing the earth's beauty below was a truly magical experience.
My husband and .I recently went on a long weekend getaway to the breathtakingly beautiful Carmel by the Sea. We stayed in a boutique hotel at the top of the hill overlooking the small city, cliff-sides, and ocean. It was a relaxing and romantic break from the daily grind that was so needed for us. We spent a Saturday exploring the quaint downtown area complete with a plethora of local boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants and even small cobblestone passageways reminiscent of an adorable European village.
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We started our morning with a casual breakfast in a local coffee shop. I am passionate about supporting local small businesses and Carmel was the perfect place to do so. Roaming the streets and shops with a coffee in hand and my sweet husband by my side made for the perfect Saturday morning. We treated ourselves to lunch alfresco and an afternoon of wine tastings.
The weather in Carmel can vary from chilly to a slight breeze to a beautiful sunny afternoon. We certainly experienced a bit of each during our stay. I dressed for our outing by layering one of the Worthington Corners lightweight collection scarves over a light blouse with flared jeans and wedges. Some of the streets are cobble and paver stone and the flat bottom of a wedge was much easier and comfortable on the uneven surfaces.
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I recently wrote about how I like to utilize the scarves from our Lightweight Collection as a wonderful travel accessory. The same qualities that make this particular collection easily packable for travel also translate to keeping this scarf on hand in your purse or car as an effortless layering piece.
Texas summers are long and HOT! Though it is often stifling outside, the A/C is frequently overdone and frigid inside to make up for it. As someone who is easily chilled, I always take a pashmina or wrap with me to indoor dinners, events, or even just for shopping at the mall with friends. The 100% Merino Wool fabric of our lightweight collection does not easily wrinkle, is not heavy, and is not overly delicate or easy to snag like the silky fabric of a pashmina. It truly is my go-to for folding in my tote and taking with me for the day!