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Get 10% off Howie’s Merino Wool Baselayers

If you have stuck with this blog for awhile, you probably already know I’m a big fan of howies. This small, independent company sits in Carmarthen, Wales, making lots of outdoor clothing and accessories for us outdoor types. Funny enough, I also love receiving their newsletters filled with refreshing, friendly words, warnings to get off social media and get outdoors, and regular discounts, which I think is saying something considering most brand newsletters go straight to the spam folder for a majority of people.

So you can imagine my delight when their newsletter pinged in my inbox this afternoon. Even more so when I saw they are currently offering 10% off and freepost to anyone who buys a merino wool baselayer before midnight on Monday May 11th.

Their long-sleeved merino tops are a wardrobe staple of mine and have so far lasted three years, so I can vouch for their quality. However they can also be a little on the pricey side, and I understand that wallets and purses work really hard, and deserve a break from time to time, so here is the code to use at checkout:


The best part? If after 30 days you don’t like it, simply wash your merino baselayer, send it back and howies will refund you your money. Have a good weekend folks!

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Outdoor Gear you Want to Use in Public- Icebreaker Long Sleeve Crew Flourish

You could be forgiven for thinking that all baselayers looked the same. With the athletic fit, basic shades of black, grey, or pastel hues of blue, pink or purple that are normally on offer for women, the only choice you are really given is whether you want a contrasting colour on the chest stitching or not. Luckily one of the original innovators of merino wool baselayers, Icebreaker, have released a line of baselayer tops that combine functionality with gorgeous colours and prints that will easily take you from the hills or slopes and into the pub.

The Flourish Oasis Crewe is 200gm midweight merino wool fabric, with a choice of dip-dye colours of blue, pink or purple, and a botanical scene on the bottom left hip. The shoulder sleeves are offset so there is no annoying hem-rubbing on the shoulders from rucksacks, and flatlock stitching to avoid chafing. This lightweight, odour-resistant and breathable baselayer comes in a ‘Bodyfit’ design that comes a fashion fit with athletic movement. The Flourish Oasis Crewe is the perfect wardrobe addition to weekend trips outdoors with friends, or ski holidays!

For more information, please look at Icebreaker’s website here.

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Outdoor Gear You Want to Use in Public: Finisterre Alize Tee

For many outdoor enthusiasts and travellers, buying outdoor gear can be an excitable prospect. Choosing from the range of bright colours, learning about the latest technology invested in the item, and the anticipation of trying it out on the hills (or mountains, oceans, winds, etc) is a source of delight for many. However for every person that shrieks with glee at the sight of a neon purple and green waterproof, there is equally someone wincing in pain as the coat offends their eyesight. For every person that buys the latest season of Five Fingers Barefoot shoes, there is someone loudly complaining about the ugliness of the trainer. And so on and so forth.

So great has the furore of complaints about outdoor clothing been, in fact, that the subject has been broached by The Guardian. And so, in an effort to prove that outdoor clothing can be both functional and stylish, this regular blog post will feature clothing that you will be excited to wear both outdoors and out about town. 

Made from 80% merino wool and 20% polymide, the Alize Tee by Finisterre is equally comfortable to wear trekking as well as everyday use. The slouch fit makes it blend in to urban settings, unlike the athletic fit found in many outdoor clothing, and is an ideal choice for those that plan to do a mixture of urban sightseeing and trekking on their travels. Plus, the merino wool is sourced from non-mulesed Australian sheep farms, and processed and knitted by EU eco-label certified spinners in Portugal.  A tee that can multitask?- this one is going straight onto the gear list.
For more information, or to purchase, take a look at Finisterre’s website here: http://www.finisterreuk.com/shop/womens/clothing/womens-tees/alize-stripe-tee-biscay.html
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