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What an adventure …Myanmar (Burma)
(19/03/19)

CALLING ALL OKEEFE CUSTOMERS
(13/01/19)

LAST DAY TOMORROW – Saturday 5th January
(01/01/19)

Clearance style steals …closing Friday 5th January
(29/12/18)

CLEARANCE Sale Starts Friday 28th December – Closing January 5th
(26/12/18)

Christmas and New Year OPENING HOURS
(22/12/18)

GET DOWN FOR AN EXTRA 10% OFF SALE PRICES
(18/12/18)

Further Reductions HURRY HURRY ….WINTER SALE
(09/12/18)

OUR WINTER SALE IS NOW ON …MORE LINES ADDED
(22/11/18)

FASHION SHOW EDIT
(12/10/18)

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What an adventure …Myanmar (Burma)

I have recently returned from a truly memorable and extraordinary trip to Myanmar ….what an amazing country and what lovely people ….it was a privilege to visit and they really need visitors so I recommend you check out Khiri travel, based in Yangon who organised our trip .  We asked to go off the tourist trail at times so we could experience the real Myanmar and how time stands still in the rural villages , mountains and lakes.

 

Here are a few images to inspire you ……

YANGON

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Gorgeous Colonial Hotel in midst of an Urban Jungle ..highly recommend The Savoy

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City Walking Tour …

 

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Shwedagon Pagoda …a must at sunset

 

Short flight up to HSIPAW in The Shan State..

 

Trek to a mountain village on our first full day …

 

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Rooftop view of Pankam Village

 

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Our lovely Khiri guide – Win – so knowledgable and spoke very good English too

 

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Our reward – a delicious home-cooked lunch and green tea with a village family

 

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Banyan Tree and evocative tiered fields on our route….

 

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Leaving Hsipaw (pronunced Sepaw) by train and heading to The Gokteik Viaduct which is SO scary to go over .  A gravity-defying construction that the travel writer Paul Theroux aptly described as “a monster of silver geometry in all the ragged rock and jungle”.  We even had a small mouse in our carriage …eeeks !!

 

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And on to BAGAN…

 

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During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

 

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Visiting a food market on day 2 ..and on to a local village to see how they make Tamarind sweets, wooden clogs , peanut oil and soya paste.

 

JOURNEY OF THE TAMARIND SWEET

 

From the tree….paste taken from inside the pods and mixed with sugar

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Rolled into rectangles and cut into small discs which are then dried in a wood fired oven

 

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Village women packing the flat sweets into twisted paper for packaging below

 

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On to a boat ride on The Great Irrawaddy for sunset ..

 

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Day Three – dawn from the roof of our hotel , the hot air balloons take off  – AMAZING

 

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Road trip to LOIKAW and the Kayan Women with brass neck jewellery or lacquer kneelets – the last generation before these old traditions die out.

 

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Village Life …so simple

 

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Having a go at backstrap weaving …really hard !

 

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My favourite photograph of the whole trip …4 generations of women ..Kayan grandmother, her daughter at the top of the stairs, her granddaughter sitting on the steps and her great-granddaughter sitting next to her.  One of three children and she is 24 and SO beautiful.

 

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Simple lunch after our walk up the hills above the village …rice with various vegetable curries all wrapped in banana leaves.  Delicious and what a view.

 

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Another village the next day with more Kayan women …this time with lacquer kneelets making us good luck bracelets.  Another playing traditional music.

 

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And on to INLE  LAKE …it just get’s better and better

 

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View from the verandah of my room on stilts in the lake…just the sounds of birds and local fishermen

 

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Villages on the lake on our way to a boatyard and silk factory

 

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No wonder these fabrics cost so much ..so labour intensive ..a real insight to quality and patience.

 

Another treat …a cooking course with this incredibly talented cook Tin Tin whose family have several restaurants in nearby villages …the food was so delicious, especially the vegetable tempura.

 

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And now off to some much needed R and R at Ngapali beach for a few days before our 3 flights and 27 hour journey HOME !!!!  It’s a long way to go but so worth it.

 

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BACK TO REALITY NOW

A N D

REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEW SEASON

RE-OPENING FRIDAY 5th APRIL

WITH A FABULOUS COLLECTION OF SPRING/SUMMER OUTFITS

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CALLING ALL OKEEFE CUSTOMERS

IF YOU LOVE

OUR STORE, OUR SERVICE

AND OUR UNIQUE COLLECTIONS 

PLEASE VOTE FOR US 

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Stella Magazine 13th January

 

You just need to get in touch with STELLA by 21st January

to vote for your favourite independent and tell them why ?

RESULTS IN FEBRUARY 17th ISSUE

Email : 

stella@telegraph.co.uk

or write to:

STELLA

Telegraph Media Group

111 Buckingham Palace Road

London SW1W ODT

 

NO OBLIGATION WHATSOEVER – BUT THIS KIND OF SUPPORT IS SO HELPFUL 

FOR INDEPENDENT STORES LIKE OKEEFE 

 

T H A N K    Y O U 

 

 

 

Clearance style steals …closing Friday 5th January

 

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SUZY D Silky camisoles

 

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Rosemunde long sleeve lace cuff tops ..great under a jumper or just on it’s own

 

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And vest tops too

 

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Leon & Harper sweatshirts

 

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Finest, softest cotton dresses from Hartford

 

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Heavy linen dresses or tunics from Nygardsanna

Hilary and I both have these ..timeless and unique

 

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And shirts

 

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Stella Forest lace dress in navy

 

SO MUCH MORE IN STORE …..

 

 

 

 

CLEARANCE Sale Starts Friday 28th December – Closing January 5th

HURRY HURRY Girls and Boys 

 

Going Going Gone ….It’s all got to go

B A G    A    B A R G A I N  

BACK FOR THE NEW SEASON APRIL 5th 

Christmas and New Year OPENING HOURS

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OUR WINTER SALE IS NOW ON …MORE LINES ADDED

BAG A BARGAIN

GIRLS and BOYS

 

UP  TO 40%

OFF CLOTHING

 

UP TO 30% OFF

ACCESSORIES AND  GIFTWARE

 

 NEW STYLES ADDED

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GIFTWARE AND ACCESSORIES 

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FASHION SHOW EDIT

Great day and great attendance on Wednesday at our seasonal Fashion Shows

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS 

Here are Kristin and Annette strutting their stuff 

 

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KRISTIN in

DL1961 premium denim  charcoal grey jeans with black velvet stripe at sides 

Essentiel Antwerp Frill front print blouse 

Alpe grey suede ankle boots – also available in navy and burgundy arriving soon

0039 Italy loose weave pink marl jumper

 

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Annette in 

DL1961 premium denim navy flare coated jeans 

Essentiel Antwerp tie sleeve blouse 

Rino & Pelle navy blue sheepskin leather jacket

Sol Sana saffron faux shearling court shoes (also in black)

Red Italian leather shoulder bag with removable cross body strap

 

 

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Kristin in 

DL1961 premium denim indigo jeans 

POM Amsterdam Magenta print blouse

Rino & Pelle blue twill coat 

Ilse Jacobsen rubber waterproof Chelsea boots

 

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Annette in 

HOD check trousers – see in more detail below  

Hartford fine wool grey shirt (also in olive) – see below in more detail

Rino & Pelle leopard print coat 

Cara leopard print ankle boots ..super light and comfy

 

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Kristin in 

POM Amsterdam butterfly print shirt dress (with our without belt) 

Alpe grey suede ankle boots

 

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Annette in 

POM Amsterdam butterfly print shirt

DL1961 premium denim burgundy jeans 

Blundstone waterproof black ankle boots with blue elastic detail

 

 

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Annette in 

HOD printed trousers

Leon & Harper LOVE tee

Rino & Pelle mole lambskin leather jacket 

Alpe olive suede ankle boots

 

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Kristin in 

0039 Italy shirt dress – with or without belt 

Neuville burgundy suede clutch …purses also available 

 

 

YOUR AUTUMN WARDROBE SORTED 

 

 

 

NEW MONTH NEW WARDROBE

Don’t forget to book your place at our 

SEASONAL FASHION SHOWS

NEXT WEDNESDAY 

10th OCTOBER 

10:30am or 7:00pm

TOP TIPS AND KEY TRENDS 

just email :

janine@okeefefashion.com

to book your place/s

 

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Kristen and Annette will be back to showcase

our NEW Autumn Collections

(image from Autumn 2017)

 

LOTS OF NEW ARRIVALS JUST IN

 FOR THE SHOWS

SUNNY AUTUMN STYLES

 SUNNY AUTUMN STYLES

 

HARTFORD WOMEN

 

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HARTFORD MEN

 shirts, trousers, knitwear & scarves

 

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POM AMSTERDAM

 

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Introducing their

Ready To Wear and Iconic Shawl Collection

 

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LEON & HARPER

 

 

 ARRIVING SOON

 

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SUCH A GORGEOUS NEW SEASON

 

 

NOW CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER – BACK 14th SEPTEMBER

TO ALL

OUR   L O V E L Y   C U S T O M E R S 

 Thank you once again

for your loyalty and support

We love seeing and helping you 

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER 

and 

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER 

 

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The Whiteley Boutique 

will be trading at Number 33 

whilst we are away 

and are offering all our customers 

a 20% discount OFF their collections 

so mention at point of purchase 

Love from the OKEEFE girls 

Janine, Hilary, Ruth and Sarah xxxx