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What an adventure …Myanmar (Burma)
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Clearance style steals …closing Friday 5th January
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Christmas and New Year OPENING HOURS
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Further Reductions HURRY HURRY ….WINTER SALE
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OUR WINTER SALE IS NOW ON …MORE LINES ADDED
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FASHION SHOW EDIT
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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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Further Reductions HURRY HURRY ….WINTER SALE

A great time was had by all at

THE WINTER WANDER on 6th December 

in Bridge Road 

HOW LUCKY ARE YOU

to have such a special place to shop

with 90% of the stores being independent

fashion, bag, jewellery and shoe boutiques

restaurants and cafe’s

flower shop, antiques, art gallery

pet parlour and convenience stores

KEEP SUPPORTING US PLEASE 

 

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OKEEFE Last few days for this season …

 

WE ARE NOW CLOSED

FOR THE SUMMER SEASON 

B U T 

Just to let you know that ….

R O C 

are now open for business

at 33 BRIDGE ROAD  

with fabulous cycling clothing and accessories

and some cool bikes too

Check them out …they are stylish, cool, on it and offer you some fabulous 

of the moment Cycling apparel to keep you FIT and informed 

SEE YOU FROM FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 

for 

THE OKEEFE A/W New Collections 

Have a great SUMMER 

 

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Love Janine, Hilary and Ruth xxx

 

BANK HOLIDAY SHOE PROMOTION

OUR GIFT TO YOU 

20% OFF

SELECTED SUMMER SHOES 

 

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Suede wedges £75 NOW £60 

 

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Gold & Silver leather and Black, navy  & Grey suede loafers

£95 NOW £76

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Rose Gold pumps £95 NOW £76 

Navy and Black pumps £88 NOW £70

 

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Ilse Jacobsen Pewter Sandals £60 NOW £48

 

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Ilse gemstone wedge sandals £75 NOW £60

 

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Black Suede ballet Pumps £75 NOW £60

 

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Black leather sandals with low block heels

£98 NOW £78

 

P L E A S E    N O T E 

BENSIMON PUMPS AND ILSE FLIP FLOPS ARE

NOT 

INCLUDED IN THE PROMOTION 

MUST END JUNE 2nd

 

 

 

 

 

OKEEFE is back in two weeks on Friday March 31st for the FABULOUS NEW SEASON

HERE’s A TASTER OF OUR NEW BRANDS

CROW DRESSES FROM MY TRAVELS IN JAIPUR

Beautiful soft cotton, great for high summer , stylish with quirky trims and mixed fabrics

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Alex Max, Fenella and Sarl Pink Planet

well priced dresses kaftans and tops 

 

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JO EDWARDS SCARVES AND JEWELLERY

 

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KAMOA BASKETS

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LEON & HARPER

Love their Breton tees with a twist

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DL1961 JEANS 

New shapes, styles and colours 

It’s all about the fray and the crop this season 

 

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NYGARDSANNA

 

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ESSENTIEL …LOVE THIS TULLE SKIRT 

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AND LOTS MORE 

ACCESSORIES EDIT NEXT WEEK 

TILL THEN 

JANINE AND THE GIRLS 

Our gift to you …15% MID SEASON KNITWEAR PROMOTION

YES ..it’s THE BIG CHILL 

S O 

We are offering you a rare chance to get

MID SEASON promotional discounts 

GRAB A FABULOUS 15% OFF SELECTED KNITWEAR 

Jumpers, Cardigans, Roll Necks and Cardigan Coats 

 

H U R R Y   H U R R Y    H U R R Y

 

WE ARE BACK 30th SEPTEMBER

Fabulous Autumn Winter Collections landing

at OKEEFE

33 Bridge Road, Hampton Court, KT8 9ER 

RE-OPENING

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 

SEASONAL COLOURS

INCLUDE

INDIGO, CHARCOAL, BURGUNDY and BERRY,

TEAL, BRIGHT GREEN, DARK LEMON and GINGER 

JEANS & TROUSERS

DL1961

 Farrow high rise skinny in black , blue wash also arriving and new style Elodie bootleg in black 

 2799 - Farrow in Hail   2800 - Elodie in Riker

Florence mid rise skinny in Warner Blue (charcoal grey also arriving)

 and Margaux mid rise skinny in Sangria 

2340 - Florence In Warner    

 

HOD Chinos 

 

Cotton chinos you loved so much in SS16

 For Autumn landing in black, charcoal grey and Burgundy

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and LEON & HARPER

Smart tailored trousers in Navy and Black – A WARDROBE ESSENTIEL + FAB FIT 

BY POPULAR DEMAND – image to follow 

 

 

K N I T W E A R 

OKEEFE OWN LABEL CASHMERE

The Houston V neck moss stitch is back in

Denim, Navy, Pine Green, Oatmeal, Berry, Organic White, Black, Charcoal and Purple

Brodie-Houston AW16

 

 

 

JUMPER 1234 – NEW BRAND THIS SEASON

  TIPPING ON CUFFS AND HEMS A SPECIALITY 

Will post images of our collection when this arrives as all

CUSTOM MADE for you 

 

 

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MINNIE ROSE FROM NEW YORK

…THE CASHMERE DUSTERS…

 

Landing in Navy, Black, Denim and Red 

 

 

AW16 navy

 

AW16 denim

AW16 Tomato

 

Other knitwear collections from

Marilyn Moore, Stella Forest , Essentiel

and basics from Suzy D and Luella 

 

LOOK OUT FOR

DRESSES, SEPARATES, SHOES AND BOOTS IN MY NEXT BLOG

FOLLOWED BY ACCESSORIES AND JEWELLERY THE WEEK AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge Road, Hampton Court – THE FLOWER FESTIVAL WINDOWS

Celebrating the start of the RHS Flower Show

at HAMPTON COURT 

and the Queen’s 90th Birthday tributes in the shop windows in BRIDGE ROAD

 

OKEEFE FASHION 

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HONEYSUCKLE ROSE FLOWERS

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THE VINEKING

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THE FOUNTAIN GALLERY

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CREATIVE QUILTING

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COTTAGES IN BRIDGE ROAD

 

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BUBA ACCESSORIES, INTERIOR DESIGN AND LADIES FASHION

 

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Even the cars are patriotic for the

Queen’s Birthday Tributes

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LE PETIT NANTAIS 

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MEZZET

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER MAJESTY

And Good Luck to

THE RHS

for the gorgeous Flower Show this week 

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OKEEFE IS OPEN FOR SS16

WE MADE IT 

 

See you soon for ALL our fabulous

NEW COLLECTIONS

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CLEARANCE SALE

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THE SALE STOCK HAS NOW BEEN SOLD ….WE ARE OPENING FOR THE NEW SEASON ON APRIL 2nd AT OUR NEW STORE – 33 BRIDGE ROAD, EAST MOLESEY, SURREY, KT8 9ER – 100 YARDS UP THE ROAD FROM THE PREVIOUS STORE ON SATURDAY 2ND APRIL

 

 

C   L   E   A   R   A   N   C   E  

…..FINAL REDUCTIONS ….. 

CLOSING TOMORROW 

SATURDAY 16th JANUARY

…OPENING 10am – 4pm… 

EVERYTHING MUST GO 

 

DL1961 JEANS SALE ON EXISTING STOCK 

…NEW STOCK  –  SAME DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY …

 

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Onjenu Archipel dress in kiteprint in size 12 and 16 

WAS £85 NOW ONLY £20

 

 

 

NYGARDSANNA 

 

Striped shirt

Striped linen loose fit shirt WAS £ 165 NOW ONLY £65

Sizes S, M and L available 

 

Stripe blouse

Striped Blouse WAS £ 145 NOW ONLY £70

Size S, M and L available

Sailor dress AW15

 

Striped linen Sailor Dress WAS £210 NOW ONLY £95 

Size S and M available 

Tunic dress in Indigo

Indigo Tunic dress Was £195 NOW ONLY £95 

AVAILABLE in size XS ONLY 

 

ACCESSORIES CLEARANCE 

 

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Touch gloves to use with phone ..other styles available 

WERE £28 NOW ONLY £14 

 

 

 

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Bracelet set of 4

WAS £ 43 Now only £25

 

100 denier black

 

50 denier matt marine

 

FALKE TIGHTS

50 denier black  (size S, M) and marine navy (S and L)  WERE £16 NOW ONLY £10 

100 denier in black  in S only WERE £24  NOW ONLY £15 

JEWELLERY CLEARANCE

 

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Friendship bracelets from LEJU

from £22 NOW ONLY £15.00

 

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Envy and Tilley & Grace (not all these styles are left)

all now on 40% discount 

 

SHOES AND BOOTS 

 

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Seven Boot Lane black leather Chelsea Boots 

Were £ 145

NOW ONLY £30

Now only Size 8 available 

 

 

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Antoine et Lili “Strictly” shoes …so comfortable ..I have these 

Were £ 125

NOW ONLY £20

Available in size  8 in RED 

Also available in  BLACK (below)

size 40 only available

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SELECTED JEANS and BELTS ALSO ON CLEARANCE 

 

MUST CLOSE SATURDAY 16th