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Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Cool -and cosy -Comfort

Back to last time's theme of coats!

As promised, the repeat of my favourite ivory/black coatigan is in--with a wait list of 20, we are going to have a bumper week of internet sales...and for those who already have one, wait and see the same coat in our ivory/black snakeskin textured jersey, out this week! or, too much, ivory/black for your wardrobe? we are bringing forward this outstanding coatigan in navy box texture heavy weight jersey-lovely for now and perfect for early spring too-so an investment buy....

Love our famous cable coat -well half coat and half cape-now available in this season's delicious aubergine. With cable knit collar and unique snaffle fastening, this will be elegant for evening, as well as eye catching for walking the dog, and meeting your own George Clooney!  

prefer a sensible quilt? well ,look no further-for aubergine, navy,blue,  silver, mink, black--the list is neverending, and the devil's in the detail from snaffles, silver buttons -and each with at least one zip (the double zip of course which can be undone at the bottom so you can sit easily in bus or train)-abuyer from John Lewis once told me that she could see our black bonfire quilt stream out of the tube station in the morning.  How surprised she would be to see that now we have several sizes of our unique design, and a list of colours including two tone shot fabric in nght sky blue and aubergine

Well we started on an aubergine theme and now we have ended on it-and remember a coat is not only cosy, but so COOL! If you buy nothing else this season, you must buy a coat


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – London Fashion Week

always exciting and heralding the real start of autumn, this weekend saw London Fashion Week, Premier Vision in Paris, and numerous weekend magazines showing distrinctive trends in coats.  Rejecting the "shaggy bear "look, chesca has gone for  quilts , wools and textured 3/4 coats.

Our first coat of the season, an ivory/black  jacquard cocoon coat has sold out, although a repeat will follow next month for those prepared to be patient-or try it in mink and black-also one of the season's best sellers-we call it a coatigan!.  This week, we are following up with our threequarter seamed coat, which is stunning with trousers (our model, Katie, has been photographed wearing all 4 colours- note the interesting zip pockets-a fashion statement in their own right, but perfect to hide that all important credit card--now swipeable on buses and trains.) Brighten up those winter days in hot pink, red or vibrant orange or be subtle in "Grace Kelly" oatmeal.  if the pre-orders were anything to go by, this will be a sell out too.  Prefer a jacket, try our latest black hip length waterfall, with slouchy pockets in 100% wool.  Prefer a full length coat, try our double collar coat in black or viibrant red.

Do have a glimpse , in spite of the warm weather-you won't regret it

Friday, September 05, 2014 – Glitz and Glam!

Our latest newsletter shows our divine evening dress in black. Your shoulders will stun with the tiny beaded flowers which continue in a shaped vertical panel, creating a bouquet of flowers which draws the eye away from any lumps and bumps. Translucent stretch georgette is ruched onto the panel and tempts and titillates on the decolette which is revealing but flattering at the same time. The hem is fluid, and the length designed to reveal those slender ankles. We love this dress, and it is available ONLY on the chesca web in black, champagne and ivory. Maybe black for that important ball -or ivory if you're a bride next year! Do try one, it will be an addition to your wardrobe which you can wear year after year in any colour. Or have you seen our evening skirt in gold satin jersey with a translucent black overlay, encrusted with black embroidery at the hip. Katie is wearing our jersey tunic tucked into the elastic waistband, but the tunic can be worn over the waistband if your have a straighter shape, which will still show the beautiful embroidery.

On that topic, take a look at Elizabeth, wearing chesca from head to toe at her daughter's wedding. Not only is she radiant in our silver grey dress and jacket, but she has coordinated her outfit with our matching feather trimmed hatinator, satin shoes and bag. Join us in congratulating the happy family. Thank you, Elizabeth for the photo and your compliments to our manageress in Cambridge.


Friday, August 15, 2014 – Iconic Style

Iconic style is on our front page this week, and how else could you describe this stunning reversible coat! The website features the long length (140cms) evening coat in black flocked "velvet" on one side and black on the other, a unique combination which is suitable for all but the most inclement weathers.  An investment piece which has been reordered by us direct from California, this coat is also available in 125cms length in

olive, aubergine, raspberry, acorn reversing to plain black and dove grey reversing to steel in plains with no flocking.  My friend Marilyn now has 2 and wants a third, a sure sign this is a must have.  We are showcasing several must have pieces this season alongside our newest quirky essentials, well-priced to wear everyday , such as our monotone cowl neck dress at only £95- in all stores next week, including  our boutiques in John Lewis Partnership and House of Fraser, or our pleat dresses with uneven hemline at £145 long sleeved in black, my favourite dress!

Have you seen our new jersey top, classic in everyway except for the stunning necklace attached , and available in black, deep pink, aubergine and ivory.  A stunning outfit to turn heads would be the ivory jersey, with our latest black pleated trouser  and the flocked coat on the front of the web-true iconic style!

Just about to send out our latest brochure ,featuring our stunning friend, Katie Green, and it occurred to me that chesca is celebrating 10 iconic years, and we have developed our own unique style over this decade.  Of course, we have our stunning wedding outfits, our famous quilted coats and jackets, and our pleated dresses, tops and shrugs-but they all have something in common-they are first and foremost, designed to flatter and make the least of any lumps and bumps, and the most of your best points.  Slender wrists, a beautiful decollete, an hour glass waist, a flat rear---a lifetime in fashion observing  women's shape, their needs-I enjoy your company and i am a very good listener.....I hope you agree.  Looking forward to the next 10 years!


Saturday, August 02, 2014 – FLAWLESS FIT

Had quite a few lovely letters this week , celebrating not only our ocassion wear styling but also our flawless fit

Whether our lace evening wear, or our quirky linen dresses, we take a pride in our great fit, refining it constantly--lovely letters and  regular customers are our favourite compliments, and make us so proud that our efforts are appreciated-more importantly, make YOU feel confident and relaxed wherever you go.

This week, we are going to a fashion show , for next spring.  We are planning on all shades of blue : glacier,  ultramarine, hyacinth, indigo and navy to begin the season with solft shades of dusty lilac to start with, some surprises in between, and then for summer hot colours of greens and raspberries for special events, and camouflage colours for linens and casual events.  More of that later, but it brings me back to those all important fits.

I will wear our pleat dress with georgette sleeves, for the show, both flattering and creaseless, smart and timeless.  Its the dress on the front of our web, and I make no excuses for having written about it before.   This is our fourth repeat The pleats make it a flawless fit and it is so packable, as well. The most useful dress in my wardrobe--if you still have a holiday in mind, try the sleeveless version in coral or jade.  

So many more pleaty dresses and separates, perfect for ocassions or desk to dinner, washable, packable, but most importantly, such a flattering fit

First time on chesca web? give one of these items a try--you will be hooked forever, and will have an enviable figure, whatever your size

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – let the games begin.....

The Commonwealth Games have just begun in Scotland, the torch has been throughout the land and now rests in Glasgow! Wow!

To celebrate, we have chosen aubergine as our theme for this week's newsletter-to match the Scottish national emblem-the THISTLE!  Or at least, our nearest autumn colour-from our haze lace dress and jacket embellished with cornelli to our lace twinset , from our quirky knit cardi and matching jumper to our delightful jersey dress with exquisite shoulder line, this colour will stand out this autumn at chesca--and although, most are only available on line and Glasgow at present, we hope we might tempt you to pop one or two in your wardrobe ready for the season ahead.  Not quite ready to be head to toe in Aubergine-try our lovely jersey cardi in shades of aubergine -and team with our classic-zip pocket aubergine trousers and sleeveless top.

 All remind us of the Commonwealth Games-and this range will be in our boutique in House of Fraser, Glasgow next week-to honour hosting the Games, a great opportunity while you are there to see this stunning range, not in store until September.  

Can't bear to think of autumn, while the sun is beaming, try a top which is embellished with its own silver necklace-in white-or deep pink-or -you guessed it- aubergine.   This sparkling necklace is attached to a silky jersey top which flatters your curves

Next week, we introduce a feminine floral print mesh dress which is seamed throughout to flatter, which picks up our Commonwealth theme combining pink and grey with aubergine- look out for this-we expect it will sell out quickly i this run of sunshine continues- our brill idea to suit summer days and autumn parties.  Just wait and see....



Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Football Fans?


Well, its over! No longer the talk of every get-together, we can all heave a sigh of relief, congratulate Germany and move on to our passion for fashion! Went to Scoop this weekend, a fashion show at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. A sea of neutrals for next Summer in khaki, ivory and sand-desert colours predominate, with a taste of tomato peeking out, in quirky, asymmetrical designs. Stripes are played with, chevrons, knits and woven combined with loose shaped tops, full mesh skirts and graceful palazzos--although never combine the two I would suggest if your figure is veering on the voluptuous.

What of the season ahead, you ask? Well jersey is our favourite fabric from desk to dinner-soft and flattering, combining prints and plains--with a generous bow to crinkled pleating, perfect for your Summer holiday packing and quite subtle to match an evening sea! Neutrals in the guise of grey, navy, minks, and ivory dominate the Autumn collection, but each month we add an accent colour. The range for Autumn, as usual, features separates that build on the previous season-a pink and black pleat two piece, a pleated skirt, a black patchwork crinkle coat and camisole, all fit into your seasonal wardrobe giving it this Autumn's lift. But, dresses dominate at the start of the season-so easy to slip into-with ballet pumps early and ankle boots a little later. Much more flattering than football kit.....

Our web has now been changed to our latest beaded dress in pink -or mink- with gunmetal beading and more than a hint of moorish design. Perhaps you will recognise the Taj by night--not quite moorish, but beautifully carved, and curved, like our stylish curvy chesca women, who ooze glamour and confidence.

More soon


Friday, July 04, 2014 – The Pride Of Warwick

We haven't entered the Tour de France, nor are we in the semi-finals of the World Cup or Wimbledon, but c h e s c a is proud that we have won a county wide competition, for the following reasons:

Customers willingly travel miles to pay a visit to c h e s c a, a fashion boutique in Leamington Spa. The care and attention offered to each client is mentioned time and time again with one nominee recalling that refreshments were offered to the entire party on one trip to the store, including their pet spaniel. They also offer gift vouchers to BID Leamington and take part in fashion shows to Myton Hospice, supporting the local community, as well as those who shop there.

Congratulation to Manageress Lesley, aided by her amazing colleague, Elizabeth, who collected their award at the dinner held last night. They enjoyed themselves enormously and were absolutely thrilled to be voted the winners in the CUSTOMER CARE category. Heroines, like all our members of staff throughout the country who play a special part in great occasions like the Races, Queen's Garden party, and weddings and other Gala Dinners, in giving our customers confidence and elegance at their special events.

Whether a pink linen dress for holidays, a neat shift for Ascot, a long black dress for the Captain's Table on that voyage of a lifetime, or even a wedding dress, second time around, c h e s c a pops up at all events to fit and flatter all sizes from 12-24. Certainly not a plus size , but a glamorous outfit designed to give Red Carpet style and glamour from power breakfast to the Oscars in Hollywood. (now thats a surprise, but we are too modest to name names!)

My thanks to all in the shops, mail order and internet, where we try to add a special touch to make shopping a pleasure and an event in itself.


Friday, June 20, 2014 – Dawn French, spotted by our avid newsreader

Just caught sight of our favourite model wearing c h e s c a in the Daily Mail-the fabulously funny Dawn French. Wearing our cowl neck shift with opal sequin print collar, she always is a credit to us for every occasion. This jersey dress is stylish and comfortable, and oh-so-flattering.

Our stunning pink chiffon dress and jacket was spotted at Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot, a welcome change from the short sharp shift which is the uniform for Races. A touch of sparkle on her hat and dress, this really flatters the curves -a new idea for the Duchess of Cambridge?
Also seen at Ascot , our unique rose feather hat, a concoction of feathers in the shape of a rose-- the lady who sent the pic in says she had dozes of compliments on the day in our exclusive headgear- if you have a Summer wedding to go to how about one of these as an investment?

Monday, June 16, 2014 – Silver Lining - As seen on BBC1 Breakfast TV

The BBC1 breakfast TV show started my morning with an unexpected surprise, in the form of a radiant looking bride being interviewed wearing her bridal dress -and matching hat- from chesca! The programme was about later marriages but this bride looks so youthful  for this very special ocassion. We wish the happy couple  the best of luck  and thank her for choosing the Silver Grey  chiffon dress with Cream & Ivory Embroidery and hope she will choose chesca for the ocassions ahead.