Read & Bell

My day was made on Monday, by a trip to the Post Office to empty my P O Box.


Because there were treasures.

And who doesn’t love treasures?

By now, I think you all know me pretty well.

You already know I get sent lots of beautiful gifts from brands that would like me to blog about their products.

Things arrive from a whole range of different companies. Companies that believe their products would be a good fit for me, and in turn YOU.

So I consider myself to be a very lucky girl.

There have been occasions though, when I have returned gifted items, because they are just not right for me.

Or indeed, I have politely declined an offer by email.

Of course, I thank the brands for being utterly generous and thinking of me.

BUT if the gifted item is not something I would wear or isn’t a piece that’s suits my taste/style, then no matter how hard I try, I would never do the product justice.

Which is counter-productive for both parties.

But most of all though, the reason I consider every piece or request is because of YOU.

I would hate (yes, hate) YOU to think I was compromising myself or my style, just for a gifted product.

So for me to show the gifts to you, they MUST be something I would either buy myself, or it has to be something I fall instantly in love with.

Talking about falling in love –  let me take a second to introduce you to Read & Bell.

It was love, from the moment I opened the parcel.

Firstly, it was wrapped with LOVE – I know, it gets me every-single-time.

Secondly, also enclosed in said parcel, was a letter.

Be still my beating heart, I love a letter. It’s such a lovely way to introduce yourself – don’t you agree?

Thirdly (yes, I’m stopping at three points) the pink poncho was on my back in three seconds flat!

A little squeal of pleasure popped from my mouth, when I laid eyes on the gorgeousness.

All three products oozed quality – something that is very important to me.

There was an instant feeling of understated elegance.

They were all super-soft, extremely well made and pieces that I believe, fit perfectly into most wardrobes, but especially a Queensland winter wardrobe.

Stunning, warm and not too heavy.

IMG_5460 650 Merino Wool Poncho in Blush * $145.00 Read & Bell  |  Katies Jeans (last season)  |  Avery Point Wedge $149.00  | Sunnies Witchery

Now, before I go any further, with a little imagination, I believe everything can be worn differently…

I’m not wearing this poncho the traditional way – the seam would normally be on the shoulder.

But I love a v-neck. So I’ve twizzled it around to the front, just to show you how flexible it is.

It reminds me more of a cape top – which can be difficult to wear (unless of course you are petite).

Wearing it this way though, balances out my ample boobage to perfection – but because the fabric is king (I cannot explain how good this feels against skin) I will easily be able to wear this poncho the traditional way too, without the visual appearance of extra padding!

Honestly, I can not wait to wear it again – Hello Weekend.

It is total perfection and feels luxurious, feminine and bang on trend.

Also inside the package, was  the cutest Merino Knit Scarf you ever did see…you already know I’m a scarf whore, right?

Yes, another squeal.

IMG_5503 650

Merino Knit Scarf * $70.00 Read & Bell – see above for other details.

The two totally compliment each other.

I adore that I could start the day with the scarf (which is a perfect way to obtain warmth) without the bulk of adding another layer.

Gorgeous merino wool, that even I can wear next to my skin.

Unfortunately, my skin has the nasty habit of reacting to most wool products. I can’t bear it next to my skin, but this merino wool is truly the best I have felt in a long time.

I might have done a little happy-dance 😉

Seriously, everything in this parcel is so ME to a T – I am stoked.

But there was still one more treasure.

Last and certainly not least, was a stunning Merino Wool Wrap, it can be worn either as a cardigan or across the body as a wrap.

I naturally lean towards wraps and poncho’s – I love that they offer something different to the norm and can fancy up any outfit from boring to chic in a nano-second.

Who am I kidding?  More like, I love the drama of feeding my multiple style personalities!

Read and Bell

Merino Wool Buttoned Wrap * $145 Read & Bell

Above worn as a cardigan.

Or below as a wrap.

So who are Read & Bell I hear you ask?

Tory Read and Anne Bell are the duo behind the brand.

A small Sydney based design company, passionate about their threads. They are predominately a summer brand, but this season they have launched a small capsule of Australian Merino knits for the winter market.

I believe this design duo have nailed it, all the above are exquisitely beautiful.

But especially the cape.

If you are in the market for the PERFECT lightweight cape, this would be my top buy.

Quite frankly, I’m blown away by the genius of this one simple piece.

Yes, me. The girl who is surrounded by capes and merino wool all day long.


Are you a wool lover? Are capes and wraps your thing?


These items were gifted to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.



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  • Samantha Keogh

    Fabulous pieces. You wear them so beautifully.

    • Thanks so much Sam. The quality is simply divine – can’t wait to wear them again xx

  • Beautiful, the items looks so much and soft!

    xx Falasha

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  • Sophisticated Mumma

    Love, love, love that Poncho! Looks a lovely versatile piece. I’m playing Blog catch-up as I’ve been so busy but I loved your IG pics and who doesn’t like a bit of merino wool? xx

    • Nat this one is a keeper. So in love with it at the moment, I could wear it every day!
      So happy for you and your new business – you will be amazing! xx

  • Lauren @SAHM I am

    That wrap is amazing- I love navy and drapey things so this needs to come to live in my closet!

  • What great items! Soft pink is such a flattering colour!

  • Oh Bev I can totally understand your squeels!! Such beautiful pieces. That pink is divine. Absolutely divine. Love how you wore it so simply and casually. Now I must go check out Read & Bell xox

    • Read & Bell are right up your street Wendy. We seem to have very similar taste, so I feel sure you would love them. What’s beautiful about these though is the quality oozes from every piece, making them stylishly stand out! xx

  • Jayemess

    Both of these pieces look absolutely stunning on you and I’m seriously tempted to purchase but I have a problem with wool against my skin. Do you find them itchy or prickly at all against your skin? Thanks for sharing more gorgeous pieces 🙂

    • Honestly no itchy or prickliness at all. I react to wool in a heartbeat! These are soft and feel like velvet against the skin – superb quality that I feel sure you would love xx Let me know how you get on!

  • Kathryn

    Oooh I love both of these! You look lovely Bev, very feminine looks aren’t they. I bought the cashmere shrug from Nikki, wore it the day it came in the post, and I felt instantly just a bit glam! Love the pink on you especially x

    • Thanks so much darling – I truly adore the pink! Read & Bell products are simply divine. So pleased you have treated yourself! xx Mwah

  • Ooh, how absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been looking for a new season blanket cape, poncho, wrap. But I have struggled to make a decision. This is just gorgeous!

    I love your policy too. I have a similar one. It’s called the Kimba Likes Keeping it Real Policy. If it doesn’t pass the Kimba Likes test, then I politely decline. It needs to be something I would buy again with my own money, and it needs to be something that will benefit my readers in some way. Like you, I treasure each and every one!

    • Glad you love this one darling…its a dream to wear – it goes without saying you would look sensational in it!
      Yes, my sentiments exactly. My readers really do mean the world to me. I want them to feel confident that I wouldn’t compromise my style just for a freebie xx Mwah

  • Jo Hardy Brown

    That pink poncho is divine on you Bev! Like you, I can’t stand itchy wool again my skin. In fact, I’m getting more fussy about the feel of fabrics as I get older. Probably another reason why I’m loving my Bohemian Traders clothes – they feel so comfortable against my skin. Thanks so much for sharing this, I believe I may be investigating that poncho in the stone colour….

    • Thanks so much Jo – I’m so in love with it!
      For me there are so many jumpers that I love, but wouldn’t dream of wearing because of the itchy factor. This however feels like soft velvet against my skin…such a Read & Bell fangirl now xxx
      Ps The stone will be in your wardrobe for years!

  • Jan Wild

    Love love love the soft pink poncho, just stunning on you. Ponchos have daggy memories from the past for me, but that little number could seriously tempt me to get back into the water.

    • Jump back in Jan! The poncho is classic elegance at its finest. Thanks for the love Ladybug xx

      • Jan Wild

        Well then, after a couple of days consideration you have convinced me 🙂 I hope you get a commission on the sale. I chose the Navy one as it will suit my travel capsule very well and be a little more forgiving xx

  • Read and Bell do some gorgeous things. I have one of their dresses that i wore to death last summer. I was eyeing the poncho off on their website last week. Love it on you! I love how you turned it around to make a v neck. Very clever! I love a v neck too xx

    • Read & Bell were a complete surprise to me Sarah…I’ve gone straight to fangirl though. The quality is sensational, it truly oozes from every piece. Thanks so much for the love xx

  • Sharon

    I am love with all things that wrap and hug and I’m especially in love with the soft pinks out now. Gosh these look lovely on you,you are style personified my lovely. I think I have to have the poncho but mamma will need to save her pennies lol Mwah xx

    • Sharon how darn gorgeous is the poncho? Oh my goodness – I was blown away by the feel and quality, then when I put it on, HAPPY DANCE. This piece is a total winner.
      Thanks for the love gorgeous girl xx Mwah

  • These outfits are gorgeous! So beautiful, the knit in the top looks SO touchable. Watch out. 😉

  • Oh I just love it all. I just recently bough a cape from French Connection. I would love more wraps and capes they are perfect for winter. Have a fabulous day. V x

    • Thanks so much Vicki – when I opened the parcel I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven – everything was total perfection! Can’t wait to see your French Connection cape…I might just be a touch obsessed by them! xx

  • Thanks so much darling…I fell hook, line and sinker for this poncho. It only arrived on Monday, within an hour I was photographing it. It feels as soft as silk, light and so wearable. So chuffed you approve Lisa…you are also way ahead of me. Read and Bell are completely new to me, but I’m an instant fan!
    Have a great day beautiful xxx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Yes yes yes I have quite a few ponchos and wraps and love them,and I love Read and Bell,you look stunning my friend and that pink is gorgepus on you and that scarf is stunning with it ,you know I collect scarves!
    You look so beautiful in both my gorgeous friend Xxx

    • Thanks so much darling…I fell hook, line and sinker for this poncho. It only arrived on Monday, within an hour I was photographing it. It feels as soft as silk, light and so wearable. So chuffed you approve Lisa…you are also way ahead of me. Read and Bell are completely new to me, but I’m an instant fan!
      Have a great day beautiful xxx