My Favourite Stripe Trends supporting Matalans Charity Campaign and Alder Hey

I do have a slight obsession with Pattern Design and was only too happy to take part in the ‘Get your Stripes’ Charity Campaign with Matalan for Alder Hey Childrens Hospital. My latest blog post is called ‘My Favourite Stripe Trends supporting the Matalan Charity Campaign and Alder Hey’ and as you can see from my recent shop launch and Journal Magazine cover, I’m rather fond of my shocking pink stripe dress that I can’t wear enough of!

Jane Means cover girl

Each year Matalan dedicate several items of which 100% of their profits go to the charity. Being a fan of the brand I was happy to take part, plus my close friend John who is a TV producer, filmed a documentary at Alder Hey and has often spoke about the incredible work that they do. When Matalan approached me, my stripe obsessed answer was ‘yes’ so I’ve put together my favourite 10 stripe looks to highlight this campaign.

Striped nails

1. Sport some stripes in your nails, jazzed up with some bold neon colours. For me I’d have to pay a trip to my local nail bar to get this done professionally as it’s not a task for shaky hands. Fingernails are considered to be an item of cosmetic beauty by women all over the world and it has been the norm to paint the whole nail the same colour. Until now!

Image courtesy of Pinterest


2. I particularily love this stripe feature wall. It’s a great way to make a small room appear larger in size and I love this bold monochrome statement.

Image courtesy of Pinterest


3. Taking the world by storm is the new lick and stick paper by Instawrap which has just been launched. My favourite design is their Retro Stripe which is such a classic and understated look. Their paper is amazing as it licks and sticks in seconds. I was so bowled over by the concept I am now the Brand Ambassor and Designer for the brand. Buy online at

Jane Means striped red ribbon

4. One of our best selling ribbons ever is our Red Candy Stripe. Teamed with brown paper, this is a classic look and is suitable for any occasion including Christmas, Valentine, Kids parties and Birthdays.

Available at on 3M, 10M and 100M rolls

Matalan mug

5. This year’s Matalan charity collection is all about celebrating festive family downtime, with a range of red, white and green stripe pyjamas, perfect for everyone this Christmas. The range for adults, kids and even the dog, will see everyone matching whilst they relax this Christmas. The range will be available in stores with prices starting from £2- £10. Their mug is priced at £2 and is perfect for that mid afternoon brew. Available at Matalan

Jack Wills Laindon wash Bag

6. This is the perfect gift for someone who has everything. This versatile Laindon bag can store lingerie, make up and in my case, double sided tape, scissors and gift tags. Bag available at Jack Wills

ASOS jumper

7. This gorgeous jumper grabbed my attention. The subtle stripes and chunky knit are highlighted by the ruffle shoulder feature.
Available at ASOS, this is definitely on my Christmas list

Stripe sunglasses

8. If you want to make a bold statement this summer, try out these stripe glasses by Dolce and Gabbana
Teamed with a straw hat you will be admired like a Hollywood A lister

Jane Means for Matalan

9. In my book ‘Giftwrapped’, I’ve enjoyed using bold stripes in my Gift Wrapping. To get a tutorial on how to wrap a bottle head over to the Matalan Blog to get inspired. Tissue by Jane Means

Berlin Stripe Building

10. If you are going to raise support for a charity campaign involving Stripes, you can’t get much better than this. A complete building
Spotted on Pinterest, this is a Business Park at Berlin Airport, and it’s Lego style exterior can’t but help but make me smile with it’s bold pattern and clashing colours.

I’m delighted to support this campaign along with Alesha Dixon and Larry Lamb. For more details on the campaign, head over to the Matalan and Alder Hay page and don’t forget to ‘Get your Stripes’ folks! x


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Our Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale is back

On April 29th, the Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale will be making a comeback in Braceborough Village Hall near Stamford from 4-8pm.  Last year my close friend Sarah Milne and I raised over £2000 for Three Counties Dog Rescue at the inaugural event which was opened by TV presenter Catherine Gee.

Jane Means with Sarah Milne and Catherine Gee

After numerous requests we’ve decided to squeeze the event in our busy schedule (doing our bit for Charity) and hope you can join us.

speaking labrador video


We hope that you like our new YouTube advert featuring a speaking labrador called Margo!  This year we have an actress opening the doors so read on…


Boutique Charity Sale

We all have a few clothes in our wardrobe which hardly get worn, and this is a chance to donate your pre loved frocks to our charity dress event.

Vintage dress sale

Sponsored by Country Living Magazine Fairs, it is a boutique experience with a buzzing atmosphere, good quality clothes at a bargain price, delicious refreshments, with free entry and parking.  This year we are delighted that Karen Westwood is opening our event and the actress has appeared on Spooks, Dr Who and Monarch of the Glen to name a few.

karen westwood actress



Last year many people picked up bargains including a few designer finds like a Reiss Dress for £8, Armani Jeans for £5 and a Jaeger Jacket for £15.

Barkmad Charity Event

We priced items low to sell, and offered a complimentary gift wrapping service with purchases wrapped in scented tissue.

Barkmad Afternoon Tea


Clients loved the shopping experience and stayed to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea for under £5.  It was a huge success with so much support, with customers even coming from Yorkshire and Buckinghamshire to snap up bargains.

pink paper carrier bags


With the event only a couple of months away, we are asking for any High Street pre loved ladies clothes to be donated.  These can be dropped off at the following locations or collected locally nearer the time.

We are also looking for more drop off points within Lincolnshire so please let us know if you can help and we will gladly promote you in return!.

Bracebridge Heath: The Haberdashery Closet

Lincoln (Central): Frankeys Estate Agents

Lincoln (Bailgate): Yvonne Bell at Bailgate Hair and Beauty

Stamford: Sly Dress Agency

Bourne: Leonard Interiors

Spilsby: Honeybun Shop and Tearoom

Sleaford  TBA

used clothes wanted charity sale

We can email a PDF version of our poster but if you would like any leaflets or any further information please contact 01522 522544

Twitter #BarkMad

Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale 2014






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The Barking Mad Dress Sale

Many of us dream about buying that designer dress in London, Paris or Milan, only to realise that we can’t afford it.   In my case I have too many unworn clothes bulging in the wardrobe as it is, with endless frocks I’ve bought from M+S or Next with labels still attached.
I’ve got together with my very good friend Sarah Milne in organising ‘The Barking Mad Dress Sale’ after realising we had too many unworn clothes that no longer fitted.  I wanted to do something with these lovely clothes, and so many other friends have the same issue where they don’t just want to give their clothes away, and haven’t the time to sell them on an auction website. We were thinking about doing a charity event and wanted to combine the two.
The idea came to fruition whilst we were stranded on a train returning from the Country Living Fair in Glasgow before Christmas. The seed was sown over a few glasses of wine with endless sketches and notes, and we soon started spreading the word amongst friends and family.
We are delighted at the response from local businesses, family and friends willing to help. Already we have some great sponsors including Country Living Magazine,  Leonards Interiors,  Enotita,  Sly Dress Agency and Entsorga Italia.  We love our nostalgic flyer by Janene Spencer, a busy London Graphic Designer who donated her time for our charity event (I was so impressed with her work that I have now hired her for future design projects).
One of the main sponsors is Belinda Sly from the Sly Dress Agency in Stamford, who will be helping with the operation to ensure the clothes are pre loved perfect and priced accordingly.
Having gift wrapped for royalty and luxury stores throughout Europe, I will be on hand to ensure each item is wrapped in tissue and presented in a paper bag with ribbon so you get that boutique experience. I will also have a range of ribbons and accessories for sale at the event.
Country Living Magazine have been extremely generous by donating 200 gala tickets for our shopping event. Every paying customer will receive a free ticket worth £16.50* which includes entry to the Spring Fair gala evening in London on 20th March, and it’s the perfect chance to do some shopping amongst the 300 handpicked exhibitors with complimentary wine.  You will also find our haberdashery stand packed with ribbons and trimmings at this brilliant show.
Customers will also be able to indulge in tea and home-made cakes presented on pretty china cake stands by Elena Alice.
There will also be cloudy lemonade presented in jars with paper straws and glasses of wine available.  Tables will be adorned with jugs of freshly cut flowers and linen.
The raffle is gathering speed and we have been donated a gift voucher by Leonards Interiors who have just opened their new shop in Bourne, a prize from Decorative Country Living and  Entsorga Italia are donating an Italian Hamper and many other prizes will be up for grabs (please let us know if you would like to donate something).
The event will be held at a stylish hall in the rural village of Braceborough, which is located between Bourne and Stamford. The intimate stone building will be transformed with help from interior stylists and will be adorned with bunting and pom-poms, with jugs of fresh flowers scattered on the tables.
TV Presenter Catherine Gee will be opening the sale and the charity event will be taking place on Thursday 7th March from 3.30-7.30pm, with timings to suit those who work or have children. Admission is free with ample car parking throughout the village. The postcode is PE9 4NT
We are now looking for good quality ladies clothes and accessories to be donated for this event (they don’t have to be designer).  If you drop any clothes off at our Haberdashery Closet in Bracebridge Heath (LN4 2TA), we will reward you with a complimentary roll of ribbon from the shop!
Half of my own wardrobe is going to be cleared out including M+S Per Una, Banana Republic, Boden and Next.  Already we have had some designer labels, shoes and bags handed in including Escada, LK Bennett, Dior and Prada.
If you’re having a wardrobe Spring Clean, we will gladly take them off you and pop them in to our ladies pre loved sale … (sadly we can’t accept underwear, hosiery, children’s or menswear).  If you can spare any hangers we would be extremely grateful.
Current drop off points include Lincs, Cambs, Wilts, Bucks and London:
The Haberdashery Closet at Jane Means (Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln) 01522 522 544
3 counties Rescue (Bourne) 01778 440318
Sly dress Agency (Stamford) 01780 482870
Enotita (Peterborough) 0845 2699 953
Leonards Interiors (Bourne) 01476 585101
Sarah Milne (Braceborough near Stamford) 07915 419836
Linda Brookes (Ryhall near Stamford) 01780 238927
Jane Means (London) 01522 522 544
Caroline McFarlane (Marlow) 07503 165737
David Hooper (Westbury, Wilts) 07791 277623
Sarah and I are keen animal lovers and all proceeds will be in aid of 3 Counties Rescue in Bourne, who work endlessly to accept, care for, and find homes for the unwanted, lost and stray cats and dogs.
This will be a luxurious shopping event where you will be able to buy a pre loved piece for as little as £2.50 and enjoy tea and homemade cakes in pretty surroundings in rural Lincolnshire.
If you would like any leaflets for your school, club or village notice board,  or would like a few flyers to give out, please give us a call on 01522 522544 (We should receive our leaflets in early February).
We would love you to spread the word and you can follow developments on our Facebook Page and via Twitter #barkmad
On a final note if you or anyone can help with the last few jobs on our ‘to do list’ that would be great.  We need
  • Extra Drop Off Locations
  • Good quality Ladies clothes, shoes, bags, hats and accessories to sell
  • Spare coat hangers
  • Mannequins and Clothes Rails (loan)
  • Raffle prizes
  • General word of mouth
  • Leaflet distribution in the local area
Hope you can make it to our event!
Jane x


Sponsorship Artwork Image kindly supplied by LMRT Design


* One Country Living gala ticket per person with a minimum spend of £10.  Limited tickets available

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