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Monday, 30 May 2016

Winser London Pink Tweed Knitted Jacket, Broderie Top and Skinnies

Winser London is a quality British brand for women who want great clothing that works for more than just one season.  That philosophy is something I believe in wholeheartedly. I like versatile pieces that are suitable for a variety of occasions and that transcend the seasons. I want my clothing to multi-task and to work hard just like I and millions of other women do. 

Coco Chanel told us that fashion fades and only style remains the same and this tweed knitted jacket is testament to that. Kim Winser has taken the classic round neck "Chanel-style" jacket and interpreted the design for today's woman, modernising it with a cotton stretch fabric and a grosgrain placket. The colour is divine and the neat silhouette with popper fastening makes it look chic and streamlined. 

I wore it when my daughter and I were invited for afternoon tea. The tea-shop is very close to the canal basin in the centre of Skipton so we made the most of the early evening sunshine to take these photographs.

Winser pink cotton knitted jacket

Winser London pink knitted jacket, broderie top and skinny jeans

Winser London pink knitted jacket, broderie top and skinny jeans

Winser London pink knitted jacket, broderie top and skinny jeans

Winser London pink knitted jacket, broderie top and skinny jeans

Broderie anglaise is a fabric I love and is something else that endures season after season, decade after decade.  In fact, it was so-named by the French, (English embroidery), because of its popularity here in the 19th century. This elegant sleeveless top has a jersey back, tiny mother of pearl buttons and diamond eyelet embroidery.


Winser London pink knitted jacket, broderie top and skinny jeans

Winser London pink knitted jacket, broderie top and skinny jeans

And my homage to Coco continues with chunky freshwater pearl jewellery.
A touch of Chanel by the canal you might say.

Winser London pink knitted jacket, broderie top and skinny jeans

It is testament to a brand when it appeals universally to women. Below are my six closest blogging friends each wearing a Winser outfit. Each has a very different sense of style and personality and yet every one of us was spoiled for choice when it came to selecting something.

We met at the Blognix Retreat in February of this year, (with the exception of Catherine, whom I met when we worked together on a modelling campaign two years ago). We bonded immediately and now not a day goes by when we aren't in touch. In equal measures, we discuss things related to blogging and things as unrelated to blogging as you can possibly imagine. We're an international group of seven older bloggers, each with her unique style, her own story and her own strengths. Together, we form The Over 40 Collective, O40Co. Our aim is to work with brands that target our demographic and to open communication between those brands and consumers so that we can raise the profile of stylish, affordable fashion targeting our age-group.

Here is The Over 40 Collective, my best blogging friends, in their Winser outfits.

Lisa, The Sequinist wearing Winser London
Lisa, The Sequinist. Instagram: @thesequinist

Nikki from Midlife Chic wears Winser London
Nikki: Midlife Chic. Instagram: @midlifechic

Michelle, Barefaced Chic wears Winser London
Michelle, The Barefaced Chic. Instagram: @barefaced_chic

Annette, Lady of Style wearing Winser London
Annette, Lady of Style. Instagram:@theladyofstyle

Michelle, RetroChicMama wears Winser London
Michelle, RetroChicMama. Instagram: @retrochicmamablog

Catherine, Not Dressed as Lamb wears Winser London
Catherine, Not Dressed as Lamb. Instagram: @notlamb
Do visit their blogs and see for yourselves more fabulous photographs of amazing women in beautiful clothing.
Have a lovely day and to those in the UK, enjoy the Bank Holiday,

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Cotton tweed knitted jacket in vintage rose/ivory, £99 Winser London
*Sleeveless Broderie Anglaise top, £89, Winser London
Skinny jeans, Next
T-bar heart and freshwater pearl necklace, £79 Danon at Lizzy O
T-bar heart and freshwater pearl bracelet, £49, Danon at Lizzy O
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Hamble Oak brogues in peach combi, £60 Clarks
*Alexa handbag in clay, Ilex London

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Disclosure: My jacket and my broderie top were a gift from Winser London. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. I was not obliged to blog about these items nor did I receive any payment for writing this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. 
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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Cobalt Balloon Dress with Pirate Trousers

Hello and happy Sunday. I hope those in the UK are enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend so far. My children are revising for exams that they will take after the half term holiday, so we don't have any great plans, but it's been a very busy time lately and I'm looking forward to a few quiet days catching up and perhaps doing a bit of planting in the garden and maybe even a little reading.

These trousers are called, rather fabulously, pirate trousers. They're ideal for pairing with a tunic dress when it isn't quite warm enough to go bare-legged yet want to feel spring-like. They simply pull on so are very comfortable and would be a good option for travelling in (I've begun the countdown to our summer holiday so am thinking of flight-friendly outfits) and are ideal for any number of days out and occasions from picnics to rockpooling to lunch and shopping. 
Both my trousers and tunic dress are by Danish brand Masai. The bubble shape is very flattering and it drapes beautifully. The colour is even more stunning in real life too. You may recall the chevron tunic dress I wore when I went to Tatton Park a few weeks ago. That is also by Masai and all three are from independent boutique, Gemini Woman. All season, Gemini are running a Summer of Style campaign which focuses on feeling and looking great, so do take a look at the website for tips on style, healthy living, mindfulness and more. 

Gemini have very kindly offered readers of my blog a 15% discount with the code LIZZY15 until 19th June so it's the perfect time to take a look. 

Cobalt blue Masai cocoon dress from Gemini woman

Cobalt blue Masai cocoon dress from Gemini woman

Cobalt blue Masai cocoon dress from Gemini woman

Cobalt blue Masai cocoon dress from Gemini woman

Cobalt blue Masai cocoon dress from Gemini woman

The simple and relaxed style lends itself to a simple accessories and this gorgeous long dragonfly pendant is by Danon and is available at Lizzy O, (my own accessories boutique), along with co-ordinating items including bangles, earrings and bracelets. All Danon jewelery is hand-crafted and made from precious metals in Israel. Do take a look, there are so many beautiful pieces of jewellery along with wrap bracelets and scarves. 

Danon jewellery silver dragonfly necklace from www.lizzyo.co.uk

Have a lovely day and I'll be back tomorrow with a very special Bank Holiday collaboration.

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Balloon Tunic, £64 Masai at Gemini Woman
*Peace Pirate Trouser, £75 Masai at Gemini Woman
Silver dragonfly necklace, £39, Danon at  Lizzy O
Double star ring in matt gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O (sign up to my monthly newsletter in the right hand sidebar of my blog for exclusive discounts for Lizzy O).
Silver sandals, Boden, past season

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Disclosure: My tunic and trousers were a gift from Gemini Woman.All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. I was not obliged to blog about these items nor did I receive any payment for writing this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. 
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Friday, 27 May 2016

My Day in London for The Kaleidoscope AW16 Press Day

If you'd have asked me six months ago about Kaleidoscope, I'd have told you that it was a big catalogue from which at the age of about 9, I used to cut pictures to stick in my fashion scrapbook. It was a weighty doorstop of a publication and I eagerly anticipated its arrival twice yearly. I used to peruse it from cover to cover, from the clothing at the front, through to the office supplies and the toys at the back and dream that one day I would own a photocopier of my very own. The catalogue really did sell everything. 

Fast forward twenty, ok thirty years and while Kaleidoscope still sells from its catalogues, it is mainly an e-tailer, the majority of its business coming from online sales. When they got in touch earlier this year offering to send me some occasionwear to review, I'll be honest and say that I wondered what it would be like from a quality and style perspective. I'm always open-minded though and my blog offers me a lot of opportunities to try new things, so I chose two outfits. The first, a satin floral skirt and Bardot top, the second a navy and white prom dress. I couldn't have been more impressed and found the clothing to be stylish and more than capable of giving Ted Baker and Coast a run for their money in terms of quality. I was very pleasantly surprised and love the dress so much that it appears in my profile picture across my social media and my writing work. Since then, I 've had a few more items from Kaleidoscope including the colour block t- bar heels and dropped shoulder striped shirt and have been equally as impressed. 

I was invited to the Autumn Winter '16 press breakfast at the Me Hotel close to Covent Garden earlier this week. The presentation took place in the rather nice Personality Suite, the rooftop terrace of which afforded excellent views over London. 

The clothing was arranged into separate style stories the first being Anastasia. This was my favourite collection, the tactile textures, faux fur and animal print appealing to my romantic nature. So many of these pieces would slot into my existing wardrobe.

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day
Photo Credit, Hayley Coleby, PHA Media
Kaleidoscope AW16 press day
Photo Credit: Hayley Coleby, PHA Media
Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

The occasionwear collection, New Opulence is also very strong. Lots of flamboyant fabrics, fringing and metallic lace.

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

This 1920s inspired gown is what I'd wear should anyone wish to take me to a ball. It comes with both a full-length nude slip and a midi length black slip to give two different looks. The beading is exquisite and this dress reminds me of the Jenny Packham gown worn (in ivory) by my sister-in-law when she married my brother.

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

I met and chatted with designer Kirsten Emery, formerly of French Connection, Next and Marks and Spencer, who talked of her passion for moving this brand forward whilst respecting its core customers' favourite designs and wishes. She brings a freshness and enthusiasm to the brand and I think it will continue to go from strength to strength.

Kirsten Emery, Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

This collection is quite a transitional one so is appropriately titled Indian Summer.

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

These t-bar colour block shoes are very similar in style to the two pairs I have currently (I'm wearing the nude and black pair in the photo further up), which are very well made and very comfortable. This version with leather rose gold alongside the burgundy and navy suede to me is utter perfection. These are definitely on my wishlist. 

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

The Island Resort collection is one which I think could be worn in so many different ways. Grey snake-print with lemon, beautiful metallic brocades and pearlised prints elevate the every day into something very special.

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Details such as the zipped detail on the black "cold shoulder" polo neck below and the graphic printed shirt dress have given, dare I say, a slightly edgy feel to this Modern Classics collection. The window pane shift dress has a matching reversible coat. So many details.

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Out on the roof terrace, I sat with designer Kirsten and Angie (l) and Natalie (r) from Kaleidoscope and took in the views of the capital...

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

...Before getting a mini manicure with Metta Francis of Nails by Mets.

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day

As I left I couldn't resist photographing the stunning hotel lobby. Those blooms!

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day, The Me Hotel, London

Kaleidoscope AW16 press day, The Me hotel, London

I had an hour or so before catching my train back, so called into Covent Garden and then had a wander to Trafalgar Square and to the London Eye which I never tire of seeing.

Covent Garden

Trafalgar Square

The London Eye

It was a brilliant day out. The team at Kaleidoscope and PHA Media are absolutely lovely and and made me and everyone else who attended feel most welcome. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the rest of the AW16 collection and pieces will become available at the start of July. The Kaleidoscope website is quite busy and it is a little difficult to see the wood for the trees, but there is an abundance of hidden gems, so do take a look. You might be as surprised as I was.

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Sequin tunic, £75, Kaleidoscope
*Tailored Trousers. £35. Kaleidoscope
*Colour block t-bar shoes, £60, Kaleidoscope
Double star ring in matt gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
T-bar heart and freshwater pearl necklace, £79 Danon at Lizzy O
T-bar heart and freshwater pearl bracelet, £49, Danon at Lizzy O (sign up to my monthly newsletter in the right hand sidebar of my blog for exclusive discounts for Lizzy O).

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Disclosure: My outfit was provided by Kaleidoscope for the event. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. I was not obliged to blog about these items nor did I receive any payment for writing this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. 
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Printed Maxi Dress and Orange Pique Jacket

It seems like weeks ago that I wore this outfit but in actual fact, it was just ten days ago when I attended the wedding blessing of my cousin and her husband who got married 14 years ago in a civil ceremony but who'd always yearned for a religious service. The sun shone and it was a day of celebration and happiness and it was very heartwarming to see their dream come true after so long.

My maxi dress is from last year and I always enjoy wearing it. In the past, I've worn a denim jacket with it, but on this occasion, decided that my cropped orange pique jacket would be ideal for picking out the orange in the print of the dress ad also for adding a slightly more formal finish to the outfit. 

You may remember that I wore the same orange jacket with a pineapple top and boyfit jeans, in a way that very much dressed down the jacket. It's proving to be a very versatile piece.

Onjenu printed maxi dress

Onjenu printed maxi dress

Onjenu printed maxi dress

Onjenu printed maxi dress

Hearts and pearls seemed the perfect choice for a wedding, although both necklace and bracelet seem perfect for pretty much everything. This is from my online boutique Lizzy O and is available with a silver heart too.

Lizzy O Boutique, freshwater pearl and heart Danon necklace

Onjenu printed maxi dress

Onjenu printed maxi dress

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Printed maxi dress, Onjenu, 2016
*Orange pique jacket, Precis. Currently reduced from £99 to £49
Double star ring in matt gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
T-bar heart and freshwater pearl necklace, £79 Danon at Lizzy O
T-bar heart and freshwater pearl bracelet, £49, Danon at Lizzy O
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Snake print wedge sandals, Clarks, past season

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