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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Leopard Print Clothes, Shoes and Accessories

I'm a huge fan of animal print and leopard in particular has appeared rather a lot of late on my blog in the form of the Kaleidoscope jacquard animal print jacket that I've been wearing.

Leopard animal jacquard jacket over 40 style
The Kaleidoscope jacquard jacket


Leopard jacquard jacket
Animal print jacquard jacket, £55, Kaleidoscope

I find all animal print to be an excellent neutral, working with most styles and colour palettes and shoes and bags in particular often come in a leopard pony skin, so adding texture as well as interest to an outfit
Not everyone wants to wear leopard print from top to toe so as with most things, it's easy to dip that same toe into a particular trend by adding a few well-chosen accessories.

We all know I love my scarves. These are available from my online accessories boutique, Lizzy O, in two colours- mustard and green.
Leopard print scarf
Mustard leopard print scarf, £12.50, Lizzy O

Leopard print scarf, www.lizzyo.co.uk
Green leopard print scarf, £12.50, Lizzy O
This leopard and diamante double wrap bracelet is also from Lizzy O and is a nice way of adding a touch of sparkle too- daytime or evening.

Leopard and diamante wrap bracelet, Lizzy O
Leopard wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
Leopard and diamante wrap bracelet from Lizzy O
Leopard and diamante wrap bracelet available at Lizzy O
A statement shoe can transform the simplest of outfits and they needn't be vertiginous heels to make a statement. Flats and boots can be equally showstopping...

Leopard shoes Clarks
Chia Milly, £40, Clarks

Snow leopard pony slip on trainer, £59.50, Boden
Snow leopard pony slip on trainer, £59.50, Boden

Snow leopard wave mid court shoe, £100, Boden
Snow leopard wave mid court shoe, £100, Boden

 Tan leopard pony zip low heeled boot, £120 Boden
Tan leopard zip low-heeled pony boots, £100 Boden

Tan leopard strappy bow point, reduced to £55.50, Boden
Tan leopard strappy bow point, reduced to £55.50, Boden
...Although these sexy double strap pointy heels from Marks and Spencer are hard to beat.

Leopard double strap sexy court shoes
Leopard double strap pointed shoes, £49.50, Marks and Spencer
I wore mine recently with wide-legged trousers and a romantic lace blouse and can't wait to wear them again, perhaps with skinny jeans and I'm sure they'll look stunning with any number of my dresses.

Wide legged trousers and strappy leopard print heels
Leopard double strap pointed shoes, £49.50, Marks and Spencer

There are some beautiful variations and colourways around too and a lot of places are offering mid-season reductions. Boden in particular has an excellent range of separates and accessories, as well as the shoes above as does Great Plains, a selection of which below.

Leopard print top
Leopard kiss printed top, reduced from £45 to £22, Great Plains

Leopard print top
Leopard kiss printed top, reduced from £45 from £22, Great Plains

Leopard print dress
Leopard kiss dress, reduced from £65 to £42

Leopard jeans
Leopard denim slim leg jeans, reduced from £65 to £23, Great Plains

Topshop has leopard print swimwear, footwear, dresses and accessories, everything in fact. These caught my eye.

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Ruffle animal long sleeve blouse, £34, Topshop
Leopard print maxi dress £59, Topshop
Leopard print maxi dress available in petite and tall as well as standard £59, Topshop



And finishing off from where we started, this cute A-line skirt is from Kaleidoscope.
leopard print A-line skirt
Animal print skirt, Kaleidoscope, £25 


Love Liz x

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

A Versatile Autumn Leaf Print Top in Shades of Teal, Petrol and Taupe

So it's now officially autumn and right on cue, the temperature has dipped and there's a decided nip in the air, both in the mornings and in the evenings. The middle of the day though is still relatively mild, so I've been continuing to wear easily removable layers.
This was yesterday's outfit, worn for a short trip to town and to the excellent local farm shop. My top is new and is from Tulchan, a brand I wrote about a few weeks ago, when I wore their grey spotted raincoat. You may remember that it's based a mere forty minute drive away, just over the border into my native county of Lancashire, (yes, I know I'm brave moving to Yorkshire). It's a very versatile shape having three-quarter length sleeves and a simple silhouette. It could very easily be dressed up with leather or coated jeans and a pair of heels for a night out, or it could be teamed with tailored trousers or a skirt for the office. I'm wearing it in what I'd class as a smart casual way with slim jeans and a jersey tweed blazer. The colour palette is beautiful with shades of petrol blue, seafoam and taupe and as with all Tulchan clothing, it's very well made.

Tulchan leaf top, shades of teal and taupe, slim jeans, wedge boots

Tulchan leaf top, shades of teal and taupe, slim jeans, wedge boots

Tulchan leaf top, shades of teal and taupe, slim jeans, wedge boots

Tulchan leaf top, shades of teal and taupe, slim jeans, wedge boots

Because it a daytime look, I added simple jewellery. My Danon long dragonfly pendant fits the bill perfectly. I do have a teal glass statement necklace though that would look stunning with this for an evening look.

Long dragonfly pendant from www.lizzyo.co.uk

The Danon T-bar leather wrap bracelet with dragonfly and heart charms is one of my favourite autumn accessories. It's incredibly comfortable and light-weight so is perfect for everyday wear, but one of the diamante wrap bracelets from my online boutique would add all of the requisite sparkle for the evening.

Danon dragonfly leather wrap bracelet from www.lizzyo.co.uk

I popped my bag down for a moment so I could put my jacket on and our cat Socks decided she would put in an appearance and guard it. This is the Alexa grab bag by Ilex London and is a beautiful clay shade, which is an excellent neutral, especially with an autumnal palette.

Ilex Alexa bag

My blazer is a Jersey tweed which is ideal for me because I don't like the itch of woollen tweed. It's one of my favourite styles and I have it in pale grey and brown too.

Tulchan leaf top, Joules jersey blazer and Ilex Alexa bag

And, to finish with...some pictures from the cutting room floor.
Tulchan leaf top
Don't forget that you,  readers of my blog, get an exclusive 10% discount off everything at Tulchan with the code WLL10, so do take a look.


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*3/4 length sleeve viscose leaf print top, £39.99 Tulchan
Double star ring in silver (also available in matt gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Danon T-bar double wrap brown leather bracelet with dragonfly and heart charms, £42, Danon at Lizzy O
Danon long dragonfly pendant £39.95, Danon at Lizzy O
*Indigo slim leg jean, £39, Dash
*Alexa Grab Bag in Clay £235, Ilex London
Jersey tweed blazer, Joules, Past season. This one is almost identical
Wedge ankle boots, Mint Velvet, past season

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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Friday, 23 September 2016

A Leopard Print Jacket, Shades of Grey and Black Chelsea Boots

In a recent post showcasing  my favourite pieces from the latest Marks and Spencer collection, I mentioned that I also got a pair of black leather Chelsea boots. Well, here they are along with the leopard jacquard jacket that is already becoming an autumn wardrobe staple. It shows how the very simplest of outfits can be transformed by throwing a statement jacket or coat over the top. This was last weekend and I was very casually attired when my daughter asked if I fancied popping out for a coffee and a look round the shops. Rather than get changed, I grabbed the jacket (and my camera of course), pulled my boots on and off we went! You may remember that I wore it with skinny jeans and ballerinas for a girly lunch a week or so ago in which it took on a slightly smarter role. 

Kaleidoscope Leopard print jacket, grey jeans and black leather chelsea boots

Leopard print jacket, grey jeans and black leather chelsea boots

Leopard print jacket, grey jeans and black leather chelsea boots

Leopard print jacket, grey jeans and black leather chelsea boots

The Danon bee jewellery is still up there with my favourite every day pieces. It's set with a Swarovski crystal and has matching items available including a bangle and the necklace below, (which I am wearing but forgot to photograph!) Of course, these are available from my own website, Lizzy O. 

Silver bee bracelet by Danon

Swarovski crystal bee necklace by Danon. www.lizzyo.co.uk

The black leather Chelsea boots are incredibly comfortable and made from the softest leather. They benefit from Insolia so are soft and supportive underfoot and they simply pull on. I like the chunky sole and heel and the touch of androgony they add. As with most Marks and Spencer footwear, they are available in half sizes. If you're between two, I'd recommend the larger size, just so thicker socks or tights can be accommodated when the temperatures dip.

Marks and Spencer Black leather Chelsea Boots

Marks and Spencer Black leather Chelsea Boots


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Animal print jacquard jacket, £55, Kaleidoscope
*Chelsea ankle boots, £75 Marks and Spencer
T-bar Swaorvski-set bee bracelet, £29.95 Danon at Lizzy O
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Grey tee shirt, Topshop, past season
Grey skinny jeans, Marks and Spencer, past season

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Dressing for the Country with Dash: Pink Jumper, Dark Green Waxed Jacket and Slim, Stretchy Jeans

I don't know what it is about this time of year that fills me with such excitement and such zest for life. I've always loved autumn and have written before about the sensuality of the season- the crunch of leaves, the tactile textures of knits and of faux fur, the twinkling of candles and fairy lights and the unmistakable smokey smell of an open fire. I love the nip in the air, the misty mornings and the hazy sunshine. The burnished leaves add a warmth and a richness to summer's green palette and the light can look quite magical when shining through semi-naked trees. 

I'm fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world, just a hop and skip away from the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The outdoors plays an important part in my life and is something I enjoy enormously. I'm always on the look out for appropriate, stylish attire and Dash is increasingly becoming my go-to place for exactly that. It has undergone a revamp of late and the new collection is very nice indeed. 
This whole outfit is from there and I absolutely love it. The jeans are described as slim leg, but in actual fact, they're almost a skinny fit. Super-stretchy and very comfortable, I'll wear these with a sparkly top and heels as soon as I get the opportunity.

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

The waxed jacket is in the most perfect shade of khaki green and has a zip fastening as well as buttons. It's a very flattering shape and is the perfect weight for transitional dressing. This also comes in "wine," a beautiful berry colour.

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

My birds of paradise scarf and the taupe hearts bracelet are both from Lizzy O, my own accessories website. The bracelet has a magnetic fastening and is a casual, every day style.

Birds of paradise scarf from www.lizzyo.co.uk

Taupe leather hearts bracelet from www.lizzyo.co.uk

Taupe leather hearts bracelet from www.lizzyo.co.uk

The pink jumper is 100% cotton and has a lovely herringbone texture. It could easily accommodate a lace-trimmed vest or cami underneath by means of an extra layer when the temperature dips a little further, or perhaps even a shirt. 

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

And my olive leather brogue-style Chelsea boots from Lotus co-ordinate with the jacket beautifully. 

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Dash khaki waxed jacket, pink jumper, skinny jeans, brogue style Chelsea boots and birds of paradise scarf, country style

Love Liz x

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Outfit details:
*Dark green waxed jacket, £89, Dash
*Rack stitch pink jumper, £39, Dash
*Indigo slim leg jean, £39, Dash
Double star ring in silver (also available in matt gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Taupe leather heart bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
Birds of paradise scarf, £12.50, Lizzy O (also available in turquoise)
*Daria olive leather heeled ankle boots, £69.99, Lotus

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*Disclosure: 
These items were gifted and this is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Dash Fashion. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. 

Photographs: 
Poppy Johnston
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