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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Can Florals Be Sexy?

White and red floral rose draped midi dress with red and black high-heeled sandals style over 40

Can Florals Be Sexy? 
So often, florals have connotations of girliness, of cuteness and of innocence and for that reason, a lot of women avoid them, (not me, I have always loved them, something evident in both my closet and on my Instagram). With that in mind, perhaps a better question is "Can wearing florals make one feel womanly, sensual and desirable?
It's almost a divisive print; often loved or hated, and yes, there's no question a ditsy print runs the risk of making the wearer look twee especially if the item of clothing has ruffles or flounces, so a strong, bold print in a maximum of two or three colours is better. If any item of clothing can be scaled down to fit a child, then by definition, it can't also be womanly- something to bear in mind. A dress needn't be fitted or tight to look sexy or sensuous though. Something that skims the body, hinting at the shape beneath is just as powerful. I adore the draping on this dress. The midi-length is modest but the split stops it from looking too safe. The roses and fluttery sleeves reflect my romantic nature but the red catches the eye. It whispers of a grown-up, knowing, womanly sensuality.

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped midi dress with red and black high-heeled sandals style over 40

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped midi dress with side slit

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped semi-fitted midi dress with red and black high-heeled sandals style over 40

Keeping It Simple
My dress is strong enough, confident enough and independent enough to stand on her own two feet, so I kept everything else simple. My favourite bright red lipstick was essential, (how could I not match my lips to the roses?) so I kept my eyes understated. I didn't add jewellery so not to detract from the shape, especially the neckline, of the dress, I wore fabulous shoes, grown-up shoes, but simple ones. 
It's all about balance.

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped midi dress with red and black high-heeled sandals style over 40 red lips

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped midi dress with red and black high-heeled Madeleine sandals

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped midi dress with red and black high-heeled sandals style over 40 floral clutch

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped midi dress with floral clutch bag

Alice's Pig White and red floral rose draped midi dress with red and black high-heeled sandals style over 40 leather multi-floral clutch bag

Of course, there's much more to feeling sensual and attractive than just an outfit. Attitude and how one feels inside makes all the difference, as does the person or people we are with. THAT determines which of our personae we present. I wore this dress to dinner with my boyfriend Ian during our seaside escape to Scarborough. My persona as a girlfriend is very different to that of me as a mother or as a friend or daughter or sister and I think it's clear to see in my body language that it was he who took these photographs. He makes me feel beautiful whatever I'm wearing which is something to be treasured. I'm different when one of my teenagers takes my photographs, (not least because they want to get it done as quickly as possible, such is their fear of being seen in public photographing me), but isn't it such a privilege to be different things to different people; to be a woman of many faces?
So perhaps the answer to the question "Can florals be sexy?" is "Yes. If you want them to be"

Love Lizzy x

PS
-You can read about our weekend in Scarborough (which is when we took these photographs.)
-You can see me wearing this dress in a different print when I was in London with my blogging friends.
-And you can see these shoes with the outfit I to the Chelsea Flower show.

I'm wearing:
*Wren's Wonderland rose print midi wrap dress, £88, Alice's Pig
*High heeled sandals, tomato and black, MADELEINE £159.95
*Akina multi-floral leather clutch bag, £69.99, Lotus Shoes

Disclosure:
*These items were gifted. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves.

Photographs: 
Taken by Ian at Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Feeling the Holiday Vibes in a White Midi and Espadrilles.

white lace midi dress with espadrilles

It's really quite rare to be able to wear a "holiday dress" such as this one here in the UK; those dresses that are perfectly suited to hot foreign climes but look slightly out of place here unless it's scorching. The UK had glorious weather at the weekend and it was especially welcome because it was Father's Day too which meant time spent in the garden with my parents and children before we went out for lunch.
This white lace-trimmed midi-dress is one I bought when on holiday in Nerja last summer. I'm returning to the same place in a little over a month and I'm looking forward to perusing the quaint shops and perhaps buying something similar to wear when I'm there.

white lace midi dress with espadrilles, sunshine

white lace midi dress with espadrilles, Louella Odie fish slouchy pouch

I was feeling in holiday mode, a fact reflected by my hair. I dried it but it really was too hot to use my straighteners so while it's a little flyaway, it's a lot in keeping with the happy carefree mood the sunny weekend evoked in me.

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white lace midi dress with espadrilles, Louella Odie fish slouchy pouch

Isn't the cow parsley beautiful? I used to live in a more rural area and in my garden was an abundance of it. I used to pick armfuls of it and display it in jugs- its unassuming cloudy simplicity so easy on the eye. 

detail of white lace boho midi dress

white lace midi dress with espadrilles, Louella Odie fish pouch bag

white lace midi dress with espadrilles, Louella Odie fish slouchy pouch clutch bag

white lace midi dress with espadrilles, Louella Odie fish slouchy pouch red lips

white lace midi dress with espadrilles, Louella Odie fish slouchy pouch

My bag is by a mother-daughter brand called Louella Odie, one of the first brands I worked with as a very new, and rather naiive blogger. We kept in touch via social media and they recently sent me this gorgeously quirky slouchy pouch which I adore and will also take with me on holiday. It fits my ipad mini and my camera as well as the usual purse, lipstick, hairbrush so it's a very practical and useful size. The pomfret was originally drawn by mother of the duo, Karen.

Embroidered pomfret fish, Slouchy pouch, Louelle Odie

The wrap bracelets I sell in my own online boutique are ideal for wearing in warmer weather because they're lightweight, comfortable and don't get hot in the way metal does. The sun really makes the diamantes sparkle and it's the ideal bracelet to work from beach to bar. In fact, I don't think I'll need more than this for my upcoming holiday because the leopard works as a neutral and goes with everything I'll take to wear. 

Leopard print wrap bracelet

The pineapple ring is also from my boutique Lizzy O and is available in silver too. To me it epitomises the light-heartedness of summer and after all pineapples are a lesson to us all: stand tall, be sweet on the inside and wear a crown! Pineapple necklaces, bracelets and bangles are also available

Gold pineapple ring

I'm becoming rather addicted to espadrilles this season, I think. They're a versatile shoe and really do work with most things from dresses to shorts and with both mini and midi skirts. I'm on the look out for some bright red wedge ones and am sure I'll be successful in Spain next month.  

Black, white and gold leather espadrilles with low wedge

cow parsley

white lace midi dress with espadrilles, Louella Odie fish slouchy pouch

I'd like to leave you with a picture of my dad taken at his Father's day lunch. He is wonderful in every way and I'm very fortunate that he and my mum are very fit and able. He supports us in so many ways, but his biggest gift to me is that he loves my children as much as I do; he plugs the gaps when I sometimes find I can't quite manage to be both parents to my children. We adore him and we can't wait to go on holiday with them next month.

Fathers Day 2017

Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
White midi sundress, bought in Nerja last summer
*Pomfret slochy pouch, £72, Louella Odie
*Black, white and gold leather Espadrilles, Kaleidoscope (out of stock) 
Leopard print wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
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*These items were gifted. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves.

Photographs: 
Poppy Johnston

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Friday, 16 June 2017

The Happiest Skirt In The World.

Asymmetric hem statement skirt, pink and black with large leaves, champagne glitter Jimmy Choo sandals, occasionwear

I don't think I have ever worn an item of clothing that has made a bigger statement than this fabulous print asymmetric high-low jacquard skirt. It was the most impulsive of impulse buys and I absolutely love it. Despite being a style blogger and having so many clothes that I recently added more rails to my dressing room, (by dressing room, I mean a tiny but incredibly hardworking spare bedroom in which I've maximised every centimetre of space with storage), it's actually very rare that I go shopping. This skirt aside, I honestly can't remember when I last went into a fitting room. I buy most of my clothes online and receive the rest from those brands I work with. On this particular occasion, I was in London with Michelle, The Barefaced Chic, for a round of Autumn Winter Press Shows. We found ourselves in the Oxford Street branch of Coast and this skirt was there staring me in the face. Love at first sight, I was utterly smitten. I tried it on, it fitted beautifully, Michelle loved it too, so I bought it. 

Asymmetric hem statement skirt, pink and black with large leaves, champagne glitter Jimmy Choo sandals, occasionwear, black top

A show-stopping skirt needs only a very simple top, one that is neat and that tucks in. This high necked top with scalloped sleeves, a detail I love, ticks every box. 

Asymmetric hem statement skirt, pink and black with large leaves, pockets occasionwear, black top

Asymmetric hem statement skirt, pink and black with large leaves, champagne glitter Jimmy Choo sandals, occasionwear, black scalloped sleeve top

The skirt is like an origami structure. The exquisite folding gives it oodles of volume which is further emphasised by the asymmetric high-low length. It feels heavy when on the hanger, but not when being worn. It moves, swishes in fact, with the body and falls perfectly and beautifully. It's a skirt for twirling, for swooshing and for partying-I wore it to my close friend's 50th birthday party. It's a skirt for enjoying, for having fun in and it makes me smile just looking at it. To me, it's a work of art and I adore it.

Asymmetric hem statement  summer skirt, pink and black with large leaves, champagne glitter Jimmy Choo sandals, occasionwear, black scalloped sleeve top

Asymmetric hem statement skirt, pink and black with large leaves, champagne glitter Jimmy Choo Tahiti sandals, occasionwear

A skirt this fabulous needs a jewel of equal magnitude. How perfect then, this large Swarovski crystal cocktail ring from my friend Lisa, The Sequinist's shop. 

Large green cocktail ring Asymmetric hem statement skirt, pink and black with large leaves, occasionwear, black scalloped sleeve top

And because it's a skirt for celebrations, my champagne glitter Jimmy Choos, seven or eight years old and still my all time favourite pair of shoes, add a touch of sparkle.

Asymmetric hem statement skirt, pink and black with large leaves, pockets and contrast lining champagne glitter Jimmy Choo sandals, occasionwear,


Love Lizzy x

PS
To see what else Michelle and I got up to in London when visiting the press shows, click here.

I'm wearing:
Attatea palm print statement high low skirt, £169, Coast
Elliah scallop sleeve detail fitted black top, £39, Ted Baker (available in other colours)
Green rectangle Swarowski crystal cocktail ring, £35, The Sequinist Shop
Tahiti shoes in champagne glitter, Jimmy Choo, past season

Photographs: 
Ian

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Transitions Style Colours: The Latest Trend in Prescription Glasses

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Coloured Lenses: The Latest Trend In Prescription Glasses
Sunglasses have always been a must-have accessory and one of the standout trends this season is for those with coloured lenses. Prada and Gucci showed yellow lenses on their catwalks and Selena Gomez and models of the moment Bella and Gigi Hadid have been viewing the world through a whole array of rainbow colours. Coloured lenses aren't a new concept per se, but current fashion trends are driving the product, bringing about whole new spectrum and a wider than ever choice, but perhaps more importantly, the trend has been embraced by the optical industry and incorporated into an exciting new range of spectacle lenses. 
Here, my two worlds of optometry and style blogging meet. 

Introducing Transitions Style Colours
Style Colours is a brand new range of photochromic coloured lenses by Transitions® Optical which launched last month. It's a collection of four lens colours – amethyst, sapphire, emerald and amber, which adapt from clear to dark when exposed to UV light and which add a contemporary element to prescription eyewear. Transitions Style Colours provide the opportunity to make a strong style statement with glasses as a whole and offer 100% protection against UV rays, (and against blue light when in the clear state) so can be worn both indoors and out making them as functional as they are stylish. 

Style Colours Protect Against Harmful UV Rays
As an optometrist, I cannot place enough importance on the quality of  sunglasses and the protection they afford. UV exposure can lead to, among other things, cataracts and macular degeneration, and of course to premature ageing of the skin around the eye. 
As soon as I heard about these lenses I was excited and I included them in the monthly column I write for the professional journal, Optometry Today. They have been very well received by the optical industry and the profession and there is a definite buzz around them; this is a fashion-led product which can change the entire look of an outfit, yet they are presented by a brand, highly regarded and trusted within the world of optics.

The Seamless Transition
In their clear state, they look just like a pair of prescription glasses.They adapt and darken in response to UV light. When in bright sunlight, it takes less than one minute for them to reach their darkened state and the time taken to fade back to clear is about the same. It really is a seamless transition. When wearing them, I'm not aware of them darkening or fading. They're excellent! The transition from clear to dark can be seen in this series of photographs (taken very quickly to capture the different stages!)

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Fully Darkened Lenses
Here are the lenses in their fully darkened state in full sunshine. I think they look so different than when clear and when semi-dark and it's this ability to change the look of an outfit, or indeed that of the wearer, that I love. 


Transitions Style Colours, sapphire lenses, darkened state

Anti-Glare Properties
As well as filtering out all harmful rays whether clear or dark, Transitions Style colours have anti-glare properties; something incredibly useful when looking at a screen because it minimises reflections. This has he added benefit of making the wearer's eyes look very clear through the lenses.

Transitions Style Colours, clear state indoors

Choosing The Frames and Lenses
I went to Eyeworks Opticians in South Kensington, a bright, modern, independent practice which stocks a fabulous range of frames suitable for prescription spectacles and sunglasses. I wanted something to make an impact and had the best time trying on frames before deciding upon my bold purple and blue acetate cat-eye frame by Caroline Abram. 
Transitions Style Colours can be chosen to match, compliment or contrast with the chosen frame in line with the wearer's style. From a demonstration with a UV light to show the lenses in their darkened state, I could could see that the amethyst would match my frame while the sapphire complimented it and I chose the latter.
I have a very low distance prescription, too low to need glasses on a day to day basis, but I decided to have it incorporated anyway to give me the clearest possible vision. The dispensing optician took all of the required measurements so the optical centres of the lenses are aligned with my pupils and the centre of the frame. 

What Lizzy Loves choosing spectacle frames at Eyeworks, London

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I'm absolutely thrilled with my glasses and the Transitions Style Colours lenses. They're comfortable, stylish and in my professional opinion, they are an excellent way of protecting the eyes from harmful UV rays, blue light and glare in all light conditions. What better way of incorporating a new trend while knowing it has a significant benefit to the wearer. I highly, highly recommend them.

Love Lizzy x

Disclosure:
This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Transitions Optical. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves.

Thank you to optometrist and owner of Eyeworks, Miss Brenda McKernan and to student dispensing optician Aimee Wheeler, for the outstanding service and to Emily Marsh from Chase PR for arranging this collaboration.

Eyeworks London
44 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4QT
www.eyeworkslondon.co.uk

I'm wearing:
Caroline Abram frame with Style Colours in Sapphire
Cream pompom dress, & Other Stories, past season
*Blue Broidery Top (also available in pink) £29, Tulchan

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

A Coastal Escape: Our Relaxing, Uplifting, Perfect Weekend in Scarborough

Blue floral sundress and flipflops on Vincent Pier Scarborough

I've lived in North Yorkshire, the county I call my home, for over a decade, yet in all that time, I haven't once visited any of its coastal towns. I love the hills and dales that surround me here in Skipton, but there's something magical about the beach and being by the sea; it draws me in and fills my senses; it soothes and invigorates in equal measure.   
The opportunity arose to stay in Ox Pasture Hall, a gorgeous Scarborough hotel in Yorkshire, so Ian and I had an overnight stay there last weekend. Not only was it the most stunning location, we had the most glorious weather making it the perfect time to get our fix of sea air.

Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel
Ox Pasture Hall is a privately owned luxury hotel set in 17 acres of tranquil country grounds which gives a true feeling of being away from it all, yet is just a ten-minute drive from the centre of Scarborough and its beaches and is in easy reach of York, Whitby and Filey. It began life as a country farmhouse, surrounded by barns and out-buildings and it has been transformed into a friendly, welcoming luxury hotel which oozes relaxed style and sophistication. 

Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Grounds of Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Grounds and outdoors, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach, Scarborough

Small gazebo outside at Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

We stayed in the Wetherby suite, (all suites are named after towns in Yorkshire), with a sitting room, bedroom and luxury bathroom with twin basins, a bath and a super powerful walk-in shower. Additional touches like robes, slippers and bottled water were most welcome. It was escape that we craved and we both remarked on how wonderfully quiet and tranquil the ambience was; birdsong being the only sound we could hear. It was perhaps somewhat wasted on us that there two televisions; one in the sitting room and one in the bedroom as well as a radio. 

Suite at Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Bedroom Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

luxury bathroom Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Bubble bath Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

The Wetherby suite is one of several individual ones in a separate building. Between this and the hotel are two distinct outdoor areas both equally appealing, the first of which has the feeling of being abroad, reminiscent perhaps of a Roman or Spanish courtyard.

Outdoor courtyard Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

The second is a beautifully and informally planted oasis with benches and seating places. We spent an uplifting, relaxing half hour among the blooms.

Courtyard gardens Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Flowers at Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Flowers in gardens at Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Around the back of the hotel is a very romantic walkway that I'm sure has led many a bride to make her entrance. This leads to a small lake which was being enjoyed by a goose and her brood.

Wedding Walkway path Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Lake Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Lake and view of Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Dinner In The Courtyard Restaurant
The Courtyard Restaurant at Ox Pasture Hall enjoys a well-earned reputation for its cuisine and fine wines and is the only hotel in Scarborough to have been awarded two rosettes for culinary excellence. It is elegant, spacious and airy and starched linens and stoneware crockery bring about a relaxed formality and a sense of occasion.

The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

We had the Gourmet Evening Menu which began with Onion Mousse: onion puree, savoury granola and pickled China radish. This was divine. The combination of flavours along with the different textures was so unusual; the smokiness of the onion and the sharpness of the radish were the perfect foil for each other and you can see how beautifully each and every course was presented. Wine suggestions accompany each course on the menu which is an excellent way of discovering optimum food and wine pairings. 

Gourmet evening menu, The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Dinner gourmet menuThe Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

The next course was mackeral, celeriac with homemade bread with tartare and celeraic textures. The fish was wrapped in the bread which again led to a tantalising combination of textures and flavours. 

Mackeral at The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

The main dish was beef soaked in treacle, carrot textures, pickled blackberries, Pommes Anna and red wine jus. The beef was the most tender and succulent I have ever tasted; the treacle, although subtle, was discernible and highlighted perfectly by the sharpness of the pickled blackberry.

Beef in treacle The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

I can't think of a better way to end the meal than with lemon and olive oil cake with raspberry curd, vinaigrette and sorrell granita. The raspberry curd was very like a sorbet in texture and was honestly, the best I have ever tasted and Ian agreed. The light was fading so the photograph doesn't quite do justice to the stunning colour combination of the pink and yellow but each of the four courses was a visual treat as well as one for the taste buds and it's clear why the Courtyard Restaurant has gained a reputation for outstanding cuisine, matched totally by the friendly, attentive service.

Dessert The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Breakfast at Ox Pasture Hall
Breakfast was just as delicious as dinner; a combination of buffet and table service from a menu. Ian's Yorkshire breakfast and my Yorkshire ham and hash brown combo, (I know it's unusual but it was just what I wanted), were again beautifully presented and an ideal way to start the day.

Buffet breakfast The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Yorkshire breakfast, The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

ham and hash browns The Courtyard Restaurant, Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, romantic hotel near beach in Scarborough

Scarborough: The Original Seaside Resort
Scarborough was the original seaside resort and has two bays with sandy beaches separated by a headland which bears the 12th century Scarborough Castle. The bays are less than two miles from each other, between which an open-top bus runs, which is how we chose to make the short journey.

Scarborough Castle

Blue floral sundress open top bus Scarborough

South Bay
Before I visited, I was told that South Bay was all amusement arcades and candy floss and while the brightly-coloured ferris wheel and fairground are indeed a prominent attraction, there's so much more to it than I'd expected- a small, beautiful harbour complete with lighthouse, ice-cream parlours, shellfish stalls, cafes and restaurants.

Boats at the Harbour, South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Boats and lighthouse Harbour, South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Seagull at the Harbour, South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Blue floral sundress Style Colours sunglasses Vincent Pier Scarborough

By the harbour, at the end of Vincents Pier is Diving Belle is a stunning sculpture commissioned by Scarborough Civic Trust  and unveiled in 2007. She represents the Scarborough of the present and was sculpted by the artist Craig Knowles. We both found her quite mesmerising, (as the photograph of Ian gazing at her bottom will attest!)

Diving Belle, statue, sculpture Vincents Pier, South Bay, Scarborough

Diving Belle, diving statue, sculpture Vincents Pier, South Bay, Scarborough

Diving Belle, statue, sculpture Vincents Pier, white lighthouse South Bay, Scarborough

Harbour and funfair big wheel at South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Lobster cages baskets fishing South Bay, Scarborough

Lobster cages baskets fishing harbour South Bay, Scarborough

Boats refelctions harbour South Bay, Scarborough

Beach, sea, lighthouse, South Bay Scarborough

Big ferris wheel funfair South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire

Blue floral sundress big wheel, fairground Scarborough

Big bright coloured ferris wheel funfair South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire

A Victorian Funicular links South Bay with the town centre. The centre has the usual high street shops plus an array of beguiling side-streets, home to independent boutiques which sell everything from food to vintage clothing. 


Victorian funicular, South Bay, Scarborough

North Bay
North Bay is altogether quieter and smaller with a wide esplanade and a few cafes, an ice-cream parlour, a small crazy golf course, a nearby sealife sanctuary and rows of primary-coloured beach huts.

Esplanade coast road at North Bay, Scarborough

North Bay, Scarborough

Bright beach huts North Bay, Scarborough

We thought we really ought to try fish and chips so we shared a plate for lunch at one of the seafront cafes.

Fish and chips, North Bay, Scarborough

The beach at North Bay is a little wilder than that at South Bay so it attracts surfers which bring with them a laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere, The soft golden sands are immaculate with designated areas for dogs. I can see why Scarborough continues to be one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

Blue floral sundress, North Bay Beach, Scarborough

Blue floral sundress Transitions Style Colours, North Bay beach, Scarborough

We loved every moment of our mini-break and found Scarborough to have a certain quaint charm but a thoroughly modern feel. If you are looking for an elegant, romantic, country hotel with outstanding food and service close to the beach in Scarborough, then look no further than Ox Pasture Hall. It ticks every box and we would love to go back.

Love Lizzy x

Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel
Lady Edith's Drive
Scarborough
North York Moors National Park
YO12 5TD
www.oxpasturehallhotel.com

Ian and I were guests of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel and we would like to extend our sincerest thanks for the outstanding hospitality and the warm welcome we received. This is not a sponsored post. all opinions are my own and 100% honest and my enthusiasm is genuine!

I'm wearing:
*Mixed floral print tiered dress, £45 Kaleidoscope

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