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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Hero Jeans And Zebra Print Heels:Beating the January Blues

I think most women have a favourite pair of jeans in their closet. A pair that can be thrown on without a second's thought. A pair of old faithfuls that work with numerous tops and with heels, boots, kicks, ballerinas, ghillies and flip-flops. A pair that can be dressed up with sequins or dressed down with sweats. For me, it was a pair of lightly-distressed boyfriends; comfy, versatile and in the most perfect faded shade.  I wore them as often with my glittery Jimmy Choos as I did with Chelsea boots. They got better and better with age until they reached a tipping point. A point of no return. A point where the distressing became born out of decrepitude rather than design. The largish hole on my upper thigh made me realise, (as the mother of two teenagers), that these time-served denims needed to be relegated to the "working at home and unlikely to be disturbed" league of clothing. I knew I needed something to replace them. 

Introducing my new old faithfuls...

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

The patches and frayed edge have been popular for the last few seasons and are design details that still look fresh. They're jeans that don't take themselves too seriously yet they manage to fulfill a serious role. 
I absolutely love them.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Fitted through the waist, bottom and thigh, they have the perfect kick-flare and fall optimally to show the slimmest part of the leg and ankle.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

The pointelle star motif sweater is such a cute addition to my wardrobe. Here, I teamed it with a plain navy vest, but I think one in white, (or even lemon or lime), would look fresh for spring. I envisage it teamed with denim shorts worn over a bikini later in summer. Stars are among my favourite motifs and they never fail to please. This is the perfect top for banishing those January blues.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

My heels are in the print of the season; zebra. I'm a huge fan of animal print and find it works with almost everything. The cobalt blue details add a brighter blue hue and I like the combination of stars and stripes.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

And the whole outfit needed little more than my double stars ring to accessorise.

silver stars ring, Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

I know already that these are the perfect replacement for my faithful old boyfriends. 

Sometimes a girl just has to find a new hero...


Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
*Navy pointelle knit sweater with whie stars, £39, Kaleidoscope
*Frayed hem cropped kick-flare jeans with patch detail, £39, Kaleidoscope
Double star ring in silver (also available in matte gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
*Zebra print shoes with cobalt blue heel and trim, Zapita shoes, past season.

Disclosure: *These items were gifted to me as part of my role as the Blogger Expert for Kaleidoscope. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves. Do take a look at the Kaleidoscope blog for my features along with lots of other style ideas.

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wearing a Floral Midi Skirt with Leopard Print Boots

Florals and leopard are probably my two favourite prints, but it's not often I wear them together. I regularly combine each of them with stripes but I think this is a first. I wore this outfit for dinner at a local restaurant on Friday night. There had been a light dusting of snow but not enough to preclude walking home afterwards, though I feel I should point out that although these leather leopard print boots have have a heel, it is low by my standards and they have a good grippy sole. It helps too that my boyfriend is tall and strong, so I could stride out confidently knowing that falling was never an option! 

The satin floral midi skirt is one of my favourite skirts from last year, (I wore it here with the same top, a statement necklace and orange shoes). Versatile enough too to wear with a short sleeved top and sandals, it is another hard-working piece and we all know that I like a wardrobe multi-tasker. The painterly-style print reminds me of a Monet watercolour with its blurred, blended colours and I absolutely love it. 

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style, Danon gold honey bee necklace

Both the Danon honey bee and pineapple jewellery are becoming my current favourites. I love how delicate these bracelets are, yet they are packed with detail. The long honey bee necklace is lovely too; easy to wear and sits beautifully. This jewellery is also available in silver and is from my online accessories boutique, Lizzy O. If you sign up to my monthly newsletter (in the right hand side bar of my blog when viewing on a tablet or desktop), then you'll get an exclusive discount for Lizzy O in every newsletter.    

Danon gold pineapple bracelet, gold honey bee bracelet

The leopard print boots are currently half-price so it's a good time to invest, especially because they're leather too. I think they can be worn not only in the snow but through to late spring, perhaps with a floral tea-dress or with jeans and a breton top and then in autumn and winter again. I have said often that I treat animal print as a neutral because it works with numerous prints, colours and outfits. 

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,


Love Lizzy x

Outfit details:
Black sheer sleeve top, Next, past season
*Sarah" floral satin midi skirt, £39, Aspire Style.
*Leopard print high-heeled ankle boots, currently reduced from £89.99 to £45, Lotus Shoes
Double star ring in matte gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Honey bee ring in matte gold, (also available in silver) £24 by Danon at Lizzy O.
Long honey bee necklace in matte gold (also available in silver), £69 Danon at Lizzy O
Pineapple and honey bee bracelets in gold (also available in silver), £27 each, Danon at Lizzy O.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Dreaming of Spring and A Denim Shirt Dress with Boots

It's been grey, wet and windy here in North Yorkshire for several days and after the sparkle and glitter of Christmas, everything seems rather dull. I'm sure I'm not alone in finding it harder to get motivated throughout January and for it to take a few days to get back into work mode. With snow forecast for the weekend, winter is still stretching out ahead of us and spring seems an awful long way off, but the lovely thing about "working" in fashion and writing for a magazine is that we're always looking several months ahead. This week I started work on the March issue of Aspire and already stores and websites are launching their SS17 collections. 

Tulchan is a brand that is based just a forty minute drive from me, just over the border into my home county of Lancashire. Those of you that have ever driven along the A65 near Ingleton (Falls), may have spotted the imposing blue warehouse building in Cowan Bridge that is both the flagship store and HQ. I went yesterday to take a look at the Spring Summer 2017 collection just ahead of its launch and to see what caught my eye. I have a lovely working friendship with Michele Needham the MD and I'm continuing my collaboration with the brand for the next six months, (and I hope sincerely for the following six months too, having been privy to the moodboards and samples for the AW17 collection). 

A lifestyle brand, Tulchan is loosely divided into two collections, Town and Country, the colours of which are cohesive so facilitating an easy crossover. Spring's palette is a fresh, clear one featuring coral, cobalt blue, baby blue and baby pink along with neutrals navy, grey and oatmeal. It manages to be upbeat and vibrant without smacking one between the eyes and the pieces work beautifully together or as pop of colour or an instant refresh to existing outfits. Stripes feature heavily and I know enough stripe-o-philes to know that this will be a winner. This season's stripes are wider than they were last season (I wore mine here) which I prefer and I'm pleased to report that the outstanding quality remains the same.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

I picked out my favourite pieces which we arranged into outfits, (one for each of the next six months starting in February), so keep an eye on my blog to see them in action throughout the year and head over to the Tulchan website to see the full collection which will be available within the next few weeks.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

As you know, I love to wear a dress but I particularly like to find a dress for all seasons. The Boden denim shirt dress I'm wearing is one I've worn throughout the year with pink brogues in spring (see the look here), with tan leather gladiator sandals in summer and with leopard print ankle boots in autumn. On this occasion, I wore it with navy opaque tights and knee- high leather boots. The only disadvantage is that it does crease somewhat.  

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

My jewellery is by Danon and these pieces are among the latest designs that I added to my website towards the end of last year. The honey bees are so pretty and the pineapples simply make me smile and think of sunshine.

Danon gold pineapple bracelet, gold honey bee bracelet

Danon mini gold honey bee necklace

Danon gold honey bee ring

The Danon honey bees are also available in silver, as is the pineapple jewellery (from Lizzy O, my jewellery and accessories website).


Danon silver honey bee necklace bracelet ring earrings bangle

Kaleidoscope navy knee high leather boots with tassels

Kaleidoscope navy knee high leather boots with tassels

There is one thing though that I don't look forward to about spring which is the speed with which the grass grows and it's clear from these photographs that it already needs cutting. As does my fringe...

Love Lizzy x
Outfit details:
Pineapple bracelet £27 by Danon at Lizzy O
Honey bee bracelet £27 by Danon at Lizzy O
Mini honey bee necklace £52 by Danon at Lizzy O.
Honey bee ring in matt gold (also available in silver) £24 by Danon at Lizzy O
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*Navy contrast leather tassel knee boots, £150, Kaleidoscope.
Denim shirt dress, Boden, past season

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Three Amazing, Effective Anti-Ageing Products That Really Work

I'm not a beauty blogger, nor can I be deemed in any way an expert or an authority on skincare, but what I can do is write honestly about those products that work for me and that have made a noticeable difference to my complexion. And that's exactly what I'm doing in this blog post. 

Back in October, Katy Hull, founder of Treat The Skin You're In contacted me to see if I'd like to try some skincare products. I was impressed with her background and with the reasons for starting her business as well as with the descriptions of the products themselves. I've always been careful to protect my skin with a daily SPF and have a good cleanse, tone, moisturise routine but other than that I'm rather low-maintenance. Katy wanted to know if I had any specific concerns, so I told her that the laughter lines around my eyes are getting deeper and more noticeable, (although I don't mind these too much because I'm grateful for the huge amount of laughter in my life), and that the skin on my throat and neck is becoming increasingly lax, (this I do mind, because after all nobody wants a turkey neck).
Based on this, she sent three full-sized NCN Skincare products for me to try and I have used them religiously alongside my existing products for almost three months so they have been given a very thorough and genuine trial.

The first product is the Multi-Acid Cleansing Gel – Katy's best selling cleanser (£23.99). It deeply cleanses, mildy exfoliates with acids and enzymes and infuses hydration with vitamin B5 and Aloe Vera. Although I use a facial wash every morning in the shower, I've always used a cream cleanser in the evening with a warm, damp muslin cloth to remove make-up, so this was something different for me. I expected my skin to feel tight afterwards but it didn't. It felt soft and clean. By using it once daily for almost three months, I have used one third of the bottle so I would expect it to last for 8-9 months.

review of NCN skincare multi-acid cleansing gel, over 40 skincare

Vitamin C+ Serum (£36.99) is a super-antioxidant serum that contains 20% Ascorbic Acid as well as antioxidants Ferulic Acid and Glutathione, and Vitamin E. It stimulates collagen production, repairs the skin, protects it from free radical damage, firms and brightens it and reduces lines and wrinkles. This I use this in the morning, (after using my regular facial wash in the shower), on my face, neck and decollette. It has a pipette which makes it easy to handle, though I suspect I may have used more than necessary because I'm almost at the end of this. It is completely non-irritating and once on the skin takes a minute or two to dry and sink in. Once it has done so, I apply my daily moisturiser. 

review of NCN skincare vitamin c+ serum, over 40 skincare

This next product, the DNA Serum, (£47.99), can be applied over the Vitamin C+ Serum (and before SPF and moisturiser in the morning), but I chose to use it in the evenings only, after cleansing with the multi-acid cleansing gel and toning with my regular toner (which for interest is an Elemis apricot one). This serum is formulated with Juvinity which is clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, reduce skin redness, tighten pores, firm skin and improve skin’s natural moisture retention. Only a small amount is needed and I've used just less than half of the bottle, meaning it should last for around 6 months when used once a day. Again, it takes a minute or two to sink after which I apply my usual night cream. 

review of NCN skincare DNA serum, over 40 skincare

I can honestly say that I have noticed a significant difference in the texture of my skin. It looks more even, it looks and feels plumper and it has a slight glow about it. It feels firmer too and I think my cheekbones and jawline appear to be slightly more defined (I can see both in the mirror and by looking back at older blog photographs). It was interesting too that my beauty therapist who I see regularly to get my eyebrows shaped and lashes tinted, commented that my skin was looking very taut. 

Over 40 life and style blogger, close-up image

I'm looking forward to seeing more results and I will definitely be buying all three of these products myself once these have finished and I thoroughly recommend each and every one.

review of NCN skincare cleanser and serums, over 40 skincare


Love Liz x

Gold double stars ring, also available in matte silver Danon at Lizzy O

These beauty products were gifted from Katy Hull at Treat the Skin You're In but this isn't a sponsored post.  All my opinions are 100% honest. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. 

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Sparkle Tee Shirt, A Gold Sequin Mini Skirt and My New Year's Resolutions.

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic time whatever you did. I can't believe how quickly it all went. The last blog post I wrote was almost two weeks ago and from then it was a whirlwind of lunches, dinners and drinks with family and friends and after such a fabulous festive season, I'm finding it hard to come back down to earth. The children are back at school and deadlines beckon so it's time to focus on the tasks in hand but first I'd like to share my New Year's day outfit, my New Year's resolutions and a few snapshots of what my Christmas entailed (and I really do mean a few snapshots because I was so busy enjoying myself that I forgot to take many photographs).

New Years Day was a lunch at my parents' home, so it was relaxed and informal. I decided to go for sparkle because I had just bought the gold sequinned skirt in the Next sale and was keen to wear it. I always think the sign of a good purchase is when it gets worn within a day or two. The tee-shirt is a design I saw and "liked" on Instagram (@wishtshirts) and the woman behind this small independent business very kindly sent one to me. I absolutely love it and to Sparkle and Shine throughout 2017 is something I'm definitely aiming to do. (Outfit details including links are at the foot of the post). 

Sparkle and shine tee shirt, pale gold sequin a-line mini skirt, over 40

Sparkle and shine tee shirt, pale gold sequin a-line mini skirt, over 40

Sparkle and shine tee shirt, pale gold sequin a-line mini skirt, over 40

Sparkle and shine tee shirt, pale gold sequin a-line mini skirt, over 40

Sparkle and shine tee shirt, pale gold sequin a-line mini skirt, over 40

Sparkle and shine tee shirt, pale gold sequin a-line mini skirt, over 40

I don't have many resolutions, but one is to learn to speak Spanish- enough so I can get by on holiday. I always loved languages but my education took me via a science route, so it's something I feel is missing. I fell in love with Nerja last year and foresee spending more time in Spain in years to come. This is something my boyfriend and I are hoping to do together at a night class, not least to ensure we meet at least once a week, (logistics, family commitments and his travel for work mean we can't spend as much time together as we'd like. He has a very good working knowledge of Spanish so I'd be playing catch up though!) If we can't arrange this though, there are plenty of good apps to enable me to learn at least some of the basics.

This year I'll continue to steer my blog forwards and I hope to work regularly with those brands that I love. 2016 saw regular collaborations with Kaleidoscope, Dash Fashion and Tulchan and these will be continuing for the near future at least. On a similar note, we, the Over40Collective will launch our website and will be looking at working closely with brands aimed at our demographic and it's something we're very much looking forward to. And...dare I hope to reach 20k followers on Instagram by the end of 2017?  My hope had been to reach the magic 10k followers by the end of 2016. Well, it happened. Three days late but it did happen and I was thrilled. It's a lot of work, but it's the social medium I enjoy the most so a huge thank you to those of you who follow, comment and interact on both my blog and social media. It really does mean a lot and it really does make a difference.

I put a few similar pictures to the following on Instagram over Christmas. The first was taken on Christmas morning with a huge wine glass that my children bought for me, (to reduce the number of trips they make to the fridge to refill my glass). We spent Christmas Day at my brother and sister-in-law's house and I was driving so I can confirm that the glass was not used until I was home, though I realise the photograph may not attest to that...

red sequin Christmas party dress

Christmas day, champagne

Boxing Day was at my house and there were 16 of us, so I did a cold buffet of meats, cheeses and salads. It was brilliant, really brilliant to have my close family here along with my boyfriend and my gorgeous friend Sue and her children.  

champagne and glasses

Clementines with leaves, Christmas

Here's to a fantastic 2017. I hope it's filled with love, laughter, family, friends and good health because that would make for a very, very happy new year.


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Sparkle and Shine T-shirt, £15.50 Wish T-shirts, Etsy
Pale gold sequinned a-line mini skirt, sales purchase, December 2016, Next
High-heeled suede ankle boots, Clarks, previous season.
Double star ring in matt gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
*Red sequin dress, £69, Kaleidoscope
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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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

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