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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Lobster and Languedoc: A Love-In At Le Caveau

Sequinned dress for dinner at Le Caveau French restaurant in Skipton

Date Night
There are a lot of excellent restaurants in Skipton and the surrounding areas and if you're a regular reader, you'll know that as part of my job as a writer for the local magazine Aspire, I eat at and review local restaurants quite frequently, a fabulous perk of the job for a foodie like me. On this occasion though, it was date night, not work and I asked my partner Ian where he'd like to dine and Le Caveau, a small French restaurant in the centre of Skipton, was his choice. I'd tried to book a table there on several occasions in the run-up to Christmas, to no avail due to its popularity and reputation and I think it was around February when we first managed to get a table. Not only was the food outstanding, but the front of house staff and chef were incredibly friendly, chatty and informative and it was lovely to witness this as a paying customer and not as the journalist from the magazine there to write a review. We vowed to return and did just that at the weekend.

The History
Le Caveau sits below street level on Skipton High Street and is a small, cosy restaurant with a fascinating history. It started life in the 16th century as a prison for Craven District's felons and sheep rustlers, (Skipton means sheep-town- we're very proud of our sheep here!) The low vaulted ceilings, beams and exposed stonework give it an abundance of authentic character and the whole restaurant has a fabulous ambience.
(The team very kindly reset the tables at the end of the night so I could photograph the restaurant without disturbing other guests. They showed us some slides of bygone times at Le Caveau and sat, chatted and had a drink with us at the end of service).

Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire with lovely ambience

Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire that used to be a prison

Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire, slides of bygone times

The Chef, Mark Byron
Chef Mark Byron and his wife Esther took over Le Caveau in 2014. Mark is passionate about local food and putting his own twist of French classics. He shoots and fishes to provide for the restaurant and knows the provenance of everything on the menu. If Mark hasn't caught the fish himself, it is bought from George Wilson, a mainstay and renowned seller at Skipton Market. The meat is sourced from local farms.

Mark Byron, owner and head chef at Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

The Food
We sat in the cosy bar area on arrival to peruse the menus and were given canapes to accompany our wine, (there is an extensive wine and spirits menu and we chose a Picoul de Pinet from the Langeudoc region of France).

Bar area and canapes at Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Le Caveau is among several local restaurants taking part in the Ramus Lobster Festival, (17th June-15th July 2017), with special menus celebrating Yorkshire lobster. It was lovely to hear that this lobster had been caught in Scarborough, where Ian and I visited very recently. I'd like to think our lobster had been in one of the baskets from the piles I photographed when there. (Read about our trip here). 
As always, we ordered different things so we could share. Ian ordered from the special lobster menu, his choice of starter being salad of spiced chicken, dressed leaves and poached egg. It was divine- the egg utterly perfect and obviously very fresh and the chicken beautifully tender. 

Spicy chicken, dressed salad and poached egg at Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Poached egg and spiced chicken salad at Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

I chose ginger and chilli marinated trout with heirloom tomato and onion salad and salsa verde. It was a symphony of flavours; the slight saltiness of the trout and the contrasting sharpness of the onions was delightful. 

Ginger and chilli marinated trout at Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

And now onto the star of the show, Whole East Coast Lobster Thermidor (minimum weight 1lb), served with crushed potatoes and seasoned vegetables. It was beautifully dressed and incredibly fresh tasting. It was a nice chunky lobster with plenty of meat for us both to savour. The accompanying potatoes and veg were simply perfect.

Lobster Thermidor caught in Scarborough Ramus Lobster Festival Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

I often choose fish for both courses and this time was no exception. The swordfish on the specials board sounded too good to resist and I'm very glad I didn't. Cajun spiced and chargrilled with roquette pesto and Yellisons goat curd, it was the perfect balance of flavours and textures and colours- a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. 

Swordfish Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Main courses: swordfish and lobster Thermidor Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Onto dessert and Ian chose chocolate bread and butter pudding with creme anglaise which proved to be an absolute treat for the tastebuds. Light with a hint of spice and bursting with plump succulent fruit, this was a winner on every count. 

Chocolate bread and butter pudding with creme anglaise Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Certainly not overshadowed though, was my choice of ground rice, almond and raspberry cake with raspberry ripple ice-cream. It was mouth-wateringly delicious;the sponge with the unmistakable flavour imparted by the almonds was light and sweet and the ice-cream was, I think, the best I've ever tasted.   

Raspberry rice and almond cake with raspberry ripple ice-cream,Le Caveau, excellent French restaurant in Skipton, North Yorkshire

A Brilliant Evening From Start to Finish
The whole evening from start to finish was absolutely brilliant. The food is outstanding and Mark and Jamie Gemmell who looks after front of house, (photographed below), are as much of an asset as the menus, such is the warm welcome they extend and the friendly humour they impart. This, along with the beautiful building so steeped in history and character makes it a very special dining experience indeed.
This is a hidden gem and one which I want to shout about ans we're already planning our next visit. If you live locally or are planning to visit Skipton or its surrounding villages, I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Le Caveau, a gorgeous French restaurant with a Yorkshire twist. 

Elizabeth Yeowart with Mark Byron,  head chef and owner of Le Caveau, Skipton

Elizabeth Yeowart with Mark Byron, head chef and owner of Le Caveau Skipton and Jamie, front of house


Love Lizzy x

Le Caveau
86 High Street
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 1JJ
01756 794274
www.lecaveau.co.uk

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Sequin shift dress, Mint Velvet, past season

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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

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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: 
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.

white lace midi dress cow parsley

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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