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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Roll-Neck Fairisle Jumper Dress with Chelsea Boots

I have always loved all things Fairisle but unfortunately they don't always reciprocate because of the wool content in most, which makes me itch. So, I was verrrry excited to see this roll-neck love birds sweater dress which is 100% cotton. It was an impulse buy from Next, (who I have been beyond impressed with this season), because I knew I would wear and wear it and in fact already, I have worn it for two of the last three days. The first time was for watching for watching my son play football on Sunday, followed by an amble around Skipton on what was a very cold, crisp day. I put it with a pair of skinny grey jeans, grey biker boots and a grey bobble hat and it kept me very warm and cosy. 
On the second occasion, I wore it as a dress with grey cable tights and flat navy Chelsea boots. 

navy lovebird fairisle roll neck sweater dress, cable tights and Chelsea boots

navy lovebird fairisle roll neck sweater dress, cable tights and Chelsea boots

navy lovebird fairisle roll neck sweater dress, cable tights and Chelsea boots

navy lovebird fairisle roll neck sweater dress, cable tights and Chelsea boots

navy lovebird fairisle roll neck sweater dress, cable tights and Chelsea boots

I particularly like the shape and length of the sleeves. They're long enough to tuck into, or go over gloves, if necessary which really does make a difference when standing on a freezing cold sideline, because it's incredible just how cold a flash of wrist can get. The pattern negates the need for a bracelet, but I think very little negates the need for a ring so I added my double stars ring. The stars jewellery by Danon continues to be among my favourite and there are matching items available in both silver and gold platings at my online boutique, LizzyO

navy fairisle jumper sweater dress with Danon stars ring http://www.lizzyo.co.uk/

Danon star jewellery from LizzyO http://www.lizzyo.co.uk/


navy lovebird fairisle roll neck sweater dress, cable tights and Chelsea boots

navy lovebird fairisle roll neck sweater dress, cable tights and Chelsea boots


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Navy lovebirds Fairisle roll neck sweater dress, £26, Next
Grey rope cable tights, £8, Next
Double star ring in silver (also available in matt gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Navy suede leather Chelsea Boots, Clarks, past season.

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Photographs: Harry Johnston

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

A Slightly Daring Crop Top and a Foil Pleated Maxi Skirt

I have a question...

Can you wear a cropped top if you're over 40? 

Previously, I would have replied to said question before even saying it out loud with a resounding "No! You're 43 years old. Your 15 year-old wears them as do all of her friends. Don't be so ridiculous." 

But there are "degrees of cropping" and when styled carefully, with an appropriate bottom half, I think a long cropped top, (I know, I know, an oxymoron, but you know what I mean), can work regardless of age. It's about proportion and balance and maintaining a modest bottom half, so not too much skin is on display. Elegant and fluid, a maxi skirt or wide-legged sailor trousers are a sophisticated, womanly choice. Nothing too figure-hugging because the overall look should whisper of grown-up, knowing sensuality and not shriek of a midlife-crisis. I say this rather tongue in cheek because my teenage children never miss an opportunity to suggest that a midlife crisis is exactly what I'm having; but actually, I have no desire to be anything or anyone other than who I am right now, because I have never felt as happy and as confident as I do currently, (which at any age is a wonderful way to feel). Of course, this happiness comes from within, from the people around me and from an appreciation of everything which is precious and by that I mean love, health, friendship and family, and when that inner happiness shows on the outside, it becomes a thing of beauty.

But back to the outfit... This black sequin cropped top with semi-sheer short sleeves is neither boxy nor fitted, and tapers slightly towards the hem.
My skirt is a true maxi in that it is full, full length. For reference, I'm a whisker under 5 ft 9 inches tall and I'm wearing 3 inch heels so it really is long. It has an elasticated waist and if you're between sizes as I am, I'd suggest sizing down. I'm wearing a UK 10. 
If you're petite, the proportions for a similar outfit would perhaps work better with a midi-length skirt because a maxi might overwhelm your frame, but it's always worth trying different lengths with different heel heights to see. 


Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

I love the metallic foil finish of this skirt and while it is most definitely designed as eveningwear, I would love to wear it with grey suede biker boots and layers of chunky knitwear on a windswept British beach. I wore it on Friday evening for the annual Christmas Girls' Night In, which this year was at my friend Jane's home. It involved Secret Santa with a twist and a lot of fizz which in turn leads to dancing and much hilarity. It was a brilliant night.

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

My ring is a new addition to the Danon Swarovski bee collection at my online boutique, LizzyO. It's a statement piece and it draws compliments every time I wear it. Also new is a collection of both silver and gold honey bee jewellery, different is design to these ones. Totally gorgeous and already proving to be very popular.

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40. Danin be ring

Danon jewellery, Swarowski bee ncklace, ring, arrings, bracelet

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

The black baguette crystal double-wrap bracelet is also from Lizzy O. It's super sparkly and is just £12.50 so is a very attainable way of adding shine and sparkle to an outfit.

My multi-coloured glitter Mary Jane shoes and matching clutch never fail to put me in a party mood. I have had them for three years now and still enjoy wearing them as much as I did the day I got them.

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40. Boden glitter shoes


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Foil pleated maxi skirt, £90 Jacques Vert (currently on offer at £69.30)
Black sequin cropped top, £45, Kaleidoscope
Swarovski set bee ring, £32 by Danon at Lizzy O
Silver stars ring (left hand), £25, danon at Lizzy O
Black baguette wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
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Nail polish, Big Apple, Next
Multi-coloured glitter Mary Jane shoes, Boden, past season
Multi-coloured glitter clutch, 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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Friday, 2 December 2016

My Best Autumn Outfits From This Year

Hello and happy December! I can't believe we're into the final month of 2016. I've said on many occasions that I love autumn and autumn dressing. I adore the soft, tactile, cosy layers associated with crisp weekend walks and the glitz and sparkle of partywear in equal measures. It's been a very happy autumn- I hope it shows- and I think my outfits this season have been a reflection of how excited and sparkly I feel right now.

So, as we enter into winter proper, (and I'm looking forward to even more sequins and shine over the next few weeks), here is a look back at my favourite autumn outfits.

Leopard animal print coat jacket, over 40 style
The Kaleidoscope Animal Print Jacquard Jacket

Floral pussy bow dress with brogue Chelsea boots
Floral Dress with Olive Green Brogue Chelsea Boots

Marks and Spencer romantic lace Victoriana blouse with wide-legged trousers
The Marks and Spencer Romantic Lace Bluse, Wide-Leg Trousers and Leopard Print Strappy Shoes
Dressing for the Coutry with Dash fashion. Olive waxed jacket, skinny jeans, a pink sweater and Chelsea boots
An Olive Waxed Jacket, Skinny Jeans and Chelsea Boots

The Tulchan leaf blouse and skinny jeans
A Leaf Print Blouse in Shades of Petrol, Teal and Taupe

A Romantic Lace Blouse with Berry Coated Leggings and Leopard Print Heels
A Romantic Lace Blouse with Berry Coated Leggings and Leopard Print Heels

Winser London blue dress with sheer georgette silk sleeves and bow shoes
Winser London Blue Dress with Georgette Sleeves

Black Pailette Sequin Sweater with Metallic Leather-Look Mini Skirt
Black Paillette Sequin Sweater with Metallic Leather-Look Mini Skirt

Gunmetal Sequin Top with Super Skinny Metallic Jeans and Snow Leopard Print Boots
Gunmetal Sequin Top with Super Skinny Metallic Jeans and Snow Leopard Print Boots

Tie neck tunic dress
Tie Neck Tunic Dress and Knee High Navy Boots

Black beaded cocktail gown, Gatsby style, 1920s. over 40 style
Black Beaded Cocktail Gown- 2 Dresses in One

A Little Red Dress and A Statement Bracelet, over 40
A Little Red Dress and A Statement Bracelet

Black tuxedo fitted trousers, tassel evening top and metallic leather shoe boots
Fabulous Black trousers and a Tasseled Evening Top
Kaleidoscope red full-length coat
The Perfect Red Coat
Grey tulle skirt, sequined top, glitter Jimmy Choos, over 40 style
A dreamy tulle skirt with all of the sparkle

Have a lovely weekend,
Love Liz x

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Dreamy Tulle Skirt with all of the Sparkle

If you saw my post about my weekend in London with the Over40Collective, (my best blogging friends), you might have noticed that I wore a grey tulle skirt for our photoshoot. I'd wanted a tulle skirt for quite some time but I needed to think how to style it before I invested. I wanted it to look grown-up and elegant and not like I had raided a little girl's dressing up box. It needed to be a true midi length and not a skirt that fell just below the knee, because I'm tall and I love wearing heels heels which means some skirts sometimes don't reach quite as far as they should, which can make an outfit look disproportionate. 

Grey is one of my favourite colours and one which is easy to team with a myriad of other colours so I'm looking forward to styling in differently over the coming weeks and actually, I might dress it down slightly too. On this occasion though, I opted for all of the sparkle with a gunmetal sequinned top and my champagne glitter shoes, (my beloved Jimmy Choo Tahitis), and a grey wrap bracelet from my online boutique, LizzyO. The grey has actually sold out, but it is available in a soft tan which is just as pretty.  

I'd like to thank Catherine, Not Dressed as Lamb, who took these photographs for me. It was lovely to work with her in this way and because she has a degree in photography and of course has had thousands of pictures taken in her own outfits, she understands every aspect of getting an image to look right and it was brilliant benefitting from her professional direction. 

Grey tulle skirt with sequin top and Jimmy Choos, over 40 style

Grey tulle skirt with sequin top and Jimmy Choos, over 40 style

Grey tulle skirt with sequin top and Jimmy Choos, over 40 style

Grey tulle skirt with sequin top and Jimmy Choos, over 40 style

Grey tulle skirt with sequin top and Jimmy Choos, over 40 style

Grey tulle skirt with sequin top and Jimmy Choos, over 40 style


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Pale grey tulle midi skirt, £45, Jolie Moi at Aspire Style
Double star ring in silver (also available in matt gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Silver grey wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O (sold out in grey but available in tan)
Gunmetal sequinnds top, Boden, past season.

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Photographs: Catherine Summers

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Getting Cosy For Christmas with Dash

I love this time of year and I unashamedly, openly and wholeheartedly love Christmas- the sparkle, the parties, the laughter, the food, the wine, the very spectacle of it. It's time for family and friends and fingers crossed, a week off work, (because right now I'm working on both January and February issues of Aspire concurrently to enable me to get all of the editorial completed before a New Year's week deadline).
My clothes reflect this excitement. In common with many, I amp up the sequins, the glitter and the metallics and wear them as much throughout the day as I do in the evenings. 
But... I also love wrapping up warm and feeling cosy. I do it a lot. I'm a "soccer mom" and spend my Sunday mornings on what is often a freezing cold football pitch. I live on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and baby, it gets cold outside. I love the feeling of wrapping up warm, donning a woolly hat and scarf and striding out in the crisp morning air, feeling invigorated and vital, yet warm and cocooned in snuggly layers. 

Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

My pompom bobble hat (£15) and matching  pompom bobble scarf (£25) are from Dash who have some gorgeous knitwear and accessories which are perfect for such country strolls (and pitchside shenannigans). They'd make perfect gifts, are wool free, (this is a BIG thing for me as I can't wear wool because of the itch), and are definitely not just for Christmas. 
  Dash Fashion winter 2016

And isn't this wadded jacket, also from Dash a lovely colour? I love the semi-fitted shape, the faux fur hood-lining and the fact it has zip pockets. It's warm and cosy, but not bulky, because one need not sacrifice style for practicality.

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash fashion parka coat Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Dash is one of my favourite brands and one I work with on a regular basis so here are my cosy, yet stylish picks from their current collection...

Dash winter warmers and Christmas gift ideas

Clockwise from top left...

This gorgeous knit poncho (£69) is one of those items that will become indispensable and again, is as stylish as it is practical, the buttons setting it apart. Perfect with skinny jeans and knee high boots.

This alpaca Fairisle jumper (£59) quite naturally makes me thing of log cabins and roaring open fires. It's a neat cut so adds lots of warmth without the bulk that some knitwear can add. I like the idea of wearing this with skinny jeans and heels when inside enjoying all of the mulled wine.

Both the  Fairisle penguin jumper (£29) and the Olive the Owl jumper (bottom left, £39) are slightly quirky and I'd they'd both be definite ice-breakers and worthy of being a topic of conversation. As well as with jeans, I think they'd look amazing with a pleated midi skirt and high-heeled ankle boots.

The grey luxury wool hooded parka (£129), with faux fur trim has a clean silhouette and of course lends itself to country walks and wellies. But wouldn't look amazing over a sequinned evening dress a as a nonchalant alternative to an evening jacket? Here it is in more detail.


Pop over and take a look at Dash. there are often some very good offers on and they really are a hidden gem of a brand for those that have an outdoorsy lifestyle like I do!
Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Purple Wadded coat, £89, Dash (currently on special offer. Usual price £119

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

*Disclosure: These items were gifted and this is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Dash. 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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