Monday, 28 July 2014

Gone to the Beach

Today I'm leaving for some sunshine and relaxation with my children and my parents. We're beyond excited and I've never felt more ready for a break.
I'm not expecting to have much access to the internet so I think things will be a little quiet but I'll have lots of outfits and photographs to share when I get home in just over a week.

To everyone else lucky enough to be on holiday, have a lovely time.

Love Liz x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Outfit Post: Stripes with Rose Gold Sandals for a Fond Farewell

A hectic few days as the end of my son's primary school career draws to a close.
Yesterday was a beautiful, beautiful Mass. Today was their final assembly. It was so unbelievably emotional with photographs of him with his classmates from the age of three when they started at the school's nursery. To see him standing there today filled me with total and overwhelming pride, joy and love. The tears are still flowing.

I have worn this dress before with leopard print court shoes

Today, I dressed it down a little.
I wore my new rose gold sandals- my one and only sales purchase. I have the same design in yellow suede and have been so pleased. I was thrilled when a pair became available.

I added rose gold earrings (costume jewellery from Oasis) to co-ordinate and my beautiful Italian cocktail ring.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details

Current Season (July 2014)
*Blue Crystal Ring, Luca Barra 19.5 Euro

Previous Seasons
Sixties Ponte Dress, Rose Gold Sandals, *Soft Leather Bowling Bag, all Boden, SS'14

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Outfit Post: Broderie and Butterflies

I love an alliterative title and very nearly added "bags" as in undereye bags, to the broderie and butterflies.

The last two weeks have been particularly hectic and the lack of sleep brought about by seemingly endless hurdles really does show. 
My parents and brothers, (and my pregnant sister-in-law), have been a continuous source of practical support and we have just about tamed the garden and adjoining field (three acres) and tackled the overgrown hedges to encourage the sale of the house. It's been a huge task and one which I could not have managed alone. 
Ironically, this dream, forever home, which now holds such sadness, has never looked more beautiful. 

But, amongst the anxiety and uncertainty, have been so many brilliant nights out and nights in with friends and family. Birthdays, celebrations of football trophies, of excellent school reports and of amazing SATS results. I've had a lot of fizz. And eaten a lot of cake.

Last week my children, my niece and nephew whizzed around the field until sunset on the ride-on mower. Their faces showed pure unadulterated joy. Fun. Laughter. Happy memories for all of us to take away from here and into the future. 

This morning, I met with a new friend. I'm taking over the communications, website and social media of our respective sons' football club. I volunteered for this role because he is moving from the area with his family. He has shown infinite patience and kindness but I'm a bit daunted about filling his rather large shoes. This was our third meeting and I think I now, just about, know what to do.

So my blog has had to take a back seat these last few weeks.

Today's is a very simple outfit.
The tee was from Fat Face earlier in the season. For me, the neckline has just the right scoop. And of course, my love of broderie is no secret.
The cropped jeans are from White Stuff four or five years ago but their Southern Ocean Crops are this year's version.
I added some colour with the beautiful butterfly scarf (from my boutique) and my Boden bowling bag.

This scarf is available edged in blue, grey, pink or khaki. The butterflies are happy and bright and work with so many colours.

There are so many more beautiful designs in the boutique, do take a look. They're large enough to use as a sarong, so some will be definitely making their way into my suitcase later this month.

Love Liz x


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Outfit: Flamingo Print Dress with Sparkly Jimmy Choos

Another brilliant evening last night, this time spent at my friend Annemarie's home with a group of rather fabulous friends, all met at the school gate.
Annemarie is a great hostess and from start to finish, everything was simply perfect.

I wore this beautiful flamingo print fifties style dress from Dickens and Jones at House of Fraser.

Tahiti, champagne glitter, Jimmy Choo SS09

Love Liz x

Friday, 11 July 2014

Outfit Post: Broderie and Birthday Cake

Yesterday was the younger of my two brother's birthday, so along with the rest of our family, we celebrated at my home. I did a mediterranean buffet and baked Victoria Sponge.
I love having family and friends round and it seems extra special when it's during the week.

I wore this new Fat Face dress. I may have mentioned my love of broderie and a scalloped edge. Well this beautiful dress ticks every box and I think I'll wear it a lot. It's the sort of dress that looks as good with flip flops as it does with a pair of wedges.

My vertiginous wedges are from Boden several summers ago.

 And then the sun went down on a perfect evening spent with perfect people.

Love Liz x


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Yellow, Blue and a Big Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who "liked" this photo on the Aspire Style Facebook page.
I'm thrilled to say that I won the competition!

Provence Dress by Fever at Aspire Style

I adore this 40s style dress. To me, the sunny yellow and sea-blue is the perfect summer colour combination and one which I wear a lot. 
In fact I'm wearing it today.

I've worn this striped dress with red accessories but I do love the contrast between these complimentary colours.

(Everything I'm wearing has been reduced, the links are below).
I can't tell you how comfortable this dress is. It doesn't crease so I'll probably wear it for our holiday flight.
It's becoming a wardrobe favourite, very much a "go-to" day dress. A friend of mine wears hers with leggings too and it looks great worn as a tunic.

Remy Striped Dress, Joules £49.95 £34.95
Soft Leather Bowling Bag in Lemon, Boden £139 £69.50
Pretty Pendant, (out of stock in yellow but available in other colours), Boden £29 £17.40-£23.20
Palma Sandal in Dandelion, Boden £59 £41.30

Love Liz x


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Le Grand Depart: Tour de France 2014

Yesterday, the sun shone and the whole of Skipton was filled with spectators as the Tour de France came through our little town.
The atmosphere was amazing and I felt incredibly lucky to witness the largest sporting event in the world here on my doorstep.

The three leaders...

Followed a few minutes later by the rest of the pack

It's such a shame that Mark Cavendish crashed just before the finish. His dislocated shoulder means he cannot take part in the rest of the race.
Good luck to the rest of the British boys.

Love Liz x

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