Friday, 30 January 2015

Outfit: Monochrome Jaquard Top and Velvet Jacket featuring The Magazine Print Patent Clutch bag

Sometimes, and I suspect (hope) I'm not alone in this, I base my outfit around a piece of jewellery, a pair of shoes or a bag. Today is one such day. I wanted to use a new bag so chose my clothes to match it.

It's a large envelope clutch with the most fabulous magazine print. Large enough for day use, yet sleek enough for evening, and with the option of a chain handle. It's a very versatile piece.

Sally, (my business partner and fab friend) and I are launching a small accessories collection to accompany the scarves in our boutique. These bags will form part of that collection and will be available online on Sunday 1st February.

I walked into town to meet friends for coffee first thing so wore comfortable wedge trainers styled with a monochrome outfit and a monochrome cat.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details

Current Season
Magazine Clutch: What Lizzy Loves Boutique £25
Jersey Jacquard Top (available in navy), Boden £59
*Phoenix High Waisted Skinny Jeans, Fever London £49.99
Black Velvet Arabella party Blazer, Boden

Previous Seasons
"Lumiere Pearl" Wedge Trainers, Clarks, AW13

Thursday, 22 January 2015

By Betty Bespoke Headwear

Beth Hughes is a milliner based in Burley-In-Wharfedale, less than 15 miles from where I live. She designs and makes everything from stylish winter hats and fascinators  to flamboyant hats for special occasions. Following a decade long career in marketing and the birth of her two young children Beth launched her label "By Betty" at the beginning of 2012.

I was lucky enough to go and meet her at her home studio on Monday.
Beth currently displays her hats in her conservatory. A standalone studio is a work in progress.

I was of course in my element trying the hats on and fell in love with this design. The feathers are exquisite.

This striking 1930s inspired design also caught my eye

As well as headwear for special occasions, Beth makes fedoras, cloches and Baker Boy designs for every day wear.

I'm thrilled and excited to say that Beth is making a hat for me. It took some time to decide which design because they are all stunning and I would have happily had any one them.

All will be revealed when I collect it in around two weeks time.

Love Liz x

For an appointment with Beth, please call 07815 704961
Twitter: @By_Betty_Hats

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Outfit: Black Dress with Beaded Collar With a Yellow Bowling Bag

I've had a lovely day today. A productive few hours working this morning and then out for lunch with a dear friend of mine. Sheila is a retired consultant paediatrician and will be 70 on her next birthday. She's been a family friend for over 20 years and now although we don't meet often, it is very special when we do. Today we had almost two years' worth of news to catch up on so it was a leisurely lunch of three hours. My favourite kind.

I wore my Amelia Dress by Allium B. It's from last Spring and is incredibly versatile so have worn it a lot. I wore it  last Easter with bare legs and yellow heels. Today I wore it with opaque tights, heeled ankle boots and a black velvet jacket.

The beaded collar is so beautiful

And today's pop of yellow was courtesy of my bag

We lunched at Breda Murphy's in Whalley.
We both ordered chicken and coconut curry with fragrant basmati rice from the specials menu.

And how beautiful is Sheila's dessert? Plum crumble with stem ginger ice-cream.

And I opted for "Mammy's Christmas Pudding" with brandy butter and vanilla anglaise.

Everything tasted as good as it looked.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Amelia Dress, Allium B SS14. The dress is available in blue in selected sizes at the bargain price of £40 (from £125)
Arabella Party Blazer, Boden AW14.
Bowling Bag in Citron, Boden SS14
Ankle Boots: Anika Kendrick, Clarks AW13

Friday, 9 January 2015

My Pick of The Boden Spring Collection

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Boden. It accounts for about half of my wardrobe, handbags and shoes. 

The new Spring collection is beautiful- feminine, fresh and bright. Lots of florals and prints. And oh my goodness the shoes...

It is, in short, right up my street. 

I will confess to a purchase or two that I'll share in due course. I've also bought a few new pieces in the sale which I plan to wear next weekend for a big family occasion. I'm so excited about it and will share after the event. (I suspect though that the biggest cause for celebration next week may be the installation of broadband. Did I mention I've been without wifi for two months...?) 
I'm sitting writing this in my friend Sally's living room using hers. The installation will mean it's business as usual for my blog with regular posts and updates and I can't wait. 

Here's what caught my eye. (And is on my ever-increasing-and way too long to be obtainable-wishlist). Perhaps dream list would be a better description. 
I think all of these could be worn now too. No need to wait for the sun. Because it could be a long wait.

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Zoe Dress 
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Eliza Tunic Dress
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Lindsey Dress 
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Westminster Bag
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Alice High Heel
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Westbourne Boot

lot of the clothes and accessories I wore over Christmas were from Boden and are now in the sale. Some are in limited sizes but it's well worth checking back frequently if you have your heart set on something as things do come back into stock. I did that with one of my sale purchases- a jacket I had wanted for some time. It was sold out in my size but I stalked it daily and managed to snare exactly what I wanted. 

Luxurious Lace Top, Boden, Was £99, now from £39.60

Sequin Shimmer Tunic Dress, Boden, was £199, now £199

Luxurious Lace Dress, Boden  was £149, now from £40.23

Bejewelled Cuff, Boden was £39
Glitter Clutch, Boden, was £69, now from £34.50

Multi Glitter Mary Janes, Boden, was £129, now £95.20

Spectacular Heels, Navy Sequins, Boden, was £129, now from £47.60

Love Liz x

Friday, 2 January 2015

Outfit: Sixties Style Monochrome

Happy New Year!

My parents, brothers and their families came for an informal lunch today. It felt like the last day of the Christmas season but we celebrated what had been a good year for our family having been blessed with my niece Kitty three months ago. 

Once again, these photographs were all taken on my iPhone and this blog post has been written on my phone. The broadband will not be installed until mid-January. I've survived a lot but I'm not sure we'll get through this...

I love wearing dresses but was in the mood for something a little different today. I tied my hair back to allow the neckline, the focal point of this Ponte monochrome top, to be seen. The requisite sparkle came courtesy of my multi-glitter Mary Janes. 

And of course, one can never be too young to partake in a selfie

Love Liz x

Outfit Details:
Glitter Mary Janes, Boden AW14
Ponte Spot Top, Boden AW14
Velvet 7/8 Trousers, Laura Ashley AW14. 
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