By no stretch of the imagination is it bikini weather. Nor is it likely to be any time soon. 

So why am I standing outside on wet ground in temperatures barely in double figures?

It’s because this post will ultimately be part of a style challenge. I was invited to choose a piece of beachwear from Bonprix  and style it two ways.

This nautical bikini caught my eye. I love the shape of the top and the red tie accents just add a little something.

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I guess this is a variation of one of my daytime staple looks- breton stripes with a floral scarf. Only in this case I’m using my scarf as a sarong for a look suitable for going from beach to bar.

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This second look is one I hope to wear on my laid back summer holiday in Devon. For idly perusing the shops and walking along the shore.

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Love Liz x

Added on 4th June 2015:

I have written a subsequent post with tips and ideas for choosing the right bikini along with advice about beach cover-ups.

*Bikini, Bonprix £29.99

Sarong/Scarf, What Lizzy Loves Boutique

Denim Shorts, Fat Face, SS14

Lemon Cardigan, Next SS15

Rose Gold Sandals, Boden, SS14

I love jewellery. Really love jewellery. Always have done. I wear a variety every day and have an extensive collection. But earrings are something I don’t think about quite as much as bracelets, necklaces or rings. I wear little silver studs every day, (with my birthstone in- a 40th birthday present from my friend Charlotte), and occasionally some drop earrings but I don’t have many.

So, when I was offered the chance to try some clip-on earrings from Eternal Collection I was intrigued. My ears are pierced so clip-on earrings are not even on my radar. 

It took me back about 30 years, to when I used to watch Dynasty and was totally in awe of Alexis Colby’s fabulousness, not least her removing a clip-on earring to answer the phone. 

I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Please tell me I’m not. 

My paternal grandmother, from whom I inherited my love of jewellery, gave me a pair of her clip-on earrings and I was beyond thrilled. They were oval shaped “rubies” surrounded by “diamonds” and I loved them more than anything. 

But they were agony to wear! The pinched my earlobes and if I moved my head suddenly they slid off. On my 8 year old self they must have looked ridiculous, but in my head, I was as awesome and glamorous as Joan Collins. 

Eternal Collection have over 1700 hundred pairs to choose from so it took me quite some time to choose. I decided to go for a statement pair, so opted for these beautiful Bluebell Crystal Chandeliers.

They’re silver plated with cubic zirconia and Swarovski clear crystals in an art deco style and are absolutely stunning.

What I didn’t realise is that there are different fitment options which can be adjusted for optimum comfort.

In fact there is an excellent YouTube Video demonstrating how to adjust the fitting. 

I put them on this morning to see if they stayed put and if they were comfortable. I wanted to try them properly. They didn’t need any adjustment, although I did reposition the right one as it wasn’t initially as comfortable as the left, after which it was totally comfortable. I wore them for four hours and actually forgot about them. In fact I went to the beautician wearing them (sans make-up and sporting very casual jeans and jumper, so not really the right look for these beauties) and it was only when I caught sight of them in the mirror that I remembered so took them off. 

The fitting is very discrete and an observer would have to look very closely to see that they were clip-on.

My verdict?

They’re brilliant and I love them.. 

I’m going to a formal Midsummer Ball next month at my son’s school, and these will be my earrings of choice. 

I love Eternal Jewellery and have a beautiful vintage inspired cocktail ring which I wore to my grandfather’s 90th birthday celebrations and a honey bee necklace which I wore last autumn.

Love Liz x

My earrings were a gift from Eternal Collections. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own.

Since transforming my spare bedroom into a dressing room, I’ve found it much easier to make a decision about what to wear, because everything is visible on hanging rails. I’ve also found I’m wearing more of my clothes for that same reason. 

For a normal working day such as today, (writing for Aspire magazine, writing my blog, doing the housework and taking a trip to the post office to dispatch boutique purchases), my default outfit is skinny jeans and breton top with ballerinas or brogues. But today, I wanted to wear this dress because I saw it hanging there and thought it would make a nice change. 

What Lizzy Loves wears a floral dress with tan leather brogues

What Lizzy Loves wearing a floral dress with tan leather brogues

My leather wrap heart bracelet is by Danon. The leather is beautifully soft and supple and I love the sparkle afforded by the crystals in the heart. For quite a while, I didn’t wear much yellow gold jewellery, instead preferring white gold or silver coloured, but I’m acquiring more and more. It’s warm and flattering and I’d be hard pressed to say which I prefer now.

What Lizzy Loves wears Danon leather wrap bracelet with gold heart with crystals

I’m a huge fan of Danon jewellery and I have a leather wrap bracelet with a silver dragonfly as well as a long dragonfly pendant from this brand. (Links to blog posts featuring these at the foot of the post), 

Love Liz x

Other Blog Posts featuring Danon Jewellery:
Woodland Top and Jeans Featuring Danon Dragonfly Pendant
Tweed, Bees and A Leather Wrap Dragonfly Bracelet.

See this post for different ways of styling brogues

Outfit Details
Green Peony “Vicky” Dress, Joules AW14
Hamble Oak Tan Brogues, Clarks £60
*Danon Leather Wrap Bracelet with Crystal Heart, Bijouled £58

My bracelet was a gift from Danon. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own.