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, 20 January 2015

Jewellery: Vintage Style Cocktail Ring

I adore jewellery and accessories and I love costume jewellery as much as precious jewels. I'm building quite a collection.

Eternal Collection is a small family run company tucked away in the Scottish Highlands. They have an extensive collection of costume jewellery, the majority of which they hand make.

The beautiful honey bee necklace that I shared on my blog last year was from Eternal,

 as is the ring I wore over the weekend for my Grandfather's 90th birthday celebrations. 

The packaging is beautiful.

The Aura Pearl and Diamante costume ring is rather a statement piece. The large faux pearl sits in a clear crystal diamante mount. The shank is rhodium plated and is adjustable so one size fits all.

It's very eye catching and incredibly comfortable. It catches the light and sparkles and is the style of ring I would expect to find in my grandmother's jewellery box.

I absolutely love it.

Love Liz x

My Aura Pearl and Diamante Ring is courtesy of Eternal Collections. It is currently reduced from £20 to £10. There is an extensive selection of jewellery including many designs that have been reduced. Do go and take a look at the website. It's an excellent and affordable way to introduce a bit of sparkle to January.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

A Grand (dad) Weekend in Gretna Green

I've spent a brilliant weekend with my extended family in Gretna Green. It was to celebrate my paternal grandfather's 90th birthday.

We are relatively far flung and my 99.5 mile journey was one of the shortest.Those of us that were there on Friday evening sat, chatted and relaxed in the bar.

Friday's top was a sale purchase from Boden. The sequins are navy, black and bronze. I teamed it with graphite coated slim jeans.

The rest of the guests arrived on Saturday for the celebratory dinner in the evening.
My father has five brothers all with children. The majority of my generation has children too. There were more than forty family members at the dinner. Hard to believe that this great number resulted from one marriage in the 1940s.

I've worn this dress a few times over Christmas and my glittery shoes have been familiar fixtures.

My ring is a vintage style piece of costume jewellery and I love it. I'll be writing more about this in a day or two.

I decided I need help taking mirror selfies. My thirteen year old is of course an expert.

One of my uncles designed this card for my grandfather. Every word and phrase has particular meaning and significance to him.
Another uncle spoke about my granddad's often remarkable life.

And wasn't his cake lovely?

It was a brilliant, brilliant evening and as always I feel privileged to be part of a large loving family.

It was snowing this morning but not enough to impact on the journey home.

Love Liz x

Outfit details

*Graphite Slim Leg Coated Jeans, Laura Ashley AW14
Perfect Party Top, Boden AW14
Navy Sequin Heels, Boden AW14
Bejewelled Cuff, Boden AW14 
Westminster Bag, Boden SS15 £119

Sequin Shimmer Sequin Dress, Boden AW14
Clutch, Black Multi Glitter, Boden AW14
Mary Janes, Black Multi Glitter, Boden AW14

*Phoenix High Waisted Skinny Jeans, Fever London £49.99
Arabella Black Velvet Blazer, Boden AW14
Navy Westminster Bag, Boden SS15 £110
Jersey Jacquard Top, Boden SS15 £59
Anika Kendrick Boots, Clarks AW13
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