Friday, 31 July 2015

Outfit: Blush lace top and denim shorts. Goodbye Woolacombe

Today was the final day proper of our holiday in Woolacombe. Tomorrow we face the long drive home so will leave early doors.

It's been the most wonderful experience. The first holiday alone with my children. We've had a busy and, on occasions, difficult few months so I felt particularly in need of some time with them to relax, to talk and to enjoy the company of the two beautiful, intelligent young people who fill my life in equal measures with utter love, pride, joy, mess and stress.
This week has achieved all of the above and more. It's been perfect and I feel quite tearful at the thought of going home.

Their favourite haunt for brunch was the Beachcomber Cafe, so it seemed fitting to eat there this morning, on the balcony, overlooking Woolacombe Beach. The chocolate milkshake is to die for.


We sat on the beach all day and chatted about anything and everything. It was lovely to converse for several hours without the almost ubiquitous distractions of social media, i-devices and games consoles. 
We played hunt the buried flip-flop and dodge the seagull(s). We ate chips and ice-cream and paddled among hundreds of tiny jellyfish.

I cannot remember spending a happier day with my children and today is one I will remember for a long time.

The evening was also beautiful so once again, we headed to Barricane Beach for Sri-Lankan curry and to enjoy the warm, laid-back atmosphere that this most popular of beach cafes has to offer.

My son skimmed stones until the sun began to fade on what has been the most precious of weeks with my children.



I'm still in love with this romantic pink lace top so wore it with shorts and sandals this evening.






Love Liz x

My other blog posts from the rest of this holiday
What To Do When It Rains In Woolacombe
What We Did On A Windy Day In Woolacombe
A Tale of Two Beaches
Outfit: Broderie tunic, cropped jeans and a tale of two curries.
Outfit: Sunglasses. Because the sun finally shone

Outfit Details
*Lace Overlay Top in baby pink, Mandy's Heaven £28 SS15
Denim Shorts, Fat Face, SS14
Silver sandals, Boden SS15
*Tommy Hilfiger at Specsavers, £125 SS15
Wrap bracelet in shades of silver, What Lizzy Loves Boutique, £9.50

There is 15 % off at Mandy's Heaven for readers of my blog with the code LIZZYLOVES15. 
I'd love you to take a look, there is a wonderful range of clothing and accessories that are all a little different. There are lots of new arrivals too. It's a family business, run from a thatched cottage in Hertfordshire.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Outfit: Sunglasses Because the Sun Finally Shone.

Today has been brilliant. The sun shone for most of the day and we actually sat on the beach without hoodies. 
We brunched at GJs pancake bar, (a favourite from when we were here two years ago), and then stayed on Woolacombe beach until late afternoon.




I have got some new sunglasses and I'm thrilled with them. It always comes as a surprise to my friends that as an optometrist by profession, (though I haven't practised since taking a career break to raise my children a few years ago), and as a lover of all accessories, I had until I got these a matter of weeks ago, only one pair of sunglasses.

These ones are by Tommy Hilfiger at Specsavers.

I visited the Leeds branch to choose them, (Specsavers are all franchises), and I was looked after by Aga, a charming Polish optical assistant.

The benefit of going to an opticians for sunglasses is that they will be adjusted to fit correctly. Mine needed a little adjustment on the sides to ensure the bend met my ear at the right place.
I don't need prescription lenses but many many frames in Specsavers can be glazed with prescription sunglass lenses, ideal for driving or reading on holiday.




I love the teal and cream sides.







Because it was such a glorious evening, we decided to go to our favourite Barricane Beach Cafe for another Al Fresco Sri-Lankan curry supper.


I'm definitely a glass half full girl, but either way, it still needs filling up, does it not?


Love Liz x

My other blog posts from the rest of this holiday
What To Do When It Rains In Woolacombe
What We Did On A Windy Day In Woolacombe
A Tale of Two Beaches
Outfit: Broderie tunic, cropped jeans and a tale of two curries.

Outfit Details
Mint green cable jumper Fat Face SS15
Cropped pale jeans, Next, SS15
Floral pull on trainers, Johnnie B by Boden SS15
Silver wrap bracelet, What Lizzy Loves Boutique £9.50
*Tommy Hilfiger at Specsavers, £125, SS15

My sunglasses were a gift from Specsavers. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Outfit: Broderie Tunic and Cropped Jeans. A Tale of Two Curries

I mentioned in my first Woolacombe blog post that within twenty minutes of arriving here, we were on Barricane Beach ordering Sri Lankan curry from the renowned beach cafe there.
We returned yesterday evening because it was dry and sunny, though still very windy as the photo of my son swimming (yes swimming, without a wetsuit) will attest.




Today has been the sunniest so far and I actually wore shorts.
With a jumper.
And a hoodie.


After brunch at the Beachcomber Cafe, an almost daily haunt, we went to the beach, hired a windbreak and set up camp for the day. It was windy and on the cool side and my poor children sat huddled in beach towels, determined to spend the day by the sea.

We changed for the evening and went out for supper.

My jeans are a very recent purchase and I'm thrilled with them. I'd been looking for something paler and more casual than my favourite skinnies and these tick all the boxes. My gorgeous top is one I've had for almost two years, yet it's the first time I've worn it. It was sent to me as a thank you for one of the very first blog collaborations I ever did way back when. I absolutely adore the feminine broderie anglaise detail.

What Lizzy Loves Broderie anglaise tunic and pale cropped jeans

What Lizzy Loves Broderie anglaise tunic and pale cropped jeans


What Lizzy Loves Broderie anglaise tunic and pale cropped jeans and statement necklace from Happiness Boutique

What Lizzy Loves broderie anglaise tunic

We ate at The Tides Inn where Wednesday night is curry buffet night. This was perfect for my hungry children and we enjoyed the friendly, laid back yet bustling atmosphere there. The food was lovely- a choice of the curries with naan, poppadoms, rice and chutneys.

Such a beautiful evening and for the first time since our arrival on Saturday, the sea looked calm.


Love Liz x

My other Woolacombe blog posts from the rest of this holiday:
What To Do When It Rains In Woolacombe
What We Did On A Windy Day In Woolacombe
A Tale of Two Beaches
Outfit: Sunglasses. Because the sun finally shone!

Outfit Details:
Pale blue jumper, Jack Wills SS15
Yellow vest, Kaleidoscope, SS14
Denim Shorts, Fat Face SS14
Foral pull-on trainers, Johhnie B by Boden SS15

White broderie anglaise tunic, Ondademar, SS13
Pale cropped jeans, Next SS15
Yellow bowling bag, Boden SS14
Silver sandals, Boden SS15
*Be Beautiful Statement Necklace, Happiness Boutique, 22,90 Euros SS15


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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Tale of Two Devon Beaches

Today has been a day spent doing what we came here to do. Walk, talk, have fun on the beach and enjoy each other's company. 

It was still a little windy and not really warm enough for shorts, but it was mainly dry and the sun put in a very welcome appearance.


We took a leisurely stroll along the length of Woolacombe Beach after breakfast, where we saw a seagull with attitude...


...and a beach hut with my name on.



This view looks towards the centre of Woolacombe.


And this is going in the opposite direction.


My son was keen to repeat sprint races from our last holiday here when there was nothing between us.


What a difference two years makes.


I was only "a little" dishevelled afterwards.



At the end of Woolacombe Beach is Putsborough Beach where there is a small cafe, the perfect place for a light lunch, after which we strolled back again.



Precious, precious times. 
We'll all take such happy memories from today.


Love Liz x

My other Woolacombe posts from this holiday:
What to do when it rains in Woolacombe
What we did on a windy day in Woolacombe
Outfit: Broderie tunic and cropped jeans and a Tale of Two Curries.
Outfit: Sunglasses. Because the sun finally shone!

Outfit Details
Mint green breton top, Boden SS12
Skinny jeans, Boden
Flip Flops, Accessorize SS14
Navy and mint tote bag, Laura Ashley SS15
*Sunglasses, Tommy Hilfiger at Specsavers  £125 SS15
Floral scarf, What Lizzy Loves Boutique, £10


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Monday, 27 July 2015

What We Did on A Windy Day in Woolacombe

Another windy day here in Woolacombe, North Devon, but thankfully, the torrential rain that I wrote about yesterday was no more. 
We knew the wind was to become stronger during the middle of the day, so thought it wise to go to Woolacombe beach in the morning so avoiding the worst of the weather later on.

Once again layers, (including a jumper), were in order. 

Floral pull-on trainers, What Lizzy Loves


For a second consecutive day, we went to The Beachcomber Cafe...


...but today braved sitting outside on the terrace so we could take in the beach and breathe in the sea air. To describe it as bracing would be something of an understatement.




Later this afternoon, we drove to Croyde, a pretty town full of thatched cottages. It lies just a few miles away.
I booked a table for supper at The Kings Arms in Georgeham upon the recommendation of one of my daughter's friends who holidayed in Woolacombe last week, so I took the opportunity to get changed before we went. Georgeham lies between Croyde and Woolacombe on a very narrow country road.



I couldn't resist the yellow flowers in Georgeham village car park.





I had ham, egg and chips and a rather nice Verdejo which the lovely young lady behind the bar recommended and allowed me to taste before ordering.

It is a truly fabulous pub.



Love Liz x

My other posts from this holiday in Woolacombe
What to do when it rains in Woolacombe
A Tale of Two Beaches
Outfit: Broderie tunic, cropped jeans and A Tale of Two Curries
Outfit: Sunglasses. Because the sun finally shone.

Outfit Details
Mint cable jumper, Fat Face SS15
Skinny jeans, Boden
Pull-on trainers, Johnnie B at Boden, sale purchase SS15*
Silver wrap bracelet, What Lizzy Loves Boutique £9.50
Navy spotty scarf, What Lizzy Loves Boutique £10
Navy and mint tote bag, Laura Ashley SS15

Broderie anglaise top, Johnnie B at Boden AW15
Tan sandals, Clarks SS13
Cream and red bag, Bonprix**
Rose gold dragonfly pendant, What LIzzy Loves Boutique £12
Gold wrap bracelet, What Lizzy Loves Boutique, £9.50

*My pull-on trainers were a sale purchase from the teenage Johnnie B rannge at Boden. It's worth noting they run large to size. It is rare for me to need a size other than a 41 (UK 7), but they were too big so I exchanged them for a size 40.

**The cream and red bag was the prize I received from Bonprix for winning the bikini style challenge that I took part in recently.

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