Saturday, 22 August 2015

Outfit: Striped Dress with a Statement Necklace

I had a lovely day on Thursday when my cousin came to visit along with two of her children. We are very close beause our mothers, along with their brother, are triplets. We each have two younger brothers, so in many ways, have a sisterly relationship which is very special.

I wore a new dress from Dash, a brand which had fallen off my radar until recently. It's undergoing a revamp so I'm excited to see more of the new designs. I think they'll be just up my street.

The dress is an easy to wear shape and very versatile. I had planned on wearing it with tan accessories but decided to wait for that until Autumn.

This dress is a perfect trans-seasonal choice.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
*Mix and Match Stripe Dress, Dash AW15 £55
Statement necklace, Boden
*Bracelet: Trollbeads Flower Lock £45, Blue Diamond Bead, Trollbeads Cambridge
Silver sandals, Boden
*Bowling bag, Boden SS14

My dress was a gift from Dash. All opinion is 100% honest and all content is my own. I was not paid to write this post. Thank you for the supporting brands that support my blog.

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Days Out: RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Earlier this week my children and I went to RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate. It's only a forty minute drive from where I live in Skipton and just a matter of minutes away from the centre of Harrogate.

It was a gorgeously sunny day so was perfect for ambling leisurely through the gardens.

One of the first sights was this carpet of wildflowers. I was absolutely mesmerised and stood for quite some time taking in the sight. I honestly don't think I have ever seen such a beautiful display of flowers.

There were so many busy bees. Literally hundreds buzzing around. Such a good sight to behold.

Aged 14 and 12, my children, understandably weren't quite as excited as I was about the prospect of the visit but they both enjoyed the open space and, perhaps without even realising, the tranquility and peace it afforded. They were particularly captivated by the fauna and my daughter took some brilliant photographs on her phone including the bee on the stunning orange flower below. 

The vegetable garden was equally fascinating... 

...I hadn't seen an aubergine growing in this country before. 

There's a large Betty's tearoom and Cafe. A Yorkshire institution, Betty's is quaint, elegant and terribly British. 

After much deliberating, I opted for a Yorkshire ham and Gruyere roll and homemade raspberry lemonade...

...and a fondant fancy. The children had a hot chocolate and a biscuit which didn't last long enough for me to photograph. 

After lunch I visited the gift shop which has garden section and a very good selection of books, candles, cards, candles and gifts.

We went on a sunny day in the summer holidays so the car parks were almost full and there were a lot of visitors. The gardens are so spacious though that it felt like I'd escaped into floral paradise. It didn't feel at all busy.
We lunched quite early at Betty's which we were glad about because the queue reached out of the door by the time we left, so that is worth considering especially if accompanied by permanently hungry children.
I enjoyed every moment of our visit and would love to see it throughout the different seasons. I'm fortunate to live just a short drive from these beautiful RHS gardens.

Love Liz x

This post was written in collaboration with Think Money, a brilliant website with lots of ideas for days out, all with a budget of £40.
Entrance costs £9.85 for adults and £4.95 for children aged 5-16, a total of £19.75 for us.
Our food and drinks in Betty's cost £19.25, so the total cost for our day out was £39.00.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Outfit: Floral Printed Silk Tunic with Sandals

I spent a wonderful morning at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate on Monday. The weather was perfect and my children and I ambled through the glorious gardens before going to Betty's Tearoom to refuel. I will be publishing a full blog post on Friday of this week which will be full of gorgeous photographs, but here are few (and I couldn't resist sharing a few on Instagram and Facebook.)

I wore my Boden Eliza tunic dress. I have found it to be incredibly versatile having worn and styled it differently on several different occasions throughout the year. The vibrant print seemed perfect for a day which was filled with colour.

What Lizzy Loves wears Boden silk Eliza tunic dress

What Lizzy Loves wears Boden silk Eliza tunic dress

What Lizzy Loves wears Boden silk Eliza tunic dress

What Lizzy Loves wears Boden silk Eliza tunic dress

Wildflowers at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

What Lizzy Loves wears Boden silk Eliza tunic dress

Love Liz x

Previous blog posts featuring this dress styled differently
Eliza Silk Tunic Dress with black jacket, black opaque tights and black heeled ankle boots.
Eliza Silk Tunic Dress with sheer tights and Boden Alice tasselled heels (for a party)

Outfit Details
Eliza tunic dress, Boden SS15
Silver sandals, Boden SS15
Yellow bowling bag, Boden SS14
*Sunglasses, Tommy Hilfiger at Specsavers.
Silver/grey wrap bracelet, What Lizzy Loves Boutique £9.50

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Home: My Latest DIY Projects

As you probably know, (because I may have mentioned it on the odd occasion), I moved into a brand new house at the end of last year and have been slowly adding decorative touches to reflect my personality and to make it feel like it's truly mine. 

I recently added some shelves in the utility room. It was during this particular project that I drilled into a water pipe so progress was somewhat thwarted for several days while the remedial replastering and repainting dried. I was more than a little tentative when I resumed, but all went well and I'm delighted with the result. 
The top shelf is a floating shelf (Lack, from Ikea). I've put up quite a few now in various rooms and they look very neat once in-situ. 

Beneath that is a picture ledge, also from Ikea. I have these in several rooms in the house and they are as perfect for displaying candles, trays, little jars or vases as they are for displaying the pictures for which they were designed.

I've been trying to give the garden some personality too. My friend Annemarie is a gardener by profession and has very kindly given me a lot of plants grown from seed or taken from cuttings from the plants in her own beautiful garden.

Knowing my love of a good up-cycling project, she gave me this cast iron garden furniture as it was superfluous to her requirements. She advised me that there was a little bit of flaking paint but that it was otherwise solid, functional and very comfortable.

I have got quite a lot of white in my home. The internal walls are painted white and it's a theme I wanted to continue outside so I decided to paint them white.
I sanded the table and chairs down and applied a white primer. I left it to dry overnight and then used three cans of white spray paint to get full and even coverage. It was quick and easy, though I did look a little Jackson Pollock once I'd finished.

The furniture looks totally different in white and I couldn't be more pleased with it or more grateful to have received it.

And the sun even shone for a few days.

Love Liz x

More of My DIY Projects
How I transformed my spare bedroom into a walk in a dressing room/ walk-in closet
How I transformed a large cupboard using Laura Ashley paint and wallpaper

On the table:
White pot, Ikea
Straws, Ikea
Pink tins, Greengate
Polka dot melamine bowls, Greengate
Pink candle lantern, Cath Kidston.

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