Monday, 28 September 2015

Beauty: A Natural Facelift

Time and gravity wait for no woman and over the years, facial contours soften and the silhouette becomes less defined, particularly around the jawline, something about which I’m only too aware. 

So I was very interested and even more excited to try out Natural Facelift Massage, courtesy of Janet Brennand at Craven Clinic in Skipton.

Known as Facial Rejuvenation, it is an holistic treatment blending Japanese and Indian face massage techniques and it's available at salons and clinics throughout the country.

My treatment began with relaxation and energy balancing followed by acupressure on my face. Janet used a blend of essential oils including orange and bergamot which smelled divine. She massaged my face and neck with varying degrees of pressure to detect areas of tension and then began working her magic on just one side of my face to enable comparison. 

When I looked in the mirror I couldn’t believe the difference between the two sides. My jawline was tighter, nasolabial lines softer and under-eye congestion and puffiness significantly reduced. My cheekbones looked more defined and the whole side of my face appeared smoother and plumper. I was truly amazed.

Janet repeated the technique on the other side of my face and the treatment ended with lymphatic drainage, a scalp massage and an application of Neal’s Yard moisturiser.

The final result was incredible. I looked and felt at least five years younger, like I’d had a facelift, but a natural one. The results lasted several days so as a one-off treatment, this would be fantastic for a special occasion. The results are cumulative so a course of six weekly treatments followed by a monthly maintenance treatment is recommended.

I would love to have this treatment again.

Love Lizzy x


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Outfit: Beaded Collar Dress with Zebra Shoes

It's been a beautiful day in every way today. We started by watching my son play football. The team won with a convincing 5-0 score, so it was the perfect start.

It was then back home for a quick change. This dress is one of my favourites from last year. It is so simple and elegant and the beaded collar is just gorgeous. 

And I think the shoes speak for themselves. One of my absolute favourite pairs.

The sun came out and we spent the afternoon in my brother and sister-in-law's garden celebrating my niece's first birthday. I can't believe how quickly the last year has passed. She is utterly adorable and continues to add such love and happiness to our family.

And Adam has just sent this photograph to me of tonight's stunningly beautiful blood moon. He knows I love the moon and tonight it is spectacular. 

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Dress, Alium B, SS14
Zebra print shoes, Lola by Zapita SS14

I'd love you to take a look at my Instagram account for lots more photographs, many of which are in addition to those I put on my blog.

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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Outfit: Embroidered Folk Top and Wedge Boots

I love autumn Saturdays, especially mild sunny ones. Adam and I ran various child-centric errands in the morning, had a leisurely stroll through the park after lunch and then returned home to cook a roast chicken supper.  

It's the Yarndale Festival this weekend here in Skipton and a lot of the lamp posts in the park were adorned with crocheted creations.

And the leaves...

...I just love the leaves.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Embroidered Folk Top, Next, £22, AW15
Grey coated skinny jeans, Laura Ashley, AW14
Wedge boots, Mint Velvet
Jersey tweed jacket, Joules

My top was part of the prize I won in the Next denim shirt customisation competition. I was thrilled to be chosen as the winner by Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Outfit: LBD with Statement Shoes and Jewellery

I love the way in which accessories liven up a simple outfit. This little black dress is plain and unadorned making it incredibly versatile and also the perfect foil for showing off statement jewellery. 

Showing off jewellery was precisely what I wanted to do today because I took my pop-up accessories boutique to the Skipton Building Society head office. It was a great success. We sold out of several scarf designs and were thrilled to see the newest designs proving as popular as we anticipated. There are now just two of the silver heart pendants (that I'm wearing) left too.

The latest collection is without doubt my favourite.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Dress, Kaliko AW14
Leopard Print Shoes, Jones Bootmaker, AW13
Heart Pendant, What Lizzy Loves Boutique, £12

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Outfit: Printed Top, Tweed Jacket and Nude Ballerinas

I can't believe we're heading towards the end of September. The past few days have felt like autumn proper with misty mornings and cooler temperatures. My outfits are becoming decidedly more subdued in colour with monochrome, soft neutrals and tan seeming to prevail. 

My jersey tweed jacket is an autumn staple and I have it in navy too. It's a simple and comfortable way to smarten up an outfit, which is what I did last week when meeting clients. It is incredibly versatile and I never tire of wearing it.

Love Liz x

At the time of writing, this jersey tweed "Henford" jacket is in the clearance section at Joules, priced at just £59.95.

Other blog posts featuring this jacket (in both brown and navy):
Pompom dress with tweed jacket
Checked shift dress and tweed jacket
Skinny jeans, tweed jacket and turquoise accessories
Jersey floral day dress with brogues and tweed jacket (for a day out at Tatton Park)

Outfit Details
"Curiosity" printed top, Ted Baker
Skinny Jeans, Next AW15
Jersey tweed "Henford" jacket, Joules
*Bracelet, Danon leather wrap bracelet with crystal encrusted heart, Lizzy O £49
Hummingbird watch, Olivia Burton, SS14
Nude ballerina shoes, Clarks SS14
Westminster handbag in navy, Boden, SS15

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Outfit: Grey Roses Top, Coated Skinnies and Snakeprint Lace Up Flats

It's always a treat to be cooked for, especially during the week and last night, my children and I went to my brother and sister-in-law's for dinner. The last few weeks have been particularly busy with work and other commitments and I have, on two recent occasions, double- booked myself, so last night was very much appreciated. Both are excellent cooks and great company and as always, I feel very very blessed to have such a wonderful family. 

Despite it being quite a sunny day,the evening was quite cool. I opted for shades of grey with snake-print shoes and bracelet.
I have had this top for several years and always enjoy wearing it. The steely blue grey is a shade I love. 

My shoes are the Vibrant lace up flats in black and white snake print from Office, a sale purchase from my shopping trip to Leeds with my daughter last week. They come in a range of prints including leopard which at the time of writing are available in most sizes and are reduced from £60 to £28-£30.
In my opinion, they run a little small to size. Ordinarily, I wear a European size 41 or a UK 7. I needed a UK 8 in this style. They are leather so may give a little if between sizes.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Silk grey roses top, Phase Eight
Graphite coated skinnies, Laura Ashley AW14
Black sequin bag, Boden
Vibrant lace up flats, (ghillies) Office £28 in sale SS15
Snake print wrap bracelet, What Lizzy Loves Boutique, AW15, £9.50

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Outfit:Checked Shift Dress and Tweed Jacket

A gorgeously sunny day today, so I took the opportunity to wear one of my favourite autumn dresses. I've had it for three, possibly four years and I tend to wear it in September and October with tan accessories. We did a little (early Christmas) shopping and browsing and then spent the afternoon in the garden, lopping overhanging branches and giving it a general tidy up. 

I did change my shoes and put wellies on.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Checked Dress, Laura Ashley
Jersey Tweed Henford Jacket, Joules
Small Bayswater Satchel, Cookie Cutter in Oak Leather, Mulberry
Steel Blue Patent Flat Mary Jane Shoes with Bow, Mulberry.
Wrap Bracelet in Shades of Gold (left arm), What Lizzy Loves Boutique £9.50
Bracelet (right hand), Pandora.

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Blossoming Gifts: A New Flower Delivery Service

There is little nicer than receiving a bouquet of flowers by post...

...except perhaps when they are accompanied by a cute box of chocolates. 

Blossoming Gifts is a new flower delivery company based here in the UK specialising in beautiful florist designs at a low cost. 

This is the Sky bouquet, a gorgeous mix of lilies, roses, purple agapanthus, eryngium and eucalyptus. The scent is divine- the sweetness of the lilies and roses is complimented by the eucalyptus. 
A heady combination. 

The lilies were closed when my flowers arrived so the flowers as a whole looked each different each day as they opened.

Love Liz x

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