Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Month That Was...September

I can't believe it's the last day of September already. The month has just flown by.
September often feels calm, although the last two weeks have at times been a little frenetic, but it's been a month for regrouping, taking stock and getting back into a routine after the long summer holiday. I loved school so the new term in September was something I always looked forward to, regardless of how fantastic my childhood summers were. New uniform. New exercise books. New pencil case. New start.

So this September I've tried to incorporate a few changes into my daily routine.

I've mentioned many many times that I'm a freelance copywriter and editor for a local lifestyle magazine. This, plus writing my blog and running a (very small) online business means I sit in front of my laptop at home for hours on end. I do go out and meet clients about whom I'm writing and I do, at least once a week, meet with friends for coffee, but I'm home alone for the majority of the working week. I'm very happy in my own company and I love my job and the flexibility that self-employment affords so I've decided to take a walk around the local park, every day if possible, even if just for 20 minutes, to get fresh air and exercise and to blow away the cobwebs. I can combine this with a trip to the post office to post the scarves and jewellery, so the time is used wisely. Business and pleasure.

The beautiful weather we've been having means the park looks beautiful and I was disproportionately excited to find not one, but two conkers when walking today.

The tranquility these short breaks affords is priceless and the benefit on mind and body is immediate.
This is something I will make every effort to continue doing.

I'm the main provider for my children and they're at an age where they're growing quickly and are being offered wonderful, enriching opportunities through school to travel and to partake in exciting experiences that they will remember forever.

I want to give them the world.

Well, doesn't every parent?

So it's easy and tempting to keep on working and to keep on doing "just a little bit more" to grow my social media, to promote my boutique, to build my blog until late into the evening.
But, I also know that they want, need and value my time and my company more than anything. My daughter loves nothing more than sitting with me and watching a bit of reality television while evaluating people's eyebrows.
My son is keen to tell me every detail about his rugby and football matches, often with re-enactment, and I want to listen. So, I have decided to be more disciplined and to turn the laptop off as soon as the children have finished their own homework. That way, the evening is ours to do with what we choose.

These two changes have already made a difference.
That old (horse?) chestnut that is the work-life balance, seems to be reaching equilibrium and along with other small changes including drinking more water, reading more and asking the children to help more around the house, I'm hoping that this autumn will not have even a hint of discontent.

My blog is not only my hobby and my passion, but a wonderful way of capturing memories. A virtual journal to look back on over time and to reflect upon and looking back over September, I think my favourite day out was to Tatton Park, during which Adam and I had a private viewing of the art installation at the Mansion House.

We launched the latest boutique collection at the start of the month. The scarves are my favourite designs to date with rich vibrant colours and ever popular leopard print, now available in three colourways (turquoise, mustard and green)

I was thrilled to win a customisation competition hosted by the Next Bloggers Network. Art and craft are definitely not my forte so this was an unexpected outcome.

And September saw some spectacular skies...

Photograph by Adam O'Brien

...and some fabulous animal print shoes.

Patent leather leopard print shoes, worn with LBD and statement necklace

Snakeprint Lace Up Flats, (worn with grey roses top and grey coated skinnies)

Zebra print shoes, worn with black dress with beaded collar

September's been brilliant, but October?
October's going to be amazing!

Love Liz x

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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 as part of my role as writer at Aspire magazine

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.

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Love Liz 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 and Adam's too for lots more photographs, many of which are additional 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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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Daydreaming: Of Living by the Sea.

As a relative newcomer to the Yorkshire Dales, having moved to North Yorkshire from Lancashire ten years ago, I am still in awe on the stunning scenery here on my doorstep. Hills, valleys, huge star-filled skies, miles and miles of drystone walls and iconic landmarks such as Malham Cove never fail to stop me in my tracks.
I absolutely love it here.

Malham Cove

Equally though, I love the coast and have had several beautiful days out throughout the year.

Formby Beach

...and Crosby Beach, both in Merseyside were introduced to me earlier this year and I've fallen in love with the whole area.

I just feel so happy there.

My children and I enjoyed a wonderful week away in Woolacombe, Devon at the end of July. The beaches there are stunning.

I love taking my shoes and socks off and walking along the shore.

Sitting and watching the sun setting over the sea feels magical and I daydream of perhaps living by the sea one day.

An although retirement seems a very long way off, perhaps now is the time to start planning for my future so that maybe, just maybe, this daydream can become a reality.

Love Liz x

My Days Out At The Coast
Formby Beach and National Trust Red Squirrel Park, April 2015
Crosby Beach, May 2015
Crosby Beach, August 2015
Woolacombe, A Tale of Two Beaches, July 2015

This post was written in collaboration with Legal & General Insurance.

The photographs of Malham, Formby and Crosby were taken by Adam O'Brien.
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