Thursday, 31 December 2015

My 2015- It's Been Quite Amazing.

As years go, 2015 has been one of great change for me both personally and professionally.
At times, it was challenging both practically and emotionally but it has, without question, been the most fulfilling and enriching 12 months of my life.

As you probably know by now, I work for Skipton based lifestyle magazine, Aspire. I started off just writing the fashion feature back in October 2014 after the director read my blog. At the very beginning of this year, she offered me the role of writer and editor, my first issue coming out in March. It was a dream come true because ever since starting this blog in May 2013, I'd hoped to turn my writing from a much loved hobby into a profession.

Distributed to 34K addresses in North and West Yorkshire and Lancashire, I cover quite a large area geographically and love nothing more than meeting clients about whom I'm writing. My role also includes restaurant and treatment reviews. This year I have had a natural facelift, reflexology, acupuncture without needles, sports massage, seated acupressure massage, relaxation hypnotherapy and reiki. 

To say my job is varied would be an understatement. 

To say I love my job would be an even bigger one.  


My beautiful children continue to grow and mature and amaze me with their strength of character and resilience.
In July, we took took our first holiday as a threesome and stayed in Woolacombe, Devon. It rained and it blew a gale, but eventually, the sun came out and we managed to sit on the beach (albeit wrapped in beach towels). Tenacious and determined, we had the most wonderful week and my 12 year old son even swam in the freezing cold sea without a wetsuit. I wrote about our adventures and you can read about them in this blogpost.
I will remember that precious week as long as I live. 


I was lucky enough to have another holiday, later in the year. Adam and I spent  five days in Lisbon (while my children had a ball in Gran Canaria with my parents).
It was wonderful and for a laid-back city break, I cannot recommend a more beautiful location.


In Autumn, I was offered a further writing opportunity. For those that might not know, I'm an optometrist, (ophthalmic optician), by profession. I relinquished my career around 5 years ago to fit in with circumstances at that time. I loved being a stay at home mum, but always retained an interest in optometry and will forever, be proud of my degree and my professsional qualifications. 

Also, as a result of reading my blog, my university friend, (who happens to be the clinical editor of Optometry Today, the optometric journal for members of the profession), offered me the opportunity to write a monthly page which is fashion led but with a clinical/ocular bias. This came out of the blue and I'm proud and thrilled to be involved with this brilliant publication. It rekindled my love with optometry and I feel the circle is now complete.
This was the second of the features and was in the December issue.


As the year drew to a close, I was invited to sell Danon jewellery on a website of my own. This came about after I was sent some of the jewellery to review. My passion for the brand was immediate and over the months, I found it very easy to write about and promote. 
The lovely, lovely lady who sent the jewellery put my name forward to the owner and I met with her but a month ago. Within two weeks, I had managed, with so many calls to IT support that the guy on the other end recognised my voice and we ended up on first name terms, plus some very late nights and a *touch* of stress, to launch Lizzy O.  

I designed the dragonfly logo because I love dragonflies and because a dragonfly necklace was the very first piece of Danon jewellery I owned.  

I am very excited about this brand. It is beautiful quality and is a little different. It is a brand in which I truly believe and I love every single piece on my website.


With the exception of my holiday to Woolacombe, everything I have written about today, including meeting Adam, has been as a direct result of my blog.
This little blog, about which I'm passionate and which has opened more doors than I could ever have imagined.

So, I would say to anyone, follow your dreams.
Yes, it's hard.
People may think you're bonkers(!), but persevere.
Don't let anyone rain on your parade. Ever.
And be honest. Always.

If you have passion and are prepared to work hard and make the most of every opportunity, you CAN achieve your goals and your dreams.

As always, it's been a team effort. My wonderful parents, my two brothers and their families. My friends, near and far. All continue to support me in every way. My gorgeous children. My daughter in particular must take credit for the vast majority of my outfit photos and my son who steps in when needed. They are my world.

I am truly blessed and so loved and we are healthy and safe.I have everything I have ever wanted. What more could anyone wish for?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my blog and for all of the lovely comments and emails. It really does mean so much.


Happy New Year!

Love Liz x
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My 2015- It's Been Quite Amazing.

As years go, 2015 has been one of great change for me both personally and professionally.
At times, it was challenging both practically and emotionally but it has, without question, been the most fulfilling and enriching 12 months of my life.

As you probably know by now, I work for Skipton based lifestyle magazine, Aspire. I started off just writing the fashion feature back in October 2014 after the director read my blog. At the very beginning of this year, she offered me the role of writer and editor, my first issue coming out in March. It was a dream come true because ever since starting this blog in May 2013, I'd hoped to turn my writing from a much loved hobby into a profession.

Distributed to 34K addresses in North and West Yorkshire and Lancashire, I cover quite a large area geographically and love nothing more than meeting clients about whom I'm writing. My role also includes restaurant and treatment reviews. This year I have had a natural facelift, reflexology, acupuncture without needles, sports massage, seated acupressure massage, relaxation hypnotherapy and reiki. 

To say my job is varied would be an understatement. 

To say I love my job would be an even bigger one.  


My beautiful children continue to grow and mature and amaze me with their strength of character and resilience.
In July, we took took our first holiday as a threesome and stayed in Woolacombe, Devon. It rained and it blew a gale, but eventually, the sun came out and we managed to sit on the beach (albeit wrapped in beach towels). Tenacious and determined, we had the most wonderful week and my 12 year old son even swam in the freezing cold sea without a wetsuit. I wrote about our adventures and you can read about them in this blogpost.
I will remember that precious week as long as I live. 


I was lucky enough to have another holiday, later in the year. Adam and I spent  five days in Lisbon (while my children had a ball in Gran Canaria with my parents).
It was wonderful and for a laid-back city break, I cannot recommend a more beautiful location.


In Autumn, I was offered a further writing opportunity. For those that might not know, I'm an optometrist, (ophthalmic optician), by profession. I relinquished my career around 5 years ago to fit in with circumstances at that time. I loved being a stay at home mum, but always retained an interest in optometry and will forever, be proud of my degree and my professsional qualifications. 

Also, as a result of reading my blog, my university friend, (who happens to be the clinical editor of Optometry Today, the optometric journal for members of the profession), offered me the opportunity to write a monthly page which is fashion led but with a clinical/ocular bias. This came out of the blue and I'm proud and thrilled to be involved with this brilliant publication. It rekindled my love with optometry and I feel the circle is now complete.
This was the second of the features and was in the December issue.


As the year drew to a close, I was invited to sell Danon jewellery on a website of my own. This came about after I was sent some of the jewellery to review. My passion for the brand was immediate and over the months, I found it very easy to write about and promote. 
The lovely, lovely lady who sent the jewellery put my name forward to the owner and I met with her but a month ago. Within two weeks, I had managed, with so many calls to IT support that the guy on the other end recognised my voice and we ended up on first name terms, plus some very late nights and a *touch* of stress, to launch Lizzy O.  

I designed the dragonfly logo because I love dragonflies and because a dragonfly necklace was the very first piece of Danon jewellery I owned.  

I am very excited about this brand. It is beautiful quality and is a little different. It is a brand in which I truly believe and I love every single piece on my website.


With the exception of my holiday to Woolacombe, everything I have written about today, including meeting Adam, has been as a direct result of my blog.
This little blog, about which I'm passionate and which has opened more doors than I could ever have imagined.

So, I would say to anyone, follow your dreams.
Yes, it's hard.
People may think you're bonkers(!), but persevere.
Don't let anyone rain on your parade. Ever.
And be honest. Always.

If you have passion and are prepared to work hard and make the most of every opportunity, you CAN achieve your goals and your dreams.

As always, it's been a team effort. My wonderful parents, my two brothers and their families. My friends, near and far. All continue to support me in every way. My gorgeous children. My daughter in particular must take credit for the vast majority of my outfit photos and my son who steps in when needed. They are my world.

I am truly blessed and so loved and we are healthy and safe.I have everything I have ever wanted. What more could anyone wish for?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my blog and for all of the lovely comments and emails. It really does mean so much.


Happy New Year!

Love Liz x
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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

My Next Sale Haul, Winter 2015.

It is quite rare these days for a retailer to wait until after Christmas before starting their winter sale. We tend to be offered discounts of varying degrees throughout he season which with the relatively recent adoption of Black Friday, means one rarely needs to pay the full retail price on anything.

Next however, has always offered excellent reductions in their twice-yearly sales (although even they have mid-season sales now), and with the exception of Harrods and London's fellow department stores, it is one of the few retailers to see queues of people way before opening time.

I didn't look online but visited a large Next store in Aintree, Liverpool on 27th December not wanting anything in particular. As with most sales, the middle or averages sizes were quite far and few between, and because the sale had commenced on Boxing Day, I knew the choice of clothing in my size would be limited. However, I did get two nighties and three pairs of shoes.

The first, a pair of black sparkly shoes, is something I feel has been missing from my shoe collection for some time. Among all my shoes, I didn't have a simple pair of black court shoes. Reduced from £23 to £10, they were an excellent purchase and I know I will get a lot of wear out of them.


My absolute favourite shoes in the world are, perhaps unsurprisingly, my Jimmy Choo Tahitis, below, that I wore most recently on Christmas Eve. They have an open toe and I have often wished for a similar pair in a closed toe style, so versatile are they.


These ones, reduced from £36 to £18 are along the same lines colour and texture wise. A champagne colour with sparkle, they will work with a lot of my dresses as well as with skinny jeans.


The third pair are more than a little reminiscent of Valentino Rockstuds, a design I have coveted for some time. These were a complete impulse purchase though and it was the colour combination that caught my eye. I am envisaging them with boyfriend jeans and a pretty top I have which is soft pink with a beaded collar. At £16 they were less than half price and I love them.


My final item is a grey fur cushion. At £6, reduced from £14, it is perfect for adding a little cosy texture.
Here it is along with one of the nightdresses (and the cute candle that is my Christmas present from my son).



Have you been sales shopping? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below and don't forget to follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Love Liz x
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Monday, 28 December 2015

My Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Outfits

Is it really over..?

The last few days have been the best combination of fun, happiness and laughter-  time spent with my most loved ones. 
On Christmas Eve, my children and I went out for lunch with my brothers, their wives and children and our parents. After a very busy few months for each of us, it was wonderful to spend time together as a family and to catch up and celebrate our health and happiness which we all consider to be the most important thing.

I wore a dress from last year. Black with matt bronze sequins, it sparkles and shines and I just love the scalloped sleeves and hemline.





The children and I spent a very quiet, relaxing evening together before putting their stockings out and going to bed full of excitement...

...Though not *that* excited it would seem. I was showered, dressed, "coiffured" and had packed the car before they awoke from their teenage slumber.

Christmas morning started off dry which meant we could take a few photographs outside, my son behind the camera on this occasion.
This dress is also from last year and I'm particularly fond of the grey sparkly lace that overlies the navy. I think the rather fabulous hold-ups match perfectly too as do my navy sequinned shoes.







I was so touched by what my children bought for me- the book from my daughter and the candle from my son. Each had ordered their gift independently and wrapped them beautifully and it brought tears to my eyes at the thought they had put in.


We travelled to my parents' home in Lancashire where we spent Christmas day along with my grandparents and again, it very precious, particularly because my grandparents are 90 and 88 years of age and are not always in good health. My mum did the most wonderful lunch and as many of us will attest, being cooked for is such a treat.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas,

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Sequin starburst dress, Boden AW14
Champagne glitter "Tahiti" shoes, Jimmy Choo

Grey and navy lace dress, Boden, AW14
Navy sequin shoes, Boden AW14
Grey faux fur jacket, Country Living Christmas Fair, AW14
*Ballerina 317 hold-ups, My Stockings £14.99 AW15

Don't forget to visit Lizzy O, my new website selling Danon jewellery. Until 31st December there is 10% off all orders plus free UK delivery wth the code WLL10.
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My Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Outfits

Is it really over..?

The last few days have been the best combination of fun, happiness and laughter-  time spent with my most loved ones. 
On Christmas Eve, my children and I went out for lunch with my brothers, their wives and children and our parents. After a very busy few months for each of us, it was wonderful to spend time together as a family and to catch up and celebrate our health and happiness which we all consider to be the most important thing.

I wore a dress from last year. Black with matt bronze sequins, it sparkles and shines and I just love the scalloped sleeves and hemline.





The children and I spent a very quiet, relaxing evening together before putting their stockings out and going to bed full of excitement...

...Though not *that* excited it would seem. I was showered, dressed, "coiffured" and had packed the car before they awoke from their teenage slumber.

Christmas morning started off dry which meant we could take a few photographs outside, my son behind the camera on this occasion.
This dress is also from last year and I'm particularly fond of the grey sparkly lace that overlies the navy. I think the rather fabulous hold-ups match perfectly too as do my navy sequinned shoes.







I was so touched by what my children bought for me- the book from my daughter and the candle from my son. Each had ordered their gift independently and wrapped them beautifully and it brought tears to my eyes at the thought they had put in.


We travelled to my parents' home in Lancashire where we spent Christmas day along with my grandparents and again, it very precious, particularly because my grandparents are 90 and 88 years of age and are not always in good health. My mum did the most wonderful lunch and as many of us will attest, being cooked for is such a treat.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas,

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Sequin starburst dress, Boden AW14
Champagne glitter "Tahiti" shoes, Jimmy Choo

Grey and navy lace dress, Boden, AW14
Navy sequin shoes, Boden AW14
Grey faux fur jacket, Country Living Christmas Fair, AW14
*Ballerina 317 hold-ups, My Stockings £14.99 AW15

Don't forget to visit Lizzy O, my new website selling Danon jewellery. Until 31st December there is 10% off all orders plus free UK delivery wth the code WLL10.
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Monday, 21 December 2015

Outfit Post: A Pewter Sequinned Skirt and Glittery Heels

Happy Christmas week! 

Well it's wet and windy here in Skipton today, (Monday), but yesterday started off bright and clear and we were able to take some outfit photographs outside. 
We went to visit dear friends for lunch and spent a lovely afternoon in their beautiful home catching up. They live close to my parents so we went there afterwards and I had a second meal cooked for us. I do love cooking but it's always a treat to be catered for.

I only own two skirts and I wore the other one, which I've had for over 12 years, with this same top last week which you can see here.
This one is a mere two years old and one I love to wear during the festive season. The matt gunmetal sequins are an ideal way to wear sparkles during the day. 




My jewellery is by Danon and is available on my website, Lizzy O. Danon are introducing some more beautiful designs which I'm excited about seeing.




My shoes are from two winters ago and the low silver glittery heel, makes them a practical as well as an aesthetically pleasing choice.



Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Top, Coast AW15 £29, reduced from £49
Sequinned skirt, Next, AW13
Black and silver glitter heel shoes, Topshop, AW13
Black sequinned clutch bag, Boden
Bee Necklace, £49, Lizzy O
Bangles, £29 each Lizzy O
Double star ring, £25, Lizzy O

This blog post links up with:
I Will Wear What I Like
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Outfit Post: Vintage Midi Skirt for A Wonderful Meal Out

Can you believe it will be Boxing Day a week from now? The days are whizzing by in a blur of nights out, Christmas occasions and work.

On Wednesday night I had the privilege of combining business with pleasure because along with my friend Sally, I did a restaurant review at the Coniston Hotel and Country Estate just outside of Skipton. We dined in the Huntsman's Lodge and as you'll see from the photographs below, it truly is a beautiful place to eat and was an evening we enjoyed thoroughly.

My skirt could perhaps be described as vintage. I wore it for my son's first Christmas and he is 12, I haven't worn it for a while but I love it as much as when it was new and it just felt right for the occasion. (It was from Coast and actually, so is my top. This season and reduced to £29 from £49 at the time of writing)
My Jimmy Choos, perhaps unsurprisingly, are still my favourite shoes ever and they themselves are over six years old as is my little clutch bag. 

My jewellery however is brand new and is from Lizzy O, my exciting new online jewellery collection curated from Israeli brand, Danon. 





My accessories can be seen a little clearer in this flatlay I posted on Instagram


The focal point of The Huntsman's Lodge is this stunning open fireplace which we were seated next to.





I'll share the full restaurant review when it is out in print in Aspire's February issue but suffice to say my main course of grouse casserole and dessert of cappucinno creme brulee with Bailey's ice-cream and a shortbread biscuit was utterly divine.




Until 31st December and to celebrate the launch of Lizzy O, there is a 10% discount with the code WLL10. All orders are individually packaged in a gift box or pouch and benefit from free UK delivery. Orders by Tuesday 22nd December will be dispatched before Christmas.

Love Liz x

If you liked this post, you might like my post featuring a stunning Coast Party dress that I wore to my work Christmas party last week.

Outfit Details
Top, Coast AW15 £29, reduced from £49
Skirt, Coast, 2003
Jimmy Choo Tahiti in Champagne Glitter,circa 2009
Small champagne coloured clutch, Coast, circa 2009
Angel wings necklace, £39 Lizzy O
Bangles, £29 each Lizzy O


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