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.

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

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I Will Wear What I Like

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 Lizzy x

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


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Danon Jewellery at Lizzy O. My exciting new venture!

The last week has been incredibly busy both work wise and socially and I've been burning the candle at both ends and loving every minute.

Those who follow me on Facebook and Instagram will have noticed that I have mentioned an upcoming business project. Well, I'm beyond excited to say that Lizzy O is now live!

I have a brand new website selling Danon jewellery Each piece is handcrafted using high quality materials and I absolutely love it.

I've long been a fan of Danon and the first piece I got was the long dragonfly necklace in the photograph below. Because of this, and because I have always had a thing about dragonflies, I designed my logo to reflect this.

I also love bees and stars so they too feature in my collection along with hearts and pearls.

Please take a look at Lizzy O. There are a still few days left to order to receive your items before Christmas. Everything comes individually packed in a Danon pouch or gift box and delivery is free to UK addresses.

Until 31st December, I am offering a 10% launch discount with code WLL10, used at the checkout. The site accepts Paypal an all major credit cards.

Love Liz x


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Blossoming Gifts

I always love to have fresh flowers in my home and I particularly love ones that are pertinent to the season and it Always a special treat when they are delivered. 

This beautiful bouquet is from Blossoming Gifts and is called "Christmas Cheer" and priced at £27.99 (there is a discount code at the foot of the post).

Composed of scented red lilies, germini and red carnations, it is the epitome of Christmas- traditional reds and greens with a touch of frost afforded by the pinecones. 
It is a vibrant yet understated display and still looks absolutely pristine five days after receipt, so I expect these flowers will last for ten days at least.
The lillies have yet to open to their fullest, but already the sweet heady scent fills the room.

As well as bouquets for every occasion (and starting from under £20), there are some beautiful Christmas wreaths and plants.

For food and wine lovers, Blossoming Gifts offers a huge selection of hampers. They look absolutely divine and I'm sure anyone would be delighted to receive one as a gift. They cater for every taste- sweet lovers, wine lovers, chocolate lovers and with one specially selected to suit a diabetic diet, there is a hamper to delight everyone.

Personalised gifts are becoming increasingly popular, especially for those hard to buy for recipients. For children, there is the option of personalised gifts featuring favourite Disney characters including those from Frozen and Cars to name but a few. For men, cufflinks, champagne and books can be personalised and for women, personalised jewellery, photograph frames and calendars would make lovely gifts for any occcasion.

Blossoming Gifts really does have something for everyone and is well worth a visit.

I am pleased to offer 33% off bouquets (certain exclusions apply) with the code BGIFTS33.
Christmas flowers are delivered 7 days a week throughout the festive season and next day delivery is available up to 23rd December.

Love Liz x

This is my second bouquet from Blossoming Gifts. Take a look at my review of the Sky Bouquet that I received in Spetember.

This bouquet was a gift from Blossoming Gifts. All opinion is 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog. 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Skiwear Trends

You may or may not know that I'm an optometrist (ophthalmic optician) by profession, though I have not practised for several years now. 

My interest in the field has never waned so I was delighted when invited by the Clinical Editor of Optometry Today, to write a monthly column for the publication. The said editor happens to be a very dear friend who I met 25 years ago, when we studied optometry together at Aston University in Birmingham. He is one of the funniest, most intelligent and kind men I know and it's a pleasure to be liaising with him in a professional manner along with our usual banter via Facebook.

The publication is a professional journal for those in the ophthalmic and optometric industry and my brief is to write a fashion led column with particular reference to eyewear, spectacle trends and eyes in general, thus combining my clinical background with my current job as a copywriter and blogger. 

What follows is taken from the December column which looks at celebrity inspired skiwear trends along with a slightly (only very slightly) more technical look at ski goggles...

Ski wear must fulfil several practical and functional criteria, but a ski break need not equate to a style break. There are many ways of looking fashionable whilst keeping warm and dry.

Look to the celebrities to help figure out the latest trends and adapt them for your own winter holiday wardrobe.
Gwen Stefani was seen last season clashing a leopard print jacket with a tartan scarf. Pay homage to her daring look with animal print goggles or hat.

It is Little Black Dress Season, so why not opt for a LBS (Little Black Suit). Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are only too aware of the slimming properties of a monochromatic ensemble and are nothing if not permanently paparazzi ready. 

Victoria Beckham, no stranger to monochrome, favours a black head band and jacket with white trousers when going off piste.

Fear not if monochrome doesn’t appeal. Bright colours have become increasingly popular since Pippa Middleton sported a bright orange hat and red jacket during a charity cross-country skiing event. 

From the runway to the black run, faux fur is a ubiquitous winter styling detail. Faux fur collars and fur-trimmed gloves are cosy, classic and worn by Pixie Lott on the mountains. A style staple on and off the slopes and perfect for Apres-Ski.

Goggles are an essential part of any ski or snowboarding kit. Manufacturers have worked relentlessly in recent years to improve optical clarity. Lenses are predominantly double-paned, designed to prevent fogging. In addition, mid to high end brands have an anti-fogging coating or vents which generate airflow and prevent condensation. 

Brands of note are Giro whose Zeiss lenses offer exceptional optional clarity and performance and Australian brand Smith, whose outstanding ergonomic designs and anti-fog technology make their goggles a perennial favourite. 

Styles with wider lenses for a greater field of view have seen an increase in production of late.  The inevitable size and weight increase has been compensated for in designs such as the Spy Doom and the Oakley Flightdeck, streamlined to provide ultra-stylish wide-angled vision.  

Goggle manufacturers have recognised the desire for fashion-forward designs. The practical functionality is taken as a given by the consumer, it is the look of the product that sells. Urban styles are being incorporated into more and more collections with designs that capture the essence of casual street wear. 

Love Liz x

(Celebrity photographs taken from Google Images)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Outfit Post: Coast Dipped Hem Party Dress

I had the best night on Friday at a hotel here in Skipton. It was Aspire's Christmas night out and was just brilliant. In case you don't know, Aspire is the magazine I write for and edit which is circulated to 34K addresses in Skipton and the surrounding areas. We are a team of just three women who work equally hard and with equal passion, so it was lovely to go out socially and for our men to meet.

My dress is a little different from my usual style. The dipped hemline is quite unusual and the vibrant pink truly makes a statement. Netting adds fullness and "swish" to the skirt and I love it. It comes with a plain black fabric belt but I added a narrow multi-coloured glittery one which matches my shoes and clutch bag. 

And I was thrilled to see that even the pretty table confetti matched my glittery bag, shoes and belt.

Love Liz x

Outfit details
Roccobella Dress, Coast £195 AW15
Multi-glitter shoes, Boden AW14
Multi-glitter clutch bag, Boden AW14

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I Will Wear What I Like (Not Dressed as Lamb)
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