We spent a lovely afternoon yesterday, (Saturday), visiting my brother and sister-in-law in their new home and it was so good to see the sun put in an appearance, albeit between hail and snow showers.

My multi animal print dress is a lightweight dress, in a simple shape that lets the print speak for itself.  A long-sleeved top, opaque tights, a velvet jacket and boots made it very wearable for a winters day indoors and I’m very much looking forward to styling it for my summer holiday without the layers and with bare legs and sandals.

It’s from Manchester based website Luxemme which stocks a wide range of  women’s fashion.  

What Lizzy Loves wears animal print dress

What Lizzy Loves wears animal print dress

The back of the dress is beautiful.

What Lizzy Loves wears animal print dress

The top is a longline style, which fits neatly, adding minimal bulk and maximum comfort and warmth. 

It’s from the Hope Fashion Foundation Range, the same range as the reptile print leggings I wore last week which I recommend with equal enthusiasm and confidence.

What LIzzy Loves wears plain black top from Hope Fashion foundation range

What LIzzy Loves wears animal print swing dress

The T bar leather wrap bracelet is by Danon and I stock it on my Lizzy O website.
There are several wrap bracelets like this and the leather is beautifully soft and supple making them very comfortable to wear. It comes with either a gold or silver heart charm which are set with Swarovski crystals (there is also one with dragonfly and heart charms).  I’m increasingly drawn to the warmer tones of gold coloured jewellery which is becoming ever more on trend.

wrap bracelet with gold swarovski crystal heart http://www.lizzyo.co.uk/ Danon jewellery leather

What LIzzy Loves wears Danon Jewellery leather wrap bracelet with gold swarovski crystal heart http://www.lizzyo.co.uk/

Do keep an eye on Lizzy O over the next day or two. I have lots of gorgeous new designs to add (just in time for Valentines Day and Mothers Day!) 

Love Liz x

Outfit Details

*Damia animal print dress, Luxemme, £35

*Long sleeve scoop Top, Foundation Range at Hope Fashion £75

Danon T bar leather wrap bracelet with gold Swarovski set charm, Lizzy O £45

Black velvet jacket, Boden 2013

Black ankle boots, Clarks, 2013

My black top was a gift from Hope Fashion and my multi animal print was a gift from Luxemme. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves.

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Gosh it’s been a busy few weeks and I can hardly believe it’s the last weekend in January. My weeks seem to fly by in a flurry of deadlines and meetings and today was the copy deadline for Aspire magazine, always a frenetic day.

The stormy miserable weather makes spring feel like a very long way off but because like all magazines, we work (at least) two months in advance, the fashion column I have just submitted for the March issue is about the upcoming trends for spring and summer.

Some are the predictable summer style classics- nautical, white, metallics and animal print, whereas others come as a surprise. Who would have thought that one of the hottest colours of the season in both fashion and lingerie is to be orange?
Of course somebody somewhere months and months back did just that. Decided that the future’s going to be bright; but it’s only when it filters down onto the high street that it really becomes a discernible trend.

Now I like orange but, as a fair-skinned redhead, it doesn’t really return the favour, but I do have a fabulous pair of orange quilted Mulberry shoes from several years ago so I’ll embrace this particular trend with a gentle caress rather than a full blown squeeze.  I find that adding a few well chosen accessories is the ideal way to dip a toe into a new trend especially if it might only be a one season wonder.

Oftentimes trends traverse fashion, jewellery and interiors and at this moment in time, I can’t get enough of  metals of the moment, copper and rose gold. I’m on the lookout for a bag in those tones too.
I have added a copper table lamp and candle holders to the kitchen dining area at home and already, it looks more contemporary, and has perked it up a little.

The good news is, these warm metallic shades are here to stay.

Which brings me to these rather fabulous shoes.

I spotted them at the start of last season in Boden but at that time couldn’t justify purchasing them. They have been reduced in the sale though and because I think they will go with a lot of things from summer dresses to skinny or boyfriend jeans, I ordered them and am pleased to report they are even more glittery and gorgeous in real life. (I have a photograph I took of them myself which I will put on Instagram which, in my opinion, shows off just how exquisite they are).

The Bow Heel in bronze glitter is, at the time of writing, reduced from £139 to £41.70.
(They fit true to size- mine are a 41 which is my usual Boden size).

They also come in black suede (suede being another trend for the new season). Black of course never goes out of fashion which is how I justified buying these too. They aren’t reduced by quite as much as the copper but are still less an half of the original price at £55.50 from £139.

The Strappy T Bar comes in a variety of colours with many sizes still being available. The rose gold is absolutely beautiful and I think is a lovely warm neutral. I ordered them because I think it is the type of shoe that will work hard for the wardrobe throughout the seasons. They were only £20.70 from £69, but sadly when I tried them, they rubbed my little toe. It is very rare that I return any shoes for not being comfortable so I was a little disappointed. Do have a look though at the other colours though and give them a try. This style of shoe is fast becoming a classic and I can see these looking just as current in a year from now.

The final pair of shoes that I ordered from the Boden winter sale is from the Johnnie B teen range. These pull-on trainers in silver were £7.80, reduced from £26. I got a floral pair of these last summer also from Johnnie B and love them. I wore them throughout last summer and In fact wore them just last week with a cosy maxi sweater dress.
They are incredibly comfortable and are great for popping on with jeans, shorts and casual dresses. I would advise sizing down in this style. In last year’s pair and in these I only needed a 40 instead of my usual 41 in the ladies styles.

I’m going to be adding some gorgeous new Danon stock to Lizzy O this weekend in readiness for Valentine’s Day plus I’m going to write a post about Danon the brand because I don’t feel I have introduced it properly (time got the better of me when I launched it just before Christmas).

In the meantime, do take a look at my accessories boutique for affordable wrap bracelets, pendants and scarves..

and at the Danon jewellery site Lizzy O for beautifully handcrafted jewellery. 

Both of my websites offer free UK delivery and everything comes beautifully presented (but sent in a plain postage bag for secret shoppers!)

I am probably going to consolidate my two online businesses too so that all of the accessories I sell are available in just one place but that might take a little time!

Have a lovely weekend,

Love Liz x

Regular readers will know that my day job entails writing for and editing Aspire Magazine, a local publication that is delivered to Skipton and the surrounding areas. 

Each month we feature a series of health columns and sometimes I am lucky enough to try a treatment which I then write about.

Last December, I had an acupressure massage at Craven Clinic in Skipton, the review of which appears in the latest, (February), issue

Seated Acupressure Massage, also known as On Site Massage, (OSM) is a twenty minute treatment
given through the clothes, often at the workplace to a client who is seated. It
was introduced in the USA at Apple and was later brought to the UK and a folding,
ergonomic, portable chair was specially designed for optimum comfort.

Based on a traditional form of Japanese massage, the
sequence works to improve the flow of energy throughout the body and acts on
the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Over 60 acupressure points are
included, as well as specific trigger points. It is a revitalising treatment
which aims to promote a sense of wellbeing, relax tense muscles and increase
blood circulation.

My treatment was carried out by Elizabeth Crosland
who asked me about my health and well-being before starting the treatment. I went the day before the print deadline for the January issue, so my shoulders and lower back attested to the many hours spent on the laptop that week.  

The
chair, though unusual, was incredibly comfortable and my body felt totally
supported. The client sits facing the back of the chair with the knees and the head on comfortable rests. 

(I took these photos with my phone, so the quality isn’t perfect, but it gives a good enough idea).

The massage varied in pressure and tempo and was absolutely
blissful. Liz eased my tense shoulders and massaged the ache away from my lower
back- complaints typical of those who work at a desk. I honestly felt so comfortable that I could have stayed all afternoon. Liz was friendly, warm and professional and I felt completely at ease and in fact we chatted for quite a while after my treatment had finished. 

It was relaxing and
soothing yet invigorating and I returned home to work feeling revitalised,
energised and a lot more relaxed. 

It is done without oils or lotions and through
the clothes so it is absolutely ideal to be taken to the workplace as well as hospitals,
schools, exhibitions, public events, sport events, charity events.


If you are looking for a quick, beneficial boost which
soothes, uplifts and increases productivity, I cannot think of a better option
than this.

Love Liz x

Craven Clinic

Mount Pleasant

High Street

Skipton

BD23 1JZ

01756 796690

www.cravenclinic.co.uk

lizcrosland@orange.net

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