Sunday, 31 January 2016

Outfit: Animal Print Swing Dress, Styled for Winter

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
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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Friday, 29 January 2016

My Week and What I Bought in the Boden Winter Clearance Sale

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

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Well-being: Seated Acupressure Massage

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

lizcrosland@orange.net

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Outfit: The Maxi Sweat Dress by Monks on Vacation

Yesterday, Saturday, was the most perfect winter's day, in fact, the unseasonably warm temperature made it feel more like early spring. 

With my children otherwise occupied, Adam and I went out for lunch to one of our favourite restaurants, Rhubarb, at Herriots in Skipton, which is a short walk from my home along the canal towpath.

I wore a new dress by the brilliantly named Monks On Vacation

This is a new British brand headed up by Anneli Nowroz who wanted to create garments to suit a busy lifestyle and that are comfortable, stylish and easy to wear. The fabrics have all been knitted here in the UK and the manufacturing takes place in London. 

What is lovely too is that the model on the website is Anneli's Pilates teacher and while she is as beautiful as any professional model, she is a "real" woman which makes the brand easier for the customer- you and I- to identify with. 

The capsule collection comprises jersey jackets and tops with a striped tee which is a lovely alternative to a traditional breton, plus maxi skirts and pants all in neutral colours enabling much mixing and matching. 

The Maxi Sweat is made from a grey melange jersey and has oversized ribbing detail on the cuffs and hem, with pockets and a sumptuous roll neck. It's beautifully made and held its shape perfectly.
It's versatile too. Perfectly practical for our stroll along the canal, (though I did have to shorten my stride very slightly to accommodate the narrower-than-I'm-used-to hemline), and smart enough for lunch. 

It might possibly be the comfiest, snuggliest most cocoon-like dress I have ever worn and I absolutely love it.  

What LIzzy Loves wears maxi sweat dress by Monks on Vacation

What LIzzy Loves wears maxi sweat dress by Monks on Vacation

What LIzzy Loves wears maxi sweat dress by Monks on Vacation

The extra long sleeves really add to the cosiness of the dress and are a very stylish detail.
(I'm still in love with my double star ring too).

What LIzzy Loves wears maxi sweat dress by Monks on Vacation

The canal was very tranquil and still yesterday, so it was a very relaxing stroll. 

Skipton Canal, What Lizzy Loves

What Lizzy LOves, Skipton Canal

Ham hock terrine at Rhubarb restaurant, Skipton

Butternut Squash and cous-cous winter salad at Rhubarb restaurant, Skipton. What Lizzy Loves

Winter berries creme brulee at Rhubarb restaurant, Skipton. What Lizzy Loves

My ham hock terrine, winter salad of butternut squash with cous-cous and winter berries crème brûlée were accommodated rather nicely by this most flattering of styles.

It is THE perfect weekend dress.

Do take a look at the Monks on vacation website. It's a beautiful collection with pieces that will fit into any type of wardrobe, that are versatile, beautifully made and that will last.

Readers of my blog will get a 10% discount, plus free delivery, with use of the code Blog10 at the checkout.

Love Liz x

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Oufit Details
*Maxi Sweat, £160, Monks on Vacation.
Pull on skater shoes, Johnnie B at Boden SS14
Double star ring, Danon at Lizzy O £25

Disclosure: My dress was given as a gift from Monks on Vacation. All opinion is 100% honest and all content is my own. I was not paid to write this post. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support my blog.
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Friday, 22 January 2016

Outfit: Snake Print Leggings With Ankle Boots and a Velvet Jacket

I had a lovely evening last night combining business with pleasure. My friend Sally was my dinner date for a restaurant review I did for Aspire Magazine. 
We ate at the Tennants Arms in Kilnsey, about 12 miles out of Skipton and it was excellent. The review will appear in the March issue and as always, I will share my review here once it is out in print.

I wanted to deviate from my usual choice of a dress for such occasions so wore these amazing reptile print leggings with high- heeled ankle boots and a velvet jacket.

I have plans to style them in a few different ways so will do my best to get some photographs taken in natural daylight. The wet weather precluded this yesterday.



The leggings are from the Foundation Range at Hope Fashion. designed with both comfort and style in mind. The collection comprises four shapes, a long sleeve scoop top (which I have in black and will be wearing soon), a vest, a body and leggings.

They are made from a super-soft, super-stretchy and super-comfy Italian fabric for which I was grateful given the hearty three course meal I consumed.



They maintained their shape and looked unworn even when I took them off (I think this is the first pair of leggings that hasn't gone even a little baggy at the knees, particularly after sitting for several hours).

The vibrant print calls for only the simplest of accessories so the only jewellery I wore was this bronze and black statement necklace.


And this Mint Velvet black leather and ponkskin clutch.


Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Black top with semi-sheer sleeves, Next (several seasons old)
*Reptile print leggings, Hope Fashion £55 SS16
Black velvet jacket, Boden (several seasons old)
Black and bronze statement necklace, Boden (several seasons old)
High heeled black suede ankle boots, Clarks AW13
Black leather and ponkskin clutch, Mint Velvet, sale purchase January 2016

About Hope Fashion



-Hope Fashion is the brainchild of Nayna Mackintosh, herself a 40 plus woman.
-The models reflect this age group and the sizing is inspired.
-The collection has been designed using the principles of Divine Proportion (found in science, nature and the arts and represents the balance of working in thirds). In reality, following this principle when dressing can elongate the body making the silhouette look taller and slimmer. This is The Hope Code.

My clothing was a gift from Hope Fashion. All opinion is 100% honest and all content is my own.
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Restaurant Review, Huntsman's Lodge, The Coniston Hotel

As part of my role as writer and editor for Aspire Magazine, I have the very lovely task of reviewing restaurants from time to time and my most recent is in the current (February) issue.

Just before Christmas, I went to one of my favourite restaurants, just a few miles from the centre of Skipton. It is used for weddings, conferences, has a brand new spa and offers clay pigeon shooting, falconry and other country pursuits. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the very best in the area. 

If you're looking for somewhere to dine or stay which is but a stone's throw from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, this comes with my full recommendation for every aspect. 

The Huntsman’s Lodge is situated in The Coniston Hotel which sits in 1400 acres of beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside in Coniston Cold just a ten minute drive from the centre of Skipton. A large roaring open fire, is a stunning visual centerpiece and is the focal point of the large, airy and exquisitely decorated restaurant. A full glass wall leads to a large terrace which overlooks the large lake.



My friend Sally and I dined in the Huntsman’s Lodge on a Wednesday evening just before Christmas. We received a lovely warm welcome and were seated close to the fire at our request. We were in a celebratory mood so ordered a glass of Prosecco each to start our evening while we perused the menu which is extensive and varied. 



Categories include Field Food, which is a selection of small dishes and nibbles alongside starters and salads, main courses and vegetarian specialities with daily specials of soup, casserole and catch of the day.

We both opted for a seafood starter. Sally had prawn and crayfish risotto, which after trying a forkful was able to agree completely when she described it as creamy and full of flavor with a light, almost melt in mouth texture. 



I had baked Queenie scallops with garlic and gruyere cheese, artistically presented in a scallop shell. It was a delicious combination of flavours and a dish I would not hesitate in ordering again. 



I chose the casserole of the day for my main course which was grouse. Served in a lidded dish and accompanied by chips and seasonal vegetables, it was tasty and warming and the game was very tender. 



One of Sally’s favourite dishes is liver so she ordered pan seared calves liver, served in a red wine jus with grain mustard and bacon mash. She said it was faultless and we both commented that it would be hard to find food to better our main courses. 

We shared a bottle of Chilean Rio Rica Sauvignon Blanc, which was fresh and zesty and soon finished.

Neither Sally nor I are known for having a small appetite, so it was without question or hesitation that we ordered dessert. Sally’s traditional sherry trifle and my cappuccino crème brulee with Baileys ice cream and a shortbread biscuit were the perfect finish to a perfect meal.



The service, ambience and quality of the food were unbeatable and we enjoyed every moment at this beautiful restaurant.

Love Lizzy x

Open from 10am until 9.30pm every day, the Huntsman’s Lodge offers a wide range of drinks and food to suit all tastes. Morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, evening snacks.
The Coniston Hotel, Country Estate and Spa
Coniston Cold
Skipton
BD23 4EA
01756 748080



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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Outfit: LBD and Leopard Print Boots (For a Birthday Lunch)

Yesterday my children, parents and I celebrated my dad's 65th birthday with a lunch at my home. I'm always glad that he has a birthday in January as it gives us something to look forward to post-Christmas. 
I'll never tire of writing just how brilliant he and my mum have been, especially over the last year or so. Their unconditional love and support continues and I'm fortunate to have young fit parents who are so willing to help me out. Not only that, I love their company and there is always lots of laughter. We have a close, open relationship and their advice is invaluable. 

I wanted to wear my new Clarks leopard print boots so chose a simple little black dress that has been a favourite for about a year. It needed little more than a statement necklace and it allowed the boots to speak for themselves. It's worth saying that they fit true to size and are incredibly comfortable.

It was the most perfect winter's day. Cold and clear (with little sign of the snow that was to fall later).







Copper, bronze and rose gold accessories have been popular for a few seasons now and I got this ice-bucket just before Christmas...


...And I chose bronze coloured birthday candles and decorations to adorn the chocolate cake I'd baked.




Love Liz x

*Little black dress, Kaliko AW14
Statement necklace, Boden AW14
*Woolford Satin Opaque Tights, UK Tights £24.99
Leopard print boots, Chinaberry Bay, Clarks, currently in the sale reduced to £40 (from £80)
Copper coloured ice-bucket, Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton.
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Friday, 15 January 2016

The Clarks Winter Sale- Boots, Brogues and More.

One of my go-to places for footwear, particularly brogues and boots is Clarks and they are currently in the final few days of the winter sale and there are some excellent reductions.

My lovely man surprised me at Christmas with the Hamble Oak brogues in peach combi, taking my total to three pairs.
I have them in tan leather and burgundy leather (from a few years ago) and I wear them over and over.
The peachy pink ones are divine and I'm so looking forward to wearing them in spring. They're current season so aren't in the sale, but two other colourways are reduced by at least a half.

Clarks pink Hamble Oak brogues www.whatlizzyloves.com
Hamble Oak in peach combi. Current season £60

The dark pewter metallic are reduced to half price...

Clarks Hamble Oak brogues. www.whatlizzyloves.com
Hamble Oak in dark pewter metallic £60 £30

...And the black and white colorway is less than half price at £24 from £60.

What Lizzy Loves, Hamble Oak black and white brogues. www.whatlizzyloves.com
Hamble Oak in black and white £60 £24

Other shoes that caught my eye include these simple black court shoes

Clarks black court shoes www.whatlizzyloves.com
Always Bright £70 £35

And these animal print block-heeled shoes (this heel shape will continue to be on trend throughout spring and summer so would be a good investment).

Clarks animal print shoes, www.whatlizzyloves.com
Aldwych Maze, £45 £22.50

I've been looking online for some warm, practical waterproof boots for when I watch my son play football. I often wear wellies but find that they're just not warm enough.

I was quite excited to see these, available in grey and black and significantly reduced. After much debate I ordered the black pair to be delivered into store.

Muckers Shale £105 £42

Muckers Shale £105 £42

I wish I had opted for the grey which has a duck-egg blue trim because the black ones have a purple trim which, though perfectly obvious now, I hadn't noticed when placing the order. They ticked the warm, comfortable and practical boxes but the colour combo just wasn't for me.
I'm undecided whether or not to re-order in the grey.

All was not lost though because when collecting my order, I spotted these casual leather boots (high-tops? trainers?) I couldn't resist trying them and once they were on, given that it was sleeting outside, I didn't want to take them off, so cosy were they.
They aren't suitable for standing on a freezing cold muddy sideline, but they will be perfect worn with jeans for casual days and walks once the weather is drier.


Clarks sale picks www.whatlizzyloves.com
Maribel Glove, black leather £60 £30

Clarks Maribel Glove, www.whatlizzyloves.com
Maribel Glove, tan leather £60 £30

There are boots a plenty in the sale, in all styles and colours but it was these leopard print boots that I could not and did not resist so ordered these into store too.
They are perfect and I plan to wear them tomorrow for my dad's birthday lunch.

Chinaberry Bay in leopard print have a patent black block heel, are tactile and will work with both dresses and jeans.

What Lizzy Loves. Chinaberry Bay leopard print boots by Clarks www.whatlizzyloves.com
Chinaberry Bay £80 £40

I'm hoping the weather will be dry enough tomorrow to take a few outfit photos outdoors so that I can show you what I've decided to wear them with.

In the meantime, I'm going to bake the birthday cake and set the table ready for tomorrow.

Have a lovely evening,

Love Liz x

Take a look at my post dedicated to brogues and ways in which to style them.

I also have a Pinterest board full of ideas for styling brogues which I add to regularly.

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