Can it really be the last day of February already? Are any of you brave ladies going to propose to their man on this leap year day? 

One woman that did just that is my blogging colleague and friend Catherine from Not Dressed as Lamb. Having met her lovely husband, I can say that it was a good decision on her part and they recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. 

She and I were among a group of  around 70 bloggers from all genres who attended the Blognix Retreat over the weekend at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel in Northamptonshire

It was a weekend of learning, of inspiration and of sharing new ideas and networking. The primary focus of the retreat was business and well-being and the workshops were the best I’ve ever attended. Some were quite specific to the blogosphere and some more generic and applicable to anyone in business. I have reams of notes to read through and assimilate and I will share these in blog posts over the next month or so.

After registration on Saturday morning, we attended four presentations, punctuated by coffee breaks and a wonderful buffet lunch.

Following the afternoon sessions, I checked into my room which was spacious with a very comfy bed.

What Lizzy Loves Blognix retreat

What Lizzy Loves Blognix retreat hotel bathroom

Despite being among fellow bloggers all day, I forgot to get a photograph taken of the outfit I wore during the day, so a mirror selfie must suffice. I wore my colour block shift dress with nude tights and flat Mary Janes, accessorised perfectly, I think you’ll agree, with my conference lanyard.

What Lizzy Loves

I had a little time to get ready for dinner, which in itself was rather blissful.

What Lizzy Loves at The Blognix retreat

What Lizzy Loves at The Blognix retreat

We ate in a function room and were seated on given tables which meant we met and chatted with new friends.

What Lizzy Loves Blognix retreat

One of the biggest and loveliest things about the blogging world is how very supportive it is. Most of us here are working mothers with several income streams so juggling is the norm. Most had connected previously via social media but to meet these wonderful and like-minded women, all aged 40 plus, in person was just wonderful.

From left to right:
Lisa: The Sequinist
Annette: Lady of Style
Michelle: The Bare-Faced Chic
Catherine: Not Dressed as Lamb
Lorraine: Her blog is in the pipeline
Michelle: RetroChicMama
Nikki: Midlife Chic

Over 40 bloggers at the Blognix retreat

This lovely lady is Leigh and we were thrilled to be seated at the same table after meeting on Instagram a few months ago. She is author of the blog Headspace Perspective in which she writes about life after losing her baby son. She is a beautiful and remarkable woman and I was honoured to meet her. 

Elizabeth Yeowart and Leigh Kendall

We all had a brilliant night.The food was good and the fizz even better but my 4am start meant I was ready for bed way before I’d have turned into a pumpkin.

On Sunday morning, there were three more presentations and workshops which again, proved to be invaluable.

What Lizzy Loves at The Blognix retreat

We said our final goodbyes at lunchtime, Catherine took a group selfie and then I headed home back to my children and to iron the school uniforms!

Over 40 bloggers at The Blognix Retreat

Over 40 bloggers at The Blognix retreat

If you are a blogger, I cannot recommend Blognix highly enough. I’ll definitely attend any future retreats. It’s made me even more determined to succeed as a woman in (a very very tiny) business and to strive to make my blog the best it can be. I am full of ideas and enthusiasm and I hope to implement a lot of new things over the next month or so, some overt and some behind the scenes. I take my hat off to Blognix founders Elizabeth Sellers and Raj Dhokia who organised the event.

In fact I did one thing yesterday which was to open a separate Instagram account for my online jewellery business Lizzy O. If you are on Instagram I would be very very grateful if you would follow me.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Mirror selfie:
Art Class Colourblock Shift Dress, Great Plains £65

In the first group picture:
Dipped hem, zipped front printed dress, Mint Velvet AW15
Black suede high heeled ankle boots, Clarks, several years ago.

In the last group photo:
Pink embellished collar top, Dickins & Jones at House of Fraser
Boyfriend jeans, Next

The last few days have been beautiful here in North Yorkshire. Clear, frosty mornings, with blue skies and bright sunshine. It’s finally beginning to feel a little like spring, but during these transitional times, I sometimes wonder what to wear on my feet. It’s still too cold to go bare-legged if going outdoors, yet, it’s nice to wear something a little lighter than winter boots and opaque tights.

The answer to this comes in the form of these divine nude pink leather Chelsea Boots. From Clarks, they are the perfect for wearing with both dresses and nude tights and with jeans and they had their first outing today.

Along with my friend Sally,  I went to a brilliant local cafe to review it for April’s issue of Aspire magazine. The Pie and Mash shop is famed in these parts for its excellent, hearty homemade food. Located in Skipton’s canal basin the cafe welcomes both locals and tourists alike. I’ll share the full review when it’s out in print next month but suffice to say, it was very fulfilling!

I chose my outfit with this in mind, opting to wear my maxi sweat dress by Monks on Vacation.

My double stars ring and my stack of bangles are by Danon. Everything mixes and matches and is very versatile looking equally good alone or together.

I’ll be having an early night tonight because I’m attending the Blognix conference in Northamptonshire this weekend. It means a 4.30am wake up tomorrow morning, for me to get on the road and arrive for the start. My wonderful parents are looking after my children, reminding me as always that I have the best family. I’ll miss the children terribly- I always do- but I know they’re with people who love and cherish them as much as I do, and I rest easy knowing that. 

I’ll blog about this next week but please keep an eye on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which I’ll endeavor to update while I’m there! 

Have a lovely weekend,

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
*Maxi Sweat Dress, Monks on Vacation, SS16 £160
Double Star Ring by Danon Lizzy O, £25
Heart drop earrings with fish hook fastening by Danon, Lizzy O £19
Pink leather strap watch with diamante face, Next AW15
*Taylor Shine nude pink leather Chelsea Boots, Clarks  SS16 £60

Hello and happy Wednesday! It seems a long time since my last blog post which is because our Wifi has been down since I last posted on Friday. After several hours on the phone and by going through seemingly endless processes of elimination, we concluded that it was the router itself that was at fault. Thankfully, thankfully a replacement arrived this morning. Although it must be said that the world did not end and my children went back to basics and played catch with a football then “mucked out” my son’s bedroom amongst other analogue activities, (between them heading off to town on two occasions to visit  Costa to use the wifi).

I love this blush pink embellished top and the brighter weather that lasted a mere few hours, has most definitely put me in the mood for spring. I’m trying to ignore the fact that the temperature is barely above zero.

My grey diamante wrap bracelet with buckle fastening is a new addition to Lizzy O, my online boutique. It’s very lightweight and comfortable and adds a little casual daytime sparkle.

I’ve been driving around for five days in utter comfort having been lent this BMW 2 series Gran Tourer for a review I’m writing for the April issue of Aspire. It’s with great reluctance that I have to return it later today because I have loved every moment of driving it. The capacious boot, the option of seven seats and its numerous safety features make it a perfect family car. I’ll share my full (and decidedly non-technical), review when it is out in print.

I hope that those of you whose children are on half-term are enjoying it.

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Pink embellished top, Dickins & Jones at House of Fraser, AW15
Boyfriend jeans, Next, AW15
Pink and nude studded strap shoes, Next, AW15
Pale pink diamante watch, Next AW15
Dark grey double wrap bracelet with buckle, Lizzy O, £12
BMW 2 series Gran Tourer c/o Lloyd BMW, Colne.