Thursday, 31 March 2016

A Maxi Sweat-Dress for a Visit to Skipton Pie and Mash Shop

This is an additional post to my usual schedule this week, because I thought it might be useful for anyone visiting Skipton. It's also an opportunity to show my fabulous maxi sweat dress again!

We welcome a lot of tourists and visitors to the town and as part of my day job, I'm lucky enough to eat in and review local restaurants. (Click on the Restaurant Reviews tab at the top of my blog to read my previous reviews).

A leisurely dinner in an elegant restaurant is always wonderful and there are few things I enjoy more, but sometimes, especially when out for the day with (seemingly permanently starving) children, we need something straight forward and which does what it says on the tin so to speak. With this in mind, I'd like to recommend Skipton Pie and Mash Shop.

When I ate there, I knew to expect a hearty lunch so dressed accordingly in my Monks on Vacation Maxi Sweat Dress with nude pink Chelsea boots, more of which can be seen in the outfit post I wrote at the time.  

Monks on vacation sweat dress and nude pink chelsea boots

Skipton Pie and Mash Shop is one of the only places to sit and eat traditional pie and mash in the North. Located in the canal basin very close to Coach Street Car Park, it's easy to find and enjoys beautiful views over the canal. 

It's very well signposted...

Skipton pie and mash shop

Skipton pie and mash shop

Skipton pie and mash shop

I visited with my friend Sally on a busy Friday lunchtime. So busy in fact that the chef was making more pies as they had run out, testament to the popularity of this family owned café. 
The menu is written on a blackboard and offers a wide selection of pies, baked on the premises and served with a choice of chips or mash and mushy or garden peas. 

Orders are placed at the counter and then brought to one’s table. I chose steak and ale pie with mushy peas and Sally opted for the Homity pie with garden peas. Neither of us could resist the chunky homemade chips. The pies are substantial and hearty yet the pastry is light and flaky. Mine was generously filled with steak, locally sourced. Sally’s was equally packed with leek, onion, potato and cheese. 

Skipton pie and mash shop

Skipton pie and mash shop

There is a wide selection of pies including vegetarian and gluten free options as well as a selection of soups. Drinks include bottled soft drinks, hot drinks and a small wine selection, so there is something for everyone.

The café has extra seating up the most colourful flight of steps I ever did see. 

Clarks pale pink Chelsea boots and bright staircase

This is where we sat. It was homely and welcoming with a fireplace, beamed ceiling and various memorabilia paying homage to the owners’ interest in the waterways.

Despite the heartiness of our main courses, being blessed with generous appetites and having seen the array of mouthwatering cakes on display, we were unable to resist a dessert.  Sally, something of a connoisseur ordered her favourite- hot chocolate pudding with ice-cream. She thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was the best she’d ever tasted.  The hot puddings and scones are baked freshly on the premises by the chef each day. The cakes and tray-bakes are brought in each day from the local Craven Bakery and it was one of their carrot cakes that I had, served with pouring cream. The bakery itself has an excellent reputation so it came as no surprise that the cake was as light, moist and as delicious as it looked.

Food review

Carrot cake

It’s little wonder Chef had to make more pies when the food tastes this good!

If you visit Skipton I hope you'll give this brilliant cafe a try. You could even take a canal boat trip afterwards.

Skipton canal boat

Skipton canal boat

Love Liz x

To see more pictures and details of my fabulous dress and Chelsea boots, please click on this link.

Those living in Skipton and the surrounding areas can read my review in the April issue of Aspire Magazine.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Vintage Style Floral Midi Skirt with Pink Brogues

Hello, I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend.
My children and I stayed Sunday night at my parents' home and  it feels like I've been away on a mini holiday. My mum's cooking on Sunday and lunch out yesterday meant I had a welcome break from cooking and I'm now looking forward to spending some time with my children during their school holiday, interspersed of course with work and blogging

Thank you very very much to all of you who voted for me in the Aspire Style blogger challenge. I'm absolutely thrilled to say that I won!

Aspire Style are kindly offering readers of my blog a 10% discount with the code LIZZY10, so do go and take a look.

In the challenge I wore this Jolie Moi vintage style floral midi skirt with a simple long-sleeved black top, a bright yellow necklace and orange shoes. Despite the decidedly un-springlike weather on Easter Sunday I wore it with a soft pink top, an aqua short-sleeved cardigan, (that I first wore almost 13 years ago at my brother's wedding), and my beyond gorgeous peachy pink brogues. The blustery conditions afforded me a Marilyn moment and showed the fullness of the skirt off beautifully.

Floral midi skirt with brogues

My mum brought these daffodils on Saturday when we celebrated my daughter's birthday. They are so cheerful and for me they epitomise the optimism and promise of the new season.

Floral midi skirt with brogues

Floral midi skirt with brogues

Floral midi skirt with brogues

Clarks Hamble Oak pink peach brogues with pink ribbons

Love Liz x

Outfit details
Pale pink longline vest top (with lace hem), Mandy's Heaven
Aqua short-sleeved cardigan, previous season
Jolie Moi Sarah Skirt, Aspire Style, £39
Hamble Oak brogues in peach combi, Clarks £60
Pink watch, Next, previous season
Swarowski crystal set bee T-bar bracelet, Danon at Lizzy O £29

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Bright Pink Floral Dress with Orange Shoes

Hello and Happy Easter! 
My children and I are going to my parents' house for lunch today which I'm very much looking forward to. Yesterday was spent with my family too, celebrating my daughter's 15th birthday. My son's birthday is towards the end of April and with my mother and my brother celebrating theirs in between my children's, one of them always has an Easter birthday.

I wore this pink floral dress with flat Mary Janes on my own birthday in October along with a jacket and scarf.  It is a good trans-seasonal style and perfect for the start of a new season. Yesterday, I picked out the orange flower within the floral pattern with orange shoes and I have also worn it with opaque tights and Chelsea boots, with bare legs and sandals as well as with nude tights like I did yesterday. 
Versatility is something I look for increasingly when getting new clothes and offering alternative styling for my outfits is something I'll be including more of in future blog posts. 
Multi-tasking women deserve multi-tasking clothing that works as hard as we do.

And as if we don't have enough chocolate right now, I baked her a chocolate cake smothered in chocolate ganache and adorned with chocolates.  

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
"Amy" dress, Joules, AW15
Orange quilted shoes with Postman's Lock, Mulberry, previous season
Gold Danon double stars ring, Lizzy O, £25


Friday, 25 March 2016

Pineapple Top and Bright Orange Jacket with Boyfriend Jeans and Silver Pumps.

I have been saying for a while now that orange is THE colour of the season. And each time I have proceeded to declare that I shall be merely dipping a toe into the trend, (almost literally), courtesy of my orange Mulberry shoes, because I have always thought that orange wouldn't suit my fair skin and reddish blonde hair.

So when I was offered the opportunity to try this Pique Jacket by Precis in this most vibrant of shades, I was curious to see how it would look. I was equally curious to see what the fit was like because Precis was previously known as being a brand specifically designed for the petite woman. At almost 5 ft 9 tall and a UK size 10-12, I cannot by any stretch of the imagination be described as petite, but, Precis has moved away from that notion, towards being a brand of perfect proportions.

The edge to edge jacket has hook and eye fastenings and a detachable black corsage which I chose not to attach. That can be put to good use elsewhere.

Being Good Friday, the bank holiday presented me with an invitation to go to my Italian friend's house for lunch. Three courses and delicious. I decided to dress the jacket down with boyfriend jeans and silver slip-on trainers. Having a penchant for pineapples meant that this jersey top caught my eye and its lighthearted vibe felt just perfect for a sunny day off.  It's from Dash Fashion and is £29.

Wearing the jacket open and over a print meant that it didn't look like a block of colour, the cropped shape meaning the same.

I feel like I have stepped out of my comfort zone  by trying this jacket and although I have several reddish-orange dresses, this is the only true orange item of clothing in my closet.

And...I absolutely love it.

Pineapple top and boyfriend jeans with orange jacket. Redhead wearing orange

Pineapple top and boyfriend jeans with orange jacket. Redhead wearing orange

Pineapple top and boyfriend jeans

Pineapple top and boyfriend jeans

The bright jacket called for statement jewellery so I added my leather T-bar wrap bracelet with gold heart...

Danon leather wrap bracelet with swarovski heart

Along with my double stars ring in matt gold, both items of jewellery coming from my online boutique, Lizzy O.
You can see my blogging friend Catherine wearing her gold stars ring over on her blog Not Dressed as Lamb.

Danon matt gold stars ring

 Boden Silver pull on trainers

So, can redheads wear orange?
Yes, definitely. The shade must be right, but that's true of any colour.

And does Precis fit a non-petite woman?
Yes, it does. And it fits her well.

And if you're still in doubt, just be like a pineapple.
Stand tall, be sweet on the inside and wear a crown

Happy Easter,

Love Liz x

Outfit Details
Orange Pique Jacket, Precis SS16, currently reduced from £99 to £63.20
Jersey Pineapple top, Dash Fashion £29 SS16
Boyfriend jeans, Next SS16
Silver pull-on trainers, Johnnie B at Boden, previous season
Danon T-Bar leather wrap bracelet with Swarovski crystal set heart charm, £45 Lizzy O
Danon double stars ring in matt gold. Also available in silver, £25, Lizzy O

This post links up with:
Top of the World Style
Fashion Should Be Fun 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The Boden Mid-Season Sale, March 2016

It was the equinox earlier this week and last weekend I cut the lawn for the first time this season. My patio pots of daffodils add a pop of cheery colour and this weekend the clocks go forward. 
It's only the start of spring and yet the mid-season sales are in full swing. But actually, they present an excellent opportunity to buy some key transitional pieces that can be worn now and styled differently as the season progresses and the temperatures rise. 

Here in the Yorkshire Dales, we often see frost on the ground until May and even when the days are warm, the evenings can be cool so I believe wholeheartedly that the majority of my wardrobe should multi-task, be adaptable and transcend the seasons and the temperature.

A significant part of my wardrobe comes form Boden and with excellent reductions off a lot of stock, I have picked out my favourites, all of which can be worn right now as well as in months to come.

Tunic dresses are one of my style staples and this Azalea Tunic Dress is exactly the multi-tasker I like. Wear it  now with tights and ankle boots, dress it up with a pair of heels for a special occasion and wear with sandals in summer. 
Boden sale, tunic dress
Azalea Tunic Dress £59.70 or less
I have last year's version, the Eliza Dress and to show just how versatile it is, you can see it with opaque tights and ankle boots, with sheer tights and heels and with bare legs and sandals.
I love the colours in the Azalea dress above and given the return I got on last year's investment, I'm very tempted to get this while reduced. 
And because we all multi-task as much as our clothes, it washes beautifully in the machine. 

The Boden Eliza tunic dress

The yellow handbag I'm carrying in the photo above has been a great favourite of mine for two years (It's the Boden Bowling Bag in sulphur), and goes with a surprising number of colours and outfits. The Amanda bag below is such a beautiful shape and comes in a similar bright hue as well as indispensable navy and tan.

Boden sale, Amanda Bag
Amanda Bag £74.50-£89.40 or less

This denim dress is a little different for Boden and is somewhat of a hidden gem. Available in both dark denim and light, this too could be worn with tights and ankle boots or with brogues, flats or pumps. I think the model on the left looks effortlessly chic with a touch of Parisian nonchalance and I absolutely love this look.
Boden sale, denim dress
Denim Dress £55.65 or less
The Bonnie Studded Flat as seen on the model above left is reduced by differing amounts depending on the colour, of which there is one to suit every taste and every outfit. Aren't they divine?

Boden sale, Bonnie studded flat shoes
Bonnie Studded Flat £71.60-£89.59 or less

A third trans-seasonal dress that caught my eye is the Everyday Tunic which has gorgeous striped detail on the back. The model shots show how the changes can be rung with tights and with footwear. I love the boots that the model on the left is wearing and think they too would work all year round from cold winter days to cool summer festivals.
Boden sale, everyday tunic dress
Everyday Tunic Dress £47.40 or less

Breton tops are another staple in my wardrobe and Boden does them in an array of colours. These ones are reduced and are ideal with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, denim shorts, chino shorts and would look amazing tucked into a full midi shirt.

Boden sale, breton top
Long Sleeved Breton £18.85- £21.20

For off-duty style, nothing beats a sweatshirt and these are rather cute. I would team one with boyfriend jeans and statement heels for something a little unexpected, but again, they are ideal with jeans and shorts of all styles.

Boden sale sweatshirts
Slogan Sweatshirt £35.70 or less

I hope this has given you some inspiration. There are so many more things reduced by 50% so head over to the Boden website. Enjoy and use code 5H3A for the discounts to apply.

Love Liz x


Monday, 21 March 2016

Outfit: Floral Midi Skirt with Orange Heels

Skirts are not something I have many of, mainly because I love dresses and find them so easy to style. A pair of shoes and a few well-chosen accessories and I'm good to go. So when I was invited to choose an item to take part in a blogger style challenge hosted by Aspire Style, I decided upon this stunning floral midi skirt by Jolie Moi.

It's a flattering A-line shape with front pockets and an exposed zip at the back. The pattern, which reminds me of a Monet, has a lot of different colours in, enabling easy co-ordination. A simple black top along with shoes in orange, the colour of the season and a bright yellow statement necklace make the citrussy colours pop, but I'm envisaging it with a blush pink top and nude shoes later in the season.

Jolie Moi floral midi skirt

Jolie Moi floral midi skirt

Joile Moi floral midi skirt

Jolie Moi floral midi skirt

I have a lot of shoes and these are by Mulberry, one of my few designer pairs. The devil is in the detail and I love the iconic Postman's Lock fastening as well as the quilted leather. Despite the height of the heel, they are incredibly comfortable and the bright orange is surprisingly versatile, complimenting a lot of different colours. I have worn them with a green and blue geometric patterned shirt dress and with a cobalt blue tunic dress, cobalt and orange being a particular colour-combo of mine.

Jolie Moi floral midi skirt

Love Liz x

Readers of my blog can get a 10% discount at Aspire Style with the code LIZZY10 x

Outfit Details
* Jolie Moi Sarah floral midi skirt, Aspire Style £39
Black top with long sheer sleeves, Next, previous season.
Yellow statement necklace, Boden, previous season.
Orange quilted shoes, Mulberry, previous season.

This blog post links up with:
Powers the Flower

Friday, 18 March 2016

Blush Pink and Soft Metallic Accessories

It's almost the weekend and it finally feels like spring is in the air. Earlier this week, I wrote about the spring summer trends for 2016 which included the colour orange and the cold shoulder, both of which I will be dipping a toe into. 

But for me, so far this season, it has been all about delicate pinks and soft metallics as my Instagram feed will attest.

Pink and metallic Instagram collage

All the jewellery in the collage above is from my online boutique Lizzy O

The nude leather (Taylor Shine) Chelsea boots and peach pink brogues in the collage are both from Clarks and from Thursday March 24th-Monday 28th March, there is 20% off full priced adult styles with the code BUNNY. 

I am delighted with my nude pink Chelsea boots. They're perfect for transitional dressing and off-duty weekend style, working with both dresses and jeans..

Monks on Vacation sweat dress with nude pink Chelsea boots
Monks on Vacation maxi sweat Dress with nude pink Chelsea Boots

Off duty style with nude pink leather Chelsea boots
Boyfriend jeans worn with nude pink Chelsea boots.

Available at Clarks

Finally, I would just like to apologise to those that might have received some non-chronological blog posts earlier this week. When categorising them for the new layout, some got moved to the top of the list and were sent out either via Bloglovin or via the email, as though they were new. There were two from last summer of me wearing summer dresses. The weather has been lovely, but certainly not warm enough for bare legs and sandals!
I think all teething problems have now been rectified, so thank you for your patience. 

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Love Liz x


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Spring Summer 2016 Trends and My Blog's New Look.

Spring seems to be putting in a tentative appearance and finally the air is feeling a little warmer and you will have noticed that my blog has undergone a complete makeover to celebrate the new season. It has only been in-situ for 48 hours so I am still making some changes and tweaks, but I'd like to take a few minutes just to go through the new layout before we talk fashion.

On the desktop and tablet version, there are tabs across the top with, from left to right, an "about me" page next to the link to my boutique. The other tabs have all of my blog posts in that category there. This is a work in progress so please bear with me. The last tab, the blogroll shows a list of those blogs that I read regularly. (On the mobile version, these are within the menu at the top).

Above the picture of me are the social media icons. I'd love you to follow if you don't already! Below the Instagram photographs is a place to sign up to receive every new blog post via email so you never miss a post and below that is where to sign up for my newsletter. This is a new aspect of my blog whereby a monthly newsletter will be sent with offers and discount codes for Lizzy O as well as outtakes and other things that don't appear on my blog. The mobile site doesn't offer the facility to sigh up for the newsletter or email (but there is the option to be taken to the web version to do so). 

The advertisments are now at the foot of the post so if you wish to get to those retailers' sites directly, just click on the banner. 

I have changed my blogging schedule too so will post on Tuesday and Friday afternoon and on Sunday morning. From time to time, there might be a little "something for the weekend" on a Saturday morning too!

Thank you for the lovely positive feedback so far. I really do love receiving your comments.

So, back to the business of fashion...

The March issue of Aspire (the local lifestyle magazine I write copy for and edit) is out in print and in it my fashion pages take a look at the new season's fashion. 

The trends for Spring Summer 2016 were decided some months ago during the international catwalk shows. Since then, the designs have slowly filtered down to the high street, but it is during March that the main collections land in stores and fashions are there for all to see.

What can we expect for the new season?

The 1970s has enjoyed a resurgence in food as well as fashion for the last few seasons and it looks set to stay. One of that decade’s most loved fabrics was suede and this was seen in all guises in several runway shows. Dresses, capes, shorts, knee high straps on sandals and fringed bags, this most tactile of textures will be everywhere this spring summer.

Victoriana is also enjoying another consecutive season as a main trend. Updated for 2016, silhouettes are softer with ruffles, high-collar necklines and puffy sleeves being more fluid and less formal than of late. Floral fabrics and a distinct lack of black, remove the austerity so often associated with styles inspired by this era.

This summer is set to be that of The Cold Shoulder. Off the shoulder maxi dresses, flowing and with a halter neck, featured in designer collections in every fashion capital. This new shape is one to watch and can easily be incorporated into the wardrobe and in fact, two of my most recent outfit posts have featured Bardot style necklines which show a bit of shoulder. My blogging friend Lisa, The Sequinist wrote a lovely post last week in which she reminds us that shoulders don't age

Traditional Spanish dress inspired several collections seen during New York fashion week. Vermillion, scarlet and magenta abounded with flounces and flourishes a plenty. Add just a touch of Flamenco to your summer wardrobe; you won’t go far wrong.

Cobalt midi dresses and bright yellow maxis provided more than a splash of colour. These eye-popping brights were seen on lightweight knife-pleated fabrics. It is orange though, in a variety of shades is THE go-to hue for the season. 
The future’s bright.
Orange isn't a colour that would suit my fair skin, but I'll be embraceing the trend by way of accessories. I have had these orange Mulberry shoes for several years now and still get a thrill when I wear them. They add a pop of colour and interest and are surprisingly versatile. This is a sneak peek of an upcoming outfit post which I'm quite excited about.

Orange Mulberry quilted shoes with postman's lock

Gingham seems to have usurped a lot of prints to become the print du jour. In supersized form, this was seen on Mrs Beckham’s creations to name but a few, but florals and animal prints are ever-popular.

Incorporating new trends into the wardrobe can be easy with the addition of a few selected accessories. Semi-circular half-moon bags presided and were the chosen arm candy of many front row fashion editors replacing the bucket bag so favoured in recent seasons. 

And footwear? It seems that comfortable shoes are trending with flat mules set to become ubiquitous this summer. 

Who’d have thought?

Love Liz x

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