I’ve been favouring a slightly sharper, more fitted silhouette of late, not least because it’s been a fabulously busy few weeks socially and a lot of my “going out ” outfits have consisted in part of skinny jeans or coated leggings. Sometimes though, it’s good to go for comfort. Stylish, elegant comfort. 

The Hope Cocoon dress in navy crepe is perfectly named. Cocoon refers to its shape, but I did feel cocooned by the weighty crepe and the way in which the dress falls. Like all Hope clothing it is beautifully fabricated and like most of their range, is made in Britain.   

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

The simple shape and unadorned neckline of the dress dress lends itself to either a statement pendant or a scarf.  My knee-high navy boots with their contrasting brown cuff led me to choose a rose gold pendant, (rather than silver), and a scarf with warm autumnal shades including blue and actually, navy and brown is on of my favourite autumn colour combinations. (Both the scarf and heart shaped pendant are from my own online boutique Lizzy O. The scarf is also available in black with a red trim and the heart pendant is also available in matt silver)

Rose gold heart pendant

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

Scarf, autumnal shades of orange, brown and blue, Lizzy O boutique

Crepe navy cocoon dress with navy and brown leather knee high boots, over 40 style

You’ll perhaps be able to see from my flyaway hair that it was quite blustery when we photographed this outfit. A huge proportion of the outtakes confirm this!

Hope fashion navy crepe cocoon dress

You may recall that I have worked with and written about Hope previously, all of which you can see in the collage below, and can see full details of by clicking on the appropriate link.

Hope fashion collage, over 40 style

Fucshia and orange silk dress

Black cocoon dress

Chalk white trousers

Reptile print leggings

Hot pink poncho

Keep an eye out for some fabulous black Hope trousers that I’ll be sharing soon soon too. Perfect for the party season and beyond. 

Have a wonderful weekend,


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Navy crepe cocoon dress, £120, Hope
*Contrast leather navy and brown long tassel boots, £150, Kaleidoscope
Rose gold wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
Rose gold heart pendant, £12.50, Lizzy O
Brown, orange and blue floral scarf, £12.50, Lizzy O
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*Disclosure: This post is sponsored and was written in association with Hope. My dress was loaned for this purpose. These items were gifted. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. 

The
Racehorses is an independently run 18th century country inn set in
the heart of Kettlewell, with thirteen en-suite bedrooms which enjoy
far-reaching views of surrounding hills and The River Wharfe. There are two bar
rooms and dining areas as well as two large dining rooms which can cater for
small or medium functions.

It
has been owned and run by Kevin Sands for 10 years, who along with chefs Trevor
and Sarah, extends a very warm welcome to guests and visitors, many of whom are
walkers enjoying the delightful Dales village. 

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

My friend Barbara and I ate on a Friday lunchtime in mid-September. We were amazed at the choice available, with a lunch menu, a dinner menu, a separate fish menu and a specials blackboard, all of which had numerous options.

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

To
start with Barbara chose stuffed flat mushroom which was generously filled with
Mediterranean vegetables, topped with Wensleydale and cranberry cheese and drizzled
with a Balsamic glaze, £5.25.

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

I
opted for deep-fried brie wedges, served on a beautiful salad and served with
an orange, cranberry and port dressing, £5.50. Both were delicious, fresh and
beautifully presented.

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

We
both enjoy fish so chose off the dedicated fish menu.  I was drawn immediately to the 7oz tuna steak Wellington
which was stuffed with caramelized onions and served with garlic sautéed new
potatoes with a summer strawberry and rocket salad and a white wine Yorkshire
blue-cheese sauce, £14.95 This was a real showstopper. The tuna was served pink
in the middle- just how I prefer it. It was of generous size, but the pastry
was light and delicate. The sauce was the perfect accompaniment and I cannot
praise this dish enough. 

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

Barbara requested a small portion of fish pie, which was duly delivered in a ramekin and served with carrots and broccoli.

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

Every
option on the dessert menu appealed to both of us and it took much deliberating
to finally decide. Barbara chose Crème Brulee which was served with Amaretti
biscuits £5.50 and I couldn’t resist Baileys cheesecake which was served with
either pouring cream or ice-cream.  Both
desserts were again, beautifully presented and garnished with strawberries and
vibrant edible flowers. A feast for the eyes as well as the taste-buds. 

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell

We
thoroughly enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere at The Racehorses and if
you are in Kettlewell, you really must go to experience the delightful food and
friendly ambience. It is a true delight.


Love Lizzy x


The
Racehorses Hotel

Kettlewell

North
Yorkshire

BD23
5QZ

01756
760233

www.racehorseshotel.co.uk

Barbara and I were guests of The Racehorses and the review was undertaken as part of my role for Aspire Magazine. Huge thanks to Kevin for his warm welcome and excellent menu.

The 1970s has never been a favourite style era of mine. Compared to the simple styles of the sixties, I find it to be quite garish with busy patterns and a colour palette that is quite often jarring. However, it has been revisited over the last few seasons and I when I saw this dress, I realised that it pays a quiet homage to the decade but with a modern twist that made it very appealing to my eye.  I absolutely love everything about it from the autumnal colour palette, the almost painterly brush-stroke pattern to the tie neckline. The waistline stops it from looking too “wafty” and the dress is floaty but not shapeless, so it manages not to stray into Good Life territory.

The waistline stops it from looking too "wafty" so  sufficiently floaty without it veering into Good Life territory.

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

 As I often do, I wore some of my favourite pieces of Danon jewellery- the double stars ring and the silver heart drop earrings, available from my online boutique, Lizzy O.

Danon jewellery silver heart drop earrings

The knee high leather boots in matt navy work beautifully with this dress and with a lot more items in my wardrobe too. They’re fabricated from a buttery soft Spanish grainy leather and the black contrasting cuff and tassel add interest and texture. They’re beautifully made and incredibly comfortable with a side zip and a practical mid-height heel. These boots dip a subtle toe into the styles of the 1970s and I have a lot of great plans for them. 

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Tie neck print smock dress with pussy bow, and navy knee high boots with black cuff, over 40

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Tie neck print smock dress, £49, Kaleidoscope
*Contrast leather tassle long boots, £150, Kaleidoscope
Double star ring in silver (also available in matt gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Silver heart earrings, £19.95 by Danon at Lizzy O
Grey wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

*Disclosure: These items were gifted as part of my role as the Kaleidoscope blogger expert. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves.