Friday, 28 October 2016

The Hope Navy Crepe Cocoon Dress and Navy Knee High Boots

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


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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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

*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. 
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A Review Of The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell, Yorkshire

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

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.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tie Neck Print Smock Dress and Knee High Navy Tasseled Boots

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

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

(More) Sequins, Sparkly Trousers and Leopard Print Boots.

I feel like my wardrobe of late could give my gorgeous blogger friend Lisa's, (The Sequinist), a run for its money in the sequins department. I have a very pleasing number of sparkles in my closet and really do enjoy wearing them, particularly at this time of year, because in my mind anyway, my birthday, which was last weekend, heralds the start of party season. In fact, it was to a birthday supper at my brother and sister-in-law's home that I wore this outfit on Saturday night. We are very close, yet have struggled of late to find a mutually convenient date to meet, given our, and our children's incredibly busy schedules, so it was an utter treat to go to his home and to spend some time catching up, relaxing and to enjoy a glass or two of champagne.

Gunmetal sequin top, silver metallic skinny jeans, snow leopard print boots, over 40

Gunmetal sequin top, silver metallic skinny jeans, snow leopard print boots, over 40

Gunmetal sequin top, silver metallic skinny jeans, snow leopard print boots, over 40

Gunmetal sequin top, silver metallic skinny jeans, snow leopard print boots, over 40

Gunmetal sequin top, silver metallic skinny jeans, snow leopard print boots, over 40


My brother and his wife have a beautiful home and a new addition is a "Hobbit House," a shed of all sheds with a fire on which they regularly barbecue. It felt like an Alpine escape and it was a perfect evening.
The cute little face in the photograph below belongs to my gorgeous nephew who has recently passed his 11+ exam, (for entrance into grammar school), so we felt it was only proper to raise a glass to him and his success.

Family

Family meal

Sequin top, metallic skinny jeans, champagne

Family bbq

Family bbq

Family bbq

Familybbq


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Matt pewter sequin top, Boden, past season.
Double star ring in silver (also available in matt gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Grey diamante double wrap bracelet with buckle, £12.50. Lizzy O
Silver metallic high waist super skinny coated jeans, £24, Next
Snow leopard pony ankle boot, "Mollie" £129  Boden

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Photographs: Harry Johnston

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sequinned Sweatshirt and Metallic Faux Leather Mini.

I think the sign of a good clothing purchase, (or two), is wearing the said items almost immediately. The sign of an excellent purchase is wearing them twice within a week. You may recognise the sequinned sweatshirt as being the one I wore on my birthday last week with skinny jeans. The skirt, I wore with a black and white breton top for a lunch date mid-week and last night, I put them together yesterday for a charity races night that I went to with the girls. I met this particular group of friends at the school gate of the primary school our children attended. The children are now at secondary school so we don't see each other on a daily basis but we do meet regularly and the event last night took part in the school hall, which seemed rather fitting.

The leather look mini skirt is a versatile, neutral metallic I can think of numerous tops and shoes which will work with it and I can see myself wearing it appropriately and differently styled throughout the year.
  
Black paillette sequin sweatshirt, metallic faux leather skirt, ankle boots, over 40

Black paillette sequin sweatshirt, metallic faux leather skirt, ankle boots, over 40

Black paillette sequin sweatshirt, metallic faux leather skirt, ankle boots, over 40

Black paillette sequin sweatshirt, metallic faux leather skirt, ankle boots, over 40

Black paillette sequin sweatshirt, metallic faux leather skirt, ankle boots, over 40

Black paillette sequin sweatshirt, metallic faux leather skirt, ankle boots, over 40

Black paillette sequin sweatshirt, metallic faux leather skirt, ankle boots, over 40

Races night

Races night


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Metallic leather look A-line skirt, £22, Next
Black sequin sweater, £46, Next
Black high-heeled suede platform ankle boots, Clarks, past season.

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