If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I had a long weekend away up in the North-East with my lovely man, followed by two days in Manchester with my children and parents to visit the Christmas Markets and to watch the Billy Elliot theatre production (this was my parents’ Christmas gift to the three of us and it was absolutely brilliant). When I reflect, and I do this frequently, I think just how fortunate I am to have such a close and loving family and so many friends. These five days, spent with those I love the most in the world, have been perfect and as 2016 draws to a close, I couldn’t be happier or more content. I have had so many brilliant times with my family and friends this year and have a whole new circle of friends, namely TheOver40Collective, with whom I spent a fabulous weekend with in November, which you can read about in this blog post.

So in this, my final post of 2016, I’d like to share a little of what my weekend entailed.

You know by now just how much I love a dress and that a dress will always be first choice for a special occasion or a night out. I wanted a real showstopper to wear to dinner in Newcastle on Friday night and this one stopped me in my tracks when I saw it in Next. It was the embroidery that caught my eye, followed by the ruffles on the sleeves. I absolutely love it and will be wearing it at least once more over the festive period.

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

I tried it in a regular fit at first and although it did fit, it was a little on the short side, in both the body (the waistline sat too high on me) and the length. I tried it in the (UK 12) Tall which was a much better fit. Next say the Tall range is for women of 5 ft 10 and over. I’m just under 5 ft 9 and was very glad I tried it.

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

Black mesh embroidered floral dress

On the Saturday, we blew the cobwebs away with a walk followed a pub lunch and a quiet evening and on Sunday walked along the beaches of Tynemouth- the light was so beautiful- followed by a casual supper at Riley’s Fish Shack which has the best vibes and  awesome food.

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle, Rileys fish shack

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Monday was such a fab day. We went ice-skating, something I have never done before and I loved it. It helps having someone tall and strong to cling on to, but by the end I could manage a few strides and glides on the ice.

We went to The Baltic Flour Mill for lunch with a view- the restaurant is up at the top of the building.

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle, Baltic Flour Mill, Gateshead

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

A love of good food and wine is something we have in common…

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle

Baltic Flour mill restaurant

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge looked spectacular with its changing colours.

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle Gateshead Milennium Bridge

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle, gateshead Milennium Bridge

And the Tyne Bridge certainly wasn’t overshadowed by its millenial neighbour.

Weekend in Tynemouth, Newcastle, Tyne Bridge at Sunset

Thank you so much for reading and for all of your lovely comments and emails, they really do mean the world.  I’ll be back in 2017 with the outfits I’ll be wearing over the festive period. 

Happy, happy Christmas.



Love Liz x


Outfit details:
*Black Embroidered Floral Dress, £95 Next
Bee ring matt gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Blach high-heeled ankle boots, Clarks, past season.

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In my previous blog post, I wore a bright red sequinned dress and wrote about how easy it was to get ready for a party by virtue of it needing no accessories and only a simple pair of heels. Here I offer an alternative party outfit, perhaps one which would be nice to wear for cocktails with the girls or if travelling to see friends and family over the Christmas period. I’m a great believer in wearing sequins and glitter all year round but over Christmas, I think it should be mandatory. Having a few sequinned, lace, metallic or velvet tops which can be worn with jeans or trousers is a good way of ensuring a party outfit can be put together in a matter of minutes. 

A great pair of black trousers is a wardrobe staple and mine are a very thick Ponte Roma jersey with plenty of stretch to stop them going baggy at the knees (and to stop the waistband reminding me just how many mince pies have been consumed). I really do believe in paying a little extra to get some that will retain their shape, that won’t go semi-transparent after several washes but that are machine washable and that are a safe bet whatever the occasion. 

This navy and black sequinned top is several years old and I like the versatility it affords. The three-quarter sleeve means it’s ideal for daytime wear as well as evening and its semi-fitted shape gives it a little structure. It looks as good with skinny jeans as it does with these trousers and it would work with a full midi-skirt too (I think it would look good with the grey tulle skirt that I wore with a short-sleeved gunmetal sequined top last month)

Unlike my previous post in which the red sequinned dress needed no extra embellishment, this simple Christmas outfit can definitely take more sparkle so I accessorised with a multi-coloured glitter clutch and matching Mary-Jane shoes and added three wrap bracelets and some multi-coloured gemstone earrings. To keep it looking cohesive though, I kept to a simple colour palette of black, navy and silver.

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

And if all else fails, pop on a pair of antlers, smile and pour yourself a glass of champagne. It never fails to get me in the oarty mood.

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40

Black and navy sequin top, black stretch trousers, glitter shoes, Christmas outfit, over 40




Love Liz x


Outfit details:
Navy and black stripe sequin top, Boden, past season
*Black narrow stretch trousers, hope £95
Black baguette diamante wrap bracelet wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O (there is only one of these left in stock at the time of writing!)
Black and silver-grey buckle wrap bracelets £12.50 each, Lizzy O
*Viva multi-coloured crystal sterling silver pierced hoop earrings, Eternal Collection £32
Multi-coloured glitter clutch bag, Boden, past season.
Multi-coloured glitter Mary Jane shoes, Boden, past season

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Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

I have several red dresses in my closet. Uplifting, positive and vibrant, red gives me a happy, confident vibe when I wear it. But this super-sparkly red sequinned dress is on a whole new level. It’s a statement piece but one that requires little thought, (because it really doesn’t need accessorising), which is exactly what we need at this busy time of year.

It’s a dress for dancing and having fun in.  For me, it’s the epitome of Christmas party dressing.

Red sequin dress for Christmas pasrty outfit

Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

Red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

red sequin Christmas party dress, over 40

Boden Black bow high-heeled party shoes

Boden Black bow high-heeled party shoes

That is my interpretation of an easy Christmas party look. My blogging friends and I, (who make up TheOver40Collective), have very different styles, so in case bright red sequins aren’t for you, here are their Christmas Holiday party looks to inspire you, each as stunning and beautiful as the next.

Michelle, The Barefaced Chic wears grey Christmas outfit with statement bag and heels
Michelle, The Barefaced Chic looks gorgeous in grey with statement bag and heels and understated sparkle courtesy of her top

Christmas party look. Satin blouse and faux leather trousers
Annette, Lady of Style, shimmers in soft satin and faux leather.

Lisa, The Sequinist statement sequin dress, Christmas party
Lisa, The Sequinist stuns in statement sequins (but of course!)

Michelle, Retrochicmama wears soft velvet dress for Christmas party look
Michelle, RetroChicMama looks sophisticated and sensuous in her draped velvet dress.

Catherine Not Dressed as Lamb, Christmas party outfit, over 40
Catherine, Not Dressed as Lamb looks effortlessly elegant in her sequinned kimono in burnished tones and bronze heels

Nikki, Midlife Chic, black trousers and top, Christmas outfit, over 40
Nikki, Midlife Chic looks super slinky in her black ensemble with gold shoes.

So there you go. Seven women, seven different Christmas party looks. I hope this has given you some inspiration. Do go and look at the other girls’ blogs for full details and more gorgeous photographs and we’d love you to follow us on our Over40Collective Instagram too. 

Love Liz x


Outfit details:
*Red sequin dress, £69, Kaleidoscope
Black suede bow shoes, Boden, previous season
Black opaque tights, Wolford
Champagne (now empty. Cheers everyone), M&S

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