Sunday, 30 October 2016

Black Beaded 1920s Style Full- Length Cocktail Gown and a Black Faux Fur Jacket

Whatever occasion it may be, I have always loved dressing for it and as you know by now, I almost always choose a dress.

As part of my role as the Kaleidoscope Blogger Expert, (here is my latest article on the Kaleidoscope blog), every month, I select my favourite and standout items from the latest collections. I actually spotted this beauty at the Kaleidoscope press day back in May and knew then and there that it would be my party dress of choice come Autumn Winter.
I fell in love with this type of Gatsby-inspired dress after my sister-in-law wore an ivory Jenny Packham gown in this style on her wedding day though I have always loved the elegance and glamour of the 1920s.

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

This black wrap bracelet with baguette shaped diamantes is a new, limited edition addition (!) to my online boutique, Lizzy O. It's hard to capture just how sparkly it is.

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby, black sparkly diamante wrap bracelet and Boden metallic envelope clutch bag

The nude full-length lining, (slip), is separate from the beaded mesh overlay. The dress also comes with an above-knee-length black slip, which makes it look completely different.
It would of course be very easy to buy a long black and a shorter nude slip to ring the changes further, or even a silver or bronze one.

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

The black faux fur evening jacket is perfect for popping over evening wear. Beautifully soft and very tactile, it adds more than a touch of glamour. I'd wear this with boyfriend jeans and heels too though actually.

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

Black beaded maxi cocktail dress, Gatsby

I think this dress is absolutely stunning and it is beautifully made and at £129 is an excellent price point. 
All I need now is a cocktail party to which to wear it...

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Bead embellished tulle maxi dress, £129, Kaleidoscope
*Black faux fur cropped jacket, £69, Kaleidoscope
Black diamante wrap bracelet, £12.50 Lizzy O
*Decadence Passions purple jade and Swaorvski crystal rose gold tone bracelet, £150, Eternal Collection.(worn with the black slip)
Champagne glitter Tahiti shoes, Jimmy Choo, past season
Metallic leather envelope clutch bag, Boden, past season

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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. 
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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

The Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell- A Restaurant Review

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 Liz 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.

A version of this review first appeared in Aspire Magazine, November issue 2016.
Aspire Magazine. Review of the Racehor=ses Hotel, Kettlewell, North Yorkshire




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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Chaneling Kanye? A Star Motif Sweatshirt, Metallic Jeans and Leather High-Tops.

Stars are one of my favourite motifs and the Autumn Winter catwalks were full of clothing adorned with all things celestial from planets to constellations. This longline star motif sweatshirt. is a casual take on this and is from Kaleidoscope as are the the metallic slim fit jeans which are a perfect way of introducing a touch of glimmer to a relaxed outfit. Eye-catching and a little different, they offer versatility and work just as easily in a daytime casual look as they would teamed with a dressy top and heels for cocktails.

It's rare I wear trainers of any guise other than for the gym because I'm simply not cool enough but sometimes, they are right choice for the rest of the outfit. As you know my 15 year-old daughter Poppy takes almost all of my blog photographs and for that I'm incredibly grateful- I couldn't do my blog without her. As well as becoming very proficient, she offers direction, and, as teenagers do, an honest appraisal of whatever I'm wearing, (actually, she doesn't hold back in her opinions about much really, but I digress). 

On this occasion, and I'm "lolling" as I write, she said I looked like Kanye West.

I'll leave you to decide for yourselves...

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40

Longline star motif sweatshirt, silver slim leg metallic jeans, high-top black leather trainers, over 40


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
*Longline star motiff sweatshirt, £29, Kaleidoscope
*Metallic slim fit jeans, £35, Kaleidoscope
Double star ring in matt gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Grey diamante wrap bracelet (can be worn as a choker), £12.50.Lizzy O
"Maribel Glove" black high-top leather trainers, Clarks, past season.

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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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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