Monday, 30 January 2017

A Study In Monochrome Featuring Hounds Tooth Shoe Boots

If 2016 was all about the cold shoulder, then 2017 is all about the sleeve and it was the sleeves of this blouse that caught my eye. A simple shape, the long bell sleeves and contrast piping, not to mention the gorgeous bow detail on the back of this blouse elevate it into being something rather special and perfect for the dinner date for which I wore it. 

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

It's sheer but comes with a separate black shell top which could be swapped for something strappier or eliminated all together if one is feeling brave, though the near-freezing temperatures here made for an easy decision on this occasion.

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

My black and white hounds check shoe boots are from Lotus Shoes. The patent toe and heel add a sophisticated touch and as with all Lotus footwear, they're beautifully made and very comfortable. I absolutely love them,

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

The black leather-look diamante bracelet is from the brand new range at Lizzy O. Because of the sleeve detail, I decided that one was enough, but it comes in a variety of colours which look stunning when stacked together. Do sign up to my newsletter, sent out on the first of the month, (in the right hand side bar of my blog when viewing on the desktop or the laptop version). Each and every month I include an exclusive discount code for use at Lizzy O. I have added some statement brooches to the collection for the first time and they're stunning as well as some new pendant styles


black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

I'm looking forward to styling both the blouse and the shoes differently and to using this location again for my blog photographs. It's a nice contrast to the back garden which I've tended to use of late, (for convenience), and also the park or canal side. It's difficult to find anything more "urban" in the immediate vicinity so I'm very happy with this. 

And... didn't my boyfriend do a brilliant job with the photography?

black and white tipped blouse with bell sleeves, black and white hounds tooth shoe boots

Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
Contrast trim high neck blouse with bell sleeves, £39.50, Autograph at Marks and Spencer, (desite this being new in, it is showing little or no remaining stock online, something quite typical of M&S, so do keep trying as items get replenished regularly!)
*Narrow stretch trousers, £95, Hope fashion.
*Hana black and white leather hounds-tooth check shoe boots, £79.99, Lotus Shoes
Black leather look bracelet set with crystals, £12.50, Lizzy O

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Danon jewellery, wrap bracelets, pendants and scarves
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Jewellery I Wear Most...And How My Own Jewellery And Accessories Website Began

If you read my blog regularly or follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I have a small online jewellery and accessories boutique, Lizzy O. This tiny business came about initially as a partnership with my friend Sally in the spring of 2014. She'd been selling scarves face-to-face at the school gate and we realised that my blog was a good platform to widen the reach. We increased our stock to include pendants and wrap bracelets and spent many an hour at charity events, Christmas Fairs and corporate venues with our pop-up shop, often doubled over with laughter because of a shared sense of humour. 

After a few well-received reviews that I did on my blog for some Danon jewellery, I was invited by Danon to sell the ranges myself.  Sally and I decided to divide and conquer so I could devote more time to structuring the business to incorporate this and she could concentrate on her own work. I built a new website and have fallen ever more in love with their jewellery. Danon is a family business based in Israel, handcrafting jewellery from precious metals, pewter, bronze, freshwater pearls, semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals. I don't have the entire range in my personal jewellery collection but I do have a lot and I wear it frequently. 
These are a few of my favourite Danon pieces to give an idea of size, and how it looks in "real life". I post jewellery pictures regularly on my two Instagram accounts, @whatlizzyloves and @lizzyo_boutique too but do take a look at Lizzy O for the full range including classic Danon heart jewellery, dragonflies, freshwater pearls to name but a few.

Danon honey bee ring
Honey bee ring in gold, £24 and the honey bee ring silver £24. 

Danon gold honey bee earrings
Gold honey bee earrings, £24 silver honey bee earrings £24 
Danon jewellery mixes and matches beautifully. 
Danon pineapple bracelet, Danon honey bee bracelet
Honey bee bracelet in gold, £27, and the honey bee bracelet in silver £24, Pineapple bracelet in gold, £27  pineapple bracelet in silver £24

Danon pineapple ring
Pineapple ring in gold, £24  pineapple ring in silver £24

Danon silver bee ring set with Swarowski crystal
Swarovski crystal set silver bee ring, £32

Danon triple star earrings
Gold triple star earrings, £29.95

Danon jewellery gold stars ring
Double star ring in matte gold, £25

Danon jewellery silver stars ring
Double star ring in silver, £25

Silver angel wings earrings
Silver angel wings earrings, £19.95

Danon jewellery silver heart earrings
Silver heart earrings, £19.95

The Lizzy O range of pendants, sparkly wrap bracelets and scarves are pieces I have sourced and chosen myself. I believe them to be an inexpensive way, (they start from £12.50), of adding a pop of colour or a bit of sparkle to an outfit. 


Aqua birds of paradise scarf, £12.50
Aqua birds of paradise scarf, £12.50

Navy stars scarf, £12.50
Navy stars scarf, £12.50

Large dragonfly pendant, £15
Large dragonfly pendant, £15

They make great gifts and are easy to wrap and to post, (something I consider very carefully when choosing what to sell because I offer free UK delivery and need to know it is won't get damaged in transit). I'm going to look at new stock tomorrow because I want to add some new styles and widen the range, so do keep an eye out for that.  Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are on the horizon and it would be lovely if you'd pop over to Lizzy O and take a look. To any romantic men reading, I can wrap everything for you and can post it in anonymous packaging, (rather than the bright pink metallic postage bags that I usually use!) Just put a note in when you place the order!
Your secret's safe with me...

Love Lizzy x

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wearing a Floral Midi Skirt with Leopard Print Boots

Florals and leopard are probably my two favourite prints, but it's not often I wear them together. I regularly combine each of them with stripes but I think this is a first. I wore this outfit for dinner at a local restaurant on Friday night. There had been a light dusting of snow but not enough to preclude walking home afterwards, though I feel I should point out that although these leather leopard print boots have have a heel, it is low by my standards and they have a good grippy sole. It helps too that my boyfriend is tall and strong, so I could stride out confidently knowing that falling was never an option! 

The satin floral midi skirt is one of my favourite skirts from last year, (I wore it here with the same top, a statement necklace and orange shoes). Versatile enough too to wear with a short sleeved top and sandals, it is another hard-working piece and we all know that I like a wardrobe multi-tasker. The painterly-style print reminds me of a Monet watercolour with its blurred, blended colours and I absolutely love it. 

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style, Danon gold honey bee necklace

Both the Danon honey bee and pineapple jewellery are becoming my current favourites. I love how delicate these bracelets are, yet they are packed with detail. The long honey bee necklace is lovely too; easy to wear and sits beautifully. This jewellery is also available in silver and is from my online accessories boutique, Lizzy O. If you sign up to my monthly newsletter (in the right hand side bar of my blog when viewing on a tablet or desktop), then you'll get an exclusive discount for Lizzy O in every newsletter.    

Danon gold pineapple bracelet, gold honey bee bracelet

The leopard print boots are currently half-price so it's a good time to invest, especially because they're leather too. I think they can be worn not only in the snow but through to late spring, perhaps with a floral tea-dress or with jeans and a breton top and then in autumn and winter again. I have said often that I treat animal print as a neutral because it works with numerous prints, colours and outfits. 

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,

satin floral midi skirt with leopard print boots, over 40 style,


Love Lizzy x

Outfit details:
Black sheer sleeve top, Next, past season
*Sarah" floral satin midi skirt, £39, Aspire Style.
*Leopard print high-heeled ankle boots, currently reduced from £89.99 to £45, Lotus Shoes
Double star ring in matte gold (also available in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
Honey bee ring in matte gold, (also available in silver) £24 by Danon at Lizzy O.
Long honey bee necklace in matte gold (also available in silver), £69 Danon at Lizzy O
Pineapple and honey bee bracelets in gold (also available in silver), £27 each, Danon at Lizzy O.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Dreaming of Spring and A Denim Shirt Dress with Boots

It's been grey, wet and windy here in North Yorkshire for several days and after the sparkle and glitter of Christmas, everything seems rather dull. I'm sure I'm not alone in finding it harder to get motivated throughout January and for it to take a few days to get back into work mode. With snow forecast for the weekend, winter is still stretching out ahead of us and spring seems an awful long way off, but the lovely thing about "working" in fashion and writing for a magazine is that we're always looking several months ahead. This week I started work on the March issue of Aspire and already stores and websites are launching their SS17 collections. 

Tulchan is a brand that is based just a forty minute drive from me, just over the border into my home county of Lancashire. Those of you that have ever driven along the A65 near Ingleton (Falls), may have spotted the imposing blue warehouse building in Cowan Bridge that is both the flagship store and HQ. I went yesterday to take a look at the Spring Summer 2017 collection just ahead of its launch and to see what caught my eye. I have a lovely working friendship with Michele Needham the MD and I'm continuing my collaboration with the brand for the next six months, (and I hope sincerely for the following six months too, having been privy to the moodboards and samples for the AW17 collection). 

A lifestyle brand, Tulchan is loosely divided into two collections, Town and Country, the colours of which are cohesive so facilitating an easy crossover. Spring's palette is a fresh, clear one featuring coral, cobalt blue, baby blue and baby pink along with neutrals navy, grey and oatmeal. It manages to be upbeat and vibrant without smacking one between the eyes and the pieces work beautifully together or as pop of colour or an instant refresh to existing outfits. Stripes feature heavily and I know enough stripe-o-philes to know that this will be a winner. This season's stripes are wider than they were last season (I wore mine here) which I prefer and I'm pleased to report that the outstanding quality remains the same.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

I picked out my favourite pieces which we arranged into outfits, (one for each of the next six months starting in February), so keep an eye on my blog to see them in action throughout the year and head over to the Tulchan website to see the full collection which will be available within the next few weeks.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

Tulchan SS17 looks, breton tops, striped tops.

As you know, I love to wear a dress but I particularly like to find a dress for all seasons. The Boden denim shirt dress I'm wearing is one I've worn throughout the year with pink brogues in spring (see the look here), with tan leather gladiator sandals in summer and with leopard print ankle boots in autumn. On this occasion, I wore it with navy opaque tights and knee- high leather boots. The only disadvantage is that it does crease somewhat.  

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

Boden denim shirt dress with knee-high boots

My jewellery is by Danon and these pieces are among the latest designs that I added to my website towards the end of last year. The honey bees are so pretty and the pineapples simply make me smile and think of sunshine.

Danon gold pineapple bracelet, gold honey bee bracelet

Danon mini gold honey bee necklace

Danon gold honey bee ring

The Danon honey bees are also available in silver, as is the pineapple jewellery (from Lizzy O, my jewellery and accessories website).


Danon silver honey bee necklace bracelet ring earrings bangle

Kaleidoscope navy knee high leather boots with tassels

Kaleidoscope navy knee high leather boots with tassels

There is one thing though that I don't look forward to about spring which is the speed with which the grass grows and it's clear from these photographs that it already needs cutting. As does my fringe...

Love Lizzy x
Outfit details:
Pineapple bracelet £27 by Danon at Lizzy O
Honey bee bracelet £27 by Danon at Lizzy O
Mini honey bee necklace £52 by Danon at Lizzy O.
Honey bee ring in matt gold (also available in silver) £24 by Danon at Lizzy O
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*Navy contrast leather tassel knee boots, £150, Kaleidoscope.
Denim shirt dress, Boden, past season

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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