In my previous post I shared some photographs along with my outfit from my daughter’s 16th birthday meal on Friday.  Well here’s another one! This is from Saturday, a glorious spring day and one spent at my parents’ home for a family celebration. My dress is from Alie Street, a brand which designs and manufactures its clothing in Britain and one which focuses on dresses. It has quite a celebrity following and counts television presenters Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway as fans. These are dresses for all occasions and are classic styles that can be worn over and over- just the sort I like. This dress has a touch of the fifties about it with the fit and flare style and the shaping in the bodice. It’s a heavy ponte jersey so falls beautifully too. 

Alie Street fifties style chilli red Olivia dress with gold bee jewellery

Alie Street fifties style chilli red Olivia dress with gold bee jewellery

Alie Street fifties style chilli red Olivia dress with gold bee jewellery

Alie Street fifties style chilli red Olivia dress with gold bee jewellery

Alie Street fifties style chilli red Olivia dress with gold bee jewellery

Alie Street fifties style chilli red Olivia dress with gold bee jewellery

Alie Street fifties style chilli red Olivia dress with gold bee jewellery

The pineapple and honey bee bracelets are by Danon at Lizzy O and are both available in silver with matching items too. The other bracelet with my initial was a gift from my daughter brought back from when she went on a French exchange trip and I treasure it. 

Danon gold pineapple bracelet, honey bee bracelet

I’m also wearing the honey bee mini necklace which is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for spring and summer. Do sign up to my monthly blog newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O. 

Danon gold honey bee necklace

Ilex London Fiona Cross Body Bag

And because I adore spring flowers, I’ll leave you with one more burst of sunshine from my parents’ garden.

Daffodils


Love Lizzy x


I’m wearing:

*Olivia Dress in chili pepper, £129, Alie Street

Honey bee mini necklace, £52, by Danon at Lizzy O

Honey bee ring in gold, £24 

Honey bee bracelet in gold, £27

Pineapple bracelet in gold, £27

*Fiona cross body bag, £199 Ilex London

*Watch, Camden Watch Company £108

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my daughter celebrated her 16th birthday last week. We’ve had a wonderful few days with friends and family and of course yesterday was Mother’s Day. The children and I went out for brunch and afterwards, because it was a gloriously sunny day, I spent the afternoon outside tidying the garden and cleaning the patio furniture. I must be honest and say that after such a lovely weekend, I’m finding it difficult to come back down to earth and focus on work today. It feels like it’s the first day back after a holiday! I have a very busy and exciting few weeks coming up on a personal level, (my children both have foreign exchange students coming at the end of this week for a week) and with my magazine work and my blog. The lovely thing is though that much of the upcoming magazine work is the ultimate combination of business and pleasure and lends itself to being shared here on my blog too. I’m having a working lunch later today in fact at Stirk House, a renowned hotel with an award-winning restaurant just 20 minutes from where I live. I’m meeting a lady who is 100 years old and who worked there eight decades ago. We are going to compare and contrast those times with the modern day so I’m looking forward to that. It’s for a feature in Aspire Magazine but the venue is so stunning that I’ll share a review of lunch here on my blog in due course because even if you’re not local, you might visit the Lancashire/Ribble Valley/ North Yorkshire area sometime in the future. 

This talk of lunch leads me nicely into what I wore on Friday night for my daughter Poppy’s birthday meal. We ate out with some close family friends and I wanted to wear something dressy but also something comfortable, so I decided upon another dress by Finery London. The Aintree Flute Sleeve Dress is just £45 and is made from a medium-weight jersey. It’s the perfect piece to throw on because it needs little more than a pair of shoes and some simple jewellery to complete the outfit. It’s very easy to wear because it doesn’t have a structured waist or fastenings, yet, because of the cut, it looks elegant and stylish and the vibrant iris colour is absolutely stunning.  

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

You can still get 15% discount with the code LIZZY15 at Finery until 13th April, so do head over a take a look if you like this dress as much as I do. They are getting new pieces in every day and every single item that I have from there is very high quality and something a little different and the price points are excellent.

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

The geometric pendant (£15) is from my accessories website, Lizzy O. Grey is one of my favourite neutrals and this works with so many different styles and colours. Remember to sign up to my monthly newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O.

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

The star ring is by Danon and is also from Lizzy O. This is one of my all time favourite rings and it also comes in matte gold. Do head over and take a look because there are some gorgeous pieces, (even if I do say so myself!).

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40

I’ll leave you with a collage of photographs from the birthday weekend. Poppy is currently studying hard for her GCSEs. She’s smart and intelligent and has infinite patience with her 13 year-old brother and with me when taking my blog photos. Like all teenagers, she *occasionally* forgets to wear her halo and parks her angel wings, but she’s a good girl. I always feel emotional at the milestone birthdays of my nearest and dearest and this was no exception. It’s a privilege to be her mum.

Finery London iris v neck jersey dress over 40, 16th birthday party


Love Lizzy x

I’m wearing:
*Aintree flute sleeve v neck dress, £45, Finery London (also available at John Lewis)

Double star ring in silver (also available in matte gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O

Grey pendant, £15, Lizzy O
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Pewter metallic shoe boots, many, many years old
Pewter metallic clutch bag, Boden, past season.

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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I’m becoming increasingly interested in different skincare brands and I’m fortunate, via my blog, to have the opportunity to try new ones from time to time. I’m also becoming ever more interested in the background of a product, specifically, the inspiration and technology behind it; I want to know why and how it works. I’m not a beauty blogger nor can I claim to be any kind of expert but what I can, and always will do, is write honestly about whether or not a product worked for me, if I enjoyed using it and if I’d buy it for myself. 

Esthederm creme and serum review, over 40 blog

So I’d like to tell you about The Intensive Hyaluronic Serum and The Intensive Hyaluronic Face Cream by Institut Esthederm, a brand founded by French pharmacist and biologist Jean-Noel Thorel, a specialist in cellular technologies. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule found naturally in the skin and the connective tissue of the body. It’s a major component of the extra-cellular matrix, (the framework in which our skin cells sit), and it helps to retain moisture because each molecule can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. This makes it a a very valuable ingredient in creams and serums because in essence, it acts like a sponge holding water in the skin, so plumping it and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Simply, it acts as an effective moisturiser because of its ability to attract water into the skin to keep it hydrated and supple.

Esthederm creme and serum review, over 40 blog

The Intensive Hyaluronic Serum (£49.50), can be used by itself but I’ve been using it on my face, neck and decollete under the cream. It is recommended that it is used as a two-month intensive treatment for best results and although I haven’t been using it quite that long, I can see that my skin is responding well to it. The serum has a lovely delicate, almost velvety texture and only a small amount is needed which is easy to control due to the pump action bottle.

The Intensive Hyaluronic Cream (£49.50) combines three different forms of hyaluronic acid and is ideal for use both day and night. It feels luxurious and rich and is thick without feeling heavy or looking greasy. It glides across the face and melts into the skin easily, leaving my skin looking radiant and feeling soft. I recommend both of these products and will definitely invest in them myself.

Esthederm creme and serum review, over 40 blog

It is widely accepted that the hands are the biggest giveaway of one’s age and I cannot agree more. When looking through my blog photographs, I do sometimes cringe at just how disloyal mine are in revealing my age. In fact, they look a lot older than my years. It’s not something I lose sleep over but it is something that I’m self-conscious about, particularly when trying to show off rings and bracelets, so I am always, always on the look out for an effective hand cream. It must feel rich yet sink in quickly without leaving a residue. The Ultra Repair by Bioderma (available from Boots for just £4.90), ticks all of those boxes. Like Esthederm, Bioderma was founded by biologist Jean-Noel Thurel. Formulated for dry, sensitive and atopic skin , it’s a functional product rather than an indulgent one, but that being said, it does have a luxurious feel to it; it is thick and nourishing. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in the skin tone on the back of my hands- it’s smoother and appears to be plumper and my nails (which I paint at least once a week) are benefiting continuously from the moisturising properties of the cream and as a result are smoother and have been less prone to breaking.

Bioderma hand cream review, over 40 blog

I will continue using the Bioderma handcream partly because it has a very accessible price point but mostly because it feels very comfortable to use; and because it works!

Love Lizzy x

Double star ring in silver) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
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