Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Flowers, Fizz, Friendship and a Slightly Flirtatious Frenchman: The Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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Style blogging is my dream job and I still can't quite believe that the fabulous, amazing day I had last week at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show was a work day. Along with the rest of The Over 40 Collective, I was invited as a guest of womenswear brand, MADELEINE and asked to choose an outfit which would be professionally photographed by Rebecca Spencer. So what does one wear to The Chelsea Flower Show? Well as an anthophile, it seemed the most natural thing in the world for me to choose florals. On such a special day, I wanted to make a statement with my outfit, but I also wanted to be able to enjoy wearing it over and over afterwards, so instead of a dress, I opted for a matching top and skirt.

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The black and multi-coloured floral top has flared pleats down to the hem to create a peplum effect. It is lined and it doesn't crease, an important consideration when selecting an outfit for a special occasion. It remained pristine after a 14 hour day spent in the blazing sunshine and on a 3 hour train journey home.

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Ditto the black and multi-coloured floral midi skirt. It falls beautifully; floaty enough to sway whimsically in the breeze, but weighty enough to preclude any Marilyn Monroe moments, although it was a very hot and very still day which meant it stayed put. It has pockets and is also fully lined. The colours in the print are absolutely stunning and I'm very much looking forward to styling both the top and skirt differently, perhaps with a t-shirt and espadrilles throughout summer and with a black sweater, a bright sparkly, statement necklace, opaque tights and black high-heeled ankle boots in winter.

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Of course, the unreliable British weather means a jacket may have been necessary. The tomato red nappa leather biker style jacket is buttery-soft and is beautifully cut- a cropped, asymmetric shape with a two-way zip, sleeve zips and slanted pockets. I love the contrasting lapels which are more orange in hue. This is a jacket I know I will wear and wear, in all seasons and for all occasions. I absolutely love it and I felt a million dollars in the whole ensemble. Of course, it was the hottest day of the year when we went so I did put it in the cloakroom once the photographs had been taken!

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Being photographed at Chelsea Flower Show

I watched Michelle, (The Barefaced Chic), having her her photographs taken and I couldn't resist joining her in this copper lined swinging egg-shaped seat.

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The red and black high-heeled t-bar ankle strap sandals, co-ordinate perfectly with my jacket and are in the same tomato shade.  They were handmade in Spain, are the most beautiful quality and very comfortable.

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This stunning green Swarovski crystal emerald-cut cocktail ring is from Lisa, (The Sequinist's) shop. It is adjustable and is utterly fabulous. 

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MADELEINE was introduced to me by Annette, Lady of Style, who I'm sure you will recognise as being on the left in the photograph below. It's a brand for elegant, sophisticated fashion for the woman over 40 and is the perfect place to go for clothing and accessories for special occasions. You can see in the group shots that as always, we chose something completely different from that of the others showing just how perfectly MADELEINE caters for different tastes and styles.

Chelsea flower show outfits for women over 40

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Madeleine looked after us beautifully and we spent much of the day in Jardin Blanc, a private dining area with an outdoor terrace named after Monsieur Raymond Blanc who performed cookery demonstrations throughout the morning.

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Bar tenders cocktail bar at Jardin Blanc, Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Lunch was a four-course delight, the menu of course, created by Raymond Blanc.

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Lunch at Jardin Blanc, Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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Monsieur Blanc wandered around the tables and chatted to guests throughout lunch and was VERY happy to join The Over 40 Collective for some photographs!

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What Lizzy Loves, The Over 40 Collective and Raymond Blanc at The Chelsea Flower Show 2017

I've watched The Chelsea Flower Show on TV for years now so it was brilliant to walk round and to see the spectacular arrangements in the Floral Marquee.

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Flowers at The Chelsea Flower Show

The final treat of the day was a divine afternoon tea back in Jardin Blanc.

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Afternoon tea menu, Jardin Blanc, Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Afternoon tea, Jardin Blanc, Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Afternoon tea, Jardin Blanc, Chelsea Flower Show 2017

I can't tell you how absolutely wonderful the day was from start to finish. Our every need was taken care of by Bright Light PR, including travel, cars to and from the event, the hotel and of course, our Chelsea Flower Show tickets. The food and champagne was heavenly and it's a day I'll remember for the rest of my life, not least because it was spent with like-minded friends, all having had the opportunity to get dressed up in gorgeous outfits. Thank you to MADELEINE, to the whole Bright Light team and to the very talented photographer Rebecca Spencer who must be credited with almost all of the images in this post.


Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
*Leather jacket, nappa, tomato MADELEINE £329
*High heeled sandals, tomato and black, MADELEINE £159.95
*Black and floral multi-coloured top, MADELEIINE £119.95
*Black and multi-coloured floral midi skirt, MADELEINE £199.95

P.S.
Remember to head over to the other girls' blogs for their own memories of our perfect day at The Chelsea Flower Show 2017, (I'll add links to their specific post as they publish them).

The Over 40 Collective at The Chelsea Flower Show

Back row, from left to right: Lisa Lennkh, The Sequinist, Nikki Garnett, Midlife Chic, Elizabeth Yeowart (me, What Lizzy Loves!!), What Lizzy Loves, Michelle Lyndon-Dykes, The Barefaced Chic, Michelle Tyler, RetroChicMama
Front row, from left to right: Catherine Summers, Not Dressed as LambAnnette Hoeldrich, Lady of Style

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*These items were gifted and this post as well as our day at the Chelsea Flower show was very kindly sponsored by Madeleine. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Broderie Anglaise and the Beauty Of Bluebells

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I love all flowers but there's something about bluebells that makes my heart sing; they bring such joy with their glorious, transient, laissez-faire carpeting of the wooded areas they inhabit. They never fail to stop me in my tracks; there's something magical and fey about them which appeals to my romantic nature. 

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It was the (almost bluebell) colour of this top that made it leap out at me- my eyes drawn to the vibrant hue. Broderie is one of my favourite summer fabrics too and always appeals.  and this shell top is exactly the sort of versatile addition to the wardrobe that I like. It works with skirts, jeans, linen trousers, jeans and shorts.

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The floral pattern on the skirt is super pretty and delicate and it could easily be worn with yellow, pink (this top is available in pink actually),white or grey and although it is a spring summer skirt, I think it would look fabulous with a chunky knit, ribbed tights and some battered biker boots in autumn. Pockets of course are always a welcome functional style feature and the pink zipper at the back just makes it that little bit more special. The top has buttons all the way down the back, a detail which again, elevates it from the norm. Both are from Tulchan, a local brand I have mentioned on numerous occasions and one whose clothes are in a wonderfully cohesive pallette making mixing and matching a very simple task, and whose design details always add a little extra something.

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I accessoried the flora with fauna. The Danon Swarovski-set t-bar bee bracelet is one of my favourite spring summer bracelets. If you like it too, sign up to my monthly newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O.

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Silver Superga pumps seemed the perfect footwear for clambering on tree stumps and walking through the woods.

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Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
*Broidery Top (also available in pink) £29, Tulchan
*Flower Garden print skirt, £40, Tulchan
Swarovski crystal set t-bar bee bracelet, £29.95, Danon at Lizzy O
*Silver Superga Pumps, £55, Aspire Style

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Thank you Ian for being so patient when we were searching for the right light to make these photographs work. Thank you even more for making me laugh and smile so much x 

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