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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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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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Hero Jeans And Zebra Print Heels:Beating the January Blues

I think most women have a favourite pair of jeans in their closet. A pair that can be thrown on without a second's thought. A pair of old faithfuls that work with numerous tops and with heels, boots, kicks, ballerinas, ghillies and flip-flops. A pair that can be dressed up with sequins or dressed down with sweats. For me, it was a pair of lightly-distressed boyfriends; comfy, versatile and in the most perfect faded shade.  I wore them as often with my glittery Jimmy Choos as I did with Chelsea boots. They got better and better with age until they reached a tipping point. A point of no return. A point where the distressing became born out of decrepitude rather than design. The largish hole on my upper thigh made me realise, (as the mother of two teenagers), that these time-served denims needed to be relegated to the "working at home and unlikely to be disturbed" league of clothing. I knew I needed something to replace them. 

Introducing my new old faithfuls...

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

The patches and frayed edge have been popular for the last few seasons and are design details that still look fresh. They're jeans that don't take themselves too seriously yet they manage to fulfill a serious role. 
I absolutely love them.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Fitted through the waist, bottom and thigh, they have the perfect kick-flare and fall optimally to show the slimmest part of the leg and ankle.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

The pointelle star motif sweater is such a cute addition to my wardrobe. Here, I teamed it with a plain navy vest, but I think one in white, (or even lemon or lime), would look fresh for spring. I envisage it teamed with denim shorts worn over a bikini later in summer. Stars are among my favourite motifs and they never fail to please. This is the perfect top for banishing those January blues.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

My heels are in the print of the season; zebra. I'm a huge fan of animal print and find it works with almost everything. The cobalt blue details add a brighter blue hue and I like the combination of stars and stripes.

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

And the whole outfit needed little more than my double stars ring to accessorise.

silver stars ring, Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

I know already that these are the perfect replacement for my faithful old boyfriends. 

Sometimes a girl just has to find a new hero...


Pointelle star sweater, frayed patch jeans, zebra high-heeled shoes with blue trim, over 40

Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
*Navy pointelle knit sweater with whie stars, £39, Kaleidoscope
*Frayed hem cropped kick-flare jeans with patch detail, £39, Kaleidoscope
Double star ring in silver (also available in matte gold) £25 by Danon at Lizzy O
*Zebra print shoes with cobalt blue heel and trim, Zapita shoes, past season.

Disclosure: *These items were gifted to me as part of my role as the Blogger Expert for Kaleidoscope. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves. Do take a look at the Kaleidoscope blog for my features along with lots of other style ideas.

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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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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