It’s been a wonderful summer. A ten day holiday in Nerja with my family and a subsequent long weekend with Ian in Northumbria, made for memories full of sunshine and blue skies. But what a change in the weather over the weekend. There was a tangible hint of autumn in the air which required an outfit rethink. New jeans replaced the denim shorts and short wellingtons replaced the skater shoes that have been my “off-duty” outfit for the last few months. Not only that, it was cool enough to need an extra layer which came courtesy of this divine mohair serape. Transitional dressing is on the cards.

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A Mohair Serape

I’ve never had anything made from mohair before because I can’t wear wool, (not even cashmere). It makes me itch and drives me mad. Because of this, I was reluctant to try this serape. I was certain it would be scratchy and uncomfortable. How wrong I was! It is super-soft, warm and cosy and doesn’t irritate at all. It’s like wearing a hug and is a perfect addition to my transitional wardrobe.

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Floral Short Wellingtons

Regular readers will recall that I’m a “soccer mom”. My fourteen year-old son is a goalkeeper who trains and plays several times per week, pretty much all year round. I love watching him and the social aspect of seeing the other parents. However, it does mean that I spend a lot of time standing pitch-side in every imaginable weather condition. I need suitable attire for every eventuality. It was with this in mind that I chose these ankle-length wellingtons from Muck Boots. They’re brilliant for days when the ground is wet or muddy but when it’s too mild for a knee length wellington. They have a neoprene lining so are comfortable and cosy. I’ve had several pairs of wellingtons in the past that offer no insulation whatsoever. They resulted in feet so cold, I could barely drive home. It’s worth paying more for a decent pair, especially if like me, you’ll wear them over and over. Of course, whatever the circumstances, I want to look as stylish as I can, and these are as pretty as they are functional. The same can be said for the mohair serape.

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The pink striped top you can see in the last few photographs is one I wore when I had a mini-break in Malham and is another perfect transitional piece. The Lift, Shape and Slim Skinny Jeans (£45, Next) are recent new additions. The *mohair serape is from Samuel Tweed, a local (Yorkshire), based brand and the short wellingtons are the *Short “Muckster” ankle boots, (£75) from The Original Muck Boot Company. Once again, Ian took the photographs and did a brilliant job. He’s so patient and willing and I feel very lucky to have him as well as my daughter Poppy to take my photographs. Later this week I’ll be linking this post to I Will Wear What I Like,  Brilliant Blog Posts and The Saturday Share.

I spent last weekend with my boyfriend Ian up in Northumbria, a county with the most stunning coastline and beaches. We took a rather bracing stroll along the Tynemouth North Pier and because the sun finally decided to put in an (intermittent) appearance, it seemed appropriate to wear this yellow lace dress.

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I love the midi length of this yellow lace dress. It has a nude lining which finishes above the knee, so it looks beautiful when the sun shines through. It has adjustable straps at the back too, which make for an excellent fit.

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The swift dip in temperature when the sun went behind a cloud necessitated adding an extra layer. I’ve had this denim jacket longer than I’ve had my sixteen year-old and I never tire of wearing it.

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The leopard print espadrilles are similarly hard-working. I’ve worn them over and over, although I did only get them earlier this year. (You can see them here with a pink broderie anglaise dress and here with a drapey floral dress ), Like denim, animal print is a brilliant, hard-working and versatile addition to the wardrobe.

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The chunky pearl and heart t-bar bracelet is by Danon and is from my own online jewellery boutique. I have also got a matching necklace, both of which are available with a silver heart.

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I’ve always been fascinated by and drawn to lighthouses- I don’t know why. The Tynemouth North Pier Lighthouse was built in 1903 and is a spectacular focal point.

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I can only apologise for the crazy windswept state of my hair too! It was a very blustery day and my hair is disobedient at the best of times, reverting to its naturally wavy state at the merest hint of moisture or wind. These outtakes attest to the losing (lost?) battle.

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My yellow lace midi dress was a gift from Joanie Clothing, (£45) and the gorgeous leather beach hut grab bag was a gift from Yoshi Bags, (£90). Just like Lizzy O, my own tiny jewellery and accessories boutique, (where my pearl bracelet and the bee ring in this post are from), these are small, independent businesses. We are all very grateful for your support!

As a style blogger, friends and family ask for my thoughts and advice on clothes and accessories. As an optometrist, I get asked about eyes. Sometimes, these two worlds meet when people seek advice on what type of spectacles are best functionally and sartorially. A column I wrote recently for the professional journal Optometry Today, was about trends in men’s spectacle frames. This was timely because my partner Ian was long overdue some new glasses as an alternative to his habitual contact lenses. He knew he wanted Transitions and was keen to get varifocals for the first time.

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We went to Eyeworks in Kensington to have a sight test and to choose glasses. That’s where I got my fabulous Transitions Style Colours from, (do read all about them here- they’re brilliant). Ian wasn’t sure what style of frame he wanted, so like I do with everyone, I recommended trying lots of styles, including those out of his normal comfort zone. He did just that and consequently, decided upon this super stylish frame by Mykita.

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Clear Vision At All Distances: The Varilux X Design Varifocal With Transitions

The Varilux X by Essilor is the very latest in varifocal design and this is what Ian opted for. It affords excellent vision with minimal distortion at all distances (long-distance, intermediate and near). Practically, this fulfills all visual requirements from driving to watching tv, using a PC or laptop, cooking, reading and looking at a phone. Ian adapted to the Varilux lens immediately which is quite remarkable, because I know that it’s common for a first-time varifocal wearer to need a period of adaptation. This is testament to the outstanding optics of the lens and Ian’s receptiveness to their benefits.

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UV Protection And The Seamless Transition

I cannot place enough importance on protecting the eyes from harmful UV exposure. Among other things, it can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and premature ageing of the skin around the eye. Transitions lenses adapt and darken in response to UV light. When in bright sunlight, it takes less than a minute for them to reach their darkened state. The time it takes to fade back to clear is just slightly longer. It’s a seamless transition which means they can be worn both indoors and out, so negating the need for prescription sunglasses. The lenses offer 100% protection against harmful UV rays when they’re dark and against harmful blue light when they are in the clear state.

Transitions For Business and Pleasure

The combination of the Varilux and the Transitions means Ian glasses work for business and pleasure, for tasks at any distance and in all lighting conditions. In summary, this pair of glasses does everything.

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The Current Top Three Trends in Men’s Glasses

Spectacle frames are one of the first things a person sees; they speak volumes about the wearer’s style and personality and it’s amazing the difference they make. In fact, I believe they have the power to create a whole new persona (I’m thinking of Clark Kent here). From a style perspective, anything goes, however, there are currently three standout trends in men’s spectacle frames. Gentlemen, who do you want to be?

The Hipster: With thick, dark, frames, hipster glasses are a cultural fashion phenomenon. A hipster has an interest in style and culture and he accessorises with scarves, bracelets and earrings. He enjoys a laissez-faire approach to life and Johnny Depp epitomises this hipster aesthetic and attitude.

The Geek: Geek frames are over-sized, often angular, and frequently coloured.  A geek is confident, edgy and not afraid to be on display. He might sport tweed and elbow patches and may or may not hold a PhD. Indiana Jones and Clark Kent top the class of aspirational geeks. (Can you tell tell that I’ve always preferred the quiet confidence of Clark Kent to his more outgoing alter-ego?)

The Classy Gent: Classic frames are timeless in shape and have no association with a particular decade or style genre. Minimal in design, they come in easy to wear neutrals and soft metallic shades. A man who wears such frames might inhabit the world of business and wear tailoring. Anwar Hadid, (brother of supermodels Bella and Gigi), proved that classic is cool, when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing classic aviators.

Transitions: The Multi-tasking Lens

Whatever your choices, make sure you get a sight test at least every two years. Consider getting Transitions lenses too, to ensure that your eyes are protected from harmful UV rays all of the time.

And, although I don’t for one minute believe that you gents can’t multi-task, we can conclude that your spectacles most definitely can…

Ian’s frame is the Mykita Mylon with Varilux X Design Ormix progressive (varifocal) lenses with Transitions light adaptive lenses in grey/green.  My frame is by Caroline Abram and it has the Transitions Style Colours in sapphire (do go to this post for more details). This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Transitions Optical. As always, my opinions are 100% honest and the content is my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves. Thank you to optometrist and owner of Eyeworks, Miss Brenda McKernan and to student dispensing optician Aimee Wheeler, for the outstanding service and finally to Emily Marsh from Chase PR for arranging this collaboration.

This post will be linking up with Brilliant Blog Posts and The Saturday Share