The weather has been glorious these last few days and my children and I have dined al-fresco. We eat together every day, but our little bistro table gives rise to an increased physical closeness and the holiday mood has given them a relaxed openness and we sat and chatted for far longer than we do usually after eating. I always say that little things make a big difference. The break from the routine by eating outside, walking barefoot on the grass, relinquishing the layers as well as the winter duvet, feel liberating and my bones and my heart feel all the warmer for it.
Red and navy is a classic summer combination and is one of my favourites. This particular outfit made me think of sitting in a cafe in the French Riviera and I’d like to think that my pearl jewellery and the gorgeous ballerinas give an insouciant nod to Mme Chanel.
I try to support small, new and local businesses whenever I can and my top is from a small shop in Skipton called Munchkins which I wrote about last year when I wore this same navy top with skinny jeans and statement shoes.
As a woman with a very small business myself, I think it’s wonderful just how much difference other women make by sharing and supporting each others’ ventures.
This freshwater pearl and heart jewellery is by Danon and is from my own online boutique Lizzy O. It is so beautifully made and very comfortable to wear and because every piece is hand-crafted (in Israel), every piece is unique. I’ve only recently bought these for myself and I know I will wear both the necklace and bracelet over and over. There is an option of a silver heart too.
I love wearing heels, but sometimes, a pair of flats is unquestionably the right choice. The school run, travelling and sight-seeing are all more easily executed when not tottering. These all-leather ballet flats have a touch of French chic and are made by a family-run factory in Spain. They’re from small British brand Taylor Blake, a business run by working mothers Tracey Taylor and Emily Blake. They’re incredibly comfortable and so beautifully made and I couldn’t resist the textured gold detailing on this design, the “Copperhead.” Without doubt, they’ll become a wardrobe staple and looking at the array of colours, they may not be the only pair. The leather is soft and supple and the detailing is divine. It’s worth mentioning that the shoes will “give” a little. Mine felt ever so slightly small when I first tried them but they were perfect after wearing them for a few hours. So, if you’re in between sizes, I’d advise sizing down.
Do take a look. As I said earlier we small businesses really do appreciate your support.
Navy double layer top with bow detail, Munchkins, Skipton
T-bar brass/gold heart and freshwater pearl necklace (also available in silver), by Danon at Lizzy O £79
T-bar brass/gold heart and freshwater pearl bracelet, (also available in silver) by Danon at Lizzy O, £49
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*Red cropped trousers, Gok Wan for Tu at Sainsburys, currently half price at £14
*Navy ballerina shoe with gold detail, “Copperhead” by Taylor Blake £80
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Disclosure: My shoes were a gift from Taylor Blake. My trousers were a gift from Tu at Sainsburys. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. I was not obliged to blog about these items nor did I receive any payment for writing this post. Thank you very much for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves.