Floral Maxi With Silver Sneakers: In Newcastle

what lizzy loves Hotsquash floral maxi

I’ve just got back from a few days away up in the North-East with Ian. It was utterly wonderful and a much-appreciated break. On Sunday, we went to Newcastle Quayside. It was mild and because there was a market, it was full of people milling around, enjoying the early spring sunshine. When we got there, the Milennium Bridge was open to let a flotilla pass underneath it. It’s an incredible piece of engineering.

Gateshead Millennium bridge

Floral Maxi Dress

My floral maxi dress is the short sleeve wrap empire line maxi in Rose Delight. It was a gift from HotSquash, a smallish brand set up by a husband and wife team in 2010. Their aim was to design beautiful clothes in forward-thinking fabrics that keep the wearer warm on cool days and cool on warm days. The designs need little or no ironing which is something I can attest to. There was only minimal creasing when I unwrapped my dress, and this disappeared after an hour or so on the hanger.

what Lizzy Loves Hotsquash floral maxi wrap dress

what Lizzy Loves floral maxi dress

The dress is beautifully flattering because of the empire line which emphasises the narrowest part of the waist. The wrap detail adds interest and it’s a “faux” wrap which eliminates the worry of a wardrobe malfunction.

what Lizzy Loves floral maxi dress neckline detail

The colours are exquisite. The blush and the orange and red shades along with the grey work beautifully together. The palette lends itself to summer and winter alike, making it an incredibly versatile and useful piece. Not only that, it has pockets.

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What Lizzy Loves floral maxi dress back view

what lizzy loves view of Milennium bridge Gateshead

What Lizzy Loves view of Gateshead Milennium bridge

Floral Maxi Dress:The Accessories

My necklace was a birthday gift from my parents who know, (of course), that I love all things stellar and have done since being a little girl.

what lizzy loves stars and moon necklace

The red leather bag is the “Fiona” by Ilex London, a gift to me about eighteen months ago. The bracelet has my children’s names on the heart. it’s lovely and was a gift from Aspire Style. they have a gorgeous range of jewellery which can be personalised. 

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I put grey kitten-heeled ankle boots with this dress at first but realised that we’d be on our feet for several hours, so I swapped them for silver Superga sneakers. They dressed the outfit down and turned it into a very practical one, but one which was perfect for the trendy restaurant we went to for lunch. (I love wearing these Supergas with both jeans and skirts. I wore them with a tulle skirt last year, an outfit I still love).

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what lizzy loves floral maxi silver superga pumps

Before I go away, I set everything out as outfits, (sometimes including lingerie, jewellery and perfume), rather than think of things as individual items. It makes for more efficient packing. The perfume in the photo below is new out. It’s the latest one from Michael Buble and is called “By Invitation, Rose Gold.” Of course, fragrances are very subjective and the only way to know of you like it is to try, but just so you know, it’s a floral oriental and is feminine and womanly; it’s a grown-up fragrance. It has a lot of dressing table appeal too.

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But because I’m not native to Newcastle where outerwear is superfluous, I needed a layer or two. The scarf was a birthday gift from two of my friends and the denim jacket? Well, I’ve had it for twenty years.

what Lizzy Loves Hotsquash floral maxi dress denim jacket scarf silver sneakers

 

Outfit Details...

Biba scarf
Biba scarf
Fiona bag by Ilex
Fiona bag by Ilex
Camden Watch Company, No 27
Camden Watch Company, No 27
Personalised bracelet
Personalised bracelet
Superga 2750 Cotu, silver
Superga 2750 Cotu, silver
Hot Squash wrap dress
Hot Squash wrap dress
By Invitation Rose Gold
By Invitation Rose Gold
revlon, teak rose
revlon, teak rose
Maybelline Go Colossal, Leather Black
Maybelline Go Colossal, Leather Black
Clinique, Dubonnet soft shine
Clinique, Dubonnet soft shine
Biba scarf
Biba scarf
Fiona bag by Ilex
Fiona bag by Ilex
Camden Watch Company, No 27
Camden Watch Company, No 27
Personalised bracelet
Personalised bracelet
Superga 2750 Cotu, silver
Superga 2750 Cotu, silver
Hot Squash wrap dress
Hot Squash wrap dress
By Invitation Rose Gold
By Invitation Rose Gold
revlon, teak rose
revlon, teak rose
Maybelline Go Colossal, Leather Black
Maybelline Go Colossal, Leather Black
Clinique, Dubonnet soft shine
Clinique, Dubonnet soft shine

Lunch, Then Drinks With A View

Ian booked a table at Artisan, a fabulous modern restaurant located in The Biscuit Factory. It’s a fifteen minute walk from the Millennium Bridge. I was glad I wore flats.

Artisan Newcastle restaurant and gallery

What Lizzy Loves with Ian at Artisan newcastle

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What Lizzy Loves sea bream Artisan Newcastle

After lunch we walked back to the Quayside for a glass of wine with a view.

Newcastle quayside Milennium bridge

what lizzy loves milennium bridge gateshead

what lizzy loves milennium bridge gateshead quayside

 

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My dress is a recent gift from Hotsquash. The perfume was a gift via Thirty Plus. My bracelet was a gift from Aspire Style last year and my bag was a gift from Ilex London in 2016. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support my blog.

12 Comments

  1. April 14, 2018 / 7:10 am

    I know I’ve already said this on Instagram, but I adore how you’ve paired this dress with metallic trainers. It looks so current and cool. You look beautiful Lizzy xxxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much Maria. You’re so kind xxxxx

  2. Kareema
    April 14, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Such a pretty dress….and with pockets! It looks fabulous with the metallic sneakers xx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much Kareema. It’s a slightly different look for me and I really like it xxxx

  3. Amy
    April 16, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    I can imagine this dress with a nice pair of flip flops.

    • elizabeth
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 8:15 am

      Absolutely! And espadrilles too! Here’s to warmer weather!

  4. Suzy Turner
    April 17, 2018 / 10:29 am

    OMG Lizzy that dress is DIVINE! I’m really loving floral prints at the moment so this one really caught my eye. And I love that you wore sneakers with it, and the casual jacket. It always works perfectly!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • elizabeth
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you Suzy! Yes, florais always do it for me, but it’s nice to ring the changes with footwear isn’t it xxxxxx

  5. April 21, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    Hi Lizzy. I am always a bit weary about sneakers. I know they are totally trendy, but with my small feet it just doesn’t feel right for me. Like you, I do appreciate wearing them on days when I walk a lot, like you did in beautiful Newcastle. To be honest, you made the outfit rock even more by those silver sneakers. I absolutely enjoy the total effect of the outfit. Love, Lieske

    • elizabeth
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Oh thank you very much. It is only very recently that I have worn sneakers with dresses. I’m late to that particular party! But they were so comfortable and I really like the way they dressed the outfit down a little xxx

  6. PRINK
    April 25, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    LIZZYYYYY, SO WONDERFUL WITH THAT FLORAL MAXI DRESS, PRETTY AWESOME COMBO WITH THOSE NO SOCKS SILVER SUPERGAS, I SIMPLY LOVE THE WAY YOU COMBINE THEM, SO CUTE AND CHIC, I AM PRETTY MUCH OBSESSED WITH SOCKLESS SUPERGAS LOOKS, I DO WEAR MINES EVERYTIME WITHOUT SOCKS AND I LOVE IT, SUCH A TENDENCY AND COMFY STYLE, I CAN’T HANDLE WITH TOO MUCH INSPIRATION THAT COMES HONEY, I AM SIMPLY OVERFLOWING WITH IIIIIIIT, OMFGGGGG, I AM ABOUT TOOOOOOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXPPPPPLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOVE IIIIIIIT!!!!!! KEEP POSTING SWEETIE, YOU ROCK!!!!!!

    • elizabeth
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 7:37 am

      Wow! Thank you! xxx

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