I spent the spring bank holiday weekend up in the North East with Ian. It was very hard to follow the gorgeous time we had at Bamburgh on the previous day, but despite grey skies, this was equally as enjoyable. We went to the Fish Quay in North Shields, somewhere we visited last year. The Fish Quay dates back to the 13th century. Today, it is a truly authentic mix of the working fishing industry and modern bars and restaurants. It is also the largest prawn port in England. We had a wander round, took some photographs, (of course) and went for a glass of wine, (also of course). The photograph above shows the Low Light, a decommissioned lighthouse, in the background.
Stripes are a perennial and popular summer favourite, especially the traditional navy and white horizontal stripes of the Breton. My dress is the Twitchill by Hobbs. It’s a fresh and easy breezy way to wear stripes in all directions. The wide waist ties give it a flattering and feminine silhouette and the pockets add the je ne sais quois. It has an unmistakable nod to the nautical, with a touch of the 1950s, and I knew it’d be the perfect dress to wear for our stroll around Fish Quay.
I got my rainbow espadrille wedges very recently. It was love at first sight. I know they’ll become my go-to summer shoe this year. I’m having a few days in Nerja with Poppy and Harry after their exams and a longer holiday with Ian shortly afterwards. These joyous creations will work with everything in my summer wardrobe, both home and abroad, as well as with jeans and cigarette pants. They are very high, very Sophia Webster and very comfortable. And for information, I’d say these Boden rainbow wedges fit true to size. I ordered my usual 41 and they’re perfect.
My little round yellow bag is a gift from my lovely friend Catherine, Not Dressed as Lamb. It always looks fresh and gorgeous, especially when I team it with blue. And the freshwater pearl bracelet is from Pia Jewellery. I won it in an Instagram giveaway a few months ago. I can’t see it online but there is a beautiful selection of jewellery on their website.
The Perfect Pair: Aspinal Sunglasses
What is the perfect eyewear to go with a feminine, summer silhouette? Well it HAS to be a glamorous cat-eye. These sunglasses are the Amalfi by Aspinal of London. Aspinal eyewear comes under the Eyespace Eyewear umbrella. I met the team and tried these on at Optrafair in April. I fell in love with all of the Aspinal sunglasses, but it was the Amalfi that captured my heart.
The Amalfi is the signature woman’s piece within the Aspinal of London eyewear collection. It’s easy to see why. The design is a beautiful exaggerated Italian-style eye-shape, finished in a glass-like crystal acetate. It is supersized and flamboyant and it features Aspinal’s iconic lion’s head hardware.
These Aspinal sunglasses are without question, THE most glamorous in my collection. I couldn’t love them any more. And I couldn’t love Ian any more for capturing every detail of my outfit so brilliantly.
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Such a treat of a post Liz! The dress is fab, the bag is darling, the shoes are a wow, and those sunglasses are amazing! I love the shape of the sunglasses especially. Your posts always make me want to hop on a train and come see the places you go! I remember when you went here last year. xxx
Aww Lisa. How I’d love you to hop on a train to visit. The sunglasses are indeed amazing and as for the wedges, well, they just make me happy! Yes, we did go to the Fish Quay last year too. I loved it as much this time as last xxx
What a cute dress, the outfit really is perfect on you Lizzy. Thanks for sharing – do stop by and join the #chicandstylish #linkup every Thursday. Jacqui Mummabstylish
Oh thank you Jacqui. I love this outfit as a whole but I love each individual piece too. And I’m on my way to link up right now- thank you for the reminder! Love Lizzy xxx
You certainly have earned your fashion stripes, Lizzy! What a beautiful dress, gorgeous shoes and glasses not to mention the stunning location! You look like you had a wonderful time.
Aww, thank you Suzy. yes, we had a lovely few days together in a beautiful part of the world. And thank you for the lovely compliments. I adore every part of this outfit. Don’t you just love it when that happens? Hugs to you to my friend xxxx
Oh Liz there’s just TOO much gorgeousness in this post!! Ian’s photos are stunning as always – he captures you so beautifully every time.
The dress is a classic – I love the Twitchill design and could it be any more perfect in a blue and white stripe? I don’t think so!
I love that the little bag I got you goes so well with this. I saw it and thought of you straight away.
Plus shoes!! And sunglasses!!!!! HOW stunning and glam are they – they’ll go with everything!
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I know! Ian does such a wonderful job every single time. I’m so lucky to have him. And yes, the little yellow bag reminds me of you every time I use it (of course!) And yes yes yes to the sunnies and shoes! Bring on the summer holidays! xxx
Love the dress.Have just bought a pair of the sunglasses but in black,love them
Thank you so much. Yes, the sunglasses are fabulous aren’t they. I love them in the black too. I always enjoy wearing them- they’re comfy aren’t they! xxx xxxx