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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Five reasons to invest in the Alexa Biker Jacket

WARNING: Now if you talk too much about 'Alexa' in front of your man, he may think you are investing in technology for the home; although this could be the perfect way to make a deal with him! He gets to buy that Echo thing so that he can command orders to it day and night (gives you a break anyway!) and then you can buy this Alexa biker jacket which I personally think you'll enjoy far more! 

I'm doing things a little different this week, before I give you my reasons... check out my five ways to wear it!

Style reason 1 - Wear it out for dinner, just add heeled boots and dangling earrings


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Style reason 2 - Ditch the travelling pashmina, upgrade your travel style


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Style reason 3 - When you shop all day in a shopping centre this little number will not get you too hot!


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Style reason 4 - Wear it to lunch with the girlfriends, it's perfect with a midi skirt and trainers


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Style reason 5 - And for colder days, just add faux fur... OR a chunky knitted scarf!


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And now my five reasons why you should invest in Alexa...


Reason 1 - A biker jacket adds edge to your look, without going OTT

Biker jackets are huge this Autumn - they have become a versatile staple in most women's wardrobe because they go with so many items. What's different this AW17? well they have been restyled into more than just the standard black leather (thank god!). Colour choice, fabric choice you don't have to be like everyone else.

What's fabulous about a biker jacket is that it gives a little edge to a simple outfit. I'm often just in a plain tee and jeans, and whilst I can wear a cardigan a biker jacket just adds so much more to the look. And then there is the day dress, if you opt for a suit jacket you may feel like your heading to the office on a weekend (no one wants that feeling!)... the biker jacket will add that WOW factor!

And then when you add heeled boots and some chunky jewellery, you are ready for a fabulous night out, you know you will be glam!

I'm wearing a size Medium which is a 12, it's a great fit. Alexa is made from faux suede and I am so pleased with the light fabric, as it means I can wear it fully zipped up without adding bulk across my chest, this is great as it gives me the choice to add a big scarf and leather gloves on colder days.




Reason 2 - A travel companion

This jacket has travelled with me to Sweden for a business conference, for a weekend away in Portsmouth and for a holiday with hubby in Dorset along the coast. I have found this light-weight jacket a fantastic companion. It's not too heavy for when you are at the airport, it fold ups really well so that you can tuck it into a bag and it doesn't add extra weight (thankfully!).

And then... when the following happened, I realised this was the perfect jacket... 

My husband 'stuffed it' in the car boot along with a million other things, and crammed everything else on top. Once I realised when we got to the destination, I thought it would be all creased up and I would have to hang it in the shower... but no creases?? How? I do not know AND I don't care, in my world this is huge bonus!

I'm heading to Belfast in November, and Alexa is top of my list to come with me! 




Reason 3 - It doesn't come in black

Now I know for a few of you (and me included) that would normally make us run for the hills, but the fact that it's not black is what makes it a statement piece. Mine is the Forrest Green; a lovely deep green that really compliments my warm skin tone, I particularly like wearing it with my dark blue jeans or my new M&S black midi skirt.

You can choose from Taupe a great neutral, Praline a light tan option which I should imagine is a very popular choice, Cranberry which is simply gorgeous and if my skin tone was cool I would be heading straight for that one! Also two blue option; the Royal blue which is very quirky and you would certainly be making a statement but also in trendy dark navy, described as Ink - how fabulous!



Alexa Jacket - the colour choices




Reason 4 - Versatility

I've mentioned it doesn't crease, but another bonus is that it's washable, I've not given this a go and I only will if it's gets dirty (I'm not a big fan of washing dark items frequently), but the fact I know I can, just gives me peace of mind.

There is also versatility in wearing it; when I travel I usually cannot take much, I know we all dream to be like the celebs with ten cases, a beauty case and a glam squad! But my reality is that I have to carry the lot, it needs to be on wheels and I like to have choice - so a jacket that works with jeans, skirts and dresses PLUS can dress up or dress down a look, adds simplicity to my hectic life.


One way I love to wear it, and you can probably tell by my photos, I like to scrunch the arms up, not only no creasing but they stay up too.




Reason 5 - The compliments come from all angles

Every time, no matter where I'm going I am getting compliments when I wear this jacket; whether it's about the colour or the style of it, but definitely as soon as people touch me, it's the buttery feel of the faux suede, you can see it in their face, they love it.

Compliments are great to give and great to receive - win, win!






Alexa - Kettlewell Colours


The Alexa Jacket (not to be mistaken for that Echo thing!) - She comes in six fabulous colours, she's washable, she versatile and she's got attitude, £99 - click here to buy.


















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Thursday, 12 October 2017

5 mins for...

I've missed doing these 5 mins for... posts where we have a little catch up on some fun things that are going on in this crazy world.

As always we have the new season to look forward to and get excited about, even if it seems like months away until we actually get to wear them!

Grab a drink, take five minutes out of your busy day and enjoy the snippets I have for you below.

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I've still not had the chance to go see the Diana exhibition; I've heard that it's really good - I have noticed you need to book in advance unless you go on a quiet week-day. So I'm adding this to my 'To-Do' list of places to go once I'm on Christmas break! Read more here.











I've been introduced to the world of podcasts in the last couple of weeks; I always thought I didn't have time for this sort of thing, but I'm using my commute home of an evening to squeeze one or two in of a week. Let's Discuss are by two lifestyle bloggers in their late twenties, Ella Gregory & Monica Beatrice Welburn, talking life, love, work and wellbeing. I've really enjoyed quite a few of them, so if you know of any podcasts that you can recommend, please let me know!! I'm on the look out for a new series to try.








I read my first Dan Brown novel over ten years ago whilst travelling around Australia, now I realise there is no connection here at all to fashion or styling by referencing his new book that got released this month. But I only found out yesterday about it and so I'm super excited about this... and just wanted to spread the word! (LOL) - You can buy it here (although I've not done that bit yet!).











Now back to the world of glamorous fashion, and Dior - the exhibition in Paris ends on the 7th January 2018. I'm hoping I may make it there in December... So if you want to go, read on here for the info.











Every time I walk into Paperchase these days, I seem to fall in love with every range they have! They are doing some great collections, and I love love love stationery! Their Golden Palace range has a huge mix of products perfect for home or your office, I'm loving these jewellery boxes, a 2-piece set with a butterfly design £18. The range also includes a gorgeous white and gold candle that's in the shape and design of a birdcage - I think it's very art deco! Check out the full range here.







Victoria Beckham has got some great activity going on her Instagram to do with her new make up range, so check it out when you have five minutes. 

Since her New York Spring 18 collection, she's pretty much worn this simple white tee everywhere; well this boyfriend cut t-shirt is now available to buy exclusive from her site for £90, which you can view here. I'm slightly disappointed in VB and her sizing, her size large which is the biggest size you can get, is only a size 12, her ready-to-wear collection should be for everyone, not just the thin!








Erdem and H&M have collaborated on a new collection that is now available to buy, one things for sure it's not cheap, both a skirt and tweed jacket that I like are around £120; they have shoes and handbags too, along with some lovely jewellery. The collection is not just for the ladies there are some great pieces for men too. Vogue have published a overview of the collection which you can read here.
I couldn't see the collection on the H&M website, so I think you'll need to head to flagship stores to buy.










And finally - I would love for you to check out my daily Instagram posts, they are like mini blogs in between my posts on here. Below is a taster of the kind of pictures I post... I would love for you to follow @Lovedbylizzi come join me!










Sunday, 8 October 2017

An interview with Ufurria - Just Faux Fun

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I'm so delighted that fellow blogger, Carol; who runs a personal styling consultancy and has just launched her first fashion accessories collection under her British fashion brand Ufurria has agreed to do this interview for Loved by Lizzi.

I've known Carol a couple of years and I'm truly inspired by her energy, her passion for people and her desire to make whatever she is doing, truly successful.

Carol takes us through her journey so far, how she has got to a place where she is launching her own fashion brand and how she achieves work/life balance. 



At the bottom of this post Carol has styled me three ways with her fabulous new luxury faux fur accessories, so keep reading, and I hope you enjoy our interview and her new collection!



Carol, tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

I'm Carol, aged 55, I've been married to Mark for 36 years and we live in Hitchin, Hertfordshire with our gorgeous two lurcher dogs, Rocky and Herbie 


I am an inspirer! Whether it’s for women who struggle with feeling good about themselves, who have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear - I help them to feel joy in their clothes every time they get dressed! Or my latest venture, launching a luxury fashion accessory brand, of faux fur fashion accessories, Ufurria



How did your journey start?

Born in 1962 in Hitchin, brought up in Stevenage and moved back to Hitchin when I got married, so I haven’t strayed far! I was an only child with an extremely close relationship with my father who was a tad over ambitious for me and a challenging relationship with my mother, who suffered from depression all her life. 

I left school at 16, to take a course in Business Studies, as I knew University wasn’t for me, much to the disappointment of my English teacher who told my parents that I was throwing my life away. I was determined to get into fashion, as a retail buyer. But couldn’t get an opening despite applying to all of the big department stores. 

One of my lecturers asked me if I’d be prepared to try accountancy as he’d been asked by a firm of accountants to recommend two students and he wanted to put me forward. I said yes, not because I had a burning desire to become an accountant, but because I was flattered and also sensible enough to know that a background in accountancy would open doors.  



Where did that take you to?

This stop-gap went on to last 19 years! During this time I moved around between accountancy jobs until I got made redundant in 1991, which was the catalyst for setting up my first business, a management accountancy outsourcing company for the SME sector.  I threw myself into that business 180% and there were two reasons for that.  The first being that I wanted to prove I could make a success of it. The second being that I’d just been told a few months earlier that I’d never be able to have children. I’d had my menopause in my early 20s. 

After a period of troubling times in my personal life, I decided to go back into corporate life and abandoned my business. I ended up in the video games industry, firstly working in finance and then in general management. In 2007 I joined a start up, three of us round the kitchen table, a designer, a MD and me… you can imagine how many hats I wore! We were designing and developing accessories for PlaystationTM and XboxTM.   

It opened my eyes in so many ways, learning how something gets from an idea in someone’s head to becoming a tangible product on retail shelves. Within 7 years we had around 40 employees, turnover was growing year on year and we were profitable, but I was itching to do my own thing again.  I’d learnt my lessons about work/life balance and so I went ahead and bought an online fashion boutique with limited experience in marketing, e-commerce and no experience of the fashion industry!

In February 2014 I finally parted company with the corporate world and tried to make Want Her Dress a success.  

I call 2014 my Narnia year, as it really was like walking through the wardrobe to a new and enchanted land. I discovered the world of networking and collaboration. I couldn’t believe that there was a world out there of small business owners, particularly women, who wanted to support and help each other. Having worked for the last 13 years in a male dominated testosterone playground, it was a revelation… 

Okay so the business was not a great success and was a huge drain on cash, but what I found was that people wanted to talk to me about their struggles with clothes, rather than buying new ones. It was this that led me to train as a personal stylist. 




Tell us about the your new luxury brand Ufurria that you have launched?

Ufurria is a concept that’s been bubbling along for over 35 years!  My grandmother bought me a small furry jacket from a charity sale for 50p when I was a teenager.  I wore it on and off before cutting off the sleeves and wearing it as a gilet.  

For some reason I hung on to the sleeves. Then one day I pulled them on over jeans and created my first pair of furry leggings!  I wore those leggings every winter and got loads of comments about them. My husband kept encouraging me to bring them to market as a product, but I lacked knowledge and confidence about how to do this until my last role in the video games industry, where my eyes were opened to what it took to bring an idea to market as a tangible product. 


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I was introduced to a designer, Taslima, after being invited to supply clothes from my online boutique to a fashion show for Models of Diversity.  This amazing woman helped me to take my one product pony and develop it into a range of 12 products. We were ready to show the outside world! 

My products are manufactured in Manchester by a Social Enterprise (SE) that is also run by Taslima. Taslima set up the SE to empower disadvantaged women.  She wanted to use her skills to train others, to help their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth, to give them employable skills.  So when buying Ufurria you’re buying into a brand that empowers others.

Our products are manufactured in luxurious faux fur and made to the highest quality.  The rosettes that decorate some of the products are all handmade and finished with beads, so each is individual and unique.

We focus on manufacturing in on one fabric per season. The concept behind this is that we want Ufurria products to become collectors’ items.  As the brand grows over time, the year of manufacture will be represented by the fabric.  But to further endorse this, we’ve designed a small metal disc, which is sewn on to the products, and shows the year of manufacture.

Having had my furry leggings for many years and treasured them, I want the same ethos for the brand. I hate that we live a society where the trend is to wear something a few times and then discard it.  This doesn’t sit well with me, so I wanted to create longevity for the brand. 



What products feature in this collection?

The furry leggings of course!  Anklets, wrist cuffs, fingerless gloves, muff, infinity scarf, neckband, shoulder bag, clutch bag and bag charms.



What's next for Ufurria?

The next step has already been started! We have just launched our Winter Wedding Range. This is available now on a pre-ordering basis only.

We've been working with a bridal boutique, who have helped us with concept and design, and we come up with a range and the prototypes are now in seven wedding shows, so we’re waiting to see the results; in this range we offer muff, bolero, cape and a jacket, all of which come in a long pile white faux fur - simply gorgeous!


What is a typical week in the life of Carol?

There isn’t one, which makes so much fun! I may be seeing clients or working on their style files and vision boards or preparing for a shopping trip. Or I may be blogging or marketing my latest workshops. 

I also do a lot of networking and as a member of a couple of Mastermind groups, which are essentially peer support groups to grow our business and ourselves, this is how I get most of my business as a stylist. Plus I run a Facebook group, Awesome Women, which my forum for my support network and building an online community. 

For Ufurria I may be working with the retailers who are taking my product or discussing events or pop ups or marketing the brand.  We’ve moved from the design phase into launch phase now, so this is about getting the product out there and getting it noticed.  



What’s the best thing about your work?

The best thing about my styling business is seeing the transformation in women who have lost confidence in their appearance, realise that with a few tips and tricks they look fabulous.  

For Ufurria it’s the challenge in building a brand in an industry, which will fulfil my ultimate dream of leaving a mark on the British fashion industry. 



What’s the one task you wish you didn’t have to do?

Technology!  I don’t fear it but get very frustrated when something doesn’t work in the way it should! 



What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe?

My brown silky trousers High by Claire Campbell for going out and a long line Mint Velvet jacket for day wear. 



What’s in your handbag?

Not much!  Purse, iPhone, iPad, charger, lipstick, tissues and business cards! 



What’s your favourite bit of jewellery and why?

My gorgeous necklace from Caterina Wills jewellery (which I'm wearing in the photo at the top).  It’s a unique statement piece made by Caterina, who is a self-taught jewellery designer.  



What book are you reading at the moment?

The Glitter Plan by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor.  It’s autobiographical account of Juicy Couture and how they started it with $200 and turned it into a massive global brand.  Inspiring and fun!



How do you achieve work/life balance?

With difficulty!  I work out a lot, which is my main way of switching off and my dogs play a major part in helping me to maintain a sense of perspective. 



How do you relax?

Working out – boxfit a form of boxing training, cardio conditioning, pump and with my Personal Trainer. Plus I love getting out into the countryside with our dogs. And my latest project which is upcycling denim jackets! 



Where’s your favourite place to shop?

I love pre-loved boutiques.  We have a very special one in Hitchin where you can buy anything from designer clothes and accessories to high street brands. It’s so much more fun than the homogenised High Street!



What tips do you have for busy working women?

You need to do what you love.  Life’s too short to be doing things that do not inspire you or make you feel really passionate.  

Believe in yourself. Self-confidence is so important and will get you to places beyond your dreams. Surround yourself with a support network. Family and friends are great, but a support network of other women is invaluable.  



What three things could you not live without?
  • My health
  • Mark (husband)
  • Our dogs 
  • Oh and 4... my iPhone!


Now don't take too long to think about these!


  1. Clutch or Tote? – Either so long as it has a shoulder strap and is furry!
  2. Heels or flats? – Love heels but my body prefers flats! 
  3. Leather or faux fur? (LOL) – both combined!
  4. Book or Kindle? – Book, my favourite place to read is the bath and I’m clumsy! 
  5. Instagram or Facebook? - Facebook
  6. Paper notebook or digital tablet? - I still use an A4 book to organise my life but I do my diaries online so they sync! 
  7. Diamonds or Pearls? – Costume jewellery it has to make a statement! 
  8. Tea or Coffee? – Coffee 
  9. Starter or Desert? – Starter but there has to be chocolate with the coffee! 
  10. Lipstick or Lip Gloss? – Lipstick when I remember


And finally, the most important question! Where can ladies go buy your collection?

We’re in some local boutiques such as Polgara’s Secrets, products are also on some boutique websites such as Shop Ofio and will soon be available to buy direct from our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Prices are between £30 and £190.




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In the above photo I am wearing the large Russian scarf (super cosy!!) with the wrist cuffs which I think make a great alternative look to a plain biker jacket.




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And here I'm using this fabulous cross-over shoulder bag, which was lovely and comfortable on the shoulders. Carol attached a bag charm and because I love them so much we kept the wrist cuffs on.



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And for the third look, I'm wearing these gorgeous anklets along with the muff, I think these would be the perfect accessories on a glamorous outdoor event.








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