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Sunday, 28 December 2014

5 minutes for...

  
Here we are, it's nearly New Year and I cannot believe another year has gone by!

I'd like to say a big thank you to all my readers for following Loved by Lizzi throughout 2014.

And I am wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy 2015!


Lizzi x



Habib Sadeghi writes this interesting article "Selfish Selflessness" for GOOP about how not putting yourself first can affect your health. Women particularly are often placing their own needs last on the list or even not getting around to them at all.  It's a great read and with my recent adoption of mindfulness meditation, I can really understand why and how this can be true.  Take a look for yourself here.





The Telegraph Fashion section has a great write-up all about "Smart work wear ideas" - I particularly like the Grace top from Reiss and the Cashmere wrap cardigan by Windsor London. 20 options across different budgets, take a peep here.







Have you booked your tickets yet?  London Fashion Weekend is on from 26th February to 1st March 2015 at Somerset House.  There's a chance to see two catwalk shows, pop-ups of Designer shopping and talks from leading industry experts.  If you fancy it, you can book tickets here.



This month saw the collaboration of Victoria, Victoria Beckham with Nails inc - two great on trend colours of Juno Red and Bamboo White.  Whilst I'm loving the trend of super-white nails, it really wouldn't work with my skin tone.  I've purchased my Juno Red direct from Selfridges, and it came in all this lovely gorgeous packaging, perfect as a gift… a gift for me! (I'm getting into this "Selfish Selflessness" ;) ) Check it out here.



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Monday, 22 December 2014

Recipe: Smoothie fantastic!

There are some mornings when you just need a big kick to get you into action, and I'm finding that my smoothies packed with really healthy stuff is a great way to start my day.  Now I couldn't do it every morning, but a couple of times a week this type of breakfast is just what I need.

I'm always surprised too at just how filling they can be, this will definitely keep you going for a good 4-5 hours!



Recipe:

  • Handful of spring greens
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of pecan nuts
  • 2 x teaspoons of flaxseeds
  • Approx. 10-12 frozen blueberries
  • Approx. 100ml of orange juice (Be careful here! I like my smoothies thick - if you prefer to have them more fluid then I would add some water, too much orange juice can make this very sweet and increases the amount of sugar intake)


Enjoy x


You can read more Loved by Lizzi posts about Nutrition and Well-being here.



Friday, 19 December 2014

Product Review: Safa Skincare - Organic and Halaal approved

It's always very exciting when you get the opportunity to try something that is not yet launched.  With my recent focus on nutrition to balance my lifestyle and wellbeing, I never thought beauty products may be something to consider too.

Safa skincare contacted me to ask if I would review their products, so they sent me free of charge samples of their cleansing milk and facial toner.  Safa Skincare is a new and exciting alternative skincare brand that focuses on two key messages: their products come with the approval of being Organic and Halaal.  And with my "Made in Britain" hat on, I was really pleased to see that these products are made in Manchester! 



Over the last couple of months to help control my IBS symptoms, I have had to make sure that the food I eat are gluten and wheat free - I was really surprised when I was reading the back of the bottles that both these products are Gluten and Wheat free products, go figure?! Never did I think I should consider this within my skincare regime.



Cleansing Milk

Safa Cleansing Milk has been specially formulated with organic rosehip oil, sweet almond and calendula extract. I found the milk to be of good consistency, not too runny and you can apply quite easily with your fingers and then remove using a cotton pad.  The smell to me is simply herbal.  I found the product to be refreshing and calming on my face, and very easy to remove before applying the Safa Organic Facial Toner.




Facial Toner

Now I'm not normally a fan of facial toner, I think it's a waist of time, however I did give it a go and found it cooling on the skin.  Safa Organic Facial Toner has been formulated using cucumber, aloe and green tea extracts - designed to lift away the remaining traces of dirt and make-up.  For this product I didn't really think there was a smell at all, it just gave you a feeling of your skin being refreshed.  I quite like it.

Price for both products is £5.99!  Great value and affordable, which is want we want to hear at this time of year! This blog post is a preview as the products are not currently available to purchase, I'll make sure I update you when I know they are.


The packaging is green and white, and the bottles are of a simple design, reinforcing the product to be simple and natural.  Vegan lovers will also be happy in the knowledge that this product is suitable for them too.

You'll see by the image below they plan to offer other products in their range, click here to view more about these.








Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Beat the Winter Blues in a Warm and Stylish Coat



Today's post comes from guest blogger, Catherine Bruce from Style & Coach 



Hundreds of coats are out there in the shops right now and due to a late winter, you should be able to bag a bargain, even after the manic ‘Black Weekend’ buying spree. There are styles, prices and fabrics to suit every shape, age and budget but before grabbing a bargain, answer a few questions:


  • Is it really a ‘bargain’ if the style and colour don’t suit you? It could end up being moth fodder if you don’t feel really good in it. Make sure you know the colours and styles that flatter you before you buy. 
  • Is it an investment piece?  If you’re thinking of spending in excess of £150, you don’t want a catwalk style that will quickly lose its shelf–life. Go for a classic number like the Reiss Sharply tailored coat shown below.
  • When will you wear the coat? For a public transport commute, you need warmth with good arm and leg coverage (but not so long you might trip up the stairs in it) in a practical colour that won’t live at the dry cleaners. If you fancy a light colour, factor in the cost of frequent dry cleaning.
  • Do you need it for getting in and out of the car? If so, consider a shorter length. 
  • Do you want it for every day wear with jeans for walking the dog/ outdoor life and/or watching the kids from the sidelines of the football pitch? Grab a warm quilted and hooded knee length or longer number, with a belt for added wind protection.
  • Is it formal/ occasional wear you’re after? Go for something that packs a punch and makes you look fab on those glam nights out. A bit of cashmere or fake fur will up the stakes. 
  • Are you building a ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ ? Go for an everyday quilted coat, a formal coat and a quality tailored jacket for essential  outdoor wear items. 



My pick for this season:

Reiss Emile Sharply Tailored Coat in Blue Passion
Also available in Lilac and Burgundy
£325


Reiss


  
ASOS - Vero Moda Funnel Neck Coat
£70.00

ASOS



Jigsaw Boucle Knit Coat in Grey
£198.00


Jigsaw



Jaeger 
Fur trim Quilted Coat
£199.00


Jaegar



Mango Funnel Neck Coat and Bargain of the month 40% off at John Lewis- now £34.99 until 17th December 2014.


Mango at John Lewis



To find out more about Catherine Bruce who is a Style and Image Consultant and Life Coach. You can visit her website www.styleandcoach.co.uk





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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Get your Christmas stocking filled with Smythson’s this year!

It’s that time of year again when you need to start thinking about what it is you want for Christmas!

Loved by Lizzi is a huge fan of the Smythson’s brand and on a recent trip to Bicester Village designer outlet, I stopped in to see what they had in store.  After chatting with the sales girls who recommended the Mara collection as it has popular items like travel & passport wallets, it made me think do we give enough thought to how we look whilst we travel to our destinations, as we give A LOT of thought and planning to how we want to look once we get there!

The Mara Collection offers the widest selection of accessories and is made of calf leather with a glossy crocodile print, the Autumn Winter colour palette includes a scrummy berry and a stylish charcoal.

So I'm hoping that this year my Christmas stocking will be filled with lots of goodies from the Mara Collection, here's a few that I'm loving!!



The Mara Collection

  • Top left:  iPhone 5 Cover - £95
  • Top right:  Passport cover with slide - £140
  • Bottom left: Travel Clutch - £445
  • Bottom right: Large jewellery roll with slide - £325


I'd love for you to leave a comment telling me which Smythson's product you would love to receive in your Christmas stocking this year!  Just click on the comments link below.  (For e-mail subscribers click here to view)




Smythson's store at Bicester Village






Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Oh what a night! - The British Fashion Awards 2014

So last night a lot of dreams came true for me!  I got to see on stage some of the most iconic names in the fashion world; Anna Wintour, Victoria Beckham and Suzy Menkes to name a few.

Where was I?  Only The British Fashion Awards for 2014 (BFA)!!

A couple of months ago, I got an e-mail about tickets for concerts etc, and I spotted on there that they were selling tickets to the BFA - my initial reaction was it can't be the real thing, this must be a mock one for the public, like they do for London Fashion Week with London Fashion Weekend.

After a lot of googling, it seemed to be the real deal!  So I got in touch with my fabulous friend Emma and within a few minutes, we had two Silver package tickets booked for the event!.  The awards were being held at the London Coliseum and to be hosted by the wonderful Jack Whitehall!  It transpires that this was the first year they were letting the public in - and I'm so pleased they did, as it was FABUUUUULOUSSSS.

So yesterday morning Emma and I set off for London, bags and long black gowns in tow.  After a long Italian lunch and a quick visit to the hairdressers we got ourselves ready and headed in a black cab to the event. 

Our tickets said we could enter at 6:30pm, it turns our we were not supposed to go in until after 7pm - but thankfully we were there early as we got to see Jack Whitehall and have our photos taken with him!

In just a couple of hours and after 17 awards given, I don't think I have ever seen so many celebrities and fashion people in one place!  Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Victoria & David Beckham, Laura Bailey, Kylie Minogue, Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, John Galliano, Cara & Poppy Delevingne, Lewis Hamilton, Rita Ora, Rihanna, Anya Hindmarch, Sarah Burton, Emma Watson, Harry Styles and so many more!

There was also  Kendall Jenner, Lilly Allen, Nicole Scherzinger and Ellie Goulding too, but we didn't spot them!

Here are some pics of the night, you'll see that we had really good seats but with limitations of the iPhone not all photos were great, but it should give you a flavour of what our evening was like!

And finally - what were WE wearing!  Emma's long black gown was by Ariella London and I'm wearing a 70's vintage style black gown by Ossie Clark London.  


Beginning of the night - just leaving the hotel
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Thankfully we got there early - look who we bumped in to! The host Jack Whitehall
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We're in!
Lots of champagne to have and we tried out Label.M products as they were one of the sponsors of the night
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Can you se who it is?!
David & Victoria were just under where we were sitting - also on this table was Anna Wintour (not pictured)
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Now we are truly are in!
Jack Whitehall hosting, the stage and the glamourous Emma (waiting to see Harry Styles!!)
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The awards!
Victoria Beckham, Lewis Hamilton,
Anna Wintour, Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue
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Me.
British Fashion Awards 2014
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WINNERS OF THE BRITISH FASHION AWARDS 2014 


Model of the Year
Cara Delevingne

Brand of the Year 
Victoria Beckham

British Style Award 
Emma Watson

International Designer 
Nicolas Ghesquière

Womenswear Designer of the Year 
Erdem

Menswear Designer of the Year 
J.W. Anderson

Emerging Womenswear Designer 
Marques' Almeida

Emerging Menswear Designer 
Craig Green

Emerging Accessory Designer 
Prism

Red Carpet Designer 
Alexander McQueen

New Establishment 
Simone Rocha

Establishment 
Preen

Accessory Designer of the Year
Anya Hindmarch

Special Recognition
Chris Moore

Outstanding Achievement Award
Anna Wintour OBE

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator 
Edward Enninful

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Tis the season for a Christmas jumper or two!


It's here - Christmas has come knocking yet again!

Over the last couple of Christmas' it's been fairly popular to wear a retro 70's style christmas jumper or to have an animal plastered across your chest wearing a santa hat with snow falling in the background.

Well this Christmas you simply cannot get away from it!!  There are Christmas jumpers EVERYWHERE! You can buy them at cheap and cheerful prices, or you can choose to splash out on something more to your own style choice.

I'm loving how everyone seems to be putting their own twist to their jumper - and that at the end of the day we all having a little fun which is what it's all about at this time of year.  So for Christmas day this year, forget the LBD or the plain blouse & trousers - bag yourself a Christmas jumper for that more fun and relaxed look!  (It will also help with hiding the waistline when you have had to undo the button after lunch! ;) )

I thought it would be fun to get some ladies to join in and show us what Christmas jumpers they own, to give you a few ideas!  So a big huge thanks to all of you for taking part - it's very much appreciated.

So we'll start with Katie Khan (pictured right), who was the first to respond to my request via Twitter! Katie has taken part before on Loved by Lizzi, on Geek Chic Glam about glasses.  Here she is with are BFF Katy Pegg and they purchased their jumpers from @DarkBunnyTees



Followed next by my glamourous mother-in-law Carol, who is wearing a robin (which by the way is a bird that can bring you luck - so if you see one in the garden you should always make a wish!)  I'm going to reveal Carol's secret now… she owns more than one Christmas jumper!  She also looks great when she wears her Mother santa jumper too!



Lucinda (pictured left) responded to one of my requests on Instagram - here she is with a friend looking great on a night out; lots of colour and definitely a lot of Christmas spirit on the designs of those jumpers - simply gorgeous!



Next up are two fabulous women who I get to work with daily!  You've met Kelly (pictured right) before on Loved by Lizzi in one of my interviews.  Here she is with her BFF Torie, these girls are a great laugh and I love the fact that as soon as I mentioned I would love their help - they were more than happy to take part! They got these fab jumpers from Primark.


Here's my dear friend and sister-in-law Sadie - this women simply loves Christmas and really gets into the spirit of it all - in fact just this weekend she's been making 81 mini Christmas cakes and marshmallow snowmen!!  Loving Rudolph and looking wonderful in her jumper that she purchased from Sports Direct.


Now I'm probably going to sound biased, but hey she's my fashionista Niece!  I'm giving Ellie the title of best Christmas outfit for this blog, because she went that extra mile and wore Christmas leggings too! Trendy Ellie got her outfit from Sainsburys.



Next up is my friend Naomi - after having lunch with her yesterday and with hardly any persuasion Naomi was happy to join in with the fun.  Here she is wearing a subtle and very stylish snowy grey jumper, pictured here at her home with her beautiful dog Betty! 


Amie also responded via Instagram - here's a selfie of her Christmas jumper worn this time with a skirt - showing these jumpers are so versatile!  Amie has her own blog too called DimpleBug which you can take a look at here.


And finally it's me!  I'm so in love with penguins since going night-watching for them in Australia you can imagine my joy when John Lewis featured penguins in their Christmas ad this year - the romantic side of me loved that two penguins fell in love.  So when I spotted the kissing penguins jumper by John Lewis Weekend, this was the jumper for me!!



So I hope this post has inspired you to go out and get one - #joininthefun





Wednesday, 26 November 2014

5 minutes for...

Dear readers, 

Today my Loved by Lizzi blog celebrates it's third anniversary and what better way to commemorate this event than to launch a new feature for my blog!

"5 minutes for…" will become a regularly feature on Loved by Lizzi showcasing the latest news on topics of fashion, lifestyle, exhibitions and general well-being, leaving it up to you to decide which ones you want to read when you have a spare 5 minutes.

So why not grab yourself a drink, sit back and read through my very first edition of 5 minutes for…





British Fashion Awards
This Monday I will be attending the British Fashion Awards with my dear friend Emma, at the London Coliseum, which will be hosted by TV presenter and comedian Jack Whitehall!!  Read more about who's nominated, here.







Goop's Clean pre-holiday cleanse
As some of you well know, I'm currently working on a 9-week detox to rebalance my health.  Well Gwyneth Paltrow is also promoting detoxing before Christmas break, so that you'll have less to feel guilty about when over-indulging this holiday season.  Read more about her article here.



Is it death of the cupcake?

I was looking for a surprise & delight item, and what better way to do this than say it with chocolate!  The cupcake has been around now for ten years after being made popular through the Sex and the City show.  So move over cupcakes, it's time for the pops!  Maple Molly's offer a wide range of personalised chocolate favours and gifts, their service is excellent and I love my personalised Loved by Lizzi pops! Click here to visit the site.





Women Power Fashion at Design Museum

For those of you keen on fashion exhibitions, this latest one at the Design Museum offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.  I've not yet been myself, but it will certainly be on my to do list! Exhibition is on from now until the 26 April 2015.  Read more about it here.



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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Recipe: Salmon salad

I'm not kidding, detoxing for nine weeks is not an easy task!  The hardest part is eating out, and this is something I've discovered I do A LOT and I simply refuse to STOP.  It does make you feel like an outsider and you also feel a little awkward around the people your with, as you don't want to be a pain but you don't want to compromise what your trying to achieve.

You can therefore imagine my excitement when I do find something to eat on the menu that ticks every single box for me.  My delight came on my recent visit to Selfridges, from their in-house French restaurant Aubaine. On their menu was no ordinary salad, they had a Supersalad - which provided me with lots of the things I need to include into my daily diet  (Priced very reasonably at £9).

Aubaine's food, service and restaurant was fantastic, a must for any of you on your next visit to Selfridges.  You can check out their website here.


So inspired by this salad, I decided to make a little extra effort the following day for lunch and create my own - I was very happy with it and it looked and tasted fabulous.  Yes it took a little longer to make than just "chucking" it all into a bowl, but I really enjoyed eating it too! So here's what I did and hopefully you might have a go yourself.




Ingredients:

  • Fillet of Salmon (Place on foil that has been greased lightly with olive oil, add a couple of slices of lemons, sprinkle of thyme and then add a few drops of either milk or white wine - wrap the foil so that you make a parcel place in a hot oven for 15-20 mins - be careful when opening as lots of steam will come out!)
  • Butternut Squash (Cut up a single portion into small dices cubes - place in a hot oven with olive oil and roast for approx 20-25 mins)
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Cherry tomatoes - slice in two
  • Cucumber - chopped
  • Sugarsnap peas - chopped
  • Sweetcorn - (I used tinned - just a few spoonfuls)
  • Pomegranates (I underestimated how much time it takes to get them out!  Allow a good 15 mins in your timings, but they add a real freshness to the salad)
Mix together in a bowl and drizzle a small amount of good quality extra virgin olive oil and balsalmic vinegar.


Enjoy x





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Saturday, 15 November 2014

It's party season!!

Last Saturday I headed to Selfridges with my girlfriend Emma to check out the dresses and jumpsuits for this season's party time!

If your looking for something to wear and your not sure exactly what you want, the best place to start is a Department store - this gives you a taster for different designers and high-street and you can usually try them on all in the same dressing room.  (I say usually, the Karen Millen sales exec had some issues with Emma and I walking off with HER dresses!!)

Image from homepage of Selfridges


We found lots of sequinned dresses this season; so glitter and glam is everywhere and if your not keen on wearing it, you can accessorise with it!  Lot of choice too in dress length; to the knee, long gowns and of course the stylish jumpsuit which has been vamped up for evening.

So get trying on!  The more you try on lots of different styles the easier it will be to find that special outfit. Here are a few top tips to get you started:

  • Go with a girlfriend - it's so much more fun!
  • Make sure that what your wearing to shop in, is quick and easy to take on and off!  As you'll spend quite a bit of time just in your bra and knickers….
  • Get the sales assistant to work for you - got the wrong size or colour? simply ask them to go find the right one
  • You won't have any time to lose weight, exercise intensively or change your body shape (which you can't do by the way ;) ) - Party season is now, so if it doesn't fit today it won't fit on the night!
  • Stay true to yourself  - Emma and I needed dresses to compliment each other - a real challenge when we are two different kinds of people with two different body shapes and sizes.  But by sticking to our own style values, we achieved it!
  • If at first you don't succeed, keep trying more on ;)


Here's a few we found in Selfridges that you might just love…


Floral is a big trend this season!

KAREN MILLEN

Fitted floral brocade dress
£199

Karen Millen at Selfridges



KAREN MILLEN
Structured tailored jumpsuit
£215

Karen Millen



We spent a lot of time in Miss Selfridge's dressing room - and the assistant was very helpful!  We tried on lots of sequinned dresses between us - however I've checked both websites and their long gowns are not featured online, so please go visit the store as you'll love these!  But here's a taster

RUBY FIT AND FLARE DRESS
Was £150, now £105


Miss Selfridge



Later this month you'll find out were Emma and I are going to and we'll be sharing our two fabulous dresses we bought in a future blogpost (a little hint for now is that they are black….and they are long!)  - We are sooooo excited!




Sunday, 9 November 2014

Go nuts and fruity for breakfast!

Firstly I want to thank all my readers who loved the A powerful new breakfast routine! post; your feedback and comments were fab, and it was great to see that some of you had a go and even posted your smoothies on Instagram.  Thank you.

So for those of you who are keen to continue  and looking for more healthy breakfast options, here's an alternative to a smoothie. 




Ingredients

  • 40g of porridge oats (mine are gluten free)
  • 160ml of Koko fresh coconut milk (I've add a little more as I don't like my porridge too thick)
  • One cup of frozen raspberries (take them out the night before and defrost in fridge)
  • Two to three desert spoons of mixed grounded nuts; almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecan and walnuts


Top tips

  1. You can swap fresh coconut milk with unsweetened almond milk
  2. Instead of frozen raspberries, I've also used blueberries - this will turn your porridge purple, which I love!!
  3. Prepare as much as you can the night before, so that it's hassle free on your busy mornings


Dont' forget at breakfast time...
Step 1 - a large glass of water
Step 2 - a cup of hot water with lemon
Step 3 - a smoothie or porridge oats


Please continue to give me your feedback, I love it!

Enjoy…

Lizzi

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The photographer, the fashion designer and little old me

On Sunday I headed to the V&A Museum to check out a new exhibition about Horst - Photographer of Style.  Horst was one of the world's leading photographers of fashion, theatre and high-society women, and his work frequently made the front cover of Vogue - say no more!!

Image of postcard for @lovedbylizzi instagram

Now I'd love to tell you more about the exhibition, and all that I saw, however I was seriously distracted! Distracted by the fact that Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham was there!!

I was standing by my favourite photo of Chanel, which was taken by Horst - and to my surprise I found them both next to me.  It was the perfect moment that I was cherish forever!

I texted my girlfriends with my news and unsurprisingly the questions back were:

  1. How skinny is she?
  2. What's she wearing?

She looked amazing, yes she's slim but I wouldn't say she looks like she needs a meal.  On the contrary, I think she looks really healthy and her skin, eyes and hair where radiant and bright.  She looked fantastic. It's inspired me to do even more with my own health.

I was also surprised by how natural she looked; not a lot of make-up, hair tied up in a pony tail  - no false tan, no big hair, very natural and dare I say normal?!

She was wearing blue skinny jeans with knee high flat boots, with a grey (I'm guessing cashmere as it looked expensive) crew neck jumper, with a black tote back.

So if you want to get this look yourself, here are my suggestions…


NEXT
Premium Washed Skinny Jeans
£48





ASOS 
Premium Cashmere Rich Crew Neck Jumper
£70.00





House of Fraser
Bertie Pixie Button Boot
£169.00



River Island
Black Tote bag
£45.00





Horst - Photographer of Style is on at the V&A Museum until the Sunday 4th January 2015