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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Beach ready: Poolside cover ups!

I don't know about you, but I certainly find it hard to get beachwear cover-ups that are: 
  • Versatile to enable you to head straight to the restaurant at lunchtimes
  • The right fit - too baggy can simply make you gain weight
  • Not long enough - they just about cover the bum, so unless you have fantastic legs and no cellulite on the bum - what do you then use to cover up the lower half?!
  • And then will it be in the right colour to match in with all your beach accessories ;) 

This weekend I headed to the shops to see what's out there - and I have to say that there is more choice than ever.  And designers have included more than one style cover-up in their designs to offer us ladies more choice!

There are four key trends in beachwear this season: Riviera (blue and white striped), Leopard print (more so in browns than blacks) Geometric (hard line patterns in bright colours ) or Tropicana (bright & colourful flowery designs) - try and pick one style and have a blast with accessories to match in.


So starting with Riviera:
Ted Baker Neighla Cover Up, Navy
£69

John Lewis



Leopard Print:
This one from House of Fraser is very much glam - especially for those who may go to a pool party or two!
Gottex Bangalore Leopard Print Pareo With Belt
£170.00

House of Fraser


Geometric:
Principles - Ben De Lisi - at Debenhams
Designer blue diamond print wrap dress
£32.00

Debenhams


This is the one I went for, as I bought the bikini that goes with it - it looks fabulous on, the blues and the greens make an change just to wearing black!  Sadly I don't think this picture does the garment justice - however I don't know if I will be brave to show you my holiday photos ;) we will have to wait and see if there is a follow-up to this blogpost!



And for the final trend - Tropicana:
Seafolly Rio Maxi Dress - House of Fraser
£120
House of Fraser



Seafolly have some really great designs in Geometric too - if you think you'll get the wear out of them over the next few summers, then they are worth investing in.



Saturday, 15 March 2014

Dune's Handbag Collection - Spring/Summer 2014

I don't often think of the brand Dune when I'm looking for a new handbag, there are other brands that I'm likely to go searching for first.

In a recent shopping trip for shoes, I was actually distracted by some fabulous new bags from Dune, which would be perfect for anyone travelling on their hols this summer.  The multi-coloured bags with gold trimmings, not only give you versatility to match in with several outfits, the fresh designs are classic and stylish - enabling you to look exquisite at the airport, for lunch or whilst shopping!

I'm loving…

DRIPPLELOCK
Triple Lock Detail Satchel Bag
£65.00



DEELEY
Colour Block Detail Handbag
£69.00



What I particularly like about this next one, is the Dune's reversible shopper bag.  I've not seen it myself but there was a great review in this month's Instyle magazine.  It comes in a variety of colours, and I'm particularly loving the tan/cream version as this is going to give me the most flexibility with my own wardrobe.

I would highly recommend the tan/cream version for those that know there own colourings to be from Autumn or Spring.  And then the black/white version would suit those that have Winter or Summer colourings.

DALLOP

Scalloped Detail Reversible Shopper Bag
£55.00





Wednesday, 12 March 2014

I'm loving: The Ponte Jacket by Oasis Womenswear

You know the theory; if you find something you love, buy more of them and buy them in every colour!

Well, I'm currently loving the new Ponte Jacket by Oasis!  I started with the cream jacket and by the first day my thoughts were "I need this in every colour possible!" and luckily they do have it in a variety of colours.

I opted for the Black, which in the Oasis stores you have a choice of either a grey lining or a blush pink, I opted for the latter.   I've noticed there seems to be less choice online, as I have seen a navy version too in store which is not showing online.

What's even better, is the price!  £40.

It's simple, versatile and great for work or leisure - to be worn over a shift dress, or with black trouser or with jeans….perfect!




Oasis




Saturday, 8 March 2014

Happy International Women's Day

To all my lovely readers of Loved by Lizzi, I just want to wish you all the very best of love, life and happiness on International Women's Day.

Ladies, you are all very special individuals, please don't forget that!

Love

Lizzi xx

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Claudia Schiffer - New hair range with Schwarzkopf

Image from my daily.co.uk


It's hard to believe that a gorgeous and successful woman like Claudia Schiffer would be a shy girl?!  Oh so true!

Claudia made her first ever UK interview with Jonathan Ross last Friday night, to talk about the launch of her new haircare range - Schwarzkopf Essence ULT√éME and Schwarzkopf Blonde ULT√éME, the two new hair cosmetics brands by Schwarzkopf.  The ranges have been exclusively developed with Claudia Schiffer.

She looked fabulous in a silver-grey bodycon dress, teamed with black leggings and sky-high black boots!  And yet the interview started with just how shy she is, and the anxiety she has should she be in a room with more than six or eight people.  Which is one of the reasons she loves modelling, as the make-up and clothes are like a guard for her, they allow her to be someone else.

Jonathan joked with Claudia that she always looked amazing on her school runs!  The 43 year old, mother of three replied that she had competition in the morning, as "all mothers look good on the school run"…?????! - I wonder just how many mothers reading this have taken their kids to school still wearing pyjamas or haven't had time to shower or put a brush though their hair!!

Image from www.babyrazzi.com

Image from The Mirror

I'd love to look like this on any day - let alone on the school run!


Back to the hair products, these include shampoos, conditioners, masks, oils and balms each catered towards one of four key concerns - volume, colour protection, shine and repair.

You can read more about her new hair care range here - and stockists include most of the major supermarkets along with Superdrug and Boots Chemist.






Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Mac is Back!

After enjoying a morning stroll with my dog today; it's the first time in a long time that I wasn't in a heavy-weight winter coat!  This can only mean one thing, it's time to get our Macs out!

The trench coat is a staple item in every women's wardrobe, but this season you will find a whole new take on it with lots of different fabrics, like rubber, suede or as you will see all over Top Shop - PVC!

With less structure and more of a sporty-urban look, you can have a lot of fun dressing this one up or down.  Here are a few that I'm loving…


Net-a-Porter.com
SOPHIE HULME
Cole two-tone leather-sleeved canvas trench coat
£565
Net a Porter


Ralph Lauren Collection
Officer's Long Coat
Price:  £215.00
Inspired by military-regiment styles, this sleek, long coat is made from cotton twill and accented with ornate gold-toned braiding and buttons.

Ralph Lauen



River Island
Grey Leather-look Trench Coat
£65.00

River Island


George at Asda
A Line Mac
£18.00
Available in several colours

George at Asda