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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

5 mins for... My favourite posts from 2015

I cannot believe another year has been and gone, it's crazy when you think about it - it makes you realise that you should not waste time on things that don't matter because when you look back and reflect - was it worth it?

I thought I would take a look at the posts I've published this year, and share with you my favourite five.



At No. 5, it's the day I spent with Chantelle Lingerie team in London, it was a great fun day and I learnt so much about protecting your breasts!  Have a read of it here.
















At No. 4 - For the love of jumpsuits - I was only looking at some yesterday with a view to purchasing!! I still love them and think they are the most versatile garment you can own, take them from day wear to glamorous girls night out!  Have another look at this post here.














At No. 3, well I wrote about this in Spring, however I'm sitting here writing this post wearing DOUBLE DENIM!!  Great trend, it's such an easy one to wear, if you need inspiration for this trend, check out pics on Instagram... and click here for my post.


















At No. 2 - 2015 was the year I turned Forty!  My hubby treated me to a surprise trip to Venice, the time there was very special and such a treat!  What I Wore posts have played a very special part throughout 2015, but this one is my favourite for sure!!  Check it out here. A big thank you again to all my girlfriends too for making it such a special time x

















www.tedbaker.com
And finally at No. 1 my most favourite post (with the help of my photographer Carol) is the one about my Ted Baker coat - Four ways. It was great fun pulling it all together and I had such great feedback from my readers, in fact I think a few of you went out and purchased one, and so you should, it's F A B U L O U S !  I've been wearing it over the last few weeks and I get so many lovely compliments from both men and women - you simply cannot go wrong with it!  Have another read of it here.








And that just leaves me to wish you all a Happy New Year and the best of health and happiness for you in 2016.

Lizzi  x




Monday, 28 December 2015

Make-up prep for New Year's Eve

If I'm heading out on New Year's Eve, I seem to think this is a good evening to practice a new make-up look!  It's because I get ready super early and so I have all this extra time - this usually ends we me not liking the end result, and so I end up starting all over again to create my usual daytime make-up. 

This post is an early reminder that New Years Eve is THIS Thursday; so if you fancy a new look, practice NOW, yes NOW!

One of the great evening looks is smokey eyes and I've found a great film on YouTube that will help you; for those of you who know your season colourings then Summers opt for greys, Winters opt for silvers and blacks, Springs opt for gold and light brown and finally Autumns choose brown to dark brown/black for eye make-up.

Make sure your pencils are soft enough to enable you to create this smudgy/blended look. A good trick is to use eyeshadow as your base for eyeliner, this helps with the end result. Ensure your eyeshadow has some shimmer to help perfect the evening look.

The film below is by a great Australian blogger, Kate Waterhouse - here she demonstrates how to get smokey eyes using two colours and some pencil work, and not forgetting our faithful friend, mascara. 

Talking of mascara, I'm seriously loving this one by No.7 at the mo, I use the brown/black as I'm an Autumn:


No.7 Intense Volume - £9.95




One final tip, if you are wearing a new outfit then also have a practice run of putting all of it together, shoes, bags, tights, jewellery etc - you don't want to be getting upset just before going out that something is not working! And remember, LESS IS MORE!


Friday, 18 December 2015

I Spy With My Style Eye!

... the knitted dress

I'm loving them this season; I've invested in a few to take me through winter.  I know it's not been freezing cold but at the moment I don't have the luxury of a cosy warm office.  So if your like me and out on the road each day and you need to look glam but keep warm, a knitted dress is the way to go!!

Dress up or dress down they are so versatile that you can take this from business to weekend wear to ladies at lunch!

Check these fabulous dresses out!


Lucy Dress by Hobbs
Was £99, now £79



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Kin by John Lewis Reverse Seam Cocoon Dress, Grey
£59








Combining two winter trends of the knitted dress and the cable knit, go with 
John Lewis
Somerset by Alice Temperley Knitted Dress, Cream
£99




Tuesday, 15 December 2015

One 2 Watch: Victoria Beckham: Living a Life of Style and Grace

My hero, Victoria has won Woman of the Year from Glamour - watch to see what David, Eva, Mel and Anna have to say about Victoria Beckham: Living a Life of Style and Grace






For those of you who get this by e-mail you'll need to click here to watch.


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Winter Trend: Mary Jane Shoes


Image from Nadia Fairfax Instagram

I heard a rumour, then I read about it in a magazine and then I saw one of my favourite global bloggers post a pic on Instagram… Mary Jane's are on trend!  

The image above is from Nadia Fairfax's Instagram, she posted "Welcome Mary Janes... @gucci
#TodaysTootsies"

I love the look of Mary Janes!  I'm sure you all remember our girl Carrie in Sex and the City - it was one of her favourite shoes too.  Super sexy and definitely one you can wear from day to night.

Here are some I've checked out for you...


L.K. Bennett
Amira Platform Suede Court - Multi Colour
£275








New Look
Wide Fit Black Comfort Mary Jane Court Shoes

Available in black, navy and burgundy
£24.99




Dune
Ashlea - Burgundy (also available in black) Strappy T-bar Mary Jane Shoe
£79









Selfridges
MARNI

Mary-jane leather heeled courts
£430








Dorothy Perkins
Black 'Clemmy' Mary Jane Court Shoes
Was £25, Now £18.75






I was hoping to find some glittery silver or gold ones so that you could sparkle at your Christmas party, but after A LOT of searching, no joy I'm afraid ladies!! 







Friday, 27 November 2015

I Spy With My Style Eye!

It's cold, it's winter and it's nearly Christmas.... It's glam season and not everyone wants to be in a practical coat!  Yes we want to be warm, buy hey we want to be sexy too!

If your heading out - day or night, you can jazz up any outfit with these fabulous coats or capes!  


ASOS Coat
Longline Chunky Pelt Faux Fur 
£95.00







Very online
Miss Selfridge Swing Cape With Faux Fur Hood
£70.00












Topshop
Faux Fur Oversized Animal Print Coat
£89.00



Wallis
Grey Funnel Midi Faux Fur Coat
Was £80.00, Now £56.00






Thursday, 26 November 2015

Happy birthday to...



Today is my blog's 4th birthday and I've been thinking about what is it that I love about blogging so much - You see I love it more today than I did when I started out!

'Connecting with women' is the answer I've come up with - when I talk about my blog to women you realise that blogging is so mainstream now!  I no longer get "what's that?" response, but more "hey that's cool, what's it called?".

I have big plans over the next 12 months for my blog, so watch this space and I hope you enjoy the journey with me!  There are many ways you can get involved if your not already.

Sign up to get my posts directly into your inbox by simply adding your e-mail address into the box just under the header on my blog.  Don't forget to verify the first e-mail it send you!

Another way, is to see what I have to say in 140 characters - not easy some days!!!  Simply follow me @lovedbylizzi on Twitter

Love photos? So do I - I take lots of them; to remind me of things, capture moments or simply to add to my to do list!!  Follow me @lovedbylizzi on Instagram to see what I share, especially my outfits of the day (OOTD).

My Facebook page this time last year had around 33 followers, I now have 461!!  I'd love to get this to 500 by the end of the year.  It's an easy way to keep up with what I've posted on my blog, plus I share links of great articles that I think you'd love to read, share and like!

If your a fan, then please tell your girlfriends; share, forward the e-mail, or simply like & repost!

Thank you x












Saturday, 21 November 2015

One 2 Watch: 73 Questions with Anna Wintour

This coming Monday is the British Fashion Awards for 2015 - I can't believe that I was there this time last year with my friend Emma! For those of you who didn't get the chance to see my post on this, then simply click here for a read and a look at the pics!!

In 2014, Anna Wintour OBE won "Outstanding Achievement Award", which by the way will be awarded to Karl Lagerfeld this year (and so it should!).  For those of you who perhaps don't know this hard-working, no-nonsense British woman she's the Editor of American Vogue, and they have filmed one of their "73 questions" You Tube features on her.

My favourites answers include that she loves Starbucks for breakfast, she has a phobia of spiders, she misses our British humour, her guilty pleasure is none other than Homeland!! See, she is fairly normal...right?!

Have a watch for yourself... enjoy x









Sunday, 15 November 2015

Winter Trend: Cable knitwear

This winter season, forget the novelty Christmas jumper, the way to go is the Aran style of cable knit!  So hide away those old jumpers and invest in this gorgeous classic jumper.

This type of knitwear is traditionally seen in off-whites and creams, but with this Winter trend there is so much more colour choice than ever, including some great ones for the cool skin-toned amongst us with dreamy greys and blues too.  For me personally, I love the traditional cream; this also looks fabulous on men!!


This month's Vogue

Sarah Harris writes "Comfort & Joy", an article in this month's Vogue; Sarah talks about this trend, and says "That deliciously cosy, creamy coloured cable-knitted sweater that whispers good taste - and this season no cold-winter wardrobe should be without one."


I've done some searching around for you and I have found jumpers at all budgets, if you want to go classic then you need to opt for Aran wool, you'll know by the price-tag!









I'm loving this monochrome option from Zara, mixing off-white, cream and black for this modern and funky look - not too casual so you could get away with it in the office…






A very stylish cable knit by Superdry that I saw on House of Fraser, this one is available in either dark or light grey - perfect for those who cannot wear the traditional cream, this will suit cool skin-tones perfectly!







A modern looking cable knit by Reiss, this one is available in off-White or Black - I'm really loving this one!!




As seen in the Vogue"Comfort & Joy" article...






Combining two Winter trends here of both the knitted dress and the Aran knit, but could seriously hurt your purse!!











Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Official Highlights from St Albans Fashion Week

St Albans Fashion Week have now updated their website with official photos - which I thought you might like to peek at!

But first if your on Facebook, you can take a peek at their film, simply click here




To view the highlights from the show - click here

And to view the back stage highlights - click here


Enjoy x

Saturday, 31 October 2015

St Albans Fashion Week: The Fashion Show

I've had great fun this week getting involved with the SAFW team and helping out at Graceland.  But the best part of the week for me was being Front Row at Thursday's Fashion Show at St Albans Cathedral - Spectacular venue and worth every penny.

It's not until you see the "behind the scenes" activity that you suddenly realise just how much work and effort is put into, well lets be honest, a 2-3 hour event!

Great work and great fun!

Front Row on Thursday's night was fabulous, the line up included; Graceland, D. Copperfield, Marc Cain, The Cutting Room, Wharton Goldsmith, LK Bennett, Anna Burns, Purple Menswear, Cancer Research UK (Styled by Caroline Jones), Galio Jewellers, Gatsby and Miller, Cara London, Simply French, Menspire, Jigsaw and French Connection.

Here are some of my pictures from the night, but to see the professional ones, you really will need to head over to St Albans Fashion Week website, I'm sure they will be loaded up over the next few days!

So the runway started with Graceland, and these were my two favourite…


I loved the detail on this long coat - one of my favourite items of the night…



I was so impressed with Caroline Jones' Cancer Research UK set, that I have to give this the "best styled" award of the night!!  I really need to get more involved with hunting out fab pieces from charity shops, especially as the lady on the right is wearing all my Autumn colours!!

(Caroline Jones is the one on the left - you can donate to her cause, by clicking here).


Simply French is a new boutique I discovered this week, and I've met the owners Lesley and Norma at the Graceland event on Wednesday night - fabulous ladies!  The red skirt below was my "favourite item" of the night, I simply loved the detail and texture of this skirt - very sexy!



But the "best dress" of the night, and the one I know most ladies would have love to steal - had to go to the Alexander McQueen red dress, by Graceland.




And the venue, well that was stunning too!




WHAT I WORE

Well I knew I wanted to wear a dress, and with having the week off I had been shopping!!  I purchased this fabulous dress from Therapy by House of Fraser, I teamed this up with black shoe boots and I had a green/grey wrap which has a lovely brown fur trim, this was gifted to me for my birthday this year by my dear friend Naomi.


Image is from my Loved by Lizzi Instagram which you can follow here.




Thursday, 29 October 2015

Grace: Your Style DNA

This post comes to you whilst I'm sitting in a cafe in Duke of York Square, London, I'm here to see the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

So last night I had lots of fun helping out - what I didn't tell you in yesterday's post was how poorly I've been this week, I've had no voice! I was a little concerned they may not let me help, but all was fine!

So the key message I took from Grace last night was to find your STYLE DNA, this isn't about following fashion trends, it's about understanding your style and to dress for yourself so that you enjoy the whole process - she also strongly believes that clothes should not be kept and stored, they should be worn, which is the ethos behind her independent boutique for vintage clothing - Graceland in Hitchin.  I've not yet been, but I will be now!



This dress is Alexander McQueen and was the welcoming dress at Welcome to Graceland, part of St Albans Fashion Week, in the stunning kitchen showroom of poggen pohl in London Road.

With plenty of Prosecco and canapés for all the guests, this was a fun night for ladies, perusing the dresses of both The Pretty Dress Company in collaboration with Immodesty Blaize, who was also at the event, and Grace's Pre-loved collection of some very expensive but absolutely fabulous dresses.



Here's Grace (right) with Immodesty Blaize, a burlesque model, just google her, she is so beautiful and makes a big statement for all curvaceous women!!

Here's the rack showcasing all the lovely dresses from Immodesty in partnership with The Pretty Dress Conpany, prices start from £95.





So tonight, I will be Front Row with my mother in law Carol, at the fashion show in St Albans Cathedral, the first of two nights for St Albans Fashion Week. I know that they will be showcasing clothes from Graceland, Simply French and we will also get to see Caroline Jones who is currently raising money for Cancer in aid of her mother, she has been dressing daily in charity clothes, so it will be fab to see what comes down the catwalk!

Don't forget that you can see pictures of the evening via my Instagram at Lovedbylizzi or via Facebook, simply search Lifestyle Blog - Loved By Lizzi 


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

#SAFW - Welcome to Graceland

Image from gracewoodward.com


I'm so excited that tonight I get to help out with St Albans Fashion Week #SAFW with their event Welcome to Graceland.

Celebrity stylist, Grace Woodward,  has been one of my idols for years, I've loved watching her on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.  Tonight she will be giving out styling tips and ladies will have the chance to peruse key pieces from her own independent boutique Graceland.

I'm not sure what I will be able to get involved with, but keep an eye out on my Instagram as I'm sure I'll be posting as much as I can throughout the night!

If you fancy coming, you might still be able to get tickets (sorry to those that read this via e-mail - it will be too late for you by then).  Check out the details:

Welcome to Graceland
Poggenpohl Showroom, London Road
Time: 7pm-9pm

Tickets: £12.00


Click here to book…. and hopefully I may see you there!



WHAT I'M WEARING

Well the team have requested black, black and more black - this is perfectly fine with me!  I've cheekily treated myself to this lovely top from Biba, which I will be wearing with black trousers, heels and a blazer.


House of Fraser
Biba Button Detail Simple Blouse
£59







Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Rest & Relaxation



If your not following me on one of my social media channels then you perhaps don't know that I'm currently holidaying in Crete this week.  A week of rest and relaxation with my mum, a much needed break from the busy schedule I usually keep!

I'm writing this post from my sun bed this morning, using my iPad, so apologies I'm not sure how the formatting will look from your side.

You're probably thinking, why is she blogging? well this is my favourite past time, and I don't get to do enough of it, I'm actually chuffed to bits that the hotel offers free wifi from everywhere, including the beach!

So what does a week of rest and relaxation look like?

The holiday book
This is Spectacles, a memoir by Sue Perkins - only just launched so it's available to buy now - it's very very funny, I'm getting a few strange looks from others as I keep laughing out loud.

The holiday meditation
One your probably not familiar with, but if I said Mindfulness Meditation then maybe this would help?! Being in the present moment is important, having your mind race here there and everywhere can lead to lots of stress. Sometimes when we stop, it takes a few days to truly relax, to help me get there quicker I listen to a few meditations to clam the breath and to remind me to be in the here & now. Listing to the sea also helps with meditation. Try it for yourself.

The beauty regime
You know the weekly face mask you supposed to do?, I don't think I've had time in the last six months - I found it as I was packing, so I've popped it in, done one already and plan to do another before I leave 

The holiday massage
Well I've already done one of them too! Back, shoulders and neck - the therapist is a lovely lady, a little scary and with her thick Greek accent she told me that my shoulders were full of stress and bellowed this is NO GOOD!  I've promised her I'll be back for another session later in the week.

The clothes
It's lovely to be back in my summer clothes for one final week.  I know that arriving home it will now be layers, jumpers and boots.  So this week for the evenings I'm wearing all my favourite dresses and summer items, as a fond farewell until next season.  You can check out my OOTD on Instagram at Lovedbylizzi

The food
This week is the start of trying to be good again, I have a few weeks till Christmas break to get back into a healthier mode.  I've been reading some great recipes from my holiday magazines that I'll adopt once I'm back in my kitchen, but until then I'm enjoying the holiday salads, like below for lunch (drank with sparkling wine of course!)


Summer salad with Manouri cheese
 - grilled pieces of Manouri cheese
 - salad leaves
 - cherry tomatoes 
 - walnut flakes 
 - balsamic vinaigrette 

The holiday drink
Well Mum and I have chosen Pimms - I've always been a fan of Pimms o'clock! Cheers!



To see more pictures or my thoughts this week, why not follow me on Twitter or Instagram - @Lovedbylizzi