Sunday, 10 December 2017

Kettlewell's Paris Jacket - The perfect companion in Paris

I've just got back from a fabulous three days in Paris - it was delightful to be in this city in December with all the Christmas lights and the wonderful retail window displays. Paris was extremely busy with shoppers and tourists but I loved how it was all very Christmassy and buzzing with excitement.

A city break at this time of year can prove a little challenging - it's hard to know what the weather is going to do and what you should pack. I was invited to take the gorgeous Paris Textured Jacket from the Kettlewell Colours new Winter 2017 range, and I was pleasantly surprised at just how versatile this item was for me and I have to say I was so pleased to have it on this trip, not only because it made me look very glam where possibly a cardigan may have not, but it kept me super warm too!


This textured jacket is definitely for everyday wear - no need to save it for best! It's smarter than a cardigan but less casual than a suit jacket, which for me was just perfect for my trip. I particularly love the fringe detailing, it sort of mimics Chanel and a few people commented about this when I wore it (which made me super happy!). 

The jacket is lined with a soft jersey material which makes it comfortable to wear; there is a hook and eye fastener at the top to help make the jacket sit flat, this is particularly useful if you want to tie a scarf. 

I need a size 12 when it comes to jackets of this kind and I found their size Medium fitted me fine. I was pleased to see it was machine washable, that way you don't have to be too concerned about dry-cleaning bills. The jacket travelled well to Paris, it was folded in my suitcase for the entire journey there, and when I arrive there was no creasing, tick tick tick!


My trip involved, quite a few changes of clothes as I was going to a couple of fashion exhibitions, afternoon tea, dinner in the evenings, plus I had to walk around the city; and I found I took the Paris Jacket pretty much everywhere with me as it mixed in well with what I wanted to wear.

I wasn't expecting this jacket to be that practical, but in fact it was, particularly whilst we sat in cafes watching the world go by it kept me warm and it was slim enough to be worn with my Ted Baker coat over the top, this was great because on my last day, there was rain and hail stones to contend with!


The jacket was casual enough to wear with jeans (the ones above are my faux-leather legging from Next) and as you can see the H&M turtleneck (currently in stores) sits very well underneath it - you can style it either with a long necklace (as above) or as I did for the Yves Saint Laurent Museum with my Biba silk scarf.

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And finally the jacket added a touch of glam to my Zara floral dress for my visit to Angelina's for a spot of Afternoon Tea, with champagne (of course ;) ). Top Tip: If you don't want to tie a scarf around your neck all the time then add it to your bag, that way you have choice throughout the day.


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The Paris Textured Jacket comes in six sensational colours, so plenty of choice - with Light Grey, True Red, Leaf Green, Aubergine (that's the one I am wearing), Marine Teal and Black. You can view the entire selection by simply clicking here.


I must give a special mention to Martine Turcotte, my true companion on this trip! Thank you for being a great guide around Paris, for showing me some spectacular sights and for also taking all these photos for my blog - Thank you x  

You can follow Martine, a stylist from Canada who's currently living in the UK, here on Facebook.


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The jacket in this post were gifted to me by Kettlewell Colours but I am not part of any affiliates programme with them, so any purchases you make with Kettlewell Colours using the links in this post there are no financial earnings to Lizzi of Loved by Lizzi.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Gifts, gifts, gifts

It's that time of year again when you are trying to guess what your loved ones would like, concerns about it being the right choice, avoiding duplications and for sure not to have picked something that's going to end up in their re-gifting pile!

Whilst I've been out looking at all the sparkle the last few weeks, I couldn't help but have a little nosey in the gifting section... my choices below are not for men or for the kids, but it may help you out with special friends, sisters, mum and that special female in your life that has helped you one way or another in 2017. Alternatively you could look at it as a potential list to buy for yourself, well it's not like I'm going to say anything ;)

Oliver Bonas

If you have a store near you and you've not been before, I highly recommend a visit. I lost nearly and hour in there just mooching around, they have so many diverse items and the majority of it is for women.

Here are some of the items I loved...

Personalisation is a big trend and it's nice to have something with your initials on, it's like using the tippex to write your name on the stapler! This Alphabet range also includes a wash bag, pencil case, travel card holder and a shopper bag.

Alphabet Make-up Bag

I have to caveat this item with it's not a standard size mug, this Hello Gorgeous mug is smaller although it's bigger than an espresso cup! I think it's cute and a perfect little something for a young woman if you are unsure what her tastes are.

Hello Gorgeous Mug

Now I bought this item for myself, I've been looking for a card holder for months, and at £12 I really don't think you can go wrong. Everyone has a need for a card holder, whether it's for nights out when they don't want to carry their purse, or to stick their train ticket in or simply to use for their business cards.This two tone gold/grey is not real leather but I'm really pleased with the quality.

They have lots of choice of colour and style ranging from £12-£19.50

Sierra Card Holder

H&M Homeware

I have to give credit to my niece Ellie for this one, I didn't know H&M did homeware, a recent visit together at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush had the range and it left me thinking how fabulous some of the items were! They have quite a lot of the collection online, and so here are a few things you could consider as potential gifts.

Eye-shaped Mirror

Stoneware box

Tall glass vase
Available in black or clear


I've picked Oasis as my last choice of store, as coming back to personalisation they offer a monogramming service which costs £5 for up to 10 letters or symbols. They do not do it in store, so you have to build in time to get this service should you wish to choose it - but what a lovely personal touch!

Here are some ideals for you, from their website

The perfect stocking filler! Alphabet keyring....

Letter Keyring

This is so cute! Rose gold in colour

Glitter coin purse

And don't forget this time of year is not about spending the most, because you really don't have to. If your gift is thoughtful and relevant, regardless that it's cheap as chips, then it's going to valuable to the recipient, especially because it came from YOU!

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

It's Party Season - Sparkly Accessories

Let's get ready to sparkle!Thank you all for your lovely comments over the last couple of weeks. I am so pleased that you have enjoyed my 'It's Party Season' posts - I know that quite a few of you have now purchased your dresses or tops and if you didn't opt for sparkle in your choice, that's cool you can always add it in with some accessories.

Now accessories can cover a vast amount of items, so I will be covering off my 'Top 5' on party shoes and party bags.

Let's talk shoes...

Stiletto Heel Trim Pointed Court Shoes

Available in cobalt, ink, pewter, magenta and black

As a huge fan of Sex and the City I certainly could not bypass these shoes, I first saw them on a shopping trip with my friend Lisa and we both instantly said they are like Carrie's. I love the ink and the magenta - if you want simple sparkle and that feeling of being 'Carrie' you cannot go wrong with these!!

Dune London
Daenarys Gold
Was £95, Now £76

When I think of out-out shoes I tend to start with Dune, I just know they will have a lot of choice and they have not let me down. I've selected these because at this time of year you might get up and have a bit of a boogie and for me I would need high-heels that are strapped to my feet or I know I will be flinging them off!! (whilst I'm dancing!! )

Aren't these gorgeous!

Kettlewell Colours

Available in Black Sparkle, Multi Sparkle, Red Sparkle and Coral Red Print

Now not everyone wants to wear a heel - and the colourful brand Kettlewell Colours have got your back on this! Four fabulous loafers to offer you to jazz up any outfit for your night out.

Silver sequinned heeled ankle boots
Was £49.99, Now £39.99

My black sequinned boots which you can see on my Instagram page, I simply love - they have become a great asset to my wardrobe! The one thing I would say the heel can be a little high for a more casual evening out, so these from Zara with a kitten-heel I think would be fabulous.

Public Desire Harlee High Shine Rose Gold Heeled Ankle Boots

Gold and silver may not be everyone's cup of tea, and with jewellery heavily featured in rose gold, you can now get the boots to match! F A B U L O U S

Let's talk bags...

House of Fraser
Biba Foldover Zip Clutch

I have to kick start with this one, as I have this clutch bag and now that it's over a year old I cannot believe just how versatile this colour is. They call it multi, but up close it's pearlised blues, silvers, greens and purples and because it changes colour with the light it goes with pretty much everything!

I've been using it over the last couple of weeks and I've brought it with me to Belfast, as I just know it will work with whatever I decide to wear. I highly recommend.

House of Fraser

ISSA Round Clutch Bag

This is a lovely sophisticated looking clutch that also comes with a long strap, perfect for an elegant look. I love the contrasting finish, and it comes in gold or black.

I was in Accessorize yesterday and there is so much choice, that if you really don't where to head to, I would start there! 

Tina Sequin Clip Frame Clutch Bag

I've love a clip frame clutch, I have one from Coast in black that I bought over 15 years ago and I still love it today as much as I did when I first got it - it's amazing just how much you can get in there, and what I love most is that it sits on your lap so easily as the material just works with your body much better than a hard case that can be prone to slipping.

This one looks so gorgeous

Anaya Diamante Clutch Bag
Was £59, Now £41.30

Sometimes you just want straightforward clear sparkle, you know that diamond look - I think this is a great option from Coast.

River Island

Pink glitter cutabout hinged clutch bag

River Island is a great place to head to if you want something more on trend and not too pricey! They have lots of rose gold options too, especially if you do opt for those ASOS rose gold boots! I really love this one, art deco inspired - who doesn't like like a bit of gold sparkle with their pink?! Love this.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

It's party season - Sparkly tops for Out-Out!

Last week it was about dresses but I know that's not everyone's cup of tea. So I've been checking our sparkly tops that you can wear with trousers, skirts or jeans to get you in that party mood.

Now there are a vast array of colours in store, but for the most part I've stuck to traditional black, silver or gold for inspiration but by all means do play with colour as there is a lot of choice on the high street at the moment, making it all very exciting.


Sequins are an easy way to add 'party' to faux/real leather jeans

Via Pinterest

Keeping it simple with a with a jumper

Via Pinterest

A sparkly top can really transform a midi skirt you would normally wear during the day

Via Pinterest

Mint Velvet
Black Linear Sequin Tee

Mint Velvet is not normally a brand I head to, but I've had some feedback from readers that you want to see more about their range on my posts, and so yours truly has checked this brand out to see what they can offer in a sparkly come t-shirt that has a relaxed yet party-feel vibe, and I think this black linear top ticks all the boxes.  True to size for fit and what you can't see, but I could feel, is that there is two layers to this top, the first being the sequins and the second a super soft (and I mean SUPER SOFT) t-shirt material underneath. Classic style and fit this is not too trendy so will last a number of years - I think the £69 is worth it!


Sequin Velvet Long Sleeve Top


I loved the dress last week, in fact the dress made front cover of this month's Hello Fashion magazine and whilst it didn't suit me, I think it's one of the best party dresses from the high street. They also do it in a top, if that's more your thing. It's also available in Navy, but sadly the Gold has sold out.

Metallic Spot Ruffle Top


I loved this on the hanger and thought this would be fabulous on, sadly I was unimpressed and I think the price-point of £36 is overstated. It's extremely flimsy to the point where I would suggest a silky vest should be worn underneath to make it more flattering to wear. Size is true to fit and the one positive is I really loved the sleeves, but this is 'trendy' and I just do not think it's worth the money in investing.


Metallic Frill Sleeve Top


Simple and easy-wear. This one ticks all the boxes if you want fuss free party wear that you can also quite easily get away with wearing during the day, this is it. Loved the sleeves, it's got a V-back but nothing too revealing and I think it's a great price, true to fit - Well done Warehouse!


This next one and the last one from Warehouse, promise!  (there was so much choice I found it really hard to scale it back!) I would highly recommend to not buy this one online but to go in store and try it all. It looks fabulous on the website, it looks fabulous on the hanger BUT when you put it on (and believe me it was the correct size) it left a gapping hole right in the middle of the front??! WTF - I just couldn't understand it, and I believe if you went down a size it would be bigger hole and if you went up a size then it would not create this lovely draping - I don't get it - Buy with caution.

Metallic Knot Front Top


Feedback last week on the dresses was that some of you are looking for warmth when you are heading out. Sparkly and embellished jumpers come in a multitude of budgets, and for this choice I have particularly gone high-end, why? Well if it's for a night out be it with jeans or a midi skirt you don't want the top looking everyday - you simply will not feel glam or special wearing it and then because of that you will add a lot of fussy jewellery to compensate and then your jumper will not longer be the statement piece. 

Ted Baker brand offers a lot of choice; you can go with a lot of bling or they even offer tone on tone for that high-end quality look without the christmas tree effect. I think the choice below is a mid-point between the two, and again you will get more than one year's worth out of this - so with a blended cashmere feel and with gorgeous detailing this is a fabulous choice - I had to go up one size for a good fit.

Ted Baker
Embellished Bee cashmere-blend jumper



Now my love of Biba and all their sparkle I had to head there and after trying on so many tops, I saved Biba to last (hoping I may be purchasing!!). From the front I LOVED IT and I would have bought it if it wasn't for two key reasons: Firstly the sleeves needed to be a either a tad shorter or 3/4 length - just above the elbow is not my style. But the biggest reason was the (very stupid) thick velvet tie you had to do at the neckline around the back, the design of it simply doesn't match the top and once tied it made me feel that my hair would need to be down as I think it looked messy (notice below how it's soooo perfect on the model :(  ) The sizing was true to fit and the quality and feel was lovely. 

House of Fraser
Bow Back Stitch Detail Jumper


Coming up next week on the blog - sparkly accessories, by which point I think you'll be done with all the sparkle and ready to kick back and enjoy the festive season! 

In between my posts you can keep up with all my daily outfit of the day posts over on Instagram - and you never know you might find the odd quote inspirational too! You don't have to join Instagram, you can simply click here to view.


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