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Sunday, 24 September 2017

My top 5 winter coats under £40

With so many value brands on the high street or in our supermarkets you can always bag a bargain on key essentials; one being the winter coat. Whilst it's lovely to invest in a classic that will last years and years, this is fine if you buy it in neutrals likes camel, black or navy but when it comes to trends - TRENDS YOU DO NOT INVEST IN.

It is key then to spend wisely; the average cost of a coat on the high street is just under the £100, but if it's a colour or a style that you are not going to where next year, I would say you have four months at best to get your money's worth. That's nearly £25 a month on wearing this coat; plus because it's a high value, you will never give it away; so once you tire of it, it's going to hang there... taking up space in your wardrobe.

That's why I would suggest not spending much; because once you're done with it you will be happy to pass it on and let someone else benefit from it - it's a win-win.



Lovely and soft - £34.99 from New Look


I've been out and about having a good look, and some of my favourite brands didn't meet the criteria; it had to be a winter coat that you could wear to the office that was under £50; what I found was once you got to £39, the price jumped to £89, and so really you can get a winter coat for under £40.

Now not all of these you will be able to just click through and buy, so you will need to head into store if you like any of the choices below.

So let's start with this one above from New Look, I really liked the feel of the coat, lovely and soft. It's not really my colour but if you have light-cool colourings (Summer) then this will be idea for you. At this price you are not going to get wool, this is made from 90% Polyester, 9% Viscose, 1% Elastane - but I was pleasantly surprised at how warm it felt to touch and on. A simple style long coat with double pockets and it has two large poppers on the front to fasten it up. I opted for a 12 first, my normal starting point with coats, and I had to go down a size to a 10 to get it to fit right on the shoulders.

They also had it in a mustard colour, which I loved, but they didn't have my size and I see it's not online so it's proving a very popular choice!




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Moving on to George at Asda, renowned for being great value. This next coat is very trendy with the checked theme, personally not my thing, but I'm seeing this style worn by lots of lovely ladies and I think you can't go wrong at £25.  The mix of fibres are 62% Polyester, 19% Acrylic, 8% Viscose, 5% Nylon, 5% Cotton, 1% Wool and I think accessorised with a fabulous scarf and a nice black handbag, you can't go wrong with this one! I found the arms a little long, but the size 12 fit nicely on the shoulders.

They also had it in black and a burgundy both just as good!




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Tesco's had two great choices, and was surprising the most expensive. Their F&F brand has been around for ages, and I find the quality very good. My favourite of the two is the mustard boyfriend coat, again just like the New Look one, I loved the feel and it was a great muted colour ochre, as some can be quite bright. 

The boyfriend style doesn't really work well for me personally as I have an hourglass body shape and so I don't carry off a heavy shoulder very well. But it's snuggly and warm and I liked it very much.

This one comes in four colours, blush pink, ochre yellow, grey and red, and it's £39. I'm wearing the 12 so it's true to size.



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I couldn't find the checked one below online, so you would need to head in store to see if they have it. Although I am personally not keen on the checked design, I much preferred this one to the George option, again it is £39, but I think it's a much better fit as a size 12 and I thought it just looked better on.

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And I finishing with my favourite! If we hadn't of started with this one I may just have purchased it on this shopping trip - that's not to say I may not go back! I cannot find it online, but that's quite typical of Primark, they love for you to head in store for their best buys!

I love love love this red coat, not quite as soft as the New Look one, but the colour is very me and at £25 you cannot go wrong! It looked stylish, the size 12 fitted very well - and so for me, this is the one that gets 10/10.


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Thursday, 14 September 2017

British Made - A Modern Clutch Bag


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I'm a huge fan of British made and a huge fan of women enterprises - so when you add the two together, I can't help myself but get involved.

King and Eye Crochet is a new venture set up at the beginning of 2017, after Newcastle born Claire who now lives in Stockport, decided to set up shop after crocheting for around three years. Her preference for chunky textured styles has made her source yarns from local mills in Lancashire, being local to them helps her maintain checks on the origins of her yarns used for her products.

Inspired by Claire's designs on Instagram you can't help but wonder what the products are like to touch and feel, and I thought it was very quirky how she used this technique to create one of my favourite types of bags, clutches.

Receiving my delivery, I was super excited by all the unwrapping... my clutch bag was wrapped in tissue paper with a decorative tie along with a card from Claire - that personal touch you simply do not get on the high street. 

The modern twist with Claire's designs are the chunky textured fibres she uses. The large black clutch that I am using here is so beautifully made, knowing that it's been hand-crafted especially for you just adds a level of personalisation and whilst I know there are others out there too, I still feel like I am the only one that owns this bag.

The tassel on the front is removable, a great option to have if you want to change it at a later date. I personally love it and not only is it a great feature of the design, but you find you can't help but play with it whilst you are waiting or on a phone call. Made from t-shirt yarn it has that lovely cotton feel you get with t-shirts and provides a texture that I have not come across before. I also feel that is got strength and I suspect it will not be long before I add one of my brooches to it on a night out, to add that extra level of personalisation that I like to do - and I kind of know already I am not going to ruin the fabric by doing so.


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What I'm loving about this large black clutch bag


  • I can get my large purse in it - no need for me to have to swap purses on a night out, which sometimes stops me from using a clutch
  • It's very tactile - this I think is a really important feature for a clutch bag as you could be holding it all evening. When you have a shoulder bag you have less interaction, but with a clutch if you don't like the feel of it then you are not going to use it
  • The uniqueness - I always love owning something different
  • A great price-point at £29.95 plus shipping
  • And not forgetting... British Made

Claire has other items in the range like home decor which are in her merino creations - Australian merino, the softest available, which can be created in all colours of the rainbow. 


King And Eye Crochet - The Home of Chunky Knits, Modern Crochet & Handmade Home Decor - Claire's world can be explored, just here.


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My full outfit details:

Sunglasses - Chanel
Jacket - Alexa in Forrest Green by Kettlewell Colours
Tee - "Iconic Blue Cat" designed by Owe Sandstrom for ABBA The Museum
Midi Skirt - Pleated A-Line Midi by M&S
Trainers - Adidas Stan Smith
Clutch - King And Eye Crochet










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The item in this post was gifted to me by King And Eye Crochet but I am not part of any affiliates programme with them, so any purchases you make with King And Eye Crochet using the links in this post there will be no financial earnings to Lizzi of Loved by Lizzi.








Sunday, 10 September 2017

Travel: Stockholm Inspiration


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I was very lucky this week as I got to go to Stockholm on a business conference - what a beautiful city! I was completely overwhelmed by the glorious architecture, the super clean streets and most of all what the ladies were wearing.

It was like a uniform; very stylish, practical (no high-heels at all, didn't see one pair!), and the colourings were neutral and muted, it was like they had all signed up to a code of conduct and everyone, and I mean everyone was complying.

I took a couple of photos below to give you an insight into it, but if you can imagine slimline cigarette trousers in either black, navy or beige. Nearly everyone had a grey cashmere jumper on. Stark white crisp shirts, that some had poking out underneath their jumper, collar up or down that it seems you could decide for yourself. Every one in pumps, trainers or brogues again colours were mainly black, navy or grey.

Coats were kept lightweight and simple, mainly 3/4 length with sleeves tucked up to their elbows. Quite a few had accessorised with scarves, which just oozed quality, definitely cashmere. 

There was something very elegant about this smart-casual approach to a work wardrobe, by keeping the palette neutral this I'm sure allows for garments to be swapped throughout the week without having to work too hard. I was inspired truly - especially as we have recently adopted a more business casual style within our office. 

I was also a tad pleased with my travel outfit that you can see at the beginning of the post, without knowing I blended in quite well, which is a huge bonus when you are not a local.





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To get this Stockholm style here are some key brands you could consider...



GAP UK




GAP UK would be a great place to start, particularly for trousers or jeans - it's also a good place to check out shirts.
















COS




This coat is from COS, the design was very much Stockholm style. COS is also great for basic neutral garments which have clean lines and simple designs.















French Connection




And for knitwear, head to French Connection - the quality is always lovely and you will be sure to bagsy that grey jumper whether you want it very simple or the design to feature the latest trend.




















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My full outfit details:

Jacket - Alexa in Forrest Green by Kettlewell Colours
Top - Bruce by Bruce Webber from John Lewis
Jeans - Skinny black by Next
Trainers - Stan Smith by Adidas

















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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Summer to Autumn - Three Ways with Kettlewell Colours

It's that time of year, like you get around February-March time, where we are not quite in one season or the next; some of this is to do with the great British weather and oh hasn't that been interesting throughout August!

At the start of summer we would have all invested in some new key pieces for our holidays or perhaps to freshener up our work wear; regular readers of Loved By Lizzi will know I am always keen to get as much wear out of my investments whilst staying on trend with the new season.




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In this post I'm going to take three of my favourite summer items, that you will have seen more than once, either on my blog or on Instagram; and I'm going to show you how you can use colour and layering to take your own favourite items into Autumn and get a few more months of use out of them, before you pack them up for Winter.

To do this, I'm using a great British brand Kettlewell Colours who's ethos is based on colour and simplicity. If you have had your personal colour analysis done, as in knowing if you're an Autumn (like me), Spring, Summer or Winter, it's highly likely your stylist will have mentioned this brand. As the whole shopping experience, even online, you'll be guided to a range of signature basics in a rainbow of colours which will be just right for your natural colourings. 

If you've never heard of them, well this is going to open a door of delightful new colour options that you simply cannot get on the high street - let me show you....




1. Team your favourite floral skirt with the latest trend in knitwear - cardigans!

I've been banging on about cardigans for the last few weeks, and so this was a must for me this Autumn. Taking my newly created Zara skirt, this gave me three colour options to play with, pink, yellow or green. I'm personally not a fan of pink, as it doesn't suit me, and with the eight choices I had with the Milan Knit Cardigan I opted for the Sunshine Yellow.

It's a lightweight cotton merino blend; I'm a huge fan of merino as it keeps me warmer than standard cotton wool cardigans. One of my favourite items of jewellery to wear is pearls and I particular love pearls on garments plus I also have a thing about buttons, well this little number comes with beautiful pearl buttons - it's a win-win for me!

I've styled it below over a light camisole top and I am wearing a size Medium, which is their size 12, as I wanted a relax look.


Milan Knit Cardigan
Available in 8 colours
£69







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2. Get layering with a silky roll neck - perfect for your summer dresses

One of the most easiest ways to warm up an outfit is to wear a polo underneath. I particular love the silky fabric to this garment, it simply takes this look to another level. The silky roll neck comes in 25 colours, that's right 25!!! There is so much choice that you can have a lot of fun using this one garment to mix up a look in more than one way.

Here I am wearing True Red in size Medium, however if you look at the colours in the dress, I could have opted too for the Mandarin Orange or the new AW17 colour of Jelly Bean green, all of these would have worked.  

I've styled the roll neck here with my Zara floral dress and to give more definition to my waistline I have added a belt. I've opted for stilettos to show you an office look, but I could go full red and have worn my new boots too!!!!


Silky Roll Neck
Available in 25 colours
£39









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3. The statement jumper


No doubt you've got a black or another neutral colour skirt that just needs a little WOW adding to it - try a bright or contrasting colour jumper that really makes it become the statement piece.  This Cosy Merino Sweater is a new item to the Kettlewell Colour collection; a crew-neck long-sleeved 100% pure Italian merino wool and I have to say it is
 'F A B U L O U S'.

I make no apologies now, I am already praying for cold weather to start to kick in, as I want to wear it NOW!

Here I have opted for Indian Ochre, not only because I am naturally an Autumn and this is one of the best colour-ways for me, but it's also a key colour this AW17. I've teamed this with my Hush skirt, along with thick black tights and shoe boots for that real winter look.

Why do I love merino wool so much? Well I struggle to wear chunky knitwear due to having a large bust, making the warmth I get from a slimline merino garments extremely appealing, as I am always keen to select items that work with my hourglass figure. 

This jumper is actually longer than I have made it look as I have tucked it in, it's 64cm in length - so when I wear this with jeans I will style it full length, giving me a completely different look - versatility is always a key feature if you want to style an item numerous ways.


NEW
Cosy Merino Sweater
Available in 10 colours
£79







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So as you can see, three different garments, giving three different looks, you can have a lot of fun playing with colour and layering. My key tip is to look at your favourite item and pick out one or two colours that you think would work with it and explore the Kettlewell Colours website.

However, if you are would like some help with this, then send me a picture of your garment either by email or via social media and I will be more than happy to make some suggestions for you.









The post Summer to Autumn - Three Ways with Kettlewell Colours was on Loved by Lizzi first.

The items 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.