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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!





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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!




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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!




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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.








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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 ;)



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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
£15








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
£10








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
£12










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
£19.99





Stoneware box
£8.99




Tall glass vase
£17.99
Available in black or clear








OASIS 

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
£5.00





This is so cute! Rose gold in colour

Glitter coin purse
£7.00








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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