Monday, 26 November 2012

For young fashionista's, but Shh!... don't tell Ellie!

I usually blog about gifts for people after I have given them their present, however this book is such a fabulous find, that if you have any young kids who love colouring, creating and are a tad obsessed with fashion - then this is the perfect gift for Christmas!

My wonderful world of fashion is by Nina Chakrabarti.  I first saw it in the book shop at Somerset House when I went to London Fashion Weekend, then the Sunday, Sadie & I went to the V&A to see the Ballgown exhibition, Nina Chakrabarti was actually there to spend time with kids to do some of her creations.  Now, we didn't hang around for that, but it made me realise this would be the perfect gift for Ellie!

Ellie, my niece, who is 6 years old, who likes to "advise" on what I should wear when she is staying over!

This book is one big fat colouring book, with so much more; it encourages kids to create drawings based around themes, there are pages where Nina has created lots of designs and then the task is to simply look and take them in - encouraging them to spot the detail on garments, shoes, hats etc.  I love this book so much I've had to stop myself having a go!

My favourite page is where Nina explains how you can make a bracelet with safety pins - one I'm tempted to do with or without the child in my house!

Here are a few snaps, to give you an idea of what this book is about:

Nina suggests that this book is for 8 years+, but if you have a budding fashionista in your home and you don't mind helping them a little then I don't see why they can't have this from 6.  Amazon is selling this book at £8.93, rather than the RRP of £12.95.  I've made it easy for you too, if you fancy buying, simply click here!

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Fringe Debate - Part 1

Earlier this year, you guys helped me out by getting involved with updating my look on glasses.  Loving what I purchased, I think your help with my new styling choice is just what I need!

I've been debating for some time now on whether to have, wait for it.....a FRINGE.

Now for some of you reading this your probably thinking, well what's the big deal, but when you have fine, flyaway hair like mine...a fringe may or may not work.

So where am I getting my inspiration...Celebs of course!  What I like about the images I have chosen below, is that they have the deep V fringe, rather than the straight looking fringe which is what I normally opt.  I want something different this time, and I'm thinking the deep V will allow me to wear my hair more natural rather than having to straighten it daily.

Top left to bottom right: Claudia Winkleman / Zoe Ball / Alex Jones / Kate Moss

What do you think so far?

Now do fringes mix with glasses, particularly as mine are quite big....well take a look at these pics and see what you think:

I would love to know your initial thoughts on the deep V fringe for me, so either leave a comment on my blog or tweet me @lovedbylizzi.

A reminder of what I look like if you are not reading this on the blog site!

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Shopping Destination: Brighton

I think there is nothing I love more, and that's being by the sea!

One of my favourite sea-side locations is Brighton, as it offers you so much choice in a day out, that one visit is simply not enough!  
So today, hubby & I set off early, we arrived in Brighton around 10am - I would highly recommend getting in early as the traffic and queues for parking were unbelievable about midday.

Now parking in Brighton, well to put it bluntly, it's not cheap - 4 hours will set you back £15.00, but once you've experienced this place, I guarantee you will not mind.

So we started in Cafe Rouge for a spot of breakfast, and then we headed to the beach for a little stroll - the sea was calm, the sky was perfect blue and they have these gorgeous boutique gift shops right on the seafront, selling everything from costume jewellery, books, prints as well as the usual sea-side merchandise, postcards, sticks of rock etc.

Heading back to the centre you can explore lots of great shops, one area called The Lanes has lots of shops huddled together down narrow lanes, hence the name! Mostly full of jewellers, perfumeries and Art galleries.  
A little further on you get into some of the London brands, such as Jo Malone, Pretty Green, Ted Baker and Toast.

We ended the day having a little flutter on the two-penny machines on Brighton Pier's arcade (plus a cheeky donut!).  
If you've not been, make sure you add it to your to do list for 2013!

Cafe Rouge
Boutiques along the seafront

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Winter is coming... check out Joules winter collection

Joules is one of my favourite lifestyle brands, I love the colourfulness of their range, but also their quirky design features.

Last winter I wrote about the love of my new jacket on The need for Tweed!  And after a few cold spells in the last couple of weeks, the jacket is back out, and I'm still loving it!

I've been checking out their new winter range, and here are some of my favourites...

I simply adore these boots, I keep checking them out every time I'm in their store, but I think it may be tweed overkill to wear with my jacket!?

Green Carrick Tweed Boots - £69.95

Think of the traditional Christmas day jumper and the current trend of animals and birds featuring on all our tops and accessories - so this navy jumper with the robin is bang on track to fit in with both!

Womens Intasia Jumper - £79.95

Love fur trimmings, always adds a little something and yet you get that warm cosy feeling too!  Check out their fur welly sock warmers!

Fur Welly Socks - Available in Blue or Pink - £19.95

And for those crisp winter walks when sometimes a jacket is a little too much, then layer up with their range of gilets.  Joules offer them in a range of colours so you are bound to find one you like.

Higham heavy padded gilet - £64.95

Thursday, 8 November 2012

BOND GIRLS, by Sadie

Emma Bridgewater, the designer of china, and general kitchenalia, has a fantastic tea towel available that says ‘I had a really nice dream last night about Daniel Craig’

Well since seeing Skyfall last week, I’ve had several and I doubt I’m alone!

Daniel Craig has probably made a lot more women interested in James Bond films but personally I’ve always been a fan.  What’s not to like?  The films are just so glamorous!  The cars, the tuxes and of course, the Bond Girls.

Every James Bond film has had beautiful Bond Girl in it whose clothes and general look is to be admired and often emulated.

Here are some of my favourites – 

Honey Rider played by Ursula Andress in Dr No (1962)

Honey is probably my favourite Bond Girl, being a bit of a Vintage fan as I am.  I love her iconic white bikini - which was, of course, nodded to by Daniel Craig’s emergence from the sea in Casino Royale (2006) and again with Halle Berry’s orange bikini in Die Another Day (2002) .

Pussy Galore played by Honor Blackman in Goldfinger (1964) is possibly one of the most famous Bond Girls.  I love the attitude she’s exuding in this picture..

The 70s Bond Girls also had some amazing dresses.  

Solitaire played by Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die (1973), looks stunning in this ensemble. 

Bringing it bang up to date is Eve, played by Naomi Harris in Skyfall (2012).  Possibly more gutsy than many before her (I’ll say no more in case you haven’t seen it yet), but still stunning in this amazing dress.

I can’t go without mentioning the ULTIMATE Bond Girl.  Dame Judi Dench as M.  What a woman, who shows all of us what we can aspire to in our later years.  Smart, sophisticated and still a real beauty.

Oh, and just as a final thought – I know this is about Bond Girls, but lets just have a little look at the current man himself!  Sweet dreams!


Sadie is a wife, mother, dog-owner, plus organiser of complex things and owner of large handbags!  Why not follower her on twitter @sadiebp or read her other blogpost, Why not opt for Vintage.