Thursday, 26 June 2014

Looking great and staying young - It's all about Wellness!

I just want to give you a heads up that on Loved by Lizzi throughout July, I will be focusing on Wellness.

With a milestone birthday on the horizon early next year - naturally I've started to have thoughts about "What can I do to look younger?".  A huge fan as you know of tailored skincare,  great hair products, grooming essentials along with keeping my wardrobe up to date - these are all external factors.

But what am I doing about the "internal" me?

With this in mind, I've started to take a holistic approach to looking after myself - wellness in all kinds of ways; from exercise to diet, to a spiritual mindset and more.  I beginning to think that unless you look after the inside, then the outside is going to suffer.

So throughout July, I'm inviting you on my journey where I'll be going through some of the small but important changes I've been making to my lifestyle (or about to!).  I say small, because let's face it if you make big huge changes, they never last!  

I'll be covering topics like:

  • How I swapped cellulite cream for a cross-trainer in preparation for my beach holidays
  • How I saved money and lost weight by swapping my lunchtime daily baguette & crisps to taking in my own salads
  • Dry brushing - does it work?
  • Improving my nutrition - Step 1 - I'm currently giving The Super Elixir a go, a super green supplement to see if it energises my life; as promoted by Elle Macpherson, co founder of WelleCo
  • Top tips from a Resilient course I attended recently
  • Positive thinking - how I practice Law of Attraction
  • Improving my nutrition - Step 2 - I'm currently seeking a nutritionist to give me more advice about how I can improve on what I'm eating/drinking each day

Plus throughout the month I'll be gathering more health tips, so I'm sure I'll have lots to share - and hopefully you will feel inspired to make a few changes yourself, to work on the inner you too!

So feel free to send me your ideas or any top tips you would like to share, by leaving a comment on my blog or sending me a tweet!


Lizzi x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

I'm loving...

Whilst I've been out and about shopping over the last few weeks - here are a few things I've spotted that I'm loving!

John Lewis have this new brand, Kin - it's a modern look, that's well-designed and the best part - inexpensive!  I feel the items mimic Ted Baker or even Reiss without the same price tag!

Textured Lime Jumper

I absolutely love this Kimono from River Island, I've looked at it a few times in store - unfortunately I just don't think it's for me!  Recommended to be worn with a white vest top and blue denim jeans.

Pink Floral Devore Kimono

I've not yet seen this one in store - but this caught my eye last week when my Monsoon update landed in my inbox.  I love the colour, I love the style, I love the detail on the hips and I also love the name of the dress!

Ivy Dress
Only available in green

In the last couple of weeks, I've  visited the V&A gift shop  and treated myself to this special edition Fashion notebook.

Designed by Lesley Barnes, an award winning illustrator, she has created this exclusive sketchbook for the V&A.  It features womens silhouettes for designing and detailed information of measurememnts and other things like washing clothing symbols.  The contrasting pink on the black keeps the design feminine.

I can't wait to start using it!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Designer bargain? You need to shop at TK Maxx

TK Maxx from the outside doesn't really look that appealing and perhaps when you first walk into the store you have this "OMG where do I start?!" feeling.

Here are my top tips for spotting a designer bargain or two, next time your shopping in there:

  • Don't go with the intention of purchasing something specific - you'll just get frustrated and give up
  • TK Maxx is great for the simple things like handbags, purses, shoes, sportswear & perfume
  • If you see it, and you like it, then buy it! - it will not be there in a day or two!
  • Don't just buy it because it's cheap - if it's not fulfilling an existing gap in your wardrobe then question if you really need it?!
  • Be prepared to buy out of season - I bought my wellies on one of the hottest and driest days of the year
  • TK Maxx is also very good for homeware
  • If you spot damaged on your item - be sure to ask for extra discount!
  • Not every TK Maxx is the same - I find some better than others - my favourites are St Albans and London Colney

These Birkenstocks should have been £40, I paid £25

Mid-calf Hunter Boots, normally £59.99, I paid £35

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Not from the high street!

I often hear girlfriends saying that they are fed up with the same old, same old from the high street.  If you fancy something different, then you have to change where you shop!

Some of the best women's boutiques are in small market towns; they are unlikely to have online stores for you to check out beforehand, however I can guarantee that not only will you see garments from brands you have never heard of, but you will also find something that simply makes you say WOW!

I think there is a myth that all boutiques are expensive - yes there are some that only offer premium priced garments, but I've noticed a change in recent years of much lower prices.  Boutiques have a lot of competition both high street and online so they need to appeal to shoppers or they simply will not survive.

One tip I will give you about shopping in boutiques - they only buy a few sizes in the one garment and they also change their stock regularly to keep their customers interested.  So if you see something you like, you have to buy it, as there is no guarantee that it will be there the next time.

Today I was shopping in one of my favourite small towns, Berkhamsted.  After having lunch with a girlfriend, we hit the shops.  Miss Boutique is a new store in town that opened November 2013 - and I purchased this coral jumper from Vie Ta Vie for my forthcoming French holiday.  I love it and I know that I can dress this item up or down depending on where I'm going.

Versatile, stylish and not from the high street!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Be careful to what T&C's you sign up to online!

This blogpost is coming to you in more of a warning rather than an encouragement to join in!  More and more of us these days are shopping online, it so easy so why not!

Many online stores take on celebrity endorsements, as this encourages main stream shoppers to support their brand - with reality TV at an all time high, this is the perfect partnership (for them!)

So here's my story...

For me, this was JustFAB and Kimora Lee Simmons.  I love watching Kimora on all her shows, with one of her latest highlighting her new business venture with JustFAB.

Buzzed by watching an episode late one night, I went straight onto the site and before I knew it I was buying a bag.  What I didn't realise is that I was also agreeing to become a VIP member - that's because I was not reading the T&C's properly when signing up and I didn't realise what I had committed myself to, until I received my purchase a few days later.

So as a VIP you get all items, be it shoes or bags for £35.  And for each purchase you collect points, which works out to be 10 purchases x £35 you get a free pair of shoes worth £35.  Simple.

Until you understand the small print.  On the first of every month they send you an e-mail, detailing the purchases they recommend for you that month and by the 5th of the month you need to either have purchased or "skip the month".   If you don't skip the month properly then your account will be debited £35 - to be redeemed against purchases the following time you shop.

At first I was making purchases, however I found the quality of product not as great as the images shown, but they did have an easy returns system so not a problem.

But after a few months, I was tired of all their e-mails, they were now sending me two to three a week! Therefore I was being very careful not to delete the one whereby you had to skip the month.  Now I know what your thinking….why didn't I just cancel.  Well I had tried the time I phoned to return an item.  The person at the end of the phone clearly had a script that he wasn't allowed to move on from, so it simply failed.  I also feel it was becoming a bit like a gym membership, you have one, because everyone else has one, and yet deep down you just wish to CANCEL!

So after a year of this stupid behaviour - I made a call.  Determined just to go through to the cancel option and cancel.  They threw everything at me, promising to reduce the e-mails, offered be extra discount. Offered me this and that - but I stayed strong.  I canceled.

Huge relief.

And a big huge vow to myself to make sure I read properly what I'm signing up to if it's more than just buying an item.

If this blog saves one person the hassle I've gone through, then my work here is done!!