Sunday, 30 August 2015

Let's talk Autumn!

According to the BBC weather man this morning, it's official - from the 1st September it is Autumn! (boo boo boo!).  

Now I'm not saying you need to start putting your summer clothes away; as I'm hoping we may have one last hot spell before then, but if your keen to make a statement this Autumn, then you need to start thinking about what it is your wardrobe needs.

Consider the staples like a raincoat or possibly a new winter coat.  Knee length or ankle boots - do you want them in classic black or would you like to opt for brown or burgundy this season?

Accessories - the easiest and cheapest way to update your look!   If you have the right coat, handbag and shoes to take you through this season, then do your scarves, umbrellas or possibly even your shopping tote need updating?

The items you may not use much but will be trying to find at the back of the wardrobe last minute for the Christmas party etc - are these looking tired or even dated??

Over the next few weeks, my Loved by Lizzi blog will highlight some of the best that is out on the high street.

But for now, here's some inspiration of what's out there this season….


Net a Porter - The Edit Magazine

Karen Millen

Thursday, 27 August 2015

I'm loving...

Autumn/Winter collections are now out in the shops making it difficult to buy anything for our summer holiday's unless you can find it on the sale rails or shop online at brands like NEXT and Very who offer the basics all year round.

In my last post I mentioned a few items I purchased for my Italian trip, I can't promise you can still get them, but I've been really pleased with them, so here are three items I'm loving!

This small cross-body bag was perfect for day and for night.  I opted for gold as a lot of my accessories, shoes and jewellery work best with that colour.  If you have cool skin tone, so your colourings are Winter or Summer,  the silver version would suit you better.

You can get this bag in a variety of colours...

The dress I wore to Capri was perfect for summer daytime, I love the style of t-shirt dresses, but this one designed by Label Lab is brilliant if your body shape is hour-glass as they have nipped and tucked the material so that it fits your curves!

This dress is also available where the light blue is either just white or it fades into orange. Team this dress up with flip-flops, a summer hat and a small bag and your ready to go!

And finally, I know it's a little expensive for a day dress, but this red/orange linen dress from Whistles is a fabulous way to keep cool on a hot day.  Not really designed for an hour-glass body shape, the cocoon fit makes it quite loose around the waistline so I purchased a size smaller than I would normally wear to try and reduce this affect.

I've had so many nice compliments whilst wearing this dress, however it doesn't travel well in a suitcase, so you'll need access to an iron!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sorrento - What I Wore

So this last week I've been holidaying in the gorgeous Italian area of Sorrento and it's coastal areas of Positano and Capri.

I think the slogan that Vogue put on this bottle of San Pellegrino sums up what Italy is all about!

"Fine Food & Style"

If you like dressing up both day and night, then Italy is the right destination for you!  There is no dressing down to be done, and very few people I saw made little effort, even if they were just heading to the beach for the day!

Packing for this trip was very easy - I simply needed a number of day dresses and then my usual evening outfits.  What was really important, I felt, was to get my accessories right, so that I could easily mix and match without too much hesitation on if it would work.

Key was to have the right shoes, bags, belts and jewellery that all compliment each other, this means you can take far less stuff!  Gone are the days when we all want to take EVERYTHING, who wants to carry it all and also pay to take it to only bring back, unworn!

Exploring Sorrento

The dress below you may recognise from previous posts, but there is a big difference! This dress started life as a maxi dress, and every time I wore it, I just didn't really feel right in it.  Thanks to my mum, she helped me shorten it just in time for my holiday, and it's a much better fit now that it sits just above the knee. (Notice the bag here…  I'll be coming on to that in a bit!)

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

This was the only day I knew I had to be practical - and so I opted for my Nikes for the climb up Mount Vesuvius.  This meant I had to go for shorts, which I feel can look really boyish and so to avoid that I opted for my new pretty red/pink floral top that I purchased this summer from a fab shop in St Albans called The Dressing Room.

The sun hat was cheap from H&M at £7.99, and you can now see a line straight down the front where I actually spent most of the day using it as a fan, especially on the train ride as there was no air!!

Nights out

That's what's lovely about holidays, the need to get all dressed up for the nights out.  Italians love making an effort in the evenings, including the men! And with everyone in their finest you simply cannot go out "dressed down".

This dress is an old one, but I love it!

Shoes of a day were gold havaianas flip flops and then for evening I wore these flat Guess sandals that I purchased a few weeks ago from TK Maxx.  I did take heels, but the cobbled streets and the fact that Sorrento is on a steep hill really didn't allow for them - I actually felt quite sorry for the girls trying to walk in theirs, I think I would have gone bare foot!!

Boat trips and Accessories

I didn't get a full length picture of me in this dress, so here's one from a few weeks ago that I took for Instagram.  This is a t-shirt dress and the fit and style of this dress was simply perfect for my day trip to Capri.  I had a two hour boat trip which also involved getting into a little boat for the Blue Grotto and then I knew we would be heading to the Designer shopping area of the island for a spot of lunch, so I wanted to make sure I was nicely dressed for that too.

My favourite purchase for this holiday has to be this gold bag that I used day and night, it went with everything.  Easy to dress it up or down, light-weight and compact and yet held all my essential items.

I didn't buy it.  Although I was tempted!  Fourth one along looks just like my Alfonso, and I missed him very much on this trip as the Italians love their dogs and they were everywhere!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

5 mins for...

Is summer here? Or is it Autumn really early!  I’ve heard that we should be getting the sunshine back again this week, which will make deciding what to wear a much easier task – I don’t know about you but I hate having to think of layers, I feel here in the UK we seem to have to do this all year round!

So talking of what to wear; a fellow blogger Catherine, has recently wrote a about how to dress professionally throughout the summer months at work.  It’s always tempting to do more of the dress down look during the summer, but could this affect your future career opportunities?  Catherine writes “If you have to think about whether it’s suitable for the office, it probably isn’t.” Read the full article here.

This week across the news and social media we’ve all heard about the very sad death of Cecil the lion. In the past I would never have considered myself much of an animal lover, but two years ago I got my first dog, a bichonpoo called Alfonso – since then I now look at every animal as a different form of him, and it’s switched on a button in me that now can get very upset over matters like this.  

So I was really pleased to hear that the model Jane Birkin whose name has been used for years by Hermès for their iconic bag, which is known for having a six year waiting list, to remove her name.  She’s found out that crocodiles are being farmed and cruelly killed to make said bags; it takes the skins of three crocodiles to make just one bag!  With Ms Birkin making this stance, and the hype of it across social media, this has now made owning a once truly desirable item, one of the uncoolest bags to have, overnight; the power of social media should not be underestimated!   Read more about this here.

A couple of years ago I was in Monte Carlo with my husband, we had just finished having afternoon tea at Café de Paris and we took a walk around, as we were passing Hotel de Paris, a lady stepped out and I kid you not she was well into a 90’s but she made my head turn, why?  She was the most glamourous elderly lady I think I had ever seen.  There was no beige, no practical shoes, she was brightly clothed and accessorised from head to toe! I said to my husband, “Look at her, do you see her? That’s what I want to look like when I’m her age” And I mean it.

The person I have found that mirrors my aspiration is Iris Apfel.  Iris was born 29th August in 1921, she’s currently 93 years old and has her own documentary movie out this week called, Iris.  She’s an American business woman, interior designer and a fashion icon. Renowned for her stylish and eccentric dress sense, particularly her large glasses.  She has been quoted by the BBC for saying “I think dressing up should be fun”, she was listed in 2013 as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian.  

To get a feel for what Iris is like, you can watch the BBC’s five minute interview here.  Showings of her movie are limited and mainly in the London area, but if you’re interested, you can read more about locations and dates here.

And finally, I will shortly be heading off for some sunshine, destination not yet booked but I’m hoping it’s going to be hot, hot, hot.  My recent purchase ticks boxes for dress down sight-seeing, dress up dinner, beach cover up, plus relaxed and easy travel wear.  It’s bright, it’s red/orange and it’s definitely in my colour-season of autumn.  I love this dress, named Hannah from Whistles.

Here’s a pick of me wearing it on Instagram – you can follow me @lovedbylizzi