Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Blenheim Palace: A Passion for Fashion

I arrived back from hot Jamaica on Thursday - I've gone back to wearing polo necks (so no showing off the tan) as I'm too cold, plus with a 5-hour time difference and the Summer hour change - Tired?! Let's put it this way, I can't wait for my next lie in!

Instagram @Lovedbylizzi - Montego Bay, Jamaica

My bikini was a hit, I can really recommend it now that I have tested it properly - the bikini top especially was really great - supportive even without using the ties and I found halter-neck was my preferred way to wear it.

Sunday, for Mother's Day (and for her forthcoming birthday), I took my mother to visit the Palace at Woodstock, Blenheim Palace.  What was even more of a treat for us both the palace had collaborated with the House of Dior and pulled together a historical fashion exhibition, "A Passion for Fashion". And whilst it was only a small exhibit, it worked so well amongst the State rooms.  

My favourite was the Long Library which held the original 1954 fashion show in aid of the Red Cross to which Princess Margaret was the guest of honour.

Fashion and history go hand in hand, and this exhibit was one of the better selections of historical clothing I've seen.  Mum and I were surprised to learn that both ladies and gentlemen took fashion so seriously, mainly governed by what the French were doing, that they were truly prepared TO DIE FOR FASHION! - Arsenic was poisoning our Ladies so that they could have bright green dresses, men and women chose to wear make-up that contained lead to ensure they had very light pale skin, it was quite ridiculous what they were prepared to do to ensure they looked the best.

I only took a few pics, and anyway you need to go see for yourself - the exhibit is on until 24th April and with your ticket you get full access to the Palace, their gardens which were simple yet very beautiful, plus full access to view the lake and surrounding parkland.  It's well worth a visit if you've not been before.  

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The day before I went on a little shopping trip, here's one of two garments I purchased at the Hush concession in John Lewis - it's only another jumpsuit!  As soon as I put this on, I fell in love - lots of compliments too from hubby and I know within only a few weeks I will have ticked the value for money box, without a doubt.

I teamed this up with my black pumps from River Island and a khaki cross-over bag from Oasis - and here I am next to one of the gorgeous 1950's Dior dresses.


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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day 2017: How will you #BeBoldForChange ?

Today is International Women's Day 2017 - I've taken my pledge for 2017.  If you fancy making a pledge too, then head to the International Women's site by clicking here and select the one that you would love to take action on. 


Sunday, 5 March 2017

All hail... the high-waisted bikini!

It's always a good time to go on holiday, right?

Well yes and no.  I love the sun, I love the heat but just after winter as we approach spring, I'm a tad reluctant to give up my 100 denier tights, skinny jeans, boots and all those glorious comfy lush jumpers.

In just over a week I have to get in a bikini - that's right!  I'm currently milky white, full of winter and I have to bare all in front of EVERYONE and I'm just not sure I'm ready!

I think the best time of year for us British ladies to relax and chill in the glorious sun is from around June. By this point we've waxed everything off, the legs have been bare for about 8 weeks, we've had a little sun from the picnics, walks in the park, beer gardens and just generally in the garden - we've ate the salads, the lighter evening meals and by this point we are ready.  I've still not given up the comfy winter food, or even thought about baring a leg!

I've been reading previous summer posts I've written about getting ready, and it's made me realise I may just have run out of time; It's finally here! So girls we need to get ready... talks about pedicures (I've booked that!) and getting fit (I take it looking at my cross-trainer doesn't count!) and then there is Summer time essentials - Make the most of it! talks about IF the sun comes out, well where I am going it's currently 30 degrees so I think I've ticked that box!

And so let's talk about bikinis.  A few years back when I was not so happy with my weight, I packed a tankini, now I think these are great for spa days etc, but they are not designed for sunbathing, too much material and it's hard to wear any cover ups, I just felt frumpy - so that's a no, no.

Then there is the one-suit - now there is a huge range of them out there and they do look beautiful, but then my hairdresser told me she got fed up with them on her holiday the hassle of going to the ladies and getting in and out of them - and so this is a no, no too.

And then she told me about the high-waisted bikini - this sounded appealing but met with the cautious "will this make me frumpy too?". I decided to discuss with the younger ladies in my office, who went on to rave about them, decision made - the high-waisted it is!.  After searching the internet, and not forgetting my recent experience, I finally decided on Figleaves, which you can only buy online; an added advantage is they are offering 15% off most lines, simply use SPRING15 when checking out.

I invested in more than one, but this is the one I want to share with you ladies, it's the scuba Byron Bay bikini.  The material even feels a bit like a scuba suit - I'm so chuffed with the quality, the style, plus it fitted first time!  I am truly loving this and whilst I am the most unsportiest person, this is going to say "I am ready for this"; "I am not frumpy" - it says "I am beach ready!"


Byron Beach Underwired Scuba Bikini 

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