Thursday, 16 August 2018

YOU TUBE: VLOG BEHIND THE SCENES

I've been blogging quite a few years now and I make every effort to go hunt out the best buys I think you'll love. Well I don't do this from my home surfing the net! I love to get out and about checking the latest products from the highstreet brands and get a feel for what's hot at the moment.

I love blogging and I love creating this content for you, and as part of my new series on You Tube I've put together a short film on one of my trips out so that you get a feel of some of the 'behind the scenes' activity.

It's not glam in any way, and so the film is quite raw - it would be good to know if you like this sort of content, so please do leave a comment and let me know!

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

SUMMER TREND: HEAD SCARVES & TURBANS

Head scarves or turbans are a strong trend this summer season - so easy to wear and let's be honest it helps us with those bad hair days, especially if we need to stay away from washing it so much.

I've also found this year I'm less keen on a summer hat - Why? I have absolutely no clue, so this trend is really working for me.



Lizzi Richardson
@Lovedbylizzi


I've tried tying my skinny scarf both as a bow (see below) plus I've also let it hang loose for a longer look - I personally prefer the bow as I don't have much of a pony tail with my bob length hair but should you have very cropped or very long, I can image leaving it longer would look stylishly fab!


Head scarf
@Lovedbylizzi
 


As for the turban version, well I have bought the black Zara one below - I've not had the chance to use it because in my mind this would suit me more for either the beach or poolside. With my fringe once you get your hair a little wet it can look quite messy, I am hoping this turban along with a bit of lippy and some earrings, will mask how unkept I'm feeling, because it will ooze glam - well that's what's going on in my head!! LOL.

Have a go at both - unfortunately they don't allow you to take these small accessories into the changing rooms, so perhaps shop for them at a quieter time giving you the chance to try in store without too much fuss. Take a friend for the honest opinion BUT remember it's meant to be an aid to keep a casual vibe stylish so let's avoid perfection!



STYLE INSPIRATION
















All images are from Pinterest




MY TOP TIPS

  • Think about what colours, prints you like - perhaps take a look at Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration before you head to the shops
  • Don't try too hard making your hair look perfect - it's meant to look natural not too contrived
  • Head to You Tube and watch a few videos on how to tie the scarves
  • Start small - try a pony tail and just tie a skinny scarf around the tail, keep trying new ways each time, and your confidence will grow
  • It is harder with a fringe, but don't feel you have to hide the fringe... work it within the look
  • Think about the colour of your scarf and the print - it needs to work with what you are wearing (unless you are in a plain tee and jeans or a simple jumpsuit)
  • If you love this trend - invest in two or three scarves/turbans as you don't want to keep re-creating the same look
  • Most importantly, spend time playing and getting to know how to tie it - don't try creating on a special night out!



This black one below is what I have purchased for my beach/pool look - hardly breaking the bank at £7.99!
ZARA
TURBAN-STYLE HEADBAND WITH KNOT
£7.99






ZARA
SEQUINNED HEADBAND
£15.99






ZARA
DAISY PRINT SCARF
£6.99








ASOS
ASOS DESIGN WIDE TURBAN IN PINK VELVET
£8.00










ASOS
ASOS DESIGN HAIR SCARF IN ANIMAL PRINT
£6.00






RIVER ISLAND
BROWN SATIN LEOPARD PRINT TURBAN HAT
Was £16.00, Now £7.00









RIVER ISLAND
RED SCARF PRINT WIDE TWIST HEADBAND
£10.00






My Ted Baker scarf is from last year and I bought it in the sale - so always keep a look out for this sort of thing at your favourite premium brand stores - as paying full price for these kind of items can be quite expensive. Here's a few I've found on their website.


TED BAKER
KANSISS

Kyoto Gardens skinny scarf
Was £40, Now £25






TED BAKER
JOANE

Blenheim Jewels skinny scarf
Was £40, Now £28








RIXO LONDON

Alexa – Abstract Oriental

















I would love to see how you get on using your head scarves or turbans, so if you do post on instagram, please tag me in @Lovedbylizzi and feel free to use my hashtag #lovedbylizzi



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Thursday, 9 August 2018

YOU TUBE - WESTFIELD WHITE CITY | WHY I LOVE SHOPPING THERE

Westfield White City is one of many places I love to shop, I've never had a bad day there shopping. There is so much choice of stores, plus lots of restaurants, cinema and you can easily use the tube station at Shepherd's Bush should you need to head off into the city. 

As part of my new series on You Tube, I've made a short film explaining why I love shopping there.

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Lizzi x



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Sunday, 5 August 2018

23 CASUAL TEES

I am spending a week living in jeans and t-shirts.... not my usual kind of dress code! But dog walks, chilling by lakes and relaxing doesn't always call for a dress! (But I have packed a couple!! - shh don't tell hubby)



Lizzi Richardson
@Lovedbylizzi - T-shirt from The Forge Boutique, Gerrards Cross


So I've been checking some out... 23 in fact!



WAREHOUSE
Lips Embroidered T-shirt
£26







ZARA
Graphic Tee
£9.99







H&M
T-shirt with embroidery

£19.99








TOPSHOP
mbroidered Sketch Face T-Shirt by Tee & Cake

£20.00








River Island
Grey sequin dog crew neck T-shirt

£24.00








JIGSAW
Kodak Camera T-shirt
£30.00








Hush Homewear
Stella Star Tee
Various colourways
£35.00









Whistles
Lost In Love T-shirt
£49.00








Hobbs London
Vanessa Tee
£35.00








Barbour
B.INTL TURBO T-SHIRT
£34.95









Fat Face
Hannah V Neck Stripe T-Shirt

£22.00









Thursday, 2 August 2018

YOU TUBE - BIKER JACKET STYLING | 3 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE ALEXA JACKET

Back in October I wrote about five reasons why you should invest in the Kettlewell Bike Jacket, Alexa. Well months on this is still one of my favourite items in my wardobe.

As part of my new series on You Tube I have put together a little film which covers another three reasons why I love this jacket and why this is one of my favourite travel companions!

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Sunday, 29 July 2018

THE WHITE BLAZER - FOR UNDER £70

A white blazer in the summer time is very chic. An instant elevation to any outfit and you'll easily find it pretty much goes with everything!

For this week's post I've been trying on white blazers and checking out what's on the highstreet that you can purchase for £70 or under! I was really pleased to see there are many options at the £50 price point; but the two I favoured (and one of them I bought) were both £34.99 - hardly breaking the bank if you want to try this before investing in a better quality one for the long-term.


white blazer hm
@LovedbyLizzi





STYLE INSPIRATION



















MY TOP TIPS


  • Don't be scared to wear white! It either washes or dry cleans - you'll be surprised just how easy white can be
  • For a more modern look scrunch the arms up to your elbows, if you can't do that when trying on the jacket... I'd pass
  • Don't forget my night time glam rules for jackets - drape them on your shoulders like a cape
  • If you are large busted - a double-breasted blazer is unlikely to work for you
  • For the most part you will wear the jacket open, so check yourself at all angles - does it look flattering on you with the jacket undone?
  • Wear it to the office
  • Wear it to lunch with the girls in your floral dress
  • Wear it over an all-black look - be it with a t-shirt & trousers/skirt or a simple black dress
  • Wear it with jeans - for a day look teamed with pumps or boots and for an evening vibe get those high-heels on!
  • For extra glam... add sunglasses!




Let's start with the one I actually bought! It's one at the cheaper end at £34.99, that wasn't intentional my budget was around £70 - so I am quite chuffed with my purchase. The jacket has a very fine weave and it's this woven feel that attracted me to it in the first place. It looks very good quality and yet it's pretty much polyester. For me it's a Massimo Dutti copy and I like that!

It's not made the hero shot in this post, because I think over the next few weeks you are going to see me wearing this a lot! I did size up one size before purchasing as I just wanted it a little looser on my shoulders to accommodate a thin jumper.


H&M
Textured-weave jacket
£34.99


white blazer hm
@LovedbyLizzi





The next one is also H&M at £34.99 - I loved this, and it was a very close call - What put me off was the linen-blended fabric and it was quite creased already. I just don't fancy ironing this before every wear! But the fit was the best out of all that I tried on - perfect. This gets a 10/10 from me, if you can tolerate the creases!


H&M
Shawl collar jacket
£34.99

It's completely sold out online, plus it's showing a cheaper price point than in store so you'll have to look in your local store. I've popped the link, so you know which one. Sizing true to fit.


 
white blazer hm
@LovedbyLizzi







This one from Zara was a little too long for me at 5ft 6", but if you are tall this could be just right. I thought it was a lovely fit, felt great on and for once Zara hasn't overpriced a simple blazer, I was surprised with the £49.99 price point as just lately all their blazers seem to be over £70! Sizing true to fit.




white blazer zara
@LovedbyLizzi







Moving on to Mango, and I was quite disappointed with what they had to offer. I thought this is where I would be spending my money... but not to be!


This first one is a side tie, and I couldn't get it to work with my hourglass shape I think you need to be fairly straight to wear this. Sizing was oversize but that's intentionally with this style.





This next one is limiting - for all the freedom I've just told you about in my tips the black inserts will limit what you can wear it with, I also found it had a corporate vibe to it. Sizing true to fit and the jacket didn't allow for a scrunchy arm!


white blazer mango
@LovedbyLizzi





Now to good old M&S, not surprisingly they had more than one option, and I have say I was impressed with the quality.

First up this double-breasted was very big for my size, so consider sizing down. Double-breasted is not ideal for large bustlines and I personally would want to style a jacket open, especially in the summer and I just don't think this really ticks the box.



white blazer marks and spencer
@LovedbyLizzi






Loved this next one from M&S Collection, really good fit, lovely fabric. Sizing true to size, I think this is fabulous option and one I can see lasting a few good years. A great price too.




white blazer marks and spencer
@LovedbyLizzi





And finally River Island, they always regardless of season have black and white blazers in store, I knew I could rely on them to have one. And in typical River Island style it was covered in gold buttons! I think this one has to win the award for most glamorous, it's truly a statement piece and I love it! Sadly I can't wear double-breasted but if you want glam, this is your girl! 

It's got a touch of 'French Riviera' about it and I can see this going very well with short-shorts!

It's the most expensive at £70 and sizing is true to fit.


River Island
White double breasted tux jacket
£70.00



white blazer river island
@LovedbyLizzi







So I do hope this post inspires you to try out this colour and style of jacket. I'd love to know what you think, so please do leave comments on any of my social channels!

Enjoy shopping! x


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