Sunday, 23 December 2018


Loved By Lizzi

There are many ways to tackle The Sales period and if you are one that you just wants to head out, no research, and just see what you get, then hey I am all for that too Ms Moneybags! (LOL)

However the vast majority of us need to spend wisely and The Sales fall in the month when, let's be honest, we have the least amount of disposable income after having the best Christmas EVER! 

The recent news that high streets are suffering may bring us, the consumers, a little early joy with the sales starting before the traditional Boxing Day - but STOP and give some thought to why

If you truly love your brands, nows the time to invest in them, stick to where your heart truly lies and who you want to make sure you can buy from in months to come, place your favourites high up on your loyalty list.

Don't forget your favourite local boutiques, they will also have sales, make time for them as I'm sure they will have some exciting offers too.


We all want 'things' - I'd love a Chanel Jacket... however that's not happening this January! So want do you need? This should really be your starting point... new boots? a premium-quality winter coat? That leather purse that sadly Santa didn't bring. Go through your wardrobe and start to write a list.

Once you have your list - which three are your highest priority?

What can wait until Spring 2019? Cross them off - you want to feel you can have reason to be buying for new season, so park them for now. Come January... Spring is around 12 weeks away, and so investing in Winter is now short-term.


Think about your favourite brands, go see what they have for the top three items you need. Here you want to be looking at style, the fabric qualities, and not forgetting the price. Which ones do you want to touch and feel? 


Again, unless you are Ms Moneybags... your first question should be 'how much can I afford to spend?' allocate values against your list, especially your top three. Then have another little hunt online looking at other brands too, to see what's out there and at what price.

January sales last weeks so don't feel you have to buy on day one (unless you truly believe you will not get this chance again) come mid-January some prices will be reduced again, so if you are not bothered whether you get it, I would hold off. I've had some cracking investments by waiting, it's a risk, but I get joy at buying for the least amount possible.


The Sales are not just for investment pieces - it's a great time to buy cheap on 'trends' too so that you are not investing too much of your hard earned cash into them. Try to pick items that will take you well into Spring, so you can get more wear.


Before you buy any sale item, check the returns policy. I've been hit a couple of times with well-known high street brands that you can only get store credit on sale returns. That is no good, you need your money back, so check. Plus dates reduce too from 28 days to normally 14, sometimes even 7 days, so check.

We all make mistakes, and the best thing you can do after you get home and realised they are not for you. Take them back. I've lost count how many wardrobe weeds I've done when I see tags hanging off the garment to hear 'I bought that in the sale a few years ago...'

Enjoy the sales, wear your bargain hunter hat! And shop wisely for your wardrobe... good luck!

Lizzi x



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I particularly wanted to feature this biker jacket for this blogpost, the reason for this is I have waited three years or more for this AllSaints biker jacket, and I have finally rewarded myself with one, now that I got it at a good price (a third off in the recent Black Friday sales).

I've previously wrote about the quality of faux or real leather jackets and unless you invest in a timeless classic like this one, then I feel you should go cheap.

I've teamed it here with my M&S Holly dress (giving the impression it's a skirt) by adding my camel jumper over the top, the neckline of this too acts as a scarf so I don't have to add more bulk across my chest and I keep extra warm too.

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Friday, 14 December 2018


I'm so delighted that Carole from carolem beauty. was happy to guest blog on her thoughts on sparkle and make up for the festive and holiday season - she's also kindly used Christmas decorations to get you in the mood on her photos. 

I love Carole's tip to put your foundation and concealer after your eye make up, this is so useful as trying to clear up excess glitter is a nightmare!

You may have already had your Christmas party, but there's no reason why you can't glam up the make up for Christmas day and all the New Year celebrations! I hope you enjoy the post and that it encourages you to #getyoursparkleon

Love Lizzi x

Carolem Beauty

It’s that time of year again when we have an excuse to put on all the glittery and sparkly makeup we want. To be honest though I like to squeeze a bit of glitter into my makeup all through the year. It makes me happy so that can’t be a bad thing can it? I also don’t subscribe to the thinking that we shouldn’t wear glitter or sparkle over a certain age. I am 43 and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Eye makeup is where I like to focus my festive party look. I am a fan of a smokey eye normally and so adding some glitter and sparkle to my eye makeup works well. There are various ways of “jazzing up” our eye makeup from a subtle sheen to the full on va va voom look. If you pop a bit of glitter or shimmer into the inner corner of your eye this can also make you look awake and ready to take on all the festive fun without looking like a Christmas bauble.

A shimmery or sparkly eyeshadow to wash over the eyelid is a good way to add a bit of something extra to your look without going crazy. I like to add a touch of glitter to the middle part of my eyelid after putting on my eye makeup. This really makes the eyes pop and with this you can go as crazy or as subtle you like, depending on the products you use. My current favourite products are the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows. There are gorgeous and come in excellent shades as as they aren’t purely glitter. they can be worn on their own or over your eyeshadow, which is how I wear it. I also like Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts - they are a loose powder so can be a bit tricky as they can go all over your face! They do add great sparkle though. I often apply my foundation and concealer after doing my eye makeup. It saves you having to try and save it when glitter or shadow falls down onto your cheek or under your eyes.

Carolem Beauty

Carolem Beauty

There is a lot of eyeshadow palettes about at this time of year and they often have a couple of sparkly or glitter shades. . Charlotte TIlbury’s quads usually do as do the larger Huda palettes which are some of my favourites. Urban Decay have a fabulous selection of individual sparkly eye shadows in lots of different shades and are great.

Glitter or sparkly eyeliner is also a fun way to add a bit of sparkle to your look. Urban Decay do a good one as do good old Collection makeup. I do tend to think with fun and quite seasonal makeup it’s not always worth spending a lot of money. Particularly if come January you are unlikely to wear them again. You can either use an eye pencil with glitter or sparkle running through it or liquid eyeliner with the little brush.

Carolem Beauty

Carolem Beauty

Carolem Beauty

There are glitter lip glosses you can buy which is an area I haven’t ventured into as I think with my strong eye makeup it would be too much (even for me!). However, you could do a wash over a neutral eyeshadow, apply mascara and then a glittery or sparkly lip could work and would be fun. I tend to go for a bold lip at this time of year and a red lip is always a great look and so festive.

Or if all of the above doesn’t float your boat there is always glitter nail varnish to add a bit of sparkle to your look. I love Barry M but so many companies do them and there is such a wide range of colours out there too.

Carolem Beauty

The most important thing is, glitter makeup or not, that you have the most fabulous festive time.

Carolem Beauty

Carolem Beauty

You can follow Carole on her blog and get her daily updates on Instagram at @carolem_beauty

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Sunday, 9 December 2018


I haven't done one of these posts for a while, you know a kind of mismatch of all different things that perhaps don't fit so nicely into a particular post. So forgive me in advance if this is not your kind of post... but I will be back later next week as we have more sparkle coming!

Vintage and Vogue UK
Lizzi at Vintage & Vogue UK

First up let me tell you about Vintage & Vogue UK, is a preloved dress agency in Buckinghamshire. You've already met one of the owners Emma Keen as she featured in a recent Style Matters post.

What's not to love? A stylish boutique in the heart of Buckinghamshire who sells preloved premium highstreet and designer clothes, bags, shoes and jewellery. It's not open all the time, but if you are keen to have a look then it will be open this Wednesday 12th December.

Click here to view more.


At the beginning of October I did a post on Christmas Gifting at Boots, which I hope you found really useful. I've been in many times since then to purchase - Last week I stumbled on this exceptional offer and I'm half tempted to buy it for myself! (Well if you read my original post... you'll know why!)

Estee Lauder 30 Beauty Essentials

It just looks unbelievable value and for once I like the free case (I rarely do on gift sets). If you want to be treated, I think you'll have to be very upfront and be sure to give them your Boots loyalty card too, and if not... then why not treat yourself!


Now I want to give a little shout out to Bicester Village, a designer shopping outlet in Oxfordshire. I think I have been at least three times since September and have enjoyed every visit. They have really done the place up considerably over the last 12-18 months. I still feel there is a need for more eateries but nonetheless I feel it's a shopping destination with a whole lot of glam.

Don't be surprised to see more of Bicester Village on the blog in 2019, as I am local to Bicester and it's ticking a lot more boxes, especially now that it has a Victoria Beckham store - I'll be hooked!


I was really lucky to be invited to an exclusive Christmas Showcase event at John Lewis Oxford in Westgate - the team there put on some bubbly with mince pies and I got to see Nadia and Megan demonstrating how to lay out a table for Christmas Day.

I am so impressed I plan to give some of this a go!! It's not my usual thing but I really enjoyed it all very much. And after looking at all the Christmas decorations, I truly feel Christmas has arrived!

John Lewis

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To see more details on how the table was laid, head to my Instagram you can view on my highlights, just click on the one that says John Lewis.

To view the full Christmas decorations range at John Lewis then click here.

And if you absolutely love this table and want to copy it all! Then go visit John Lewis in Oxford and ask for Nadia in Home Decor I'm sure she will be more than happy to help!

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Instagram has to be one of my most favourite social media apps - it allows me to explore my more creative side of styling, everyday. Now I know for most of you the idea of publishing (to the whole world) what you are wearing everyday is a little strange, and to some extent, I concur! However, if you love fashion, styling and want to try to get more creative with what you wear, it's an exceptionally good motivation tool to avoid wearing garments in exactly the same way!

This is not a typical blogpost for me, but I thought I would share three of my favourite outfits over the last couple of months, and if you like this format then leave a comment on any of the social posts promoting this or simply email me to say!


My pink corduroy jacket - this has been a great investment piece and thankfully with the warm Autumn/Winter we have had so far, I have had great opportunity to wear it and this one is going to take me through to Spring. Love it!

NEW BLOGPOST - PINK CORDUROY 💖 - This trend is all over the high street and for this Autumn I’ll be wearing the gorgeous statement blazer by @andotherstories 💖 - - On the blog there’s many different pieces you could consider, I hope you take a look - link in bio @lovedbylizzi 💖 - #lovedbylizzi - I’m cheekily making this my entry to @thestylish_mrsmint for #sundaystylevibe and this is one item @lynnlovesshopping I will #notsavingitforbest 💖💖💖 - - - - #pink #corduroy #corduroyjacket #andotherstories #stylishforties #style #instastyle #outfitpost #ootdsubmit #fashionfix #wiwt #styleinspire #fashiongram #lookbook #lookoftheday #igfashion #fashionover40 #over40style #whatiwore #realoutfitgram #40plusstyle #ootdgram #discoverunder10k #stylish40s #igstyle #fashionista #styleblogger
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Here I teamed it up with a £10 stripy jumper from Primark, and was super excited that & Other Stories invited me to feature it on their #meandotherstories hashtag!


This gorgeous dress that I bought for Style St Albans has been a great edition to my AW18 wardrobe. The first time I teamed it with my lovely green bag and red boots for a full-on colourful look.

What a fabulous night at #stylestalbans the room was literally full of stylish, glamorous ladies, everyone & I mean EVERYONE looked FABULOUS! All the deets are on my Instastories all the looks from the catwalk are available if you can’t find THAT DRESS or something online then phone the St Albans store and they’ll sort you out I’m sure! Some special mentions coming up... thank you to my dear fabulous friend @a.mnewman who said YES to this @zara dress last week when we shopped 🖤 Thank you to @catherinebatour for a great evening & taking my 📸 🖤 And thank you to @enjoy_st_albans for inviting me it been Absolutely FABULOUS 🖤 And just in case you’re asking YES you need to do it all again next season 🖤😂😜 #lovedbylizzi #stalbans #fashionblogger #ootn #stylish40s #ootdsubmit #40andfabulous #40plusstyle - - Lots of stores & people got involved to make this happen, apologies if I missed someone off! @chloejameslifestyle @lkbennettlondon @simplyfrenchfashion @sweatybetty @atelierferrarimonti @whitestuffuk @frenchconnection_official @thedrstalbans @baremineralsuk @leemoranstalbans @saksstalbans @sanrizzstalbans Plus thank you to @styledbymel1 @stylewithwisdom @mlk___x 🖤
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And then I wore it to Stylist Live, a daytime event in London and it was lovely how ladies were actually asking me where I got it from, such a huge compliment at a style event. This time for a more day look I wore it with my long burgundy boots from last year with my new bag from Guess.


Last winter I bought this fairly cheap dress from H&M, I loved the colour and I even braved wearing a floral maxi dress to work, teaming it with a black blazer. This gorgeous dress travelled to Paris with me last December to the Dior exhibition too.

And now just in the last week or so, I have worn it again - this time teamed with my Biker jacket - and I am still loving it!!!

I think the award for most Instagramable doorway on Marlow highstreet has to go to ... *drum roll* @brookes_wendover_marlow 🌟 - How beautiful is this greenery 😍 - I came to collect some exciting goodies that will feature on my squares later this week, so look out for them as you might be in with a chance of winning 🌟 - - I also visited the pop-up store that Toria & Kat were running @thechequersmarlow - you can see all the delightful items by @torialeeaccessories & @airthesalon over on my Instastories. If you didn’t get to go but you fancy buying then just DM them. - - Right onto my outfit... remember this gorgeous floral dress from last winter...? Well it’s perfect for this winter too just add boots + biker jacket 😍😍😍🌟 #lovedbylizzi - - - - #brookesmarlow #brookesclothing #marlow #marlowhighstreet #christmasshopping #boutiqueshopping #accessories #bucks #stylishforties #style #instastyle #outfitpost #ootdsubmit #fashionfix #wiwt #styleinspire #fashiongram #wiw #lookoftheday #igfashion #fashionover40 #over40style #whatiwore #wiwt #40plusstyle #ootdgram #discoverunder20k #stylish40s #ootddiary #styleblogger
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So you see, Instagram is a useful way to keep abreast of what you have worn, how you have worn it and lets you get creative with trying something new.

The last photo shows me at Brookes in Marlow who I am collaborating this week on Instagram with some fun giveaways. Feel free to head over to Instagram to join in. If that's not your thing, then don't worry you can still take up the opportunity of 20% off when you spend £50+ in either their Wendover or Marlow store during the 1st to 7th December - just simply mention BROOKES20.

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