BEAUTY | A Sheffield Girls Guide to Josh Wood Colour

Last weekend l attended my very first event in London with Josh Wood Colour! While I was extremely chuffed to be invited , for anyone that knows me this is something totally out of my comfort zone. Traveling by myself , to meet people I had never met before, staying in an unfamiliar city …. a few years ago it wouldn’t have happened.

This year it did.

It took 2 hours on the train to transport this Yorkshire lass from Midland Station, Sheffield to St Pancras, London … and a further 45 minutes to get just a few miles across London to Holland Park where Josh Wood Colour is situated ! Crazy London traffic … Continue reading

Masquerade Ball …#Sheffield

On Saturday I got to have my hair ‘done’ ,dress up to the nines and party with some of my favourite ladies. (Miss O Malley over in Spain you were missed!)

The occasion a Charity 1950’s Masquerade Ball, raising money for Sheffield’s Children Hospital.

Myself and Sue decided to treat ourselves and had booked  into Purdys Hair salon on Abbeydale Road Saturday morning. As I didn’t have a mask I thought I’d better do something special with my hair. Just who goes to a masquerade ball without a mask??

It’s a fab little salon with a lot of character. I felt like I was sat on the set of Grease! (always longed to be a Pink Lady)

For £25.00 you get a set and up-do.

I took a selection of  images featuring  1950’s beauties hoping that something would be achievable on my scraggy mid-length hair. I half expected to walk out looking like Kevin Keegan, but I needn’t have worried!

Sue opted for victory rolls ; I just told Victoria to go for it, do what ever. Continue reading

Doncaster Races…What I Wore

It’s not often I get chance to get ‘dolled up’ but a day at the races is a rather fab excuse to glam it up. I’d had a few weeks notice and spent most of it looking for a new outfit. I don’t really do posh frocks and hate the idea of buying an expensive dress that I’m never going to wear again so when I saw this one in the sale at Asos, I immediately clicked on ‘Add to basket’.


I usually stick to very plain, boring (but slimming) black but as they didn’t do this one in black, I braved it and ordered the white. It’s an Arrogant Cat dress which happens to be one of my favourite labels and was reduced from £75.00 to £52.00.

Unfortunately, being a good few years older and at least couple of sizes larger, I don’t look anything like the model in it but was quite pleased with my choice.

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The shoes are by Jaspar Conran and were also in the sale, this time at Debenhams…


With an old beaded handbag that I already had and a pair of Wildfox sunnies (wishful thinking), my outfit was complete…





Luckily, my daughter Naomi was on hand to style my hair, which I’d decided I wanted in Victory Rolls to give the whole thing a vintage vibe (although I got told I looked like a Geisha girl – definitely not the look I was aiming for!!!)

I had intended taking photos before I set off but in my usual ‘Lizzy Late’ style, I was heading out the door at the last minute. These photos were taken at the end of the day after a few hours gambling and too many Jack Daniels! Thankfully, Naomi had used lots of grips and hairspray.




And one taken during the day…


I know I don’t often do outfit posts but I am considering doing a few ‘What I wore for work’ style posts. Watch this space…

Liz x

Ladies Day At The Races

No sooner had I landed back home from a long tiring day and drive from Naomi’s graduation day in Luton, was I setting off again, heading North this time to one of my favourite cities, to visit friends.

We arrived in Newcastle to more blazing hot sunshine. One very quick change (we were running rather late) and a grateful lift and mad dash later and we found ourselves surrounded by 6″ heels, posh frocks, feathers (lots of feathers) and men in suits.


We could only be at the races. Newcastle Races. Ladies Day.

I had decided on wearing a dress which I already had hanging in my wardrobe. I’d had it made in Thailand a couple of years ago especially for a friends wedding. I did wear it for her wedding but I kinda thought it deserved a second airing (if only to reduce its ‘price per wear’). Its a cashmere black and white pin striped (men’s suit material as I called it), strapless with a full length zip up the back.





I went shopping for a little fascinator to accompany my dress but came home with a rather large hatinator. In my defence, my choice of head dress was in the sale, matched my colour scheme perfectly and was soooo much cheaper than the smaller fascinators I’d seen. Not only that but I must have a big head as those little airy fairy feather pieces looked like a pea on a drum on my head. I was lucky enough to grab this one from Debenhams for the knock down price of £21.00 (from £70.00).






I also invested in new shoes but being a creature of habit and comfort, I bought some exactly the same as a pair I already owned but which I thought were a bit too tatty to wear for the races. Sounds stupid, I know but my trusty Kurt Geiger wedges were relatively comfy as far as sky scraper heels go so I presumed that my new ones would be too. Originally £75.00, these babies were on the Kurt Geiger website for £39.00. Don’t ya just love the sales!!!


I wasn’t going to bother with a new bag. I could already open a bag shop. But then I spotted a little black clutch on Ebay that would match my dress perfectly. There’s always going to be a small space in my wardrobe which I can fit another clutch bag in…even if it is in the Mr’s side. This nifty little bag by Irregular Choice was a bargain from the Schuh outlet on Ebay at only £19.99 plus P + P



OK, outfit sorted, I only needed to do something with my mop of hair. A style that would suit the hat but also look ok if I decided to take the hat off (or it blew off). Time to get my daughter out of her pit and put her skills to good use. She may have a degree in Specialist Make up Design but also needs to turn her hands to hairdressing too. Bonus!! Naomi…time to start paying back (in kind) some of the handouts from the last few years!!

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Et Voila….. moi a la races!!! All poshed up and ladylike for one day only.





As much as I love a good reason to get ‘dolled’ up, I have to say I wasn’t comfortable in the slightest. I don’t think there was one minute during the day when I wasn’t either holding my hat on or nudging it back into place, pulling my dress up (at the top)  so’s not to create ‘nipplegate’, pulling my dress up (at the bottom) so’s I could actually walk at a pace just slightly faster than a snail and finally…the feet. I am still suffering a week later…why do we do it??? The KG wedges may have been comfy for a while, however I had misjudged the amount of walking and standing I would be doing, hence the seasoned race goers carrying tote’s filled with flip flops!!!

So a few pounds lighter (in the pocket…no where else unfortunately, although the amount of walking I did, I ought to have shifted a few from my butt!!) and a few blisters later…those feckin shoes, our day at the races was over.

Next time it’s a maxi dress and flats!!

Liz xx