Staying at: The London EDITION

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It is with great, GREAT excitement that I share with you my first ever hotel review! Admittedly, its subject is not exactly a place I’m unfamiliar with. It is however a place I’ve always longed to crash at after a night spend dining at Berner’s Tavern or drinking cocktails in the Lobby Bar or Punch Room. Yep, you’ve guessed it, today’s review is all about The London EDITION. Since the hotel opened it’s doors last September – conveniently just in time for London Fashion Week – it’s been one of my favourite places to dress fabulously and behave badly so when they asked if I fancied a staycation in one of it’s divine Loft Suite’s, I didn’t exactly have to think hard about my reply. In fact I believe my reply was along the lines of “omg yes can I come tomorrow” but unsurprisingly The London EDITION doesn’t usually have lastminute.com style rooms going spare. Instead I spent weeks and in fact several months psyching up to my stay and boring the bar and restaurant staff about said stay whenever I happened to be in for drinks or dinner which, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit, was perhaps more times than could be considered healthy for the old bank balance. And did it live up to my dangerously high expectations? Did it hell. Within seconds of arriving accompanied by Michaela, her camera and more clothes than anyone needs for a one night stay I had decided that I never wanted to leave and resigned myself to being thoroughly bummed out when I had to go home.

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Our Loft Suite at The London EDITION… Please can I move in?

The London EDITION ella catliff la petite anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff la petite anglaise

First and foremost, let’s talk about the room, one of The Loft Suites AKA my dream studio apartment. Actually considering the size of the vast bathroom, complete with giant modernist tub and separate shower and toilet situation, it was probably at least double the size of most places advertised as “studios” and about a million times as luxurious. I mean, seriously luxurious albeit not in the Rococo fabulous ornate style of the lobby and restaurant. We’re talking modern wood panelling meets clean white walls, ultra modern and impeccably chic with the biggest, comfiest, fur throw strewn king sized bed of all time. As you can see from the snaps, Michaela and I made ourselves right at home and decided we should ideally move in right then and there. Tempted though we were to get stuck into a communal mope about how much we wished our own apartments were similarly equipped with such luscious sleeping facilities, slick furniture as well as a twice daily maid service and perma stocked minibar (lethal) we decided instead to embark on a photo session before heading downstairs to the bar.

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The London EDITION ella catliff la petite anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff la petite anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff la petite anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

As you might remember, I decided that sassing up a leather pencil skirt with my new fave StyleStalker tank top would be the perfect ensemble for a spot of afternoon debauchery and lounging on yet more stylishly comfy furniture. That theory proved true and I felt exactly like a young Carine Roitfeld enjoying a lazily luxe Saturday afternoon. Evidently the combination of figure skimming leather, decadent surroundings and delectable rosé is a recipe for self delusion.

The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise

The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

Drinks finished, we headed back to our self proclaimed “home from home” for an outfit change (ok, I had an outfit change, Michaela is a far less ridiculous person than me) before venturing out into the balmy night. One very indulgent dinner and many drinks at Soho House later we returned, with friends, to dance in The Basement club before retiring to our suite where fine wine seemed like a fantastic idea at four in the morning. Even in the wee hours, the staff were charming, attentive and didn’t roll an eye when I got the number wrong about six times. Within minutes of placing our, in all honesty, highly unnecessary order an excellent bottle was delivered by a smartly attired gentleman and proceeded to be left undrunk on the coffee table as me and Michaela gave in to the allure of our down comforted duvet and crisp imported linens. After bouncing on the bed for a bit, obviously.

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The London EDITION ella catliff La Petite Anglaise

I won’t lie to you, I was not at my most bright eyed and bushy tailed when I awoke the next morning. I did however feel like I’d just enjoyed the best night’s sleep I’d had in a long time (currently trying to replace my own mattress, it pales in comparison) and after a long, hot shower slash pampering session involving every single custom made Le Labo product I could find in the bathroom, life seemed pretty darned awesome. Even more so after an even longer and incredibly leisurely brunch at Berner’s Tavern. I’ve only breakfasted at Berner’s for meetings in the past and have to say, when you can really focus on your eggs and avocado on toast, order fifteen Cappuccinos without feeling judged and not have to worry about anything work related or accidentally falling asleep half way through the experience is all the more enjoyable.

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Baked Cotswold eggs with Smoked Haddock & Gruyère Cheese (Michaela)

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Poached Eggs & Avocado on toast (me)

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Eggs Florentine (Lara)

To anyone considering a stay at The London EDITION, go now, and don’t leave before you absolutely have to. More info on getting it booked can be found right here.

Love Ella. X

Images by Michaela Peker

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Look Du Jour: Loveworn

What: Lovers + Friends Wanderlust tank top (click here to buy) & Ezra slouchy skinny jeans (click here to buy) worn with Karen Walker glasses (similar here), Sophia Webster shoes (available here), Valentino bag (similar here & here) (all c/o), Dior Wonderland nail polish (available here) and MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick (available here)

Where: Drinks at the pub, West London.

I’m going to level with you, these jeans are not in fact “loveworn”. They are actually brand spanking new Ezra Slouchy skinny jeans from Lovers + Friends at Revolve Clothing. But while their knee rips may have been purposefully placed, I can imagine they’ll be growing as I’ve been wearing these insanely comfy jeans a hell of a lot. In fact, the whole outfit is made up of the kind of pieces that will end up pretty loveworn. They say that on average we wear something like 30 percent of our wardrobes regularly while the rest languishes in the dark. I’d say that I probably do wear a much greater percentage of my wardrobe, I kind of need to as a blogger, but there are definitely pieces that get a lot more (fresh) air time than others. Sometimes it’s because a particular item is especially gorgeous, brightly coloured or fabulous. On other occasions cut and comfort are the characteristics that render those shoes or that pair of jeans so beloved. In either case, the clothes we treasure and use the most tend to be those that make us feel good, something I talked about a bit in my previous Look Du Jour post. Between the bright pink accessories (AKA my fashion catnip) and the effortless, slouchy chicness of the Lovers + Friends jeans and top, this ensemble made me feel like some sort of effortlessly cool West Coast babe, not a hugely regularly occurrence but one that was most definitely good.

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loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

loveworn lovers + friends ella catliff la petite anglaise

I only recently learned about Lovers + Friends via awesome e-tailer, Revolve Clothing and they’ve got some really great pieces, especially the distressed denim. Revolve is also having a seriously major Labor Day sale at the moment so that’s definitely worth checking out.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Monthly Must Haves: August 2014

Monthly Must Haves august 2014

1) Carven wool crepe jacket, £470, click here to buy
2) Carven wool crepe skirt,£280, click here to buy
3) Gucci Horsebit detailed patent leather pumps, 455, click here to buy
4) 3.1 Phillip Lim mini Pashli satchel, 550, click here to buy
5) Valentino Rockstud leather headband, 135, click here to buy
6) Whistles Ira textured Cocoon coat, 325, click here to buy
7) Moschino embroidered leather bag, 700, click here to buy
8) Nicholas Kirkwood point toe flats, 295, click here to buy
9) Acne Habitat wide leg cropped trousers, 400, click here to buy
10) Miu Miu printed silk crepe de chine top, 505, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Glorious Goodwood with Theo Fennell

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Remember a time before the weather turned all autumnal? I barely do at this point. Actually if I’m honest I’m starting to get quite excited about unearthing my favourite knits and no doubt adding a few more to my ever growing collection but I am rather missing the sun on my skin and the effortlessness of simply throwing on a floral dress without having to consider multiple other layers to wear with it. Here in London, it’s actually been a pretty glorious summer and it certainly was the day I went to glorious Goodwood for The Magnolia Cup as a guest of Theo Fennell. Much like big polo matches, the races are a wonderful British tradition which sees scores of people pack up their picnic blankets, slip into their summertimes finery and and head to the heart of the countryside for an afternoon of indulgence and enjoyment. If you live in the UK or have plans to visit next summer I definitely recommend buying a ticket. Goodwood is an utterly beautiful place and for anyone that likes fillies, frocks and champagne teas it’s simply perfection.

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I wore… dress & bag by kate spade ny, shoes by Pollini & glasses by Karen Walker

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Now in its fourth year, The Magnolia Cup is a charity race in aid of Best Beginnings and The Reading Agency that kicks off Ladies Day during the Glorious Goodwood five day racing bonanza. It sees the equestrian loving likes of supermodel Edie Campbell, jeweller Philippa Holland and international eventer Tina Cook don jockey silks designed by Vivienne Westwood and Sarah Burton for a gallop off (not the technical term) on the immaculately groomed Goodwood turf. As a longterm friend of Charles March, the dynamic aristocrat in charge of goings on at Goodwood, iconic British jewellery designer Theo Fennell decided to get involved in this year’s festival by sponsoring the charity race and smartly launched his aptly names 18ct yellow gold “Whip” collection to coincide with it. When his team invited me to join them, I leapt at the opportunity. Fun in the sun, the chance to wear a fancy floral number, drink champagne and hang out with Theo Fennell? It was a no brainer. And so a few weeks back, Steph – who you may remember from my Thierry Mugler project – and I boarded a Cheltenham bound train for what was a truly wonderful English summer day out.

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Me & Steph at The Parade Ring

We arrived just in time to grab a glass of champagne before heading to the Parade Ring to watch the jockeys weigh in and admire their truly gorgeous silks. I’ve always thought that equestrian gear can be incredibly chic (possibly one of the reasons I was so pony obsessed growing up) and this only served to confirm it. One way or another, I will find a way to get back into riding, but that’s going off topic. Once the weigh in was done we made for the track, pretty slowly thanks to a combination of high heels and excellent people watching opportunities. In the end, we literally made it as the starting gun fired and the jockeys took off at a gallop. I have vivid memories of watching racing with my Granny as a child and still find it one of the most exhilarating sports a spectator could hope to see. In the blink of an eye, the thoroughbred troop had flashed past and it was only over the loudspeakers that I learned Edie Campbell had won for the second year running.

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glorious goodwood theo fennell ella catliff

glorious goodwood theo fennell ella catliff

After hearing the result we all tottered through the grounds – thank GOD I wasn’t in charge of directions! – back to the Parade Ring for the winner’s presentation. Of course, I knew that Theo would be presenting the awards. What I didn’t know however was that he would be joined by none other than Tom Cruise. Unsurprisingly, this caused something of a ruckus as everyone brandished their iPhones, vying for a non blurry instagram shot. Given that Goodwood Ladies Day is one of the main events on the English summer social calendar, it was a given that there would be many a familiar face among the crowds and indeed, guests included everyone from Otis Ferry to Martha Ward.

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Tom Cruise, Edie Campbell & Theo Fennell

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glorious goodwood theo fennell ella catliff

Me & Theo Fennell

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glorious goodwood theo fennell ella catliff

glorious goodwood theo fennell ella catliff

Photos taken and official duties over, we hit up the picnic swiftly followed by cream tea in the Richmond Enclosure and a whole lot more champagne. All in all, I could not have enjoyed my first Glorious Goodwood more and will definitely be returning next year! Thank you Theo Fennell for a fabulous day.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Happiness

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What: J.Crew floral top (click here to buy) and coral skirt (similar here), Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise bag c/o (similar here), Pollini sandals c/o (similar here & here) and AllSaints studded leather jacket (similar here & here)

Where: Dinner at Wilton’s (read the review here)

I definitely don’t need to tell you how I feel about this particular ensemble! The Pollini sandals and Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise bag have been some of the most worn items in my wardrobe since they entered chez LPA. As for the J.Crew floral tank and flirty coral mini, where to begin… The colours, the prints, the chic yet comfortable shapes. Looking at them makes me happy and wearing them makes me even happier. Some might say it’s superficial and silly to find happiness through clothes but I think they couldn’t be more wrong. Just to be clear, I’m not talking profound, long lasting happiness and spiritual meaning here. The happiness I’m referring to is the transformative power that clothes and fashion in general can have over our mood and how we feel about ourselves, our personalities, identities and of course, our bodies. An outfit that makes you look in the mirror or any nearby reflective surface and think “hot DA-YUM” probably won’t guarantee that you’re going to spend the next decade in a state of deep personal fulfilment and yogi like blissed out zen. It can, however, make you feel good about yourself, confident and uplifted, helping you to put aside your own insecurities and anxieties for a while and focus your energies on work, friends, family and generally enjoying life. This slightly preppy, kinda flirty, minimalists-worst-nightmare get up does that for me.

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happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

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ella catliff la petite anglaise J.Crew

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Sorry if I got a little real there guys. My point is largely that neon shades and florals rock and fashion is great, but I stand by what I’ve written. Do certain outfits have a similark effect on your mood? Or do you reckon that happiness and fashion don’t equate? I’d love to know what you think!

Love Ella. X

Images by Michaela Peker

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