Copenhagen with STORY

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I think at this point I have a pretty good idea of what my personal style is. I know fully well that I’ll never will be a cool Scandi esque minimalist, pulling off pool flats and oversized Acne with an air of paired back nonchalance. This did not, however, prevent me from doing my damnedest to channel Elin Kling when I made a quick trip to Copenhagen earlier this month. Having never before visited Scandiland, when Danish jewellery brand STORY by Kranz & Ziegler invited me to join them in Copenhagen for their SS15 presentation I thought why the hell not? A chance to check out a city hailed as one of the hippest in Europe, ogle some jewels and stay in a chic hotel; a silly thing like having an entire month of fashion week travels to organise, a new season to plan for and full site design to sign off certainly wasn’t going to put me off. And I don’t regret this slight irresponsibility. Not one bit.

copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Ziegler

Wearing H&M shirt, Club Monaco jacket c/o, Massimo Dutti culottes c/o, Coach mules c/o, Rebecca Minkoff bag c/o & Cutler and Gross glasses c/o

After spending the weekend living it up at The London EDITION, leaving for Gatwick airport at 5am come Monday morning was a rather painful experience. But just as I was about to inwardly groan at the exhaustion coursing through my body I got a grip, got a Starbucks latte (much to the frustration of my poor driver as we found ourselves caught in the Hammersmith one way system) and reminded myself how bloody lucky I was. The fact that I was also, for the first time ever, wearing my stripy culottes and felt pretty darned pleased with this uncharacteristic coolness didn’t hurt either. Said culottes soon crumpled to the concertinaed to the extent that I looked like I was wearing a nappy by the time we landed. Moral of that story? Don’t even think about wearing crisply tailored, tapered cotton on a plane. But anyway, I digress. We arrived in Copenhagen to be greeted by horizontal rain but luckily the much sunnier greeting offered by the STORY team who came brandishing baskets of delicious Dutch cake made up for that. A short coach ride – can’t beat a “fashion bus” – later we arrived at Hotel SP34 which was absolutely everything you’d expect a trendy, boutique hotel in Copenhagen to be complete with a rooftop bar, tapas restaurant and American eaterie, Cocks & Cows which was said to serve the best burgers in town. That claim was no word of a lie, they seriously did. We all agreed that pretty swiftly as we tucked into lunch and got acquainted with the Swedish journalists also on the trip who were, unsurprisingly, all sickeningly stylish.

copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Ziegler

Appetites sated and cigarettes smoked we piled back onto the bus (queue more “it’s like a school trip only chicer” jokes, mainly from me) to make for the STORY by Kranz & Ziegler presentation. Our itineraries had promised that this would be taking place in a castle and I was both extremely excited and slightly skeptical about this whole situation. While it didn’t have the traditional grey stone turrets or battlements associated with the abodes of knights and dragons we have back home in Blighty, the palatial, burnt orange building at which we arrived was certainly worthy of royalty. Inside things only got more palatial. We were ushered into a room so abundantly adorned in baroque fabulousness I hardly new what to look at first. From the ornate wall mouldings and intricately painted ceiling to the antique furniture, harp player and vast marble tables groaning under the weight of an afternoon tea that would overpower a glutton of Augustus Gloop proportions, it was the kind of rich visual feast that’s a lot of fun to look at. Then of course there was the main point of the spectacle, STORY by Kranz & Ziegler’s SS15 collection. Displayed both artfully arrayed on the tables and around the necks, arms, wrists, fingers and any other accessible extremity of languid models styled as 80s London punks. It was a delectable juxtaposition of stately home grandeur and anarchic, almost teenage glunge (that’s “glam grunge” lest you forget) and on closer inspection, the chunky mash up of glittering jewels the models were rocking in fact turned out to be fundamentally quite delicate, wearable pieces, layered to within an inch of their lives thanks to the styling flair of Uffe Buchard.

copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Ziegler

copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Ziegler

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

After a thorough inspection of the collection I settled down with Naomi and the rest of the British contingent for champagne, cakes and general gossipy, how-is-this-technically-work fun before heading back to the hotel. There I slung in the swiftest of outfit changes into another wannabe scandi ensemble. Clearly I’ve been working on the assumption that anything black, white, blue or all of the above qualifies as “scandi minimalist cool” and suspect I may be wrong but whatevs, this Tibi outfit is a firm favourite.

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Wearing Tibi co-ord, Coach mules & Hobbs clutch all c/o

On these kind of trips I always feel torn between two types of guilt. The former, that I should spend every second of free time attending to my emails and y’know, generally working. The latter, that I should sack off anything work related and embrace the opportunity to explore a new city. The two types of guilt generally tussle for an uncomfortable while and I end up doing an ineffectual amalgamation of the two, i.e aimless wandering while checking emails, instagramming and manically rearranging my to do list. On this occasion I bucked that trend and instead, Naomi and I spent the next hour or two “trying out” both hotel bars which, I’m pleased to report, were both excellent and aside from anything, it was lovely to catch up with someone I adore but hardly ever see thanks to our mutually manic schedules. I’m sure you guys have similar experiences in that respect!

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

A lot of chatting, gossiping, brain storming (yes I just used that phrase, no I’m not ashamed… almost) and lols later it was time to head to dinner with the rest of our party at über chic restaurant, Höst. Besides never having visited Copenhagen before, I’d never tried any sort of Danish food and my stomach was wholly unprepared (slash slightly full of afternoon tea followed by the olives that I scoffed at the hotel bar) for the seven course bonanza that followed. But while I may have been rendered food coma adjacent afterwards, it was so interesting trying things unlike anything I’d tasted and the rye bread esque loaves and scandi pasties were seriously excellent. The next morning brought another feast, or at least a demi feast, courtesy of the breakfast buffet bursting with ham, cheese, bircher museli and other tasty treats while we were given a full presentation on STORY by Mads Ziegler himself. Then, after a stroll through the hip-as-expected streets, architecture perving session and trip to the STORY by Kranz & Ziegler store it was time to head home to London.

copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Ziegler

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Wearing Claudie Pierlot dress, Club Monaco bag, Alexander McQueen scarf (which I’ve since lost, so devastated), Rebecca Minkoff bag & Hobbs sandals

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Copenhagen STORY by Kranz & Zielger

Big thanks to STORY by Kranz & Ziegler for my first, fabulous trip to Copenhagen. Rest assured, I will be back!

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Spearmint

What: Three Floor spearmint green lace dress (click here to buy), Kurt Geiger white clutch (similar here & here), Swarovski ring (similar here), ALDO sandals (similar here) all c/o, Dior Riviera nail polish (available here) & MAC Lady Danger lipstick (available here)

Where: Three Floor AW14 Cocktail Event followed by dinner & drinks at Soho House

It feels slightly weird to think I was sweltering in this minty lace number just a couple of weeks ago now that London’s turned all autumnal (AKA drizzle and torrential downpours every thirty minutes or so) on us. But yet, I was, and come September 3rd there will be a whole lot more summery cocktail frocks going down as I get my last blast of heat during New York Fashion Week! Not that I’m a bit smug and totally over excited or anything. This dress will definitely be coming to the Big Apple with me. Between the chiffon pleats, thigh skimming hemline and spearmint shade it could not be any more up my street and I can just imagine dancing the night away while wearing it, always a good sign when it comes to clothes I think. Three Floor does seriously killer party dresses but, as I learned while wearing this stunner at their AW14 soirée, they have a whole lot more to offer than that. From directional separates to epic outerwear, the label has some great stuff going on and I’m going to be ushering a fair bit of it into my own wardrobe once fashion month is over and I have the chance to shop, shop, shop! Despite my moaning about the weather turning cold, I’m actually really happy autumn’s here not least because it provides an excellent excuse to spend money I don’t have on things I don’t need but really, really want to own. But besides the obvious post-purchase-guilt alleviating benefits of the new season well and truly being here, autumn can be such a magical, beautiful time of year. Golden brown leaves, misty mornings, clutching a steaming hot latte while snuggling into your favourite cashmere and looking forward to wintry activities like ice skating and mulled wine drinking. At least in theory, anyway. In practice it is often more lost gloves and permanent drizzle that’s not quite strong enough to justify getting your umbrella out but renders you permanently damp all over. Suffice to say, in a few months time all romantic Keats esque musings will be long forgotten and I’ll be cursing my parents for not emigrating to sunnier climbs before I was born.

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spearmint three floor ella catliff la petite anglaise

spearmint three floor ella catliff la petite anglaise

spearmint three floor ella catliff la petite anglaise

spearmint three floor ella catliff la petite anglaise

spearmint three floor ella catliff la petite anglaise

spearmint three floor ella catliff la petite anglaise

Are you ready to say goodbye to pastel shades and floaty frocks or are you dreading autumn?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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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?

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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

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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

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.

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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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