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LPA x Motilo: Part II

As you cannot fail to have noticed from my many, many tweets and Facebook posts, last Thursday was my all day live Style Surgery for Motilo! A huge thank you to everyone who sent in their style dilemmas. Whether or not my solutions were remotely helpful, I had such fun concocting them. The project was another thing that made me feel very, very lucky – if slightly disbelieving – that having finally finished uni I’m now doing this blogging thing as an actual job. I mean seriously, what could be better than spending a day choosing outfits and then getting to call it “work”?! Not much in my opinion. Let’s hope collaborations with the lovely likes of Motilo keep a’coming, eh! One of the downsides to doing this project has perhaps been that I’m now absolutely desperate to shop, shop, shop. Given how divine some of these pieces are, can you blame me? Without further ado, here are a few of my personal favourite Style Solutions…

What to wear to a summer wedding?

Stand out in a sea of floral prints with this effortlessly elegant, crochet Chloe number. Monochrome acessories and a tailored jacket will make you the most polished guest in the place!

How to wear cropped tees without showing too much tummy?

If you want to wear this season’s cropped tops without showing too much tum, a high waisted full skirt is your sartorial saviour! Pair with midi heels and oversized shades for an effortless day to night look.

How to wear bright lingerie?

A simple slip dress is perfect for showing off super bright lingerie. Cover up with a denim jacket and add chunky heeled mules for a tougher edge.

What to wear when heels are necessary all day?

Sometimes wearing heels all day is a necessity of life but even then, no one wants to be limping by lunchtime. The width of Coach’s heels help reduce the pressure on your ankles and the simple, open toed mules style is smart enough to take you through to evening, but won’t look ridiculous in the office.

What to wear on a summer picnic?

Comfortable chic is the name of the game, roomy culottes and stripes galore are the answer! Footwear needs to be vaguely practical but avoid flip flop boredom with Sophia Webster’s jazzy sandals.

How to wear summer whites?

Go for varied textured and tones and add hits of colour via your accessories… Avoiding red wine may be wise too.

How to wear trainers day to night?

If you’re wearing trainers for night, they’d better be good ones, and these Valentino beauties most certainly are! Keep it simple with a leather bag and loosely tailored jacket for daytime, then come 6pm swap that tote for a colour pop clutch, lose the jacket and add statement jewellery.

Follow my Motilo profile for more Style Solutions, the surgery may be over but you can still send me your dilemmas!

Love Ella. X

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Monthly Must Haves: May 2014

monthly must haves may 2014

1) Carven tweed stich cropped sweater, 320, click here to buy
2) Whistles Agnes fit n’ flare skirt, 125, click here to buy
3) Roger Vivier Belle Vivier ballerina pumps, 427, click here to buy
4) Roger Vivier Mis Viv handbag, 1634, click here to buy
5) Topshop Stand Out flower prom dress, 68, click here to buy
6) ASOS cat eye sunglasses, 12, click here to buy
7) Tory Burch Brynn gold plated resin necklace, 520, click here to buy
8) J.Crew x Sophia Webster cutout leather & printed twill pumps, 520, click here to buy
9) Reiss Olivia print floral trousers, 95, click here to buy
10) Diane Von Furstenberg Niseko sweater, 179, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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3 Ways To Wear It: Leather Skirt

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Whistles leather skirt, £85, click here to buy

My father is not a terminally unstylish man. In fact, he often cuts a dash in beautifully tailored Calvin Klein. But, and this is a pretty big, game changing, opinion shaping BUT, he cannot get his head around leather clothing. But of course what he doesn’t know, or perhaps willfully chooses to ignore, is that leather in all forms and applied to all garments is now a perennial style staple. Case in point, the leather skirt. I remember when such an item would have felt a bit rogue, the domain of 80’s sitcoms (check) and professional vixens. I now own around 6 or 7 and couldn’t imagine how the hell I’d get dressed without one. Whether it’s pencil shaped or A-line, a great leather skirt is the perfect transeasonal piece so I thought it would be just the thing for a May edition of 3 Ways To Wear It.

Casual

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Worn with Topshop denim shirt (available here), Fleming London rucksack (available here), Alberta Ferretti for Cutler and Gross sunglasses (similar here) & Adidas Stan Smith trainers

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leather skirt

leather skirt

leather skirt

You know what? I reckon I’m getting better at casual… or less terrible anyway. Holly and I discussed the many ways this outfit wasn’t “me” (hello trainers and backpack) but actually, I totally love it. Denim is also the perfect way to dress down leather, just as it tones down neon. Basically denim is awesome and the unsung hero of virtually all our wardrobes. Add Stan Smiths, a ponytail and a luxed up rucks(ac) and I think this may be one of my personal best downtime ensembles ever. Note on the Stan Smith’s; having been the most vocal anti-trainer campaigner, the comfyness and effortless cool factor of Adidas’ cult shoe have got the better of me. I will not, however, be wearing them anywhere near fashion week. There are more than enough street style detail shots of a fast flying feet boasting a flash of white and green.

Preppy

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Worn with Gap shirt (similar here), Zatchels satchel (similar here) & Topshop brogues (similar here

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Having briefly flirted with a casual look on this 3 Ways To Wear It shoot, I promptly reverted to dressing like an overgrown five year old and felt disturbingly comfortable once I had. Nothing screams “PREP” like matching everything, so I co-ordinated my shirt (a gingham Oxford style, natch) brogues and satchel in varying adjacent shades of my favourite colour, green, and added frilly pop socks for extra (s)chool girl points. I would not recommend rocking anything similar if you’re going out on the pull. In my experience, buttoned up gingham does not exactly signal “buy me a drink” But if you’re not on a mission of debauchery then I think it’s perfect for springtime in the city; meetings, shopping, brunching and the like. FYI the brogue-sock combo could easily be switched up for ballet pumps or loafers if this you find this a smidge too cartoon character esque.

After Dark

leather skirt

Worn with Whistles lace top (VERY similar here), Hobbs shoes & clutch (similar here and here) & Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace (available here)

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leather skirt

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If you do not yet own an extensive collection of lace tops I urge you, get on that ASAP! They will change your life. Or at least, your getting-ready-for-a-night-out process. Going out tops are a tricky business I find. Super fashiony, sculptural concoctions involving 3D embellishment and other such contraptions may be exquisite to look at (even when on an actual person) but tricky to wear. Ever tried taking the underground in a gold brocade confection with one leg of mutton sleeve, one exposed arm and a slight air of a very glamorous Henry VIII? I have, it wasn’t fun. On the other hand, more mainstream evening tops often err on the side of trashy or boring, both not really the look we’re going for. While a lace top might not be quite as exciting as something Tudor inspired and shiny but it always looks chic, elegant and occasion appropriate, not to mention goes with E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Case it point, the leather skirt. I added my trusty leopard calfhair accessories, an Anne Bowes Jewellery charm necklace and a slick of lipstick. Currently I’m alternating between Mac’s Candy Yum Yum and Coral shades. The latter matches the Dior Riviera shade on my nails so I’m wearing it here.

Which is your favourite way to wear the leather skirt?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Rooftop Partying with David Beckham

David Beckham For H&M Swimwear Private Launch

If you read yesterday’s review of Bread Street Kitchen you may remember that, as chance would have it, family Beckham just so happened to be dining there the very same evening as me. If I seemed weirdly cool about the situation – especially as a Spice Girls obsessive who grew up on a diet of double denim dreams courtesy of Posh n’ Becks – it is because I had in fact spent an evening with David himself earlier that week… Well, kind of. If there’s one thing David Beckham knows well it’s football. If there’s one look he rocks masterfully it’s all things pants related. H&M doesn’t yet produce a range of footie gear (yet?) but they do dole out some excellent swim gear and enlisted ol’ Golden Balls to lend a helping *ahem* hand. To celebrate this glorious union and the tight whiteys that are its fruits H&M decided to throw an A-list bash atop Shoreditch House roof. Unsurprisingly, it was pretty awesome. I kicked off my evening at PRISM’s boutique opening in Marylebone (still kicking myself for not going to the after party at Chiltern St Firehouse, Jude Law was there, swoon). The store is seriously cool, but when else would you expect from London’s Queen of mind bogglingly stylish swimwear and sunglasses, Anna Laub? After polishing off an unspecified minty cocktail, ogling E-V-E-R-Y damn item on display and congratulating Anna on her general fabulousness it was time to head on to Shoreditch House.

Prism Boutique Summer Party On Chiltern Street

Me & Anna Laub

Prism Boutique Summer Party On Chiltern Street

Lovely Anna in PRISM’s incredible store, go visit now!!

David Beckham For H&M Swimwear Private Launch

Me & Nik at Shoreditch House

What with David Beckham playing guest of honour and One Direction rumored to be in attendance, H&M’s rooftop soiree was a seriously hot ticket affair. By the time I arrived paparazzi lined Ebor Street and there a whole lot of excitement in the air. As the lift doors opened the first thing I saw was Suzy Menkes (possibly most legendary fashion editor of them all, bar Anna, and absolutely terrifying in my opinion) reclining on a white poolside lounger. Not something you see everyday but something that made me feel this was a very good party to be at. Elsewhere beautiful, beautifully dressed people milled all around drinking an array of cocktails you would not believe. Besides the fun of everyone-who’s-everyone (who wasn’t at the PRISM party, obvs) being there, it was the kind of really lovely ‘do filled with lots of people I’m genuinely very good friends with and therefore shaped up to be a laugh… A laugh involving David Beckham, an open bar, skyline views of London and incredibly stylish surroundings.

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Me, Nik & Naomi

David Beckham For H&M Swimwear Private Launch

Suzy Menkes

David Beckham For H&M Swimwear Private Launch

Becks, Ellie Goulding and a coupla’ lads from 1D whose names I don’t know but faces I like…

David Beckham For H&M Swimwear Private Launch

Foxes, looking foxy, and Eliza Doolittle, coincidentally also looking foxy

As much fun as everyone was having, there was certainly an air of anticipation about proceedings. There was one reason for this, and once reason only. We were all awaiting the arrival of DB. I always find it fascinating how certain individuals are capable of spurring ordinarily cool-as-ice fashion folk into the kind of over excited frenzy that results in queuing/pushing/physically assaulting for selfies and generally behaving like teenagers. There are only two people who I’ve seen have this effect: Karl Lagerfeld and David Beckham. I’m not above causing GBH with a stiletto if necessary but on this occasion, Becks was so surrounded I could see there would really have been no point trying. Instead I settled on a surreptitiously snapped shot of him kissing Suzy Menkes which I think may have been the better, if rather more bizarre, option.
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Sneaky…

My friends Naomi and Nick both interviewed Becks for their mags – Metro and GQ, respectively – and discovered that it was in fact his tight trunks that sealed the deal with Victoria. So boys if you’re reading, the moral is, get yourselves to H&M and invest in a few pairs of budgie smugglers designed by David.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Neon Dreaming

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What: Warehouse shirt (c/o), J.Crew skirt & necklace, Alberta Ferretti bag (c/o) & Sophia Webster for Net-a-Porter shoes (c/o)

Where: Sophia Webster for J.Crew Launch Party, London.

If you asked me what my favourite sunny season colour palette is, answering would be very easy. It’s pastels of course, pastels plain and simple. There’s always been something about peppermint greens, butter yellows, ballerina pinks and palma violet purples that can’t fail to put a smile on my face and a spring in my step. But of late, I’ve been increasingly gravitating towards neon. Perhaps it was my beloved cerulean Kate Spade coat that swung it. After all, that’s certainly not pastel. Or perhaps I’m just feeling a little wild in my old age, 23 next month people! Whatever the reason you cannot that deny neon packs one hell of a punch. But, my friends, it can be a risky business. Too much neon and you’ll look like a nineties raver – N.B nineties Beverly Hills high school senior AKA Cher Horowitz = chic, ninties ‘beefa raver = urgh – a teenager celebrating their post GCSE summer or a human highlighter. Just the right amount, however, and you’re on the money. As a lover of all things bright, bright, BRIGHT, I have to work hard not to go overboard when I decide to rock a bit of neon. I’ve found the best way is to unashamedly combine a couple of eye popping pieces with something grounding like natural cotton, crisp shirting or that trusty staple, denim. Having toned down my yellow-on-crack J.Crew skirt with a sensible indigo shirt I then piled on some bling, hot pink lipstick and accessorised with pastels. I think this kept things just the right side of offensive. What do you reckon?

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neon Sophia Webster

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Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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