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Look Du Jour: Silver Slip

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What: Whistles silver slip top (available here) (c/o) & personalised bomber jacket with Paige Denim jeans (available here), Guess clutch bag (similar here), Kite sunglasses, Next silver stilettos (similar here), Dior “Bonheur” nail polish (available here) (all c/o) and MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick (available here)

Where: Dinner & drinks in London.

I’ve been scheming this look for some time now but never actually got around to shooting or indeed wearing it because I was every so slightly dubious about whether it would work. I may be a child of the 90′s – 1991 to be precise – but as a sartorial decade it’s never really floated my boat. Or, more precisely, the elements of 90′s fashion that have been everywhere from ASOS to Alexander Wang to Armani these past few seasons haven’t. Don’t get me wrong, I think luxed up streetwear and pared back minimalism can look awesome. But for me, the only element of 90′s chic I wanted in on was of the Clueless variety; Cher Horowitz’ mini kilt collection still leaves me weak at the knees. One particular style that’s refused to budge is the slip top. When these first appeared on the catwalks and in the trend edits they put the fear of God in me. You can’t wear a bra with them, unless it’s of the deliberately exposed and highly expensive variety, won’t ones nips be freewheeling all over town? Well, yes of course they will. But who actually cares? You know, within reason. I’m not advocating rocking one to your aged Grandmother’s birthday party or to a job interview, the abundance of blindingly bright pink involved in this particular ensemble probably wouldn’t be well suited to such an occasion either. It took me absolutely ages to drum up the courage to risk slipping a nip by taking my silver slip top out on the town – I’ve had it since February – but when I finally decided to throw caution to the winds and leave the house in an outfit that would potentially result in flashing half of West London it was actually kind of liberating, not to mention seriously comfortable. Sometimes forcing yourself to wear something out of your comfort zone definitely pays off. Other times, as in the case of my teenage dalliance with knee high stripy socks and Vans (it was the Avril Levigne era) it doesn’t.

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silver slip ella catliff

silver slip ella catliff

silver slip ella catliff

silver slip ella catliff

silver slip ella catliff

silver slip ella catliff

silver slip ella catliff

silver slip ella catliff

Have you embraced slip tops this season?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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5 Minutes With: Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott

Given that my “5 Minutes With” features are virtually always fashion industry specific, it might seem unexpected to be interviewing Pixie Lott. Then again if there’s one thing the singer knows and loves – aside from music, obvs – it’s clothes. Back in the day she designed those sell out collections for Lipsy but more recently Pixie’s been rocking endless amounts of Moschino and has a collection of co-ords that causes me major outfit envy every time we cross paths… Five words: pink fur trimmed shorts suit. I can’t remember what event she rocked this particular ensemble at but I was practically seething with jealousy. With Pixie Lott’s latest and by all accounts most impressive album yet launching this very evening I thought now would be the perfect moment for a chat with her about favourite designers, regrettable outfit choices and merging style with sound…

LPA: Since releasing your first smash hit in 2009, you’ve become almost as well known for your style as your music. Has fashion always been something you’ve been interested in?

PL: I’ve always loved fashion so am pleased I can have fun with it alongside my music too. Music will always be my number one and favourite thing to do but I absolutely love fashion and think they go hand in hand really well.

LPA: As someone in the public eye, the clothes you wear attract a certain amount of scrutiny. How does this affect your style choices?

PL: I think I just have to be more careful of how I get out of a taxi or if I’m wearing a mini skirt! I have learnt now and always wear some hotpants under dresses or skirts no matter how short they are, just incase! I also have become more aware of certain outfit choices that look fine in the house when getting ready but when the cameras flash they go see-through – so I double check now!

LPA: Which designers or brands do you most like to wear and why?

PL: I love so many different designers for different reasons but to name just a few of my favourites… Dolce and Gabbana for their elegant style that always fits the best, Moschino for their class but with a quirky twist, Chanel for their timeless pieces but also for their new stuff that has an edge, Christopher Kane for his fun and unique styles particularly the 60s designs, Miu Miu and Prada for their new and old classics and Versace for the more seductive numbers.

LPA: I can imagine that being on stage in front of thousands presents a whole range of dressing challenges and potential wardrobe malfunctions. How do you choose what to wear to perform?

PL: It always depends on what type of show I’m doing to decide what outfit I’m going to wear. For the festivals and big shows, I think it’s better to go more fun and to wear something more out there than I would for the casual, acoustic performance. When it’s stripped back, I like to keep it all about the music but when it’s a bigger stage or crowd it’s fun to make it more of a show and customise some pieces. One of my recent fun and favourite outfits was at G-A-Y, where we had a customised Austin Powers vibe two piece made with baby blue fluff all over the bra top and edges of the shorts. If you can’t have fun with your outfit choice at G-A-Y – where can you?!

LPA: Are there any particular collections or trends you’re loving this season?

PL: The era of the 60s/70s will always be my favourite as I love all the girls and photography from back then so I’m pleased there’s a hint of the 70s scooting about at the moment. There are lots of flares and wide collared shirts that I spy and that’s definitely a trend I’ll be sporting too. I did see the womens pre collection of Moschino at L:CM recently and I loved the 90s feel too – my favourite pieces were the colourful swimsuits. Also, something I’m into, to toughen up the usual girly sandal for the summer, is a much chunkier sole.

LPA: If you could only save three things from your wardrobe from a fire, which would you pick?

PL: My Miu Miu cat print shoes, My vintage Chanel two piece (I’ve had for a year and still haven’t worn!) and then more sentimental items like my Nan’s jewellery.

LPA: I think it’s safe to say that most, if not all of us have made some dubious style choices in our time. Myself, I was very into orange fake tan, body con and poorly applied glittery eye makeup as a teenager. What has been your biggest fashion faux pas?

PL: I think one of my worst was growing up at school and trying to cut myself a fringe.. I chose to use the blunt, kitchen scissors and you can’t even imagine how bad it looked – it couldn’t be fixed till I grew it out…

LPA: Your forthcoming album, Pixie Lott, sees you moving away from the pop tracks that launched your career and towards a more soulful sound described as your ‘most personal record to date.’ Do you think your style has, or will, change to reflect this?

PL: I think by going more into this direction with this album it will just allow me to embrace the 60s even more so with my fashion choices. The soul music I love and grew up listening to is from that era so it’s great that I can incorporate my style in with this sound. It’s still a modern take of my influences growing up so that’s the vibe of my image too.

Love Ella. X

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La Petite Anglaise is on LIKEtoKNOW:IT

LIKEtoKNOW:IT

As a blogger, now attempting to do this shiz professionally, you’d think I’d be the first to pounce on every new digital innovation, handy app or social media platform. Alas, this is not the case. Once again I am late to the party in signing up for LIKEtoKNOW:IT. Admittedly the whole University finals while running La Petite Anglaise thing did put me under a fair bit of pressure and at times it was near impossible to study, shoot and post while still managing to feed, clothe and wash myself but I handed in my thesis in May for God’s sake, it’s embarrassing that it’s taken almost two whole months for me to tick this off my to do list. But better late than never eh? I’m delighted to tell you that I am now signed up to LIKEtoKNOW:IT which, in short, means you can shop my instagram feed. I always get lots of lovely comments saying that you like what I’m wearing (thank you) and asking where you can buy it. In the past, I may have merely told you the brand and left you to make time in your own no doubt equally busy schedules to locate the piece or if it isn’t current season, search for something similar. Well, not any more my friends! Now if you “like” one of my snaps that has a that has a “liketk.it” link then LIKEtoKNOW:IT will send you an email with a list of what I’m wearing, or the closest alternatives, and a direct link to buy them yourselves if you fancy it. Literally all you have to do is sign up here. Oh and obviously follow me on Instagram here. Even if you never actually shop my instas, LIKEtoKNOW:IT still a great way of finding out about some of the most stylish bloggers around. Since signing up myself I’ve basically trebled my must read list!

Love Ella. X

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bareMinerals Bareskin Foundation

bareMinerals Bareskin Foundation

With beauty, much like fashion, there are certain brands and products I find myself returning to again and again and again. While the thrill of the new is the lifeblood of consumption, when it comes to looking and feeling your best I think we all know what works for us and there’s no shame in sticking to that. From time to time it’s fun to shake things up, whether that’s swapping blouses and ballet pumps for bodycon black leather or test driving a dramatic eye makeup look, no one wants to get stuck in a rut. But on a day to day basis there’s a real security in being able to rely on what you know and like. Nowhere is that more the case than what you put on your skin. As I explained in another beauty post a couple of months ago, I’ve religiously worn bareMinerals products on my face since I was eighteen years old. No other brand has been able to top the natural feel and ability to coverage varying abilities of their powders and even on shoots, I’m always wary of liquid foundations. So when bareMinerals announced the launch of their 20-years-in-the-making Bareskin liquid formula I was very intrigued indeed and absolutely delighted when they invited me and a handful of other bloggers to be the first to try it out. So back in June we gathered at a studio to be made over in the Bareskin foundation and have a round table chat about what we thought of it. You can hear our verdict in the video below…

bareMinerals Bareskin Foundation is available NOW! As you may have gathered, I thoroughly recommend it and now have some myself. Wherever you are in the world, you can shop all the shades online here.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Palm Printed

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What: Zara palm print shorts (similar here & here), Gap white broderie shirt (similar here & here) (c/o), Michael Kors Selma tote bag (available here) (c/o), French Sole pumps (similar here & here) (c/o) and Monica Vinader jewellery

Where: Meetings in London.

Distinctly un-chic though it is to follow, or at least admit to following trends, palm print has been everywhere this season and the second I spied it in the pages of mags and windows of shops I knew I wanted in. As a lover of all things a little kitsch the abundance of jolly palm motifs around has made me endlessly happy but somehow it’s still taken me until now to get my hands on any. I think we can all agree that Zara is nailing it at the moment as well as seriously upping the quality of their offering and these shorts are a prime example. Crisply cut, comfortable, flattering and eye poppingly punchy… What’s not to love? I paired them with an equally crisp white shirt, ballet flats and my trusty Michael Kors Selma tote for a day of trotting around town to meetings but I think they’d work just as well with a crop top and sandals for a holiday. I’m desperately trying to get as much wear out of these bad boys as much as possible before it’s well and truly time to embrace AW14 so expect to see them cropping up on my instagram – or, if you’re London based maybe flashing past you on Regents Street - over the next four weeks. On that subject, can you actually believe that it’s August already? Where did the summer go! But then at least we can console ourselves that while summer may be all but done September means one thing… Fashion week.

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palm print

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palm print zara

palm print

palm print

Love Ella X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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