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LPA Styles It: Next

It’s been a while, I know, but this time I won’t hit you with the same lame role call of excuses. The last edition of LPA Styles It may have been an absolute age ago but my favourite feature is BACK with a vengeance! Summer is here, in theory at least, and there’s no better time to hit the streets in lightweight fabrics and lashings of floral print. As you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve never really worn vast amounts of Next clothes. If I’m honest, I never really gave the brand much thought. But frequently I’ve complimented blogger pals on their fabulous shoes or dress, asked them where it’s from (obvs) and their answer has been Next. So, I thought, this brand must be worth a gander and promptly set about checking out their SS14 collection. And do you know what? There are some real gems in there. Admittedly not everything was to my tastes but those that were… Well, see for yourselves!

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Umbrella print sundress, £25, click here to buy
Two part pointed shoes, £22, click here to buy
Cross body satchel, £7, click here to buy
White enamel cat eye sunglasses, £15, click here to buy

Good God I love a drop waisted dress. There’s something about the swooshy, silkiness of them that both exudes carefree nonchalance and allows for big lunches, both good traits in a frock. The second I clapped eyes on this umbrella print cutie I knew it was going to be look numero uno, I can never say no to a quirky print. You know how I feel about matchy matchy accessories so these adorable lemon suede flats and satchel of the same shade obviously had to get involved. White sunglasses and a simple gold bangle add to the pulled together feel of the outfit. Best of all, despite it’s chicness the look is genuinely very comfortable and requires basically no effort whatsoever. Perfect for holiday nights (especially if you’re a little burnt) or sweltering city days, I think I might have to recreate it for when I’m next in New York.

Stand Out

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Grid shell top, £12, click here to buy
Printed midi skirt, £24, click here to buy
Black round sunglasses, £12.50, click here to buy
Shoes available in store only

Holly and I certainly turned a few heads shooting this in the middle of Bond Street on an overcast Friday morning! Never one to shy away from an in-your-face print, I fell hard for this skirt. My view on brights is very much “more is more” so I added an adorable tangerine crochet top and matching sandals. This outfit is simply made for cocktail hour, be that overlooking a white sand beach, in a five star members bar or at whatever drinking establishment happens to be nearest to wherever you are. If you’re not quite so attention seeking brave then the skirt would look stunning pared back with a crisp white shirt or cotton tee. Similarly the colour pop top is just the thing to spice up simple sandals and distressed jeans. Oversized sunglasses optional but strongly recommended.

Chinoiserie

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White crepe jacket, £38, click here to buy
Woven camisole top, £14, click here to buy
Navy umbrella flippy skirt, £22, click here to buy
Silver sandals, £42, click here to buy
Long bar clutch bag, £14, click here to buy
Polarised black square sunglasses, £15, click here to buy

Having just waxed lyrical over hot house blooms, I’m now going to do the same for delicate chinoiserie prints. Evidently, I’ve never met a pattern I didn’t like… Maybe don’t quote me on that. I’ve always felt that, as an English rose (read: glow in the dark pasty) white was not my friend but recent seasons have made me reconsider. While there’s no denying that icy hues look fantastic with a golden tan, I think it can look equally stunning on super pale skin too. Between the intricate prints and flowing fabrics, there’s something wonderfully delicate about this outfit that I think works really well paired with structured accessories for a slicker edge. Metallic footwear is E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E  this summer and these two strap sandals are perhaps the most elegant way to wear the trend. Sci Fi and Chinoiserie don’t sound like the most comfortable of sartorial bedfellows but I reckon this totally works. I would wear this for a work-to-play day, possibly with the help of an oversized tote that can be stashed in a cloakroom along with the jacket.

Feeling Fruity

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Floral sleeveless fluted dress, £38, click here to buy
Denim Western jacket, £35, click here to buy
Polarised tortoiseshell sunglasses, £15, click here to buy
Black microsuede clutch, £15, click here to buy
Shoes available in store only

It’s really when I write this post, a week after shooting, that I realise how much I love these looks! Throw in a great pair jeans, a couple of tees and a tote and you’ve got yourself a summer capsule wardrobe. I ummed and ahhhed a bit over how to style this final frock. As someone who feels most comfortable in killer heels and is permanently – and might I add, quite happily – overdressed for everything, my initial idea was to team it with stiletto sandals and a statement necklace. Well, I kept the statement necklace but decided to give the rest a bit of an everyday spin. You see the genius of this dress is not just that it’s bright orange and covered in flowers, it’s also very versatile. Everyday appropriate with plimsolls and a denim jacket, party ready with the aforementioned accoutrements… Not sure I could have leapt quite so high if I’d gone for that option though.

And now for the moment of truth… Which outfit do you like the most? I know I always say it, but I’m really torn. Currently leaning towards either look one or two.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Spring nights with Kate Spade NY & Roger Vivier

Kate Spade New York Tropical Fete

Why go to one fabulous party when you could go to two? Words to live by I feel. You’ve no doubt spied my previous posts on the Kate Spade New York Chelsea Flower show tea (slash cocktail) party, it’s become something of a stalwart signal that Spring is here for me and no doubt many others. That’s where my evening kicked off last Thursday.

Kate Spade New York Tropical Fete

Lilah Parsons, Deborah Lloyd & Martha Ward 

Kate Spade New York Tropical Fete

Me & Martha 

Decked out in a shimmering Kate Spade NY dress so darned pretty I was sorely tempted to pretend it got “lost” and could therefore not be returned to its rightful owners, I sped over to Chelsea where rain had not stopped play and the flower show was in full bloom. The Chelsea Flower show is always a sight to behold and fash brands with stores in the area tend to pull out all the stops. Kate Spade NY’s is always seriously good but this year they truly outdid themselves with a tropical display involving toucans and hot house beauties, winning them a well deserved “Best Floral Display” award. Inside, the place was packed with brightly dressed guests and things were showing no signs of finishing up at the designated hour. I grabbed a quick glass of champagne and a delectable rainforest cupcake and set about catching up with Co-Host Martha Ward. Despite how head over heels I was for my own frock, her print trousers and frilled fuchsia top gave me major wardrobe envy, this woman always has the best clothes. Evidently a stellar bunch had turned out to toast my beloved stateside export and I had a good old mingle with the likes of Antonia O’Brian, Lilah Parsons and Amber Atherton, as well as Kate Spade NY’s Creative Director and President, Deborah Lloyd who’s career, talent and life in general I’m permanently in awe of. All too soon, it was time to say my goodbyes and I scooped up Millie for a quick Itsu pit stop before heading on to party number two.

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Me sans coat, carrying Roger Vivier’s Miss Viv bag… I’m OBSESSED!

While I was a little sad to be leaving Kate Spade NY’s tropicana paradise, I wasn’t sad for long as our next port of call was an event I won’t be forgetting any time soon. In celebration of the beginning of Summer (allegedly) and their adorable Miss Viv collection, Roger Vivier had decided to host an almost unbelievably stylish soirée at the chicest and – trying not to sound like an arse here but I know I will anyway – most exclusive club in Mayfair, LouLou’s.

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Me & Ines de la Fressange

Inevitably there were about fifty other fash bashes going on in London that night but this, this was the place to be. Jungle fever was clearly not restricted to Sloane Square that evening as it was the theme of the night for Vivier too. LouLou’s had been bedecked in oversized foliage, lifesized giraffes and other decorations that made a lover of all things novelty like myself very happy indeed. The guest list was, of course, insane and a brilliant combination of fabulous people I wanted to ogle, and fabulous people I actually new and genuinely liked. We’re talking Caroline Sieber (former category, I won’t lie), Caroline Issa, Olivia Inge, Bip Ling, Paula Goldstein, Petra Palumbo, Otis Ferry, Kim Hersov, Tiphane de Lussy, Patrick Grant, Pippa Vosper, David Downton, Katie Hillier, Jazzy de Lisser… I could go on.

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Roger Vivier Creative Director Bruno Frisoni & Ines de la Fressange

Roger Vivier Summer Party At Loulou's

Paula Goldstein

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Otis Ferry & Josephine de la Baume

Caroline Sieber

Caroline Sieber

Roger Vivier Summer Party At Loulou's

Caroline Issa (wearing THE BEST COAT EVER)

Roger Vivier Summer Party At Loulou's

Gala Gordon, Clara Paget & Jazzy de Lisser

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Me & Pippa Vosper

We drank, we danced to Josephine de la Baume, we mingled so hard we almost injured ourselves. I also got to meet and chat with Roger Vivier muse, ambassador and creative force, the ever elegant Inès de la Fressange. Inès is an icon, an inspiration and an incredibly intelligent, not to mention stylish woman and, I’ll be honest, I was slightly daunted but utterly determined to say hello. Of course, she was charm personified and chatting with her was the cherry on the top of a truly wonderful evening.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: White & Blue

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What: Tod’s Gommino loafers (c/o), Tommy Hilfiger jeans (c/o), J.Crew sweater, Kate Spade NY sunglasses (c/o), French Connection shirt & Hobbs clutch (c/o)

Where: Meetings in London

There are certain classic items so perennially chic we spend half, if not all, of our lives wanting them in our wardrobes. I’m not talking “it” hits like Christoper Kanes flower print sweatshirt or Prada’s bejewelled sports bras. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still sell the family dog to get my hands on those puppies (pun definitely intended), but by next season I’ll have all but forgotten their allure. The pieces I’m talking about are those we crave season after season, year after year, decade after decade. Garments our grandmother’s may have once owned but remain every bit as obsession inducing today. Tod’s Gommino loafers are undoubtedly one such item. The legendary loafers may have their roots in the brand’s 1950s driving shoes but some six and a half decades – and many additional colourways – later, they are still the epitome of form meeting functioning in an achingly elegant package. I’ve coveted a pair for as long as I can remember and when it came to finally choosing some Gomminos of my own, I spent literally hours trying on every single shade and finish in a state of total over excitement. Styling them up wasn’t exactly difficult, these beauties go with everything. In the end I decided to take the white and blue palette and run with it, adding my current fave striped skinnies from Tommy Hilfiger. It only seemed fitting to pair this with a buttoned up shirt and shoulder slung sweater. Italiano elegance meets East Coast prep, or at least that’s what I’m calling it.

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What classic pieces have you coveted forever? If you’re anything like me, it’s a pretty long list…

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Athens with Juicy Couture

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If there’s one thing Instagram is really excellent for, it’s over sharing your holiday snaps accompanied by endless annoying hashtags like #paradise #sorrynotsorry #poolside etc. While my trip to Athens with Juicy Couture last week wasn’t a holiday per se, I definitely indulged in some pretty major Instabragging, sorry guys. It just really was a very fabulous day and a half with endless beautiful views and outfit changes so it seemed silly not to share them all… Or at least that’s what I told myself as I posted my fifteenth photo of me lounging around wearing a fancy hat and oversized sunglasses.

I headed out to Athens on Monday afternoon having, somewhat foolishly, attempted to fit in a trip to the Juicy Couture store and a photoshoot with Holly before leaving. As a result I arrived at the airport a sweaty and slightly stressed mess, I never do bloody learn. After picking up my airport essentials – magazines, iced latte, gum to chew loudly and annoy fellow passengers with, multiple snacks for the plane, all the grooming products I’d forgotten to pack – my stress dissipated and I began to daydream about the treats to come. I’d never been to Athens before and always wanted to so being out there as a guest of Juicy was an unexpected delight. The hotel, which obviously I’d ogled in advance, looked wonderfully luxurious and fresh from approximately eight straight months of London drizzle, I was thoroughly over excited about the prospect of a pool party the next day. Within thirty seconds of arriving at Astir Palace Resort & Spa my suspicions were confirmed, it was indeed pretty majestic with private bungalows, immaculate grounds and panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. After a swift Pinot Grigio in the bar I retired to my vast bedroom and passed out within about thirty seconds in one of the largest and most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in.

Juicy Couture

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You know when you’re travelling and exhausted and wake up wondering where the hell on earth you are? That’s precisely what happened to me the next morning. Curled up like a worm and wilfully ignoring my alarm, I was convinced that I’d open my eyes to see my bedroom. It was something of a shock to in fact be greeted by a spectacular view of ocean and islands, but a pretty great one I must say. There was no way I was leaving without trying the olympic-plus sized infinity pool so I braved the morning chill and ice cold water for a dip that blasted away the last remnants of airplane ick. One room service breakfast (good God I love room service) and as many poorly written emails as I could manage later, I slipped into my first and I think favourite Juicy Couture ensemble and off we headed to Folli Follie HQ for a company presentation. Yes, the Juicy pool party may have been the main event but we did manage to fit in a little education… And, y’know, go shopping and out for a lengthy lunch in Glyfada. I’m rather embarrassed to admit that before this, I knew next to nothing about the Folli Follie group and I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation because it’s a utterly fascinating company.

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Folli Follie itself launched in Greece thirty years ago as an accessories brand. How it launched is rather a lovely story. The couple behind it, Dimitris and Ketty Koutsolioutsos who remain involved in every aspect of their company’s activity (and there is a LOT of activity) today, never intended to set up a global fashion empire or even their own accessories brand. As a hobby, Ketty enjoyed making bracelets and one day at a party, a fellow guest who happened to own a large boutique asked if she’d supply some to sell. Initially Ketty refused, insisting it was just a hobby and not something she wanted to turn into a business. After a lot of persuasion, she conceded and made 1500 bracelets for the boutique which sold out in a matter of weeks. Thus, Folli Follie was born. In three short decades it’s grown to become a truly global brand group with Folli Follie itself boasting 607 points of sale in 27 countries ranging from the USA to Japan and sales of almost 900 Million Euros in 2013 alone. The Folli Follie Group also now own Links Of London, having acquired the company in 2006 and 51% percent of Attica department store (known as the Harrods of Greece). They also own the licensing and/or distribution rights for countless other major brands including Calvin Klein Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, Converse, Guess, Dolce & Gabbana and HUGO BOSS beauty, and of course, Juicy Couture to name but a few. It’s an incredible success story, from unknown label in Athens – arguably not a fashion capital – to international fashion player, a true testament to what can be achieved through talent, intuition and vast amounts of very hard work. After finishing up the presentation and taking a peek around the HQ – there are some amazing campaign images of Diane Kruger from when Folli Follie cast her, a then unknown model, for their ads during the 1990s – we headed into Glyfada to check out the Folli Follie and Juicy Couture stores. I’ve seen a lot of stores in my time and these ones are done beautifully and contain some of both brands’ very best product, it was only the fact my “carry on” bag was already stuffed that stopped me from having a major splurge.

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Tired and hungry from doing very little really we then spent a happy couple of hours chatting over a seriously delicious lunch before heading back to Astir Palace… It was pool party time. After throwing a quick outfit change, Reem and I tottered down to the private bungalow where the event was to be held. The immaculately contemporary space had been transformed into a Juicy girl’s dream holiday home, brightly coloured clothes and accessories artfully strewn over the pristine white furniture, cocktails on tap and a private infinity pool overlooking the (also private) beach. Besides me and Reem – one half of Five Five Fabulous, in the unlikely event you don’t already know – Juicy Couture had invited a handful of their favourite Greek bloggers and it was really interesting to meet this lovely bunch of likeminded girls and all do what we do best, style up clothes and pose. We also played with a very cute puppy, and Instagrammed her umpteen times, obviously.

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For the London contingent, our trip ended with dinner at Nobu and contemplating “missing” our flight home. Thank you so much Juicy Couture, Folli Follie and Trace Publicity for a thoroughly enjoyable trip. It was just what I needed!

Love Ella. X

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Ralph Lauren at Abbey Road Studios

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An iconic American brand and the most legendary music studio in London, sounds like a recipe for a cracking party am I right!? When Ralph Lauren took over Abbey Road Studios for the night, a cracking one it most certainly was. Having unwillingly awoken at 3am UK time that morning to fly back from Athens (more on this coming soon!) a more sensible evening option would probably have been tucking myself up in bed with a cuppa than heading to North London for a fash bash. But then, I’m not particularly sensible by nature and for some reason still seem to believe I can bend time to my will, despite all evidence to the contrary. This is perhaps why I thought it would be totally feasible to book in a dress fitting at Ralph Lauren’s Bond St HQ two hours after landing. I was working on the assumption that there would be absolutely no traffic driving in to London (this has been the case NEVER) and everything else would go without a hitch. Unsurprisingly I was wrong and what ensued was a manic scramble through West London, answering emails, downing coffees and lamenting my foolish scheduling as I went, no doubt arriving at my appointment looking mildly deranged. But I wasn’t exactly about to pass up the opportunity for a dress fitting chez Ralph, or to party the night away in a venue after which The Beatles’ named their 1969 album!

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Wearing Ralph Lauren head to toe & an Anne Bowes Jewellery bracelet

Some four (or  was it five?) hours later, I had been rescued from my coffee stained, semi sleep deprived, scruff bag state by the most fabulous flamenco inspired, Ralph Lauren number and was northward bound to Abbey Road Studios. When the team from a more-than-major global fashion brand who have, just days before, hosted an unbelievably A List bash with Prince William are excited about a venue, you know it’s going to be pretty awesome. The second Millie and I entered the party, it was obvious that no one was exaggerating. The place hadn’t been transformed into a high fashion paradise but felt and looked, gratifyingly, much like it has always done; a very cool but unpretentious recording studios where some of the greatest songs ever made were born.

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Left: Maisie Willis. Right: Martha Ward & Violet Henderson

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Left: Clara Paget. Right: Tom Odell

Ralph Lauren Collection Debut Spring 2014 Runway Collection at Abbey Road Studios

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Fan girl moment!

In case you’re wondering what the connection between Ralph Lauren and Abbey Road Studios is, they didn’t just choose the spot for their soirée because it’s kind of incredible and no brand has ever done so before. No, Ralph’s SS14 collection is all about the swinging sixties so it was in fact, a perfect collaboration. The party too wasn’t just an excuse for us all to dress up and drink champagne while grooving (sticking with the sixties theme, not that I don’t often use this word anyway) to to Spanish rock band Zeno and the Stoics. There was also a fashion show. Somewhere between fan girling Maisie Willis (Arya from Game of Thrones!!!) and catching up with Amber le Bon and Nat Weller, a line up of models appeared on the stairs and proceeded to strut their stuff in one of my fave Ralph Lauren collections to date. Seriously, those colour pop shift dresses and monochrome tailored minis… I die.

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Me, Kim & a monochrome clad model

After the show, I bumped into Kim Hersov and we headed backstage to see the A-MAZING collection up close and, obviously, take a few selfies next to the recording equipment (technical term anyone?). All in all, a cracking evening as predicted and so worth forgoing an early night for!

Love Ella. X

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