What: Coat: A.P.C, Jumper: Boutique by Jaeger, Shorts & Shirts: Whistles, Loafers: Russel & Bromley, Bag: Anya Hindmarch, Beret: American Apparel
Where: Meetings and Appointments in London.
First off, I must admit that this post title doesn’t refer to what I got up to while wearing this outfit. Yesterday was definitely not what you’d call a “hard working” Monday. Busy, yes. Stressful, at times. But that stress was mainly just panicking over being too pasty for an Temperley dress now taking pride of place in my wardrobe and later on, smudging my nail polish. This week kicked off with a trip to Temperley London’s Mayfair HQ to choose something fabulous for a very special event I’m supremely over excited about attending next week. After having a rather embarrassing mini meltdown over nothing “looking right” (brat alert!) I finally fell for an exquisite cocktail number in oyster silk jacquard. Sadly it has to be returned to it’s rightful owners sooner than seems fair but until then, I’m much enjoying just looking at it. After a couple of midday meetings at the Liberty London cafe (high risk meeting spot due to it’s proximity to oodles of Carven and Christopher Kane) I headed in the direction of Chelsea for the afternoon’s “work” engagement… A mani pedi at Bliss Spa which will be the subject of my next grooming review. By the end of the day I felt a bit spoilt and ridiculous, in the very best possible way. Getting back to my original point, the reason I decided to dub this Look Du Jour “hard working” is because of the pieces themselves. From my trusty A.P.C peacoat (AW10) to my camel Whistles shorts (SS11), on a cost-per-wear basis these babies have all paid for themselves many times over. Summer, winter, London, New York, Paris… A garment that works all of the above is worth its weight in gold and certainly worth dry cleaning and re-lining a stupidly expensive number of times. As for the Anya Hindmarch tote, I picked up that beauty at a second hand designer shop in Notting Hill a couple of years ago. Considering it had a whole other life before entering my wardrobe and the amount I’ve used it since, this bag deserves a lifetime achievement award! As of sometime last week I’ve decided to make only – or at least mainly – these kind of chic yet sensible, wear-forever buys. And re my extravagant Monday, it was definitely a one off, this afternoon will been spent slogging away in the library.
Love Ella. X