Look Du Jour

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.

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

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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Look Du Jour: Happiness

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

What: J.Crew floral top (click here to buy) and coral skirt (similar here), Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise bag c/o (similar here), Pollini sandals c/o (similar here & here) and AllSaints studded leather jacket (similar here & here)

Where: Dinner at Wilton’s (read the review here)

I definitely don’t need to tell you how I feel about this particular ensemble! The Pollini sandals and Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise bag have been some of the most worn items in my wardrobe since they entered chez LPA. As for the J.Crew floral tank and flirty coral mini, where to begin… The colours, the prints, the chic yet comfortable shapes. Looking at them makes me happy and wearing them makes me even happier. Some might say it’s superficial and silly to find happiness through clothes but I think they couldn’t be more wrong. Just to be clear, I’m not talking profound, long lasting happiness and spiritual meaning here. The happiness I’m referring to is the transformative power that clothes and fashion in general can have over our mood and how we feel about ourselves, our personalities, identities and of course, our bodies. An outfit that makes you look in the mirror or any nearby reflective surface and think “hot DA-YUM” probably won’t guarantee that you’re going to spend the next decade in a state of deep personal fulfilment and yogi like blissed out zen. It can, however, make you feel good about yourself, confident and uplifted, helping you to put aside your own insecurities and anxieties for a while and focus your energies on work, friends, family and generally enjoying life. This slightly preppy, kinda flirty, minimalists-worst-nightmare get up does that for me.

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

ella catlif La Petite Anglaise J.Crew

ella catliff la petite anglaise J.Crew

ella catliff la petite anglaise

Sorry if I got a little real there guys. My point is largely that neon shades and florals rock and fashion is great, but I stand by what I’ve written. Do certain outfits have a similark effect on your mood? Or do you reckon that happiness and fashion don’t equate? I’d love to know what you think!

Love Ella. X

Images by Michaela Peker

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Look Du Jour: Sass it Up

What: Style Stalker tank top (click here to buy), Baukjen leather pencil skirt (new season update here, similar here & here), DSquared2 sunglasses, Mulberry Willow tote (click here to buy) Agent Provocateur Connie bra (click here to buy) (all c/o) & Whistles sandals (similar here) with Dior Bonheur mani pedi.

Where: Afternoon cocktails at The London EDITION

Personal style is a funny thing. I’m the first to admit that a lot of the pieces in my wardrobe look a lot like each other. There are certain styles, brands, colours and details I gravitate to. Rarely does a week go by without someone telling me that they saw something and just knew I’d love it… and inevitably I do. Try as I might, I just can’t shake my affinity for anything pink, polkadot, preppy and that could have conceivably been purchased at Bonpoint. But predictable though my tastes may often be – aren’t everyone’s? – now and again there are few things more enjoyable than shaking it up. That’s why I love working with brand like Diesel who somehow manage to persuade me to trade in my usual Blair Waldorf (season one, duh) inspired fare for say, a bodycon leather minidress. Since that particular project I’ve been pushing my sartorial boundaries without being prompted by an Italian under brand a little more frequently. Last week’s silver slip top for instance. What with those slinky straps and it’s potential for nipple free-wheelage, I think it’s safe to say it had sass. Perhaps not quite as much sass as this outfit however. Divine though this wear-forever ballerina leather pencil skirt is, I feared that paired with a blouse it may age me beyond my years. As opposed to making me resemble an overgrown nursery school child which apparently is a look I’m fine with. On this occasion I was about to embark on a weekend of over indulgence at the fabulously debauched London EDITION Hotel (more on that soon) so I didn’t want to look like I just took a wrong turn en route to a ladies luncheon or the first day of kindergarten. So how to sass up a luxuriously sensible pencil skirt? I ummmed and ahhhhed and tried on umpteen options and then it hit me; a Beyonce inspired ‘beater and Agent Provocateur underwearObviously.

sass stylestalker la petite anglaise ella catliff

sass stylestalker ella catliff la petite anglaise

sass stylestalker ella catliff la petite anglaise

sass stylestalker ella catliff la petite anglaise

sass stylestalker ella catliff la petite anglaise

sass stylestalker ella catliff la petite anglaise

sass stylestalker ella catliff la petite anglaise

What do you reckon, did I sass up my pencil skirt successfully?

Love Ella. X

Images by Michaela Peker

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Look Du Jour: Picnicking

cath kidston picnicking

What: Cath Kidston Autumn Bloom big leather trim tote bag (click here to buy), People Tree gingham sundress (similar here), Gap wedges (similar here) & Wildfox sunglasses (available here) (all c/o), necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery & rings by Aamaya by Priyanka (available here)

Where: Picnic in Holland Park, Kensington.

Can you believe that summer is basically over?! I swear just yesterday it was rainy-sunny-rainy-again May and I was counting down the hours until my thesis was submitted and I had months and months of glorious summery relaxation ahead of me… HA! Whatever the season, I always find that there are a million and one lovely things I want to do but somehow the time ends up rushing by in a manic, albeit fabulously so, blur and basically none of them happen. Last Winter, I didn’t even manage to go ice skating at Somerset House for God’s sake. Well, while I haven’t yet swum in the Serpentine, lounged all afternoon on Shoreditch House rooftop, been to an outdoor film screening or gone for a leisurely bike ride this summer, I have managed to have a couple of picnics. In my experience there are four utterly essential ingredients for a successful picnic. The first is decent weather. No one wants to find themselves washed away in a soggy sea of spilt Pimms, semi disintegrated sandwiches and strawberries that have dissolved into an oozing red mess that makes the whole thing start to resemble a scene from a low budget horror film. The others are location, food and most importantly, outfit. Nothing uncomfortable, tight or made from fabric that is either man made or dry clean only. And when it comes to the handbag you need something that looks good but can take a battering, won’t discolour at the first hint of moisture (the grass never really dries out in England) and can fit all the assorted crap you need to carry with you. Since Cath Kidston – surely the most picnic friendly brand on the planet – invited me to collaborate with them on their tote bag launch project this new season floral number has been my picnicking companion. I’ve picnicked with many a leather shoulder bag, an ill advised clutch and several hampers but this baby has served the purpose best. Paired with a gingham frock (ultimate picnic dress, am I right?) and walk-able wedges I felt like some sort of chic 50′s housewife, an effect that may have been ruined by the fact I was clutching a Venti Starbucks iced latte with “Alex” scribbled across it – how you get that from “Ella” I don’t know – in black marker pen and manically answering emails as I strolled to Holland Park for this particular picnic.

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

cath kidston picnic tote ella catliff

As I mentioned, Cath Kidston have just launched their latest collection of super cute tote bags big and small, soon to be accompanied by an exhibition in their Piccadilly store. If you happen to be in the area between August 22nd and September 5th, do pop in and see a GIANT picture of me toting my tote! And tell us which you prefer, #totesbig or #totessmall…

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Silver Slip

silver slip ella catliff

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.

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

silver slip ella catliff

Have you embraced slip tops this season?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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