Look Du Jour

Look Du Jour: Seaside Calling

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

What: J.Crew striped t-shirt (similar here) & shorts (available here), Club Monaco red leather biker jacket (c/o) (similar here), Lulu Guinness tote bag (c/o) (available here), Russell & Bromley loafers (c/o) (similar here) and Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace.

Where: Meetings in London… This month, then maybe the seaside.

You know the saying “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life?” Well, replace “man” with “Ella” and “London” with “nautical stuff” and you’ve got my personal equivalent. I don’t know what it is about Breton stripes and the perennially chic colour combination that is red, white and blue that never ceases to get me reaching for my poor, worn out credit card, but I’ve always been powerless to resist. I even happen to have once acquired a nautically themed tattoo in Barcelona but that, my friends, is a tale for another post.  The second I spied these crisp chino shorts during a trip to J.Crew, ostensibly made for research purposes, I just knew that they had to be mine. Immaculately tailored, go-with-everything white and super comfy to boot… When would I not wear them? Unlike many other purchases I’ve justified with similar reasoning, I actually have worn these babies non stop since they joined the ever expanding hoarder’s paradise that is my wardrobe. It turns out, white really does go with everything. It doesn’t, however disguise coffee stains in the helpful way that a punchy print does so these puppies have been through the wash more times in the last month than I’ve had Starbucks iced lattes (i.e. a LOT). They’re also the absolute dream for anyone with a penchant for all things nautical. Whether paired with glossy red leather accoutrements for a city spin on things or a heavy ribbed knit and appropriate footwear if you’re actually going to be anywhere near the beach, they just scream “seaside”. Personally I’m not actually that huge a fan of the seaside, preferring a pavement, park or poolside area with heavy cocktail involvement, but I may have to change my tune considering how often I embrace the allure of nautical styling. Plus, I’ll be going to Norfolk – for non British readers this is a very lovely but usually very rainy area of the English coast where we go sailing, look at seals and picnic on the beach while pretending not to be freezing our t*ts off – with the family next month so perhaps a few variations on this ensemble can help to distract from those soggy sandwiches.

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Will you be rocking the nautical look on any seaside holidays this summer?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Bye Bye Boys

boys manrepelling

What: Club Monaco blue biker jacket (c/o), Whistles shirt, Tibi embossed leather shorts (c/o), Paul & Joe Sister orange satchel (c/o), Markus Lupfer glitter brogues (c/o) & Cutler and Gross sunglasses (c/o)

Where: Meetings in London

Why is there something so incredible satisfying about wearing an outfit that you know will send the majority of (straight) men running for the hills? Blame it on Leandra Medine maybe but manrepelling has never been more tempting. Between the buttoned up shirt and its tutti frutti print, the slightly nappy esque embossed leather shorts – a tailoring accident – and the potentially confusing glitter/mannish hybrid that are these glorious shoes, this would perhaps be an unwise ensemble to don for a first date or going out on the pull. Throw a clashing cobalt blue biker jacket into the mix – because why wouldn’t you? – and you’ll be terrifying fellas at 20 paces… Result! Between looks like these, and my ongoing obsession with dressing like a primary school child slash cartoon character it’s maybe not entirely surprising I’m single. But then, I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever the hell makes YOU feel fabulous regardless of whether that’s a bodycon party frock, Nike Air Max or a clown costume. Any paramour you have to change your personal style more is frankly not worth the bother.

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling

Thinking more on this subject, I’d probably say I dress firstly for myself and secondly for other women/gay men. Attracting the opposite sex doesn’t usually factor into it, something I’m not entirely sure is healthy. What about you guys, who you do dress for?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Hi Summer

hi summer

What: Gap summer shorts, River Island cotton top (c/0), Paul & Joe Sister denim jacket (c/o), Kate Spade bag, sunglasses & iPhone case (c/o) Liberty London x Gola trainers and Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace.

Where: Saturday shopping in London.

It feels like absolutely ages since my last Look Du Jour, sorry guys! I haven’t actually spent the past fortnight in my pyjamas but between my rather belated (as per usual) London Collections Men diaries, big party round up and then of course the Matthew Williamson collaboration, these snaps have been languishing within my laptop for a while. Fear not, I have so many #OOTD posts coming your way you’ll soon wish I would just go hole up in something unfit for publishing for a while. It will probably come as no surprise to hear that I am one of those people who takes extreme pleasure in organising their wardrobe, doing new season, mid season and trans-season switch overs and rotating pieces into different parts of my apartment. To be fair, this is partially out of necessity as my entire home is basically one great big wardrobe – not in a glam way, more in a lack of closet space way - but discovering old favourites, incorporating new purchases and generally being able to wear totally different things at different times of the year is just plain fun. A couple of weeks ago I spent a very happy Saturday moving my wardrobe into “high summer” mode and happened across these floral shorts. Said shorts cost me about a fiver from Gap Kids a couple of years ago and I should probably stop wearing them and start dressing my age pretty soon but the fact that they can only possibly be donned when the weather is glorious has earned them a special place in my heart so I just can’t bring myself to bin them just yet. Every year out they come, signalling that summer is well and truly in full swing. Combined with a white cotton broderie top, lemon accessories Liberty print trainers I basically felt like the human embodiment of July which is a pretty nice way to feel, I’m sure you’ll agree. Also I suspect I could have got away with a child ticket on the tube but having been rumbled doing that about five years ago I decided it wasn’t actually worth a try.

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hi summer

hi summer

hi summer

hi summer

hi summer

hi summer

hi summer

Love Ella. X

Ps) Coincidentally it was damn near impossible to buy cigarettes that day.

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Laid Back

jenni kayne laid back look

What: Jenni Kayne trousers (available here), Jenni Kayne t-shirt, Jenni Kayne x Clare Vivier clutches (available here), Anne Bowes Jewellery necklaces (available here), Ferragamo sunglasses, Stand Seven bracelet & The Sandal and The Craftsman sandals (all c/o)

Where: Out and about in Sunny London

I know what you’re thinking, this ensemble is light years away to others I’ve rocked of late. Recently I’ve seemed to dress exclusively in brights so bright they’re almost radioactive, prints on prints on prints and extreme prep with the odd leather number thrown in for good measure. Well, now and again all those highlighter hues and dizzying pattern clashes can get a little exhausting and you can’t help but crave something a little more laid back. And who better to turn to for pieces that scream, or rather softly murmur, “chillax” than the Los Angeles designer who’s contemporary take on California cool has made her a must see on the NYFW schedule, Jenni Kayne? I became a Kayne convert the second I clapped eyes on her SS14 collection some almost four seasons back, the woman is a master at marrying chic city tailoring with surf ready style. When I interviewed Jenni last year, it only served to further my love for the label. This season she decided to offer up more temptation than ever by way of concocting her Pre Fall collection in Liberty print… I know, right. These trousers are from said collection and about the most comfortable thing on the planet. When the weather’s not actually despicable in London I’m the first to whip my pins out so generally stick to shorts and skirts in Summer but I felt like I was wafting around in a cloud of happy, Liberty printed air. A nice sensation I’m sure you’ll agree and one I suspect I’ll be repeating. Jenni also collaborated with handbag designer, Clare Vivier to produce some adorable matching clutches which I can’t get enough of either. As you’ve no doubt gathered over the years, I’m not good at doing casual so I tarted this ensemble up with the addition of gold jewellery and pretty diva-esque Ferragamo shades.

jenni kayne laid back look

jenni kayne laid back look

jenni kayne laid back look

jenni kayne laid back look

jenni kayne laid back look

jenni kayne laid back look

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jenni kayne laid back look

jenni kayne laid back look

What do you think of my take on laid back chic?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Tiger Tiger

Ella Catliff Bastyan Holly McGlynn_002

What: Bastyan tiger print dress, Black & Brown London belt (similar here), Vince Camuto sandals (similar here) & DSquared2 Esther Sunglasses (available here cheaper alternative here) (all c/o)

Where: Meetings in London followed by dinner and drinks at Soho House.

I love print an unhealthy amount. Floral, digital, animal, mineral, vegetable etc… If it’s brightly coloured and multi pattered with the potential to provide distraction, fuel procrastination and send minimalists running for the hills (or at least the nearest Céline store) then I want it in my wardrobe. I also seem to be in the grip of a total dress addiction. I promise I’ll start wearing separates again soon but one pieces are just so wonderfully easy to wear. A great dress requires far less thought and room for error than combining different pieces in different prints, colours and fabrics. They’re super simple to accessorize – slick black pieces are a perfect way to pull the look together – genius for day to night dressing and have the power to make you feel like 2014′s answer to Carry Bradshaw, minus the maddening levels of neurosis. This tiger print number is by Bastyan who are also running a really cute campaign at the moment called #BastyanLittleThings all about, you’ve guessed it, little things. That sounds vague I know but it’s actually a pretty concise concept, namely the little things that matter to you and make you feel good when it comes to style. In case it wasn’t (in some recent cases, literally) blindingly obvious, one rather large little thing that matters to me is print. Whether that’s print of the all over, in your face variety or a subtle motif etched on a lining, print makes me happy when I spot it on others and even happier when I’m wearing it myself.

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

Bastyan are inviting everyone to get in on the Little Things campaign and share their own sartorial delights with the hashtag #BastyanLittleThings. There are prizes and discounts and whatnot on offer too, you can find out more here.

Love Ella. X

Ps) How freaking cool are these glasses!?

Images by Holly McGlynn

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