It may be winter outside, but in fashion land it’s well and truly springtime. Magazines, blogs, shops… everywhere we look there are bright colours, vibrant patterns and mouthwatering images of glossy-limbed models heralding the arrival of the SS12. You know when you look at a collection and feel as though every single garment was simply made for you? Well that’s exactly how I felt about the delights Mulberry offered us last season and seeing their SS12 fare has only served to confirm my suspicions that Emma Hill designs with me in mind. I suspect I’m probably not the only person who feels this way but isn’t it just the BEST excuse for a splurge?
Like most people who grew up in England, I have bittersweet memories about childhood trips to the seaside. In theory it’s all ice creams, fun fair rides and burying your younger siblings in the sand. In practice it will most probably rain and nowhere in the world kicks off a family arguement quite like a British Beach. But looking at these stunning shots my miserable memories of ice cream-induced car sickness and brawling with my little brother simply fade away. If we all looked as glam as Lindsay Wixen and Frida Gustavsson during our seaside trips they probably would have been a tad more enjoyable, don’t you think?
Love Ella. X
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What: Bag & Shirt: Whistles, Skirt: Urban Outfitter, Boots: Hobbs
This outfit was quite an exciting moment for me. It was the first time I had taken my favourite Christmas present – Whistles’ “Ella Box Bag” which I like to think was named after me but let’s face it, probably wasn’t – out for a night on the town. It was also my first EVER successful attempt at outfit customisation. Ok, so I may have just taken a discarded black ribbon and fashioned it into a bowtie but given that my past attempts at DIY have consisted of two disastrous attempts to turn old jeans into shorts, I’m pretty proud of it. At least this time my efforts didn’t end in massacred denim and a trip to the nearest minor injuries unit. Unfortunately the combination of creating my homemade neck accessory (neckccessory?) and spending a good half hour struggling with the adorable but ever-so-slightly impractical clasp on my bag resulted in our leaving the house over an hour behind schedule. The evening’s event was a birthday celebration for Violane Bernard, the ultra chic French fashion Editor of Velour Magazine, at Shoreditch House so luckily for us fashionable lateness was expected. All in all the DIY bowtie seemed to go down a treat and I’d say definitely do try this one at home.
Love Ella. X
Regardless of whether you subscribe to the whole “new year, new you” philosophy, there is something about the arrival of January that makes you want to embark on a major life/wardrobe revamp. Spring is just around the corner (well, ish) and it’s time to to forget last years’ mistakes, be they sartorial, personal or professional, and make the new season our most stylish and successful yet. Generally speaking this positive outlook tends to go out of the window about the same time as our New Year’s resolutions, AKA January 3rd. After all, the combination of miserable weather, post-party season fatigue and lack of any holidays in the forseeable future makes hard not to succumb to the January blues. But don’t dispair, or at least if you do, dispair in style as the SS12 collections have started to arrive in stores and my God are they gorgeous. Ok, so most of us wont be donning slinky sundresses or breezy blouses anytime soon but there’s no reason why we can’t lift our spirits and update our wardrobe with a few of these new season treats…
1) Whistles Carrie Bold Stripe Sweater, £110, available at www.whistles.co.uk
2) Citizens of Humanity Antique Gold Jeans, £220, available at www.donnaida.com
3) Mulberry Strawberry Key Ring, £60, available at www.net-a-porter.com
4) Burberry Brit Cotton Jacket, £450, available at www.matchesfashion.com
5) J. Crew Bond Street Leather Tote, £325, available at www.net-a-porter.com
6) French Sole Harriet Shocking Pink Crocodile pumps, £101, available at www.frenchsole.com
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Hot Dot Silk Blouse, £220, available at www.net-a-porter.com
8) Isabel Marant Lea Stretch Denim Skirt, £220, available at www.net-a-porter.com
9) Miu Miu Croc Effect Glossed Leather Wallet, £240, available at www.net-a-porter
Love Ella. X
Oh to be a millionaire. Instead of spending the next six weeks (minimum) wrapped up in well-worn winter woolies and scurrying around in the rain you could simply scoop up a selection of the resort collections and make for sunnier climbs. Unfortunately for those of us without a nine figure salary or an oil tycoon Daddy, there is no month more sartorially frustrating than January. Every fash mag is bursting with Spring/Summer delights which the combination of endless sale rails and sub-zero temperatures leave us unable test drive for at least another month. Yep, for those of us who can’t afford to snap up the Chanel Cruise collection and jet off to St Barths, the dismal post-Christmas/pre-Spring period is one with few redeeming features… or at least it was, until now.
|Chanel Resort 2012
This season heralds the release of Whistles’ first full resort collection which has arrived not a second too soon. Featuring zesty brights, spring stripes and immaculate tailoring, this pre-Spring fare is a much more wearable, not to mention affordable, alternative to Karl Lagerfeld’s ultra glamourous offerings. So if the novelty of your Christmas jumper has long since worn off I’d highly recommend skipping the sales and investing in these between-season treats, guaranteed to put a spring in your step or at the very least, your wardrobe.
|Whistles Resort 2012
Shop Whistles’ 2012 Resort Collection here
Love Ella. X
Ok, Cara Delevigne is officially the luckiest girl in the world. Not only is she blessed with sickeningly good looks, world’s longest legs and a wardrobe bursting with Burberry, Cara also got to spend an afternoon canoodling (or at least, pretending to canoodle) with the gorgeous Eddie Redmayne. Having watched My Week With Marilyn almost purely for perving purposes (it’s also a really good film btw) I was beyond jealous when I saw these snaps. Partially for obvious Eddie-related reasons but most of all because I NEED that parka in my life!