Liberty Print High Tops Take 2

As you all know oh-so-well, I don’t do trainers. I don’t care if Isabel Marant made them and Gisele wore them. I don’t care if they’re leather, studded, Swarovski encrusted or made from solid gold, they’re just not my cup of tea. Or at least, they weren’t until Liberty London teamed up with Nike to create their sell-out floral confections. This sudden change of heart took many of my nearest and dearest by surprise and to some extent, I too wondered if I’d simply succumbed to the fact that wedge high tops were topping the wish lists of style setters worldwide. There’s also an arguement that if you covered anything in Liberty print I’d want it and after resisting the temptation to invest in Liberty and Nike’s first collaboration this Summer, I began to believe this to be the case. Well, now the match made in fashion heaven has returned for round 2 and I quite possibly love with their second batch even more. On paper, vintage look ditsy prints and sportswear are absolute style blasphemy but somehow I can’t help but feel these just work.


Liberty Print high tops

Liberty print high tops, fashion “do” or fashion “boo”, what do you reckon?

Love Ella.

Ps) If you like ‘em and have cash to splash, they’re available for £95 online at but hop to it because they’re bound to sell out fast.

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Want to Party with BuyMyWardrobe?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are SO many things I love about working in fashion. The clothes (not to mention, the permanent excuse to shop), the shows, the endless ogling of sartorial treats… I could go on forever. But, immature though it may be, one of the things I love the most about the world of fashion is the endless array of parties! There’s something about the combination of free champagne, fabulous guests and fashion-orientated conversation that makes for cocktail hour magic. Fancy getting in on the fun? Well, you’re in luck because BuyMyWardrobe want to make that happen!


Since 2008 BuyMyWardrobe designer fashion recycling events have been supplying London’s sartorially obsessed with pre-owned high end togs at a fraction of their original cost, not to mention the chance to exchange their own pieces for cold, hard, shopping-ready cash. On August 30th this year, the luxe-recycling revolution is taking to the internet, with the launch of, an online community where fashion fanatics can buy, sell and network from the comfort of their (no doubt stylish) sofas. In true fashion form, BuyMyWardrobe founder, Kal Di Paola is celebrating their digital venture with an exclusive soiree on the 29th of August. If sipping champagne and swapping style tips with industry insiders sounds like your cup of tea then just follow these simple steps by August 27th for a chance to snag an invitation for you and a friend to attend…

1) ‘Like’ La Petite Anglaise on Facebook here

2) Sign up to by clicking ‘become a member’ on the site.

Oh, and did I forget to mention, the winner will also get a £250 voucher to spend on the site… Just think of all those Louboutins!

Love Ella. X

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lola&grace on tour…

As those of you who frequent twitter, facebook and fashion blogs may already know, this Summer Swarovski’s hot, new little sister brand lola&grace embarked on a tour of Europe’s coolest cities. So far lola&grace have partied in Berlin and soaked up culture in Prague bloggingtweeting and pinning all the way. Last week they arrived in the Italian fashion capital for a few days of indulging in Milan’s endless gastronimical and sartorial delights. Here are a few choice snaps of their favourite Milanese destinations from the trip…

Naviglio Grande
Resturants, clubs and live music all along the canals, this is probably the liveliest district in Milano.


Wait and See
Via Santa Marta 14, Milano
‘La vita è bella’ is their slogan and this eclectic boutique sells some of the best young brands in Milano.


Via Felice Casati 27, Milano.
Stylish and tasty a great place to have a chilled Italian breakfast, check your emails or just hang out till it’s aperitivo time.


Personally these pics leave me green with city break envy and I can imagine they probably have a similar effect on you. If you fancy joining lola&grace at their next oh-so-stylish destination follow the clues on their Facebook page to guess where’s next and maybe win a clued up city break ok your own…

Love Ella. X

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British Vogue Release Monthly iPad App

While I don’t for a second believe that blogs and online magazines are going to leave print mags redundant, long gone are the days when anyone can afford to be dismissive about going digital. Heathrow Airport, Addison Lee Taxis, Natwest Banking, Starbucks, Topshop… You name it, you can be damn sure there’s a handy App for it! The more tech savvy organisations have developed ways to intergrate their physical and digital entitites so that instead of competing with one another for our attention (and our money), the two work together to provide the ultimate consumer experience. Ever at the forefront of all things modern, British Vogue launched their own iPad App way back in December 2010! Almost two years on, they’ve decided to take it monthly, with new and improved features, exclusive content and LOTS of lovely things to covet. And what better time to launch than with their September issue?! Think backstage snaps of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, video footage of cover star Karlie Kloss and has and the largest number of editorial pages in British Vogue history! Basically, the new and improved British Vogue App is sheer, fashion-meets-tech genious. Don’t believe me? Check out this super chic trailer video explaining why it’s so awesome…

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List, London Edition

So with exactly one month and three days to go (yes I’m that sad, I’m counting down) until fashion week kicks of over in NYC were on to the second of my themed weekly wish lists, the London edition. It’s funny, although New York fashion week is undeniably a lot bigger than London, I found selecting just ten brands from my home town a lot more challenging than picking the same number from the zillions that show in the Big Apple. Maybe it’s because I know them better, I mean, after four seasons worth of ticket requests I pretty much know the LFW schedule by heart! But a little, patriotic part of me wonders if it’s because of the fact that London seems to produce exciting, innovative, fresh fashion talent better than anywhere else… Whatever the reason, I’d give my right arm for any of these sartorial delights, enjoy!


1) Zoe Jordan Newman Lace T-Shirt, £145, click here to buy
2) JW Anderson Wool Blend Tuxedo Pants, £570, click here to buy
3) Charlotte Olympia Dolly Platforms, £675, click here to buy
4) Mary Katrantzou Powdy Printed Dress, £835, click here to buy
5) Matthew Williamson Suede Clutch, £995, click here to buy
6) Erdem Bergen Floral Print Scarf, £365, click here to buy
7) Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag in Oxblood Suede, £1450, click here to buy
8) Christopher Kane Leopard Print Leather Clutch, £390, click here to buy
9) Jonathan Saunders Roselyn Cotton Skirt, £490, click here to buy
10) Richard Nicoll Check Front Cardigan, £445, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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