La Petite Anglaise x eBay Influencer Network

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I do not advise reading this post if you have somewhere to be within the next four to six hours. Not that it’s going to be particularly long or so darned gripping you’ll have to read and re-read and then re-read again. It’s not. Similarly I recommend clicking away right this second if you don’t feel in the mood to bankrupt yourself. You see, eBay will lead even the most strong willed and sensible down an internet wormhole that will dissolve your totally-getting-work-done-today resolve and see the contents of your bank account disappear faster than a freshly sizzled steak left alone with the family dog. And I’ve experienced that personally, boy, it was fast. But while you may be kissing goodbye to any hope of getting a promotion in the near future or being able to pay your phone bill, you might gain something more important… CLOTHES! In the midst of fashion month madness eBay approached me with a rather intriguing proposal, to take become a part of the eBay influencer network alongside the likes of Susie Lau, Sasha Wilkins, Kelly Hoppen and Dani Minogue. To cut a long story short, the eBay influencer network sees a coterie of bloggers, celebs and other style savvy folk curating a selection of handpicked collections for your shopping perusal. Basically, I spent aaaaaaages ogling everything on the site to pick the best of the bunch so you don’t have to. Yup, your welcome.

Obviously I gave those bad boys themes because, well, why wouldn’t you? Even more obviously and somewhat narcissistically each theme relates to stuff I wear, love and always need to own more of. We’re talking power prints, super brights, Breton stripes and collars. eBay had also enlisted Nik as an influencer so we got together one evening at The Hospital Club to get cracking on the project over a delectable steak and wine dinner. Unsurprisingly we swiftly ended up on a two man eBay rampage, by the end of which we both had way more items on our personal watch lists than in our collections. Picking up where I left off the next night I added glittery things, killer heels, wardrobe staples and handbags. By the time I got on to dreamy dresses I was officially a goner. Before I knew it I was placing a bid on a show stopping Tom Ford number. Sadly that bid was swiftly retracted once I realised I wasn’t actually Rhianna and definitely shouldn’t be spending six months rent on a frock no matter how happy it makes me just looking at it. So without further ado, go forth my friends and shop!

Check out my collections here and create, or rather curate, your own at eBay.co.uk

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Notting Hill Girl

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What: Club Monaco jacket (c/o), J Brand trousers (c/o), Marc by Marc Jacobs sweater, Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen scarf (c/o), Anne Bowes Jewellery Necklace, Kurt Geiger tote (c/o) & pumps from a random Paris boutique I’ve forgotten the name of (sorry)

Where: Out and about in Notting Hill

At this point in my life I just about think it’s safe to say I’ll never be an East London girl. Don’t get me wrong, the odd trip over there is fun and I’ve spent many a happy afternoon browsing the Rivington Street boutiques and enjoyed many a wild night out at its endless array of rooftop party spots. In the past I’ve toyed with the idea of adding a bit of East inspired edge to my wardrobe and even entertained the thought of moving over that way. As I probably don’t need to tell you, neither of these things have come to fruition. I just love polished preppiness and living within walking distance of High Street Kensington way too much. Who knows, maybe in a year or so you’ll find me shacked up with a bearded hipster somewhere near Dalston, riding my fixie bike to the flower market and shunning Starbucks in favour of artisan espressos served in rustic independent coffee shops. But for now at least, I’m all about the West side of town and my absolute favourite enclave has to be Notting Hill. Shopping on Westbourne Grove, brunching at Daylesford Organic, drinking Mai Tai’s at Mau Mau, catching a film at The Electric, braving the Portobello Market crowds, wining and dining at Beach Blanket Babylon… there’s no end to the self indulgent enjoyment one can have around those parts. When the sun came out a couple of weekends ago I decided to step away from my laptop and treat myself to a few of these pleasant pastimes. It’s so easy to fixate on being productive all the time but if all that hard work doesn’t allow you to do a few of your favourite things with your favourite people then it’s all rather pointless ultimately.

What are your favourite day off indulgences?

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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Monthly Must Haves: March 2014

Once again, I must start this post with an apology. Despite having swapped those time consuming and financially perilous weekly wish lists (lengthy browsing, inevitable spending) for monthly must haves I’ve still failed to churn one out every four weeks. I’m a bad blogger. In my defense February was fashion month and, rather inconveniently, uni deadline madness so things have been a bit of a scramble. BUT at long last, here are my March loves and I suspect you’re going to love them too…

Monthly Must Haves March

1) Carven Floral Print Sweatshirt, £160, click here to buy
2) Paige Tyler Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, £225, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Mirrored Leather Bag, £1545, click here to buy
4) Monica Vinader Atlantis Rose Gold Plated Lapis Lazuli Earrings, £250, click here to buy
5) Miu Miu Noir Sunglasses, 205, click here to buy
6) Kate Spade New York Kaslow Coat, $1296, click here to buy or locate a UK store
7) Kate Spade New York Sedgewick Place Tweed Bag, $428, click here to buy or locate a UK store
8) Valentino Rockstud Neon Patent Leather Pumps, 600, click here to buy
9) Topshop Crepe Cigarette Trousers, £40, click here to buy
10) J.Crew Embellished Cotton Shirt, £110, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

Ps) Between concocting and posting these must haves I’ve managed to buy two of them myself! Can you guess which?

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Kimye, American Vogue and Starbucks Schnappucinos

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I promise this won’t turn into one of my essay length rambles posing as opinion posts but how could I not respond to La Wintour’s divisive choice of cover star, or rather stars, for the April issue of American Vogue? Responses have ranged from delight to outrage to sheer, unbridled, bloodcurdling fury. For me, yesterday was something of an emotional roller coaster. First up we had the unveiling of the aforementioned cover. Then came Starbucks’ announcement that they’re going to start serving booze. On both counts, I made a snap judgement which was then revised several times. The whole experience was pretty confusing. In the case of the latter I initially thought YES! I love Starbucks, I love vino, why didn’t this happen sooner? Then I realised how deeply disgusting the very idea was. Given the myriad of disgusting frappucino flavours already on offer, God only knows what more horrors can be concocted involving alcohol. Peppermint Schnappucino with whipped cream on top anyone? Just urgh.

But enough about Starbucks, let’s talk Vogue. When I saw the Kimye cover my first thought was WTF!? Is nothing sacred anymore? Then I actually engaged my brain which swiftly reminded me that, much as I adore them, fashion glossies are a far cry from purified spaces of boundary pushing fashion commentary. That’s not in any way to criticise. Between advertisers, consumer demographics and the added pressures of reader stealing digital media, it’s the nature of the beast. Many publications respond to these challenges intelligently and entertainingly but no matter how brilliant the writing or beautiful the imagery, fash mags do have their limitations and, of course, the necessity to turn a profit. From a profit turning perspective, Vogue’s Kimye cover is indeed brilliant. Love them or loathe them, you’re gonna buy the issue and thoroughly enjoy the experience of gushing over Kim’s golden skinned gorgeousness or picking every inch of the thing apart. Either way, a sale got made an a couple of hours of one person’s life that bit more enjoyable.

As I said, most of my Friday afternoon was spent feeling very torn about the whole thing. A seriously productive use of time, I’m sure you’ll agree. On the one hand it’s easy and tempting to see the Kimye cover as the epitome of everything wrong with American celebrity culture or, as Bryan Boy put it, #AWondrugs… Awkward moment on the FROW next season impending? But anyway, I digress. Headlines have ranged from lampooning Anna for giving in to Kanye’s demands to sarcastically mourning the death of Amerian Vogue, to basically hailing the forthcoming apocalypse as a result of a “lazy amateur porn star turned fame whore of all fame whores” gracing a cover that should have been reserved for, I dunno, Olivia Palermo. I take issue with this view on several levels. Not least, lazy? This is a girl who has hustled, networked, self branded and shamelessly self promoted her way from, yes, sex tape scandal to fashion’s inner circle via reality TV and one hell of a wardrobe makeover. I’m not saying there isn’t something slightly depressing about that but you can’t deny that Kim Kardashian has worked her infamous derriere off to achieve the impossible. I’m not a particular Kim fan myself, no matter how many sleek Celine ensembles she trots out, but you’ve got to give credit where credit’s due and it definitely is here.

Many of the responses have centred around the idea that American Vogue are desperately trying to get issues off the shelves. Of course, this pop-culture-and-social-media-tastic cover will do that but paradoxically, perhaps putting Kimye centre stage in fact one of the boldest, most boundary pushing moves we’ve seen from American Vogue in decades? Most covers elicit a mildly disinterested “doesn’t so and so look pretty wearing such and such” but this one’s basically made the Internet explode. And once upon a time wasn’t the point of magazines like Vogue to start a conversation, take risks, occasionally maybe even provoke? And there’s no denying, the pictures are utterly gorgeous. Ultimately it’s a clever move from all parties involved and maybe, rather than marking the demise of American Vogue, this cover marks the start of a new and more interesting era.

My main complaint with American Vogue’s April issue is not the cover stars who, however you feel about them, have started more of a conversation than (much as I absolutely heart her) yet another celebration of J-Law. Nope, it’s the hashtag that gets me, #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple may be a worryingly accurate description but 27 characters… Seriously? However, social media misunderstanding aside, there was only decision unveiled yesterday that I found categorically offensive and the culprit was Starbucks.

That’s about enough from me, what do YOU think?

Love Ella. X

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Matthew Williamson Handpicked

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First let me say, happy spring everyone! That sounds a bit lame I know and, in fashion terms, the season started rather a while ago but the first official day was yesterday and I for one am oh so ready to wave goodbye to my knitwear collection for a while. That I’m posting this today also feels appropriate given the subject; Matthew Williamson’s 3D floral skirt, a garment that fills me with more joy than a wood full of bluebells or a field full of lambs or other such spring like things.

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As you know, I utterly adore all things Matthew Williamson. The colour, the prints, the embellishment… Every piece is like a feast for the eyes and a minimalist’s worst nightmare, in a great way. Given my infatuation, I was thrilled when Matthew and his team invited me to take part in their “Handpicked” series for SS14. Handpicked is basically an ongoing project that involves high profile Williamson fans selecting their favourite item from the current collection. Given that it generally does involve only high profile individuals – think Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Twiggy – I was a smidge surprised and extremely  flattered to be asked to take part. My fellow pickers this season were Paloma Faith, Elle Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorraine Candy and Sunday Times Style’s Laura Weir which got me even more excited. The only issue was, what gorgeous garm to pick??? After spending more time than I care to admit perusing Matthew’s SS14 collection rather than writing the thesis that seems to be going on forever, I settled on the Daisy Lace Midi Skirt. Obviously, it’s divine. But beyond the skirt’s aesthetic loveliness, the craftsmanship behind it is fascinating. In the style of the petits mains of Paris couture, Matthew and his design team painstakingly hand embroidered the skirt with delicate daisies that also where hand painted and hand cut. It takes 6 hours to produce 10cm of the fabric. Matthew Williamson is the antithesis of fast fashion, every garment is a labour of love and that’s no doubt one of the reasons that women, like myself, feel so strongly about the brand.

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Read my handpicked here, more handpickings here and shop the Daisy Lace Midi skirt here

Love Ella. X

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