Black Friday Accessories Edit

My fellow Europeans and I have many reasons to be thankful for America. Reese’s Pieces, Ryan Gosling, J.Crew, Marc Jacobs… The list goes on. One Stateside-gone-global traditional I am exceedingly thankful for today is Black Friday, an annual event that takes place, appropriately, the Friday after Thanksgiving. For those of you who, like me, had always been slightly puzzled by the concept here’s the down low. The term “Black Friday”, hails back to the 1864 US stock-market panic set off by plunging gold prices. Headline hungry journos in Philadelphia reappropriated the phrase in the late 1960s to describe the rush of crowds at stores, later justifying their sound bite poaching by claiming it referred to accounting balance sheets where black ink would represent a profit. Since then, Black Friday has become an unofficial (but totally official) nationwide retail holiday and I, for one, think it’s genius. Before anyone gets up in arms, I’m certainly not condoning in-store stampedes or any sort of shopping induced violence but the idea of one day where that handbag of dreams is on sale for no apparent reason is pretty awesome. Plus if you do it online, as is the point of this here post, you’re infinitely less likely to get trampled. So, in celebration of this sartorial spectacular, Monnier Freres are offering a whopping 30% discount on everything… Yep, you heard right, E-V-E-R-Y-TH-I-N-G! In case you needed any accessory inspiration, here are my personal picks…

monnier freres black friday

1) Burberry Jenny Hay Animal Gloves, £325, click here to buy
2) Helene Zubeldia Crystal Opera Large Earrings, £280, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Satchel, £1,150, click here to buy
4) 3.1 Phillip Lim Camo Mini Pashli, £500, exclusive to Monnier Freres, click here to buy
5) Marc by Marc Jacobs Medley bracelet, £65, click here to buy
6) Eugenia Kim Bibi Caterina Cat Ears, £200, click here to buy
7) Kenzo Oversized Sunglasses, £163, click here to buy
8) Diane Von Furstenburg Modal Leopard Stole, £124, click here to buy
9) Jerome Dreyfuss Alain leopard print leather bag, £1,070, click here to buy

Make sure to use the exclusive LPA reader discount by entering the code lapetitemnf30 at checkout.

Happy Black Friday! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get shopping…

Love Ella. X

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Vestiaire Collective Charity Sale Picks

I’m sure you’re all familiar with Vestiaire Collective. Maybe you saw my previous posts on the company or, more likely, you’re one of the millions of fashion fanatics who stalk their designer booty. With pre-owned sartorial delights by every covetable designer brand under the sun added every day, it’s basically a one stop shop for all things chic albeit potentially lethal for the old bank balance. Well, if you needed any excuse to splurge on that x then I have excellent news for you. This week Vestiaire Collective are running a charity sale, the genius of which is manifold. The stylish likes of Jade Parfitt, Rachel Weisz, Jessie J, Jodie Kidd and Gemma Arterton have also donated party perfect pieces with the profits from each going to their charities of choice which include Cancer Research and NSPCC. This is coinciding with the launch of Vestiaire’s Party Wear category so you, I and anyone else can stock up on cocktail frocks previously owned by some of the world’s most stylish women and raise money for truly worthy causes all in the click of a mouse. In celebration of the whole fabulous thing, I’ve picked out a few of my favourite pieces. Credit cards at the ready people…

vestiaire collective

1) Tallulah Harlech’s Vivienne Westwood Anglomania dress for the NSPCC, £225, Size 40 IT, click here to buy
2) Fanny Moizant’s Gianvito Rossi heels for Le Reve De Clara, £510, Size 38 EU, click here to buy
3) Susan Cooney’s Proenza Schouler Jeans for Barnardos, £100, Size 25 US, click here to buy
4) Emma Elwick Bates’ Unreal Faux Fur Coat for the NSPCC, £110, Size XS, click here to buy
5) Laura Fantacci’s Swarovski card holder for sugarplum children, £120, click here to buy
6) Diana Duah’s vintage Ferragamo heels for Doctors Without Borders, £125, Size 7 UK, click here to buy
7) Kirsty Gallacher’s Alessandro Del Aqua dress for Battersea Dog’s Home, £125, Size 40 IT, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Introducing: Monthly Must Haves

After what seems like an absolute lifetime since my last weekly wish list I’m very happy to announce that I will once again be scouring the net for sartorial gems to tempt us both with! But, as you might have gathered from the title of this post, it won’t be a weekly thing. This isn’t due to any lack of covetable clothing. Hell, I could probably make a daily wish list and I suspect it’s this sheer abundance of stuff I want that means it takes literally hours for me to narrow it down to a top ten. With final year of uni pressure on and less time for browsing (sob!) I’ve decided to swap my Weekly Wish Lists for Monthly Must Haves but don’t worry, these picks will be extra awesome, just you wait…

Introducing Monthly Must Haves

1) Chinti and Parker Aran Knit Wool Sweater, £350, click here to buy
2) Topshop Orange Wool Checked Skirt, £38, click here to buy
3) Chloe Buckled Leather Ankle Boots, £810, click here to buy
4) Sophie Hulme Mini Envelope Clutch, £290, click here to buy
5) Whistles Leopard Leather Gloves, £65, click here to buy
6) Missoni Dogtooth Fur Collar Coat, £2938, click here to buy
7) Nicholas Kirkwood Printed Suede & Leather Pumps, £680, click here to buy
8) ASOS Marabou Clutch, £45, click here to buy
9) No.21 Cropped Wool Trousers, £400, click here to buy
10) Carven Cornelis Lace Top, £510, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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AW13 Handbag Hot List

It’s no secret that I love handbags. That might sound a bit #obvi because frankly everyone loves handbags. Anyone who claims they don’t is a great, big, no doubt poorly accessorized liar. But I suspect my obsession with those fabulous contraptions designed (in theory) for carrying stuff goes above and beyond what could be considered normal or healthy. As someone who once spent an entire term’s student loan on a Mulberry Tillie tote and frequently travels with a whole separate suitcase just for bags, I feel or at least hope that I know a good one when I see it. And boy, are there some good ones this season…

AW13 handbag

Chloé  Baylee Medium Leather Two Tone Tote, £1325, click here to buy

As I’m sure you’re all very well aware, Chloé pretty much invented the “it bag” concept back in 2006 with their iconic Paddington. Since then the French purveyor of all things ridiculously chic has continued the deliver handbags so lustworthy they make your head spin but this season, they’re truly reclaiming their “it” status with what is being hailed as THE handbag of AW13, the Baylee. Having seen and stroked a few of these babies when I visited Chloé’s London HQ for the Resort 2013 press day I can confirm that they definitely live up to the hype. Buttersoft leather, sparingly applied subtle gold hardware, contrast colour straps and roomy enough to actually fit your laptop, makeup and a magazine or three, Chloe’s Baylee is the “it” bag re-imagined for the 2013 woman and I seriously want one.

AW13 handbag

3.1 Phillip Lim Leather & Ponyhair Mini Pashli Satchel, £855, click here to buy

Ok, so this might be the fourth time I’ve featured 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Leather and Ponyhair Pashli in as many months but I’m just so completely and utterly in love with it. As I may have mentioned once or twice or thrice, Phillip Lim’s AW13 collection epitomised the girl a part of me wants to be. The leathers, the ever-so-slightly off colours, the sheer haute badassness (totally a word, starting now) of it all… I remember emerging from his show into the frigid february air during New York Fashion Week last season in a state of absolute awe that anything could be that, for want of a better word, cool. Whether I ever manage to recreate the biker’s moll vibe remains to be seen but owning this objet d’amour would certainly be a step in the right direction.

AW13 handbag

Mulberry Primrose in Bright Red Haircalf, £2,500, click here to buy

It would be impossible to compile a list of the season’s hottest handbags without mentioning Mulberry! There are at least six styles from their AW13 collection I’m currently coveting and could more than happily include in this post but in the interest of not turning this into one giant Mulberry ad I’ve opted for the Primrose. Structured shape (no risk of the dreaded “bag sag” here), punchy hue, adorable top handle detailing; Mulberry’s Primrose ticks every must-have-bag box and don’t even get me started on the delectable calf hair situation!

AW13 handbag

Burberry The Big Crush in Heart Print Calfskin, £1,500, click here to buy

Heart print calfskin, HEART PRINT CALFSKIN!! Burberry, what are you trying to do to me!? Super luxe and a little bit cheeky, much like the rest of Christopher Bailey’s incredible and aptly named “Trench Kisses” collection. I must confess, the arrival of these stunners in the Brit brand’s flagship store has rendered me incapable of walking up Regents Street without stopping to stare at them longingly. This, my friends, is not a handbag. This is an object of sheer, unadulterated lust.

AW13 handbag

Louis Vuitton Alma PM, £1,070, click here to buy

Much like every other season ever, Louis Vuitton have concocted an array of truly awesome arm candy for AW13. I ummmed and ahhhed a lot over whether to pick the super practical yet oh-so-chic Neverfull tote as my fave but in the end, the Louis Vuitton bag I most want need in my wardrobe is the Alma PM. Ladylike shape in a succulent shade of greeny blue (the technical term) it would make any ensemble look instantly immaculate. It’s also slightly bigger than the Alma BB (as seen in my SS13 handbag hot list) making it a truly practical cost-per-wear investment. That said, I wouldn’t say no to a Neverfull too.

AW13 handbag

Miu Miu Buggatti Textured Leather Tote, £1,100, click here to buy

On paper a mustard yellow bowling bag sounds dubious. Under the sartorial supervision of Miuccia Prada it’s nothing short of genius. If Phillip Lim appeals to the downtown cool girl vibe I occasionally attempt and generally fail to channel, Miu Miu is the stuff of my absolute Park Avenue Princess fantasies. Admittedly this little number is less sugar sweet than their pastel pink counterparts but it still bears a pulled together, girly girl polish that leaves me weak at the knees. Would look darling with knee high socks too, major bonus.

AW13 handbag

Marni Trunk Shoulder Bags, small £790, large £880 – available at from November

From one female fashion visionary to another, the quirky chic creations of Marni Creative Director, Consuelo Castiglioni never fails to set my heart a flutter. Case in point, the Trunk bag. This boxy bag treads the fine line between prepster and hipster, bypasses both and ends up somewhere infinitely more stylish. Exquisitely autumnal hues in super glossy leather with the added practicality of a shoulder strap, these babies are the perfect fusion of on-trend and investment. Plus they’re not available until November so you/I have time to start saving!

AW13 handbag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Satchel, £315, click here to buy

If you’ve so much as glanced at my outfit posts or Instagram feed this Summer then you’ll know how how enamoured I’ve been with my apple green MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma tote. Since I got it way back in May not a week has gone by without me whipping it out at least once. It’s chic, it’s sleek and it fits just about everything you could feasibly need to carry without ever suffering “bag sag” (my pet peeve, in case you hadn’t guessed). Now in typical fashion style, Michael Kors has gone and unleashed a whole new batch of Selma’s in autumn friendly hues and frankly, I need this one.

AW13 handbag

McQueen Bi-Colour Medium Leather Heroine, £1,545, click here to buy

So it looks like two tone handbags are big news for AW13! The McQueen Heroine has been spotted on just about every stylish celeb’s arm and their new season styles are simply divine. Black and red a mega on trend colour combination this season but those that dare to don it run the risk of looking like Dennis the Menace. Sporting the look on by way of your bag eliminates all that, think about it.

AW13 handbag

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Mag, £505, click here to buy

Two tone and green AKA my fave colour ever?! Anya Hindmarch, this bag is almost too much! Bond Street’s reigning Queen of Bags has well and truly outdone herself this season with a collection of accessories inspired by childhood board games that reduce me to the proverbial kid in a candy store. Tongue-in-cheek yet oh-so-chic, I want all of it.

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 16/08/2013

If I owned this Chloé jacket, my life would genuinely be complete…

weekly wish list
1) Diane Von Furstenberg Shanna Dress, £324, click here to buy
2) Jimmy Choo Amore Polished Leather Ankle Boots, £550, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Trimmed Tweed Satchel, £1050, click here to buy
4) THE Chloé Leather & Shearling Biker Jacket, £2290, click here to buy
5) The Row Round Frame Sunglasses, £248, click here to buy
6) Mulberry Lizard Effect iPhone Case, £90, click here to buy
7) 3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard Haircalf 31 Minute Cosmetic Zip Clutch, £380, click here to buy
8) MICHAEL Michael Kors Paxton Print Metallic Toe Pointed Pumps, £140, click here to buy
9) Rebecca Taylor Fit n’ Flare Leather Skirt, £395, click here to buy
10) Marc by Marc Jacobs Aimee Plaid Sweater, £260, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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