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Werk It

For all my banging on about forgoing New Year’s resolutions in favour of the far more enjoyable, fasholutions, I have kind of made one. Not so much a specific, check list style promise. More a decision to rebalance my life a little and generally be healthier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the whole work-hard-play-hard thing but somewhere in between all the working and the playing, and the playing that’s technically working but not really, you’ve got to look after your mind and body too. Sorry, that sounds hideously new age and preachy and whenever someone says something like this to me I feel an overwhelming urge to inflict violence on them but if this post has proven anything, it’s that I can on occasion be a bit of a hypocrite. Anyway my, oh go on then, let’s call it a “resolution”, wont involve anything too major. I won’t be going gluten free, juicing green things or spending every weekend on a yoga retreat. What I will be doing is spending more time with friends and family, indulging in activities of a non-fashion variety, actually cooking occasionally instead of just relying on itsu/M&S/late night Reese’s Pieces and last but certainly not least, doing a bit of exercise from time to time. Aside from toning, boosting endorphins, general wellbeing etc etc, the benefit of deciding to invest in a gym membership is that it provides the perfect excuse to buy a whole lot of work out gear. Currently lusting after these lycra lovelies…

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1) GapFit Colour Block Half Zip Running Hoodie, £34.50, click here to buy
2) GapFit gFast leggings, £24.95, click here to buy
3) Nike Air Pegasus 30 iD Running Shoe, 120, click here to buy
4) T by Alexander Wang Rainbow Cotton Terry Shorts, £140, click here to buy
5) GapFit High Impact Sports Bra, £24.95, click here to buy
6) Orlebar Brown Hampton Bikini Top, £125, click here to buy
7) Orlebar Brown Hampton Bikini Bottoms, £100, click here to buy
8) Sweaty Betty Perfomance Run Sock, £15, click here to buy
9) Sweaty Betty 1.5kg Dumbells, £25, click here to buy
10) Zoe Karssen Bat Print Track Pants, £110, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

Ps) In case you were wondering about the post title it’s purely because I’m a Britney obsessive and listen to Werk Bitch on repeat every time I go to the gym. What’s on your work (or rather “werk”) out playlist?

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Monthly Must Haves: December 2013

I know, I know, Christmas is just around the corner… All the more reason to treat yourself to a present from you to you!

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1) Sophie Hulme Bi-Colour Wool Jumper, £350, click here to buy
2) J Brand 624 Photo Ready Skinny Jeans, £215, click here to buy
3) Sophia Webster Lola Neon Patent Leather Pumps, £195, click here to buy
4) ASOS Pastel Bobble Hat, £10, click here to buy
5) J.Crew Collection Embellished Wool Blend Coat, £1350, click here to buy
6) Maison Michel Paris Maelis Cat Headbank, £355, click here to buy
7) L’Agent by L’Agent Provocateur Monica Lace Bra, £40, click here to buy
8) L’Agent by L’Agent Provocateur Monica Lace Briefs, £20, click here to buy
9) Whistles Small Calf Hair Clutch, £55, click here to buy
10) Topshop 60s Crop Floral Jacquard Dress, £65, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Monthly Must Haves: November 2013

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1) Carven Turtle Neck Wool Sweater, £410, click here to buy
2) Whistles Katie Circle Skater Skirt, £95, click here to buy
3) Whistles Canter High Jodphur Boots, £185, click here to buy
4) Topshop Traditional Check Scarf, £14, click here to buy
5) Elizabeth and James Cotton Mohair Coat, £610, click here to buy
6) Johnstons Fairisle Gloves, £29, click here to buy
7) Anya Hindmarch Duke Backgammon Clutch, £995, click here to buy
8) Tory Burch Vesper Bead-Embellished Woven Silk Top, £340, click here to buy
8) Max Mara Pegno Trousers, £238, click here to buy
9) KG Kurt Geiger Livvy Leopard Flats, £95, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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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…

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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…

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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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