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SS13 Handbag Hot List: High Street Edit

Much as I’d love to be the kind of lucky so-and-so who can treat herself to Mulberry whenever the mood strikes, I’m not, and I suspect not all of you are either. Thankfully there are still a lot of lovely handbag styles around that don’t cost the equivalent of a small car or skiing holiday. Here are a few of my SS13 faves…

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Whistles Wooster Tote, £150, click here to buy

It’s big, it’s mint green, it’s Whistles… Obviously I love it. You’re all no doubt painfull aware of my bordering on worrying obsession with the Brit brand run by fashion mastermind (and major life/career/wardrobe idol) Jane Shepardson. Whistles’ clothes been a permanent fixture on my wish lists since I started this blog but for SS13 their handbag offering is better than ever before. This modern mint tote is currently making my heart skip a beat and my bank balance quake.

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Janet Drawstring Bucket Bag by Vince Camuto at Kurt Geiger, £115, click here to buy

Kurt Geiger is another of my fave high street labels to have really pulled out all the stops with their accessories this season. For SS13 bucket bags have make a seriously sleek comeback and this luxe lovely is just about perfection.

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Topshop pushlock cross body bag, £35, click here to buy

I think it’s safe to say that I have a bit of a “thing” about green. Ever since my teenage Pony Club days when I decked out my pony in emerald shades I’ve been powerless to resist the colour in any of it’s incarnations. This Topshop treat is both roomy enough to fit lots of stuff and structured, therefore avoiding my pet peeve, bag sag.

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Cambridge Satchel Company 11″ Lilac Satchel, £105, click here to buy

Every single Spring I indulge in a love affair with pastels. Lemon, spearmint, soft blush, powder blue… You name it, I’ve worn it and am probably digging it out of my wardrobe as we speak in the hope that it ever stops raining. For SS13 I’m particularly loving lilac and this satchel adds to the prep factor nicely.

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Anthropologie Croc Blush Satchel, £178, click here to buy

Yep, more pastels, namely the aformentioned “soft blush” variety. That said I feel the hobo shape and croc effect leather gives this Anthropologie stunner an ever-so-slightly rock n’ roll vibe. Either way, I want it.

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REISS Bronte Zipper Tote Bag, £165, click here to buy

This season I’ve rekindled my love affair with Reiss thanks to their excellent SS13 collection. This bold yet understated tote is a prime example of why the brand beloved by K-Middy has got it going on right now. Modern femininity with a distinctly utilitarian take on elegance.

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& Other Stories Satchel Bag, £45, click here to buy

I don’t know whether you saw my post last week about H&M group’s new premium brand & Other Stories. If you didn’t, click here to read it, or just trust me when I say their stuff is awesome. This bag strikes the perfect balance between prep and edge, a fact that will no doubt make it a favourite among ballet pump and high top wearers alike.

Once again, I struggle to pick a favourite! Which one tops your wish list? And what do you think of these in comparison to my designer edit?

Love Ella. X

 

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Weekly Wish List: 15/03/2013

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1) Topshop Chambray Shirt, £29, click here to buy
2) MiH Jeans Breathless Skinnies, £190, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather Satchel, £1150, click here to buy
4) Jerome Dreyfuss Popoche leopard ponyhair clutch bag, £265, click here to buy
5) Madewell Paul Senior sunglasses, £89, click here to buy
6) A.P.C Garbardine Classic Trench Coat, £350, click here to buy
7) Kate Spade New York Make Headlines bejewelled mug, £27.50, click here to buy
8) Carven printed bowback leather slingback shoes, £300, click here to buy
9) French Connection Spring Bloom flared skirt, £65, click here to buy
10) Markus Lupfer Hot Air Balloon jumper, £266, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

 

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SS13 Handbag Hot List: Designer Edit

Now this post has been a while in the making, three months to be exact. I thought it might be slightly premature to start thinking about new season styles when they first started arriving back in January but by late February/early March – AKA the official start of Spring/Summer – fashion week madness had taken over and spending an hour or so writing about handbags just wasn’t on the cards. While SS13 doesn’t look like it’s planning on making an appearence in London anytime soon (bitter, moi?) if there’s one area of our wardrobe we can keep in time with the fashion calendar without risking hypothermia it’s our accessories. So, without further ado, here’s my pick of this season’s hottest handbags…

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Mulberry Willow Tote in Mint Classic Calf, £1500, click here to buy

It’s mint green, it’s Mulberry, how could I NOT be in love with this bag!? To be honest I’m more than mildly obsessed with their entire SS13 collection thanks to Emma Hill’s plentiful application of mint green, broderie anglaise and some particularly inspired gecko print. This bag ticks every box for me. So delectable I want to swallow it whole and it’s roomy enough to fit camera, iPad, magazines and various British summer essentials (i.e umbrella, suncream, sunglasses and a scarf).

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3.1 Phillip Lim Blush Snakeskin Mini Pashli Satchel, £755, click here to buy

I don’t need to tell you my feelings about the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel. In a recent interview I may have admitted that one of my life ambitions is to own one in every colour. Despite that statement making me sound like an idiot, I stand by it. This understatedly luxe blush snakeskin mini version has sole out practically everywhere, ergo I now want it even more.

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Marni Polkdot Bags. Left £725, Right £660 click here to buy

Marni is one of the few brands that simultaneously manages to do tongue-in-cheek quirk and pared down elegance. I’m not sure quite how this is even possible but Consuela Castiglioni manages it with a canny combination of cleaner than clean lines and playful polkadots… I’m sold.

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Louis Vuitton Alma BB Monogram Bag, £900, click here to buy

Generally speaking, I’m a big bag kinda girl. Or at least I thought I was until Louis Vuitton released their “mini” collection. It’s pink, it’s shiny, it’s adorable beyond belief and I want it a LOT.

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Burberry Blaze Bag in Metallic Snakeskin & Vinyl, £1795, click here to buy

One of Burberry’s most fantastic and no doubt highly profitable qualities is the inherent practicality of their products. Then again, it’s also a high fashion brand and fashion folk have a well known weakness for things that are deeply impractical and unashamedly in-your-face. This bag is both and that’s precisely why I love it. Possibly not as useful as a trusy trench coat but my, isn’t it shiny?

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Sophie Hulme Black Leather Satchel, £500, click here to buy

As those of you who haven’t spent the past few seasons living under a rock (or somewhere without deparment stores on a internet connection) will definitely know, Sophe Hulme is one of the hottest young design talents in London right now. Sophie scooped up the Accessory Designer of the Year prize at the British Fashion Awards last autumn and her latest array of utilitarian yet playful bags are surely proof that the best is yet to come.

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Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Satchel in Bluebell, £795, click here to buy

Rarely do I not crave pretty much everything Anya Hindmarch designs and this seasons Pomp and Pleasure collection was no exception. I absolutely adored suing their Maxi Zip satchel in bluebell during Fashion Week last month and very nearly cried when I had to return it to its rightful owners. Friends and family if you’re reading, my birthday is June 19th…

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Smythson Eliot Large Tote, £1395, click here to buy

Oh Smythson, you do know how to tempt me. Not only does the Brit brand deliver most exquisite (and unfeasibly expensive) stationary, over the past couple of seasons they’ve seriously upped their handbag offering. Case in point, the elegant Eliot tote which currently features highly on my wish list.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Burg Boxer Medium Zipped Bag, £375, click here to buy

My first EVER designer handbag was from Marc by Marc Jacobs and I’ve used it pretty consitently since I got it for my 19th birthday almost 3 years ago now. I think it’s safe to say that Marc is a genius and everything he touches, including the latest accessories for his mainline’s super sweet little sister brand, turn to sartorial gold.

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Miu Miu Craquele Tote, £870, click here to buy

Given my current state of largely entirely self inflicted brokeness the likelihood of me ever owning a Miu Miu handbag (or any of the bags on this list for that matter) grows slimmer by the day. Obviously that doesn’t stop me coveting their girlishly playful yet exquisitely chic styles.

Personally I can’t play favourites with these beautiful bags. I want, no I NEED them all! Which one would you pick?

Love Ella. X

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First Weekly Wish List of SS13!

SS13 may or may not have actually arrived in London and I’ve heard a few rumours of snow this weekend. But it’s MARCH and I’ll be damned if I’m going to purchase one more bloody bobble hat…

wish list SS13

1) Reiss oversized Josh Shirt, £95, click here to buy
2) Reiss Siusi printed frill skirt, £95, click here to buy
3) Chloe Susanna boots, £795, click here to buy
4) Alexander Wang Emilie tote, £813, click here to buy
5) Whistles orchid print silk bomber jacket, £155, click here to buy
6) Diane Von Furstenberg Tonda Printed Hexagon Clutch, £280, click here to buy
7) Anne Bowes Jewellery Turqouise & Green drop cluster necklace, £120, click here to buy
8) Miu Miu degrade sequinned slippers, £515, click here to buy
9) J Brand 901 skinny jeans, £230, click here to buy
10) Michael van der Ham silk & metallic boucle top, £349, click here to buy

 

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LPA Loves: Lily and Lionel Flamingo Print

lily and lionel

After fashion week I told myself that between then and the end of term I would ignore even the juiciest of press releases in an attempt to meet my uni deadlines. Well, as you may have guessed that didn’t happen. I tried to restart the initiative again as of last weekend but then I spotted a snap of the latest Lily and Lionel arrivals and they were so covetable I decided it would be ridiculous not to post them. My love for obsession with the Lily and Lionel designer, Alice Stone’s scarves is no secret. Over the past year I’ve featured in two of the brand’s lookbooks (yay) and managed to amass a small collection of their super chic summer stunners but as with all fashion related items, one, two or even four is never enough.

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Lily and Lionel Marcy Scarf, £140, click HERE to buy

The second I layed eyes on this flamingo print stunner it rocketed straight to the top of my ever-growing SS13 wish list. How perfect would it be for those mid week mornings-after-the-night-before where you need to look polished but can’t summon up the energy to put on anything other than jeans and a t-shirt? Or just displaying around the house like the exquisite creation it is.

Love Ella. X

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