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Look Du Jour: Lemon & Mint

lemon mint

lemon mint

lemon mint

lemon mint

lemon mint

What: Lemon jumper: Gant, Jacket: Whistles, Mint shorts: American Apparel, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Mint brogues: Topshop, Satchel: Zatchels (c/o).

Where: Meetings in London.

Now and again I think my father’s a fairly stylish fellow. Much as I mocked him for buying New Balance trainers (AKA the fash pack’s current footwear of choice) I was secretly impressed that he hadn’t just opted for standard issue Dad loafers. But then I showed him my snazzy mint green brogues and his response – laughing, a lot – reminded me that he really does know nothing after all. Admittedly the whole lemon yellow, mint green, frilly sock combo does perhaps make me look a little like a cartoon character or an oversized ice cream but at long, long last the sun is shining in London and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to don my brightest clothes in celebration.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Heart to Heart

heart to heart

heart to heart

heart to heart

What: Jumper & Bag: Jaeger, Skirt & Beret: American Apparel, Shirt: Whistles & Shoes: random boutique in Paris, have forgotton the name, sorry!

Where: Lectures, meetings and press days in London.

Everyone has certain outfits that are guaranteed to put them in a good mood. This is definitely one of mine. Obviously the ballet flats/high waisted mini/blouse combination is pretty much my failsafe fashion formula but for me, the match-matchy red accents on this  ensemble give it that something extra. Of course, I suspect this kind of super preppy colour co-ordinated accessory fest isn’t for eveyone, especially anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a hipster. But I’ve long since given up on trying to dress edgy, wearing what makes you happy is just so much simpler! You may remember this adorable heart detail jumper from London Fashion Week Day 5 this season. Jaeger very kindly lent it to me for the occasion but I loved it so much I went and bought it straight afterwards. I donned this

Ask any student at Central Saint Martins why they love it and I’ll bet one of the reasons is that you can wear whatever the hell you want and not encounter so much as a raised eyebrow. For some, this means boys in skirts, multi-coloured handmade creations, green hair and drop-crotch PVC trousers. For me, it means I can dress like Cher from Clueless without fear of being laughed at. For once, this really is my “look du jour” as I donned it this very morning for a lecture on early 21st century fashion followed by Roksanda Ilincic‘s SS13 press day (two words: totes amaze) and then finally coffee at Villandry Bakery with Claire Watts, founder of exquisite handbag label BoBelle London. Currently I’m at home feeling ever-so-slightly panicked about cramming in as much work as possible before I head over to Somerset House for Tim Walker “Storytellers” Private View this evening!

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Little Miss Sunshine

Please excuse the deeply cheesy title, I’m just slightly running out of ideas and thought that calling this look ‘lemon yellow shirt’, whilst accurate, might be a little on the dull side. As you may have noticed I’m desperately trying to wear every single one of my SS12 purchases at least twice before I have to pack them away for a good 9 months. That said, I will be able to get a few more wears out of my Summer wardrobe during New York Fashion Week.

Little Miss Sunshine

What: Sunshine yellow shirt: Boutique by Jaeger, Skirt: American Apparel, Socks: H&M, Bag: Kate Spade NY, Pumps: French Sole.

Where: Meetings in London.

As you may remember, last September GANT very kindly took me to NYFW as their guest for two days of wining, dining and general pampering… Oh and of course, a couple of fashion shows thrown in. This time around I’m taking myself out for the whole shebang, an exciting but fairly costly endeavour especially when you consider quite how many outfits I’m going to need! Being the cold-fearing Brit I am, last year I stuffed my case with coats, hats, gloves and layers. Naturally, it was absolutely sweltering and I spent most of my time feeling pretty uncomfortable. Well I’ve learnt my lesson and this season I’ll be using New York Fashion Week as a chance to indulge in pastels, florals and summertime delights galore, after all, there’ll be plenty of cashmere wearing opportunities back in London!

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Check Take 2

in check

What: Shirt: H&M (again), Skirt: American Apparel (yes, again), Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs,
Shoes: Tods

Having returned from the Gucci trip nearly two weeks ago now I frankly have NO excuse to be sticking to comfortable clothing. But seeing as Spring is refusing to materialise, my comfy cotton shirts might not be disappearing anytime soon. Last weekend I oh-so-nearly did the big new season wardrobe swap over – which basically involves packing up my thermals, extensive wooly hat collection and extra chunky knitwear then begging/emotionally blackmailing my long-suffering father to take them home – and frankly, thank God I didn’t! I donned this embarassingly autumnal ensemble for a day of castings, meetings and a cheeky trip to Whistles or two. FYI those patent heeled loafers may look adorable but they’re actually a size to small and I was virtually crippled by the time I made my second Starbucks stop… Then again, I did steal them from my Mum’s wardrobe, so I suppose that’s karma for you.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: In Check

in check

What: Shirt: H&M, Skirt: American Apparel, Bag: Anya Hindmarch, Shoes: Russel & Bromley

After exhausting myself, and my wardrobe, during fashion week I arrived back in London last Friday with very sore feet and a serious craving for comfort clothing. The next couple of days were spent in well-worn Acne skinnies, oversized cashmere cardigans and, believe it or not, Converse. Even when Monday came around I couldn’t quite rustle up the energy for anything excessively tailored. Sadly there are some engagements for which jeans and trainers cut quite it (i.e anything that involves going further afield than the nearest Starbucks) so with a busy week ahead I reached for the next best thing… a cotton checked shirt. Now I know it’s not exactly the most original of outfit choices. Some might even deem the check shirt passé. But now and again the idea of a chiffon blouse and high heeled Chelsea boots just doesn’t appeal and for those occasions, my trusty tartan is here to stay.

Love Ella. X

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