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Sotogrande Summer

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First and foremost, an apology. To everyone who follows me on Instagram, I’m very sorry for being the most annoying person of all time during my holiday to Sotogrande last month. I had been so over excited about the trip – an actual HOLIDAY! – and it was such a beautiful, photogenic place that I just couldn’t help myself. You’ll perhaps be happy to hear that I’m not going to give you a blow by blow of the whole thing, as I usually do with my travel diaries, because we would then be looking at a thesis length word count and I’ll be subjecting you to that a few times over during fashion month which is so scarily soon now I feel a combination of exhilaration and nausea just thinking about it. There would also be more descriptions of my lounging by the pool, something I did a lot of, than anyone really needs to read. Instead, here’s a little photo diary of my highlights, outfits and recommendations for if you ever go to Sotogrande which you most definitely should.

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Looking severely pasty on day 1 in my nautical Heidi Klein bikini.

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Our generous and fabulous host’s beautiful villa on Calle Faisan in Sotogrande Alto

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I spent a LOT of time lounging by this pool in a similar fashion to Lily the Labrador.

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Palm trees because… Well, just because

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Poolside posing in my Triangl bikini. Highly recommend these, you can actually SWIM in them! Neoprene in 30 plus degree heat can be challenging though.

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Wearing an adorable two piece from Mochi, definitely a brand worth checking out!

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Puerto Sotogrande, it’s so pretty! I’m now lasting after a blue house.

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The view from a divine restaurant called Chambao Beach Bar where we had a seafood bonanza…

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A fairly rubbish shot of the aforementioned seafood bonanza. You can’t beat swordfish steaks cooked on a flaming boat!

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Ready to hit Sotogrande market in a Superdry playsuit & LK Bennett sandals…

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Puerto Sotogrande market

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Many an alfresco lunch was enjoyed at this gorgeous table.

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Beachside posing (yes more, I am a poser) in Marbs

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Marbella Old Town

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World’s largest Swordfish at a super cute little restaurant in Marbella Old Town of which I cannot remember the name, soz.

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Hangin’ out in a 3.1 Phillip Lim tank and Karen Walker shades. Not posing of course, not even a little bit.

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Sotogrande polo in action, obvs we had to catch a match. They’re FREE too!

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All white errrrything seemed appropriate. Top by Juicy Couture, Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery, Shorts by J.Crew (my faves remember), Sandals by Hobbs, Bag by Alberta Ferretti & Glasses by kate spade ny.

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Pre dinner outfit change into double J.Crew, Pollini sandals and ALDO Rise by Ostwald Helgason bag.

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Cancha Dos, the best Argentinian steak in town and my new favourite restaurant. Seriously, it’s worth booking a flight to Sotogrande just for their steak.

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Obviously tuna carpaccio happened.

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And then this… A steak so great I still have dreams about it.

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With my mama, a constant style/general life inspiration and my all time favourite person to shop, drink Pinot Grigio and generally chill with. If her feet weren’t so damn small those python wedges would be mine. 

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Yep, All in all Sotogrande is a stunning, relaxing and wonderful place. I will most definitely be returning! Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer filled with holidays, fine wine, great food, friends and family.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Seaside Calling

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

What: J.Crew striped t-shirt (similar here) & shorts (available here), Club Monaco red leather biker jacket (c/o) (similar here), Lulu Guinness tote bag (c/o) (available here), Russell & Bromley loafers (c/o) (similar here) and Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace.

Where: Meetings in London… This month, then maybe the seaside.

You know the saying “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life?” Well, replace “man” with “Ella” and “London” with “nautical stuff” and you’ve got my personal equivalent. I don’t know what it is about Breton stripes and the perennially chic colour combination that is red, white and blue that never ceases to get me reaching for my poor, worn out credit card, but I’ve always been powerless to resist. I even happen to have once acquired a nautically themed tattoo in Barcelona but that, my friends, is a tale for another post.  The second I spied these crisp chino shorts during a trip to J.Crew, ostensibly made for research purposes, I just knew that they had to be mine. Immaculately tailored, go-with-everything white and super comfy to boot… When would I not wear them? Unlike many other purchases I’ve justified with similar reasoning, I actually have worn these babies non stop since they joined the ever expanding hoarder’s paradise that is my wardrobe. It turns out, white really does go with everything. It doesn’t, however disguise coffee stains in the helpful way that a punchy print does so these puppies have been through the wash more times in the last month than I’ve had Starbucks iced lattes (i.e. a LOT). They’re also the absolute dream for anyone with a penchant for all things nautical. Whether paired with glossy red leather accoutrements for a city spin on things or a heavy ribbed knit and appropriate footwear if you’re actually going to be anywhere near the beach, they just scream “seaside”. Personally I’m not actually that huge a fan of the seaside, preferring a pavement, park or poolside area with heavy cocktail involvement, but I may have to change my tune considering how often I embrace the allure of nautical styling. Plus, I’ll be going to Norfolk – for non British readers this is a very lovely but usually very rainy area of the English coast where we go sailing, look at seals and picnic on the beach while pretending not to be freezing our t*ts off – with the family next month so perhaps a few variations on this ensemble can help to distract from those soggy sandwiches.

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Seaside J.Crew

Will you be rocking the nautical look on any seaside holidays this summer?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Sweet Broderie

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What: Broderie anglaise top, Shorts & Bracelet by Juicy Couture, Bag & Jacket by Paul and Joe Sister, Sunglasses by Kate Spade NY, Sandals by Hobbs (all c/o) and Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery.

Where: Athens with Juicy Couture

I was just going to include my Athens outfits in with the rest of the piece I posted last week but, as per usual, I found myself writing thousands of words and using so many pictures that would have just got totally excessive and possibly rather boring for you lovely lot. And at the risk of tooting my own horn, I also reckon the ensembles I rocked during my brief jaunt in the Greek capital deserve posts of their own. Juicy Couture is a brand that’s long been close to my heart. I’m sure I’ve told you the story of the baby pink tracksuit I BEGGED my dad to bring me back from America and subsequently wore to death when I was about twelve. Well, either way, I’ve told you again so… Sorry about that. I may have lost the over straightened locks, fake tan and appalling highlights I paired with my tracksuit (yes, really) but my soft spot for Juicy Couture lives on. Nowadays though, I’m less about the sweats, and all about this ensemble. Nothing screams “summer” like broderie anglaise and I can tell I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this peplum style over the next few months. The shorts are rather shorter than I’d usually wear but I couldn’t resist the paisley print. While I wouldn’t get flash so much flesh in the city, I feel normal rules don’t apply when you’re beach adjacent. With my new Hobbs silver sandals (so comfy, I’m obsessed!) and colour popping Paul & Joe Sister handbag thrown into the mix I reckon this kind of combo is ideal for mooching around towns while on holiday, stopping for Al Fresco lunches and possibly obviously afternoon cocktails along the way.

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Love Ella. X

Images by Reem Kanj

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Look Du Jour: Sugar Coated

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What: Coat & Dress by Kate Spade NY (both c/o), Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery, Shoes by Sophia Webster and Clutch by… It’s actually a travel wallet I bought aged about fourteen, sorry! However I have found similar ones here and here. I’m wearing MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick, available here.

Where: Fendi Flagship Store Launch, London.

As much as I like to consider myself “on it like a car bonnet” when it comes to all things of a sartorial nature, I’ve long suspected that’s not actually the truth. It took me over a season to realise that fashion sweatshirts are in fact a rare convergence of comfort and style, not just the lazy girl’s way of getting away with wearing loungewear out and about by emblazoning a tiger/bambi/tongue-in-cheek statement on her front… I know right. Something similar goes for including outerwear as part of my outfit. For years I saw coats mainly as weather protective outfit coverups, throwing them off the second I reached a heated spot to reveal the seasonally inappropriate fare below. I’m not saying I just owned one skanky old anorak, the like of which you wouldn’t let your dog sleep on. But until a couple of years ago I didn’t consider any outerwear that wasn’t a lightweight summer jacket, on par with the rest of my ensemble. It was an afterthought, a necessity of coping with living somewhere other than Los Angeles. Over the past couple of years a combination of fashion week-ing (street style photogs don’t take kindly to waiting while you remove umpteen layers of clothing) blogging (only so many times you can post that one navy number) and accepting after two decades that in London, the weather openly ignores traditional seasons made me reconsider this and fall in love with coats. From a financial perspective, this has been rather disastrous as it immediately takes you from owning one warm winter number, and possibly a transeasonal mac, to needing coats in all colours, fabrics, shapes, lengths and densities. No sooner had I accepted this than I became a coat hoarder. Duffels, peacoats, mannish cuts, classic tweeds, you name it, it’s in my wardrobe. Then this season I began to consider the spring coat. Having braved yet another London Fashion Week in tiny biker jackets layered over thermals layered over goose pimpled flesh I thought surely, surely there must be a better way. And there is. Late to the game I know but aren’t spring coats just freaking GENIUS!? In sunny season (lol) shades and picture pretty prints, they don’t depress you in the way that tugging on the same camel number you’ve already worn for six months on the trot does, yet still stop you developing hypothermia. Perfect for occasions – like the Fendi party a couple of weeks back – where you want to feel chic and maybe even a little bit fancy. I suspect by the time this post goes live it will be glorious again and the whole thing will seem a bit redundant but mark my words, it will turn nasty again and you’ll regret not investing in a spring coat. Unless of course you live somewhere not plagued by “inclement weather” in which case go forth and get your kit off… But no butt cheek exposing shorts or flip flops please, we’ve already discussed this.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Spring Red

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Ella Catliff by Holly McGlynn Carven 21 March 2014_007

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What: Spring red Carven skirt suit (sample), Isabel Marant pumps, Club Monaco top (c/o), Ostwalk Helgason for ALDO Rise bag (c/o), Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace & Accessorize ring

Where: Carven x NO NAME launch party (and many more, see here)

Oh, Carven. I could not even begin to count the ways I love you. Any brand that advocates non-stop collar wearing and has an entire wall of detachable ones in their store was obviously going to be my cup of tea but even this shared affinity couldn’t do justice to my hands down fashion obsession with the brand. Most of the pieces appear entirely at odds with the studied slouch and perennial nonchalance rocked by most women in the French fashion capital yet Carven still manages to feel like the quintessential Parisian label. To be honest, I suspect that even the most committed Marant clad left bank ladies can’t resist its ingenue charms and secretly have a stash of flirty A line minis and lace insert cardigans that they would secretly rather be wearing than Stan Smith’s and leather pants. I was lucky enough to be lent this exquisite resort 2014 skirt suit for the Carven x NO NAME launch party a couple of weeks ago and it took every ounce of willpower I possess to give it back. In retrospect, I wish I’d purchased it back in January as I reckon it could be seriously versatile. For an evening ‘do I paired it with my favourite lace top from Club Monaco (you’ve seen it on here a lot, no?), even trustier Isabel Marant pumps (ditto), a bag from Ostwald Helgason’s amazing collection for ALDO Rise and a necklace my mum, jewellery designer Anne Bowes, gave me for Christmas. Had I been trotting it out before dark I’d probably have gone for a simple sweater and ballet flats… Or maybe even the aforementioned Stan Smith’s. Believe it or not I own a pair and they’re possibly the most comfortable thing ever. You could also totally split the pieces, that jacket would be just the thing to perk up a pair of skinny jeans and a plain white tee. Dammit, why did I not buy this suit!?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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