1) Boutique by Jaeger Racer Back Pleat Dress, £199, click here to buy
2) Charlotte Olympia Hollywood Platform Sandals, £795, click here to buy
3) Burberry Little Crush Heart Print Bag, £875, click here to buy
4) Markus Lupfer Key To My Heart Sequin Sweater, £290, click here to buy
5) Karen Walker Super Duper Sunglasses, £180, click here to buy
6) Valentino The Rockstud Patent Leather Clutch, £995, click here to buy
7) Diane Von Furstenberg Pink Shadow Print iPhone 5 case, £29, click here to buy
8) Nicholas Kirkwood Suede, Grosgrain & Elaphe Pumps, £490, click here to buy
9) Reiss Paris Slim Trousers, £89, click here to buy
10) Erdem Amanie Floral Print Fish Scale Sequin Blouse, £1000, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
What: Jeans: J Brand Major exclusive to Donna Ida (c/o), Shirt: Boutique by Jaeger, Pumps: French Sole (c/o), Sunglasses: Topshop, Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors (c/o)
Where: Family lunch in the country
Why the ridiculous Look Du Jour title I hear you ask? Well, a number of reasons. Firstly there’s something about a pair of glittery, round sunglasses that makes you, or at least me, feel goofy. Secondly I think “goofy” is a grossly under used word and have started a one man campaign o bring it back (I’ll let you know how that goes). Thirdly, I went down to my parents house in Sussex this morning with a plan to have lunch with family friends then crack on with a seriously productive afternoon of thesis research and getting through the tedious tasks I have to complete before moving flats next week. Then I made the crucial mistake of getting my brother to take these photos. We have a tendency to regress to the (combined) mental age of about 12 when we’re together for more than about five minutes so next thing I knew, we’d been lolling at YouTube videos for a good two hours and none of the things on my ever growing “to do” list had happened.
Aside from my total inability to resist the allure of watching Ryan Gosling refuse to eat his cereal for the millionth time, I do in fact have something exciting to share with you today… a competition to win a pair of J Brand jeans! Donna Ida has teamed up with J Brand (dreamy denim union or what?) to give away one pair of their exclusive Major style, as modelled by moi above. All you have to do to enter is follow @donnaidadenim and @JbrandJeans on twitter and then tweet them with the hashtag #jbrandfordonnaida… Couldn’t be easier!
Love Ella. X
1) Chinti and Parker Heart Print Striped Top, £90, click here to buy
2) French Connection Hachi Denim Hotpants, £50, click here to buy
3) 3.1 Phillip Lim Electric Yellow Medium Pashli Satchel, £740, click here to buy
4) Moschino Cheap & Chic Suede Platform Sandals, £320, click here to buy
5) ASOS Embellished Cat Eye Sunglasses, £20, click here to buy
6) Boutique by Jaeger Bow Shoulder Shift Dress, £175, click here to buy
7) REISS 1971 Catalina Laser Cut Top, £79, click here to buy
8) Isabel Marant Etoile Britany Shorts, £110, click here to buy
9) Sarah Forsyth Snakeskin Belt, £85, click here to buy
10) Chloe Lauren Leather Ballet Flats, £280, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
What: Coral dress: Boutique by Jaeger, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Heels: Kurt Geiger, Bag: Anya Hindmarch.
Where: Jaeger Boutique Launch Party, London.
I’ve never been one to leave a party early but for some stupid reason, I thought I might break the habit of a lifetime at the Calzedonia Swimwear bash in Rimini. With this imagined self restraint in mind I RSVP’d “oui” to the Jaeger Boutique launch the following evening and even agreed to interview one of the designers… On camera. Suffice to say, all good intentions went out the window pretty swiftly in Rimini and having spent most of the following day enduring the hangover from hell and flight delays I didn’t feel much like getting dolled up and being sociable. The fact that I made it to the party, did the interview and had a lovely time is a testament to the power of a really great dress. So next time you’re feeling a little worse for wear don’t bother with Berocca. A frock of the same invigorating shade does the job.
Love Ella. X
What: Coat: A.P.C, Jumper: Boutique by Jaeger, Shorts & Shirts: Whistles, Loafers: Russel & Bromley, Bag: Anya Hindmarch, Beret: American Apparel
Where: Meetings and Appointments in London.
First off, I must admit that this post title doesn’t refer to what I got up to while wearing this outfit. Yesterday was definitely not what you’d call a “hard working” Monday. Busy, yes. Stressful, at times. But that stress was mainly just panicking over being too pasty for an Temperley dress now taking pride of place in my wardrobe and later on, smudging my nail polish. This week kicked off with a trip to Temperley London’s Mayfair HQ to choose something fabulous for a very special event I’m supremely over excited about attending next week. After having a rather embarrassing mini meltdown over nothing “looking right” (brat alert!) I finally fell for an exquisite cocktail number in oyster silk jacquard. Sadly it has to be returned to it’s rightful owners sooner than seems fair but until then, I’m much enjoying just looking at it. After a couple of midday meetings at the Liberty London cafe (high risk meeting spot due to it’s proximity to oodles of Carven and Christopher Kane) I headed in the direction of Chelsea for the afternoon’s “work” engagement… A mani pedi at Bliss Spa which will be the subject of my next grooming review. By the end of the day I felt a bit spoilt and ridiculous, in the very best possible way. Getting back to my original point, the reason I decided to dub this Look Du Jour “hard working” is because of the pieces themselves. From my trusty A.P.C peacoat (AW10) to my camel Whistles shorts (SS11), on a cost-per-wear basis these babies have all paid for themselves many times over. Summer, winter, London, New York, Paris… A garment that works all of the above is worth its weight in gold and certainly worth dry cleaning and re-lining a stupidly expensive number of times. As for the Anya Hindmarch tote, I picked up that beauty at a second hand designer shop in Notting Hill a couple of years ago. Considering it had a whole other life before entering my wardrobe and the amount I’ve used it since, this bag deserves a lifetime achievement award! As of sometime last week I’ve decided to make only – or at least mainly – these kind of chic yet sensible, wear-forever buys. And re my extravagant Monday, it was definitely a one off, this afternoon will been spent slogging away in the library.
Love Ella. X