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Monthly Must Haves: May 2014

monthly must haves may 2014

1) Carven tweed stich cropped sweater, 320, click here to buy
2) Whistles Agnes fit n’ flare skirt, 125, click here to buy
3) Roger Vivier Belle Vivier ballerina pumps, 427, click here to buy
4) Roger Vivier Mis Viv handbag, 1634, click here to buy
5) Topshop Stand Out flower prom dress, 68, click here to buy
6) ASOS cat eye sunglasses, 12, click here to buy
7) Tory Burch Brynn gold plated resin necklace, 520, click here to buy
8) J.Crew x Sophia Webster cutout leather & printed twill pumps, 520, click here to buy
9) Reiss Olivia print floral trousers, 95, click here to buy
10) Diane Von Furstenberg Niseko sweater, 179, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Flower Power

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What: Carven Flower print sweatshirt, Carven x NO NAME sneakers, Paige Denim jeans (c/o), Rebecca Minkoff bag (c/o), Kite sunglasses (c/o)

Where: Breakfast meeting at Dean Street Townhouse, London.

Some people say that you can have too much of a good thing. I say those people are wrong, especially when the “thing” in question is a Carven floral print. In the case of this particular print I really do feel that more is most definitely more. You may remember that a while ago Carven hosted a little soirée in their South Kensington store to celebrate their collaboration with cooler-than-cool sneaker brand, NO NAME. The second I clapped eyes on the shoes I knew they had to be mine and reserved a pair on the spot. When I returned to pick them up I spied the matching sweatshirt so naturally that came home with me too. As you all know all too well, sports luxe is not my cup of tea. I can appreciate it aesthetically and often admire other people I see rocking luxe joggers with killer heels or minimalist confections involving neoprene and mesh but inevitably opt for chiffon, lace and all things girly when it comes to my own ensembles. Recently though I’ve been starting to reconsider, a little bit anyway. Slowly but surely jumpers of the non cashmere variety have been infiltrating my wardrobe and I’ve been spending many a Saturday kicking back in a pair of Stan Smith’s. I’m not about to swap my vast collection of blouses and ballet pumps for New Balances and Wang inspired basics but I have started to appreciate that sometimes it’s really nice to be, well, comfortable. Not that the rest of my clothes inflict pain exactly – at least not most of them – but when it comes to comfort you just can’t beat a sweatshirt and trainers. Although the double print situation teamed with ice white jeans and holographic sunnies means this look isn’t exactly low key leisurewear.

Ella floral outfit by Holly McGlynn May 14_008

Ella floral outfit by Holly McGlynn May 14_002

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Ella floral outfit by Holly McGlynn May 14_004

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Ella floral outfit by Holly McGlynn May 14_003

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flower power

As you’ve probs spotted, I’m trying out a new image to text format. What do you think?

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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Monthly Must Haves: March 2014

Once again, I must start this post with an apology. Despite having swapped those time consuming and financially perilous weekly wish lists (lengthy browsing, inevitable spending) for monthly must haves I’ve still failed to churn one out every four weeks. I’m a bad blogger. In my defense February was fashion month and, rather inconveniently, uni deadline madness so things have been a bit of a scramble. BUT at long last, here are my March loves and I suspect you’re going to love them too…

Monthly Must Haves March

1) Carven Floral Print Sweatshirt, £160, click here to buy
2) Paige Tyler Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, £225, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Mirrored Leather Bag, £1545, click here to buy
4) Monica Vinader Atlantis Rose Gold Plated Lapis Lazuli Earrings, £250, click here to buy
5) Miu Miu Noir Sunglasses, 205, click here to buy
6) Kate Spade New York Kaslow Coat, $1296, click here to buy or locate a UK store
7) Kate Spade New York Sedgewick Place Tweed Bag, $428, click here to buy or locate a UK store
8) Valentino Rockstud Neon Patent Leather Pumps, 600, click here to buy
9) Topshop Crepe Cigarette Trousers, £40, click here to buy
10) J.Crew Embellished Cotton Shirt, £110, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

Ps) Between concocting and posting these must haves I’ve managed to buy two of them myself! Can you guess which?

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Look Du Jour: Craving Carven

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Paul & Joe Sister

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What: Skirt & Collar by Carven (c/0), Jumper by J.Crew, Coat by A.P.C, Shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem (cheeky sample sale purchase) and Bag by Paul & Joe Sister (c/0)

Where: Lunch date in London

I definitely don’t need to to tell you how I feel about Carven. My love for the French purveyor of perfectly playful elegance knows no bounds and certainly no notion of attempting to limit the number of times per day I think about/mention/covet its stylish fare. Not so long ago I was in the library attempting to work on my thesis and avoid the distracting allure of Instagram when I stumbled across a hefty tome all about Carven. Suffice to say, the old thesis didn’t get written but what I gained from the hour or two spent reading it was, in the long term, no doubt far more valuable than another cats-in-hats session on Buzzfeed. Or baby sloths, as I spent last Sunday staring open mouthed at. But anyway, I digress. You’re probably now busy watching said sloths as I foolishly included a hyperlink but in case you’ve found your way back to my blog then I’ll say a bit about this outfit. The skirt is one of my favourite pieces from Carven’s insanely good AW13 collection. Who would’ve thought of using deer print?! Guillaume Henry, that’s who. You should see the super soft, oversized coat that goes with it, serious sartorial heaven. There are many things about Carven I completely and utterly adore, not least is their knack for concocting perfect collars. Monsieur  Henry is clearly as savvy a businessman as he is talented a créateur and Carven now not only attach nonchalantly adorable collars to many of their garms but also sell them separately! This orange and blue number is in fact, not attached to the jumper, but a bib like design that can be paired with just about anything. I opted for my latest J.Crew acquisition with a super cute Paul & Joe Sister bag swinging over my shoulder, blue and orange is definitely one of my favourite colour combinations.

On another note, if any UK readers haven’t been to Carven’s divine flagship store at 85 Pelham Street in South Kensington you must! It’s not to be believed.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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