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
What: Metallic Denim Jeans: J Brand for Harrods, Shirt: Paper London, Bag: GUESS by Marciano, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Ring: Swarovski (all c/o).
Where: Juicy Couture Fall 2013 Party, London
As you’ve probably realised from the vast number of jeans orientated outfit posts I’ve been doing of late, I’m currently having a “thing” with denim. This is no doubt partially due to the fact that, until yesterday, the weather in London has been grim beyond but there’s also just so much damn good denim around these days! The latest batch of more-than-just-jeans comes from none other than J Brand who have created a special edition style just for Harrods. As much as I adore my classic blue 811′s, I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as being overdressed so when the sun goes down and the champagne’s flowing I like to go for something a little more glam. Queue glittery, metallic skinnies. They may sound like a nineties nightmare but in the capable hands of J Brand Founder, Jeff Rudes the results are frankly awesome. When I was kindly offered the chance to get my hands on a pair of 801′s in “Degraded Nebula” (sexy name, no?) before they hit the shop floor I didn’t have to think twice before saying yes. Luckily I also had the perfect occasion for them, the Juicy Couture Fall 2013 party. Given that it was a Juicy party held at Home House (A-MAZING Georgian Townhouse turned exclusive members club) I decided to pull out all the stops and team them with hot pink, a very bling ring and peep-toe heels.
J Brand’s 801 Degraded Nebula jeans are available for £275 exclusively in Harrods‘ brand spanking new denim floor. This weekend there will also be Leighton Denny manicurists on hand to give you matching metallic nails… Happy shopping!
Love Ella. X
What: Leopard print sweater: Whistles, Jacket: Vintage, Jeans: J Brand, Pumps: French Sole, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: Alberta Ferretti for Cutler and Gross (c/o)
Where: Meetings in London.
I bought this sweater from Whistles a couple of months ago (it’s most likely gone into the mid season sale since, annoying) and was then unable to wear it thanks to the fact it snowed… In March. Now the sun is out you can bet your pastel pop socks I’m wearing it every chance I get. Once such chance arose yesterday when a jam packed day of meetings called for something chic while distinctly drizzly weather would have made bare legs a very bad call indeed. You all know more about my obsession with the colour green than anyone should have to but recently I’ve been having a bit of a flirtation with blue. After noticing the blue-ish tones in this leopard print lovely I couldn’t help but go to town with all things moody, pairing it with my beloved summer J Brand’s, very well worn French Sole pumps (seriously, these babies deserve a medal) and an ancient denim jacket I pinched from my mum a couple of years ago. Who said tonal blocking was over? Not me, that’s for sure.
Love Ella. X
I was absolutely thrilled by the positive response I got to the return of “3 Ways To Wear It” the other week. As a blogger, the posts you enjoy writing and those your readers enjoy reading are not always the same so it was great to hear that you lovely lot are happy to indulge my passion for dressing up. This time around I got my style on with a perennial wardrobe staple, classic blue skinny jeans. It is a fact universally acknowledged that one can never, ever own too many pairs of jeans. I used to be something of a denim-o-phobe gradually I began to embrace this most versatile of garments and now, I’m obsessed. Much as I adore a bit of directional denim, when it comes to effortless chic you can’t beat a simple pair of true blue skinnies. And skinny jeans don’t get much chicer than J Brand 811′s.
J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Starless, £189 at The Dressing Room, click here to buy
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are few things more stylish than a simple Breton striped tee. Add classic blue jeans and ballet pumps into the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for easy elegance. On this occasion I opted for a Whistles t-shirt (obv), French Sole flats and my beloved Mulberry Tillie tote. The beauty of this kind of look is that it works every season and can be spiced up with different coloured pumps and variations of stripe, cost-per-wear magic.
As my dealings with McQ’s badass leather skirt taught me (click here for a reminder), with the right accessories you can make just about anything preppy. That said, I found it rather easier to give the J Brand 811 skinny jeans a Blair Waldorf twist. I’d say that the key components of preppy style are loafers, collars and matching things. I decided to push the prep-factor to the max by incorporating all three… And then adding a hairband.
When the sun goes down I reach for a skirt or dress rather than jeans. I don’t really know why this is because whenever I do decide to don my skinnies for a night on the town it makes me feel instantly more sophisticated. There’s something rather empowering about wearing trousers for cocktail hour, don’t you think? Anyway, given my J Brand’s understated shade and the fact that it’s technically Spring I decided to make things a bit more playful by pairing them with a peppermint peplum top, killer Kurt Geiger stilettos and pretty pastel accessories.
Personally I adore all three of these ensembles and will definitely be wearing them on a regular basis over the next few months! Which one is your fave?
Love Ella. X
Ps) Until the end of April, there are various fabulous goings on at The Dressing Room in celebration of Denim Dedication Month. Click here to find out more.
1) REISS 1971 Ice Blue Crewneck Jumper, £179, click here to buy
2) J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Neon Coral, £200, click here to buy
3) Folk light grey Steph boots, £315, click here to buy
4) McQ Pink Razor Blade Scarf, £135, click here to buy
5) LInda Farrow for Charlotte Olympia Feather Sunglasses, £135, click here to buy
6) Whistles Safari Leopard Print Parka, £125, click here to buy
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross Body Bag, £260, click here to buy
8) Charlotte Olympia Miranda Silk Twll & Bamboo Sandals, £545, click here to buy
9) Carven Front Pleat Skirt, £260, click here to buy
10) Carven Textured Double Breasted Jacket, £420, click here to buy
Love Ella. X