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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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Monthly Must Haves: July 2014

Monthly Must Haves July 2014

1) Topshop lace trim crop top, 28, click here to buy
2) Whistles Limited Edition stretch-knit skater skirt, 115, click here to buy
3) LK Bennett Aisha kid leather sandals, 225, click here to buy
4) Chloe Baylee Medium Leather Tote, 1325, click here to buy
5) Edie Parker Jean Toucan box clutch, 1050, click here to buy
6) PRISM Capri cat eye acetate sunglasses, 255, click here to buy
7) J.Crew Showater reversible bandeau bikini top, 50, click here to buy
8_ J.Crew Showater reversible bikini briefs, 45, click here to buy
9) Tory Buch Calita dress, REDUCED from 285 to 142.50, click here to buy
10) ASOS Madhouse pointed shoes, 35, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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3 Ways To Wear It: Tory Burch Co-ord

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Left: Tory Burch Nicole Jacket, REDUCED from £595 to £297.50, click here to buy. Right: Tory Burch Nicole Shorts, REDUCED from £255 to £127.50, click here to buy.

Ah co-ords, shaping up to be a perma trend and I couldn’t be happier about it. There are few things I enjoy more than matching stuff so the fact co-ords of all descriptions now seem to be available all the time, everywhere, every season makes me want to positively sing with joy; bad news for anyone in my immediate vicinity as my singing voice has been likened to the sound of a cat being castrated. Co-ords seem like a genius recipe for easy chicness, especially during the summer months when you can literally whack on a pineapple print crop top with its matching shorts/skort/skirt accompaniment, throw in sandals and sunglasses and be good to go. However, beyond this most obvious incarnation, co-ords can be tricksy little buggers. You’ve got the full look nailed, perfectly accessorised, you feel awesome. But then, how often can you wear that full lewk without people thinking it’s the only ensemble you own? Not many, and the evidence is all over Instagram so if you really could wear said co-ord that one alone you’d be getting very little bang for your buck. That, my friends, is why I’ve decided to devote the next few editions of 3 Ways To Wear It to styling them up. This is as much for my own benefit, if not more so, than anyone else’s. Judging from the massive wardrobe organisation session I spent most of last weekend thoroughly enjoying (once I’d regained neck mobility following the muscle spasm incident) acquiring as many varieties of co-ords as humanly possible seems to have been my main mission in life for the past year. So without further ado, let’s do this…

All Together Now…

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Worn with: French Connection shirt (similar here), Alberta Ferretti bag (similar here & here) Tod’s Gommino loafers (real deal here, wallet friendlier alternative here)

You know when you have something so goddamn gorgeous you can barely bring yourself to wear it? This Tory Burch two piece was that for me. It was also rather too cold to whip it our for a while but when the sun finally made an appearance I thought to myself… THIS.IS.HAPPENING! First and foremost, the full shebang together. An embellished tweed shorts suit is programmed for prep so I went the whole hog with a buttoned up broderie shirt, classic Tod’s loafers and a pastel mini satchel. You could do something similar but a little less Gossip Girl-y with plimsolls and a plain white tee, but I wouldn’t advise it.

On The Top…

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Worn with J.Crew t-shirt (similar herehere), Hudson jeans (available here, similar here), kate spade new york bag (similar here, here,& here), shoes (similar here, here & here) and sunglasses (similar here & here)

There really are few more failsafe-ly chic formulas than a trophy jacket and casual jeans. I have never met (or read an interview with) a French woman who doesn’t advocate such a look. Admittedly a Parisienne would never dream of pairing it with multiple stripes, bows on her toes and floral embellished sunglasses but we’ve long since established I don’t possess that particular kind of je ne sais quoi. “Casual jeans” sounds like a bit of an oxymoron but of course, it isn’t. What I mean is jeans that are actually, genuinely comfortable, not too tight, don’t involve vast quantities of embellishment or treatment (a little light distressing is no bad thing though) and come in a natural, lived in shade of blue. These beauties are by Hudson who make some of the finest and most comfortable skinnies around. If, understandably, you don’t want to splash quite so much cash on your denim them my high street recommendations can be found here, here, here and here.

For Your Derrière…

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Worn with: Tory Burch top (similar here & here), Wilbur & Gussie clutch (similar here & here) and Sophia Webster shoes (similar here

As much as I adore a good frock, there’s something about city shorts for cocktail hour that always feels so right. The equivalent of an elegant evening trouser for warmer months, or for anyone who likes to get their legs out the second doing so won’t run a very real risk of frostbite. While these shorts are immaculately tailored and have a smart, pulled together tweed thing going on, I feel their lack of embellishment, brocade or other assorted sparkly stuff calls for something glam going on up top, party shoes and the kind of clutch that is really only suitable for use after dark (i.e when you don’t need to lug half your life around). I stuck to a pink-n-silvery palette here but gold or another form of bold tonal colour block would work just as well, especially if that colour is a rich blue hues. Cobalt is awesome and a nifty nod to AW14. This would work well with a simple blazer, or you don’t feel like mixing things up too much then just throw the matching co-ord jacket over the top as I did during London Collections Mens.

Having spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon playing dress up with my Tory Burch short suit, I can now think of SO many other ways to wear it! Follow my instagram for more variations and stay tuned for the next co-ord I’ll be styling up. I’ve also done a little search and here are my recommendations for similar co-ords… ASOS, Topshop, Carven and ASOS again.

Love Ella. X

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Monthly Must Haves: June 2014

Monthly Must Haves June 2014

1) J.Crew Gemstone floral printed silk top, £120, click here to buy
2) J.Crew Gemstone floral printed silk shorts, £120, click here to buy
3) LK Bennett Bess colour block sandal, REDUCED from £195 to£145, click here to buy
4) River Island white embellished clutch bag, £35, click here to buy
5) ALDO Gleliwet stone set collar necklace, £30, click here to buy
6) Karen Walker Super Duper Strength sunglasses, exclusively at Liberty London
7) Whistles Solano blotted floral bikini top, £40, click here to buy
8) Whistles Solano blotted floral bikini bottoms, £35, click here to buy
9) Chloe Marcie medium tote, 1195, click here to buy
10) Chloe Celeste block heel mules, REDUCED from £795 to £556, click here to buy
11) REISS Kaneo laser cut skirt, £125, click here to buy
12) J.W. Anderson wave print silk blouse, £575, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Neon Dreaming

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What: Warehouse shirt (c/o), J.Crew skirt & necklace, Alberta Ferretti bag (c/o) & Sophia Webster for Net-a-Porter shoes (c/o)

Where: Sophia Webster for J.Crew Launch Party, London.

If you asked me what my favourite sunny season colour palette is, answering would be very easy. It’s pastels of course, pastels plain and simple. There’s always been something about peppermint greens, butter yellows, ballerina pinks and palma violet purples that can’t fail to put a smile on my face and a spring in my step. But of late, I’ve been increasingly gravitating towards neon. Perhaps it was my beloved cerulean Kate Spade coat that swung it. After all, that’s certainly not pastel. Or perhaps I’m just feeling a little wild in my old age, 23 next month people! Whatever the reason you cannot that deny neon packs one hell of a punch. But, my friends, it can be a risky business. Too much neon and you’ll look like a nineties raver – N.B nineties Beverly Hills high school senior AKA Cher Horowitz = chic, ninties ‘beefa raver = urgh – a teenager celebrating their post GCSE summer or a human highlighter. Just the right amount, however, and you’re on the money. As a lover of all things bright, bright, BRIGHT, I have to work hard not to go overboard when I decide to rock a bit of neon. I’ve found the best way is to unashamedly combine a couple of eye popping pieces with something grounding like natural cotton, crisp shirting or that trusty staple, denim. Having toned down my yellow-on-crack J.Crew skirt with a sensible indigo shirt I then piled on some bling, hot pink lipstick and accessorised with pastels. I think this kept things just the right side of offensive. What do you reckon?

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Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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