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Look Du Jour: Happiness

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What: J.Crew floral top (click here to buy) and coral skirt (similar here), Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise bag c/o (similar here), Pollini sandals c/o (similar here & here) and AllSaints studded leather jacket (similar here & here)

Where: Dinner at Wilton’s (read the review here)

I definitely don’t need to tell you how I feel about this particular ensemble! The Pollini sandals and Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise bag have been some of the most worn items in my wardrobe since they entered chez LPA. As for the J.Crew floral tank and flirty coral mini, where to begin… The colours, the prints, the chic yet comfortable shapes. Looking at them makes me happy and wearing them makes me even happier. Some might say it’s superficial and silly to find happiness through clothes but I think they couldn’t be more wrong. Just to be clear, I’m not talking profound, long lasting happiness and spiritual meaning here. The happiness I’m referring to is the transformative power that clothes and fashion in general can have over our mood and how we feel about ourselves, our personalities, identities and of course, our bodies. An outfit that makes you look in the mirror or any nearby reflective surface and think “hot DA-YUM” probably won’t guarantee that you’re going to spend the next decade in a state of deep personal fulfilment and yogi like blissed out zen. It can, however, make you feel good about yourself, confident and uplifted, helping you to put aside your own insecurities and anxieties for a while and focus your energies on work, friends, family and generally enjoying life. This slightly preppy, kinda flirty, minimalists-worst-nightmare get up does that for me.

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

happiness la petite anglaise ella catliff

ella catlif La Petite Anglaise J.Crew

ella catliff la petite anglaise J.Crew

ella catliff la petite anglaise

Sorry if I got a little real there guys. My point is largely that neon shades and florals rock and fashion is great, but I stand by what I’ve written. Do certain outfits have a similark effect on your mood? Or do you reckon that happiness and fashion don’t equate? I’d love to know what you think!

Love Ella. X

Images by Michaela Peker

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3 Ways To Wear It: Floral Print Co-ord

Hobbs NYW floral silk co-ord

Left: Hobbs NW3 Floral Print Pioneer Blouse, reduced from £75 to £40. Available here. Right: Hobbs NW3 Floral Print Pioneer Shorts, reduced from £69 to £34. Available here.

Happy Monday mes amies! I used to find it the weirdest thing when people wished me a “happy Monday” or “happy Friday”. I’ve even had the odd “happy Tuesday” which was thoroughly confusing as, I think we can all agree, Tuesday is by far the most nondescript day of the week. But now I’ve gotten over the ingrained belief that good wishes should be reserved only for birthdays and Christmas. It’s so easy to get caught up in the manic business of just trying to get everything done that you stop actually enjoying any of it so why the hell shouldn’t we throw a little celebration into the mix to remind us that life is actually pretty great!? Even on Tuesdays. I think that’s probably about enough philosophising from me so before you decide I’ve gone nuts and click away in disgust, let’s talk about this floral print co-ord. Autumn may be speeding towards us a rate of knots BUT if you’ve invested in a similar two piece, or are thinking about snapping one up in the sales I’d still say go for it. I’m planning on getting maximum wear out of this bad boy for the next few weeks, incorporating the shirt into my new season wardrobe and then whipping the lot out again next Spring. If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that co-ords of all shapes, sized and styles are perennially awesome. And if you live somewhere that’s got a few months of heat left or, even more jealously inducing, is just about to begin their sunny season then you have endless floral co-ord wearing opportunities ahead of you. Thanks to nobody’s fault but my own, I’ve left it so damn long to do this post that most of the pieces are no longer available BUT I had a hunt on the Hobbs Outlet and they have a few of the shirts and shorts left, yay! I’ve put a few alternatives for others that are previous seasons or out of stock in the details below.

All Together Now…

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floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

Worn with silver Hobbs NW3 sandals (similar here), Paul & Joe Sister orange satchel (similar here & here) and Kite holographic sunglasses (similar here & here

This adorable Hobbs NW3 floral printed silk shorts n’ shirt co-ord came into my life sometime back in May. The funny thing is, I didn’t actually wear the full shebang together until really quite a lot later. Such is the versatility of this bad boy that rather than wondering how the hell I could mix it up, the pieces just seemed so right with other items already in my wardrobe. I almost started to think that perhaps they were better as separates but then I donned the lot in Trieste last month and realised how wrong I was. There are few things more enjoyable than wearing one dizzying print all over, at least that’s how I feel about it anyway. Rather than going for all out prep I decided to give things more of a modern spin with high shine silver sandals and holographic shades but green ballet flats and maybe a matching belt could be a great alternative if you’re after some prep.

On The Top…

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

Worn with neon yellow J.Crew skirt (similar here & here), silver Next sandals (similar here), Hobbs clutch (suede version available on SALE here & similar here), Dior Riviera nails (available here) & MAC Lady Danger lipstick (available here)

As you might remember, this particular ensemble came out to play in Ibiza while I was there shooting with Claire’s Accessories for Company Magazine. My J.Crew fit n’ flare skirt became a vital component of my wardrobe so quickly I even bought the same style in coral, it just seems to work with so much, this top included. I think the buttoned up style of shirt works well with a mini skirt and heels, it reduces the prep factor and makes the whole thing a little more party ready. I really like how the neon green trim of the shirt picks up the yellow on the skirt and reckon this could work well for a printed co-ord top half and separate block colour bottom half in any colour or for any season. I have a monochrome tibi number I’m intending to do something similar with by combining with white skinnies come autumn, more on than soon. Then of course I added matchy matchy colour pop coral lips and nails because I just can’t resist that kind of thing.

For Your Derrière…

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

Worn with Sandro white biker jacket (similar here & here), Michael Kors Selma tote (available here), Wildfox Bel Air sunglasses (available here) & LK Bennett sandals (available here)

Last but not least, the shorts. As shorts go I have to say these are some of the most comfortable ever. Light and breezy and roomy enough to accommodate a large lunch followed by gelato, they served me well paired with nothing more than a broderie tank top on holiday. To make them a little more city appropriate I paired them with a Sandro light tweed biker jacket, simple Jenni Kayne t-shirt (such great quality!) and structured Michael Kors Selma tote instead. Oh and these Wildfox sunnies which are perhaps my favourite things ever. They caused quite the stir when I wore them to walk on the North Norfolk broads last weekend! With bank holiday weekend coming up, this kind of outfit is perfect for a lazy, possible hungover brunch where you want to look polished without compromising on lazy day comfort. Unlike the matching shirt, you will look a bit cray if you wear floral printed silk shorts like these once Autumn really hits but with the addition of a jacket and fingers firmly crossed for sunshine they’ve got a few weeks left in them yet. For those hailing from sunnier climbs this does not apply, go forth and frolic in silk shorts to your hearts content.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of 3 Ways To Wear It. As I’ve been rubbish and failed to post until my Hobbs NW3 two piece is all but out of stock, I’ve found a few similar floral print co-ords here & here and cracking AW14 alternatives here & here. I fear this may be the last summery 3 ways to come from me this year but don’t despair, I have TONS planned for the next few months. For now, which was to wear the printed shorts n’ shirt co-ord is your favourite?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Sotogrande Summer

sotogrande

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.

Sotogrande

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.

Mochi la petite anglaise

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

Poro sotogrande

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

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sotogrande

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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…

puerto sotogrande market

Puerto Sotogrande market

Sotogrande

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.

Cancha Dos Sotogrande

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.

Cancha Dos Sotogrande

Obviously tuna carpaccio happened.

Cancha Dos Sotogrande

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. 

sotogrande

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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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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