What: Jenni Kayne trousers (available here), Jenni Kayne t-shirt, Jenni Kayne x Clare Vivier clutches (available here), Anne Bowes Jewellery necklaces (available here), Ferragamo sunglasses, Stand Seven bracelet & The Sandal and The Craftsman sandals (all c/o)
Where: Out and about in Sunny London
I know what you’re thinking, this ensemble is light years away to others I’ve rocked of late. Recently I’ve seemed to dress exclusively in brights so bright they’re almost radioactive, prints on prints on prints and extreme prep with the odd leather number thrown in for good measure. Well, now and again all those highlighter hues and dizzying pattern clashes can get a little exhausting and you can’t help but crave something a little more laid back. And who better to turn to for pieces that scream, or rather softly murmur, “chillax” than the Los Angeles designer who’s contemporary take on California cool has made her a must see on the NYFW schedule, Jenni Kayne? I became a Kayne convert the second I clapped eyes on her SS14 collection some almost four seasons back, the woman is a master at marrying chic city tailoring with surf ready style. When I interviewed Jenni last year, it only served to further my love for the label. This season she decided to offer up more temptation than ever by way of concocting her Pre Fall collection in Liberty print… I know, right. These trousers are from said collection and about the most comfortable thing on the planet. When the weather’s not actually despicable in London I’m the first to whip my pins out so generally stick to shorts and skirts in Summer but I felt like I was wafting around in a cloud of happy, Liberty printed air. A nice sensation I’m sure you’ll agree and one I suspect I’ll be repeating. Jenni also collaborated with handbag designer, Clare Vivier to produce some adorable matching clutches which I can’t get enough of either. As you’ve no doubt gathered over the years, I’m not good at doing casual so I tarted this ensemble up with the addition of gold jewellery and pretty diva-esque Ferragamo shades.
What do you think of my take on laid back chic?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn
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
Ok people, I need some advice. As you may remember from my multiple posts on the subject, for several seasons I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a pair of Liberty x Nike trainers. Every time they release another yet more covetable style I consider investing in some, waste hours debating it with myself and eventually conclude that I’m just not a high tops kinda girl. Then they sell out and I inevitably regret my decision. Last week Liberty unveiled their latest oh-so-pretty styles, tempting my finger towards the “buy now” button with their ice cream hues.
Shop the collection here
On the one hand, it might not actually be the trainers I’m after as you could cover pretty much anything with Liberty print and I’d probably want it. On the other, my poor feet have probably are probably so traumatised from the torturous footwear I favour that they’re simple screaming for a pair of sneakers. So I put it to you dear readers, should I, dare I join the trainer brigade?
Love Ella. X
I definitely don’t neet to tell you how much I adore all things fashion related. I mean, it probably occupies around 80% of my time and a shameful (not to mention worrying) 99.9% of my head space… This entire blog is devoted to it! But now let me introduce you to another of my great loves, stationery. I remember how during my school years, when the end of the summer holidays drew near the only thing that remotely excited me about the beginning of term was the prospect of treating myself to a snazzy new pencil case. Well since leaving school, that hasn’t changed a bit. I still hit up Libertys’ stationery department on a regular basis to indulge in floral print notepads (most of which remain unused, they’re too pretty to defile) with matching pencils. Whenever fashion week comes around I’m among the very small number of journalists who still write their show notes by hand and naturally I stock up on super cute floral jotters for the occasion. With my Spring term only a few lectures in and fashion week around the corner I feel it’s high time I indulge in a spot of stationary shopping and strongly recommend you do the same! Here are a few of the goodies I’m currently coveting…
1) Liberty London Collections Mitsi Print Sticky Notes, £6.95, click here to buy
2) Karl Lagerfeld Prestige Fountain Pen, £250, click here to buy
3) Anya Hindmarch Pencil Case, was £95 now £47, click here to buy
4) LECHTURM1917 Faux Leather Notebooks, £15, click here to buy
5) Liberty London Collections Fairford Print Extra Large Notebook, £35, click here to buy
6) Smythson Blah Blah Blah Textured Leather Notebook, £45, click here to buy
7) Caran D’Ache Fluoro Ballpoint Pen Set, £85, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
After months of pondering and procrastination I’ve decided to start a new semi-regular feature called “In My Handbag” so you’ll have to tell me what you think of it. I figured that it’s always interesting having a snoop in other people’s bags and finding out what essential (or non-essential) items they don’t leave home without. As you know all too well, I’m a total handbag obsessive. Big, small, leather, croc, suede, studded, eye-popping neon pink… You name it, I probably have something along those lines in my wardrobe. Like most fashion fanatics, if I had the means I would wear Prada right down to my pants. Sadly not being in posession of a trust fund or six figure salary, I have to shop a little more carefully. Over the past few years I’ve bought several hideously expensive garments that have gone out of date before the tags even come off. These infuriating incidents led me to the conclusion that when the urge to splurge strikes, the safest section of Selfridges to direct it is accessories. It is worth bearing in mind that this policy isn’t without risk and last year it resulted in my spending almost entire term’s student loan on this Mulberry lovely.
The bag is, of course, my beloved Mulberry Tillie Tote which may have left me bankrupt until last Easter but was definitely worth every penny. The wallet (below) is also Mulberry, a little gift from me to me after landing a modelling job a couple of years ago. It’s a bit battered now but I still love it.
I’m a total stationary junkie and my collection of notepads (mainly floral) has probably reached triple figures. This Flex Organiser from Filofax (below) is one of my faves because it’s got lots of useful pockets and you can replace the inner notepads once you’ve filled them up. Oh and the fact it’s pink doesn’t hurt. On this particular day I was headed back to London after spending Christmas with my family in Sussex so I shoved the organiser into my bag along with my Liberty London pencil case just in case I came up with any inspired blog post ideas during the journey. I didn’t but I did draw a few fairly awesome doodles of unsuspecting fellow passengers.
The gorgeous Smythson key ring (below) was a 21st birthday present and besides being all glossy and green and whatnot it also a) stops me losing my keys, some of the time and b) opens out into a teeny tiny portable photo frame, practical and cute! You might recognise the adorable fairisle beret from the Look Du Jour post I did that very same afternoon. It came courtesy of Father Christmas (who was obviously watching me browse the Accessorize rails earlier in December) and I can’t get enough of it.
Love Ella. X
Ps) Not sure why my bedcover looks such a different shade of green in the last pic. I feel it might be something to do with my leaning over and casting a shadow over the area… After 2 and a half years blogging my photography skills have evidently not improved, sorry!