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
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 Over the past few years I’ve bought several hideously expensive garments that have gone out of date before the tags even come off.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!
Oh Liberty, why must you continue tempting me to start wearing trainers?! I spent most of the summer desperately trying to resist the allure of their super adorable floral print Nike high tops and know they’ve gone and released another round of too-cute-for-the-gym styles! Generally speaking trainers, be they athletic or fashion variety, are something I avoid like the plague, so it’s a testament to the genious of Liberty that they manage to take my most-hated form of footwear (aside from Uggs boots obviously) and turn them into something I covet. A few months back I fell head-over-heels for Liberty X Nike’s ultra girly purple and yellow dunks but now Winter’s a’coming I’m rather taken with these blue hued beauties. The petrol suede panels ooze effortless luxe while the ‘Pepper’ print adds a deliciously playful touch.
Should I continue to resist or trade in my trusty stilettos for lace-up comfort?
Love Ella. X
Ps) The Air Force 1 Liberty X Nike Dunks are available online for £85, click here to buy them.
As you all know oh-so-well, I don’t do trainers. I don’t care if Isabel Marant made them and Gisele wore them. I don’t care if they’re leather, studded, Swarovski encrusted or made from solid gold, they’re just not my cup of tea. Or at least, they weren’t until Liberty London teamed up with Nike to create their sell-out floral confections. This sudden change of heart took many of my nearest and dearest by surprise and to some extent, I too wondered if I’d simply succumbed to the fact that wedge high tops were topping the wish lists of style setters worldwide. There’s also an arguement that if you covered anything in Liberty print I’d want it and after resisting the temptation to invest in Liberty and Nike’s first collaboration this Summer, I began to believe this to be the case. Well, now the match made in fashion heaven has returned for round 2 and I quite possibly love with their second batch even more. On paper, vintage look ditsy prints and sportswear are absolute style blasphemy but somehow I can’t help but feel these just work.
Liberty print high tops, fashion “do” or fashion “boo”, what do you reckon?
Ps) If you like ‘em and have cash to splash, they’re available for £95 online at Liberty.com but hop to it because they’re bound to sell out fast.
Lily and Lionel designer, Alice Stone, must have known something the rest of us didn’t as between receiving the invitation to her seaside themed soiree and the evening itself, the weather has gone from grim to glorious in a matter of days. Given that the event took place inside Liberty’s sumptuous scarf hall (natch) it wouldn’t actually have mattered if it had poured with rain but thanks to the sunshine my fellow guests and I were well and truly in the mood to celebrate.
The cause for celebration in question was the newly launched collaboration between accessory brand du jour, Lily and Lionel and award winning photographer, David Bebber. In honour of the occasion, Liberty had been transformed into a quintessentially British seaside scene complete with Punch and Judy puppet shows, beach huts and even a replica Blackpool pier. Adorable though they may have been, the nostalgic nibbles and retro sweets didn’t quite manage to counteract the effects of the lethally strong but oh-so-delicious gin cocktails and I definitely spotted a bleary eye or two. With Jo and Leah Wood, Meg Matthews and BFC Chairman Harold Tillman all in attendance, the event was a testament to the success of Lily and Lionel, now a firmly established fash pack favourite that certainly wont be disappearing anytime soon.
Love Ella. X