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LPA Loves: Tara Jarmon

Tara Jarmon

For the past few months I haven’t been able to make it down Bond Street (dahhhling) without stopping at Tara Jarmon. Generally speaking I’m careering along as fast as my impractically shod feet will carry me, late for one thing or another, so I’ve not yet been able to go in for a proper browse. But that, my fashion loving friends, will all be changing pretty soon. Tara J might just be my new style obsession.

Tara Jarmon

How I’ve only just found out about this brand is conclusive proof that I really don’t know as much as I like to think I do. With its penchant for ice cream hues, ladylike silhouettes and pie crust collars beyond a Park Avenue Princess’ preppiest dreams, Tara Jarmon could not physically BE any more up my sartorial street. The Canadian born, Paris dwelling designer launched her label with the aim of offering a contemporary take on Audrey Hepburn elegance and boy, does she deliver. Cinched waists, crisp shirting and cute capri pants exude pulled together polish while barely there city shorts and adorable detailing add an element of flirtatious fun. One of my favourite pieces from the SS13 collection has to be this divine pastel green number (above). I’d pair it with my embellished L.K.Bennett pumps and ice blue Alberta Ferretti clutch for a deliciously girly daytime look. Arch minimalists and tomboys, I’m afraid Tara’s creations may not your thing. But if, like me, you feel no wardrobe is complete without a hefty dose of pink then form an orderly queue.

You can shop Tara Jarmon online at John Lewis and My-Wardrobe

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LPA Loves: Lily and Lionel Flamingo Print

lily and lionel

After fashion week I told myself that between then and the end of term I would ignore even the juiciest of press releases in an attempt to meet my uni deadlines. Well, as you may have guessed that didn’t happen. I tried to restart the initiative again as of last weekend but then I spotted a snap of the latest Lily and Lionel arrivals and they were so covetable I decided it would be ridiculous not to post them. My love for obsession with the Lily and Lionel designer, Alice Stone’s scarves is no secret. Over the past year I’ve featured in two of the brand’s lookbooks (yay) and managed to amass a small collection of their super chic summer stunners but as with all fashion related items, one, two or even four is never enough.

lily and lionel

Lily and Lionel Marcy Scarf, £140, click HERE to buy

The second I layed eyes on this flamingo print stunner it rocketed straight to the top of my ever-growing SS13 wish list. How perfect would it be for those mid week mornings-after-the-night-before where you need to look polished but can’t summon up the energy to put on anything other than jeans and a t-shirt? Or just displaying around the house like the exquisite creation it is.

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LPA Loves: Print Denim

I know I talk about this a lot and really should have gotten over it by now but isn’t it SO frustrating that the weather refuses to comply with the fashion seasons? The fash mags are bursting with pastels, florals, lightweight jackets and even a bit of broderie anglaise but much to my endless irritation it’s still too bloody cold to wear any of it! There is, however, one solution. Well actually there are two. The first is just to be seriously brave/foolish and just wear it all now, regardless of whether the result might be hypothermia. The second, rather more feasible option is to channel the new season vibe while not risking hypothermia… How? Print denim. Until last year I wasn’t all that in to denim due to my deep seated and entirely misguided belief that skirts were chicer, sexier and generally more glamourous. But all of that changed thanks to a pair of pastel blue J Brands which I wore to parties, press days, meetings, hot dates, picnics and basically every other conceivable occasion. Since then I’ve experimented with lengths, washes, leather finishes and eye-popping hues but this season I’m going to be all about print denim. Not only is it a failsafe way to update your wardrobe but, as I noted at the press days way back last autumn, SS13 brings with is some truly awesome styles. Here are a few I’m currently coveting…

print denim

print denim1) Michael Michael Kors Palm Print Skinny Jeans, £150, click here to buy
2) Isabel Marant Etoile Deacon Low Rise Skinny Jeans, £210, click here to buy
3) Christopher Kane X J Brand Floral Print Skinny Jeans, £475, click here to buy
4) Current/Elliott Dusty Olive Leopard Skinny Jeans, £190, click here to buy
5) A.P.C Leopard Biker Jeans, £155, click here to buy
6) House of Holland Purple Stripes Jeans, £150, click here to buy
7) Just Cavalli Alligator Print Jeans, £195, click here to buy
8) Elin Kling X Guess by Marciano Aztec Print Jeans, £230, click here to buy

I know some of these jeans are pretty “out there” but just work with me on this one. Imagine them dressed down with a plain white tee or pattern clashed with a bold print shirt, either way it’s FROW worthy!

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LPA Loves: Stationery

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…

stationery

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

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LPA Loves: Trans-seasonal Leather

Is it just me or is leather THE ultimate trans-seasonal fabric? Even in London it’s occasionally to sweaty to wear it in Summer and during the cold Winter months leather isn’t as insulating as one might think because it’s exceedingly difficult to layer. Despite my penchant for all things preppy and floral-related, I’m extremely partial to a bit of leather and the fact that it’s been a perma-trend for about six seasons now makes me very happy indeed. So far I’m the proud owner of a leather skirt, shorts, one leather collared top, a leather jacket and about a zillion leather handbags and pairs of boots. This season I’m hoping to branch out into tees, dresses and trousers, ideally in unusual colours! Here are a few of the pieces I’m eyeing up at the moment…

leather

1) Whistles Navy Peplum Top, £250, click here to buy
2) Cedric Charlier Pink Skirt, £190, click here to buy
3) Miu Miu Cut-Out Collar Red Dress, £1740, click here to buy
4) Theory Green Biker Jacket, £770, click here to buy
5) L’Agence French Trousers, £855, click here to buy

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