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With the twittersphere as my witness, I swore that under no circumstances would I be posting anything AW13 related until at least July. Given that we’ve barely dispensed of last Winter’s layers here in London, the idea of getting back into anything autumnal doesn’t exactly appeal. Or at least it didn’t until Miu Miu went and seduced me with their latest array of insanely covetable accessories. Designed for fall but – and this is the crucial “but” that convinced me to post them - available now or over the coming month. Ok, full disclosure, I would have posted these bad boys even if they weren’t hitting the stores for another decade, they’re so goddamn gorgeous I couldn’t not.

The Shopping Bag, Miu Miu style…

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Classic Derby Shoes with a shiny twist…

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The Two Toned Madras Bag… Which shade is your fave?

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Miu Miu’s classic Kitten Heel Pumps get a new look for the new season…

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Structured shoppers in dusty hues, boyish brogues with shiny silver toes, pointy patent pumps with decorative bows, impractically teeny tiny two tone shoulder bags with adorable chain detail straps… This is the stuff my most fabulous fashion fantasies are made of. Pretty please Miuccia Prada, will you adopt me?

Love Ella. X

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SS13 Handbag Hot List: Designer Edit

Now this post has been a while in the making, three months to be exact. I thought it might be slightly premature to start thinking about new season styles when they first started arriving back in January but by late February/early March – AKA the official start of Spring/Summer – fashion week madness had taken over and spending an hour or so writing about handbags just wasn’t on the cards. While SS13 doesn’t look like it’s planning on making an appearence in London anytime soon (bitter, moi?) if there’s one area of our wardrobe we can keep in time with the fashion calendar without risking hypothermia it’s our accessories. So, without further ado, here’s my pick of this season’s hottest handbags…

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Mulberry Willow Tote in Mint Classic Calf, £1500, click here to buy

It’s mint green, it’s Mulberry, how could I NOT be in love with this bag!? To be honest I’m more than mildly obsessed with their entire SS13 collection thanks to Emma Hill’s plentiful application of mint green, broderie anglaise and some particularly inspired gecko print. This bag ticks every box for me. So delectable I want to swallow it whole and it’s roomy enough to fit camera, iPad, magazines and various British summer essentials (i.e umbrella, suncream, sunglasses and a scarf).

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3.1 Phillip Lim Blush Snakeskin Mini Pashli Satchel, £755, click here to buy

I don’t need to tell you my feelings about the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel. In a recent interview I may have admitted that one of my life ambitions is to own one in every colour. Despite that statement making me sound like an idiot, I stand by it. This understatedly luxe blush snakeskin mini version has sole out practically everywhere, ergo I now want it even more.

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Marni Polkdot Bags. Left £725, Right £660 click here to buy

Marni is one of the few brands that simultaneously manages to do tongue-in-cheek quirk and pared down elegance. I’m not sure quite how this is even possible but Consuela Castiglioni manages it with a canny combination of cleaner than clean lines and playful polkadots… I’m sold.

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Louis Vuitton Alma BB Monogram Bag, £900, click here to buy

Generally speaking, I’m a big bag kinda girl. Or at least I thought I was until Louis Vuitton released their “mini” collection. It’s pink, it’s shiny, it’s adorable beyond belief and I want it a LOT.

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Burberry Blaze Bag in Metallic Snakeskin & Vinyl, £1795, click here to buy

One of Burberry’s most fantastic and no doubt highly profitable qualities is the inherent practicality of their products. Then again, it’s also a high fashion brand and fashion folk have a well known weakness for things that are deeply impractical and unashamedly in-your-face. This bag is both and that’s precisely why I love it. Possibly not as useful as a trusy trench coat but my, isn’t it shiny?

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Sophie Hulme Black Leather Satchel, £500, click here to buy

As those of you who haven’t spent the past few seasons living under a rock (or somewhere without deparment stores on a internet connection) will definitely know, Sophe Hulme is one of the hottest young design talents in London right now. Sophie scooped up the Accessory Designer of the Year prize at the British Fashion Awards last autumn and her latest array of utilitarian yet playful bags are surely proof that the best is yet to come.

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Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Satchel in Bluebell, £795, click here to buy

Rarely do I not crave pretty much everything Anya Hindmarch designs and this seasons Pomp and Pleasure collection was no exception. I absolutely adored suing their Maxi Zip satchel in bluebell during Fashion Week last month and very nearly cried when I had to return it to its rightful owners. Friends and family if you’re reading, my birthday is June 19th…

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Smythson Eliot Large Tote, £1395, click here to buy

Oh Smythson, you do know how to tempt me. Not only does the Brit brand deliver most exquisite (and unfeasibly expensive) stationary, over the past couple of seasons they’ve seriously upped their handbag offering. Case in point, the elegant Eliot tote which currently features highly on my wish list.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Burg Boxer Medium Zipped Bag, £375, click here to buy

My first EVER designer handbag was from Marc by Marc Jacobs and I’ve used it pretty consitently since I got it for my 19th birthday almost 3 years ago now. I think it’s safe to say that Marc is a genius and everything he touches, including the latest accessories for his mainline’s super sweet little sister brand, turn to sartorial gold.

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Miu Miu Craquele Tote, £870, click here to buy

Given my current state of largely entirely self inflicted brokeness the likelihood of me ever owning a Miu Miu handbag (or any of the bags on this list for that matter) grows slimmer by the day. Obviously that doesn’t stop me coveting their girlishly playful yet exquisitely chic styles.

Personally I can’t play favourites with these beautiful bags. I want, no I NEED them all! Which one would you pick?

Love Ella. X

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First Weekly Wish List of SS13!

SS13 may or may not have actually arrived in London and I’ve heard a few rumours of snow this weekend. But it’s MARCH and I’ll be damned if I’m going to purchase one more bloody bobble hat…

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1) Reiss oversized Josh Shirt, £95, click here to buy
2) Reiss Siusi printed frill skirt, £95, click here to buy
3) Chloe Susanna boots, £795, click here to buy
4) Alexander Wang Emilie tote, £813, click here to buy
5) Whistles orchid print silk bomber jacket, £155, click here to buy
6) Diane Von Furstenberg Tonda Printed Hexagon Clutch, £280, click here to buy
7) Anne Bowes Jewellery Turqouise & Green drop cluster necklace, £120, click here to buy
8) Miu Miu degrade sequinned slippers, £515, click here to buy
9) J Brand 901 skinny jeans, £230, click here to buy
10) Michael van der Ham silk & metallic boucle top, £349, click here to buy


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Valentines Wish List 2013

Two weeks to go until Valentines Day and shops, restaurants and bars everywhere are no doubt eagerly awaiting, or already enjoying, the clink of their tills growing ever fuller. This makes me sound like I’m one of those ultra cynical types who refuse to partake in any sort of V Day celebrations on the grounds that it’s a purely commercial holiday which I’m really not. I’m not an idiot, I’m fully aware that  February 14th is a perfect excuse for retailers and restauranteurs to cash in on those of us with more romantic natures. But, my fashion loving friends, it’s also an excuse to demand an extravagant and entirely undeserved present from that special someone or, just buy one for yourself! Here are a few of my valentines wishes this year, let’s hope the bf’s feeling generous…


1) Banjo & Matilda Heart Cashmere Sweater, £265, click here to buy
2) Miu Miu Cropped Cady Pants, £340, click here to buy
3) 3.1 Phillip Lim Devon D’Orsay Snakeskin Pumps, £355, click here to buy
4) Mulberry Valentines Alexa Bag, £955, click here to buy
5) La Perla Shanghai San Satin & Tulle Briefs, £115, click here to buy
6) La Perla Shanghai San Satin Blend Chemise, £355, click here to buy
7) Anne Bowes Jewellery Vintage Blue Heart Necklace, £200, click here to buy
8) Smythson “Everyday I Love You” Wafer Notepad, £35, click here to buy
9) Marc by Marc Jacobs Lips Makeup Bag, £75, click here to buy
10) Charlotte Olympia Love Me Heart Applique Pumps, £990, click here to buy
11) Anya Hindmarch Studded Heart Zip Top Pouch, £350, click here to buy
12) RED Valentino Crystal Flower Applique Dress, £599, click here to buy

Love Ella. X


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Weekly Wish List: 18/01/2013

wish list

1) Markus Lupfer Sequin Lips Sweater, £283, click here to buy
2) Paige Denim Pipeline Skinny Jeans, £220, click here to buy
3) Miu Miu Crystal Embellished Grosgrain Slippers, £430, click here to buy
4) Proenza Schouler Envelope Clutch, £665, click here to buy
5) Giles Dopio Crepe Coat was £1248, now £624, click here to buy
6) Alexander Wang Prisma Croc Effect Leather iPad Case, £352, click here to buy
7) Anya Hindmarch Soft Ebury, £995, click here to buy
8) Jimmy Choo Abel Patent Leather Pumps, £335, click here to buy
9) McQ Alexander McQueen Military Angled Pocket Pencil Skirt, £260, click here to buy
10) Equipment Classic Silk Shirt, £225, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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