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Look Du Jour: Putting The Pastels Away

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What: Madras Shirt: Gant, Jeans: DL1961, Flatform Loafers: Hush Puppies (all c/o), Bag: Whistles

Where: Lunch in Notting Hill

Firstly, I promise this is my final SS13 related outfit post. From now on it’s going to be bye bye pastels, hello PVC and other assorted AW13 fare. Aside from all things pink – if you’ve so much as glanced at the September issues you’ll know what I’m talking about – I’m packing the sugary shades away. And let’s be honest, it’s high time I did. Another month of Summer and I’d be in grave danger of actually morphing into a human ice cream. But enough about my pastel fixation and on to some rather (understatement of the century impending) exciting news. This season I’ll be bringing you daily diaries from New York (where I just-so-happen to be right now), London and PARIS fashion weeks!! Yes that’s right, I’m returning to the land where it all began for the most stylish bi- annual bonanza of the year. Sadly I’m only going to be there for the last four days, my uni terms starts immediately after and I really should do something to the dreaded thesis before then. Also as “self funding” international fashion week-er I’m crashing on a friend’s sofa and fear we may no longer be such good friends if my clothes take over her apartment for almost a fortnight. But of course, the last few days of PFW are when the big guns come out so stay tuned into October for reports on Chloé, Valentino and more!

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Fifties Florals

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What: Fifties floral skirt & Broderie Anglaise shirt: French Connection, Sandals: Gap, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Alberta Ferretti for Cutler and Gross (all c/o) Ring: Monica Vinader

Where: Meetings in London

I know I’ve been saying this for a while now but Summer is basically finito. Obviously in fashion terms it was over aaaaages ago (Pre Fall went into stores in May!!) but during those all too brief heatwave weeks in July the last thing even the most finger-on-the-pulse fashion fanatic wanted to think about was Autumn. With barely a fortnight to go until September there’s no ignoring it anymore but while I’m pretty damn excited about slipping into some new season threads I’m equally determined to give my Summer wardrobe won last workout before I pack it all away for God-knows-how-many months. First up, this fab floral French Connection number. Since the age of about thirteen I’ve been a shameless mini skirt devotee. Maybe it’s something to do with not being quite as tall as I’d like to be. Maybe it’s my inner fashion dictator screaming “legs or cleavage never both,” the latter not being an option, who knows. Anyway, at the grand old age of 22 I’ve finally summoned up the sartorial courage to experiment with longer hemlines and have decided I love them! Whether it’s a slinky pencil style like my beloved Peter Pilotto investment or a full skirted, fifties inspired situation like this, there’s something about covering up that makes you feel all grown up. Plus swooshy skirts are fun to play with.

What’s your take on the hemline debate? Would you ever go all out and rock a maxi?

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Perfect Day

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What: Dress: Kate Spade New York, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Bag: Michael Kors, Pumps: French Sole (all c/o) Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bracelet & Ring: Monica Vinader

Where: Shopping, lunching & other cultural activities in London… In other words, a perfect day.

This is the kind of look that would make Phoebe Philo run away screaming, should I have happened to bump into her in Hammersmith Starbucks (unlikely) last Thursday morning. It would be understandable, there is a hell of a lot going on here. But as someone with an irresistible attraction all things über girly, an outfit like this makes me want to hop, skip and jump for joy. Borderline offensive colour clashing? Check! Floral print? Check! Enough pink to give Barbie a headache? Check, check and check! Admittedly the Karen Walker Candy Bar sunglasses may have been overkill, better paired with slouchy skinny jeans and a grey marl tee, but I was so excited to take them for their first outing I couldn’t resist. I’ve had this Kate Spade dress in my wardrobe all Summer and despite spending at least five minutes per day looking lovingly at it, have never found quite the right occasion to actually wear it. With SS13 basically O-V-E-R I decided to take the plunge and felt every in the Park Avenue princess, it’ll definitely be coming with my to New York Fashion Week next month. Adding to the general joyousness of things was the fact I donned this eye popping ensemble for my favourite kind of day, lunching, shopping and catching a few, ok one, exhibition with my mum. Whenever we set off on this kind of outing it’s always with a plan to visit/achieve/buy an endless list of things but end up just wandering around chatting and coming home with one or two totally random purchases. That, my friends, is what makes it a perfect day.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Birthday Brat Take 22

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What: Dress: Whistles “Ella” dress, Bag: Alberta Ferretti, Ring: Swarovski, Shoes: Kurt Geiger “Ella” shoes, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery “Ella” necklace (all c/o)

Where: 22nd Birthday drinks at Archer Street, Soho.

Picking up where we left off with this mornings behind-the-scenes post, after spending last Friday primping, preening and posing for my Company Magazine shoot, my day hit new levels of awesome when the sun went down. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no doubt many more times before I get so ancient and saggy that dancing on tables in a cocktail dress no longer holds any appeal, I am a shameless birthday brat. It may only come around once a year but I always insist on holding numerous fêtes d’anniversaire. This year’s second (and hopefully not final) celebration was held on July 19th, exactly one month after my 22nd birthday and approximately three hours after wrapping up the Company shoot. I gathered my nearest and dearest at Soho cocktail bar, Archer Street, and decided to unleash my inner narcissist by donning not one, not two, but THREE items of clothing named “Ella” for the occasion. I strongly suspect/totally know that only one of the pieces (the necklace) was actually named after yours truly but hey, a girl can dream.

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Goofing Off

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Look Du Jour goofing off

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Look Du Jour goofing off

What: Jeans: J Brand Major exclusive to Donna Ida (c/o), Shirt: Boutique by Jaeger, Pumps: French Sole (c/o), Sunglasses: Topshop, Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors (c/o)

Where: Family lunch in the country

Why the ridiculous Look Du Jour title I hear you ask? Well, a number of reasons. Firstly there’s something about a pair of glittery, round sunglasses that makes you, or at least me, feel goofy. Secondly I think “goofy” is a grossly under used word and have started a one man campaign o bring it back (I’ll let you know how that goes). Thirdly, I went down to my parents house in Sussex this morning with a plan to have lunch with family friends then crack on with a seriously productive afternoon of thesis research and getting through the tedious tasks I have to complete before moving flats next week. Then I made the crucial mistake of getting my brother to take these photos. We have a tendency to regress to the (combined) mental age of about 12 when we’re together for more than about five minutes so next thing I knew, we’d been lolling at YouTube videos for a good two hours and none of the things on my ever growing “to do” list had happened.

Aside from my total inability to resist the allure of watching Ryan Gosling refuse to eat his cereal for the millionth time, I do in fact have something exciting to share with you today… a competition to win a pair of J Brand jeans! Donna Ida has teamed up with J Brand (dreamy denim union or what?) to give away one pair of their exclusive Major style, as modelled by moi above. All you have to do to enter is follow @donnaidadenim and @JbrandJeans on twitter and then tweet them with the hashtag #jbrandfordonnaida… Couldn’t be easier!

Love Ella. X

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