Images by Lea Salomon
What: Playsuit: Warehouse (c/o), Blazer: Whistles, Shoes: Isabel Marant, Ring & Clutch: Swarovski (c/o), Lipstick: Laura Mercier.
Where: Warehouse Summer Party, Hoxton.
Apologies for the truly rubbish post title. I spent the best part of forty five minutes racking my brains for ideas as to what to call this look and having vetoed “twinkle twinkle” and “summer sparkle” for being lame beyond belief, poaching a lyric from Rihanna seemed like my best bet. Plus, while I wasn’t actually diamond clad, you can’t deny my ensemble involved a fair bit of bling. On Wednesday, high street fashion giant Warehouse decided to toast the arrival of Summer (my fellow Londoners will no doubt be scoffing into their English Breakfast tea right now… it’s been freezing) with an extravagant bash in Hoxton. They kindly invited me to pick out an outfit for the occasion and naturally I opted for the sparkliest little number they had. Paired with an equally shimmery Swarovski clutch and cocktail ring, a black Whistles blazer and my trusty Isabel Marants it was perhaps not the most East London appropriate outfit ever. But I did feel pretty glam.
Love Ella. X
1) Carven Double Crepe Jacket, £440, click here to buy
2) Carven Double Crepe Skirt, £260, click here to buy
3) Nicholas Kirkwood Elaphe & Patent Leather Sandals, £665, click here to buy
4) Mulberry Lily Textured Shoulder Bag, £695, click here to buy
5) REISS Leia Pleat Detail Dress, £195, click here to buy
6) Anne Bowes Jewellery Vintage Coral & Bud Necklace, £120, click here to buy
7) Mulberry T-Bar Pumps, £495, click here to buy
8) Repetto BB Patent Ballet Flats, £190, click here to buy
9) Isabel Marant Etoile Deacon Skinny Jeans, £210, click here to buy
10) Whistles “Feminin” Sweatshirt, £65, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
What: Leopard print sweater: Whistles, Jacket: Vintage, Jeans: J Brand, Pumps: French Sole, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: Alberta Ferretti for Cutler and Gross (c/o)
Where: Meetings in London.
I bought this sweater from Whistles a couple of months ago (it’s most likely gone into the mid season sale since, annoying) and was then unable to wear it thanks to the fact it snowed… In March. Now the sun is out you can bet your pastel pop socks I’m wearing it every chance I get. Once such chance arose yesterday when a jam packed day of meetings called for something chic while distinctly drizzly weather would have made bare legs a very bad call indeed. You all know more about my obsession with the colour green than anyone should have to but recently I’ve been having a bit of a flirtation with blue. After noticing the blue-ish tones in this leopard print lovely I couldn’t help but go to town with all things moody, pairing it with my beloved summer J Brand’s, very well worn French Sole pumps (seriously, these babies deserve a medal) and an ancient denim jacket I pinched from my mum a couple of years ago. Who said tonal blocking was over? Not me, that’s for sure.
Love Ella. X
Is anyone else as #OBSESSED with matching things as me? I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for co-ords and luckily for me there are a lot of them around this season. Here are a few of the super chic separates sets I’m currently coveting… In fact, I actually picked up the REISS skirt suit just this week.
1) Erdem Karina Venice Lace Collar T-Shirt, £320, click here to buy
2) Erdem Emi Venice Print Shorts, £390, click here to buy
3) Madeleine Thompson Baltimore Colour Block Cashmere T-Shirt, £340, click here to buy
4) Madeleine Thompson Cashmere Micro Shorts, £185, click here to buy
5) Whistles Victoria Floral Top, £95, click here to buy
6) Whistles Victoria Floral Skirt, £110, click here to buy
7) REISS Jasminda Jacket, £179, click here to buy
8) REISS Nice Short Puff Skirt, £95, click here to buy
9) Whistles Chi Chi Block Heel Sandal, £155, click here to buy
10) Sophie Hulme Envelope Bag, £345, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
I was absolutely thrilled by the positive response I got to the return of “3 Ways To Wear It” the other week. As a blogger, the posts you enjoy writing and those your readers enjoy reading are not always the same so it was great to hear that you lovely lot are happy to indulge my passion for dressing up. This time around I got my style on with a perennial wardrobe staple, classic blue skinny jeans. It is a fact universally acknowledged that one can never, ever own too many pairs of jeans. I used to be something of a denim-o-phobe gradually I began to embrace this most versatile of garments and now, I’m obsessed. Much as I adore a bit of directional denim, when it comes to effortless chic you can’t beat a simple pair of true blue skinnies. And skinny jeans don’t get much chicer than J Brand 811′s.
J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Starless, £189 at The Dressing Room, click here to buy
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are few things more stylish than a simple Breton striped tee. Add classic blue jeans and ballet pumps into the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for easy elegance. On this occasion I opted for a Whistles t-shirt (obv), French Sole flats and my beloved Mulberry Tillie tote. The beauty of this kind of look is that it works every season and can be spiced up with different coloured pumps and variations of stripe, cost-per-wear magic.
As my dealings with McQ’s badass leather skirt taught me (click here for a reminder), with the right accessories you can make just about anything preppy. That said, I found it rather easier to give the J Brand 811 skinny jeans a Blair Waldorf twist. I’d say that the key components of preppy style are loafers, collars and matching things. I decided to push the prep-factor to the max by incorporating all three… And then adding a hairband.
When the sun goes down I reach for a skirt or dress rather than jeans. I don’t really know why this is because whenever I do decide to don my skinnies for a night on the town it makes me feel instantly more sophisticated. There’s something rather empowering about wearing trousers for cocktail hour, don’t you think? Anyway, given my J Brand’s understated shade and the fact that it’s technically Spring I decided to make things a bit more playful by pairing them with a peppermint peplum top, killer Kurt Geiger stilettos and pretty pastel accessories.
Personally I adore all three of these ensembles and will definitely be wearing them on a regular basis over the next few months! Which one is your fave?
Love Ella. X
Ps) Until the end of April, there are various fabulous goings on at The Dressing Room in celebration of Denim Dedication Month. Click here to find out more.