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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: Birthday Brat Take 22

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Birthday Brat

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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: Summer Leopard

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What: Leopard Jacquard dress: Whistles, Necklace: J.Crew, Shoes & Clutch: L.K. Bennett (all c/o)

Where: Johnnie Walker Yacht Cocktail Party

I suspect this isn’t the first time you’ve spotted a pic of me in this dress and I’m sure it wont be the last. Since the lovely folk at Whistles (where else!) sent it my way last September I’ve worn it to God knows how many parties, dinners and nights out. But despite the fact this leopard lovely has played such a crucial role in my after dark wardrobe, I’ve never actually featured it in an outfit post. So when I had to pick an ensemble for a particularly fabulous yacht party last week (more on that coming soon) it seemed like the perfect time to share it with you properly. What do you reckon?

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Monochrome Florals

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What: Monochrome Floral Playsuit: Whistles, Bag: Kurt Geiger, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Sandals: Preen for ALDO Rise (all c/o)

Where: Triumph VIP Dinner at The Gherkin, London.

I’m sure this will come as a huuuuuge shock to you all but generally speaking, I’m not big on monochrome. Don’t get me wrong, it looks chic as hell on certain understated style setters (and just about every woman in Paris) but my personal mantra is more along the lines of “the brighter the better”. Well, as is so often the case, one particular ensemble forced me to rethink. I’ve had this adorable Whistles playsuit for several years now and haven’t worn it much because I’m either too pasty, it’s jacket weather (no jackets work with this, trust me) or I can’t figure out how to accessorize the thing. Well then the weather hit 30 degrees, I acquired a tan and more importantly, got my hands on these insanely cool Preen for ALDO Rise two strap sandals. Suddenly it made sense. Monochrome floral playsuit + minimalist accessories = effortless dinner party ensemble. Or at least I hope so… What do you think?

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Candyland

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What: Blouse: Whistles, Shorts: Sister Jane (c/o), Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bag: Kate Spade New York (c/o), Shoes: Bobbies (c/o)

Where: Meetings in London.

Bad news guys, my winter weather whinging now extends to Summer too. Much as I adore the fact it’s not raining (something of a rarity in London) the whole 30 plus degrees in the city thing is starting to drive me insane. On the bright side, it does mean that I can finally give my high summer wardrobe a chance to see the light of day. This week I’ve trotted out every pair of short shorts, sunglasses and sleeveless blouse I own. This look is a particular favourite. Barely there fabrics and rather more flesh flashed than I usually would in town lower the risk of extreme overheating while broderie anglaise, candy colours and a Peter Pan collar stop the whole thing looking tarty… Or at least I hope so. At the risk of sounding one hundred years old, few things confuse/anger me than hotpants so microscopic that the wearers buttocks are on show. This look is really only acceptable if you’re a) a 19 year old Brazilian supermodel and b) on the beach, definitely not on Oxford Street at 9am on a Monday morning!

What do you reckon, is this look meeting appropriate or best kept for holidays?

Love Ella. X

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