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3 Ways To Wear It: J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans

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

J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Starless, £189 at The Dressing Room, click here to buy

Casual

J Brand

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.

Preppy

J Brand

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.

After Dark

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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.

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Win a Parisian Holiday with Worldwide Wardrobe

Yep, this post title is no word of a lie. Travel Supermarket have decided to treat one lucky blogger to a fabulous trip to the French fashion capital in their first ever Worldwide Wardrobe competition. But that, my lovely readers, is not all. They will also be giving away holidays to Thailand, New York, London and Ibiza plus an outfit to wear when you get there. Unlike many competitions, this is not a question-and-answer-winner-picked-at-random situation. It’s a styling challenge people! In order to enter you need to choose a clubbing outfit for Ibiza, chic sightseeing ensemble for Paris, Carrie-worthy cocktail attire for New York, laid back shopping look for London, beach party picks for Thailand or, to be in with a chance of winning the lot, all of the above. Simple non? However there is a catch. Each outfit has to cost a total of £200 or less so hitting the Net-a-Porter holiday shop isn’t going to fly this time. This, my fashion loving friends, is an exercise in stylenomics. As this is a competition for bloggers, the folk at Travel Supermarket decided that it should also be judged by bloggers and asked me to choose which stylish so-and-so wins le petite vacance à Paris. Unfortunately (for me) this means I can’t enter but if I could, these are the outfits I’d pick…

Clubbing in Ibiza

worldwide wardrobe

1) Topshop Acid Leaf Cut Out Sundress, £42, click here to buy
2) Miss Selfridge Bug Stone Studs, £6.50, click here to buy
3) ASOS Piccolo Perspex Wedges, £40, click here to buy
4) ASOS Parshall Box Clutch, £35, click here to buy
5) Topshop Bright Stone Bracelet, £18.50, click here to buy

If there’s any occasion on which you can go mad with flouro hues it’s clubbing in Ibiza. Admittedly there is a LOT of very bright colour going on here and I probably wouldn’t wear this ensemble back home in London but when cutting loose on the notorious party island, I feel it’s allowed mandatory to try something a little wilder.

Sightseeing in Paris

worldwide wardrobe

1) Topshop MOTO Blue Denim Pini Dress, £38, click here to buy
2) Petit Bateau Breton Stripe T-Shirt, £45, click here to buy
3) ASOS Pointed Ballet Flats, £18, click here to buy
4) Topshop Pushlock Cross Body Bag, £35, click here to buy
5) ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses, £10, click here to buy

You can always recognize les petites anglaises in Paris for the simple reason that they will be the only people wearing Breton striped shirts. Much as I love the idea that Parisiennes spend their days mincing around in Audrey Hepburn esque Capri cropped jeans and striped tees, experience has taught me that in fact most of the young, hip residents of les Marais favour Isabel Marant trainers over French Sole ballet pumps. But does that stop me bringing out the Bretons whenever I visit? Does it hell! This outfit would pretty much obliterate any chance you had at being mistaken for a native but it’s so adorable I find it hard to care.

Cocktails in New York

Worldwide Wardrobe

1) Topshop Necklace Beaded Shift Dress, £45, click here to buy
2) ASOS Metallic Pointed High Heels, £45, click here to buy
3) ASOS Summer Doorknocker Earrings, £15, click here to buy
4) Miss Selfridge Multi Stone Ring, £8.50, click here to buy
5) ASOS Floral Beaded Clutch Bag, £40, click here to buy

As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve recently found myself strangely attracted to neon. My view on all things fluoro is that it’s best to steer clear of anything unstructured unless of course, you want to look like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. This sweet shift dress might be a similar shade to those tabards cyclists wear at night but the embellished neckline, clean cut and OTM holographic accessories keep it strictly fashion focused.

Shopping in London

Worldwide Wardrobe

1) Miss Selfridge Embroidered Denim Shirt, £32, click here to buy
2) Topshop Pink Jacquard Mini Skirt, £34, click here to buy
3) ASOS Monogram Leather Loafers, £45, click here to buy
4) ASOS Gem Drop Earrings, £8, click here to buy
5) ASOS Black Round Sunglasses, £10, click here to buy
6) ASOS Scotty Dog Bowler Bag, £35, click here to buy

When choosing a “casual shopping look” for London my first thought was boyfriend jeans and Converse. I then decided that was just too dull for words and opted for a fluoro floral mini, denim shirt and tassled loafers instead. Comfortable can still be colourful, non?

Beach Party in Thailand

Worldwide Wardrobe1) Topshop Lilac Crystal Tie-Die Bikini, £30, click here to buy
2) ASOS Round Glitter Sunglasses, £12, click here to buy
3) Miss Selfridge Snow Wash High Waist Shorts, £30, click here to buy
4) ASOS Fete Flat Sandals, £28, click here to buy
5) Whistles Rivington Pouch, £75, click here to buy

I’m never made the gap yah pilgrimage to Phuket so wasn’t entirely sure of the dress code at beach parties in Thailand. Having consulted friends who did go, the general response was “not much” but no one could remember much more than that. With this in mind I picked a particularly fabulous bikini and the kind of denim shorts that can be left crumpled on a hostel floor for ten days and not show it.

Feeling inspired to give it a go yourself? Here’s how to enter…

Step One – Publish a Worldwide Wardrobe post on your blog including an outfit and accessories for the five different destinations, explaining why you chose each look. You can enter just one of the categories to be in with a chance of winning a holiday to that destination or enter an outfit for all five categories to be in the running to win all five holidays.

Step Two – Make sure you mention our competition page within your post so your fellow bloggers will know how to enter – www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/worldwide-wardrobe/

Step Three – Nominate 5 fellow bloggers that you think will be up for the challenge and let them know via Facebook or Twitter (#worldwidewardrobe)

Step Four – Let Travel Supermarket know you’ve entered by:

Emailing worldwidewardrobe@travelsupermarket.com  with a link to your post

Tweeting @travelsupermkt with the hashtag #worldwidewardrobe and a link to your post.

Or, tagging the TravelSupermarket.com Facebook page in a post linking to the blog post that you are entering.

Entries close on June 5th… Good luck!

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Hard Working

hard working

hard working

hard working

What: Coat: A.P.C, Jumper: Boutique by Jaeger, Shorts & Shirts: Whistles, Loafers: Russel & Bromley, Bag: Anya Hindmarch, Beret: American Apparel

Where: Meetings and Appointments in London.

First off, I must admit that this post title doesn’t refer to what I got up to while wearing this outfit. Yesterday was definitely not what you’d call a “hard working” Monday. Busy, yes. Stressful, at times. But that stress was mainly just panicking over being too pasty for an Temperley dress now taking pride of place in my wardrobe and later on, smudging my nail polish. This week kicked off with a trip to Temperley London’s Mayfair HQ to choose something fabulous for a very special event I’m supremely over excited about attending next week. After having a rather embarrassing mini meltdown over nothing “looking right” (brat alert!) I finally fell for an exquisite cocktail number in oyster silk jacquard. Sadly it has to be returned to it’s rightful owners sooner than seems fair but until then, I’m much enjoying just looking at it. After a couple of midday meetings at the Liberty London cafe (high risk meeting spot due to it’s proximity to oodles of Carven and Christopher Kane) I headed in the direction of Chelsea for the afternoon’s “work” engagement… A mani pedi at Bliss Spa which will be the subject of my next grooming review. By the end of the day I felt a bit spoilt and ridiculous, in the very best possible way. Getting back to my original point, the reason I decided to dub this Look Du Jour “hard working” is because of the pieces themselves. From my trusty A.P.C peacoat (AW10) to my camel Whistles shorts (SS11), on a cost-per-wear basis these babies have all paid for themselves many times over. Summer, winter, London, New York, Paris… A garment that works all of the above is worth its weight in gold and certainly worth dry cleaning and re-lining a stupidly expensive number of times. As for the Anya Hindmarch tote, I picked up that beauty at a second hand designer shop in Notting Hill a couple of years ago. Considering it had a whole other life before entering my wardrobe and the amount I’ve used it since, this bag deserves a lifetime achievement award! As of sometime last week I’ve decided to make only – or at least mainly – these kind of chic yet sensible, wear-forever buys. And re my extravagant Monday, it was definitely a one off, this afternoon will been spent slogging away in the library.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: New Shoes On

new shoes on

new shoes on

new shoes on

new shoes on

What: Shoes: Oliver Sweeney (c/o), Coat & Shirt: Whistles, Skirt: American Apparel Jumper: Massimo Dutti, Hat: Topshop, Bag: Radley

Where: Press days in London.

I promise I’ll stop banging on about the weather soon (I’m a Brit, moaning about rain is in my DNA) but how ridiculous is it to be wearing this outfit in almost April!? Bobbly wool hat, sheepskin collared duffel coat, thick corduroy… All lovely things but best suited, sartorially speaking, to autumn. This weekend I’ve gone to my parents’ house in Sussex for Easter and decided to make the big, new season wardrobe swap-over. When I return to London next week my winter coats, chunky knits and thermal tights will not be coming with me. Instead it’s going to be pastel blouses, floral prints, cropped cigarette pants and potential hypothermia. The only good thing about having to wrap up last week was how brilliantly this cold weather resistant (ish) ensemble went with my new Oliver Sweeney brogues. I have a feeling that these babies are going to prove invaluable as they look great with autumnal hues and I plan on pairing them with bare legs and pop socks if/when we ever get any sunshine.

Love Ella. X

Ps) Happy Easter!

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Weekly Wish List: 29/03/2013

wish list

 

1) REISS 1971 Ice Blue Crewneck Jumper, £179, click here to buy
2) J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Neon Coral, £200, click here to buy
3) Folk light grey Steph boots, £315, click here to buy
4) McQ Pink Razor Blade Scarf, £135, click here to buy
5) LInda Farrow for Charlotte Olympia Feather Sunglasses, £135, click here to buy
6) Whistles Safari Leopard Print Parka, £125, click here to buy
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross Body Bag, £260, click here to buy
8) Charlotte Olympia Miranda Silk Twll & Bamboo Sandals, £545, click here to buy
9) Carven Front Pleat Skirt, £260, click here to buy
10) Carven Textured Double Breasted Jacket, £420, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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