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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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SS13 Handbag Hot List: High Street Edit

Much as I’d love to be the kind of lucky so-and-so who can treat herself to Mulberry whenever the mood strikes, I’m not, and I suspect not all of you are either. Thankfully there are still a lot of lovely handbag styles around that don’t cost the equivalent of a small car or skiing holiday. Here are a few of my SS13 faves…

SS13 handbags high street

 

Whistles Wooster Tote, £150, click here to buy

It’s big, it’s mint green, it’s Whistles… Obviously I love it. You’re all no doubt painfull aware of my bordering on worrying obsession with the Brit brand run by fashion mastermind (and major life/career/wardrobe idol) Jane Shepardson. Whistles’ clothes been a permanent fixture on my wish lists since I started this blog but for SS13 their handbag offering is better than ever before. This modern mint tote is currently making my heart skip a beat and my bank balance quake.

SS13 handbag high street

 

Janet Drawstring Bucket Bag by Vince Camuto at Kurt Geiger, £115, click here to buy

Kurt Geiger is another of my fave high street labels to have really pulled out all the stops with their accessories this season. For SS13 bucket bags have make a seriously sleek comeback and this luxe lovely is just about perfection.

SS13 handbag high street

 

Topshop pushlock cross body bag, £35, click here to buy

I think it’s safe to say that I have a bit of a “thing” about green. Ever since my teenage Pony Club days when I decked out my pony in emerald shades I’ve been powerless to resist the colour in any of it’s incarnations. This Topshop treat is both roomy enough to fit lots of stuff and structured, therefore avoiding my pet peeve, bag sag.

SS13 handbag high street

 

Cambridge Satchel Company 11″ Lilac Satchel, £105, click here to buy

Every single Spring I indulge in a love affair with pastels. Lemon, spearmint, soft blush, powder blue… You name it, I’ve worn it and am probably digging it out of my wardrobe as we speak in the hope that it ever stops raining. For SS13 I’m particularly loving lilac and this satchel adds to the prep factor nicely.

SS13 handbags high street

Anthropologie Croc Blush Satchel, £178, click here to buy

Yep, more pastels, namely the aformentioned “soft blush” variety. That said I feel the hobo shape and croc effect leather gives this Anthropologie stunner an ever-so-slightly rock n’ roll vibe. Either way, I want it.

SS13 handbag high street

REISS Bronte Zipper Tote Bag, £165, click here to buy

This season I’ve rekindled my love affair with Reiss thanks to their excellent SS13 collection. This bold yet understated tote is a prime example of why the brand beloved by K-Middy has got it going on right now. Modern femininity with a distinctly utilitarian take on elegance.

SS13 handbag high street

& Other Stories Satchel Bag, £45, click here to buy

I don’t know whether you saw my post last week about H&M group’s new premium brand & Other Stories. If you didn’t, click here to read it, or just trust me when I say their stuff is awesome. This bag strikes the perfect balance between prep and edge, a fact that will no doubt make it a favourite among ballet pump and high top wearers alike.

Once again, I struggle to pick a favourite! Which one tops your wish list? And what do you think of these in comparison to my designer edit?

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…

wish list SS13

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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