VENT DE FOLIE BY ANNICK GOUTAL

Vent de Folie is the new eau de toilette by Paris-based perfume house Annick Goutal.  Inspired by nature and with a focus on pure and rare essences, Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen's latest creation is powdery, floral, woody and fruity all at once, opening with light sweet pea, intense hedione, zesty blood orange and geranium rosa, with sweet notes from blackcurrant and raspberry and a musky, woody finish from white musk and cedar bark. 

Vent de Folie fragrance by Annick Goutal

Designed for refined, sophisticated women, it's a complex scent which leaves a soft, powdery veil on the skin.  It comes in suitably chic packaging; a classic, vintage-style ribbed glass flacon, finished with a golden stopper and ivory ribbon.


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POLKA DOT SHIRT

I bought this black and white polka dot silk shirt at J.Crew last month in Chicago - I went a little crazy, as the price of J.Crew in the US is always a delight, especially with the dollar as good as it is right now - as a solid workwear staple perfect for dressing up or down.

London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla Duff in J Crew polka dot shirt and pink Finest Seven sunglasses

I have a bunch of polka dot items in my wardrobe - this blue and white Fenn Wright Manson blouse, this navy skirt, two vintage dresses, a pair of heels and a few accessories - but I didn't have the classic black and white shirt.  With it I'm wearing some pretty basic black Uniqlo jeans, a pair of magenta pink Finest Seven shades, black leather ankle boots, a turquoise scarf from H&M I've had for at least a decade and a patent leather croc effect bag which is the perfect size.  A pretty basic outfit for the office, but sometimes those days are called for.

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WEEKEND IN WARSAW

Warsaw, Poland
I'm in Warsaw for a long weekend, visiting Poland for the first time - I'm on a mission to find the best pierogis, try different vodkas, check out one of Stalin’s “wedding cakes" and master at least a couple of words of the Polish language...  Miłego weekendu!

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MAGDALENA FRACKOWIAK IN ELLE POLAND

As I'm in Warsaw this week, I browsed editorials from Polish fashion magazines and like this one from the September 2013 issue of ELLE Poland, featuring one of the country's biggest models, Magdalena Frackowiak.  The blonde supermodel wears Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Isabel Marant and is photographed by Magdalena Luniewska.

Magdalena Frackowiak Elle Poland editorial

BLUE ANIMAL PRINT

For the first day of London Fashion Week I wore a blue animal print dress sent to me by British workwear brand Great Plains (I'm clearly quite a fan of this pattern, as I have a short sleeve dress and a minidress with billowing sleeves in a similar print and I quite fancy the matching scarf too).

Fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla at London Fashion Week

For accessories, I wore a pair of royal blue and gold sunglasses from luxury eyewear brand Finest Seven, a vintage 1980s Chanel necklace from Susan Caplan, my cobalt blue neoprene heels, Henri Bendel and Kate Spade bracelets and a rose gold leather clutch from Karen K, filled with invitations for a jam-packed day.  More on my favourite LFW shows later...

Karen K rose gold leather clutch bag at London Fashion Week
the perfectly sized clutch bag

vintage Chanel necklace from Susan Caplan
an interlocking CC logo pendant on a gilt metal snake chain

London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla meeting shoe designer Lucy Choi and checking out her new collection at Somerset House
meeting shoe designer Lucy Choi and checking out her new collection at Somerset House

Rose gold leather clutch and vintage Chanel necklace

London Fashion Week invitations

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