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I just got back from my first trip to Austria for a fantastic week of skiing at the beautiful lakeside town of Zell Am See in the Kitzbühel Alps.  I put my new Sweaty Betty gear and Dragon Alliance goggles to the test, tried to cover as many pistes as possible, perfected my six words of German, après-skiied like a pro and overdosed on schnitzel.  Sehr gut!

Skiing in Sweaty Betty ski gear on the Schmittenhohe mountain in Zell Am See, Austria

I hadn't been for years so my skiing was a little rusty, but my boyfriend was learning to board so was in ski school for the first couple of days so I could reacquaint myself with the mountains at my own pace.  I took a few tumbles: day one I clipped my skis at the front and arabesqued my way into a full-on faceplant, day two a beginner snowploughed into me, day three I fell a couple of times due to tired legs, day four no falls (woo hoo), day five I fell over playing around trying to go backwards, day six no falls again and on the last day I fell over at the top of a particularly steep black.  Overall I was pleased with my pretty low fall count.

Skiing in Zell Am See, Austria


At Etsy's recent press day I came away with a Queen Cleopatra’s Secret scented candle from Ville de Fleurs which smells so beautiful I'll be ordering a replacement shortly as I've almost burnt it all in only a couple of weeks.

Ville de Fleurs scented candle

The indie skincare company prides itself on using eco-friendly, natural, fair trade and organic ingredients in all their products: this candle is handmade from soya wax and essential oils and comes in recycled, old-fashioned packaging.  The heady, seductive scent features black pomegranate, violet leaf, rose and amber poured into chic black glass jars finished with a bike print hand-embossed copper plate.


For my first and only day at London Fashion Week this season (I'm off skiing tomorrow, woo hoo) I wore the new white version of Petit Bateau's iconic raincoat, a blue lace Topshop dress last seen on the blog here, usually only worn in summer (these past few days of blue skies and sunshine has gone to my head), navy wool Oliver Bonas fedora, metallic Boden backpack I've been using pretty much every day and glittery Kurt Geiger shoes to totter over the Somerset House cobbles.

Emma Louise Layla at London Fashion Week


This indigo blue denim jumpsuit from M&S is made from Tencel®, a soft fibre derived from sustainable eucalyptus trees. Its chic laidback vibe can be dressed up for the office and evenings with heels and down at the weekend with white trainers.

M&S Indigo denim jumpsuit
Twin Pocket Jumpsuit as seen in Vogue


New York in the 1950s