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It was quite a shock coming back from ten days in balmy California last week to gale force winds, grey skies and miserable drizzle in London.  Although saying that, it was hot in Santa Monica, mild in Big Sur and varied in San Francisco: warm in the sun and chilly in the shade so I was wearing layers and scarves with sunglasses and SPF moisturiser.

Fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla in Petit Bateau quilted cotton dress in San Francisco


Fun little infographic put together by Coast detailing 12 of the most memorable little black dresses from Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Madonna, Tina Turner, Liz Hurley, Lady Diana, Victoria Beckham, Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie.  All hail the classic, sophisticated and timeless LBD; every woman needs at least a handful in their wardrobe!

The history of the iconic little black dress
"You can wear black in any moment of the day, no matter your age. You can wear black with
almost any occasion.  A black dress is essential for every woman." Christian Dior


A few weekends ago I flew up to Glasgow with a handful of lovely bloggers for the annual Scottish Style Awards. We arrived Saturday morning and were staying at the cool, minimal Citizen M hotel in the city centre where we dropped our bags and wandered out to explore. First things first, brunch.

Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog


Most girls fall into either being a handbag girl or a shoes girl, and I'm firmly in the latter category.  I have way too many pairs and every season I have an urge to add to my collection.  One of the most popular shoes from the past couple of seasons has been the highly-Instagrammed lace up Christy flats by Columbian footwear brand Aquazurra, combining elegance with comfort and looking great with trousers, skirts and dresses. I rejoice when flat shoes are deemed "in" and comfortable flats pop up everywhere, but I also have my eye on some heeled lace-ups.

Outfit inspiration for lace up ghillie shoes, in collaboration with Lyst | fashion & style blogger

The ghillie originates from the Scottish highlands in the 1700s, designed as a lightweight shoe to endure marshland with no tongue so water could drain quickly, and laces up the legs so they could be pulled out of the mud.  Even though it's left behind its functional origins, the design has sticking power.  This post, in collaboration with Lyst, features some chic pieces to wear with ghillies, both heeled and flat, high end and high street.

Head over to to create easy wishlists, wardrobe planners and shoppable moodboards from hundreds of brands and browse the LongLyst for style inspiration.


Last night I attended the most glamorous night of the year in London: the British Fashion Awards held at the Coliseum in Covent Garden.  We had dinner at Asia de Cuba then faced the drizzle on the red carpet before a Champagne reception and taking our seats.  I got back late from San Francisco the night before so had a lunchtime blowdry at Millimetre Salon on Mortimer Street: I may be jetlagged and look tired, but at least I have shiny curls! I wore a navy blue lace from British brand Jones + Jones and pink lace up McQueen heels.

The British Fashion Awards 2015 at the Coliseum