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KEEP FIT KIT

30 April 2013

Olympics fever may have died down but the sports luxe trend is still big.  There are a lot of high street brands trying to tap into the lucrative sportswear market (like H&M Sport), sports-inspired designer collaboration (like Jonathan Saunders for Escada Sport) and sportswear giants selling more fashion-focused fitness kit, like Nike's sleek women's collections, but I think Sweaty Betty merges fashion with function better than most.


THE TEE DRESS

29 April 2013

The temperature's finally warming up, so it's time to buy some summer dresses!  (When the weather gets cold, it's time to buy long sleeve dresses; I guess I just like dresses).


I have a gift voucher from the recent New Look AW13 press day and I'm going to pick up some basic tee dresses for days when you want to let your accessories do the talking.  This casual T-Shirt Dress has a fitted top with a flared skater skirt and comes in a pretty, ballet-inspired pastel palette of pale grey, red, bleached denim blue or nude. Dress with leather jacket and black ankle boots in spring or neon accessories and a tan in summer.

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BLUE ELEPHANT

27 April 2013

On the rainiest Friday night of the year I ventured to south west London to visit Blue Elephant. I’d been to the Paris branch of the esteemed Thai restaurant in 2006 but funnily enough never the London outpost, so I was looking forward to checking it out in its new setting.  After being in Fulham for 25 years, Blue Elephant recently relocated to Imperial Wharf, where we walked around in said rain before finding it, sat overlooking the Thames as part of the new multi-million pound complex.


FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: MEADOW

26 April 2013

pretty spring meadow

DAFT PUNK FOR SAINT LAURENT

Hedi Slimane has enlisted the help of Daft Punk, looking slick in their signature helmets and black sequin tuxedos, for Saint Laurent's latest advertising campaign after working with the French musicians on the soundtrack for the AW2013 runway show and dressing them for years in Dior Homme.  I'm a big fan of Daft Punk, black and white photography and unique campaigns, just not sure about the Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson shots...  But I guess he's got us talking about them.


SUMMER WITH WAITROSE

25 April 2013

I recently attended an event hosted by Waitrose, showcasing the best things to come this summer.  The highlight was a gloriously premature (in chilly grey April) barbecue featuring Heston Blumenthal's slow cooked BBQ meats and delicious sausages along with summer salads, houmous, sauces and dressings


CHEVRON RUGS

24 April 2013

Rugs are a tough decision. My brother recently spent a good couple of months choosing a rug for his new flat, putting together a dedicated board on Pinterest of his shortlist and whittling it down to a navy and cream chevron print. As Chief Interior Design Consultant for my family, I like to think that I contributed to his excellent choice because I'd probably choose the same.  That or a geometric black and white patternintricate, bold print or just a neutral, chunky textured woollen one.  Here's some rug inspo to brighten up your Wednesday.

bright cheerful dining room stripy rug

ALL THAT JAZZ

23 April 2013

Few periods in history were more dazzling than New York City at the height of the Jazz Age - and it was Tiffany & Co jewels that defined its fashion and style.

The Great Gatsby Collection by Tiffany & Co

SHINY SHINY

22 April 2013

I have a Paul's Boutique bag (crafted from American basketball jerseys: sports luxe for life), which I bought when I was about 15 from a Topshop concession but apart from that, it's one of those brands I probably unfairly ignore just because teenagers love it.  I'm not normally a fan of logos, dangly, detachable charms or anything like that, but every now and then I see a model I quite like... Then everything changed with Maisy.  As soon as I saw her I knew I had to have her.

Emma Louise Layla

SLOUCH SUEDE BOOTS

20 April 2013

I make no secret of my love for cobalt blue.  Or shoes.  (Or cobalt blue suede shoes.) So these peep-toe slouch suede ankle boots from British brand Bourne are box-tickers, with the very walkable mid height stiletto heel and laser cut perforated upper with punched out polka dots in that beautiful shade of blue. Also come in nude leather, both would look great with bare legs as summer approaches.


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FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: FLY AWAY

19 April 2013

best photo of airplanes

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FLORAL TRIBUTE

Whistles has delivered this Spring/ Summer with a beautiful, vibrant floral print. The busy, all-over blooms look great in contrast with clean, minimalist accessories for a modern take on flower power.

Whistles Izzey Victoria Bodycon Dress

POETRY IN MOTION

18 April 2013

Vogue Korea usually has some pretty dreamy photoshoots, but the ladylike, ballet-inspired Poetry In Motion shot by Kim Sang Gon featuring beautiful Korean model Park Ji Hyea wearing Dior in the August 2012 issue has to be one of my favourite editorials I've seen in a while.  What a pretty shoot.

Vogue Korea ballerina fashion shoot

EAMES CHAIRS

17 April 2013

I recently blogged about the industrial metal Tolix chairs and the über-popular Philippe Starck for Kartell Louis Ghost chair - another iconic design classic with a cult following (Eames wallpaper, anyone?) is the Eames chair.

classic DSR Eames chair

MARCH INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

16 April 2013

Emma Louise Layla fashion blogger Instagram snaps London
 1. my new Lite Kalabalik bracelet 2. The Barbican 3. umbrella ceiling at Borough Market 4. RHS London Spring Fair 5. picking up a few pieces at the new & Other Stories store 6. crane family in the city 7. night in with the girls... 8. under Blackfriars Bridge 9. gorgeous, fragrant hyacinth

London fashion blogger Instagram photos
 1. I've joined the white wedge brigade 2. trying out some Darphin products 3. spending the evening with Fauré at St Martin in the Fields 4. cocktails at Blue Elephant 5. chilling at the ESPA  spa after my lovely facial 6. Nice one, Tesco: new cowgirl-inspired monochrome cut out saddle bag 7. favourite SS13 dress at the Miss Guided press show 8. feasting at my beloved Brindisa 9. Throwback Thursday: canoeing in the Dordogne

Sevilla Instagram travel photos
1. the first time I'd seen blue skies in about three months 2. oranges, oranges everywhere 3. our beautiful suite at the Corral del Rey 4. horse-drawn carriages are all over the city 5. cava o'clock in my new ASOS sunnies 6. the cathedral 7. blue handbag I picked up out there 8. love the architecture over there 9. dinner at the fabulous Abades Triana

KURT GEIGER MID SEASON SALE PICKS

15 April 2013

Kurt Geiger has extended its mid season sale in stores and online, offering up to 70% off, with more sizes available in previously sold out styles.  Here are my favourites.

black and white animal print ankle strap shoes

FEELING THE BLUES

13 April 2013

Not as in boo hoo, but I'm really feeling the blues.  My favourite thing in my wardrobe at the moment is the September Dress from French label Maje I bought from Selfridges, combining my three favourite colours; navy, black and grey. Simple, casual and easy to dress up or down.

Emma Louise Layla Maje September dress

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: RETRO NAILS

12 April 2013


PROHIBITION PARTY

11 April 2013

Bourne & Hollingsworth sure now how to throw a good soiree.  A few weeks ago I went to the Prohibition Party, a Jazz Age-themed monthly event where the liquor is free-flowing, the music is live and loud and the guests dance up a storm dressed up in their finest 1920s outfits.

flapper girls

AGENT PROVOCATEUR

10 April 2013

The Spring/ Summer 2013 collection from British lingerie label Agent Provocateur is inspired by retro Americana; road trip adventures, prom queens and hazy nostalgia.  I attended the press day a few months back and had my eye on the pale sherbert orange Brittnie set with silk satin bows and pretty 1960s-inspired floral embroidery.

pale sherbet orange Brittnie lingerie

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: EXPLORE

5 April 2013

VW camper van
HOORAY for the weekend...

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LITE KALABALIK JEWELLERY

2 April 2013

There's a new fair trade store called Ella Georgia, which stocks ethical jewellery, fashion and accessories.  Founder Sian Foster wanted to create a collection of sustainable, eclectic jewellery crafted with a conscience as an antidote to trend-led fast fashion and throwaway shopping culture.


NEW ASH WEDGE TRAINERS

1 April 2013

Do you know a girl who doesn't own a pair of comfortable wedged trainers?  I don't.  Isabel Marant started the trend but everyone can afford the ASH Bowie or Cool wedge sneakers, which were, and still are, on every self-respecting fashionista when they came out.

new wedge trainer style from ASH 2013 shoes

This year, ASH has brought out a couple of new styles of shoes including this retro 80s trainer shape with a rubber sole and contrast leather or suede panels in black/ white, pale brown/ metallic pair and, my favourite, coral pink/ gold, which will look great with bare legs for Spring and Summer. When the Spring comes.  Ahem.  Spring?