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FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: PARTY SEASON

28 November 2014

Mirror disco ball party shoes
have you ever SEEN such amazing dancing shoes?

OCTOBER INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

26 November 2014

In October I went to Paris twice and Troyes, Yorkshire to see my school buddies, the Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park for the first time, an awesome boat trip on the Thames, saw the total dude Pharrell and some jazz at Ronnie Scott's.  All good fun!

London fashion and lifestyle blogger Emma Louise Layla Instagram photos
1. the Garry Winogrand exhibition at the Jeu de Paume 2. Pharrell at the O2 Arena 3. Place des Vosges 4. Tower Bridge and the Shard from the Thames on a rib 5. Temperley cashmere and Jaeger leather for brunch at Mama Shelter in Paris 6. David Renggli's ink painting on glass at Frieze London 7. jazz o'clock waiting for the Mingus Big Band late show to start at Ronnie Scott's 8. bright green nails 9. a spot of afternoon tea at Laura Ashley's The Manor hotel in Elstree 

London fashion and lifestyle blogger Emma Louise Layla Instagram photos
1. personalised Calvin Klein fragrance from Debenhams 2. Throwback Thursday: Halloween 2010 3. Radley's new, minimal de Beauvoir tote in polished leather for next spring 4. Ilkley Moor 5. White Hart Lane stadium tour with my bro 6. Norman Parkinson's 'The Art of Travel' for British Vogue, 1951 at Frieze Masters 7. some seriously jazzy tights at the Wolford press day 8. gorgeous autumn colours at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate 9. printed ceramic bowls handmade in Poland

MASH RESTAURANT

24 November 2014

I went to the launch night for Danish restaurant MASH back when it opened in 2012 and had a great evening eating canapés, meeting lots of interesting people, drinking too much Champagne and vowing to return for a proper dinner.

Modern American Steak House in Soho, London

Fast forward almost two years - time flies - and I finally went back.  We had an aperitif at the bar where there are lots of delicious cocktails along with beers, American spirits and bar snacks - I ordered the Lord of Dogtown (spice blend-infused Ketel One vodka, fresh white grapefruit juice, agave nectar and Californian sparkling wine, dusted with delicate plum sugar) and he ordered the Star Hill Negroni (Maker's Mark Bourbon, sweet vermouth and campari).  Both good.

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOTS

21 November 2014

Black and white polka dot lace dress
model and equestrian Gigi Hadid wearing a beautiful
Dolce & Gabbana polka dot lace dress in W Magazine

MARC BY MARC JACOBS

16 November 2014

For the second day of LFW waaay back in September, I wore a blue ruched satin Marc by Marc Jacobs dress I had to have in the Galeries Lafayette January sale in Paris.  Over the top I wore a printed, fringed shawl from New Look, which in versatile black and cream is easy to throw on over all sorts. 

Blogger Emma Louise Layla at London Fashion Week

Onto accessories: on my feet are the black Jimmy Choo cut out suede shoes - my first Choos - I treated myself to at the brand's recent sample sale.  This patent croc-effect turquoise leather handbag is becoming one of my most worn bags this year - it's super glossy so pretty much water-repellent (handy for London), has a cross-body strap and on-trend top handle plus the boxy structure means it's kept its shape really well.  Then there was the best accessory at London Fashion Week this season: THE OUTNET's Sergio the shoe hunter. What a cutie.

The Outnet's Sergio the Shoe Hunter and Blogger Emma Louise Layla at London Fashion Week

PROVENCE

For the long weekend over Bastille Day back in July, we visited a charming little Roman town in Provence called Vaison-la-Romaine for a few days.  It's a pretty, 2,400 year old place sat on gentle slopes to the north of the Ouvèze river, most known for its Roman ruins, an ancient stone bridge and a huge flood in 1992.

Bastide la Combe, Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence

The town is filled with archaeological sites, boutiques, terrace cafes and restaurants with the Haute Ville overlooking it all.  We climbed the steep hill to the medieval centre at the top and wandered around the picturesque buildings and 12th century chateau with wonderful views.  We stayed at Bastide La Combe, a gorgeous five bedroom private house in the countryside surrounded by vineyards just on the outskirts, with a beautiful pool.  I've been day dreaming about it on these rainy November days...

Bastide la Combe, Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence

ANA BEATRIZ BARROS

14 November 2014

Brazilian babe Ana Beatriz Barros (always high up on my list of girl crushes, but strangely not featured on here yet) is the current face of Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi's Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection, featuring in the November issue of Madame Figaro Spain wearing plenty of the Italian label's underwear, on the roof, as you do.  Photographed by Richard Ramos, styled by Marta Lasierra and hair & make up by Miguel Angel Alvaraz.

Ana Beatriz Barros in Madame Figaro Spain magazine editorial

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: ILLUSTRATION

Wish I could sketch. beautiful fashion illustration
wish I could sketch like this

BENGAL TIGER LONDON

13 November 2014

I'm not the biggest fan of Indian cuisine and I don't have a favourite curry house, however one of the best Indian restaurants I've visited in London is Bengal Tiger down a little alleyway in the shadows of St Paul's - it's nothing fancy, but if you're looking for a cheap and cheerful dinner after a few drinks in the city, it's recommended.

Bengal Tiger Indian restaurant, St Pauls, London

JONATHAN SAUNDERS FOR DEBENHAMS

12 November 2014

I'm currently enjoying one of the key colours of the season: plum, wine, burgundy, claret - whatever you call it: it's a warm, reddish, pinky purple perfect for autumn.  Jonathan Saunders has created a capsule collection as part of the Debenhams Editions range with a few contemporary designers and this Roll Collar Fit and Flare Dress with its 60s-style rollneck and simple shape is my favourite item.



JIMMY CHOO STARS

11 November 2014

Last week I was sent the new fragrance from Jimmy Choo, Stars, and have worn it every day since.  Always a good sign.  The latest women's perfume from the British shoe brand was released this autumn as a limited edition, refined twist on the original 2011 eau de parfum and is a delicious winter gourmand chypre: feminine, sweet and warm, lingering on the skin for hours.

Jimmy Choo Limited Edition Stars Eau de Parfum

The EDP opens with top notes of tangy candied orange and soft pear, before warming with middle notes of rich tiger orchid and sweet toffee and finishing with base notes of Indonesian patchouli and earthy sandalwood.

Jimmy Choo Limited Edition Stars Eau de Parfum
It's smooth, sweet but not sickly due to the fresh citrussy notes and the sensual, woody blend lasts a long time; it's quite heavy, so perfect for cooler months when light, summery perfumes just don't cut it.  The glossy star packaging and gold lacquer bottle embodies glamour and rock ‘n’ roll, making Stars a must for the party season.

Jimmy Choo Limited Edition Stars is available at Boots and Debenhams


BODEN JEWELLED PUMPS

10 November 2014

These glitzy, almond toe flat pumps from Boden are, in my opinion, their best product this season.  They've been incredibly popular, so I'm certainly not alone in thinking that their sparkling, glass and acrylic jewels are simply splendid.


Good for day and night - gold with bare legs on warmer days and black or navy with opaque tights for winter - and Boden is running one of their diminishing discount promotions from now until Thursday, currently offering 25% off and free delivery.  Monday lunchtime treat?

M&S AW14

9 November 2014

Earlier this year I attended Marks and Spencer's Autumn/ Winter 2014 press event and ended up staying until Chief Executive Marc Bolland gave a speech covering's the past year's results, explaining the strategy around growing their fashion business, before handing over to Style Director Belinda Earl who spoke with passion about her consumer and the new fashion focus.

MARKS AND SPENCER LIMITED EDITION COAT £89, LIMITED EDITION TOP £29.50, LIMITED EDITION DRESS £45, BAG £29.50, SHOE £25

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: BLUE LAGOON

7 November 2014

Blue Lagoon, Iceland
need to go back to Iceland

BARBARA HULANICKI BACK AT BIBA

6 November 2014

It was announced this week that Barbara Hulanicki is returning to Biba, the iconic label she created in the 1960s, which first saw success as part of the huge Swinging Sixties scene in London. The fashion designer telling the Sunday Times "I've got Biba flowing through my veins" and fans of the iconic Biba look rejoiced.

British fashion brand Biba in the 1960s and 1970s

HARVEY NICHOLS HAMPER

3 November 2014

Hey guys, it's November: that means we can officially get excited about Christmas!  Partly responsible for my Christmassy feeling bubbling under the surface, Harvey Nichols sent me one of their luxury hampers, launched in time for the festive season.

Harvey Nicks luxury foodie hamper

The Rise and Shine hamper is perfect for lazy weekend mornings at home and simple Christmas breakfasts, containing breakfast blend fairtrade ground coffee, English breakfast loose leaf tea, gooseberry preserve, strawberry jam, acacia honey with honeycomb, two black and white printed mugs and a bottle of Prosecco for a couple of cheeky glasses of fizz.

Harvey Nicks luxury foodie hamper

Just add warm crusty bread, fresh milk and the style supplements for a great way to start your day.  It would make a great gift for foodies, hosts or to share whilst opening presents on 25 December.

CHRISTMAS BALLET

Going to the ballet at Christmas is one of my favourite traditions.  It's one of my favourite things to do all year round, but a festive production is that bit more special.  My mum scraping frost off the car windows and driving to a matinee is one of my earliest memories.  On another occasion, I remember asking a lady sat in front of me if I could please look at her binoculars, probably around 5 or 6 years old, for which I got a mighty telling off.  Maybe you should have given me 20p to hire my own, HEY MA?

Sleeping Beauty by the Paris Opera Ballet, at L'Opéra Bastille
Sleeping Beauty at the Paris Opéra

As I was in Paris last winter I saw Rudolf Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty by the Paris Opera Ballet at L'Opéra Bastille.  I went to the opening night, so there were some wobbles, brushing of tutus and slightly asymmetrical formations, but overall it was wonderful.  I splurged on a fifth row stall seat so I could see the magnificent costumes, the splendour of the elaborate, golden set design, the Baroque court dances and beautiful solos up close.

This year I'm going to see The English National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker at The Coliseum, which I last saw in 2011 a couple of days before going to New York for Christmas. There are still tickets available here.

The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum
11 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015