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28 February 2015

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.


27 February 2015

Black and white flower print


20 February 2015

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


16 February 2015

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


13 February 2015

New York in the 1950s


11 February 2015

My grey Saturday morning was cheered up by a dozen red roses sent from luxury florist Appleyard London. They're excellent quality, arrived in perfect condition, instantly made my whole flat smell beautiful and made my day!

Classic Valentine's Day gift - dozen red roses from Appleyard London

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7 February 2015

Sophie Hulme has joined up with Liberty to launch an exclusive silk scarf collection, launched this week. Inspired by the quirky gold-plated charms which adorn her bags, hand-drawn motifs of everyday items like chip forks, spirographs, lollipop sticks and whistles are printed onto silk and modal in vibrant klein blue, hot pink and gold. The layout and classic chains nod to vintage 1970s scarves, playfully updated with the British designer's signature twist.

Sophie Hulme x Liberty scarf launch event


6 February 2015

Rihanna covers the March issue of Harper's Bazaar US, shot by Norman Jean Roy, paying homage to Jaws on its 40th anniversary.  She's swimming with 8 foot long sharks wearing this season's new swimwear, including a Chanel swimsuit and a bronze Balmain jumpsuit back on dry land.

Rihanna Killer Fashion Harper's Bazaar editorial

In the interview she says "I try my best to avoid the sharks of life, but I have had my share of experiences with them, and in those cases I just have to handle them accordingly. But I do not swim with sharks … sharks swim with sharks."


Colourful 60s fashion


4 February 2015

New Look sent me this luxe, hand-embellished black beaded jacket from their Premium range last month just in time for the party season. I picked up the matching shorts and have been wearing them with a plain black cotton T-shirt, black tights and black heels, because when you're covered in sparkling beads, you should let the bling do the talking.

Black beaded New Look jacket and shorts on London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla

Black beaded New Look jacket and shorts on London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla


3 February 2015

I'm rather taken with these cutout printed sandals in dove grey suede from Pierre Hardy.  The pretty pastel flower appliqué is the perfect spring update - I'd wear with all black, pastel pink lips and baby blue faux fur.

PIERRE HARDY Grey suede flower appliqué sandals


2 February 2015

Black Swan is one of my favourite films - I love Swan Lake, Natalie Portman is a fantastic actress and I've had a massive girl crush on Mila Kunis for years.  This fabulous editorial of the latter, for the LA Times magazine back in February 2011 to coincide with the film's release, is photographed by Ruven Afanador and styled by Hayley Atkin.

Mila Kunis Black Swan fashion editorial

Kunis is wearing a collection of dramatic white dresses: satin and lace Viktor & Rolf, organza Georges Hobeika trimmed with pearl and Swarovski beading, vintage Christian Dior, structural Rick Owens, a silky Camilla and Marc Astaire gown and cutout Yigal Azrouël silk crepe dress.  Beautiful.


1 February 2015

One of the latest new products to hit the health industry is pure maple water, so I've been trying out Drink Maple's all-natural product bottled straight from the tree, with nothing added.  Yes, it's easy to dismiss "the new way to detox" as a fad, but it provides healthy natural hydration with a huge list of benefits.

Drink Maple - pure maple tree water

It's gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and vegan, has half the sugar of coconut water, is a good source of calcium and kale, has more manganese than a cup of kale and has forty six nutrients including minerals to maintain blood sugar levels, vitamins, antioxidants, electrolytes and prebiotics.  It also supports small farmers in North America and Canada, offering income from the sap which hasn't been boiled down to make syrup.  Sustainable, delicious and good for you - try it at Harvey Nichols.