29 February 2016

RYAN LO

Ryan Lo was my first London Fashion Week show this season, which seemed fitting as the experimental, daring designer is a perfect example of what makes LFW great. For his seventh show, the Hong Kong-born designer drew inspiration from his heritage and childhood nostalgia, Chinese New Year and 90s teens. The catwalk was framed by Chinatown-inspired arches, the Mulan soundtrack was playing and models wore crazy, dreamy outfits in his signature bold colours.

Ryan Lo Autumn-Winter 2016-17 London Fashion Week catwalk show | LFW blog | UK style blogger

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26 February 2016

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: PALMS

Green palms - ffffound nature - beautiful photography

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MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

My approach to Mother's Day is the same as Valentine's Day: sure it's commercialised, but I like any opportunity to celebrate loved ones - especially my mama - so whether it's sending a homemade card, her favourite flowers or a present, taking her for afternoon tea or booking an experience together, parents deserved to be spoilt!  I have fond memories as a kid scribbling felt tips in cards, picking flowers from the garden, saving my pocket money to buy something tiny, painting wooden spoons and making my mum breakfast in bed, and the tradition of little treats continues... Mother's Day comes early this year on Sunday 6 March - if you haven't decided what to do for it yet, here are ten classic gift ideas for women of all ages.

Mother's Day gift ideas - London lifestyle blogger

1. J.Crew Scarf - cosy cashmere always makes a lovely present - this versatile scarf is plaid one side and gingham on the other
2. Alex Monroe Rose Gold Bumble Bee from Liberty - perfect mummy-and-me piece: one for you, one for her, everyone's happy!
3. Yardley London Hermina Eau de Toilette - the gorgeous new floral, woody fragrance blends pear, lemon, basil and fig
4. Tissot Watch at Watches of Switzerland - delicate dress watch finished with mother of pearl (looks great with other jewellery)
5. Wacoal Kyoto Chemise - beautiful lace trim nightdress printed with watercolour florals
6. Ultimate Aurelie Vase from The White Company - versatile heavyweight vase for flowers, candles or decorative storage
7.  JING Glass Tea-iere - hand-blown glass teaware with built-in strainer allowing loose tea leaves to fully open 
8. Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles - the beautifully-packaged chocolates every girl likes to receive
9. MonuSpa Reviving Diffuser - an uplifting citrus blend of grapefruit and lemongrass essential oils to brighten any room
10. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream - much-hyped night elixir boosts your beauty sleep, rescuing tired skin with anti-ageing ingredients
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24 February 2016

LFW DAY 1

The first day of London Fashion Week last Friday was a mad one: I came straight from the office to meet my favourite LFW buddy Rachel for a few shows, presentations and parties, traffic jams (Soho's narrow one-way streets are way too small for the extra crowds and cars) and a few glasses of fizz to kick things off and see in the weekend.

Blogger Emma Louise Layla at London Fashion Week | LFW outfit

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21 February 2016

THE FAIRMONT, SAN FRANCISCO

The Fairmont is one of the most iconic hotels in San Francisco.  Perched atop the exclusive Nob Hill area in a cluster of five star hotels, it's conveniently located in the middle of the city and oozes old school luxury with traditional interiors, a grand lobby with marble floors and gold Corinthian columns, polished wooden furniture, tall palms, fresh flowers and renowned hospitality.

The Fairmont San Francisco - luxury travel blog
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18 February 2016

PUSSY BOW BLOUSE

Today I'm wearing this preppy turquoise green pussy bow blouse from British shirtmaker T.M.Lewin for the first time.  I was invited to choose a shirt and decided to channel a vintage secretary look rather than opt for classic crisp white.  Following from last week's conversative polo neck and midi skirt ensemble I'm feeling prim and proper lately, covering up to face the cold weather in London - not too strait-laced though, wearing faux fur, high heels and my beloved Jaeger leather skirt to mix things up a bit.

London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla in TM Lewin turquoise pussy bow blouse - style blog

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15 February 2016

JEAN SULPICE, VAL THORENS

It's early days but I've already had one of the best meals of 2016: after a day on the slopes in the Alps, we went to the two Michelin-starred Restaurant de Jean Sulpice in Val Thorens for a wonderful ten course tasting menu with paired wines.  Jean Sulpice became the youngest chef in France to receive a Michelin star, winning his first at only 26 and going on to win a second in 2010 when he was 31.  And so with high expectations, we sat down with a glass of Bollinger at the highest gastronomic restaurant in the world, ready for dinner...

Jean Sulpice, Michelin-starred restaurant in Val Thorens, French Alps - fine dining in France

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12 February 2016

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: LE SMOKING

YSL Le Smoking tuxedo photographed by Helmut Newton, 1966
YSL tuxedo photographed by Helmut Newton, 1966
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9 February 2016

ROSES ARE RED

14 February is just around the corner: we're in prime hint-dropping territory!  My single friends think Valentine's Day is rather depressing and my married friends think it's a nonsense Hallmark holiday, but I relish any opportunity to celebrate and spoil loved ones - whether it's splurging and going all out on your other half or just doing cards, going somewhere special for dinner or cooking something nice together at home, I like to do something.

A dozen red roses - classic Valentine's Day gift - lifestyle blog

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8 February 2016

NAVY POLO NECK

Polo necks are still everywhere this season for men and women, trickling down from retro 70s looks on the catwalk to the high street over the past year, from big chunky wool jumpers to ribbed funnel necks and fine knit cotton polos to slip under dresses and layers while the weather's still cold.

Green midi skirt and navy blue polo neck - London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layl

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3 February 2016

BVLGARI GOLDEA

The new Goldea Eau de Parfum is the first standalone women's fragrance from Italian jewellery house Bulgari in over a decade. Alberto Morillas wanted to capture the essence of Bulgari and create a scent like its jewels: luxurious, sophisticated and sparkling, and the end result is a rich, radiant perfume centred around musk.

Bulgari Goldea new eau de parfum fragrance - London beauty blog

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