Lela London: Brit/American globetrotter. Co-founder of Digital PR agency AR&L and blogger. I like to use this so-called lifestyle blog to make you smile while you listen to me ramble about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel, food, music, and more.
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As our actual anniversary fell on the Saturday and we had already committed to spending the day out celebrating his cousin’s wedding, we decided to assign the Friday and Sunday to anniversary fun.
I woke up early on Friday morning to blow up twelve heart shaped balloons with helium and attach them to twelve pre-made ‘cards’ (photos of us, with some love notes scribbled on the back). Too excited to wait until a reasonable wake-up hour, I then ran back into our bedroom and presented him with his inflated ‘cards’. Thank goodness he loves me, eh?
After a lazy morning in bed and a frolic through the garden, we set off for my second surprise: a four hour paintballing stint followed by his favourite pizza in the universe. A tad unconventional in the romance stakes, but perfect nonetheless.
The next day was a beautiful, wonderful blur that ended in the following day’s activities being revealed: we were off to Alton Towers! I can’t blame him for ‘spoiling’ the surprise – I cajoled him for hours and unknowingly entered an excited conversation about theme parks with a fellow wedding guest.
As expected, we had an incredible, adrenaline-pumping Sunday. (And I got a rather special personalised ‘love map’, on top of everything.)
In the post-anniversary honeymoon phase, we woke up on Monday and made some important life plans. But more on that in a later blog…
I have admired the sports luxe faire of Lavish Alice for quite some time and – after they released a rather gorgeous capsule collection of premium jersey pieces – I was destined to finally got my hands on a piece or two.
Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. And I couldn’t be happier. This skirt (though not part of the collection) is gorgeous, comfortable and pairs perfectly with the sheer yoke sweater. Which, I should add, is undeniably stroke-worthy thanks to a high cotton content.
I am no stranger to florals, but I always find them trickier to style than other prints. While the safe styling go-to is always nudes or pastels, when F&F challenged me to style this open back dress, I thought I’d aim for something a little more edgy. Florals and lots of black? It put a smile on my face!
What I Wore:
Floral print open back dress from F&F
Slash neck 3/4 sleeve top
Past season suede heels from Duo (similar here)
Past season gem belt (similar here)
Laser-cut Evelina clutch bag from Lagom
Though I don’t buy sunglasses all too often (once a year, if that), I tend to get completely obsessed with the pairs that end up cased and handbagged with me. In this case, I was obsessed before they even arrived.
After hours scrolling the pages of the Sunglasses Shop (it’s like sunglass porn), these bad boys from Dolce & Gabbana were on their way to me.
Deserving of a far snazzier name than the ‘4171P‘, these sunspecs are simply gorgeous. From the cream-coloured cat eyes to the slinky logo-ed arms, they are the effortlessly cool and look good with practically everything I’ve worn over the past week. Lust.
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Though the promise of sunshine had me wanting to run around Primrose Hill in stilettos and sundresses, I had quite a bit of ‘running around’ to do in London at the tail end of the week. Forgoing my ankle-breakers for a pair of sensible booties, this comfy/lazy outfit won me a few unexpected smiles from strangers. That, or everyone was juiced on sunshine.
(I hacked the handbag into a long strap instead of its ‘popcorn strap’ and it was the wisest decision of the weekend. #handsfree)
What I Wore:
Popcorn handbag from Kate Spade (DIY by me)
Floral jumper from Zara
Striped shirt from TM Lewin
Zipped skinnies from Zara
Cashmere socks (similar here)
Boots from Even & Odd (similar here)
Steampunk necklace (handmade gift)