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Instagram (@lelalondon) – left to right, top to bottom:
1. Filming tutorials (get excited, it’s coming soon!)
2. Last looks in East London for a four-part shoot with Rimmel London. That’s a wrap!
3. The best way to end a Thursday night: at The Hospital Club.
4. Naughty shopping spree: Clements Ribeiro jacket, Ted Baker skirt, and Antoni & Alison coat
5. Princess Pancakes.
6. Apple and peanut butter: the best sick food.
7. Getting through the ever-expanding weekend to do list!
8. Kicking it in some power booties.
9. Only he could fall asleep in such a way.

house of fraser handbags
Though I am a shoe addict on every level, one thing I prefer about handbags is their power to completely change a ‘look’ from one thing to another. I was recently browsing through gazillions of handbags on House of Fraser’s online store in preparation for a shoot and kept fixating on the idea of multi-styling a simple white dress. Whether you whip out a casual satchel or opt for a streamlined clutch, choosing a handbag as your focal point against is one of the simplest ways to define a single-hued ensemble.

Shop The Look (left to right, top to bottom):
1. Zatchels neon orange cross-body.
2. Ted Baker Audree.
3. Rick Owens belted jersey dress.
4. Lulu Guinness large Edith shopping tote.
5. Zatchels classic brown satchel.
(For more House of Fraser handbags, please click here.)

Westfield London Car Bootique
For the second year in a row, Westfield London have taken it upon themselves to completely revolutionize the modern car boot sale with…drumroll, pleaseThe Car Bootique!

This year, The Atrium was filled with 10 fashion-forward Mercedes Benz beauties, brimming with the best of Autumn/Winter 2011. Each gorgeous luxury vehicle was decorated by a brand, who each individually had something special on offer for visitors. Brands involved were Reiss, Coach, French Connection, Twenty8Twelve, Onitsuka Tiger, Ted Baker, House of Fraser, Firetrap, River Island and DKNY Jeans

and breathe!

On top of that, there was a “Blogger Hunt” set in place for a chance to win a £100 Westfield Gift Card. To win, you had to follow Lily from What I Heart Today and Jess from CatwalkQueen.tv on Twitter, follow their clues, and try to find them.

Clue 1: I’m feeling truly British today! #wihtwestfield @westfieldlondon

Amazingly – because I never win anything – my fashion knowledge and mental map of Westfield’s 1,614,600 ft² building came in handy as I managed to find Lily (above) within a minute of reading her clue! Proof that a Mulberry obsession can be profitable, no? ;D

Westfield London Car Bootique

Back to the Car Bootique with gift card in tow, I finally got to join the crowd of style-savvy visitors to play around (and get snap-happy with) new and one-off pieces from some of my favourite brands. Pure fashion heaven.

Westfield London Car Bootique

So, what were some of the best goodies, you ask?

The cute-as-can-be car, above, belonged to River Island, who were ready and willing to share their exclusive Chelsea Girl collection! For those who don’t remember, Chelsea Girl was actually the high street favourite from the 60’s to 80’s before they transformed into River Island, right as the 90’s approached! Everyone who visited The River Island wardrobe were entered into a draw to win £500 worth of River Island vouchers.

Onitsuka Tiger implemented a ‘fishing’ game where you could ‘fish out’ a shoe from the car’s boot which would contain an origami object that unfolds to tell you your prize! There were also major 50% off discounts.

Reiss were offering 10% off stock, a showcase of their anniversary collection ‘Reiss Editions’, and a chance to win an entire Reiss wardrobe worth £500!

Westfield London Car Bootique

Firetrap were doing it big! Not only did they have a gorgeous, glam grunge collection on offer, but they were giving some really fabulous things away. First, there was complimentary Nail Art manicures by Sophy Robson’s NailPorn, then there were free customised t-shirts with every purchase over £20 (with proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust!), and – to celebrate the launch of The Sunday Girl collection – Sunday Girl herself aka Jade Williams was doing a special DJ set.

DKNY Jeans, ready with a New York City cab-esque Benz and traffic lights, were offering every shopper an amazing 20% off any new season collection purchases!

And last, but not least, Ted Baker! With every purchase during the Car Bootique, customers received an envelope with a ‘win or lose’ message inside. With a win, they had the chance to get a prize from ‘Ted’s tombola’, or even the grand prize – the entire wardrobe of Ted Baker goodies in the boot itself!

Westfield London Car Bootique

After all that shopping, there was even a “Hair and Beauty Pit Stop” where The Ginger Group and new make up brand KIKO were offering full make-overs! With blow-outs, styling and trials of the latest, greatest palettes and products in Westfield, it was a great opportunity to get glamorous in time for their…

fashion shows! Each day, there were four shows that showcased the most beautiful and trendy garments for the season ahead. Autumn/Winter style selections included all of the Car Bootique brands, and they were styled to perfection. It was a great source of inspiration and entertainment for anyone outside of the fashion industry who typically doesn’t get to see the shows. They were super professional, and demonstrated key trends we will be seeing over the next few months; heritage, ladylike lines, animal print, and mod, especially.

A real high note to end the day!

Westfield London Car Bootique

Take note, all! Until the end of the day, Westfield is holding an online competion where they are giving away a car boot filled with 10 prizes (worth over £1,500!) to one lucky winner. Check their Facebook for details, and good luck!

Besos,
Lela xo

Heathrow Escalator

Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.

Whether you’re an Editor on your way to Milan Fashion Week or a lucky transatlantic fashionista with an ‘in’, the end of London Fashion Week means that Heathrow will be packed with some very well dressed men and women tomorrow.

Now – as a flying junkie – I have to give props to Heathrow Airport. They literally cater to my every need, and more specifically every fashion need. Across the 671,000 square feet of retail space there are over 400 outlets. FOUR. HUNDRED. View Post