BEEN THERE: PRADA MARFA

posted by Elshane on Sep 30 2016, under Fashion

There is so much history for me behind this Prada Marfa art installation. The full story is here, which goes into detail about a flea market, a sharpie, and a world renowned photographer and now friend. Worth the read (plus you get a mini house tour of my home so basically, you're welcome! Have a cocktail!)

But in short (because I know all of you have now read the full story), I completed the epic circle of love. Who knew then, at that time, doing all of those things, that I'd actually end up HERE. In good ol' Marfa, Texas.

The box is officially checked.

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VISITING MARFA, TEXAS

posted by Elshane on Sep 27 2016, under Fashion

I recently visited Marfa, Texas for a friends wedding in mid September. For a town so small (literally...so small... population of 1,800), it does have its quirks. It's slowly rising up in the art world after artist (and near G-d-like figure in town) Donald Judd staked his claim as desert city artist hub nation for those looking for a cool art adventure (if you're down for the 12 hour journey from either coast)

Here were my favorite Marfa moments, many of which you see in these photos.

1. Sunrise Tour at the Chinati Foundation (art exhibition): see Donald Judd in all his greatness-- 100 untitled works that are worth the early rise.

2. Freda (clothing store): Thankfully I visited this store sans husband. Spent 2 hours drooling over the Southwest vibes including fur sandals (bought), woven gold trousers (bought), and countless jewelry that resembled tiny pieces of artwork (swooned over). It's my favorite travel boutique I've visited in a long time. 

3. Food Shark (food truck): Any food joint is worth the visit if it induces an Instagram-worthy photo opp, right? If it's good enough for Beyonce, it's kinda good enough for me...

4. Moonlight Gemstones (gem shop): Yeah, you can get rose quartz just about anywhere, but walking into Moonlight Gemstone just feels right. A 360 degree box of glistening rocks excites at every turn. It was a feel good paradise.

5. Marfa Burrito (breakfast): So they weren't joking when they told me that you walk through town, into the Marfa residence neighborhood to Ramona's house (yup), to sit down at her kitchen table {or her dining room table, or her outdoor table-- your choice!}, and shout for a breakfast burrito. She serves it to you straight. It's big, spicy, and delicious. I recommend the chorizo! 

6. Hotel St. George (hotel accommodation): Call me old fashioned (or call me high maintenance), but I don't necessarily follow a "when in Rome" mentality if it calls for mother earthy adventures. Case in point? There are amazing places to stay in Marfa that are authentic to the "desert chic", "rustic" vibe of the city, like an incredibly chic camp ground called El Cosmico and a vintage-inspired motel called Thunderbird, but I preferred to stay at the brand sparkling new hotel that boasts silky sheets, a fabulous shower, contemporary art filled walls, cuter than cute authentic Marfa mini bar selections, and a chic museum-like hotel gift shop. If you are picking up what I'm throwing down, you'll want to stay here, too. ;)

7. Prada Marfa (art installation): Gray Malin has made this lonesome couture art installation along a dusty desert road the world's most covetable Instagram shot. At about 30 minutes outside of Marfa (that's considered a mere stone's throw away in Texas by the way), you too, can star in your very own Gray Malin photography series. (You'll see mine an upcoming blog post.)

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Oh, and silk bomber jackets are really cool so you should definitely buy one for fall season in my Shop The Look section below! Mine is **true vintage** passed down from my husband's grandfather... Lucky me!

 

Photographs taken in Marfa, Texas

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BABY CARRYING 101

posted by Elshane on Sep 7 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

Although motherhood generally comes with the phenomenal development of a third arm, it's pretty cool to sometimes just be able to use the two you were born with to their fullest extent. Insert need for baby wearing here.

I've been big on testing carriers and wraps since Sunday's birth, and honestly, I've loved everything that I've tried (props to LilleBaby and Solly brands). So I figured the natural next step would be to try the biggest name in baby wearing, BabyBjorn.

I opted for BabyBjorn's Carrier One Air model because I had very specific requirements and this carrier fit the bill. Living in Los Angeles, I needed a carrier that was completely breathable, versatile enough for her to face inside towards my chest, out to the world, or on my back, lightweight, easy to figure out, and super safe for her hips. Oh, and my craving for everything colorful was met since they just introduced this new line of pastels, called the Watercolor Collection!  

I have to say-- this carrier is so user-friendly. Even my husband, who loves the ol' fashion-- who needs a handbook-- method of figuring things out, was able to prove successful in his "wing it" approach. ;) {Of course, I read the entire instructions manual to make sure we were doing everything right, but he doesn't need to know that!}

I chose the carrier in Ice Blue Fish so that it satisfied my craving for color, and yet it was also masculine enough for my husband to feel comfortable wearing it. He's been rocking it on Sundays (with Sunday, ha!) to the local farmer's market. #FAMILY!

 

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PUT A NAME ON IT

posted by Elshane on Sep 1 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I always used to see mamas running around town wearing their children's initials around their neck, drawn onto their nails, and pierced in their ears. I questioned why they chose to sport their kiddo's names before their own? {Says the chick who rocks her ELSHANE necklace to the grave!}

I wondered if I would ever replace the ELSHANE necklace with that of another name... the name of my very own littles running around one day.

I'm slowly stepping into that territory and not looking back. The name you chose for your child has so much meaning (or no meaning at all, which is cool, too!), and I think that you have the right to shout it from the inner threads of your soul! Or the inner threads of your shirt, whichever you prefer. I chose the latter.

I was at an embroidery party (yup, they exist now), and I chose to embroider Sunday's name on my shirt. It's so special looking down at my chest and seeing that sunny, happy name starring back at me. It makes me think of her, and think of me, and think of who I want to continue to be. 

I love rocking Sunday's name and I suggest all of you mamas out there try it, too!

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CREAM OF THE CROPPED

posted by Elshane on Aug 22 2016, under Fashion

There's something about a trendy item that just never sits well with me. I picture walking into a restaurant towards a sea of twinning girls, my absolute worst nightmare.

But then again, to abandon trends all together is not my style either. Trendy girls can't just call "dibs" on certain looks-- not under my watch!

So I stand somewhere in the middle. Here's a case where I found a really trendy item-- the denim culotte, and made the most of it. For under $65, I scored not only something that has refreshed my closet in a major way, but also an item that flatters my body and is beyond baby-proof. {Shout out to never wear silk again, sadly. The spit-up game is real.}

These culottes from CottonOn were just what I needed last weekend during a routine trip to Rodeo Drive. And to be able to pair them back to my staple designer shoes and accessories made me feel at home where I'm most myself... on the streets of Beverly Hills, of course!!! :)

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ABOUT THAT BOW BLOUSE

posted by Elshane on Aug 16 2016, under Fashion

Been inching my way into fall fashion lately, despite the 90 degree morning wake up calls.

The only justifiable way to get excited about fall at this point is by slowly investing in fall tops. Bow blouses are so killer right now since denim is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g in fashion and you {duh} need something fresh to pair with your new jeans. However, since it's still a heat wave, these distressed jean shorts were an appropriate trade-off of the moment.

But I'm picturing this bow blouse for fall with a perfectly worn in pair of ever-so-slightly distressed denim skinny jeans, tucked in, with a killer monster platform shoe! {Currently coveting the Stella McCartney oxfords....eek....why are they so expensive??? SOS!!!!} You get the idea. So fresh, so fly.

Point of the story? I shopped the internet for some of my favorite of-the-moment bow blouses for you to get your hands on now. All contemporary, chic, and timeless! Check the Shop My Look section below for details!

Photographs taken on the Long Beach boardwalk on Long Island, NY.

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THE 'ANYTHING WITH A WHITE SNEAKER' LOOK

posted by Elshane on Aug 9 2016, under Fashion

Us fashion stylists can't stress it enough-- the white sneaker is your greatest style ally to date. 

It has rehydrated the mini dress, refreshed the skinny jean, and freed the bare leg. It's the most refreshing easy update that fashion has seen in years; completely ageless, genderless, and timeless. 

I love watching my husband wear his classic whites with a navy suit for an afternoon wedding, and my adorable little interns run around in their classic whites with cut off jean shorts. I choose to stay boss-lady-cool and wear mine with dresses and short suits. 

Give some classic white kicks a spin this fall season and watch how an it-shoe under $100 can transform your outfit! I've included some of my favorite white kicks in my shop the look section below, along with these white slides that I have been loving lately!

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THE PAJAMA TREND: LUXE EDITION

posted by Elshane on Aug 5 2016, under Fashion

It's the trend that has given laziness the street {style} credit that it has long yearned for. 

Pajama dressing... robe dressing... sweatpants chic, whatever it is you want to call it. Me? I call it the perfect time in fashion for motherhood. {Ha.... ha.... ha.... tear... tear... tear...}

All joking aside, if you know me at all you know I never miss an opportunity to get dressed. So the thought of pajamas as outerwear is not compelling, considering I don't even wear pajamas or robes inside the home because they make me feel un-chic even when I'm alone in my house. (Although, Target has been making some pretty swoon-worthy cheapie matching pj's that I bought for my labor/delivery-- shop those here).

Anyway, point is? I found a pajama gown that makes me feel fabulous. And comfortable. And chic. And cool. When I put it on it made me want to lounge in Beverly Hills at a sexy hotel with a glass of vino in hand, surrounded by crisp palm trees and pretty people-watching.

So I did. And here I am.

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