HOW TO TIE A NECK SCARF

posted by Elshane on Sep 1 2015, under Fashion

It takes a bold woman to walk these streets.

Time Square, that is. Not for the true blood New Yorker. The crowds, the annoying street performers, the sloooow walkers, it's everything a New Yorker is bred to despise. 

But, more importantly, how to tie a micro scarf:

To tie this scarf around my neck, I used a square silk scarf. I CUT the scarf diagonally in half, to create two triangles. Using one of the triangles, I rolled it up like a bandana and gave it a side knot on my neck. 

The scarf toned down the dress, allowing me to take a more evening dress and turn it into an effortless daytime lewk!

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BIRTHDAY GURL!

posted by Elshane on Aug 29 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

August 30th: Happy Birthday to me :)

Turning 31 isn't as chic as turning 30, because there's no epic excuse to throw a monster blow out this time around. So instead, I urge you to revisit my birthday party last year, where I re-created Coachella in August, bringing a live band, food trucks, DIY-stations, shotskis, mini golf, and more, straight to my house party in Beverly Hills.

I bring you... #ELCHELLA! Click here to reminisce on the fun with me from last year...

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VINTAGE VIXEN

posted by Elshane on Aug 26 2015, under Fashion

This lewk redefines power dressing. It's overstated, understated, and just the right amount power chick.

It's the perfect prescription for business meeting to office chic to boss ladies who lunch. 

I paired her with whimsical earrings to give the lewk the lighthearted spin she deserved. Verdict? We won.

Photographs taken in midtown NYC by Ashley Sky Walker.

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MAJOR IN MAJE

posted by Elshane on Aug 24 2015, under Fashion

I completed the Beverly Center's Fall Fashion "Show Us Your Style" challenge!

Rewind. Let me explain...

I've partnered with the Beverly Center {for those who don't live in or around LA, it's an epic mall with wall to wall designers from Jimmy Choo and Dolce & Gabbana to Uniqlo and quite possibly the world's largest H&M} to complete a head-to-toe fall fashion lewk from the mall for under $250. One rule? I could only use two accessory-only items from my current wardrobe to complete the look!

So to the mall I went! I could have hit H&M for a multi-faceted, extraordinary layered look equip with jewels, handbags, and jackets galore for under $250-- but I had to stick to my roots-- I have expensive taste.

Bloomingdales was a natural first stop. I picked up this $187 (on sale!) Maje dress and paired it back to my personal hat and slouchy boots for an effortless and clean intro to fall vibe.

Ok, ok. I wish I could have thrown on some sunnies and a stack of bangles, too. But I wanted to follow every rule! There's something nice about going au natural, right?

Come join me and fellow blogger babes at the Beverly Center fall fashion event on Wednesday, September 2nd! See you there. xo

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BIKE AND THE CITY

posted by Elshane on Aug 19 2015, under Fashion

There's really no way to stop a girl in cowboy boots.

Slangin' a crystal chain Louboutin backpack.

And a trusty bicycle.

Possibly too long to be a Haiku, but for the sake of fashion, it works.

Photographs taken in Times Square, NYC, by Ashley Walker.

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SANTORINI STUD

posted by Elshane on Aug 17 2015, under Fashion

No better time to glam up your swimwear than when traveling to an exotic island, like here in Santorini, Greece. Swimwear is a funny category-- sort of like makeup, where there's a time and a place to glam up, or tone down. Don't be caught missing the mark in either case-- nothing worse than an overachieving suit in a underachieving vibe. And visa versa!

But here, in fabulous island world, glam up is always a do. The gold jewelry, the bold lip, the designer suit that probably.shouldn't.get.wet. 

Then there's the "no shirt, no shoes, no problem" beach vibe, which would completely shun a look like this. I'd save the sporty triangle bikinis for those rare days. ;)

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A MYKONOS ADVENTURE

posted by Elshane on Aug 12 2015, under Fashion

Riddle me this... What's white and Tiffany blue and chic all over?

Mykonos town brings it home with charming cobblestone streets that rival the it-life maze of Italy's Capri town. Only difference is Capri is stacked with couture, and Mykonos with local shops and mixed designer boutiques (très chic)!

Although nothing beats spending an afternoon at one of Mykonos' daytime party beach clubs (did someone say Nammos?), the "walk, shop, and eat around town" vibe comes in a close second.

I mean, these streets speak for themselves! Come get lost with me as I weave around, picking up local trinkets along the way... ;)

 

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THE INN AT LAGUNA BEACH

posted by Elshane on Aug 10 2015, under Fashion

This weekend I threw all I could fit in my la petite valise (tiny little suitcase) and drove south one hour to The Inn at Laguna Beach. I'm a hotel snob-- so I'll drive 10 minutes or 10 hours if it means checking in to check out.

I love the feeling of checking into a luxe hotel. What's the lobby vibe? People-watching? How close am I to town? What bath products will be offered? What will the view be like? How silky are the sheets? How fabulous is the shower? 

I don't recommend becoming a hotel snob if you haven't already reached that status. The problem is, your "must visit" checklist only-gets-longer! But the best part? Thinking back to this weekend I just had...

So ahead I went, to a beach town that I've rarely explored, and checked myself in for a weekend staycation. 

The Inn at Laguna Beach delivered just that. Perched on top of the bluffs over Laguna Beach, I couldn't help but feel like I had just pulled up to the perfect boutique hotel. Surf boards-turned- benches and showers greeted my dog Homer with fabulous photo opps (dog-friendly hotels get a double check in my book), and "town" was a mere 2 minute walk down the road. 

We spent our days sitting on our oceanfront balcony, walking down to the beach, and having wine on the rooftop. Homer agrees, it was the perfect weekend getaway.

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