SEASONS CHANGE, DEMANDS CHANGE

posted by Elshane on Nov 27 2018, under Fashion

There's been an obvious lack of presence on my blog lately, and there's only one explanation. 

" ... It's not me, it's you... "

No, but really, it is you. It seems with the evolution of digital media, our eyes are more invested in the scroll of Instagram, the pins of Pinterest, and the chatters of Twitter, rather than the "old school" blog format. I don't disagree. I think blogs in general feel a little stale lately. To be honest, even I don't read them anymore.

I've toyed with the idea of molding my blog into something else, but for now, it will remain what it has always been, a photo diary of the ins and outs of my world. I will continue to keep you on board, so check in here and there to see what's new! 

 

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OUR NYC NURSERY ON THE FLY

posted by Elshane on Aug 13 2018, under Baby/Motherhood

 

So we moved to NYC in a flash and I was determined to create a nursery for Sunday that felt warm and inviting, as if she never left Los Angeles. I knew that this NYC apartment was temporary for us, since we'll be back in LA in no time, so I was on a serious budget, but I didn't want to sacrifice style.

I styled my nursery around this palm printed peel on/peel off (like a sticker) wallpaper to remind our family of our life in Los Angeles that we love so much. The rest of the decor was up for grabs...

I stumbled upon Hutch.com, a home decor site that allows you to visualize your space as you decorate it with items from their site. Since their database of inventory spans from all of our fan-favorite home decor sites, from Pottery Barn and West Elm, to Wayfair, Serena & Lily, and beyond, I was able to search items by price and style to fit my needs.

Here's how it works...

 

 

I found this dreamy orange rug that I thought would compliment my palm printed wallpaper perfectly. Then I played around with different cribs--  I surprised even myself when I ended up choosing this light wooden crib. Once I saw virtually how well it sat on top of the orange rug, I knew it was my best choice. 

Funny thing is, if I were shopping in a store and didn't first see the virtual layout of this room, I never would have picked the wooden crib to go with the orange rug. Hutch.com made me realize how important it is to virtually see a layout of a space before you make big decisions.

 

 

The apartment we rented came fully furnished, so this white daybed was already in the room. If I were designing the room from scratch, I wouldn't have chosen to add this piece of furniture, but it's proven to be an incredible lounge space for Sunday and I to lay on and read together every night. 

 

 

The closets in the apartment were designed for adults-- beautiful, ample hanging space-- but that leaves so much wasted space when storing tiny kids clothing! I purchased these fun plastic drawers to store all of Sunday's foldables, which allowed for maximum usage of the closet space.

 

 

Now that I look at it, I definitely was subconsciously inspired to choose that orange rug because of the incredible orange light fixture that came with the room! If I could, I'd run away with this light fixture and never come back! It's so fabulous and really adds an element of individuality to the space. 

 

 

Most importantly, Sunday absolutely loves her room. She loves her crib (is it ok if I keep her sleeping in one until she's 10?) and she loves the juxtaposition of color and good vibes. 

I hope it reminds her of Los Angeles the way it does for me. 

It seems that a slab of wallpaper, a crib, some throw pillows, and a few baskets can really go a long way for a "nursery on the fly"! 

With love from NYC, XO

 

** You can shop all of my decor pieces in my shop the look section below! **

 

Photography by Cameron Mirza

 

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FORTE DEI MARMI: SOAK IT IN

posted by Elshane on Aug 9 2018, under Fashion

 

I've arrived in Forte Dei Marmi at our bed and breakfast meets front page of Architectural Digest hotel. I've never stayed anywhere quite like this before-- we drove up a narrow, windy vineyard road in Camaiore, Tuscany, a town or two over from Forte Dei Marmi, to find a mansion fit for Italian royalty awaiting us (and the 11 other guests who can occupy their 12-room glamorous bed and breakfast, or as they refer to it, "guest house"). 

We opted to stay here at Locanda Al Colle instead of on the beachfront in Forte Dei Marmi because we wanted a true Italian countryside experience. And it delivered!

 

 

Surprisingly enough, Forte Dei Marmi reminds us a lot of Aspen (if Aspen was on the ocean). The people are ultra glamorous yet understated, the luxury shops crammed in every possible corner around town are open until midnight (which leaves lots of room for post-dinner wine-induced shopping), and biking around is the preferred method of hopping from beach to lunch to dinner.

Oh, and the beach clubs... they deliver fun in the form of either ultra-relaxing private cabanas, equip with masseuses to drop-in for 20 minute back rubs, or a complete "180" beach experience-- champagne-spraying, cabana trampoline dancing, no regrets day parties-- depending which beach club you choose.

We dipped our toes in both, of course! ;)

 

 

Here we are at Nikki Beach in Versilia, Tuscany. It was one for the books!

 

 

We spent another day at a relaxing beach club in Forte Dei Marmi, exploring the waterfront by bicycle.

 

 

Another incredible way to spend an afternoon or evening is to visit Forte Dei Marmi's neighboring town, Pietrasanta. Pietrasanta is a medieval town that is a sanctuary for international sculptors and artists. 

Art galleries, outdoor art installations, unique women's clothing stores, and sidewalk restaurants line the narrow cobblestone streets. The main part of town is closed off to cars, so strolling the streets by foot, hand in hand, is a true pleasure.

 

 

We also took a 20 minute drive outside of town to Pisa. We couldn't miss the iconic leaning tower, and it was just too instagramable to resist! How'd I do? 

 

 

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STATEMENT EARRINGS | FARFETCH.COM

posted by Elshane on Jul 17 2018, under Life of a Stylist

 

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by one of my go-to luxury fashion destinations-- Farfetch.com. They asked me to discuss my favorite accessories trend of the summer, which naturally is a statement earring moment!

Truthfully, I can't get enough of the statement earring craze. She comes in all shapes and sizes, from mismatched (a personal favorite), to tassel, to oversized hoops and tiny hoops, and the list goes on. Below, I graze the topic and share some must-score earrings for our highly anticipated 2018/2019 fasHUN season ahead! 

Plus, you can shop my favorites in my SHOP THE LOOK section below! My ears are already ringing! ;)

 

For the full article, check out Farfetch.com

Photos by @theminimalistblonde

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HOSTED BY YOURS TRULY

posted by Elshane on May 14 2018, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Well New York has been off to an exciting start! You have to remember, the last time I lived here, I was in my 20's, working a 9-7 job, single, and living in a shoe box studio.

Now, 8 years later I'm back and I'm a complete 180! I'm in my 30's, own my own business on my own time, I'm married with a daughter, and living in an apartment {and life!} of my dreams. 

So yes, New York has been fun. But... there was something missing...

 

I was invited (and honored) to host a Mother's Day event in conjuntion with Cybex (the high end stroller and car seat company) and Fashion Mamas (a members-only organization that brings together working mamas in the fashion industry). 

This event came at the perfect time for me. Amist relishing the new adventure that was New York City, came a deep loneliness -- missing my mama friends, companions, and co-workers in Los Angeles whom I had grown so close to -- sharing every silly detail about our parenting existance. 

Although relationships like that never fade, it was important that I carved new relationships with like-minded mothers in New York City, so I jumped on the opportunity to host an event that catered to ultimate boss mamas. 

The company, the decor, the florals, the food, and the laughs... it was all divine! Thank you to all who attended my Mother's Day brunch. I loved meeting each and every one of you! Until next time...

 

XO

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NEW BEGINNINGS: NEW YORK CITY

posted by Elshane on Apr 11 2018, under Fashion

So, yeah, it's been quite a little bit of time since my last post. I'll give it to you straight.

...It was a perfect day in LA, 80 degrees. I had spent the day chasing my daughter around our pool in the backyard, our dog following our every move. A classic, "ahh haaa...LA is simply the best" kind of day. Then my husband came home from work and dropped a mini bomb on us... we kinda, sorta, maybe, probably, had to move to NYC within the month. {For his job.}

WHAT?

 

I was sad for like... one week. Devastated. Crushed.

Our perfect LA life was over in the blink of an eye. Both my husband and I were from NYC-- we knew exactly what we were getting into moving back to the city. It wasn't a life we wanted. 

OK, SO THEN...

 

The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting happened. Instantly I didn't care ONE bit about my move. Why on earth did it matter that I was moving across the country with my happy and healthy family? I felt so blessed just to be able to experience this life with the people I cherish most. 

In the end, I reminded myself that life isn't always the stick figure drawing you made up in school. A four person family holding hands in front of your square house-- instead, it's most certainly a scribbled up version of just that. It's the eraser marks and the wobbly lines in between the final portrait. And I learned that quickly with this move. Yes-- I miss LA deeply, but we will be back, one day very soon. In the meantime, I'm going to live the best life I can live with the people I love most, wherever that may be.

 

So from that awakening onwards, it's just been GREEN LIGHT. Pack, sort, shuffle, organize, rent, buy, store, save, hire, fire. MOVE.

And that's how we did it. Welcome to Elshanesworld.com... the New York City edition!

 

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COLOR YOUR SEASON WITH OPI!

posted by Elshane on Jan 10 2018, under Beauty

If you know me-- you know there are a few recognizable and consistent staples in my Elshane palette that paint the picture of my vibe.

Nails, Nails, Nails! Nails have always been at the forefront of my style-- who remembers when I had my husband's face intricately painted on my ring finger for my wedding? Or the day I had to cut my claws-- yes, the day before I went into labor with my daughter. {I had some sort of mama-intuition that long nails wouldn't be the best for diaper changing-- boy was I right!}

Nails have always completed my look. So when I had the opportunity to test the new OPI Color Your Season nail lacquer collectionexclusive to Ulta Beauty, I dove right in. 

 

 

Above, you'll find the outcome-- a beautiful video portrayal of a day in the life of, well... me... as I add my favorite accessory to every look-- my nail art! The nails become alive... they become ART.

We spent days and days before filming this video playing around with color combinations and nail designs. What I loved most about this nail lacquer set is that I was able to go a little outside of the norm of one's comfort zone when mixing colors and graphics for the nail designs. 

Best yet? You can purchase the entire color palette exclusively at Ulta stores and on ulta.com! And...and...BIG AND... stay tuned on my Instagram over the next few days for a chance to win the entire collection, too!

 

 

Enjoy some behind the scenes shots of the incredible nail art. You can clearly see how much fun we had!! What's your favorite nail design? Comment below! xx

 

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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

posted by Elshane on Jan 9 2018, under Fashion

January rolls around, and along with resolutions (who else made 2018 about meditation and self awareness?) comes a fresh breath of individual style. 

With holiday season behind us, winter fashion miraculously takes a new turn-- less sparkle and tartan, and more color in celebration of pre-spring.

I take the month of January to dig-- I mean really, really dig-- into the back of my closet and revive the moments of winter's past. Before we know it, cold weather will be behind us; take out that sweater dress, that blazer, that tall boot that you lived in three years ago, and give it another chance! For although January is the month of new, it's also the month that we most connect to our inner, best self.

Happy January! Now get digging and have fun!

 

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HI! IT'S ELSHANE FROM LOS ANGELES, CA
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I STARTED MY BLOG IN 2010 AS A WAY TO ARCHIVE ALL OF THE ONE-OF-A-KIND RUNWAY PIECES THAT I OWNED FROM WORKING AS THE IN-HOUSE STYLIST FOR DIANE VON FURSTENBERG IN NYC.

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