MAD FOR MAXI

posted by Elshane on May 22 2015, under Fashion

Tastes like spring! Aside from the obvious perks of sunshine, (outdoor brunch, weekends at the beach, a golden glow, BBQ’ing with friends-- the list goes on), spring allows fashion to be free, fabulous, and unrestricting!

This season, I won’t leave home without a maxi skirt with a slit up the front. It’s the ultimate investment piece for day-to-night effortless style.

I’ve compiled five real-life scenarios for the perfect maxi skirt moment, and how to style the skirt:

1. Sunday Afternoon with the Girls: Whether you’re between the beach, a BBQ, or a mid-day hang session, a maxi skirt is your perfect solution for an afternoon with your girlfriends. Paired back to a simple tank, a denim jacket, and wedges, this look gives off a classic “wear anywhere” vibe, should there be any impromptu change of plans!

2. Important Work Meeting: Tired of the same business casual look? Dress up your maxi skirt by tucking in a classic button down shirt and throwing over a chic, tailored blazer to complete the look.  It’s a fresh way to step into ‘corporate chic’!

3. Date Night: Grab that crop top hanging in your closet and put her to work! The great benefit to a maxi skirt is that they typically fall at the small of your waist, above your belly button, allowing the perfect blank canvas for a crop top moment! Throw on a tall pair of heels and an oversized clutch and pencil it in as a night to remember!

4. Packing for Vacation: One of the greatest perks of a maxi skirt is its clear versatility. Pack it for a trip and it will never let you down.

5. Heading to the Beach: If denim cut-off shorts are no longer your thing (I’m with you here!), you have the chance to elevate your beach style with a maxi skirt as a cover up. A bikini and a maxi skirt allow you to bring fashion beachside, while still feeling covered up in all the right places!

For my maxi look, I paired the skirt with a classic button down skirt tied at the waist for an extra hint of style. I added my favorite new JustFab stacked heels, oversized clutch, and stack of rings. To me, this look reads spring gone chic!

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INTERIOR INSPO: A DOSE OF PALM SPRINGS DECOR

posted by Elshane on May 18 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Call it the War of the West... two hotels side by side, each designed by two of our home decor world's greatest and most individually unique artists, Jonathan Adler vs. Kelly Wearstler. Here, we have The Parker Palm Springs vs. The Avalon Palm Springs.

The Parker can thank Jonathan Adler for their 2004 re-design, a luxe bohemian oasis with a mix of global design influences —  Peruvian weavings and Edwardian chairs. You can spot pieces from his own collection every so often, like his famous Muse sculptures.

The Avalon (originally The Viceroy but with a recent name change) has Kelly Wearstler written all over it, when she brought her classic Hollywood Regency glamour straight to the desert. Black and White geometric walls are splattered with punches of citron and framed with sculptural trees.

Since my own home is a sanctuary of both Adler and Wearstler, it was hard to pick a winner.

But I did. The Parker. 

Enjoy photos of both hotels. I hope you can guess which photos are which hotel! Hint-- anything black, white, and citron is The Avalon (aside from The Parker's life-sized outdoor chess game), everything else is The Parker!

 

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DESERT STORM

posted by Elshane on May 14 2015, under Fashion

This floral dress had me at hello! I'm a total extremist-- when I wear tight, it's tight (and short, and possibly see-through). But when I wear volume, I spare no extra fabric!

This dress goes the distance (literally). It moves like magic and gets a 10 out of 10 in twirl-ability (a known key to any romantic dress).

So twirling is what I did, in this perfectly pressed floral mini, through this desert garden oasis in Palm Springs...

Photographs taken at the Avalon Hotel (previously the Viceroy Hotel) in Palm Springs by Emily Hakim.

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BLAZER WHITE

posted by Elshane on May 7 2015, under Fashion

Be it cape'd, double breasted, boxy, or fitted, a white blazer is this summer's must-have ticket. Well, if you're into that effortless chic kinda thing...

I took my white blazer to Chinatown in LA to give it a spin. I was supposed to be in Shanghai at the time, but in classic #bosslady behavior, I booked a job last minute that I couldn't turn down. So I pressed the big red cancel button on China, and instead opted for LA's 100 square feet version-- a dollhouse-sized mecca of chachkies and spices galore. Pretty much my idea of of a grand ol' time!

And yes, of course I didn't leave empty handed. A "diamond" ring for $8, two of those long gold extended fingernails that you cover your pinky with for fun, four mini hair clips for $5, and a rabbit foot on a keychain. ;)

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MET GALA 2015: BEST DRESSED

posted by Elshane on May 4 2015, under Life of a Stylist

Rihanna in Guo Pei.

Yellow! But of course. Rihanna is the Queen of the Chinese night! The color yellow has been inseparably linked to the Chinese culture for over 5,000 years. It was worn by the earliest ancestor of the Chinese race, Huangdi, aka the Yellow Emperor. There is the Yellow River, Yellow Plateau and of course Yellow Fever (but not exclusively Chinese). {Thanks to my dear friend Tina Craig from BagSnob for the China History 101.}

 

Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture.

Diane stole my heart with her sheer sequin pants plus sash and beaded top. She reminds me of a China Doll that should be forever perched on my bookshelf (or in my closet). Effortless, on theme, and not overdone. 

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci.

We were all fearful for the overdone Chinese-themed ensembles that this years MET Ball theme, Chinese Whispers, would bring. We cringed when we pictured the likes of the Katy Perry-esque costume moment in an overdone high bun with chopsticks and kimono of sorts...leaning on offensive and low brow. 

Georgia May went there...she definitely went there...but in all the right ways. Her Gucci look is obviously Chinese in theme, yet couture in nature. The colors and patterns of the wrap, the slight obi sleeve, and the perfectly paired lace-up pump is exactly what I needed for my dose of Chinese art. And that hair? Head to toe perfection!

Beyoncé in Givenchy.

Gulp!!!!! Speechless. {Girl stole my bi-monthly hairdo though). It's hard to even describe what I like about this look because she simply looks so smoking hot. The application of the jewels around the neckline and naval are a plus. I'm just hypnotized.

Justin Bieber in Balmain.

A slim man can do no wrong in a Mandarin Collar. I have an entire rack of them freshly pressed in my man's closet at all times. Bieber seems to have taken note. Respect the collar (and the intricate cummerbund)!

He could have done without the sunnies, but then again, it's Bieber! 

Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection.

The simplicity yet intricacy of this gown is stunning. Calvin Klein strikes again with the perfect simple sexy gown that they seem to nail decade after decade {who can forget Kate Moss' ultimate Calvin gown moment in the 90's}.

 I have a feeling we will be seeing more of this lace-up side boob detail on gowns, dresses, and tops emerging from designers high and low for seasons to come.

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli.

It's no wonder that Allison would land on my best dressed list after I named Rihanna as my best dressed in her similar Valli gown from the Grammys this year. 

There's a time and a place for certain silhouettes, like an over-explosive ball skirt...and this was the time and the place for Allison!

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TAKE ME TO THE PARKER

posted by Elshane on May 4 2015, under Fashion

Come away with me as I tour you through the Parker in Palm Springs, CA, a destination hotel that leaves little room for one to desire to leave the grounds. Between the lobby furnishings to the outdoor green maze of sanctuaries and serenity, this place can be described in one simple word...

Legit!

I chose this colorful kaftan for the Tour de Parker because a sheer flowing maxi and home decor always go hand in hand. {Refer back to my consistent hostessing tip number one-- wear a long maxi to effortlessly float through your party.} This may not have been my party, but I certainly dreamed it up to be!

 

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#ELSPANISHOASIS BY SAFAVIEH

posted by Elshane on May 1 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Welcome home... Welcome home!

It's been a long journey of construction, 4 months in total, but we've officially laid down the last tile, painted the last beam, and fluffed the last pillow.

With our #ElSpanishOasis construction, we focused on 4 key areas. I'm releasing one of them to you today-- our beloved indoor/outdoor courtyard! We took what was simply a long, narrow enclosed driveway that was parallel to our house, and turned it into an indoor/outdoor peaceful abode, with the help of Safavieh Outdoor Furniture.

Here's our old space, a shot facing the street:

Notice the stark white wall hardly shading us from our next door neighbors. Also notice the concrete flooring, the unsightly black swing doors toward the front of our home, and the overall "driveway"-like feel.

Now see the same shot after the construction (but before any of our landscaping grew in)-- you'll notice the following things:

1. The white wall is 3 feet higher (and will soon be covered in lush greenery).

2. The driveway doors were replaced with reclaimed wood doors that are 3 feet taller and much more aesthetically pleasing.

3. The 800 sq. feet of floors have been tiled in Saltillo tile with hand-painted accent tiles.

4.We installed a water feature with light beams against the white wall.

5. We built a reclaimed wood pergola (which will soon be covered in lush greenery) to create an indoor feel outdoors.

6. We built a white wall towards the reclaimed wood doors to hide our garbage cans and BBQ.

7. We furnished the space with the most versatile and chic Safavieh Outdoor Furniture!

Enjoy some great shots below of the new space.

Can you imagine the endless entertaining we've been hosting? As it gets dark and our pergola market lights turn on, along with the surround sound system and soothing water feature, it's been an ideal spot to relax and watch the sunset. During the day, we use the space as an outdoor living room-- an easy flow to and from our backyard pool!

P.S.- Do you melt for these layered outdoor Safavieh rugs? I do!

The greatest part of our space is our outdoor furniture and layered rugs by Safavieh. It's allowed us to feel completely at home, as if we were indoors in our living room, while we are outside. Plus, the maintenance is practically non-existent. Sometimes I cover the couch cushions when I know it's going to rain at night. Otherwise, we just leave everything as is! The rugs are completely waterproof, and the cushions can be unzipped and washed when necessary (but we haven't even had to explore that yet)!

I can't wait to show you the progress of the space in a few months when the landscaping grows in, completing the look. We even planted a large tree in the center of the space. A tree in a living room? Sounds about right.

California living at its finest...

Join my conversation about my #elspanishoasis by following along these hashtags on Instagram - #elspanishoasis and #safavieh. Happy decorating!

Photography by Tori Aston.

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