SPOTLIGHT ON: GRAY MALIN PHOTOGRAPHY

posted by Elshane on Mar 5 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

This Elshane's World way of life (you know, for the power chick who wants it all), really goes from head to toe, from inside out, from my closet to my living room. The keyword is GLAM!

Talk about full circle, funny story: Four years ago when I moved to LA from NYC, I visited a local flea market in hopes to bargain hunt trinkets and treasures to fill up my new home. I found myself in a booth filled with vibrant photographs that blew my mind-- donkeys, farmers, and everything else strangely southern perched perfectly in front of a lone Prada Marfa storefront. These images were very familiar to me-- I had seen them all over the internet by a famed photographer, and I figured I had stumbled into a steal of a re-print. I made BFF's with this cute local photog, and a few small bills later, the print was mine.

Within a year or two later, I had discovered the photographer Gray Malin, and recognized that he was the genius behind the Prada Marfa series. Although I knew I got my print from a tiny flea market vendor, it was exciting to know that I had a piece in my home that was inspired by the great artist. The piece was a no-fail conversation starter and lead me to follow each new series of Malin's work.

I even hung another series of Gray Malin-inspired photographs in my house after I honeymooned in Positano, Italy with my husband and had us each photograph the sea of orange umbrellas like in Malin's La Dolce Vita series. We framed our versions of "Positano Town" in our guest bathroom, and signed it with our honeymoon date.

But wait...the story doesn't end yet...

One perfect afternoon right after the 2015 new year, I decided to get my faux- Gray Malin Prada Marfa photograph re-framed professionally. And then it happened...

As the man at the frame store took my photograph out of my old frame, a business card fell off of the back of the artwork.

It read, Gray Malin Photography.

It was Gray who I met at the flea market that day. It was Gray who I bought my prized photograph from. It was Gray who was the photographer. It was, this entire time, an original Gray Malin Prada Marfa series!

My jaw dropped. I immediately emailed Gray from his email on the business card and asked him if I could come by to re-introduce myself, have him sign the work, and give me a big, fat hug. 

The rest? History. Art history, that is...

Here are some photos I took while visiting Gray's office to have my work signed:

Special sale alert! Today's birthday boy Gray Malin (happy birthday!) is running a one day mega sale on his Prada Marfa series on his website today! Shop the collection here!

And the other best news? These are only half of the photos from my amazing home tour. Find 12 new photos of different room by visiting Gray Malin's webiste here!

 

Photographs of me in my home by Tori Aston.

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PREPPY BY DAY

posted by Elshane on Mar 3 2015, under Fashion

One article of clothing in just the right place can change everything...

Take this cozy beach sweater from Wildfox Couture...yeah, the one that I'd usually wear with black skinny leather pants and a perfectly paired boot. Now change your way of thinking. Subtract the motorcycle weekend babe and add the straight from tennis, but left my sweat on the court babe... and you are left with this perfectly preppy prima donna. 

And for the girl who prefers baggy drop crotch on a Monday, and a pastel pencil skirt on a Thursday, hanging a "gone preppy" sign on my forehead doesn't seem so bad after all.

For the love of fashion, and playing the part of who you choose to be every single day of every single week...

Photography by Sabrina Hill.

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GLITTER BEAUTY TRENDS: RUNWAY TO REAL LIFE

posted by Elshane on Feb 26 2015, under Beauty

There's something about New York Fashion Week beauty trends that always have me at hello.

This February on the New York runways, Rodarte adorned the bottom lids with a row of tiny Swarovski sparkles affixed by silver string. Ohne Titel took purple caviar microbeads (yes, the same beads we used to dip our gel nails into) to the next level by gluing them to the lower lids.

What I'm trying to say? If you don't have glue or dollhouse-sized tweezers handy in your makeup kit-- my solution is pretty.darn.perfect.

Introducing... my five minute Urban Decay fashion week eye. And no, this isn't a sponsored posts... I just live for this brand!

1. Start with the pinkish hue in the Naked On The Run palette (the one I describe in detail in this post). It's a good base eyeshadow color for all skintones. Natural yet noticeable.

2. Line the bottom lid with the Heavy Metal Liner.

3. Prime your lashes with the fabulously fun to apply white primer.

4. Top your lashes with Perversion, aka, Perfect Lashes.

5. Hit the town and have fun ;) <--- day or night, I actually prefer this look for daytime though.

Photography by Sabrina Hill

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BEVERLY HILLS HOLD'EM

posted by Elshane on Feb 24 2015, under Fashion

I don't think anyone shouts, "I'm going to Disneyland!!!!" with pure intentions of coming home with a new designer handbag and hat. But, hey, that's what makes my world a little peculiar I guess.

So, yeah...I did that. 

I went on the Indiana Jones ride and landed myself straight into the gift shop where leather safari hats are as abundant as Mickey ears. Then I headed to the children's section of Minnie paradise and scored quite the evening handbag. A true example of "from runway to reality"...but in this case, completely reversed. From mass general population, straight to the couture closet that my stacks of handbags cheerfully call home. 

Alaia and Minnie can finally meet! It all makes so much sense now...

Do I smell the next Disney movie sensation in the works? 

Photography by Sabrina Hill, taken at the Brentwood Country Mart, CA. 

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2015 BEST DRESSED OSCARS MOMENTS

posted by Elshane on Feb 23 2015, under Life of a Stylist

It's the teamwork between Lupita Nyong'o and her stylist, Michaela Erlanger, that keeps her on the best dressed list carpet after carpet. It's rare that you find a stylist and talent duo that work so well together. They take all the right risks, and it pays off every.single.time.

Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein tailored to perfection!

Finally Jennifer Aniston brought her red carpet game to awards season on this carpet! Her past award show looks have missed the beat-- for a chick who can call in any designer in the entire world, it was a series of let-downs over the past two months.

This Versace gown is true to Jennifer's signature body conscious style, but brings her into glam-shabaam-thank-you-ma'am-mode! This is the kind of gown that looks better in person than in photographs because of the intricate beading and layers of fabrication. Meaning? She's having a lot of fun tonight feeling beautiful...

This is what accessories game strong is all about! Thanks to talented stylists who know how to place just the right conversation piece on the right person, both Margot Robbie (above) and Faith Hill (below) knock-knocked on the golden best dressed doors tonight with their minimal and chic gowns, adorned with stellar, stand out necklaces.

Margot in a Saint Laurent gown and Van Cleef and Arpels necklace.

Faith in J Mendel. 

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FARMERS MARKET SUNDAZE

posted by Elshane on Feb 16 2015, under Fashion

I can honestly say I still don't understand the full appeal of a farmers market. Farm to table produce? Ehhh. The flowers are never as fresh as my go-to flower shops, I'm never in dire need of a homemade eggplant garlic hummus, and I'm more than fine with the organic bananas from my routine trip to Trader Joe's.  

The only alluring factor is of course simply the activity of walking the farmer's market! What to wear, who to bump into, and most importantly, what batch of strawberries to throw on an Instagram post (why do strawberries get so many likes?!). If it was up to me, there should be a lot more time spent at a roller skating rink than at a stand of Brussel sprouts. But hey! 

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TUXEDO HER

posted by Elshane on Feb 11 2015, under Fashion

Any sunny day is National Turban Day. Ain't no shame in my turban game.

This turban is actually just a vintage scarf tied in a rose knot in the front of my head. I just made up the word "rose knot"-- I basically just tied a knot that was a little extra poufy and tucked in the ends of the scarf underneath the rose bulb. A rose knot. 

And now you understand why you need to go to college to be a fashion stylist.... 

Mixing sarcasm with straight truth everyday since '84.

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