Category: Fashion

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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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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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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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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A GIRL AND HER BOOTS

posted by Elshane on Jan 2 2018, under Fashion

 

Sometimes you see a trend in a magazine, on the internet, on social media...and ask yourself-- is it fleeting? Is it worth the splurge? 

Such was the case with the over the knee red boot that I started to see on the New York runways for fall 2017 collections (way back in spring 2017). By September, I knew I loved it, but I just wasn't sure if it would last. 

When I make a trend investment, contrary to the opinion of many, I like to invest in the best version of the trend, instead of the "H&M" version. This way, as the trend starts to evaporate, you don't actually own the trend-- you own a "piece of art" that never goes out of style, rather than a cheap copy that gets thrown in the giveaway pile. 

So fast forward when I saw these Valentino boots, I knew destiny was staring me straight in the face. And that's the short tale of how I met my favorite boots. xoxo

 

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IN BOOTS, WILL WALK {TO INSTAGRAM}

posted by Elshane on Dec 14 2017, under Fashion

These Chanel boots have seen a lot of love lately. What hasn't seen a lot of love? My bloggie baby! It's been the craziest month-- and I hope you have been following along the journey on my Instagram

The truth is, this whole blog landscape has been feeling a bit stale to me for awhile now. It's lacking that instant gratification feeling; the way that US Weekly sometimes tastes just a bit better than Vogue... there's something about the instant world of Instagram and Instagram Stories that has me devoting most of my time to the app, rather than this mecca of a diary that I have been curating so passionately for the past eight years of my life.

As this instant world gets more and more, well...for lack of a better word, instant... I find that apps on my iPhone are more of a go-to than logging onto a blog on my laptop. Besides, people really love to shop off of Instagram-- myself included. Do you shop off of Instagram?

Curious how you guys feel about the blog vs. Instagram world? Are you reading blogs as often as you used to? What platforms are you shopping off of? I'd love to hear your feedback!! XO

 

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METALLICS FOR FALL

posted by Elshane on Nov 9 2017, under Fashion

It's pretty easy to spot one of fall's biggest fashion moments this season: SILVER METALLIC!

What's great about this trend is that if you invest properly, you can end up with a timeless, and potentially seasonless piece, just like this effortless dress that is intricately woven with blue and silver metallic. Worn in fall with boots, or spring with a sandal, this silver investment piece will last for seasons to come.

Can you just picture a sparkily silver metallic moment on the Kira Kira Instagram app?! {Who loves that filter as much as me?!}  Plus, silver is so easy to style-- simply pair the statement item back to basic black and white for a look so fresh and clean!

Take a look at some seasonless silver metallic items I recommend in my SHOP THE LOOK section below! 

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STOP FOR RED

posted by Elshane on Oct 17 2017, under Fashion

You don't have to sell me twice when the hottest color of the season is also the brightest. I'll jump right on board, and dip in head to toe!

Red for fall is here and it's packing a powerful punch. The runways have shown it worn as coats, sweaters, pants-- both denim and trouser, and boots, boots, boots! 

The trick about red? It comes in two variations-- with a blue undertone, or with an orange undertone. Depending on your skin/hair tone, you may prefer one over the other. Me? I show no loyalty-- I'm team BOTH shades. (If you can tell, my sweater has an orange undertone, and my shorts blue).

I've included some of my favorite must-have RED pieces in my SHOP THE LOOK section below! Happy shopping!

 

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