REFRESHING YOUR DINNERWARE

posted by Elshane on Aug 16 2017, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

I was on the hunt for a new set of casual, everyday dinnerware. I checked out the usual suspects... won't mention any names but their initials include PB, C&B, you know the drill... Everything was expensive and unimpressive.

So I sat tight for a bit, until I stumbled upon this gem of a company, called Cheeky. I first heard of them when they sent me a set of babyware-- BPA-free plates, bowls, sippy cups. I was impressed by the quality, the design, and the cute prints. They still remain front and center in my baby feeding line-up.

Then I saw that they make porcelain dinnerware... and for every plate purchased, the company donates a meal to someone in need in the U.S.. I was sold. Great quality, great prices, great prints, great cause. Need any other reason to look any further? I would hope not!

 

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BABY'S NEWEST PLAY ROOM

posted by Elshane on Aug 3 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

When us mommy's look for toys for baby, we look to hit all the senses, right? A fuzzy stuffed animal that moves his head and giggles, a wooden train that pieces together with a choo choo on top. 

Well, what if your best toys were hiding in your very own closet? Sometimes when Sunday and I are getting stir crazy and we don't want to/can't go outside, we lock ourselves in my closet and get WILD.

I show her the fuzzy fur coats, the spiky sequin tops, and all of the colors of the rainbow. She opens and closes my accessories drawers, she takes clothes off the hangers, and she "cleans up" when we're done. (You know... putting all of the clothes in one pile at the corner of the closet!)

Point is, it's a great way to spend 20 minutes of time. Plus, it's a great way to revive that silver sequin dress that you haven't worn in years... ;)

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SUMMERING IN WHITE

posted by Elshane on Jul 17 2017, under Fashion

Coming from the girl who feels uncomfortable in her own skin if she's not wearing at least two different prints on her body, is bringing it strong in a classic white button down.

It's one of those staples that you can't own enough of, and you can never go wrong in. I'm constantly on the hunt for new white button downs to add to my closet, because, well...not gonna lie... they get stained a lot from makeup and baby's sticky fingers. 

I've done the work for you and shopped the internet for some of my favorite of-the-moment white button downs that are perfect additions to your ever-expanding wardrobe. Hope you love my selects as much as me!

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FOLLOW SUIT, JUMPSUIT

posted by Elshane on Jul 6 2017, under Fashion

Ohhhhh, my love for a chic jumpsuit runs deep. 

By now you all probably know that it's hard for me to gravitate towards a dress, because it doesn't feel incredibly "self styled" to me. I like my separates wild and cool, and paired together in a way that's uniquely unique. Yes, I just used unique together as an adverb and adjective.

But a jumpsuit, for some reason, is a whole different ballgame. The jumpsuits in my closet are by far the most re-worn outfits season after season. As a matter of fact, one's up at bat tonight, too... 

I've listed carefully selected must-have jumpsuits to get you through summer and swing you right into fall. Check out the SHOP MY LOOK section below for all the home runs!

Photographs taken by @howlandrose for my Fashion Mamas house tour.

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SET MATCH POINT

posted by Elshane on Jun 28 2017, under Fashion

Have you sifted through the way back of your mother's closet only to discover poorly fitted and pilled matching sweater sets? 

Yeah, this isn't the same thing, don't worry. Pajama sets reemerged on the European fashion runways a few years ago, along with many questions, hesitations, and low brow under the breath remarks. Why would we push aside a fresh, feminine look and replace it with baggy silk pajamas? Well, why not? 

Fast forward seasons and seasons later... yesterday, today, and tomorrow... wearable pajamas are proving to be a major success. {Disclaimer: I'm talking pajama-trend fashion, not real pj's!} There's just something so "cool girl" about a pajamas set for day or night, but of course, the attitude and style needs to follow suit.

Hair and makeup must be #goals (styled to perfection). Footwear must be #goals (on trend and sexy). Attitude must be strictly #bosslady chic (no yawns, allowed). 

If you can trick the outside of your appearance to resemble that of a confident power chick, then the pajamas will relay the same message.

So who's getting into pajamas right now? I am... ;)   Off to drinks I go!!

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RESORT'ING TO SUMMER KAFTANS

posted by Elshane on Jun 16 2017, under Fashion

 

Effortless kaftan dressing reminds me of my days working for Diane von Furstenberg in NYC. Not because there was anything effortless about the NYC summer heat, but because DVF famously lived out her publicly photographed youth lounging in kaftans across the seas of Europe. 

It's for that exact reason that every time I put on a kaftan, I feel absolutely, positively F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!! Cue: layer on the jewels, the hat, the turban, and the wedges.

 

Have you put on your first kaftan of summer yet? Do you own a kaftan? I've rounded up some of my current favorites in the SHOP THE LOOK section below! Go on, feel FABULOUS!!

 

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BABY'S CLOSET TOUR

posted by Elshane on Jun 12 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Breaking News: Sunday and I played dress up... again. ;)

Sometimes toys are overrated.. and emptying your kid's closet while jumping and playing and throwing clothing in the air is where the party's at, instead. 

Ok, the truth is we did this for our Fashion Mama's Cribs photo shoot...and we had a very willing participant on hand to clean up the mess. But I do recommend this. There's something very exciting about creating chaos in the midst of beauty. 

Note to self: Sunday likes my vintage Chanel layered necklaces a little too much. One more tug and the entire pearl strand would have covered the nursery floor. I think I'll save that necklace for adult-only time moving forward. I'm sure Sunday will appreciate this later in life, when the necklaces get passed down to her! :)

Photography by @howlandrose for Fashion Mama's Cribs

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LET US GIRLS BE GIRLS

posted by Elshane on Jun 7 2017, under Fashion

Good morning! If you haven't already checked out my interview with Fashion Mamas, then here it is!

Sunday and I played dress up in a handful of looks and shot editorials all over mi casa. It's a light, fun read where I describe my decor choices for each room, from how I brought my taste of New York with me to LA, and where I hoard all of my shoes!

This was of course my favorite moment-- twirling and twirling in our matching tulle. Although, you will see in the article that Sunday and I raid her baby closet and leap around in a pile of faux fur and hair accessories-- that moment comes in a close second! I hope you enjoy the article!

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