COLLECTING BABY KEEPSAKES

posted by Elshane on Feb 27 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

I'm envious of my friends (you know who you are) who make photo albums after each vacation. Not an online Facebook album, not an Instagram hashtag; I'm talking an actual hard copy photo album that gets stashed on a bookshelf in your living room to dive into years later. I'm just not that girl.

Sooooo...now I have a baby, and I want to try harder to be that girl. Considering that all of her most precious baby items are literally the size of bagel crumbs, the idea of a keepsake box to store every token memory in one small space is practically genius.

Half of the box is for documents (think sonogram photos, doctor growth charts, etc.), and the other half is this miniature bookshelf-esque box in a box in a box system that fits her first shoes, first hat, favorite doll, and "come home from the hospital" outfit. 

News Flash: I now AM THAT GIRL!!!!!

 

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CLEAR AS BLACK AND WHITE

posted by Elshane on Feb 22 2017, under Fashion

Leave it to 2017 to arise from the taboo grave the phenomenon of the exposed LABEL! From our trendy underwear that read Calvin Klein across a big white band, to our uber expensive belts that roar MOSCHINO across the waistline; we're in an era of exposing brands and I ain't mad about it! Not one bit!

This tank top is cool....basically just because it says Chanel straight across the chest. And I'm ok with that. I'm also ok with the tattoo of GG's imprinted across my mules from heel to toe. 

How do you feel about wearing your logo... on your sleeve? Comment below! ;)

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#THESOCIALEDITION WITH VANITY FAIR

posted by Elshane on Feb 20 2017, under Life of a Stylist

I am sharing a major wow moment!

A select handful of social influencers were asked to be a part of a very exciting project. Here, we pay homage to the yearly iconic Vanity Fair February cover story (the Oscar's Edition), that features the 11 most powerful women in Hollywood-- the Oscar nominees!

A group of 11 Hollywood influencers were selected to recreate this iconic image-- down to every last detail. We're a mix of fashion bloggers, on-air hosts, authors, fashion stylists (hey, that's me!), models, and all around boss ladies. It was an honor to be a chosen one! 

The shoot production was larger than life-- truly in the same style that any Vanity Fair 11-person cover shoot would be. Three makeup artists and two hair stylists, BTS (behind the scenes) videography, wardrobe stylists (I got to pick my own outfit off the rack, phew!), photographers, assistants, catering, you name it!

And, like the true New Yorker I am, I was more than thrilled to receive a 5-minute spray tan in my gown by Vita Liberata who sponsored the entire production! 

What do you think of this parody shoot? Did I play a good Dakota Fanning

Here is a list of the 11 influencers in the shoot, from left to right: 

@grasiemercedes, @elizabethkeene, @kathryneisman, @sydnesummer, @dianamadison, @elshanesworld, @tayehansberry, @makeupbyani, @makeupbylilit, @iamrachelmccord, @iamfashionlaine
 
Photographed by Leo Deveney @leodeveney 
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GIVING COLD SHOULDER

posted by Elshane on Feb 15 2017, under Fashion

The flat over-the-knee boot trend isn't going anywhere...

This weekend, since it is still winter (I have to remind myself this since it's in the 70's here in LA), I paired these amazing (and on SALE) boots with a wool skirt for an effortless Los Angeles winter vibe. *Just add tights if you live in the real winter world!

Of course, any outfit is complete with a Chanel bag, especially if it's tie dye and unique like this baby that I get to call mine! Well, she's not THAT exclusive... you can have her too, here, if you really want! 

It's just so true... a good look head to toe is ALL about the accessories!

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THE PAJAMA TREND

posted by Elshane on Feb 7 2017, under Fashion

I'm screaming for 1,000 count bed sheets from head to toe. Or am I? This look is mysterious, it's chic, it's fabulous. It's pajamas.... or is it?

First let's start with the silk cami. A top so versatile that it would double as both your favorite party top, and your Sunday am breakfast in bed go-to. It gives all the feels. I layered it over a white t-shirt to give it a daytime cool vibe. And hey, the camisole (in an array of colors) is on sale here for $35 from $106! 

Now let's discuss the pants. Dare me to wear them again tomorrow? Ok, fine, I will! I can't take them off. I love drop crotch as you all know, but I also love how they're so skinny on the bottom. They look clean, crisp, and... comfy. 

And who can put baby Lamu in the corner? My furry slides are back in stock here, and not to be missed this time around.

All in all, we've got a pajamas party that has me in all sorts of happy moods. What do you think of this pajama lewk?!

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A MAUI SWIM STORY

posted by Elshane on Jan 23 2017, under Health/Fitness

It felt really good being back in the sand without the remains of my baby weight. At 9 months postpartum, I feel 100% back to my old self. It seems that for as long as the baby takes to grow inside of you, it takes just as long to leave.

Being out of the swimwear mentality last summer due to pregnancy, it was fun to experiment with new swim trends this time around. Don't get me wrong, I was definitely one of those preggos who went teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini-and-bump at the beach, but I just didn't invest in new suits at the time.

So this trip was the perfect excuse to get me back in the swimwear game. I love the new bikini styles that wrap around your waist like this Vix swimsuit-- it felt crazy, sexy, cool. Ya feels? 

Photographs taken on Maui, Hawaii at 9 months postpartum.

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HOSTING A STUDIO 54 DISCO BASH!

posted by Elshane on Jan 10 2017, under Home Decor/Entertaining

When the chance presents itself, it's hard for me to turn down throwing a party. In this case, my husband was turning 35 this past weekend, and we knew we had a good throw down to give in us. 

I immediately knew I wanted a theme bash, and soon after, picked Studio 54 disco for its ultra glam, high spirited nature. I knew it would be a hit.

When you throw a theme party and require your guests to dress up, it's important to set the tone with the decor. You can't expect someone to go out of their way to find/make/source a costume, only to arrive to a party that doesn't feel 360 WOW. 

I set out to create that WOW effect with endless metallic fringe curtains, properly placed lighting, glitter, sequins, a black and white dance floor, a DJ, festive dessert, and a whooooole lotta FUNK!

 

 

Step 1: Needed a red, wavy wig. (Costume store, check.) Gold sequin turban? (Etsy, check.) DVF sequin wrap gown (how much more 70's can you go...check.) Glittery shoes (Jimmy Choo, check.) Vintage gold belt (Flea Market find, check.) Oh.... and....

Dressing my husband up as Andy Warhol, a.k.a. possibly the biggest known fixture of the Studio 54 era. (Such an easy costume, check, plus!)

And now for the decor...

I bought 100 yards of super cheap sequin fabric online and used it as drapery over all of the furniture to give an ultra sexy, nightclub 70's vibe.

Metallic fringe curtains doubled as entryway details and selfie walls all around the house.

Target sells LED balloons... yes, they literally glow in the dark.

Glitter everywhere... on every table, on the floor, on the bar, in between my toes. It's all in the details.

I rented up lights in red and pink and placed them throughout the house. The dance floor was black and white checkered and I had a disco ball and fog machine to set the mood. F-U-N-K!

All the party staff (two bartenders, two housekeepers, and DJ) were decked in 70's. I mean... if you were at Studio 54 in the 70's, wouldn't your bartender have an afro, too?

And then there's Homer, our son dog in his custom made (by meeeee) Moroccan tuxedo originally worn to our wedding. He partied until 4am, just sayin'...

I presented an endless dessert bar filled with my husband's favorites (ok, and mine, too). I hired Sweet E's Bake Shop to curate the insanely delicious selection. We feasted on double triple chocolate everything, s'mores this, cookie dough that, cookies 'n cream over here, secret peanut butter bars over there, confetti cakes, a tower of mini cupcakes, snickerdoodle blah blah blah, cookies, brownies, oh wait, and more, and more, and more!

Willy Wonka would have been IMPRESSED to say the least!

The rest is history.

I laid it on thick to the guests to give it their all with their costumes. No one disappointed. Out of all 120 guests, I counted about 30 afros, 10 ridiculous mustaches, endless polyester, sequins from head to toe, and laughs to last an entire year.

Considering throwing a theme party? Studio 54 70's Disco is a guaranteed groovy time!

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HOLIDAY WITH THE FAMILY

posted by Elshane on Dec 28 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I've been spending the last week of December rather uninterrupted with my family. This is really the only week of the entire year that both my husband and I don't feel {toooo} bad about checking out from work for a few days. So I've been soaking it up!

Although we love a good adult-only date day or night, lately we've been having the most fun spending our free time hanging out with this special lady you see pictured here. She's just at an age where she is 100% FUN all the time. We can't get enough! 

This Ice Cream Castles romper has been a wardrobe staple on her for months now. Onesies are such a no brainer for cold weather. Also, my fur slides that I'm wearing are finally back in stock here. Get them while you can-- they go QUICK!

I hope everyone has a beautiful holiday and New Year with their family and friends! Tons of love and see you in '17!

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