ROAD TO NOWHERE

posted by Elshane on Oct 19 2016, under Fashion

It's not everyday that you find yourself along a dirt road, riding in a pickup truck, listening to Darius Rucker sing the sorrows of yesterday. Then again, maybe that's a constant for you. But not me, no way. So when I go, I go hard...

Like, totally... situation dressing at its finest. :)

Drop crotch leather pants and a white tee would be a natural staple for me, but adding the woven Tejas-inspired cape brought me right where I needed to be-- in the center of a deserted highway in west Texas.

It all just felt so right.

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BEEN THERE: PRADA MARFA

posted by Elshane on Sep 30 2016, under Fashion

There is so much history for me behind this Prada Marfa art installation. The full story is here, which goes into detail about a flea market, a sharpie, and a world renowned photographer and now friend. Worth the read (plus you get a mini house tour of my home so basically, you're welcome! Have a cocktail!)

But in short (because I know all of you have now read the full story), I completed the epic circle of love. Who knew then, at that time, doing all of those things, that I'd actually end up HERE. In good ol' Marfa, Texas.

The box is officially checked.

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VISITING MARFA, TEXAS

posted by Elshane on Sep 27 2016, under Fashion

I recently visited Marfa, Texas for a friends wedding in mid September. For a town so small (literally...so small... population of 1,800), it does have its quirks. It's slowly rising up in the art world after artist (and near G-d-like figure in town) Donald Judd staked his claim as desert city artist hub nation for those looking for a cool art adventure (if you're down for the 12 hour journey from either coast)

Here were my favorite Marfa moments, many of which you see in these photos.

1. Sunrise Tour at the Chinati Foundation (art exhibition): see Donald Judd in all his greatness-- 100 untitled works that are worth the early rise.

2. Freda (clothing store): Thankfully I visited this store sans husband. Spent 2 hours drooling over the Southwest vibes including fur sandals (bought), woven gold trousers (bought), and countless jewelry that resembled tiny pieces of artwork (swooned over). It's my favorite travel boutique I've visited in a long time. 

3. Food Shark (food truck): Any food joint is worth the visit if it induces an Instagram-worthy photo opp, right? If it's good enough for Beyonce, it's kinda good enough for me...

4. Moonlight Gemstones (gem shop): Yeah, you can get rose quartz just about anywhere, but walking into Moonlight Gemstone just feels right. A 360 degree box of glistening rocks excites at every turn. It was a feel good paradise.

5. Marfa Burrito (breakfast): So they weren't joking when they told me that you walk through town, into the Marfa residence neighborhood to Ramona's house (yup), to sit down at her kitchen table {or her dining room table, or her outdoor table-- your choice!}, and shout for a breakfast burrito. She serves it to you straight. It's big, spicy, and delicious. I recommend the chorizo! 

6. Hotel St. George (hotel accommodation): Call me old fashioned (or call me high maintenance), but I don't necessarily follow a "when in Rome" mentality if it calls for mother earthy adventures. Case in point? There are amazing places to stay in Marfa that are authentic to the "desert chic", "rustic" vibe of the city, like an incredibly chic camp ground called El Cosmico and a vintage-inspired motel called Thunderbird, but I preferred to stay at the brand sparkling new hotel that boasts silky sheets, a fabulous shower, contemporary art filled walls, cuter than cute authentic Marfa mini bar selections, and a chic museum-like hotel gift shop. If you are picking up what I'm throwing down, you'll want to stay here, too. ;)

7. Prada Marfa (art installation): Gray Malin has made this lonesome couture art installation along a dusty desert road the world's most covetable Instagram shot. At about 30 minutes outside of Marfa (that's considered a mere stone's throw away in Texas by the way), you too, can star in your very own Gray Malin photography series. (You'll see mine an upcoming blog post.)

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Oh, and silk bomber jackets are really cool so you should definitely buy one for fall season in my Shop The Look section below! Mine is **true vintage** passed down from my husband's grandfather... Lucky me!

 

Photographs taken in Marfa, Texas

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

posted by Elshane on Oct 14 2015, under Fashion

I stepped onto that Austin, Texas high school football field and felt...

...some sort of need for a town gathering of epic Friday Night Lights proportions. There's just something about that big Texas sky and football. It feels right.

What else feels right? These hunter green leather culottes that are so fresh and fly for fall fashion. This tone of green is the "it" color for fall, as is anything leather in general. 

Half parts quirky, and half parts practical, you've got to get in my pants.

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COUNTRYSIDE ROMANCE

posted by Elshane on Oct 7 2015, under Fashion

There's something about twirling in chiffon in the Texas countryside that just does it for me!

This L'Agence printed chiffon maxi is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. It's one of those items that I stash away in the closet for upcoming fall weekend happenings, like a bridal shower, sunset gathering, birthday party, or wine tasting. 

Plus, I threw on this long sleeve under layer for an added dimension of style. Don't be confined by sleeveless dresses in fall weather-- an under layer only adds extra style to the mix!

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PLAID COUNTRY

posted by Elshane on Oct 5 2015, under Fashion

You can call me the anti-"flannel shirt tied around the waist or flannel shirt in general" kind of girl, and I'll stick by it 100%. But when you present to me a unique one-of-a-kind item like this 3.1 Phillip Lim Apron Skirt with Suspenders and try to tell me not to splurge on it, there's no resistance to be had.

This plaid-everything-piece is just that. If you catch me in jeans (maybe once every other month, max), you'll find me throwing this item over my denim. If you catch me in a body-con sheath (on the regular), you can find me draping this apron over the dress almost like a jacket...or accessory. It's the perfect add on that's 99 parts insane, and one part just right.

Don't you agree? 

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