DESERT DESERTED

posted by Elshane on Jun 3 2015, under Fashion

You can guess by now that I'm that girl who wears the pants! ;)

Not any pants though... it's rare you'll find me in a skinny.

Drop crotch, wide leg, trousers, cropped, pleated, culottes, joggers... now that's more like it!

The truth is, I don't like skinny jeans because they're just so restricting and common. Finding a unique pair of pants is like getting the one slice of birthday cake with the name written on the icing-- everyone wants it, but only the lucky one gets it!

These pants are made for walking. And strutting. And smiling...

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INTERIOR INSPO: A DOSE OF PALM SPRINGS DECOR

posted by Elshane on May 18 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Call it the War of the West... two hotels side by side, each designed by two of our home decor world's greatest and most individually unique artists, Jonathan Adler vs. Kelly Wearstler. Here, we have The Parker Palm Springs vs. The Avalon Palm Springs.

The Parker can thank Jonathan Adler for their 2004 re-design, a luxe bohemian oasis with a mix of global design influences —  Peruvian weavings and Edwardian chairs. You can spot pieces from his own collection every so often, like his famous Muse sculptures.

The Avalon (originally The Viceroy but with a recent name change) has Kelly Wearstler written all over it, when she brought her classic Hollywood Regency glamour straight to the desert. Black and White geometric walls are splattered with punches of citron and framed with sculptural trees.

Since my own home is a sanctuary of both Adler and Wearstler, it was hard to pick a winner.

But I did. The Parker. 

Enjoy photos of both hotels. I hope you can guess which photos are which hotel! Hint-- anything black, white, and citron is The Avalon (aside from The Parker's life-sized outdoor chess game), everything else is The Parker!

 

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DESERT STORM

posted by Elshane on May 14 2015, under Fashion

This floral dress had me at hello! I'm a total extremist-- when I wear tight, it's tight (and short, and possibly see-through). But when I wear volume, I spare no extra fabric!

This dress goes the distance (literally). It moves like magic and gets a 10 out of 10 in twirl-ability (a known key to any romantic dress).

So twirling is what I did, in this perfectly pressed floral mini, through this desert garden oasis in Palm Springs...

Photographs taken at the Avalon Hotel (previously the Viceroy Hotel) in Palm Springs by Emily Hakim.

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TAKE ME TO THE PARKER

posted by Elshane on May 4 2015, under Fashion

Come away with me as I tour you through the Parker in Palm Springs, CA, a destination hotel that leaves little room for one to desire to leave the grounds. Between the lobby furnishings to the outdoor green maze of sanctuaries and serenity, this place can be described in one simple word...

Legit!

I chose this colorful kaftan for the Tour de Parker because a sheer flowing maxi and home decor always go hand in hand. {Refer back to my consistent hostessing tip number one-- wear a long maxi to effortlessly float through your party.} This may not have been my party, but I certainly dreamed it up to be!

 

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COACHELLA 2015

posted by Elshane on Apr 22 2015, under Fashion

This year I grabbed Coachella by the... Palm Trees! And I swung and swung my way into the most fun year yet.

Highlights? Keisza's entire set. The introduction to Jungle. Single handedly launching the Urban Decay #UDSummerNights spring makeup collection to 80k Coachell-ans (check out the full story here). Oh, and the Mac n' Cheese Grilled Cheese. Definitely the Grilled Cheese.

I hope you enjoy a glimpse into my weekend filled with music, fashion, food, and a hella-lotta walking skipping!

Click more to see the entire story, including more of my outfits and front row shots of some of my new favorite bands. XO

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COACHELLA OUTFIT INSPIRATION

posted by Elshane on Mar 16 2015, under Fashion

I can smell festival season and spring break around the corner. Aside from loading up on endless floral dresses, festive headpieces, statement sunnies, and body jewels, this season I made room for the most practical festival fashion element of all: comfortably cool thangs.

I remember day three of Coachella last year. My outfit called for a low leather wedge sandal, but when I woke up that Sunday morning, after two full days of being on my feet, I reached for my pink Teva sandals instead. Best.decision.ever. (Peek at last year's Coachella fashion diary throwback here.)

This year, I'm preparing my Coachella Teva sandals ahead of time! Luckily, comfort came in the form of Teva sandals with a matching JammyPack...oh yeah, that's the official name for this 90's throwback walkin' and talkin' boom-box slash stuff holder. Which reminds me... my hubby actually already stole it from me to wear to Coachella himself. Battle of the sexes!!! {I will definitely win this one.}

Will you dare to be comfortably cool this festival season? Shop the limited edition collaboration in my Shop The Look section below!

Photography by Sabrina Hill.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE: COACHELLA WITH GLAM.COM

posted by Elshane on May 8 2014, under Videos
 

I am so excited to finally share this video project I worked on with Glam.com during Coachella 2014. They flew out their video crew to Indio, CA to document my weekend festival journey. Have a watch and tell me what you think!

 

{...At the start of every year, we wait for April to roll around, and with it, the start of another festival season by way of Coachella. This year, Glam.com tagged along with me to seek life and style inspiration at the sonic spree. Via Glam.com}

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