CHECK MATE

posted by Elshane on Sep 5 2017, under Fashion

Pass me an exaggerated sleeve and dare me not to werk it!

This dress gives me all the feels... the bow, the sleeve, the gingham, the leg. It's one of those dresses that is a welcome closet addition because it's truly like nothing else.

It's a teaser into fall fashion. Something that doesn't yet scream- ICEBERG RIGHT AHEAD. And also doesn't scream- AT THE BEACH BOY!

Plus, it's on sale for $60. Click my shoppable links below to check her out!

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ROOFTOP APERITIF

posted by Elshane on Aug 8 2017, under Fashion

Of all the memories I have spending my 20's living in New York, the crispest of those memories were those spent on rooftops. In the concrete jungle, there's no such thing as a backyard, so rooftops easily become coveted outdoor space. 

Day drinking, sun tanning, happy hour cocktail'n, all-night rooftop ragers... ok, I'm noticing a theme... rooftops and drinking definitely went hand in hand (LOL). It felt good to be back in my stomping grounds doing what I love to do most-- sip vino and stare at the endless NYC skyline.

Plus, this dress didn't hurt the view... 

 

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HOW TO DRESS LIKE AN ITALIAN GIRL

posted by Elshane on Jul 28 2017, under Fashion

I'll never forget at work one day (back when I handled public relations and styling at the Diane von Furstenberg HQ), Diane breezed by my desk, as she always did, taking note of her surroundings, and offering the most rewarding smirks along the way. Only this time, she stopped at my best friend's desk, and opened her mouth...

"Kate, you look like an Italian movie star." Ok, but seriously, imagine those words in a fabulous mixed European tone with accents on all the rights words. Italian. Star. 

Kate was effortless that day. She went super au-natural with her hair (thanks to her genes though, picture long, thick Lea Michele locks, half brushed), and was wearing an easy day dress with no fuss. She was an Italian movie star! She was natural, feminine, and raw. 

Kate and I will never forget that moment... Kate sought out to look like an Italian movie star every day forward after that. And I envisioned my life without the extra blue eyeliner, yellow nails, curled hair, and stacks of bangles. (Sigh!?)

 

And sometimes, just sometimes, the Italian movie star comes out in me, like this moment in NYC. <3

 

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TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER

posted by Elshane on Jul 26 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Traveling with a toddler? It's not easy, no matter how you slice it.

The flight is a nightmare (they just want to run the aisles when the seat belt sign is on). The packing is insane (day diapers, night diapers, snacks, cute outfits, spill-able outfits).

And then there's the "stuff"... the stroller, the car seat, the lovie blanket, the sound machine. 

Now that Sunday's walking running, having an "SUV" stroller as I call them (think Bugaboo Cam, UppaBaby Vista, Baby City Mini), is completely unnecessary. They're bulky, they don't fit through narrow spaces, and they're so heavy to lug around.

So here it is... I found the most incredible "umbrella" stroller-- as you can see it folds up to the size of a bread crumb... and it even has a shoulder strap so you can carry it around (it weighs 13 lbs, as opposed to my 24 lb Bugaboo)! It's absolutely the perfect travel essential.

So there you have it. Yet another necessity to add to your ever-growing baby list!

 

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ABOUT THAT BOW BLOUSE

posted by Elshane on Aug 16 2016, under Fashion

Been inching my way into fall fashion lately, despite the 90 degree morning wake up calls.

The only justifiable way to get excited about fall at this point is by slowly investing in fall tops. Bow blouses are so killer right now since denim is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g in fashion and you {duh} need something fresh to pair with your new jeans. However, since it's still a heat wave, these distressed jean shorts were an appropriate trade-off of the moment.

But I'm picturing this bow blouse for fall with a perfectly worn in pair of ever-so-slightly distressed denim skinny jeans, tucked in, with a killer monster platform shoe! {Currently coveting the Stella McCartney oxfords....eek....why are they so expensive??? SOS!!!!} You get the idea. So fresh, so fly.

Point of the story? I shopped the internet for some of my favorite of-the-moment bow blouses for you to get your hands on now. All contemporary, chic, and timeless! Check the Shop My Look section below for details!

Photographs taken on the Long Beach boardwalk on Long Island, NY.

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THIS IS 4 MONTHS

posted by Elshane on Jul 25 2016, under Baby/Motherhood

I'm not sure why I didn't think of this sooner. 

This matching mommy- daughter moment is something I will never forget (oh, I know why... because I've repeated this outfit four times already...in different states... with different friends... at different parties).

I can't wait to continue to find ways to match my little one. Do you think my husband will ever get on board? That's a big, fat, NO! But I'm up for the challenge...

This entire matching lewk is available online! The baby romper is from GAP and my top is currently breaking the internet with coolness overload.

What do you think of the momma and baby matching moment? Would you do it? How about with your son? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

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MINI DRESS AND HIGH TOPS

posted by Elshane on Jul 19 2016, under Fashion

Anything leopard, anything goes. It's my second skin, my black, my security blanket, my happy place. And leopard on leopard? DOUBLE RAINBOW!

Move over Real Housewives of {insert any city here}. Leopard is more than just a tight cougar dress. Hey hey, no hate for tight cougar dresses or any Real Housewives (shout out to Andy Cohen all day everyday), r-e-s-p-e-c-t. But, just saying... there are cooler ways to wear leopard.

Peak into any fashion influencer's life these days and spy her rocking a mini dress with classic kicks. It's an easy style victory that can go from the office to the bar to the pick-up line at school! {... you like how I so casually just dropped in my new motherly role?}

Wait a minute... maybe I am a Real Housewife after all... 

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DENIM MIDI SKIRTS FOR FALL

posted by Elshane on Sep 8 2015, under Fashion

Fall fashion forecast called (via banana)... they said to buy a denim midi skirt pronto! 

I've chosen a selection of my absolute favorites for fall-- for every body type, found in my "Shop the Look" section below. Some are splurges, some are saves-- but whichever path you choose, be sure to get on the train quick before she sells out in your size!

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