MAD FOR MOSAICS

posted by Elshane on Jul 29 2014, under Home Decor/Entertaining

So, we're tiling the floor, wall, and water feature in our #elSpanishOasis. And it's giving me nightmares.

I have an image of what {I think} I want in my head, but no spot-on photos to show for it. Houzz.com (where most of these inspirational photos come from) has given me a taste of inspiration, but it seems like it's up to me to put all the pieces together (hehe).

So I went tile hopping shopping, and here's what I learned...

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SINCERELY, VENICE

posted by Elshane on Jul 28 2014, under Fashion

if Rompers ruled the world...

Top 10 reasons to wear a romper this summer:

10. You can invest in an entire outfit with only one price tag. {Then, use the rest of your milk money to buy a stack of colorful bangles.}

9. Rompers wrote the book on day-to-night dressing. It's the perfect one-stop item for a quick mood transition (just swap out your daytime flats for an evening wedge sandal).

8. You can wear it over your swimsuit to the beach, just to be perfectly prepared once it's time for rosé on the boardwalk.

7. Rompers that tie at your mid-section emphasize your tiny waist and also make your legs look skinnier. {#winning}

6. Have a romper that doesn't have a pre-cinched waist? Perfect! Grab a wide belt in gold or tan and pair it back to matching flat sandals for a polished vibe.

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MIDDAY MIRAGE

posted by Elshane on Jul 24 2014, under Fashion

When I see print, I get excited. Very excited. Overly excited.

A printed bomber in 90 degree heat? Bad idea. Splurging on a Fall '14 staple two months too early? Great idea. Oh, and it's on sale. Wait, what are you waiting for?

But there's more...

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PRISM PLAIN

posted by Elshane on Jul 22 2014, under Fashion

Show me a crop top I don't love. 

Show me a pencil skirt I can't hang with.

Have you tried a high waisted pencil skirt with a crop top yet? Top five reasons why you should:

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SALE ALERT: SKIRTING INTO FALL

posted by Elshane on Jul 20 2014, under Shop What I Want

Skirts. It's just my thing. So if we're on the same page, you'd be jumping right over to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to grab a Fall '14 style essential on a limited-time major price break.

The Midi Skirt {translation: the Carrie Bradshaw moment}: My favorite new style for Fall '14, wear a midi skirt with a feminine heel, a basic tee and a perfect blow-out for an afternoon of endless head-turns.

The Pencil Skirt {translation: the power-woman moment}: My favorite year-round skirt to command attention when entering any room. Not just for a board meeting anymore, this skirt makes its rounds as the perfect day-to-night date look in my books. 

The Mini Skirt {translation: thanks for the free drink to random guy at the bar moment}: My favorite Fall '14 uniform is simple: mini skirt and thigh-high socks. You're welcome.

Score my picks before they get sold out! Shop from left to right: 

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#MYCALVINS: ELSHANESWORLD x CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR CAMPAIGN

posted by Elshane on Jul 16 2014, under Life of a Stylist

Quite possibly the biggest "eeeekkkk" moment when a white box arrived in the mail, with the message, "Dear Elshane, we'd love to see how you wear #mycalvins" from the marketing team at Calvin Klein. May as well been a signed NKOTB autograph of Marky Mark in there, too, for all I cared. Instantly, I threw my clothes off in pure joy and started jumping on my bed... until feathers were everywhere... {insert three days later and one friendly intern chucking endless feathers ripped from six white boas from my local costume store at my head.} Just what he signed up for... 

Click through the album of my behind the scenes CK Underwear shoot in my bedroom...

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FRESH FLORALS

posted by Elshane on Jul 16 2014, under Fashion

Sometimes all it takes is breaking the change of two $20 bills to get you feeling just right. Oh, and throw on a pair of heels that bring back memories. Lots of memories. Like this pair I bought to wear for my engagement party last year...

Trends may go out of style. But memories? Never.

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