posted by Elshane on May 7 2015, under Fashion

Be it cape'd, double breasted, boxy, or fitted, a white blazer is this summer's must-have ticket. Well, if you're into that effortless chic kinda thing...

I took my white blazer to Chinatown in LA to give it a spin. I was supposed to be in Shanghai at the time, but in classic #bosslady behavior, I booked a job last minute that I couldn't turn down. So I pressed the big red cancel button on China, and instead opted for LA's 100 square feet version-- a dollhouse-sized mecca of chachkies and spices galore. Pretty much my idea of of a grand ol' time!

And yes, of course I didn't leave empty handed. A "diamond" ring for $8, two of those long gold extended fingernails that you cover your pinky with for fun, four mini hair clips for $5, and a rabbit foot on a keychain. ;)

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posted by Elshane on May 4 2015, under Life of a Stylist

Rihanna in Guo Pei.

Yellow! But of course. Rihanna is the Queen of the Chinese night! The color yellow has been inseparably linked to the Chinese culture for over 5,000 years. It was worn by the earliest ancestor of the Chinese race, Huangdi, aka the Yellow Emperor. There is the Yellow River, Yellow Plateau and of course Yellow Fever (but not exclusively Chinese). {Thanks to my dear friend Tina Craig from BagSnob for the China History 101.}


Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture.

Diane stole my heart with her sheer sequin pants plus sash and beaded top. She reminds me of a China Doll that should be forever perched on my bookshelf (or in my closet). Effortless, on theme, and not overdone. 

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci.

We were all fearful for the overdone Chinese-themed ensembles that this years MET Ball theme, Chinese Whispers, would bring. We cringed when we pictured the likes of the Katy Perry-esque costume moment in an overdone high bun with chopsticks and kimono of sorts...leaning on offensive and low brow. 

Georgia May went there...she definitely went there...but in all the right ways. Her Gucci look is obviously Chinese in theme, yet couture in nature. The colors and patterns of the wrap, the slight obi sleeve, and the perfectly paired lace-up pump is exactly what I needed for my dose of Chinese art. And that hair? Head to toe perfection!

Beyoncé in Givenchy.

Gulp!!!!! Speechless. {Girl stole my bi-monthly hairdo though). It's hard to even describe what I like about this look because she simply looks so smoking hot. The application of the jewels around the neckline and naval are a plus. I'm just hypnotized.

Justin Bieber in Balmain.

A slim man can do no wrong in a Mandarin Collar. I have an entire rack of them freshly pressed in my man's closet at all times. Bieber seems to have taken note. Respect the collar (and the intricate cummerbund)!

He could have done without the sunnies, but then again, it's Bieber! 

Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection.

The simplicity yet intricacy of this gown is stunning. Calvin Klein strikes again with the perfect simple sexy gown that they seem to nail decade after decade {who can forget Kate Moss' ultimate Calvin gown moment in the 90's}.

 I have a feeling we will be seeing more of this lace-up side boob detail on gowns, dresses, and tops emerging from designers high and low for seasons to come.

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli.

It's no wonder that Allison would land on my best dressed list after I named Rihanna as my best dressed in her similar Valli gown from the Grammys this year. 

There's a time and a place for certain silhouettes, like an over-explosive ball skirt...and this was the time and the place for Allison!

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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...


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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posted by Elshane on May 1 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Welcome home... Welcome home!

It's been a long journey of construction, 4 months in total, but we've officially laid down the last tile, painted the last beam, and fluffed the last pillow.

With our #ElSpanishOasis construction, we focused on 4 key areas. I'm releasing one of them to you today-- our beloved indoor/outdoor courtyard! We took what was simply a long, narrow enclosed driveway that was parallel to our house, and turned it into an indoor/outdoor peaceful abode, with the help of Safavieh Outdoor Furniture.

Here's our old space, a shot facing the street:

Notice the stark white wall hardly shading us from our next door neighbors. Also notice the concrete flooring, the unsightly black swing doors toward the front of our home, and the overall "driveway"-like feel.

Now see the same shot after the construction (but before any of our landscaping grew in)-- you'll notice the following things:

1. The white wall is 3 feet higher (and will soon be covered in lush greenery).

2. The driveway doors were replaced with reclaimed wood doors that are 3 feet taller and much more aesthetically pleasing.

3. The 800 sq. feet of floors have been tiled in Saltillo tile with hand-painted accent tiles.

4.We installed a water feature with light beams against the white wall.

5. We built a reclaimed wood pergola (which will soon be covered in lush greenery) to create an indoor feel outdoors.

6. We built a white wall towards the reclaimed wood doors to hide our garbage cans and BBQ.

7. We furnished the space with the most versatile and chic Safavieh Outdoor Furniture!

Enjoy some great shots below of the new space.

Can you imagine the endless entertaining we've been hosting? As it gets dark and our pergola market lights turn on, along with the surround sound system and soothing water feature, it's been an ideal spot to relax and watch the sunset. During the day, we use the space as an outdoor living room-- an easy flow to and from our backyard pool!

P.S.- Do you melt for these layered outdoor Safavieh rugs? I do!

The greatest part of our space is our outdoor furniture and layered rugs by Safavieh. It's allowed us to feel completely at home, as if we were indoors in our living room, while we are outside. Plus, the maintenance is practically non-existent. Sometimes I cover the couch cushions when I know it's going to rain at night. Otherwise, we just leave everything as is! The rugs are completely waterproof, and the cushions can be unzipped and washed when necessary (but we haven't even had to explore that yet)!

I can't wait to show you the progress of the space in a few months when the landscaping grows in, completing the look. We even planted a large tree in the center of the space. A tree in a living room? Sounds about right.

California living at its finest...

Join my conversation about my #elspanishoasis by following along these hashtags on Instagram - #elspanishoasis and #safavieh. Happy decorating!

Photography by Tori Aston.

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posted by Elshane on Apr 28 2015, under Fashion

White ripped boyfriend jeans. That's one item you wouldn't have found in my closet five years ago. But now, the baggier and more ripped the better.

I'm digging it. Hard. I can't get enough.

Oh, and a secret about these BaubleBar earrings? Yes, the ones that are the exact replicas of the Dior 360's...for 1/20th the price. Still, I hear people say-- is it worth buying them? It's a jewelry trend and it will die fast...

Breaking news! Jewelry trends are the slowest of all trends to die down. There's no jewelry trend that goes in and out of style quickly. So the answer is YES. Yes! Yes! 

And don't forget to say yes to the ultra ripped boyfriend jeans while you're in your yes mode!

Photographs taken in Beverly Hills by Sabrina Hill.

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posted by Elshane on Apr 23 2015, under Fashion

A pencil skirt is my secret to no-fail outfit success. It's the oxymoron of street fashion.

Covered yet Revealing

Comfortable yet Chic

Professional yet Sexy

A pencil skirt can go beyond the ...with heels and a blouse... lewk, as shown in my afternoon coffee vibe from a few weekends ago. Here, my flatforms and a loose tee turn this pencil skirt into a full blown jeans and basic tee rival. 

So for here on forward, I'm declaring that I'll be Penciling in Spring... all spring long ;)

Photographs taken on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, CA by Sabrina Hill.

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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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posted by Elshane on Apr 16 2015, under Fashion

I wish I could tell you how much I love these sandals because they're genuinely so comfortable and literally $30... but I'm just too excited for Coachella tomorrow. So, I'm signing off to go pack away, but in the meantime I ask you to follow along my wild and crazy Coachella adventure on my instagram @ElshanesWorld! See you on social!! 

Photographs taken in Beverly Hills by Sabrina Hill.

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