VEGA'S FIRST BIRTHDAY {IN QUARANTINE}

posted by Elshane on Jul 8 2020, under Baby/Motherhood

 

At this point (summer 2020), I think it's safe to say that nearly everyone will experience a "quarantine birthday" this year. The question is, how will you choose to celebrate yours? 

For Vega, I wanted to give her that special first birthday to look back on for years to come. After a first birthday party like her older sister had (check out our party, here), it was important for me to give Vega that same warm, loving backyard party experience.

But how does that go down in quarantine mode?

First Step: Cut that guest list down to.... five... five very close friends who we've been having trusted play dates with over the past few weeks. A "quaran-team" as some may put it. The truth is, with such a small guest list, you're no longer playing host, so you can spend more time celebrating your little love!

 

 

Step Two: Don't skimp on that styled dessert table. Even though the guest count may be down, an amp'd up dessert table can really be the excitement and celebration behind the special day. For us in LA, it's a no-brainer to call Amy's Cakes and Sweet Treats, a small, female-owned in-home bakeshop that pumps out the most decadent party treats in LA. 

Hosting Tip: Having extra party desserts hang around the house for days is also a great way to keep the celebration going, long after the party ends. In our house, we celebrate "birthday week" or "birthday month" to prolong the celebration, anyway... ;)

 

 

Step Three: A little music and entertainment goes a long way.

Jam with Jamie came to play kid-friendly tunes and read stories to the kiddos. They set up their blanket ten feet away from us and kindly asked that I provided my own musical instruments for all the kids, so that nothing was shared between parties. It felt comfortable and safe!

 

 

 

I treated this party like an exaggerated play date-- no frills, just fun!

I decorated the yard with a select few of Sunday and Vega's favorite toys, including their Wiwiurka Double Rocker Balance Board, which can function as a climbing arch, as seen above, or can be flipped over and serve as a rocking see-saw for kids to crawl, sit, stand, and swing on!

I also layered the grass with scattered outdoor rugs, blankets, and chairs that I found on Wayfair. Wayfair has proven time and time again to be my go-to destination for all of my home essentials!

 

 

 

I believe these past four months have tested our ability to rise up and grab onto life in every way we can. I'm thankful we were able to celebrate our shining star despite the circumstances of the pandemic. We will never get her first birthday back, and I won't look back and regret that we celebrated the best way we could.

Vega Vann, you are mesmerizing! Sweet, intuitive, cuddly and loyal-- you are the greatest gift to our family and we celebrate you today and every single day.

 

 

Photographs were taken on a warm, beautiful sunny day on June 30, 2020 in Los Angeles by Alyson Aliano. Photopgraher wore a mask and captured the moments from a safe distance. 

 

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HOW TO MIX PRINTS

posted by Elshane on Jan 24 2019, under Fashion

 

Hey all you print on print ladies out there! Yearning to mix it up, but weary of pairing it all wrong? Well, there's no particular rhyme or reason to mixing prints, but one thing's for sure... it either works, or it doesn't, there's no gray area. 

 

Here's a general guideline to mixing prints. I challenge you to rise out of your comfort zone and mix away!

1. The Size Rule: Often times, prints that scale the same size (quarter inch flowers and quarter inch leopard) will work well together. Since the eye isn't heavily distracted by a distortion of sizing, the prints end up meshing well and looking like a natural pair.

2. The Color Rule: Of course, prints in similar color hues have a better chance of pairing well together. Try to find prints that share even one or two of the same colors and lay them on top of one another. Chances are, they can harmoniously blend. Cue: this photographed look. Notice how well the black of the leopard pairs with the black of the "Versace" print? Nailed it!

3. Different Eras, Different Looks: Generally, if you have, let's say a 70's inspired geometric print, I wouldn't suggest pairing it with a 90's funk plaid. Instead, for your 70's geo print, find a like-minded vintage fabric that will transport your look directly back to that time period.

4. Find your Neutral: In this photographed look, I used the snow leopard dress as my neutral. It offered a "blank" (laugh as you will) canvas for the wild jacket and felt like a natural pair. Find your closet neutral print-- maybe it's a tonal plaid blazer, or a polka dot sweater? Both sound trés neutral to me... and pair away!

 

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COLOR YOUR SEASON WITH OPI!

posted by Elshane on Jan 10 2018, under Beauty

If you know me-- you know there are a few recognizable and consistent staples in my Elshane palette that paint the picture of my vibe.

Nails, Nails, Nails! Nails have always been at the forefront of my style-- who remembers when I had my husband's face intricately painted on my ring finger for my wedding? Or the day I had to cut my claws-- yes, the day before I went into labor with my daughter. {I had some sort of mama-intuition that long nails wouldn't be the best for diaper changing-- boy was I right!}

Nails have always completed my look. So when I had the opportunity to test the new OPI Color Your Season nail lacquer collectionexclusive to Ulta Beauty, I dove right in. 

 

 

Above, you'll find the outcome-- a beautiful video portrayal of a day in the life of, well... me... as I add my favorite accessory to every look-- my nail art! The nails become alive... they become ART.

We spent days and days before filming this video playing around with color combinations and nail designs. What I loved most about this nail lacquer set is that I was able to go a little outside of the norm of one's comfort zone when mixing colors and graphics for the nail designs. 

Best yet? You can purchase the entire color palette exclusively at Ulta stores and on ulta.com! And...and...BIG AND... stay tuned on my Instagram over the next few days for a chance to win the entire collection, too!

 

 

Enjoy some behind the scenes shots of the incredible nail art. You can clearly see how much fun we had!! What's your favorite nail design? Comment below! xx

 

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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

posted by Elshane on Jan 9 2018, under Fashion

January rolls around, and along with resolutions (who else made 2018 about meditation and self awareness?) comes a fresh breath of individual style. 

With holiday season behind us, winter fashion miraculously takes a new turn-- less sparkle and tartan, and more color in celebration of pre-spring.

I take the month of January to dig-- I mean really, really dig-- into the back of my closet and revive the moments of winter's past. Before we know it, cold weather will be behind us; take out that sweater dress, that blazer, that tall boot that you lived in three years ago, and give it another chance! For although January is the month of new, it's also the month that we most connect to our inner, best self.

Happy January! Now get digging and have fun!

 

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A GIRL AND HER BOOTS

posted by Elshane on Jan 2 2018, under Fashion

 

Sometimes you see a trend in a magazine, on the internet, on social media...and ask yourself-- is it fleeting? Is it worth the splurge? 

Such was the case with the over the knee red boot that I started to see on the New York runways for fall 2017 collections (way back in spring 2017). By September, I knew I loved it, but I just wasn't sure if it would last. 

When I make a trend investment, contrary to the opinion of many, I like to invest in the best version of the trend, instead of the "H&M" version. This way, as the trend starts to evaporate, you don't actually own the trend-- you own a "piece of art" that never goes out of style, rather than a cheap copy that gets thrown in the giveaway pile. 

So fast forward when I saw these Valentino boots, I knew destiny was staring me straight in the face. And that's the short tale of how I met my favorite boots. xoxo

 

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IN BOOTS, WILL WALK {TO INSTAGRAM}

posted by Elshane on Dec 14 2017, under Fashion

These Chanel boots have seen a lot of love lately. What hasn't seen a lot of love? My bloggie baby! It's been the craziest month-- and I hope you have been following along the journey on my Instagram

The truth is, this whole blog landscape has been feeling a bit stale to me for awhile now. It's lacking that instant gratification feeling; the way that US Weekly sometimes tastes just a bit better than Vogue... there's something about the instant world of Instagram and Instagram Stories that has me devoting most of my time to the app, rather than this mecca of a diary that I have been curating so passionately for the past eight years of my life.

As this instant world gets more and more, well...for lack of a better word, instant... I find that apps on my iPhone are more of a go-to than logging onto a blog on my laptop. Besides, people really love to shop off of Instagram-- myself included. Do you shop off of Instagram?

Curious how you guys feel about the blog vs. Instagram world? Are you reading blogs as often as you used to? What platforms are you shopping off of? I'd love to hear your feedback!! XO

 

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METALLICS FOR FALL

posted by Elshane on Nov 9 2017, under Fashion

It's pretty easy to spot one of fall's biggest fashion moments this season: SILVER METALLIC!

What's great about this trend is that if you invest properly, you can end up with a timeless, and potentially seasonless piece, just like this effortless dress that is intricately woven with blue and silver metallic. Worn in fall with boots, or spring with a sandal, this silver investment piece will last for seasons to come.

Can you just picture a sparkily silver metallic moment on the Kira Kira Instagram app?! {Who loves that filter as much as me?!}  Plus, silver is so easy to style-- simply pair the statement item back to basic black and white for a look so fresh and clean!

Take a look at some seasonless silver metallic items I recommend in my SHOP THE LOOK section below! 

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CASUAL AND COLORFUL

posted by Elshane on Oct 25 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

 

Sprinkle a little color into your everyday routine! That's easy for me to say-- try standing inside my closet to pull for something black. You may find a few pairs of black socks and... and... and.... ?!

A little color can go a long way. Take this playdate that Sunday and I had, for example. I think half the fun of our playdate was chasing around all of the colors of our very own rainbow. It's certainly enough to make someone smile.

Next time you're in a wardrobe rut, reach for color. Happiness approved!

 

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