FREE SWIMWEAR GIVEAWAY: Dolly Bikini

Wanna win a free bikini from Lauren Elaine Swim?! We’re hosting a giveaway for our polka dot and lace “DOLLY” bikini set through April 28th! To enter, simply sign up and follow the Lauren Elaine Blog (sign up with your email address in the right column!) It’s that simple.  We’ll be announcing 1 winner on April 28th!  Contest open to US and International entries. *Winner will also be notified by email.  SIGN UP TO FOLLOW BY EMAIL —>

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Click HERE to shop the “Dolly.”  Available in assorted mix and match sizes. USA Made. Sweatshop free!

 

ASTRA: Mini Lookbook

Float in this ethereal chiffon capelet dress with french lace detailing and dramatic open back. SHOP the new ASTRA dress here!

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(Model: Dylan Quigg | Photography: ULE Digital | Cover Photography: KEE)

 

Spring Florals

Tomorrow is Easter, and in my world of fashion that means two things: First, it’s officially appropriate to break out the White (although here in California that’s a silly, outdated “rule” that I never ever follow.) And second– it’s time for a spring floral overload.  Easter and florals go hand and hand, and with everything coming up roses, here’s a look at a floral-inspired fashion editorial that I’ve fallen in love with.  A good floral print dress is timeless, but combining florals with feathers and pastels and lady-like shapes is inspired and ethereal.

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This editorial, from the July/August 2013 issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine, stars Model Andreea Diaconu as photographed by Lachlan Bailey.

The Mist and Powder

In the spirit of the much anticipated (and blogged about!) MALEFICENT, I thought I’d share this newly discovered editorial obsession: ‘The Mist and the Powder,’ photographed (and styled) by Natalie Shau and Hideo, and featuring models Solveiga amd Gabriele. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous color treatment in this series, and the styling and contrast between light and dark is just magical. Enjoy.

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STYLE FILE: Love is Heroic

In late March I had the pleasure of attending another wonderful Unlikely Heroes benefit event – ‘Love is Heroic’.  I’m a big supporter of Unlikely Heroes and their tremendous work to rescue and provide homes for victims of sex slavery around the world.  The Love is Heroic benefit took place at Supperclub in Hollywood, and featured performances by the hillarious Anjelah Johnson and singer Andra Day.  For the event, I went for a soft angelic look.  I’d been waiting for the chance to wear the new “Astra” Capelet Dress from my new bridal collection.  While it’s from the bridal collection, I wore it in Softest Champagne, which lessened it’s ‘bridal’ feel, especially when paired with shimmery gold heels and jewelry.  While I’m definitely biased, I’m absolutely in love with this dress!  The chiffon cape layer makes it so much fun to wear, and the dramatic low cut back definitely makes a statement.

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Dress: “Astra” Capelet Dress in Softest Champagne from Lauren Elaine Bridal (Available soon at Lauren Elaine Official) | Pearl Ring: Family Heirloom | Midi Ring: Love Gold | Clutch: Vintage | Shoes: Guess

 

Castle by the Sea

Once upon a time, there was a castle by the sea…

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This past Friday, we shot several gowns from the new Lauren Elaine Bridal collection at a magical location in Laguna Beach, CA. While I was hesitant to shoot bridal gowns at the beach, I discovered the existence of this special place, and I just couldn’t resist. Built in 1926, the Victorian Beach “Pirate Tower” as it’s called, looks more like a medieval castle relic than it’s actual purpose –an old stairwell.  Full saga here.   The extreme wind, high tides, and treacherous hike over rock formations was well worth the extra effort. A perfect backdrop for my modern-day “princess” bride,  I can’t wait to share more photos from this amazing spot. Take a look a few “behind-the-scenes” snapshots below.

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Model: Alyx Bien |  For more info, visit Lauren Elaine Official

Sunday Safari

Nothing boosts creativity and inspires new ideas more than a change of scenery.   Seeing new things and exploring new places inspires new ways of thinking and looking at the world.  Sometimes, amidst all the craziness of work and life, you just need to take a break, and get out! Living in LA, there’s no shortage of beautiful places to visit– and in just a day. No long vacation required.  So this past Sunday, I decided to take a drive through the Angeles National Forest. Although I’ve lived in LA for nearly 8 years, I’ve  only passed through bits and parts of the huge mountain range a few times (it’s 1,024.0 sq miles!) So a couple of hour before sunset, I set off for a ‘Sunday Safari’ — scouting new hiking trails, picking wildflowers, and taking in one epic sunset.  On my adventure, I wore the new “Kenya” dress- fitting with it’s tribal safari print, and made of super comfortable rayon.  Shop KENYA here!

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Dress: KENYA from Laine by Lauren Elaine Collection |  Photos by ULE Digital

 

 

Gingham Girls

When it comes to fashion, I love all things “Americana.” Come Summertime, I can never get enough seersucker, chambray, madras…or my personal favorite, gingham. While my own wardrobe’s not dictated by trends, gingham is definitely having a moment this year–and two looks from the Lauren Elaine Swim 2014 and Laine by Lauren Elaine collections are right on par. Go western in the new “Silver Spur” bikini, or preppy-chic in the “Pollyanna” dress. Both pair well with a straw tote and espadrilles. SHOP “Silver Spur” and “Pollyanna.”

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Wide Open Spaces

Last week,  I posted about my recent trip to beautiful Santa Ynez.  While I started off in Los Olivos, I saved the best for the last.  And in my opinion, the “best” is  definitely the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.  If you enjoy gorgeous views, great wine, and wide open spaces, it’s a must-do.  In the spirit of the romantic country scenery, I paired the flirty “Sadie” dress from ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ collection, with my favorite cowboy hat.  To take the western edge off, I finished the look off with a pair of combat boots — the perfect choice for stomping grapes, or just stomping around vineyards:)

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While I could probably be content to just pull over and take in the scenery, it’s hard to pass up a visit to Firestone.  I’ve yet to even come close to visiting each vineyard along the wine trail, but I always go back to Firestone.  I love their Chardonnay, but more importantly, I love everything about their tasting room, and their sprawling vineyards.

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Outfit Details |  Dress: “Sadie” by ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ |  Boots: Nine West | Hat: Outback Trading Company

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Getting Lost in Los Olivos

At least once a year I take a trip to one of my favorite places in California for a little R & R.  Nestled in the valley just north of Santa Barbara, is the central coast wine region of Santa Ynez, made famous by Sideways.  Several little towns make up the Santa Ynez area- including Solvang, a surreal Danish village (you’d swear you were in Denmark), and my personal favorite, Los Olivos.  The real-life Mayberry (seriously!), Los Olivos is picturesque and perfect.  While enjoying my getaway to Santa Ynez last week, I spent the first day of the trip exploring Los Olivos, and tasting at the neighboring Bridlewood Vineyard (one of my absolute favorites!) It felt like springtime, and so I chose a bohemian look with the new “Medallion” skirt from Laine by Lauren Elaine, paired with a comfy, oversized sweater. SHOP “Medallion” here.

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I’ll be posting more from my recent getaway on the blog soon!

Skirt: “Medallion” Skirt by Laine by Lauren Elaine- available here. | Photos by ULE Digital.