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American Girl, American Made

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of our Style House here in Los Angeles. I can’t believe it’s been one year already- it seemed like we were still under construction only a few months ago.  Crazy enough, it’s also a little over one year since I launched the Lauren Elaine Bridal line. And since launching the bridal line, so much has changed.  While it’s fun to reflect on the journey, I’m always planning for the future.  And no matter how much we expand in order to accommodate new lines and ventures, there’s one thing that’s never changed:  the Lauren Elaine brand is 100% made in the USA.

Being American-made has always been important to me. At first it was more a matter of necessity. As a new designer, the thought of manufacturing overseas   was overwhelming. But as we’ve expanded, we’ve kept everything made right here in the USA.  Not only does being ‘made in the USA’ ensure exceptional quality control, but it keeps jobs here in the US. Sadly, many manufacturers abroad exploit laborers (and often children) who work exhausting days for  mere pennies.  I want to feel good about what I sell, and no amount of profit should come at the expense and unfair treatment of others.

Being American is part of my identity.  Sure- I love to travel and experience new cultures and places around the world – but America is where I call ‘home.’  Living in California inspires me as a Designer, and I believe in keeping production and the creation of my designs as close to home, and my inspiration, as possible.

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Photographed by ULE Digital.

Cinderella

As you probably can tell my excessive posts, I’m highly anticipating the release of Maleficent next week.  But in the meantime, Disney’s managed to get me equally excited about their follow-up live action fairytale film, Cinderella, slated for an April 2015 release date.  Lily James as Cinderella looks the part in the first released production still.  And the robin egg blue shade of that dress is perfection.

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And here’s a teaser trailer…

HARLOW: Mini Lookbook

Captivate in this chic tulle and chiffon tea-length ballgown with delicate bow and bodice detail..  Shop the “Harlow” and download a copy of the mini-lookbook here!

 

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(Model: Sabyr Omens |  Photography & Post by ULE Digital )

LAUREN ELAINE: Something Old, Something New | LAFW

 Old World elegance meets modern luxury as Designer Lauren Elaine unveils SS2014 Lauren Elaine Bridal and Black Label Collections on October 22nd, in partnership with D’Argenzio Fine Wines. Enjoy intimate installations featuring the new collections while D’Argenzio uncorks centuries of artisan excellence.  Hosted by Alyssa Campanella.
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6:30-7:30PM: Arrivals |  7:30PM-9:00PM |  Rotating Installations (New Lauren Elaine Black Label and Bridal installations revealed every fifteen minutes)
9:00PM | Finale Installation
To RSVP or Request and Invitation, please email the appropriate contact listed above.

STYLE FILE | Unlikely Heroes ‘Justice Ball’

On September 24th I attended the Justice Ball in Hollywood to support a fantastic organization– Unlikely Heroes.  Unlikely Heroes works tirelessly to rescue victims of human trafficking worldwide, and their work is really quite fantastic (read all about it here! ) The invite requested formal attire– so I opted for an old-Hollywood type look.  Because I’ve received many requests and comments asking how I got my “look” and what products I used, I thought I’d do a quick blog post.  And, since I always prefer doing my own hair and makeup for events, most of the products I use are easy to find and available at your local drugstore :)  See below for tips and items!

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Dress:  Sophia Gown by Lauren Elaine Black Label (available through special order, salesrep@lauren-elainedesigns.com) Because I opted for a black and white dress, I wanted to add color to my makeup look.

Makeup:  Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation (in Medium Beige) & Photo Ready Concealer (in Light Medium), Bare Minerals Mineral Veil powder, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black, Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black, Sorme Bronze/Blush Duo in Sunshine, and Covergirl Lipstick in Triple Red Rush.  TIP:  I have freckles – so I chose a foundation shade that’s in between my skin tone and freckles.  It helps conceal them easily when going for a “porcelain” skin look.

Hair:  For a true old-Hollywood look, I  wrapped 1 inch sections of hair around a 1/2 inch curling iron to create spiral curls (wrapping is key, otherwise you’ll end up with ringlets.)  After pinning each section up to “cool”, I let all the curls out, and gently used a comb to part hair deeply on the side.   I finished with extra-hold non-aerosol hairspray.  If you use aerosol spray,  long hair will clump together. For any further styling, use your fingers- not a brush- otherwise you’ll end up looking like  a poodle :)

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Photos by Bob Delgadillo.

Swept from the Sea.

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New arrivals coming soon! Sign up for special promo codes and inside scoop at: http://lauren-elainedesigns.com/subscribe.html

 

Faerie Tales

Needless to say, this got me excited:

It’s a still from the new “Maleficent” (2014.)  I’m obsessed with fairytales, especially live-action movie versions.  I own (and still frequently watch) entire Faerie Tale Theatre and Cannon Movie Tales VHS collections from the 80s. And “Maleficent”, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, looks like it’s going to be especially magical.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

We’re poud to be American.  And we’re proud to be American-made.  This Memorial Day, enjoy 20% off ANY ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ purchase with code word “Memorial” at checkout.  Made in the USA & 100% sweatshop free! HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!