fashion

A Blue Carpet Affair

Wedding season is officially in full swing and I’ve been going nonstop since May! With such a crazy schedule, it’s sometimes difficult  to pull myself away from work. Fortunately, I had a great excuse for a break last Friday when I was invited to attend the ‘Save our Sea’ benefit event  at the W Hotel for the conservation of Salton Sea.  Living so close in Los Angeles,  I’ve always wanted to do a photoshoot in the area (the desert is my favorite location and the Salton Sea pretty much tops the list in terms of wow factor!)  I also only recently learned of the Salton Sea’s predicament.

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For the “blue carpet” (very appropriate) event, I paired the new “Landry” dress from the ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ collection with a classic black blazer, and cocktail-worthy jewels. Shop LANDRY here.

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Patriotic Play

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the time when one of my  favorite color trios starts popping up everywhere.  While I love a good mix of red, white, and blue, I also love to change things up.  During my recent creative retreat in Palm Springs,  I decided to get a head start on a patriotic summer look by pairing the new “Praireigh” Maxi from Laine by Lauren Collection with a starry navy top, and substituting the classic red with a pop of bright orange. Swapping orange for red, or even teal for navy, is a great way to channel your inner ‘American girl’ without looking like a flag.  Shop Praireigh HERE.

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Skirt: Praireigh Maxi Skirt – available here. | Photos by ULE Digital

Spotted: The Landry Dress

There’s one word that I always use to describe my personal style:  feminine.  Sometimes I lean a little bohemian, sometimes more conservative–but always feminine. So while enjoying my recent creative retreat to Palm Springs, I decide to embrace my obsession for classic, lady-like silhouettes in the new “Landry” dress from Lauren Elaine Black.  I love the timeless cut paired with a bold, playful print- and the open back is perfect for hot summer days (or nights). SHOP “Landry” here.

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Photography by ULE Digital. |  Shop the Lauren Elaine “Landry” Dress  here.

 

A Desert Retreat

When temps rose upwards of 95 degrees in LA this past week, I headed someplace even hotter.  In the middle of Mojave desert, just outside of Palm Springs proper, is La Quinta, California– home of the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club (not to be confused with the chain of the same name.)  Tucked beneath the mesmerizing Santa Rosa Mountains, it’s one of my absolute favorite hotels and places to visit.  With over 45 acres and it’s own village, there’s never a reason to leave.

And that makes it the perfect spot for a creative retreat.

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So this past week, I spent my time in a desert paradise,  getting inspired and tackling some creative projects I’d put on hold. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day to day of business and work. A creative retreat sets aside the necessary time to indulge in the fun, creative aspects of my job– from sketching and imagining new designs and collections, to brainstorming new projects and concepts.  A desert getaway paired with unlimited time to indulge in creativity and get inspired,  is my idea of the perfect vacation.

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To combat the 100+ degree weather, I paired the “Deja” dress from ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ collection with an oversized chambray button down that I’ve claimed from my husband’s wardrobe:)  Natural fabrics like cottons, rayons, and silks fair best in hot temps because they’re breathable.  The colorful tie-dye pattern on the Deja also felt right at home with La Quinta’s colorfully lush landscape. SHOP DEJA here.

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Dress: Deja Dress by ‘Laine by Lauren Elaine’ – Shop Deja HERE.  And I’ll be sharing more photos from my week in the desert on the blog soon.

BELLARA: Mini Lookbook

Dazzle in this magical ball gown of layered tulle, french lace, and Swarovski crystal and pearl detailing with a dramatic open back design. SHOP BELLARA here.

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(Model: Dylan Marie Quigg | Photo Credits: KEE Photography and ULE Digital )

PANDORA: Mini Lookbook

Unlock your inner goddess in this hypnotizing off-the-shoulder gown of ruched chiffon with crystal and pearl detailing. SHOP PANDORA here.

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(Model: Alyx Jade | Photography: ULE Digital )

AND THE WINNER IS…

We’re heating up this Monday with the announcement of our DOLLY BIKINI GIVEAWAY Winner….AND the announcement of a 2nd Swimwear Giveaway! Read on below to see if you’re our “Dolly” winner.  Didn’t win? No big deal—because by simple following the blog, you’re automatically entered in this week’s MOLLY BIKINI GIVEAWAY!

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We’re hosting a giveaway for our polka dot and silver hardware triangle-cut  MOLLY Bikini Set through May 5th! 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.  If you’re already following–you’re already entered to win! We’ll be announcing 1 winner on May 5th!  Contest open to US and International entries. *Winner will also be notified by email.  SIGN UP TO FOLLOW BY EMAIL —>

 

DOLLY BIKINI GIVEAWAY WINNER:  c–rat-m—l@yahoo.com  (Think this is you? Be sure to check your email to claim your bikini!)

How Is the Winner Selected: To protect our winner’s privacy, we’ve left out certain email address characters/letters. We will reveal our winner’s name and location shortly! For each giveaway, the winning email address is chosen by a random number drawing (each entered email address or wordpress user is assigned a random number, and the winner is chosen by random drawing from the available random numbers.) Questions/comments, please contact info@lauren-elainedesigns.com)

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.