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Fall Florals

While it may technically be Fall,  in Southern California it still feels very much like summer. And although I’m desperate to break out the plaids, faux fur, and houndstooth, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards florals when picking a dress for my cousin’s recent wedding brunch in Montecito, CA.  With temps in the 80s, the jewel-toned “Petunia” dress from LAINE by Lauren Elaine not only felt appropriate for the event, but also for exploring the picturesque 1920s historical home that accommodated my family for the wedding weekend.

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Pair florals with black, navy, or chocolate accents and accessories to make them wearable year-round in warmer climates. SHOP PETUNIA here.

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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Questions/comments, message me HERE.  For more info about Lauren Elaine Bridal and Brand, visit the Official Site

Photographed by ULE Digital.

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

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.

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!

 

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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Deck Your Closet!

DECK YOUR CLOSET: Save 40% off all Black Label with code “HOLIDAY2013″ at checkout at Lauren Elaine – now through December 31st! Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Lauren Elaine Gift Card- now available at Lauren Elaine!

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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 )

PERSEPHONE: Mini Lookbook

Seduce in this sleek mermaid-cut sweetheart gown of metallic brocade.  Shop the “Persephone” and download a copy of the mini-lookbook here!

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