There are a lot of ways to practice self-care. For some (including myself), lighting a nice candle, relaxing with a face mask, and watching Netflix is one form. For countless women (also including myself), the main form involves shopping and treating yourself to a little something special. And can you get any more special than a personalized handbag? Handbags, like shoes, are one of my weaknesses. A beautiful, well-constructed bag that I can wear everyday is more valuable to me than jewelry, sunglasses, and sometimes even a great-fitting pair of jeans. So finding a bag that I can personalize and make my own is not only functional, but is also a creative expression and a fun way to treat myself. Which brings me to The Daily Edited; the Sydney based line offers a range of well-made, beautiful, classic bags in different colors that don't break the bank (even their nicest leather totes top out around $320). And the best part? You can customize them! I recently received three beautiful bags from them, each monogrammed with a different set of initials (the one above says "The ELA," which stands for this blog's name). You can even pick the font, font size, and monogram color. The options are truly endless, making them the perfect gift to yourself or even friends, family, and significant others.Read More
You all have probably noticed that, most of the time, my wardrobe skews towards the minimal. Jeans, button down, heels; I've got the uniform down. But occasionally, I like to squeeze myself into a dress and heels, tote around a clutch, and feel like a girly girl. And with so many fun new hotels (like the Kimpton Everly, pictured here), restaurant openings, and events, there are plenty of reasons for me to dress up. One dress that has weathered the storm of many of these goings-on is this maxi from Avec Les Filles-- it's plenty breezy with the lightweight fabric and slits, but the ruffles and polka dots lend it an elevated romance. Perfect for day-to-night, vacations, and just lounging around a hotel.Read More
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In case you haven't noticed, I'm all about the accessories. From rings and bracelets, to my signature silk scarves and hats, my accessories are often the starring features of some of my favorite outfits. And while I have no problem piling on the delicate jewels, there's one accessory I often stray from: earrings. Don't get me wrong-- I love earrings. I sometimes think about getting a dozen more piercings so I could adorn my ear with all different studs and shapes. But unfortunately, I have stupidly sensitive ears that, most of the time, can pretty much handle a small pair of studs before getting sore and red.Read More
Valentine's Day may have been over a month ago, but the day (along with an influx of beautiful dresses from one of my favorite local brands, Avec Les Filles), may have sparked a more romantic side to my recent wardrobe. Usually, pink and floral and ruffles aren't really my style, but lately, I've begun to appreciate the deviation from my usual minimalist aesthetic, playing dress-up in silky frocks with big dangly earrings, just like I'm a little girl again. Of course, I still have to make it me, opting for over-the-knee leather boots and a sleek burgundy blazer for a hint of sophistication. I topped off the look with a negroni from the Ever Bar, because I'm never not drinking negronis.Read More
Though we had a lot of exciting events lined up in Palm Springs, we left ourselves plenty free time to explore the city, and luckily discovered some cool stores and cafes right along N Palm Canyon Rd in uptown Palm Springs. We were able to check out chic boutiques like Elizabeth & Prince, a very “Palm Springs” and resort-style curated boutique, as well as the ultra hip beauty store H2O closet, offering some of our favorite trendy beauty lines. And of course, the most important thing-- we drank plenty of coffee! Just down the street sat Ernest Coffee, where we frequented for our mid-day caffeine fix.Read More