Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Top 3 (Totally EASY) Health Tips for the Workaholic Woman


I love french fries. Any kind - anywhere. I love chips. Any kind - anywhere. And most definitely, I love every single type of chocolate chip cookie. (Crunchy, soft, stale...whatevs.). But in the last few months, I put a screeching halt on my over-consumption of horrible goodies. OK, that's a lie (whoops). Maybe these delicious items are not completely banned from my diet, but I have finally come to the understanding of what "in moderation" means.

And just like nearly every woman, springtime is an important part of summertime -- it's prep-time baby! While I strive to continue eating healthy and working out for the rest of my life, there is something about the idea of a body-baring season that gets me revved up even more. Currently, I'm proud to report tht I'm making pretty fab headway as I am working toward reshaping my curvy body.  YES, adopting a fitness regimen that includes cardio such as running, biking, walking, kickboxing, and/or dancing is essential to losing weight. But don't forget: What you consume is ridiculously important as well. Like Gwen and Gavin, working out and eating healthy just naturally go together.

So my goal of this article is not to give a rundown of what you should eat more or eat less of (I'm still learning myself!). Rather, it's to help keep the workaholic woman on track despite the urge she may have to pull out her hair during the day. That said -- as the 'Good Girl' that I am -- I'm here to keep you feeling great versus going bald.

My Top 3 (Totally EASY) Health Tips for the Workaholic Woman:

Keep stashes of 100 calorie-pack nuts in your glove compartment. And in all of the purses you often trade out. And your office drawers. And your laptop bag. If you're like me, cravings and hunger can sprout up at any time. Also, if you're like me, you can get cranky if you don't have an accessible snack to well...snack on. A much better, filling choice than making that U-turn and heading to the Del Taco drive-thru for (those dang delicious) fries before an appointment!

Take fashion mags with you when you eat out during your solo lunch break. Looking at slender bodies and fabulous, body-hugging fashion trends while you chow down on chow mein and orange chicken just doesn't feel right. Instead, try browsing through the mags while enjoying a bowl of steamed veggies and teriyaki chicken (just a 'lil bit of sauce). Warning: You're likely to be all smiles due to your sense of self-control when you leave Panda Express. (Let 'em stare!)

Replace smoke breaks with squats, sit-ups, and push-ups when working from home: Get up from your computer at least once every one or two hours for quick bursts of exercise. In doing so, you'll get energized, rest your eyes, and start to build up that booty, tighten your bloated tummy, and tone those "bat wings."And remember, you're not losing any time by trying to fit in a workout, because you would have been blacking out your lungs during that time anyway, right? Just do it. I KNOW what I'm talking about -- trust.

Do these ring a bell with you? Tell me -- What are YOUR totally easy health tips?

If you liked this article, you may also enjoy: "Note to Self: Water in a Cute Cup Does the Body Good"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Don't Miss Fashion Designer Cookie Johnson's HSN On-Air Debut Today!

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of CJ by Cookie Johnson)

So excited to announce that Cookie Johnson, the amazing fashion designer, activist, philanthropist, and wife of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, is hitting HSN today with her on-air debut!  Having interviewed Cookie for GGGS, written about her commemorative collection for World AIDS Day in Agenda Magazine, and tried on several jeans from her collection, I can attest to the fact that the CJ by Cookie Johnson line is made with love and with the understanding that all women deserve a fabulous jean. So it's super-cool that CJ by Cookie Johnson will be launching its collection of premium denim on HSN.

According to Cookie's camp, "Cookie is thrilled to be able to bring her premium denim collection into the households of so many Americans. CJ jeans are meant to make women feel beautiful and confident while embracing on-trend, fashion-froward styling. Through this new HSN partnership, Cookie will be able to introduce that sentiment to a whole new breadth of women." 

Tune in at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. / PT. Check your local listings for the HSN channel and follow CJ by Cookie Johnson on Twitter...Happy Shopping!

www.cjbycookiejohnson.com 



Monday, March 31, 2014

gx by Gwen Stefani: The Affordable and Ultra-Stylish Collection for Shoedazzle!

(Photo Credit: www.shoedazzle.com)

L.A.M.B. offers ridiculously amazing couture handbags and shoes for the cool and couture-loving fashion lover. But always affordable for the common chick? Well...unless you come across a fab shoe or purse on sale at say, Nordstrom Rack,...not really. So, I'm pretty excited about the gx by Gwen Stefani collaboration with Shoedazzle. (I love the name "gx" too - Gwen's signature tweet sign-off!). The line launched last month, giving Shoedazzle members more styles to explore and incorporate in their own wardrobes. All items under $110! The collection includes: edgy-chic strappy sandals, fancy wedges, and (not your mama's!) dramatic pumps. The graphic palette includes a bold mix of black, white, red, and cobalt. Dig!

Recently, Gwen shared thoughts about her new collection with Eonline.com: "I created gx with the goal of making amazing shoes and bags at really great prices. Gx is super luxurious and stylish but still affordable." 

With the über-talented Rachel Zoe as the new chief stylist alongside "Kim K," Shoedazzle is becoming quite the go-to site for fun looks. And, I mean, of course No Doubt's frontwoman and fashion designer would be an amazing person to collab with. What team wouldn't want Gwen breathing her cool vibe of creativity into an exclusive collection?!

(Photo Credit: www.shoedazzle.com) 

Are you a Gwen lover? You may also enjoy some of my other articles:

"OPI + Gwen Stefani = An Insane Blast of New Nail Polish!"
"Delivering Cuteness to Target: 'Harajuku Mini' in Time for the Holidays"
"Gwen Stefani: My Favorite Fashion 'Switch Hitter'"

Friday, March 14, 2014

'Porchea's Beauty Tips" Series Coming to GGGS!




She does hair. She does fashion. She does makeup. She does kindness. Porchea Davis is a straight-up talented woman who I've known for more than 15 years. So, naturally, it makes sense to bring some of her knowledge to my GGGS with a series of "Porchea's Beauty Tips."

To start keeping up with this chameleon's looks, follow her on Instagram!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

South American Grassroots Brand 'Sundried' Adds to My Casual SoCal Style!

(Bring it on sun! I've been waiting for you!)

The chilly air, snow, rain, and all that wintertime...STUFF...doesn't really excite me. Totally -- there are many ways to incorporate your summer clothing into your winter wardrobe while embracing gorgeous boots, coats, and hats. But naturally, being a SoCal native and an LA resident, I feel at home in flip-flops, leggings, jeans, tees, tanks, and spaghetti-strapped maxi dresses. They all make me happy under the sun!

(My custom-made Sundried tee is totally #unique!)

So my recent connection with the awesome folks at Sundried, a South American grassroots brand, developed at the perfect time. With summertime inching its way back into my life (making the sound of the waves and the sand between my toes more of an upcoming reality versus a fantasy) I was delighted to receive a custom-made Sundried tee. Here are some fun facts about this eco-conscious and community-driven company:

- Sundried products are handmade and hand-screened!

- Sundried was founded in Peru. It was inspired by a memorable observation of a lone surfer who emerged fresh out of the water after an epic surf, who stood and waited for the sun to rise and for its natural warmth to dry his tired body. (Hence, SUN DRIED.)

- Deeply passionate about charity work, Sundried sponsors Surfers Against Sewage, an environment charity protecting UK waves, oceans and beaches. 

- Sundried has evolved to provide products for the beach, the bar, the street, the swell (ocean), and the skatepark.

- Sundried is loved by active people, from triathletes to surfers throughout Peru, the UK, New Zealand, and the US!




How to connect with this awesome company:

website - www.sundried.com

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Sundried

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/JoinSundried

...Tell 'em the Good Girl Gone Shopping says rock on! Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The 'Good Girl Gone Shopping' Helps Kick Off LA Fashion Week as a Speaker at LHT Fashion "Sense-Ability" Event!

("Learn.Help.Teach."/ www.lht.la)

It is with pure delight that I inform you about my upcoming speaking engagement this season, during Los Angeles Fashion Week! I was recently asked to be part of this season's "Potluck Presenters" event, hosted by Learn.Help.Teach. LHT is a unique environment brought to you by event designers, artists, community developers, collaborative communities, and philanthropists with a focus on skill sharing. This season's Potluck Presenters event will be held at the LHT Loft on Thursday, March 13th, from 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.. The evening's topic: "Fashion Sense."

I'm also proud to invite you to come and enjoy this evening of presentations and interaction in a very unique, intimate social setting. Would be a great time for you to network amongst experts, artists, and visionaries! I will be presenting alongside two amazing industry professionals, including Jason Peskin, Founder and CEO of Project Ethos (@ProjectEthos), and Taryn Hipwell, CEO of EcoDivas/EcoDivasTV.com (@ecodivas).

The brains behind LHT include: Co-Creator Brandi Veil (@brandiveil), Co-Creator Keith Neves (@nevescreative), and Creative Director Daniel Bax (@BaxImages).

Ticket Info: A suggested $20 donation per person or free with a potluck dish!

Location: LHT Loft, 900 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Details about my presentation as listed on www.lht.la:





Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Scion, Project Ethos Continues To Spotlight New Talent at LA Fashion Week, Uniting a Diverse Crowd of Guests!

(Mark your calendars!)

More than 2,000 attendees expected at the growing fashion, music and art showcase event of the season, put on by Scion and Project Ethos! Taking place at its usual hotspot, Avalon Hollywood, this event always maintains its ability provide creative stimulation all around. I've attended several shows over the last few years, and each one is quite unique. Fashion show details:

(Click here to check out full release.)

Another reason to mark March 18th on your calendar, Scion and Project Ethos effectively reel in tons of industry folk as well as fashion, art, and music lovers together. Thanks to this LA Fashion Week presentation, I was able to cross paths with the beautiful and talented owner/creator of Trending LA -- Joy Rich Bullard -- for the first time (and we wound up sitting next to each other!). A few seasons before that, I watched the awesome model and pop-punk star Eryn Woods walk in the Tumbler and Tipsy show...And I just recently interviewed this doll for Agenda! So, please say hello if you see me -- I'll be covering the evening's affair for Agenda Magazine.  It's all about connections y'all, and I'm happy to attest that the Scion and Project Ethos event is great in attracting a diverse, yet like-minded, crowd of folks. To attend this LA Fashion Week event, check out the ticket info!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Proud To Be a New Contributing Fashion Writer for ChelseaKrost.com!

(Photo Credit: www.ChelseaKrost.com) 
Very excited to announce that I'm a new contributing fashion writer for ChelseaKrost.com! This is quite a delight as I've respected this awesome television and radio talk show host, millenial lifestyle expert, and author and speaker for some time now. We initially connected on Twitter...and the rest is history!

Here is the link to my first article, titled "Top 3 Ways to Incorporate Your Summer Style Into Your Winter Wardrobe." Comments are always welcome! 

To keep up with Chelsea and her many media adventures, please follow her on Twitter!

xoxo,
Elana

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

LA Fashion Stylist 'RiRi' Shows the Beauty in Versatility!

(Fashion sets by RiRi/ skirt from Rihanna's collection for River Island)


One of the biggest challenges many women are faced with is: How to wear the same thing more than once...differently. Every fashion piece carries versatility, but too many times, people disillusion themselves into thinking things like, "But I just wore that! Everybody will be able to tell if I wear it again." Not the case if you put on your creative cap and think versatility, as this really is key to fashion and exploring one's personal style. 

So I asked RiRi (Sheri Thomas), an LA-based fashion stylist to put together three looks worked around the same item. She chose this fabulously feminine skirt from Rihanna's collection for River Island. (The middle look totally speaks to me, because I enjoy the contrast of black with a soft color.) I also asked her a few questions about her work, because I'm naturally intrigued with the mind of a stylist. Enjoy! 



So tell me about your beginnings...How did you get into styling?

Well now, let's see... I've actually always, since I can remember, LOVED clothes, watching fashion week and fashion shows on TV, buying magazines and just trying to emulate the styles that caught my attention with a little twist on it of course, because my pockets were never as fat as my taste lol. So as a kid I'd change clothes about 5 times before I went to school, and when things got too little for me like pants or shirts I'd cut them up and make shorts or midriffs or what have you. I then realized I loved clothes. By trade I am a hair stylist. I grew up in the salon environment because my mother was and still is in the beauty industry, so hair/fashion/beauty/makeup all mesh together, which ultimately is my life.

What drives you as a fashion stylist?

As a fashion stylist, being able to be creative and inspire everyday people with a classic, versatile outlook on fashion is what drives me. It makes me happy to see people feel good about themselves.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I am a mother first. So my kids inspire me to always strive for greatness. Also the littlest things can spark inspiration for me...colors, patterns and nature.

As a stylist who works with both men and women, are there certain set of challenges with each?

Hmmm... People in general always give you certain challenges. Some more than others, not particularly male or female. Its more of a comfort zone thing with people or egos and people who want to do my job that I find most challenging...lol. But I understand ultimately the person being styled has to feel most confident and comfortable because after all they are wearing the clothes. So it's definitely a compromise and a give and take relationship between the stylist and client.

(LA-based fashion stylist, RiRi!)


How would you describe an ideal client?

An ideal client for me has an open mind or is a blank canvas, is versatile and definitely comfortable with my eye. Also an ideal client will have an eye for style, which in collaboration with each other, we can create a harmonious outcome.

Tell me about the process of working with a client; if I were to go to you and say “Help!” How would we proceed? 

Basically, we'd have a consultation where we'd discuss you and your needs. Once that is established, depending on what your necessity is, we'd go from there. I offer closet makeovers, personal shopping, personal styling, look books, and daily, weekly, monthly consults.

Which stores can you always depend on to uncover great finds for clients?

I love vintage, thrift, and small boutique stores for great one-of-a-kind pieces.

How would you describe your own style? 

My style is effortless, classic and versatile. It's like depending on how my hair is, my clothes have to coordinate, and vice versa.

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry as a whole?

The fashion industry as a whole is amazing. Very artsy and creative human beings. 

What are the 3 essentials all women need in their closet? And what about for men? 

For both men and women, the 3 staple items that you must own are a pair of black pants, a white button up blouse/shirt and a brown belt!

To keep up with RiRi's fun fashion sets, be sure to follow her on Instagram! To directly reach the lovely LA fashion stylist regarding consultations, please email LoveRiRiStyle@gmail.com.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Gregori Lukas: The Stylish 'Stay' Singer Embraces Both Fashion and Music

(Gregori Lukas/ Michelle Babyak Photography)

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Gregori Lukas, an American singer, dancer, and actor who lives for fashion. Our interview will be coming soon to Agenda Magazine, and naturally, I have to give you a heads-up! Gregori has appeared with the New York City Ballet in numerous productions and is best known for playing the title role in George Balanchine's Nutcracker at the New York State Theater. Currently, he is working towards finishing up his upcoming EP by Summer 2014, striving to embark on modeling, and looking forward to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York this September. No stranger to runway shows, Gregori's been attending Fashion Week since 2008, when it was still "Olympus Fashion Week" in Bryant Park. 

I encourage you to download his single, "Stay," a beautiful song about the heart-wrenching experience of one's first love ("I never thought it wasn't real..."). The piano version of his ballad can also be downloaded for free on MTV.com. Simply lovely. Also, be sure to visit his website to learn some more about this fabulous, stylish entertainer! 




Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Run-In With Pop-Punk Princess Eryn Woods During New York Fashion Week!

(Me and Pop-Punk Princess Eryn Woods!)

It was ultra freezing during (my first trip to) New York. I mean, ridiculous chilly. Like 22 degrees and below. (I actually left before it got unbearable, I've heard.) But that didn't stop the fiery explosion of this week-long east coast event! One of my memorable moments was in the lobby of Studio 450 on West 31st Street. As a bunch of us guests for the Darkoh show piled into the lobby of Studio 450, shivering and happy to get inside somewhere warm, I had the pleasure of watching pop-punk princess Eryn Woods come in from the cold looking ultra-fab. I originally saw this style queen walk the runway for Tumbler & Tipsy during one of last year's Project Ethos events, and wow...I was blown away by her confidence, charisma, and insane sense of unique style! Totally ironic that I ran into her in New York, because I've always meant to contact her and request an interview in LA. So perfect timing for me to introduce myself, request that interview, and score this awesome photo. For some exciting fashion and music inspiration, check out her website, follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and stay tuned for my interview on Agenda Magazine!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

MUST-READ Interview: FIDM-Graduate Riley Suchánek Prepares for Her First 'AD HOC' LA Fashion Show!

(Fashion designer and founder of AD HOC, Riley Suchánek)

A college graduate feeling hopeless after getting her degree because she has to find a “real” job? Totally normal. A college graduate who decided to take matters into her own hands (turning that frown upside down) and create a fashion show production company? Straight-out gutsy and admirable. 

Meet Riley Suchánek, the soft-spoken and strikingly introverted designer who is putting her degree from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) to good use. With an innate understanding of the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into fashion, Riley developed AD HOC with a specific goal in mind: To produce a fashion show that is anything but typical. AD HOC offers individual designers the chance to showcase his/her entire collection at one time versus a few select pieces here and there. The designers of AD HOC "pride themselves on their fresh intake and ambition and strive to get their feet in the overpopulated and highly selective door of the fashion industry." 

With a handpicked team of support, Riley is currently in the process of finishing up the planning of her first AD HOC fashion show, set to take place on February 27, 2014.  Having gone to several fashion shows for nearly a decade, I have always been amazed with the entire production of such an event. From the collections and the models to the music and the chosen venue – this is no easy feat. 

(Riley en vogue) 

So I encourage you to check out my exclusive interview with Riley, soak up her passion, and purchase your affordable ticket today! Yup -- I'll be there. 

So you went to FIDM! What was your area of concentration?

Yes! I did go to The Fashion Institute to study apparel design. It is a two-year program for an associates degree. I learned the process of designing, from illustration through production. 

What about fashion interests you the most?

I like fashion because there are pieces that you personally relate to. Not everyone likes the same outfit in one collection. The audience will be attracted to different things, but this one designer (or group of designers) projected their idea in a clear way that others can wear and carry with them. It's been said before, but fashion is an expression of yourself in a tangible way. That is interesting to me.

Growing up...Did you always see yourself getting in the fashion industry?

I decided I wanted to make clothes when I was around the age of 10. I was always into drawing and sewing, bringing something to life. I am a particular person, so I like the control of picking out a certain hue of a color, pattern of fabric, length of a hem, or even the men’s shoe that should be worn with a woman’s outfit. This makes every designer’s aesthetic, but I know mine very well. So it seemed fitting to follow what has been natural to me all along.

(The AD HOC team putting in work.)

 Tell me about AD HOC!

Well, AD HOC is a fashion show I decided to put on after struggling to find a job after graduating. Every job listing required 3-5 years of experience. School never seemed to fit the “experience” requirement, so I looked to see if I could show my ideas somewhere were others were in the same boat as me. Again, I am particular and couldn’t find anything that matched what I had pictured in my mind for that kind of event and environment. 

I decided to make this “thing” I was looking for, myself. I asked friends from school and different media outlets if they would be interested in participating, and chose four other designers. I built an Indiegogo campaign to help with booking a venue and started an Instagram page for the show to get people other than family and friends to attend the show. 

How involved are you with the entire planning of the show?

I am showing a mini-collection at the show as well as producing the show. This is the first fashion show I’ve been a part of other than this one Chloé show I was a dresser for. Being a volunteer dresser isn’t really a lot of experience to me, although it is on my resume! Ha! That’s just the thing about resumes, you can make yourself look really good, but from the hiring company’s point of view, you can’t really see the hard work behind the one-line description of your previous positions. 



I've been to several fashion shows over the last decade, and I know that there are tons of factors that contribute to it being a success! What do you believe makes a fashion show a success?

You could probably teach me a few things then! I’m always learning new things through producing this show. There are a lot of little details that sometimes are challenging for an introvert like myself. What makes a fashion show success, to me, is hard work and supporters. If it weren’t for those who believed in me enough to donate to the show, I wouldn’t have a show. You also have to give back. In building this for myself and my portfolio, I wanted to help others show their work. They can then put this one their resume and hopefully get a better step into the door they’re after. 

What do you hope to contribute to the fashion industry? 

I want to contribute an intimate feeling of comfort and easiness to looking androgynous. I’m not drawn to commercial brands. I don’t hate them, I am just more drawn to things that look like they took a lot of time and thought to make. That is probably why I didn’t land a job after graduation in the industry -- I am picky in where I spend my time working for someone else. That has been a blessing and a burden. 

It's been 10 years since I've been out of college...And I still miss a good lecture! Do you miss anything about being a student at FIDM?

Yes! As much as I complained about homework and going to class sometimes, I do love school. I liked my program because it exposed me to things I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. Art History, for example, became my favorite subject. I always liked art museums and had favorite pieces, but I would never even think to take an Art History class outside of my course. 

(Riley captured in thought...)

I also miss having more experienced people around me. I had a few really good professors, one of which I still keep in contact with, that really boosted my belief in my ideas. It’s very easy to second-guess yourself, but now I am clear on what I am capable of doing.

How would you describe your own personal style?

Androgynous with a baby-doll feel. Not the pink-girly-Barbie kind of doll, more like simple-silhouette-paper doll. 

Who or what inspires you?   

Honestly, everything inspires me. I really do believe everything happens for a reason, and with everything that happens to you, you learn something new about yourself. But, more specifically, designers like Rodarte, Acne, and Dries Van Noten further solidify that I should stand behind my work more. They are each very reassuring to me. I hope to be that to someone else in the future. 

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Friday, February 7, 2014

The 'Good Girl Gone Shopping' Hits New York for Fashion Week!

(Lincoln Center! I've arrived...)

It's ridiculously chilly in New York...and I'm loving the change! I'm a born-and-bred SoCal girl, and typically I love weather that makes me sweat and wanna keep my toes dipped in the sand. But this season I'm embracing the east coast coolness (as long as I'm bundled up).  Hittin' several amazing shows during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with my blogger niece, Ashley Gummerson, New York Fashion Week is inspiring and a big 'ol networking hub. Some of the hot shows I've attended include Nicholas K, Desigual, Richard Chai, and Mark and Estel. Stay tuned for my runway rundowns coming soon to Agenda Magazine! I'll also be posting photos on Good Girl Gone Shopping, featuring some fun moments from my trip.

This month, you can also look forward to some new interviews, giveaways, and shopping tips. I hope you're having a fabulous week! Hugs...xoxo.