Closet Cleanse

As much fun as the various holiday festivities are, I feel like I have no time for anything else; so, with this coming weekend being the first blank space on my calendar *cue Taylor Swift, I’m starting a major project: a closet cleanse. Eek!

As daunting as it seems, it’s the first step in refreshing my wardrobe for the new year, so I need to do it. Once I’m done donating items that haven’t made it into an outfit in years, I’ll be ready to start gathering the new.

For 2015, I want to focus on incorporating classic, versatile pieces into my collection — ones that are going to get a lot of use. I’ve narrowed it down the ultimate nine essentials:

Classic Denim Jacket  Dress up or down, a good jean jacket is always in style.  Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/-Classic-Denim-Jacket/ST-83184
Classic Denim Jacket
Dress up or down, a good jean jacket is always in style.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/-Classic-Denim-Jacket/ST-83184
University Basics Tee  A twist on the classic white tee, you'll find yourself reaching for this top far too often.  Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/University-Basics-Top/ST-82133
University Basics Tee
A twist on the classic white tee, you’ll find yourself reaching for this top far too often.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/University-Basics-Top/ST-82133
Adoration Sweater  Layering on some chunky necklaces to your favorite lounge sweater makes this piece just as appropriate for a night out as it is for curling up with a good Sunday read. Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Autumnal-Adoration-Sweater/ST-82370
Adoration Sweater
Layering on some chunky necklaces to your favorite lounge sweater makes this piece just as appropriate for a night out as it is for curling up with a good Sunday read.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Autumnal-Adoration-Sweater/ST-82370
Midnight Crush Tank Top  Just as the name implies, this neutral colored top is romantic enough for a sweet occasion and classy enough to be topped with a blazer for work. Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Midnight-Crush-Tank-Top/ST-83276
Midnight Crush Tank Top
Just as the name implies, this neutral colored top is romantic enough for a sweet occasion and classy enough to be topped with a blazer for work.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Midnight-Crush-Tank-Top/ST-83276
Love Lives Free Dress  Planning a beach vacation, attending a relaxed spring wedding, or just brunching with friends? This navy dress has you covered.  Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Love-Lives-Free-Dress/ST-83362
Love Lives Free Dress
Planning a beach vacation, attending a relaxed spring wedding, or just brunching with friends? This navy dress has you covered.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Love-Lives-Free-Dress/ST-83362
Claire Coated Skinny Jeans  An update for your faded black jeans, these skinnies can be matched with sneakers or heels for a classic and on trend look.Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Claire-Coated-Skinny-Jeans/ST-82510
Claire Coated Skinny Jeans
An update for your faded black jeans, these skinnies can be matched with sneakers or heels for a classic and on trend look.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Claire-Coated-Skinny-Jeans/ST-82510
Lady Liberty Dress   All eyes on you with this bold colored dress for any occasion that exudes class and confidence. Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Lady-Liberty-Dress/ST-81620
Lady Liberty Dress
All eyes on you with this bold colored dress for any occasion that exudes class and confidence.
Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Lady-Liberty-Dress/ST-81620
Day to Night Clutch  A purse for the masses - the classic shape will never go out of style, and with the removable gold chain strap, it's a hands-down winner. Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Day-To-Night-Clutch/ST-78079
Day to Night Clutch
A purse for the masses – the classic shape will never go out of style, and with the removable gold chain strap, it’s a hands-down winner.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Day-To-Night-Clutch/ST-78079
Deon Heeled BootieGive 'em a shoe to talk about (er.. walk about). Paired with a skirt, dress, or pant, this versatile heel will quickly become a go-to.  Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Dion-Heeled-Booties/ST-82728
Deon Heeled Bootie
Give ‘em a shoe to talk about (er.. walk about). Paired with a skirt, dress, or pant, this versatile heel will quickly become a go-to.

Shop at: http://www.forelyse.com/product/Dion-Heeled-Booties/ST-82728

Red Carpet: People’s Choice Awards 2015!

Well, it’s that time of year again! The People’s Choice Awards have come and gone, and in their wake we’re left to comb through the pictures of red carpet styles to debate over. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

People's Choice Awards Ellen DeGeneres showed off a suit from her upcoming line, a cream-colored, well tailored choice, especially striking when paired with this stark white Saint Laurent button up shirt. Ellen Pompeo wore this impeccably-tailored, gorgeous nude number with lace inset by Elie Saab, Christian Louboutin heels, Graziela Gems earrings, and a Dana Rebecca Designs ring. Gorgeous! Chloe Grace Moretz wore this flirty outfit by Louis Vuitton, and we love how she styled it, with a strong center part and peeptoe heels.

Kat DenningsKatharine McPhee, Kat Dennings, and Ginnifer Goodwin all chose monochromatic looks for the red carpet, a choice we totally support. McPhee donned this striped Balmain look with simplistic heels and jewelry by Kwiat. Kat Dennings, wearing her trademark red lipstick and appraising stare, wore this black lace gown with an Edie Parker clutch wallet and Eva Fehren jewels. A flirty high-low hem keeps this look from appearing too matronly, and we love the stacked bracelets on her wrist. Ginnifer Goodwin wore this structured Delphine Manivet gown with Palter Deliso point-toed heels, Melissa Kaye earrings, and Melinda Maria rings. The deep v-neck cut of this gown is super flattering on Goodwin, and the midi-length keeps it looking current. Well played, ladies!

Peoples Choice AwardsIn what is probably our favorite look from the red carpet for this awards ceremony, Portia de Rossi wore this super fun cobalt blue jumpsuit by Zuhair Murad, paired with Guiseppe Zanotti shoes. The styling choices are perfectly on point for this look, and we love the strong lines and fun asymmetrical cut de Rossi wore. Our favorite Parks & Rec guest star, Allison Janney wore this sparkly gown by Rani Zakhem with a Devi Kroell bag and Martin Katz jewelry. This look from Kristen Bell has been getting a lot of mixed reviews, but we admire the structural quality, and how great she looks with her husband, Dax Shepard (whose suit is in the super “in” color of Pantone’s “Marsala”). It’s a fun look, with the hot pink color and silver pumps!

People's Choice Awards

Ok, so we know that Amy Adams didn’t actually walk the red carpet in this deep blue, custom made Gucci dress with matching crystal belt… but we just couldn’t resist including her in our red carpet roundup! Ever the elegant style maven, we love her trademark high-ponytail and black peeptoe heels with this blue dress! Lisa Edelstein looked radiant in this black and white floral gown with high neckline and fun accessories. The floral beading could have looked fussy on anyone else, but Edelstein plays it off beautifully, with messy curls and simple makeup. Last, but certainly not least, we loved Bellamy Young’s black and silver ensemble, and how amazing are these heels? Elegant and poised, Young completely shed the “First Lady” look she wears so well on TV’s Scandal, and we must say she looked divine!

 

Pantone Guide: Spring 2015 (Part 2)

Welcome to week two of our coverage for Pantone’s Spring 2015 color palate! We’re so excited for this new batch of colors and we’ve taken the liberty of handpicking a select number of items from our site to show you how to work these new colors into your wardrobe for the coming months.

Scuba Blue

Pantone

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Wanderlust-Maxi-Dress/ST-81609

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Lifes-A-Beach-Maxi-Dress/ST-72038

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Spring-is-Here-Top/ST-77304

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Sleep-To-Dream-Scarf/ST-76794

Toasted Almond

Toasted Almond

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Got-You-Covered-Knit-Cardigan/ST-78772

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Lace-Up-Wedges/ST-74358

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Peek-A-Bow-Sweater/ST-80792

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Make-a-Point-of-It-Crop-Top/ST-77812

Marsala

Marsala Pantone 1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Pumpkin-Spice-Sweater/ST-81715

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Delilah-Shorts/ST-82649

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/University-Basics-Top/ST-82133

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Toast-Of-The-Town-Dress/ST-83385

Strawberry Ice

Strawberry

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Summer-Love-Tank-Top/ST-80023

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Sunset-Fancy-Cropped-Sweater/ST-77733

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/New-Leaf-Maxi-Dress/ST-79954

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Loose-Knit-Pullover-Sweater/ST-77160

Custard

Pantone Spring 2015

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Hidden-Lotus-Tank-Top/ST-80293

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Sweet-Southern-Comfort-Dress/ST-78931

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Static-Electricity-Top/ST-80288

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Leopard-Print-Day-Dress/ST-77918

Pantone Guide: Spring 2015! (Part 1)

The trendsetters at Pantone have spoken, and the official color palate for spring 2015 is in! Here’s part one of our two part installment of how to incorporate these seasonal colors into your spring wardrobe!  Pantone

We know we’re only halfway through winter, but we just can’t help feeling totally excited about this bright and cheery color. Whether you’re mixing in a small dash of tangerine as an accent, or going all out with it, you can’t go wrong with such a happy color!

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Portuguese-Princess-Crop-Top-/ST-80041

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Chevron-Delight-Bracelet/ST-78353

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Daisy-Dreams-Tank-Top/ST-81029

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Summer-Sunset-Maxi-Dress-/ST-80118

Pantone Glacier Gray There’s something really soothing about this cool grey, which is subtle but still definitely chic! Here are our picks for how to incorporate this classic color into your wardrobe.

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Sweet-Simplicity-Jacket/ST-79912

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Glimpse-of-Lace-Top/ST-76409

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Eclipse-Maniac-Sweatshirt/ST-74751

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Forever-Fall-Dress/ST-81112

Pantone Lucite Green

A new take on the cool mint color of last season, we’re loving this lucite green color from Pantone. Here are our picks:

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Every-Kind-Of-Daisy-Dress/ST-77414

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Diana-Cami/ST-95472

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Summer-Fiesta-Dress/ST-79505

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Perfect-Day-Dress/ST-77851

Pantone

Ah, classic blue, how can you go wrong? We love the nautical motif in the Sail Away Dress at the bottom right, but anyway you incorporate this color staple, it’s hard to miss the mark!

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Summer-Breeze-Dress/ST-70637

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Mesh-Well-Skater-Dress-/ST-68683

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Bohemian-Dream-Tank-Top/ST-77873

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Sail-Away-Dress/ST-80132

Pantone

The ultimate versatile color to wear in delicate florals or a classic light wash, we couldn’t be more pleased about this pick from Pantone!

1. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Garden-Lotus-Tank-Top/ST-81408

2. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Basic-V-Neck-with-Pocket-/ST-55360

3. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Garden-Beauty-Dress/ST-80618

4. http://www.forelyse.com/product/Tayler-High-Rise-Jeans/ST-80338

 

Holiday Gift Ideas

We haven’t even broken off a turkey leg yet, but we’re going to go ahead and accept that it’s time to start thinking about holiday gift ideas. This year our holiday gift guide features some of our favorite new arrivals, and fit nicely in a stocking (and a limited budget). From blinged-out watches to snuggly sweaters, the For Elyse elves have been working hard to bring you the best of the best in this year’s holiday assortment! Perhaps with the extra time and money you’ll be saving you’ll be able to get a little something for yourself – one for you, one for me…Cheers!

Give the gift of time…no really! These watches feature perfect holiday colors and a touch of sparkle.

Berry WatchTime Flies By WatchRight On Time Watch

From left: Time Flies By Watch, Right On Time Watch

Snuggly sweaters…the universal gift. Who doesn’t love a cozy cardigan?

Lush Coastal Winter SweaterDreamers Tribal CardiganSnuggle Up Cardigan

From left: Coastal Winter Sweater, Aztec-nically Cardigan, Snuggle Up Cardigan

Sparkly knit headbands…they fit perfectly (in your budget that is).

Snowflake HeadbandJoia Knitted HeadbandDaisy Dreams Headband

From left: Jeweled Snowflake Headband, Joia Purple Knitted Headband, Daisy Dreams Headband

What do you think of our holiday gift guide? For more ideas be sure to check out our New Arrivals and Accessories on ForElyse.com!

 

 

Get The Look: Miley Cyrus!

Last week Miley Cyrus was spotted in Los Angeles wearing a unique overalls/ crop top outfit that we just loved! With that in mind, today we’re taking you through a few different ways to recreate this super cute look!

Miley CyrusWe’ve put together a few different options for you to recreate this cute, seasonal look. In the photo below, the overalls on the left are our medium wash Denim Overalls from Big Star! They’re super soft and comfy, and to get the Miley look we recommend pairing them with the Malia Lace Up Boots from Soda. These vegan leather black boots feature a zipper on each side for a look that’s cute with a little edge.

overallsIf you’re more a fan of the light wash look, try our Little Bit Country Overalls from Sneak Peek! We love how these feature lace detailing on each side, for a hint of playfulness. You might try pairing these with our Autumn Lover Wedges from Soda. With a high wedge heel and lace up front, these are flattering and really on trend!

overallsAnd now, onto crop tops! Miley paired her denim overalls with a dark crop top, so to get her look we recommend either the Crossfire Crop Top from Lush (left), or the Up To No Good Crop Top from BLVD.

crop topsIf you want your denim overalls look to be a little lighter, try pairing them with a nude-colored lace crop top like the ones below. For a little more coverage (or slightly more warmth), try a long sleeved crop top like the Take Me Away Crop Top from Blu Pepper (left), or the Romantic Getaway Crop Top from Lush.

crop topFinally, to accessorize your Miley lookalike outfit, try layering some necklaces and wearing some simple post earrings. We love the Natural Crystal Necklace, and Sweet Frances Earrings show below.

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That’s all for this installment of Get The Look! Be sure to share with us in the comments below, how would you wear this denim overalls look?

 

 

 

 

Trend Alert: Florals!

Some trends are just timeless. Winged eyeliner, the little black dress, and of course, florals! Today we’re taking you through some of our favorite looks featuring florals that we’ve seen over the years, and how to update the trend to be wearable now.

If there were one quintessential ’90s it-girl who rocked florals like no other, it would have to be Drew Barrymore. This gorgeous wild child managed to rock florals at every occasion, from the red carpet to her laid back street style. We couldn’t think of any other it-girl beauty that was a better fit to kick off our homage to ’90s florals!

Drew BarrymoreLiv Tyler/Floral Bustier

FloralsLiv Tyler rocked this lace-up floral bustier during a ’90s photo shoot. We love this updated version, with a trendy peplum hem and zipper closure at the front. This piece is surprisingly easy to dress up or down, by pairing it with dark wash jeans for day, and a black pencil skirt and heels for night!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Long Sleeved Florals

FloralsLong before she was playing the Vice President on HBO’s Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus played Elane Benes, the hilarious spitfire on cultural phenomenon Seinfeld. Although her style changed throughout the seasons, her iconic look was definitely the floral Laura Ashley dresses she wore with lace-up flats and white socks. We still love the long-sleeved floral look, but we much prefer this super flattering floral romper from Lush. With long sleeves and a flattering v-neck, this piece is super easy to take from day to night.

Alyson Hannigan/Sheer Kimono

FloralsWatching Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a huge part of our ’90s upbringing, and each awards season we loved seeing what the stars wore on the red carpet. This floral and fur-trimmed kimono stuck in our memories, and for good reason! We love this updated version shown on the right, with fringe instead of fur, but still the same sheer detail.

Alicia Silverstone/Eye-Catching Floral Print

FloralsAlicia Silverstone is another fabulous celeb that the ’90s wouldn’t have been the same without! We love this ultra ’90s trend she’s rocking on the left, pattern mixing and adding an eye-catching floral print with a tee shirt underneath. Nowadays we probably wouldn’t put the tee under a dress, but the eye-catching florals trend is one that isn’t going anywhere. We love this gorgeous dress from Lucy Love!

Alicia Silverstone/Floral Sundress

FloralsWe couldn’t resist adding in an extra dash of Miss Silverstone. Her ’90s floral frock on the left is surprisingly current looking, although we’d probably ditch the clogs. To try this look with an updated feel, try the super comfy Autumn Bliss Dress from Lush!

Drew Barrymore/Floral Blouse

FloralsIt seemed fitting to bookend this post with the lovely Miss Barrymore again. The floral button-up blouse is another timeless style, but for a more updated and fitted piece, try this super flattering one from Sis Sis!

What do you think? How do you wear this timeless trend? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

You are Beautiful | Pledging to Promote Positive Body Image

You Are Beautiful Without Photoshop
For Elyse is taking a stand against unhealthy photo-manipulation. (Feel free to share this image!)

In today’s media, it can be difficult to tell when you’re looking at a real human being or a digital impersonation. That’s why we at For Elyse are pledging to promote positive, realistic, and healthy body image among men and women by limiting how much we manipulate images of our models.

Our pledge:
We pledge to never alter a photo to change the size, shape, or color of our models.

This is our public commitment, but we are proud to say not much needs to change on account of it. For Elyse has always been conscious of our models’ appearance integrity. When you look through our website, you will see images of men and women that have only been Photoshopped for things like accurate clothing color depiction and to remove tattoos, but you won’t find models whose proportions have been pushed, stretched, or distorted to fit a so-called ideal. We are Photoshop minimalists.

If you’ve been following the ongoing photo-manipulation controversy in the media, you’ve probably already heard about ModCloth. This August, they were the first large retailer to sign the Heroes Pledge for Advertisers. Like For Elyse, they are frustrated by the over-use of Photoshop in advertising. You can check out their blog and website for more about on how they edit images.

Here’s an example of how we edit our photos:

Before and after photo-editing
Before and after editing with the Sweet Lace Dress by Mystic.

Check out the before and after. We brightened the entire photo so you can see the dress better, evened the background lighting, smoothed out the backdrop, and removed any dirt spots. There’s a big difference, but just about all our changes weren’t to the model. Most of the edits were exclusive to the vinyl sheet she stands atop.

As you can see, programs like Photoshop and Lightroom are wonderful for correcting lighting settings that didn’t get shot perfectly in camera. They’re also great for editing out distractions like wrinkles in the backdrop and removing unwanted objects that made their way in frame. When we Photoshop, we’re working to give you the best shopping experience, not to mislead you into thinking our models look different than they do. After all, each of us is beautiful without Photoshop.

For further reading and ways to get involved in promoting healthy body image, head over to The Brave Girls Alliance at www.bravegirlswant.com. They are asking the media “to expand their version of what it means to be a girl, and recognize our girls as whole, complex people and not as gender stereotypes. Stop profiting from selling girls short.” More detailed information on the consequences of negative media can be found here.

We want you to be confident when you shop at For Elyse. Our goal is to empower you to find fashion that fits your personality, style, and body. That’s why we’re taking a stand against misleading media—especially the over-use of Photoshop and other image editors.

+ Tell us how you feel. Have you been affected by photo-manipulation and the media’s interpretation of ideal beauty? Comment below. ♥

WCW: Elle Fanning!

Elle Fanning, younger sister to Dakota Fanning, has definitely grown up in the spotlight. Walking the red carpets as a very young child, and having an older sister who found fame as a child, Elle has managed to skip the awkward, uncomfortable stage of being a teenager, and skipped straight to being a self-possessed young woman with impeccable style.

Elle Fanning

Elle has become know for taking fashion risks, and has certainly become the muse of many high fashion designers from Rodarte to Valentino. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite and most memorable looks worn by Elle on the red carpet.

Elle Fanning

Elle perfectly embodied a princess at the premiere of Malificent. With an off-the-shoulder Elie Saab gown in a beautiful baby blue, her entire look from head-to-toe read demure and regal. We also love her deep side part and delicate silver accessories. Showing that she can also rock a playful take on high fashion, Elle wore this gold Rodarte mini dress to a film premiere.

Elle FanningElle wore this stunning Marc Jacobs baby blue mini dress to the premiere of her film Somewhere at the Venice Film Festival. This is definitely a girl who does minimalist styling right, and how perfect are those gold mary janes? It’s pretty incredible when you think about the fact that this is a 16 year old young woman! At 16 it’s safe to say that we were nowhere near this pulled together.

Elle FanningFor the Met Gala last year, Elle broke the tradition of wearing primarily black by choosing this colorful Rodarte dress with playful eye makeup and simple styling. We also love this cream-colored dress with delicate beading and sheer sleeves. Seriously, is there anything this fashion powerhouse can’t wear?

Elle Fanning Fanning wore this chic vintage 1930′s dress in 2012 at the New York Film Festival and we are loving the way she kept it looking young and fresh with the addition of simple makeup and gold metallic shoes.

Elle FanningOne thing is certain, if this is what Elle Fanning has been bringing to the table for her 16 years of age, we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

We want to hear from you! What’s your favorite Fanning look? Tell us below in the comments.

California Cool: West Coast Inspired Looks

As a Northern California native who has spent quite a bit of time all over the golden state, I’d have to say there’s definitely a certain “laid-back cool” vibe that emits from the general fashion aesthetic. What’s wonderful about west coast style is that it’s more about an easy confidence rather than a strict trend guide. For the most part, west coast inspired looks incorporate soft fabrics, basic, comfortable, silhouettes, and small accents that make it unique. With new arrivals arriving everyday to the store, I definitely found what I was looking for in a west coast wardrobe.

Laid Back & Lovely:

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 Get the look: Lazy Days Dress by Lani, Durham Sandal by Fortune Dynamic, Into the Sunset Tote, Come Sail Away Necklace.

 

 Blue Jean Baby:

Miss Me JeansRock Revival Jeans

Get the look: Angie B18 Bootcut Jeans by Rock Revival, MK 285 Skinny Jeans by Miss Me, Autumn Romance Blush in Olive by Lush, Summer Love Tank in White by Sis Sis, Life Side Wedges by Delicious.

 

California Cozy:

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Get the look: Ring Around the Rosy Scarf, Breeze Through Cropped Sweater by Guess, Reversible Tank by M. Rena in Cameo Rose, Jenny High Waisted Skinny Jeans by Flying Monkey, Dome Combat Boots by Soda.

What do you think? Let us know what your favorite look is in the comments below!