fall in love with these finds: a last-minute valentine’s gift guide
February 11, 2013

hello friends!

yes, it’s been a little while — but never a better time to resurface than just before the most romantic day of the year!

pardon the pun, but i love valentine’s day. there’s just something so lovely (i did it again!) about a day when the world gets rosier and it’s totally ok to be full-on cheesy. when stark office lobbies are overtaken with gorgeous bouquets and heart-shaped candy boxes, and red and pink reign supreme in every outfit.

so you can imagine how giddy the little holiday treasure hunt i’ve been on has made me. take a peek at the spoils!

accessories to adore from francesca’s

francesca's accessories valentine's day

how darling is this valentine’s display? i made a recent stop at this hometown favorite of mine, knowing i’d find the perfect pieces to sport on our special night out.

i picked up these blush studs and another-little-statement-something to be revealed in a future post.

(earring photo courtesy of francescas.com)

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just the right word: vintage dictionary page rings from suki bikoux

suki bijoux vintage dictionary page ring

i was introduced to this encinitas-based designer (and veritable queen of up-cycling!) at the december san diego style bloggers meet-up, and was immediately drawn to these unique creations. while i went home with the “faith” version, how fitting is the “love” one? i am so not doing her work justice by just showing this one example, so make sure to “like” her facebook page for the full collection!

(photo courtesy of facebook.com/sukibijoux)

wear your heart on your sleeve — or wrist: brighton sweetness

Brighton bonbon hearts wallet

i definitely need to be spending more time in a brighton store. how totally sweet is this bonbon hearts wallet (which has a matching iPad case, key fob and cosmetics case, mind you)?? the cheerful print just makes me want to bake some cupcakes and paint my lips a bright pink!

(photo courtesy of brighton.com)

speaking of pink lips, give nars’ “carthage” a try! such a fun touch for day or night.

Nars Carthage pure matte lipstick

(photo courtesy of sephora.com)

and don’t forget the littlest valentines: cute-as-cupid headbands from bitty baby bands

bitty baby bands headbands valentine's day

i can’t remember when i exactly first stumbled upon this carlsbad-based accessories brand — but boy, am i glad i did!! my pal kristina has built such an amazing (and affordable!) line of hair candy for both young ones and their mommies. it’s like Christmas everytime i receive a bbb package, knowing a fully handmade gift awaits me or my little lady.

i’m currently crushing on this valentine’s day piece — just.so.precious.

(photo courtesy of bittybabybands.com)

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date night: gray floral with red accents
October 2, 2012

target floral skinny Jean what to wear for date night

polka dot clutch with rose

red high heels linea paolo nordstrom rack

it’s not often my husband and i escape our adorable-but-havoc-wreaking toddler. so when we are blessed with a glorious night out, my mind goes immediately to planning an evening look (as it should, right?). even the most stressful week suddenly seems lighter with a dress-up opportunity!

as you may remember from a recent post, a darling pair of gray floral skinnies from target made my list of fall floral picks. i finally picked them up, skipped gleefully out of the store, and have been experimenting ever since.

this was new territory for me, to say the least, but it’s been fun to sport them in different ways — even for someone sized more marilyn than twiggy.

i eventually landed on pairing them with more neutrals — a belted black express cardigan and loose charcoal forever 21 tank — putting the emphasis on bold accessories. i’ve been a bit shy about rocking these uh-mazing red heels from nordstrom rack, and this surprise polka dot find from a company exhibiting next to a tradeshow i attended last year, has been sitting on a closet shelf.

so, what better time to break out these accessories-in-hiding than for a special occasion?

we made our way to the red door in mission hills. i had only heard good things, but had no idea the dinner that awaited us would be so, so scrumptious. and the paso robles red that started it all off? wow. i do love me a fine central coast wine.

grilled flat iron steak and wedge salad for me, and shrimp/chorizo app and pork schnitzel for him. by far, one of the most delicious eatings we’ve shared.

what does date night look like for you? would love to hear your go-to outfits and favorite local spots!

xo,
elle webb

cardigan, express
tank, forever 21
skinnies, target
heels, linea paolo, mission valley nordstrom rack
clutch, wish i could remember the name!

“date night look” photo created with fotoflexer.com and pic collage app for iPhone
accessory photos created with instagram app for iPhone

stylish mom monday: flirt with florals
August 8, 2012

hello friends!

hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer. and for those of you with me in sunny san diego, hang in there with this *awfully sunny* weather! i just know there’s a gracious soul who wants to lend me their beachfront home until it cools off…

i thought for this week’s issue of “stylish mom monday,” we could cover something near and dear to my heart: the almighty flower. for those of you who’ve read elle webb style for some time now know, i think i was supposed to have been given petals for hair. whether by print or as accessories, floral accents seem to make their way into my daily look.

perhaps it’s the romantic in me that is continually drawn to all things floral — daydreaming of cottage life in an english garden, finding wooden gazebos at the end of wildflower-filled meadows…wow, i really did just enter fantasyland for a moment there!

or maybe it’s just that beautiful blooms make me happy. and in a world that can be so heavy, aren’t we all entitled to a little lighthearted apparel? i sure think so.

{you love the roses—so do i.

i wish the sky would rain down roses, as they rain from off the shaken bush.

why will it not? then all the valley would be pink and white and soft to tread on.

they would fall as light as feathers, smelling sweet;

and it would be like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

george eliot, roses}

so, with the words of this fairy tale poem as my inspiration, i proudly present the official stylish mom monday lineup of “floral finds to fully fall for”!

mossimo target floral denim jeans

this first pick actually set this post in motion. i’d been spotting more and more patterned denim in magazines, and very luckily stumbled across this fabulous pair at target one evening during my typical run (read: sanity attempt). i love that they could totally work as a glam neutral, transitioning well into fall.

gray felt floral wristlet amazon

speaking of fall (hard to believe it’s around the corner!), here’s another key piece from amazon that i could see showing up both on a coffee date and fancy night out downtown. and you know how i swoon over gray.

claire's the icing resin flower studs

i might need to talk with someone about this next one. i’m afraid i have developed an unhealthy obsession with these rose-shaped resin studs from claire’s / the icing. give me a few months and i’ll have completed the rainbow! seriously, though, they’re the perfect touch of everyday girly (with the resin finish adding some whimsy).

and try them on a necklace, too, courtesy of francesca’s aptly named “teatime” necklace. can’t.help.myself.

while we’re on the accessory front, i must share my most delightful of recent discoveries. ever see the amazing headband on a sweet baby’s head and think, i would love that for…me! enter bitty baby bands. i happened upon this carlsbad-based creator of cuteness via a twitter friend, and haven’t looked back.

bitty baby bands vivienne headband

bitty baby bands vivienne headband packaging

bitty baby bands red dahlia headband

the story behind the company will inspire you, the headbands are affordable and gorgeous — and they fit grownup gals’ heads, too! i just received the vivienne (top photos, including lovely packaging) for a friend’s little lady, am eyeing a gazillion others for my own tot, and have my sights set on the red dahlia (bottom photo) for myself!

what’s your go-to floral approach? as you can well imagine, there are always flower-focused posts in the works, and i’d love your suggestions!

xo,
elle

floral denim, felt wristlet, “teatime” necklace, and headband photos courtesy of target, amazon, francesca’s and bitty baby bands, respectively

enhanced photos created with instagram app for iPhone (“earlybird” filter)

silly on a sunday
May 22, 2012

ok, so aren’t all of us fashion bloggers entitled to at least one “i’m-really-not-this-vain” post, that still appears totally self-indulgent?  enter mine. 

i’m justifying it by featuring several of the “light” filters from the picfx app, but in the back of my mind is the cranberries debut album title “everyone else is doing it, so why can’t we?”.  at least i can add a little editorial by saying i love the unexpected mix of animal print, romantic accessories and a spot of pastel. 

enjoy!

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leopard print top and floral acrylic and painted wood bracelets, forever 21
red and gold chandelier earrings, francesca’s
mint green polish, american apparel (super fast-drying and durable, i might add)
wedding ring, my own 🙂

all photos taken at beautiful balboa park and created with instagram and picfx apps for iPhone

lemon yellow wedges
April 11, 2012

i love those phrases or groups of words that immediately signal, “this would make an awesome band name, or song title, or both!”  the key piece of my Easter ensemble — lemon yellow wedges — definitely falls into this category, i feel.

for several Easters now i’ve donned black and white, and found myself heading back this direction again last week.  in trying to add an element that would really pop against this classic color palette (and give it some quirk), i turned to a trusty pair of cork-bottomed patent slingback wedges.  dsw came to my rescue last year, when i woke up one morning in dire need — yes, “need” is the appropriate verb here — of the perfect pair of yellow sandals.

also making their debut in this look are two new fuschia finds. i’m giving the bright color beauty picks from the latest us weekly (side note: reese is pregnant, which is totally exciting) a trial run.  look for a pop of pink on my lips and toes, as well as my constant pinterest-inspired messy bun — this time, attempted in a half-up, half-down style.

(a very special thanks to my husband, who asked for some kudos on the photos in today’s post.)

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scoopneck top, forever 21
flowered skirt, charlotte russe (old)
wedges, dsw

photos created with instagram app for iPhone