Get Real.

True friends know each other inside and out. Quirks, fast food preferences, bad haircuts and all. No truth is too ugly to uncover, no wound too deep to heal. So let’s get real- here are 25 things about me.

 

Question 1: Guilty Pleasure?

Answer: That’s easy. Wine, Cashmere, and Massages. Bonus points if all 3 happen at the same time.

 

Question 2: Clothing item you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Answer: Overalls, crop top, harem pants, culottes. I paid my dues with those already in life.

 

Question 3: First thing you do in the morning?

Answer: Roll over. Moan. Stretch. Repeat.

 

Question 4: Most binge worthy Netflix show?

Answer: Stranger Things. I’m already (un)patiently waiting for season 3!

 

Question 5: Favorite place in the world?

Answer: The St Regis at Princeville Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. It truly is like God took all of the best things he created and put them here- lush greenery, waterfalls, mountains, crystal blue water. It is pure magic.

 

Question: 6: Team you root for even when it seems that every season is a “rebuilding season?”

Answer: TEXANS! Rebuild on, I can wait.

 

Question 7: Currently pinning?

Answer: Inspirational quotes, home decor, and anything Meghan Markle.blogpost_25-01

 

Question 8: Signature Scent?

Answer: Amber Lavender by Jo Malone

 

Question 9: Who makes you laugh the hardest?

Answer: Kat McKinnon, and I have to say, the Will and Grace revival is insanely satisfying.

 

Question 10: Last thing you do before falling asleep?

Answer: Read. I’m currently still on my New Year Resolution kick of health so I just started reading The Dr.’s Book of Natural Health Remedies. This might be a coaster by March when my health dedication fades…so I’ll keep you posted!

 

Question 11: One thing that is saving your life right now?

Answer: Long. Hot. Baths.

 

Question 12: What is your Whataburger order?

Answer: #1 meal with everything. Hold the pickles and mayo. I’m still desperately searching the index of The Dr.’s Book of Natural Health Remedies for Whataburger but I just can’t seem to find it…

 

Question 13: How do you unwind?

Answer: Aromatherapy is a must. My favorite scent right now is the Serenity Blend by Doterra.

 

Question 14: Worst haircut?

Answer: There have been many. My perm days in high school, though, cut the deepest.

 

Question 15: What do you whisper to yourself when you need motivation?

Answer: “I can handle this.” I have a lot coming at me between owning my own business, a special needs daughter, and a high school senior. It seems someone needs something from me all the time which can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, but I try to reset my frame of mind by reminding myself that I can handle every curveball thrown my way. And if I still feel overwhelmed, I (man)handle  Whataburger while I figure out the rest as I go.

 

Question 16: Do you have a spirit animal?

Answer: Butterflies. Every time I see one I feel something deeper. It is almost like they are little earth angels sent my way to guide me and connect me to something greater than myself.

 

Question 17: What is your greatest blessing?

Answer: My marriage, without a doubt.

 

Question 18: What is your ultimate healer?

Answer: Humor coupled with a heavy dose of vulgarity and few f’bombs usually takes the edge off.

 

Question 19: Creative outlet outside of Design?

Answer: Writing. I find so much peace in getting my thoughts out- it’s the world’s cheapest therapy, monetarily-speaking, but emotionally, it is the richest experience.

 

Question 20: Any OCD tendencies we should know about?

Answer: My home. It’s my sacred space and it has to be clean at all times. You can come over and touch things, but I might sweep behind you as you walk out.

 

Question 21: You love interior design, what is one movie home you wish you could move into?

Answer: The home in the movie It’s Complicated– it’s a gorgeous ranch/Spanish Hacienda style home and it is what dreams are made of! Meryl can stay too…as long as she picks up after herself.

 

Question 22: Who would you trade lives with?

Answer: India Hicks. Live in the Bahamas and be British Royalty…sign me up! I’m currently writing her an offer for trading lives, but I’m not sure it’s a fair trade!

 

Question 23: Favorite TV Show?

Answer: Madam Secretary. I bow down to Tea Leoni!

 

Question 24: What has surprised you most about Motherhood?

Answer: How much my kids have taught me about life and myself. You grow up thinking it is the other way around but it’s surprising how quickly that changes.

 

Question 25: Current soundtrack to your life?

Answer: The sound track to The Greatest Showman is on constant rotation at my house. My daughter loves the movie and I love the message. It’s almost as if I needed this movies message as I moved into the New Year- it’s all about celebrating differences as well as having a vision and realizing that vision even when the odds are stacked against you. Having the soundtrack playing all the damn time is a great reminder for me to remember my goals are not out of reach no matter how many obstacles stand in my way.

 

Bonus Question: What are your favorite things to purchase on Amazon?

Answer: (Scrolls through order history…) Ardell Demi Wispies, Compagnie de Provence Hand Soap in Lavender, books (LOTS of books), Essential Oils, and Vitamins.

 

 

I’d love to get to know you more! Leave a few facts about you in the comments and let’s take our friendship to the next level.

XO, Elaine

Mother’s Day Issue: Marlaine’s Refined Classic Style

My stylish momma in the ’80s.

I owe my mom everything. My life, sense of humor, and style. Since I was little, I was constantly inspired by my mother, Marlaine, and how she expressed herself through fashion. Especially when we visited the Caribbean, where we vacationed often as a family. The natural surroundings of the resorts and beaches intertwined with my mother’s bright kaftans and accessories are the foundation to my style inspiration.

My mother knew at a young age that I would be a fashion designer, too. I was that child that raided my mother’s closet and paraded around the house in luxurious shoes, apparel, you name it. As she says, “It didn’t take long for me to realize my daughter was going to be in fashion. At age 5, Elaine picked out her outfits for school—and they we’re always so vibrant. I’ll never forget the Kelly-Green jumpsuit she wore. It was clear she was expressing herself artistically, even at that young age.”

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Raiding my mother’s closet.

A Refined Classic Style

I like to refer to my mother’s fashion sense as a “refined classic style”. In a way, my entire brand reflects this as I constantly, season after season, modernize classic shapes in new and interesting ways. My upbringings are always at the crux of my fashion design process. Even at her age now, she’s still rocking that refined classic style that inspires me to this day.

“I enjoy tailored, high-quality fabrics but I always like to add something to my style that says ‘2017’ to it. It’s important to always incorporate something modern to show your paying attention to the trends.” – Marlaine

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Marlaine rocking the Cam Necklace, Candice Earring, Tamara top, Bella in Snake Cork, and Milani Wedge.

 

Modern Style, Modern Havana

A refined classic style and our current collection go together like salt and tequila (where’s the bartender around here?). As you already know, our Modern Havana collection is a true embodiment of our brand: escapism, travel, and wanderlust. This collection expresses these ideas through vibrant colors, dramatic textures, and tropical undertones.

It’s no surprise Marlaine loves Modern Havana and rocks it better than anyone I know! She gravitates towards the more tailored pieces like our Tamara tunic, while I go for the true dramatic kaftan dress, Landa. There are a multitude of ways to put this collection together to suit your own personal style.

She chose some of her favorite items from the collection. Enjoy!!

  • Cam Necklace– The white beads accompanied with the multi-color tassels brightens up any look.
  • Candice Earring– The bright colored tassels adds a modern edge.
  • Tamara in Cobalt blue- Who doesn’t love a bold color and well-tailored shirt?
  • Bella in Snake Cork– A classic envelope shape, but modernized with the clashing of two prints
  • Milani Wedge– Trendy yet classic, the Milani mid-wedge is comfortable enough to wear everyday!

I’ll never stop being inspired by my mother. Not just for her incredible sense of style, but in her caring, selfless nature that she extends to her children and grandchildren every single day. Never change, momma! Happy Mother’s Day.

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Goofing around on set.

 

Summer Movie Night Part II Featuring Flicks for All Ages!

Guys – It’s time for one of my favorite activities — family movie night!

Feature film correspondent, movie critic and loyal supporter of the Elaine Turner brand, Tara McNamara is back! Last week the Family Flick Chick mused on travel movies and this week she’s got more awesome recommendations appropriate for the whole famn-damily.

What a great list with tips to boot, but I expect no less from this movie pro. I don’t know about you, but I see some Aristocats and Raisinets in my family’s very near future.

Gotta love the forced family fun! 😉 XOXO, Elaine

ETNecklaceInsider ET: What films do you recommend for family movie night, that both kids and adults will enjoy?

TM: All you need for a great family movie night is a film that entertains everyone in the family, a huge bowl of popcorn, and cell phones turned off for 90 minutes. But, to make an incredible family movie night, up the ante. Thanks to Pintrest and 5 million mommy blogs, ideas for doing something extra are now easy to find. Here are 10 movie recommendations from my family to yours:

The Aristocats (1970). The film about a pampered Parisian feline family catnapped to prevent them from inheriting millions wasn’t just my favorite film as a child, it became the favorite film of all of my children. The music is so catchy (“everybody, everybody, everybody wants to be a cat!”) and it may just serve as an intro to jazz (Maurice Chevalier and Scatman Crothers contribute to the vocals.) Craft idea: the kittens do some paw-painting, so do some finger painting after the film! Food idea: The film actually shows the villain butler step-by-step making a cream soup for the kittens that will knock them out – you can make this same recipe (Crème de la Crème ala Edgar) at home (minus the sleeping pills of course) that just might assist in getting your little ones to go to bed after movie night is over.

Double Feature: Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part II (1989). Go back to 1985 and 1955 with this Michael J. Fox classic that’s a solid bet to entertain children, tweens, teens, parents and grandparentsWatching the second film is even more of a hoot (and leads to a fun post-movie discussion) because Steven Spielberg nailed that we’d be living in an era of innovative tech, but sadly, floating hoverboards and self-tying shoelaces haven’t quite happened yet. Serve Tab, peanut brittle, milkshakes and red and green pizza!

IMG_0493Rio (2011). With the Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janiero, this animated comedy about a blue Macaw who is birdnapped while visiting the bustling Brazilian city is the perfect primer. Director Carlos Saldanha told us how important it was for him to depict his hometown accurately, so it’s all there: the enormous Christ the Redeemer statue, Carnavale, Brazilian beach booty, the beautiful jungles…and the crime and poverty. Snacks don’t have to be Brazilian, it can be anything tropical, fruity, or brightly colored.

Click (2006). Thanks to Pokémon GO, my kids’ faces are buried in their phones even more than usual. This Adam Sandler family film is one of my all-time favorites and is more relevant now than ever before. Made before YouTube, Netflix and smartphones, it’s about a career-focused man who gets a magic TV remote that allows him to fast forward through the boring parts of life. Of course, it’s really about living in the present – a great message for all members of the family who get sucked into their devices.

Frozen (2013). I know, I know, you’ve seen this ice princess movie a million times – and that’s the very reason my 5-year old includes it on his must-do movie night list. Rent the sing-along version and the movie becomes interactive as the entire family belts out “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” Treats? Where do you start? Snow cones, of course, and build your own edible snowman with GIANT marshmallows, pretzel sticks, chocolate chips and orange Jelly Bellys for Olaf’s nose.

Babe (1995). Call this The Secret Life of Farm Animals. So many wonderful family films revolve around the live-action animals “speaking,” but this classic from George Miller (yes, the same guy behind the Mad Max movies) is the best. It’s about a sweet orphan pig who demonstrates that kindness and respect are the real keys to success. Food treat: “What’s for dinner?” is more like “who’s for dinner?” on Babe’s farm, so a word of warning: no bacon, sausage, or ham treats for this film!

Superman (1978). The last two Superman movies – Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman are not kid-friendly or, for that matter, friendly at all. Back up the time machine to the Superman I believe still wears the cape: Christopher Reeve. What this film holds over the new wave of “dark” superhero movies is that it’s not realistic: Lex Luthor doesn’t seem authentically psychologically demented but rather, a cartoonish megalomaniac; therefore, children can enjoy the fantasy without fear or worry that such a villain exists in real life. Better yet: bring out the action figures and play along with the on-screen action!

Jumanji (1995). A remake is underway with the dream team of Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart, so make a movie night of the original! The concept is out there: two siblings find and start playing a board game only to realize the game is playing them. This film still really works and is completely engrossing…from the opening scene, all three of my kids were captivated, as was I. You may recall some kids were pretty freaked out when this film was in theaters, but those 90s-era special effects don’t stand up today and on a smaller screen, are far less frightening. I swooped my little guy out of the room when the bats chase a little girl, but the rest of it I think is fine. After the film, pull out the board games and play…if you dare!

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011). Have your kids already hit the “I’m borrrrrredddd” summer doldrums? Entertain them while secretly providing them inspiration! Third grader Judy sets out with her little brother and Aunt Opal (Heather Graham) to have the summer of her life. The movie shows kids, if you want to have fun, you have to make it yourself…like creating clubs, creating Guerilla Art, and tracking BigFoot. Fun food game to play with the film: I Ate Something Gross!

Men in Black (1997). Alien movies never get old and they never get more clever than this spin in which government agents are charged with keeping aliens in line and under wraps. It’s funny, it’s imaginative, it’s action-packed, and it’s just a little too scary, a little too violent and a little too profane for younger kids, so keep this one to tweens and teens. Serve: green jello. Wear: black sunglasses.

ET: Any tips for a fun and enjoyable family movie night or final thoughts on kids, movies and summer?

TM: Movies present an extraordinary opportunity to parents: two hours of relaxing entertainment which can open up imagination, perspective and discussion. Summer offers a more flexible schedule, so take advantage to create a weekly movie night with your family. Even better, create a theme for the summer. For instance, my 15-year old and I are doing a weekly 80s Movie Night this summer (the idea is to look for and ridicule the terrible “messages” some of those movies convey). Find a theme that suits your family – like movies about summer vacations, a particular destination, AFI’s Top 10 Films ever made, a sport that your child enjoys (there is a never ending supply of inspirational sports films), movies about cats, whatever! With more than 100 years of films to choose from, trust me, you can find movies to work with any theme! And then, have fun!

One last tip: Don’t forget, public libraries have DVDs you can check out for free!

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