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

Blogger Lilly Beltran of Daily Craving Muses on Friendship

Dear Friends-

As many of you know, tonight at my BLVD location in Houston we celebrate the launch of the Mitra Friendship Bracelet that I created with friend and guru Elizabeth Irvine.

We’ve been talking a lot about friendship lately and today style blogger Lilly Beltran of Daily Craving weighs in. Read more about her take on friendship, then grab a friend and come out to the store tonight to meet her and celebrate a girls night out! A percentage of proceeds from the evening will go to the amazing organization Best Buddies.

Girlfriends, wine, shopping with meaning and purpose — what’s better than that? Here’s to the ladies and see you tonight!

XOXO Elaine


ET: Why are friendships so important to you?

LB: I have recently learned that we are not meant to do life alone. Genuine friendships can teach us so much, help us grow as individuals and guarantee a helping hand and listening ear when needed. 

ET: As a mom and busy fashion blogger how do you make time for friendships?
LB: For me, it’s all about balance. Making time for my closest friends is just as important as making time for my blog or my family. 

ET: What is your favorite girlfriend bonding activity?
LB: I absolutely love having coffee or brunch. Time to sit down and have real conversations rather than the usual texting is my favorite. A trip to the mall doesn’t hurt either! 

ET: I am grateful for my friends because…
LB: I’ve been so lucky in the friendship department. My lifelong best friend Brenda has been there for me every step of the way, from first boyfriends to the first child! My blogger bestie, Elly Brown from has been more than just a friend in recent months. She has spoken faith into me and has had words of encouragement not only in my professional life but also personally. I love these girls so much!

ET: If you could raid one friend’s closet, who would it be?
LB: It would for sure be my sweet friend Natalie King. The girl’s got crazy style and an insane shoe collection!

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Honor Friendship. It’s good for you.


Today, everyday really, I’m grateful for my friends. If you are like me, when you get together with your girlfriends there’s probably a lot of laughing, listening, talking, analyzing. (OK, there might be some wine involved, too 😉 ) Opinions are expressed, judgments suspended, advice dispensed and sometimes tears are shed. I always feel better after being with my friends. They enrich our lives with a special kind of love and support that’s a bit different from the familial variety.

Science backs up the benefit of friendship. It is quite possibly as important to physical health as not smoking. A meta review of 148 studies on friendships concluded that, “The influence of social relationships on risk for mortality is comparable with well-established risk factors for mortality.” In other words, a lack of social relationships increases your risk of death as much as smoking and alcohol consumption and is more deadly than risk factors like lack of physical inactivity and obesity. Wow. That is huge. Another study found that friendships and family support decreased symptoms of depression in adolescents.

img_4605So what is it about friends? It’s the social network and support. Many studies acknowledge that friends provide stress relief and laughter is a good example of that. Laughter releases feel-good endorphins, and decreases the stress hormone cortisol. Listening and honesty are a part of the equation as well. I know you’ve listened and helped a friend through a hard time. Or maybe you are the one getting something off your chest. I like to think the crucial points are hearing each other out, getting a valued, trusted opinion and just going deep, connecting and talking through an issue. Here’s the bottom line – friends are there for each other, friends support each other, friends lift each other up, no matter what.

I also believe the word friendship can represent the idea of supporting those who need it most. So in celebration of and in thanksgiving for friendships of all types, my guru friend Elizabeth Irvine and I have collaborated on a special bracelet that we named the Mitra bracelet. Mitra means friendship in Sanskrit. I believe we are all here to help one another and Elizabeth and I wanted to create an object that symbolizes supportive, loving energy.

Helen Keller said, “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” In that spirit, join me in celebrating friendship and giving back to Best Buddies. As a gesture of gratitude, 15% of each bracelet purchase will go to this amazing organization to help those with developmental disabilities form meaningful relationships. Moreover, as their mission states, Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Whether we are supporting a close friend in need or a vulnerable child that we might not even know, our hope is that by wearing this bracelet you will be inspired to offer your truest self to others through love, acceptance and support.

mitraInspired by friendship bracelets of our youth, this glammed up version offers a rope-like chain in gold or silver paired with labradorite beads with Elizabeth’s signature mandala charm and my iconic bamboo rings. I hope you will join Elizabeth and me on November 16, 6-8 pm at my BLVD Place boutique for a special Girlfriends Night Out. Elizabeth has promised to lead us in a short guided meditation (sure to get the good juju flowing) and offer some tips to alleviate stress throughout the upcoming holiday season. Bring your besties for wine, light bites, beauty stations and shopping with meaning and purpose.

See you there!!


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