Travel Issue: #GlamTrotter Life

Traveling is essential. It renews you and allows you to recharge both spiritually and physically. Traveling in style, is even more essential. And when I say the word “style”, I’m talking about having the freedom and courage to express your own personal style. My mother used to tell me that the way I dressed was my “visual language to the world.” There’s no better time than when traveling to express yourself through this visual language.

We all have dreams… one of mine is jet setting across the globe, draped in poly chiffon kaftans and cork wedges. I’d be unstoppable. Just thinking about this makes me feel like I would be the ultimate glamtrotter. Or shall I say, a globe trotter, that’s #glamtastic!

We’ve got something fun to share with you. This summer, while you’re traveling around—whether it’s at your local beach or in the middle of Europe— we want to see you rocking your Elaine Turner products. Let’s get inspired! Show us how our products contribute to your own personal style and how you express it on vacation. In essence, BE YOU!

If you post a picture looking fabulous, like always, with your Elaine Turner goodies on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GlamTrotter, you will be entered to win a $500 gift card. Exciting, right?!

Living that #glamtrotter life.

Glamtrotter Inspiration

My travel experiences have been integral to my brand from its inception. Growing up, all my family trips were in the Caribbean. The tropical environment and the natural surroundings of crystal blue water and white sand inspired me.  Further, the way my mom dressed herself in these vacations helped shape my design inspiration too. She’s the ultimate Glamtrotter.

All my collections have carried that escapism aesthetic. For example, we adopted bamboo as one of our signature elements. Whether fashioned in our custom gold hardware or from lacquered, this design feature evokes a feeling of nostalgia and exudes tropical charm. In that same vein, our signature textiles, whether cork or raffia, provide that feeling of wanderlust and provide a touch of the unexpected to classic silhouettes.

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Our Simona clutches carry our signature bamboo elements.

Glamtrotter Essentials

Our most recent collection, Modern Havana, carries the same wanderlust and escapism aesthetic. It is inspired by travel and the colorful, vibrant surroundings of Havana, Cuba. With its tropical details and bright colors, the collection is practically designed to travel with. Anywhere you’re going.

As a Glamtrotter, here are some key essentials for the summer you could use that $500 gift card towards! You’re welcome for the help.

  • Leya Coverup– Go glam at the beach with our go-to coverup for summer. Adorned in multicolored tassels, you’ll be turning heads at the pool.
  • Nellie Tote– Perfect for beach destinations and available in three different textiles, this tote offers ample room for all your travel necessities.
  • Rio Sandals– Embellished in a tropical leaf detail, this sandal is where glam meets comfort.
  • Mini Wallet in Cork– Ditch the big wallet and use a mini-wallet for your vacation.
  • Large Pouch in Raffia– Have a night out on the town with a pouch big enough to carry your essentials, but small enough to not weigh you down when dancing.

Social #Glamtrotter

Although I vacationed frequently in the Caribbean when I was younger, now that I’m older I find myself vacationing a lot more domestically. My favorite cities to go: Santa Barbara and Sante Fe. Both provide their own unique charm that I gravitate towards. The sunsets in Sante Fe are magical. And the wine at Santa Barbara is worth traveling across the country for.

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Jim & I at Grassini Family Vineyards in Santa Barbara, California.

Sometimes, you don’t need to go to Rome to be a Glamtrotter. It’s about wherever you go—just go in style and BE YOU! So, when your living that #glamtrotter life, share your photos with us! And winning a $500 giftcard to help support that glamtrotter life doesn’t hurt either.

Where are you traveling to this summer? I can’t wait to share with you where I’ll be going. First stop—Sante Fe for a yoga retreat!




WFAA Good Morning Texas Modern Havana Segment

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What a month it’s been! May is always a hectic month for me. It’s during the peak of the spring season and it’s the time-frame in which I am knee-deep in designing the upcoming Fall collection (I can’t wait to share it with you). It’s also a busy month of press events, too. From fashion shows to TV segments, life feels like it’s steamrolling ahead!

Earlier in the month, I was featured on WFAA Good Morning Texas in Dallas, Texas. I was fortunate enough to share my inspiration for Modern Havana and some of my favorite pieces of the collection. Before you hop on that plane for Memorial Day Weekend, dive into my experience at one of Texas’s beloved morning talk shows.

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Everything leading up to the segment was quite the flurry. I almost missed my flight and had to wake up at the butt-crack of dawn to not only get TV-ready glam but WFAA Good Morning Texas-ready glam. And trust me, I am not a morning person. I don’t see birds chirping, I see the gates of hell. Especially without my coffee.

The hustle didn’t end there. When we arrived on set, we had to review updated scripts, dress the models, and go through a practice run of the entire segment. Bang. Bang. Bang. At one point, though, I did stop and smell the metaphorical roses. The scent of Cuban pastries, brought in from an outside baker, permeated throughout the space. It transported me to Havana.

Before I knew it, we were 5 minutes from going live. I took one look at the models, completely draped in Elaine Turner from head-to-toe, and I knew this collection was going to be represented beautifully on air. God bless 6-foot models.

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Modern Havana Looks

After introducing our brand and collection, we went straight to the models in their looks. All five of the outfits shown highlighted the versatility of the collection through its dramatic textures and tropical undertones.

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After the segment wrapped, we trekked on over to our Plano location at The Shops at Legacy for a meet-and-greet. I was so humbled at the number of ladies that turned up to see me! It was awesome to connect with our Dallas/Fort Worth customers.

One customer mentioned that she saw our WFAA Good Morning Texas segment earlier and, was so inspired by the collection, she had to meet me in person. She ended up walking out with 3 full outfits in tow.  That instantly gratified the whole experience for me—everything became full circle and reminded me that I go through all this madness and hustle, to inspire women. That’s why I do what I do.

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Thank you to all at WFAA Good Morning Texas for including us in their segment. We had a blast!

Find the segment video here.




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

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.

Goofing around on set.