As August is almost over (gasp!), I thought I would do a summary of all the online shops that I have featured this summer.
Mini Bar Delivery (Alcoholic beverage delivery in Manhattan and Hamptons) - Discount with the code: em052829
Fatty Sundays (Chocolate covered pretzels) - 15% off with the code: FS15xEM (Expires October 1)
Beautulleful (Pretty tulle skirts). I’m wearing my skirt to a wedding today!
Maison du Soir (Lounge wear) And have been recently featured in InStyle Magazine's Sept issue (!!) - 15% off with the code: Newfriends15
Nectar Juicery (Cold pressed juices) here in Vancouver. You can pick up juice at Holt Renfrew Vancouver until the end of August.  
Dolch Designs (Typography prints) - 20% off with the code: elenam. I have the “Adventure Time’ one.
Janelle Burger (Fashion illustration prints) from the lady who also illustrated my book, The Love List. 
Panty by Post (Panty subscription service) - $15 off a 3,6,12 month subscription with the code: imnew15 (Expires Aug 31, 2014)
Tiggy Ross (Watercolour and Ink Prints). Her website launched in early July.
Sophie’s Closet (Rare, Vintage and Contemporary Jewelry). I got this amazing gold leaf ring that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
Stay tuned for pics from my shoot with Joey Armstrong at Soirette featuring some of these products and more!
Happy Summer!
ELENA:)

As August is almost over (gasp!), I thought I would do a summary of all the online shops that I have featured this summer.

Mini Bar Delivery (Alcoholic beverage delivery in Manhattan and Hamptons) - Discount with the code: em052829

Fatty Sundays (Chocolate covered pretzels) - 15% off with the code: FS15xEM (Expires October 1)

Beautulleful (Pretty tulle skirts). I’m wearing my skirt to a wedding today!

Maison du Soir (Lounge wear) And have been recently featured in InStyle Magazine's Sept issue (!!) - 15% off with the code: Newfriends15

Nectar Juicery (Cold pressed juices) here in Vancouver. You can pick up juice at Holt Renfrew Vancouver until the end of August.  

Dolch Designs (Typography prints) - 20% off with the code: elenam. I have the “Adventure Time’ one.

Janelle Burger (Fashion illustration prints) from the lady who also illustrated my book, The Love List. 

Panty by Post (Panty subscription service) - $15 off a 3,6,12 month subscription with the code: imnew15 (Expires Aug 31, 2014)

Tiggy Ross (Watercolour and Ink Prints). Her website launched in early July.

Sophie’s Closet (Rare, Vintage and Contemporary Jewelry). I got this amazing gold leaf ring that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

Stay tuned for pics from my shoot with Joey Armstrong at Soirette featuring some of these products and more!

Happy Summer!

ELENA:)

I have to admit - I only found out about Sophie’s Closet through Instagram when designer, Kenneth Jay Lane gave a shout out to the online store.  I clicked on the handle and I was hooked like a magpie to a shiny piece of metal. Sophie’s Closet is an online mecca for rare, vintage (read: Chanel, Dior, YSL!) and contemporary jewlery from both established and up-and-coming designers.

Not only is Sophie’s Closet a great shop (I just purchased the last Joanna Laura Constantine Gold Double Leaf ring), but I feel like founder, Sophie Katirai could be my friend.  We have so many similarities! - Huge love of jewelry/accessories, MBA grads, and have both travelled a fair bit (yet - I can’t say that I’ve lived in 6 countries).  

I really wish that I was able to visit showroom when I was in Dubai (which seems like ages ago). But I guess that means I need to plan another trip!

Check out Sophie’s Closet on Twitter/Instagram: Sophiescloset and don’t forget to ‘Like’ Sophie’s page on Facebook too! 

ELENA:)

The art theme continues with the introduction to Vancouver artist, Tiggy Ross. I have to say - Instagram is perfect for connecting people via hashtag.

I’m intrigued by Tiggy’s use of watercolour combo’s and can’t wait to see what other elements of nature Tiggy uses in her art.

I’ll be waiting along with everyone else for the big reveal of her website on July 30!

Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram: @TiggyRoss and ‘Like’ her page on Facebook. 

ELENA:)

I love mail. All sorts. Magazines. Greeting cards. Flyers. Even the occasional bill.

Panty by Post is a subscription service which sends you a pretty panty in the mail. Yay! FYI: these aren’t your average $5 for $25 Victoria Secret finds either - Panty by Post features brands like Blush and Hanky Panky.

Out of all the subscription services - this has to be the most novel. And it’s not just for ladies - guys can get their underwear too. 

Receive $15 off a 3,6,12 month subscription with the promo code:IMNEW15

Don’t forget to follow them on twitter: pantybypost and instagram: pantybypostca and ‘Like’ them on Facebook!

ELENA:)

It wouldn’t be fair to showcase artists and not highlight one of my favourites -  Janelle Burger. She does fabulous fashion illustrations, stationery, iPhone cases and even shirts. Check out her online store. I was lucky that she was able to do illustrations and the cover for my own book, The Love List. 

Located in Paris, I had the opportunity to meet up with her early this year and visit one of her favourite places, Le Bon Marche. It was fantastic!

Don’t forget to follow her on twitter: janelleburgers and instagram: janelleburger  (ps: that’s not her real name:)

ELENA:)

I will eventually swing from the chandelier. 

ELENA:)

There is a definite theme emerging on my blog right now….art. Coming up in the next few weeks, I’ll be showcasing some great artists (emerging and established) and I can’t wait (there is something that makes me smile about great design)! Plus, it will give you the excuse to exchange those tacky office prints (or dated Children’s artwork)  for something modern and inspirational.

Dolch Designs is a company created by two current university students specializing in typography and graphic art prints. First of all, they are in school. I know I wasn’t running my own business while studying - I was folding jeans at the Gap

And second - it’s great art. Sure you can get something massed produced  at your local Chapters or IKEA, but it’s always nice to know that you are purchasing something unique/limited (custom orders are available). As an aside - you get the prints in the mail (I love getting mail!) which is always a nice treat.

Here is a promo code so you can get 20% off your entire purchase: elenam

Don’t forget to follow Dolch Designs on twitter/instagram: @DolchDesigns and ‘Like’ them on Facebook too!

ELENA:)

BIG THINGS are happening to my site this month! Can’t wait… until then - let’s talk about juice.

Nectar juicery, a local company, offers up cold pressed juices. And let me tell you - they are tasty! They are camping out all month at Holt Renfrew Vancouver on the skybridge with free customized cleansing consultations! A win win in my books:) My trainer would call me lazy - but who wants to spend their half their day with a blender in a room full of vegetables concocting the perfect juice - especially when it’s sunny?

I’ve been drinking the Chlorophyll Aid post and pre workouts. The juice contains 9.5 alkaline water, chlorophyll, minerals, manuka honey, +26, lemon. It’s great for the skin and lowers the pH of the body (read: it’s a good thing!). 

Don’t worry if you can’t get around to picking up juice at the stand this month - you can sign up for delivery service to your business/residence as well as find them at YYoga

Make sure you follow Nectar juicery on twitter/instagram: @NECTARjuicery and ‘Like’ them on Facebook too and let them know where they should pop up next!

ELENA:)

Have you ever wanted to roll out of bed and go out for dinner without changing your outfit? With Maison du Soir, now you can! Former ballerina turned fashion designer, Courtney is the creative designer behind this SoCal line of loungewear which can double as a day to night outfit. 

Pure genius!

I purchased my own silk black shorts with a cute pink trim and it arrived with two surprises! An eye mask and handwritten note from Courtney herself! Very classy and sweet considering the line has already been featured on the Zoe Report! I was going to take a picture of me wearing the shorts - but now I want the top as well so you’ll have to wait until those arrive;) 

PS: If silk isn’t your thing (I’m converted now!) the line carries loungewear in cotton as well!

Get your own regular priced sleepwear from Maison Du Soir at 15% with the discount code: NEWFRIENDS15

Don’t forget to follow Courtney on twitter and instagram: @Maison_Du_Soir and ‘Like’ her page on Facebook

ELENA:)

Many people know that I’m girly. I love a great skirt that twirls. And nothing gives rise to my inner ballerina than Beautulleful skirts. I’m so excited that they are a local Vancouver find!

The Beautulleful gals are 2 BFFs that have worked on their collection for 2 years, producing 4 colours of skirts in 3 different styles (knee, tea and full) - each with 6 layers of tulle! And don’t worry about being itchy - they are all lined! Phew! The skirts are truly the perfect POUF.

I think that the graceful grey tea skirt would look amazing with my pink Valentino’s and All Saints black leather moto jacket! You can wear them day or night. So many style options - I can’t wait to order mine :) 

And to make sure you get yours asap, the lovely Beautulleful gals have given me a pre sale 30% discount code to share: SECRETSUMMER14  This is a day early because the sale officially begins on July 4-6!

Make sure to add them to your Twitter/Instagram to stay in the loop: @Beautulleful and ‘Like’ them on Facebook

ELENA:)