A Christmas Message from Elaine and Jim…

It’s A Wonderful Life

Dear Friends and Family,

As we commemorate the holiday season and reflect upon the past year, our family feels privileged. When I say privileged, I’m not talking about having some sort of unfair advantage or material gain, I am talking about the privilege of acknowledging and understanding our blessings.

Our very favorite holiday movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and year after year on Christmas Eve night, we sit as a family and watch it. The quote “No man is a failure who has friends,” was said by Mark Twain and used in the movie’s final scene. This quote came to mind as our family finishes out the year recognizing and embracing the value of our friendships.
Xmas card image and quoteWithout fail, as the final scene plays, we all find ourselves in a pool of tears. The scene is mesmerizingly beautiful in every sense of the word — it takes you straight into your heart. We see all of George Bailey’s friends, family members and colleagues rush in from a blizzard to show their unconditional support and love for a man who had done so much for each and every one of them. It’s here where George emotionally awakens to the reality that the only thing that truly matters in life are the people you love.

In essence, George found himself that day. A self now defined by the people he loved who loved him back, not a self defined by our successes, our failures or our everyday actions that can so easily take over one’s life.

As our family experienced some highs and some lows this year, we are held together by hope and the long lasting sustainment of our friends’ and family’s love and support.

We are privileged. May you have the most wonderful blessed holiday season surrounded by those you love.

The Turner Family

A Letter of Thanks

Dear Friends,

On this Thanksgiving Day as I stand on the precipice of profound transformation and change, I’m called to reflect upon memories made, moments shared, time had and time lost.

I once read that gratitude arises from simply paying attention. For me this feels right. Thankfulness is born from being fully awake and present to everything that lives within and without us. It comes from a deep understanding that life is a gift, and to be fully incarnated as a living, breathing, participating human being is a privilege. To know that we are miraculously a part of something, rather than nothing — even if that something brings challenge, hardship or change.

We can find comfort in knowing that we do after-all, inhabit a living world with real faces, real voices, real laughter and real LOVE. This sense of “realness” brings me peace. It awakens me to a deeper understanding of my journey and what it has allowed me to experience, to witness and to participate in over all these years.And with that, I simply want to say “Thank You”.

Thank you to my friends and family for being my most intimate companions who showed me unconditional love and support along the way.

Thank you to my past and present team members, mentors and stakeholders for being a part of my mission and being on the front lines of building something great.

Thank you to my loyal customers and especially my fellow Houstonians. You’ve been right there by my side through it all—the good and the bad. We’ve weathered the unpredictable boom and bust oil economy all while navigating Houston’s devastating natural disasters (Allison, Ike and Harvey to name a few). But, we’ve also experienced some great moments too — new product and book launches, celebratory store openings, heart-felt charity events and so much more. For that I am and will forever be eternally grateful.


In the coming weeks and months ahead, my hope is to emerge anew, even better and stronger than before. And in that new moment, we will meet again once more. 
Until then, I wish you and yours the happiest and blessed of days.

XOXO,
Elaine

Transition Into Fall With Ease

Is it global warming or perimenopause? I can’t tell. But I do know one thing for sure— I am HOT, people. I’m seeing pumpkins and gourds on porches which is making me itch because I’m not ready to think about sweaters, fur and leggings (OH MY!) Even though fall is upon us, I’m not ready to talk about all the heavy stuff quite yet because to be quite frank I can’t even stomach the thought of a pumpkin spice latte over anything but ICE right now… so I’m going to keep it light and show you how to transition into fall without having a heat stroke.

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TROPICAL BREEZE: Who said Tropical prints can’t take you into fall? Our Paula top is the perfect answer- its 3/4 length sleeve combined with a black ground and moody leafy green accents make it the perfect top to take you into fall. Also, extra bonus: Wear it with your favorite dark wash jeans and sneakers and you’ve got yourself a favorite, early fall go-to outfit! You could even pair it with an open toe suede lace up sandal or bootie to add a little fall texture.

SHOP TROPICAL BREEZE:


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FALL IN LOVE WITH LAINEY: I know what you are thinking- how can I wear a caftan for fall? Well, I am here to tell you—YOU CAN. YAHOO! Try our most versatile dress and pop it with our chic, over-the-knee Calley boot and voila—fall has arrived. Come on guys-  calf sweat beats butt crack sweat any day!

SHOP FALL IN LOVE WITH LAINEY:


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POP OF NEON: Test the water with pieces that have a subtle hint of neon. Try our Em caftan top and surprise everyone at the fall football opener! Here’s a hint though: Always ground your neons in either neutrals or dark denim— you don’t want to blind the quarterback on his first snap. You can’t have that karma on you!

SHOP POP OF NEON:


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BLACK IS ALWAYS A GOOD DECISION: Black just works. Especially in-between seasons- when in doubt go black. That’s my motto. Need I say more? Extra bonus: Wearing an all black outfit is a sure fire way to get you gourd-ready without ending in a melted pumpkin puree mess.

SHOP BLACK IS ALWAYS A GOOD DECISION:


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EVERGREEN: Can’t go wrong with green. It’s the perfect shade to take you from season to season with ease. And, extra bonus— it looks great on everyone! Our Ivy dress is the dress of choice for early fall. Its feminine vibe and peek-a-boo shoulder detail create a glamorous and breezy touch.

SHOP EVERGREEN:


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WHERE CAFTAN AND STREET MEET: Who said feminine and street don’t mix? Want to be the trendiest gal in town? Try our favorite Penelope caftan dress and pair it with our edgy biker bootie, Tibbie. Everyone at the party will say— “How cool- I never would have thought of that!” Your reaction— coyly sip on your wine subtly nod in appreciation.

SHOP WHERE CAFTAN AND STREET MEET:


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RED+FUR= FIERCE (but never angry): Ever heard of a “twofer?” It’s southern for a hell of a deal because it is two for one! That’s right… 2 trends in 1 outfit! You’re welcome! RED is the most important color for fall and our FUR trim vest adds just the right amount of edge. Slip the vest over any of our red pieces and feel instantly fierce (and on trend) Bonus: sleeveless outerwear is a great way to dip your toes into fall without looking like you just dove all the way in and are now drenched… in sweat!

SHOP RED+FUR=FIERCE:


Girl, you’ve got this fall transition in the bag.

XOXO,

Elaine

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