Modern Havana is Here!

Dear Friends—

As you know, designing the spring 2017 collection was quite an emotional journey for me. I practiced going inward for inspiration, harkening back to the archives, in order to effectively manifest my outward vision. And that vision was Havana.

Our Modern Havana collection truly represents who we are as a brand not only figuratively, but literally. We are all about escapism, travel, and wanderlust and this collection expresses these ideas through vibrant colors, dramatic textures, and tropical undertones. It is design features like these that birthed my brand and it’s SO exciting to revisit these elements and make them new for the customer!

Click below to view a video of the complete Modern Havana collection.

Now, although Houston has been experiencing some cray-cray weather recently (Can we get some normal weather around here?), we have our minds totally set forward to spring. In fact, you might even be planning your spring break travel wardrobe. (I know what you’re thinking: where did the time go?) I enjoy planning outfits in advance, and if a vacation is involved, forget it—I’ll obsess over every detail. So whether you’re going to Cabo or Galveston, this collection has many lovely ensembles to fit your vacation.

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Penelope is super flattering.

As for dresses, the ideal spring outfit starts with a staple wardrobe piece that ties everything together. And our Modern Havana dresses have that IT factor that will make you look effortlessly chic no matter where you are.

  • Our Landa dress is my single favorite piece of the collection, and that says a lot. It’s the quintessential midi length kaftan that is just as chic as it is comfortable. (That’s right, you can eat fajitas in this thing.)
  • Our Penelope dress, available in cobalt blue, Kelly green, and coral, is the most versatile of all. She can keep you covered up while at the pool, but can also take you to a fancy dinner date by the beach. You’ll never want to take her off!
  • Our Isabel dress boasts a bright and colorful custom French textile print that stands out. Isn’t it stunning? The combination of the poly georgette fabric and Aztec print gives the dress a relaxed elegance that can be worn anywhere.

Now for shoes! With the variety of shoes offered in this collection, you’re sure to find a pair to complement any outfit.

  • It doesn’t get more stylish than our Dani shoe, an on-trend slip on heel that’s covered in cork. And we all know how much I love cork. It’s easy to wear and gives you that perfect balance of style and comfort for a night out on the town.
  • Our signature branded sandal, Demi, will be your go-to shoe for the spring and summer. It gives you a little lift and added comfort with our mini wedge construction. It also boasts our trademarked bamboo hardware and a beautiful ankle strap that you’ll LIVE for.

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    You can’t beat the ease and style of Dani.
  • Meet Cecilia, our spring time bootie in all cork. It’s sexy, but don’t let that fool you—it’s really comfortable! Her back zipper and side peep features makes slipping into these beauties a breeze. Whether it’s a dress or a pair of skinnies, this shoe will add spice to any outfit.

What’s an outfit without a handbag? Nothing, duh. And, let me tell you, our bags this season really went for it. They’re vibrant, accessible, and so unique! Just looking at them alone automatically transports you to Havana. It’s all very exciting.

  • Byrdie, byrdie, byrdie. It’s our most playful bag of the season! Available in our classic python or cork, we implemented a favorite trend of the season with this bag: tassels! They’re flirty and, coupled with our unique textiles, Byrdie makes a statement.
  • Our Calla bag offers a classic silhouette with a modern pattern in Coal, Alloy, or Nude Snake. It’s designed for everyday use through its spacious interior, but it’s exotic embossed leather exterior makes this hobo stylish and chic. Pair it with your favorite Kaftan for an effortless look.

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    Whether you are in denim or a dress, Simona adds a touch of chic.
  • Simona is very special to me. I pulled her out from the archives and reinvented her by adding a natural bamboo ornament and an unexpected mix of materials. Our favorite is the Spanish cork and French textile mash-up, that is sleek enough to tuck under your arm or wear as a shoulder bag.

Once you nail down the dress, bag, and shoes, statement jewelry completes the look. Our crown collection offers many colorful pieces to make your outfit pop. I’ll save the details for later, as we have an exciting feature coming soon with more!

If you want to explore more options for your spring wardrobe, visit our website to see more of our Modern Havana collection. Or check us out on social, where we share our favorites of the collection daily.

I hope that I was able to add some inspiration and fun to your spring wardrobe. Enjoy that well-deserved break, you deserve it!

XOXO,
Elaine

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Amazing Grace

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Hi Guys-

Wow. Last week was exciting with Super Bowl in my city. What a game. And how about that halftime show?

It was such a welcome surprise to see Lady Gaga go above the fray and stay positive about our country. I have to admit when the Houston skyline lit up in red, white and blue, tears welled out of a sense of pride for my hometown and for my country. In that moment we stood as one nation, and you could feel it.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been inundated with so much negativity, conflict and division. When that happens we begin to question everything. What gets really dangerous is when we start to question ourselves. Because when we question ourselves, we unintentionally create falsehoods that lead to a pervasive insecurity. We look at everything that’s wrong and have a deep seeded desire to fill in the gaps and add more, do more, be more.

But what if we question the natural urge to add and be something new and instead, let go of what’s not serving us, allowing ourselves to become fully who we are because what we are is already perfect? Let’s “unbecome” what never was us in the first place so the real us can shine through. Instead of adding, let’s subtract to find our true essence.

The beauty of aging is that maturity gives us license to discover our true essence as the adding on fades and our true nature peeks through. When we start to live this way, a beautiful emotion begins to seep in — GRACE. We begin to give ourselves the greatest of all gifts — LOVE. And when grace is present, we are able to extend it to others more freely as well. It’s a beautiful cycle of divinity, really.

Last month we focused on looking inward by pausing, assessing and resetting. Maybe you began some new healthy habits or engaged in a little indulgent self-care. (Usually my self-care amounts to two glasses of wine. 😉 ) Sometimes, however, by the end of January all those good intentions begun with such fervor begin to fall away and we feel bad about it. But don’t. Extend yourself some newfound grace and move it on along.

First of all there’s progress in just realizing your good intentions and habits are slipping. That’s called awareness and it is a good thing because it shows you are in touch with your body and mind. I started practicing yoga a few years ago and it has changed my life in how it creates a space inside me to quiet the mind and to get to know the body better. It takes time and patience but the more you do it the more you begin to understand how vital it is to get in touch with yourself in a new, less reactive way.  There’s nothing more powerful than a new sense of knowing the truth. And with that truth you can decide how to move forward. You truly are the master of your own destiny.

Nothing says grace to me more than this poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer called Prelude to the Dance. Here’s an excerpt. (You can read the full text here.)

What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by recognizing and receiving the people and places and practices that offer us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?
How would this shape the choices you make about how to spend today?
What if you knew that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world will arise from deep within and guide you every time you simply pay attention and wait?
How would this shape your stillness, your movement, your willingness to follow this impulse, to just let go and dance?

Here’s to accepting your beautiful self as-is. Here’s to grace.

XOXO,
Elaine


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