Holiday 2016

Tis the season! The holidays are officially upon us and we sat down with ellelauri founder, Liz Rymar, to discuss some of her favorite (and least favorite) holiday trends! 

ellelauri: What are the biggest trends for holiday?

Liz: Velvet, winter white, and lace. Our Noel velvet dress is perfect for the holiday and right on trend. 

ellelauri: Year after year, there are some things that are notorious with holiday fashion; what is your favorite and what is your least favorite?

Liz: My favorite is sparkle! I love wearing sequins or sparkle around the holidays. Sometimes it is a full sequin dress and other times I incorporate them more subtly such as pairing an outfit with a fun, sparkly shoe. My least favorite would be any time of ugly sweater. I think those are the worst.

ellelauri: Do you have any tips for transforming plain clothes into a festive holiday outfit?

Liz: Add a sparkly sequin blazer! Our Colette blazer is perfect! You can also add a red scarf, a metallic shoe, or sapphire jewels.

ellelauri: What is your favorite piece for holiday that is currently in the store?

Liz: It's so hard to choose just one! We have so many amazing pieces right now!

Check out ellelauri in Rittenhouse Square or Chestnut Hill for some great holiday pieces.

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

The holidays are fast approaching which means most of us will be eating our way through the next two months. Enjoying holiday treats doesn't mean we have to forego our healthy lifestyles. Here is a recipe for pumpkin bars that are not only healthy but paleo and vegan too!

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

¾ cup creamy almond butter
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 overripe medium banana
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
⅓ cup chocolate chips and/or walnuts

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8x8in square baking dish with cooking spray.
2) Place almond butter, pumpkin, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir until well-combined.
3) Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring until smooth.
4) Pour into prepared baking dish, smoothing with a spatula. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

These guilt-free treats take 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook. They are absolutely delicious!!

Chestnut Hill

ellelauri Chestnut Hill is officially open!

Founder, Liz Rymar, fell in love with the quaint neighborhood and decided it was the perfect spot for ellelauri's newest pop-up shop. Chestnut Hill is known for its beautiful homes as well as its charming downtown area. Here are some of our favorite businesses in Chestnut Hill.

ellelauri of course!

Cake is a cute bakery and bistro that serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch
Cin Cin has some of the best Chinese food we've ever had
Osaka is our go-to sushi spot
The Chestnut Hill Farmer's Market is great for fresh produce

Robertson's makes the prettiest arrangements

Come visit ellelauri Chestnut Hill located at 8513 Germantown Ave.

Fall Activities

We can't get enough of fall; cozy sweaters, flannels, and a ton of fun activities. Here are some of our favorites:

Apple picking and Pumpkin carving 
What to wear: a cute flannel and denim


Going out for some fall inspired cocktails 
What to wear: a cozy sweater and leather leggings 

Walking through the leaves 
What to wear: Layer- start with a tank under a flannel and bring a sweater, this way you are prepared for all of fall's temperature changes throughout the day

What to wear: A costume of course! 

Falling For Fall

It's officially fall, which also means it's one of the best fashion seasons. We sat down with ellelauri founder/designer, Liz Rymar, to discuss her fall favorites. 

ellelauri: What are this season's biggest trends?
Liz: The cold shoulder is still very in, along with velvet, leather, and over the knee boots. 

ellelauri: What are your fall must-haves?
Liz: Flannels, leather leggings, distressed jeans, over the knee boots, cashmere sweaters, and a fur vest.

ellelauri: What are some of your favorite fall pieces currently in the store? 
Liz: A 525 fur vest, Paige distressed jeans, and all of the 360 Cashmere sweaters. 

ellelauri: What are the best transitional pieces since the days range from cold to hot back to cool again? 
Liz: Definitely the flannel shirts from Rails. They can be worn open or closed and are great layering pieces. They're also super comfy! We also have a bunch of cute new scarves. 

ellelauri: What is currently your favorite ellelauri piece? 
Liz: A navy off the shoulder top. 

2016 VMA's

The VMA's are known as the anti-Oscars when it comes to fashion. Celebrities tend to let loose and have some fun with their outfit choices. 
We have picked some of our favorite looks as well as some that we think fell flat.

Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson 
The Olympian and his fiancĂ© were by far our favorite pick for best dressed couple. 

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West
Kimye always makes a statement, just not always a good one. Known for some outrageous fashion choices, we think Kim could have done much better with this one. 

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys in Just Cavalli. 
We love Alicia Keys' music but just didn't understand this dress, especially for the VMA's. 

Britney Spears in a Julien Macdonald dress, H. Stern jewelry, and Christian Louboutin heels. 
All we have to say is, Britney's back!  

Hailee Steinfeld in Balmain
We love this dress on Hailee. It's fun and edgy; a perfect choice for the VMA's. 

Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, and Simone Biles.
The Final Five continue to sparkle even after the Olympics.  

Hailey Baldwin in a Georges Chakra jumpsuit and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. 
Hailey Baldwin slayed the red carpet in this sexy black jumpsuit. She nailed it and is our pick for best dressed!  

Beyoncé in a Francesco Scognamiglio Couture dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry with her daughter, Blue Ivy.
She will always be Queen Bee even if we don't love her outfit. 

Summer Faves

We can't believe it's almost Labor Day! The summer flew by! When we think back on all of the fun we've had over the past couple of months we can't help but think about the outfits we have worn during these times. Here is a roundup of our favorite summer pieces.

We love this sleeveless button down from Rails. It is perfect to throw on over a bathing suit or pair with a skirt at night.

This summer sweater from 360 Sweater has been perfect for those chilly nights by the water. Since the summer has been a particularly hot one, we paired it with denim shorts from One Teaspoon.

We are seriously obsessed with this white tank from Cami NYC. It has lace detailing in the back and is the perfect top for summer date nights.

This long sleeve top from Rails is the perfect transitional piece from day to night. The lace up detailing in the front is super on trend.

Who can resist turquoise jewelry during the summer? We are in love with Joie DiGiovanni's leather, turquoise, and pearl pieces.

This dress is definitely one of our favorites! It is perfect for the beach or walking around town. The rope lace up front gives it a nautical vibe which we love.

Shorts have always been summer essentials and we lived in these cute cut-offs from One Teaspoon.

A cute coverup is a summer must. We love this one from For Love and Lemons. 

We can't wait to wear our summer faves one more time before the fall!