Archive for January, 2011

On Trend: Ella Moss Stripes


New Ella Moss has arrived and we are loving her signature striped pieces. How to wear them now? The Khloe charcoal striped dress will be perfect when it warms up, but for now layer up with tights and black boots to slosh through the weather, throw on a cute black cardi with ruching accents that mirror the dress detail and complete the look with edgy, fun jewelry.

And with Valentine’s day around the corner, how about a date night outfit? The spice and gray striped tank kicks it up a notch with sexy draping and clustered rosettes. Pair it with bootleg cords and high heels, an armful of bangles and alluring drop earrings. Add a red clutch, wrap your shoulders in a gorgeous blanket scarf and await the compliments!

 

For My Sweet: A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party

A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party
A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party

A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party
A Teddy Bear Confectionary Party

Teddy bear topiaries, hand delivered cupcake invites and a party worthy of the most exquisite confectioner’s shop – a true “treat” for a little girl’s first birthday party! The design team at Anders Ruff created the invites and graphics for a client in Brazil, and we think the results are truly breathtaking. With balloons galore and a variety of delights for each little girl, this was one party that we are sure created sweet memories for all invited. Check out more photos and details on the Anders Ruff blog.

 

Barbie Prints: 15% Off Sale and Giveaway!

Barbie giveaway and sale
It seems everyone loves Barbie – and how can you resist our popular Art For Kids Vintage Barbie prints, especially at 15% off? The chic illustrations look as good hanging in a nursery or little girl’s room as they do in your own powder room or boudoir. For 2 weeks only you can get our collection of fashion and limited edition prints at 15% off. Enter code LUVMYBARBIE at checkout. Shop all AFK Art For Kids Barbie prints >

GIVEAWAY: To kick off our tribute to this fashion babe, we’re giving away a Barbie print to one lucky winner (up to $135 retail value). Just leave a comment below or on our Facebook page telling us which room you would hang these gorgeous vintage Barbie prints in. Giveaway ends this Friday and a winner will be announced on Monday, January 14th at 6pm EST.

*coupon expires 1/23/11 at midnight EST and may not be applied to previous purchases or combined with other promotions.

Congrats to Lesa Rock, winner of the Barbie print!

 

Aidan Gray, You Wear Your Age Well

Aidan Gray
Aidan Gray
Aidan Gray
Aidan Gray
Aidan Gray
Aidan Gray
Aidan Gray
One healthy heaping of historical inspiration added to the creative minds and craftsmen at Aidan Gray is a recipe for one beautiful interior. Get the look of the moment with their newest collection of furniture, lighting and accessories featuring rusted iron, weathered wood and limed and distressed finishes. Looking aged never looked so good! Shop all our new Aidan Gray arrivals >

LG Staff Faves: Get Fit For 2011

LG staff fit faves
Got a resolution to get in better shape this year? Us too! Check out some of our favorite go-to products and gear that we personally own and love. Got a favorite workout item you would reccomend? Let us know in the comments below!

Wendy: I sport a casual gym style but go hard and quick. I get in, get it done and get out.

Lulu Lemon’s Groove Pant: Splurge. Get sucked in. In style. Tiffany (co-owner LG) gifted a pair of these to me and are hands down the best pair of workout pants I own because I look 5-10 pounds thinner in them. Your back side becomes your favorite side.

Kaskade Music: Always a Kaskade song if not an entire album on my ipod to motivate. Especially noteworthy is his Strobelite Seduction album. The more you listen, the more you become seduced. Catch Kaskade on Facebook, iTunes or his website.

New Rules of Weightlifting for Women: Dropped my post-baby booty & got my body back w/ this book! Kept it in my car and would jot down the workouts on scraps of paper. Good plan for “muscle confusion” and intense, quick cardio intervals that I found helped shed weight the best. Even with a strong running background (and weightlifting) this book had me doing more in less time. What a relief, no more running for an hour or breaking my 30-something old body down like that anymore.

Shellie: I love dancing around and singing. Sometimes fitness is not just about hitting the weights and going all nutso on the stair climber… sometimes it’s about shaking whats you mama gave ya and just being happy.

Zumba: Zumba classes are the most energetic happy joyful place to be. A lady in one of my classes in her 70’s (one of the best dancers I’ve ever seen) said it best: “You don’t stop dancing ’cause you grow old. You grow old because you stop dancing!”

Jump Rope: 15 minutes of jumping rope burns like 300,000 calories. Or at least it should! It tones your arms, legs, stomach, butt… also if you’ve got some mad trick skillz from your grade school days then also you look pretty cool. During winter months I pull the car out of the garage and go to town.

Wanita: I’m a yoga goddess “wanna-be” that prefers quiet, calm workouts where shoes are not required. I love taking group classes but usually do them in my own yoga corner where I can shut the door to the world (and the dogs).

Fun yoga mat: I would never use the gym’s mat! Gaiam makes a color and design to fit anyone

Yoga brick and strap: Gotta have these until you’re a yoga pro – I’m working on it!

Melanie: I’m an endorphin junkie. I love any experience that pushes me past where I think I can go and gives me a runner’s high. My favorite workout right now is hot yoga.

Adidas Response Stability 2 W: My collection of these has seen more miles than some cars.

Dead Sea Aromatic Mineral Body Treatment: Soothes my tired skin, especially the feet after a tough workout.

Kerry: I’m an early morning fanatic – Long, really tough workouts finished before the sun (or my kids) have even thought about rising fuel me!

Under Armour ColdGear Tops: My runs start at 4am and Under Armour ColdGear tops keep me warm, wick sweat away and feature their awesome odor blocking technology so you’ll never smell like a locker room. Thumb holes and longer length give good coverage and the fit is so flattering that you’ll look like the hottest momma dropping the kids off at school.

Under Armour Sports Bras: I’m a fan of the Strength and Endure styles – Amazing construction that holds you in place for high impact workouts. Double layered fabric in front and a choice of cup size make this a perfect fitting piece for layering or worn as is.

P90X: I love this series – especially Plyometrics! Not for the beginner or faint of heart, but if you are looking for a challenge to take you to the next level, this is the series for you. Kuddos to anyone who can pull off the full 90 day plan (you must look amazing!) – I haven’t mastered that yet, but adding in their strength and cardio workouts to my runs is pure masochistic bliss for me

A Healthy Start To 2011: Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad

Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad
Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad
Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad
Ah, the new year – a time of fresh beginnings and long resolution lists that are already stressing you out (because really, how is ANYONE expected to commit to a healthy eating plan when all the holiday treats are still in the house???) So we promise not to start the year tempting you with a decadent dessert recipe, but rather offer up a salad as simple and refreshing as can be, compliments of food writer, stylist and photographer Aran Goyoaga. For more of Aran’s recipes (including a fantastic selection of gluten-free options), be sure to visit her blog, Cannelle Et Vanille. We’re thinking this is the perfect way to counteract that last piece of holiday fudge you just could not resist!

Pear, Apple and Fennel Salad
makes 4 servings

  • ~ 2 honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • ~ 4 forelle pears, thinly sliced
  • ~ 2 fennel bulbs, cored and thinly sliced
  • ~ 1 cup fresh watercress
  • ~ 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ~ 1 lemon, juiced
  • ~ 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • ~ 1/4 cup olive oil
  • ~ 1/2 tsp salt
  • ~ 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

In a large bowl, combine water and the juice of 1 lemon. Thinly slice the apples, pear and fennel, placing the slices in the water immediately after to avoid oxidation. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the mustard, apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Stack the sliced vegetables and garnish with watercress leaves. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle the vinaigrette on top.

photos: © Aran Goyoaga

 

Ring In The New Year With The Rose Parade

122nd Annual Rose Parade:  Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories

122nd Annual Rose Parade:  Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories

122nd Annual Rose Parade:  Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories

122nd Annual Rose Parade:  Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories

122nd Annual Rose Parade:  Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories

122nd Annual Rose Parade:  Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories
We’d like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our new friends, customers, vendors, fans and families! 2010 was a tremendous year for Layla Grayce, and we’re excited to see what the coming year has in store. As always, we kicked off the New Year watching the 122nd Annual Rose Parade from the windows of our Pasadena office. Paula Deen was the Grand Marshall this year, with a parade theme of “Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories”. What a perfect goal for 2011! From all of us at Layla Grayce, here’s to a happy and healthy New Year filled with laughter, love and precious moments. Cheers!