Farewell 2015


photo: @GBurkeImages

Can you believe that we're in the last week of 2015?  This year has certainly flown by and many of us have seen our far share of ups and downs, but we made it!  Looking back over the year, I'm proud that I focused more on my business than I did in 2014, and I've grown and matured even more (says the grey hairs that I continue to find when combing my hair -lol).

Merry Christmas


photo: @gburkeimages

Merry Christmas!  We made it to see another holiday season and I'm ever so thankful.  If you're like myself, you'll be spending the next couple of days in fellowship with friends and family, eating great food, and watching the kids open and enjoy their gifts.


A Pop of Color!


With the holidays fastly approaching, everyone is bursting with holiday cheer and uptown/downtown (depending on where you're from) is filled with beautiful lights and Christmas decor, which primarily consists of the traditional color schemes of red and green.  Having said that, I wanted to do something out of the box, plus I don't like the color red that much.  


Belvoir Fruit Farms


Happy Hump Day!  It's mid-week and I'm prepping for a night of prime time tv and blogging.  Thanks to the good folks over at Belvoir Fruit Farms, tonight I'll have something sweet to sip on!


Press├ęs are all made with lots of real fruit juice, blended with fresh spring water. They’re made from all-natural ingredients and contain nothing artificial so they taste natural, refreshing and delicious: that’s why we say they’re 100% good!

Classic Lady


Happy Monday everyone!  It's the start of a new week, which means another opportunity to get it right and start fresh.  This weekend was a bit stressful for me and I honestly didn't feel like getting dressed up on this past Sunday, but . . . . I'm an avid believer that even when you feel your worst, you should look your best, so here we are.  


Dainty Dames Lingerie: Holiday Pop Up Shop


I'm excited to announce that I'm participating in my very first Holiday Pop Up Shop for Dainty Dames Lingerie!  Come visit me at booth #11 on this coming Saturday, December 12th during the Pink Social Girl Tribe 2015 Holiday Pop Up Shop at Sugar Creek Brewing.  Entry is FREE between 12pm - 5pm, or for those of you that want to get a jump start on your shopping, you can pay $5 for VIP shopping and entry beginning at 11am.

Baby It's Cold Outside


So today, somehow, I stumbled across this Barnes & Nobles commercial featuring a by-chance duet with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.  First, let me say that I absolutely LOVE this song.  Secondly, Lady Gaga looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Her styling is on point . . . . and the shoes!

PANTONE Color of the Year 2016


Earlier today Pantone named the 2016 Color(s) of the Year . . . . . yes, you heard right, COLORS, as in 2! Introducing Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919.  Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: 50 UNDER $50


Welp, we're in the final holiday stretch . . . . . only 22 days until Christmas!  Because I've received several inquiries on what and where to purchase from, I thought I'd compile a list of great gifts for that special lady in your life!  Happy Holiday!

photo: @GBurkeImages

Midi Moves + Obaku Giveaway Winner!


Happy Monday folks . . . . . or should I say Happy MIDI Monday!  Today I'm sharing my weekend look which features this awesome midi skirt I scored during Black Friday and these super amazing pumps with a pom pom accent.



Cocktails in the City

Join me as I debut a new social series to the Queen City . . . . . Cocktails in the City



Cocktails in the City is a stylish social series dedicated to connecting women of varying backgrounds for the purpose of engagement and entertaining.  Each series will be co-hosted by some of the areas leading ladies, stylish entreprenuers, and media mavens.

Shopping with Elle: Friday Finds


Happy Friday everyone!  We made it through Thanksgiving and found our way to Black Friday.  I hope everyone ate well and enjoyed time with their family and friends during this season of thanks.  As for myself, I enjoyed a day well spent with my dad, daughter, and a few other relatives.  This year we scheduled dinner early (3pm to be exact) to ensure my dad could be out and about at the Black Friday sales beginning at 6pm.  There once was a time when I'd be gung-ho to be out as well, but in watching the sales and over crowded malls these past couple of years, it really hasn't been worth it. But this year, I ventured out and found a few (hint-hint, FEW, lol) great pieces that I'd been vying for!

Thankful Tuesday


So it's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and this year I've noticed alot of people taking the time to proclaim what they're thankful for and I thought it would be great for me to do the same.  I can think of a million things that have gone wrong, are going wrong, and will go wrong, but I wanted to challenge myself to come up with a list of things that I am truly thankful for.

XOXO: Charlotte Olympia


It's officially holiday season!  This week kicks off great eating, festive events, and stylish combinations for my fellow fashion lovers.  Over the weekend, my daughter attended a friends birthday party and while waiting, I decided to venture over to a new store I took notice of.  At the onset it looked like a typical discount store like that of a Ross (if you're in the Carolina's) but upon further browsing, they actually had a few great finds, in particular, a pair of platform heels very similar to the Charlotte Olympia Masako!


Holiday Gems: Sophia Webster


It's the most wonderful time of the year . . . . . . sing along everyone!  I'm over the moon ecstatic about the holiday season and I hope that you are too!  It's such a festive time, and one of the only times where I feel that everyone puts their best foot forward in terms of style and fashion.  For me, this season translates into the opportunity to show off your favorite pieces and statement stilettos.

Obaku Watch Review + Giveaway


This week I'm highlighting an amazing watch brand, OBAKU Denmark USA (with local ties to Charlotte) AND hosting an amazing giveaway courtesy of the brand.  When I was first approached by the brand I was ecstatic after checking out their amazing lineup on the web!

Cloud 9 with Miu Miu


Happy Monday!  It seems like the weekend flew by and here we are again at the start of a new week.  In random scrolling through Instagram (@ellevj_), I came across this photo showcasing these Glittered Mary Jane Pumps by Miu Miu . . . . absolutely breathtaking.

Cotton Candy Express


Pretty pinks, pale blues, Kate Spade, and Betsey Johnson!  So playful yet so stylish, you simply cannot go wrong with this color palette or these bouncing brands.

Strawberry Shortcake



Happy Saturday everyone!  It's a rainy gloomy day here in the QC, but I'm still happy and full of life.  I have a few errands to run on today, in addition to a brief style meet and greet, so I though I'd keep it casual (something I rarely do) and sweet!  

Tiffany's Themed Birthday Brunch


It's a beautiful Sunday in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC) and I'm winding down from my birthday festivities.  It has been an amazing week of love, style and fellowship.  My birthday was on Wednesday and I kicked it off with dinner to include my unit, my structure, my backbone . . . . my daddy, sisters, nephew, and daughter.  I celebrate each year with them by my side, but this year wanted to kick it up and notch and do something a little more special.  Que the music . . . . I decided to host a Tiffany's themed birthday brunch at the luxurious Ballantyne Resort.

Be ready in 20!


It's Sunday and it seems as if there's a million social events going on at once.  For days my timeline has been flooded with alumni pics of homecoming festivities for several area universities and I had every intention of attending absolutely . . . . none, lol.  I've purposely stirred clear of these happenings and enjoyed the tranquil peace of being on the outskirts of town, until I got the call to be ready in 20 minutes to meetup with friends.

Dainty Dames Lingerie: Inspiration


I've been planning (privately) and dreaming (quietly) for months now of my vision, both present and future, for Dainty Dames Lingerie.  Before launching earlier this year, I researched for months in hopes of locating the perfect vendor to provide a sophisticated, yet sexy product.  Now that I'm mid-year into the launch, I'm fixated on locating the perfect space to fully embrace the next level of my vision.

10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe: Steps 9 & 10


Welcome back foks!  We made it to the last installment of my 5 week series, 10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe.  I've had an amazing time sharing these style tips with you, and I hope that you've found them useful.  These last two steps are my favorites and probably the tips that you will relate to the most!

Scentbird: Chloe Eau De Parfum


I just received another fragrance from Scentbird and this time I went with something flirty and feminine, yet again . . . . Chloe Eau De Parfum!  If you're new to the blog, or haven't heard of Scentbird before, check out the original post HERE.

Saturday Style: BCBG Darron Pump


Rainy days for me typically mean a relaxing day of online shopping and planning for future blog shoots.  Today proves to be no different considering how I visited many of my favorite online shops and filled my shopping carts with things that my credit card just will NOT allow me to buy, lol.

10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe: Steps 7 & 8


And we're back!  We're now in week  4 of my 5 part series, 10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe.  I'm ecstatic that you guys are still reading and following along and I really hope that these 10 steps will assist you in your wardrobe choices.  

10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe: Steps 5 & 6


Here we are, it's week 3 of my 5 part series and FREE eguide, 10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe, and I'm really enjoying sharing these tips with you guys and reading your emails and testimonials!  We're getting closer and closer to completing the series and this week I'm sharing tips around colors, patterns, and recycling.

10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe: Steps 3 & 4



Well here we are . . . . . week 2 of my 5 part series and FREE eGuide to help you tackle and master the 10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe.  In case you missed steps 1 and 2, I'd recommend that you catch up and begin HERE.

In my last blog post we covered the fundamentals: Style Standards and Shopping out of Season.  Now we'll build on those teachings and zero in on classic wardrobe items and shoe options!  Let's dive right in . . . .

10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe: Steps 1 & 2


Welcome to my first blog series!  Because I'm often asked about style, how to create signature looks, shopping on a budget, etc, I decided to develop a FREE eGuide to help you tackle and master what I consider to be 10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe.  In this first entry we'll cover steps 1 and 2, and each Wednesday, I'll release another 2 steps thru the series completion date of October 14th.

Fin de L'ete: End of Summer


The summer is coming to a close and it's bitter sweet for me.  While I enjoy the summer months for the purposes of vacationing and tourism (which I didn't get to do any of this summer), I look to fall with eager anticipation.

Kate Spade: Spring 2016 #LiveColorfully


"Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future . . . this is known as Fashion Week."  Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City  

Wine, Women, and Shoes


Ladies, grab your best cocktail dress, clutch purse, and statement heels and join a host of other stylish ladies for the 3rd annual Wine, Women, and Shoes here in Charlotte, NC!  

Perfectly Pleated


We've all had that Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City moment where you so beautifully turn around in slow motion, and in that very moment, the sun hits you at the perfect angle, you hair is free flowing, the wind hits your dress perfectly, and everything is beautiful and glamourous.  Well today is NOT that day, lol.  I have to be honest in saying those days rarely exist.  Either your makeup is on point and your hair won't do right, or your outfit looks amazing, but the complimenting shoes hurt your feet, so you grin and bear it, lol.  What does often times occur, is that an imperfect moment becomes a beautiful moment, and in that time and place all is perfect.

SCENTBIRD: Monthly Subscription


Over the weekend, I received an awesome package, courtesy of the staff at Scentbird!  For those of you that haven't heard of Scentbird before, allow me to introduce you to this amazing concept.  Imagine receiving a 30 day supply of your favorite fragrance packaged in a chic reusable case.

A Pop of Paisley


Happy Sunday!  I trust and hope that each of you had an amazing and stylish week!  Today's look such a fun look for me.  It's flirty, feminine, and free flowing.  I had such a fun time shooting this look in uptown Charlotte with my photographer, Glen, and my part time assistant/11 year old daughter who is responsible for most of the shots where I'm captured laughing, lol.

JUMPING JUMPSUIT


It's a beautiful, yet hot day here in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC) and I'm trusting and hoping that each of you are enjoying this great day!  If you recall, I scored  this amazing jumpsuit in my last Shopping with Elle post (read HERE) and today I thought I'd give it a spin.

SPOTTED IN THE CITY


Welp, it's the weekend . . . . for most full timers in the workplace, it's your 2.5 days to yourself, to lounge, relax, run errands, and do whatever you like, whenever you like.  For me, it's rarely any of those things.  It seems as if I have an event or function to attend every weekend, and this weekend proved to be no exception to that rule.

TBT: All White Dinner Party



It's that time again folks . . . . . the time when us stylish southerners come together for an evening of elegance and classic refinement, better known as the All White Dinner Party hosted by Rashon Carraway with myself acting as co-host.

SAVE THE DATE: 10.17.15


Please join me in a Tiffany's themed brunch to celebrate my 35th birthday on Saturday, October 17th in a PRIVATE LOCATION [Charlotte, NC] beginning at 1pm.  This year will be the first year that I formally celebrate my birthday during my adult life, and I'd love to have each of you attend and spend your day with me.

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY


Today, I'm sharing pics, styles, and trends in accordance with National Watermelon Day!  I wore this look for my birthday on last year and it's still one of my favorites! 

SUMMER SKIRTS: ALL UNDER $100


Flirty, feminine, and versatile . . . . . . . skirts! 

A must have, and staple to any functioning wardrobe is a great collection of skirts.  My personal preference is a high-waist pencil skirt.  They work wonders for your figure and really accentuate your curves.  I now have a skirt in virtually all colors and I love that I can mix and match them with tanks, tees, collared shirts, etc.  What are some of your favorite skirt options?

National Lipstick Day!



Sulty, sexy, full, and defined . . . . LIPS!  It's National Lipstick Day ladies and gentlemen so pucker up.

Black & Gold

I'm a little late with sharing my Sunday Style post, as I've been trying to get caught up with home life, work life, and all that comes along with it.  Nevertheless, below I've included a quick glimpse, and few shots of what I wore.

Enjoy!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Vogue Influencer Network



Today started out as a typical Monday . . . . the first day of the work week, returning calls, answering emails, etc.

Shopping with Elle: The Look For Less


My intentions were to enjoy the weekend school shopping for my daughter, Z'khiyah, a rising 6th grader and first year middle schooler.  And I did just that, but . . . . . . did you think I wouldn't get myself anything, lol.  Since most of the budget was allotted for my pumpkin (that's what I call her), I knew my items had to be very budget savvy and priced at next to nothing, as in $100 for everything!

Instagram Inspiration 07.22.15



Welp, we're on week 2 of my new series titled Instagram Inspiration, and guess what . . . . I'm still inspired, lol.  If you're new to this and missed last weeks post, check it out HERE.

RiRi by Rihanna


Rihanna just released a teaser for her new fragrance and the visual is absolutely breathtaking!  While no release date was given, the bad girl herself released this image to all of her social media accounts (Facebook - Twitter - Instagram) with captions of coming soon.

Kate Spade Giveaway!

I appreciate each of you for taking the time to visit and read my blog (www.ellevj.com). I met my personal goal for July 10 days early, and to celebrate I'm offering a giveaway!

Plan Ahead



Happy Sunday!

It's that time again, time to gear up for another work week, another week of style, another week of the balancing act.  For the last few weeks, I've been working diligently on creating a stronger brand with more consistent and relevant content.  Having said that, I had to develop a solid plan for getting my brand to the next level to include:

Mailbox Surprise . . . . . . Kate Spade

I'll be the first to admit that I'm notorious for checking my mailbox, sifting through the mail, and then leaving it in the box for 3-5 days before I actually take it out, lol.  Crazy, I know, but that's just me, lol.  Well this morning when I checked the mailbox (with the intentions of clearing it out) I stumbled upon a catalog mailer from Bed, Bath & Beyond and what do I see on the front cover . . . . . . . KATE SPADE!