Suede! The New Feel of Fall

Fall is approaching! We think of burnt orange hues, harvested apples, warm ciders, pumpkin spices, knee boots with a kitty-kat heel… and we think Suede! Who doesn't love that beautiful flesh side of leather that has been rubbed down to create that tough yet gentle feel. It is just as autumn can be, tough in temperature yet gentle in breeze. 

 

We here at Linell Ellis are very happy to be able to bring to you our new Fall 2017 collection which features suede wristlets as well as suede fringe bucket bags. We couldn't be more excited to give our Linell Ellis ladies an option to rock out with the fringe and add a little spunk to your day or night!

 

The suede bags are sure to be a hit this fall and even into the winter! With the cool color choices and the ever-lasting Linell Ellis durability and quality, no one can go wrong with the suede! Be sure to shop with us soon! Happy Autumn and Feel Fabulous this Fall!

Fall into Museums this Autumn

As we welcome Autumn onto our doorstep and say good-bye to summer, it is also time to switch bags for the seasons! Put away those summer clutches and totes and follow our leading lady, the Joyce Bucket Bag. Whether it be happy hours, cocktails by the fire-pit, strolls in the pumpkin patch, weekend matinees, whatever your preference, we know it is always essential to have the right bag. Here at Linell Ellis, this fall we have decided to pack our Buckets with our needed goodies and head out into town to check out a few museums. 

 

There is nothing mundane about a sweet history lesson or a burst of art. It’s worth your time to add to your “bucket” list for the season. With all the cool things to partake in, there is something for everyone. From the guided tours, the free seminars and classes, the cafes, gift shops, the story times for families and/or the personal self-guided tours, the museum is sure to hold your interest.

 

Our Linell Ellis woman is going to tell her girlfriends to meet her perhaps on Constitution Ave. at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, in Washington D.C., to view “A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond”, one of the many exhibitions. This particular display “explores contemporary black life through stories about the social, economic, political, and cultural experiences of African Americans. From the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the second election of Barack Obama, the coverage is broad. Large scale graphics and original artifacts lead visitors from the Black Arts Movement to Hip Hop, the Black Panthers to “Yes We Can," and Black is Beautiful to #BlackLivesMatter.” Our lady will be outfitted with her Joyce Bucket Bag in Brown, a pair of her favorite jeans and a off-the-shoulder bone colored jersey knit sweater. She meets her friends, they take the tour, snap pictures and stop at the gift shop on their way out for a few souvenirs before they head to lunch in Georgetown. Conveniently the Bucket Bag, holds not only their wallet, phone, tour maps and random goodies, but also those souvenirs! Score!

photo:odessey blog

photo:odessey blog

 

The versatility of our bag, makes it easy to throw over the shoulder and enjoy family time too. With the National Museum of African-American History and Culture having just celebrated their 1st anniversary, there is something for everyone, even the kids. Be sure to stick a few fruit snacks in your bag to satisfy those cravings that come in between the family workshops or after browsing the Sports or Musical Crossroads Exhibitions. 

 

Even when going to a totally kid-oriented museum such as the National Building Museum on F Street in Washington DC, there is a bag for every situation. Feel free to carry our Linell Ellis Candi Satchel or the Laverne Backpack in any color. Both bags are spacious and roomy for all things kid while out and about at the museum. Enjoy the “Little Builders Storytime" great for kiddies 6 and under or take the entire family to the “Big Build” event. 

 

Use this Fall to scurry into your favorite museum or try something new. Be sure to sling our signature Joyce Bucket Bag over your shoulder to make it an all-encompassing experience.

Who Says You Have to Stop Wearing White Now?

Since we're all about living completely, we are firm believers in doing what makes you happy. When Labor Day comes and goes, most likely there are still more than a few nice weather days remaining.  So why not take advantage and add complimenting white pieces into your wardrobe?! Here are a few suggestions.

Christine Centenera, Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia via pinterest

Christine Centenera, Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia via pinterest

Off White Fall Cape is perfect for casual and not so casual days

Off White Fall Cape is perfect for casual and not so casual days

White accessories top off any outfit and help you transition into the next season with style!

White accessories top off any outfit and help you transition into the next season with style!

Enjoy the remaining days of warm weather and add a piece to your outfit that will remind you of the fun summer you've had! Go ahead… don't be scared...

Live Completely,

A Child's Love - Mother's Day

Mothers Day is a time to appreciate those special women in your life who not only gave birth to you, but also those who fill that organic mothering role as well. From Mothers, Aunts, Sisters, Nieces, Cousins, Teachers, Best Friends and Neighbors, we all know a special person who fills the Mom role. We always feel a special kind of way when we think about our moms. We dig deep into the collective and pull up the memories that make us think about who we are today. We exude and exemplify the great qualities that we have taken from them, without pause.

My mother is beyond the best! I often say if I could be half of what she has been to me and our family, I will be WINNING!  My mother was the inspiration I had to want to play in makeup and dress up. When it came time to start Linell Ellis, she was one of my biggest fan! 

Each of our bags is named after a women in my family.  I thought of how unique each of these incredible women are to not only me but others in my family. It was important that I included our legacy and womanhood into my work. Now, being a mother myself of two wonderful sons, I am able to take those characteristics and use them to raise amazing men. 

This Mother’s Day spend quality time with the woman who nurtures your soul. Gather with those women who have given you their everything. Treat them to a handbag that exemplifies all those qualities that you admire. Our Linell Ellis Bags are timeless, classic and chic... sound familiar!?! Just like Mom. 

Live Completely 

Linell

 

 

Strawberry Season is Quickly Approaching

I love summer! Everything about summer! The sun and warm weather make me happy. I look forward to longer days and more sunlight.  I have been receiving deliveries from  From the Farmer DC for almost 3 years.  I absolutely love them. Fresh locally grown food delivered directly to my door every week.  This week the sweetest strawberries were in the bag.  When I opened the bag, the aroma just hit my nose.  I smiled and took a few deep breathes.  I knew exactly what was inside. They were a bright, deep red and totally delicious. 

photo credit: from the farmer dc

When I think about what makes me happy, I focus on things that create long lasting memories. I try to etch the moment into my mind and heart forever. I am always on a quest to experience new things. Is there something about summer that you love? Is there an experience you look forward to?  Let me know, I'd love to add a new experience to my list.

Live Completely,

Linell

 

Something About Her - Tatyana and the Theresa Tote

When we first came across Tatyana’s Instagram page, we had a sneaky suspicion she would be a great blogger to work with from the UK. Once we visited her blog, “Lafotka” www.lafotka.com, formerly “Secret Little Stars”, we knew for sure we had to reach out and see if we could collaborate with this amazing lady!

Tatyana hails from Scotland, where you can find so much hidden culture inside and outside of Glasgow and what serves as amazing backdrops for the sensational photos she takes. Venturing into blogging two and half years ago and with her background being in marketing, Tayana started with Secret Little Stars, which was just rebranded to “Lafotka” because of her endless love for clothes, shoes and handbags. “I also needed an outlet for my creativity where I could really feel free to experiment with my own. And it’s still to evolve and grow as I grow - an ongoing personal project.” With her own daughter being her true motivation, Tatyana hopes to inspire other moms and moms-to-be. She says, “I hope to inspire any girl really to remain stylish - it’s about feeling good about yourself on all levels for me and I hope that comes through in my blog.”

You can get a sense of her personal style from chic “Lafotka” where she shares her take on fashion, health, quotes that inspire her as well as “Must Shares”. Her personal style as she says is, “boyfriend jeans with heels! I definitely love masculine sharp shapes but with a feminine touch.” You should see the way she paired our Theresa Tote in Black with her shredded ripped boyfriend jeans, long sleeved-stripped top, tasseled beige scarf and a long chunky coatigan. We faint! It is the PERFECT outfit to state masculinity meets the female body. And the heels SET. IT. OFF. Please head over to www.lafotka.com and check it out. She did justice to the Tote, adding spring flowers to the photos to really make the bag pop. 

Speaking of handbags, the Theresa Tote in Black has become one of her favorites. We quote her blog, “This Theresa leather tote is my first ever proper tote. Crazy, right? I’ve always wanted a leather tote and there’s so much choice out there from well-known, yet affordable labels like Michael Kors, Radley’s, Ted Baker and many many more, but I wanted something different, something more luxurious and special…” Constantly smelling the real leather Linell Ellis Theresa Tote as she carries this bag, Tatyana is able to fit all her essentials in it as well, such as her laptop, camera, an extra pair of flip-flops and emergency backup items for her daughter. “It makes such a difference to wear a stylish tote of great quality, making every day errands so much more enjoyable.”

We agree with Tatyana when she says size does matter in a handbag. Her advice when choosing one is, “always imagine yourself wearing it with as many of your typical looks and colour schemes as possible. If you’re wearing a super casual outfit with sneakers - a nice structured tote or a leather clutch can always glam up your outfit. Go for bold colours and shapes that complement your complexion on any day, even if it’s a dull and rainy one.” We promise you won’t be disappointed visiting “Lafotka” and gaining some fashion tips.

Not only is she a wonderful Mum and a terrific blogger, but some may be surprised to know Tatyana used to be the lead singer of her band and was almost signed to Universal Records! There is no doubt her in-the-know, witty fashion sense paired well with that too. We are so thrilled to have collaborated with her and she even hosted a give-away for us, where one lucky winner won our Theresa Tote in Black… was it you?!? “Being able to inspire others with my outfits, stories, work with amazing brands like Linell Ellis, treat my readers to giveaways and meet new people who have the same passion as me,” is what satisfies Tatyana the most about her blog. We leave you with her favorite quote, “Thoughts become things, so choose to think good thoughts.” Think about it; pun intended.

 

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12 Days of Giving - Linell Ellis X 365 Hangers

It's my favorite holiday of the year. This is when the world seems right.  More love, more smiles, and more giving.  This year we have teamed up with 365 Hangers, Jenna Colgrove and 12 other amazing brands to giveaway some pretty awesome stuff.  I love giving and I love awesome stuff.

Make sure you follow along and enter to win.  #behappy #livecompletely

Live Completely,

Linell

Fall Colors Come Alive

Now that Fall is upon us, we can enjoy the beautiful colors that surround us.  All senses should be enjoying the change. Here is some color inspiration for fall.  Enjoy!

Fall Colors - deep earth tones and vibrant texture

Fall Colors - deep earth tones and vibrant texture

Fall Floral - Florence Envelope Clutch

Fall Floral - Florence Envelope Clutch


Clothes and Quotes - A Conversation With Shannon

Shannon Rice is a very tenacious lady with steadfast fashion feelings as well as an honest air. If that sounds a certain way, it is meant to. Shannon gives the vibe that she is very present and in tune with what she knows to be true and real. We love it. We love her. Please do not miss her great fashion reviews and style tips, check out her blog Clothes & Quotes. (www.clothesandquotes.com)

Being motivated by her future, Shannon has always had an idea of what she wanted the future to look like and she knows a sure fire way to get what she wants is by working for it.  Her blog is her innovative outlet that lets her shape her ideas and futuristic plans. She started blogging in 2012 and fully committed to her personal blog, Clothes & Quotes, by 2013. I was just finishing up college and working in an office, a 9 to 5 type job, I was kind of bored. I was in dire need of a creative outlet. I wanted somewhere I could share my passions and inspirations and I was constantly looking at fashion blogs. I was so inspired by these girls who were just putting themselves out there and doing what they wanted without any hesitation. Eventually I decided that starting a blog was exactly the outlet I needed,dishes Shannon. The confidence she has gained through blogging has sent Shannon reaching for the stars. 

If you browse her site and read her posts, you immediately get a feel for a true, blue honest review that actually makes you feel good about the potential product of purchase. As for her personal style, Shannon is a jeans and tee shirt type of girl, but she always likes to pair them with a good pair of heels. She says, Of course I love dressing up, but my style is definitely more on the casual side.When asked what her three favorite go-to styles are currently, she mentioned, My leather jacket is always at the top of my list. I don't get to wear it much in Phoenix, but I reach for it every chance I get. My nude ankle strap heels, which I should get rid of because I wear them with pretty much everything. They have become a bit of a crutch. And a chambray top. I have about four at this point and again, it's a piece I constantly reach for. I love dressing the casual top up, it's creates such a great juxtaposition.

Her advice on handbags is, in sync with our thoughts, that you can never have too many!! “When it comes to any every day bag, I think it's always worth spending the extra money. I have "everyday" bags that I've had for years and have held up wonderfully. It’s definitely worth the splurge!” Shannon had the opportunity to carry our Nikki Clutch in Ratan to Hawaii a few weeks ago and it happens to be her favorite Linell Ellis Bag. She gushes, “My favorite Linell Ellis Handbag is the one I got to style on Clothes & Quotes, the Nikki Clutch Ratan. It looked gorgeous online, but when I received it, it exceeded my expectations. I love that it can be dressed up or down...It would look just as good with a dress as it would with a pair of jeans and a basic t-shirt.” Thanks Shannon, way to make us smile.

We hope you enjoy her blog as much as we do, and we love her pics of our Nikki Clutch in Hawaii. We leave you with a few fun facts about Shannon… She lives currently by the quote “Trust the timing of your Life”. She elaborates, “It's easy to get discouraged when you aren't where you think you should be or where you thought you would be at any given time in your life, but I have full faith that if I know what I want and if I am willing to work for it, it will eventually come. Where I am right now is exactly where I should be!” Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Shannon enjoys bikes rides, the many new (non-chain) restaurants that pop up and of course that gorgeous fall/winter desert weather (ideal for fashion!). Lastly, she has six tattoos, five of which she kind of wants to get rid of, but hey, trust the timing of your life. It takes you where you are supposed to be. 

 

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Style By Alina - Summer Floral

Effortless…. The one word we would use to describe the persona of Alina Dinh. Creator of www.stylebyalina.com, Alina blogs effortlessly about.. of course fashion, beauty and just all things that incorporate style. And believe us she has tons of it.

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When you visit Alina’s blog you immediately get a warm feeling and as you flip through her pics and read her words, you immediately feel like she is your best friend. That friend who will help you get through that date night prep or the friend that will say yay or nay to your latest handbag and/or accessory.

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She began blogging a little over two years ago and people would be surprised to find out that prior to www.stylebyalina, Alina had no blogging experience. She used to work in the tech world until one evening she was frantically searching for an outfit and her husband joked that she should do a sort of visual catalog of her wardrobe… and thus the blog was born. Alina says, “It started because I wanted to create a visual record of my outfits. That way when I needed to find something to wear, I could easily search and find inspiration from within my closet!”

Her site is not limited to just fashion, but beauty tips as well as cute home decor ideas. You should see how she designed her nursery. The quality of her fabric choices and color schematics are exactly what a Linell Ellis woman embodies. We were so excited to see her carry one of our bags. Check out how she rocked the Nikki Clutch Floral with a simple blazer.  How she paired it, speaks to her personal style, which she says “constantly evolves, but generally speaking, I like anything that is pretty and feminine.” She also dished, “Linell Ellis handbags are so beautiful and embody timeless elegance which I love.”  

 

With Alina’s biggest motivation being her 3 month old son, he is her inspiration in everything she does. He is the spark behind her posts, which she updates often and we urge you to check it out. You will see how she pairs any of her current go to favs, which are (in no particular order), her “sleeveless blazer, distressed jeans and nudist heels.”  Stay tuned because we sure will. I promise you won’t be disappointed! 

Live Completely!