Summer is finally here and I have been bitten by the bug. The bucket bag bug that is. It's a great bag for summer activities. The bucket bag has structure but not too much. When the day calls for a bag that is not oversized but needs to hang seamlessly over your shoulder, the bucket bag is a must have. It's clean lines make it a classic, which means it will be around for a while. Looking for places to wear this staple? Festivals, museums, brunch, outdoor dinner or late night dates are perfect experiences. Enjoy and Live Completely!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
How exciting! We are so pleased to be featured on the 52 Thursdays Blog. Sarah and Michelle are wonderful and the creative minds behind the blog. I love that they are DC metropolitan area and just adore their style.
Although I am an extreme extrovert, I can be very shy when it comes to the brand. However, I must say it was seamless and the questions were great. I hope you can check out their blog and read the interview about my childhood dreams and my thoughts on building Linell Ellis.