adios 2013

I’m excited to kiss this year goodbye, it’s been an eventful, amazing, difficult, exhausting and huge year for me. I look forward to taking everything I learned in 2013 and applying it to the approaching year, I look forward to the adventures that will come my way…
I’ve picked out a handful of rad party dresses for the shop and they are on sale now! Click the photo to visit the shop!!
xoxo Elza


adios 2013





Something bout Decembers just make me want to escape to somewhere sunny like a white washed clay rooftop in Marrakech where it smells like honey and skunky hash, cinnamon and goat milk and we would wear curly toed leather slippers with bells and embroidery and silk robes that float in the desert air and the stars would twinkle all night.

But Vegas will have to do ;)

Our Friends are Talented, Styled Like....

Its a California winter!

A few weeks ago we ( Jamie and Gloria of Ax+Apple, an amazing jewelry line, Alexis Allan, a super cute babe and a poodle named Chicken) got together to shoot a  look-book for the holidays.. TONS of pastries from Bottega Louie, lots of sparkle and balloons but most of all, a rad day with my favorite girls…

The shoot is live TODAY!










Go check out the collection at the Ax+Apple website now and get 15% off any purchase if you use the code “Merry_merry” at checkout!

art, Inspiration, Yearning for

A Mind of Beauty

Every once in a while I remember that I’m absolutely mad about botanical prints (I have a box that contains hundreds of postcards that are all botanical/ instructional posters and I haven’t sent any out…) and today while thinking about what to do to the bathroom (it needs art. All bathrooms do, we spend so much time in them).

While looking around on Etsy for an art printing company that may have what I was looking for, (I found two! hurray!) I just tossed myself down a huge Ernst Haeckel Rabbit Hole, more specifically, his JELLYFISH.







First, these are SO stunning, the fact that these are just floating around doing a transparent ballet in the ocean is baffling, their composition is exquisite.

Second, Haeckel is such an interesting person, accomplishing more in one lifetime than I can imagine in two…

“Biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including antropogenyecology, phylum,phylogeny, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista. Haeckel promoted and popularized Darwin’s work in Germany and developed the controversial recapitulation theory(“ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”) claiming that an individual organism’s biological development, or ontogeny, parallels and summarizes its species’ evolutionary development, or phylogeny.”

Thanks, wiki. 

Beyond the gift of research, the man also had a beautiful sense of design, I think his life accomplishments are a gift to the world.


Also, he (on the right) and his assistant, Nikolai Niklouho Maklai are look like babes that ran out of a Wes Anderson film.

everyday like, Inspiration

It doesn’t have to be an act.

Watching the rain fall from the kitchen window, pointing my toes at the little white Welbilt oven that we use to keep the house toasty, and it’s early-ish this saturday morning, I feel like the only one that’s awake (I know I’m not, but from up here it just looks so quiet and sleepy). All the houses look like little tree forts with voluminous curtains and twinkling christmas lights.

I’ve been busy. Busy working, busy learning. Busy falling in love with life again (you know, sometimes we forget how rad everything is and we spend too much time kicking rocks and sniffling because of really dumb things) and especially busy making my life the one that I dream of living. I think that’s an important thing to think about while contemplating change; Do what you need to make your life inspirational to you.

I think it’s too easy to watch the world go by from behind a window or a screen. To intimidate yourself from accomplishments because you might fear mistakes. To venerate people and lifestyles that seem effortlessly perfect and almost, unfairly just given to someone else. The thing is, few people showcase their mistakes.

When you see photos of someone’s picture perfect life with their always smiling baby, gorgeous floor-length all lace dresses and pink sunsets and cabbage roses, it’s not a LIE, but be assured that there’s days that are also wretched and stressful and snotty, but no ones going to proudly capture that moment and show it to the world. Why would you want to? Do people need a reminder that life can be difficult for everyone, that every single person out there in incredibly vulnerable, whether or not they show you that?


photo unknown

Appreciate beauty in the world around you, appreciate beauty in the world you observe, but most of all appreciate beauty in your everyday, and if you feel like you don’t have enough, MAKE it.



A note I keep, always


Every man

when he gets quiet

when he becomes desperately honest with himself

is capable of uttering profound truths.

We all derive from the same source.

There is no mystery about the origin of things.

We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians, 

we only have to open up, only to discover

what is already there


tiny news


I’m going to get my vintage army jacket with my granny in law’s fox fur collar stitched on the collar, my cabbage rose giant cardigan coat, a huge box of framed art that I ended up with after a long day at work and a compulsive Society6 habit (oops, there are worse things than supporting indie artists though..) and all the records, ALL THE BOOKS, the china and tea cups, the silly elephant tea pot that always makes the perfect Earl Grey… I’m going to see my friends, make art with my friends and dance with them and eat way too much and most likely drink way too much..

Till then, here’s a sneak peek at some of the work I’ve been doing!






This is from a recent mini adventure in Brentwood’s canyons with Michele Lobosco, shooting with these dolls from Vision, Morgan and Kendell.

There’s another shoot in a cute Santa Monica library that I styled for Matt Borkowski, but I can’t post them until a certain magazine publishes them ;)