Down By The River

10 Apr

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co

One of the many stops on our “Destination Dixie” adventure was the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. We arrived at our giant cabin, completely off GPS radar, at around 1am…and I swear to you, driving up the winding roads felt like a scene from a horror movie. Pitch black, nothing around…arriving to discover red paint stains on the driveway, which I obviously immediately assumed to be blood.

The house, the view, and nature surrounding was all breathtakingly beautiful. The dead ladybugs that covered the floor of our Air BNB, not so much. I have always thought of ladybugs to be a good luck charm, so clearly when I found them dying all around me, I assumed it to be some sort of haunted voodoo shit. After promptly googling, I found out this is normal for the Smoky Mountains around wintertime and was able to chillax a bit.

I think this, next to Nashville, may have been my favorite stop along our tour. Sometimes it takes quieting your mind, channeling that creative energy, removing distractions and working together to develop an inspiring campaign. We wandered all over, and shot these photos just before dusk. Thank goodness we threw that blanket in the trunk! #lifesaver

*head to toe: Zara hat, Mink Pink chambray shirt, romper from the Goodwill, Zara booties

Photos by Grant Legan

Destination Dixie

8 Apr

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Destination Dixie, road trip with Grant Legan, Olivia Lopez and Lincoln Motor Co

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”

-Lewis Carroll // Alice in Wonderland

I recently had the pleasure of going on my second road trip with two of my closest, most inspiring friends, Grant and Olivia. A whirlwind journey we called “Destination Dixie”. The first time around, back in November, we weaved our way up the West Coast, stopping off in Los Angeles, San Louis Obispo, Big Sur, San Francisco, Brookings, and Portland.

This time it went a little something like this…

Austin >> Houston >> Baton Rouge >> New Orleans >> Smoky Mountains >> Nashville

One of the many factors that set this trip apart from the first one was that, thanks to Lincoln, we got to travel in STYLE…test driving their seriously sweet (and fully loaded) MKZ. It was quite the treat! The features were honestly kind of ridiculous – there was many a moment where I felt like an astronaut operating a space shuttle. So much fun.

It’s experiences like these that I live for. That have made me realize I don’t need to follow any specific path, and that I am the type of person who thrives in a creative setting. Thrives by surrounding myself with interesting and talented people. It is that feeling of not knowing what each new day will bring that makes my blood pump. That picks me up when I am down, keeping me optimistic and hopeful even when it feels like everything is falling apart.

I have never been more confused as to what my “purpose” is, but I do know that I am stretching my imagination, embracing uncertainty, building incredible memories, and writing a real life story. I am living…and, although at times it feels like a never-ending roller coaster, when it comes down to it, every single second and experience has been well worth it. So much laughter, so many tears, and conversations so meaningful you never want them to end.

Thanks to Lincoln, Grant, Olivia, Duncan, Maury…but most of all, thanks to my lucky stars. <3

*photography by Grant Legan

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Sunkissed

7 Apr

New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Gauzy white dress, strappy sandals, California sunshine
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Gauzy white dress, strappy sandals, California sunshine
New York City Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel blog: Gauzy white dress, strappy sandals, California sunshine

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -Roald Dahl

Not much to say right now aside from the fact that I have dealt with a struggle or two the past few days. I am using sunshine, family and close friends as my medicine. I couldn’t dream of a better remedy. Thank you to the people who have stood by me through the ups and downs, you are my world. <3

*head to toe: dress by Jen’s Pirate Booty, BCBGeneration sandals

Photos by David Weinholdt

Backdrop

5 Apr

New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Backless dress, striped maxi dress
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Backless dress, striped maxi dress
New York City Fashion, Personal Style, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Backless dress, striped maxi dress

Been in LA for a couple of weeks now and I am taking advantage of every opportunity to soak up the California sunshine. It really is like therapy. I am one of the few weirdos who absolutely loves driving and doesn’t mind wasting time in traffic jams. I just blast music with the windows down and embrace the empty time, contemplating life. Needless to say I have done a lot of contemplation as of late. And, thus far, I am enjoying every minute of it.

*head to toe: just a Flynn Skye dress

Photos by Nathen McVittie

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Easy Does It

1 Apr

New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Pink hair, felt hat, plain white tee, distressed denim, strappy pumps
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Pink hair, felt hat, plain white tee, distressed denim, strappy pumps
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Pink hair, felt hat, plain white tee, distressed denim, strappy pumps
New York City Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle Blog: Pink hair, felt hat, plain white tee, distressed denim, strappy pumps

Typical Laura Alina Ellner uniform = solid hat, basic tee, and an awesome pair of jeans. Shot these photos in West Hollywood while wandering this city that I am quickly warming back up to. Perhaps it is the “Polar Vortex” that has given me icy feelings towards Manhattan, but the springtime sunshine here has been seriously therapeutic.

Currently feeling lucky to have had the freedom to be constantly on the move…meeting inspiring people, experiencing new places. Absorbing every moment of this journey I am on, even though I am not quite sure where it may lead.

I am working to take who and where I am right now and capture the moment.

To create permanent and meaningful memories as I continue to spiral about and change direction.

Making an effort to remember every breath of it. Not because it always feels good, but because it is a part of the process. The good, the bad, the ugly…it is all a part of the process. Who I am, who I want to be…who I know I can be.

Life is terrible and beautiful. Mostly beautiful.

I am looking to experience everything I possibly can, because I know the clock is ticking. And every single second has meaning.

*head to toe: Rag & Bone hat , Truly Madly Deeply basic tee, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Beau + Ashe shoes

Brighten Up

30 Mar

New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Pink hair, white bustier top, white boyfriend denim, silver strappy sandals
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Pink hair, white bustier top, white boyfriend denim, silver strappy sandals
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Pink hair, white bustier top, white boyfriend denim, silver strappy sandals
New York City Fashion and Personal Style Blog: Pink hair, white bustier top, white boyfriend denim, silver strappy sandals

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” -Marilyn Monroe

For me, there is nothing quite as invigorating as an act of total spontaneity. Spent the past few days in LA with my bestie, Liz, and we decided to dye our hair pink on a whim! Because…why not?

Change is good.

*head to toe: highlighter hair c/o Liz, Free People bralette, A Gold E jeans, 3.1 Phillip Lim shoes

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I Want To Ride My Bicycle

28 Mar

New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Velour hat, floral sundress, strappy sandals, fresh cut flowers, beach cruiser bike
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Velour hat, floral sundress, strappy sandals, fresh cut flowers, beach cruiser bike
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Velour hat, floral sundress, strappy sandals, fresh cut flowers, beach cruiser bike
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Velour hat, floral sundress, strappy sandals, fresh cut flowers, beach cruiser bike
New York City Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Velour hat, floral sundress, strappy sandals, fresh cut flowers, beach cruiser bike

After ten days on the road (Austin > Baton Rouge > New Orleans > Smoky Mountains > Nashville), it is nice to be “home” in LA. Nothing like a little downtime with friends and family before I head back to reality in New York City early next month!

I am so grateful for the freedom that has come with my new professional endeavors. Being able to wander the country, experience new things, spend time in the town where I grew up, and just live is completely invaluable.

Spent the day with my bestie Liz, enjoying the sunshine, drinking mimosas and riding around town. I know it is days like today that I will look back on and remember always.

I may be confused as hell and feel lost at times, but I can say without a doubt that these past few months of travel and self-discovery have been so pivotal. I take my responsibilities very seriously (sometimes to a fault), but if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that sometimes you just need to put the bullshit aside, let your hair down and just  live.

*head to toe: vintage hat, Zara dress, Sigerson Morrison sandals, C. Wonder / Clos du Bois city bike