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SNEAK PEEK!

I’m thrilled to officially announce that erikabrechtel.com will launch tomorrow, 4.1.14! 

I’ve been working away at it, with the goal of bringing you as much content as I can to help you “style your business, your home, yourself, your life.” I’ll be focusing on areas such as branding tips, home decor inspiration, fashion trends, beauty, fitness, entertaining, recipes, travel and art…to name a few!

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A BRAND STORY
Part II: The Tipping Point

And then I decided to decorate my house… 

Last week I shared how I got my start 11+ years ago, so today I thought I’d continue that story with what seemed to be a tipping point for me, because it has not been simply smooth sailing! That said, I do think it’s true that when faced with adversity, you have to adjust, evolve, refocus and keep moving forward (because, really, what other option do you have?)…

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ART IN 5
James Turrell

 

Akhob 2013, Louis Vuitton, Las Vegas

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for another installment of my new column “Art in 5″ on La Dolce Vita, and today I’m highlighting one of my favorite installation artists, James Turrell. He is the focus of a retrospective on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and I cannot wait to go. His work with color, light, and spatial illusions is an experience you should take full advantage of if you can! Until then, read up on James Turrell over on La Dolce Vita today, or catch up on the last three installments…

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BAR CART STYLIN’
with Society Social

Today I’m so excited to be a “Real Society Social” girl with one of my besties! You may remember just recently I shared photos of her dining room and kitchen that I helped to remodel for her. Well, we had more even fun together about a month ago when we got to pose for a photo shoot with her HOT python Draper bar table from Society Social. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to see my friend sparkle and smile like she deserves! And what a blast for me to be able to style the whole shoot. Here are few snaps, but check out the full post on the Society Social blog today!

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A BRAND STORY
Part I: How I Got My Start

Ponte Family Estate

It all started more than ten years ago with a green barn (and yes, that barn is still green!)…

Back in that same year, I got engaged and then got laid off (talk about a major high and a major low!). My fiancé got into grad school and suddenly we were getting married and moving to New York – young, optimistic, with big dreams about life in the big city. But after hitting the pavement hard and going to one interview after another for unfulfilling, soul-crushing jobs, I was definitely starting to feel the reality check hitting hard too. I began to ask myself and this big city (fist in the air!), where were all the big opportunities? And then it dawned on me: the opportunity I had been looking for was already right in front of me…

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ARTFUL SPACE
sketch42′s Black & White Living Room

If you haven’t feasted your eyes yet on Nicole Cohen of sketch42‘s living room redo, you are in for a treat! I’m a HUGE fan of Nicole’s art, design, and sense of style, and was actually lucky enough to have met her in New York a few years ago. She is a real, genuine woman and mother, and a creative type that I admire and adore. No surprise then that when her redecorated living room space was revealed last week, it took my breath away. Nicole just knows how to bring together a family-friendly softness with an edgy, artsy chicness like no other…

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SPRING TREND TO TRY
The Graphic Print Dress

I’ve got a photo shoot next week at a “very L.A.” hotel, and have been looking for a graphic print dress to complete the look. Enter Clover Canyon‘s Spring 2014 collection. Inspired by the architecture and landscape of Southern California, the pieces celebrate mid-century modernists like Lautner and Eames, as well as contemporists like Frank Gehry and James Turrell. Seeing how the graphic print dress is definitely an “in” for spring, I thought I’d give the trend a try…

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SUPERMODEL HOME
Karlie Kloss’ NYC Townhome

Nate Berkus is everywhere…and I don’t mind. Absolutely love what his team created for fashion model Karlie Kloss and her new West Village townhome — it’s sophisticated, fun, and cheery all in one, just as I assume she would be. If you look closely, you’ll see they integrated pops of color and pattern on top of a neutral foundation of black, white, tan and gold = perfect for future evolution as she evolves herself…

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SPRING READY
Closet Refresh

It could be the time change — or the fact that we had 80F weather here this weekend — but my brain has suddenly bloomed into spring mode. Here are some of the pieces I’ve got my eye on that will certainly give my closet a much-needed refresh for the season…

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GIVEAWAY!
Fashion Illustration by Anum Tariq

Happy TGIF! I’m so honored to offer a giveaway for a fashion illustration by up-and-coming talent Anum Tariq! She graciously offered me a print to add to my own gallery wall, and I’d love to give you one of your very own! You could win one of these beauts…

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