RECIPE Cherry Lemon White Chocolate Scones

For those celebrating Easter this weekend, I wanted to share an easy, delish recipe to add to your brunch menu. The original recipe calls for dried cranberries, but I prefer the tartness of cherries to balance the sweetness of the white chocolate. Always a hit, and slightly addicting (especially with coffee). Enjoy! CHERRY LEMON WHITE

5 SPRING PICKS 25% off

  Rebuild your spring wardrobe with these five basics, 25% off sitewide on Shopbop, today only with code INTHEFAMLY14! Sundry ‘Destinations’ tee / BB Dakota ‘Margo’ jacket / McQ by Alexander McQueen pocket case / Siwy ‘Hannah’ distressed jeans / Schutz ‘Eirininn’ cutout sandals Have fun shopping!

KATE MOSS for Topshop Spring 2014 Sneak Peek

A little rocker chic here, flowy boho there, 70′s glam everywhere… The 40-year old model/mom/entrepreneur/designer is still flying high with a new collection for Topshop, debuting April 30th. Vogue UK revealed these sneak peeks… Really hoping these boots are part of the collection! Photos by Nick Knight via Vogue UK

WEEKEND PROJECT Kid’s D.I.Y. Abstract Art

Happy Friday! This week I stumbled upon this painting my daughter did about a year ago, and fondly remembered how it was a random Sunday afternoon that we went to our local crafts store, picked up a few canvases, acrylic paint tubes and brushes, and had some fun. Young kids don’t have that internal doubt

DESIGNER CRUSH Maria Llado

Spanish designer María Lladó is well-versed in the art of the eclectic mix. Shiny mid-century modern pieces sit so comfortably next to weathered antiques and large-scale edgy art, it’s as if they’ve always belonged to one another. An honorary ambassador for the ’5 Pieces to a Great Room’ rule, Lladó selects iconic pieces and pulls them together

PROJECT LAUNCH Gray Malin

Break out the bubbly: this week client Gray Malin relaunched his much anticipated shop & lifestyle site, featuring his gorgeous namesake travel photography, as well as ceramics, pillows and surfboards, oh my! I cannot express how much of an honor it was for me to have the opportunity to work with Gray on his total rebrand,

RECIPE Orzo Salad with Dried Apricots, Pistachios & Ginger

Hope you had a great weekend! I had a few gals over for Sunday brunch, and made this always-a-fave dish — a recipe from Aux Délices in Greenwich, CT that I originally found in a 2005 Bon Appetit. ORZO SALAD WITH DRIED APRICOTS, PISTACHIOS AND GINGER 8-10 servings 4 oz. fresh ginger, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

FESTIVAL CHIC Ále by Alessandra

Dreamcatcher silk maxi dress Just in time for the Coachella craze, Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio has premiered her first collection at Planet Blue. Choc full of jumpsuits, maxi dresses, silk tops and tunics, ále by alessandra hits all the right notes. Bohemian chic that will no doubt make any festival fan stand out in a crowd…

THE COLLECTEUR Carmen Busquets in Paris

“The people who have vision are the ones who make it.” – Carmen Busquets One of my favorite downtime activities is to multitask on my spin bike and read up on inspiring, leading ladies in business, design, art and style. One recently spotted: international fashion online entrepreneur Carmen Busquets. She believes in investing in the

Welcome to ErikaBrechtel.com!

I’m absolutely thrilled to have you here! As a brand stylist, I’ve come to realize that there are soooo many ways to incorporate your brand style than just in business. Therefore, I wanted to create a new website where I could provide content in four main ares: styling your business, your home, yourself, your life.

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,

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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…

NEON SIGN TYPE & the Queen, Tracey Emin

EM Design Interiors I’ve always had a soft spot for a little creative neon sign typography, so it’s no wonder that I’m still kicking myself that I did not make it to Tracey Emin’s first U.S. show at MOCA North Miami during Art Basel…ugh! You may recognize Emin’s work as the neon handwritten type signs…they’re

5TH BIRTHDAY Afternoon Sweets Party

Today I get to share a few snaps from my daughter’s birthday party this past weekend! She had so much fun at the party, and of course I had a blast putting the party scheme together in pink, navy and red floral, gingham, stripes and polka dot patterns. Using an “Afternoon Sweets” theme, I enlisted

5TH BIRTHDAY Party Scheme

Happy Friday! I’m throwing my little girl a birthday party on Sunday afternoon, so I’d thought I’d share sneak peek at the scheme I’ve put together for it in navy, pink and red! Since her only requests were a bounce house and a chocolate cake (for herself…LOL!), I decided to go with an “afternoon sweets/cookies

PROFILED on The Everygirl!

In case you missed it, yesterday I had the amazing honor of being profiled on The Everygirl! They did a tremendous job with the feature and I could not be more pleased. Head over there to read how I got my start, how I juggle mom/work/social/volunteer duties, and how I try to push myself forward. The