FLOAT ON Marion Cotillard for Lady Dior

As an Art Director, I am head-over-barefoot-heels in love with this Fall/Winter 2014 ad campaign for Lady Dior starring French beauty Marion Cotillard. It’s graceful, effortless, beautiful and unique. She is amazing. What a great concept. I even love the making-of video version. Happy Monday! Photographed by  Jean-Baptiste Mondino via Fashion Gone Rogue

RECIPE Peachy Pork Picante

(…or chicken, steak or salmon.) In honor of all you fellow moms out there, I thought I’d post the easiest recipe in my arsenal for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking or think you have nothing to cook. Why not make our job a little easier sometimes, right? You make this once, I

THE MODERN GOWN Met Gala Picks

By now we all probably have our favorites from the Met Gala red carpet, and I’d love to hear yours! Although I thought so many women looked absolutely stunning (Blake & Gisele…hello!), I definitely gravitated toward the longer versions with contemporary silhouettes and a bit of a 1970′s Halston flair. Here are some of my

SPRING OUTFIT Florals & Fringe

Last weekend I had the enormous honor of being invited to attend the 2nd annual RewardStyle Conference in Dallas…but talk about wardrobe pressure! When you’re hobnobbing with icons like Aimee Song and Sincerely Jules, you kinda have to BRING IT. Thankfully I had tastemakers Gaby and Gabrielle as my partners-in-crime for the weekend, and we had

PUBLISHED! The New Adore Home Book

Hello! Since returning from the RewardStyle Conference in Dallas last weekend, I’ve been sick in bed with something awful. But this bit of news most certainly perked me up: the Adore Home magazine book is now available, and my daughter’s room is featured! I can’t wait to receive my copy and see it in print

BEHIND-THE-SCENES OC Family Photo Shoot

Yesterday I had a photo shoot for an upcoming issue of OC Family magazine, for their “Inspired Moms” feature! It was such a blast to collaborate with photographer Noel Besuzzi on the looks, angles and compositions. Here are a few behind-the-scenes peeks… Love this pic (snapped by my friend/assistant for the day) that captures our

OFFICE OBSESS Hillary Kerr’s Workspace

Spotted this space on Instagram last week, and immediately had to know who/what/where is this fabulous space? Turns out, it’s the newly redecorate office of Who What Wear’s Hillary Kerr. Not only does it incorporate large scale celebrity black & white photography and stacks galore of fashion books, it features two of my fave pillows,

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