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

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Boutique Opening Event

I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that I have not had the chance to share this fantastic event I recently attended! You may remember I had the unique experience of attending a private gallery tour and dinner at the Bowers Museum to view the A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels

NURSERY THEMES Styling for Million Dollar Baby

“Manor” themed room for Million Dollar Baby Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a recent 2-day photo shoot I got to work on for client Million Dollar Baby (the company behind Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe’s cribs) who asked me to style nine different baby furniture sets — think, you get to “design” nine completely

ART IN 5 Julius Shulman

For my third “Art in 5″ installment on La Dolce Vita, I’m showcasing famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman. I had the amazing opportunity to visit with him at his home in Hollywood Hills a few years before his death, and it was an afternoon I’ll never forget. One of my favorite parts of the day

BLACK + WHITE Kitchen + Breakfast Nook

Yesterday I posted a few dining room photos from my friend’s home that I’ve been helping to remodel (remember the “Neutral Texture” board from last year?). We pretty much stripped the place of its old honey-colored wood, cottage cheese ceilings and ivory tiling (ick), replacing it all with dark espresso floors, black trim and doors,

DINNER PARTY TABLE Black, White, Pink & Gold

Happy Monday! Back to work for me, but I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day celebrations! As I mentioned Friday, I got to dress up a friend’s table for a couples’ dinner party. I went with my usual black/white/gold theme and added in a touch of pale pink. A simple gold confetti “runner” and Kelly

SWEET ENDINGS Valentine’s Day Fondue

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you’re doing something fun today, with fun people! A friend of mine is hosting a dinner party, and I’m in charge of table decor and dessert. For the latter, I thought I’d make two chocolate fondue recipes and bring lots of yummy dippers (I definitely want to try bacon!)…

CRAZY. SEXY. COOL. Rosie HW on The Coveteur

I haven’t had the pleasure of perusing The Coveteur in some time, so I was especially blown away by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s glamorous digs. We all know that girl’s got mad street style skills, but I guess I didn’t realize just how super self-aware she is of her look, at a young 26. It’s a