STUDIO REVAMP In Progress

Life has been so full lately, I haven’t made much progress on the last few bits of my studio revamp. White carrera marble tile floors have been installed, walls have been painted, my brass etagere/design library is up, but there’s so much more I want to do! At least I’m still invigorated by what I’ve

FESTIVAL WEAR FORMULA + 25% off

It’s that time of year again: everyone’s prepping their effortless looks with a lot of effort. And you may be asking yourself, how can I pull off that eclectic, casually thrown-together look as well? I’ve come up with a formula you can use to ensure that you are indeed one of the cool girls too,

SPRING SHOE Open-Toe Booties

I recently picked up a pair of open-toe booties for an upcoming work trip to London, and I already can’t get enough of them. From day to night, they play well with dresses and skinnies, shorts and skirts, and they’re perfect for strolling, shopping and generally adding of-the-moment style to any ensemble. The only issue

SPRING RELEASES Art & Design Books

A few weeks ago I posted about my current design library with tips on how to style a bookcase. It’s continuously a work in progress, as I continuously find more books to add to my collection (but how does one resist all this inspiration?!). To help you filter through the flood of weekly releases, here

GIVEAWAY! Canyon Beachwear $100 Giftcard

No matter how old or young you are, a spring break is often a necessity to get you past the doldrums of winter. And what better way to celebrate that upcoming getaway than with a brand new swimsuit or coverup! Get a jump start on spring with a $100 giftcard to Canyon Beachwear to use online

WORKOUT PLAYLIST February 2015

Since February is the month of love, I thought I’d share some new and old loves of mine. The tried-and-true tunes (#2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8) have motivated me for a couple years now — I hope they do the same for you! And kinda obsessed with #9, a Duran Duran remake! Listen

LACQUER LOVE Infinite Shades of Nude

This Valentine’s Day, go nude. It’s the #1 nail trend for Spring, and there countless variations on the hue from pinky purple to dusty rose to sunkissed buff to flirt with and maybe keep around for awhile. Six to try: Dior ‘Lady’ / Essie ‘Ballet Slippers’ / Deborah Lippman ‘Chantilly Lace’ / Dior ‘Lili’ /

VALENTINE’S DAY Gift Yourself Guide

Who needs a man (or a holiday) to spoil you? You work hard, you deserve a treat now and again. Here are my 10 picks to give yourself a little love… Kelly Wearstler ‘Classic Little Kiss’ in Negro Marquina / Diptyque ‘Rosafolia’ candle / EF Collection ‘Diamond White Topaz’ stud earrings / ‘Vogue and The

WORKOUT PLAYLIST January 2015

It’s that time of year again: hit the treadmill/trails/classes to work off that holiday weight and start off the new year with a fresh start. These are some of the tunes I’ve got going to keep me moving… Listen to and download the songs here: http://playlists.net/the-e-list-jan-2015-workout-playlist Check out all the workout playlists here: http://erikabrechtel.com/category/workout-playlists/

ARTSY ACCENTS New Year, New Look

With new floors, doors and paint for my office remodel, I’ve been moving back in…but not without a refresh of the new studio’s look. This go-around I’m inspired by a vibe that’s a bit Art Basel Miami meets muse Kelly Wearstler. No. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

NEW YEAR’S EVE 3 Looks, 1 Night

Hope everyone has had a great holiday season thus far! Now that the craze of Christmas is over, I can actually seriously think about New Year’s Eve…what to wear, what to wear? This year I see three very big trends: gold sequins, the black jumpsuit, and a pop of red. Here are some picks &

MASCULINE NEUTRAL Bedroom

You may remember I helped a friend with his living room recently, and we’ve since moved to his bedroom decor. Keeping with the same palette of masculine materials like metals, leather and stone in neutral colors, the bedroom takes on a Mad Men meets Tom Ford sensibility. And bonus: every piece is available for purchase

NAPA VALLEY Thanksgiving Packing List

Off to Napa tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with my parents! I may be biased, but my mom is one of the best cooks I know, and I’m super excited to be treated to what will be another outstanding gourmet feast (check out last year’s menu). Not to mention (another bias) my dad has the one

NOVEMBER GIVEAWAY Hand-Knit Scarf by Remember A Day

I’m thrilled to announce The E List’s November giveaway, generously provided by none other than my fab assistant Jenny Rose! As mentioned in our “get-to-know” post, she’s already established herself as a featured Etsy seller and an Urban Outfitters vendor. I’m honored that she is offering one lucky ‘The E List’ reader a hand-knit Remember A

WORKOUT PLAYLIST November 2014

It’s definitely feeling like fall here in So Cal (at least for the moment). Perfect time to hunker down and get into the groove at my desk or out in the crisp autumn air. My current faves to work/workout… Listen to and download the songs here: http://playlists.net/the-e-list-nov-2014-workout-playlist Also check out last month’s playlist: http://playlists.net/the-e-list-october-2014-workout-playlist Some

NEW BOOKS Art, Fashion & Design

I have a problem: I can’t get enough of design books. Art, photography, fashion, interiors — I want it all, in my home. It’s a problem because I am running out of room to store them! But due to the endless inspiration they provide me, I will make room. ‘Warhol’ / ‘W: Stories’ / ‘Jean-Louis

THE TREND Knee High Boots

I realize I’m going off the reservation by not choosing “over-the-knee” as my boot of choice this season, but I don’t know, I don’t think I can pull it off. So I’ll stay in my comfort zone and peruse the several fabulous options out there in a variety of shades from gray to tan to

GET THE LOOK The Fedora, Muscle Tee & Graphic Skinny

Just returned from Hawaii where I picked up a few new cute pieces for the season. And even though I had to warm-weather it up to be locale-appropriate, I know I’ll be throwing a jacket or blazer over this muscle tee + graphic skinnies pairing in no time.  Cap it off with a fall-ready topper

FALL GETAWAY Tropical/Transitional Wear

I’m off to Hawaii tomorrow, taking my little girl to visit my grandfather. But packing for a tropical destination in the fall? Not as easy as you’d think. Your summer wear is worn out, and you hesitate to purchase anything you can’t take into fall…or at least next spring. Here’s my thinking with this particular

WORKOUT PLAYLIST October 2014

I don’t know about you, but I have to constantly mix up my music mixes to keep them energizing and fresh for my workouts. So I thought I’d share what’s currently on repeat for me this month — some you may have heard before, and hopefully some new-to-you tunes you haven’t. I usually try to

TOUGH FEMME Get the Look

I finally did it. After saving up Christmas gift cards and birthday money, I took the plunge and bought myself an AllSaints leather jacket. It’s soft and yummy, and well, pretty scrumtrulescent. I decided to pair it with a few other fave recent purchases — a Wildfox graphic tee, lightwash jeans, hot silver snakeskin heels,

ERIKA’S STUDIO Vamp/Revamp

Dog happens…and you’re forced to rip out and replace flooring. But then you have the perfect excuse to revamp your entire workspace! Enter: carrera porcelain tile, and a refreshed scheme to go with such a fancy floor. Paint: Allen + Roth “City Retreat” / luxe crystal chandelier / neon sign / “Pink Poodle” by Arthur

THE TREND Gray Moto Jeans

I’m obsessed. And annoyed, because I’ve been looking everywhere in person for a pair of gray moto jeans! Thankfully there are a TON of online options, from as little as $49+. A fall must-have: no. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

FALL MAKEUP TREND Nude + Rose Gold + Bronze

I’ve been spying some stunning beauty looks in all the September issues, and in particular, these trends: nude lips, bronze cheeks, and just about anything rose gold. I recently decided to try it out for myself. Here’s my palette for fall: EYES Chanel Intense ‘Noir’ eye pencil / YSL ‘L’Afrique’ couture palette / Bobbi Brown