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

LUXE LIFE in 10

Lately I’ve been feeling like I need to infuse a little more glam into my decor, and these picks do the trick: No. 1 silver croc embossed box / No. 2 skull tray / No. 3 Jonathan Adler malachite glass / No. 4 grey owl pillow / No. 5 Jessica Rowe “Ruby” original watercolor (*also check out her

Announcing ‘The E List’ Weekly Newsletter!

I’m thrilled to announce that we’re launching the first ‘The E List’ weekly newsletter on Friday! With the help of my amazing new assistant Jenny Rose, we’ll be pulling together the most recent posts and the most popular posts from the archives to style your business, your home, yourself, your life! Sign up here to receive

FITNESS FAVES Top-Rated Picks

Last year I decided to finally whip this ol’ mom into shape (read here how I did/do it!).  Through the process I’ve discovered what pieces help me along the way. I can’t workout without these essentials: Yurbuds stay put! Totally worth the $$. Make a few free playlists via Spotify or Soundcloud and try a

FIRST OF FALL Sparkle, Lace, Denim & Booties

I suppose it’s Fall now, but here in So Cal the temps are in the high 80′s and it definitely still feels like summer. During this transition period, I seem to always bring the boho back with a few fall pieces mixed with summer staples. And having just acquired this lace tunic from my birthday

WOMAN WEAR For Love & Lemons x Free People

“I’m very happy about being a grown woman. I think there’s a lot of sexuality, and glamour, and allure, and mystery to being a woman that you just don’t have when you’re young.” ~ Sharon Stone I love being a woman, and I love being a woman in my 40′s. What better way to celebrate

WISH LIST for the Rocker Boho Birthday Girl

Not that I needed an excuse to make a wish list, but I’ve got a birthday to celebrate on Sunday!  This year I’ve got some big items on it….well ok some of these items are on the list for LIFE I’m afraid (anything ‘Rockstud’ and the so-close-but-still-so-far Alexander Wang Rocco duffel!). But for now, they are