ellelauri Holiday Play List

Happy Holidays from all of us at ellelauri! To celebrate the season we have been listening to our favorite Christmas music and holiday songs on repeat. Here is a compilation of some of our team members favorites, enjoy and Happy Holidays xo

ellelauri Holiday Playlist

1. Its Beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Micheal Buble
2. All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
3. Santa Baby - Taylor Swift
4. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
5. Baby Its Cold Outside - Jessie James
6. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
7. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
8. Auld Lang Syne - James Taylor
9. We Need a Little Christmas - Johnny Mathis
10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith

Let the dance party begin!

Rittenhouse Store - Grand Opening Party

Hello Rittenhouse! We're Now Open

Three weeks ago on a Thursday evening we officially opened our flagship store doors at 114 S. 19th Street in Philadelphia. The new location is in Rittenhouse Square and surrounded by other amazing businesses -- that we will talk about in our next post.

The Grand Opening evening included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger and a fashion presentation with prominent Philadelphians modeling ellelauri. It was a packed house and everyone enjoyed an amazing evening of fashion, fun, and friends!

Owner/Head Designer Liz Rymar and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, left.

Most Stylish Crowd

Champagne Toast

Liz Rymar and Alan Greenberger.
Jordyn Shaeffer, Caitlin Sweeney, Diamond Edmonds, Alex Holley, Kristina Jenkins, Melissa Magee, Liz Rymar, Jenn Carroll. 

Keith Jones from NBC10 and Liz Rymar.

Filming for NBC10 News.

David Neff, Co-Hosts Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick from FOX29's Good Day Philadelphia.
Awesome DJ Adrian Hardy kept the music going all night.
Bravo TV Top Chef Jenn Carroll and Liz Rymar.

Adrian Hardy and Sarah Cossa (wearing ellelauri Warby jumpsuit).

Fabulous Shoppers Beth Rymar and Nancy McCracken.

Miss Philadelphia Diamond Edmonds and 6ABC's Meteorologist Melissa Magee wearing ellelauri.
Marthe Mbuy and Liz Rymar.
Melissa Magee wearing ellelauri Essex Dress and Liz Rymar wearing ellelauri Lorraine Dress.

More gorgeous ellelauri shoppers! Kayleigh Reichert (center) and friends.

Amy Impellizzeri from Shopfunder and her wonderful team.

Amanda Ryan and Lauren Hughes from Breast Cancer.org, 10% off all sales from the night went to Breastcancer.org, an amazing charity that ellelauri partners up with!

Allaire Corbett, Brittany Corbett, and Liz Rymar.

The fabulous Neff Associates Team and Liz Rymar.

 Kate Maryls of Philly PR Girl and Lexie LaCava from the Bronzed Bee.
Colleen Kramer and Casey Lance.

 Randyl Case and Michelle Boyles
 Joshua Jenkins, Kristina Jenkins editor of UWISHUNU, and Nicole Paloux.

Amazing ellelauri team! Erin Callaghan, Amanda Campfield, Liz Rymar, Lindsay Connors, Brandie Costello

Ann Marie O'Shea, Liz Rymar and George Rymar

Jars by Dani desserts came in from NYC for party go-ers 

The opening party was covered by NBC10, 6ABC, and Good Day Philadelphia. 

Sneak Peak

Grand Opening - Expanding our Philadelphia roots

Our 114 S 19th Street location is set to open tomorrow Thursday, November 13th. 

We'll be celebrating with our formal Grand Opening event from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with light bites, signature cocktails, and a fall/winter preview. 10% of the night’s sales will go to Breastcancer.org

This season ellelauri's Founder and Designer Liz Rymar draws inspiration from the styles and silhouettes of the 1960’s, updated with a modern metropolitan twist. 

The fall/winter collection consists of beautiful shift dresses, sophisticated blouses and other similar pieces in rich silk, brocade, lace, faux fur and tweed using a palette of neutral colors with pops of jewel tones and vibrant florals.

fall inspired: repair and replenish

Post-workout smoothies

These three recipes are a must try! They help to replenish and repair after a workout, boost your immune system and taste delicious. They are also packed with essential vitamins and nutrients like fiber, healthy fats, B vitamins, and much more. If you’re like me, these will quickly become smoothie recipe staples. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Powerhouse

Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A, which protects against the cell damage that occurs during exercise. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat—specifically oleic acid—which is been linked to reduction in inflammation.

½ c canned pure pumpkin, frozen in ice cube tray
7 oz 2% Greek-style yogurt of almond milk
½ c water
¼ avocado
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Pear Ginger

Gingerols, compounds in ginger root, act as potent anti-inflammatories that speed your recovery time. Meanwhile, fiber-rich flaxseed satisfies hunger, so you’re less likely to find your stomach rumbling later in the day.

½ c  Greek yogurt, almond milk, or dairy-free yogurt (almond or coconut milk)
1 ripe pear, cored and cut into large chunks
1 c pear juice, coconut water, or diluted aloe vera juice
½-inch chunk of fresh ginger root or ⅛ tsp dried ground ginger
2 c baby spinach leaves
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
½ cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Gingerbread Smoothie

Greek yogurt provides the protein necessary for repairing and rebuilding muscle tissue, and the banana replaces the carbohydrates and potassium lost during exercise. Molasses is a good source of iron that aids in the delivery of oxygen to muscles.

7 oz Greek or dairy-free yogurt
1 c ice cubes
¼ c frozen sliced banana
2 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp molasses
1 tsp grated ginger
¼ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp each nutmeg and cardamom
Pinch of clove

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Find more delicious and healthy recipes by nourish + nosh with Laura Ferro here.
adapted from prevention.com 

Drinking Aloe? Find out why you should be

Aloe: skin saver or delicious and healthy beverage?

Most of us of familiar with aloe vera as a topical skin gel: The cool, jelly like substance that comes in a transparent bottle and is usually an electric green color or a frigid blue. Give the bottle a nice squeeze and the gel oozes out with an odd squishy noise following it. It’s our dear old friend aloe that only shows its face in the summer hot months. Sticky, cold and leaves you stuck in scarecrow position for a few minutes to let it sit in and dry off, then you try to sit down and realize it’s less painful just to stay in that position because Mr. Golden Sun did a number to your skin earlier today. 

But, I’m not here to remind you to put your sunscreen on or to bring back painful memories of a family member rubbing aloe on your bright red back, I’m talking about drinking it. NOT the topical gel kind!!! Have you ever considered drinking the juice from an aloe vera plant?  Is it good? Is it healthy for us? Let’s dive on in.

Detox: aloe works as a natural detox. Aloe contains different trace elements, vitamins and minerals that help the body flush out.

Digestion: Aloe has the power to increase protein absorption and regulates the bowel. Aloe helps reduce yeast and bacteria by moving it along the digestive system and aloe soothes heartburn.

The Immunity Booster: Full of antioxidants! Sending those free radicals away with a dose of aloe.

Anti-inflammation: Aloe Contains 12 different substances that reduces and prevents inflammation. The kind of inflammation that aloe can help with are swollenness, stiff or painful joints.

Healthy Skin: We all know aloe helps are skin on a topical level, but consuming the drinkable kind of aloe can repair out caloe-vera-juiceollagen and elastin from the inside. Aloe also helps sooth minor skin irritations, scrapes, cute and burns.

Energy: Because aloe works our digestive system, this can go hand in hand with energy. Aloe regulates the system which prevents you from feeling sluggish.

Vitamins: Aloe includes Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, niacin and folic acid. In addition chromium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, iron and calcium. Maybe it would have been easier for me to list what aloe doesn’t contain!

Amino Acid: Aloe contains amino acids which aid the process of building protein.
Smile: Aloe helps your gums and mouth hygiene. It helps with mouth ulcers and bleeding gums.

Cardiovascular Health: Aloe boost the ability to diffuse red blood cells in return aids the oxygen transportation. It improves the oxidation process, circulation and lowers cholesterol.

As you can see, the benefits of consuming Aloe Vera Juice are abundant. There are brands at local health food stores and Whole Foods that are ready to drink. Others are concentrated and can be diluted in water or juice. I love adding either kind to my smoothies as well for added benefits.

Let’s get one thing straight, we are drinking only the consumable kind of aloe, NOT the topical kind. Drink up and enjoy, let us know your thoughts on the taste, results or experience you have with drinking aloe vera juice.

Find more health tips and healthy recipes by nourish + nosh with Laura Ferro here.

Cozy outerwear for fall

In a recent Philadelphia Style blog post, cooler weather outerwear trends were highlighted, and ellelauri made the list of must haves. 

ellelauri's Nadine faux fur vest was featured, "A fur vest is an easy but stylish way to layer. Layer it over a dress with heels or throw [it] over a chunky sweater, skinny jeans, and booties,” says ellelauri founder and designer Liz Rymar.

Capes were also featured by Philadelphia Style. Check out ellelauri's take on the cape with our Celeste available in burgundy and black. Below it is modeled by fashion blogger Ashes into Fashion on the left, and Fash Boulevard on the right.


Here's to a cozy fall!

ellelauri next week: The Philadelphia Collection

Next week ellelauri is proud to be a part of The Philadelphia Collection on September 17th and 18th. The Philadelphia Collection is a week long celebration of all the fab style that Philly has to offer. 
ellelauri is participating in two Collection events both at The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
On September 17th ellelauri will have 10 looks on the runway at Phashion Phest, the Delaware Valley's premier fashion and beauty event showcasing upscale retailers, salons, accessory boutiques and related businesses hosted at The Shops at Liberty Place after hours starting at 7 PM.
This year Phashion Phest celebrates its 21st anniversary.  
Tickets are $50 per person ($60 at the door) and $25 per student (under 21,proper ID required). Tickets to the 21st annual Phashion Phest include top-shelf open bar, hors d’oeuvres, fashion show, salon presentations, student designer displays, silent auction and a fabulous gift bag! Get more information and purchase your tickets by going to phashionphest.com or call 215.670.4325!
On September 18th ellelauri will host a Cayetano Legacy Collection (CLC) Jewelry Pop Up at our Liberty Place retail boutique from 4-7 PM. ellelauri's Fall 2014 Collection is arriving daily. 
The evening will feature a CLC statement jewelry trunk show with raffles, sweet treats & Stoli cocktails. Attendees will also receive styling tips on how to pair CLC jewelry with ellelauri clothing. 
We are thrilled to again be partnering with our friends at Cayetano  Legacy Collection Jewelry for this Sip & Shop Event.