What’s The (Fashion) Story? “Sisterhoods of Style” in The LA Times

By Nora Zelevansky / August 12th, 2012

Meet the Smith sisters, the impossibly cool kats behind the clothing line you’re about to start hearing about constantly and seeing everywhere nonstop, Elkin.  Don’t they look like dolls here or some inexplicably updated Renaissance painting?  You might recognize their stuff from the recent cover of New York Magazine, featuring the cast of GIRLS largely dressed up in Elkin frocks.

This duo is just one of the sister designer teams—also including the Malakpour sisters behind coveted accessory line NewbarK and the Thornhill sisters-in-law behind drool-worthy new jewelry line Liv Haley—I wrote about for yesterday’s SISTERHOODS OF STYLE story in the Los Angeles Times “Image” section.

My editor gave me a heads up late last week that the story would be getting the cover, which is always amazing news, but I still get excited for the reveal of what it looks like; it’s a surprise.  I think it ended up looking beautiful!  Also, with all the book craziness lately, it’s kinda nice to focus on journalism for a sec!

Anyway, I may be in Brooklyn right now, but in spirit I’m still in LA too … only with a smaller apartment, better bagels and less Earth Bar nearby.

xo – N.


By Nora Zelevansky / December 17th, 2009

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I'm not necessarily proud of this fact, but generally I like the majority of my accessories high-end and (sadly) pricey.  (That's also how I like my men, but that's a story for another time, right Andre?)  I'll wear what I like to call "disposable clothing" from H & M, Forever 21 and Top Shop all day long, but accessories–I dunno–I like real jewelry, non-synthetic scarves, non-plastic heels etc.   And, when it comes to bags, I love supple buttery leather, brushed suede, vintage Art Deco appointments (sourced from the 1920's), hand-sewn stitches, weaving and pleats.

So you can imagine my joy and surprise when, while perusing the goods at Targét, I happened upon the above inexpensive Belt clutch (for, yup, $19.99) and actually really liked it!  Some of the alarm dissipated when I realized that the bag was designed by Jaye Hersh, owner of trendoid (to use one of my father's expressions) LA boutique, Intuition.  In fact, she's created a whole line called Hollywood Intuition (okay, forgive the name).  Anyway, the bag at least feels like real leather (and if it walks like a duck, then who cares if it really is one), so I'm on board.

And that's what we call a clutch find.

Sorry.  You know I have no pun self-control.  Shame on you.  You've always known.

xo – N.


By Nora Zelevansky / June 11th, 2009

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I don't know if this is true for all of you, but every once in a while, I come upon an item that brings me joy each time I put it on or lay eyes on it around my house.  It may not be my coolest piece or the most enduring, but it's just . . . well, cheerful, I guess.

That's how I feel about my new $5.80 sunglasses above.  They're just a little bit silly and they make me oh so pleased.

Normally, while I happily don disposable clothing from the likes of H & M and Targét (especially for trend pieces that I know I'll only wear for a short period), I don't really go for inexpensive accessories.  Like any proper LA-ifed New Yorker, I like my bags, shoes, scarves, wallets and, yes, sunglasses luxe.  But, last week, when I wandered into For Love 21 (Forever XXI's accessories specific shop at the Beverly Center), I was kinda blown away.

(A PINK SCARF SECTION–Taken with my Blackberry–sorry!)

I've been in there before, but I think they just recently stepped it up a serious notch, no?  The scarves are so pretty (in a rainbow of colors), the beach totes are fab and the sunglasses?  Well, I mean, need I say more?  I'm broke ass, so I only spent the $6 for these happy glasses. But I intend to return and feed my scarf addiction ASAP.

Meanwhile, the plastic glasses sure do make me chipper (all for less than the price of a Chipotle burrito–yum).  Sorry, you say "Beverly Center" and I think "carnitas."

Wait, let's take a look at those goofy glasses again.  Clearly, they make me goofy too.

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YAY!!!!!  OMG–I'm so lame.  Hee.

xo – N.