Trend Alert: Printed Socks

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It’s no secret I’m constantly following what’s new in fashion but I’ve really jumped in feet first (appropriate seeing it is LEAP day!) on this crazy printed sock trend! It really started more than a year ago when I saw my son and his teenage friends make a statement with their socks. My son is actually very conservative with his fashion style (unlike his mama!), so he started slow with neutral striped & spotted socks but his collection (and confidence) has grown and now my whole family is on board with this trend.

I stole these turqouise stripes from my husband’s drawer and I mixed and matched two pairs of Star Wars socks from my son’s closet to create this “force”-ful combo. I’m hoping this fashion statement continues for a while now that I have every theme from Valentine to Christmas covered (literally.)

FRID-I-Y: Tie Dye with Sharpies!

Capture your Creation!

Tie dye is one of those trends that seems to continually be in style. From vintage 70’s inspired tie dye to more modern interpretations, we had to try our hand at making our own “EC” version!

 Using Sharpies, we created our own art from blank canvases: white pillows, shoes, napkins and drawstring bags. The results? Absolutely stunning, mess-free & relatively easy. The best part about tie dye is that mistakes and smudges just enhance the design!
Turn your tie dyed masterpiece into your very own LifePlanner™ cover or phone case! Take a picture, zoom in on your favorite part of the intricate pattern and upload to see your DIY come to life!

 

EC & B4BC

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Cancer awareness is a cause that has always been close to our hearts. This year the fight became personal when one of our own EC team members, Sam, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

 As our entire team watched her battle (and win!) with grace, courage and steadfast determination we were inspired to create a revamped cancer awareness line and partner with an organization that could take our efforts even further.
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Boarding for Breast Cancer (or B4BC), a foundation dedicated to breast cancer education and prevention, was the perfect partner to spearhead our fundraising efforts. With 50% of proceeds from sales of the cancer awareness collection going directly to the organization, we were able to raise over $4,000 in October alone.
Sam herself became even more involved and got to see firsthand the incredible support and work that B4BC is doing at this year’s “Chasing Sunshine” retreat.
She shared her experience with us, saying that at first she felt apprehensive committing to the weekend, being only two weeks post-surgery and understandably mentally and physically weak. A born fighter, Sam never complained and never appeared afraid, remaining strong for her two children and inspiring us all.
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She was worried that the weekend would be rehashing the pain, fear and the injustice of the disease. Her tumors were gone but the wounds were literally and physically still fresh and she did not want to dwell. I’ll let Sam’s quote speak directly to her experience:

“I was 100% incorrect in thinking I was walking into a weekend of “woe is me,” rehashing diagnoses and treatments. The weekend was filled with positive people, positive experiences, genuine empathy and a sympathy and sisterhood that only someone who has traveled this devastating path can understand. Everyone helped me with the activities I was physically unable to perform and we shared some amazing conversations and experiences. We all felt so grateful to be alive, and I just felt so fortunate to connect with such a supportive organization and group of women.”

We are so proud to be associated with both Sam, everyone at B4BC and all of the fighters out there beating, battling & going to bat for a cure for cancer.

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WHAT WE’VE GOT PLANNED….

 

Crazy to think it’s been three years since I last was blogging! I’m so excited for this new look and feel that reflects the changes (not just to my hair!) and improvements we’ve made as a company, and can’t wait for all that’s in store!

From sneak peeks into photo shoots, current fashion trends that inspire, guest blogger features & my tried-and-true entertaining and organizing tips, our revamped blog will be a unique mix of content: pop culture, entertaining, organization, motivational quotes, fashion, DIY projects and more! I am so excited to be able to create a colorful space to celebrate my favorite things and give a peek into the chaos of my day-to-day life.

Come join me on this next adventure….

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Outfit of the Day, the EC way! #ECootd

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I’ve always been obsessed with fashion and have been “collecting” clothes since high school. Yes, it’s true, I still have some faves from the 80’s and 90’s that I’m glad I hung on to (seeing my daughter in my Jake Ryan t-shirt after forcing her to watch 16 Candles with me was a highlight.)

 Someone on our Marketing team suggested that we photograph some of my work ensembles to show more of my personal style and personality and showcase just how fashion trends can influence the collection and designs seen on the website.

The result? An ongoing #ECootd series that will appear in our Design & Style section from time to time. For details on what I’m wearing in this picture, read on!

(blazer: H&M, denim shirt: JCrew, cuffed jeans: Mother, slip-on shoes: Stella McCartney)