Holiday Heroes

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Heroes for Children is an organization that is at the heart of who we are and why we exist. Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer.

Co-founders Larissa Linton and Jenny Scott both had children who lost their lives battling cancer. Together they saw a need for a more comprehensive organization and formed Heroes for Children in 2004. Their vision is that no family with a child battling cancer will fight alone.

For the past 10 years, they have helped alleviate families’ worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of cancer-fighting and caregiving.heroes

This year we adopted a family through Heroes for Children and were honored to have participated in the Holiday Heroes event. Our team loved going to pick out presents for our recipients Lucy (age 3) and Seth (age 4). When the day came to deliver the gifts, our entire team was eager to participate. It feels good to help others by spreading joy and sharing in the magic of the holiday season. I’m not sure who enjoyed the gifts more, the children or our team—it was truly magical.

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At Elaine Turner, we see our business as a platform to give back and create change. Our hope is that we’re able to change lives and create more meaning in life.  Life is full of challenges and ultimately we have to all come together and connect for a greater purpose.

Give the ones you love a tight hug this holiday season and celebrate the magic of the present moment. Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season.

XO, Elaine

 

Home For The Holidays With Elaine

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There’s a reason they call it the most wonderful time of the year. From carefully wrapped presents under the glowing tree to hearing all your favorite carols on the radio, the magic of the holidays is everywhere you turn. Our family has our own traditions and special ways that we celebrate. I love being home for the holidays and spending time with family and friends. Each year we decorate the fireplace mantel in the center of our living room with wreaths, garland, candles, and of course, our family stockings.

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Jim’s blue stocking was handmade by his grandmother and the rest made by his mother – one for each member of our family. I admire the craftsmanship and love the festive embellishments that were thoughtfully sewn onto each one.

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Christmas Eve wouldn’t be complete without baking cookies for Santa. My daughter Marlie loves leaving cookies out for Santa and writing him a letter every year. We have an amazing family recipe for iced sugar cookies that we always bake on Christmas Eve. It’s one of my favorite traditions and a memory I hope Marlie will cherish as she grows up.

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Elaine’s Christmas Cookies:

  • 2 cups butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp brandy
  • 6 scant cups flour

Cream butter and sugar together. Mix in eggs, baking powder, and brandy. Gradually add flour. This makes a soft dough. Cover in plastic and refrigerate before rolling. Once chilled, roll out and cut into festive shapes with your favorite cookie cutters.

Bake at 425 degrees for 5 – 7 minutes. Let cool completely on wire rack before icing.

Icing:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter over medium low heat. Add salt and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar and cream until desired consistency is reached. Divide amongst 3 – 4 bowls and add desired food coloring. Decorate your cookies with icing, colored sugar, and sprinkles. Leave a few for Santa and enjoy the rest!

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I wish you a very merry holiday, and may time spent with family and friends be filled with the magic of the season!

XO, Elaine

Women Who Inspire – Jenna Jackson

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Our second segment in the Women Who Inspire series features my dear friend Jenna Jackson of P&R Productions. Jenna is a former CBS crime stories producer and founded her independent production company here in Houston in 2011. Jenna has followed her dream of sharing authentic stories through innovative filmmaking and possesses a can-do spirit that is both contagious and inspiring.

Inspired by her work ethic and incredible drive, I knew I needed to make the Jenna Tote as ambitious as the muse herself. The bag has the qualities that every ideal work tote should with its spacious interior and functional outside pockets. The style is classic, featuring minimalist gold details and soft leather handles for an everyday appeal.

Jenna and I first connected as friends, and as we grew closer, we found that we could also relate to each other on a professional level, sharing a mutual understanding of what it’s like to run a business. Jenna has a fierce entrepreneurial spirit that tends to motivate everyone around her. I have always admired her hard work and dedication to her career, charity involvement, and devotion as a mother. We hold each other to high standards, knowing how much the other can accomplish.  I admire the courage it took Jenna to leave CBS News in pursuit of her dream to lead an independent production company.

 

Elaine recently sat down with Jenna for a one-on-one interview: 

Elaine: Is there a woman in your life that encourages you and/or has empowered you?

Jenna: I am so blessed to have many women in my life who encourage and empower me. My mom and grandma have inspired me throughout my entire life. And my amazing girlfriends – Elaine, you are one of them! – who are so accomplished and positive about life.

Elaine: What do you consider one of your greatest accomplishments?

Jenna: Having my twin boys and working on raising them into incredible young men (with the constant help of my hubby and our awesome blended family). This is by far my greatest joy and accomplishment.

Elaine: What inspires you today?

Jenna: So many things inspire me. I believe you make the choice every day to work hard, remain undeterred by obstacles and be inspired! The world around me, my friends and family – and the incredible amount of favor God has given me through our business is a constant inspiration.

Elaine: What’s next? What do you hope to achieve in the next few years?

Jenna: I tease my team at P+R that our goal is to build an empire – but I really mean it. I want to impact our clients and the world through amazing stories and helping people connect to their clients, their audience, and their passions. I’m so excited to see what the future will bring!

In Honor of Jenna Jackson and her devotion to charity, 20% of today’s proceeds from the Jenna Tote will be donated to Candlelighters Houston

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More about Jenna and P&R Productions

Growing up in Jacksonville, Texas, Jenna attended college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville where she met her mentor and friend, Dan Rather.

He grew her into a real journalist – and a more courageous individual – and hired her shortly after graduation. She packed her bags and headed to New York, where she began working for CBS News/48 Hours. Learning myriad lessons about people, life, and the news, Jenna was with CBS for nearly 15 years.

Jenna’s passion has always been telling real stories about real people and she started P&R Productions to do just that. The stories she tells – whether on television or the big screen – are beautiful, captivating, and one of a kind. Jenna was blessed enough to win several awards along the way, including an Emmy. She lives in Houston with her twin boys (the original P and R) and her hubby, who puts up with all her craziness.

 

The Art of Organized Chaos

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There is an undeniable appeal to a simple, minimalist outfit. Your favorite tailored pants paired with a silky white blouse can feel natural, chic, and relaxed. However, it can also be fun when you avoid playing it safe in exchange for trying out a more exciting look. Now is the time to try a style recipe we have perfected: composition collaboration.

Fall in love with the decorative, patterned, and textured clothes and accessories you’ve collected over the years all over again. A subtle mixing of patterns can inspire the senses, and a fabric contrast will elevate a style that might be overlooked otherwise. We have some suggestions that can guide and give you the confidence needed to try it out for yourself!

Blog-OrganizedChaos2There is a delightful juxtaposition between prints and florals of all shapes and sizes. These patterns create a refined, feminine appeal. If you can overcome your fear of clashing, your courage will be rewarded with a flawless outfit. Lisa from A Chic Effect, wears a mid-length David Peck floral skirt with a preppy pineapple print tee and completes the look with an Elaine Turner necklace.New_BigLife_8371

 

Blog-OrganizedChaos3The combination of sophistication and elegance with more relaxed, casual pieces has become an accidental sensation. We can think of hundreds of ways to achieve this look from mid-calf leather skirts and t-shirt arrangements to pairing your favorite pair of old jeans with sleek animal print. Styled to perfection, Meagan’s Moda pairs a romantic midi skirt with a vintage camo tee and adds a touch of glam with our Bailey bag in Cloudy Bay.meagan

 

Blog-OrganizedChaos4 Combining textures with patterns will create an energetic, inspired look.  If you are leaning towards polka dots, stripes, flowers, or a more modern print, elevate your look with suede, calf hair, faux fur, snake, or leather. One Small Blonde carries our Drew clutch, which transitions from leather to suede, with an intricately designed printed blouse.BB-Fashion-Post_Sept24th-8-of-13-678x1024

Holiday Gift Guide

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The holiday shopping frenzy has officially begun. But fear not, we’ve got your wishlists covered with everything from stocking stuffers to little luxuries that are sure to delight come Christmas morning. So make that list, check it twice, and then shop Elaine’s Gift Guide!

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You know that friend who seems to have unlimited amounts of vacation time? Always jetting off on another exotic vacation or traveling abroad for the holidays? For the well traveled, a chic passport cover will have her globetrotting in high style.

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Protect your technology in style! Sleek tablet covers in sophisticated patent leathers are the must-have accessory for everything from office meetings to leisure reading. Plus, at such a great price, you’ll need one in every color!

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From charity galas to the annual office party, a sleek clutch is a necessity when hitting the holiday party circuit. Our bestselling Bellas make the perfect gift for that chic socialite on your shopping list!

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It’s always a good idea to have a few extra stocking stuffers on hand for that unexpected guest or surprise gift exchange. Petite in size but big on style, our mini wallets and wrap bracelets prove that big things do come in small packages!

WHY We’re All About GIVING

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Grounded in meaningful purpose, the spirit of giving is at the very core of the Elaine Turner brand and belief system. This week’s episode of Elaine’s Big Life gives viewers an in depth view at the purpose behind the brand.

“We started to feel like maybe it’s time to change the business from something that’s just about fashion to something that was deeper. It’s not just about creating product and growing a business, there has to be something bigger, otherwise it doesn’t really mean that much.”

At this time of Thanksgiving, we are so honored and thankful to have been afforded the opportunity to give back to our community. From the Elaine Turner family, to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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