Living the GGIF: Elaine and the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club

GGIF.

Glamorous. Giving. Intimate. Fun.

This is Elaine’s personal and business philosophy and she is living the GGIF in New York, spending time at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, an organization that serves more than 5,000 children at four Clubhouses and three school sites in some of New York City’s most disadvantaged communities.

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From spending time at the Boys and Girls Club Clubhouse to being honored at the Purses & Pursenalities fundraiser luncheon at the Metropolitan Club NYC, Elaine is spreading her message of giving.

The instant Elaine landed in New York, she headed directly to the  Clubhouse for an experience she will always cherish.

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Heather McLeskey, Stan King, Clubhouse Director, Elaine Turner

“The visit was full of joy,” Elaine says. “The children were engaged, totally at peace and secure, and filled with the purest sense of happiness.”

That happiness spilled over to the Metropolitan Club NYC Wednesday, where Elaine was honored, alongside designers Laura Vela and Yiliana Yepez.

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Elaine Turner, Laura Vela and Yiliana Yepez

 

More than 250 people attended the luncheon that auctioned off designer handbags, raising more than $90,000 for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.

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Elaine rounded out the day with a shopping stop at Scully & Scully with friend and What2WearWhere.com creator Karen Klopp.

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Elaine and Karen Klopp

 

 

 

Beautiful Bags, Beautiful Cause

Beautiful bags are all in a day’s work for Elaine Turner, but beautiful bags for an important cause are especially meaningful.

Elaine’s relationship with Heroes for Children, an organization that advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer, strengthens every year.

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For the 2014 fundraiser luncheons, “Heroes and Handbags” in Houston and Dallas, Elaine created the Bella clutch in python, a perennial favorite among Elaine Turner shoppers. The bags are sold on the Heroes for Children website and at the luncheons, with proceeds benefitting the charity.

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The organization’s “Heroes and Handbags” go beyond a typical fundraiser luncheon. Guests have the opportunity bid on a variety of designer bags before the luncheon, and of course, guests always come accessorized with the very best handbags from their personal collections.

To further support the organization, Elaine donated a selection of minaudieres, clutches, shoulder bags, totes and tech items to the auctions in Houston and Dallas.

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For a sneak peek at what Elaine donated, don’t miss the Heroes for Handbags kickoff cocktail party at Elaine’s Rice Village boutique, Thursday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. Champagne and shopping for a good cause? Yes please!

The Dallas Heroes for Children event is Friday, April 25 Dallas and the Houston Heroes for Children event is Thursday, May 8.

Sugar, Spice And Everything Pink!

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We never need an reason to celebrate the fun, glamorous power of pink, but if a Dream Team member just happens to be weeks away from welcoming a baby girl into the world, you can bet Elaine and her team are only too happy to throw a pink-themed baby shower.

From custom cupcakes to adorable owl decorations, the baby shower for team member Tesla was another example of Elaine embracing her GGIF mantra…Glamorous. Giving. Intimate. Fun.

The philosophy is anchored at the core of the company and extends through every element of Elaine Turner, from corporate celebrations to caring connections made in Elaine’s boutiques. And on this day, GGIF was the perfect way to celebrate a very special bundle to the Elaine Turner family.

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Homemade cupcakes to celebrate a sweet girl’s arrival!

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Special words for mom and baby.

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Surprise Tesla!

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Whoooo made the owl treats?

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Couldn’t have a baby shower without pickles.

 

 

Mentoring Monday Starts The Week Of Right

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What’s more energizing than starting the day with a latte? For Elaine, it was the opportunity to meet and mentor Houston women at The Houston Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday event at the St. Regis Hotel.

Think speed dating, but rather than a love connection, women were looking for sound career advice and encouragement. Elaine joined other leaders such as the University of Houston’s Dr. Renu Khator at the event, gaining intimate access to local leaders.

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The mentoring sessions were one-on-one and included questions such as, what advice would you give to young women entering the workforce today, what’s the best career advice you ever received and from whom and how do you find a mentor?

“It was such a pleasure to be a part of the Houston Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday. No matter where we are in our careers, we can always benefit from the knowledge of others,” Elaine said.


Boots, Booties and Bloggers

It’s been a fashionable week with many of Elaine’s favorite bloggers.

Read on to see what they wore, how they styled and why you owe it to your wardrobe to include these Elaine Turner pieces.

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Style of Sam goes Back to Basics in the Skylar Booties.

“These Skylar wedge booties are SO COMFORTABLE.  Number one, they are a wedge – enough said.  Number two, they have a memory foam insole.  And number three, they are lightweight.  You know what I mean about those heavy platform wedges – like clopping around in Frankenstein boots, ugh!”

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Style Cusp is swooning over the Shayne Butter booties.

“I visited Elaine Turner’s new flagship store while in NYC as well and walked out with these fabulous nude booties (that are on sale now!) -comfort level is an all time high, let me tell you! I highly suggest heading over to her site and finding a pair for yourself.”

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District Dress Up is hosting a giveaway

District Dress Up is wearing the Jayden suede boots (it’s still chilly in our nation’s capitol) and easing into spring with the blush taupe Celia bag. She’s also giving away a $250 Elaine Turner gift card.

Stay stylishly connected to what’s new, now and next on Elaine Turner’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

From Beach-To-Boardwalk, The Strand Tote Does It All

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The Strand Tote was inspired by Galveston’s historic Strand District. Elaine shot her Spring 2014 collection at Moody Gardens on Galveston Island.

Vacations are all about relaxing and rejuvenating, so the last thing anyone wants is a stressful packing experience. Elaine created The Strand tote to travel well and wear stylishly.

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The Strand is available for monogramming.

The soft, foldable leather totes are available in Blush Taupe, Cobalt and Tangerine, and were inspired by trips to Galveston’s Strand District.

“My inspiration for “The Strand” tote was to create a bag that could take me away for a relaxing weekend to my favorite, close-to-home, beach town–the historic Galveston Island.”

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Shops, restaurants and other stops delight along The Strand.

“I wanted to design a tote I can use for all my beach-to-boardwalk necessities, but also transition easily into evening for dinner or drinks with friends and family.”

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The Pleasure Pier offers seaside fun for the whole family.

“Whether it’s strolling The Strand and popping into La Kings Candy store, having drinks at the historic Tremont Hotel, or grabbing lunch at the delicious Mosquito Café, The Strand tote takes me there.”