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Sophie Elkus

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Marakkesh Meets Hollywood

Ramy Brook topRamy Brook pantsValentino shoes, Kendra Scott earringsKendra Scott bangle

I hosted a beautiful brunch with Kendra Scott recently to celebrate the launch of Kendra’s Moroccan-inspired spring line.

After weeks on end of LA rain storms and cloudy grey skies, it could not have been a more beautiful day. We scoured all over for a location and decided on this Old-Hollywood inspired home in the hills, thanks to Air Bnb. I was ready to move in: it had a gorgeous pool area, a mix of art deco/Moroccan/old Hollywood decor, and lots of palm trees on the property.

I knew I wanted to wear white for the event, and these high waisted wide-leg pants fit the bill perfectly. I love dresses, but there’s something very “in charge” about a white pant that makes it an ideal piece for hosting a party – know what I mean? They’re chic and elongating. I know I’ll rewear these a ton with cropped sweaters and lace blouses. I wore it with a convertible wrap top that can be worn several ways; as a halter like I did here, as a low V-neck blouse with gathered fabrics, or knotting the fabric at the collarbone before tying it around your neck. Since tops are the one item in my closet that’s always lacking; I was happy to find this gem.

I did my own makeup for the party, which I was happy with, although it’s always nice to use a makeup app for events to avoid stressing about it the day of. Getting my makeup done is such a treat, but the problem is that I’m so picky about it. I’ve worked with some amazing makeup artists that I love and learn from (I wish they were available on the reg!) but I feel like you never quite know what you’ll get when working with a new person through an app or service (I’ve had some great experiences and some not so great experiences). For foundation, I like it on the dewier side, since you can always add powder later but you can’t revive a flat powdery face. Also, I know artists are trained to match your skin color perfectly to your foundation so the color “disappears” into your skin, but I like to purposefully go several shades darker, since I spray tan my body and a slightly deeper shade makes me look rested. Lastly on this rant… I’m way too particular about how artists shadow my eyes. I have almond shaped eyes, and my pet peeve is shadow that goes up to my eyebrow, that doesn’t extend the full length of my eye, or that isn’t fully blended- anyone else?! Diva moment aside, I just know what I like, so if I’m on the fence I usually do my own makeup to be sure I’ll like it. I used a dark inky liquid eyeliner, a Lancome lip crayon in “Oui, Monsieur,” and tons of Stila mascara, although looking back at these pictures I would have added a couple false lashes on the edges if I were to do it over again.

I can’t take credit for this ponytail – it was thanks to Drybar. I go there a few times a month for blowouts, but I wasn’t aware you could request a ponytail until now. Full disclosure, I brought clip in pieces for a super long ponytail. I wanted tons of texture, teasing for extra height and bigger, messy curls; all which is easier when you’re not damaging your real hair. My stylist curled with a one and a quarter inch wand before gathering hair into the pony, then hid the band by wrapping hair around it and took out some front pieces for an undone look. To finish she sprayed my whole head with texturizing spray to hold it. I loved how it turned out!

I wore white drop earrings (the “Aryssa” earrings), which complimented my pants and were surprisingly lightweight and comfortable (my pet peeve is heavy earrings). I love how they sparkle in sunlight (or candlelight). Since my pants had a silver ring, I wanted to keep the rest minimal with just one silver bangle. Hidden under my pants were white Rockstud heels.

The Kendra team set up a mimosa bar in the front entryway of the house, that led towards the pool area. A henna tattoo artist and nail artist from Olive & June (the best place for manicures in LA!) were on hand for the girls. Below one of girls wears a rose gold druzy ring from the spring line.

Toasting to all the wonderful girls that came out to support me and celebrate Kendra’s line – so happy to have made such amazing friendships with these women.

Annabelle from VivaLuxury and Jessi from My White T.

Kendra Scott has some beautiful nail lacquer colors for spring- my favorite is slate grey and coral. The bottles also play off the jewelry with oversized gold caps.

Sivan was such a trooper to come to brunch – she had just gotten her wisdom teeth out a couple days prior! I think this is the first time I’ve seen her pass up a brunch mimosa 😉 I had my wisdom teeth out at 18 and definitely did NOT look that good the same week!

Kaitlynn in her pretty rust-colored dress and a Kendra necklace.

Brittany from Thrifts & Threads with her adorable daughter Jadyn.

Thank you to the whole Kendra Scott team for putting on such a beautiful event and bringing together good friends for a Sunday well spent! The company also made a generous donation on my behalf to one of my favorite organizations, Women for Women International, a non-profit that works to provide women in conflict conflicts with the support system they need to thrive in their communities (leadership skills, health care education, basic business skills). I was not expecting this and was so touched by their generosity and commitment to giving back.

Shop my outfit and jewelry pieces below!

Photography by Nicole Moser
Ramy Brook top, Ramy Brook pants, Valentino shoes, Kendra Scott earrings, Kendra Scott bangle

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