October 02, 2015




Six Tips on How to Survive Oktoberfest

Don’t miss out on the fun, join us in celebrating Oktoberfest! 
First, lets look at some tips to prepare!

Tip #1 Learn the language
Whether you are going to your local Oktoberfest or have the chance to go to Germany try learning a few common phrases! This will enhance your experience and make you feel a bit more cultured! Not only will you impress your friends, you will have fun with it too! 

Here are some common phrases to try:
Thank you: Danke
Please: Bitte
Cheers!: Prost!
Yes/No: Ja/Nein
Hello: Hallo
How are you?: Wie geht es ihnen?

Tip #2 Pace yourself 
It’s easy to get carried away with excitement when you have your first stein of beer in front of you. Over eager attendees tend to tap out first. Stay and enjoy the whole festival! Don’t miss the prime evening festivities!

girl drinking a beer

Tip #3 Get in the spirit and dress up!
Dressing up always equals more fun. When will it ever be acceptable to wear the full traditional outfits again? Boys get your lederhosens out and girls get your dirndls out and get ready for fun! Ladies, if you tie your dirndl on the left it’s a sign you are single, and if it’s tied on the right means you are taken!


Tip #4 If you put your foot on the table be prepared
Ladies and gents if you’re caught putting your foot on the table this signals the tent you are ready to chug your entire stein and once you’ve done that there is no going back.


Tip #5 Try the food!
Your experience won’t be complete without …. Food! Of course! Who would want to skip out on german food anyway?

Tip #6 Lastly, have fun! 
Music, friends, family, beer, and delicious food. What more is there to ask for?

September 21, 2015




Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

What's a better way to start off this fall season than with this pumpkin spice latte recipe!  

Start your day with the cozy and delicious taste of traditional fall flavors. It's your favorite
Starbucks drink, but better. With only 5 steps, healthier ingredients, and a little homemade love this Pumpkin Spice Latte will boot your daily coffee out the door!

  • 1 shot of espresso
  • ¾ cup of milk of choice (coconut milk is our favorite)
  • 3 TB of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 TB of real maple syrup
  • 5 drops of stevia (or substitute with another ½ TB of maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of coconut sugar for the topping


First Step
Use an espresso machine to create the espresso shot. If you do not have one you can still get the same
intensity of an espresso shot if you concentrate your regular cup of coffee to 4 ounces of liquid.

Second Step
Once the coffee is ready use a blender to mix with the pumpkin puree, spices, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

Third Step
Use your espresso machine or (saucepan over a medium flame) to warm up milk and stevia (or syrup)

Fourth Step
Once milk and stevia comes to a simmer add to blender and stir on high to create a foamy milk. Let it sit for a minute.

Fifth Step
Separate liquid from the foam with a spoon, and add a sprinkle of pumpkin spice or Coconut sugar on top.



August 19, 2015




Sweet Summer Lemonade

There's still time before long summer days give way to cool fall mornings. We're determined to savor every last drop the season of sunshine has to offer. That's why we're sharing our favorite lemonade recipe with you. Enjoy! 

2 cups water
½ cup sugar
1½ cups ice
½ cup fresh lemon juice


Make a simple syrup by heating ½ cup of water and ½ cup sugar in a small pot. Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Mix ice into the simple syrup. Add lemon juice and remaining water, mix into a pitcher or jar and stir. Add water to taste. Serve immediately or chill. 


Mix it up!
An easy way to mix up this recipe is by making an infused simple syrup! For example if you wanted to make lavender lemonade, when heating the water and sugar, simply add 1/2 a tablespoon of dried lavender. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from heat and let the lavender steep for 10 minutes (or longer if you prefer a stronger infusion) then strain the syrup. With infused simple syrups the flavor possibilities are endless! Try using some sweet summer fruits like peaches, blueberry lemonade or even add an herb taste with strawberry basil!

Styling hint: We love the way this lemonade looks served up in Mason jars! 
August 11, 2015




Travel Tips For Your Summer Getaway!


For Elyse Travel Tips!

 As the summer winds down, and a new semester is looming, we've been scrambling to pack in a few more travel adventures. With that in mind, this week we thought we'd count down our favorite travel tips to keep you prepared for your last minute excursions!

Tip #1

With all the travel sites out there, it can be overwhelming to try to get a good price on flights. Recently we discovered the Hopper app, which instantly compares all travel sites and flight deals to make sure you get the absolute cheapest price! Download it now, you'll thank us later!

Tip #2

We've all seen them on flights. The people with the overstuffed carry-on bag. Avoid this pitfall by evaluating your carry-on luggage necessities well before the flight. The way we see it, there are really on a few carry-on must haves. They include: headphones, an eye mask, bottled water, and a book or magazine. That's it! Make your life easy by sticking those essentials.


Tip #3

Plan your outfits ahead of time. We've all been there, frantically shoveling clothes into a suitcase the night before a flight. Sidestep this ritual of panic by planning your outfits out ahead of time.

Tip #4

Does your summer getaway include beach plans? Here's a handy checklist for items you might not think to bring, but you'll sure be glad you did!

  • portable speakers
  • baby powder (gets rid of sandy feet in a snap!)
  • waterproof phone case
  • diffuser water bottle (stay hydrated!)

That's all from us for this week! Be sure to share your favorite travel tips below!



July 28, 2015




For Elyse Giveaway: I Spy!

This week we're offering another giveaway! We thought seemed like the right time to play I Spy again. Interested? Here's how to play:

1. Find the correct garment on our site, www.forelyse.com.

2. Comment below this post with the name of the correct garment.

3. We'll do a drawing at the end of the week taken from all the correct answers.*

* The contest will run from Tuesday, July 28 and close at 8am on Tuesday, August 4 (PST).

Want to be entered in the drawing twice? Comment below with the name of the correct garment, as well as your favorite item from our site.

Good luck!

The fine print:

- Limit one entry per person

- If the garment isn't available in the requested size, a gift certificate in the amount of the garment will be offered to the winner, for use on www.forelyse.com.

Now get searching!


June 25, 2015




For Elyse Blogger Roundup!

This week we've been really impressed with all the darling outfits the fashion bloggers we work with have been putting together. In honor of their styling skills, today we're doing a roundup of all our favorite outfit posts from the last week!

Blogger Sylvia in Songbird Dress

Worth the Wait Dress

Katie Miller of Freedom of Wardrobe has been one of our favorite bloggers for a while now, and we just love how she styled this LWD from Mystic. The moto-inspired jacket gives the look a bit of edge, while the playful floral heels soften it and make it a great day-to-night pick!

Love Wildly Free Tunic

Lisa Prang of LMP Collections has a knack for taking a classic piece and styling it in a way that breathes new life into the overall look. We love the look of these deconstructed boyfriend jeans with messenger bag and our Love Wildly Free Tunic.

Songbird Dress Off the Shoulder

Last (but certainly not least), we adore this look styled by Sylvia of Spanish Muse, featuring our Songbird Dress. Belting this dress and adding some classic sunnies takes this dress from festival to ultra-wearable, and love it! Keep those amazing looks coming, ladies! Which is  your favorite look? Tell us below in the comments!


June 11, 2015




Outfit Of The Week: Bicycling Beauties!


Bicycling Beauties

It feels like summer has officially hit here in California, and we couldn't be happier! Tis' the season for sun dresses, river days, and backyard BBQs. We were so inspired this week by the rising temperature, we decided to take our models out to the park for a summer ride!

 Wild and Free summer dresses

Cowboy Take Me Away Top and High Waisted Shorts

We hope you're having a wonderful season so far, and even if the summer solstice hasn't officially happened yet, we're still loving this warmer weather! Don't forget to stay hydrated in the summer sun, and to check our New Arrivals feed often as we're updating it with new products weekly!


June 04, 2015




For Elyse Giveaway: I Spy!

This week here at For Elyse we thought we'd shake things up by offering a giveaway for all our lovely customers! To enter this installment of I Spy, simply check out the pattern in the swatch featured below, and match it online to the correct item. Then follow the directions below. The selected person will win the garment!

ForElyse Giveaway:White lace over tan

1. Find the correct garment on our site, www.forelyse.com.

2. Comment below this post with the name of the correct garment.

3. We'll do a drawing at the end of the week taken from all the correct answers.*

* The contest will run from Thursday, June 4 and close at 8am on Wednesday, June 10 (PST).

Good luck!

The fine print:

- Limit one entry per person

- If the garment isn't available in the requested size, a gift certificate in the amount of the garment will be offered to the winner, for use on www.forelyse.com.

May 29, 2015




Outfit Of The Week: New Arrivals!

With all the work we've been putting into getting our new site up and running, we've hardly had a moment to stop and catch our breath! We're loving the look of it though, and the ease of uploading products means less wait time before some of our favorite new pieces become available online. With that in mind, this week we thought we'd take you through some of our favorite picks from the New Arrivals feed. Enjoy!

Denim jacket and Sweet Day Dreamer dress

You might notice this week that the Jogger Denim Jacket features heavily, and that's because we love it! It's nice to have a staple piece, and a classic denim jacket is a great place to start. The Jogger Jacket comes in a versatile dark wash and has enough stretch for comfort, but is still structured enough to be a great outfit topper.

Printed flowy pants and Beyond the Clouds Top

That's all from us this week, we hope you enjoyed our picks for best new arrivals! Are you wanting us to cover a particular topic on the blog? Tell us in the comments below!

May 22, 2015




Quiz: What Music Festival Should You Attend?

This week we thought we'd address what on everybody's mind, since school is officially out for summer. We're speaking, of course, about music festivals! We've created this handy little quiz to help you decide which music festival suits your personality best. Enjoy!

1 2 3 41 Next »