BELLA LA: Valentine’s Gift Guide


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Check out my first contribution to BELLA LA! It’s a Valentine’s Gift Guide for both women and men. Thanks to all the companies that helped me put this piece together. They all hail from the West Coast too.

Spoon Me Sweetly – LA, California

Panty by Post – Vancouver, BC

Orox Leather – Portland, Oregon

Happy Spritz – LA, California and Vancouver, BC

C+C Lifestyles by Design – Vancouver, BC

Maison du Soir – LA, California

tiny fern – Vancouver, BC

Packed Party – San Francisco, California

Bekah-Anne Accessories – Qualicum Beach, BC


Exchange Deluxe Interview



A recurring spotlight featuring glitterati making charitable strides in the fashion space—focused around the question: “What is your favorite piece in your closet?”

ELENA MURZELLO, author of “The Love List,” design engineer and actress.

During last week’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New York, Elena’s book had a dedicated lounge at TechStyle, where she hosted a Twitter Q&A with friends from Skinny Girl Sparklers. She also had the privilege of taking over TheStyleLine’s Instagram account.   Elena’s book made glamour Magazine’s Valentine’s Gift Guide.

Elena is a multifaceted multi-tasker, certainly a “go-getter.” She is a design engineer with an MBA; a writer, actress, and nurse.
Succeeding at demanding careers requires a fine balancing act that constantly
keeps her on her toes, so it follows logically that the
favorite thing in her closet are these magical pink Valentino heels. “I feel like they give me special super powers when I wear them
(and 4 inches of height!).”   She bought these stunners in
2013—the year she finished graduate school with her MBA, and
her book, The Love List: A guide to Getting Who You Want  was

Elena’s first
nursing job was on the Burns, Plastics and Trauma unit, so she understands the
importance of philanthropy and helping others.  She supports a variety of
health care initiatives, but can’t pick just one, “they are all important!”

In The Love List,
Elena shares her real-life experiences as well as information gathered from
more than a hundred single, divorced, and married men and women about the
qualities they look for in a life partner. Abstracting details from her
interviews she created a process that anyone can use to create their own
lists. Along with introspective questions to ponder, Elena includes sample
lists of characteristics, the top three traits both men and women seek in a
partner, an exploration of different types of relationships, and ways to
diversify a portfolio of suitors.

The Love List provides practical tips and personal stories to
encourage single people to look deep within, take risks, and learn to rely on
their own unique lists while searching for the perfect mate.

Elena is energetic,
reflective, and constantly on the move. She seeks the rich and
nourishing flavours of lifestyles found around the globe. Whether it’s riding a
tuk-tuk or a subway, bartering in the local market for fresh fruit or exploring
the boutiques along the Champs-Elysees, each city has something unique, a jewel
that sets them apart. She wants to be in the everyday, everywhere.

Witnessing people in
their natural environment gave her the realization that across
the universe, we are the same. Nurturing this empathetic bond with people from
around the world has strengthened her aptitude to shape honest, distinct,
and real characters in both acting and writing. These experiences have also
awakened her visions and designs in event planning, drawing from vibrant colours,
soothing aromas, zesty cuisines, exquisite sounds, and distinguished

For more information on
The Love List and Elena Murzello, visit

Twitte & Instagram:

Purchase The Love List
Amazon, Barnes& Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Google Books



The Love List in Glamour Magazine

Thanks to Packed Party and the “You Don’t Need Him Anyway” Box. The Love List was in Glamour Magazine!!!


News for Chews Valentine’s Gift Guide

The Love List made a Gift Guide! And the winner of the best blog name EVER goes to….


Manhattan with a Twist Valentine’s Gift Guide

The Love List made a Valentine’s Gift Guide! Check it out here