Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.
We all have that one person who epitomizes human perfection for us. The one person who, in terms of style, poise and sheer awesomeness is the model upon which we base our lives. For some, that person might be a teacher. Or a parent. Or a favorite author. For me, that person is Ellen DeGeneres. Because honestly—name one person who is better. It is not possible. Girlfriend has great hair, wicked dance skills, great taste in coffee tables, is pretty much the patron saint of puppies everywhere…oh, and she’s funny, too. I’m not sure when my Ellen obsession began, but I think it was sometime around when my family rented her HBO special Here And Now from Blockbuster. Let’s say I was 14. Just imagine lil’ ol me, expecting some basic comedy act and all the sudden this blonde goddess walks on the stage and ROCKS MY ENTIRE WORLD. I was all, “This gal knows what’s up. And that blue henley is super cute.”
Above: Some of Ellen’s various styles worn on The Ellen Show. Via Ellen’s Style Pinterest Board.
As I became more acquainted with Ms. DeGeneres, I learned that she not only has a soul of pure gold, but completely flawless taste in fashion and interior design. Every day on the Ellen show is a one-woman fashion show filled with All-The-Things-I-Want-To-Wear-Always. And her house(s)? This is where it gets insane. Along with a daily TV show, a record label, a gig hosting The Oscars this year, and—I don’t know—being the baddest chick on earth—Ellen has also managed to nurture an interest in design and house-flipping that is actually totally legit. Elle Decor ran a cover story on her Southern California ranch house last year and it’s pretty much the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen ever. (Do you have goosebumps yet? I do.) So—what is the lesson? Ellen is awesome. End of story. Other people, you can all go home. —Max
1. Vintage Ilum Wikkelso Sofa | 2. Industrial Stool | 3. Dorothy Perkins Blazer | 4. J. Crew Striped Long Sleeve T-shirt | 5. Mouille Two Arm Wall Sconce | 6. West Elm Copenhagen Bookcase | 7. Handwoven Medina Rug