Archive - March 2010

Cowgirl Heaven/Junquie Girl Collection Launch
Sugar Part Deux

Cowgirl Heaven/Junquie Girl Collection Launch

I attended the trunk show for my friend Houstina Summers of Cowgirl Heaven, who was also launching a stylish jewelry line called Junquie Girl with my other friend, Emma Zerner at Taylrz Joynt Boutique in Sherman Oaks. Both girls found out they shared a desire of wanting to start a jewelry line and since Houstina comes from a fashionable background of designing red-carpet worthy dresses and Emma’s background in Gemology, it was no surprise that these two would join forces to create something fantastic. Houstina had designed new signature halter dresses in Spring hues and fabrics for the trunk show,while Emma was on hand, wearing a beautiful magenta Cowgirl Heaven original and presenting the costume jewelry collection to the public. The pieces were very girly with a vintage feel. I saw a mix of soft pastels, large jewels, lace, bows, roses and chains. When asked about their inspirations, the duo stated, “We both love big, bold accessories and jewelry, which can complete or enhance any outfit. Junquie Girl incorporates daring, fun, and fashion-forward styles, combined with a rocker edge to create something something fascinating for you. From glittering bow-ties added to necklaces and belts, to heavy shiny gold and silver-toned chains, eye-catching beads, shiny chandelier adornments, bold and beautiful belts, multi-layered necklaces, and eye-catching rings, Junquie Girl Collection is constantly at work, designing intriguing color combinations, matched with an array of themes, to bring out the unforgetful, eye-popping accessory that is Junquie Girl.”

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**UPDATE: Junquiegirl has launched at Etsy!!! Check out !!!!! **

Sugar Part Deux

Timmery Turner has done it again! Her post-Valentine’s Day show was such a hit that the 4300 Loft was packed to the gills with people.The show featured several new vendors, a cute Valentine’s-themed photo booth by Katie Hillier of and a fashion show.

Here is an overview of the vendors I met that evening…

Brittany Petty of Brittney/ Miranda Jewelry started her line of unique one-of-a-kind costume jewelry about six months ago. She gets her inspiration everywhere-whether it be her friends, magazines, other jewelry designers; but gets most of the inspiration from people watching. That evening, she was showing some amazing necklaces, handcrafted with strands of multi-colored beads and cute rings made from vintage buttons. Not only does Brittany do jewelry, but she also dabbles in reconstructing vintage pieces and wants to eventually get into designing accessories; such as belts, sunglasses and handbags. Her prices are very fair and range from $5- 30. Check her out at, or

Phuong Tran of LSD Fashion LAB showcased some very hot, avante-garde masks, sunglasses and body armor. Phuong started her online store six months ago, then called, “It’s Not Me Fashion Accessories” , but after meeting Timmery and getting into this second Sugar show, she reinvented herself and changed the name to “LSD Fashion LAB” (L+S+D= Love, Sex and Diamonds). Phuong, who at first majored in child development and then took some fashion merchandising classes at El Camino Community College, gets inspired by watching the world’s most successful people following their dreams and making it big. As for her creations, “they change as I go,” she stated. Her best-selling items at the moment would be anything with chains on it. Her favorite pieces being the “Chained and Wired Up Mask” from her collection ( This product received rave reviews from Urban Outfitters and fashion blogs all over the globe.  The other piece that has gotten a lot of attention lately is the “Original LSD Studded iphone Case.” The price to own some attention grabbing pieces? A very affordable $7-60. For more info, please contact Phuong at, follow her on Twitter: @LSD_Fashion_Lab,, her blog: or become a fan on Facebook.

Simone Ralph does some incredible fashion illustrations on clothing, prints and greeting cards! She started her company, “Simone Elum” in July of 2009. She grew up loving to draw. She would use fashion magazines and illustrations in the old Vogue Pattern books as some of her inspirations. After obtaining her degree in fashion design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, her inspirations came from the works of famed fashion illustrators: Arturo Elena, Ruben Toledo and David Downton. Her other inspirations come from music, movies, interesting people, beautifuls photos and anything around her that is colorful, unique and has a genuine feel to it. “I want my work to inspire girls and women to feel good about themselves, to accept themselves and become the women God intended them to be.” Her tees are selling for $15-25, greeting cards for $12 for a set of 4, and illustration prints for $15 (5X7) or $20-40 (8X10) and are sold online at and at Taylrz Joynt Boutique at 13549 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, CA. Her illustration portfolio is also available for viewing at

Leondra Quinones of Leondra Renee Clothing showed chic dresses during the runway portion of the show. Her dresses, with the them of “Posenous Fashion” certainly made a statement in bold hues of purple and blue. Her inspiration for the collection came from the bold fashionistas of the 80’s. “I paid close attention to the bright colors and details used while adding my own twist to each look,” states Leondra. For more information, please go to

Victoria Reyna of  Vireyna featured some breathtaking jewelry that immediately caught my eye. Her brand, Vireyna means “the wife of the Virrey who was the representative of the Spanish king in the land which is now Argentina, at that time Virreynato del Rio de la Plata. I’m from there and my name-Victoria Reyna matches it perfectly.” The brand’s concept is “just design”- which means design is in everything. Victoria started out as an interior designer, then landscape designer before finally making her mark in fashion. Her concept of design began as minimalist, but grew into a more ecclectic style “which is why you can see in my designs something bold and simple, architectual and minimalist or something with an intricate, sexy and trendy flair.” She gains her inspiration from materials she uses in her interior/exterior design projects to organic shapes from perfection to the chaos of nature. She uses metal chains, her very own handmade glass, semiprecious stones, stainless steel, leather, yarn, pearls, pebbles, feathers and “any material which falls into my hands with a special beauty.” Her favorite pieces from her jewelry line are the extra long glass beaded necklaces with tassels, glass rings, leather cuffs and bulky semiprecious stone necklaces. Her favorite pieces in the fashion accessory line are feather head pieces, leather/corset belts and leather ties for men. The price to own some unique pieces are in the range of $15-100. You can contact her at or

Laura Brown of CandySpooky Clothing has been doing fashion show for three years now, but has been designing for about fifteen years. Laura got the name, “CandySpooky” from her “dissatisfaction with the lack of genuinely fun clothes available for girls like myself.” She incorporates a lot of girly features in her clothes; like frills, bows, fake pearls, feathers, buttons, hearts and bright or sugary sweet pastels. She uses a lot of prints (stripes, polka dots, hearts, etc) and comfort fabrics like cotton or cotton/lycra.  She creates one-of-a-kind pieces (for now) and never makes patterns “so I can take pride in giving people clothes that no one else will have.” She also does custom orders for events or parties. Her theme would be considered fairy-tale princess in the real world. Her inspirations come from Harajuku and street style, but also kitsch from her childhood (“My Little Pony”, Barbie and Anime). Her prices range anywhere from $25-100. For really eleborate dresses or custom pieces, the price jumps to $150-300. For more information, contact Laura at: and visit her online store at

Cristina Areyano of Love Cristina first started out designing stationary, prints, postcards, etc before turning her designs into jewelry. She called her line, “Love Cristina” because of the ‘how to take care of your jewelry’ note that comes with each piece. Her line is comprised of fun pieces for women and young girls with lots of bows, bright colors, fairytale themes infused with vintage elements. She uses her own images, resin, lucite, brass, wood, Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls and ribbon for the pieces. Her inspirations come from Japanese Kawaii culture; children’s author Maurice Sendak; artist Melissa Contreras; Disney; color; and fashions of the Victorian, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s eras. She credits the people in her life as additional inspirations for new characters and designs. She is currently working on a few fairytale and storybook themes, of which Snow White and Wizard of Oz will be the first two. Her prices vary depending on the amount of materials used. All image based necklaces range from $28-50, non image based from $15-20, rings from $10-15, brooches from $10-20 and headbands from $35-70. You can contact Cristina at and visit her site at

I also ran into Chantala Parris from “Hide Your Feathers (, Timmery was showing her line 1981 Collection as well as some awesome paintings (repped by Candy Parker), Bedouin (Samantha Hyman) was showing her line, Wolfbird Art (, RockThizClothing by Lisa Snyder ( was featured in the runway show, as well as Green Tease Clothing by Cari Byers ( and the awesome paint job and fashions by the designers of Da Bidnez ( or

It was another great show! The crowd and the list of vendors just keeps getting bigger. I can’t wait until the “Sugar and Spice” show, which Timmery will feature men and women artists and designers. So stay tuned!

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