Archive - September 2010

Fall N2 Fashion Shopping Event
Kelly Wearstler Debuts "HUE" @ Trina Turk's Boutique

Fall N2 Fashion Shopping Event

My lovely blogger colleague, My (Myisha) kindly invited me to her event, “Fall N2 Fashion”- a fashion and beauty shopping event held at the Royal T Cafe in Culver City. My hosted the event, along with her friend- Porsche Taylor. My started doing events about two years ago initially because she wanted to showcase small and independent businesses and create brand awareness. The name of the event changes with every new season (i.e. Fall N2 Fashion).
I met a couple vendors at the event. Miah Richey of Trendsetters America. Miah is the founder and has over seventeen years experience as an image consultant for the company, which started in 2008. They specialize in seasonal fashion shows and host private events that showcase the latest trends.
I then ran into a friend of mine and realized that her daughter was a vendor-selling her jewelry. Meet Jennifer Linardi of Eleven Dreams Jewelry. The idea started in February of 2009 when she needed birthday present ideas for her two friends. She decided it was something she really enjoyed doing and provided a creative outlet. She finds her inspiration through her everyday life. “I don’t look in the magazines or at the latest fashion trends for inspiration. I truly go with what I am feeling at the moment, what I would like to wear and what my Mom would like to wear. Many times I have no idea what I am going to create when I sit down in front of the supplies and start putting things together.” She is very spiritual it shows through her work. “…the majority of my pieces come with a meaning card describing the power properties and healing qualities behind each stone used in a particular piece’s creation. Also, I smudge each piece with white sage to cleanse its energy before it is sold.” Her latest collection, which has been a big hit so far, involves a technique she recently learned- knotting silk cord to hold beads and charms along a necklace or bracelet, using no chain. Her materials for this collection include: Swarovski crystals, sterling silver plated beads, semi-precious gemstones, gold-filled beads and sterling silver and gold-filled charms with positive meanings (like Buddha, wishbones, horseshoes). She credits her mom, Nancy for helping her create some pieces. “It’s nice to sit with her sometimes and bounce ideas off each other. Every time we make something, we rush to the other for approval…She is definitely part of my business’ foundation and I am so grateful for her and all she does.” A couple of her favorite pieces are the thin hoop earrings with chains and the delicate wishbone necklace. She currently sells her pieces at Saffron in Sherman Oaks, California Dreamin’ in Texas, online and her website. She also sells at various events and markets throughout LA and hold “fashion boutiques” at her home as well as her client’s home. For more info, contact Jennifer personally at: or (310)721-5991.

Other vendors at the event include: Susan Lily Silks, Votre Vu, Noriko Designs Handbags, Mary Kay and My’s own company- Springcart. (Be sure to check out My’s blog here.)

Special Thanks: J; My; Porsche Taylor; the Royal T Cafe; the vendors; the sponsors: Scentsational Soaps, Muse School of Make-Up, The Giveaway Cafe, Dermalogica and FUZE beverages.

Kelly Wearstler Debuts "HUE" @ Trina Turk's Boutique

Designer Trina Turk made a special in-store appearance during the “HUE” event, where famed interior designer Kelly Wearstler was introducing and signing her new book, “HUE,” a well-executed and very well-photographed book based on her recent projects and designs for international projects. Kelly designed the LA boutique- along with two others in Palm Springs and OC. The boutique was very open and bright, with hints of soft pinks. I felt that it represented “Classic California Meets Vintage Palm Springs.” The clear bulbs that accented the ceiling added a quirky touch as well.
I had the lovely opportunity of meeting Trina Turk herself. She was telling me that when she was eleven, her Mom taught her how to sew and that created her path to wanting to be a fashion designer. She worked for twelve brands before starting her company fifteen years ago. She gets her inspiration from growing up in Cali, the landscape and architecture and living in LA. Her favorite silhouettes depend on the season. She likes to keep things simple and likes the fabrics to speak for itself; to “focus on letting the fabric shine. Let the fabric tell what style it wants to be.” She is loving the strong minimalism and utilitarian trends that are currently lighting up the runways. One of her favorite pieces is the safari jacket and since prints are one of her specialties, prints are “in” as well. So just how did she meet up with celebrity interior designer- Kelly Wearstler? She saw Kelly’s work in the La Times years ago and thought, ‘if I ever did a store, I’d love to work with this woman.” When they decided to have a store in Palm Springs, she called her up. LA was the second boutique and then the last was at Newport’s Fashion Island.
“HUE” retails for $49.99 and $85 for a limited-edition copy. The Trina Turk boutique is located at: 8008 W. 3rd St. LA 90048. Ph (323)651-1382.

Special Thanks: J, Alyssa Rara of TARA Inc, Tara Soloman of TARA Inc, Sara Prado of TARA Inc, Photographer-Tony DiMaio (for providing the picture of myself and Trina), Trina Turk, Kelly Wearstler and Lauren Urband of StarworksLA.

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