Archive - August 2011

The Sewing Studio Grand Opening Celebration & Open House
"Perfectasy" Pop-Up Shop Featuring OnchMovement at Royal-T Cafe
Second Annual La Jolla Fashion Film Fest

The Sewing Studio Grand Opening Celebration & Open House

The popular Sewing Studio in Old Town Pasadena held it’s grand opening celebration and open house this past Saturday (August 13th). The studio had moved from the second floor to a more permanent location on the ground floor in the same building. Guests at the event were treated to yummy bites and drinks by Sugar Fix and Fresh & Easy; a couple sewing demonstrations taught by Rosie Diveen and Allyson Ansusinha; shopping for unique, exclusive pieces by The Sewing Studio, fashions by Commander in Chic and gorgeous recycled jewelry by Maganda Jewelry; sign-up for classes and receive one-time discounts; raffles; giveaways and mingling with other fashionable guests. The event was simply marvelous…all the way down to the thirst-quenching lemonade. I enjoyed meeting new people (shout-out to Rosie, Allyson and Thalassa!) and seeing the owner-Cynthia Harvey and meeting Maganda Jewelry designer- Gail Hermano. For more information and to sign up for classes, go to The Sewing Studio’s website.

Special Thanks: Cynthia Harvey, Rosie-sewing instructor, Allyson-fashion sketching instructor, Thalassa and Gail Hermano.

"Perfectasy" Pop-Up Shop Featuring OnchMovement at Royal-T Cafe

LA designer Onch hosted yet another magical party for the opening of his month long pop-up shop “Perfectasy” (combining ‘perfection’ and ‘ecstasy’) at the Royal-T Cafe in Culver City. This event marked one of five OnchMovement events taking place throughout the month of August. Guests at the event were treated to a candy bar, the famous Royal-T Cafe maids in Japanese cosplay, a mermaid, live butterflies and ladybugs and the highlight- a unicorn…err…a horse with a sparkly blue horn and one of Onch’s signature neon pink pretzels painted on the side of its rear-end. Onch showcased his line of candy, meat, eggs and pretzel goodness, as well as OnchMovement-themed pieces by Petro Zillia designer-Nony Tochterman and “Tentacle Women” necklaces by Misha, along with tees that he collaborated on with designer- Traver Rains (formerly of Heatherette). Also on display were colorful unicorn hoodies and tails that were in collaboration with Happy Hoodie Friends. It was such a fun and festive evening. I enjoyed meeting new people and seeing all the playful fashion.

For more info on the upcoming events at Royal-T, check out their website.

Here is the schedule of OnchMovement events (according to the press release):

Thursday, August 4 (8 – 11 p.m.): Perfectasy Launch Extravaganza – Live ladybugs, butterflies, and a special unicorn guest will celebrate the celebrity-studded public opening of the new “Perfectasy” pop-up shop. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite “cosplay” (costume play) and mystical costumes while enjoying themed food and drink specials and first access to the new OnchMovement pop-up shop.

§ Sunday, August 7 (starts at 12 p.m.): stART + Onch Celebrity Shrines – As part of Royal/T’s ongoing stART art education series, Onch will teach participants how to create a pocket-sized shrine to their personal celebrity muse, as he models his own after Paris Hilton ($10 materials fee per guest)

§ Thursday, August 18 (6 – 10 p.m.): Rainbows & Cowboys – Attendees can preview the newest fashions by LA-based clothing brand Petro Zillia and menswear designer Traver Rains’ (formerly of Heatherette) new line T.Rains.

§ Sunday, August 21 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Bacon Bonanza Brunch – Foodies will flip out for the Royal/T maid café’s special bacon-themed brunch menu to complement the newest bacon-inspired items in OnchMovement’s Meat-cessories line. Live electronic music, $12 bottomless mimosas, and $28 bottles of Veuve du Vernay Champagne will round out the perfect Sunday Funday.

§ Wednesday, August 31 (6 – 10 p.m.): Closing Night Cabaret – The “Perfectasy” pop-up shop will close on a high note with a larger-than-life Cabaret night. Guests are encouraged to don their best themed costumes for the evening, watch performers including ventriloquists and bug eaters, and make their last purchases at the store before the mystical creatures and sweet accessories fade into another world of wonder.

Special Thanks: Onch, TJ Fantini, Kayla-one of the founders at Happy Hoodie Friends, the lovely Meghan Patke at Wagstaff Worldwide and wonderful hostess and Royal-T owner- Susan Hancock and the helpful staff at the event.

Second Annual La Jolla Fashion Film Fest

On the weekend of July 29th-30th, I immersed myself in what had to be the screening of the nation’s best short fashion films, featuring the latest collections from various fashion houses. This weekend-long event of screenings, after-parties and seminars was La Jolla Fashion Film Fest and was held at various venues along La Jolla’s pristine coastline. LJFFF was founded by Fred Sweet and this year marked the festival’s second running. I only attending the opening night’s festivities at MOCA (San Diego), but in that one night, I met awesome and very fashionable people and watched short films made by very talented directors. Among my favorite shorts were: “Move” by Dominique Palombo, which featured an incredible dance number and showcased designer Rachel Roy’s Spring 2011 collection; “Tough Love” by Marie Kristiansen, a love story of sorts…featuring a man milking a goat, four girls in designs by Fam Irvoll and pastel-coloring wigs and the man on a leash… The film brought loads of laughs to the audience. There were three films by director Marcus K. Jones that were brilliantly done as well: “Hot Photographer”, “Christian Lacroix” and “Motorcycle Federation.” That night was such a fun experience that I hope I can partake in next year. I want to thank Fred Sweet and all the wonderful volunteers and directors from LJFFF and wish them all a job well-done. Check out LJFFF HERE.

Side Note: Because I didn’t feel like driving two-hours back home that same night, I stayed at an affordable hotel called- The La Jolla Village Lodge. The owners Maureen Murphy and Egon Kafka were so welcoming and friendly. The hotel room was decent-sized and clean. There was wi-fi and a complimentary light breakfast included with the price of the room. It is also located in downtown La Jolla and within a few blocks to “The Cove” and beaches. For more info and to contact the hotel, go HERE.

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