St. Vincent Meals On Wheels & Miss Lilly’s Trading Company Holiday Extravaganza at Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills | Photo courtesy of Donna Grayson on Flickr

I hope everyone’s having a great holiday season! I’m checking back in (with a New Year’s resolution to update regularly come the…you’ve guessed it…new year) since I’m super excited to be live-blogging tonight from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.

St. Vincent’s famous food truck, Cart for a Cause, has launched a cookbook featuring 40 of Los Angeles’ acclaimed chefs. Four of them – Mark Gold (Eva Restaurant), Alex Becker (NOBU Los Angeles), Bebe Flynn (Miss Lilly’s Trading Company) and Michael Fiorelli (mar’sel at Terranea) – will be on-hand at the VIP reception at 5 PM today. For $25, you’ll get bites straight from the cookbook and get to take home your own signed copy (call 213.484.7128 to RSVP). You’ll be taking home some delicious recipes while knowing that 100% of the proceeds from your cookbook purchase benefits Meals on Wheels.

At 6 PM, tonight, is the main holiday shopping event. You can expect lots of treats! Not only will Cart for a Cause be serving up food at the valet, every sponsor will have something special to offer every attendee. Plus, free Pisco Porton cocktails and glitter tattoos. The Guerlain lash bar will be open as will the Frederic Fekkai counter. Check below for what everyone’s got in store:

  • Free glitter tattoos
  • Feed with Fashion Social T-shirt from JUNK FOOD CLOTHING
  • Longer lashes at the GUERLAIN lash bar
  • A hair analysis at FREDERIC FEKKAI
  • The 30-second facelift at CELLCOSMET
  • Hand and arm massages from LA MER and JO MALONE
  • Mini facials at SK-II
  • A chance to enter and win a PENHALIGON’S fragrance gift basket, valued at $385.
  • A complimentary makeup sample when you meet with a CLE DE PEAU or SHISEIDO consultant*
  • Customization of your ESTEE LAUDER purchase by their engraver*
  • With your SISLEY purchase, get your future foretold by renowned psychic Dora Blacman*

*denotes one per purchase

Also, don’t forget to visit me in the Blogger’s Hub! I’ll be live-blogging and tweeting the event.

And, if you decide to do some holiday shopping (for others or yourself, natch), you’ll feel great that during the hours of 6 – 8 PM tonight, 5% will benefit Miss Lilly’s Trading Company, which goes towards feeding pets belonging to homebound seniors, while 5% more will go towards St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, which help feed the seniors themselves.

See you tonight!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

VIP Reception: 5 – 6 PM

Holiday shopping event: 6 – 8 PM

On One in Saks Fifth Avenue East
9600 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
RSVP: 213.484.7128

Picks For Fashion’s Night Out Los Angeles

Studio Beauty Mix, Fred Segal Melrose

Tonight’s the night! Exactly a year ago I was in New York during Fashion Week and had an absolute blast during the first ever Fashion’s Night Out. Goodie bags, champagne, cocktails, discounts, free make-overs, cupcakes – you name it. But we’re doing our best here, in LA, so I thought I’d highlight the events going on around town that I would want to hit up.

For the complete listing, just head on over to the Official LA FNO site, which groups the retailers by neighborhood. You can also check out Mondette’s run-down, which expertly and succinctly lists what each store is doing for tonight’s special occasion. The @FNOlosangeles and @FashionWeekLA twitter accounts are also great resources. And while you’re out there on the town, don’t forget to bring your appetite because the food trucks will certainly be out in full force.

I’ll be elsewhere tonight but if I were to make a night out of succumbing my wallet to temptation (and a portal to get me all over town in a jiff), I’d go here:

Custo Barcelona, Beverly Center

  • Free Custo Jelly Bag with $50 purchase. I love Custo’s vibrant designs and mix of fabrics and patterns. Not for gals who are most comfortable with the little black dress.

A Ferris Wheel and surrounding shops, Rodeo Drive

  • I’ve never seen a ferris wheel on Rodeo Drive, so maybe this is just a cheap thrill. Still, Rodeo’s the perfect place to be a tourist in my own city since the price points at many of these shops boutiques shoot my moon. A girl can dream…and canoodle.

Paige Denim on Robertson Blvd.

  • I love Paige Jeans. The store in LA will be giving away a prize every hour on the hour starting 7 PM. If you buy a pair of jeans, you’ll get a Carasoin Spa gift. Refreshments and bites will be served.

The Dandy Warhols play Fred Segal, 8100 Melrose

  • I can’t really argue with putting music in the mix, especially on an occasion celebrating fashion. The Portland alt rock band will be playing a live set. And while you’re there…

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Sample Sale at Malo Restaurant: Grease For Your Wallet

Margarita | Photo credit to smohundro on Flickr

Tomorrow on Thursday, June 10, 2010, Malo Restaurant in Silver Lake will be hosting the third of Tiny Bandit’s series of sample sales featuring local threads for men & women. Shop lines from Akiko, Saint Grace, I [heart] Juliet, Jessica Elliot and more. Don’t forget to bring cash for your clothing purchases. Let’s face it: Folks are smart when they employ “retail therapy” with alcohol.

This is not one of those shopping events where you get a gift bag at the end that’s comprised of more flyers and trash than actual schwag. Instead, you get to reap the benefits of $1 tacos and happy hour drink prices ($4-7) until 10 PM. Besides, you don’t really even need happy hour to go til close because you’ll probably be broke by then, anyway. So grab a couple Spicy Cucumber Margaritas and spur on the local economy. Don’t forget the $1 tacos, either – besides, any seat inside Malo is a lot more comfortable than any couch in the mall.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

5 – 10 PM
$1 Tacos, Happy Hour drink prices

Flyer (Cash only sale)

4326 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029


Unique LA To Showcase Independent Designers & Now Music With Amoeba Records

Shop Independent

Tired of the mall? Looking for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience? This weekend, you can have access to over 300 independent designers and artists from all over Los Angeles and their goods – and shop for recycled music all in the same place, thanks to Unique LA‘s partnership this year with Amoeba Records. Independent designers meld with independent music – a match made in heaven. It’s a great way to get your ultra sheik, unique wares while knowing that your support is going back into the community; over 95% of the merchandise featured is made right here in the USA.

Don’t forget that there’s $10 admission at the door, but with your admission you get the fabulous following:

  • Free drinks & a hosted bar (IZZE, Honest Tea, water, beer, UNIQUE cocktails)
  • Unlimited re-entry for both days
  • Your very own collectible tote bag designed by LA graphic designer Keith Scharwath – exclusive to each show
  • Free eco workshops and cool handmade activities all weekend, brought to you by Your Daily Thread and Quayside Publishing
  • Family/Kids creativity zone and seating area
  • Access to giveaways and door prizes all weekend long
  • Souvenir copy of the Vendor Directory + Mini Magazine
  • $1 from each admission goes towards Ed Begley, Jr’s GreenWish

Of course, there will be food stands and food trucks galore to keep your stomach happy. And if you love workshops, there are plenty for you to choose from, too – make steampunk jewelry and recycle funny old sweaters. The creative possibilities are endless. You can even take a few pics with your shopping friends in the photo booth. DJ Bryan Davidson will keep the tunes pumping all day.

Saturday – Sunday
April 24 – 25, 2010

11 AM – 6 PM

Tickets: $10

Unique LA
California Market Center Penthouse
110 East 9th Street
13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90079


The Fusion of Food With Fashion: Taste of the Nation at Tory Burch

Christina, Stephanie, Dena and me | Photo Credit to Mike Tabolsky

As mentioned earlier, I co-hosted an event that took place at Tory Burch on Robertson for a special Taste of the Nation shopping event last Thursday. While holding the honor of being the token food blogger, I joined Dena of Dluxelist and Christina and Stephanie of Paisley Petunia (recap) as hosts. I’m elated to report that the turn-out and the event as a whole were a huge success. Probably every girl there tried on a pair of shoes. I went home with a pair of sunglasses and a clutch while having resisted a black leather tie belt. But the bubbly flowed freely as trays of Susie Cakes cupcakes were being passed by extra tall male models dressed in black.

Inside Tory Burch during TOTNLA event | Photo Credit to Mike Tabolsky

The place was packed and I got to meet a ton of cool gals from the L.A. beauty blogger community. For each 10%-discounted Tory Burch purchase, 10% more was donated to Taste of the Nation. Or, if the attendee bought a ticket to the Taste of the Nation culinary event, she got to save a total 20% off her Tory Burch purchases. Each ticket purchase came with a fabulous gift bag put together by Dena. Taste of the Nation ended up selling more tickets than projected, and became that much closer to ending childhood hunger in Los Angeles.

But there is still a ton of work to be done – leading up to and through the big event on Sunday, June 6. And there are plenty of more opportunities to support Taste of the Nation at an upcoming function while getting your tickets at the $15-discounted rate:

  • Saturday, April 17, 2010: 10 AM – 1 PM
  • All proceeds from the bake sale go to TOTNLA

    Blogger Bake Sale at Morels, The Grove
    189 The Grove Drive
    Los Angeles, CA‎ 90036

  • Monday, April 26, 2010: 6 PM – 10 PM
  • All proceeds from Greenspan’s Gorditas go to TOTNLA, live Latin Music provided
    Buy a ticket to TOTNLA, get a free gordita and a mojito!

    Happy Hour at The Foundry on Melrose
    7463 Melrose Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA‎ 90046

  • Thursday, May 20, 2010: 6 PM – 9 PM
  • Happy Hour deals all night, raffles with great Ciudad and Border Grill prizes

    Happy Hour at Ciudad, Downtown LA
    445 S. Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Hope to see you at one of the Taste of the Nation events! Keep updated on such events with the Taste of the Nation LA blog; you can also follow them on Twitter. You can also peep all of Mike Tabolsky’s wonderful photos from the event in this photo album.

Joy, TOTNLA Chair and super cute daughter Zoe

Tory Burch Teams Up With Taste of the Nation

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be co-hosting a special shopping event at the Los Angeles Tory Burch boutique on Thursday, April 8th along with power fashion and beauty bloggers Dena of Dluxelist and Christina & Stephanie of Paisley Petunia to benefit Share Our Strength!

At the private 6 – 8 PM shopping event, attendees will be able to buy their discounted ticket to the Taste of the Nation culinary event taking place on Sunday, June 6th from 1 – 4 PM in Culver City. Normally, tickets run $100 for regular admission and $150 for VIP, but at our special shopping event, you’ll be able to buy tickets in person for $15 off ($85 and $135, respectively; child tickets remain $25). All proceeds – yes, 100% - from ticket sales benefit Share Our Strength’s efforts to end child hunger. It’s a great way to experience the premier Los Angeles chefs and mixologists and taste great wine in one spot for an afternoon in the beautiful California sun while supporting a great cause. If you are one of the first 50 at the event to buy a ticket at the shopping event, you’ll also receive a luxe gift bag full of a ton of beauty products and other goodies, including Pinky Vodka!

And when fashion and food forces combine, the incentives don’t stop. Make this a night out with the girls – champagne and h’ors doeurves will be served, and you’ll be encouraged to shop the Tory Burch Robertson boutique for 10% off all full-priced merchandise while Tory Burch donates another 10% to Share Our Strength. And if you have bought a Taste of the Nation ticket, you’ll be able to take advantage of the full 20% discount and keep it all yourself!

This is a private event (business hours are only until 6 PM) and the store is only so big – so be sure to RSVP (rsvp.totnla [at] gmail [dot] com) to secure your spot! I hope to see you there – ready to browse & shop Tory’s beautiful designs and prints – and to support a great organization like Share Our Strength!

Further reading:

Taste of the Nation 2009 – MyLastBite

Taste of the Nation 6/14/2009 – Ravenous Couple

Top 8 Tastes from 2009 Taste of the Nation – Food GPS

Share Our Strength Website
Taste of the Nation Website
Paisley Petunia
Tory Burch Profile on CNN Money

Thursday, April 8, 2010

6 – 8 PM

$15 discount ($40 on at-the-door price) on TOTNLA tickets

10% off Tory Burch full-priced merchandise or 20% off if you buy TOTNLA ticket

Free gift bag for 1st 50 tickets bought

Tory Burch Boutique
142 N. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Recovery is Fashionable: 8th Annual Fashion For The Cure Benefit With Diane Von Furstenberg ’09-10 Cruise/Pre-Spring Show

All photo credit (with thanks) to Andrew Herrold Photography

So many things about the night were beautiful. There was an empowering purpose in turning the red carpet pink. It was my first pink carpet, certainly – red carpets I generally avoid. Just as well. There was something very meaningful about combining cancer cure advocacy and a Diane von Furstenberg ’09-’10 Cruise/Pre-Spring show. And let’s face it: I love fashion shows and I love Diane von Furstenberg.

The night at Smashbox Studios was not without its celeb factor. The beauties filed in one-by-one, and as far as event images I was content for the first time to have a certain 6’2″ frame behind the lens, battling it out on behalf of my own, at 5’4″. For one, I would’ve lost on equipment alone, much less skill, much less height (and what a wonderful job he did!). I could get used to this sweet arrangement.

Some notables on that pink carpet were Denise Richards, Mya and Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) – who also was the event host and arrived with Rick Fox (now I know). And there was someone for everyone. For the Entourage fans, there was Caroline D’Amore. For beer fans, there was the Dos Equis guy, whose name is actually Jonathan Goldsmith. (So the next time you want to ask, “Who is that guy?” when you see The Most Interesting Man in the World do his monologue on TV, you know he’s a Goldsmith. Like some sort of apple hybrid. Ohh…mystique does him so much good.) For Twilight fans, there was Christian Serratos and the Full House ones, think DJ Tanner – Candace Cameron – despite your inclination to think Michelle. But my personal favorite was certainly Tia Carrera, looking as great as ever for a woman who started it all…

Guests – who comprised a mostly ladies night out – enjoyed Jamba Juice, Famous Cupcakes, Partida Tequila (yay), and of course Ford models throughout the night thanks to generous sponsorship. Silent auctions were bidding on long tables outdoors leading up to the fashion show.

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Accessorize Like a Rock Star: Soffer Ari Store Launch

Soffer Ari reached a milestone by opening his own flagship store in the beginning of the month. It’s well-deserved; he’s been in the business for 13 years. I could really tell that everything in Soffer Ari‘s store is not only handmade but made with the utmost care and the finest detail, the last finish. Rock is either your fashion or lifestyle and he is here to meet your demand.

Something you won’t find in his collection is grunge. It is all edge, baby – sometimes elegant and sometimes enigmatic – and I can tell you I’m seriously considering saving up a few weeks’ lunch money to have that special, knock-em-dead piece of my own. Pieces. I could use a few pieces. But I won’t.

Themes included razor blades, skulls, leafy crosses, Star of Davids, and more. But they were all exquisite. Above everything else about his pieces was the craftsmanship and detail. Everything was also of the utmost quality.

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TOMS and Element Skateboards Team Up

The Fuze-d drinks (Fuze fruit flavors with vodka) and beer flowed freely as cameras were present to record the launching of a new TOMS shoeline influenced by Element Skateboards.

For every pair of TOMS Shoes and Element Skateboard you buy, TOMS and Element will gift a pair of shoes and skateboard to a child in need. As they say, “One for one.” There are three women’s designs and two men’s.  Noticeable was the splash of green in the shoe or was otherwise a strictly red and black design. I especially liked a faint purple paisley design they had.

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Learning To Love TOMS Shoes

TOMS Shoes invited several Los Angeles area bloggers to a private night in their new space, a pop-up store on Abbott Kinney in Venice. I thought their entire space was adorable – of course, on top of informative. The girls in the store even gave it a bit of a family vibe and all were very enthusiastic about what their company was doing to expand their business – the success of which is integrated with their cause. It was really refreshing, actually, to see a company’s employees so stoked on the success of their company which each of them has had no small part in contributing. Snacks such as puppy chow (chex with chocolate filling), treats such as wrapped apple strudel, a cider punch, Honest Tea and Sapporo completed the welcome. Or maybe that was the free pair of TOMS shoes they gave each of us.

Founder Blake Mycoskie and Sole Surfer/Social Media Manager Caitlin were on hand to greet bloggers and I thought the story behind what the mission of TOMS is, was a great narrative used to fill the space. It was good to hang out a bit with Siel of GreenLAgirl too (and Dani from Mosaic, who works for TOMS!). Along the length of the store is the timeline of the company’s history on display, from recruiting interns on Craigslist to the launch of the pop-up store not a mile from where TOMS was founded.

If you don’t know already, for every pair of TOMS you buy, a child in need gets a pair of his or her own.

Podoconiosis is a form of elephantitis and a soil-transmitted yet easily preventable disease had people worn shoes to protect their feet. It’s rampant particularly in Ethiopia and the target of TOMS Shoes. Half-to-one million suffer from Podo while 11 million are at risk. So you can feel good each time you buy a pair of these stretchy and comfy kickers. The more you wear them, the more they form to your foot.

In addition to their basic model and all the variety of cloths, textures and colors available, they recently came out with a wrap boot. I’m not so much a fan but then again, how could a shoe company not embrace their own style boot? I stuck with a brown plaid pair of shoes that will go with my loungey and natural-toned moods. Range of pricing starts at $42 up to $65 for shoes and as much as $118 for their new wrapped boot. Vegan varieties are also available.

The store will be there only until the end of January so be sure to make a visit before they’re gone to learn more about the company and to donate a pair of shoes to a child while getting a pair of kicks for yourself. After all, it’s always fashionable to be humanitarian. (They have guys’ shoes too!)

TOMS Shoes Pop-up Store
1617 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
10AM – 7PM

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