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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Opening Night Gala at FIDM!

It was another wonderful event at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles last night! As always the gala opening of the Museum's annual exhibit for the Television Academy's nominated costume display for the Emmy Awards was beautifully done and a great time was had by all.

Well, I got the stance right, but the sun was in my eyes!

Here are just a few images from this fabulous display:

Costumes from NBC's musical drama "SMASH"
Netflix's "HOUSE OF CARDS"

For more information on the Emmy Awards check out

And, if you have the chance to stop in and see these works of art for yourself be sure you don't miss the gorgeous display from their permanent collection of evening dresses from the 1920's that is there as well.

Little Black Dress from none other than Coco Chanel
Can you imagine wearing this? Stunning! 
This looks like something that would easily be worn today!

For more information on this terrific exhibit, check out FIDM's site at

Hope you've enjoyed this small sampling from this wonderful event. Congrats to the Academy and to FIDM!



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Unique LA Inspiration

Unique LA
This weekend there is a fabulous event happening in Santa Monica at the airport. In one of the airplane hangars there are locally handmade artisan items of all kinds on display for purchase and it is a feast for the senses.

I went with a girlfriend - of course! - and we had the best time ever. There was jewelry, purses, hats, scented candles, delicious food, shoes, scarves, home decor, and yes, even handcrafted spirits. With a terrific DJ spinning tunes and creativity everywhere you looked it was very inspiring. 

Here are links to just a sampling of all the wonderful vendors who were fantastic: 

Kyle Chan Design
JakiMac Accessories
Selina Vaughn Studios
LeRenard Totes
Soiyl Shoes
Presh Socks
Lumen Candle Co.
Home & accessories:

Rais Case Designs
Pooka Queen
Una Millinery

When I got home I had to make something and I felt inspired by the beautiful delicate necklaces I was seeing made with seeds beads and tiny faceted stones in a number of booths. So, Fifi has a couple of new necklaces to sport - at least for a little while... 
Gold & White Necklace
Gold & Midnight Blue Necklace
This month's charity is The Rescue Train, an animal rescue group that is a unique, non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to eliminating animal suffering and euthanasia through hands-on rescue work, education and awareness. For more info, to donate directly, or to adopt a pet:

Much love! 


Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Little Necklace Love

Photo by ©2013 Chris Randall. All Rights Reserved.
It was a busy June making my Gatsby inspired necklaces and the responses have been terrific! I'm happy to say that 100% of the "sales" of these gems were all donated to Not for Sale - a charity organization that works to end human trafficking worldwide. 

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this effort!

Much love, 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Celebration & Some Sadness

 Last weekend our lovely neighbors of many years threw a big party for all their friends to finish up the emptying of their home. They have been having estate sales, and garage sales, and yard sales for months now to reduce their accumulation of (wonderful) stuff so that they can move to Houston and bid LA a fond farewell. I'm devastated and cannot wrap my mind around the fact that at this time next week they will not be here in our tight knit 2 building four plex community.

We are, of course, all of us in our circle of caring neighbors, so really sad to see them go. They have been our bedrock and the foundation of our community! But, as well, we are really happy for them because they are going back to a home town with lots of family and old friends and familiar places.

So here's my shout out:
You have given all of us so much and my husband and I are truly honored to be the recipients of a tremendously special piece of yours (among so many others too that you have so generously gifted us with!) that we will cherish for all the days of our lives.

WE LOVE YOU BOTH. We will miss you every day. Thank you so much for leaving us with some of your most treasured items, especially this incredibly beautiful antique vanity. 

It's been a privilege and it's been a gift to be a part of your lives for the last 14 years and because of the marvel of modern communication technology I know that we will remind friends over time and space for the rest of our lives! God bless and God speed you safely to your new home.

xoxo - "Coco"