I love meeting new designers and recently I got to meet the mother-daughter team at Jonas Studios in San Clemente.
Liz and Christine Jonas make jewelry with a story — collecting beads, artifacts and materials from all over the world and fashioning them into statement pieces unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere.
Their designs are in 20 stores all over the U.S. (including Blue Eyed Girl, Millieand 503 Foundhere in Orange County) and their jewelry was worn by cover girl Lupita Nyong’o in the July issue of Vogue.
The only thing better than shopping is when your purchases give back to someone less fortunate. That’s why I love buying gifts, home goods and even fantastic handmade jewelry and accessories from my friends at Pepper Project (pepper project.org).
South Coast Plaza (aka “the happiest place on earth”) is in the middle of its three-day style celebration “Live the Look” this weekend.
First up was a fall fashions presentation featuring designer/celebrity stylist and reality TV personality Rachel Zoe. The petite blond (dressed in a black Fendi midi dress) presented a runway show fall fashions from some of South Coast Plaza’s luxury designer boutiques.
Zoe, an obvious fashion enthusiast, drooled over the looks from Gucci, Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren, Brunello Cuncinelli, Barbara Bui, Fendi, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Lanvin at South Coast Plaza Thursday night.
“Fall fashion means layering; it’s an excuse to wear more clothes,” said Zoe, pointing out what most true fashion fiends feel: Fall is the best season of the year.
Ever feel like you need a little help getting your style on? Well, you’re in luck! My friend Leslie Christen — lifestylist extraordinaire — is holding the fall edition of her ” Edit, Organize, Style, Wear” class in a few weeks.
According the lovely Leslie the class will teach you how to … :
1. How to define your personal style and based on that, eliminate the pieces you no longer wear.
2. Understand different materials, what pieces to invest in and how to mix and match pieces into outfits for all occasions.
3. Design your most ideal closet space and tips for organizing and storing your clothes.
Leslie is a sought after stylist and is a fashion contributor to Riviera Magazine, Greer’s OC, and VisitNewportBeach.com.
I’ve worked with Leslie many times and I can tell you no one is better at helping a lady define her style and pare down to the most classic of luxe essentials. Leslie is also an experienced organizer and she styled a piece for the me at the Orange County Register on packing for a get-away.
The class is Thursday, October 16, from 6-8 pm at Bardot, 2043 Westcliff Dr. in Newport Beach. Cost is $125 and the tickets go fast so RSVP at lesliechristen.comto secure your place. Guests will receive refreshments, light bites and a goody bag (nothing better than some swag, right?).