I had never been to a store opening event before so I didn't know what to expect but the outdoor venue at Noguchi Garden was festive, cute, and filled with handsome waiters and fabulously dressed women.
There were a few tables decorated with items from the Summer 2011 collection. Plenty of eye candy.
There were also several lovely headless mannequins dressed in Ann Taylor's latest frocks and accessories.
One of the first ladies I spotted when I arrived was the always put-together petite, Kelly! Probably one of the most exciting things to find out is that we are height twins. Also, we both wore seersucker, blazers, hemlines at the EXACT SAME LENGTH (you know it's right when it's done twice) and even similar almond-toe heels. Love this girl! (P.S. If you are petite check out her blog Alterations Needed. It was the first personal style petite blog I ever followed years ago!)
Long-limbed cactus. We don't have cacti like this in the midwest but I saw TONS in Cali. You guys are sitting on a desert, masked by green things that pretend to be grass and foliage! So amusing! :D
Lots of ladies decked out in Ann Taylor gear as well. Gotta say, I think we may have been the youngest of the bunch there.
A few bridal and formal-wear mannequins.
A little wind-blown!
A sel-ca shot of me and my lovely photographer and dear friend Kassia
Oh, and look who we found! It's the sexy-classy Wendy of Wendy's Lookbook! Love her color-blocking.
Seriously, I think this is my favorite shot from the entire event. It just makes me so happy for some reason! 3 dainty, almond-toe heels. ^__^ Wendy, I think I need a pair of purple suede heels right now!
I also spotted this incredible purple Hermes Birkin bag on one of the very stylish ladies in the crowd. My jaw went like this D: Ugh the color is so gorgeous! Droooooool!
The event was co-sponsored by C Magazine which had Zoe Saldana gracing the cover and looking perfect as usual.
Even our champagnes flutes with floating raspberries were feeling photogenic.
All the ladies together! Kelly, Wendy, my sister, and me!
Some yum yummies carried by the male model waiters. Seriously, who hired these guys? They were all gorgeous.
Our goody bags from the event! I love the illustration on this tote. Very chic!
One of the pieces inside was this ornate lace-inspired cuff which was thankfully adjustable and fit all of us. So pretty! I've already worn it a few times and it fits well with my girly x edgy wardrobe!
Reviewing some video with the girls. So much fun! And for the record, my white dress is from Ann Taylor. ;)
If you missed watching a snippet of this on my Cali Vlog, you can see it here and skip to 4:02 for the Ann Taylor event. :)
I hope you enjoyed another installment of my Cali recap! I still have many more to share so stay tuned and I'll talk to you soon!