Sunday, October 30, 2011

On Friday, I had the pleasure of going to Los Angeles with my fashion class. The garment district is the largest in the USA, with blocks and blocks of fabric stores and vendors selling clothing and accessories for ridiculously low prices. I had never been, and I was extremely excited to tour the California Market Center. This is where designer showrooms sell their merchandise to buyers. Every last Friday of each month, these showrooms are open to the public. The sales are amazing! I saw so many women hauling off loot and stashing it in rolling suitcases. It was a bit crazy!

The California Market Center, Downtown L.A.


Santee Alley, blocks and blocks of...stuff! Can you see the MAC cosmetics sign? You have to beware of fake knockoffs here.



After walking around Santee Alley and The San Pedro Mart, my friends and I went back to the CMC. I DIED in one particular showroom. The jewelry displayed in the window shimmered and shined, and I had to get a couple pieces.


I have never heard of the designers before, and I think they are only available to store buyers, as well as to the public in certain high-end stores.
In looking at their website, I see that they are quite popular amongst celebs.



This necklace is gorgeous! I love the pretty rust color against the soft rose gold. The stones sparkle like mad



I also got another similar necklace in a rich, deep navy. This one is quite a bit longer than the other necklace. It will look great with just about everything, especially long tees and blazers.



Lastly, I got this beautiful druzy stone ring, and it looks perfect with the shorter rust colored necklace. This screams Fall to me.
I am enamored with this line! I'll have to go back next month and grab some more. This jewelry would make a great gift.

I was so impressed with my trip! Equally impressed with these pieces that I will undoubtedly wear to death.


Thank you to my teacher for the trip!
In November, we are heading to South Coast Plaza in the O.C., where she worked for years at Saks as a personal stylist. I go to SCP fairly often, but it will be so nice to see it in a different light.

♥ Noelle

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful ring. It's color is amazing - definitely screams fall.

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  2. WOW! What a great field trip :) I didn't know you were studying fashion...where have I been?! lol. That ring is beautiful. Perfect for Fall!
    xo, natasha

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  3. Yay!! One of my favorite places to go shopping! I'm actually going there this week with a friend! Just missed you! Wow, what great jewelry finds!! So gorgeous!!!! :)

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  4. love that ring gorgeous find! Its been ages since ive been to the fashion district! xo

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  5. OH I LOVE this ring! So pretty! Jealous you're going to SCP...one of my favorite malls ever!

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  6. This ring is so beautiful!! I really want one!!

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  7. Girlie Blogger: Thank you :)

    Natasha: Yeah, I've been enrolled for about two months now. It's really fun, although it's actually harder than I thought! My teacher expects a lot ;)

    Sherry: Awww, really?! I loved it! Have a great time when you go!

    Andee: Thank you, I love the color!

    Natasha: It's the best isn't it?! The only hard part is walking by all the luxury designer shops. I always drool when I pass by Chanel and Louis Vuitton!

    Just Another Shopaholic: Thank you, druzy stones are very popular this year and they are so pretty and rustic looking. I'm sure you can find one!

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  8. Such cool photographs - I had no idea this existed, would love to go one day! That ring is gorgeous as well.

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  9. Katherine: Thank you, you really should!

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  10. lucky, lucky you! looks like a great time and beautiful stuff.
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  11. you definitely have to be a little leery of the things sold in the Santee Alley! I love the CMC...isn't it fab to just walk around there?

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  12. Nicole: Yes, I felt totally overwhelmed there! It was a cool experience, but Santee Alley made me claustrophobic. CMC was beautiful!

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  13. such beautiful jewelry!! what a gorgeous line :) xo


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  14. Thank you for this post! I always wondering how the public can shop there. Were you able to buy one piece of clothing? (as opposed to wholesale bulk) What did you think of the pricing of clothing when its to the public?

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  15. Anon: Yes, you can buy one piece. You don't have to buy in bulk at all. I personally didn't buy any clothes because I was on the hunt for accessories! Most of the showrooms only accept cash, so if you ever go be prepared! The Charlene K showroom took debit and credit, which was nice because I didn't bring enough cash. The pricing is much cheaper, which is why so many people go crazy! You can also barter a bit too. My friend wanted a real lather bag, but it was 130 dollars. However, the saleslady gave it to her for 98!

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  16. I don't know if it's been mentioned, but the stones look like they are what is called "goldstone". The jewelry is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you wear with these gorgeous pieces!

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  17. Just to clarify, I meant to say that the stones in the necklaces look like they are goldstone.

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  18. Joan: Yes! That's what it is! I kept trying to figure out what the stones are, and I couldn't remember what the sales associate told me in the store. I really love the color and the way it glimmers. Thank you for commenting!

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  19. You're welcome! You have a wonderful blog. I think I'm nearly 20 years older than you but I really enjoy your posts! And congratulations on your engagement. Hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this year. May you and your sweetie also have many, many happy years together. :-)

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  20. Joan: Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! You are so sweet and I'm happy you enjoy my blog!

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