Winnie & Kat Women’s Clothing – “Malibu Made”

#romper#blackjumpsuit The romper that I never thought I’d wear

Diane Prince lives in Agoura Hills now, but as a single mom of three living in Malibu, she created Winnie & Kat, a line of fashionable and comfortable women’s clothing sold only through her carefully chosen “stylists.” Living so close to each other and sharing a last name (though not related, not even remotely), you would think we go way back. But Diane and I only recently made an in-person connection at her company’s home office in Westlake Village.

And boy, was I blown away.

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Diane is a motivating, dynamic personality and the team of stylists she has assembled – all women, all around the country – seem inspired by her and motivated in turn. Part of the reason she started the business, Diane says, was to empower women.

“’Malibu Made’ refers to the concept of starting out in my garage from my house in Malibu, until we moved to Westlake (office) and Agoura (home) for ease of being a single mom of 3 running a company,” she told me.

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“Part of the W&K experience is that women in Malibu, who have access to anything they could possibly want, love our clothes as do women in places where they don’t have easy access to this type of fashion like Fort Smith, Arkansas; Clayton, MO…For example, we have just started booming in Thorne Bay, Alaska”

Indeed, what really makes Winnie & Kat work is the product itself – versatile, comfortable pieces made in downtown Los Angeles.

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Each season W&K rolls out a new line of basic pieces and preserves some that are tried and true. The denim look legging, the fleece jacket, the drapey T-shirt, and the maxi skirt are all emblematic of these quality designs and fabrics with a luxurious feel to them. At a weekday social, guests were served coffee and cupcakes and invited to try on the latest look.

I don’t consider myself into fashion, and I certainly don’t spend much time shopping, but I am as vain as the next woman and when I spun around in the maxi skirt/dress I coveted on one of the stylists to the ooh’s and aah’s of several strangers, I was intrigued. The fabric felt luxurious, the skirt can also be worn as a dress, and putting it on was the easy thing. A black and gray pattern, it goes with anything. In Southern California, it can be worn in any season.

marbled maxi skirt dressIt’s a skirt AND a dress, great for travel!

Emboldened by this instant success, I tried on a few other pieces, knowing I would soon be spending time at a resort in Central America. Winnie & Kat’s summer collection was perfect. Diane generously gave me a handful of designs to show off at the tropical event I was attending.

I was in Costa Rica for 9 days and I practically lived in Winnie & Kat clothing. It can be dressed up or down, serving as loungewear, swimsuit cover ups, or versatile, comfy travel clothing.

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For me the biggest standout was the romper. It’s a jumpsuit. A jumpsuit – an item of clothing I’ve been ridiculing since seeing grown women wear them to formal events back in June. But as I told Diane, one should not diss a style before one tries it on and sees how amazing it looks on one’s body type.

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There is no easier outfit in the universe than this romper, some sparkly sandals, and a pretty necklace. I’m smitten.

You can shop online for Winnie & Kat designs but everything goes through a personal stylist. It is better to attend a home party in person (or host one) so you can try on samples before you order – the sizing can vary for different styles, plus as we all know it’s much easier to tell what works for your body type once you have it on.

Winnie & Kat is always welcoming new stylists, too. The company is only a year old and they are rapidly expanding. The way Diane Prince is forging full steam ahead it seems like her motto should be “Today: Malibu, tomorrow: the world.”

If you are local and would like to have that same introduction to Winnie & Kat that I did (and I recommend it!), attend a Girls’ Night Out or coffee at the Home Office, which they host every month since moving to the Conejo Valley.  For more information or to get involved email info@winnieandkat.com or call 855.936.6436
 

 

Discover the Discovery Cube

discovery center pardon my dustWe have passed the giant cube at the Discovery Science Foundation in Santa Ana (aka Discovery Cube) on our way to other locations. I never thought it was worth the drive to visit a children’s museum when we have Kidspace in Pasadena, the Natural History Museum and the Science Center in Los Angeles, and even Noah’s Ark at the Skirball.

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But when the Mythbusters exhibit came to town – and I noticed that it was ending in September – I thought differently. My 9-year-old’s favorite TV show is Mythbusters. He is fascinated by the goofball science featured in each episode, and he’s probably seen them all by now. Even though he hates long drives, too, he was excited to check it out. And what do you know, we discovered the rest of the Discovery Cube, too!

Admission to Discovery Cube is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 3-14. Sometimes there is an additional charge for special exhibits, and you can add a ticket to a 4D movie for $3.00. Food on site is just Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, so if you have dietary issues, this is not the place for lunch, although the costs are reasonable. And the gift shop is adequate but it’s not the retail trap that other museums snag parents with at the end of the visit. Parking is a little tricky right now because the center is undergoing an expansion (set to open in April) but staff is friendly and happy to guide you to the right place.

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I’m glad Mythbusters lured us down there. That exhibit only took us an hour to explore, even with a cool demonstration in which a volunteer tried to dodge a paintball gun and the audience chimed in, voting on whether or not she could do it. The whole demo was handled safely and it was modeled after a Mythbusters test from the show.

My son enjoyed seeing actual items from Mythbusters on display like a duct tape canoe and plane, and a steel ball meant to paint a whole room using TNT. Although it was billed “The Explosive Exhibit,” there was nothing truly explosive to be found, but the illusion was there, and that was enough for him.

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Once we finished with Mythbusters we took the rest of our visit to explore the center. It was fun to see the inside of the Cube that we drive by all the time. The giant shape holds a rocket simulator and some panels that educate about how NASA rockets work.

Our favorite part of the center was the Eco-Challenge. Although the Race to Recycle was down on the day we visited, I enjoyed watching my son take the interactive grocery shopping test, and quizzing myself on what household wastes are recyclable or hazardous using the cool scanner.

It was a great way to spend a day and I am glad I only had one kid with me, but it would have been fine with both. If you just resign yourself to hitting traffic on the way back – or maybe stopping for a meal first – you’ll have a great time.

Thomas Exhibit

Now there is a new exhibit for the littles – Thomas and Friends have stopped at Discovery Cube and they will be there until January – activities include:

Climb inside Thomas’ cab to explore the engine’s inner workings
Remove and replace parts to fix Percy’s wobbly wheel
Load Percy’s coal box and water so he can deliver the mail
Suit up as the conductor and sell tickets to ride the train
Load and sort luggage and freight into train cars
Explore the history of Thomas & Friends through books, TV show clips and toys
Plan and build navigation routes to favorite destinations on the gigantic Island of Sodor train table

Sounds like a great excursion for visiting relatives over the holidays, hmm? And actually, there is a new location opening next month in the Hansen Dam Recreational area in the Valley – so you might not even have to go very far!

Discovery Cube OC
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

I received complimentary admission for 2 to facilitate this feature.

Minecraft Event at Club Nokia This Saturday, March 29

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Meet the stars of The Video Game “Minecraft” LIVE at Club Nokia on Saturday, March 29th!

I didn’t know that Minecraft had stars, but if you have a Minecraft fiend draped around your house with his or her face stuck into an iPad watching YouTube videos of other people playing Minecraft for hours on end, you at least might understand this. Okay, if YOU don’t understand this, then maybe your kid does.

In fact, I got this pitch for this event and I didn’t understand it. I mean, read on:

“Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet the stars of The Video Game “Minecraft” – Bajancanadian, Jeromeasf, Deadlox, Skydoesminecraft, Huskymudkipz,Minecraftuniverse and Ssundee are coming to Club Nokia on Saturday, March 29th for a special In-Game Q&A, interaction and meet & greet! Debut musical performance by Minecraftuniverse and musical performance by Skydoesminecraft!”

The only parts of this message that compute are “rare opportunity” and “musical performance.” I called my 8-year-old son up to my office and had him read it. He nodded his head and said “Oh yes, those are great Minecrafters. Can we go to this?”

And that, my friends, is why you will see this 42-year-old suburban PTA mom at the Team Crafted event this weekend at Club Nokia, a place I have never been and have no desire to ever visit (unless, say, Indigo Girls were to perform there) because it’s east of Calabasas and ugh, parking.

The things we do for our children. Check it out if you have a Minecraft-obsessed kid (or if you ARE one – no judgement here).

Team Crafted
Saturday March 29 at 1:00 PM
Club Nokia
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-7000

Click here for tickets and more info and here is a nifty little video that the kids might like.

I received complimentary admission to this event.