Spring Looks at The Children’s Place

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It’s spring for real, and here are some flowers to prove it, if you don’t believe it based on my recent garden updates! These flowers were spotted around the Lake Lindero neighborhood in Agoura Hills.

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It is the perfect time to stock up on kids’ clothes for spring, too. I checked out the newest looks for spring at The Children’s Place last week, and aside from leaving there wishing I had a little girl to dress (and also that they made floral jeggings for adult women) I was so happy with the fashions I found.

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Durability is the most important quality to me when I am shopping for clothes for my boys. If you asked them directly, though, they would say comfort and “coolness” are also very important. So I stick with elastic waistbands for pants, and “cool” prints and styles for shirts. The Children’s Place is where I often shop for them, because the durability to affordability ratio is right up my alley.

I snatched up adorable plaid shorts, polo shirts, and khaki’s for my boys and I couldn’t resist this adorable outfit for my niece.

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There’s always a great sale at The Children’s Place, so it’s one of my first stops  at the Oaks mall, and now there is a store on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, too!

Happy spring! Here’s to not putting holes in the knees of the pants the first time they wear them…

I received store credit at The Children’s Place to facilitate this feature.

 

You’re Welcome in Laney’s Closet – Upscale Clothing Swap in Agoura Hills

There is a magical place tucked behind Agoura Road that is filled with frocks and trinkets and purses and shoes! It reminds me of the closet in “Heaven on 5th” in the Sex and the City movie.

Except it’s not Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s Laney Vivo, and this is her closet.

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Actually, it’s your closet too, if you become a member. Laney’s Closet is a members-only upscale clothing swap club. Laney herself welcomes you into the space by appointment. You bring your gently used fabulous clothing and accessories. She evaluates your pieces and then gives you credit based on their retail value if she thinks that another member would like to wear them.

I met Laney at the Closet’s debut event over the summer, and she invited me to come play dress-up and learn more about her business. It just so happened that I was available on my birthday, so we made it into a special, fun event. I brought my pal Michelle with me, and Michelle brought bags full of clothing and shoes to swap. She signed up for the service, got a bunch of credit, and left that day with one pair of designer jeans and a few other new-to-her pieces.

Michelle and the shoes that allow her to look 50 feet tall.

Michelle and the shoes that allow her to look 50 feet tall.

So essentially, for the price of a monthly membership ($69.95), Michelle walked away with hundreds of dollars worth of designer clothing.

I didn’t do so badly either.

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These are the outtakes. I had a hard time taking myself serious. The above left pose is my "style blogger" pose.

These are the outtakes. I had a hard time taking myself seriously. The above right pose is my “style blogger” pose.

The best part of the club membership is that Laney, who is a fashion consultant and stylist, can take one look and you and pull things out of her inventory (that she knows inside and out) that she thinks would fit and look good on you. Things that you would never even pull off the rack, or dream in a million years would flatter your body type. At all. Right before we wrapped up our visit I said “Okay, give me something crazy that I would never even try on” and she pulled out a hot little red dress.

Who knew?

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It was my birthday present. How perfect! I wore this to the Wendy Bellissimo for JCPenney sneak peek event later that week, where a professional photographer was snapping photos, and some shots wound up on the media database at Getty Images, so I’m really glad I had a lovely dress on!

Laney’s Closet
28351 Agoura Road, Suite B
Agoura Hills CA 91301
laneyscloset.com

805-390-6277

Belly Up to the New Drybar in Westlake Village

Be happy that Alli Webb was looking for something to do in her spare time when her children were babies.

A hairstylist by trade, Webb started offering housecall blowouts to clients on the west side of Los Angeles, advertising by word of mouth and online message boards for parents like Peachhead.

Think about it.  The stylist comes to your house and gives you a fabulous blowout for half the price it would cost in a salon.  It’s a no-brainer.

Alas, Webb was soon so busy that she decided to partner up with her brother and open a business that offered simple, professional blowouts at a reasonable cost.  No more housecalls, but something far more wonderful was born:

Drybar.

Two years, 14 locations, and several copycat competitors later, Drybar has defined a new style of beauty business – the one-service salon-type location where you can pop in, get a streamlined beauty treatment, and be on your way in less than an hour, and at reasonable prices.  Drybar has locations in LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Dallas, and New York, and every one of them offers the same service with the same level of professionalism.  “You can be in a Drybar and not know what city you’re in,” says Webb, proud of the way the brand has developed a high standard for training its stylists, who must first go through a two-week Drybar boot camp of sorts to ensure that their skills are in line with the Drybar name.

Location number 15 in Westlake Village near Total Woman Gym and Spa (in the plaza on Westlake Village Blvd. at Townsgate) opens this Friday, June 22.  Webb herself, who lives with her husband and two little boys in Orange County, is on site this week making sure everything in the store is just right – from the window graphics  to the big-screen TV’s (that play chick-flicks, naturally) to the placement of the mirrors, behind the client chairs.  “When I was doing hair in people’s homes, they didn’t have big salon mirrors in their kitchen or living room where we were working,” recalls Webb.  “That made it easier for me to work, and it was a great moment when the client would go into her bathroom to see her blowout and I would hear this great cry of joy when she finally saw how pretty her hair looked.  I wanted to recreate that feeling here at Drybar.”

Drybar’s decor and philosophy mimic those of a traditional bar – the client chairs are lined up along a bar-type counter, product for sale is stacked behind the bar, snacks are put out for people to purchase, “shots” of conditioning treatment are offered for an additional charge, and even the administrative staff are called “bartenders.”  Because they only do blowouts – no cuts, color, or other chemical-based treatments – Drybar doesn’t smell or feel like a full salon.  Even meeting Webb, you feel like you are meeting a girlfriend for a cocktail and a catch-up gabfest instead of coming to a stylist for a hair service.  The atmosphere is light and fun, and you leave looking like a million bucks, even though the blowouts only cost $35.

AHM gets a fantastic complimentary blowout from Drybar genius Alli Webb herself

When I visited Drybar yesterday, even though it wasn’t open yet, curious people were poking in to see what the deal was.  While they do take walk-ins, they get pretty busy Thursday through Saturday, so it’s best to make an appointment.  Although it’s brand new, this location is sure to get a lot of business sooner than later.