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Earth Day shopping events

Four acai toning mist FINAL 11x11 Starting today and through May 10, recycle old bluejeans at any Rock & Republic store, either in the Robertson Boulevard flagship or Camarillo and Cabazon outlets, and receive 20% off a new pair. The donated jeans will go to the "Cotton: From Blue to Green" campaign and recycled into home insulation used in rebuilding communities.

105 S. Robertson, Los Angeles. (310) 285-0486. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Mini Social, an online sample sale for children and babies, is donating a portion of sales to Fair Trade USA through Friday. Check on the website for green mommy advice from celebrities including Liya Kebede, Leslie Mann, Keisha Whitaker, Rhea Durham Wahlberg, Karolina Kurkova and Marisol Nichols.
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Weekend Events: Jenny Dayco trunk shows, West Hollywood Art & Design walk, Treesje at Saks

Outlook Thursday night, Foley + Corinna hosts a showing of L.A. designer Jenny Dayco’s affordable jewelry collection, which starts at $25 for leaf earrings to $80 for chunky statement pieces. Attendees will receive a gift certificate worth up to $50 and will be entered to win a Jenny Dayco piece. Champagne will be poured and listening enjoyment provided.

8117 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 944-0169. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

West Hollywood celebrates its 13th annual Art & Design Walk Saturday, featuring neighborhood boutiques, salons and design studios offering special discounts, events or complimentary cocktails. Look for complimentary hair consultations at Marco Pelusi Hair Studio, a one-hour free makeup lesson at Makeup Mandy and a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration at Alpha. On Saturday, all parking restrictions -- including meters -- will be lifted from noon to 6 p.m. Check here for a schedule, maps and participating locations.

Melrose, Robertson and Beverly Boulevards, West Hollywood. (310) 289-2534.

On Saturday, meet Treesje designers Sheila Nazarian and Laura Darrah at Saks Fifth Avenue and check out their spring collection of bags, including leather totes, hobos and satchels, in bold hues with Treesje’s signature hardware ($315 to $670) Shoppers take home a Sweet Little Goodies leather cosmetic case as a gift with purchase.

9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 275-4211. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Max Padilla


Erin Wasson jewelry trunk show on Saturday

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Photo: A Treesje bag style. Courtesy: Treesje

Kinara Spa offers Oscar nominees and presenters a free day of beauty

Kinara "We are a good luck charm," said Olga Lorencin-Northrup, owner of West Hollywood's Kinara Spa. "When nominees come to us, they win."

But then the proprietor -- who's been inviting Oscar nominees and presenters for a full day of free beauty treatments leading up to the big awards show for six years now -- already has a sizable celebrity clientele, including Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Annette Bening and Helen Mirren (who, indeed, indulged in services at Kinara before her best actress win in 2007 for "The Queen").

Lorencin-Northrup, who opened Kinara in 2003, is tight-lipped about who will be sauntering through her frosted glass doors in the next two days, but said she is always surprised by how many celebrities take her up on her invite, which includes a gratis Red Carpet Facial (defined by a skin-smoothing lactic-acid-based exfoliation process), body treatment and Red Carpet Manicure and Pedicure (featuring hand and feet "masks" full of exfoliating peptides and red algae).

She considers the gift a "thank you" to the industry that has helped her business thrive -- noting, "It's like our Thanksgiving for Hollywood."

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photo: Inside a treatment room at Kinara. Credit: Kinara

Weekend Update: Jean Paul Gaultier for Target, Moods of Norway event, Blowfish sample sale, Urban Pet grand opening

JPG_TARGET_4Jean Paul Gaultier is a true Parisian couturier, who became a household name after Madonna wore his conical bra on her “Blonde Ambition” tour. Gaultier is also the house designer for Hermès.

On Sunday, the Jean Paul Gaultier for Target collection hits the racks, featuring Gaultier’s trademark looks such as a tattoo-print stretch T-shirt ($26.99), dress ($29.99) and leggings ($24.99).

Key pieces include a gingham bustier top ($29.99), trench coat ($59), black strapless dress (also $59) and leather moto jacket ($199.99) plus a pinstripe jacket and short set ($49.99 and $34.99) that really channels the Material Girl circa "Express Yourself." Jean Paul Gaultier for Target is available through Apr. 11.


Today, Recess nail spa, which features nontoxic treatments, celebrates its two-year anniversary with $20 Manicures & Martinis happy hour every Friday this month. Complimentary valet parking. 

8408-B Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles. (323) 782-9919. 4 to 8 p.m.

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Tattoo time at Chanel on Robertson Blvd.


Whether you sat in the front row or saw the photos from the Chanel spring 2010 runway show, you couldn’t miss the trompe l’oeil temporary tattoos plastered on models' backs, legs and arms.

The drawings were done by the brand’s global creative director of makeup and were turned into tattoo designs for the show’s barn-romp theme.

On Friday (March 5) at the Chanel boutique on Robertson Boulevard, makeup artist Kate Lee will be applying the various tattoos to customers who have always wanted to be branded by Chanel.

Melissa Magsaysay

A|X Armani Exchange concept store bows on Robertson Boulevard's retail strip

Armani Exchange opens the doors Wednesday to its new concept store on Robertson Boulevard.

Formerly the ultra-luxe Armani Casa home design store, A|X on Robertson has been made-under to resemble a minimalist Hollywood nightclub, covering 6,600 square feet, with blue fluorescent bulb-lighted displays, chrome fixtures, a speaker wall and raw concrete floors.

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Kiehl's hosts the first of many animal adoption events on Robertson Boulevard

IMG_0938 If you'd moseyed into the Kiehl's store on Robertson Boulevard on Saturday afternoon, you would have been greeted by wagging tails and high-pitched mews.

The boutique teamed with Voice for the Animals Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Monica that rescues and advocates for animals, for a pet adoption event featuring a gaggle of adorable dogs and cats. 

Kiehl's stores have hosted the occasional pet adoption event in the past, but is now gearing up to do so regularly. Saturday's event was the first of many to come, said store manager Patti Mastrangelo.

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Weekend Update: The Reformation moves to new digs, meet Zac Posen at Saks, Tiny TOMS launches in the O.C., adopt a pet with Kiehl's

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On Friday (Feb. 26), The Reformation moves to larger digs on West 3rd Street. Yael Aflalo and Chi Bui have revamped the former Satine space into a chicly weathered boutique to show their reworked vintage blouses, dresses and knits (prices range from $100 to $200). Customers can preview and purchase a few items from The Reformation’s new wholesale collection coming out in fall 2010.

817 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 203-1102. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 


On Friday (Feb. 26), Tiny TOMS launch party at Fashion Island's Neiman Marcus. Founder Blake Mycoskie will be greeting customers, and there will be snacks and games for kids and adults. For every pair of TOMS shoes sold on Friday, TOMS will donate a pair to Haiti. RSVP to (949) 467-3342.

401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. (949) 467-3342. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday (Feb. 27), meet Zac Posen and view an informal modeling of Posen’s affordable Z Spoke spring collection (prices start at $78) exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue.

9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 887-5335. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Also on Saturday (Feb. 27), Kiehl’s on Robertson Boulevard hosts a pet adoption and fundraising event for Voice for the Animals. Based in Santa Monica, Voice for the Animals is devoted to encouraging education, rescue, legislation and empathy for our four-legged friends. Adopt a pet and take home a Kiehl's gift box; donate $10 to Voice for the Animals and receive either a complimentary Creme de Corps or Spray-N-Play cleansing spritz.

100 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 860-0028. Noon to 3 p.m.


On Saturday (Feb. 27), The Mini Social holds a warehouse sale, taking up to 70% off designer kid clothes. Deals include $19 Splendid Littles dresses (reg. $46), $10 Park Vogel T-shirts (reg. $30), $38 Egg by Susan Lazar peacoat ($82).

120 E. Santa Anita Ave., Burbank. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

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Photo: The Reformation's new interior. Courtesy of The Reformation

Gap’s 1969 Jeans returns to Robertson

Gap’s 1969 Jeans returns to Robertson Boulevard but this time as a permanent fixture, not a pop-up. Gap’s space, which hosted a 1969 Jeans and Stella McCartney for Gap temporary boutique last year, will continue its creative streak as a boutique testing ground for new styles and retail concepts.

Next week, Feb. 25, Gap 1969 Jeans opens showcasing the brand’s new spring denim-on-denim looks, such as a jean motorcycle jacket worn over a chambray or western shirts and paired with new styles such as a slouchy straight fit for women.

109 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 275-1390. 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

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Photo: Gap 1969 slouchy straight jeans, $69.50. Courtesy Gap

Spa specials to get you ready for New Year's Eve

Kate-somervilleArcona Studio ongoing: The Promenade spa is giving men 15% off its 50-minute Performance facial (regular price $115), which clears skin congestion and evens skin tone, through Jan. 16. You might not be an entertainer but you can get a $140 Awards Night facial, featuring Arcona's signature facial contouring, firming masks and anti-aging serums through March 13. The $165 "let it glow" 80-minute facial features fruit-enzyme exfoliation, facial contouring, serums, ice globes and oxygen.

425 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 458-3800. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Kate Somerville through Dec. 31: Buy a gift card for a facial and receive one for a signature facial (value $135) good through June 30. The peaceful garden spa is also taking 20% off all signature products. Some extensive skin series treatments are heavily discounted, including the $740 Detox (regularly $865), $900 Omni treatment (regularly $1,090) and the $3,850 Titan treatment (regularly $4,500).

8428 Melrose Place, Suite E, Los Angeles. (323) 655-7546. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
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