Shop the block: Camille DePedrini, 1516 Mission St., South Pasadena


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For special occasions, there is a haven for weary shoppers called Camille DePedrini, its owner the namesake. Camille has a message for the huddled masses: “Shopping should be enjoyed,” she proclaims.

Her boutique is a beacon of hope, filled with natural light, playful garments and sophisticated textures. A designer with a background in wedding gowns, formal wear and even millinery, Camille’s know-how translates into a sense of permeating calm.

Camille encourages shoppers to bring in fashion pieces they already have, so she can mix, match and get the most mileage out of your new finds.

Camille and her staff also make the casual-to-dressy transition feel effortless.


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It’s a nice day for a white wedding … show

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It could be pure genius or just mere coincidence that a week after Valentine’s Day there is an abundance of wedding shows all over L.A. and Orange Counties and beyond — the most I’ve seen in just one weekend.
But offering something a little different from the rest is the White Satin Wedding Show being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 21, at the University Club Pasadena.
There will still be a variety of wedding vendors and features just like any other wedding show but they want to kick it up a notch with events such as sparkling sake tastings, “Ask the Experts” with a panel of Southern California’s top wedding planners, and a special demonstration by the Rose City Ballroom dancers led by ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer, Christian Perry.
A bridal show by designer Deborah LaFranchi will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the dancers then a groom show by Friar Tux will start at 2:30 p.m.
The wedding planners scheduled are Mary Dann-McNamee, Tobey Dodge, Michael Willms and Kevin Covey, some who have been featured on shows such as “Platinum Weddings”, “Bridezilla”, “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway”, “Married Away”, and “Wedding Altered.”
Cost is $6 with online pre-registration or $8 at the door. University Club is at 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Valet parking next to the club is available for $5.
Wonder if the dancers can do Billy Idol?

Festival of Brides: The Upscale Bridal Show

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The Festival of Brides, Upscale Bridal Show made its tenth appearance at The Langham, Huntington in Pasadena this last Sunday — and it was an afternoon to remember.

Being a fairly new bride-to-be, I’ve only been to one other bridal show, but as I entered the Huntington Ballroom at the Langham on Sunday, I could easily see why there was such a steep entrance fee ($35).

These beautiful displays by Luna Party Rentals provided some of the decorative and lighting displays in the foyer entrance to the ballroom.


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Calling all fabulous brides!

The Festival of Brides — The Upscale Bridal Show, makes its 10th annual appearance at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena this Sunday with a variety of vendors and a special bridal gown runway show scheduled.

From event planning services to displays from floral designers and a peak at live entertainment to caterers’ food tastings, the festival hopes to offer everything a future bride will need, and want of course, for her dream day.

To make this show truly upscale, the Haute Couture Bridal Fashion Runway show will feature the 2010 bridal and evening gown collection by Ines Di Santo, courtesy of Jobyna’s Bridal Salon, and a special guest appearance by the designer herself.

A grand door prize of a trip to Divi Carina Resort, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will also be up for grabs.

More information and tickets are available at festivalofbrides.com or call 310-577-7788.

I will be attending the festival, and appropriately and coincidentally I am a future bride (yay!), so if you were not able to make it, check the blog next week for a rundown of the show.