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At the Factory

One of the things that I enjoy most about living in Los Angeles is the proximity that I have to our factory. It’s amazing that the majority of our merchandise is produced in Los Angeles!  Our factory headquarters is where it all comes together at Karen Kane. This week I was in the factory to attend one of our selling meetings. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get together to discuss product and I attend the meeting as a representative for all of the Retail Merchandisers across the country. Here’s a few of our best sellers from our newest delivery Cosmopolitan…

Also check out the Karen Kane factory: palm trees, blue skies, and mid- 70′s in Southern California. Don’t get jealous! :)

The Karen Kane Factory in Los Angeles

Some of the Cosmopolitan Group’s Best Sellers


Tagged at the factory, california, cosmopolitan, courtney richardson, karen kane, winter 2012

Lucky Lady

Lucky Magazine contributor, Jenny Wu, featured the Karen Kane Feather Print Velvet Scarf Top in her blog post November 19th. Looking bohemian beuatiful, Jenny paired the top over an easy gray maxi dress.

The top is “quickly becoming one of (her) favorite styles” due to its versatility and whimsical beauty. We couldn’t agree more!

Check out her Go-With-the-Flow blog post here.

Jenny in the Feather Print Velvet Scarf Top

A close-up of the whimsical design.

Tagged bloggers, fall 2012, karen kane, lucky magazine

Art Walk – LA

On the second Thursday of every month, galleries in downtown Los Angeles stay open late for what is known as Art Walk. The event is a great way to appreciate art, network, and have a night out during the week. I’ve been wanting to check out the event for a while now, but it seems I’m either too busy, forget or have the wrong date in mind.

This month, I was determined to see what Art Walk is all about! I made sure to free my schedule and attend. Overall it was a good experience. The galleries situated along Main, Spring and Broadway featured some very talented and expressive artists. There is a certain nonchalant vibe to Art Walk and I enjoyed roaming around the area while looking for the next gallery to visit. I am looking forward to my next Art Walk, this event is definitely worth making time for at least once a season.

These pieces were some of my favorites!

Here’s a peek of Main Street, the lights are so festive. The Holidays are near!


Tagged california, courtney richardson, retail merchandisers

Haunted Hiking

With Halloween happening mid-week this year, I felt like celebrating in a more low key manner than usual. My friends recently got some new camping equipment so it was perfect timing to get into the Halloween spirit with a camping trip! Some of you might be thinking, what does camping have to do with Halloween?! Let’s see, leaves falling on the trees, telling ghost stories by the camp fire, and eating too many sweets (nobody can resist having just one s’more!). The trip was definitely festive in spirit.

We travelled north from Los Angeles and within two hours arrived at our camping destination, Bear Campground. I was reassured that no bears lived nearby, but I was a bit skeptic. Did they just pull the name out of thin air? Nevertheless, there were no run-ins with bears and the weather turned out to be beautiful. We hiked, played card games, and simply enjoyed nature. Check out the gigantic pine cone we found on the side of the road as well as the pictures from our hike!

Entering the Campground

View from our Hike

Oversized Pine Cone


Tagged carlifornia, courtney richardson, retail merchandisers

Dodger Day

Even though we don’t have an NFL team, Los Angeles is a huge sports town! I mean come on! The Lakers? The Dodgers?… enough said.

Unfortunately basketball season hasn’t started yet, so really all we have at the moment is Dodger’s baseball! Up until this past weekend, I had never been to a Dodger’s game, and it’s been on my list of things to do for a while now. Summer weather is coming to an end and that means baseball is coming to an end as well, so this weekend it had to happen!

There’s something so fun about going to a baseball game. It makes me feel so “American” and nostalgic for childhood (I didn’t grow up watching baseball often, but the children always look like they are having the time of their lives!). So off to Dodger Stadium I went!

The Dodgers were playing the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon. I went to the game with a few friends, and it was a great experience! The temperature was over 100 degrees….crazy!!!! Luckily our seats were in the shade and after a water purchase, the heat wasn’t that bad. Staying hydrated is key! It took me about fifteen minutes of watching the game to really get into it. Baseball seems to go at a much slower pace than basketball and football, so it usually takes me a few minutes to adjust. The Dodgers put on a great game and won  7 to 1!!! What a perfect way to end the summer!

The Stadium

Me at the Game

A Famous “Dodger Dog”

Tagged baseball, california, courtney richardson, dodgers, regional merchandisers, summer

Hot Child in the Desert

My travels this week took me to Palm Desert. The area is a bit more than one hundred miles east of Los Angeles, but it feels like a whole other world. One of the most interesting things about California is that there are so many different climates within the state, it’s easy to find interesting places to travel. The Palm Desert/Palm Springs area is known for it’s phenomenal spas and golf courses, which makes for a relaxing vibe within the community. During the Spring and Winter, it’s as if everyone in the area has dodged harsher climates to vacation in the desert. Picture yourself wearing golf shorts and a polo shirt, linen pants with a linen tank, white capri’s and a colorful top or a caftan by the pool and you might be ready to take the journey to Palm Desert!

As I drive from LA to the desert, the scenery becomes increasingly beautiful and the temperature starts to increase. It’s not unusual to leave LA at 65 degrees and arrive to the desert at 95 degrees! With Fall in full swing, I’m ready for boots and a cozy sweater, but these seasonal basics are just not an option in the desert.

This week, however, I was determined to wear Fall fashion! For those of you in similar hot climates, I’m going to pass on my outfit tips that helped me achieve the look of fall in wear now materials. During my visit, I felt comfortable, ready for fall, and confident that I wasn’t going to pass out from heat exhaustion in my outfit.

Tunic: I gravitate towards black, but it’s definitely not the best option for hot weather. I like that this Karen Kane grey python print tunic is neutral yet not to much of a departure from black. Try to find light neutrals to replace black. Also light knits are key. This top is not too thick and not once was I hot in long sleeves!!!

Legging: This is quickly becoming one of my favorite items in my wardrobe, it’s so soft on! What’s nice about this Karen Kane legging is that it’s thin but not see through. A substantial legging is key for the season and an item that will guaranteed get a lot of use.

Flats: Even though I’m dying to get into boots, it’s still too hot to make the transition. A nice pair of flats is a great option in this case.

Windmills are everywhere on the drive to Palm Desert.

Here’s the Palms and Desert all in one pic!

Posing in my new fall look!


Tagged california, courtney richardson, desert, fall, fashion, karen kane, regional merchandisers

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