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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

 

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Fashion Show In the Valley

Christmas is just around the corner and everyone in Southern California is getting ready for the holidays. What better way to celebrate the season than with a fashion show!

This week we did just that. I had 14 customers volunteer to walk in our Macy’s Valencia Karen Kane Fashion Show. The show featured all the newest holiday fashions.

Our December collection is called Cosmopolitan, it features cool grays, bright pinks, and all the must have trends. Sequins, lace and color blocking to name a few. There are tons of styles perfect for any city adventure!

Here’s some of the models taking a moment to get to know each other before the show. The bright pink really does look great on all of the women.

Models in Karen Kane Cosmopolitan Collection


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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!

 

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Ways To Wear It – Polka Dots!

It’s official, I have a new favorite Karen Kane top. Over the past month, I have been wearing this polka dot shirt like crazy. I like to wear it to work, but I’ve also gotten a lot of use out of it on the weekends. Polka dots are a great way to add a little pizazz into your wardrobe without resorting to bold colors. Also, all ages can wear a polka dot and they really never go out of style.

Needless to say, this top is a keeper! I know that I will enjoy this top for years to come. I’m looking forward to finding more ways to wear this top. For spring, I’m thinking of trying the top knotted in the front with a black maxi skirt. Cute, right?

 

Here are a few ways I have outfitted the top recently:

 

I love that this top is long enough to wear with leggings! I am taller and sometimes tunics are too short. This one fits just right.

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Here’s how I’ve worn it on the weekends.


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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

 

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Squash Attack

It’s starting to get a bit cooler in Los Angeles these days and I’ve been in the mood for fall comfort food. As I was at the farmer’s market picking up my annual pumpkin, I noticed Acorn Squash on sale two for $1.00. Who could pass up a deal like that?! I started searching for a recipe but so many of them had a lot of sugar and butter, um heart attack anyone? So I fiddled around in the kitchen and made a festive new recipe. Now I didn’t go to culinary school, so it’s nothing fancy but my White Bean Stuffed Acorn Squash turned out really good in my opinion. Here’s the recipe…

Ingredients:

2 Acorn Squash

1 Cup White Beans

4 Slices of Bacon (I used Turkey Bacon for less fat)

1/3 Cup Walnuts

1/4 Cup Honey

1 TSP Cinnamon

1 TSP Salt

1/4 TSP Olive Oil

Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and set aside. Place squash face down on baking sheet. Fill sheet with 1/4 of an inch of water. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 min.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes and spoon out squash in a separate bowl. Keep the squash skins as these will be used as “bowls” for a unique presentation. After the squash is cooked it smells so good, your kitchen will smell like Autumn!

Add the scooped out squash, white beans, honey, cinnamon, and salt into mixer and puree until combined.

Cut bacon into bits and cook over stove, add puree mixture to bacon. Then fold in walnuts.

Scoop white bean and squash mixture into squash bowls. Top with squash seed topping.

This recipe made two bowls, if you are looking to make enough to feed four you can always double the recipe. The end result is sweet and savory. Not to mention, you get fiber from the beans and lots of vitamin a from squash seeds. Try this recipe instead of the predictable sweet potato casserole this season.

* Replace the bacon for mushrooms and sausage to the recipe it reads more of a main dish instead of a side item.

Squash Seed Topping:

Set oven to 275 degrees. Rinse off squash seeds and add olive oil and salt. Lay flat on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.

 

Acorn Squash – The Main Ingredient


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Start Me Up in Seattle

Seattle is hands down one of my favorite places to visit! I am originally from Oregon so travelling to the Northwest always reminds me coming home and spending time with family. The city itself is unbelievably beautiful, the people are friendly and the weather is… well the weather isn’t exactly ideal but a few rainy days here and there never hurt anybody. Right?

My schedule was filled with store visits but I did get the opportunity to take in some of the scenery. I found a great coffee spot near my hotel and the space needle was actually close by as well! Below are some pictures from my trip.

In addition to the fantastic cup of coffee easily attainable in Seattle I also realized while driving and listening to the radio that the music is distinctively Northwestern. If you’ve never been to the area, I understand that might be a hard thought to follow. Let’s just say I’ve never heard more Rolling Stones on the radio then I did on this trip! Below is my Seattle play list, for those of you interested in getting into a Seattle state of mind.

Here’s my Seattle play list…

One Hand in My Pocket- Alanis Morrisette

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction- Rolling Stones

You Say- Lisa Loeb

I’m the Only One- Melissa Etheridge

Semi Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind

Free Fallin- Tom Petty

Tonight, Tonight- Smashing Pumpkins

Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton

Mysterious Ways- U2

Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

Space Needle Seattle

Off to the mall to merchandise some Karen Kane

The Rainy City

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