They were both in Beverly Hills visiting from Las Vegas.
Not only does Dorrie have a beautiful stylish blog
where she shares chic style inspiration
shows being 81 can look pretty darn fabulous
she has one of the most comprehensive Facebook pages I have seen!
With the help oh her daughter Jodie
there are links to great content on the web
regarding Pro Aging and style!
But even more important
is her high level of interaction and conversation
with her followers!
If you're looking for a great Facebook site
with plenty of the latest content on Pro Aging
You can also read more about Dorrie HEREin a wonderful article about Redefining What Aging Looks Like done by the Irish Examiner!
Jodie had arranged a fantastic table at the uber chic
Over 19,000 feet of their unmatched
Besides mainly clothes and decorative accessories
is making huge strides in broadening their lifestyle brand
with this opening of a new retail wonderland!
Even before I knew just how remarkable the evening would end up to be
I pulled together some of my favorite accessories for the occasion!
Celine sunnies, my Paloma Picasso business card holder, lots of turquoise including
my one of a kind Tamera Beardsley Design chandelier earrings.
My silk Tory Burch shoes finally got to come out for a spin
with my French Basketeer basket!
Before Anthropologie's private party
Jeff and I had dinner at one of our favorite
Fashion Island spots Fig and Olive It was delicious as always with the same impeccable service! But I must say my mind was all about getting to see what new happenings were taking place in the newest store in Newport Beach!
All of my beloved accessories
my ball gown from Beholden
that I topped with a cold shoulder top from Target!
It provided the perfect arm coverage I appreciate these days!
The scene was set inside and out
for the evenings festivities!
Anthropologie partnered with
the annual Newport Beach Film Festival
with part of the proceeds of the evening being donated to the foundation.
Once checked in and through the doors …
It was truly swoon worthy
in every direction one could look!
After a stop at one of the four bars they had set up inside
we set off
wine in hand
(oh if every Friday could be so magnificent!)
to take in each of the many bedrooms curated in
true style perfection!
were of course fresh and innovative!
As a gardner who loves to bring the outside in
I was particularly taken with their inventive take on plant selection!
that we have all come to expect from the Anthropologie brand
were bigger and better than I have ever seen!
Talk about an ultimate shopping experience
'trayed' champagne always at the ready
especially in their incredible new shoe department!
I went home with a new pair …
I'm still dreaming about some I left behind for my next visit!
Besides wine, exquisite decor, a live Indie band and shoe shopping
my absolute highlight of the evening was meeting
David McCreight - Anthropologie's CEO
It was the absolutely gorgeous
Catherine Moellering - GMM of beauty at Anthropologie
who was kind enough to track David McCreight down for introductions.
I was talking to the very gracious Catherine for a while before I realized who she was …
what she does at Anthropologie!
She was recruited by Anthro from
the "edgy, ultra hip" Ricky's in NYC.
A "Beauty Shop"
"that transcends trends while inspiring and emphasizing individuality"
where she was president of the company.
Before that Catherine was at the exclusive
Tobe Trend Forecasting Agency
after graduating from Harvard.
In what seems a lifetime ago
I spent nearly two decades in retail
up to the executive buying level
(before I started my own accessory design company)
so for me meeting these two retail giants
from a company I adore
felt like meeting Retail Rock Stars to be sure!
I could have listened all night as they explained
the new additions they are bringing to one of my favorite store brands!
The likes of store cafes
that will encourage people to stay longer than the average hour of shopping
to the likes of three.
Boy can I see how that can happen
especially if the rumor
that I read about on the Bloomberg Report
of blowout bars being added come to fruition!
Just imagine going shopping at Anthro
getting lunch with a glass of wine
a blow out and makeup
out the door for a fabulous Friday date night!
Sign me up for sure!!
Maybe a boutique hotel would round out the shopping experience perfectly!