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Give Back Gala – A Charitable Fashion Event


February 22, 2011 – San Francisco, CA.  The San Francisco/Marin Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni have announced the date for their second annual Give Back Gala. The event will take place on Saturday April 2, 2011 at 6:00PM at the J.W. Marriott Ballroom in San Francisco, CA.

The Give Back Gala brings together food, wine and fashion to benefit local women’s non-profits: Career Closet and WOMAN Inc. Career Closet is an organization designed to empower women to re-enter the workplace equipped with everything they need to make a great first impression and land the job they want. Their services begin with business attire, but what they really provide is confidence. Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent (WOMAN), Inc. has operated since 1978 serving battered women in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. They provide a 24 hour crisis line and culturally sensitive support to women in domestic violence situations.

The event includes a cocktail hour, three course dinner, silent auction and fashion show.  Cocktail and dinner wine will be served complimentary on behalf of Barefoot Cellars. Fashion show will be produced by Nicole Lindgren of Style Bust and feature designs from emerging designers: Aya Yoruha, Catalina Alcala, Ericka Engelman for Ericka Engelman Couture, Indu Arora for Rockchiq, Wilson Kong, Jennifer Ly, Jess Lindgren, Kajan Padraig: Couture Collection by Cake Carlos and Patrick Steber, Sharon Peng, Tiana Vega and Varunee for Sincerely, Varunee.

The give Back Gala is open to the public. The dress code for the event is semi-formal. Tickets are $75/person if purchased by March 18th and a reserved table for eight is available at a discount rate of $500. Tickets can be purchased online at

If you would like to stay the night in the City, the J.W. Marriott will offer guests a special room rate of $179.  To make a reservation please call (415) 771-8600 and mention the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Give Back Gala room block.

To inquire about Press Passes please contact Nicole Lindgren

Thanks to Owen Geronimo of SFFAMA and Jo Gruszka for their in-kind event production sponsorship.

12/14: Model Call for Spring Gala San Francisco

Style Bust is hosting a Model Call on 12/14. We are looking for 25 ‘real’ female models for the Spring Gala Event taking place on April 2, 2011.

Information about the event:

What: The 2nd Annual Spring Gala is an event to raise money for Bay Area charities Woman, Inc. and Career Closet. The organizers are expecting 150-200 attendees at this years event.

When: April 2, 2011 5pm-11pm. The event consists of a cocktail hour with a silent auction and a sit down three course dinner.

Where: JW Marriott in San Francisco

This post originally appeared on Style Bust.

We’re doing a model call on December 14th, from 6-8 PM at FIDM, San Francisco.
If you’re interested (no previous experience necessary), please email

1. Your name
2. Height
3. Basic measurements (bust-waist-hip)
4. Photos of yourself

*There are no drop-ins for this model call, if you are interested in attending, you must email to information above to Nicole.

I am also recruiting make-up artists and hair stylists, please pass this info onto anyone who might be interested in contributing their time.

Since this is a charity event, there is no compensation for your involvement in the Spring Gala Event.

Interview with Sarah Greenberg of Sarah Swell Jewelry

image of Sarah GreenbergLike most people in the Bay Area, Sarah Greenberg, the owner of Sarah Swell Jewelry is a recent transplant. Sarah grew up in coastal New England, and attributes some of her inspirations to growing up back east. In Boston she attended the School of The Museum of Fine Arts where, on a whim she joined a silversmithing class. It was in class that something clicked – and a couple of years later she launched her own jewelry line (you can read more about Sarah on her website Sarah Swell Jewelery).

Sarah took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about her collection.

Style Bust: How did you get started creating your jewelry line?

I started selling jewelry first, and with my art background, I quickly ended up at the bench. I moved to the Bay Area to pursue an education in metal arts and fell in love! I worked for designer Sarah Graham before launching my own line in 2008.

Style Bust: What three words would you use to describe your current collection?

handcrafted, treasures, organic

Style Bust: sounds about right.

Style Bust: What inspired you most in your designs of this collection?

My current collection is a sort of a mash-up of my time spent in New England with all of the history and nature that surrounded, and my life now as an urban fashion loving culture-junkie. Somehow, it works! For me, it’s all about place.

Style Bust: What makes your designs different or unique?

I always make the point to go the extra mile when designing my pieces. I handcraft all of my earwires, make all of my own hinges and catches, and add unique details like a toggle clasp that connects to the end of a key. I try to make fine fashion jewelry that is accessible.

Style Bust: Wow, I know there aren’t many jewelry designers out there still making their own earwires, hinges or catches…impressive.

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Style Bust: What big trends are you seeing in Jewelry for the upcoming fashion seasons?

I predict we will see a return to the importance of craftsmanship. I feel that more is no longer more. Quality and design will become most important. Trend-wise, we’ll see interesting materials being used, lots of layering, big hoops, colored gold, and more designers “greening” their collections.

Style Bust: How do you suggest shoppers go about finding good quality jewelry?

Buy hand-made! So much jewelry is manufactured in enormous quantities. If you buy from an artisan (or boutique that sells artisan jewelry) you’re undoubtedly getting a product that is more special and has been paid attention to. Also, don’t forget about comfort and practicality when shopping! Of course jewelry has to look great, but I also make sure all of my earrings are lightweight, clasps are easy to open, and the pieces are very wearable in general.

Style Bust: What do you see in the future for your collection, are there any new directions you’ll be headed in?

Living in a city that has a gritty feel has been really fueling my creativity lately. I love the unexpected beauty I find in textures and shapes when I’m exploring. From the industrial waterfront and abandoned warehouses to modern skyscrapers-it’s like a link between days gone by and our modern world-I love it. This new found love for the urban environment will be reflected in my upcoming collections. I also just purchased a little 1920′s art-deco bungalow, and I’m quickly becoming obsessed with this time period.

Style Bust: Congrats on the bungalow!

Style Bust: Where can readers find your jewelry?

Visit to purchase or find a list or retailers.

This post originally appeared on Style Bust!

Back to Basics for Fall 2010

Sure, a closet full of the latest trends would be nice but if you’re a regular gal like me, all you really need is a few key pieces to keep you looking trendy throughout the year.

10 pieces for an ultimate Fall 2010 closet

This Fall is all about classic shapes, easy-to-wear colors, comfortable fabrics and simple everyday styles. So, go ahead and wear your favorite pair of wide leg jeans with a button down shirt-you’ll look 1970′s cool but extremely polished (think Jane Birkin).

Here are 5 outfits, showing that a few Fall staple pieces can get you through the season!

All you need are a few pieces to keep you looking on-trend until Spring. Visit the Gap for basics, like a classic button down shirt and wide leg denim. For trendier/seasonal pieces (e.g. cape or wedge boots), check out stores such as H&M, Aldo and Forever21.

This post originally appeared on Style Bust!

Still, and Perhaps Forever Channeling Leather Jackets

Leather jackets have become a fashion sensation, and why not? They’re classic, versatile, and chic, and give the perfect amount of edge to every outfit. While leather jackets were once reserved for the motorcycle folk, they’re now worn by a plethora of people, for any occasion, during any season. What’s hot about leather jackets is that they effortlessly transform an outfit, and stand out, but not too much! There is a bounty of styles out there: the cropped black, the brown blazer, the studded fold-over, the leather and wool combo, and many more. These jackets have become a staple item in many closets.

As for sporting these modish pieces, there are many ways to do so. Firstly, there is the never-fail-pairing of the jacket with jeans. Try a white over-sized t-shirt (James Perse, Alexander Wang T-Line, American Apparel, etc.) a cropped black leather jacket and a pair of dark or light jeans. Secondly, if you’re opting for a dressier look, try a leather jacket over a floral loose-fitting dress, a neutral-colored slip, a party dress, or an asymmetrical dress. You also can’t go wrong with adding black tights, which always complement a leather jacket. Thirdly, sport the jacket with a skirt, maybe a ballerina or pencil. If you’re feeling more daring, show some legs and add a pair of heels to the pencil skirt, and pair the ballerina skirt with a pair of oxfords or combat boots. Truly, whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, the leather jacket will revolutionize any outfit.

This post originally appeared on Style Bust!