After attending this fun event, my friend, Denise, and I didn’t understand why it was titled “Love Your Body,” but it didn’t matter—we loved everything there except our bodies! We and the other zillion guests enjoyed it all.

Photo by Karen Salkin.

Photo by Karen Salkin, as is the big one at the top of this page.

The whole day was jam-packed with activities! We didn’t know what to do first!

It was held at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset in Brentwood. I hadn’t been to that lovely venue in years, so it was interesting from the get-go.

Since Karen Michelle owns her own clothing and jewelry boutique in town, she created her event as basically a shopping one, but there were a lot of other aspects to it, which I’ll get to in a minute.  She did a wonderful job organizing the whole thing. I have no idea where she found the time because it was a gargantuan effort! [Note: By the way, Karen Michelle and I were not the only two “Karen”s there—there were several others working the event! I loved being part of such a popular group!]

Part of the outdoor area. Photo by Karen Salkin.

Part of the outdoor area. Photo by Karen Salkin.

The display tables were all in one giant room, which was buzzing all day. The DJ in there was playing the music way too loud, so it was a bit difficult for Denise and me to shop because we couldn’t hear what the vendors were telling us about their wares, but the visuals helped us choose some worthy purchases. Denise went gaga over a bracelet she choose, which was made from spare car parts!

That shopping room was surrounded by a big garden area which had many built-in couches and dining tables; perfect for mingling and discussing the happening event.

Photo by Karen Salkin.

Photo by Karen Salkin.

There were also not one, but two fashion shows. It was very crowded up there, so we didn’t see much, but the models came down the aisle near us, so we still got glimpses of many of the ensembles. It looked like the models themselves were all ages and sizes, which probably explains the “Love Your Body” moniker. The kids, especially, seemed thrilled to be participating.

It reminded me a bit of my teen-age modeling days. Although my decades-long modeling career covered just about every style, (runway, fashion illustration, photography, and even hand,) strolling the catwalk was always my favorite, especially when we got to dance, (as opposed to just strut.) So I was happy for them all to be having that fun experience.

Arzo Yusuf and Denise Wilke.  Photo by Karen Salkin.

Arzo Yusuf and Denise Wilke. Photo by Karen Salkin.

Both of our favorite part of the day was getting long glue-on nails! And they were both stiletto style, which neither of us had done before. (Denise cut hers down as soon as she got home, which she said was very easy to do, but I’m still rocking mine full-length, which explains why there might be some typos in here! How do people get anything done with such talons?! Outside of looking glamorous, of course.)

Denise had Sexy Boss Babe nails applied by Arzo Yusuf, my fellow UCLA attendee and the founder of this “social value” company. Some of the proceeds of her sales go to help kids in foster care, and fight against human trafficking. Good for her! And the nails were so easy to apply that we each took home a pair of red ones, to do for ourselves down the line.

(L-R) Yermin Varela, Laura Varela, and Karen Salkin's nails! Photo by Denise Wilke.

(L-R) Yermin Varela, Laura Varela, and Karen Salkin’s nails! Photo by Denise Wilke.

And then I had mine done by two absolutely adorable and fashionable sisters. Laura Varela, who owns the company, Nail Charmed, worked on me, with an assist from her younger sis, Yerlin, while we chatted and laughed. Theirs is the relationship we should all have with our siblings! (And my nails now look great, too!)

In between it all, they had light snacks available to buy, and there were big jugs of water and iced tea available at all times, which I especially appreciated on that uber-hot day. It was really comforting to know that it was always there.

We had to leave before the raffle winners were announced, with the place still abuzz. But we’re already planning on retuning next year. Now that you know what this event is like, I hope to see you there, too.


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