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Fashion, food and summer are in focus at Sacramento's inaugural First Festival

03/03/15

Fashion, food and summer are in focus at Sacramento's inaugural First Festival

Memorial Day Weekend might customarily usher in the summer season, but what ushers in Memorial Day? Look for the answer this May in West Sacramento, which will host the inaugural First Festival on May 23 to launch 2015’s season of outdoor festivities. Born from the minds of local business owners Danielle Vincent and Ashley Rastad—the two run the retail shops Firefly and Moonrise Boutique, respectively, out of the Midtown Collective at 19th and P streets—the free fair starts at noon and will highlight music, food and fashion from around the region while allowing festival enthusiasts to stock up on apparel and other local goods for their summer itineraries. “The idea is that it kicks off festival season,” Rastad says. “This is a great place...

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Getting married? Get inspired at these 6 spring wedding fairs

02/19/15

Getting married? Get inspired at these 6 spring wedding fairs

Love is in the air this spring with an influx of weddings—and their corresponding wedding fairs and other planning events—occurring in and around Sacramento. From a one-stop showcase giving away a prize package valued at over $8,000 to a Southeast Asian-infused bridal extravaganza, here’s a list of six wedding showcases to check out before saying, “I do.” Dream Wedding Show Feb. 22 Having wedding block? Look for inspiration at this bridal show’s Dream Theme Pavilion, a 5,000-square-foot space at Cal Expo scattered with tabletops and wedding designs collaboratively arranged by vendors, including décor professionals, furniture rental services, backdrop specialists and florists. (In the past, ideas have ranged from a Great...

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'Project Runway' stars to present their new spring collections in Sacramento

02/18/15

'Project Runway' stars to present their new spring collections in Sacramento

Local fashion designer Richard Hallmarq and four of his fellow Project Runway alums get set to rule the runway in Sacramento on Sunday, March 1, at “House: A Fashion Experience.” The chic showcase, which will be held at downtown’s The Park Ultra Lounge and feature a runway show and pop-up boutique, will highlight the spring 2015 lines from Hallmarq, Melissa Fleis, Daniel Esquivel, Emily Payne and Samantha Black, all of whom starred in the Heidi Klum-hosted reality television series. For Hallmarq (who opened his studio and showroom at 8th and H streets last April), this high-style evening not only presents an opportunity to unveil his new collection, but also to show off his hometown. “I wanted to invite some of my friends from [Project Runway] here so they...

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Ana Apple set to open a children’s clothing store in Old Sacramento

02/11/15

Ana Apple set to open a children’s clothing store in Old Sacramento

Ana Manzano, owner and operator of Ana Apple, the handmade, eco-friendly children’s clothing company, is opening her first shop in Old Sacramento, with an anticipated opening in the first week of March. Last year, Manzano, 30, won the second annual Downtown Sacramento Partnership “Calling All Dreamers” contest, designed to help start-ups open their first storefronts. Ana Apple was selected from a pool of 33 contestants and won the grand prize valued at $135,000 and a year of free rent. (The inaugural “Dreamer” winner was Andy Paul, who has since opened Andy’s Candy Apothecary near 9th and J streets. The 2015 contest launches today.) What started as a one-woman show in 2009 with Manzano selling her clothing at local craft fairs and farmers’...

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Get a chic preview of Sacramento Fashion Week 2015

02/09/15

Get a chic preview of Sacramento Fashion Week 2015

From Feb. 15-21, Sacramento Fashion Week hits city runways over seven days filled with style-related events designed to help Sacramentans embrace their inner Anna Wintour. From three shows highlighting the region’s hottest talent to a film exhibition connecting the two creative industries, here’s a rundown of what’s going on during the city’s biggest fashion showcase. Launch and Boutique Show Feb. 15 To kick off the week-long celebration, designers will present one piece from each of their collections at this launch party at the California Auto Museum. Afterward, guests can shop the venue’s boutique showcase, which features items from the region's chicest shops, including Krazy Mary’s, Mirror Mirror Fashion and U.Be.U. Fashion Boutique. (VIP...

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