Fun? But of course!
Designs by Alina had already been burning the midnight oil for several days leading up to our trunk show at Elizabeth Charles Boutique a few weeks ago. Working literally up to the very last minute before the clock struck five, gathering flowers, cocktails, and of course jewelry, left no time guide our children in their selection of outfits to wear that evening. I just inhaled a big breath of trust hoping that my husband would take notice that my son not turn up in his soccer gear and my daughters in the denim shorts they wore year round during most of their lives in Santa Barbara. They haven't yet received the memo regarding San Francisco's chilly winter months and continue to don those tiny things, a battle I choose not to fight.
So you can imagine the joy I felt when this little cutie appeared in a San Francisco style trench, enthusiastically gliding around on her brand new skates to greet and sign in guests on Mommy's big night. She carried herself with grace, joy, and a brand of authenticity usually reserved for young, spontaneous souls.
By the time I returned home, our children were fast asleep, not least our youngest who was on a chaise by our bed where she thankfully still fits, and chooses to sleep as of late. The next day she beamed with pride as she recounted her Rollergirl experience freewheeling around the shop while welcoming guests in an outfit she chose "all by herself." All I could say following a lingering hug was brava!
The event, which Ms. Charles coined as her "most successful ever" , unfolded beautifully with a wonderful group of women who my dear friends and hosts, Kate Sheridan Chung, Victoria Raiser, and Nicola Schilling rallied together, as did my lovely friend and client, Elizabeth Charles herself, to benefit San Francisco's local non profit Children of Shelters.
Jewelry, fashion, cocktails and charity kept the tight knit group of women enthralled and I am ever so grateful for all of the ladies (and men) who so very warmly have embraced our family and my designs in the short time we have lived in this City by the Bay. I can't wait to do another trunk show for a cause!