A Stylist's Trunk Show (and Cocktail Party!)

Cocktail parties are hard enough to pass up but when it includes jewelry, I'll be the first to RSVP. My friend Shannon just launched her business as an independent stylist for Stella & Dot, a fun and fashionable jewelry, handbag, and tote line. To introduce the newest collection to all her friends she threw a Saturday night cocktail party in the comfort of her beautiful Los Angeles home.

Her event was my first peek at the brand, and I was definitely impressed. The jewelry is delicate without looking fragile, and dressy without needing a ball gown to justify wearing it out of your closet.  I'm hoping that I wasn't the only one who strickly bought for um...herself.

Earlier in the day I helped Shannon prepare the cocktail she'd be serving: cranberry juice and vodka with a fresh mint simple syrup. She wanted something festive for the evening but also uncomplicated enough to serve without needing a bartender. As the hostess slash stylist, she would have more urgent issues than empty martini glasses. We polished up a beautiful beverage jar and positioned the cocktail in a central location. Drinking while shopping was never easier.

If the empty jar was any sign of the evening's success, Shannon's trunk show was a hit. Gorgeous jewelry paired with lovely libations is simply a winning combination.

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