Karen Michelle Bou- tique found a positive way to ring in the spring last Sunday with a “Love Your Body” event at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset.
The event brought women and girls of all ages to walk the red carpet, ob- serve two runway shows featuring looks from over 20 designers, and partake in shopping from more than 50 vendors, followed by a delicious dessert reception. Karen Michelle’s event sent social media into a frenzy with hundreds of attendees hashtagging the event throughout the afternoon.
There were 150 models of all age groups participating, showing off some 200 styles, with each look appearing more stunning than the next.
The first runway show was wrapped up with a finale of breathtaking bridal wear by Jinza Bridal, while the final show featured exquisite formalwear from Miri Couture.
Laura T. Sharpe, CEO of Artists for Trauma, was presented with the Karen Michelle Heart Award, which is given to a person or organization that exemplifies the desire to “make the community and world we live in a better place for all.”
“I believe that all women are beautiful, and I brought this event to life to give each and every one of them the confidence they need to achieve all that they dare to dream.” ~ Karen Michelle
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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.
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!
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.
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 teenage 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.
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.
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 returning next year. Now that you know what this event is like, I hope to see you there, too.
BY KAREN SALKIN ON APRIL 4, 2019 ·
KAREN MICHELLE PRESENTS LYB 2019 SPRING AWARDS FASHION, AND SHOPPING EVENT
MARCH 27, 2019
Los Angeles based show producer/ entrepreneur Karen Michelle in association with LYB Events, Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle, Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill, Softweb, Coco Taps, Searchlight Insurance, FabUPlus Magazine, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Annipuf and LRM Publicity present the “LYB Spring 2019 Fashion Show and Shopping Event,” this Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Luxe Sunset Bl. Hotel at 11461 Sunset Bl. Los Angeles. The press arrival is 1:15pm, Red Carpet is 1:30pm and the Fashion Show is at 3:30pm.
Confirmed celebrities include: Gloria Garayua (How to Get Away With Murder), Jax Malcolm (Jingle Trails), Connor Dean (9-1-1), Stacia Gates (Cookin it Up), Patti Negri (Ghost Adventures), Jordyn Curet (Life Hacks for Kids DreamworksTV), Chloe Noelle (True Blood), Mark LaBella (Chicago Fire), Alyssa deBoisblanc (Modern Family), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Laura T. Sharpe (CEO Artists For Trauma & AFT Models), Samantha Gangal (OMG!), Brooklyn Robinson (Pineapple), Isabella Leon (The Good Church), Ainsley Ross (Should I do it?), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers), Neil D’monte (Batman v. Superman), Lou Pizarro, (Producer/ Star Operation Repo, Repo Radio), Akin Asalu, (Creative Director Let Me Fly), Saúl Mejía (President of Global Tech/ Panorama City Chamber of Commerce) Nadia Davari (Entertainment Attorney), Melody Trice (The Melody Trice Show), and many more!
The LYB 2019 Spring show will kick-off the Karen Michelle Heart Awards program. The first of its kind The Karen Michelle Heart Award is presented to a person or organization that exemplifies the true meaning of embracing everyone, while striving to make the community and world we live in a better place for all. Karen Michelle is proud to give inaugural Karen Michelle Heart Award to Laura T Sharpe the CEO of Artists for Trauma. Karen Michelle believes that all women are beautiful and has brought this event to life to give each and every one of them the confidence they need to achieve all that they dare to dream. #LYBevents Spring 2019 is a one-day beauty festival that includes: celebrity red carpet with full press line, fashion show, dessert party, raffle winners announced hourly, photo activations, hair bar with flower crowns, glitter lip bar, makeup makeovers, nail bar, cosmetic and beauty treatments offered on site. Featured designers include: Karen Michelle LA, More Rockin’, Modefywear, Shop Her Closet KM, Klara Designs, Elle n’ Dee, Forage Collection, Jinza Bridal, Dilee Inc, Moonlight Serenade and Designs by Lady Justice.
At the Love Your Body Event, professionals in the industry and consumers gathered to build a connection between health and beauty using a holistic approach focusing on inner health and wellness. The event hosted celebrities, social media influencers, runway shows, fans, and brands to celebrate, “All Things Beauty Inside and Out!” A shopping event in Los Angeles with a celebrity fashion show, and dessert party. At this fashion show, show all women and children of shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds are invited and accepted to walk the runway. Our purpose is to celebrate and empower women and girls. Safe Passage featured two of our very own clients at the fashion show, Francesca Esker and Laila Amou.
I was asked to speak at Love Your Body day with Karen Michelle LA on Sunday at the LUXE Sunset BLVD Hotel! Karen Michelle is a super cool boutique in Los Angeles that caters to all sizes, so you can pretty much walk in that store and know you’re going to be able to find something that makes you look and feel fabulous. Since I take social media off on Sunday, I wasn’t on my phone the whole day, which was refreshing because I was feeling like I needed a break. I have times where I feel like I can easily sit on my phone for hours a day, and on other days, I get overwhelmed and stressed with my phone. It’s an interesting feeling to be working and not posting tons of live content, because that’s what I’m so used to doing during the week. I had to remind myself yesterday that being off of my phone doesn’t mean that I’m not still actively doing something: I’m just living in the moment!
I was one of three speakers for the event, and I was in great company! Shea Vaughn, who is Vince Vaughn’s mom, spoke prior to me, and an inspiring eating recovery specialist spoke after me. I don’t always get to speak to my target demographic (which is primarily parents and young adults) so I was thrilled to finally speak to an audience that can relate to what I speak on. Each speaker was only given 3-4 minutes to speak, so I briefly touched on my nonprofit, M.I.N.T., and the concept behind my blog. Many people don’t know that I come from a small, sheltered town in Eastern, CT, and I initially wanted to be a model because I thought that was the only way I’d be successful. Once I stopped modeling at age 16, and decided to pursue my blog (because I didn’t know what else I’d do) I found myself recovering from my body image issues, and truly finding peace with myself and my mission to inspire teens across the globe.The moral of that story is that you may follow your dreams and end up going in a different direction that will lead you to your ultimate destiny. Life is all about experimenting and finding your true passion.
This year, Karen Michelle knocked it out of the park with her 6th Annual Love Your Body Event!
The fabulous ballroom of the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel in Los Angeles came to life with over 1000 attendees. The venue was buzzing with a fabulous array of vendors and enthusiastic shoppers all waiting for the Grand Red Carpet. Kiana Lyz Rivera - 2019 Miss San Diego Plus america spearheaded the LYB Event Social Media Takeover on Instagram posting live feed and stories, interviewing models, celebrity arrivals, vendors, designers and guest throughout the event and the fabulous Melody Trice of the Melody Trice Show ran all Red Carpet interviews, streaming live onto the LYB Events Facebook Page.
The finale runway fashion show hosted over 136 models ranged from ages 3 - 67 all sizes, shapes and ethnicities, wearing clothing from over 14 new designers and two amazing charities attached, Safe Passages & Artists for Trauma. What's next on deck with Karen Michelle event? Summer season LYB is in the works along with talks about bringing the event to the East Coast, the big apple, NYC!
I had the distinct honor of co-hosting the lovely and amazing “Karen Michelle’s 6th Annual Love Your Body Fashion Show and Shopping Event this Sunday, November 4th at the super swanky Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel at 11461 Sunset Boulevard in fancy schmancy Brentwood with Karen herself.
Love Your Body (LYB) is all about body positivity and after years of being in fields where I’m on-camera and appearance is everything, it’s so refreshing to be a part of an event like this.
Karen Michelle is a noted fashion designer and retailer on fashionable Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles that caters to women and girls of all sizes and shapes. She felt the desire to enable women and girls of all sizes and shapes to feel beautiful inside and out and decided what better way than to let them all walk a runway. She came up with the concept of her “Love Your Body” event 6 years ago and went out on a mission to make her dream event and fashion show into a reality.Over the years, Karen has grown her “LYB” event from 100 attendees to well over 1000 with countless celebrities in attendance walking her red carpet and even making appearances in her runway shows.
Karen chooses a very special charity to involve for each and every event. Karen takes great pride in being able to give back to the community and continues to do so in her own whimsical and eclectic fashion creations catering to modern, modest women and girls around the world. She also has a popular line called Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle that she created that has been featured on the Ellen Show, The Hallmark Channel and many other media outlets.