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September 14, 2008|Erin Weinger | Times Staff Writer

These days, L.A. pop-up shops are sprouting like reality-star clothing lines. Most are a perfect fit for their elfin life span. But every so often, a fleeting gem leaves shoppers longing for a permanently signed lease.

Little Black Dress could be one of those classics. On Tuesday, it opens temporary L.A. digs filled with exclusive products, plush services and -- after 7 p.m. -- free booze.

Everything -- and we do mean everything -- inside the 6,100-square-foot space is for sale. Be the first in the States to score handcrafted lace lingerie by London designer Debbie Gething, or go for deeper luxe: the modern, $14,000 bed on which the line is displayed. A set of simple Italian linens from Jill Sanford Burrows' debut collection ($570 to $630) is this store's idea of basic bedding.

Young Hollywood-inspired pop art paintings by L.A. artists Biagio Black and Louis Carreon, part of a rotating in-store exhibit, are part of the for-sale decor, and there are smaller splurges, say DayNa Decker's lychee, freesia and raspberry candle created especially for the shop ($84).

Of course, there's fashion too. Find looks from a bevy of L.A.-based labels including Lauren Moshi, former "Project Runway" champ Jeffrey Sebelia and current season castoff Emily Brandle.

A concierge service, weekly fashion film festival and Saturday afternoon clothing design classes for kids go beyond the call of retail duty. And 20% of every sale goes to local charities including the Saban Free Clinic and the L.A. chapter of Dress for Success, which provides career clothing to low-income women.

With luck, Little Black Dress will hang around a little longer than planned.

Little Black Dress Pop-Up Tuesday through Oct. 12. 8570 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.



Santa Clarita Valley Kids Consignment Friday through Sept. 21: Straggling on your back-to-school (and preschool) shopping? This massive, well-organized children's consignment sale has 20,000 new and gently used items priced 50% to 70% below retail. Find clothes and shoes for kids to preteens, plus strollers and puzzles for tots. Brands include Janie and Jack, Old Navy, Baby Gap and Gymboree. And don't worry about unpleasant surprises -- every piece is examined for stains, rips and excessive wear before making it into this cash-only sale. Shop on Sunday for an additional 50% off selected goods. Granary Square, 25830 McBean Parkway, Valencia. (818) 693-3183. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Blue Dot Boutique today: More than 30 of Orange County's most popular boutiques have banded together bazaar-style to offer clothes and accessories for the family at up to 75% off. Stylish store standouts include Costa Mesa's Goat, Habit and Harlow, Santa Ana lingerie shop Hannah Bean and Lola Rouge from Newport Beach. Some shops are cash only, and fitting rooms are nonexistent -- so be prepared. OC Fair & Event Center, Building 16, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-1500. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $12.


Keep: The popular purveyor of animal-free shoes has closed its Los Feliz outpost and opened a new midcity shop. The full line of simple Guatemalan fabric and plaid-patterned skimmers, high-top sneakers and Topsiders now comes in extended sizes, taking the line from ladies-only to unisex. Its first collection of women's wear is also available. Don't miss the vintage-style, plaid-lined letterman's jacket in purple corduroy ($195). Through the month, all shoes are 40% to 60% off, including the bestselling Benten boat shoe (originally $72, now $40). 523 Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1010. Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Maybelline Mascara Tour Wednesday: There's a new reason to wait in the infamously long line at Pink's Hot Dogs now that Maybelline is giving free mascara makeovers in the eatery's parking lot. Brand artists will apply the company's bestselling Great Lash mascara to your peepers in a mobile beauty bar complete with flat-screen TVs. Great Lash guinea pigs will get coupons, a T-shirt and a mascara tube to take home. Mascara and hot dogs? Hmm. There's something about meat and makeup that just seems right. Pink's Hot Dogs, 709 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 664-0600, Ext. 14. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

L.A. Spa Week Monday through Sunday: In these tough times, nothing melts stress like a sumptuous spa treatment, especially when it's cheap. All week long, visit any of 46 participating SoCal spas and choose from an array of usually steep treatments, each now $50. Our picks: the pumpkin enzyme facial at Silver Body Bar in Silver Lake, an hourlong shiatsu back treatment at Pola Kirei in Santa Monica and the 75-minute deep-tissue tune-up at the Massage Garage in Culver City, regularly $45 for 60 minutes. Body Bar, 3037 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 663-1533. Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Pola Kirei, 1511B Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 587-3502. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Massage Garage, 3812 Main St., Culver City. (310) 202-0082. 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. For a full list of participating spas, visit

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