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House of Love and Luck jewelry priced to sell

March 01, 2009|Max Padilla

An One inexpensive way to update classics in your closet -- that cashmere crew neck, black dress or blazer-and-blouse combo -- is fun statement jewelry. At House of Love and Luck, a budget version of Fred Leighton, eye-catching vintage baubles, reworked pieces and trendy new looks such as bolo ties are priced under $300, with the bulk of them less than $100.

House of Love and Luck proprietor Ricki Miller, a Calabasas native, lucked into this La Cienega Boulevard storefront when pal Jared Meisler, who owns Bar Lubitsch and formerly ran Bar Marmont, leased the space next door for a speak-easy and offered Miller a 500-square-foot spot where she could sell the fruits of her years spent hunting estate sales. The shop has an eclectic bohemian French boudoir feel.

Lately, she's been stocking up on multi-strand necklaces (one with an amethyst stone is $225), cameos, coral and turquoise pieces ("very now in fashion," she says), and chunky faux-gold and enamel bracelets ($25 to $50). There are also some collector finds: a circa 1905 "mourning" hair comb and Vendome bib necklace with enamel flowers (both $250).

Reworked jewelry is by Nola Singer, who takes antique brooches and tie clips and turns them into pendants, rings and bracelets. The store also does repair work and adapts antique clip-on earrings for today's pierced ears with 14-karat and stainless steel stems.

370 1/2 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-9911. Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


The Circle Outlet Today: The Silver Lake bargain basement, stocking local designers, is turning 4 years old and celebrating with a sample-sale blowout. Fashion such as Myne silk separates will be $60 (regularly $300) and Daftbird's casual T-shirts will be five for $100 (originally $85 each), and the store is taking 40% to 80% off labels Smoke & Mirrors, Kate & Kass and Dorothy Lee. Additional enticements: bubbly, cupcakes and goodie bags.

2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 665-5336. Noon to 7 p.m.

Corey Lynn Calter Until March 31: L.A. contemporary women's designer launches her online store with a discount for Internet shoppers. Enter code "newsite" and enjoy a 20% discount on the season's looks, including already discounted merchandise. Styles to look for: an A-line magenta shift dress with pockets ($134 before discount) and a colorful tie-front sundress ($224).


Original Penguin Thursday: BPM music magazine teams up with the classic suburban logo brand for a shopping party at its Fashion Island location. This season's styles will be 30% off Thursday night only, and items include new spring T-shirts ($35 before discount). The event also features a Wii bowl-off and DJ sets by Classixx and Posso the DJ plus complimentary cocktails (must be 21 or older to attend). Go to to RSVP.

231 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 720-1560. 6 to 9 p.m.

Tse Thursday: The knitwear house throws a charity shopping event at its South Coast Plaza store. Buy a new spring look and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Camino Health Center. Shoppers can check out the stylish, Tsesay collection of basics, including $195 T-shirts and $395 cashmere separates.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 540-4664. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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