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LA (AND NYC): THE BEST SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION AGAIN & SOME LEATHER & STRAPPED FALL MUST-HAVES

By Nora Zelevansky / August 25th, 2009

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But enough about me . . . let's talk about my latest story.

On Saturday night, I headed over to the opening party for NYC line Sophomore's Pop Up shop (or temporary store) in Hollywood.  I drank a surprisingly strong blackberry mojito, but still managed to retain enough to write a little story for The LA Times "Image" blog.

As I mention in the write-up, I am TOTALLY coveting both Sophomore's lace-up-adorned leather mini and Madison Harding's Cyndi Strap & Joan Grommet Boots (both fall collections will be out in other stores in a couple weeks or a month, if you can't make it to Hollywood).  In addition to the Pop Up, Sophomore can be found at Opening Ceremony in NYC and LA, while Madison Harding is at Hillary Rush and soon Intermix.

Also, soon you'll be able to find their stuff on my body, if I have anything to say about it!

Okay, now I have to go back to watching to season finale of Make It Or Break It and weep.  I just love the pizza boy and a good floor routine.  Sniff.

xo – N.

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[Madison Harding's Fall Cyndi Strap Boot]

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[Joan Grommet Boots]

LA (WESTWOOD AND BEYOND): THE BEST READING

By Nora Zelevansky / February 12th, 2009

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(At this book party, organic-friendly Green Truck served up pretty yummy tacos, although I heard they recently got snubbed in favor of the Korean Kogi Taco Truck that's all the rage by LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold).**

So, it's self (and friend) promotion time . . . sorta.  A couple weeks ago, I attended a book party at Venice's TOMS Shoes (buy a pair and automatically give one to a child in need) Pop-Up Store on Abbot Kinney for a (mostly humorous) essay anthology called, "What Was I Thinking?"  Basically, each essay reveals a different woman's experience with the moment she knew a relationship was over.

Sound heavy?  I guess it could, but most of the stories are long past (gathering levity over time, as these things do) and also they chronicle transformative moments.

ANYWAY, although I didn't write a chapter for the book, I'll be reading a personal essay on the topic along with a bunch of the book's authors (info below).  Whether you check out the reading or not (and there are readings going on in other cities like Portland, NYC, Boston and Chicago too, I believe), the book is worth a gander.

Meanwhile, the more I think about getting up in front of people and reading, the more I wonder what was thinking . . . just another transformative moment one hopes.  Eh.

xo – N.

**For insider taco info check LA Taco, a site dedicated completely to LA taco culture.  LOVE!

READING INFO:

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009

Border's Books in Westwood at 2pm and 3:30pm
1360 Westwood Boulevard (Second Floor)

2:00 PM Show

1. DORIT SIMONE K.F. -  Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs
2. JUDITH DEWEY  - The Unibrow Breakup
3. KATHERINE TOMLINSON  - Bah Humbug
4. MONICA REGAL  - Funny Boy
5. AMY TURNER   -  Dark Bill
6. BONNIE BRUCKHEIMER -  Handsome
7. MARY JANE MORRISON  -  Signs of Doom
8. WENDY HAMMERS  (HOST) -  Salad Bars with No Vegetables
9. RHONDA TALBOT -   Revenge Baby
10. MARY FEUER 4 Valentine's Day at the Psych Hospital
11. AMY FRIEDMAN  -    Pre - Med Fred
12. CINDY CHUPACK -   Oh, How we Love Bad Boys
13. AMY WRUBLE  -   The 40 Year Old Loser

3:30 PM Show

1. ZOE BRAVERMAN  - Gaydar
2. TINA DUPUY - And then Matt came back  
3. SARAH REINHARDT - The Politician
4. DEBORAH KAGAN - Smash up
5. FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK  - Shaking
6. MARYEDITH BURRELL  - An Affair to Forget
7. BETTY GOLDSTEIN  -  Opera 
8. CLAUDIA HANDLER  -  Star Light, Star Bright
9. KATHERINE RUPPE  -  Open Season 
10. NORA ZELEVANSKY -  Nipples and Nightgowns
11. MARY MARGARET MARTINEZ  - The Idealist