A Garden Party Dinner In Downtown Los Angeles

A Garden Party Dinner In Downtown Los Angeles

Last weekend we were invited to a garden party dinner in downtown Los Angeles at my friend Jan McCarthy’s beautiful loft at the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles.  Jan is a multi-talented woman,  she is an entrepreneur, blogger, interior designer and painter just to name a few.  When I received this invitation from Jan I knew it was going to be a memorable night.  In her invitation she mentioned this was going to be a Pop-up dinner, prepared and cooked by her friend Zoe Howell. I had met Zoe at Jan’s Entrepreneurial monthly meetings and I was looking forward to tasting her amazing food. Zoe’s company is called Pollen + Nectar and her menus are inspired by fresh organic garden vegetables (from a garden she has created with other residents from the Eastern Columbia Building in the upper parking lot) The garden is an organic and biodynamic environment, and she has grown 35 varieties of vegetables in a space the size of a parking lot this season. Proof, that with careful planning, maximum returns can be achieved in small space.  Zoe loves to create, succulent main dishes, and divine deserts all sourced from local farmers whenever possible. Her “Pop-Up” garden suppers are her latest concept to create new and interesting menus for invited diners most of whom have never met but leave feeling as if they’ve just shared an incredible time with longtime friends. Pollen + Nectar is also in the process of expanding its garden salad delivery concept. Where she incorporates market fresh ingredients to create.

Please contact Zoe Howell for more information: zoe@pollenandnectar.com or visit here Instagram feed: @pollenandnectar

Needless to say the evening was a big hit, it was an incredible culinary experience and the food was absolutely delicious.  We started the night with cocktails and appetizers on the roof of the Eastern Columbia building with beautiful views of downtown LA.  Then we were all treated to an informative tour of Zoe’s organic garden from Zoe herself.  Then last but not least we were taken to my friend Jan’s beautiful penthouse where she had set up an amazing dinner table for all of us to sit and enjoy.  It was just perfect and we saw some old friends and met some new ones.  Below you can see some pictures.

For this special dinner party I decided to wear my brand new blazer, graphic tee, and waxed skinny jeans from Zara that I purchase a couple of weeks ago.  Normally I never wear the same brand from head to toe, but somehow this whole look worked so well together so I couldn’t resist.  I love this structured blazer for the beautiful pleated shoulders that give it an architectural and structured look.  As far as the graphic tee, you probably already know I have been into this graphic tee look under blazers for a couple of months now.

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The Roof Top At The Eastern Columbia Building

The Roof Top At The Eastern Columbia Building

 

The Garden Tour With Chef and Lovely Zoe

The Garden Tour With Chef and Lovely Zoe

 

Lovely Jan And Myself On the Eastern Columbia Roof

Lovely Jan And Myself On the Eastern Columbia Roof

 

The Amazing Mary Fagnano and Myself

The Amazing Mary Fagnano and Myself

 

Looking Towards Santa Monica From The Eastern Columbia Building

Looking Towards Santa Monica From The Eastern Columbia Building

 

The Stunning Dinner Table - So Beautiful

The Stunning Dinner Table – So Beautiful

 

Our Place Settings - So Nice

Our Place Settings – So Nice

 

We Met Some Wonderful New Friends - Hope To See You All Again Soon

We Met Some Wonderful New Friends – Hope To See You All Again Soon

 

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

 

The Delicious Organic Vegetables Dish

The Delicious Organic Vegetables Dish

 

Slow Roasted Pork Loin With Apples And Fresh Herbs

Slow Roasted Pork Loin With Apples And Fresh Herbs

 

 

 

 

So what do you like to wear for dinner parties, do you like this look?

Blazer – Zara

Waxed skinny jeans – Zara

Graphic tee – Zara

Sandals – Gucci

Clutch – Banana Republic

Belt – Ferragamo

Sunglasses – Prada

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


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Jacket Society was launched in the fall of 2013 by fashion designer Nora Minassian. Jacket Society is about Nora’s passion for classical and stylish easy to wear women’s fashionable jackets and blazers. Nora earned her BA degree in fashion design and merchandising from Otis College of Arts & Design and has worked in the fashion industry for many years, travelling to the fashion capitals of the world to keep up with current fabric and style trends. Nora started this website and fashion blog to showcase and sell her favorite jacket styles that are all designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, California. On this site she will share her experience and knowledge of women’s fashion and present her unique sense of style by giving her fans and customers an opportunity to follow her jacket styling tips and secrets, emphasizing her favorite current and past classical jacket styles and be able to offer selection of her favorites for sale here on her Jacket Society website.

  1. All I can say is “I wish I was there!” That sounds and looks fantastic – the fresh organic food, the drinks, the deco and the view, and last but not least for fabulous look, Nora!
    I am waiting for my first pair of waxed jeans to arrive, a must have this season. You look beautiful!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    Reply

    1. Hi Annette,
      I wish you were here too! I would love to meet you in person 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Reply

  2. Hi Nora!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely post and great photos! I really enjoyed having you and all our wonderful guests for this unique dinner and look forward to sharing more fun times! And-Your outfit was perfect!!

    Reply

    1. Hi Zoe,
      You are so welcome! We loved everything about the evening especially the amazing food preped by you!

      Reply

  3. Great look and what a fun dinner party!! I always complain that I have a tiny backyard and can’t grow even some herbs (I live in OC). I am probably more afraid of my lack of green thumb than anything else.

    BTW, I hope you will join TBT Fashion link up this Thursday.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Hi Alice,
      I hear you about the the green thumb thing :)) Thank you so much for stopping by. I will definetly stop by the TBT link up.

      Reply

  4. Great pairing of your jacket with a graphic tee….you managed to make it look edgy and elegant at the same time! Love the waxed skinny jeans too!

    Reply

    1. Hi Beth,
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  5. Holy Chic!
    This outfit is extraordinary! I love everything about it from the blazer to the leather pants (cut perfectly on your legs)
    this is flawless. great post!

    Reply

    1. Hi Brittany,
      Thank you so much…you are so sweet!

      Reply

  6. I love this idea! What a beautiful, delicious, and fun looking party!

    Reply

    1. Hi Erin,
      Thank you, it was an extraordinary night!

      Reply

  7. Your blazer and pants are wonderfully beautiful. What a fun, modern, clean and sexy look. You look great, Nora, especially for a dinner down-town LA. =))

    Happy Hump Day!!

    Reply

    1. Hi ADA
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  8. Your blazer has a very feminine cut to it and wearing a graphic tee underneath is great pairing. I love the edgy leather pants with the cute kitten heels. Looks like a fabulous dinner party!

    Reply

    1. Hi Lorna Mai
      Thanks you so much!

      Reply

  9. Hi Nora,
    Looks like a fun and amazing event. I love the fact that you were on the rooftop and could look over LA, beautiful pic. The food looks amazing! I could eat all of that scrumptious food for sure. On to what else looks amazing, YOU! I love the peachish blush jacket that fits you perfectly paired with a very coloful and fashionable t, and I just loved love those black waxed jeans , so sexy! Can you send me the link to the pair you bought. ( shhh.. but I bought a pair , certainly out of my comfort zone of skinny waxed jeans at Loft) I really like yours beautiful
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

    Reply

    1. Hi Jess,
      It was truly an amazing evening. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I will send you the link for the waxed jeans. I am sure you are gone look amazing in the ones you have bought from the Loft. Can’t wait to see you wearing it.

      Reply

  10. Oh, I love that blazer! That is a great combination of clothes. I would totally wear it too. I love the neutral tones.

    Come link up with me at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday!
    L,
    Vicky
    TheMummyChronicles.com

    Reply

    1. Hi Vicky,
      Thank you so much and I will check out your link up!

      Reply

  11. Nora, I love every piece of your outfit, but the puffed sleeve jacket is spectacular and paired with the t-shirt. Love it the casualness of it. Cherie at stylenudge.com

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    1. Thank you Cherie, I love the puffed sleeve and the structured look of the blazer too.

      Reply

    1. Thank you and yes it was a great event!

      Reply

  12. The dinner looks delicious – how fun! I love the shoulders of this blazer, and it’s perfect with your tee and leather pants. Absolutely stunning!

    Reply

    1. Hi Lana,
      Thank you so much and yes the food was yummy!

      Reply

  13. Great outfit! Looks well put together, yet casual and comfortable. The dinner looks fabulous! The food and table decor looked delicious/beautiful!
    Stopping by from Because Shanna Said So 🙂

    Dear Sunny Vintage

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    1. Hi Yvonne,
      Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Reply

  14. that blazer is fabulous, love your clutch too! 🙂

    Chioma
    C’s Evolution of Style

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    1. Hi Chioma,
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  15. You have the best jackets of course! I love the way you styled this super versatile neutral jacket! Very fun, modern and chic!
    http://www.weshopinheels.com

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    1. Hi Tatiana,
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  16. I love the blazer with the leather skinnies – it’s a perfect pairing!
    The party looks like it was so much fun!

    Reply

    1. Hi Lyddiegal,
      Thank you for stopping by, the party was amazing.

      Reply

  17. Fabulous look from head to toe. Love the tan blazer with black pants. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Brooke
    convenientstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Brooke,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and your lovely comment.

      Reply

  18. Stunning, gorgeous, beautiful= all of the above! Love this look! So so chic! Looks like you had a beautiful night!
    Marianne
    http://www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

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    1. Hi Marianne,
      Thank you so much, it was an amazing night!

      Reply

  19. WOW! What an incredible party… Can I be her friend, too?! I would have loved an invite to it and would have stuffed myself full. Those wax skinnies are killer on you and the blazer w/ the tee is such a great look!

    Reply

    1. Hi Carrie,
      Lol…yes it was an amazing party and the food was delicious. Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Reply

  20. You look so chic and fabulous! I love this classic and polished look, and it looks like you had an incredible evening.

    Jacy
    http://www.lovelenore.com

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    1. Hi Jacy,
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  21. This is such a great outfit for a night out! I especially love this blazer and leopard clutch. =)

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

    Reply

    1. Hi Amber,
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  22. As usual your effortlessly chic ensemble is perfect for gardens or rooftop escapades. I love your kitten heel sandals and the combo of that blazer with those leather pants. Thanks so much for joining the #reasonstodress linkup last week, it is now live and I wold LOVE to have you back!

    Angie from reasons to dress

    Reply

    1. Hi Angie,
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

    1. Hi Shauna,
      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  23. What a chic ensemble perfect for a garden party <3
    Zara has the best waxed jeans and blazer collection and they are the best closet stable.

    ani
    http://www.fleurani.blogspot.de

    Reply

    1. Hi Ani,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I totally agree with you about Zara!

      Reply

  24. Hello Nora, I just discovered your blog via Sylvia’s interview. I’m also a fellow Southern California Fashion and life blogger. You have incredible fashion taste and I’m looking forward to more.

    Glenda
    So What to Twenty
    http://sowhattotwenty.blogspot.com

    Reply

    1. Hi Glenda,
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I will definetly check out your blog.

      Reply

  25. You Look so Preety..All things are matching perfectly..

    Reply

  26. This is my favorite jacket yet! Simple, classic, chic and can be paired with everything!! You look great! Susan

    Reply

    1. Hi Susan,
      I am glad you like the jacket! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      Reply

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