Happy Galantine’s Day! Here at Glitter Guide, we try to celebrate the women in our lives year-round—whether it’s a nice email, sending an unexpected gift, offering to help out or just listen. However, because there is an entire day dedicated to celebrating those ladies, we decided that it is reason enough to throw a party. We teamed up with Katie Dean Jewelry and Hedley & Bennett to put together a little luncheon for a few of our favorite LA-area creatives. With the help of our friends at Twink + Sis, Sweetgreen, Our Heiday, Owl’s Brew and La Colombe Coffee Roasters, we had such a beautiful afternoon. It was filled with awesome conversation that left us feeling the love from our ladies and creatively inspired. Today, we are sharing all the gorgeous photos and details from the soirée. We hope that it inspires you to make more time to celebrate the women in your life.
Who: 15 of our favorite LA-area creative ladies
What: Ladies Who Love—an intimate luncheon co-hosted by Katie Dean Jewelry, Glitter Guide and Hedley & Bennett
Where: Hedley & Bennett Factory
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.
Why: To celebrate Galentine’s Day and connect with some of the women in our lives who support and inspire us.
About the decor and design
When it came to styling and décor, we knew we had to get the beautiful sisters behind Twink + Sis to help us out. Below Laurén and Marlan give you a glimpse of how they created such a magical setup for the luncheon!
Looking to avoid red, we set out to pull together décor in blush pink with a touch of gold for the lovely ladies. We have long-admired Harlow + Grey, so when Katie suggested using its beautiful pieces, we jumped at it. The Goddess collection was the perfect fit for a Galentine’s celebration.
For the centerpiece, we had fallen in love with the idea of wreaths or a garland dotted with pink candles. But because more is sometimes more, it grew into an installation. Iris + Daughter brought the vision to life with a breathtaking interpretation. The center was filled with coral peonies, ombre anemones, pink ranunculus and peach tulips. We then layered the sides with peach, blush and light rose Yummi Candles. To give the tablescape an extra pop, we placed a sweet little mini cake at each place setting. Cake Monkey Bakery created semi-naked vanilla layer cakes with pink buttercream frosting, which sat atop maple wood AHeirloom stands.
The salad bar was from Sweetgreen featuring its new recipe in collaboration with Bon Appétit magazine. The Mediterranean-inspired bowl featured kale, quinoa, herbed falafel, cilantro, cucumbers, beets, feta, squash, spicy sunflower seeds, lime, hot sauce and cucumber tahini yogurt dressing.
Mini Cakes were from Cake Monkey Bakery. They consisted of layered vanilla cake with pink icing and garnished with a flower!
- 1 part Owl’s Brew Pink & Black (fresh-brewed Darjeeling tea with hibiscus, strawberry and lemon peel)
- 1 part ONEHOPE Sparkling Brut
- Garnish with strawberry heart
A little bit about Owl’s Brew and why we love it: Owl’s Brew is a tea-based cocktail mixer made from organic ingredients and crafted to pair with all spirits, Champagne, beer and wine. It’s freshly brewed with real herbs, spices and fruits. Plus, it has one-third or less calories of comparable cocktails! So good!
We met Katie almost exactly a year ago through Monica Wang, whose name you might recognize from her amazing home tour and other LA-based features she’s helped photograph for us. Additionally, we met a bunch of amazing ladies that night who we’ve continued to connect with since then. Besides being a talented jewelry designer and savvy businesswoman, Katie radiates positivity. She has a knack for bringing together amazing creative women who inspire each other and form connections beyond just business. It’s become an ever-expanding support system and creative network of which we are thrilled to be part of.
GG: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and your business.
KD: My name is Katie Dean and I make dainty, delicate jewelry here in LA. I started making jewelry when I was a styling assistant and needed a more personal creative outlet. People started gravitating to the pieces as I was wearing them, and a light bulb went off. It was a magical combination: creating a career as an artist and having my work wanted by others. When I saw this, I started taking the steps to make it a business.
GG: What were some initial hurdles that you came across when starting out your business?
KD: 1. I had never owned or started my own business, so I was learning everything for the first time. 2. I had to continue to work a very full-time job for the first two years, so it was a “moonlight” side hustle during that time. Starting out that way enabled me to try new things, make mistakes, learn from them and keep going while not having to worry about how I was going to pay for rent and groceries. It was a lot of hard work, but I’m thankful for my beginnings.
GG: How did you get your business off the ground?
KD: Support from my friends, family and the LA community helped me get my business off the ground. It’s important to me to stay connected within the community for so many reasons. Number one is because it’s fun! I love hearing about other business owners, how they started and what they have done to get to where they are now. There is SO MUCH to learn from others. I’m always interested and hungry to keep evolving and learning.
Secondly, we can make big things happen when we work together. I started bringing women entrepreneurs and women creatives together about two years ago. I saw the most beautiful connections being made. A special bond is created with someone when you sit down and talk about life. People want to help people. That’s what life is about when you really look at the big picture. I want my brand to be about creating a better world by making women feel good not only in what they are wearing, but by inspiring change in the world with other women in the community.
GG: How has the support of women in your life helped you and your business?
KD: Having the support of other women has created many opportunities and led to new ideas for me to implement in my own business. It’s created an organic, word-of-mouth movement for my art. It’s opened up amazing doors with cool ideas on how to generate more sales or create a new, fun way to do pop-up shops. It makes me feel strong knowing that a ton of other women are going through the same struggles as I am faced with and coming out winning! It gives me energy and keeps me persisting and accomplishing my goals.
GG: What’s the best part about your awesome #girlboss network?
One of Katie’s “signatures” when hosting a party is that she brings conversation cards. These cards help everyone at the party get to know each other better and often spark interesting conversation and laughter. Because this soirée was Galentine’s themed, we decided to make conversation hearts for the occasion. Fellow friend and creative, Molly from Pop Up Greens, created the beautiful conversation hearts along with the name cards on the table!
In the spirit of celebrating the ladies in our life, Katie put together a fabulous gift bag full of goodies for our friends to enjoy including:
- Katie Dean Jewelry
- P.F. Candle Co.
- Owl’s Brew
- Harlow & Grey Plates
- Kate Somerville exfoliating cleanser
- Stationary from Our Heiday (who also created the invites for the party)
- A coupon for Sweetgreen