Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanks and Giving

It's been a bit of a stretch since we last posted a blog entry but with our sale a week ago and Thanksgiving festivities, everyone at iniam has been as busy as I-580...but not too busy to be thankful for all that we have (especially new clothes!)...for instance:

- Cynthia Steffe beautiful holiday tops
- Our customers (no doubt)
- Sparkly jewelry by Azaara
- The great weather in the Bay area
- Philip Lim patent leather bags
- Hudson cords (black and gray)
- Our new employee, Ashley
- A wonderful venue to host private events (call us for more info!)
- Did I mention our customers?

As for the giving part, iniam has joined up with several retailers in the Rockridge area for a Holiday Shopping Night on Thursday, December 13, 2007 from 5-8pm...Join Rockridge retailers for discounts, food, gifts, drinks, and stress free shopping on this evening only. I will make some special treats for the evening!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

iniam Introduces...

The debut of is official...on it you will find a link to our blog (which is where you are now), a quarterly newsletter, and exclusive sales and promotions available to those who check our site and/or subscribe to our offerings via the Web page. On the Web site you will also find a little more information about our events. We have three reasonably-priced options, which generally work like this: You and your friends (or your fund-raising committee would like to get together to celebrate (an engagement, a new baby, a birthday, a new pair of shoes) but you don't have time to execute such a fest (buy the food, wine, matching napkins, party favors, etc.) or you don't have the urge to clean your house to a party-satisfactory degree. Answer? An iniam event! We provide the food, atmosphere, cocktails, and the main activity (besides catching up with each other or raising money) - shopping. Incentives (um, discounts) are given to the host(ess). We can accommodate any needs or desires in order to make your event easy as well as special.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Jane Tran hair jewelry arrived today just in time to hoist my unkempt hair up and out of my face...I was transformed from a rumpled troll to a sales associate worthy of working at iniam! I'm sort of reaching here, but I think the effect of Jane Tran's elegant hair accessories has something to do with her B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern it possible she is the only woman in the world to truly understand what a bad hair day means? Every time the store receives these headbands and barrettes, they are gone quicker than you can say 'my hairdresser made me look like Jennifer Aniston.'

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Ray of Sunshine the weather turns cold, the clocks get turned back, and the clouds seem to hang over the Bay area like the veil of doom itself, our new shipment of Trina Turk will reinvigorate you. Gracing the sleeveless dress (see photo and fabric inset) is a cascade of silk orchids with sequining around the neck which makes your face positively sparkle!

We also received gold and/or silver pants (it's hard to tell which because these pants match with both grays and golds) in the Leesa style, a staff favorite because they fit most women; they have a natural waist (meaning not too low and not too high). To top them off, literally, is a sweet sleeveless keyhole top in a creme brulee yellow.

The cashmere sweater (see photo) looks amazing with a pair of the new Phillip Lim high-waisted's sort of fitted at the hip and the sleeves gently bell out; it's pretty sexy as far as sweaters go...and did I mention it is cashmere? Soft as a baby's bum.

We are looking forward to getting some winter white marshmallow-y, cashmere-y cardigans from Cynthia Steffe in the next couple of weeks and other goodies as well. But for now, Trina Turk's lemon fresh outlook will keep me inspired throughout the cloudier than thou days ahead. Sigh.

(photos both borrowed from Trina Turk Web site)

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Art of Fashion

The de Young museum's exhibit on the one and only Nan Kempner, arguably the best dressed San Franciscan native, bestows 75 of her ensembles on the public until only November 11th, so you'd better get there fast before it leaves for MOMA. Um, if someone ever encompassed the term "clotheswhore" it probably was Mrs. Kempner (though I say this lovingly, not disparagingly); her first couture piece, purchased from Yves Saint Laurent in 1958 (white satin dress with matching mink trimmed coat) was paid for by her mother, who orginally refused to buy it at the requested price......until Kempner shed some tears for the young designer who relinquished it to her for a more affordable price.

Since then, Kempner collected more haute couture than every Vogue magazine spread collectively. For 50 years (she died in July 2005) she scooped up the best from Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Oscar de la Renta (among others) and maintained one of the most remarkable collections in the US. I know most of you are thinking about the size of her closet (well, I am anyway) and apparently the curator at the de Young was too, as he sifted through the stash.

Sigh. And I thought what's-her-name (Gaby, must husband just informed me - all husbands know Gaby) on Desperate Housewives had a nice closet. Anyway, for anyone interested in fashion, see this exhibit. Or better yet, start your own collection at iniam. One designer who started out about the same time as iniam almost three years ago is Phillip Lim; get him while he's still affordable.

p.s. Yesterday we received a new shipment of 3.1. Phillip Lim high waisted denim trousers, gorgeous festive headbands with feathers, black puff sleeve tees with enamel buttons, a sassy marigold and navy tank, and patent leather belts...)

(photo taken by Mike Dumlao at the Met)