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Behind the Seams: Opening of Helpers House of Couture

You've heard me mention Joy Bianchi (left) a couple times now. She's the ultimate San Francisco socialite, and someone I hope to be half as fabulous as when I'm her age. She's invited to every glamorous event and dressed to the nines in unique frocks — her designer of choice is Ralph Rucci — but Joy has a generous philanthropic side as well. She runs Helpers of the Mentally Retarded and owns a boutique whose proceeds benefit the organization.

Imagine my joy (pun!) when I was invited to the opening of Helpers House of Couture, an invite-only event that sold couture dresses, designer shoes, hats, and jewels galore — some Joy's, and most donated by upper-crust ladies. I felt like a kid let loose in a candy store, only this candy store had two floors and six rooms stuffed with fashion fabulousness. If money wasn't an object, I would have bought the house and everything under its roof. I did end up scoring two amazing necklaces that I think Kate Moss would be envious of.

To go behind the seams and to see what I scored,


The House of Couture.

A dress fit for Carrie Bradshaw.

Diane, one of the many stylish volunteers.

Couture dress and footwear room.

What a sophisticated mannequin.

Hats, hats, and more hats.

The drawer of jewels where I found my treasures.

Two fashionable volunteers in the '20s room.

I'll take them all!

A divine sequin skirt.


The tiniest volunteer.

The shoe table.

Joy trying on futuristic sunglasses she said everyone in Paris is wearing!

The fierce earrings my friend purchased.

My tassel necklace.

My coin beauty.
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Brady-J-Frey Brady-J-Frey 8 years
We loved having you- thank you for the wonderful write up, I'll let Joy know!
chiquita29 chiquita29 8 years
I bet you had so much fun browsing through everything. Thanks for sharing!
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
Ooh, nice!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Congratulations Fab!!! And yes, to be half as fabulous as Joy Bianchi at her age would be amazing!!! And something I too could only hope for!!!
supertramp supertramp 8 years
congrats fab! sounds like you had a good time and i love that second necklace!
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