Made in LA: Summer Jackets

Memorial weekend–the harbinger of summer–purple jacarandas blooming all over Los Angeles., fog rolling in from the coast, Vin Scully’s voice on the airwaves.   If you’ve decided to take a long weekend drive up to NoCal, remember it’s THE 5 or (NO “THE”)Hwy 1 and DO NOT put “THE” in front of ANY NoCal freeway…even though we call it THE 101  down here.  And one more  thing to remember, once you do arrive in Big Sur, Carmel, or San Francisco you are likely to experience  the kind of summer weather, that according to Mark Twain, was the coldest winter he ever spent.

So the question for us gals is: How do you dress chic when you have to deal with the California summer hot/cold dilemma?

The answer:  Jacket Society!  Nora Minassian’s made-in- L.A. collection of jackets curated for every season. Nora’s created  the perfect look to complete any  ensemble–whether it’s jeans and a tank top,  a tailored skirt and silk blouse or linen shorts and a T-shirt.  No more scrunching up a sweater or going with the 90’s passé  pashmina.  With Nora’s jackets, the look is comfortable and put- together at the same time.

I met Nora at Unique-L.A. and we instantly connected.  She’s got sparkling style with an equally radiant smile.  Her Jacket Society website not only gives you the opportunity to buy online, she also shows how to put the look together, accessorize it and where to wear it around L.A. as she blogs about; and her husband, Tim, photographs; favorite places to spend an afternoon or evening around town.

With Nora’s jackets in your closet, you have an easy wardrobe inspiration every day.  Here’s  a sample of just a few of her looks :

From imported Italian brocade:

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To Italian Rayon blend with metallic shine:

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to lightweight Rayon Poly Spandex blend:

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To Rayon Tencel blend

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Nora and I are talking about getting a group of gals together here at the loft where she can bring her collection and we can enjoy some champagne and strawberries while we update the look of  just about every pair of jeans, skirt or dress that’s already in our closet.  No need to throw out the old…it’s the jacket and the accessories that make everything new again.

Have a great Memorial Weekend and while you’re lounging by the pool (hopefully we’ll get some sun!) pull out your iPad and check out Nora’s website for the perfect way to look cool and not freeze whether you find yourself in A.C. or catching some of that summer L.A. breeze.