Jul 10, 2022

Curated Couture for a Cause Close to the Heart

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Welcome to Start Rescue-one beautiful luxury boutique that is a haven for curated couture to be rehomed with all proceeds going to rescue animals. (Don’t be alarmed if you hear a chorus of Angels singing as you read the following post because Start Rescues mission is truly Angelic).

Six years ago, Rene Ruston, a successful realtor in Los Angeles and Co-Founder of START Rescue (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team), was inspired to search for a dedicated space that would offer a special selection of items to customers with all proceeds going to rescue animals. Rene’s mission became a reality and Start Rescue Resale opened its doors in 2017 in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood. Designed as a charity luxury thrift store where shopping saves animals’ lives, Rene’s passion project sets itself apart from other thrift stores due to the curated nature of the unique and special items that Start Rescue Resale offers their customers.

START Rescue Resale receives its merchandise from a diverse swath of donors which include prestigious, affluent, generous and compassionate connections, START’s Board of Directors, Co-Founders, donors, community members and animal lovers from across the country. These individuals care deeply for the welfare of all animals and generously donate their one of kind unique items to be “rehomed” instead of going the route of resale each season. Their wish is that these special pieces be appreciated and respected with all proceeds going to rescue animals in need. (Does anyone else need a tissue at this moment… because I sure do)?

Store manager Karim Reese, sets the tone for the entire shop with her warmth and knowledge of each piece and her customer service rivals that of any Couture conclave. Karim also shares the same passion and love for animals as Rene, leaving a 20-year career as a jewelry designer to dedicate her talents to running START Rescue Resale full time.

The cost of running a rescue is not for the faint of heart… (Translation-it’s expensive).  Start Rescue averages 100 animals saved per monthly transport-the cost for each transport averaging $8,000.00. Add on the cost of robust spay/neuter programs which serve those who cannot afford to “fix” their pet, plus the additional cost promoting animal retention of $20,000 to $30,000 in monthly expenses with over 16,000 dogs and cats saved, 13,000+ spayed and neutered – leaves one to surmise that Start Rescue’s mission is truly a Labor of Love.

START Rescue’s dedication and love for animals is all inclusive. Their list of rescues knows no bounds as they’ve helped dogs, cats, goats, pigs, possums, ferrets and just about any other animal in need. START is contemplating opening their own shelter in the near future and will continue to grow their Couture boutique in addition to the resale shop located on their main floor.

START RESCUE RESALE offer a bevy of options to peruse and purchase from the beautiful, unique and carefully curated items at Start Rescue Resale: Click on the links below to view their current online offerings…

Online Store: https://www.startrescueresale.org/

EBay https://www.ebay.com/sch/startrescueteam1/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

*Start Rescue also offers a dedicated space in the main store on Van Nuys Blvd. that is filled with a bevy of beautiful items for the customer that wants to shop for fashion jewelry, housewares and assorted items at deeply discounted prices with the proceeds also going to animal rescue.


Owner Rene Ruston and Store Manager Karim Reese aka the Glamour Girls of Start Rescue…complete with hearts as beautiful as their style selections. 

Oscar de la Renta Gown $25,000.00 Now: $9,995.00 Size 6-8

Alaia Black dress (on Mannequin) $1200 size 38 (left to right) Alaia White dress $895 size 42 Black Long Sleeve $475. size 6  White knit dress $995.00 size 38

Chanel 3 Piece Suiting $4200.

Valentino Lace Dress $4000. Now $849. size 6

Vintage Oliver by Valentino $500.

Vintage Chanel Suiting in Powder Blue

Halston “Pretty in Pale Pink Dress” $595.00 size 8

Chanel Sundress $795. size 34  with the perfect accessories

Chanel Sun Dress button detail….

Dolce & Gabbana Silk Dress $2500 now $1000. Size 40

Christian Lacroix Strapless Dress $4000. Now: 695. size 38

Oscar de La Renta Gown $9000. Now: $2000 Size 2

Jimmy Choo Pump: Dolce & Gabbana $4800.00 Now: $3000.00

Prada Cerise Saffiano Bagetto: $3200. now $1,895. Vintage Valentino Cream Handbag: $20,000.Now: $6,000. Valentino Shoulder Bag: $2,900.00 now $1,695. Louboutin (never worn Patent heels: $950.NOW: $695. size 38

Gucci Wool Serpent Blazer w/leather detail: $1445.size 40                                     

Gucci Wool Serpent Jacket with Leather detail/Back

Gucci Corduroy Blazer with Serpent Detail $1445 size 40

Gucci Velveteen Blazer with serpent detail $1445 size 40

Chanel Wool Skirt with Fringe $595. size 36

Brand New Balenciaga Puffer Jacket 2021 $1900 *Modeled by Ronny PA to Karim @ Start Rescue Resale

A wide selection of exquisite one of a kind jewelry pieces

Designer Shoes & Handbags are available at deeply discounted prices.

*Start Rescue also offers a dedicated space in the main store on Van Nuys Blvd. that is filled with a bevy of beautiful items for the customer that wants to shop for fashion jewelry, housewares and assorted items at deeply discounted prices with the proceeds also going to animal rescue.

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Jun 23, 2022

International Day of….PINK!!!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

O.K. I need names.. Who is responsible and better yet WHY oh WHY was there not a  text alert, Instagram reel or Tweet via Twitter to remind us  ahead of time that today June 23,  is (wait for it) THE International Day of PINK!

I had no idea that this was a celebration? Did you?   Well…before the day is done, I am here to announce that it is in fact (tah dah dah dah)  THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PINK.

What is International Pink Day?

Glad you asked.  I did a little deep dive on the matter and I found this interesting backstory:

Every year on June 23rd, National Pink Day colors the world with pink and explores everything it represents. Pink Day is celebrated mainly in America…but since it’s now called International Pink Day I gather that the rest of the world is jumping on the pink bandwagon.

Pink was first used as a name in the late 17th century, when pink got its name from the light red color of the flower of the same name.

What is the purpose of International Pink Day?

Simply put… to celebrate the color PINK and everything it represents, such as Childhood, femininity, softness, and the romantic.


So without further ado…Let’s take a moment to celebrate the prettiest of hues…PINK!

Adore the PINK Door!

Gown By Christin Siriano

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Jun 23, 2022

Perfectly Pretty Purses to Peruse

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight Fashion

Stop the presses for a major purse promotion.

Purse designer Pamela Munson and the uber chic textile house Schumacher have partnered together to design an exclusive collection of to-die-for straw minaudières with bold floral embroidery. Each clutch pattern draws inspiration from classic Schumacher floral prints making them a gorgeous addition to any summer  ensemble. To see the entire collection just click on any image below and peruse.


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May 9, 2022

Monday Mantra & Haute Hats

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Monday Mantra

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and if you’re blessed with children-may I wish you a belated Happy Mother’s Day.

It’s a brand new week and to start things off on a STYLE note- I thought you might enjoy a sampling of  Haute Hats that were worn this past weekend at the Kentucky Derby. I have been lucky enough to attend in years past and I am here to confirm that the women who dress for the Derby are NOT messing around. The hat is the main attraction but the rest of the ensemble is reallllly  thought out! Enjoy!

Haute Hats 

                           A swirl of color!                
                          Marvelous Mellow Yellow                           Pink Perfection  

                                       Bold in Blue & Pink

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Apr 21, 2022

Bridgerton ” Inspired” Beauties

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Are you obsessed with the Netflix show  Bridgerton? Do I hear a resounding YES?!!! And, if per chance you are fixated on the show, I have a feeling that you may be coveting the fabulous fashion  as well. One might even be wondering where you could find such delicate and delectable items that are reimagined so that you could purchase them pronto and wear them today. Seems that the peeps at Bloomingdale’s have pondered that question and have provided a POP UP shop to quell your Bridgerton cravings. The Bridgerton Pop Up shop offers a wide assortment of stylish items that even Lady Whistledown would swoon over.

*All items ae available online (link provided below) and in  various Bloomingdale’s  stores nationwide. 

Direct links have been attached to each item below.

To view the entire collection just clickity -click this link: https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/fashion-lookbooks-videos-style-guide/bridgerton-dresses-outfits?id=1148359

Hope for Flowers by Tracey Reese (Marie A Frock Dress $499.00 @ Bloomingdale’s.com)

Hope for Flowers Tracey Reese Dress ($408.00 Bloomingdale’s exclusive)

Selkie Fairytale Heritage Rose Print high low Gown (Exclusive $499.00)

Malone Souliers ($995.00) Bloomingdale’s.com


Malone Souliers Pump Bloomingdale’s $797.00

Bardot Kiah Corset Top ($109.00 Sale $81.75


ASTR the label Amber Top ($98.00 Sale $73.80)


Wedgewood x Sheila Bridges Collection @ Bloomingdale’s.com

All images courtesy of Bloomingdale’s .com
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Mar 31, 2022

Spring Suiting 2022

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Spring Suiting???? Yes, you heard me, I think it’s high time we set aside wearing our jeans/sweatpants and leggings and put something proper on.  Are you with me? Good!

Easter is fast approaching and if per chance you’re entertaining the notion of dressing up -might I suggest considering a Spring Suit.

I knowwww…..it’s  been an eon since we’ve thought about wearing anything dressy. But things are getting back to a “new normal” and I want to suggest you take your style selections up a notch or 2.

Spring Suiting 2022

Wearing a matching suit in all one color  is very on trend for Spring 2022 and is also known as a Style Rule for making anyone look sleek and chic .

Style Rule 

When you dress monochromatically- it makes you appear taller and thinner! 

Below you will find some fashionable inspiration and as an extra bonus -I’ve sourced 3 very affordable suiting options from Bloomingdale’s.com (They’re friends & family  sale is going on now and you can take an extra 25% off at checkout. Go & Do!

Flared Jacket with Slits Viclan.com ($249.00)

Image Courtesy of Pamela Roland

Blake Lively wearing Michael Kors

Original Image Unknown source *click on image for similar options

Image Courtesy of Little Vixen Boutique

*Affordable options from Bloomingdales (Friends & Family Sale)

BCBG Max Azria Peak Lapel Blazer Bloomingdales $298.00 (25% off during Friends and Family)

Vince Camuto Notch Collar Blazer $129.00 (25% off during Bloomingdales Friends and family

1. State One Button Blazer $129.00 Bloomingdales friends & Family sale save 25% Color: Evening Sand


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Mar 21, 2022

The “Spring Crop” is In!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Today is the first  FULL day of Spring!  (A season  that single handedly puts Winter in the rear view mirror and ushers in  warmer days filled with sunlight! )

The thought of Spring can instantly make anyone feel better ! Perhaps the reason that  it’s called SPRING in the first place. Besides the longer days of sunlight, warmer weather, brighter  colored clothing options, less layers and the motivation to actually get outside  and do something at night because it’s still light outside…. Spring is the perfect time to refresh, recharge and regroup.

To get Spring started on a “Fashionable” note  I’m spotlighting one of the major trends of the season  tah-dah dah dah….

The  Spring Crop  Jacket 


Dior Spring Cropped Jacket….


Love Shack Fancy Mews Houndstooth Jacket

St. John Spring  Pre Resort

J. Lo sporting the crop jacket trend sooo it must be glam worthy.

Zara Textured Cropped Jacket $39.95

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Mar 16, 2022

Gorgeous Green

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

I’ve sourced a sampling of gorgeous green outfits that I hope will put some SPRING in your step.

P.S. May the luck of the Irish come your way today and everyday. 


Bonjoni.com Flared Jacket

Image courtesy of Zolucky.com


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Mar 7, 2022

Vibrant Hues on Cue for Spring/Summer 2022

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Trending :  Vibrant hues on cue for Spring/ Summer 2022

A dose of color might be the perfect anecdote to put some “Spring in our step” for the upcoming season. After being in lockdown for so long, it could be nice (hedging on restorative) too add a major POP of color to our wardrobe and surrounding.  The good news is that the  peeps at Pantone (the color experts) and The Trend Council have proclaimed the following colors to be trending for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. These vibrant shades are so beautiful they’re bound to brighten your day.  Enjoy!

Pattern Play is going to be everywhere

Image courtesy of Carolina Herrera Instagram

Image courtesy of Carolina Herrera FB

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Feb 17, 2022

This & That (Items of Interest)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight Fashion

Today I have a recap of things that I have been loving!

Full disclosure- I’ve been in bed  for almost 2 solid weeks with shingles (Yes, you read that right-Shingles-and I am here to report it is not fun)! But, on the bright side, I’ve had time to read a pretty amazing book, binge watched a Netflix show that kept me on the edge of my seat and viewed collections from New York Fashion Week via Vogue.com.

Soooo without further ado, I want to share my recommendations with you:

Something to Read

One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time (seriously it kept me on the edge of my seat). A thrilling novel by Katherine St. John.

The guest list is small and exclusive. But there’s blood in the water…
A dream vacation for six friends turns deadly in this pulse-pounding, twisting thriller of secrets and revenge…


Clever twists abound . . . Fans of Liane Moriarty and Jessica Knoll will devour this’ Booklist
‘A very juicy thriller’ Cosmopolitan
‘Truly a thriller in every sense of the word. It made my heart race.*****’A reader

Something to Watch 


‘This whole story is true, except for the parts that are completely made up.”  

Watch Inventing Anna | Netflix Official Site

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Audacious entrepreneur or con artist? A reporter digs into how Anna Delvey convinced New York’s elite she was a German heiress. Based on a true story.

Something to Look Forward To

  1. Oscar de la Renta Fall Ready to Wear Collection 2022

(A few of my faves)

2.  Michael Kors Fall Ready to Wear Collection 2022

3. Brandon Maxwell Fall Ready to Wear 2022

All images courtesy of Vogue.com

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