Wine Women Shoes

Shopping, Dining & Socializing for Two Good Causes: Children’s Action Network and Westside Children’s Center



Lori Loughlin called “Wine Women & Shoes” a perfect event, ticking off as reasons: so many of her friends, two great beneficiaries, and the glamorous array of shoes, handbags, hats and jewelry for sale.

Loughlin, of “Full House” and “90210,” also said she was ready to shop. “It’s an addiction,” she said.

(See the gallery below for more photos  from the event.)

Carla Du Manoir, Stacey Kohl and Patty Penske chaired the May 22 affair, which gave 400 fashionable women the chance to become even more so, thanks all the vendors who set up shop on the spacious front lawn of Heather Thomas and Skip Brittenham’s home. A portion of all proceeds went to Children’s Action Network and Westside Children’s Center.

Nia Vardalos gave a nod to Children’s Action Network for the success of her best-selling book, “Instant Mom.” Vardalos said she and her husband, Ian Gomez of “Cougar Town,” adopted a daughter 4 years ago.

The writer and star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Vardalos said she has since become a spokesperson for National Adoption Day, when courts finalize thousands of adoptions of children in foster care.

Committee members included Christine Chiu, Michele Dominick, Bettina Duval, Jennifer Mintz Eidinger, Teresa Fourticq, Layna Friedman, Suzanne Fulco, Natalie Gianne, Risa Green, Laura Hein, Kathy Kendrick, Alexandra Kimball, Lisa Klingenberg, Shelley Litvack, Diana Maiman, Leslie Mayer, Pati Miller, Yvonne Mychal, Jennifer Nordstrom, Michelle O’Brien, Lu Parker, Shelley Reid, Sharon Segal Prudholme, Susie Sheinberg, Sheila Walker and Christina Zilber.

Also in the crowd: Shannon Tweed of “Detroit Rock City,” Shiva Rose McDermott of “David and Layla,” Pandora Vanderpump of reality TV, Catherine Bach of “The Dukes of Hazard” and jazz musician Steve Tyrell.

Fashion partners were Fred Segal, Bonfaire, Clare Vivier, Jenni Kayne, Jill Roberts, Kendall Conrad, Layna and Alan Friedman Beverly Hillls, Michelle O’Brien, Perrin Paris 1893, Rachel Miriam and Samira 13.

Restaurants offering their specialties were Bedford and Burns, Caffe Luxxe, Craig’s, Crustacean, Farmshop, Joss, Nitro Dreams, The Palm, Toscana and Villetta with participating wineries including Barrymore Wines, Bespoke Collection, Bure Family Wines, Caymus Vineyards, Frank Family Vineyards, G Wines, Hope & Grace, Justin/Landmark, Le Grand Courtage, Moraga Vineyards, O-Wines and Silver Oak.

Children’s Action Network is dedicated to increasing awareness of children’s issues and finding homes for children in foster care. The Westside Children’s Center is committed to breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect and preparing children for a life of learning.

Top photo: Lori Loughlin, second from left, with committee co-chairs from left: Patty Penske, Carla Du Manoir and Stacey Kohl at Wine Women Shoes 2013 benefiting Children’s Action Network and Westside Children’s Center (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Second photo: Ian Gomez and Nia Vardalos at Wine Women Shoes 2013 (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Third photo: Lori Loughlin ditches her own shoes for ease of shopping on the lawn at Wine Women Shoes 2013  (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Fourth photo: Kendall Conrad, Shiva Rose and handbag designer Sally Perrin at Wine Women Shoes 2013 (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Fifth photo: Shannon Tweed shops for good causes at Wine Women Shoes 2013 (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Sixth photo: Looking like a magician behind a puff of smoke, Benjamin Fernebok of Nitro Dreams created ice cream in minutes, using nothing but a creamy mixture and smoking-cold liquid nitrogen – no refrigeration required – at Wine Women Shoes 2013. (photo:



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Wine Women Shoes 2013
Published May 23, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA