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Escada Fashion at Neiman Marcus for Opera Medallists' Luncheon


Neiman Marcus in Fashion Valley hosted a very chic fashion luncheon March 2nd. San Diego Opera Medallists, aka big, big opera supporters, were invited to the second floor salon to preview the latest Escada collection. Guests enjoyed a Mosaic catered lunch of grilled salmon and a chocolate themed dessert.... and a whole lot of 'girl talk!'

Among those there were Barbara Bloom, Jeanne Jones, Joan Jacobs, Iris Strauss in Escada Couture, Sheryl White, Karen Cohn, Lynda Kerr wearing stellar Dior stilettos, Ruth Leonardi, Jennifer Greenfield, and Tammy Alter.

Tammy took a small time out in her schedule to make this luncheon. She has been so busy planning the March 23rd event honoring her sister Stefanie Strauss who passed away due to ovarian cancer. (See details under upcoming events.)

And Tammy will have a lot of support for her event. The Opera gals are a closely knit group who with smarts and a tremendous amount of dedication. They make things happen.

Happening too is the San Diego Opera. They started with rave reviews for its 2009 season opening of Tosca.... and it has not hit a wrong note since!

Speaking of, the Opera is in mid-season. To learn more about the San Diego Opera season and its special events, Please visit


Fyi, the definition of 'girl talk' in a store like Neiman Marcus equates to shopping!


Please enjoy the photos!

Sheryl White with Iris Strauss and Karen Cohn

Karen Cohn and Joan Jacobs

Tammy Alter with her mother, Iris Strauss

Sylvia Smith and Ruth Leonardi ** Rossy Bryan with Natalia Sentosky and Maria Antonio

Karen Cohn and Sheryl White giggling ** Barbara Bloom and Karen Cohn

Karen Cohn and Jeanne Jones

Lynda Kerr and Jennifer Greenfield ** Jean Shekhter and Alla Kagan

Rossy Bryan and Lynda Kerr

Jeanne Jones and Iris Strauss

the dessert that Jennifer Greenfield missed because of an invitation printing appointment for The Jewel Ball

The Escada Fashion Show!


A Valentino Purse Intermezzo!

And for a look back, here are links to other Opera events

Opera Gala 2009

Opera / Oscar de la Renta Fashion Luncheon 2008

Opera Gala 2008

Opera Gala 2007

Opera Gala 2006


The Dow Divas

(Seated from left to right): Lee Goldberg, Joan Jacobs, Sheryl White, Dow Diva President Iris Lynn Strauss, Karen Cohn, Valerie Cooper, Alberta Feurzeig

(Middle row left to right):  Rusti Bartell, Sarah Brenda Marsh-Rebelo, Colette Royston, Pam Wygod, Lee Clark, Jeanne Jones, Wanda Levi, Barbara Bloom

(Back row left to right):  Lynda Kerr, Sheila Potiker, Dawn Gilman, Sheila Lipinsky. Jennifer Greenfield

(Not pictured):  Tanya Brandes, Jake Figi, M. Faye Wilson

photo courtesy of the San Diego Opera


Have a great week!


The Buzz

Free, Free, Free to a good home!!!

Do you know of a good home for one of these Georgia pawfect beauties....

There are 7 pure-bred female Samoyeds who need a "forever home" because their owner/breeder, Cathy Pendleton, is losing her battle with breast cancer. She can no longer care for her dogs and has been moved to Hospice after being in the hospital for a week.

All the owner/breeder wants is for all of these girls to get good homes. Currently, they are not wanting to place any of the dogs in foster care because they are trying to move the dogs only once. My understanding is that the older animals have been spayed. Because she is a breeder, the younger dogs are not spayed; however the new family would need to have the dog spayed if she is less than seven years. (The dogs range in age from 1.5 years to more senior dogs.)
All are healthy and well cared for, up to date on shots, heartworm, flea treatment, etc. The new "forever" home will need to have a fenced yard with sufficient space for an active dog.
If you think you might be interested after reading Velvet's email (below), her contact info is

Upcoming Events

March 21st - The 12th Annual 'Heart of San Diego Gala' will benefit the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center for the UCSD. Please visit The Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center at UCSD for more information.

March 23rd - The High Heals Foundation (to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Society)
This foundation was formed in loving memory of Stefanie Strauss, by her sister Tamara Alter. Tamara is an international jewelry designer who has designed special jewelry just for this cause. To learn
more about The High Heals Foundation, please call 619-985-0542.

May 9th - The feast of the feast many of the top San Diego restaurants! Mama's Kitchen will host their popular event at the Hyatt Aventine in La Jolla. Please visit Tickets are on sale now at for tickets.

May 16th - A Cheetah fundraiser with Laurie Marker. Please visit for details.

Please save the Dates for:

May 29th - A Lizz Russell fashion show and dinner at The Westgate Hotel.

June 6th - The Arthritis Foundation walk.

To learn more about arthritis and this walk, please visit

Dogs get Arthritis too!  ..... Kima The Honorary Dog Chair will be there too!

Reported by Margo Schwab


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* Margo Schwab, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego. Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.



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