HER city, the San Jose Downtown Association’s women’s after-work event series is set to engage, inspire and rejuvenate professional women. The first four events have been crafted around downtown’s best amenities, with a VIP experience in mind. Read the full press release
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Thanks for a fabulous first season of HER city events. Help us create an even better second season by answering our survey, posted May 14.
Here’s a look back at our first year events.
Spring Fashion Fling – Thursday, April 25, 2013
At the San Jose Museum of Art
You’re just an entry ticket away from downtown San Jose’s hottest spring fashion event at the San Jose Museum of Art on April 25, 5-8:30 pm. There are two times for the fashion show but the appetizers, drinks, vendors, beauty tips and more will be up for the entire evening so come early and mingle!
- Runway show highlighting ready-to-wear styles
- Hair, makeup and accessory tips from Brixton Hue Salon and Style Studio experts
- Shop The Usuals and Friends spring fashion finds
- Appetizers and complimentary beverages
- Signature HER city welcome bag
- Offering 2 hours of validated parking in the Fairmont Plaza Garage (beneath the museum, entrance on San Fernando Street) or other City of San Jose garages
$35 until April 24 – CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS
$45 at the door
Quick tip when purchasing tickets for a group: The runway show will be presented twice during the evening. At the time of ticket purchase please select your preferred time slot (6:15 pm or 7:30 pm), as we cannot guarantee changes the day of the event.
About Brixton Hue Salon and Style Studio, 96 South 3rd St.
Brixton Hue’s collective of stylists are experienced professionals and graduates of advanced academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Bumble and Bumble, Redken Academy and Toni & Guy. They also offer state of the art skincare services, waxing practices and natural manicures and pedicures. Plus a beautiful retail boutique stocked with an ever changing collection of chic handbags, edgy accessories, sparkly baubles, snuggly scarves, and hip hats to wear or to share.
What do you love about Downtown SJ?
The sense of belonging to an exciting and evolving community! I love Downtown because there are so many exciting new events happening and businesses opening and we have a very social environment. There is no pretense or judgement, it’s all about having fun, being inspired, and supporting each other’s vision. We love you, Downtown Residents! You inspire us to really raise the bar!
Fashion Item I am almost never without:
My Hair! Hair is the most underrated fashion accessory that a person owns. You can wear the same dress every day, but how you style your hair completely changes they way that people perceive you. The right hairstyle can even create the illusion that you have lost 10 pounds. It’s poor girls plastic surgery!
I am the “Queen of Useless Trivia”! I wouldn’t necessarily say useless, I am a magazine addict, consuming approximately 30 magazines monthly ranging from Us Weekly to The Economist, sprinkled with a little Vogue, Elle Décor, Rolling Stone, and Glamour. Let’s just say I am “diverse”…
About The Usuals, 1020 The Alameda
The Usuals is a small boutique in San Jose, CA specializing in men’s and women’s everyday apparel and accessories. They host a number of goods from local San Jose makers and encourage support for local arts and small business.
What do you love about downtown SJ:
I love that I’m starting to see independent retailers make homes in downtown San Jose. It feels as if there is an influx of entrepreneurs hoping to make their mark downtown. It’s exciting.
Fashion Item I am almost never without:
I always wear my “traveler’s necklace” by SJ jewelry designer, ther.a.py. I purchased it from her when we first opened our shop in 2010, and now she’s a regular vendor at our SJMADE events, and a mainstay in our jewelry case at The Usuals. It’s a silver chain pendant with four charms: a train token, moonstone, a “protector of travelers” saint, and a milagro foot. It’s seen me travel through all of my endeavors over the past three years, and it works with everything I wear.
Once upon a time I was a web programmer for an educational media company.
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OUR MOST RECENT EVENT: Top of San Jose Culinary Adventure – Feb. 5, 2013
Recipes from Chef Michelle Young of Alexander’s Steakhouse
Recommended Lionheart Wines:
Award-winning Angel’s Share, a white Rhone varietal that goes very well with seafood, especially crab. Or, try the Pinot Noir that pairs well with many things like duck, veal, or mushrooms. Discover more about Lionheart Wines and purchase some wines to share at your next gathering!
WinePairing tips are by Sommelier Debbie Blackwell, co-founder of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme Catering & Events Company.
During a sold-out event at the top of downtown San Jose at the exclusive and newly renovated Silicon Valley Capital Club on Feb. 5, 2013, HER city citizenry gathers for a culinary adventure.
The highlight of the evening was a cooking demonstration and entree prepared by Executive Chef Michael Miller, who has earned a coveted Michelin star for his creations.
Broadway and Broads – Thursday, October 25
Broadway San Jose hosts the Bay Area premiere of the musical “MEMPHIS,” at the Center for Performing Arts. HER citizens received preferred seating.
Following the performance, HER citizens received an exclusive backstage tour with cast members.
Fabulous Femmes – Thursday, August 2
Thanks to everyone who came to our debut HERcity social.
Charles J. Orlando, author of “The Problem with Women … is Men” spoke poolside at the Fairmont San Jose with food and wine and/or cocktail pairings
The evening included VIP night at Tech After Hours, co-hosted by The Tech Museum of Innovation. Event includes: admission, dessert, live music by Lara Price and the Velvet Plum Band, photo booth, fun, games and exploration inside one of downtown’s gems
Thanks to Tova Day Spa, Frost Cupcake Factory, Chandon Winery and European Wax Center for stepping up to support this social