Shopping Meet Up: PUG Boutique and What Katie Did (with photos!)

I guess that I am going to give you the long detailed version of this event and how it happened. The original genesis of this was when Christina Sangre posted to the Ladies of Los Angeles group about scheduling a Meet Up. Due to her busy life, she was not able to put anything together as she had hoped. But I am sure that she will make something happen in the future and I want to thank her for bringing us all together. So I decided that it might be fun to do a small Meet Up. Well, a small Meet Up happened back in the fall. It was just Nilay Engin and myself. But we hit it off and in early January the two of us did a shopping trip together. We had a great time, that is until I had my wallet stolen or lost. We went to the MAC store in Glendale, the Lush store and then to the PUG Boutique. Our shopping outing ended there. But we were supposed to go to the What Katie Did store after PUG. Nilay came up with the brainstorm of scheduling a new shopping outing to include PUG and WKD. And she posted an invitation to all of the Ladies of Los Angeles members to join the expedition.

About a month after her initial post, the day for the shopping Meet Up arrived. It was this past Saturday, February the 23rd. I kind of assisted in setting up the times and asking for RSVPs. Six of us met up together at the Pin Up Boutique: Nilay Engin, Ms Auburn Hills, Agueda Zarate, Natalie, Cynthia Alvarez and myself. We were planning on meeting at 1 PM in front of the store. Well, I am not sure when everyone arrived. I ran into a big traffic problem and so got to the store about a half an hour late. I had met both Nilay and Auburn Hills before. But it was my first time meeting Agueda, Cynthia and Natalie. What wonderful ladies... and great shopping companions. I have never ever had such great help in finding the right clothes for myself. These ladies told me what looked good and what did not. And it was so much fun having everyone trying on things, giving feedback, assisting with zipper sipping, and just having a great time! While we were there going wild, there was some kind of filming going on in the store. I think the PUG people said that they are going to be doing some kind of web episodes.

One thing I knew in advance. I wanted to make sure we had photographic proof of our adventures.  I brought my camera. And everyone thought it was funny that I brought my tripod. But I wanted to be prepared. the tripod came in handy. But it was also wonderful that Ms Doris Mayday was on hand and assisted in taking some of the photos. That woman is so beautiful and is as kind as she is beautiful!

So I guess maybe you might want to see some photos? 

Left to right: Me (Aoife 24K), Cynthia Alvarez, Auburn Hills, Nilay Engin, Natalie and Agueda Zarate.

Here is Nilay with Doris:

And now Natalie with Doris:

And here we all are outside of the boutique:

So I really wanted to be able to take my PUG friends to my favorite retro lingerie store, What Katie Did. Cynthia and Agueda were not able to join us for that part of our shopping journey. So the four of us remaining ladies went to the WKD Hollywood boutique. I had pre-ordered a Mae corset and had bought some stockings in a flash sale a few days before. So I was just picking things up. But my co-conspirators had to try on some of the unbelievable WKD merchandise. I know that Nilay bought a corset and I think Auburn Hills bought an item or two. The following pic was taken by Michelle of What Katie Did. I am not sure of what her exact title is but she is like the High Priestess of WKD here in the US. Michelle is a truly wonderful person and has made all of my visits to What Katie Did very wonderful shopping outings. The main store is in London and is of course owned by Katie.

PUG really does bring people together. As you can see we are all different, with different styles, we are of different ages and if you have not figured it out, there is one big difference between me and the other women. But we all share a desire to look our best. And we all share a love for PUG clothing and the Pin Up Look in general.

Now I have a question. Have we all made you all a little bit jealous? Well then do something about it. Go out with your PUG sisters wherever you are may be. Of course here in LA it is pretty easy to find sister PUGsters. But I know that if you try, you can also have some great shopping Meet Ups. 

And just a couple more things. I had an absolutely wonderful time. I want to thank the staff at the PUG Boutique. I want to thank my PUG sisters. And I want to thank Michelle at What Katie Did. All six of us agreed that we have to do something again. I have an idea or two. And maybe others of you may have ideas. So let us make another Meet Up happen! And I know that we'd love to have more of our local PUGsters join us next time.

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Comment by Michelle Messika on February 28, 2013 at 11:48am

Cynthia Alvarez, do you have a blog or any pictures posted anywhere? You're so beautiful and your style inspires me a lot!

Comment by Emily on February 28, 2013 at 11:57am

Oh, I'm so bummed I wasn't able to make it out. Looks like everyone has so much fun! Next time! 

Comment by Chacha Billy on February 28, 2013 at 1:33pm

I'm so game for the next one !! I have to get my birthday dress . And I hoping the restocked on it already.

Comment by Tasneem on February 28, 2013 at 1:53pm

Wish I could have been there! Next time, fingers crossed!!

Comment by Cynthia Alvarez on February 28, 2013 at 1:56pm

Michelle Messika - thank you for the kind words!! I don't have a blog at the moment.

Comment by Patty Rosas on February 28, 2013 at 2:58pm

Amiga you look beautifulll!! ♥

Comment by Michelle Boutilier on February 28, 2013 at 5:17pm

Thank you for sharing your PUG meet up with us :D  I'm so jealous! I've been lucky to have met Cynthia at VLV last year :D

If you gals get together for an afternoon tea, please don't forget to take pics and share with us! I would love to see your hat Aoife!!

Comment by Aoife 24K on February 28, 2013 at 8:28pm

Wow, Wow, Wow!

All of you are so kind. We did have a great time. Of course the PUG Boutique makes a shopping outing like this very dangerous. And wait til we wear our new underthingees from What Katie Did.

But what was so wonderful was all of the people who were there. Now that we have done it once, we can do it again. I am going to plan a tea party but I think that I will give it more time. And I will make sure it happens after Viva.

Comment by Erica Monique Bass on February 28, 2013 at 10:09pm

Glad to read that everyone has a wonderful time. PUG really does unite wonderful people together  :)

Comment by Ashley on March 11, 2013 at 11:47am

Hello! My friend and I went to this event and got a picture taken with Doris Mayday. Does anyone know where we can see the photos? A photographer with dark brown hair took our pictures. The girl i'm with in my profile picture is the one i'm with in the picture with Doris. 



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