Swapping with Strangers

August 13, 2010

in dessert, movies

Another successful clothing swap last night! While waiting for my friend Andrea to pick me up I sipped on a Dr. Zevia.


The Yelp-sponsored event took place at the W Hotel in Westwood



We were instructed to put our old clothes in the designated area, then assigned group numbers for when it would be time to swap.


Andrea, Christy, and I hung out in a cabana while we waited


Validation for the event was $14!!! We were told it would be half that price if we ordered food from Nine Thirty – I was hungry for dinner so I got the Caramelized Brussels sprouts


A small bowl for $11 but what do you expect at a fancy hotel? It was quite delicious, though – crispy and hot with red pepper-parsley salad and toasted almonds. The waiter informed me they got high marks on Zagat, and I found this old article in the LA Weekly with the recipe, proclaiming them the Best Brussels Sprouts in 2009 (apparently their price got inflated since then).

Once the group numbers were announced, it was ON! Ladies went crazy – flinging clothes left and right, pushing one another out of the way…


…I didn’t even bother trying things on; just grabbed what I thought might look good and called it a night!

Back home I had a fancy schmancy dessert…


1/2 a warmed up Brody’s Bakery Brownie and a scoop of Sweet Lucie’s Oatmeal Raisin


HEAVEN!!! This would’ve cost $15 if I got it at Nine Thirty, I’m sure…

I still have to sort through what I took home with me – and see if it fits! This event was fun, but I much prefer the swaps I do with friends…much more civilized!


My movie, “The People I’ve Slept With” opens in NYC today! It’s playing at the Clearview Chelsea all week.


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1 Emily August 13, 2010 at 8:06 am

Looks like a fun (and swanky!) clothes swap event. I agree with you; home swaps are much less crazy and more fun with your girlfriends.

Congrats on your movie’s debut today!

2 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

That is so exciting! Wish it was here…I would definitely go and see it!

3 Andrea@WellnessNotes August 13, 2010 at 8:08 am

Sounds fun! Can’t wait to see what you ended up with… :)

4 Pearl Lee August 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

i stayed at the W Hotel in Westwood last summer and we ordered room service in for one night. oh my gosh – a veggie (portobello) burger was around 30 dollars.

the clothing swap looked fun!

5 Simply Life August 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

wow, that looks pretty fun! Hope you like what you came home with!

6 Amy @ Second City Randomness August 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

Congrats on the debut! That’s so exciting!!! :)

I hope a few of the things you grabbed worked for you- events like that would probably stress me out- I don’t do well with crowds. ha ha

7 Jenna August 13, 2010 at 8:24 am

Congrats on the opening of the movie!! That is so exciting. :) I wish I could see it!

8 Vanilla August 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

I just saw the trailer and I SOOOO want to see it!! Everytime I saw you I was like ”She’s soooo pretty!!”
I laughed my a$$ off at the:
-”How do you know for sure?”
-”Because you’re the only one I’ve been with!” Lmfao!!

Do you think it’ll be available soon in Canada?

9 Lynn at The Actors Diet August 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

thanks! just wanna be sure you know that i’m the one with the bangs – not the star of the movie – we get confused for one another alot! it will not be in canadian theaters, but it will play in vancouver tomorrow for a film festival: http://www.queerfilmfestival.ca/content/MORE_SNEAK_PEEKS_/696

and should be on dvd soon!

10 eatmovelove August 13, 2010 at 8:46 am

Oh my Goodness – a movie?! Your a star!!

That brownie/ice cream combo – just made my day thank you very much ;)

11 Lynn at The Actors Diet August 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

thanks, dear! if you want to see a film i star in that’s on dvd you can rent “saving face” from netflix, blockbuster, etc. it’s one i’m very proud of :)

and yes, brownies + ice cream is so amazing – i don’t know why i never made it at home before!

12 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 13, 2010 at 9:09 am

That is exciting about your movie!!! If I was in NYC I would see it :D

That clothing swap is such a great idea. It’s a good way to get rid of clothes you don’t wear any more and pick up some new stuff along the way.

13 Jessie August 13, 2010 at 9:13 am

Congrats on your movie’s debut!! I’m sure you’re an old hand at this now, but still – exciting!!

I love the idea of a clothing swap, although I agree I think I’d rather do one with friends than with a pushy mob.

14 Ameena August 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

I think it is awesome that your poster is next to Eat, Pray, Love. I’m sure your movie is far better too!

15 greensandjeans August 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

Congratulations on the movie! That’s so exciting!

16 wendy lee August 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

The swap sounds like a riot, but I’d prefer a more sedate version with friends. Meanwhile, you did well with those brussel sprouts!

17 thehungryscholar August 13, 2010 at 9:53 am

Congrats on your movie opening. The movie sounds really interesting and funny.

I hate expensive food, but it sounds like you had fun.

18 rebecca lustig August 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

congrats on the movie opening!! so exciting!

revel in today. and enjoy it!
love, becca

19 lowandbhold August 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

They better be damn good brussels sprouts for $11, haha. Glad you had fun at the event. Love the movie poster!

20 Shanna, like Banana August 13, 2010 at 10:16 am

Let’s see the clothes! ;)

21 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

I have never been to a clothes swap like that – is it sorted by size at all?

22 Lynn at The Actors Diet August 13, 2010 at 10:35 am

They tried to keep it organized but it was insanity. Definitely not separated by size!!!

23 Freckled Foodie August 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

looks like SO much fun!!! :)

24 KeepItSweet August 13, 2010 at 10:48 am

That is awesome, congrats!

25 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine August 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

The swap looks really neat! I wish I could go to something like that- but I’d definitely have to try stuff on before I left!

26 Anna August 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

So cool to see your movie poster next to Eat, Pray Love!

That clothing swap sounds like madness!

27 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

That’s so cool about your movie!

Sweet Lucie’s ice cream is amazing. I love it!

28 lequan@luvtoeat August 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Congrats on your movie opening in NYC! This looks really funny! I’m so mad your movies don’t play in Edmonton. Wanna hear something funny? Hubby uses you to try to get me to move to Vancouver. “You know, if we moved to Vancouver you can watch all of Lynn Chen’s movies right when they come out in the theatres. Lynn Chen on the big screen, eh eh?” Lol. Very tempting, very tempting ;-)

Cool clothing swap (other than the insanity). And I’m sure Christy stayed away from your brussels sprouts huh? ;-)

29 edenseats August 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I’d be FIRST in line for your movie! I’ll tell all my NY friends to go see it (I used to live there). That swap looks like fun! do they do it often. Id love to go!
So it looks like Dr.Zevia needs to hire you to do their commercials ;)

30 Justine August 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Congrats on your movie! That’s so exciting :)

The clothing swap sounds fun but I don’t know if I an woman-enough for such a sport- ha!

31 Evan Thomas August 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Congrats on the movie opening!

32 Monet August 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

How exciting about the movie! Congratulations…I wish you were able to be in NYC for the premiere. And the clothing swap sounds like so much fun…they need to do that here in Austin!

33 Erin August 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Where have I been? I haven’t even heard of clothing swaps – and they’re here in Los Angeles! Seems like the event was a success. :)

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