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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

British Boohoo.com Launches Summer 2013 Collection In Los Angeles With Madhatter Tea Party

Bella Thorne Hosts The Boohoo Tea Party At SUR Lounge

Bella Thorne Hosts The Boohoo Tea Party At SUR Lounge. Miley Cyrus’s little sister Noah Cyrus with Bella Thorne (Photo credit: Boohoo Getty Images)

How fitting that Boohoo.com, a British brand, shared its new 2013 Summer Collection with a neon Wonderland Event perfect for the trendy queen on Tuesday, March 26. The tea party held at Sur Lounge in Beverly Hills showcased a wide variety of styles from the frilly form fitting dresses and skirts that have a big ruffle around the waist to floral prints to Aztec tribal prints to IKat material to hippy-esque finds.

Fashionista Bella Thorne hosted the afternoon affair which included delectable treats and signature cocktails along with infectious beats by DJ Lindsay Luv. The decorations from trendy colored phones and tea cups splattered in florescent paint and bite size desserts and appetizers were superb. The fun fashion and decor was being captured at the Printsamatic booth where one could take home Instagram photos to enjoy.

LA’s top fashion stylists and media were among the first to view the high summer 2013 collection

Bella Thorne Hosts The Boohoo Tea Party At SUR Lounge.

Fiona Gubbelman at The Boohoo Tea Party At SUR Lounge (Photo credit: Boohoo Getty Images)

featuring trends such as Geo Traveler, California Dreaming, and Latin-Inspired. Rising Hollywood starlets Bella Thorne (Disney’s Shake it Up, HBO’s Big Love), Noah Cyrus (Disney’s Hannah Montana), Jaylen Baron (Disney’s Shake it Up, Nick at Nite’s See Dad Run), Ryan Newman (Nick at Nite’s See Dad Run), Jade Ramsey (British Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis), & Fiona Gubbelmann (FX’s Wilfred) were in attendance. I enjoyed meeting a very sweet Soap Star Jen Lilley who has a big show coming out soon. We spent the afternoon enjoying tea and discussing the differences between the east coast and west coast.

What surprised me the most? The prices! After researching Boohoo online, you will be stunned to find literally hundreds of dresses and cool pieces for less than $50.  It made me think of a tiny bit pricier version of H&M, but hipper.  The brand spans across a variety of categories – including women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, footwear, and beauty products – to offer the latest trends with up to 8,000 products on sale at any one time.

Bella Thorne Hosts The Boohoo Tea Party At SUR Lounge (Photo credit: www.boohoo.com)

Boohoo.com hosts a Madhatter Tea Party to launch their new collection. (Photo credit: Boohoo Getty Images)

I fell in love with several dresses – the classy satin colorful ruffle waisted styles, a Bohemian suede fringe bag, and their IKat blended materials. Oh Boohoo! If you look at their website, this online fashion retailer from the UK will not have you crying, but hooked.

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Carly Oated, Writer Melissa Curtin, Actress Jen Lilley (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

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