Pink Ruffles and Butterflies Baby Shower

July 22nd, 2014

Although  over the top weddings are what we’re known for, we couldn’t resist sharing this pink ruffles and butterflies baby shower filled with delightful goodies including bird cages, hanging lanterns, dangling pearls and more! From the lavished tablescape décor and gorgeous florals to the decadent desserts and artfully decorated cake, this adorable baby shower is such a sweet treat… “oh baby” is right!

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DessArt Designs came up with the gorgeous overall look for the event so we asked Liza from their company to describe the inspiration and style: Our client wanted it to be very girly and opulent, so we used lots of pearls and bling as well as butterflies for a whimsical feel. We also used these same elements to custom design one of our well known signature dessert tables for our client. We used crystals and pearl accents and chiffon embellishments to add a chic touch. 

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Wildflower Linen created custom curly willow collection ruffles chair sleeve cover for the event in soft hues of pinks and blush that were embellished with pearls and butterflies.  They paired this with rich matte satin baby pink linens.  To complete the look, we created the same curly willow ruffles in a full table linen for the super sweet dessert table.

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Event Planner/Designer – DessArt Designs
Venue – Montage Hotel
Photographer –  Slickforce Studio
Table Linen & Chair Cover Rentals – Wildflower Linen
Florist – Hidden Garden
Rentals – A Packaged Parties
Mini Desserts Favors – The French Confection Company
Gourmet Caramel Apples Mini Desserts –  Roni Sugar Creations

Party at HBO’s Entourage House – Toberman Estates

July 11th, 2014

A dinner set for 50 turned into an epic Great Gatsby style soiree for over 200 at Youngsong’s private party at HBO’s Entourage House – Toberman Estates.  Set in the heart of Hollywood Hills, this iconic location set the backdrop to one of this year’s most talked about parties. Hosted by Youngsong Martin, owner and CEO of Wildflower Linen, she along with the owners of Toberman Estates, ChefDance set forth to entertain their closest friends along with debuting the works of Natalia Jung of Grand Éclair who will be the exclusive in-house floral designer for the estate.

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Youngsong designed the entire event with its theme title in mind: “Hollywood Then & Now“.  She wanted to show the sophistication and glamour of the past but also incorporate today’s hot trend for vibrant colors, textures and styles.  The design elements included: a unique and clever table configuration for guest to co-mingle comfortably, a gorgeous tablescape that included vibrant peacock teal and blue linens featuring new chair cover styles in rich jewel tones and lush pauve of florals that also included ten foot tall floral centerpieces!

Gorgeous photos taken by the talented Gene Higa truly captured the brilliant and bold colors displayed in the décor.

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“Lighting was also key in creating the overall feel and look of the event so we used dozens of candles and votives in varying styles on the tables, pinspot the florals and uplit the walls and background trees with amber and emerald  and sapphire lighting” says Youngsong.

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About C.E. Toberman Estate

For the first time, VIP and select guests were invited to a rare and exciting inside glimpse to one of the most beautiful and glamorous homes in Hollywood, the C.E. Toberman estate.


Built in 1922 and featured on the cover of the first-ever edition of Architectural Digest, this show-stopping property appeared in numerous films, most recently as the “the hip ‘trophy'” house of Vincent Chase on the first two seasons of HBO‘s Entourage and the later sixth season.  As the former home of the legendary real estate developer behind other such notable landmarks such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Chinese Theatre, The Rooservelt Hotel and the Egyptian Theatre, this estate was the crown jewel in the empire of Charles Toberman, “The Father of Hollywood”.

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C. E. Toberman hired architects Russell & Alpaugh to design his Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style dream house, which took two years to build and was completed in 1924.  The estate, built on a 2-acre lot, includes a 19-room, 9,800-square-foot main house, a 1,809-square-foot guest apartment and garage, and a separate natatorium with a 30 by 50-foot tiled pool with cabanas under skylights.  The main house has eight fireplaces, a butler’s pantry and cut-crystal doorknobs. Toberman, who lived to be 101 years old, recalled in a 1981 interview that the estate became “practically a country club” with its enclosed swimming pool, tennis courts, a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, and formal gardens.

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The Ladies of the Evening: Natalie Jung of Grand Éclair, Host Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen and Mimi Griswold of ChefDance

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Owners of the C.E Toberman Estates in Hollywood Hills, Mimi and Kenny Griswold created ChefDance 11 years ago as formal dinner get-together for family and friends.  It was a one-of-a-kind, 5 night, culinary extravaganza occurring at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  With repeated requests to throw these dinners all year round, the company took off without a hitch and include many celebrity clientele.  Today, ChefDance has grown into an outlet to help others discover new ways to enjoy dining with friends and family from people all over the world.

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Grand Éclair is event production company focused around floral designs and artistic collaborations with up and coming designers from various industries. Natalia Jung, Design Director of Grand Eclair , is an entrepreneur, artist, designer and style–setter.  Natalia respectfully comes from the luxury hotel & resort industry and has worked with  flower arrangements on the set of ‘Gossip Girl’, New York Fashion Week, Saks Fifth Ave department store, the flagship Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs as well as private parties in NYC.  Her designs are based on classical London styles combined with a luxury New York edge and tailor-made with meticulous attention.

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Wildflower Linen is the leader in designer table linen and chair cover rentals. In 2001, founder Youngsong Martin, formerly an internationally known fashion designer and marketer of high-style women’s apparel, launched Wildflower Linen in Southern California. Her full-service rental company has since redefined the special-event linen field in terms of style, glamour and customer service while becoming a prestigious provider to clients nationwide and abroad. In addition to lavish weddings and large-scale banquets, Wildflower Linen products have been featured at the Governor’s Ball Oscar Party, Vanity Fair after-parties, aboard charter yachts, numerous Presidential White House events and at many noted resorts & country clubs. Wildflower Linen is also home to the official linens as seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Our extensive inventory of fashion-forward and traditional styles is now available for purchase, ideal for any special occasion or for everyday home decor.

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Youngsong Martin, Owner and CEO of Wildflower Linen

Till the next soiree…


Design Concept and Host: Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen

Venue: C.E. Toberman Estate: ChefDance

Floral Design: Grand Éclair

Table Linen and Chair Cover Rentals: Wildflower Linen

Coordinator: LVL Events

Rentals: Town & Country Rentals

Lighting: G2

Catering: Cory Martin Events

Photography: Gene Higa Photography

Entertainment:  Tim Laughlin – Live Jazz, DJ Cool Whip,

Step and Repeat:  MK Magnets





Celebrity Wedding – R&B Divas Hawaii Wedding

June 30th, 2014

Congratulations to Monifah Carter and Terez Thorpe’s R&B Divas Hawaii Wedding which is also known as a monumental milestone for LGBTQ.  With the recent legalization of Same Sex marriages in the State of Hawaii, this wedding is even more meaningful being the first ever African American Same Sex wedding couple televised in the US.  The wedding was produced entirely on the island on Oahu, Hawaii.  Additional features about this monumental day were noted in CNN, Essence, Ebony, and Popsugar!

Monifah Carter, who stars on the reality TV series R&B Divas, wed her girlfriend, Terez Thorpe on TV One.  Wedding producer Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino, Event Excellence along side planner/florist  Carolee Higashino of White Orchid Wedding designed the tropical affair, creating a “beautiful and meaningful, music-filled wedding.”  The beautiful images below were captured by Frank Amodo Photography.


“Their stunning celebration included a custom bridge built over a pool for Monifah’s entrance and over 4,000 stemmed ombré orchids placed over a driftwood canopy, accented by delicate petals lining the aisle.” states Brit regarding some glamorous details of the wedding.

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More Details from Brit Bertino:

Inspiration and Design

“We drew inspiration for the design of the event from Monifah’s engagement ring, an amethyst stone. The color allowed us to bring in some natural earth elements, and to incorporate nautical touches, as both brides wanted an earthy feel to the overall design. We carried the ombré concept through the stationery, linens, cakes, signature drink, and florals, and the result was as unique as the beautiful couple themselves.

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Wildflower Linen’s amethyst table linens and signature ruffled Juliet chair sleeve covers along with White Orchid Wedding’s florals were the perfect addition to their decadent affair.

“Music was another one of the most important elements. Mahi performed during the ceremony, as did Rahsaan Patterson. Other close friends performed at the reception, including Keke Wyatt and Syleena Johnson. DJ Spark, also a friend of the couple, presided over the reception festivities.”

“Another special feature of the wedding was the ‘Fat Snack’ table, which Terez simply had to have. The sweets included vegan, gluten-free peanut butter cookies made specially for her by the chef. Vegan diets were taken into consideration when planning dinner entrées selections, as well.

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“In lieu of a traditional guest book, Terez and Monifah asked their honored guests to write down their best wishes and advice for the couple at the ‘Keys to Success’ table on how to keep and maintain a successful marriage throughout the years.”




Wedding Producer: Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino, Event Excellence

Photographer: Frank Amodo Photography

Ceremony/Reception: The Modern Honolulu

Decor/Floral: Teresa Sena Designs and White Orchid Weddings

Linen: Wildflower Linen

Cake: Cake Works

DJ: DJ Spark

Invitations: Paper and Home

Entertainment: MRS-Events

Audio Visual: PSAV

Hair: Derek J

Makeup: Reign Brice

Officiate: Dr. Allyson Abrams



Hello to Summer Weddings with Vibrant Yellow Floral

June 11th, 2014

Just as Olaf the adorable snowman from Frozen can’t wait to experience Summer, we are excited for it’s arrival as well!  And what better way to say hello to summer weddings than with vibrant bright and cheerful yellow florals.


Aired on WeTv, this lovely wedding photographed by the super talented  Mike Colon, was designed and coordinated by our dear friend and celebrity planner, Diann Valentine.  With the help of floral designers from Tic-Tock Couture Florals and  1-800-FLOWERS, thousands of beautiful and vibrant yellow florals were used to create luscious centerpieces, a gorgeous fountain arrangement and even florals covering lounge furniture!  Hundreds of candles were used to finish the romantic décor.

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Our Wildflower Linen décor included some fabulous silver patterned table linens, a burlap with tulle and ivory floral head table linen and the use of curly willow yellow accent ties as chair treatments.  Don’t miss the “GET THIS LOOK” area below to view our linens used for this summer wedding!


The menu and placecards were so elegant and were made by the Diann Valentine Wedding Stationary Collection.

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Diann and designed an amazing Candyland Lounge for the reception that was pure eye candy.


Floral Design: tic-tock Couture Florals
Flowers provided by: 1-800-FLOWERS
Event Designer and Coordinator: Diann Valentine and
Photography: Mike Colon
Invitations and Placecards: Diann Valentine Wedding Stationary Collection
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Dresses: R-Mine Bridal




Headtable and Accent Tables: Sara Burlap with Ivory Floral Table Linen (burlap linen layered with a light shimmery tulle and ivory gardenia floral accents)

Chair and Décor Accent: Curly Willow Accent Ties in Yellow (Curly Willow Collection come in various colors and styles including full chair covers, chair sleeves, and custom table linens)

Guest Table Linens: Carrington Platinum Table Linen (A contemporary swirl like patterned table linens with hints of silver, navy and grey)

Additional Table and Napkins: Matte Satin Heather Grey or Silver Linens


Recent Luxe Wedding Event designed and coordinated with Diann Valentine, Nikki Khan and Youngsong Martin.


Luxe Wedding Event with Celebrity Designer, Diann Valentine, Nikki Khan and Designer and CEO of Wildflower Linen, Youngsong Martin


Indian Wedding Inspiration Featured in Today’s Bride

May 28th, 2014

Today, we are celebrating colorful, bold and opulent wedding décor design inspired by the Far East.   Featured in Today’s Bride,  San Francisco Bay Area’s leading wedding magazine, this Indian Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Mira Events and Design  has the perfect touch of east meets west design with traditional vibrant colors, bold décor accents and then adding in modern “western” elements. Cover Today's Bride Today's Bride Pg 1 Today's Bride Pg 2

The gorgeous images below from Karl Ko Photography shows the beauty and vibrant colors in the table linens, chair covers and floral accents. Here is an excerpt from Miranda of Mira Events and Design (formally Divine Affairs Event Design):

Rise and shine, my beautiful Maharanis! I’ve got a blooming batch of wedding bliss for you today as Karl Ko Photography showcases the fine skills of Beauty Mark Ink  and Divine Affairs Event Design at this darling inspiration shoot!  Couples with varying looks of luxury flash their pearly whites and show off some seriously sweet wedding styles! From opulent tablescape décor to timeless fashion with bold and bright accents, this Indian Wedding Inspirational Shoot definitely worth trending!

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The idea was to take the concept of an Indian fusion wedding, which is very common here in the Bay Area, and approach it from a different angle.  Specifically, a Western angle. Since none of the vendors involved were native to Indian or South Asian weddings, we would rely on our working knowledge of this sect of the industry, and bring our “western” ideas into this magical and colorful world laden with steep traditions.

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Venue: Mountain Winery

Planning & Design: Divine Affairs Event Design

Photography: Karl Ko Photography

Table Linens and Chair Cover Rentals: Wildflower Linen

Florists: Three Sisters Florists

Hair & Makeup: Beauty Mark Ink Professional Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist

Wedding Fashions: Sagar Exclusive

Cinematography: Grover Films

Mehndi Artist: Monica Patel


This lovely video from Grover Films documented the shooting day.




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Wine Country Napa Valley Wedding

May 20th, 2014

Today’s wedding features lovely images from a vineyard wedding at the Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, CA!  To view more about this event and its inspirations, view the full story on Ceci Style Magazine!  This is a perfect depiction of how a Wine Country Napa Valley Wedding should be!


An excerpt from Ceci of Ceci New York.  During the planning stages, she met with Stephanie Cole and Sarah Drake of Cole Drake Events to finalize colors and grab inspiration from our Wildflower Linen table linen designs.

While we were building their pretty new site, Cole Drake Events was also busy planning stylish Wine Country weddings, including this week’s Ceci Bride Lyn’s uber-romantic vineyard affair. I designed Lyn’s invitation with the Napa theme in mind, using plenty of purple (reminiscent of red wine) and hand-drawn grapevine details. This set the tone for an ultra-chic wedding reception where guests dined beneath the vines at a dramatic banquet table complete with lush textured linens, flowers and candlelight designed by Cole Drake Events.


Take a look at these lovely images of Lyn and Andrew’s wedding taken by photographer, Shannon Stellmacher.




Event Team Credit:

Planner: Sarah Drake: Cole Drake Events

Venue: Trentadue Winery

Table Linens and Chair Cover Rentals: Wildflower Linen

Invitations: Ceci New York

Photographer:  Shannon Stellmacher

Florist: Jessica Switala, Fleurs de France

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Cake: Perfect Endings

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals



One of our most popular chair covers is called our Diana Chair Cover Collection.  With its ruffles and bustled dress feel with rhinestone accent, this chair covers add the perfect fullness and elegant charm to any wedding décor.  When using these chair covers, you can simplify the table linens and color so that the chair covers can make the statement.   In this wedding, crinkle taffeta table linens in champagne were used to add just the right amount of texture and complimentary color to the decor.  See other Diana Chair Cover Colors below!

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Blue Summer Beach Wedding Themed Shoot at the Millennium

May 12th, 2014

Words can’t describe the breathtaking backdrop of this fun and vibrant blue summer beach wedding themed shoot at the Millennium Scottsdale Resort & Villas in Arizona!

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Styled by Debbie Kennedy of Debbie Kennedy Events & Design, the tablescape using our Wildflower Linen Chiffon Velvet Blue Topaz table linen overlays  added just the right amount of vibrant color against the neutral and soft palette of the table décor.


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This shoot is a featured story  in Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services Magazine CWLIFE Photography captures Debbie’s great attention to detail, passions about her clients and vendor relations and her upbeat and fun vision in these great images below!

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Designer & Event Planner –  Debbie Kennedy Events & Design

Table Linens – Wildflower Linen

Cake and Baked Goods – Designer Cakes By April

Florals – Flowers by Jodi

Venue – Millennium Scottsdale Resort & Villas, Arizona

Photography – CWLIFE Photography


Bold Floral Print Table Linens for Spring

May 6th, 2014

The bigger, the bolder, the better… that’s what we’re hearing about one of our latest Wildflower Linen bold floral print table linens that are perfect for Spring and Summer Events!  From Tea Parties and Spring Weddings to Galas hosting 1,000 guests, these linens add the perfect backdrop for a touch of feminine décor!


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The collection we’re spotlighting is our Caprice Table Linens.  Over 1o0 of these delightful floral patterned table linens were recently used for the Children’s Star Gala in Minnesota (read more about this event below)!  With their 10 inch diameter florals and six gorgeous colors to choose from, these bold prints are truly a great focal point to any wedding or event!  Make sure to check out our other Bold Print Patterns below also showcased below!!

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(From Left to Right: Caprice Blush, Caprice Blush Reverse, Caprice Mango, Caprice Mango Reverse, Caprice Brown Reverse, Caprice Brown)

Below is more information about the Children’s Star Gala produced and designed by our friend Ryan Hanson from BeEvents.  The beautiful images from the event were taken by Lauren B Photography and Wendy Zins.


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In its 23rd year, Children’s Star Gala was an inspiring evening of stories, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions to raise funds to support Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Midwest Fetal Care Center.

This year, proceeds from Children’s Star Gala will support their fetal care program. Children’s has a proud history caring for babies around the region, including those most fragile due to prematurity and other congenital conditions. Thanks to their deep bench of clinical experts – neonatologists, geneticists and specialty surgeons just to name a few – they’ve delivered some of the best outcomes in the country while keeping a close eye on what’s next to improve care. Now, thanks to advances in fetal medicine, they are able to detect, diagnose and treat potential problems before a baby is born – including, where necessary, fetal surgery.  Imagine the possibilities.

Together with the generous sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers, they helped raised $2.1 million for the Midwest Fetal Care Center.

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Here are some additional bold print patterned table linens that have made a statement this past year!

Hanae Ivory Floral Print Table Linen Hanae Silver Floral Print Table Linen (Photo by Barnett Photography)


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Spring Wedding Tablescape in Blue, Peach and Coral

April 28th, 2014

When we think of Spring Weddings, what comes to mind?  Whether it’s being outdoors, lush florals, whimsical butterflies, bright colors or flowy ruffles, this spring wedding tablescape in blue, peach and coral is featured in Exquisite Weddings Magazine San Diego has it all!

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This lovely photoshoot created by Monarch Weddings and Jennifer Cole Florals is inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series, mimicking water with its mirrored surface and aqua charger plates.  Table Linens include our Wildflower Linen Iridescent Taffeta Collection in Ocean, Curly Willow Ruffles Chair Sleeves in Sherbet and Iridescent Taffeta Napkins in Apricot.

Take a look at these amazing and vibrant photos taken by Terri Rippee.

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Photography: Terri Rippee
Styling and Plates: Monarch Weddings
Florals and Chandelier: Jennifer Cole Florals
Table Linen, Chair Covers, and Napkins: Wildflower Linen
Table and Side Chairs: Hire Elegance
Chiavari Chairs and Flatware: Classic Party Rentals
Stemware: Anthropologie
Paper Elements and Glass-Etched Pieces: Rachel Jane Couture Invitations

Wildflower Linen invited as a Guest Speaker for “Mondays at the Mission”

April 23rd, 2014

After the fabulous Luxe Hotel Wedding Bridal Event last month, we received at call from our good friend, renowned bridal stylist, Renee Strauss to collaborate on a new project that is truly dear to our hearts; working with children and today’s youth to make a difference in their lives.

Youngsong Martin, owner and principal designer of Wildflower Linen will be teaming up with Renee Strauss as guest speakers in May for Mondays at the Mission.  They will co-teach about Entrepreneurship: sharing their life stories, lessons and teach the students how to embark on creating their own businesses.
“Being about to speak to kids and teach them that they have the power to succeed in life is so humbling to me!  I’m so excited and honored to have a chance to share my story and advice with them!” – Youngsong Martin


Mondays at the Mission

Mondays at the Mission is the first and only weekly career and life skills program for teenagers at Union Rescue Mission, the largest and oldest homeless shelter in Los Angeles.  Every Monday night, the program offers career and life skills classes, guest speakers, special events and mentoring opportunities.  They were featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show  and Elon Musk, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, was the most recent guest speaker!

Click here to see Elon Musk in Mondays at the Mission.

Mondays at the Mission Elon Musk

Mondays at the Mission was created and founded by Christopher Kai.

About Mondays at the Mission:  Mondays at the Mission offer weekly career and life skills classes, guest speakers, special events and mentoring opportunities. We have had 154 classes, 133 speakers from 21 states and 18 countries, representing more than 62 different careers. Over the last 3 1/2 years, we have helped hundreds of homeless students stay in school, apply and secure jobs, and prepare and matriculate into colleges.

It is the only weekly career and life skills program for teenagers at Union Rescue Mission.  Along with being featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show, our program participants have been featured on The Huffington Post, People Magazine, Fortune, Inc., The Atlantic, Time, NBC Nightly News, CNN, The Today Show, and Oprah.

Speaker Profiles: Our speakers have included: Elon Musk (Tesla Motors CEO), Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese and Steve Jobs’ first employer) Christine Van Loo (Olympic acrobat), Johnny Strange (youngest person to climb world’s seven tallest summits), Jean De Die Gatete (Rwanda genocide survivor and medical doctor), Tom Shadyac (Hollywood producer and writer of Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty), J.C. Mauduit (Cal Tech astronomer), BC Jean (multi-platinum songwriter of “If I Were a Boy” recorded by Beyonce), KC Porter (Grammy-winning producer), and J.R. Martinez (Dancing with the Stars winner)

Student Profile: Mostly aged 11-17

Class Size: 5-15 students

When: Every Monday night from 7PM-8:30PM (Class starts at 7:30pm)

Renee Strauss with Youngsong Martin

Renee Strauss with Youngsong Martin

Youngsong and Renee will be guest speakers at the Mondays at the Mission on May 17.

If you are interested in helping out your own community the same way Renee and Youngsong are making a stamp in Los Angeles, we want to hear about it!  Contact us so we can see if we help in your efforts or connect you to the right people in your area to make a difference!

Other Projects:

This is just one of many projects Youngsong and Wildflower Linen are working on which includes: Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA Foundation), Operation Shower (for military moms) and Unicef to name a few.

One specific local project which we’re calling “Operation Gowns” is spearheaded by Youngsong Martin and includes creating and donating over 2,000 hospital gowns to children fighting cancer and liver disease.  The  most unique part about “Operation Gowns” project is that the children get to create the actual designs on the blue or pink gowns, making them feel special and perhaps a bit normal in their day to day lives at the hospitals.  More info to come on this special project as well as some creative designs by the children artists!  Contact us if you want to donate or be a part of this project!  Reference “Operation Gowns”.

Below is a heartfelt excerpt from the mother of a little girl who is a patient at the hospital who helped to initiate this special project.

Ana Anselmo (Mother of 6yr old Savvy Anselmo)

An Amazing Surreal Moment and Opportunity for All of My Hospital Parent Friends! Liver Family:
I had a surreal experience this past week. I made a tough decision to attend a wedding conference. It was an amazing opportunity to attend an amazing conference, Inspire Smart Success Experience – Palm Beach.   On Savvy’s birthday, I listened to some amazing speakers and one in particular made me cry. Not a cute delicate cry that you see on commercials but you know the Ugly Cry that Oprah so famously talks about. I was sitting at the front row (my luck!!) and an amazing man by the name of Brett Culp showed a clip of his new film. A film on how Batman inspired 13 individuals to become super heros. As soon as I saw the little boy with the Batman cape and his mom uttered the word leukemia, Ugly Cry began and there was no turning back. Then I saw for a brief second the Batmobile and recognized the Batman who travels the country to visit sick children … the one who attended Savannah’s Celebration of Life party last year at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital…. at this point … I was uncontrollable and could not wipe the tears fast enough.
I stood up at the end of the presentation to share with Mr. Culp what his heart in leading him to make this film … well … how it has touched my heart. I then excused myself and went to the bathroom to clean up. Yeah….well….no chance the ugly tears were going to end because I ran into the most amazing women in the bathroom. The owners of … these women founded their company with the simple core value of “Kindness”. A reminder that you don’t need to spend days, months and years to affect a person … a simple act of kindness can touch them in ways you may never imagine.
Then an amazing woman walked in and I just saw her kind face. I recognized her as a speaker at the conference.  These kind eyes looked at us and the heart listened. This amazing woman was Youngsong Martin, owner of Wildflower Linen. I shared with her how the film had touched my heart and how it is so important to remember that our children are not cancer or liver disease. They are children who happen to be attached to medical equipment fighting for their lives but they are simply children. I shared with Ms. Martin how Savvy had cried for an hour not because she was about to have surgery or the pain she was experiencing but because she did not want to wear the blue scratchy hospital gown. Savvy was a 6 year old girl and wanted to wear pink or purple. Her spirit was being broken … She can not control her body but she wanted some kind of control over what she was going to wear and there was nothing I could do about it.Surreal moment….Ms. Martin told us she would help. She is going to create hospital gowns for kids so that my Warrior Princess who wants pink and girly does not have to wear the same thing that Latoya’s Warrior has to wear … Can you imagine?! I have shed MANY tears in the past few days…tears of joy … and yes…I still have not shaken the Ugly Cry because my heart is so touched … so touched knowing what this will mean for my Warrior Princess and for all of the Warriors everywhere!Ms. Martin has asked for Savvy to design a hospital gown in color and for her friends that have worn the scratchy blue gowns to design as well. She will pick from the designs and make it happen. My hands are shaking from joy as I type and share this news with you. You can message me or email me at or snail mail it to me if you have my address. I will with a joyful heart make sure that Ms. Martin receives the creations.
Savvy Anselmo's creative art work for her pink hospital gown

Hadley, one of Savvy’s hospital friends shows off her creative art work for her pink hospital gown