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Haylie Duff Is a Chef. And Other Things Learned at Donatienne's Handbag Brunch.

Handbag designer Nikki Erwin hosted celebrity fans at a brunch honoring her brand’s Fall 2014 line. Where yes, the elder Duff cooked.
Lea Michelle and handbag designer Nikki Erwin
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Lea Michelle, Jennifer Meyer, Haylie Duff and Jessica Szhor all came out to fete Donatienne’s Fall 2014 line (and sip on mojitos) Thursday at Malibu-born designer Nikki Erwin’s Beverly Hills home. Guests created their own bouquets of flowers with the help of TheBouqs wagon before munching on recipes from Duff’s new cookbook, The Real Girl’s Kitchen.

Duff -- a long time friend of Erwin -- served up chicken salad, gluten-free orzo, a salad trio with toasted pine nuts and tea sandwiches for the ‘ladies who brunch’ themed soiree. “We made the menu more modern by using a farm to table feel instead of the old school cucumber and cream cheese vibe," said Duff. "Everything was kept as light and healthy as possible." 

The Los Angels based handbag company -- which is stocked at the likes of Switch Boutique in Beverly Hills and starts at $298 for a satchel and tops out at $1,215 for a slouchy leather baby bag -- is known for cheeky leather pouches inscribed with phrases like, “Hi Haters” and “Bad Choices Good Photos." 

Other A-listers seen rocking the brand’s merch:  Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson.