Aug. 23 trunk show to benefit Del Mar woman’s daughter

By Claire Harlin

Shahin Pirani and her husband, Karim, had never heard of Crohn’s disease until their 9-year-old daughter, Karina, was diagnosed last year, only months before opening Raanya eyebrow threading and henna studio in downtown Del Mar.

Karina Pirani

“It was most heart breaking and difficult to see a very healthy child who enjoyed living her life to the fullest, enjoyed foods, soccer, art, dance, and was called by her teacher ‘queen bee,’ now all of a sudden not able to eat any normal foods the other kids ate,” said Pirani, who lives in Carmel Valley.

It hasn’t been easy for Pirani to get her business off the ground while adapting to cooking an entirely different grain-free, dairy-free diet for Karina so she doesn’t experience the symptoms of Crohn’s, which include constant nausea and bloody stools. But she wants to promote awareness about the disease so people who know others with Crohn’s will be conscious and sensitive to the debilitating side effects and often young life expectancy.

A first step for Pirani in getting the word out will be in the form of an event to take place on Thursday, Aug. 23, at her brow and henna studio, located at 1105A Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. “Brows and Baubles” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., and she will be offering complimentary threading and henna, with donations accepted to directly benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCF). In addition, her studio will be covered wall-to-wall with the latest jewelry designs from Stella & Dot. Ten percent of proceeds from jewelry sales will also be donated. Wine and light snacks will be served.

“This is a very debilitating illness and getting as much support from friends, neighbors and especially school staff is super important,” said Pirani. “In many cases, children are not comfortable talking about this and do not want any of their friends to know about it.”

To learn more about Crohn’s disease and how you can help, visit CCF’s website at For more information on Stella & Dot, and Lara Silver, the host of this trunk show, visit

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