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Support the Kids this Sunday

16 May

one_cup_frontHave you ever heard of Alex’s Lemonade Stand? If not, I highly encourage you to read all about Alex’s incredible story here.

Once you have, you’ll probably want to show your support and help get closer to a cure – like I do.

Here’s where I’ll be going for a glass of lemonade and stick of licorice this Sunday, May 18th | 1:00 pm – 4ish pm:

 

3111 Via Dolce | Marina del Rey, 90292

Southwest corner of Washington Blvd. & Via Dolce

Hope I run into you there!

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When Hollywood Gets it Right.

2 Mar
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Lupita Nyong’o

No matter how much Angelenos complain about the Oscars (traffic, street closures, cops on every corner), we wouldn’t give it up to any other city. This annual event is the culmination of Awards Show season–and it’s part of our fair city’s culture.

Like lots of people around the world, I love watching the red carpet. At one point (my PR days) I had to be on the red carpet (not near as much fun!) and I dreaded Oscar day… but now I surf from ABC to E! Entertainment, anxious to see who’ll get which celeb first.

I’ll get to my red carpet favorites at the end. But first I want to quickly say how wonderful it is when Hollywood gets it right and all the world is watching and smiling.

Jared Leto‘s performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club was phenomenal. He made the movie. I actually think he would have beat Matthew McConaughey had they been in the same category. But did you hear that speech about his high school-drop out single mom?!? PERRR-FECTION! And don’t even get me started on the fact that he’s 42 (WTF?) – the oldest in the category. G’job, Hollywood!

Most people thought Jared would win, but the Supporting Actress category easily could have gone to Jennifer Lawrence. It didn’t. The Academy got it right again and awarded Lupita Nyong’o with the honor for 12 Years a Slave. If you haven’t heard the speech, Youtube it. She was the epitome of elegance and graciousness. And most of all, she deserved it. Hooray for Hollywood.

Lupita was actually one of my favorite looks for the evening. Her pale blue Prada was magical on her.

I loved the nude tones with hints of shimmer tonight! Personal faves included: Cate Blanchett (Armani), Jessica Biel (Chanel Couture), Charlize Theron (Dior), Angelina Jolie (Elie Saab), and Emma Watson (Vera Wang).

G’night, Los Angeles! xo

Quick SAG Awards Recap

20 Jan

Claire Danes_SAG2014The Screen Actors Guild Awards were this weekend in Los Angeles. The SAG ceremony was quick and fun. The red carpet… meh.  I’ve gotta be honest (while no one’s paying me not to be!) none of the gowns were jaw-dropping this year.

I won’t go off on the choices I truly questioned. I will say however that I dunno whose hair looked worse – Brad Pitt’s or Natalie Dormer’s (Game of Thrones). Buuuuut, they’re both hot enough to pull off the looks. Not all of us are so blessed.

My favorite all-around look was Claire Danes. She isn’t usually my front-runner, but her Vionnet gown was a really different choice—stunning in a sexy 80’s sorta way.

Makeup artist Matin Maulawizada played off the style of her gown beautifully. He used Laura Mercier products to create sultry eyes with the perfect amount of shimmer to complete her look.

Here are the Laura Mercier products Matin used:

Hmm, who else?Jennifer Lawrence

The only place Meryl Streep can ever seem to do any wrong is on the red carpet. But Saturday, she looked gorgeous, sexy AND comfortable in Stella McCartney.

I loved Lena Headey’s (Game of Thrones) Jenny Packham gown. It bordered a bit casual but she’s tall enough to pull it off.

On the flip side, Elisabeth Rohm’s Marchesa gown was a little bride-like. That said, she was exquisite in it.

Oh, props of magnificence to Jennifer Lawrence’s ear lobes, which were dripping in Jennifer Meyer Japanese double drop amethyst pyramids with blue sapphire and pave diamonds—all set in yellow gold.

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Up next: Grammy weekend!

xo

Shop for Success, Dec. 4-7

5 Dec

Shop for SuccessGet a jump on holiday shopping – and help support your struggling sisters, too – at the 3rd annual Shop for Success pop-up sale in Los Angeles, today through Saturday.

You’ll score exclusive discounts on new and vintage designer finds. Over 100 brands will be offering specials at this pop-up designed by celebrity closet designer Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design! Cynthia Rowley, Catherine Malandrino, David Meister, Henri Bendel, LAMB, Stuart Weitzman, etc.

And what’s best, 100% of sales proceeds and donations directly benefit the career development & employment retention programs of Dress for Success Worldwide -West.

WHERE/ WHEN:

  • 1101 Westwood Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA  90024
  • Thurs-Fri, Dec. 5-6 |  10 am – 8 pm
  • Sat, Dec. 7 | 10 am – 6 pm

MORE INFO: 

xo

Alex’s Lemonade Stand in L.A.

6 May

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My favorite part about Cinco de Mayo was stopping by a lemonade stand in the Marina. Last time I went to a lemonade stand, the little girl told me she was saving up to buy the same lip gloss as her friend. And you KNOW I gave to that cause!

But this one was different–this one was to find a cure for pediatric cancer. All the proceeds went to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, in honor of a child who started hosting stands to raise money for her own treatment.

Yesterday was a pretty gloomy day in Los Angeles. I didn’t expect there to be much traffic at their little stand so I made a point of stopping by.

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And they were all there – my sister, her husband, their friends, and their children (ages 4-6) – sitting out in the cold, serving up homemade, hand squeezed lemonade with licorice straws.

It was incredible! Three little girls preparing cups of ice and yelling, “We’re saving the world todayyy!” People were stopping and giving, donating and drinking. They pulled over on bicycles, skateboards and motorcycles. Joggers stopped to take a breather, cars pulled over to show support, and so on.

I wonder how much they could have raised had they not run out of lemonade. Maybe a corporate sponsor like Country Time or Minute Maid would like to step up and donate product for the next one?

But even without sponsorship, the little lemonade stand in Marina Del Rey raised $311 to support a cure for pediatric cancer.

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Learn how you can participate in your city at alexslemonade.org.