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12/30/08 :: HFPA's Young Hollywood Party...

It's nearly a new year, but before looking to the future... Let's revisit the past! Before the holidays, InStyle teamed up with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their first ever Young Hollywood Party. In anticipation of the Golden Globes, Kristen Bell, Nikki Reed, and Rumer Willis gathered at Nobu West Hollywood for a post-nominations celebration! The always sweet Kerry Washington wore a fantastic pair of Helmet Lang leather pants. She skipped the sushi (due to a food allergy), but all others ate up the eatery's signature dishes. It was the perfect celebration to ring in the new year. I've yet to make New Years Eve plans, but I don't know how they'll possibly compete! Click here to check out my online piece from the party. Until next year, xo!


12/16/08 :: D&G's LA Boutique Opening...

Guests got a dose of guilt-free retail therapy when they hit D&G's Flagship Boutique Opening. With 15% of  all sales (from last night through January 15th) benefiting The Art of Elysium, guests like Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie, and Lauren Conrad selected pieces from the spring/summer cruise '09 collection. Greygoose white cosmos were the drink of choice as attendees toasted the luxe label's new Robertson Blvd store. Check out my online coverage from the evening on InStyle.com.

In other news, I finally have my Bulgari piece--currently featured on newsstands in InStyle's December issue--scanned and available for online viewing. Click here to take a look!

I have a few more stops on the scene before the holidays. Stay tuned...


12/10/08 :: American Girl in Paris after AMAs...

Just returned from France and realized that, yes, another month has passed since my last update. The day before I left for Paris--I was up until 3:30 am finishing coverage from the American Music Awards. It was worth it-- Rihanna, The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift... they were all there. Click here to check out my online coverage!

This week, I'm headed to the opening of LA's The Conga Room (where Jennifer Lopez is part owner) and the premiere of Marley & Me with Jennifer Aniston. On the flip end, I was just at Brad Pitt's premiere for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Yes, Angelina Jolie was there. She looked stunning as she walked Brad's parents down the carpet as he chatted with press. Next week is a busy week of Hollywood premieres including Will Smith's Seven Pounds & Tom Cruise's Valkyrie. Then a week of silence (and rest) before a new year (and another award season!) is upon us. More soon.


11/10/08 :: Neil Lane, Milk, and some...

A month has passed... and I've been as busy as ever. Rather than recapping the last 31+ days, let's focus on the present and future. I just completed a piece on Neil Lane's Melrose Place Store Opening where Kate Walsh, Carmen Electra, and other starlets soaked in the new space. That feature will appear in the upcoming February '09 issue of InStyle Magazine. In the meantime, check out my current November issue features -- the HBO Emmy Party & Day of Indulgence.

In video news, check out my coverage from the Mad Men Revue. I also flew to San Francisco for the world premiere of Milk, starring Sean Penn. You MUST see this film. Words can not describe it's impact--so powerful and inspiring. Exactly what we need in times like these. I'm headed to it's Los Angeles premiere this week and hope to have that video online soon.


10/7/08 :: Women in Hollywood...

When Elle rolled out the white carpet for their annual Women in Hollywood dinner, Hollywood's leading ladies came out in full force: Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, Isla Fisher, Jennifer Lopez, and the list went on. Check out my online coverage capturing all the excitement as Tinseltown toasted the evening's honorees.



10/4/08 :: InStyle's "Ironic Iconic Evening"...

Prior to the weekend, I found myself at InStyle's "Ironic Iconic Evening" with Tommy Hilfiger where Jenna Fischer, Elizabeth Banks, and Jason Lewis mixed and mingled with the all American fashion designer. Check out my online coverage from the event held on the Thompson Hotel's rooftop.

I was also on hand conducting video interviews with the group. Click here to check out my video coverage from the night!

Earlier in the week, I caught up with Catherine Keener & Charlie Kaufman at their Synecdoche, New York junket and hit Taco Bell with The Hills' Spencer Pratt & Heidi Montag as part of the World Hunger Relief Movement. Who knows where this week will take me?

In the meantime, check out my magazine piece in InStyle's October issue from Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy's Generation Rescue. Click here!


9/23/08 :: Video Coverage from The Emmys...

Oh, what night... night after night!

After hitting up the Bulgari Luncheon with January Jones & Amanda Seyfried (the piece to appear in an upcoming issue of InStyle Magazine), it was onto Chandra Wilson's private pre-Emmy dinner where guests sipped Perrier-Jouet champagne. The pre-partying continued at Entertainment Weekly's infamous "night before" fete. After a quick stop backstage at the Nokia Theatre's Presenter Gift Lounge, it was onto the Emmy's.

From the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, check out my red carpet video coverage--featuring Teri Hatcher, Ricky Gervais, Vanessa Williams, and Evangeline Lilly. Click here!

After the show, day turned into night at the HBO After-Party where Tom Hanks, Jeremy Piven, and Cynthia Nixon mingled among the crowd. (The piece will also be appearing in an upcoming issue. Can't wait!)

In the meantime, my Generation Rescue feature with Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy just hit newsstands. I'll post a link soon. For now, I'm off to sleep. Wake me up next week.


9/9/08 :: Stand Up to Cancer, VMA's, and some...

It was an inspirational evening at the Kodak Theatre when actors, musicians, and athletes gathered for the Stand Up to Cancer benefit. I was backstage interviewing everyone from Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Garner, and Salma Hayek to Jack Black, Brian Williams (my crush!), Forest Whitaker, and Josh Brolin. (The list could go on and on.) Click here to check out my video interviews from backstage!

From there, I found myself on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards where the crowd wondered: Would she or wouldn't she... do it again? Britney didn't wind up performing, but she did walk home with three awards. "It's Opening Ceremony," whispered Nicky Hilton, on her way into the theatre. She wasn't referring to the show, but rather who designed her dress. Zac Efron also stopped briefly to chat before heading inside. For all the VMA action, check out my online coverage for InStyle.com.

Also on last week's itinerary, I hit up The Women premiere where I caught up with the film's stars Meg Ryan and Debra Messing. Click here to check out my video interviews!

Lastly--on newsstands now: My Women in Film feature currently in the September issue of InStyle Magazine. Click here for a sneak peek. Soon to come: Coverage from the Emmys...


8/19/08 :: A Summer in Retrospect...

Summer is almost over and all I've done is work! That's ok. When work means hitting up Jennifer Klein's Day of Indulgence, Teen Choice, and ALMA awards -- one can't complain.

Jennifer Klein's Day of Indulgence included the likes of Jennifer Garner and Natalie Portman who enjoyed an afternoon of pure girly bliss--complete with spa services and shopping. Check out my online coverage and keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming InStyle magazine piece.

The ALMA Awards were filmed the other night with Eva Longoria Parker playing host. I was on hand for all the red carpet action. The show won't air until September 12th -- but my online coverage should tie you over until then. Click here to take a look.

Earlier this month, the Teen Choice Awards were, as always, filled with everyone's favorite PG-13 superstars (and some!) including host Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, and Blake Lively. Click here to check it out!

Other highlights of the month included Jenny McCarthy's Generation Rescue Reception, where Britney Spears made a surprise appearance; the annual HFPA Luncheon (with Rosario Dawson & Aaron Eckhart); as well as video interviews from the ALMA Nominations and X-File Premiere.


7/18/08 :: ESPY Action...

Justin Timberlake is truly a star -- a fact already known, but truly proved as he hosted the ESPY Awards the other day. While sports fans will discover his comedic side as the show airs on Sunday, I had the opportunity to catch a preview from the press room. I was also on hand for red carpet arrivals. Click here to check out my online coverage from the 2008 ESPY Awards.

A few days earlier, I hit up the Boost Mobile Project Beach House were starlets and socialites couldn't get enough of Lia Sophia's new West End III collection. Jamie Lynn Sigler, Christina Milian, and Nicky Hilton were on hand to toast the collection... even Khloe Kardashian did a little pre-jailing partying. Click here to view my video interviews with the group.

Sir George Martin, who's often been called the 5th member of the Beatles, enjoyed The Grammy Foundation's tribute to his work at their annual Starry Night Gala. Click here for video coverage from the evening.

While Eddie Murphy skipped the premiere of Meet Dave, his summertime sci-fi comedy, I was on hand for all the action. We opted out for interviews, but focused on fashion shots as the always lovely Elizabeth Banks and Gabrielle Union worked the carpet like pros. Click here to check it all out!


7/6/08 :: Hancock & Such...

It's been a premiere filled week -- including stints at Wanted, Hellboy II, and (most recently) Hancock. While Will Smith and Charlize Theron hardly slowed down to breathe, I did get a chance to chat with Jason Bateman, Amanda Peet, and Thomas Jane on the Los Angeles premiere. Click here to check out my video coverage from the premiere.

Before the holiday weekend hit, I hosted the WireImage Entertainment Report. While entertainment news moves as quickly as the speed of light,  click here for my delivery of what's current (as of this weekend, at least). More coming soon...


6/23/08 :: Last Week...

It's been a hectic week. Rather than giving you the back stories, I'll just hit you with the links to see for yourself.

Over the weekend, I hit up Dr. Frank Ryan's Bony Pony Ranch in Malibu for a charity event. (Click here for video interviews with the Doc Hollywood and Heidi Montag.)

Saturday, Disney debuted their latest animated picture at the premiere of WALL*E where I caught up with the film's cast and attendee David Archuleta. (Click here to view the video.)

On Friday, I went live from the red carpet and press room of the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards where Tyra Banks, Rachael Ray, and Ellen Degeneres received top honors. Click here for the online coverage.

Other highlights from the week include the Get Smart premiere with Anne Hathaway & Steve Carrel (video interviews available) as well as Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards with Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, and Eva Mendes (print coverage online).


6/13/08 :: Kids, Aussies, and Gurus...

And so summer begins! Many of the season's blockbusters already hit theatres, but The Love Guru just hit the scene. I was on hand at the comedy's Hollywood premiere the other night. Click here for my video interviews with Mike Meyers, Justin Timberlake, and the cast.

Last week, Aussie actors united at the Breakthrough Awards. Click here to check out my video interviews with honorees like actress Abbie Cornish. She's a lovely girl with talent to boot. Keep an eye out for her.

Over the weekend, Dakota Fanning & Val Kilmer supported First Star's Celebration for Children's Rights. The group gathered for a mini carnival that gave attendees a chance to channel their inner child. (Click for video.) The next day, it was off to Disney's "A Time for Heroes" celebrity carnival, which benefited the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Huge turn out! Nicole Richie, Courteney Cox, Mischa Barton... a lot of fun!

Last night, I did a little pre-Daytime Emmy partying with this year's nominees at The Academy of Television Arts & Science's Nominee Reception. Get ready for June 20th because I'm doing live coverage on InStyle.com. Stay tuned!


6/2/08 :: MTV Movie Awards...

Amidst a whirlwind of a week that included the not-so-glamorous stuff people fail to blog about (myself included), I arrived back in Tinseltown just in time for yesterday's MTV Movie Awards. Despite the Universal Studio lot catching fire, the show went on a few blocks down at Universal CityWalk's Gibson Amphitheatre. Click here to check out my coverage from the celeb infested event.



5/19/08 :: (Not About) Cannes Film Festival...

While much of Hollywood traveled to the Cannes Film Festival, (my boyfriend included!), I've held down the fort in LA at events like The National Kidney Foundation's "Gift of Life" Gala, an evening hosted by George Lopez and honoring Samuel L. Jackson and his wife. (Video interviews are on their way. Stay tuned.)

Last week, Tory Burch's Luncheon and Fashion Show brought out the likes of Molly Sims, who admitted, "Iím coveting the dress Tory has on today!" The designer-of-the-hour returned the compliment by gloating, "I have so many great girlfriends in LA. Itís fantastic to be here!"

Imagine my surprise when I hit the Race to Erase MS Gala only to find myself sitting across from Anne Heche and a few seats down from (the always lovely!) Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon. Before I knew it, the entire Dancing with the Stars crew joined us! "Have fun tonight," offered Emmy Rossum as she made her way to Tommy Hilfiger's table. Quite a night and in the name of a good cause!

Nights later, Michael Madsen debuted his passion project at the Vice Premiere in Hollywood. I was on hand doing video interviews for the evening (click to view).


5/4/08 :: Speed Racer & Silver Rose...

Last month was a busy month, but you'd never know it from visiting this site. Sorry for my lack of entries, but it's time to play catch up.

The Speed Racer premiere brought out Christina Ricci, Emile Hirsch, and Susan Sarandon. Click here to check out my video interviews from the film's LA debut. From there...

Halle Berry made her first post-pregnancy appearance at The Silver Rose Gala, which benefited the Jenesse Center and took place at the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel. I had the honor of catching up with Ms. Berry before the luncheon got underway. Click here to check out my online coverage from the big day. (There's more to come in the July issue of InStyle.)

Some highlights from earlier in the month: I had the privilege of meeting Dustin Hoffman at a Bottega Veneta event held at Barney's Greengrass. (Diane Keaton was also in attendance... wow!) I also chatted with Maria Shriver at Cathy Waterman's "Muse" Garden Party held at Jamie Lee Curtis' house. I still can't get over how down to earth Ms. Curtis is. To get a taste of her hospitality, check out an upcoming issue of InStyle for coverage from the event.

I'll admit it. Sometimes I have to pinch myself...


4/9/08 :: Idol Gives Back & Some...

An inspiring spirit filled the air at the Kodak Theatre when Idol Gives Back filmed their charity special, which airs tonight. I was on hand doing coverage for InStyle.com. Click here to check out the star studded involvement! (Even Brad Pitt & Reese Witherspoon got in on the charitable action.) Tune in tonight and give big in the name of worthy causes.

Earlier in the week, I caught up one-on-one with Taryn Manning to discuss her role in the indie pic Jack & Jill vs the World. The next night, I hit up the film's premiere. Check out my video interviews from the evening, which raised awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


4/1/08 :: Kids Choice Awards...

Over the weekend the tween scene brought out major star wattage as the Kids Choice Awards went live! What also went live? My red carpet coverage for InStyle.com. Be sure to check it out for snippets from my interviews with performer Miley Cyrus, presenter Hayden Panettiere, attendee Jordin Sparks, and Project Runway winner turned Access Hollywood correspondent Christian Siriano. (Oh and there's more. Click here to check it all out!)

A night earlier, I attended the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation's annual "A Stellar Night" Gala where Corbin Bleu hosted the kid focused evening and honored William Shatner. Click here for video interviews from the eve!


3/26/08 :: The EB Benefit & Such...

Last night, Hollywood put themselves aside to focus on something more important: others. Courtney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, and Orlando Bloom (to name a few) gathered at Eva Longoria Parker's new eatery Beso in Hollywood. The A listers joined forces to raise awareness (and money!) for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare (and heartbreaking) disease that impacts children. For further information on the organization and details on the evening, check out my InStyle.com online feature.

A few nights earlier, Details Magazine celebrated their annual Mavericks issue with a party held at a private Beverly Hills Home. (You should've seen this place!) Oh, wait... you can. Check out my video interviews from the evening, which honored cover boy Ryan Seacrest and brought out everyone from Don Cheadle to Kim Kardashian.


3/21/08 :: A Month Gone By...

Nobody throws a party like Prada! On Wednesday, the company opened their Rodeo Drive epicenter to host a private screening of "Trembled Blossoms," a short animated film based on the brand's wallpaper. For a private screening, boy did it draw a crowd! Everyone from  Brooke Shields & Minnie Driver to Nicole Richie & Nicky Hilton were in attendance. (In fact, the list is too long to name the bevy of beauties who came out to kick up their heels.) Instead: check out my InStyle.com coverage from the big night!

Over the weekend, I hit up the DCMA Collective opening where Paris Hilton supported her man Benji Madden. Check out my video interviews with the heiress and her friends.

A evening later, I found myself at Vanessa & Angela Simmon's One Year Anniversary Party for Pastry, their shoe brand that recently expanded into apparel and handbags. These girls are already on a first name basis with major names: Run DMC (who they call "Dad"), Russell Simmons (also known as "Uncle"), and Kimora Lee Simmons (typically called "Aunt"). They admitted to getting some friendly advice from their seasoned family. Click here to check out my video interviews from the event. Nelly & P. Diddy also made appearances.


3/9/08 :: March (Without) Madness...

After Oscar insanity, I took a small break. There was Katsuya. Then Disney, more Katsuya... and, oh yes, Poker...

The World Poker Tour's Invitational to be more specific. And I didn't play. I chit chatted with the players who included James Woods, Michael Vartan, and Mekhi Phifer. Check out my video interviews from the night!

One Bebe event honoring Rebecca Romijm and the Horton Hears A Who premiere (with Jim Carey, Steve Carell, & Jaime Pressley) later and we're back to business. Around the corner? The Kids Choice Awards. In the meantime, the Oscars are still lingering. Here's a photo from working the Sir Elton John Viewing Party. Shout out to Charles, who was my camera man for the evening:


2/25/08 :: Oscar Week Festivities...

I just came up for air... After a week of premieres, pre-Oscar bashes, the Independent Spirit Awards, and Academy Awards, what's a girl to do? I'm going to Disneyland! But, let's back track for just a minute.

To kick things off, I hit up Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro premiere for video interviews with the cast and friends. That morning, I'd attended the Diamond Information Center's media breakfast. (I proceeded to check out their ongoing events honoring designers Alabama Chanin, Rodarte, & Phillip Lim.)

A few nights before the Academy Awards, Art of Elysium threw an event that rivaled the Oscars! In attendance? Demi Moore, Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron, and the list goes on... Check out my online coverage from Art of Elysium's Hollywood Domino evening! The piece will also be appearing in an upcoming issue of InStyle.

Next, I attended the Independent Spirit Awards where Mario Bello, Kerry Washington, and Felicity Huffman joined the officially expectant mother Angelina Jolie, who clearly revealed her baby bump in a form fitting black dress. Click here for online coverage from the Indie Spirits!

The climax occurred just last night at Sir Elton John's 16th Annual AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party, where I caught up with everyone from the host to Minnie Driver, Sharon Stone, Mary J. Blige, and Billy Joel. (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard even made an appearance!) Check out the video!

Where next? Katsuya, Disneyland, and to sleep...


2/11/08 :: The Grammy Grind...

What an insane weekend. The insanity kicked off with InStyle's Grammy Salute to Fashion where Adam Levine, Prince, and Miley Cyrus mingled over a fashion show and Rihanna performance. Click here for my full coverage and keep an eye out for more in an upcoming issue!

The next night, it was off to the People/Verizon Pre-Grammy Party where Timbaland brought out celeb friends for a crazy concert. Rumors swirled that Justin Timberlake would make a surprise on-stage appearance, but--alas--they were simply rumors. Settling for Chris Cornell, Missy Elliot, and One Republic wasn't half bad... neither was the crowd, which included Natasha Bedingfield, Fergie, and will.i.am. Be sure to check out my video interviews from the big night!

Two pre-parties down, one more to go! The night before the Grammy's, I hit up Ne-Yo's Midnight Brunch. The title says it all! It started at midnight and lasted until the wee hours of the evening. Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, and Nick Cannon made appearances -- despite the fire marshall's attempt to shut down the packed party. Check out my video coverage from the eve!


2/3/08 :: Kate Hudson (& The Superbowl)...

While most are watching the Super Bowl, I'm blogging... why? Why not! After all, the highly anticipated commercials are available on You Tube, the half time show is already over, and--truth be told--I'm not much of a football fan. I'm more interested in the celeb sightings at the game. Kate Hudson didn't disappoint on that one! She attended with step dad Kurt Russell... just a day after hosting a Fool's Gold cocktail reception in Arizona.

Doesn't she seem to be everywhere right now? I chatted with her a week ago at the SAG Awards after-party. Then, reunited with the ever-so-busy actress at her Fool's Gold premiere -- held a few days before the big bowl. It was a chilly night, but the film's cast came out full force... even if they were an hour late to their own premiere. Be sure to check out my video interviews Kate and her co-stars including Matthew McConaughey.

The Super Bowl & NY Fashion Week may have cities (other than LA) abound with excitement, but the Grammy's are based in LA and just around the corner... Stay tuned for more soon!


1/28/08 :: The (Not So) Little Award Show That Could...

Stars weathered the rain, but didn't let the rain weather them before walking the red carpet at the 14th Annual SAG Awards. As one of the few award shows of the season, Ricky Gervais couldn't contain his excitement. "Itís happening! Itís actually happening," he pointed out before the show got underway. Click here to check out all my coverage from the red carpet.

The night didn't end there. Stars continued celebrating at the People Magazine/Entertainment Industry Foundation bash where I caught up with Kate Hudson, Ellen Pompeo, and Jane Krawkowski. Click here to take a look at part two of my evening. Fear not, even more action will unfold in an upcoming issue of InStyle Magazine. I'll be sure to scan a copy of my feature.


1/24/08 :: Two Worlds, One Woman...

The writer's strike won't get me down. I'm writing... like it or not! (Granted I'm not a member of WGA -- they won't care anyway.)

This week I found myself in two very different worlds -- joined by actress Vanessa Williams at each.

Wednesday, I hit up a private Sergio Rossi dinner hosted by Salma Hayek and the company's creative director Edmundo Castillo. After a brilliant five-course dinner at Bastide (and as midnight neared!), the company's CEO Didier Bonnin opened the co's new Melrose Place boutique for VIP's in need of a late night retail fix. Details from the dinner could wind up in an upcoming issue of the magazine (fingers crossed--will keep you updated), but in the meantime here's a link to my online write-up.

The following night, I bumped into my fellow diner Ms. Williams at the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds premiere... Sure enough, she was rocking a pair of metallic brown ankle boots that she'd picked up the night before. She couldn't wait to show them off, but admitted she had a different motive for attending Miley's big night: "My seven-year-old is a huge fan!" Click here to check out my video interviews from the event.

This weekend, I'll likely bump into the Ugly Betty star again as she's nominated for a SAG Award. (I wonder if she'll be sporting Sergio Rossi's that night too. Hmmm...)


1/17/08 :: Pure Decadence...

InStyle sure knows how to throw a luncheon! Complete with couture, celebs, and diamonds, the magazine joined forces with the Diamond Information Center to throw a pre-awards season party. I was on hand writing and reporting on all the action. Take a look at my online piece. It'll also appear within the March issue. Keep an eye out!

The next day, I ditched the diamonds and settled for a less extravagant look as I hit the Beverly Hills Hotel for the low-key AFI Awards where George Clooney, Jason Bateman, and Allison Janney celebrated their honored films. Be sure to check out my video coverage!

That same day, I found myself at the Jimmy Choo store opening off Rodeo Drive. From there, I clicked my heels and decided, "There's no place like home." That is, until I find the next event...


1/9/08 :: New Year, New (Award) Season...

It's the start of a new year and award season is already in full gear... Despite the Golden Globes officially being cancelled, I've been crazed covering other award show outings.

Over the weekend, I was in Palm Springs for the film festival's Cartier sponsored awards gala where I caught up with Halle Berry, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Laura Linney... anyway, you get the point. Click here to check out my on-camera interviews from the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Next, it was off to the Critics' Choice Awards where Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Katie Holmes shocked attendees by showing up at VH1's live show. Be sure to check out my print coverage for InStyle.com.

I'm still hoping the Golden Globe parties will party-on after the un-televised conference (hey, I'm freelance!), but only time will tell. xO and Happy New Year all!


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