On June 18, 2015, grant and award-winning journalist, talented actress and voiceover artist, Vida Ghaffari, received a special honor for her career achievements by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce at Delphi Greek Restaurant.
Roozbeh Farahanipour, the Chamber’s President and the owner/operator of popular Delphi Greek restaurant, which is located at 1383 Westwood Boulevard, bestowed this honor upon HPC’s own Vida, who is quite the roving reporter and working actress and voiceover artist extraordinaire! This multi-talented artist received a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the City of Los Angeles for all her hard work and dedication to the city, which was signed by 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz. In addition to the Chamber holding this event in her honor, she also received an honorary membership to the Chamber. “I was truly honored by Roozbeh and the Chamber to receive this incredible commendation, especially as it’s one of the largest and oldest Chambers in Southern California. There is a real sense of community here and the Chamber does such a great job in fostering that community. I’ve covered their events for a while and it’s a great thing to see as a journalist in such a vast metropolis like Los Angeles,” said Vida.
“When it comes time to honor one of their own, the West Los Angeles City Of Commerce picked the perfect choice. Hollywood stars, as well as, many of LA’s top creative and business icons came out to support and celebrate the amazing, Vida Ghaffari. The Delphi Greek Restaurant in Westwood was literally “standing room only” with those of us who were there to show our love and appreciation for Vida…actress, writer, journalist, and someone who is very community-minded,” said acclaimed actress Suze Lanier-Bramlett.
In addition to distinguished Chamber members and government officials, numerous acclaimed celebrities friends of Vida’s appeared to support her event such as legendary Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me in St.. Louis, Little Women), President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council and actor Randal Malone (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dahmer vs. Gacy),legendary character actor James Hong (Kung Fu Panda 3, Mulan), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, legendary Iranian actress Apick Youssefian (The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village), lifetime member of the Actors Studio Ford Austin (Pearl Harbor, Another World ), Suze Lanier-Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes, Area 51), Anthony Azizi (Septembers of Shiraz, American Odyssey), and Film Composer David Raiklen (Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, Space Command Redemption). Because of Vida’s long standing relationship with the fashion community, designers such as Shekhar Rahate, Julia Clancey, Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections, and up-and-coming designer Yuki Yim attended to show their support. This star-studded event also had a regal air with royalty such as HH Prince Maximillian Ferdinand Von Anhalt of Germany, HH Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg Lippe, Nachod of Germany, and HRH Qajar Persian Princess Mandana FarmanFarmaian in attendance. Other VIPs that atteneded were city officials, along with well regarded international, national and local media.
In addition to being a very successful and prolific journalist, Vida is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, Mind of Mencia and The Mindy Project. She will soon be seen in the films Pond Scum, Natural Born Filmmakers, Seeking Valentina and Strangers in a Book, which will screen at popular film festivals such as the FANtastic Film Festival and the Action on Film Festival. She is also about to host an exclusive launch event for her own blog about entertainment and fashion, www.soveryvida.com.
Talented actress and singer Ha Phuong brightens up Beverly Hills with her beautifully bold outfit and brings even more glamour to this ritzy city. This is quite difficult to do as Beverly Hills is a shopping mecca and some of the most fashionable women in the world shop here. She steals the show by strutting through this fashionable city in her Versace outfit. Her beautiful purple peacoat is by French Connection and it really brings out the bright colors in her outfit. Her cute pink booties are by Louis Vuitton and her matching purse is by Versace. Her super chic and elegant glasses are by Svarowski. It’s great to see the bright colors of her outfit juxtaposed by stylish neutral accessories.
“I wanted to wear something that embodied the bright, artistic spirit of Los Angeles, but wanted to also wear something bold and different. I like mixing different colors and styles. I also like mixing high and low designers, so I can inspire all sorts of women with all different budgets to dress well,” said Ha.
On June 18, 2015, grant and award-winning journalist and talented actress and voiceover artist, Vida Ghaffari, will receive a special honor for her career achievements by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce at Delphi Greek Restaurant
June 16, 2015 – WESTWOOD, Calif. — Roozbeh Farahanipour, The Chamber’s President and the owner of Delphi Greek, which is located at 1383 Westwood Boulevard, will be bestowing this honor upon Vida. “As a journalist, I have always loved covering events in the West LA area and love the sense of community there. I am so honored to receive this commendation from Roozbeh and the Chamber, especially since it’s one of the largest and oldest Chambers in Southern California, and because they are so community minded,” says Vida.
In addition to distinguished Chamber members and government officials, numerous celebrities are scheduled to appear in support of Vida’s event such as Legendary Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien ( Meet Me in St. Louis, Little Women), President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council and actor Randal Malone (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dahmer vs. Gacy), Legendary actor James Hong (Kung Fu Panda 3, Mulan), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Bai Ling (Crank: High Voltage, Finding Julia), John Blyth Barrymore (Mansion of Blood, Mata Hari), Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, Legendary Iranian actresses Apick Youssefian (The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village) and her daughter Mary Apick (Homeland, Price for Freedom), James Wilder (3 Holes and a Smoking Gun, Melrose Place), Film Composer David Raiklen (Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, Space Command Redemption), actor and journalist Harrison Held (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood Icons) and Rob Roy Thomas, TV showrunner (Free Ride, How to Cheat on Your Wife), creator of the “soft scripted” method, are scheduled to attend. Because of Vida’s long standing relationship with the fashion community, designers such as Sue Wong, and Sonia ETE, Edison Cortez of Thomas and Edison, Shekhar Rahate, Julia Clancey and Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections, are also scheduled to turn out. This star-studded event will also have royalty in attending such as HH Prince Maximillian Ferdinand Von Anhalt of Germany and HH Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg Lippe, Nachod of Germany, and HRH Qajar Persian Princess Mandana FarmanFarmaian. and others will be there to show their support to Vida, who will have influential and well regarded international, national and local media covering this event.
In addition to being a very successful journalist and a HPC founder, Vida is best known for her apperances on the television comedies, Mind of Mencia and The Mindy Project. She will soon be seen in the films Pond Scum, Natural Born Killers, Seeking Valentina and Strangers in a Book. She is also about to launch her own blog about entertainment and fashion, So Very Vida.More about Vida at http://www.imdb.me/vidaghaffari
From the green conscious, no-paper, Dwell on Design LA 2015 App, to the pic perfect, life size mockup of Elan Musk’s with UCLA’s Hyperloop, this year’s Dwell convention is clearly innovation driven. The concave OLED 4k pixel LG 32” screen is an eye-popping counterpart to their spokesmodel and design icon, Nate Berkus. Where else would you find a folding bicycle helmet prototype and a family sized hanging indoor outdoor patio pod under one roof? Whatever your plans make time to visit this truly exciting collection of countless building, design and decor notes in an orchestra of color, light and space. With the construction boom, renovation and real estate valuation, there’s no greater, friendlier, and culinarily enhanced environ to explore. The DODA 2015 App easily assists you with a virtual walk through and tour, talk and presentation scheduling so that seeing it all is doable. The careful layout of plant laden and tastefully appointed rough, hewn repurposed wood and stone composite slabs are a workshop of possibility waiting to be bring your design dream to life.
Badri Kermani was a hair and makeup artist for the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant, which was held at the scenic Museum of Contemporary Arts in San Diego. This pageant was founded by Ben Kalasho, the President of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and he collaborated with Jessica Kalasho on this momentous event. Rosy Amaya was also a hair and makeup artist for this event.
Lily Ghalichi of the Shahs of Sunset was a judge and Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections designed all the contestants dresses. Kermani, who is also San Diego based, recently styled hair and make-up for several noteworthy celebrities and Hollywood actresses for this year’s Academy Awards. Known for creating unique looks and iconic hairstyles, Kermani considers everything, from body shape to personality when creating a customized hairstyle for her clients. She looks at hair design as sculpting — an art form that requires constant refinement.
Kermani was a recent winner of the prestigious RAW Hairstylist of The Year Award at the 5th Annual RAW awards. This prestigious award recognizes creative professionals and artists who have excelled in film, fashion, music, art, photography, performing arts, accessory design, hair, and make-up design. The selection process narrows down a very competitive field to one winner per category in each city. These winners then go on to be evaluated for skill level, creativity, wow factor, and professionalism, by a national RAW panel of industry leading experts who then decide the national winner. For Kermani, who was 2012’s runner-up, winning this year’s award solidifies her reputation as a leading hair stylist in San Diego and Southern California.
This artistic genius also recently won the best makeup artist award from the Samira’s Show Luxury Lifestyle Event.
Certified by the Academy of KMS and the renowned Redken Salon & Training Facilities in New York City, Kermani focuses on creating unique and avant-garde looks. Her training and special vision was on full display during this year’s Academy Awards.
Kermani plans on carrying the momentum and exposure she developed from the Academy Awards into a truly passionate and artistic endeavor; designing hair and makeup for models and designers in Los Angeles’ high-powered fashion industry. Kermani and her skilled team are poised to create stylish and fashion forward hairstyles for not only Hollywood but also clients at her salon in San Diego and Los Angeles .
More info at badrikermani.com and https://www.facebook.com/BadriKermaniHairstylist
Photos courtesy of La Jolla Visions/Photography by Javier Laos
Designer Savanh Taymani held her fashion show at Cutting Edge Productions in Torrance. Taymani was born and raised in Vientiane, Laos. She lived in Paris for 15 years and follwed her dream to come to LA to builder her own fashion line SSS Apparel. This cutting edge line is a new and exciting line of women’s clothing that combines unique style with a perfect fit.
From the fine couture of her roots in Southeast Asia infused with the pioneering styles of Paris, designer Savanh Taymani débuts her innovative collection through interpretations of beauty and culture from Paris to LA. This collection incorporates women wear that transitions from day to night, from work to weekend, everything you need to be both fashionable and friendly. From the feel of our soft fabric, to the flawless fit and detail that goes into each outfit, you will be assured that you are on the cutting edge of luxury fashion and design. Not only will our clothes boost your confidence, but you will also be so comfortable wearing them that you might even decide to sleep in them. This wonderful collection will be a timeless addition to any wardrobe and you will find yourself wearing it for years to come.
Autumn is renowned singer and actress Ha Phuong’s favorite season, and she wanted to incorporate the deep colors of the season into classic separates. The darker shades of foliage on her blouse as well as the bold blue of her pants allow her to artfully represent those striking elements. Ha is even artistic in her fashion sense as she conveys her style through nature.
The stylish top she’s wearing captures her elegant femininity through its lightness and delicate beading. It is easy to wear and a great piece to dress up almost any outfit, especially the bold-colored slacks she chose here. She opted to wear a striking cobalt blue color as it embodies her hope for a happy, charitable, and peaceful future.
Ever the humanitarian, who created her own foundation for charitable work, The Ha Phuong Foundation, she hopes to lighten the burdens of those less fortunate, even through a simple outfit.
In 2014, her production company, HP Productions, executive produced a feature film “The Haunted Secret” with a strong cast including Andrew McCarthy, Richard Chamberlain, Kieu Chinh, Bai Ling, and starring Ha as the lead.
This accomplished young artist is the winner of many prestigious awards. She was a finalist in a national television competition growing up and additionally, the movie Ha Si Quan (Officer Cadet), in which she starred in, won second prize in film festivals nationwide. In the United States, Phuong collaborated with Gioi Nghe Thuat Productions, Asia Entertainment, and Thuy Nga Productions.
Attorney General Kamala Harris, actress/philanthropist Nicole Ari Parker, the Good News Foundation (Pat Harvey, Leslie Miller, Dorothy Lucey, Ana Garcia) and Bonnie Rubin, an Executive Vice President, 1st Century Bank) are honored as 2015 “Women of Distinction” at the can’t miss 7th Annual Pink Pump Affair to benefit Special Needs Network (SNN) . This upscale event will take place at the ballroom of the swanky Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, May 17th from 2-5 PM. The highlight of the afternoon is a couture fashion show by high-end designer St. John with L.A.’s top models.
CBS2’s anchor and award-winning journalist Pat Harvey serves as MC and SNN president, lawyer and legal broadcast analyst, Areva Martin, hosts the SRO, star-studded event which begins at 12:30 pm with a VIP reception and red carpet. There’s also a live and silent auction. Approximately $200,000 is expected to be raised to send low-income children with disabilities and their siblings to summer camp.
Over 300 leading celebrities, politicos, philanthropists, influencers and activists participate in the prestigious organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Confirmed celebrities includes Loretta Divine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Lauren Slade Wiggins (Shameless), Kristen Bellamy (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Catherine Bach (Dukes of Hazzard), Omarosa (Celebrity Apprentice), Kristian Alfonso (Y&R), Claudia Christian, Bai Ling, Drake Bell and many more.
This couture fashion shows the line’s inspired pre-fall signature designs accompanies high tea provided by the top chefs at the hotel. CV LUX Magazine and CBS2/KCAL 9 serve as media sponsors. Corporate underwriters include Toyota, Mattel, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart and Wear Luck Apparel who is matching every T-Shirt purchased during May with a like donation to SNN.
All proceeds from the event benefit SNN’s Parent Advocacy Mentor Program (PAM) and the Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) – the only free summer inclusion camp in South Los Angeles for kids with autism and related disabilities and their siblings. The summer camp benefits more than 300 local children.
The multi-talented Amelia Johnson hails from Angeles City, Philippines where she was raised in an entrepreneurial family running a successful restaurant business for over 40 years. Growing up in that environment really affected her and allowed her to to truly become a successful businesswoman who has also really focused on customer service. She continues to carry on the family tradition but has a very good eye for fashion and cultivated that know how. That brought her to the United States where she became an influential CEO of a self-owned “Elegant Style” fashion business. Eventually she returned to the trade of her upbringing where she became a successful manager of operations for a major US food chain. That brought her to the level of assistant to the Vice President, where she oversaw over 12 locations nation-wide.
Since then, she’s also pursued career endeavors in the realms of acting, TV and film production, joining her skills, passion, and creativity to greater heights. Amelia currently is producer of the successful TV show “Broken Reeds”, a cable and satellite faith-based weekly series as well as starring in the upcoming soap opera“Love Lies and Deceit” and in the upcoming film “Radical”, a faith based action movie. She is also starring in Joss Gomez’s upcoming film “Among Us.” It’s a truly compelling and gripping tale and has it’s own genre, “Sci-Real,” as opposed to “Sci-Fi,” as it’s “Science Reality” and not fiction.
Not only is she pursuing her modeling career, but she is also a candidate for the prestigious Mrs. Asia USA 2015 contest based out of Los Angeles. Amelia is a natural beauty with effortless glamour, and her experience in the financial and customer service realms has given her much respect and appreciation in the City of Angels. Her limitless assistance in this community has touched singers, music producers, writers and others of the entertainment industry. This red carpet stunner is currently raising funds for her candidancy in this project. For more info on how to donate, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/acjohnson?fb_action_ids=10206765377956838&fb_action_types=og.shares