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.
More info about this noted actress and singer at www.HaPhuongOnline.com
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.
For more info, go to http://snnla.org/
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
All photos courtesy of Mark Sevier
On Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th, Gilt City will have their popular warehouse sale at Siren Studios at 6063 W. Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Tickets go on sale at www.gilt.com/LAWH
Attendees can sip cocktails with friends during this two-day shopping extravaganza, where they’ll find designer clothing and accessories from Gilt’s top brands for women, men, and kids, plus home décor and more – all at up to 80% off retail.
Hundreds of the most coveted brands, including both up-and-coming designers and the most venerable fashion houses like Zac Posen, Helmut Lang, Missoni, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera and more will be presented at the sale. For the guys, think Paul Smith, John Varvatos, and GANT, just to name a few.
Just in time for spring, Gilt City is teaming up with the makers of Zyrtec to showcase the latest fashion and beauty looks for all of this season’s outdoor occasions. Shoppers can also enjoy complimentary on-site makeup applications and beauty tips to combat allergy face, the beauty challenges associated with allergies, such as watery eyes, a red nose and puffiness.
There will be complimentary drinks served including Palm Breeze sparkling spritzes, La Marca Prosecco, Darkhorse wines, Icelandic Glacial water, and snacks from Popchips.
On friday night, there will be an exclusive media session to Gilt City members. A very limited number of tickets are available for this session, so be sure to snag one quickly!
To attend, guests can purchase tickets for the following dates and times:
- Early Access media session (limited number of tickets available for Gilt City members): Friday, May 15, 7PM-9PM, $25
- Late Night Entrance: Friday, May 15, 9:30PM-11:30PM, $20
- Saturday, May 16, 9AM-11AM, $10
- Saturday, May 16, 11AM-1PM, $10
- Saturday, May 16, 1PM-3PM, $10
- Saturday, May 16, 3PM-5PM, $10
The Westwood branch public library celebrated its 10-year anniversary on May 9th . They saluted a decade of learning, literacy, community and fun. There was a special appearance by Harry Potter and a musical performance for the award-winning Bruin Harmony, UCLA’s only all-male A Cappella ensemble. There was also a visit with LAFD firefighters from Westwood Village’s fire station 37, as wells as special presentations with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Steve Sann,Chairman of Westwood Community Council, City Librarian John Szabo, President of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Roozbeh Farahanipour, Board member of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Elham Yaghoubian, and other dignitaries.
There was also an amazing anniversary cake by Cake and Art Bakery decorated with classic books such as Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Shahnameh as a respectful nod to all the Iranian-Americans who visit the library. There were also tasty cupcakes courtesy of Farahanipour’s award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab, with each cupcake decorated with a fondant mini book. Never has reading been so tasty!
There was also a concert by the UCLA Gluck Fellows Brass Septet Concert as well as one from soprano Susanna Lucarelli. Teens enjoyed custom airbrush tattoos and kids enjoyed magic tricks from Tony Daniels as well as Thor’s reptile family safari.
“I’m so excited as Board Member of the Friends of Westwood Library to be celebrating this branch’s 10 year anniversary. We do have largest selection of Persian books in all of the Los Angeles area Public Libraries and excited to have the Shahnameh in our celebration cake as one of main books in our community. I hope this year we will see more participation from the thriving Iranian- American community,” said Farahanipour.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of this great celebration as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and especially as an author, “ added Yaghoubian, who is also the director of networking and outreach for the Authors of the Westwood Library Committee.
Singer/Songwriter Pastele shoots an exclusive photo shoot in West Hollywood, amongst local graffiti art and hollywood culture. May 5th 2015
The colorful edgy recording artist is known for her combination of visual art and music. Knowing, that Pastele attended NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology for illustration, it’s probably a given for her to enjoy modeling in front of inspiring street art in Los Angeles CA.
The photos are vibrant, funky, and fun while Pastele poses with attitude showing off her artistry. The interesting thing about this girl, is that, she’s heavily inspired by the Jamaican culture, and often crosses her music over into reggae and dancehall. Pastele has spoke about major influences in her music such as Gwen Stefani, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Bruno Mars, and Pink which explains how she is able to merge pop culture and the reggae/dancehall world.
Pastele, is set to feature on a major single coming out with artist/producer Mr. Wonder this month called “Falling”. The song is describe to tie in reggae, hip-hop, and a bit of a slowed down DJ Mustard vibe as well as having reggae artist Lutan Fyah, feature on one of Pastele’s singles.
The latest release by Pastele right now, is her Official Music Video “Lazy Lazy Love” which combines a sensual beautiful video and paint on bodies, definitely worth checking out. The song has a funky reggae beat with up-stroke guitar while Pastele sings in a lower register into a powerful loving chorus. It’s great how this artist keeps to her brand and uses paint and art in almost all her photos and videos!
We can’t wait to see more from this artist and hear all she’s got coming out, should be a good year for her. It’s about time the industry takes a daring dive into music with more culture and wordily influence.
First look at Pastele’s latest shoot here!
Photos courtesy of Greg Doherty
For those in the know, prominent fashion designer Sue Wong, held an exclusive and upscale fashion event in the heart of Hollywood at the Hollywood and Highland complex. Sue held this event where her close friends and supporters could enjoy some cocktails and canapé. This space, which is a part of the Art Hearts Fashion’s (AHF) designer lineup, was set up with some of LA’s top clothing brands who have held fashion shows via AHF’s Parker Whitaker Productions.
Sue’s team did a great job of organizing the event. Greta Kovacs-Schmid, Sue’s personable and skilled publicist, ran the red carpet quite smoothly in this busy location, all while wearing a beautiful Sue Wong art deco inspired gown with feathers at the hem.
Luke Eleftheriou, Wong’s executive attache and go-to guy, excelled at displaying Sue Wong’s fragrance. Luke has such a great eye for layout and style. This alluring fragrance smells so luxuriant.
Aside from seeing the elegant Sue Wong herself, there were many entrepreneurs, celebrities and even some royalty at the event. Sue has been busy designing fabulous gowns and traveling around the world and can now add this frangrance to her great line.
The backdrops that photographer Greg Doherty took for Sue Wong were prominently displayed on the red carpet area. They made such cool back drops for photos.
The first two people I saw on the red carpet were Sarah Whitaker and he sister Erin of Parker Whitaker Productions. Known for their classy events, the ladies from Parker Whitaker were promoting their latest nail polish line. Erin said, ”were trying to make something fun and exciting in fashion. Something that can be worn every day and makes a statement.” The nail polish comes in five different colors. Each one has its own naughty name. There’s Blow, Sugar High, Gold Digger, Trashy Chic, and Rich & Popular. The nail polish is a lot of fun. The ladies have plans for lounge wear and booty shorts.
Check out their website at ParkerWhitaker.com
Actress Jacqueline Murphy was stunning on the red carpet in her fabulous Sue Wong dress in blue. She recently starred in “Run All Night” starring Liam Neeson. HPC’s Vida G. also made a fashion statement in a feminine silver and lace gown from Sue’s line. Also in attendance was Faith Boutin, the managing Editor at FVM Global magazine. It’s a blog for news from the fashion trenches. Also on the red carpet dressed in Sue Wong’s designs were actresses Lori Alan and Fia Perera, the Co-Founders of No To Dog meat. This is a worldwide campaign to end the illegal dog and cat meat trade through Asia.
More info about this cause at notodogmeat.com.
KC Mussman from Nocturnal Designz was also on the red carpet. She is the founder and CEO of this exciting effects makeup company. She told me about the challenges of doing effects makeup in there fashion world. She showed me some strikingly cool designs of hers from her Facebook page.
Check out heir website at nocturnal-designz.com.
Another well known Sue Wong collaborator was Marika Soderlund-Robison of Kicka Custom Design Inc. Marika designed all the headdresses that are so prominently displayed on the celebrity supermodelsthat wear Sue Wong gowns on the runway. During Sue’s show last month’s Art Heart Fashion show, the paparazzi was wild with excitement over her new designs this season and Kicka’s headdresses.
Check out her work at kickacustomdesign.com.
The surprise guest of the evening was Prince Maximilian Ferdinand Von Anhalt, who is known for his role on the reality TV show, Millionaire Matchmaker. Prince Ferdinand is a lot of fun to be around and he dresses so well! He’s the adopted son of Zsa Zsa Gabor and his father is Frederic Prinz von Anhalt who himself was adopted by Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt.
It was so nice of Sue to host this event for her line and spend time with her friends at this exclusive event. The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to our next event with this amazing designer.
Check out Sue Wong’s latest designs at suewong.com.
April 16, 2015 Over $2,000,000.00 was raised for charity at The Inagural Dodgers Blue Diamond Gala. The Jackie Robinson foundation raised money along with the Los Angeles Dodger foundation. Their goal is to support education, literacy, and sports for families that are in need in the Los Angeles area.
The Blue Diamond gala is the foundations first event for 2015. Many great things have been happening since new ownership took over. Magic Johnson is on the board of directors at the foundation and an owner. Last year the foundation raised $1,000,000.00 for charity.
The Celebrities in attendance included Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Many Dodger players from today and the past were in attendance.
Manny Motta and his wife Margarita spoke about the importance of education for children. “Education is number one!” Manny said. Manny also spoke about Yasiel Puig. “Its exciting to see what Puig has accomplished. He just keeps getting better and better.”
Another celebrity that walked the blue carpet was Alex Anfanger. He is one of the creators of Big Time in Hollywood on Comedy Central. The show is creating a lot of buzz. The Comedy Central channel brings such a high level of comedy to television. Alex said he was at the event as a huge Dodgers fan. When asked about his thoughts on education he said, “Education is important!”k
Tommy Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers stopped by and had so many positive things to say about the Dodgers. He spoke of the foundation supporting literacy programs in the city and told some great stories about signing up with the Dodgers many years ago.
Dennis Powell, a former Dodger pitcher stopped by with his wife to take some photos. These older baseball celebrities have such a positive outlook on life. It was a lot of fun to be around them and hear what they have to say.
Darryl Thomas was an opening day pitcher in 1980. He went on to play every position on the field except pitching. He played for the Dodgers for 15 years and had many great things to say about them. Darryl went on to reflect on Jackie Robinson. How Jackie had opened doors for many black ball players. Darryl said that Jackie was well structured for the job. His experience in the military helped him deal with racism in baseball. Darryl said that baseball takes a lot of dedication.
Finally, Justin Hartley walked the blue carpet with his wife. Justin said the silent auction is great way to raise money for kids. Originally from Chicago, Justin is a long time Dodger fan and supporter. He said the new ownership of the stadium is amazing.
It was such an honor to meet these legends of Dodger baseball. It was a lot of fun to be down on the baseball field. It was also great that so much money was raised for inner city youth who will benefit from the programs that this night has funded.
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Unici Casa held their swanky “Tango Lovers in Buenos Aires” event on April 18th.
The sponsors were Maserati, Allegria Magazine, Samimi Law Group, Kathy Zahedi DDS, St. Petersburg Vodaka, Choux Choux Bar, and Draken Private Security. The dress code melded with the theme of the erotic dance of tango with the ladies wearing red and black and the gentlemen wearing black suits and ties.
The dancers for this event were styled by Marleney Aleman and designers Sahar Amiry of Sanya Demure and Anna Sycz showcased their beautiful designs in an upbeat fashion show.
The Sanya Demure line is sexy yet conservative, playful yet refined and elegant while the Contessa brand was super sexy glam with lace, sequins and a whole lot of skin showing.
More info about this wonderful venue at http://unicicasa.com