Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sweet is Trending, MAC Sweet Nutcracker Collection in Sugar Plums.

By Laura Medina


MAC Cosmetics has always reference fashion history, arts, and culture for their collections, especially during the holidays.

The sugar plum-toned Nutcracker Collections was no exception.

For the holidays, jump-starting soon after Halloween, MAC teamed up The Grove in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire District to give everyone...actually, every and all shoppers...an holiday treat, MAC's very own ballet troupe, all decked in MAC's sugar plum Sweet Nutcracker Collection, Holiday 2016.

Like their "Solid Gold" free concert and performance at The Grove, three years ago (Have Yourself a Solid Gold "MAC Divine Night" Christmas & Party Like It's Studio 54. Don't Worry, The Arriviste has the Finger on the Pulse.,http://luxurist.blogspot.com/2013/12/have-yourself-solid-gold-mac-divine.html), MAC and The Grove built a huge combination ballet set, at the front and a huge makeover house in the back, where shoppers and fans (rsvped their appointments) can get the same makeover from the same holiday collection that the ballet dancers are sweating it in.

Their eyeshadow sets take the current hotness for rose gold, a step further.  It's plummy and the pinks brighter yet eyelid friendly.

Just like their Nutcracker Ballet, your lips and cheeks get a rosy, Winter Flush, in yummy candy tones.

Yet, the application is smoky like a Guy Bourdin fashion photograph.

This freebie ballet and the accompanying holiday makeovers were going on strong for eight hours over a three-days weekend period.

Boy, did that Sweet Nutcracker Holiday got a work-out.  Sweet yet tough enough to sip an average latte.

MAC has been known to support the arts, especially ballet companies who really need professional makeup the most.

These rare and free ballet performances at The Grove was a gift to the fans and shoppers who normally never have the chance to arts and culture.  MAC wasn't snobbish about it.

It proved that art is for everyone.  When you participate, they'll treat, pamper, then gift you with a sweet memento(s) from the event.

Can't wait what MAC and The Grove have up their sleeves.

Thanking the arts.

Tommy Hilfilger's Niece is Sweet as Cake, Jaimie Hilfilger and Her Early Anti-Aging Skincare, La Curcio. She has Sweet Tastes.

By Laura Medina

Rising E! Realty Star & La Curcio Skincare, Jaimie Hilfilger.

If a troupe of grandchildren of a neighborhood boutique owner can dominate the reality show game and become multi-media brands and stars themselves, Tommy Hilfilger's sweet niece sees no problem in that.

She knows people goof up and make mistakes in the past, citing the more established reality television celebrities who came before her, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.  But, they owe up to it.  Now, they're doing positive things.

Jaimie Hilfilger thinks it's a compliment that she's following in their footsteps.  As fashion designer, Tommy Hilfilger's niece, Jaimie is rising up on her own.

When Tommy Hilfilger, himself was rising up the ranks, Jaimie got grief for their last name because it's unusual and of course, junior high/middle school kids pick on her for that.

Well, they got gunk on their faces.

In her formative teen years, Jaimie was fortunate to witness...in the front row...Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, Ivanka Trump, Beyoncé, Mark Ronson, Kidada Jones,  Kate Hudson, Aaliyah, and Balthazar Getty getting their feet wet, in their fame and entertainment careers, by strutting on Tommy Hilfilger's catwalk, as ingenues.

Later on, she interned for Jennifer Lopez's burgeoning J.Lo Line.

Before  hijinks, Jaimie learned business instincts and focus and drive...

She said that her uncle, Tommy, has his finger on the pulse on what people want to wear and who they want to see, modeling the clothes, and where Americana fashion is going.

From interning at J.Lo., Jaimie soaked her drive and focus and the importance of carrying everything through to the end,...

"You have to stay focused on what you really want to accomplished...No straying...I'm a Virgo, very meticulous.  To-do lists.  Simply, stay on track."

Speaking of gunk on the face and staying on track, Jaimie is very vigilant about her very sensitive skin.  She decided to charge at very age and has an anti-aging line with La Curcio Skincare, Jaimie Hilfilger Collection, https://lacurcio.com/product-category/anti-aging/jaimie-hilfiger/.  As two skincare fanatics with various degrees of sensitive skin, she and this scribe both agree, it's never too late to start, taking care of our skin.

As a sweet person, who proves she's human, Jaimie loves cake...and cupcakes...and French Macaroons.

She's even willing to break out in rosacea to simple pleasures.  The Hilfilgers have a sweet tooth.  Yes, even uncle Tommy Hilfilger.  Her dad used to eat a whole coffee cake, baked by her grandma.  She inherited it from them. 

She's okay with clean sushi but her sensitive skin can't handle anything spicy but she gotta have her cake and loves to eat it, too.  Human.

Another thing she loves is Las Vegas.  Her favorite is Wynn Resorts.  According to her, Las Vegas has the best restaurants, shopping, best spas, and night life.  At Wynn Resorts and Casino, you can spend the whole day there.  She's based in Miami.

As someone with sensitive skin, she may avoid spicy.  Still, she loves dining on skin-friendly fresh sushi at Koi New York/Los Angeles/Las Vegas and a fan of Mr. Chow.

She's actually a born & raised New Yorker.

Until she's married and with her own family, she'll be spending the holidays with her folks, back up in New York.

She sticks to Miami Beach during Thanksgiving, but she'll be flying up to New York to be with her folks in New York.

But once she has her family, she'll start her own traditions.

Then it's back to Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn's Surrender Nightclub, then Tao and Lavo for New Year's Eve.

She, also loves all of W Hotels.

As for her starring in E! New Money series and being a rising reality celebrity, the Hilfilgers don't say anything about it, http://www.eonline.com/shows/new_money/videos/236625/jaimie-hilfiger-shows-off-super-her-fancy-luxury-yacht

Jaimie was fortunate to witness, first-hand, the formation of Beyoncé's and Ivanka Trump's careers and fame and enjoy watching the more established Paris Hilton and The Kardashians going through their trials and tribulations.

As she mentioned before, everybody made mistakes.  You have to accept them, forgive them for it and live with them.

"Ever since grandma died, nobody said anything about it."

Jaimie Hilfilger has sweet tastes in everything.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On the Day of & during the Night of Hollywood Christmas Parade, You Can Be a Christmas Balloon Elf, Thanks to the Hollywood Hotel.

By Laura Medina

Running out of Christmas/Holiday gifting ideas?  Especially, when you got enough stuff.

Now a days, everyone is all about "living the experience."

Why not give others and yourself an experience that occurs once a year, being a balloon wrangler as a guest at the Hollywood Hotel.

It's a special, once-a-year, hotel package where you enter a special world that happens once a year, November 27th, the day and night of the Hollywood Christmas Parade...

Since anchoring, pulling, holding, and guiding a huge parade balloon is one heck of resistance training, the Hollywood Hotel is kind enough to provide an one-night stay to rest your weary bones and buns of steel.

Minimally sleek yet Hollywood Chic, interior designers, Katy Naghavi, founder of the successful, Beverly Hills-based studio, Atelier Katayon, explained the décor.

Fresh, chic and cosmopolitan, this creation is classic Hollywood style minus the clichés. There are no framed movie posters here, and not a film reel in sight. Instead, guests will indulge in stylish, modern comfort. Updated elements include light wood grain floors, down-filled duvets and pillows, interactive flat-screen TVs and modern custom-designed furnishings. A freestanding, vintage style clothes rack and fashion-inspired artwork add a witty and glamorous touch of studio wardrobe department to the overall feel.

The new rooms' scene-stealing mix of patterns, textures and colors includes a compact but striking black and white bathroom with Waterworks fixtures and Poggessi toiletries from Tuscany. Added to the mix, guests will enjoy a selection of exquisite in-room amenities typically associated with world-class luxury brands: single serve coffee makers, waffle-weave spa robes, monogrammed bed throw, headboard-mounted, flexible reading lights and an blue tooth enabled station/alarm/clock.

Once checked and settled in, you can hop and skip over to the Los Angeles Metro Subway station at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.

Follow Jeff Zarrinnam's (The Hollywood Hotel's CEO and President and unofficial "Head Elf") advice, "Get on the Santa Monica & Vermont subway, count four stops until you arrive at Hollywood & Highland subway stop. Get off at the Hollywood & Highland station/stop then walk up to Hollywood Boulevard then walk to the balloon wrangler/Christmas Parade check-in at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.  Don't forget to bring in your Registration Form, signed."

Once you submit, literally, the paperwork...signed...and checked in with your red "Hollywood Christmas Parade" wristband, you entered a temporary but very much magical world of parade performers in the right mini-green room where you get your appropriate green or red parade t-shirts.

But on the left-hand side, is the celebrity green room, where this year's parade headliners, Cyndi Lauper and Kenny G. get styled and warm-up and where the band, War, fuel up for their float performance...

Here's the band, War, chilling, warming up, and fueling up in a conference/dining room, watching the football games on their phones.  They didn't load up on their float until 3:30pm.

Mind you, the gourmet snacks  and "green room," where War was grouping up and warming up, was the minor green room.

But, you got to wait for Jeff Zarrinnam to get you into the "real" Green Room. 

As The Hollywood Hotel's "Head Elf," he's the only one who can get you...and your "Hollywood Hotel Balloon" Team members into the official "Green Room, a magical building," Hollywood's idea of Diagon Alley.

Jeff informed, that in the "real Main Green Room," you'll meet a bunch of celebrities, like Erik Estrada...

Jeff is wise enough to suggest to us "Hollywood Hotel Elves/Balloon Wranglers" to load up on the feast, because we'll be waiting outside for two hours, for us to start marching for the three miles long parade.

We "Hollywood Hotel/Christmas Parade Elves" loaded up on heart-warming, filling feast of: Cranberry-Apple Glazed Stuffed Roasted Pork Loin, Chicken Roulade, Broccoli Au Gratin, Black Truffle Mac n' Cheese, and Mashed Sweet Potatoes.  The desserts have their own dining room! 

With our tummies full, our systems fortified, and our hearts warm, Jeff instructed us elves to conjugate where the balloons are being blown up..."Places everyone. Places everyone," El Cerrito Place, off Hollywood Boulevard. 

The Hollywood Hotel Gang composed of the hotel guests and the non-profit arts organization, "Playground of Dreams," http://playgroundofdreams.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/Playgroundofdreams/?fref=nf,  a mentoring program that provides children with a safe place to dream, to ignite their creativity, and to be inspired leaders in their communities.  It's one of many charities that Jeff participates in.  Having these kids as balloon wranglers, is one of many ways to fulfill these kids' dreams.  Also, big kids' dreams, too.

As the last and the next to last balloons, Balloons 14th and 15th, "The Hollywood Hotel Elf" balloons helmed by "Playground of Dreams and Hollywood Hotel guests" crew, the parade crews and the marching bands all start at La Brea Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard (the Formation Balloon area, El Cerrito Place) then march through the red carpet at Hollywood and Highland then turn down Vine and Cahuenga, marching south on Cahuenga, turn left onto Sunset then end at Sunset and Sycamore Float Disbanding Area, after dodging horse fertilizers and low-hanging traffic lights, so not to rip the expensive parade balloons and trudge through the horse fertilizer.


The Christmas Spirit and team bonding didn't end there.

Jeff, the "Head Elf," kindly buys the whole crew In n' Out meals, as a rewarding and truly Californian dinner for guiding and holding the Hollywood Hotel Elf balloons for the whole three parade miles.

What a bonding experience to tying up this whole "window of time" that leads you to a tunnel of rare and unique events and places that only occurs once a year.

The Playground of Dreams kid was kind and courteous enough, in how to return to Hollywood Hotel, using the LA Metro Subway system, board the Red Line heading to Union Station, at the Hollywood & Highland station.  In reverse, count four stops.  When you reach the Santa Monica Boulevard & Vermont Avenue station stop, get off the subway train there, ride escalator up to the corner of  Santa Monica Boulevard & Vermont Avenue, cross across Vermont Avenue then walk up half the block to Hollywood Hotel, where you can rest your weary feet and buns of steel for a night.

There isn't like resting up your feet (please wear comfortable boots and a good field jacket with good patch pockets and a cap for inclement weather) and a warm mug of decaf coffee after a good long, resistant exercise wrangling a huge parade balloon.  Think of it as one, big kite.

You earned your post-Hollywood Christmas Parade breakfast/brunch of: Made-from-Scratch Omelette, special Hearts Belgian Waffles, and pile on the sausages.

Before you know it, you're back to the real world at the 11am check-out time.

Being an Hollywood Christmas Parade "Balloon Elf/Wrangler" could be an once-in-a lifetime experience, but it can be a new Christmas/Holiday tradition when all you have to do is book the Hollywood Christmas Parade Package at the Hollywood Hotel every year, for you and/or for your friends and family; but the bonding and the welcome are forever.

Yes Virginia, the Christmas Spirit does exist in Hollywood.