Thursday, March 29, 2018

STS Blue x StyleCon Coachella Kick-Off Party high up on Hotel Indigo LA's rooftop pool.

By Laura Medina

In the wake of Los Angeles' necessary rainstorm, festival season/Spring Break has bloomed with STS Blue x StyleCon's Coachella Kick-Off Party, high on top of Hotel Indigo Los Angeles' rooftop pool.

STS Blue denim, with fellow clothing vendors...

got guests ready for the festival season with necessary denim stand-bys that never fail at music festivals, whether it be hot, sunny, and dry or gray and raining, STS Blue got people's backs...and butts covered...

Not is STS Blue was offering their comfortable denim jeans, shorts, and jackets at half off, guests can get their STS Blue items embroidered for free.

To folks into the festival mood, they fueled and refreshed on healthy juices and teas and munched on all-natural snacks.  Each and every portable for the festival trek.

Makeovers and skincare vendors teamed up with BeGlammed hair-stylists giving folks a trial run in what type of healthy but hippy makeup to wear during the festivals and braiding to cool off in.

It was a light-hearted fare where folks goofed off and goofed around.  Once the sun broke through the gray, rainy clouds, people are ready for Spring Break, Vernal Equinox, with Coachella to launch the festival season.

STS Blue x StyleCon Coachella Kick-Off just got people warmed up for it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kevin Lyman, "Not Everyone Likes Vans Warped Tour. Good, We're Moving Onto Something Else, FEND."

By Laura Medina

It may be the end of the line for Vans' final Warped Tour but the tour's producer, Kevin Lyman has moved onto something greater and more urgent.

At the good-bye press conference, Lyman has heard and acknowledged, "Not everyone liked Vans Warped Tour.  It was not for everyone.  Some has said they're glad it's over. I'm glad that it was not for everyone.  We have had move onto something more important."

For him, he's pouring his energy into F.E.N.D., Full Energy, No Drugs (FEND) to tackle the growing opium addiction.

Before the luxurious and hip Coachella and a multitude of music festival popping up, Vans Warped Tour brought then-newbie musical acts, such as Ice-T, Weezer, and Katy Perry, to the then adolescent and college-aged Gen-X and Millennials, who had since moved onto more upscale and sophisticated fares and fairs.

To jump-start their last and final tour, Vans threw a BBQ bash of the classic burgers and hot dogs all you can eat to say good-bye to an era.

This may be the end of the road for Vans Warped Tour but Kevin Lyman has embarked a new journey.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Paris Hilton for Nicky Hilton x Tolani,It's a Family Affair with Ricky Hilton & Chris Zylka

By Laura Medina

Most folks don't think of strong family unit when they think of Paris and Nicky Hilton but the Hilton clan showed up for moral support when Nicky Hilton Rothschild debut her mommy and me leisure line, Nicky Hilton x Tolani "Mommy & Me 2018" collection.
Nicky fell in love with Tolani's resort tunic tops and bohemian dresses, easy to wear and change while chasing after toddlers, her daughters, Lily Grace Victoria and Teddy Marilyn. 
For her Tolani collaboration, the Tolani family let Nicky design the patterns and the easy tailoring.

This is the millennial version of the early Lilly Pulitzer, matching Mommy and mini me's resort wear.

The Nicky Hilton x Tolani capsule collection features 20 pieces including tops, shorts and dresses that are all 100 percent silk. Each design from the limited-edition line is produced in both women's and girls' sizing. Prices range from $89-$139 for girls and $175-$275 for women. The collection is now in select stores nationwide.

Paris Hilton playing aunt with her nieces.

In her collaboration interview, she always wanted a mommy and daughter line that both mom and daughter line that both will have fun wearing, find it comfortable, and versatile for all sorts of day to night wear.

Attendees enjoyed snacks from Sprinkles Cupcakes, Dang Foods and Live Love Pop while sipping beverages from Suja Juice, Hint Water and Bai Water. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Paco Rabanne's Invictus Aqua with Nick Youngquest

By Laura Medina

The Paco Rabanne's industry-only launch party for it's new watery fragrance, Invictus Aqua, sure makes up for any Oscar party you missed from the previous week.

The Bloomingdale's and the Macy's fragrance employees that make up the bulk of the fragrance industry had a blast, having their photos taken with the agreeable chill spoke model, Australian former rugby play/model, Nick Youngquest,  
Paco Rabanne's new sea god.

Held in the former Sadie's Restaurant, Paco Rabanne took over the inner courtyard then transformed it into a Temple of Invictus Aqua...

Invictus Aqua Fragrance is a new take on the classic Summer fragrance, clean water spiked with woodsy notes and spiced with citrus.  An easy spritz on an hot Summer day and a sultry night.

It's a continuation of a long line of aquatic fragrances, that used to be exclusively male cologne but it's making a splash among unisex, sugar-free women who want a clean fragrance that's clean and refreshing without the sugary sugar & spice come-on sexuality of most feminine perfumes.

  • It has the marine notes consist of yuzu grapefruit pink pepper on the top notes.  The body scents of sea water, the Marine note and violet leaf.  Ambergris, amberwood, and Guaiac Wood grounds Invictus Aqua. 

     After the pasta and taco dinner (Nick Youngquest is content with sipping a bottle of beer),...

One of the fragrance's ingredients is part of the dessert bar, grapefruit.

Specifically, the fragrance note is represented by the grapefruit bar, instead of the usual lemon bar...

If you can find an excuse for a party, do a fragrance party, use the fragrance notes as basis for your appetizers and dessert and your cocktail.  Now, you got the party started.  Great during sweaty Summer...

  • 5 ounces (1 cup) + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for topping
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated grapefruit zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 5 ounces flour, salt, and confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Press the mixture into an un-greased 8x8 inch pan. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or just until golden.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the eggs, sugar, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and remaining flour for about 2 minutes or until smooth, scraping down the bowl periodically with a spatula. Stir in grapefruit peel.
  4. Pour the filling over the hot crust, then bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until light brown around the edges and the center is set.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Dust lightly with powdered sugar, then cut into 9 bars.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bravo's "Stripped" star, Ali Levine, Throws a Pink Carpet Baby Shower.

By Laura Medina

Bravo's latest breakout star from it's social experiment of a reality show, "Stripped," Ali Levine is basking in baby glory, with her daughter due in a month.

Proud father and "Stripped" co-star, Justin Jacaruso looked on proudly as wife, mo-to-be, and RHOC's Gretchen Rossi and RHOCBH's Lisa Vanderpump's stylist, Ali Levine rules over her "pink carpet" baby shower.  It's a girl.  She got pregnant after filming has ended.

Whatever Ali gave up during the filming of "Stripped," she regain new stuff that are multi-purpose and high-end quality that will grow with mom and kid, at her baby shower.

Since this is a Bravo reality star's baby shower, practical brands support the baby shower, with Ali as influencer to her new legion of fans, who might be pregnant or may want to start a family.

Lucky guests of friends and family were treated to this very practical, waterproof line of totes and clutches that goes way beyond pregnancy and infants and toddlers.  Simply singles can use the Powder Room Cases as tough, durable travel-worthy makeup pouches in glazed coated canvas.  Once the kid outgrows and gets her or his own snacks, mom can still store her own snacks and makeup in these clutches.

There is the real baby shower cake and cake pops to snack on...

Thank god, there's always a sense of humor on what mom needs, a three-tier diaper cake with a coordinating baby caddy to carry the baby.

Ali Levine's Pink Carpet Baby Shower is smart and stylish.

RHOC Gretchen Rossi Teams Up with Jewelry Designer & Beauty Entrepreneur, Twila True for a Women’s Power Brunch for True Sioux Hope Foundation.

By Laura Medina
Twila True on the left and RHOC Gretchen Rossi on the right.

Bravo's "Real Housewife of Orange County" star, Gretchen Rossi, lent her star power to shine a spotlight on a worthy cause, True Sioux Hope Foundation.  A charity by Oglala Sioux Native American, jewelry designer and Twila True Beauty entrepreneur and CEO and President of True Family Enterprises: True Investments, True Fresh HPP, True Venture Capital, Twila True Fine Jewelry, Polished Perfect Studios and Twila True Beauty, Twila True.

Even Hollywood celebrities, such as Janice Dickinson, lent support for the True Sioux Hope Foundation.

Twila's and Gretchen's Women's Power Brunch was a great way to use Gretchen's popularity and social pull to bring attention and focus on True Sioux Hope Foundation, where it raises funds for Sioux women, Twila's Native American tribe.  Twila is returning her good fortunes to those who need it back home.

Guests freely and happily socialized and flirted between the brunch buffet of salad and hearty grilled sandwiches inside Envy Nightclub and the backyard lounge where they can try and buy Twila's jewelry and get a Twila True manicure then buy a nail polish.  The profit made that day will be donated to her foundation's 12 Cycles program, supplying basic feminine hygiene products to girls, so they continuously go to school, uninterrupted.  

In fact, Gretchen and Twila stopped the festivities, to do a speech about the purpose behind the party then showed a documentary on Twila's foundation and what the party is all about, helping young girls and women having basic necessaries that many take for granted.

There's a simple but special bracelet with the Twila True emblem, where the proceeds goes directly to Twila's True Sioux Hope Foundation. 

Keep your eyes out for it and the special bracelet.


Every Twila True Beauty product encompasses the four characteristics of our true beauty wheel. When all four arrows point towards the center, it is believed the spirit becomes whole again. This alignment creates balance, beauty and harmony. The circles found throughout our designs are based on the belief that everything is part of one connected circle.

Twila True Beauty, based on indigenous Pine Ridge Reservation-grown plum and numerous other antioxidants and oils grown in the reservation.  They're used in the bodycare collection and her all-natural healthy nail polishes, retailing at a very reasonable $12 a bottle, are focused on giving back to her Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation.

Twila True Beauty's nail polishes' color spectrum ranges from sophisticated nude and rose classical natural to fun and funky, are influenced by the Lakota Sioux Tribe.

Profits from her Twila True Beauty line goes to her True Sioux Hope Foundation. The foundation provides critical aid and empowers Tribal members to act, positioning this generation for success and her True Children’s Home, a children’s orphanage.

Beauty and a brunch party with purpose.