|2011 Fashion's Night Out event, Los Angeles at the Beverly Center|
As a young woman who has worked in the Entertainment Industry for quite a number of years, I am no stranger to industry Soirées and Celebrity events. I've been very blessed and fortunate enough to attend a variety of functions in the music and film industry, exchange energy with brilliant minds, and even planned a few events of my own. But, despite being a veteran in the entertainment industry, on the night of September 8th, I had transformed into an excited, precocious child that felt like I was embarking on a wonderful journey toward living out my passions. I've taken a hiatus from my career as a Freelance Celebrity Publicist to focus on building my own brand and pursue a few new goals, one of which is this Fashion/Lifestyle blog that you are now reading. I would like to formally invite you along on this journey with me, as we exchange creative energy, learn from one another, and follow our passions. I also would like to start by saying, THANK YOU most humbly in advance for your readership support, your open minds, and for allowing me the opportunity to candidly share a piece of myself with you. Your future support is greatly appreciated. So, with that said, let's make a champagne toast to living a Luxe Life, filled with positivity, passion, happiness, and success!
I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my journey into Fashion, than to head out to one of LA's most biggest events — Fashion's Night Out, Los Angeles! Fashion's Night Out was founded by “Vogue” editor, Anna Wintour for New York, and has successfully gone global within the last few years.
With my Camera in tow, and the most uncomfortable pair of heels I could possibly wear for the evening, I headed down to the hub for FONLA's at the Beverly Center. In attendance was slew of celebrities, including: the very beautiful Nicole Richie, wearing a whimsical BoHo Chic maxi dress; American Idol's, Randy Jackson, cast members from both the Twilight Saga and Glee, Vogue’s West Coast Editor, Lisa Love — the list goes on and on . . .
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was scheduled to host the event, but made the wise decision to attend President Obama's speech to Congress instead. Although the Mayor couldn't be there, a prerecorded audio message was broadcast live over loud speakers. According to the Mayor, Los Angeles is the “apparel manufacturing capital of the United States," which he said generates $5.7 billion annually in direct sales for Los Angeles, and employs 120,000 people in the city.
I was so delighted to be a part of such a magical night in support of the fashion industry. Beautiful people of all races and ages came out to celebrate fashion and restore consumer confidence by helping boost the industry’s economy during the recession.
Stores including Politix, Macy's, and Traffic sponsored the runway fashion show, which featured new looks for the Fall. There was also a Contemporary and Junior Fashion show featuring Forever XXI, and Bloomingdale's. Many of the luxury retailers inside the Beverly Center partied the night away with their own in store parties. One of the places I stopped at was the Omega store. Omega created a sexy vibe filled with a bar, complimentary champagne, and a live DJ. Also, a HUGE shout out to the house DJ of the night, DJ Lindsay Luv. I was thrilled to meet her and she is super cute! (Photo below) Can you say, fun!?
Initially, my intent was to wear something chic and fabulous, but it was so damn hot in LA that I opted for a free flowing, tribal printed maxi dress instead. I had no desire to fuss over my hair either. I just sprayed some Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray in my newly ombré'd locks, and jetted out the door. My only regret? — Picking the wrong time to break in my new shoes! By the end of the Fashion Show, I was begging for someone — anyone — to carry me back to my car!
After the Beverly Center's festivities, I headed down to FNO at The Grove for a bit to meet with a few of my fellow fashionistas and industry professionals. We had some drinks, shared a few laughs, and did some major shopping at Zara. As you could imagine, my feet were so sore from my shoes and all that walking around, so I called it a night fairly early. I wonder if Cinderella had any issues with her glass heels?