Wooden: A Coach's Life coming to a bookstore near you! Can't wait! #Books #Inspiration #Sports

Just received this announcement and wanted to share it with you because Coach Wooden is one of my favorite sports coaches. I'm not into sports at all so this is really saying something. His wisdom translates across all industries and his life was an inspiration to so many, myself included. He was one of the Golden lights in the Golden era of California transcending sports.

Writing a couple other blogs, but in the meantime, enjoy this new book announcement:

438On the 50th anniversary of John Wooden's first NCAA Championship at UCLA in 1963-1964, Sports Illustrated senior writer and CBS analyst Seth Davis presents the unflinching and definitive biography of one of the giants of the game in WOODEN: A Coach's Life (Times Books, January 14, 2014). 

"WOODEN" captures the life, legacy and essence of the sports icon. Davis's research is exhaustive and exemplary and his prose is artful and entertaining, as he offers perspective on this quintessentially American tale.

The "Wooden mystique" was built on his sweat-soaked gymnasium floors, his awe-inspiring fast break, his harnessing the talents of legendary players like Lew Alcindor, Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard and Bill Walton, and his unmatched record in the NCAA tournament.

Davis celebrates the mystique and how it was built, but digs further. He takes full measure of the man who was often considered an enigma in his playing and coaching days before he was elevated to "St. John."  John Wooden was a disciplined and hard-nosed man, who dealt with the issues that all coaches of that era dealt with (race relations, political protests, mercurial athletes, overeager boosters and the heavy weight of expectations), and others that don't quite mesh with the lasting memories we have of "The Wizard of Westwood."

In order to take full measure of the man, we must know the full story, warts and all. In "WOODEN", Seth Davis grants us a clear-eyed look at a gifted player, a brilliant coach, and a master teacher, and helps us appreciate John Wooden for what he was. Not a god, or a saint, or a wizard-but a man.

In anticipation of the release, Davis has launched an informative website for WOODEN: A Coach's Life (released by Times Books, January 14, 2014). The site includes a book trailer narrated by CBS Sportscaster Jim Nantz, preparing the reader for one of the greatest sports reads of the New Year as we kick of a new NCAA season

"This is a superb biography, worthy of its subject. With deep research, clear writing, and objective thinking,  Seth Davis has cut through the mythology to present John Wooden and his UCLA dynasty in a fresh and compulsively readable way." 
- David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
    
About the Author
Seth Davis is the author of the New York Times bestseller When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball and the memoir Equinunk, Tell Your Story: My Return to Summer Camp. He is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated as well as a college basketball studio analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. A graduate of Duke University, he lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Follow Seth Davis on Twitter

 


Joy's Travel Adventures: @threesquareLV @Zappos @DowntownProjLV @GirlsInTechLV @TheMobMuseum @Barrett_Jackson & more! #VegasTech #VegasFun

By Joy A. Kennelly

Long time no chat, howzit going out there?:) Since arriving in Vegas it's been a whirlwind of activity and writing opportunities that always preclude my writing here. 

Now that I've had bronchitis for almost two weeks and feel like I'm finally coming back from the dead, I feel inspired to share all the fun things that have been happening just in case you're curious.:)

I dove head first into getting involved with the tech scene and enjoyed many Downtown Podcasts with my Girls in Tech friends until I started having other events and illness affect my ability to participate. The Downtown Podcast is a fun gathering of tech entreprenuers who live in Vegas and is produced by the founders of Ticketcake.com.

Here's a pic and a link to more if you're curious: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152297110938849.1073741830.348417258848&type=1

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Girls in Tech is a "global non-profit organization which aims to support the collaboration, promotion, growth and success of women in the local technology sector.

It does this by offering educational workshops and lectures, panel discussions, networking functions, social engagements, and recruitment events."

I was fortunate to arrive just in time to participate in GIT's Computer Education classes for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and really enjoyed helping young girls develop a passion for technology.

Plus, made some new fun girlfriends in the process! You can see Christina Aldan sharing our events during a recent Downtown Podcast. She runs Lucky Girl Designs and is a great person. Connect with her on Linkedin here! http://www.linkedin.com/pub/christina-aldan/8/2/b13

Here's a pic from that experience with a link to more too: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152297068708849.1073741828.348417258848&type=1 1240207_10152297086803849_237917020_n

There's a really supportive community for female entreprenuers out here in Vegas and I was able to participate in a recent Women of Influence seminar featuring: Jean Birch, Owner/CEO Birch Company and Former CEO of IHOP Restaurants and Romano's Macaroni Grill; Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC; Fafie Moore, Owner of Realty Executives of Nevada; Renee West, President/COO Luxor and Excalibur and Dr. Kate Zhong, Senior Director of Clinical Research and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

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Impressive, eh? Tell me about it! Here's a pic from the event with a link to more if you're curious too: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152297131378849.1073741831.348417258848&type=1

I crashed Zappos Headquarter move to Downtown Vegas which was really cool too! 

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Tony Hseih cutting the Zappos celebratory cake
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Also, the Downtown Project tour given by the Pixie of Positivity, HeidyNoelle Stamper, (isn't she great!:) which gives you the overview of the vision for Downtown was interesting too.

20130906_145027I especially enjoyed the last speaker I heard during the Downtown Speaker series too. You can view those pictorial essays here: https://www.facebook.com/JoyKennelly?ref=hl - just scroll down a bit.

I also loved participating in the DISH Las Vegas Three Square Food Bank Charity Fundraiser held at the "Palms Casino Resort (at The Palms Pool & Bungalows) with tastes from Las Vegas’ most acclaimed restaurants, including: N9NE Steakhouse, NOVE Italiano, TAO Asian Bistro, LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub, rm Seafood, Border Grill and Bar+Bistro @ The Arts Factory." (As written in their press announcement.)

Talk about a feast! It was really fun and for a great cause too. Here's a little facts on Three Square Food Bank and how they help the community. They are partnered with over 650 community program partners including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites; serve over 100,000 people monthly; and have provided the equivalent of roughly 18 million meals in 2011 alone!

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What a wonderful event and charity! Click here for more pix: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.444327465687980.1073741830.412260405561353&type=1&l=59d3b5e860

In addition, I've enjoyed the Cowboy BBQ,
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Just another Adventure!:) See what I mean?:)

529136_10151798886713600_1799920117_nEarlie that day we visited The Mob Museum in Downtown Vegas which is really interesting, but very graphic too. Here's me with the cut-out of the former Mayor of Vegas, Oscar Goodman, recognize him?:) 

1380834_10151800353828600_450322504_nHis memoir was very good too by the way, although I think he kinda white-washed the criminals he represented in my humble opinion. No offense mobsters who might be reading this, but when you kill and rob people, you're not a family man, no matter how many times you say it out loud or want to believe it.

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I worked the amazing Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction which I have always wanted to attend ever since an attorney I was working for years ago helped Micheal Jackson sell his Maybach there. 

Here's a teaser... It was so cool to see Siegfried and Roy on the final day make an appearance. I remember that fateful day 10 years ago when the tiger attacked Roy and was thrilled to see Vegas royalty live at the auction fully recovered and supporting the community.

P1030389View more pictures from all my adventures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joystraveladventures/

And for my latest tech adventures with the Vegas Tech scene, check out my Social Media Strategist Facebook fan page here: https://www.facebook.com/JoyKennelly?ref=hl

I still have to share about other adventures including the cool luxury travel show, Rock of Ages, crashing a local Harley Davidson BBQ, exploring the Strip, and much, much more...

I will as soon as I catch up on everything else I need to do! Oh, and if you want to read my latest travel article on traveling to and through Big Sur for C-Suite Magazine, you can do so here: http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/4/6/46c0e80c-2401-4055-b495-bb4d11633343/page.pdf

I also wrote an article on social media for a classy, cultured magazine out here in Vegas called BLVDS Las Vegas which I will be able to share soon. I was pleased to include my friend, Social Media Guru, Peter Shankman, and his esteemed colleague, Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, of Hartstein Psychological Services in New York City whom you may recognize as a contributing psychologist for CBS’ The Early Show.

So, needless to say, I've been berry, berry busy.:) Oh, and in addition to all of this, have managed to create my budget and work on more details for Joy's Travel Adventures, despite being too sick to participate in a cool pitching event in front of a bunch of potential investors. Sad face, but there will be other opportunities.

I'm continuing to plan my next travel video now that I'm here in Vegas and reaching out to all the cool casinos for freelance and permanent work because you always create stronger relationships when you work with people.

Funding may take awhile and I'm hustling!

Wish me luck!:)

I'm also still trying to coordinate activities both here and in Los Angeles for my StartupMind group I run with my friend, KP http://www.meetup.com/StartupMind/members/3248131/.

Become a member to stay in touch with what's happening in Silicon Beach, Silicon Valley and Vegas Tech scenes here: http://www.meetup.com/StartupMind/

Now that I'm feeling better I plan to update it more frequently, along with all my other event organizers too.

Okay, I think that's all for now.

Thanks for reading and staying in touch. Love to hear your thoughts.


Thoughts on traveling, empowerment and adventures as I move to Vegas.

By Joy A. Kennelly

I have a lot of other articles I'm "supposed" to write, but life has been to crazy to sit and concentrate to write them up the way I like to cover things. So if you're waiting, I apologize. Your event is constantly on my mind and will be covered, just not right now.

That said, after listening to the "brain lady" speak the other night I realized I really just feel like writing my story to help sort out my thoughts and process what is happening right now.

I have a tendency to travel on rather short notice and couldn't figure out why that kept happening even though I know about events I want to attend weeks, if not months, in advance. Upon returning from my last, last-minute trip it hit me.

I do it to overcome the fear of going somewhere alone.

I remember when I was preparing to go away to school in Seattle and how afraid I was to leave CA and start fresh there. Friends and family all encouraged me and once I made the leap, I was fine. I became copy editor of our school yearbook, convinced the school to send me and our staff to DC to a huge journalism conference where we learned all about marketing, making our yearbook pop and when we returned, it was the first sold-out yearbook in years. 

When I was one of a hundred selected to attend Obama's first inauguration, I waited until the last minute to make all my travel arrangements there too. It turned out perfectly and I had a great time (even though I was probably one of the few conservatives attending. LOL)

My Mom and Dad plan everything down to a t, but for some reason I just find making things happen quickly works best for me. As a single woman traveling solo, safety is always in the back of my mind which is another reason I decided to start my travel company. It's not easy to find travel partners who have the same schedule or interests as you and if you want to take a big trip, often it's easier and more fun when you have a friend or travel partner to go with you.

Watching Jobs last night with Ashton Kutcher I really related to him, bad sides and all. When I'm focused on something, I'm laser focused and that doesn't leave much time for anything else. I also have really high standards of what I expect to happen which doesn't always sit well with people I work with and I'm working on it. That said, when I do create something it turns out well and I'm proud of it.

After college, I decided to volunteer with Hungarian Orphan children to give back before hitting the real world and ended up staying in Europe traveling around by myself for three months after that experience. I also ran a toy drive for them for three years afterward, but that's another story.

If you had told me I would have the courage, wherewithall, or whatever to do that before I left, I wouldn't have believed you. I was almost raped coming home late from catering one night just before graduating and it really did something to my psyche for a long time, but traveling restored my spirit and joie de vivre in ways no therapy ever did.

When you travel and you only have yourself and God to depend upon, you realize you have deeper resolve and wisdom than you will ever experience staying in your comfort zone.

That's why I love traveling. It's challenging, it's invigorating, it's stimulating, and it's fun. It can also be stressful, difficult, and scary, but the positives so far outweigh the negatives it's the main reason I decided to start my travel adventures for women.

Having run numerous empowerment groups for women where I taught them to set goals and actually achieve them and to see these same women blossom into powerful women who see themselves in whole new ways and accomplish things they never thought possible, it's another reason I see the value of what I'm creating.

We as women are judged by our age, our beauty, our weight, our social status, our cars, our clothes and so much more. But when you travel, it's the great equalizer and for once we're just people on a journey experiencing new opportunities, people and all the rest fades away.

Plus, it's fun! And I'm all about the fun.

I could go on and on about other last minute trips I've taken that turned out really well, but actually, I'm about to take another last minute trip to Vegas to start a new life there and really must get to packing.:) 

And yes, you read this right. I'm moving to Vegas.

It's been on my thoughts since January when I visited their tech scene then and this last trip mixing and mingling with the startup scene again through Startup Weekend and SXSWV2V only cemented my desire.

Plus, I have nothing really holding me here and am ready for a new adventure. I'm sure I'll have a lot of visitors too because everyone wants to come to Vegas!:) Another great reason to launch my travel business there!

So, best get back to packing. Say a prayer for me if you pray and stay in touch.

Love to see you there!

 

 


My interview with @LiveGrey Co-Founder and @thisismkg Founder, Maneesh Goyal -

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently, I met with Maneesh K. Goyal, one of the Co-Founders of the cool new website, www.liveinthegrey.com, also founder of MKG, an experiential brand marketing firm. We chatted over tea at the local King's Road Cafe and discovered we shared a lot in common.

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He started MKG after pursuing life in a completely different career and subsequently has launched Live in the Grey this January with a partner named David Munczinski who was a fellow at Wharton Leadership.

Knowing since 2000, Gallup polls regularly indicate more than half of American workers are unhappy with their jobs, Maneesh and David decided to start a movement where success was redefined.

Where work was play and lives were changed.

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Thus, Live in the Grey was born. 

To quote the official site: "Live in the Grey is a place on the web to experience this philosophy through simple interviews, stories and blog posts and a community of contributors."

(Having been an entreprenuer almost my entire life, I really resonanted with what he was saying, especially now as I prepare to launch Joy's Travel Adventures both as an online social community for women interested in travel and fashion, as well as, a travel web series.) 

Live in the Grey is a place for members to explore, take risks, find support and mentorship, learn from others who have gone before, and boasted 6,000 members nation-wide at the time of our tea.

What was encouraging to hear is that those who take the risk to pursue their life's passion generally discover 2 - 4 years after they make the switch, they look back and are happy they did it.

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Maneesh said, "You can't look at success and fulfillment without looking at how your profession plays into it. You can't live in this realm by yourself."

He also shared people's biggest challenge to overcome was fear, but then reminded me, "Fear can be defeated."

He encourages every entreprenuer who is blocked by fear, or wanting to be around like-minded individuals, to consider joining Live in the Grey where you won't be alone and will have examples of other people who have done it too.

"The power of the fulfilled life is game changing!" Maneesh responded when asked what happens to people who make the leap.

Here's a little video that may help explain it better too:

 

If this is speaking to you, then you can sign up here: http://www.liveinthegrey.com/

And if you'd like to join me on my journey, then please consider signing up for Joy's Travel Adventure to stay in the loop here: www.joystraveladventures.com

Thanks as always for popping by! Appreciate it!


My latest @TechZulu article for newbies and others seeking VC and Angel funding!

By Joy A. Kennelly

If you've ever wondered how companies like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Uber were funded and what the process involves to attract and gain investor funding, please consider reading my TechZulu article since I review four investor panels which I attended at the wonderful Silicon Beach Fest recently held in Santa Monica, CA.

In addition to those investors, I also share the insights I gained from listening to Chris Saca and other influentials within this space.

Here's the introduction to pique your interest:

Investor Insights and Highlights | An Unscientific Process

It can be a confusing world to seek funding when you’re just starting out and Silicon Beach Fest (#SBF) was a great place to learn what investors are looking for, meet investors of all levels in a collaborative environment, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and develop relationships to further your dream and business.

Angel Investors look for very different things than more advanced VC’s who’ve been investing for years, who are different still from those who are just getting into the investing world. The bottom line though, is they want to believe in your capability to pull off whatever they’re investing in. It’s not so much about your product, concept or business, but you personally.

Read more here: http://techzulu.com/silicon-beach-fest-investor-insights-and-highlights/

Thanks! Enjoy the read and leave a comment and share if you liked it!

 

 


My latest @TechZulu article for newbies and others seeking VC and Angel funding!

By Joy A. Kennelly

If you've ever wondered how companies like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Uber were funded and what the process involves to attract and gain investor funding, please consider reading my TechZulu article since I review four investor panels which I attended at the wonderful Silicon Beach Fest recently held in Santa Monica, CA.

In addition to those investors, I also share the insights I gained from listening to Chris Saca and other influentials within this space.

Here's the introduction to pique your interest:

Investor Insights and Highlights | An Unscientific Process

It can be a confusing world to seek funding when you’re just starting out and Silicon Beach Fest (#SBF) was a great place to learn what investors are looking for, meet investors of all levels in a collaborative environment, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and develop relationships to further your dream and business.

Angel Investors look for very different things than more advanced VC’s who’ve been investing for years, who are different still from those who are just getting into the investing world. The bottom line though, is they want to believe in your capability to pull off whatever they’re investing in. It’s not so much about your product, concept or business, but you personally.

Read more here: http://techzulu.com/silicon-beach-fest-investor-insights-and-highlights/

Thanks! Enjoy the read and leave a comment and share if you liked it!

 

 


Visiting @LukeStoreyStyle with @SchoolofStyle Downtown LA @standarddtla and other news #Fashion #Style #Stylists

By Joy A. Kennelly

P1020494THE SCHOOL OF STYLE

Although I'm not a stylist, I've represented a few, dressed customers when I worked in retail, have assisted stylists who styled my clients for their red carpet appearances, and assisted with pulling clothes for fashion news segments when representing the Beverly Center, years ago.

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Remember Actress Yari DeLeon? I assisted Stylist Jennnifer Margolin to help her pull this look together for Yari's red carpet appearance with the Lincoln Lawyer.

As a result, I understand this world and enjoy it because I also studied Fashion Merchandising and worked in retail for many years. I would never want to be the key stylist though because it's too much responsibility!:)

That's why I enjoyed popping in to hear Stylist, Luke Storey, during his School of Style at the Downtown Standard as he taught this past Sunday.

Here's some of the students who attended.

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Here's Luke's bio to give you an idea of his styling qualifications (caught him in action teaching.:) P1020490  "Luke Storey is a wardrobe stylist currently based in Los Angeles. In his 14 years as a stylist Luke has worked with a diverse range of artists such as Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, Sarah Machlahan, Daughtry, Rilo Kiley, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, No Doubt, Kris Allen, TV On The Radio, and many others. 

Luke has also appeared on the hit television shows The Hills, America’s Most Smartest Model, and Glam God.

In 2008 Luke founded School Of Style, a school for aspiring stylists. During a series of courses Luke teaches every aspect of the business and art of wardrobe styling. School Of Style currently offers classes at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles, and Ace Hotel in New York City."

Similar to the Musicians Institute (where I taught social media and produced social media seminars), this school gives students a leg up in the fashion industry (just like Musicians Institute does for musicians. All musicians should check out MI's open house on July 20 in Hollywood. Register quick cuz it fills up fast: http://www.mi.edu/open-house)

It's not just the education, but also all the connections you make when joining an established vocational school in the industry you're pursuing. The School of Style creates great opportunities and more.

If you love fashion and want to cut ahead of the pack to learn what it takes to become a successful stylist faster, then you may want to consider taking School of Style vocational courses because I don't think there's another intensive like this, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Plus, the Downtown Standard is so cool you'll enjoy being there regardless. (Here's the ping pong room, and the rooftop pool is really fun too.)

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For the short time I was there, Luke spoke on what will get you fired, what will get you hired, the do's and don'ts of styling from the business angle and more. He's funny, tells it like it is, and pulls from his years of experience which I liked. Plus, his words of wisdom apply to any industry even if you decide a career in styling isn't for you.  P1020488 And lastly ladies, he's a cutie so not hard on the eyes.:)

When I spoke to students at the break they said they enjoyed learning about how to price their services, pursue assistant work, build their stylist portfolio and billing tips too. A few I spoke to had gone to college to pursue other degrees and careers, but decided to pursue fashion because they enjoyed it.

P1020507Fashion Blogger and Film/Commercial Wardrobe Stylist, Anika, who was in attendance said, "You can really make anything you like to do happen." She feels her social work background comes in handy for styling because it helps her to easily build rapport with clients. 

Another stylist I met was Bree Cooley who surprised me because I thought everyone attending was a student, but she's actually someone who attended to recruit for her styling business.

She  has 17 years experience working in the film industry as a Wardrobe Stylist & Costume Designer if you're looking for an internship.

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Because she's plus size like me, I asked her all my personal styling questions to which she graciously answered.

She told me contrary to what the fashion industry and editorial mags (my slang, not hers) would have you believe, over 65% of women are over size 14. 

So there ya go Ambercrombie and Fitch CEO! LOL Abercrombie & Fitch's plus-sized controversy heats up; celebrities weigh in 

That goes the same for all the myopic Hollywood producers who think only size 0 are relatable to America. Get a clue.

The majority of American women like to eat and we're not going anywhere any time soon! LOL

Oh, and if anyone knows Melissa McCarthy, please give her Bree's info because she gets your body type girlfriend! And her parting words of advice for all the plus size girls in the house, "Be confident in who you are. Be healthy. Own your body." Great advice for everyone to follow.

P1020510Taking Luke's courses not only helped accomplished stylists with connections, but also those who were just getting their feet wet like Visual Merchandizer, Tony who enjoyed the Do's and Don'ts and proper etiquette for this career. He especially enjoyed hearing the Superman analogy which you'll just have to attend to hear in person.

School of Style offers aspiring stylists the tools they need to get discovered and learn what they need to know.  Check it out!

And tell Luke and Lauren Joy sent you: www.theschoolofstyle.com

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Oh, and if you are really interested and have time tonight, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, check out this cool class they're offering!  Stylistspotlight2 - Laury Flyer DTLA

And in other fashion news....

ASHLEY BY DESIGN

"The Ashley DeRamus Foundation, a Birmingham-based charity founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality lifestyle of children and adults with Down syndrome, is pleased to announce the debut of its fashion line specifically tailored for females with Down syndrome – a perfect fit that is hard to achieve off-the-rack.

'We came up with the idea for a fashion line for girls with Down syndrome because it has been so hard to find clothes for Ashley over the years, making shopping more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience,' said Connie DeRamus, mother of Ashley DeRamus, the 30-year-old founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation who has Down syndrome. 'Those with Down syndrome tend to have different body types than most clothing lines are made for, and we wanted those with Down syndrome to feel just as confident as anyone else, so the idea for the fashion line was born. These clothes are meant to fit without alterations and to make those who wear them feel beautiful.'

Along with her mother, the line was designed by Ashley, the inspiration and namesake of the foundation. They will both travel from Birmingham, Ala., to debut the fashion line at the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Annual Convention held July 19-21, 2013 in Denver, Colo.

While there, the Ashley DeRamus Foundation will display their designs at a booth equipped with dressing rooms and full runway for those to try on and model the new styles, which can be purchased at the convention or online at www.ashleybydesign.com

(Side note, was hoping to have some designs and a picture of Ashley to share with you, but the publicist never responded. I hope you go to their website to see a few though.:)

Ashley DeRamus, the 30-year-old founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation who has Down syndrome, and her mother Connie came up with the idea for a fashion line for girls with Down syndrome because it has been so hard to find clothes for Ashley over the years, making shopping more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience. Those with Down syndrome tend to have different body types than most clothing lines are made for, and Ashley and Connie wanted those with Down syndrome to feel just as confident as anyone else, so the idea for the fashion line was born. The new styles are meant to fit without alterations and to make those who wear them feel beautiful."


@KISSOnline visiting Torrance to open Rock&BrewsPCH behind-the-scenes images & video #JTA

By Joy A. Kennelly

A few months back my little town had the thrill of a lifetime when KISS Co-Founders, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, came to visit and opened another of their cool restaurants called, Rock&Brew. They are just a few of the owners involved, but as far as the community and other media was concerned it was all KISS, all the time.:)

I took a different approach and chose to interview everyone involved, including members of the Wounded Warrior Project who were honored with a luncheon the day of the Grand Opening. Later that night, KISS performed and helped raise thousands for education fund which was very popular.

One of my friends, Mike Jenkins of South Bay Foodies caught the night action and you can watch KISS perform below because I know you won't feel satisfied until you have.:)

 Here's some fun pix from other media outlets, shots before the opening while they were jamming to get everything ready (you may recognize some folks too!), and during the actual luncheon. I created a show for Joy's Travel Adventures to showcase the afternoon which I post at the end and hope you will watch and leave a comment if you do.

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 Thanks for taking the time to pop by. Support the Wounded Warriors Project!:) Buy a ticket to KISS's latest tour here, especially if you're international! http://www.kissonline.com/tour/

And last, but not least, if you're in the South Bay consider dropping by to enjoy a brew and a bite at Rock & Brews! You'll be glad you did.


Happy ongoing 4th of July! Food, Fashion, "F"ilanthropy & Film to checkout! @cookinstilettos @richardbranson @KevinHart4real

By Joy A. Kennelly

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If you're like me, this year's 4th of July celebration just keeps on going and going and going...

And if you're also like me, you are trying to decide what food to bring, what to wear to another party, and remembering those who sacrificially gave us the freedom to celebrate our independence as Americans. You're also looking around for fun movies, cool events and more. 

Well, look no further.

Here's a few suggestions I've been receiving which I thought were fun and you may enjoy too. First, off recipes and foodie suggestions, followed by some cute clothes and styles, then introduction to a unique philanthropy social site which Sir Paul McCartney, Richard Branson and others are involved in, and lastly, my favorite black comedian of the moment, Kevin Hart!

Enjoy!

FOODIES UNITE

Zucchini Chips 

Try this healthy alternative to potato chips

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1. Slice Zucchini into ¼ inch

2. Dry in a Excalibur Dehydrator at 105F until crispy (But if you don't have one, maybe just stick it in the oven with some olive oil drizzled over it at 350 for around 10-20 minutes? You tell me!:)

3. Eat the chips plain, dip in avocado or guacamole, or add to cold raw soups or salads. Makes 1-10 servings.

Watermelon Salad with Ricotta Salata

Watermelon Salad with Ricotta Salata

Ingredients

  • 1 small seedless watermelon, rind removed and cubed (should be 3-4 cups or one medium size “tub” from the grocery store)
  • I small red onion
  • 1/2 cup of ricotta salata, shaved
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 3-4 mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Arugula for serving
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Directions

  1. Thinly slice the red onion into half moons and put into bowl.
  2. Juice the lemon directly into the red onion and let the onion marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. After 15 minutes, add the olive oil to the onion and toss.
  4. Add the red onion, including the lemon juice marinade to the cubed watermelon.
  5. Add the shaved ricotta salata, zest and mint and toss all ingredients together.
  6. Salt & Pepper to taste
  7. Serve over arugula and enjoy.

Notes Inspired by “The Hamptons” episode of Giada’s Weekend Adventures

Read more: http://cookinginstilettos.com/watermelon-salad-with-ricotta-salata/#ixzz2YCTGilrn

Vegan Cheese Dip 

You’ll be amazed how delicious homemade cheese tastes when you try this dip! 

 Ingredients:

1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked for at least 15 minutes

1 chopped bell pepper

Cayenne pepper to taste

Sea salt to taste

 Image002Directions: In a blender, combine all ingredients into a smooth sauce. Add sea salt and cayenne to your liking

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Now it can't all be healthy, right? I always love these sweets. Enjoy!

{Fruit kababos have never looked better or more perfect for 4th of July! Saw this on Shamrock Farms Blog}398a45c2f0a1ee7c8b904184b496925cyield Makes 1 (13- by 9-inch) cake

active time 45 minutes

total time 1 hour 25 minutes

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without a traditional flag cake studded with sweet summer berries. But slice into our Stars and Stripes creation and you'll quickly discover this isn't your everyday vanilla sheet cake with buttercream frosting. For a fresh new take on everyone's favorite red, white, and blue finale, we paired moist chocolate cake with tangy cream cheese frosting, and finished with juicy raspberries and blueberries. Have no fear if cake decorating isn't your strong suit. You'll be able to master this patriotic design using our step-by-step photos and tips for frosting and adorning the ultimate Independence Day dessert.

ingredients

For the cake:
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for dusting pan
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional butter for greasing pan
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
For the frosting:
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
For the decorations:
  • 1 1/2 pints raspberries (about 3 cups total)
  • 1/2 pint blueberries (about 1 cup total)
  • Equipment:13- by 9-inch metal baking pan, stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, pastry bag, star-shaped pastry tip (such as Wilton #2110)

preparation

Make the cake:
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F.

Butter the bottom and sides of a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan and line the bottom with wax or parchment paper. Butter the paper and dust the pan with flour, knocking out any excess.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/July-4th-Flag-Cake-51170010#ixzz2YCFfHhSU

4th of July Styles

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Sugar is recognized for its youthful brand image of sweet, sassy and sporty contemporary footwear and accessories. The innovative and trend-right products appeal to fashion-conscious women ages 13 – 25.  966320_631971510147130_844040851_o And here's a really cute blog which did a great wrap-up of all the 4th of July fashions you may enjoy! http://whimsicallydetailed.com/patriotic-style/

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And because this just lauched, here's an introduction to a cool new way to raise money for non-profits called The Urgency Network.

Download (2)Paul McCartney, Richard Branson, and Linkin Park offer ultimate fan experiences to launch new fundraising and awareness platform THE URGENCY NETWORK.

The Urgency Network connects nonprofits, musicians, celebrities, fans, and brands in a single online community to create positive impact on a global scale.

Starting on July 2nd, Urgency participants can win larger than life experiences by completing social actions like watching awareness videos, donating, or opting-in to mass tweets. With each campaign, the more actions you complete, the more entries you’ll earn towards the Grand Prize drawing like a cool experience with Sir Richard Branson!  Download (1)

And if you're looking for a funny movie to watch over the holiday - check out my favorite black comedian, Kevin Hart, in his new film, Let Me Explain. He is hysterical! Could be dirty, but you've been warned...:) Top-now
 


Here's my first TechZulu article for your reading pleasure...Silicon Beach Fest Wrap-up Part I

Happy to announce I have been invited to be a writer for TechZulu, a group I highly admire and enjoy being around.

Here's the intro to my first article with them entitled: Silicon Beach Fest June 2013 Keynote and Accelerator Panel Highlights to pique your interest. 

By Joy A. Kennelly

Whether you were a startup, an investor, a blogger, a fashionista, or someone just curious about what is happening in Santa Monica aka “Silicon Beach,” the recent Silicon Beach Fest had something for everyone which included panels, parties and more.

My particular interests lay in what investors look for and the value of participating in a multi-channel networks hence my coverage of those aspects, although there were quite robust content, fashion. gaming and mobile tracks others took advantage of during the course of the three-day conference held consecutively at ROCCross Campus and Santa Monica Place.

It was quite inspiring to hear other startup founders who started businesses in their apartments share how they turned their small companies started with maybe one or two others, into multi-million enterprises with hundreds of employees and never-ending growth in sight.

To continue reading, please click here: http://techzulu.com/silicon-beach-fest-june-2013-keynote-and-accelerator-panel-highlights/

 


Confessions of a Runyon Canyon Hiking Returnee or Wannabe such may the case be

By Joy A. Kennelly

Never start hiking again when Los Angeles is experiencing a record breaking heat wave weekend. I learned that the hard way this past Saturday as I attempted to hike Runyon Canyon after being away for over a year. (Here's pix from my last visit I believe during the Spring.)

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Living in Georgia, you realize you never hike, or do anything requiring physical effort after certain times of day, because the heat will beat you down like nobody's business. I didn't believe it when I first moved there, but after awhile it affected what I did and when I did it just like locals told me it would.

There's a reason it's called Hotlanta and it aint for the fashion, although it's a very fashionable city in certain parts.

I forgot what humid heat felt like after moving back to CA where it's temperate or cloudy in June, hence the nickname June Gloom, until this past Saturday. I planned to hike at 10am and since I was going solo, finally got rolling around 11am.

What was I thinking?!

Stopping in for coffee and a tall cup of water at Starbucks, I thought I was fully prepared for the day.

Again, what was I thinking?:)

I parked two blocks below the opening and as I was walking up the hill to reach the entrance to the park, encountered a group of shirtless guys and jokingly told them, "I wish I could go around like that." We all laughed and then welcomed me to do it too, as I laughingly declined.

I continued walking and sweating, and with more walking and sweating, I contemplated turning around figuring I had my exercise for the day. However, stubborn white girl that I am, I decided to see how far I could go before collapsing with heat exhaustion.  35640_407503553599_4095448_n

Passing numerous young women wearing only their sports bras to accentuate their flat abs, I silently cursed them. Not really, but it reads better doesn't it?:)

FINALLY reaching the entrance, I was pleasantly surprised to find an enterprising guerrilla marketing girl passing out cold coconut water and grabbing shots of groups enjoying the cold beverage like we used to do during our Stonyfield Farms yogurt marketing effort. 

Ironically wearing my Stonyfield Farms t-shirt, I silently wondered, as I posed with people I didn't know, if Stonyfield would appreciate the publicity on this company's site too.

Resolutely turning to face my mountain, I began the hike up the cement, past panting dogs, joggers (can you believe it?!), and others intent on getting their adrenalin high on from exercise.

The nice racial mix was a big change from when I used to hike Runyon over 18 mos ago which I have noticed across a large spectrum of Los Angeles in various aspects of society I immerse myself in. Maybe because it's so segregated in Atlanta it's more noticeable to me now, but I do think we're more of a melting pot, now more than ever, which is nice to see.

As I continued to climb, I realized I would never make it all the way around my first time back on Runyon. Due to my English, German and Irish background, I have a tendency to overheat and have fainted in the past from heat exhaustion.

In fact, after fainting in elementary school once during a school assembly, my classmates still remembered this incident at our recent high school reunion years later.

I resolved to at least make the bench around the curve which seemed to take forever to reach, but was probably only minutes. 

As I reached the shady spot and sat on the bench overlooking the canyon while overheating in the shade of the trees, I realized that day was just an average day in Hotlanta and if I had looked at my weather app, I would have adjusted accordingly. 36194_407503678599_177301_n

Meaning, skipped it altogether.:)

However, I was proud of myself for making it as far as I did and after about 15 minutes of cooling down, and seeing weird guys approach who spoke of wanting to sit too, I decided it was time to get moving. Going down was much easier than hiking up and pretty soon I was happily approaching my car. Which has air conditioning. 

Did I mention it has air conditioning? Icy cold too.

Life support in the form of cold air. And that is how I spent the first part of my Saturday and my first time back hiking at Runyon.

Here's a link to images from another hike I took there awhile ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.407503033599.182165.568603599&type=1&l=3ba1d8cee1


Beverly Hills & Celebrity Ranch Polo Event, LA's Best 25th Year Anniversary and Silicon Beach Fest Highlights

By Joy A. Kennelly

If you're a fan of polo you would have really enjoyed the recent celebrity match between the Beverly Hills and Celebrity Ranch Polo Team. It was my first time ever watching and it's quite an exciting sport! Very fast moving, and attendees all dressed up to fit the Great Gatsby theme which made it even more special.

Even saw my former short film fest (SPIFF) advisor, Writer/Actor, Patrick Kilpatrick there and finally met Ed Lozzi in person after all these years of blindly pitching him for clients. You can view pictorial highlights on my new Joy's Travel Adventures Flickr Account if you click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joystraveladventures/sets/72157634199983071/

Now if you're into charities that help children, you would have enjoyed the LA's Best 25th Year Anniversary party which was a great mix of politics, entertainment, fashion and sports attendees.

Here's a sample of the glittering guest list in attendance I saw, and occasionally interviewed,on the red carpet: 

1002234_10151585502518600_367986470_nCarla Sanger, LA's Best President & CEO; MIchaela Pereira, Co-host of brand-new CNN morning show, “New Day;" Guest; Host of the evening, Chris Paul, six-time All-NBA point guard, MVP of 2013 NBA All-Star Game;  and Marvin J. Suomi, LA's Best Board Chair and President & CEO, KUD International, LLC.

941421_10151585501648600_840146986_nJane Fonda, actress/activist and guest. We should all hope to look as beautiful as she does at her age. I may not agree with her politics, but I love her as an actress.:)

1002797_10151585502013600_280797848_nFormer LA Mayor James Hahn and his wife came out too. He told KTLA LA's Best has been helping kids for 25 years and over 350,000 children have gone through this unique after-school enrichment program originally launched by Mayor Tom Bradley (whom I still remember fondly as one of the great LA Mayors if childhood memory holds true.)

1013004_10151585479523600_1630865960_n 945016_10151585479378600_1623062492_nLubov & Max Azria, Honorees, Max (Founder, BCBG brand) & Lubov (Creative Director of BCBGMAXAZRIA) She is the most gracious, elegant, humble, unassuming woman you could ever hope to meet. 

Made my whole night to learn she had read my blog and enjoyed my coverage. It was great to see her and her family too. 

She and her husband were honored for creativity and if you're familiar with their designs and clothing line, you can see why. When I interviewed her that night, she said they were new to the LA's Best family and it was an amazing honor to be included. 

She wasn't the only one to feel that way. Dr. Bill Dorfman AKA Dr. Bill (“The Doctors,” “Extreme Makeover”) told me the same thing. He has been helping children for a long time and brought his family along to celebrate too.

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1010035_10151585477488600_2003451651_nClean Comedian/Style Host, Jonathon Slocumb, arrived looking dapper. Always appreciate comedy that's clean because the world is dirty enough as it is.

1271_10151585477433600_2142557174_nGroupLove, a local sensation who recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, were the musical performers of the night.

1044878_10151585504258600_50157235_nMTV's Push Girls delighted all of us. According to Wikipedia, "Push Girls chronicles the lives of four women - Angela Rockwood, Tiphany Adams, Mia Schaikewitz and Auti Angel - who have been paralyzed by illness or accident and displays the day-to-day challenges and triumphs they encounter."

Very inspirational women.  

941421_10151585477313600_1217050325_nSpeaking of inspiring, this esteemed trio has been inspiring children as part of the various LA Best boards. L-R Best Friends Advisory Board Chair: Amber Holley Melius; Advisory Board Chair, Alice Desobry Bowens and Board of Governor's Chair: Marvin J. Suomi.

Very impressive people and boards.

And from the website: "Since the beginning, the core activities at LA’s BEST have been divided into three and a half beats: help with homework, a learning activity that boosts core academic skills such as reading or math, something that’s new and just plain fun, and a nutritious snack. These components provide structure for a program that is otherwise highly customized based on students’ needs and the site staff’s interests and experience." 

I don't know about you, but I was very inspired by the positive work this organization is doing to help children. Makes me want to volunteer in some capacity. I did enjoy a nice chat with our newly elect City Controller, Ron Galperin, who informed me he was looking forward to making a lot of audits and finding opportunities for better use of our cities resources, including more support for the Film & Television industries.

Sounds great to me! It was a very fun experience and although I didn't stay for the entire event, I saw enough to know this is a quality organization with great support throughout many aspects of our Los Angeles community.

Another event which has continued to grow in prestige and attendance is the Silicon Beach Fest which recently happened in Santa Monica. I plan to cover it more extensively for TechZulu, but wanted to give you a few fun pictorial highlights to pique your interestof my written review later. Recognize these people? I'll tell you who they are when I do my formal write-up.

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Sexy Breathe Bikinis, Memoirs by @JoWoodOfficial @TheRebaMerrill @CarolineManzo Carol Burnett & Father's Day BBQ @FireflyBistro

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm still working on a blog about the recent Grand Opening of Rock & Brews PCH featuring Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, but in the meantime, wanted to share some fun stuff I've been collecting which I thought you might enjoy as well.

First off, if you have a bikini ready body like Volleyball players, Michelle Lafigliola and the entire MCHS champion volleyball team, then check out the new styles from Breathe Bikinis  showcased here.

Recognize Olympic Volleyball player, Eric Fonoimoana? He's the only guy in case you don't know.:)

178 188 182Now if you're looking for some good summer reads while you hit the beach, here's a few famous female memoirs I recently finished which I recommend:

9780062280619_p0_v2_s260x420If you've always wondered what it would be like to be married to a famous rocker from the Rolling Stones, then wonder no longer. Her book will tell you all about it.

Lots of drugs, food, and music. Oh, and sex. Don't forget the sex. Oh, and even more drugs. Have to admit, that got a little tedious, but there is a happy ending to that section so keep reading.

All that said, I enjoyed hearing how Jo Wood pulled herself together after her husband's affair with a teenager (is 19 still a teenager? It's been so long I forget.) and created a whole new life for herself.

I also enjoyed learning about her organic business and how that came to be. She's definitely had an interesting life and this sneak peek behind-the-scenes is factual, funny, poignant and entertaining. Now I know why I am drawn to musicians so often.:)

ImagesOn the flip side, Reba Merrill's book about creating an amazing career launched as an Arizona housewife and building a whole new genre of publicity - video interviews, was extremely interesting, especially as I launch my own video show. She spoke at a recent women's event I attended and was so inspiring I bought her book.

And I never buy books at book signings. Ever.

Seriously. 

Her down-to-earth style of sharing about her amazing life interviewing celebrities over the past 20 years was such an easy read I finished it in two days. She dealt with sexism back in the 70's which I wished more young girls would read about to know how far we've come baby. She also dealt with sexual harrassment - promised her show would air if she performed sexual favors three days a week on some studio pig. She also has faced ageism and shared how that influenced her style and offerings. Very interesting book and if you're in the industry especially, you will enjoy her life story. 

Realbookcrop_t607One of my favorite Real Housewives of New Jersey has also penned a memoir, the fiery redhead, Caroline Manzo, and if you're a fan of the show you will really enjoy this book. Just know the font size is extremely small for some reason making it hard to read at night if you're tired. However, it's very enjoyable and she doles out wisdom, advice, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Italian recipes, and other information on the show which isn't gossipy, just sharing it like it is.:)

710edUldArLIf you're a fan of Carol Burnett, or in the mood for a heartwarming story about the love of a child and their mother, then you must pick up Carol Burnettt's book (seen above) about her relationship with her wild child daughter, Carrie.

Reminded me of a friend of mine's child there was so much creativity and life in her story. It's broken into two parts and tells of Carrie's career aspirations and accomplishments, Carol's life as her mother and famous person, and is poignant, lovely and very easy to read. 

However, it does break your heart, but then in Part Two, it lifts you back up by turning into the fictional story Carrie had been writing with Carol before she died.

I really, really, really enjoyed this story on many levels.

First, as a huge fan of the humor and career of Carol Burnett, then as a fan of her relationship with her daughter and lastly, as a fan of good writing. Very thoughtful, lovely story.

Paul_rightNow it can't be all about women, now can it?

In light of the fast approaching Father's Day, here's some fun suggestions on where to take Dad and what to possibly buy him, if he's a sporting kinda Dad, old sport. (Sorry, couldn't resist. The Great Gatsby has GROUND that word into my brain permanently. It's a fantastic film however.:)

Now if you haven’t made your plans for Father’s Day, then consider joining Firefly Bistro for some down-home southern music, fantastic beer and delicious BBQ at the 10th Annual Father’s Day Blues Barbeque at Firefly Bistro!

Here's Chef Paul Rosenbluh, executive chef and founder of Firefly Bistro, who was named Best Chef of America (in the ultimate guide of Chefs.) Now, if that's not an endorsement of driving out to Pasadena for some good 'ole Southern cooking with dear old Dad, I don't know what is!

Let Chef Paul take care of all your Father’s Day needs with Firefly’s homey ambience, southern charm and hearty cuisine perfect for the special BBQ menu.

Can you spell delicious? I knew you could.:)

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Now to make sure Dad is looking fine, here's Cash Warren (Jessica Alba's house husband) sporting the Lacoste Corbon suede boat shoe – perfect for all family outings and a great gift for under $100 for dad in time for this Sunday!

Image001 Pick up a pair today at http://www.zappos.com/lacoste-corbon-4

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And lastly, don't forget to watch Dexter's summer premiere on June 30th. We won't forget after enjoying this special ice cream treat delivered to the office!:)

2013-06-12 15.51.07 2013-06-12 15.52.37Kinda creepy, eh?:) And that's all for now. Enjoy!


Fashion Digital Los Angeles Conference Wrap-up Part 2 #Fashion #Ecommerce

By Joy A. Kennelly

300636_10151534099023600_1044892366_nFashion Digital LA recently wrapped up at the Director's Guild of America and what a powerful conference it was. I met upper-level executives from Nordstrom, ShoeDazzle, Jurlique, numerous smaller fashion brands like Apliq and Ellie, and major tech companies like Google, Amazon and more.

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This is my kinda conference - where tech intersects fashion and people have been in the business a little longer than their 20's, but they're there to liven things up too like the founder of Apliiq.

Founded in 2008, Apliiq is a customizable clothing company that collects rare, deadstock and recognizable textiles and applies them to everyday garments. (From his press release.) Aren't these cute? 

The reason I enjoy fashion is I have an AA in Fashion Merchandising, represented a few stylists, worked in retail for five years and have covered LA Fashion Week and other major fashion events across the country for over 7 years. My wardrobe may not always reflect the latest fashions, but if money was no object I would be a fashionista!:)

I love hearing amazing fashion icons discuss their passions, business practices and experiences in this realm. Especially as I continue to build my online women's community for female travelers. I always find you learn something from everyone regardless of whether or not it's in your exact industry. This one just happened to fit in perfectly with what I'm working on.


Smart people's practices translate across every industry.

And smart people were there at the DGA in full force. First up, was Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer, BCBGMAXAZRIA GROUP, who was interviewed by Annie Georgia Greenberg of Refinery 29, both true fashionistas.

960204_10151534085238600_1823987552_nLubov was warm, gracious, humble and nothing like I expected from one of the world's most recognizable tastemakers. And Annie was a very good moderator, not injecting herself into every question. What a breath of fresh air! 485508_10151534088678600_483653901_n

Sometimes younger fashion people can be so snobby and none of the speakers, attendees, and vendors at Digital Fashion LA were anything like that which was really refreshing. It was an extremely professional conference on many, many levels. I was very impressed. Green Pearl knows what they are doing.

Back to the conversation. 

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Lubov explained rather than selling a brand, she feels they are selling a lifestyle. I heard that a lot from many of the speakers and it made sense. She also explained the simple truth, "No one needs more clothes." That's why her company focused on consumer's wants vs. needs and catered to those who really believe in the brand, in particular, her elite customers - those who spend money. She stated that 20 elite customers can bring in 1 million in sales. Whoa!

Her motto is based on Henry Ford's quote, "If I asked people what they wanted, I would have heard faster horses, but I made cars." She wants to inspire people to live inspirationally. She also said they are driven by providing a mix of high and low design, not merchant driven. 

Now this is the part I found fascinating and other e-tailers will too potentially. When asked her e-commerce strategy, Lubov said they believe in engagement specializing in how the customer goes on their site. They listen to customer feedback, consider communication very important and make it easy for the consumer. They also believe in Geo targeting, use Facebook, emails, and blogger partnerships - they create events because both experiences online and in-store are very important.

See? Us bloggers are important!:) 

Lubov supports a charity helping disadvantaged children and was touched to hear a young child had enjoyed her site because it's "the store that's open and never closes. It's fun and you can shop whenever you want." Thus, providing a small escape from the harsh realities of this child's life.

When asked by the moderator for an example of another company doing it right, Lubov offered Net-A-Port as an example of catering to consumers as a brand that does it best. She loved the whole experience of buying from them - the smell, the art and the packaging. Packaging is key! Made me want to buy something just to see what she was talking about!:)

Back to online though, she did share they are limiting their partnerships to keep consistency with their brand. Too many people don't properly use logos, colors or style which affects the brand overall. It's very important to stick to your brand dna - be very clear to your customer who you are. People buy because of what you do. The company's main focus now is on personalizing the experience across all platforms and methods of outreach. She wasn't the only speaker to mention that either.

Many were limiting affiliate marketing except for Pinterest to keep their content consistent with their brand. Currently, BCBG is redesigning the site, including more video (great to hear since that's something I'm including in mine!) with bigger windows, more zoom ability - making it so the customer doesn't have to think and making it easier, more effortless through digital.

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She kinda pooh poohed many of the 360 camera shots of images claiming video was much more interesting and engaged more consumers. 

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However, for many companies I'm sure it's a viable alternative. Plus, as a consumer, I like those visuals. What I hate are tiny thumbnails that make it hard to see the image. Otherwise, I'm cool with seeing it rotate and find it fun to spin the product.:)

263220_10151534089483600_1953739257_nLubov wasn't the only person to say video was key throughout the day either.  960170_10151534086948600_1125271761_nBoth Mary Cooney, AVP - eCommerce, Kérastase & Shu Uemura Art of Hair (seen above) and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder & CEO, Joyus.com said basically the same thing. (Loved her site name.:)

Here's a fun example from Joyus:    Sukhinder said with video there is more of an implicit trust because people don't feel like they're being sold to. It's just part of an authentic story about the brand. She said it's rare that the founders are involved in the actual video because she preferred to use Network Chefs, stylists, makeup artists and others who are known and unknown to tell the story.

One interesting tool they also employ is adding the shopping cart right in the video making it very easy for the consumer to purchase if they like what they're watching. "We want our customer to be serendipitous," said Sukhinder. "Video is very impactful."

Her company uses curation with a trusted personality aligning with the woman they are selling to which creates a user experience akin to discovery. There's a direct connection to the consumer similar to many of the popular direct selling companies like J. Hilburn which was mentioned in another session. 

David Towers, Vice President – Ecommerce, Wet Seal's advice regarding how video is presented was to keep it short, focus on one item, 2-3 min max, and don't give too many choices. A sample merchandising formula is to create a look, but don't talk about everything. Keep the focus on one product.

Good advice, don't you agree?

That said, make sure it's viable from multiple viewpoints - ie Kindle, cell, mobile and PC. David feels mobile is taking over with his demographic - teenagers. That's why he felt it was very important to have a responsive design. 

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Eric Koger, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, along with his wife/partner, Susan Gregg Koger, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, ModCloth, agreed during their session too. With over 1 million sales in 2012 alone, I think I'll listen to what they have to say. 

They employ many cute marketing programs that have been extremely successful in engaging their community. They keep their product line live on the web forever and as a result, any time someone is shopping if they see something they like, Modcloth will accomodate their request if enough people click their "I need it" button. This allows Modcloth to bring back outdated and sold-out items according to customer demand.

It also provides Modcloth with an accurate assessment of customer trends. Another cute idea was having a "love list" which entails clicking a heart similar to a "like" button on Facebook. There was a much higher engagement on mobile with this. When someone clicks the heart button, cute phrases pop up like, "XOXO" or "We were made for each other." The person who came up with all of those had a lot of fun creating these phrases! 

Interesting facts presented throughout the day on conversion rates were as follows:

  • A good e-commerce site will have a 20% conversion rate.
  • A bricks-n-mortar store will have a 20-30% conversion rate.

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  • Modcloth receives 40% of their traffic from mobile and that has doubled since January. Weekends are growing for interaction and Wed too with Thanksgiving their highest sales. They surmised all their users were probably sneaking in shopping while visiting relatives.:) 
  • Modcloth has experienced a 40% increase in revenue every year. They have found installing an app makes a user shop more.
  • They aren't the only company to benefit from mobile. 21% of all users buy 44% of the volume sales. 25%+ are Paypal active and 10% of all payments are made on mobile. Overall transactions are 38%. Now this is the fact that really blew me away. Did you know that Ebay has 112 million active users whereas PayPal has 123 million? That's amazing to me. 

On Gorjana Griffin, 88% have PayPal accounts and customers spent 2.5 million on Ebay during a 12 month period. Wallets were the top sellers with Louis Vuitton and Chanel in the 25 - 50 dollar range were the highest purchases. This fact was courtesy Roy Rubin, Co-Founder, Co-General Manager & COO, Magento if memory and my notes hold true.

3. If someone buys online and picks it up in person, there is a 300% conversion rate.

Interesting fact, isn't it? The experience in the "physical" world is still very important.

Now one program that kept coming up throughout the day as a way to track this online activity was InSparq. It tracks customers as they interact socially. Helps a marketer learn who is driving traffic to your site and then provides a way for you to use that info to segment your audience.

Kinda creepy to the lay person, but as a marketer, you really do want to know what is making your readers, viewers, shoppers "click." How do you like that play on words?:) Many, many of the top online retailers were using it and the Insparq moderator was very sharp. If I were an ecommerce site, I would recommend checking it out. The other popular one was Looker which provides data flexibility, reporting, and decisions in real time.

Another popular program was called MyThings which Expedia and AirBnB employ. It creates ads to drive traffic back to your site which explains why everywhere I looked after I wrote about Tailored Republic, I saw only their ads everywhere. I had always wondered why that was true and my lunch mate explained this was actually part of a software program he sold.

Hadar Paz, North America CEO, inside.tm, gave a very interesting presentation of how his program worked which essentially re-creates the real world shopping experience with a virtual one inside his online store floor plan.

Imagine you're an online shopper searching around a website looking for an item, how would you like someone to pop up and say, "Hi, how's your weather today?" Here's an example of a sample conversation and experience shown visually.

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  923214_10151534096108600_1492448846_n 432012_10151534095218600_1424906603_n 430109_10151534096078600_802491693_n I'm giving you highlights because I think these are the key take-aways, at least for me. The whole day was really interesting and I learned a lot.

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Annual ‘CELEBRITY CUP’ Polo Match for Charity Sat, June 8 1pm Bev Hills Polo Team v. Celebrity Ranch Polo Team More details here:

I love horses and this event sounds amazing. Here's all the details courtesy of the publicist.

Hope to see you there! Sounds delightful!:)

Announcing one of Southern California Polo’s most endearing events

The Annual ‘CELEBRITY CUP’ Polo Match for Charity

In the Style of The GREAT GATSBY


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Saturday, June 8th –

Arrivals: 12 Noon  Champagne Lunch: 12:30pm 

Match begins at 1:30 PM

Will Roger’s Polo Grounds Pacific Palisades

On behalf of the Celebrity Foundation for Children

The Polo season in Southern California jumps forward with a spectacular match between the Beverly Hills Polo Club and the Celebrity Ranch Polo Club for a Charity event in tribute to The Great Gatsby motion picture on behalf of the Celebrity Foundation for Children on Saturday June 8th  at the Will Rogers State Park Polo Fields at 1:30PM.

Polo and celebrity fans will experience a spectacular day at one of Hollywood’s most nostalgic past times, competitive Polo.  Image001

“ This famous polo field boasts celebrity actor polo players for over 75 years such as Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Darryl Zanuck, David Niven, Hal Roach, Walt Disney, Will Rogers and the Maharajah of India.”, said Michael Farah, the organizer and El Patron of the Celebrity Ranch Polo Club.

More contemporary stars also play here including Tommy Lee Jones, Sylvester Stallone, Stephanie Powers, William Devane, Conan O’Brian, Arnold Schwarzenegger,  Argentina’s Nacho Figueras polo champion and spokesperson for Ralph Lauren, and John Walsh.

Some of them will be dropping by to watch the home team. Joining in to play will be some of Southern California’s most famous polo players including Scott Walker, Joe Anthony, Denny Geiler of Pacific Polo Circuit Government, Dr. Rick Paicius, El Patron of the Nacho Figueras Southern California Team. Members of the United States Military Armed Forces Polo players and many others will attend including two Argentine pro players who will each be competing against echo the Topo Mendez for Beverly Hills Polo and Alejandro Nordheimer for Celebrity Ranch Polo.  

Celebrity horsewomen and other supporters expected will include Shirley Jones, Ed Lauter, Frank Stallone, Lou Ferrigno, Robert Davi, Bo DerekRenee Taylor, Joe Bologna, Martin Landau, Rebecca Holden, and many others being added on now. Also expected is polo player Stefanie PowersMaria Conchita AlonsoTyrone Power Jr., Martin Landau, Chuck McCann, Ken Davitian, George Hamilton, Jacob Diamond(Fast & Furious6)Ron Masak, Charles Fleischer, Deborah Shelton (new DallasBai Ling, cast members from ‘The Great Gatsby’and many others.

The Will Rogers State Park Polo Fields

1501 Will Rogers State Park Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

DRESS THEME: Great Gatsby-  1920’s- Voluntary. Weather will be warm and sunny.

1930’s Classic Auto cars will drive onto the field between Chukkers and halftime.

Special recognitions for Best Hats.

About Celebrity Foundation for Charity: www.celebrityfoundation.com  5000 Children have attended the Celebrity Ranch in Temecula.

TICKET INFO for Publication:  Tickets: (General Admission $100.   VIP Seating  up to $1,000.) Call 949-719-2625 or www.celebrityranchpoloclub.com/events.php

The Public is invited to attend. 


Fashion Digital Los Angeles Wrap-up Part I - Amazing #Fashion #Ecommerce Conference I recently attended.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally in the mindframe to write my wrap-up of the amazing Fashion Digital Los Angeles conference I recently had the pleasure of covering. To give you an insight into the caliber of the show, I'm copying their wrap-up first and then will begin my more personalized version after.

Here's Part I lifted from their website directly:

Fashion Digital Los Angeles

Fashion Digital Los Angeles was a great success! Over 450 attendees from over 210 firms participated in May 16th’s event. See who!

Attendees heard from several of the most influential leaders of fashion e-commerce throughout the day of networking and informational panels and workshops.

See our recap from the event and check out more pictures from Flickr. (Side note, isn't Flickr's new design stunning? Or else it's Fashion Digital's brilliance.:)

FDLA-Attendee-Breakdown

Keynote Speakers:

Lubov AzriaLubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer,BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP

As Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, Lubov Azria embodies both the aesthetic and spirit of the successful, global fashion house. Taking inspiration from art, music, film and travel, Lubov designs for today’s woman with a point of view that is informed by her own life and style. Lubov joined BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP as a Designer in 1991 and was named Creative Director in 1996, the same year the company’s core brand, BCBGMAXAZRIA, first debuted its Runway collection during New York Fashion Week. Under Lubov’s influence, the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand has evolved from an emerging contemporary line to one of America’s leading design houses.

 

Eric KogerEric Koger, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder,ModCloth

Eric co-founded ModCloth, an innovative online retailer of vintage inspired fashion and décor, known for collaborating with its global community of female customers on the development of inspiring merchandise. Eric hopes to eventually change the way fashion and décor are developed, discovered, and delivered around the globe. He has been recognized by both Inc., BusinessWeek, and Forbes as a top entrepreneur under 30.

 

Susan Gregg KogerSusan Gregg Koger, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, ModCloth

Susan started ModCloth when she was just 17. ModCloth was operated out of dorm rooms and basements for four years, and after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, Susan and husband/co-founder Eric Koger made the decision to expand and sell vintage-inspired clothing from talented indie designers all over the world. Today ModCloth has grown into a thriving business of over 270 employees, and the company has gained attention for its dedication to customer engagement on the site, as well as for being a vanguard in the social media sphere. Susan was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the “#2 Top Entrepreneur under 30 ” and named to BusinessWeek’s 2010 list of the “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs.” She was also named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs List in 2010, Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Technology” List, and she was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011.

Conference Speakers:

  • Ivka Adam, Director of Mobile, Modnique
  • Jacob Ajwani, Strategic Director, Monetate
  • Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP
  • Tom Balamaci, General Manager, Zoe Media Group
  • Dave Beveridge, VP – Marketing, ShoeDazzle
  • Christina Binkley, Style Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
  • Don Bush, VP – Marketing, Kount Inc.
  • Dave Cook, Vice President, TheFind
  • Mary Cooney, AVP – eCommerce, Kérastase & Shu Uemura Art of Hair
  • Len Eschweiler, Head of North American Sales & Services, Amazon Webstore
  • Wilson Fong, VP – Business Development, Threadless.com
  • Eduardo Frias, CIO, Stella & Dot
  • Kobie Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer, REVOLVEclothing.com
  • Chris Gale, VP – Field Operations, Ensighten
  • Annie Georgia Greenberg, New York Editor, Refinery29
  • Ryan GibsonVice President – Marketing, RKG
  • Alisa Gould-Simon, VP – Partnerships & Creative, Pose
  • Jennifer Grasso, Director of Product, ModCloth
  • Kurt Heinemann, Chief Marketing Officer, Monetate
  • Rita Kahn, CEO, Fashion TV, President, ZeeReport
  • Eric Koger, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, ModCloth
  • Susan Gregg Koger, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, ModCloth
  • Michelle Lam, Chief Executive Officer, True&Co
  • Jeff Lunsford, Chief Executive Officer, Tealium
  • Heather Nigro, Retail Practice Lead, Corra
  • Jim Okamura, Managing Partner, Okamura Consulting
  • Hadar Paz, North America CEO, inside.tm
  • Hilary Peterson, Head of Business Development, Lyst
  • Jon Provisor, CIO, Guidance
  • Elizabeth Ragone, Director – Digital Merchandising, HSNi
  • Michael Relich, Executive Vice President & CIO, Guess?, Inc
  • RJ Rowntree, eCommerce Manager, Rackspace
  • Roy Rubin, Co-Founder, Co-General Manager & COO, Magento
  • Danielle Savin, Director – Retail Strategy Consulting, Lyons Consulting Group
  • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder & CEO, Joyus.com
  • John Squire, President, eCommera
  • David Sobie, VP – Marketing & Business Development, HauteLook
  • Andy Solomon, Chief Operating Officer, Sole Society
  • Veronika Sonsev, CEO & Founder, inSparq
  • Jeremy Swift, Vice President – Strategic Accounts, BlueHornet
  • David Towers, Vice President – Ecommerce, Wet Seal
  • Philippe von Borries, CEO & Co-Founder, Refinery29
  • Sarah Wallis, Chief Operating Officer, Indochino
  • Craig Wax, Chief Executive Officer, Invodo
  • David Weissman, President & Co-Founder, Little Black Bag

Okay, was this cool, or what?:)

Now, here's a list of what was discussed based on what I heard (there were others, but you can find them on the website here: http://lafashiondigital.com/ 

Conference Agenda Joy Attended Included:

Content + Commerce = More Sales.
Fresh, interesting content engages customers, creates site “stickiness” and creates a talking point. However, great content is neither easy nor inexpensive. Despite these challenges, some retailers have  learned how to make compelling content work for them. Meet a panel of retailers who have cracked the content code.

Beating Amazon with Inspiration-Based Commerce? Yes, It’s Possible! 
Amazon has proven to be the king of “fulfillment-based” e-commerce. If you know what you want, Amazon makes it very hard not to buy from them. There is a weakness in this approach that competitors can exploit – the key is inspiration. Hear from industry experts on how they have been able to inspire customers to buy products that they didn’t yet know they needed when they first visited your site, or only came to buy a single product.

Growing your Business in a Rapidly-Changing Customer Acquisition Landscape

The ground is shifting under the feet of online marketers. Google is changing its algorithms and campaign rules, group buying is affecting affiliates and retargeting is now part of most retailers’ business development strategy. New technologies and startups are bringing a host of services to give retailers more bang for their marketing buck. This panel discussion will feature innovative companies that are taking a fresh approach to improving customer acquisition efforts.

E-Commerce Ballet: The Need for Agility

In e-commerce, a “build it and they will come” approach is not sustainable. Customers are more demanding competition is fierce. Retailers must be agile to keep pace while building differentiated customer experiences. Hear how leading retailers have made their e-commerce business agile and allowed them to stay a step ahead of customers and competitors.

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Hurrah for libraries! Please save library funding! #Reading #Books #Libraries

Since one of my favorite past times when traveling is to visit the public library in a city, I thought I'd share that Tuesday, May 7, 2013, hundreds of people will gather in Washington, D.C. to tell Congressmen to protect library funding.

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Libraries are a safe haven, they're where people who can't afford the internet find access, it's where children learn to read and enjoy having books read to them, it's where you can find all kinds of research, escape the world in new worlds built in your imagination and we need them as a society.

Here's some information that was presented to me you may not know about your favorite celebrities. Who knew they read too?:) That's George Lucas' personal library. Awesome, eh? George_lucas_library

To mark the annual day, here's some facts about celebrities who love libraries:

*Beyoncé has her own personal librarian that catalogues nearly 50,000 reams of footage of herself that she amassed for ten years. 

*Bill Cosby, winner of the Library of Congress' "Living Legend" award, has raised funds for the Brooklyn Public Library's Support Our Shelves fundraising campaign.

 *NBA player and Olympic gold medalist Dwayne Wade was the Honorary Chair of the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month.

*Bestselling author Ray Bradbury has said “Most of you can afford to go to college, but if you want to educate yourself completely, go to the library and educate yourself. When I was 28 years old, I graduated from Library.”

*Karl Lagerfeld, Rod Stewart, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Kelsey Grammer and Oprah all own large, private libraries.

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*Oprah’s large library collection contains autographed first editions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and John Steinbeck’s “Cup of Gold.” (This is hers.)

*Kirk Douglas has said “"My mother and father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe it was free.”

To learn more about National Library Legislative Day, go to http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld/press.

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Thoughts on #Entrepreneurship, Actress @SuveriaMota, @OKMagazine's "So Sexy" party, & Notes of a Freshman @Enplug doc

By Joy A. Kennelly

Every so often, there comes a point in my journey where I realize I can't do it all by myself no matter how hard I try. I need help. As an entreprenuer it's easy to get so focused on what you're working on that you forget there are people in your life who are struggling too and we're not alone in this.

We're all in this together. We all want each other to succeed. 

Sometimes it doesn't feel like that. Sometimes it doesn't look like that. But when you peel away the facade, hear someone's story and realize they're struggling to make it just like you it's really encouraging. I'm not alone. I can relate to someone else. They get me too. 

It was another reason I returned to LA after living in GA. I missed the entreprenuerial spirit, the "we're going to make something big happen," and the excitement of seeing people find success when they worked hard enough and long enough towards a goal. The skies the limit out here. You never know when you'll meet the next Bill Gates, Ralph Lauren, Van Gogh, or Jennifer Lawrence and that's exciting.

I also love the international aspect of CA. My new client is from the Domican Republic, I have a Russian friend I'll be telling you about in a little bit, and LA is such a melting pot you're always meeting new cultures, new personalities and new people. Love it!

Being an entreprenuer is something I've been all my life. I don't really know how else to be. When I was very young I picked flowers from our yard and sold them to our neighbors. When I was in high school my sisters and I sold the most candy bars in the entire school to earn a TV because we didn't have one growing up and really wanted it. We went door-to-door, sold them outside grocery stores and just made it happen.

My Dad wanted us to read and not be influenced by TV, but gave in when we won one of our own. What could he say? He's very entreprenuerial too and despite having stability with his teaching career, always invested wisely in real estate and taught us the value of a dollar and working hard to achieve it.

I've tried corporate life and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Each time has been a learning experience, a growing experience, and a chance to see how other people run their companies - what works, what doesn't. What systems are in place, what roles people play, how people accept certain things, or not. Also, a chance to make friends, many I've kept in touch with long after.

I've been working at Shopzilla, a shopping portal, off and on for a few years now and it's one of my favorite companies I have ever worked for. They're chill, low-key, low stress, no drama, and everyone genuinely likes each other and working there. At least that's what I've observed. 

I always feel welcome when I pop in for my gigs and like I have value. It may be a minor role I play, but I feel accepted, supported and like I have friends who care. When I'm not there I don't think about them or hang out, but keep up on Facebook and when I'm back, it's like no time has passed at all.

All that to say, it's what I realize is missing in my life more and more. Working on my new web series/travel show and corresponding online social community for women has been a lonely, isolated experience. I don't have an office I go to, I don't have co-workers to bounce ideas off of, and I am not actively encouraging or supporting anyone else in their endeavors until recently.

That's why I was so happy to work with an actress to help her launch her career now that she has a starring role in a big TV movie airing on GMC this spring called "What Would You Do for Love." She's beautiful, talented, grounded, humble and smart. Everything you could ever ask for of someone you represent.

Her name is Suveria Mota and mark my words, you will remember her name because this is just the start of something big for her. She's too talented, too beautiful, and too motivated not to succeed. Plus, she has the support of her family which makes all the difference in the world. 

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Sultry Actress Suveria Mota

 

See what I mean? Beautiful inside and out.

And we're just getting started working together! It was so fun to have her join me at the OK! Magazine's "So Sexy" party at the Mondronian Sky Bar recently because it was a great party filled with lots of beautiful people. Recognize anyone?:)

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Actress Suveria MotaIt feels good to sow into her life and help her achieve her goals because I love helping women move forward in their lives.

It's why I started my Goal Gals group and it's why I'm starting my travel adventure website/show for women too.

I want to show women they can have fun traveling, escape the worries of their life and come back with a renewed, refreshed outlook and perspective to attack life more joyfully, with an open-heart and feeling fulfilled. Travel does that as a by-product of new experiences and new people.

It's life-changing.

I may not have a lot of physical possessions, but the memories I've developed over the years from traveling is priceless. I'm not materialistic, never have been.

I like nice things, but don't need them to feel I have value as a human being. I learned that volunteering with Hungarian orphan children right after college and through my spiritual studies. The orphans gave freely of the little they had and were the happiest children I have ever met. It's why I ran a toy drive to give them toys for four years after meeting them until a Hungarian woman took over the toy drive for me.

94b4ef_ba046ca3d8a972fa3fa8485636e03d56.jpg_srz_305_625_75_22_0.50_1.20_0That's why I wanted to share another friend's story with you too. You have probably seen Victoria Kashtan at various Silicon Beach events shooting pictures, smiling, always gracious, always kind, but her humble demeanor hides her brilliance which I really feel needs to shine and why I felt compelled to share her doc with you today. 

Plus, her doc, Notes of a Freshman, includes another tech startup company I respect and support, Enplug. Win, win.:)

Here's the story line: "They are both Freshman – they’re both dreamers. An amateur Russian filmmaker struggling for her life in America meets a Chinese entrepreneur – David – building a new media Empire in Hollywood.

Inspired by David’s personality and deeply believing in his ideas, she rises to the challenge of making a movie about him and his company. Treating his character as a future celebrity in the beginning of his way she stakes her career on creating the story of the American Dream in the twenty-first century."

Watch and see...

 Isn't she talented? And so interesting too. I find her Russian background very unique and also, Enplug's story too. If you care to contribute, or get involved, click here for info: http://www.victoriakashtan.com/#!notes-of-a-freshman/c23eb

So, all this to say, even though our LA Tech and Entertainment scene can be disjointed. Even though it sometimes feels like you're not really supported, you are. We're not alone. We are in this together. We really do want each other to succeed. I know I need to immerse myself even more by moving closer and getting involved even more.

Find an accelerator to be around more like minds. Find funding to move my project along faster. Find business people I can learn and grow from even more. Find more cool events to take my client to and introduce her to the right people.

I need the support and encouragement of friends who get me and what I'm doing too. I also need some distance between me and my family to be able to focus on what I need to accomplish for my client and myself more fully. 

Even though I have no idea what the future holds, I'm excited for it. I know if I work hard enough I will find success for Suveria and myself. And hopefully other women who need a positive role-model to see they can make it too against incredible odds.

I gain encouragement from the youthful optimism of the young female entreprenuers I meet at various tech events who haven't faced road blocks yet, or experienced aging parents yet and all the dynamics that brings.

Here's something Victoria has on her website which encapsulates this feeling:

“Very quickly I realized that if you really want to become Someone in America you have to create something unique and be persistent in promoting yourself. Even if you can only show your naked ass in the window you have to show it every day at the same time so finally you’ll start to get paid for it”

– Vica for Notes Of A Freshman​

I need to be reminded by younger entreprenuers that it is possible. Life can be good. And everything's going to be ok. Sometimes I just wish I had someone strong to lean against to gain strength from, but since I don't have a guy in my life right now I gain encouragement from my friends and my church. And God. 

"For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

9 "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12: 9,10

And I'll leave you with this because it's one of my favorite songs to listen to and sing along with. Gives me such hope and encouragement too. Christina Perri's A Thousand Years

 

Have a great day. I plan to!:)


Thoughts on fame & Onyx and Breezy Foundation "Save a Tail" Fundraiser Part II

By Joy A. Kennelly

One of the many reasons I moved back from Georgia after living there a year is I really missed my daily, almost hourly infusion of celebrities we are fed through the news, internet and simply by virtue of living in CA. Shallow, I know, but there's something special about being around people who have achieved something many others in the world only dream about.

That said, now that I'm attending more A-list events, it's something I'm adjusting to because it's been a little while.:) Living in Georgia, I was out of the loop in that regard because no one knew me back there in the same way my fellow publicists and friends do out here.

There was also more of a, how do you say, "distinction" because for some reason back there, every high-end event also had a high price tag which made it prohibitive to attend regularly and it was hard to find out about events because I wasn't as tapped in as I am here.

It was a weird feeling to start over in Georgia professionally when I'm used to the perks and ease that comes along with years-old business relationships built on trust, mutual respect and professional standing. Plus, having a blog that people in the industry read makes a difference too.

However, I'm glad I took the break because it has helped me appreciate what I do have in my life professionally and personally that much more. Like being invited to special events!:)

I do find though, that certain people who only saw me in a certain way in GA, have more difficulty accepting the fact that I do attend celebrity events and enjoy this lifestyle very much. There's jealousy and weirdness that comes with those friendships and as a result, sometimes I find it's difficult to share because I don't want to offend or make someone jealous.

But now that some time has passed, I don't care as much.:) Plus, my CA friends see so many celebrities too that it's not a big deal to them which levels the playing field.

That's why I want to share with you who else was in attendance at the recent cool Onyx and Breezy Foundation Fundraiser and the rest of the evening now. Even I was impressed to be included in such cool company and I'm not easily impressed too often.

Here's some highlights of people you may recognize:  

Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum and guest

Peter Facinelli
Peter Facinelli of Twilight renown

 

 

Katherine Ross, Diane Warren, Sam Elliott Katherine Ross (The Graduate, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid) Diane Warren (Honoree of the evening and music icon), Sam Elliott (Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Tombstone & many more)

There were other red carpet appearances which you can peek at here.

 We all enjoyed performances by American Idol, Lee Dewyze and Dominic Scott Kay and listened to a funny announcer who auctioned off an amazing picture of Marilyn Monroe created by one of the youngest artists to ever be accepted into the Louvre and then listened to Ken Howard introduce Diane Warren and Christopher Ameruoso as the esteemed honorees of the night, and James Costa introduce Foundation Founder, Wanda Shefts.

Here's the sweet note I received from them after I shared Part I: "Joy, thank you so much for the beautiful write up. We're glad you enjoyed yourself. It was a big night for us and we had a great response to our formal introduction of the O&B to L.A.

The need is so great in L.A. and we've spent so much money in grants saving animals in L.A. it just made sense to finally have a fundraiser there. We've saved over 1600 animals from the euthanasia list in L.A. alone in the last couple of years. That's not counting the funds spent on spay/neuters or medical emergencies. Thank you again for your lovely description of the party. We hope to do something even larger next year and if so, we hope you'll be there to join us."

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2013-04-13 20.35.48 So! If you care to support this cause and save some animals, please go here to learn more and donate! https://www.facebook.com/onyxandbreezy


Watch @liverealchange TV Special w/@VWOfficial @PitBull @justinbieber @ladyantebellum & more tonight! #AdoptaSchool @PencilsOfPromis

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Award-winning singer and actress Vanessa Williams will host the Real Change—Artists for Education telecast airing nationally tonight, April 23. (Check your local TV listings for channel and time.*)

“Education has always played an important role throughout my life,” said Williams. “It’s important that young students are inspired to chase their dreams and feel that they can make a difference in the world.”

This one-hour program, in partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org and presenting sponsor Office Depot, combines celebrities with philanthropy, plus exclusive musical performances, touching one-on-one interviews and more. Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull and many more will celebrate educators in association with AdoptAClassroom.org and Office Depot to raise awareness for the need of education, school supplies and hope.

Image001 “Vanessa is the perfect host for the Real Change telecast, and we are honored to have her on board,” said Liam Murphy, Founder & CEO of REAL Change Productions. “As the daughter of two teachers, Vanessa shares our desire to help educators and students by bringing necessary school supplies into the classroom.”

Watch the trailer to see all the amazing musicians who are donating their time and energy to this wonderful project. 

 

Real Change convenes a class of international music superstars including Justin BieberMiley Cyrus, Pitbull, Lady Antebellum, Redfoo, Jason Mraz, Quincy Jones and Glee star, Matthew Morrison. Some visit schools in their hometowns while others discuss the teachers that inspired them and surprise deserving students and organizations along the way.

Real Change will also feature other noteworthy groups: Adam Braun’s Pencils of Promise Organization, and Quincy Jones’ Musiq Consortium

Imagesall organizations that improve the availability and quality of education for children.

Those wishing to donate to Real Change can log onto LiveRealChange.com. For more information and to see the trailer, visit LiveRealChange.com.

*Real Change will premiere nationally on Tuesday, April 23 (two weeks before National Teacher Appreciation Week). Check local TV listings or watch online at LiveRealChange.com.


Onyx & Breezy Foundation in the Hollywood Hills along w/@Diane_Warren @Chrisaphoto @emmyrossum @greglouganis & more! Part I

By Joy A. Kennelly

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There are cat lovers in the world and there are dog lovers in the world.

I'm in the dog lover camp and so were many at the recent Onyx and Breezy Foundation's "Saving Tails" Fundraiser held at James Costa's private home high in the Hollywood Hills.

These are always the best parties because it's always a select group of people, a one-of-a-kind experience and for a good cause. This was no exception. P1010156

I knew it would be good when I saw that not only was the prolific, amazing award-winning songwriter, Diane Warren being honored, and a cool photographer I had never heard of, seen here, but knew I'd like because I love all photographers, Christopher Ameruoso, many talented musicians like American Idol winner Lee DeWyze would be entertaining us throughout the night too.

Remember this sweet Golden Globes moment with Diane Warren?

 

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, and current SAG/AFTRA co-President Ken Howard and his wife Linda, along with Foundation Trustees Wanda & Mark Shefts, and co-chair Cindy Kay were also participating which made me even more interested in attending. (Here's Ken, Linda and Diane.)

P1010160I wasn't the only one intrigued by the mission and description of the Onyx and Breezy Foundation as stated here: "The Onyx and Breezy Foundation for the Welfare of Animals is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides financial support to credible organizations and individuals that benefit the welfare of animals. 100% of donations to the Foundation go directly to animals in need.

The Foundation provides assistance in a variety of ways: funding of equipment for medical facilities, spay and neuter programs, disaster relief, puppy mill rescues, food, medicine and supplies, funding of shelters, rescues, foster groups and sanctuaries. The Foundation also provides funds for the pets of individuals where hardship is present."

As I walked up to where the shuttle bus would take us to the home, Sam Elliott, Katherine Ross and others were graciously signing autographs on pictures collectors were holding. I didn't recognize Sam at first, but knew he looked familiar because his iconic moustache is rather memorable.

P1010169Here he is during the party chatting with Greg Louganis and a friend.  Now do you recognize him?:)

Can you imagine the conversations all these folks were having throughout the night? I was kinda shy when I arrived because I get like that when I don't know anybody, but I did see my buddy, Photographer Michael Bezjian, who always covers the best high-end parties so I knew I was in for a treat because he only does cool events.

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After shadowing him for a bit to understand who was who, I began relaxing a little more. Kinda easy to do when there's an open bar too.:) 

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But they weren't the only sponsors. Ryan Kavanaugh’s newly acquired FreeHand dog food company was a presenting sponsor along with Les Compagnons Wines, Patrón Liquor and Omega Infusion Water. 


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I enjoyed chatting with the sponsors and learned Lend A Free Hand Dog Food will donate a bag of food to rescue organizations for every bag of food you buy.What's cool is they've won awards as one of the top dog foods too. Good for your dog and good for other dogs too!

Here's the website: www.lendafreehand.com

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Now the handsome gentleman holding his bottle of French wine, Arnaud, told me they made this CA wine to honor Americans especially for the fundraiser and were donating 10% of every bottle purchased to Onyx and Breezy Foundation. He also said each label featured a different dog breed too. Rottweilers for Cabernet, Pinot Noir was a Dachshund, Golden Chardonnay's were of course, Golden Retrievers, and Pinot Grigio's were Beagles. Their tagline is "Savor a Sip...Save a Life." Photo

But of course!:) Here's his cute dog, Beull, Arnaud was only too happy to share with me. I should have asked more guests for their pix because this one is so adorable! 

P1010150Milana of Nuthin' Under A Million performed a beautiful song as we arrived. I'm even more impressed with her voice after checking out their fan page and seeing they're primarily a dance band. This girl could sing!

What was also fun, and something I forgot reading, was everyone was required to remove their shoes upon arrival. If you forgot, like me, and didn't want to go barefoot, you could wear footies graciously provided by the host.  P1010154

Here's someone who didn't forget and had fun with the idea. Here's another fun picture of some of the guests in the bathroom enjoying the luxurious fur rug as we waited our turn.

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James Costas' home was stunningly appointed. I love fine art and his collection was exactly my taste. So nice to see him again after meeting him during the Farm Sanctuary event. Such a wonderful philanthropist for animals!

P1010151We all enjoyed shopping at the Silent Auction table which boasted Mary Frances purses and many more designer's wares as well.

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P1010158Here's Arnaud again with the Foundation Trustee, Wanda Shefts, the woman who created the entire foundation along with her husband, when their two favorite Labs, Onyx and Breezy, died. 2013-04-13 21.11.19It was really moving to hear how many people's lives have been blessed by their generosity. I say generosity because 100% of the funds raised go to help animals and during the actual presentation of the night, the video shared the story of a young woman who had been fighting cancer when her dog became ill. 

She wasn't able to afford to pay for her dog's treatment which is when Wanda and her team stepped in. They were able to provide pro bono treatment for her dog and she was able to have the comfort and love only an animal can provide as she lived her final two years. I was tearing up after hearing that one.

2013-04-13 20.47.24 (1)Ken Howard has been involved with this charity for many, many years as their National Spokesperson and was so kind as he circled the party. 

Here's a few pictures of the party before the presentation honoring Diane Warren and Christopher began.

 

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More to come... 


Quick update on Onyx & Breezy Foundation review

In light of what happened in Boston and the fact one of my previous posts on Tailored Republic hadn't received much time to breathe, I decided to postpone posting my coverage of the wonderful fundraiser I attended. Plus, it always takes a little bit to get all my pictures ready for publication.

However, never fear, I haven't forgotten and do plan to post it before the end of the week.

Thank you for your patience. I hope you're enjoying some of my previous blogs while you wait.


@GWRnews Guinness World Record-Holding Cheese Carver, Sarah the Cheese Lady, more popular than @theJennGarner's @ButterMovie

MV5BMTQxMjY1NzI4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTg4MTMzOA@@._V1_SX214_Received a pitch for a cheese carver which was so cute I had to post it because it instantly reminded me of Jennifer Garner's film, Butter, which apparently didn't do so well. I don't know why...

Maybe because the plot was so unbelievable?

As one commenter posted, "Why would anyone want to cheat on Jennifer Garner?" Or maybe, butter carvers take themselves very seriously and didn't like being made fun of?

Remember this film? I want to rent it now!

 

Well in case you didn't know, food carving is alive and well in Middle America folks. And here to tell us all about it is Cheese Carver, Sarah Kaufman, affectionately known as The Cheese Lady. She is so accomplished at this she set a a Guinness World Record for making art out of cheese. 

In 2011, Sarah Kaufmann earned a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest cheese carving. Her 925-pound cheese roller coaster was created on site at the Wisconsin State Fair.

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Mount-Rushmore-and-SarahSarah Kaufmann’s cheese-carving achievements continue to mount and make history—literally.  During the 2013 President’s Day weekend, she recreated historic Mount Rushmore out of 160 pounds of cheddar cheese at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, in New York City.    

Sarah Kaufmann’s sculptures promote cheese at public events around the country. After 17 years of creating  deliciously artistic cheese carvings at venues such as supermarkets, state fairs, sporting events and food shows, fans of The Cheese Lady not only appreciate her art, but also her medium—Wisconsin and American-produced cheeses.

Her work is carved live on location, displayed, and then most often, it is eaten. The Cheese Lady wouldn’t have it any other way. "My audiences can have their art and eat it, too!" laughs Kaufmann. (Kinda gross to me, but I'm not a Cheese Head, so what do I know?:)

The Wisconsin native is serious about her work and brings a unique set of credentials to her carvings.  A former creative director at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board with a degree in commercial art, she now works as a freelance artist devoted to spreading the word about quality American cheesemaking.

Sarah-and-Cows-at-state-fairAs she creates whimsical cheese carvings using her ceramic wire loop tools at public events, she also educates and informs her audience about the art and traditions of cheesemaking. When not cheese-carving live at events, she creates commissioned cheese sculptures for weddings, birthdays, tailgate parties and celebrations of all kinds at her studio and ships them across the US.

ShoeIn addition to her record-earning 925-pound roller coaster and the recent Mount Rushmore sculpture created from 160 pounds of cheddar, Sarah Kaufmann’s "cheese gallery" of carvings numbers well over one thousand including: a 40-pound high-heeled shoe, a 300-pound Green Bay Packer, a 600-pound aircraft carrier, a 1,900-pound astronaut, a 2,400-pound dairy cow and hundreds more.   

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Calendar of Appearances:

May 17,18 - Madison WI - HyVee Grand Opening

June 19 - Park City, Utah - Smith's Supermarket

June 26 - 29 - Easley, South Carolina - Sam's Club Grand Opening

For more information about Sarah Kaufmann, The Cheese Lady, and to view hundreds of sculptures visit her website at www.sarahcheeselady.com  


My interview with #Fashion #Startup @T_Republic - Be the Best Dressed Man in the Room

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting two very handsome men, Brian Luscombe and Jeff Settle of Tailored Republic, as I'm wont to do at all the various functions I attend. However, this time our meeting revolved around fashion.

Men's fashion that is.

I was thrilled to see this company representing at Cross Campus and others focused on men's fashion too because for the past seven years of covering LA Fashion Week, it was rare to find any menswear at all! As a result, I decided to interview them to learn more about this new LA Fashion Startup.  

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What are your backgrounds and how did you two find each other?

Jeff: I met Brian when I was in fourth grade.  I had just moved from LA to Portland, Oregon and we went to the same elementary school together.  It was there that we started wreaking havoc on the playground and forming our friendship.  In sixth grade, I moved back down to LA.

We continued to keep in touch, especially throughout college, where I would make trips to Brian's Alma Mater, USC, and he would make trips to mine, ASU.  I got my degree in Finance with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and started building business plans and businesses.  

Brian: Our friendship really forged over youth sports. I remember Jeff’s basketball team struggling with our much more dominant on-court presence.

Growing up as a young boy in Portland, I always knew that I wanted to go to college in California to study engineering (when I was really young I would say I wanted to be “an inventor”) and that is exactly what I eventually did. 

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I know from hearing your story Jeff, you were traveling when you had the brainstorm. How did you afford to travel, what were you doing before traveling, and how long were you gone before you had the brainstorm/idea/concept?

Jeff: I sold my stake in a startup business I had been working on and that afforded me the ability to travel. A lot of people have the misconception that traveling is expensive. Going on a vacation is expensive, but long term traveling, especially in cheap places like SE Asia, is actually cheaper than paying for rent stateside.  Nha Trang

Nha Trang, a coastal city and capital of Khanh Hoa province, on the South Central Coast of Vietnam

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I had been travelling through SE Asia for 2.5 months and had been doing a lot of eye-opening activities before the idea for Tailored Republic came to me.  

I had traveled islands in Thailand with Brian and another friend and had just completed a 10-day meditation retreat in Cambodia. 386862_10100865664987321_1891767555_n

After the retreat, I journeyed up the coast of Vietnam on a $150 dirt bike and arrived in Hoi An, where the countless number of custom tailors inspired the idea to bring the experience stateside and Tailored Republic was born. 

I'm not seeing where either you or Jeff have experience in tailoring. Are you shipping this business overseas to tailors? Or doing it yourselves? If so, how did you learn how to do this type work? 

Brian: We are outsourcing the tailor work overseas. We use some of the same top notch factories for the production of our fabrics and suits/shirts as companies such as Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss. 
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Jeff: As far as the measurements and style consultations go, I learned how to fit clients by sitting down with many different people, ranging from master tailors to fashion designers/stylists, and then picking their brain about style, fit, and suits in general. I have found that people are always eager to help someone who is trying to build a company/brand that is new and exciting. 

How long has Tailored Republic been in business?

Jeff: We incorporated the business March 31 of 2012 and we started selling suits to clients in October of 2012. We decided to establish a “ground game” selling suits to customers in person for months before we launched the full online experience. This allowed us to get a better idea of what customers wanted and how we could deliver an excellent experience to them, from the initial interactions to the final, delivered product. 

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What size is a typical Tailored Republic client? 

Jeff: All Sizes!  We offer suits that fit, meaning we suit short, tall, normal, and abnormal.  That's the beauty of our business; we can make a suit that fits anyone.

Brian: Yeah, a lot of people say to us “I want to lose some weight before I buy a made-to-measure suit.” But what they don’t realize is that we build the suits to make you look as flattering as possible. Everybody looks excellent if the suit fits.  

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Why do people choose to work with Tailored Republic?

Brian: We make them happy and we make them look good.  When our clients work with us, we give them an experience that is much more suited to the modern man than being dragged unwillingly around a department store.  A lot of modern men love the convenience of being able to get an amazing wardrobe with a few simple clicks.  

IMG_3400We give them a suit that brings out their confidence.  When you're wearing a custom tailored suit, it’s the difference between opening the door as you walk into a restaurant and having the door opened up for you.  The way you feel and the way people look at you is completely changed.  And our clients love that feeling. 

What are the benefits and features Tailored Republic offers?

Brian: Our service provides savings in terms of cost and time.  By eliminating a lot of the wasteful overhead costs associated with having a brick and mortar store, we deliver a better suit for money spent and we provide a convenient way for customers to build their wardrobe.  

We also provide options.  Our customers are shocked at the level of customizability that we can offer them and deliver upon. If you have any additional requests that you don’t see on the website just shoot us an email or give us a call. Full canvas? We can do it. Double-breasted?  Sure. Magicians have even reached out to us about suits with special built-in pockets. Yeah, we can do that too. That is the beauty of full customization. 

Do you have any investors and what was the process like to find them? What stage are you currently?

Jeff: Our Seed investor was StartEngine.  Finding them was not too difficult.  They were doing a pretty good job of generating press and we checked them out.  We applied and they brought us in for an initial interview.  From there, we got funded and the business was set into motion. After the initial seed funding, a couple of close friends of mine have leant a helping hand, both financially and from a mentor perspective, so I certainly want to give a big thanks to Chris Kennedy and Tim Cheney.

We're currently generating traction and building ways to connect with even more of our customers.

Brian: To add on to what Jeff was saying, we would really like to build as much of this business the “old-fashioned way” as possible; sell some suits, make a profit, and then invest this profit back into the business. Doing this allows control of the company to stay in our hands and also allows us to immediately focus on expanding our customer base as opposed to spending all of our time trying to raise capital.

What are your long-term goals for Tailored Republic?

Brian: I would love to see Tailored Republic become the go-to brand for trendy men across the nation. Personally, I would love to go on a nationwide tour to help spread the brand to every man. Tailored suits are no longer solely for the yacht and caviar crowd.

Jeff: I want to build Tailored Republic into a brand that clothes the modern gentleman.  It signifies class, cool, and fun.   IMG_3907

Do you anticipate expanding Tailored Republic to include women's fashion?

Brian: We actually have our first Woman’s blazer sample in production as we speak. So many women have approached us asking if we do made-to-measure women’s blazers that we realized it would be foolish not to explore the opportunity.

Jeff: Maybe we should make you a blazer and find out, Joy!

Yes, Jeff, maybe you should!:)

And this concludes my interview with two amazing entreprenuers set on changing the way men present themselves. I personally wish them much success because nothing beats a well-dressed man in a suit.

Don't you agree ladies?:)

BrianTRxLAnotextwideFor more information, or to order your own custom suit: https://www.tailoredrepublic.com/


@OnyxandBreezy Fdn Fundraiser Wrap-up next. @T_Republic interview first. #Mensfashion #Doglovers

By Joy A. Kennelly

OandbportraitsI so enjoyed meeting all the dog lovers over the weekend at the Onyx and Breezy Foundation Fundraiser held at a private home in the Hollywood Hills. It was fun to see people I had met at the Farm Sanctuary fundraiser at this event too.

I will be covering this event in my next blog post which I'm still formulating.:) Coming soon though, I promise!

In the meantime, please enjoy my interview with the latest customized suit sensations, Tailored Republic, which is next since they've been patiently waiting since last week.


Fun Weekend Ideas - @Disconnect_Film and @Coachella fashions & @GQ's music recommendations

By Joy A. Kennelly

I covered Designer Marc Jacobs' appearance in the new film, Disconnect, a bit ago and it opens tonight! Always fun to see people play roles that are outside their real life profession. Here's the blurb from the official site: 

"Disconnect explores the consequences of modern technology and how it affects and defines our daily relationships. Shot with eavesdropped naturalism, it marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominatedMurderballDisconnect is produced by Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Monroe of LD Entertainment and William Horberg of Wonderful Films from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern.

The ensemble cast includes Jason Bateman (Identity ThiefThe Change-UpUp in the Air), Hope Davis (Real SteelMildred Pierce), Frank Grillo (Gangster SquadThe Grey), Paula Patton (Precious,Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Andrea Riseborough (OblivionBrighton RockW. E.), Alexander Skarsgård (True BloodMelancholia) and Max Thieriot (Jumper), as well as Jonah Bobo (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Colin Ford (We Bought A Zoo) and Haley Ramm (X-Men).

Can't wait to see this because it's getting rave reviews as evidenced here:

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Here's the trailer in case you haven't heard the buzz.

 

The stories of strangers, neighbors & colleagues collide in a dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world. Now Playing! disconnectthemovie.com  (As taken from their Twitter page.:)

Looking forward to seeing Justin Bateman too. He's always great.

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Found this on GQ and thought you might like it too: "In fashionable enclaves of Los Angeles, an exodus is underway, as throngs of music junkies and waifish indie princesses embark on their yearly pilgrimage to Indio for three days of pool parties, look-at-me fashion, and stargazing.

This year's festival lineup features over a hundred acts on six stages, ranging from Blur and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Jessie Ware and Pusha T. To help us navigate the party, we reached out to some of the most trusted tastemakers in LA's music scene to find out what acts you can't miss, the best new artists to catch, and three cardinals rules of Coachella.

 

Then come back here to see what to wear.:) Here's some ideas for men and women to beat the heat, stay warm at night and look fashionable during the day.
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I forgot to list where you can buy these cute fashions so here, in no particular order are the brands and websites if you click the link ok? Enjoy!

And if you find you really like Palm Springs heat, sign up to win a weekend getaway here: http://visit.palmspringsoasis.com/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=coachellafashion

And that's all she wrote. Enjoy your weekend!


@TechnoriLA 's amazing pitch night w/@NoahKagan @CodewarsDojo @artkiveapp @adoptt & more. My #startup review.

By Joy Kennelly

I've recently had to accept the fact I am a perfectionist in certain things and as such, hold others to the same high standards I hold for myself. This isn't always the best for relationships, but now that I'm more aware of it I can work on it. 

ImagesI also realized my German heritage has a tendency to make me see things very much in black and white when sometimes they're grey. My Irish heritage balances that out because I always find the humor too though.

All this to say, when I like something, I really, really like it and when I don't, I really, really don't.:) And I'm not shy about voicing my opinion either. I will always be honest about something and you may not like what you hear, but at least you know I'm honest about it.

And maybe even laugh because you know I'm right.:)

Honesty. A rare commodity in Los Angeles...

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That's why I really enjoyed listening to Noah Kagan, founder of www.appsumo.com, speak last night at Technori over at Cross Campus because he encouraged us all to stop trying to be perfect. Just do it!

My friend, Nanxi Liu of www.enplug.com, had recommended I attend and since I respect her judgment, went even though I wasn't sure about it having never heard of Technori before. Seems like a really great group and site!

Now, I had no idea when I saw Noah listed as a speaker, that above and beyond his cool site, AppSumo.com, he was also Facebook's third employee, Mint.com's fourth employee and has also had a lot of failures in his life. 

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Or that he was single either. LOL

I thought it was cute when the announcer mentioned that in his introduction because he said Noah wanted people to know.

Ladies, he's single and ready to mingle!:) Maybe he should take a spin on Millionaire Matchmaker like some of my friends have done!:)

It's really hard to date sometimes when you're married to your work, or all over the internet.

I've been a workaholic and visible online my entire professional life. I know.

In any case, when Noah took the stage he was a lot of fun to listen to. I mention the failures because I really like seeing entreprenuers being honest about their hard-won success. It's not all hunky dory, happening automatically, or piece of cake proposition.

There's blood, sweat and tears involved. 

(Picture stolen from http://epiclaunch.com/noah-kagan-interview/ hope you don't mind Ben Lang.:)

I was expecting more swear words and crassness, but apparently Noah contained himself for the mixed company. As I glanced around the room I was very pleased to see a nice mix of men and women attending. Perhaps positive balanced change is coming to the LA Silicon Beach scene after all?:)

BHdJUuyCYAMOjVoWhat I really enjoyed hearing Noah say is your business is not all about a fancy website, business cards, etc.

It's whether or not there's a demand for what you're offering, and are you providing a solution? Will people pay for what you're offering? You won't know until you validate your business. Get out there and do it!

Check out: www.appsumo.com/tacos for more information. Oh, and by the way, I chose tacos in case you're wondering.:)

Back to last night. (Photo credit Mark Lindsey of Miller PR - taken from his twitter account: @MarkSLindsey - great PR company fyi...)

So, Noah had a select amount of time to address the packed house and chose to throw up on the screen a couple of popular, successful, well-known businesses and then asked us all how would we have validated the need and made them work. 

I left my good camera in the car so bear with me on these pix, but I wanted to give you a taste...

NoahI didn't realize airbnb was a billion dollar company now!  I met the co-founders when I used their services to attend Obama's first inauguration in 2008 and they were so down-to-earth and nice at a welcome party they threw for all of us.

Hope they've stayed that way after all their success.

In any case, Noah had us brainstorm how we would have validated this and made it successful. People participated and it was interesting to hear what they recommended and Noah's feedback. Sorry, didn't take notes and next time you'll just have to attend.:)

Then, what I thought was the best part of the night, after doing this brainstorm analysis with a couple of popular, well-known businesses, he asked engineers to raise their hands and chose two to disect their business proposition with them right there on the spot, live.

Now, if you've been around computer heads for any length of time, you know they are very cerebral, live in their heads (hence my nickname), and often aren't living in reality with whatever they're working on because it's so abstract, doesn't reflect what society needs, and is more for their intellectual pleasure than real life.

It became very clear, very quickly that this was the case with these two earnest young men. I loved how blunt Noah was because I can be just as blunt sometimes and it helps cut through the crap. Doesn't always win you friends, but does clarify things immediately.:)

After disecting their concept, Noah invited them to the front to collect email addresses from potential interested folks who had all come to the conclusion they would probably pay money to have help finding parking in Santa Monica, but had no clue whatsoever to what problem these guys would be solving.

Noah2Again, excuse the poor quality, but here's the guys in action with Noah in the background. He has a very charming, disarming way of attacking people I thought was funny and relatable. 

Feel free to disagree.:)

Noah gave a lot of words of wisdom and I tried to tweet a bunch at www.twitter.com/thejoywriterx2 if you care to follow along there. 

I also believe if you look up the hashtag #Technorila you'll find more comments from the rest of the crowd. Well worth the effort.

Oh, and if you're looking to claim www.tendollarparking.com? Looks like Robert Fauver has already saved it according to his Twitter feed @robfauver LOL

Once Noah was done, which seemed much too quickly, then the host announced each startup presenter. Having seen other presentations at Cross Campus, I was dreading it to be honest, but these were fantastic!

I always enjoy seeing mature businesses that have been around for longer than six months because then I can actually learn something vs. wonder why I was there. I've been running businesses since college and have a lot of seasoned CEO's I consider good friends, even though I may not see or talk to them all the time. I've also taken a lot of business programs and understand various aspects quite well.

I'm going to run through the startups who presented fairly quickly since I don't have a lot of time, but wanted you to be aware of them. 

First up was Cap That http://www.mgkcapthat.com/

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As a photographer, I really liked what they had to offer. It allows you to "cap"ture pix and images from videos and apply to products.

The presenter showed us live how to do it in addition to sharing about the company. I was extremely impressed with the image he presented as a piece of art which you can see below.

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Next up was CodeWarsDojo which is a cool place for accomplished developers to go and practice higher level coding. If you click the link I've attached a Pando Daily article on them which will  tell you more.

I am not a coder, but know many who are and this business model was very impressive. The founders got their start at a hackathon, presented it and were funded that night becoming successful almost immediately.

CodewarsWrite nathan@codewars.com to receive an invite to their beta site. Just know they're selective and only accept the best of the best according to the Pando Daily article.

I think you'll be happy you did get in if you're a developer based on the positive response of some of my F/B friends to my post on this.

Next up was a cute idea called Bloom Nation. The guy's names are hard to spell, but I'm sure you'll find them if you look on their site.  Bloom nation

They spent a lot of time explaining why they started the business with personal stories, but not as much time on the success of the business which I would have liked to hear more about.

They have 2,000 florists currently involved and when I Googled them just now, found they've been interviewed on TV as well.Screen Shot 2013-04-02 at 9.50.05 AM I think there's room for competition in this realm and think they will do well. CBS News described them as the "etsy for flowers." Gotta love men who are passionate about giving flowers to people, right ladies?:)

Now the next presenter I wasn't too excited about because I don't have kids at home and now that my neices are teenagers, we're not seeing as much hand drawn art as playing around with pix and video on F/B.

However, that said, he got my attention when he mentioned the 150,000 users and millions of pieces of art currently "artkived" on his app: http://www.artkiveapp.com/ I think men sometimes discount the power of mom money and the huge marketplace that exists within this realm. 

Img-home-2 I would highly recommend checking this out if you're a parent, an investor, press or whatever because I see this going far. Very cool concept and obviously doing well. Why didn't I think of this?:)

My absolute favorite was the last presenter. His name sounded familiar and he looked familiar, but I couldn't place him until I met him personally afterward. Hank Fortner was the cool guy who hosted the Skirball Center fashion show which featured dancers on the runway and numerous charities showcased throughout. Very cool fashion show concept and I wish more would emulate their style.

Hank Fortner's wonderful pursuit this time is something near and dear to my heart because I'm a birthmother. For those uneducated on the term, it simply means I placed my son in an open adoption at birth. That's why www.adopttogether.org touched my heart and as evidenced by the many people asking if he had considered presenting this as a TED talk, many others as well.

AdopttogetherDid you know 19 million children are without families throughout the world? Did you also know only about 9,500 children were adopted last year? 

Know why? Because it costs $30,000 to $40,000 a year to do so and that has created a huge barrier for many families who would love to adopt, but simply can't afford to.

This is where www.adopttogether.org comes in. Here's a video from their website which explains it better than I can:

  Crowdfunding for adoption! Isn't that the coolest thing you've ever heard? Can you imagine a world where there's no more orphans? Imagine how much this would ease so many of the issues of homelessness, poverty, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, crime and more this would help prevent for children who age out of foster care and never have a family unit to support them throughout their life.

Hank said in the 45 days Adopttogether been live, they've raised over $800k and are estimated to raise ONE MILLION DOLLARS by June 2013. That's amazing to me, but I also feel like this is filling a need that has been there since I was a birthmother over 13 years ago.

I know my church, King's Harbor Church in Torrance, will be happy to hear about this because one of their missions this year is to aid in more adoptions.  Could you imagine if everyone got on board and began sharing this wonderful cause in support? Or even donating to help people adopt?

Here's Hank's story on how it came to be. Can you imagine having helped foster 36 kids and adopting 7 children? What an amazing life story and family. Brings tears to my eyes just writing this and listening. I hope you take the time to watch both videos. Amazing.

 I love how multicultural they are too. Very cool. What great parental role-models.

So, as you can see, a phenomenal night filled with really cool companies and speakers. I hope you'll consider joining me at the next one to be inspired, encouraged, challenged and motivated too.

God bless. Have a great day! I know I am.:)


@EvaLongoria's @ReadyforLove is on tonight w/@matthewhussey! Try @LAYS #SaveGarlicBread #SaveSriracha or #SaveChickenWaffles as snacks!:)

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just to get you in the mood, here's Eva Langoria promoting the Lay Potato Chip Finalists wearing (as the jewelry publicist put it) " TACORI earrings in her new Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" Chip Finalists commercial with celebrity chef, Michael Symon. The actress glowed in TACORI  18K Yellow Gold Madeira Citrine round stud earrings (#SE105Y09, $470; www.tacori.com)."

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1253Eva is also glowing because she is the Executive Producer of the new dating reality show, Ready for Love, premiering tonight on NBC at 9/8c. Here's the trailer in case you were unaware or curious:

I've been following one of the dating coaches, Matthew Hussey, who wrote the book, Get the Guy, which you can purchase on Amazon here: Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve [Hardcover]

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 And here's a video you can watch to hear him before tonight's show: The show looks fun and informative. While you all enjoy this I'll be attending a very informative tech event with a hilarious founder. More on that later.:)

Now for a commercial break, Lay's! Don't forget to vote for your favorite!:)

 

 


More of the #ACM's fashions, but this time for men: @ladyantebellum and @LukeBryanOnline looking sexy...

1255Lady Antebellum's  Dave Haywood rocked bed|stu boots at the ACM Awards last night.  The stylish guitarist performed  "Downtown," alongside band mates, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, in his Post boots from bed|stu's Stand Up 2 Cancer line($235; www.bedstu.com). 

 

Don't you love their music? I know I do! They're going to be my go-to Karaoke choice since they sing in my range.:) Just in case you missed their music, here it is again. Sorry it's not from the show, but it's still fun:

 

Here's why I'm willing to showcase this boot above and beyond the reason that I love Lady Antebellum...

 

1245SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). A 501(c) (3) charitable organization that funds groundbreaking cancer research.  

 

For every pair of shoes purchased from the bed|stu SU2C line, bed|stu will donate $5 towards initiatives created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get therapies to patients quickly and save lives (www.standup2cancer.org). Isn't that cool?

 

Now I don't find those boots particularly attractive, but on attractive men it fits... like all these guys.  
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After this year's ACM's at the pool it kinda looks like the guys were only wearing towels!:) Recognize Luke Bryan?:) I stole this from Charles' Instagram site. Don't hate me Charles cuz I edited it down.:) They were just cold and wearing their suits. I promise...:)
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I love the fact this shoe company donates to a cancer charity when you buy a pair, so buy a pair!:)



Here's my #ACMs Winners and Fashion Mavens coverage: @mirandalambert, @kramergirl, @taylorswift13, @thompsonsquare and @jeweljk

By Joy A. Kennelly

If you're like me, then you love country music and enjoyed last night's ACM's very much. I was surprised not to see the Zac Brown Band mentioned, but maybe I just missed something. In any case, I thought Luke and Blake did a great job hosting.

I was shocked to see Luke Bryan win (although no doubt he deserved it and I really like him!) But I think at one point Blake was holding him up to prevent him from passing out from shock himself! Did you notice that too?:)

What I like about the ACM's and country scene in general is, from the outside at least, it looks like they are all really supportive of each other and want everyone to do well. I was moved right along with Miranda Lambert when she shared how she cried all night after the thrill of singing with her musical idols, Faith Hill, Reba and Shania Twain. I would have to! Here's her acceptance speech again in case you missed it:

 

Notice Blake having to catch his breath a little after too? That's why I love him. He just wears his emotions on his sleeve. Miranda surprised me by being so emotional and to see her melt like that was very touching. That's why I like her too. Tough on the outside, softy on the inside.

Here's some pix from her appearance last night:

Jpeg Jpeg2Singer Miranda Lambert is stunning in Ocnarf Sairutsa and ELAHN Jewels at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. Miranda wore Ocnarf Sairutsa's Alas Ring in Sterling Silver, Black Rhodium, and Diamond. She also wore the Square Diamond Floral Ring by ELAHN Jewels while performing on stage with the Pistol Annies and Blake Shelton. 

(Here is Miranda with Blake and Luke Bryan's wife, Caroline Boyer. You know why I like country music so much too from a fashion standpoint? Real women with real curves. Never see that in rock-n-roll, although I do consider Miranda a little bit of a rocker hence her taste in this jewelry which is rock inspired...:)

 

  Ocnarf Sairutsa is the Los Angeles based line found in 2011 by Priscilla Franco-Asturias and Andrea Franco -Asturias. Each piece is hand-made with natural elements and offers a unique vintage rock edge.


Ocnarf Sairutsa has already attracted the attention of celebrities such as Katy Perry, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway and is available for purchase at www.ocnarfsairutsa.com

    

ELAHN Jewelry is the collaborative line by Leora Talmor and her mother Elahn. The line  has a modern edge while adding Gothic, Victorian, and ancient eastern elements and making the pieces timeless and classic.

 

The collection includes a mixture of rustic mined and sliced diamonds combined with classically cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, rutilated quartz, and moonstones set in antiqued silver and gold. ELAHN Jewelry is available for purchase at www.elahnjewels.com.

Miranda Lambert, right, and Blake Shelton accept the award for song of the year for "Over You" at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP)

Arent' they just the cutest couple? I want one just like him.:)

   

Here's a close-up of the jewelry and more details in case you want to give someone a nice gift, or buy one for yourself:
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Ocnarf Sairutsa Alas Ring in Sterling Silver, Black Rhodium, and 1.17 CT Diamonds. $1,700.00

 

 
ELAHN Jewels Square Diamond Floral Ring in 18K Gold, Rutilated Quartz and Diamonds. Price Upon Request.

Now it's not always about borrowed jewels...

Here's an up-and-coming performer, Jana Kramer, who was nominated for New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. She performed her single "Whiskey" and showed off her engagement ring from fellow New Artist of the Year nominee, Brantley Gilbert. Someone's happy and excited!:)

 

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Now if you're a fan of Taylor Swift you'll know she was just listed in InStyle as one of the best dressed for wearing another gold dress too.

Jana_and_Taylor_ACMBoth ladies wowed photographers on the red carpet with similar gold gowns and up-do’s.
 
Jana was looking golden in head-to-toe Badgley Mischka with Norman Silverman earrings while Taylor sparkled in a Dolce & Gabbana dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Norman Silverman earrings, and a Le Vian ring.

 

Didn't you just love Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban performing Tim's new song, Highway Don't Care? I do. I can totally relate because driving is my way of dealing with stress that is too big to handle in person sometimes.

 

Driving is also where I feel safe crying, singing and talking to God to get it all out. Doesn't happen very often just to clarify, but do love ridding myself of all those toxins!:) Love this song!

 

Plus, it reminds me of driving to a casino in the desert to hear Keith Urban perform years ago and meeting him backstage at a fan meet and greet with a friend who was in love with him. Yes, I am that good of a friend. LOL

 

Gold wasn't the only popular color of the night. Check out Shawna Thompson with her husband, Miami of Thompson Square fame backstage after winning Duo of the Year. Another happy couple!

ShawnaShawna2Don't you love her earrings? Here's the details per the publicist... Singer Shawna Thompson is stunning in ELAHN Jewels at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. Shawna wore the Full Finger Victorian Ring in Black Diamonds and the Double Emerald and Diamond Earrings from ELAHN Jewels to the awards.


ELAHN Jewels Double Emerald and Diamond Earrings in 18K Yellow Gold, Emerald and Diamonds. Price Upon Request.


Now if you're also like me and couldn't remember their music, here's a little music video to remind you:

 

As soon as I heard this song, I knew their music. Didn't you?:)

 

And to close, here is Jewel who gave me chills listening to her perform Only Kindness Matters.  So, that's my ACM coverage. Hope you enjoyed it. Pretty soon I will be shooting my own video of these kinds of events and can't wait! More to be revealed down the road...:)

 

Have a great day!

 

 


Twitter Basics 101 or what I like to call, How to Join the Cocktail Party in the Air

By Joy A. Kennelly

Invariably, I am asked by a friend or colleague who just doesn't get Twitter - how do you do it? They normally don't understand how it works, have an intern who may also not know what they're doing running their account, and/or simply feel too overwhelmed to take on another social media platform.

I totally understand and also feel men use social media platforms differently than women which is another reason I thought I would share how I manage my three accounts based on personal experience, professional recommendations by experts I follow and read, and things I've observed by others I respect.

So, here goes. If I leave anything out, please excuse the error, leave a comment and I'll try to answer you when I have a moment.

Choosing a Twitter Handle and Bio

What I like to tell people is keep your Twitter handle short and pertinent to your brand, company or self because if you do something like @pureunadulteratedjoy and you only have 140 spaces to type something, you're limiting what you share immediately.

There are all kinds of tutorials on the actual Twitter site for setting up your account and I encourage you to use them because they will explain things in greater detail than I will here. I leave certain things to professionals.:)

Now, what I have found after researching thousands of Twitter handles and bios for clients, is you don't have to stick to your tried and true bio on Twitter. You can have a little fun with describing yourself because it's more about telling people what you're interested in, than touting your professional accomplishments.

The people I have been most intrigued by have been major players, yet choose to describe their love of labradors, chocolate, kids, their love of running, silly quotes, whatever the most because it gives you an insight to them as a person vs. a corporate entity.

Try scanning some of the celebrities, politicians, or professionals you like in real life and see how they describe themselves to help you decide how to describe yourself. Now to help you do this, there's a cool directory called Twellow where you can search for whoever your little heart desires.

Here's the link: http://www.twellow.com/

Now let's say you're a musician and you want to learn how the top musicians represent themselves and how they communicate with fans. This is where you can look that up. Or say you're a dating site and you want to follow other dating gurus. You can do that too. This directory will list anyone and everyone you can think of to search I believe. And it's free. Free to look and free to add yourself to allow others to find you too!

What to Tweet

Now this is the 2nd most common question I receive all the time. Now, this is where I feel men and women differ for the most part. I find men are generally more linear unless they're in entertainment and post articles, information, non-personal tweets and you rarely see their personality or personal side.

Some women are like this too, but I've noticed women are much more socialable and share much more personal information.Check out any popular mommy blogger to see what they have to say and you'll get what I'm talking about.

Here's where the cocktail party aspect comes into play.

Imagine you're at a cocktail party and you see a CEO, Celebrity, Politician, or even simply a cute whomever you'd like to meet, influence, strike up a conversation with, or get noticed by for whatever reason.

The beauty of Twitter is you are able to follow whomever you're interested in to learn more about them. What I often recommend people do is tweet to the person they're trying to communicate with because when you do, it shows up in their stream and there's a way for you to see who is communicating with you.

If you look at the tool bar across Twitter it says Home @Connect #discover Me. The @Connect section is where you can see who is tweeting to you, about you etc.

The #Discover button allows you to see highlights of others and you can also search for certain topics of interest. When you attend certain conferences, savvy organizers will ask people to use a certain # (Hashtag) because then all the communication during the event is tracked using that hashtag and people can look up what was being said.

The Me button is your profile. It allows you to see how you're looking to the world and what you've been tweeting.I check it periodically because sometimes not all my tweets are reflected on my droid and I want to make sure what I want to be out there is visible, or if I'm embarrassed, is buried.:)

Now you can also find people using your email accounts and I did that when I first got on which was quite eye-opening. I love seeing the names some of my friends have come up with because I would never have imagined they viewed themselves that way.

The other thing that's cool about using your email accounts is many people you may only communicate professionally, but when you do this trick, you will find them on Twitter and can follow them as well. I have found many media contacts this way because as a former publicist, my database was full of relevant media I didn't want to lose touch with now that I'm not publicizing any clients.

How to Tweet

Here's another PR tip for using Twitter. Many journalists use Twitter to source stories, experts, influencers and if you share relevant information they will follow you back. One way I have found to get their attention and interest is also to RT (Retweet) their tweets.

Some people like RTing, others hate it. I'm in the liking it camp because sometimes it's too much work to have to search out new content to share and RTing is an easy way to share a cool article, quote, or bit of information someone else has found that I like.

Just don't do all RT's because having an original voice is very important in any social media platform. Back to the cocktail party analogy. How long would you hang out with someone who only repeated what other people said, even if it was interesting content? Not very long.

You also don't want to use all caps when typing because that signifies shouting in the netosphere. Don't be lazy.:)

Oh, here's another pet peeve and something I think newbies do innocently, not realizing what a waste of time this is for their brand, company etc simply because it is a key to getting unfollowed, blocked and ignored.

Pretend you're at a cocktail party and the person you were speaking to only repeated the same thing over and over and over and over again. How long would you stand there before moving on? Not very long at all, yet I see this happen all the time with social media newbies who really want to get their content noticed.

How many of you have seen a company tweet - Buy my widget! It's the best widget in the world and here's my website. And then you see the same announcement over and over again if you look up their profile. Pretty boring, right?

Don't be that cocktail party bore.

Remember, you're at a party, but it's in the air, it's your job to be interesting! Be creative, be funny if you're funny, be serious if you're serious, but mix up what you share. Remember this simple fact and it should help you find something pertinent. Your goal sometimes is have someone take notice of you and respond.

But even if they don't, just know you're being observed. When you're doing a good job of tweeting you'll find out because people will "favorite" which means they save your tweet to their profile which gives you greater visibility to their audience. You may also find your tweets RTed which you'll discover by checking under the @connect button.

Now there's mixed reactions on this next little thing I'm going to share so do your own thing because there's no definitive right or wrong on this in my humble opinion.

Twitter Etiquette

When someone has RTed you often, it can be polite to say a public thank you for the RT. I try to lump them all together at once so as not to bore my followers, create the most bang for my buck, and kill two birds with one stone so to speak.

When you do this, there's more opportunity for all the people you're thanking to check out who else you're following, this will hit all their streams, and it's a great way to be efficient on Twitter.

You can also do this by wrapping up people who have been generous with sharing your information on a Friday through the #FF (Follow Friday) "hashtag." This is also a way to build up your followers because normally when someone is included in a group tweet, they will be so pleased they will RT this out to their followers allowing new people to find you.

It's a fun way to say thank you for following me, expand your reach and build your influence. It's time consuming, but very worth it if building a quality Twitter platform is important to you, your brand or your company.

Who and When to Unfollow

Last thing for tonight because I'm leaving in a few minutes, but this is important. Every so often I will lose followers because of something I've tweeted, or not tweeted, and you want to leave room to follow new people if you've hit your 2000 limit which Twitter has set for some reason.

Let's say you have followed 2000 Twitter handles and you have lost 4 people, but then gained 10. It's common courtesy to return the favor of following whoever is following you, but for obvious reasons, I don't follow back porn bots, people who are into things I'm not interested in, MLM people, or anyone I don't want to learn more about because if you do follow them, it will show up in your news stream.

I personally don't like to see the f-word or sexual stuff floating by and will block those people to make sure I never see it again. Blocking is a Twitter person's best friend. It's a great way to get rid of porn, stop weird people from knowing about you, or hide from someone you don't like.:)

Where was I? Oh yeah, following and unfollowing.lol

Now if you go to Google and search for Unfollow on Twitter there's a couple of sites you can use. Some only allow you to clean out so many dead accounts, whereas others are unlimited. I often have used www.justunfollow.com, but there's others too. I switch it up because I like to try new programs to compare and find one I like the best.

The reason you want to clean out those who have either stopped following you, or never started following you, is you want to connect with those who do want to follow you and interact. When you remove 10 people who aren't following you any more, you're leaving space for the ten new followers which you can then follow back.

I know this is a lot to take in. Don't worry if you don't catch it all at once. This blog post isn't going any where. Save it. Reread it. Share it around. It will be here.

The other thing I always recommend is to follow @hubspot and catch their free marketing information. You'll learn a lot from them too. One of the many reasons I support them is I won a free iPad from them years ago at a tech conference and I've had a soft spot for their company ever since.

Plus, they give great free information!

So, with that, I wish you all a great weekend! Let me know what questions you have in the comments section ok? Happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 


@FarmSanctuary Fundraiser review featuring @kevin_nealon @colbiecaillat @jencoolidge and more

By Joy A. Kennelly 

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Farm Sanctuary's Fundraiser featuring Colbie Caillat QYArrModjWaTqSW9xzqwhM7SG9R0nS5oUarDdrt1Uwo,p2QMquuVxvFxG685kOaxybQxnT7I1mhlJGcFpRlvdTUand Kevin Nealon among others at the Peterson Auto Musuem.599486_10151433293843600_1904172986_n If you've never been to the musuem, here's a taste of what to expect when you first arrive.

Image003 Image002Image001Now to be honest, as soon as I read this event featured a special acoustic performance by Grammy award winner COLBIE CAILLAT, I decided I'd like to attend.

Plus, I've always appreciated Kevin Nealon's humor and since he was host, I was sure it would be a fun time. Who could resist an invitation with their cute faces? Or these farm animals as seen above?

Once I arrived however, I was drawn into the cause, Farm Sanctuary, America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. A friend had always recommended I see the documentary, Forks over Knives, which features Farm Sanctuary and I was curious as a result.

Everyone I met that night was so passionate about protecting farm animals and many were vegans, something I've never considered, but found very fascinating due to their passion. Plus, everyone looked so fit and thin the lifestyle kinda spoke for itself. 

As my friend Patti said, "It doesn't matter what people are passionate about, as long as they have a passion for something." Which I had to agree with because even though all the charities I will support financially have always involved children, I'm always open to learning about new charities and supporting causes by writing about them because I feel it's nice to raise awareness.

Apparently, so did these celebrities since so many turned out in support. Recognize anyone?:)

1841_10151433301548600_218847890_nJennifer Coolidge, one of my favorite comedic idols, whom you may recognize her from American Pie and Legally Blonde, but I will always remember her from Best in Show.

Brilliant comedic timing and a very nice person to boot. She was cracking us up on the red carpet. Who hasn't worn a coat to an event to hide bra straps?:)

She wasn't the only female actress to show up though, you may recognize these women too.

527619_10151433296878600_286090677_nKelly Thiebaud of General Hospital fame was there.

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Here's Gene Baur (whom I accidentally called Jack:), president of Farm Sanctuary, with Sarah Dawson of Survivor Philippines fame, and Ady Gil. Sarah shared she was a fifth generation vegan and attributed part of her success on Survivor to this fact. Who knew?:)

What I found interesting was many of the men in attendance dressed for the farm aspect of the event while the ladies read cocktail and wore evening wear. Don't you wish Michael Vartan was back on TV? 

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526655_10151433293838600_431406935_nHere was the schedule for the evening. We munched on delicious Veggie Grill fare for dinner and at first it took me a minute to recognize everything was vegetarian until I saw the "chicken wings" because they didn't look like any6026_10151433304028600_2014187203_n  chicken wing I had ever seen. This one was my favorite, All Hail The Kale salad.7880_10151433303908600_400515344_n

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When I asked him to choose his favorite veggie to descrbe himself, he said, Kale because it's green, leafy and awesome! Everyone was real kick back and fun. People were dancing, playing poker, eating, buying raffle tickets and more the entire night.

If you look closely you will see Reid Ewing (Modern Family) who became a fan of Farm Sanctuary after rescuing a homeless chicken; Torrance Coombs (The Tudors/Heartland/Just cast in “Kill For Me”) and Alyssa Campanella (Miss USA 2011) posing; Edwin Hodge (Cougar Town, NCIS) Ciddy Fonteboa (Horror Haiku) who told me she had been involved in a very abusive marriage and once she got out of it, she became a vegan because anything that overpowers should never ever happen. She made it so vivid, it brought tears to my eyes.

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Pretty soon it was time for the main event, Colbie performing.

Now if you're like me, you love Spotify and the ability to create a "radio" station that tailors to the kinds of music you like. I'm such a fan of Colbie's music, I have a Colbie Caillat station since it's the best music to write to.

If you're not familiar with her music, here's a new song she just created along with Gavin DeGraw for the film, Safe Haven:

 She's on tour, but her website/fan page hasn't listed dates and/or cities otherwise I'd tell you where. In any case, it was really fun to have this private, intimate party with a few hundred cool people who really love this cause and her music.

Farm Sanctuary President, Gene Baur said a few words, Kevin Nealon entertained us encouraging us all to give the gift of a cow, and then Colbie came on to perform.

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Now, if you're like me and city born and bred, there's still hope for us. Farm Sanctuary's 26-acre Southern California Shelter is located on a beautiful hacienda ranch in Acton, just 45 minutes from Hollywood.

In addition to providing shelter for more than 100 animals, Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres offers one-hour guided tours on Sundays and group tours are available by appointment. 

Their sanctuary gift shop is open before and after tours. Visitors will find educational materials, as well as a variety of items available for purchase including apparel, books, and souvenirs.

For Visitor Center hours and tour times, please click here.

Doesn't this sound fun? Who doesn't want to see Charlotte in her own habitat? In any case, the evening was a great eye opener and has made me realize areas of my life where I can adjust my diet too.

My next step is to watch Forks Over Knives. Here's the trailer in case you're not familiar with it:

 

Eat healthy! Save an animal! Buy a Cow! Or a Pig! Or even a Chicken! Better than a dog and you don't even have to care for it, Farm Sanctuary does it for you.

So with that, I wish you all a vegetarian good night!:)


Suggestions on where to spend Easter Sunday; Great letter from American Family Association too. Happy Easter!

Just a quick Easter note: If you'd like to attend an Easter service celebration, here's a few recommendations for you to consider if you don't know where to go in Los Angeles:

Easter Schedule 

King's Harbor Church in Torrance, CA

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Saturday March 30th at 9:30am
Veteran's Park Redondo Beach
309 Esplanade Redondo Beach, CA 90277

EASTER SUNDAY

6am Sunrise Service at Veterans Park - MAP
9 & 11am services with baptisms to follow at King's Harbor Church - MAP 23915 Garnier St, Torrance, CA 90505

JOURNEY OF FAITH

2013-03-11 21.27.27 (1)All the details are here: http://www.journeyoffaith.com/ 

You may also enjoy Bel Aire Pres' service at the Hollywood Bowl: 


Join us for an Easter celebration at the Hollywood Bowl! The celebration will feature a worship choir, orchestra, band and guest speaker, best-selling author of Crazy Love, Francis Chan. Whether you are simply curious about faith or a longtime follower of Jesus, Easter at the Bowl will leave you filled with life and an unshakeable hope!

When: Sunday, March 31, 2013 | 11 a.m.
Where: The Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90068
Free. No tickets required.

Happy Easter Everyone!

Following is a letter I like from AFA and if you're a Christian, and even if you're not, I hope you'll take a moment to read it too.

And I quote: 

To my fellow Christians, I say, He is Risen!

"From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" Matthew 4:17
March 29, 2013

I recently heard a very popular Christian speaker talk to a large audience for an hour. He said nothing heretical. He said nothing controversial. He just focused on the "unconditional" love of God. Again, nothing wrong with what he did say, but it is what he did not say that bothered me. He said nothing about repentance of sin. There is a reason Jesus said what he said in the above bible verse. And there is a reason John the Baptist introduced Jesus to the world with the exact same proclamation in Matthew 3:2: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

There is a popular trend going on in the American Christian church. The trend is to talk of the love of God without talking about the justice of God. But if you read the bible, it is clear, there exists both the grace of God and the wrath of God, and Jesus Christ spoke of both.

Many Christians around the world have been celebrating Holy Week this week culminating today with Easter Sunday or what some churches call Resurrection Sunday. It is to commemorate the victory of Jesus over Satan, sin, death and hell. This is good news! And "good news" is the meaning of the word "gospel."

It is true that God's love for mankind is "unconditional." However, in order for man to be in right relationship with God, man must conform his life to match with God's requirement of man. And God does not force this decision on man. God draws a person to himself, but it is the free will of the individual to decide if he or she will obey God's requirements for a right relationship or not.

Jesus called this experience being "born again." In other words, a person (every human) must understand that he or she has violated God's laws and is forever separated from God spiritually unless he or she repents of their sin and trust in the shed blood of Jesus on the cross for forgiveness of that sin in order to be counted among those who have been redeemed. Redeemed from the consequences of unrepentant sin which is death and hell.

What I am writing here is not popular in modern day America where we want to live our own life without interference from God. It is our natural tendency to live for ourselves instead of obey the commands of God. That is the eternal struggle between flesh and the spirit.

In order to prove our love for Christ, he says we must deny ourselves, pick up our cross daily, and follow him. Our "cross" is a challenge to wake up daily and try our best to live like Jesus. The way we learn to live like Jesus is to study the bible, take time to pray and fellowship with other believers (followers) which we call "church." God knows we will fail at this precisely because we are human. Sometimes we are tempted by sin and we give in to it. But the Bible also says that if we are willing to confess our sins to God, He is willing to forgive us. That also is great news!

No one is compelled to believe this. You may read this and call it foolishness. That is your right. But if that is your view, I at least encourage you to read one book in the bible, the gospel of John, and consider the claims of the bible and Christ before you dismiss Christianity.

To my fellow Christians, I say, He is Risen!

Sincerely,

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association 


A different perspective on @CrossCampusLA; Sneak peek @FarmSanctuary Fundraiser with @kevin_nealon & @ColbieCaillat

By Joy A. Kennelly

I had the opportunity to re-connect with one of the startups from the Cross Campus fashion startup show recently and asked him what his perspective was on how everything went down for him.

His answer was very revealing and gave me a different perspective which I wanted to share with you now before I write about the wonderful fundraiser I recently attended for Farm Sanctuary at the Peterson Auto Musuem.

I've been so slammed it's been hard to find the time, or the brain space to put down on "paper" what I wanted to convey until tonight. Read on if you care and if you don't, wait for the next blog post because it will be all about P1010143Kevin Nealon hosting (seen here with the lovely and gracious Meredith Turner who is the publicist for Farm Sanctuary), Colbie Caillat singing P1010128and everyone else I had the pleasure of meeting during the fun Farm Sanctuary event.

I promise.

In any case, this young gentleman from Cross Campus' fashion startup shared they had made back the cost of their booth and he felt if the event had been more organized and professional they might not have participated.

He appreciated how it was "thrown together," (his words, not mine) because it had a startup feel to it. That made total sense and I'm sure others who have never attended a fashion show probably thought it was amazing too.

I also realized, after thinking about it, my view was tempered first by the fact when I had asked Cross Campus if I could host my mixer at their location with a certain company only to be turned down and then to learn later that the very company I had highlighted at my mixer was then invited separately to present at their site at a later time (not publicized publicly by the way, but I learned of it because I was there attending another event), it ticked me off.

Then, throw on top of that slap in the face, I also had fallen rather hard and twisted my foot really severely causing me to be in a lot of pain the entire night the fashion show was going on, it also tempered my opinion. 

So, all this to say, yes, there were glitches. Yes, everything I mentioned in the last blog post is true and I hope the guys running it take into account for next year, but perhaps I wouldn't have been as harsh a critic if I had been treated with more respect by Cross Campus and hadn't been in pain the entire time.

Not to excuse my behavior, or theirs, merely to explain it.

And that's all she wrote. For now...

 

 


LA's first Startup Fashion Show by Digital LA and Cross Campus

Here's a quick intro to the review I gave which you can read in full on my F/B site: 

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More than 7 fashion startups and 1 supermodel, Sarah DeAnna, took the stage at LA's first-ever startup fashion show, produced by Digital LA and Cross Campus this past week. The show featured styles exclusively by LA fashion startups, including: Ellie, Modern Nerd, Me Undies, Style Club, Carbon38, Tailored Republic, Original Tomboy and more. 

Having covered LA Fashion Week for over 7 years and attended high-end haute couture fashion shows while living in the South, this was the first time I've heard an announcer encourage the crowd to, "Make some noise" every time a model walked down the runway, especially for the underwear models. Then again, this was the first fashion show where two male models were brave enough to wear only underwear and socks too. 

Read more and see all the pix here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151850033698849.1073741826.348417258848&type=1&l=3ff3703105


Hey @BachelorNation, @BachelorABC Finale with Host, @ChrisBHarrison at his new clothing line DaVinci of CA launch party, @Ariejr & @JefHolm's Chicago party and more!

By Joy A. Kennelly

This past Monday, while Bachelor fans sat glued to their TV sets to watch the finale all around the world, I was invited to mix and mingle with ABC's reality TV personality and Host of The BachelorChris Harrison, at a launch party for his new line, DaVinci of California by Chris Harrison at the DaVinci of California store on Melrose Avenue.

Christopher Wicks is the founder and designer of English Laundry and now DaVinci of California, which arrived in stores the same day The Bachelor finale aired.

And I was there!:)

Here's the invite which enticed me to attend. Wouldn't you have said yes too? I love seeing menswear taking a more visible role in LA Fashion Week and since I'm a fan of the Bachelor and stylish Chris... 

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Wherever there's celebrities, you will see my friend, Tiffany, shooting. She's an excellent photographer and I highly recommend her services. 

Chris Harrison wasn't the only one from The Bachelor in attendance though, recognize these lovely ladies?

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Chris, of course was super busy, but was gracious to take time to pose for a few pix too. I was surprised at how tall he is in person since I always thought he was shorter than me. I don't know why, no reason to believe that, I just did.:) 

When I worked for the Oscars a few years back I got to see him in action on the red carpet which was fun. I think he's the consummate professional host. I'm going to practice his stance and hand gestures cuz he's very dynamic. Gotta love a man in a suit!:)

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Here's some of the guests and ambiance to give you the vibe.

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"Bachelor-related" drinks were prevelant at parties around the country and one company, Cruzan Rum, created this delicious sounding drink they lovingly called, the Cruzan® Final Rose. Cruzan_Final Rose

Ingredients:

- 2 parts Cruzan® Light Rum

- 1/2 parts Hibiscus Liqueur  

- 1 part Fresh Lime Juice

- 3 Drops Rose Water

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake for 15 seconds. Pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Top with soda water.

Former Bachelorette suitors, Arie and Jef, decided to make a little money off the finale and their fame by holding a party in Chicago for hundreds of happy fans if these pix by Photographer, Robert Mikovich, are any indication.

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Guess once a Bachelor, always a Bachelor, right?:)

Screen shot 2013-03-12 at 10.13.55 AMBut for those who are still swooning over this season's Bachelor couple, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, and want to know all about the ring Sean selected, here's a replica if you're in the market, or want to pin it on Pinterest.:) 

Bachelor Sean proposed to Catherine with a cushion-cut diamond in a cushion-shaped halo with a pave-diamond-encrusted split-shank setting. Cushion Cut diamonds are a beautiful and increasingly popular choice that feature curved sides, rounded corners and a pillow-like shape.  Image004

Cushions represent the third most popular brilliant cut sold and paired with the flexibility of a pave diamond halo engagement ring represents the romance and whimsy for a unique one of a kind token of love.  Just like Sean and Catherine.:)

James Allena global luxury jeweler that specializes in diamonds, engagement rings and high end jewelry, from classic solitaire rings - to intricate pave settings - to sleek modern designs,  offers an extensive collection of jewelry with countless options to fit your personal style. Buy one just like this there!

And thus concludes my obsession with this season's Bachelor. Every season I say I'm not going to watch and then I get sucked in.:) Glad it's over for now!

Plus, parties with real Bachelors and Bachelorette's and Chris are much more fun! 


@SteveForbesCEO @USAToday @WSJ @KNX1070 You need to interview @nanxi_liu of @Enplug

By Joy A. Kennelly

Tonight I heard the most humble, down-to-earth, amazing young woman speak at a female networking event for entreprenuers and was blown away. Most times when I hear 20 somethings at previous conferences they're rather vapid and annoying, but Nanxi Liu of Enplug impressed the hell out of me.

Then, just now, looking her up on Linkedin, I was blown away even more. I don't know why Forbes or any of the tech, entreprenuer, women-focused magazines aren't writing about her which is why I decided to tell everyone they have to interview this girl.

She's that impressive to me.

I've been an entreprenuer pretty much my entire life and fought to find the training I've needed to run my businesses. I counted up recently and figured out I've run 3 businesses so far since college, generally five years at a time. Plus, I've worked with over 30 clients if memory holds true which was also great training ground. Each one taught me something different and after closing my PR & DIgital Marketing firm in December it's been exciting to consider what's next.

After listening to Nanxi speak and reading somewhere that you become like the five people you spend the most time with, I've made a conscious decision to upgrade my circles. Listening to her story has only confirmed this decision. You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with

Here's an article on this very topic in case you've never heard this before and care to learn: You're The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With

Enough about me though, here's some information on Nanxi:

 

She's since graduated Berkley and here's some information I grabbed off her wordpress blog called http://nanxiliu.wordpress.com/tag/gaming/

Hope you don't mind Nanxi!:) Read her Linkedin profile too: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nanxi

Now, in her own words, here's some of her accomplishments to date (more on her Linkedin profile fyi.)

Enplug Co-founded this rapidly-growing tech company that is building the first real-time advertising platform for the physical world.

Nanoly The biotechnology company I founded while in college. We’re developing a polymer that enables vaccines to survive without refrigeration. Company is a recipient of The Dell Social Innovation Awards.  Also received awards from NASA, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Duke University, Cornell University, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego.

Fonite An advanced caller-ID system for your smartphone.

TheRomanticallyChallenged.com Your go-to site for quick, inexpensive, and easy romantic ideas. We’ve also interview celebrities to share their romantic ideas with us.

Collection of Piano Music Currently writing a collection of 10 piano pieces to publish. I’m halfway there!

My Pageant Coach (in progress) My best friend Vivian, who is also my partner for The Romantically Challenged, and I are building a pageant consultation business. We’ve both won a bunch of pageants and thought we could help others with our experience.

Events I host various events from dance performances to political forums to movie screenings throughout the year. Come hang out with me!

RickRemoval.com Funny spam blocker my friends and I made for the Yahoo University Hacking Competition.

GGWith.Me Game site that my friends and I made for AngelHack hacking competition.

CrimeFighter An Android app I built with friends to help report crime on college campuses. We won UC Berkeley’s “Big Ideas for Improving Student Life.”

RootMusic My friends and I created the first Root Music Facebook app. With our app, you can upload and post up to 2 hours of music on your friends’ Facebook wall.

Now are you impressed? You'll be even more impressed when you read her Linkedin profile. I swear you will: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nanxi

I realized a few months back that I needed to take a break from mentoring women through my Goal Gals Group and begin focusing on finding mentors for myself. Hearing Nanxi share who all she has mentoring her makes that only more of a focus of mine. 

I liked her approach to pursuing things too. Don't just focus on one company, one opportunity, pursue all and be happy when you land one. That's where I'm at also. I am pursuing many different avenues and feel that the one that is ultimately right will fall into place when the time is right.

Time to find more people who will mentor, invest and launch me into the next phase I've also decided after hearing her speak tonight. I've not been this inspired by a female entreprenuer in years! I really do hope some of the publications I've highlighted choose to interview her. 

And no, I'm not her publicist. Just someone who likes to encourage and support those I believe in and admire. And I definitely admire her. 

That's all. Thanks for reading. 


Some of my favorite fashion discoveries: Marc Jacobs in Disconnect, & Coco Rocha 2x

By Joy A. Kennelly

Sometimes I receive so much good content it's hard to keep up and it takes awhile to actually find time to post everything. Since I have a few moments available today, thought I'd share a few.

In particular, an intriguing mystery film called Disconnect with people I respect like Jason Bateman, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot and fashion designer Marc Jacobs who makes his film & acting debut in the upcoming dramatic thriller opening in select theaters on April 12th, 2013!

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A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world. (Official blurb provided by publicist)

Watch the riveting trailer here which opens with one of my favorite songs right now: 

 

And then just because I like fun, flirty ads, two of my favorite fashion ads to date by White House/Black Market featuring the incredible dancer, Coco Rocha, including a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into making these commercials.

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Model Coco Rocha takes center stage in a television ad entitled 'Alter Ego'. Performing a carefully choreographed dance routine, the multi-talented Rocha demonstrates that being a great model can sometimes mean more than just striking a pose.

For the spot she perfected her moves with the help of Broadway choreographer Laurin Latarro.  Featuring approximately 12 different head-to-toe looks in the 30 second spot - Rocha becomes the tap dance equivalent of a quick change artist.  All plays out with a surprise reveal that takes the concept to the next level.

  
The print ads and marketing images, photographed by Glen Luchford, also carry through with the dance theme. Shot on the same set at the TV spot, the images feature Rocha in various states of dance as well as some more traditional fashion poses.
 
Then, because this spot was so popular, 
Supermodel and co-host of TV’s The Face, Coco Rocha was invited back for White House | Black Market’s Spring 2013 ad campaign.

 

Grabbing the spotlight once again, Coco Rocha brings a sense of vibrancy and freshness to an otherwise static, robotic work environment. Coco dances her way through six head to toe work-wear ready looks from the White House Black Market WorkKit Collection.

This has been your lunch break. Hope you enjoyed what the publicists shared with me!

Now, back to work!:)

 

 


What Makes Me Happy and What Drives Me Crazy - if you're pitching or asking me for something.:)

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently, I stumbled across Casey Fahey's article "10 Things To Do To Get Me Involved In Your 'Ask.'" and it got me to thinking. What would I recommend publicists, friends and colleagues do differently to receive my help if I was writing an article on this same topic. 

Here's what I came up with because this happens over and over again. I'm probably not going to be as gracious as Mr. Fahey, but it's kinda been building and it's time to set the record straight once and for all. 

1. When I am donating my time, talent and expertise to help you further your goals because you've asked my help spreading the word about your product, company, or topic and/or you've asked my advice on how to do something you know I know how to do (i.e. Social Media, PR, Writing), the most basic of requests I have is to simply receive a Thank You when I do. 

You'd be amazed at how many people take without being grateful or express the common courtesy my mother raised me with, to always thank those who help or offer something.

Makes me wonder where manners have gone in today's society, or how they were raised. It also makes me not want to help any further or be associated with someone so gauche because they will probably do the same thing with anyone I refer them to and I don't want that affiliation.

2. If I donate my time to include you in my blog or promote you in some manner, please don't come back with a lot of criticism or requests to change. I'm usually extremely busy and blogging often takes a good 5-7 hours to do what I do for people and clients. It's why I don't blog as often as I used to. I also don't always have time to keep finessing something you didn't like because your ego is wrapped up in the picture or mention.

It makes me want to never help you again even though I may normally really respect and appreciate what you're doing. Also, makes me question the integrity of what you're doing because you're so concerned with something so minor when in the grander scheme of things, any publicity at all is normally a good thing. 

Let it go. Move on. You're not that important!:)

What people also never seem to recognize is the SEO value of my blog showcasing whatever topic I cover making it appear in the top 10 searches of Google is worth thousands of dollars of advertising costs you just didn't have to pay because I included you.

Again, be grateful!

I have yet to ever hear from a professional publicist complaining of what I've written about their client when I've shared the final blog result with them. It's people who aren't in my field who think nothing of it when in reality, they would never think to ask a professional journalist to change a quote, exchange a picture or change a reference.

I am a professional. Please respect this. When I think you're right, I have the time, or it doesn't matter to me, I will do it, but if not? Deal with it.

Be grateful. Be humble. Be appreciative. 

That's all I ask.

3. When a "friend" constantly asks for PR advice because they want to do what I've taken years to train for, learn experientially and build simply because they think it's easy, that makes me question the "friendship." This is especially galling when they again, don't say thank you, or take the time to review something I've written that promotes their efforts because they're "too busy."

Why bother? I don't have time and will realize this isn't a "friendship" at all, but merely a user taking advantage of my good will and willingness to help. My good graces towards that person ends then and there.

4. If I ask you to use a specific email address or phone number, please do that. I have six email accounts that serve different purposes and one that I'm closing down and rarely check. If you consistently choose to email me at that dead account, or call me on a number that I no longer have access to even though I've repeatedly asked you to update your records for 4 months, then I realize you are a person who doesn't listen, doesn't know how to follow simple directions, and isn't worth bothering with because you either aren't very smart or don't care. 

Why should I? I simply don't have the time to keep correcting stupidity. And that is stupidity. Sorry to be blunt, but I calls them as I sees them. Get it together people.

5. For the record, if you're using one social media platform and connecting it to Facebook, understand that hashtags work in one realm, but not in every platform. Instagram is hashtag heaven. Facebook is not. If you want to share a picture on Instagram - hashtag away. But don't do that on Facebook.

There is different protocol per each social media platform and if you aren't aware of that, ask, or read Hubspot. They have really great free articles on all the important social media platforms and they're easy to read too.  

6. Lastly, because this is a biggie. Please, please, please don't send me email after email after email. I recently had this experience on a film site I'm part of and after six non-stop emails, had to approach the webmaster to request them add a filter process to make that person stop.

Even after I asked the person to stop emailing me and told him I would get to it when I had time, he still continued to send me emails. I decided right then and there I wouldn't support his project because he again, had no manners, didn't understand basic email protocol, and wasn't respecting my time or request. 

I don't do business with people I don't respect, or who don't respect me. It's just as common as that. If I ask you not to do something, please don't. That's all.

Or as this cartoon so humorously explains:

Pearls Before Swine

I can't shrink the cartoon to fit this window unfortunately. The last pane says, "Binge Communicating Must Stop." EXACTLY!:)

I will say, to end on a positive note, this is what makes me continue to do business, promote or help people:

1. I LOVE hearing when someone really likes what I've done for them. It makes my whole day. Literally. I put my heart, my soul and my mind into writing and to be recognized and appreciated is what really makes me happy. I'm not motivated by money, but gratitude.:)

2. I also LOVE it when someone likes what I do so much they tweet it out, share it on Facebook, or even in a Linkedin group because not only is that helping them, it's helping me. It's a total win win.

3. I LOVE receiving texts or calls from people just checking in without asking for anything because then when they do ask, I know it's sincere and coming from a place of friendship, not just using me. It's also nice to have people acknowledge me when good things happen because that means they're watching and care. Then, when that person asks for a favor, I'm so happy to help. 

When the only time I hear from someone is when they want something...

So, I hope you understand me a little better now. And even if you don't, that's ok. I feel better after sharing.:)


Connie Britton of @Nashville_ABC is @MOREMag's March Cover! #Nashville

I was sent this by a publicist who must be watching my Pinterest account since I love the show, Nashville!

So, for all the fans enjoying it tonight, here's a little heads up and quick interview with Connie Britton per her publicist:

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"You’ve loved her since Friday Night Lights, now she lights up your living room Wednesday nights on ABC’s Nashville. From her famous hair (she doesn’t have a Twitter account, but her hair does) to what it’s like to grow older, MORE gets Connie’s whole story.

Her disappointment and heartbreak and her triumphs and successes make a character anyone can relate to and feel great affection for.

Here's  some quotes from the full interview:  

On her study-abroad in Beijing 1986 with Senator Kristen Gillibrand: “You mean my roommate from China? The one I lip-synched a Madonna song with at the American Embassy?”

On her loss of the lead in Jerry Maguire to Renée Zellweger: “For the subsequent 10 years, it was probably the biggest heartbreak of my life.”

On her interview protocol: “I’m always honest in interviews, to a fault, really.”

On what it’s like to grow older: “There’s something really great, once you hit forty, about taking on something that fully flexes new and different muscles, because, man is it scary.”

On her famous hair: “It’s funny because every day people compliment me on it, I don’t have a Twitter feed, but I’m told my hair does. Apparently, there’s a blog – I haven’t seen it – about my hair.”

On where she finds herself today: “I think that I now know the importance of grace and sitting back. I have a deeper understanding of how most people are just trying to do the best they can.”

Now if you'll excuse me, I want to watch the ending of tonight's episode.:)

 


#Oscar fashion, festivities, and celebrity highlights w/Jennifer Lawrence @MirandaKerr @HannahSimone @iamrashidajones @nicolerichie @BonoVox_ @FiskerAuto & more!

By Joy A. Kennelly

The Oscars always provide a great fashion show spread out across many days because Celebrities and others, are invited to numerous events building up to the big day.

Here's some of the events I attended with my friends, Denise O'Brien and Janet Gervers, and some of the events your favorite celebrities enjoyed in all the amazing jewels and designs they get to borrow to attend such events as the Global Green USA's Pre-Oscar Party, 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, The 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, and the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. 

Gagosian Gallery Opening

Denise and I hit the town early one night and enjoyed the Gagosian Gallery's Opening Exhibit of Richard Prince's "Cowboy" collection first. 861601_10200557175161189_1608141142_n 803949_10200557186401470_1717654178_n
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She said people were greeting his friend, then John, and then looking at her trying to figure out if she was with them and whether or not they should greet her too! LOL We had a good laugh over that in the car. 

W Gifting Suite

We then dashed off to the W for a gifting suite which was bitter cold as it was held outside, but very nice. I'm still enjoying the sugar scrub one of the vendors, http://www.beewellspa.com/, gave me when they saw how ragged my thumbs are in this weather. Huge difference now! P1000678862958_10200557353885657_1974853225_n

Hayavi Moradi's Higherup Event

We then jumped over to an event Denise knew about put on by Hayavi which was like nothing I'd ever attended before during an Oscar season. Very unique, fun experience. A belly dancer entertained the crowd while we enjoyed a delicious mediterrean meal at Byblos Restaurant.  861854_10200557433927658_1425422680_n

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Global Green USA's Pre-Oscar Party

Miranda Kerr was gorgeous in Charriol's  18 KT Yellow Gold and Diamond Bracelet at the Global Green USA's Pre-Oscar Party on February 20th, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.  Jpeg (6)Miranda May Kerr is an Australian model who rose to prominence in 2007 as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels.

Charriol is a brand by Philippe Charriol inspired by the twisted cable designs of the ancient Celts. The designer gives classic pieces a modern twist. The result is a sporty, wearable look that is equally appropriate for both men and women with any style and for any occasion. Charriol is available for purchase at www.charriolusa.com.

2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Actress Hannah Simone wore Kara Ackerman jewelry to the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach this past weekend. The New Girl star looked bright and colorful in her Kara Ackerman Alice Rose Diamond and Blue Onyx earrings ($800) and an Alice Rose Cocktail ring in Sapphire ($400);  www.karaackerman.com.

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Rashida Jones, also in attendance, was fashion foward in DeLatori wearing the 925 Sterling Silver and Black Rhodium with Black Spinel Earrings

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DeLatori is the line by Ori and Tal Zemer, and Marilyn Harrell who launched the line after years of experiece with the Charriol brand. The jewelry has a vintage artisan appearance that emulates ancient world jewelry, but combines elements of 21st century design. DeLatori is available for purchase at www.delatori.com

Notice how much more fun and relaxed one can dress to attend this popular event which celebrates artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the achievements of independent filmmakers (although sometimes it seems studio films sneak in too.:)

For more information on the actual event, please refer to: http://www.spiritawards.com/ I volunteered with them years and years ago. It has grown immensely since that time and is a lot of fun to attend because people are generally much more real and relaxed than at the Oscars.

AEM Oscar Viewing Party

My friend Janet Gervers of Abbot Kinney First Friday's blog and I popped into my friend's, the Pelsue's home viewing party to enjoy some nosh and drinks with good friends. I rarely attend Christian-oriented entertainment events, but do like to support my friends whenever I can.

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You can learn more here: http://www.a-e-m.org/

If you want to support their efforts, grocery shop to support AEM! Ralph's and Food4Less will donate a portion of your purchases to AEM, as part of their "Community Contributions" program. It's easy! And it's free!

All you do is register your rewards card on the Ralph's or Food4Less website. Once you have signed in and/or created an account, go to Find Your Organization and search for: Arts & Entertainment Ministries or enter our number:  90843, under Select Your Organization, you must click on the tiny circle to select us. Click the save changes button to save Arts & Entertainment Ministries as your selection.

Just think, you'll be part of ministering to Hollywood even if you live far away!

Sofitel Oscar Viewing Party

After enjoying the first half of the show there, Janet and I dashed over to the Sofitel, one of my favorite Los Angeles hotels, to watch the remainder of the Oscars. The crowd was buzzing, only stopping in complete silence when Barbra Streisand sang and erupting into cheers when Argo won which was fun to experience.

Here's Janet and myself hanging out with Steve Valentine, the Sofitel publicist, his friend, and Sofitel's amazing art collection. I loved this iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis Junior when I first saw it at The Vault Gallery in Culver City and had to pose near it as a result. Metallic attire was the word of our night, although Janet wore a beautiful vintage black cocktail dress and Steve wore an artful German T-shirt popping in his yellow ensemble.

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The 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

Always one to push the fashion envelope in unusual ways, Nicole Richie looked catlike in Kami Lerner Gold Filled Wire Wrap Ringat The 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 24th, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.  Jpeg (5)

Kami Lerner is a self-taught artist who uses her personal life experiences as a creative inspiration for her jewels. Kami Lerner is a popular line among Hollywood celebrities such as Demi Moore and is available for purchase at www.kamiart.com.

Party hopping is standard Oscar night, with those attending the Oscars enjoying the Governor's Ball directly afterward before starting to hit the circuit. I have worked that event from a few different angles over the years and must say it is thrilling to be up close and personal among so many stars I have admired and cheered on over the years. They're always so much more beautiful, handsome and charming in person.:)

One such person I have always admired is Bono for his visionary philanthropy and music. His date, Actress Eve Hewson looked gorgeous in CB Luxe as they attended the 21sst Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Jpeg (7)and the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Eve wore the Full Finger Knuckle Ring in Emeralds and Diamonds from CB Luxe to both parties.  Now this ring, I really like.:) 

Jpeg (2)CB Luxe is the fine jewelry collection by Callae Brownstein and mixes precious and semi-precious stones to give pieces a modern twist, while also adding a more traditional touch to contemporary pieces to make them timeless. CB Luxe already has a celebrity fanbase including Hillary Scott, and Ariel Winter. CB Luxe is available for purchase at www.cbluxe.com.

2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party 

This is the creme de la creme of Oscar parties and one of the most coveted tickets around. It's the who's who of politics, entertainment, fashion and media which makes for interesting dinner chatter. Plus, who doesn't love seeing Academy Award winners toting their Oscars around all night?

Twilight star, Taylor Lautner was spotted driving his Fisker Karma to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower.  Car Designed and engineered in California, the Fisker Karma is the world's first luxury Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer).  It offers the performance of a sports sedan with better mileage than the leading hybrids (www.FiskerAutomotive.com).  

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But my absolute favorite Oscar winner of the night had to be Jennifer Lawrence. Have you seen her behind-the-scenes interviews after winning her award and when Jack Nicholson surprised her during an interview? HILARIOUS!

 

 Wearing her Dior Couture dress, she received many best dressed accolades and deserved every single one. I think she's down-to-earth, funny, smart, wise beyond her years, and someone who is fascinating to watch perform. Don't show your breasts Jennifer. Stay classy and don't let immature men like Seth MacFarlane leer or make silly songs about you.:) 

Here's my review of Silver Linings Playbook if you haven't seen the film and are wondering whether or not you should, because you should. You really should. Bradley Cooper is brilliant and it was great to see him nominated for an Oscar. And here's why: Just saw Silver Linings Playbook and recommend it highly (with reservations cuz it's not for everyone)

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Jennifer Lawrence exuded elegance while wearing ELAHN Jewels to the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower on February 24th, 2013 in West Hollywood, CA. Jennifer wore the Vintage Sapphire and White Diamond Full Finger Ring after changing into an easier dress to walk around in. You did see her fall right? That will probably go down in Oscar history. Forget the fact she's 22 and has won an Oscar already! Here's another shot of her just because I like her so much.:)

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ELAHN Jewelry is the collaborative line by Leora Talmor and her mother Elahn. The collection includes a mixture of rustic mined and sliced diamonds combined with classicly cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, rutilated quartz, and moonstones set in antiqued silver and gold. ELAHN Jewelry is available for purchase at www.elahnjewels.com.

And that concludes my Oscar fashion and festivities round-up. Hope you enjoyed the read!


New Media Mixer wrap-up photo album of our #NewMediaCoffeeTalk

I hope you enjoy the pictorial essay that I've created on my Facebook Fan Page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151794243513849.629927.348417258848&type=1&l=397f82bd64

Please "like" it and then tag away! Thank you to everyone for coming out!

Next up, Oscar fashion review of parties, fun, and jewels...


@PeteEvansChef @VLAIC of True Character Series; Danielle Rimmer of @HellsKitchenFOX; @MelissaJoanHart of @Yowza share foodie tips

By Joy A. Kennelly

Because I love to eat and love chefs, recently I was approached by Jacobs Creek Wine who produces the cool YouTube True Character Series (a fine example of brands utilitizing transmedia successfully); Danielle Rimmer, a former Hell's Kitchen contestant; and most recently, Melissa Joan Hart of the new online shopping coupon app, Yowza.

I thought it would be interesting to showcase them all together because if you're like me, you're always searching for new recipes and foodie pleasures to try and tricks to save money. 

So, without further ado, enjoy!

Facebook_1350924618For a tasty side dish, consider Danielle Rimmer's recipe for Brussell Sprouts. You may recognize her from a recent Hell's Kitchen season. Enjoy her recipe!

It's not your mama's brussell sprouts boys and girls:

Pancetta and Sweet Onion Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

Serves: 4
Ingredients:
1 lb. Fresh Brussel Sprouts ( stems cut off and a few unattractive and brown outer leaves on each removed)
4 oz. Pancetta ( cut into small dice)
1 large vidalia onion (diced into small pieces same size as pancetta)
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 T red wine vinergar
2 T whole salted butter
Kosher Salt and Fresh ground pepper to taste
Method:
In a large saute pan heat the evoo on low and add the Pancetta. Cook stirring occassionally until the pancetta has rendered out all the fat and starts to become crispy ( like bacon) approximately 10 min. Next add the diced onion and saute on low until the onion becomes translucent. approximately 5 minutes. Next, turn up the heat to medium and add the brussel sprouts cooking for approximately 5-6 minutes. Cover for an addtional 5 minutes. Remove lid and add the salt and pepper to taste as well as the vinegar and mix. Stir in the butter until incorporated. Serve immediately.

Now if that doesn't have your tastebuds watering, check out Chef Pete Evans from Down Under, as he prepares a quick seafood dish:

 

Now, if you're like me, you don't always have the ingredients on hand you see in various recipes  and need to run out to the grocery store to pick them up. Well, believe it or not, celebrities are just like us. 

You may recognize Melissa Joan Hart from Melissa and Joey, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clarissa, but what you may not know is she also a busy mom who grocery shops just like the rest of us.

She discovered Yowza online coupons through a friend and says, "As a mom of 3 kids, I know how crazy life is...especially when also balancing a career, etc.  I don't care who you are...who doesn't want to save money?  I want to make a difference and believe that Yowza!! can really help so many families and business owners.  Not to mention, we are green.  So I got involved because I felt I coud really help get the word out and make a difference while helping moms like me save some serious money."

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It's free and will save you a ton of cash according to Brand Ambassador, and part owner, Melissa, "Visit www.getyowza.com for more info...and, if you have any stores you want to see, let us know on the site!"

Lastly, because to me, dinner isn't complete without dessert, here's an interesting ice cream artisan based in New York call Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream I trust you'll enjoy for me if you live there:  

That's all for now! Thanks for popping by. Enjoy!



Joy Kennelly's life story as a #travel adventurer as told in her own words.:)

UseJoy Kennelly’s excitement about travel was cultivated by her adventure loving parents from a young age. When she was five, her parents packed her and her two younger sisters, Grace and Glori, into a converted Pepsi Cola truck/motor home and hit the road for a sabbatical year driving through Mexico and Central America to Panama. Leaving the motor home behind in Panama, they then traveled by plane, boat, train and bus all throughout South America.

In the 7th grade, her father took the family once again on another sabbatical and moved them all to Kenya, Africa where her parents taught at a missionary boarding school called Rift Valley Academy for a year while Joy and her sisters attended there.

The year-round school (three months on, one month off) offered the opportunity to explore East Africa more fully and during the breaks, as a family they explored Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Victoria Falls, visiting wild animal parks, missionaries working in villages, and many other unique locations, often traveling with the African locals on their transportation and staying in local African guest houses.

On the family’s return to the United States, they landed in Europe and visited England and Ireland before returning to CA to drive cross-country in a station wagon from New York. During summer vacations, Joy and her family also toured throughout Eastern Canada and several cities in the U. S.

Prior to moving to Seattle, WA for college, Joy worked for both Alaska and Delta Airlines and enjoyed the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and more of the United States and Europe on her own. After college, she volunteered with Hungarian orphan children for a month before backpacking in Europe alone for an additional two months with just a travel guide and a few friends to visit along the way.

A year later, she was invited to fly to West Africa to write a script with an African college friend and used her insurance settlement from a car accident to fly with her to Burkina Faso. One of the few Americans to travel there, Joy immersed herself in the culture, met with the FESPACO film organizers and sang in public.

As a travel writer who has experienced 27 countries and most of the United States both on her own and with her family, Joy has written publicity materials, tour guides, blogs, scripts and website copy. Her articles have been published in the Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper, Coastal Traveler, and in Healthcare Traveler magazine; while her publicity materials about ten of the top museums and most of the major attractions in Los Angeles have been used by the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau as promotional materials for media outlets and photographers world-wide.

She has also blogged in her page one Google blog: Pure, Unadulterated Joy, about her experiences in four-star hotels such as the former Scottsdale Mondrian, the Hotel De Anza in San Jose, CA and the Joule in Dallas, TX while attending and speaking at conferences. She has covered her former client, Chef David Linville's involvement in Food & Wine festivals nation-wide as he presented at the Grand Food & Wine Affair, the 38th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Los Angeles Magazine's Food Event. Her blog coverage on Big Sur and Hearst Castle also appeared to inspire a TV travel episode.

As an airline industry professional, she wrote the script and appeared in a "Beating the High Cost of Travel" infomercial featuring Travel Expert, Tom Parsons, and Radio Personality, Casey Kasem, as her first job in entertainment. Her interesting experiences abroad earned her the “Spirit of Adventure” honor from the Youth Hostels of America Organization. 


@TheGrammys whammy - fashion, food, music and fun @SaintRocke & @supperclub_la w/Chris Brown and Rhianna

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Here's Carly Rae Jepsen showcasing some pre-show Grammy glamour courtesy State Room Jewelry. Kelly Crawford was wearing them too. Kaley Cuoco is wearing Elahn Jewels.

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Hit Hollywood afterward so keep scrolling down for some pix from there too.

Back at Saint Rocke Announcer Soul Cole gave away prizes during the commercial breaks and provided a running commentary. 

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Join us for the launch of our New Media Mixer, Saturday, 2/23 from 3:30pm - 5:00pm #tech

By Joy A. Kennelly

Happy to be able to finally announce the date and time of our first ever New Media Mixer for anyone who blogs, creates web series, tweets, likes and more. Here's all the details. Hope you'll consider joining us!

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NEW MEDIA MIXER

Saturday, February 23, 2013
3:30pm - 5:00pm

​We met  bloggers, web series producers/directors, and more at the New Media Expo. Join us as we share what we learned and hear Readz Publishing as they showcase their new tablet conversion.

This is a FREE event! Please RSVP to attend here: http://ticketcake.com/node/4412

Coffee Connection
3838 Centinela
West LA, CA 90066
Tel: 310 714-2077

Not only will all of us LA-based tech fanatics be there (Melany Berger, myself and Sarah Frischknecht as pictured above left to right), but you will also have the opportunity to connect with our OC Social Media/techie friends as well.

Recognize these folks?

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and from LA, Jesse Bouman  487667_10101481056018747_332453868_n and Ariel Barco  562799_849721314644_1958273944_n And Jon O'Brien of New Antics from the Demo Video Lab has just confirmed too bringing up our video guests and expanding our new media horizons.:)

Readz Publishing has a cool tablet conversion they will be showcasing as well. Readz All are welcome. Please don't forget to RSVP! http://ticketcake.com/node/4412

 


@Tacori sparkled @SAGawards on Defiance star @juliebenz & Breaking Bad Actress @betsy_brandt

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While Betsy Brandt glowed in TACORI jewelry on the red carpet of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles the next afternoon. 
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The Breaking Bad actress wore a TACORI White and Pink Gold .42ct Diamond Ring (#FR805, $3,850), a pair of White and Pink Gold .33ct Diamond Earrings (#FE624, $3,390) and a white and Pink Gold .51ct Diamond Pendant (#FP624, $4,380; www.tacori.com) seen below.
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While attending @sundancefest Celebrities visit UGG Australia & Hint Water gifting suites. See 'em here.:)

By Joy A. Kennelly

Still working on my social media wrap-up ebook for your reading pleasure, but keep receiving these fun images from the Sundance Film Festival which I thought you would enjoy while you wait. Recognize anyone?

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Before leaving on a plane straight for the inauguration, Jennifer Hudson picked up a pair of UGG headphone earmuffs at The UGG Lounge, Sundance Film Festival.

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Radcliffe & McHall hanging at the UGG Lounge. Others who popped in were: 

o    Alicia Keys

o   Michael Cera

o   Naomi Watts

o   Michael C. Hall

o   Brie Larson

o   Abigail Spencer

o   Arden Myrin

o   Shailene Woodley

While other celebrities enjoyed Hint Water wearing audacious hats.:)

 

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Here she is at the Sundance Variety Lounge quenching her thirst with HINT Blackberry Water. Sounds yummy!:) Courtney Love liked it too!

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