Greetings from the Golden Globes 2013!

Well, here I am at the Hilton in Beverly Hills, in the middle of all the action, watching as the celebrities parade down the red carpet strutting their stuff for the world-wide press. I saw my boy Denzel Washington with his daughter. George Clooney with his Glamazon girlfriend Stacey Kiebler and Adele, this being her first appearance since giving birth to her handsome young son.

So far, practically everyone is hitting it out of the park with their fashion choices. However, there’s always the exception to every rule. Amy Poehler and Sienna Miller were just hot messes. Amy Poehler wore this ill-fitting tuxedo jacket with matching tight Capri pants rising up where no pant should EVER rise out in public. If she has a stylist and her stylist pulled that ensemble for her to wear tonight, then that stylist should be fired immediately. But if Amy made the decision herself, then she needs a stylist PDQ (pretty damn quick). See below.

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And for our next little fashion disaster, Sienna Miller. I hate putting her in this category because she is a cute as a button. She proved that she has acting chops portraying Tippi Hedren in HBO’s “The Girl” as well as “Stardust” and  “Factory Girl” . But someone, somewhere please help Ms. Miller with her wardrobe choices. This 60’s inspired ensemble should have stayed in the wardrobe department at HBO. The movie has wrapped, so now she can stop channeling the 60’s mod look….a bad 60’s interpretation at that.

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Oh boy, and here’s the biggest fashion fails of the evening…they’re a couple, she’s a Golden Globe and Oscar nominated actress and he’s a quirky director who can really bring the freaky to a film, but I like them. These two characters dance by their own little weird tunes and you gotta love’em. Give up…Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. What can I say?

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And now, here are my choices so far for Best Dressed at the 2013 Golden Globes. First up, Naomi Watts in Zac Posen.

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Halle Berry – as beautiful as always.

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Shaun Robinson – Access Hollywood. She reports on celebrities and what they’re wearing, but tonight she was right up there with the best of them with her lovely gown by Pamela Roland.

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Taylor Swift – the back on this gown is fabulous.

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Bradley Cooper

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Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy. This woman just had a baby less than a month ago…look at her, back in fighting form.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

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Well that’s it for now. I’m starved, my Spanx are cutting off my circulation and I need some champagne. Good night everyone from the 2013 Golden Globes.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to One and All!

May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter and love.  Stay safe, celebrate like there’s no tomorrow and enjoy!!!

Drive-in theater among downtown LA high-rises | Video | abc7.com

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Weekend Hangout – The Birthday Continues…..River Cafe

After a wonderful celebration with family and friends in LA on my actual birthday of October 19th, my friends in New York planned a 2nd birthday celebration. This time it was in New York or Brooklyn to be exact, at the fabulous River Cafe. This place is hands down, one of my favorite places to dine. If you want to have a romantic evening or just gather with your family and friends, this is the place to be.

The River Café draws more New Yorkers and visitors into Brooklyn than just about any entity since Coney Island. It has been the location of many major films, hundreds of commercials and countless television shows. It has hosted many of the most famous – from within government and business to celebrity and royalty from around the world.

The River Cafe has won numerous awards including The 2012 Michelin Guide Award, Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award (DiRoNA), The New York Parks Council Award and The Municipal Arts Society Award.

I would highly recommend if you’re in New York, make a reservation, because if the food doesn’t do it for you (and it would be surprising if it doesn’t), the spectacular views and excellent service will have you hooked!

One Water Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201

718.522.5200

**After 5:00 p.m. each day, jackets are required for gentlemen in the Main Dining Room and the Bar. Ties and collared shirts are always preferred.

Appropriate clothing and footwear is always required in all areas at all times. Men wearing backless sandals are not permitted.

Weekend Hangout – Birthday Edition

I know I’ve been missing for a couple of weeks with the Weekend Hangout, but I was sick with terrible allergies. Now I’m back in time for my birthday! Today is the date my mom was in labor with me for 15 hours…as I’ve been told over the years, many, many times.  I can’t wait for a frozen strawberry margarita and some fun.

But because we are in rather tough times and my REAL favorite affordable Mexican food restaurant, Acapulco,  is no longer near where I live, I have rounded up a group of family and friends for Happy Hour at El Torito Grill.

I actually enjoy going there for Happy Hour in the Cantina. You can either sit indoors and enjoy some of the best chips, salsa and guacamole around or go out on the patio to enjoy the cool, mild LA evenings with drinks and friends in tow. Their Happy Hour lasts from 3 – 8 p.m….five hours to get your eat and drink on.  Another plus is  the staff… they’re so nice, friendly and accommodating. Ask for Lance, he’ll hook you up.

So if you’re ever in the Los Angeles area and looking for a good bang for your buck, stop by…you won’t be disappointed.

ET Grill

El Torito Grill

9595 Wilshire Blvd.

Beverly Hills, California 90210

Phone: 310-550-1599

Open Daily
Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday 12:00am-9:00pm

Cantina Small Bites (7 Days/wk in the Cantina).

Drink Specials (M-F 3-8pm in the Cantina).

The 99 Cent Store Wants to Invade the 1%-er’s Playground

This cracks me up! The residents of Beverly Hills and surrounding affluent neighborhoods, are the same people who have tried endlessly to stop the subway to the sea because they’re afraid that the “wrong people” will invade their bastion of wealth and entitlement, though they won’t publicly admit it. Now the 99 Cent Store wants to further encroach on the mecca of conspicuous consumption by opening a store on Rodeo Drive…my how times have changed. For some strange reason, I’m pulling for the 99 Cent Store. I would love to see the faces of the old money elite shivering in their designer duds when they see different people, not of the Beverly Hills/Bel Air set, marching proudly into the store, feeling that a store they’re familiar with, is reason enough to take a trip to Rodeo Drive. If this comes to fruition, I too will drive down there and do my shopping right beside all the other working class people rubbing the wealthy’s noses in the mere fact of us being there. Sorry 1%-ers, it just may be open season on your playground.

Dollar Store Seeks to Rub Elbows on Rodeo Drive

If your Rodeo Drive shopping stops include Versace, Armani, Chanel and Tiffany & Co., perhaps you’d be interested in a store where you could drop a real bundle, of $1 bills that is.

The 99 Cents Only Stores chain announced that it’s searching for a retail space on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif., one of the toniest shopping strips in the world.

“We think our store will do well. Our highest amounts of sales are happening in our branch on Wilshire Boulevard. We know for a fact a lot of customers there are coming from Beverly Hills. This store will be here to stay. The major reason for its success will be the challenging economy which came as the final impetus to open the store,” Eric Schiffer, The 99 Cents Only Store CEO, told ABC News.

The 99 Cents Only Store is confident that opening on Rodeo Drive be a winning move. “We’ve had many success stories that are similar to this scenario. After we opened our store in West Hollywood on West Lincoln Boulevard, a Whole Foods came right next to us. As soon as it did, our business went up dramatically,” he said.

“Oh my God! How will it work in the middle of all the fancy-shmantsy?” Beverly Hills resident since 1977 Ann Garry told ABC News when she heard the news.

“If there’s a 99 Cent Only Store on Rodeo Drive, I will definitely shop there. I wouldn’t dream of shopping on Rodeo Drive. Instead of just looking at the windows I can now shop there,” said Garry.

Mikael Choukroun, manager of 208 Rodeo restaurant located on the Rodeo Drive, he is concerned about the street losing its high-class identity.

“Hearing news of The 99 Cents Store opening is very disappointing. I worked for 20 years at Les Champs Elysees [in Paris] and I have seen what such stores have done to it. After McDonalds and similar places opened many of the high-end brands left Les Champs Elysees and it’s now full of cheap stores. I can see this happening to Rodeo Drive if they start opening such stores,” said Choukroun.

Making ends meet as far as rent will be a challenging task, said Schiffer. “We’re hoping to find a landlord who will understand that with opening such a store we will increase traffic on Rodeo Drive, which has been slow due to the bad economy,” said Schiffer.

“By putting our news release out on Tuesday we hope to attract the interest of landlords and perhaps cut the middle-man process, and by that, cut some extra costs,” he said.

The store hopes to appeal to locals and to tourists. “Shops on Rodeo make most of their sales from tourists. When tourists get their basic needs from our store, as opposed to paying a lot more for the same items at their hotels, they will have saved enough to shop on Rodeo,” said Schiffer.

The 99 Cent Stores operates 303 outlets in California, Texas, Arizona, and  Nevada. “We were the first store to sell in 99 cent or a buck items. We are an LA iconic business. We started in LA 30 years ago and grew to 300 stores and we want it to be the home of our flagship store… the city where we started.  Also, what’s wrong with having an exception, and we would be that exception,” said Schiffer.

Featured Weekend Hang-out – The Empire Hotel

Well we’ve made it through another week and now it’s time to rest, relax and get your party on. Every week I’ll feature one of my favorite spots to have fun with my friends or get my date night on with my man. This week it’s The Rooftop Bar at The Empire Hotel in New York City…can you EVER go wrong with anything in the mecca for all-night partying?

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night until 4:00 a.m., you can mingle with the beautiful people of Manhattan and enjoy the breathtaking views of one of the most dynamic cities in the world. TIP – on Saturdays, mention chillstrong.com and there’s no admission at the door and get the VIP treatment. Music by special guest DJ’s all night!

Doors Open at 9PM

44 West 63rd Street

Manhattan, NY, 10023

Located on the 12th Floor of the Empire Hotel, The Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers magnificent views of Lincoln Center as well as the Broadway & Columbus Avenues gateway to Manhattans Upper West Side. This rooftop haven serves up some of the hottest cocktails in town, and now offers the hottest parties in NYC.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop is the perfect way to experience and escape the city below.

Celebrities to grace the Empire Rooftop include Sean Combs (Diddy), Kim Cattrall, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Fallon, and many more…

Call today for birthday packages, table reservations, info and more at:
866.604.4244

ENJOY!