Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Re-cap from Roger Neal Style Hollywood (RNSH) 19th Annual Beauty & Couture Academy Award Suite

Re-cap from Roger Neal Style Hollywood (RNSH) 19th Annual Beauty & Couture Academy Award Suite at Luxe Hotel,  Rodeo Drive Penthouse, February 18th-20th.
By Karen Ostlund
Left,Alex Dinelaris Chris McDonald (photo:J.Chow)


Presidential Chef Kurt Ehrlich along with Jeannette’s Edelweiss restaurant supplied the food buffet: vegetarian, chicken and beef wurst with krauts and salad. Jeanette’s Edelweiss is a new German restaurant that will open March 2015, located in Newberry Park, Thousand Oaks, California.
Lorimar Wine & Champagne served their award winning wines, champagnes and new dessert wines. 
Timmy Woods w Alex Dinelaris, Birdman

STAR WATER and LONG SHOT COFFEE offered the non-alcoholic choices.
Long Shot Coffee specializing in creating high end pop up espresso bars for LA'S finest and most exclusive parties, award shows, movie sets, convention centers and business alike here for any espresso emergency. One of their locations is the West Hollywood Library.
Hollygrove and its parent organization EMQ FamiliesFirst, have more than 140 years of experience providing mental health and social services for children, foster youth and families in crisis. Formerly the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society, Hollygrove has served as a home away from home for thousands of children who have been impacted by trauma, poverty and hardships.

The Andy Transplant Foundation's, (AGC) objective is to save lives, educate others and to make a difference through charitable fundraising supporting transplant patients, families, future initiatives and research development.
right, Danielle Brisebois nominated for best song w Rhonda Sheer,
Carol Connors and Renee Taylor

GOWN DESIGNER RHONDA SHEAR UNVEILED HER SHEAR COUTURE OSCAR COLLECTION - Shear Couture styles are designed with smoothing built in body shaping, luxurious fabrics and unique detailing. As an intimate apparel designer and celebrity, she shares her own red carpet experience.
Artist Mario Della Casa unveiled Freddie The Flute
Artist Mario Della Casa  unveiled a one of a kind FREDDIE THE FLUTE, value $250K from the iconic children’s series H.R. Pufinstuf created by Sid and Marty Krofft. Mario Della Casa also unveiled in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the  "DREAM OF JEANNIE" TV series a special bottle that was signed by the nominees and stars attending the RNSH suite. The signed Jeannie Bottle will be auctioned off and all the proceeds will go to Hollygrove.
Left, Julian Ferete filmmaker Butterland w. Roger Neal

Additional RNSH companies who attended among many:

Maricela David Couture   featured by Latin Fashion Week  Maricela David is the line that consists of hand crafted gowns. Some are entirely hand beaded, and all developed by free hand. The beading and embroidery is mounted on various silks. Some of the embroideries and beading are on mesh lined with silk. They are designed with built in support on top for a flawless look ,specifically on bare back designs.
Diane Warren, nominee best song Grateful

 Historical Belleek Castle in Ballina, Ireland

 Kimberly Kimble - - The name Kim Kimble hair-stylist has been synonymous with beauty and glamour for over a decade, and today she continues to raise the bar as one of the most acclaimed celebrity hair gurus in the business. Kimberly Kimble stars on the WE Network show LA Hair. .

Personal Touch Lingerie -    a Line of Swarovski Crystal Bras and their Nubra.

 Tanique -    healthy spray tanning formula in the suite, which offered eco spray tanning for those that wanted a more health conscious glow Oscar Night.

GT Nutrition - "We live in a world in which people care more and more about their health and nutrition. With that in mind, GT Nutrition USA as a new company based in the US, comes to the market with a mission of helping not only athletes, but everyone seeking to achieve a healthier lifestyle".
Paul Sorvino, 
NueLash –  neuLASH is exclusively formulated with a proprietary combination of pep-tides, vitamins, sodium hydrogenate and pumpkin seed extract to help: fortify lashes against further damage, moisturize to improve lash flexibility and durability, and nourish to help lashes look longer and softer.

Smart Scarf by Fur Frenzy -  designer/ founder Pam Fischer and her fur frenzy smart scarfs of course her faux fur scarfs and hooded scarfs complete with a place to keep your hands and secret pockets to put your cell phone, and credit cards/id etc.

 Star Maker Beverly Hills Orthodontics - Dr. Bruce MacFarlane with his WINE TO WHITE Instant Teeth whitener removing red wine stains and coffee stains

. Hook Me Ups - - are a fashionable, stylish solution for charging your smart phones and tech devices on the go!

 Timmy Woods Beverly Hills handbags –

 MADELINE BETH HANDBAGS - - handbag designer and entrepreneur Madeline Beth showcased her collection of handbags in the suite.
Laura Dern

Glamour Bonier-Qicocaga – Brazilian Chocolates

 Long Mi Lashes/Daniel Dinh

 Shelly Hill of Sparkle Nails was doing manicures and pedicures.

 Brynn Cannon Mobile Massage Therapist.- Brynn has lived in both Maui and Las Vegas, the last 15 years. She is a well known massage therapist for poker-players. The Bellagio Spa, Oceanside under a canopy, the CES and MAGIC show, and Mr. Olympia conventions and Poker tournaments are some of the places where Brynn Cannon has worked during her career.

Author Nadia Khalil Bradley presented with her latest book "Origins of Truth" (photo, left)


Lisa Luxen's book – Black Sally  (Pillow) and (Cosmetics)
Mini-facials were provided by    Skincare Paris  

 Renee Taylor's Face Love - Created by Renee's makeup artist Cindy Cohen. This face serum lifts without surgery

 Mary's Cake Shop

Max Frye nominee screenplay
DANIELLE BRISEBOIS - Nominated for Best Original Song "Lost Stars" for "Begin Again. Adam Levine sang this song at the Oscar telecast.
HELEN ESTABROOK & DAVID LANCASTER – Lead Executive producers of "Whiplash"
GREG ALEXANDER - Best Original Song "Lost Stars" for "Begin Again".
JOHANN JOHANNSSON – Best Original Score – "The Theory of Everything"
DIANE WARREN- - Best Original Song "Grateful" – Beyond the Lights – 7th Oscar Nomination
DAN FUTTERMAN - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for "Foxcatcher"
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT- Best Original Score - "The Imitation Game" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7th & 8th Oscar nomination. JASON HALL – Best Writing "American Sniper"
STEPHANE CERETTI - Best Achievement in Visual  Effects for Guardians of the Galaxy

FROM THE OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIE BIG HERO 6- the starring voice Ryan Potter.

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Re-cap of Durkin’s EcoLuxe Lounge & "Salute to the Oscars” Party Presented by Choices Recovery

Re-cap of Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe Lounge
"Salute to the Oscars” Party Presented by Choices Recovery

By Karen Ostlund

 (WestHollywoodToday)           February 25th, 2015.                        The Oscars are always a special time for LA's leading sustainable TV-film product placement producer Debbie Durkin, who’s socially-conscious EcoLuxe Lounge  took place on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton at the  Stardust Penthouse on February 21st. - the day before the Oscars.
The lounge was designed by furniture from Under Canvas, Elan Event Rentals, LBPS Events and Frances Lynn Creative Florals.
Guests enjoyed well-known tunes from DJ Dime, and sipped on champagne and coffee,  while waiting to take a fun photo from Party Life Photo Booth. on the Stardust Penthouse Terrace of Hilton
Companies who attended: is a eco friendly furniture rental business located in Santa Barbara. Elan Event Rentals is founded by longtime surfer, and world traveler Elan Cohen, who combines his love for art, culture, and style, The style is vintage to rustic, modern to chic. The selections are inspired by the beauty of California's countless venues and landscapes. tent rentals at Hilton Terrace
VIP’s were treated to a styling bar, organic spray tans, along with makeup touchups from by OC Hair & Makeup's Stacy Mealin and international makeup artist Maria Lee ( Stacey also demonstrated the new HAI MP3 flatiron, with inbuilt MP3 player."Listen to music while you style your hair".
Choices Recovery T-shirt "Gonna Beat Cancer This Thing"
Eco Lounge dog sponsors 2015
The lounge presented vacations to Glacier Park, Yellowstone and tent rentals from The Moab Desert from Under Canvas.

Nutrition Chef Alex
Fioroni demonstrated "Healing With Food"

Choices Recovery had their own beauty gift bag, and celebrity DogPower items from CanaDog Supply, John Paul Pet shampoo & conditioner and KD Pet 

Actor Ken Davitian at BluBond booth
 BluBond  presented their own rosewater, and Kenit Rome eye light serum, made in Italy:
 "Ikura Formula" is a fluid gel-lotion with Ginkgo Biloba extract for an anti-fatigue action around the delicate eye area.  The trilogy of Hyaluronic Acid, Trehalose and Vitamin E guarantee long-lasting skin elasticity and firmness around the eye area, and.extracts of witch-hazel and Corn Flower gently soothe the area.
*"Ikura Formula" is a special formulation with salmon egg extracts, rich in amino acids, lipids and vitamins A, C and D.
Suitable for all skin

  Additional sponsors: O.P.I., Go Go Squeez, Modern  Oats & fragrance from Loree Rodkin.

That same evening, guests joined presenting sponsor Choices Recovery for a “Salute To The Oscars” cocktailparty at the same Stardust Penthouse hosted by Gretchen Christine Rossi (Real Housewives Of Orange County) and Chris Booker (AMP Radio)

Actor Kevin Sorbo at Canadog
                   Notable attendees to EcoLuxe Day:
Ben Wilkins (Oscar Winner Whiplash: Best Sound Mixing:), Elise Robertson (Oscar Nominee American Sniper Best Picture), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar Nominee Guardians of the Galaxy: Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling), Jason Canovas (Oscar Nominee The Hobbit: Sound Editing), Lisa Bruce (Producer, The Theory of Everything: Best Picture), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Vine star Zane Hijazi), Jason Davis (Celebrity Rehab), Frank Stallone (Rocky) Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars), Amanda Adrienne (Avenged), Andrea Bogart (General Hospital), Nancy Davis (Race To Erase MS), and Carolyn Hennesy (Revenge)
Collar as scarf: dog-model wears 1.5 inch wide pop collar by

Right, makeup artist Maria Lee did red carpet makeup on me.

Notable attendees to “Salute To The Oscars” evening event presented by Choices Recovery included: Gretchen Christine Rossi (Real Housewives Of Orange County), Chris Booker (AMP Radio), Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of Orange County), Joyce Giraud & Michael Ohoven (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Kennedy Summers (Playboy Playmate of the Year 2015), Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy), Michael Lennox (Oscar Nominee: BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM: Best Live Action Short Film), Drake Bell (Drake & Josh), Travis Aaron Wade (Super Natural), producer Marc Anthony Nicholas (CBS "The Talk"/"On Your Marc") and Adina Porter (True Blood).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

By Karen Ostlund
  23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition open now, and features all five    Oscar nominee until April 25th, 2015.

This year’s exhibition  feature over 100 costumes representing 20 of 2014’s most notable films in a variety of genres. 
Costumes from last year’s Academy Award® winning The Great Gatsby, (Catherine Martin), is also spotlighted. Other films include Belle(Anushia Nieradzik), Big Eyes (Colleen Atwood), Selma (Ruth E. Carter), and Jersey Boys (Deborah Hopper).

Free to the public
The Costumes from The Grand Budapest Hotel by Milena Canonero

FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The winner of best Oscar costume The Grand Budapest Hotel by costume designer Milena Canonero was announced at the Academy Awards last February 22, 2015.

 Neil Patrick Harris was hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards, which was broadcasted live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lopez and Chris Pine presented the award to costume designer Milena Canonero for her work on the Wes Anderson film.
Canonero has previously worked with Anderson on his The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic, and is a three-time Oscar winner.

The 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition at FIDM features all five nominees for Best Costume:

The Grand Budapest Hotel by costume designer Milena Canonero. Actors: Ralph Fiennes as Monsieur Gustave H., Tilda Swinton as Madame Céline Desgoffe und Taxis.

Inherent Vice by costume designer Mark Bridges. Actors: Serena Scott Thomas as Sloane Wolfmann, Martin Short as Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd, Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, Shasta Fay Hepworth as Katherine Waterston, and Reese Witherspoon as Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball.

Into the Woods by costume designer Colleen Atwood. Actress Meryl Streep plays The Witch.
Maleficent by costume designer Anna B. Sheppard. Actress Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.

Mr. Turner by costume designer Jacqueline Durran. Actors: Marion Bailey as Sophia Booth, Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Whole Planet Foundation's Pre-Grammy Benefit 2015

By Karen Ostlund
Planet LA Records, Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Foods Market held their yearly "Whole Planet Foundation’s  “Pre-GRAMMY®” benefit" at OHM Nightclub in Hollywood last February 5th 2015.
KT Tunstall, Ryan Cabrera and Debi Nova
The benefit supported efforts in alleviating poverty in 61 countries through micro-credit & funding micro-loans to impoverished women entrepreneurs.
The evening's buffet consisted of a wide variety of health-conscious platter provided by Whole Food Market as:Lentil salad, cauliflower tabouli, vegetarian egg rolls, mini kale and Thai beyond meat satay.
The event was produced by Clamorhouse and Planet LA Records, and emceed by comedian Heather McDonald, It featured performances by 7 leading acts:
Rocky Dawuni, Magnolia Memoir, Patrick Bradley, Andy Allo, Latin GRAMMY-nominated Debi Nova, 2014 GRAMMY nominee Mariachi Divas and three-time American GRAMMY Award winning and 2014 GRAMMY-nominated blues musician Keb’ Mo’.
Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci were honored on stage for their commitments to promoting sustainable practices and changing global environments through their film, “Living on One Dollar.” Netflix.
left, Andy Allo w. Keb' Mo arriving at OHM Nightclub

Filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, Netflix

It is a documentary in Guatemala,where four friends battle illness, parasites and hunger as they experiment with living on just $1 a day for eight weeks.

The documentary begins with their back-story: middle class upbringings, an academic understanding of poverty alleviation, but no real experience of what daily life is like for people in poverty.
In just two months, they encounter many of the challenges that keep people in poverty: severe illness from contaminated drinking water, steep medical costs, and the impossibility of getting a loan from a traditional bank.

Living On One Dollar (Netflix) is a film that highlights the strength and resilience of people living in poverty, the impact of micro-credit, and the how individuals can have an impact in the fight against poverty. Seeing people from different cultures and circumstances learn from one another will resonate with people who watch the film. Chris helps a boy -who only speaks the local dialect- learn English and Spanish and local women teach their new American friends how to add calories to their diet.

Dr Jekyll's Beer Attack Launch:,cinnamon oil, garlic,
 Hawthorne berry,5.4% Alc
maqui berry, algal oil and flax seed oil

The Pre-Grammy benefit was presented by Whole Foods Market, Lifeway and Sambazon, featuring Community Leaders Garden of Life, City National Bank and Nature’s One. Event supporters included:COLDCOCK Herbal Whiskey,Dr.Jekyll’s beer, Keep Cool USA, Navitas Naturals, Prana, Purus Vodka, and Zorbitz.Foundation partners included ACURE Organics, Frontier Co-op, Hampton Creek, HerbNutritionals, Mamma Chia, ORGANIC INDIA, Seeds of Change and VOSS.
Alcohol-free sponsors at Whole Planet Foundation's Pre-Grammy concert
right, Designer Sue Wong w guest
Mariachi Diva, 2014 Grammy nominee
Magnolia Memoir band performed              
Contributors included Beanfields, Better Bean, Cocomojoe, Drazil Foods,Greyston Bakery, Jackson’s Honest Chips, Jax Coconut Water, Late July Organic Snacks,Line 39, Olloclip, Rhythm Superfoods, Rishi Tea, Soundhouse Promotions and Stone Brewing.

Whole Body’s first Fashion Show event benefiting Whole Planet Foundation is coming March 6th, during Expo West, Natural Food Expo Convention in Anaheim.
Some of the textiles featured in the Beauty in All Beings event, March 6th are made by micro-credit clients.
100% of the proceeds from the event will be used to fund more impoverished entrepreneurs.
Walter Robb will be opening the show which will feature product from Whole Foods Market apparel, cosmetics, skin and hair care

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Hollywood Museum debuts new exhibit "Celebration of Entertainment Awards"

By Karen Ostlund 
The exhibit is a special tribute to honor Hollywood Entertainment Awards Season.
As awards season goes into high gear, The Hollywood Museum is debuting a new exhibit showcasing the Best Motion Picture and Television Award contenders.
 Celebrating the 2013 awards season, the exhibit honors the magic of movies and television in a unique showcase featuring costumes and props from the year's most popular and critically acclaimed films and television series.
2nd from right, President of Hollywood Museum Donelle Dadigan

 The exhibit is now open and runs through April 26th at The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, right across the street from where the Academy Awards® will be held on February 22nd.  
The Hollywood Reporter is sponsoring the exhibit. The “Celebration of Entertainment Awards.”  features:
The Dodge Challenger driven by Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, the painter’s outfit worn by Amy Adams in Big Eyes, Frances McDormand’s floral mother-of-the-groom dress from Olive Kitteridge, and the red leather jacket worn by Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder, are among the many costumes, props and memorabilia on display.
It is spotlighting the magic of movies and television excellence at the height of the awards season.
Car in Nightcrawler driven by Jake Gyllenhaal

“Hollywood is the center of the entertainment world, and The Hollywood Museum, located in the heart of Hollywood, has the perfect opportunity to showcase the best of this year’s films and TV shows, paying tribute to the stars, the studios and the contributing Guilds,” said museum Founder and President, Donelle Dadigan.
“There is something for everyone of all ages at The Hollywood Museum. This is where you can discover the glamour of old Hollywood, from Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe to costumes and red carpet fashion from today’s awards contenders"
Olive Kitteridge, dress and handbag

Visitors to the museum will have an opportunity to see curated pieces from Motion Picture award-winners and nominees, including Big Eyes, Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Wild.
Award-winning and popular TV shows on display include Alpha House, Dancing with the Stars, How to Get Away with Murder, House of Lies, Hot in Cleveland, Mad Men, Modern Family, Portlandia, Olive Kitteridge, Ray Donovan, Silicon Valley, The Good Wife, The Newsroom, The Strain, True Blood and The Walking Dead.
Congressman LeBonge w. Aunt Lily at the opening

                  The exhibition also showcases award statuettes from the Oscars®, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award®, Golden Globes®, Emmys®, Screen Actors Guild Awards®, People’s Choice Awards®, Independent Spirit Awards® and Art Directors Guild Awards®.

History of Entertainment Awards on display
 A look at red carpet fashion over the years is on display with dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Stone, Cate Blanchett, Lucille Ball and Barbara Stanwyck. Also presented are Judy Garland's costume from A Star Is Born (1954), (Golden Globe®, Best Actress); Oscar®-winner Shirley Temple’s costume from Curly Top (1935) and Oscar®-winner Elizabeth Taylor’s costume worn in Malice in Wonderland (1985), among many others.
Also displayed are Hannibal Lector's mask and props from Silence of the Lambs (1991), (Oscars® for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Director, Actor and Actress).
Budapest Hotel as prototype

Curated pieces from motion picture award winners and nominees include Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Her, The Grandmaster, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Fruitvale Station as well as fan favorites Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Conjuring and Ender's Game.
Award winning and popular TV shows on display include Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Scandal, Homeland, Mad Men, The Newsroom, Nurse Jackie, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, and Dancing with the Stars.

"The Hollywood Museum has always been a showcase reflecting Hollywood's history, and this new exhibit is the perfect stage to incorporate pop culture by spotlighting the current Hollywood award season," said museum President and Founder Donelle Dadigan. "It is a tribute to each studio and Guilds that contributed to this year's Oscars®, Golden Globes®, Emmys® and guild and critics' awards."
Costumes and awards "Hot in Cleveland"

The Hollywood Museum gratefully acknowledges the contributions for "Celebration of Entertainment Awards" Exhibit from ABC, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, AMC, Annapurna Pictures, BBC Worldwide Productions, Block 2 Distributions Limited, Bootleg Productions, CBS, DWTS Productions, HBO, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Independent Spirit Awards, Lionsgate, Newline Cinema, Nurse Productions, Paramount Pictures, People's Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Showtime, Significant Productions, Sony Pictures Studios, Sony Archives and Collections, Sony Pictures Television, Summit Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Television, UROK Productions, Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company.
The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 N. Highland, open Wednesday - Sunday 10am-5pm.