Barefoot Contessa

Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa at Saban Theatre

8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tel: (323) 655-0111

The best-selling cookbook author and star of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa is coming to Beverly Hills!

Ina Garten shares her natural approach to food; sharing tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. The Emmy Award-winning host of the “Barefoot Contessa” television show on Food Network and a New York Times best-selling author will be joined on stage with a local moderator.  Ina Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of the hit TV show, now in its eleventh season, and the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and passion, engaging the audience with an interactive Q&A.

Doors 5:30pm.  Show 7:30pm.
$39.50 / $49.50 / $59.50 / $75.00 + applicable fees

More details here.

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Well hello there! Today is what we call in the wedding industry world, “Wedding Wednesday”!  Why? I don’t know. LOL!!! I’m sure there’s a reason somewhere out there. But, as a wedding planner I like to stay connected to my other wedding peeps so I’ll just go with it.

Today I’m so excited to share Melane and Cuong’s Luxe Sunset Hotel Wedding. When I saw what they were planning, I knew it was going to be something to RAVE about. So enjoy these gorgeous photos courtesy of Shane and Lauren Photography.

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Lux Sunset Wedding

Ceremony And Reception Venue: Luxe Sunset Hotel | Wedding Coordinator: Beverly Harris Weddings & Events (Lead Planner: Shirin Ghalchi | Assistants: Jenna Funk, Jaleh Peykar) | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride’s Hair: Maria Pallares & Lety Martinez | Makeup: Valarie Star | Groom’s Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein | Photographer:  Shane and Lauren Photograpy | Videographer: Prismatik Fims | Florist: Floral Couture & Design | Rentals: Luna Gardens | Officiant: John Perez | Band: Lucky Devils Band | Cake: Cake Goodness | Photo Booth: Smile Lounge

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Meaghan Roberts & Je'Caryous Johnson

Meaghan Chrystal Roberts will wed Je’Caryous Johnson in an outdoor wedding in Beverly Hills on November 15, 2014. Three hundred guests have been invited including the Who’s Who of Black Hollywood: Wendy RaQuel Robinson, Essence Atkins, Malik Yoba, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Roundtree, Louis Gossett Jr, Vivica A. Fox, Miguel Nunez, Brian McKnight, Allen Payne, Leon, Omar Gooding, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Jill Marie JonesandTV’s Judge Glenda Hatchett.

The star-studded guest list is reflective of Je’Caryous’ successful career as a playwright, producer and director. A Houston native, Je’Caryous, age 37, attended the University of Houston before becoming one of the most sought after playwrights in the industry. He is now the CEO of Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment in Beverly Hills. His plays have grossed 85 million dollars. Johnson is the recipient of the NAACP Trailblazer Award and has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise and Essence.

Meaghan, age 30, earned her B.A., Master’s and Juris Doctorate at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She is an entertainment attorney licensed to practice law in California and Texas. She is most passionate about helping teens and their parents to communicate with one another openly and honestly and has developed a seven-week program called Sticks & Stones to strengthen human connections.

Pre-wedding events: Las Vegas bachelorette party hosted by Jeanne Roberts Johnson, Meaghan’s oldest sister; a co-ed party for 40 of the couple’s friends hosted by Fallon Roberts, Meaghan’s sister, at her Santa Monica home; a bridal shower in St. Louis; and a rehearsal dinner in Beverly Hills.

Father-of-the-bride, St. Louis billionaire Michael Roberts Sr., is CEO of The Roberts Companies. Mother-of-the-bride, Jeanne Gore Roberts, is a former teacher and executive producer of several movies that enjoyed wide release. She spends her time now between her homes in St. Louis, MO; Malibu, CA and Nassau, Bahamas.

Visit the website for the couple at www.jecaryousandmeaghan.com

Or contact LoLo Smith at lorettasmith1@comcast.net or 202-518-1084 or 202-294-4724

Wedding gown and bridesmaids gowns: Vera Wang

Wedding Planner: Details Details (Carrie Johnson) in Beverly Hills

Photographer: Joe Latter

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My Oh My! This Couple, Awesome! That’s all I have to say, but I’ll say more. Mr. & Mrs. Eisenhoff were married at Calamigos Ranch Malibu.  It was a perfect match to their personalities. Nestled in the heart of Malibu Wine Country, Calamigos Ranch was perfect for their whimsical and elegant wedding. All the details that the couple had so carefully planned had fallen into place perfectly and carried out flawlessly.

The Bride changed from a long formal wedding dress and her “pink” Yves Saint Laurent wedding shoes to a short white dress and “custom” Converse. I’ve seen Brides change into a second and sometimes even a third dress, but they always kept it formal. Not this Bride, she was ready to dance the night away. Calamigos Ranch Wedding Calamigos Ranch WeddingCalamigos Ranch Wedding And the details captured by Brian Leahy Photography. Calamigos Ranch WeddingCalamigos Ranch Wedding The Bride and Groom wrapped in a single Tallit. Calamigos Ranch Wedding More details. Calamigos Ranch WeddingCalamigos Ranch Wedding They even designed their own sweetheart table. Calamigos Malibu Wedding Here are some of my favorites. Calamigos RanchWeddingCalamigos Ranch Wedding Wow! This is absolutely beautiful. I feel the love, don’t you? Calamigos Ranch WeddingCalamigos Ranch WeddingCalamigos Ranch Wedding Magical moments. By the way, Mr. Eisenhoff you better look out. Mrs. Eisenhoff appears to be able to hold her own. :) Calamigos RanchWeddingCalamigos Ranch Wedding A pretty fun group, I’d say. Calamigos Ranch Wedding Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Eisenhoff! Vendor Love! Venue: Calamigos Ranch Malibu | Wedding Coordinator: Beverly Harris Weddings & Events (My Fabulous Assistants: Adrienne Robinson, Melanie Myers, Jenna Funk & Sandra Funk) | Hair: Marta Amaya | Makeup: Melissa Ann McComas | Bride’s Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Formal Wedding Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Bride’s Custom Shoes: Converse | Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang | Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein | Groom’s Custom Shoes: Converse | Photographer: Brian Leahy Photography | Rabbi: Robert Elias | Cake: M.J.B. Cakes | DJ: Hey Mister DJ | Florist: Stella Bloom Designs | Harpist: Harp Music by Vonette | Custom Chalkboard & Place cards: A Charming Occasion | Vintage Car: Five Diamonds Limo

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Hello Everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Please forgive me for not posting in a while, but it’s been an extremely busy wedding season. Now I’m back and ready to share what I’ve been up to. It’s an elegant and classy wedding, this one. A beautiful bride marrying a handsome groom at a country club that’s fit for a celebrity. It’s a Sherwood Country Club Wedding like no other. Black tie, crazy gorgeous centerpieces and a cake that’s beyond AH-MAZING! It was so much fun assisting with the preparations of this wedding. The Bride, simply stunning! The Groom, suave and stylish! Come on take a look, see for yourself. Sherwood Country Club Wedding How sweet, the Groom received a special note from his Bride. Sherwood Country Club Wedding Aww! The Bride received a special note from her Groom. I wonder what it says. :) Sherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club Wedding I just love the sparkle on this gorgeous bridal bouquet. If it made me smile, just imagine how the Bride felt? Sherwood Country Club Wedding The beautiful grounds and clubhouse at Sherwood Country Club will astound your guests. Wow! And the Bride’s Winnie Couture gown is absolutely stunning! Country Club Wedding Thank you Sherwood Country Club for providing a golf cart so the couple could make their way around the grounds for their special photos. Country Club WeddingCountry Club Wedding Beyond gorgeous! Country Club Wedding Look at the excitement on the Groom’s face. He can’t wait to marry his Bride. Hurry honey! Sherwood Country Club Wedding A gorgeous Sofreh created by Afsaneh Sargordan with a backdrop looking over the Santa Monica Mountains. The outside Grecian Pergola was perfect for this Persian ceremony. Sherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club WeddingSherwood Country Club Wedding “So in love! No one has to come so long as we’re together.” Sherwood Country Club Wedding Need I say more about this incredible wedding cake embellished with crystal chandeliers. Too pretty to eat, don’t you think? Sherwood Country Club Wedding Congratulations to the lovely couple! Blessing to you both! A special thank you to a wonderful team of vendors: Venue: Sherwood Country Club | Officiant: Dr. Mohammad Bazaei | Wedding Coordinator: Beverly Harris Weddings & Events (Assistants: Hilary, Adrienne, Melanie & Sarah) | Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Suzi Couture | Makeup: Makeby by Lilit | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Sofreh: Afsaneh Sargordan | Flowers: Magnolia Village Flowers | Cake: Jaime Cakes | Cake Chandeliers: Cake Dress |Desserts: Shekarchi Catering | Photographer: Brett Munoz Photography | DJ & Lighting: Excellent Entertainment International | Rentals: CMC Rentals

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The Headshot Truck Launch Party was held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Doheny Plaza Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills. The event was hosted by Blue Eye Entertainment and included yummy tastings, delicious drinks and some good old music. And the gift bag was pretty awesome too.

The Headshot Truck has become the most sought after cutting-edge mobile photography studio tailored to serve the entertainment industry. The glitzy red carpet event had a Hollywood guest list that included top talent agents, managers, and their celebrity clients, and has the whole town buzzing about a new era in photography and mobile business.

The Headshot Truck is an all-inclusive, mobile photography studio where actors can get their headshots done. Every detail of The Headshot Truck experience, from start to finish, has been tailored to the needs of the actors they are there to serve. Their team of experts aboard each truck includes a makeup artist, wardrobe consultant and a photographer. Rain or shine, come hell or high water, their goal is to enable and empower every actor to produce a solid set of headshots, without breaking the bank or wasting time, so they can move on to other things, like say, focusing on auditions, acting classes and agent meetings. Fast. Fun. Affordable. It’s the best way to get shot in LA.

Congratulations The Headshot Truck on your success and thank you for having me at your fancy event. Oh and a big shout out to all the sponsors involved. Great event!

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Beverly Hills: Rooftop – L’Ermitage

Friday, August 22, 2014 -  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Luxury epitomized, this is THE event to attend for anyone who loves Champagne and its parallel in extravagance, caviar.  This won’t be the night for temperance as they’ve assembled an incredible line-up of just about every legendary bubbly crafted in the Champagne region – they’ll be pouring the best of the best that have made French sparklers the benchmark around the world.  And did I say caviar?  Sang Yoon hosts an incredibly decadent evening of delights. Come party on the rooftop of the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, in the glamorous epicenter of the entertainment business, for our marquee event:  Los Angeles Food & Wine – where celebrity meets celebrity chef!  (Cameras optional.)

Visit LA Food and Wine to purchase your tickets today.

Tickets: $150 per person

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Veuve ClicquotHappy Friday Everyone! The weekend is finally here and it’s time to celebrate. So let’s pop open a bottle champagne to get this party started. But wait, not just any champagne, my love is the luxury champagne Veuve Clicquot Rosé. The Veuve Clicquot Rosé is a blend of red wines sourced from selected black grapes that ensure the marvelous balance of this unique Rosé wine. And to finish it off, add the Rosé Collection: the Haute Couture of champagne. Rosé Collection is a line of decorative gift boxes enclosing a bottle of non-vintage pink champagne, alone or with two flutes. The boxes open in an unfolding of pink pleats, like a delicate dress, to reveal the effervescent creation sheltered within. Trimmed in a motif that appears hand-stitched, these containers – in addition to keeping the champagne chilled for up to two hours – add a touch of elegance to any setting and occasion. Simple Gorgeous! Now how’s that for luxurious weekend? Enjoy!

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Hello My Lovelies! Thank you for stopping by. Today’s blog post will reveal one of Beverly Hills best kept secrets for skincare. Visiting Kelly Reynolds Skin Studio was quite refreshing. It’s wasn’t the usual large overpopulated office, where you sit in a lobby waiting on someone to call your name. No, Kelly personally greets you me with a smile. The studio has such a homey feel. You feel special, as you should feel! I don’t know about you, but I love personal attention. Kelly sits with you to discuss your current skincare routine and maybe even a little girl chatter. (HeeHeeHee!)

Kelly’s studio is quite charming. When I arrived at the studio, she asked me to complete a skincare questionnaire. It was quick, precise and to the point (just the way I like questionnaires). After completing the questionnaire, Kelly went over the questionnaire with me. Unbelievably there were questions she asked about my skin that I couldn’t answer. (I’m thinking to myself, uh, I don’t know! LOL!)

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Finally the time had come for the main attraction, the AH-MAZING Silkpeel and Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial!! Okay, you’re probably wondering what the heck are a Silkpeel and Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial.

The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion System combines non-invasive exfoliation with deep delivery of patient-specific solutions directly to the skin without the use of crystal or other chemical exfoliants. The procedure is non-invasive and even soothing; delivering the results you want without harsh chemicals or uncomfortable treatments!

Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion treatment simultaneously infuses moisture, vitamins and other active ingredients in the skin via cooling, calming topical hyperbaric oxygen resulting in luminous, unparalleled hydration and visible, age defying results. Re-hydrated, plumped up skin in less than an hour has garnered some of Hollywood’s most famous and beautiful devotees.

Now I’m not familiar with all the terminology and what order things should be done, but one thing I do know for sure is when my treatments were over, I was able to see and feel the difference right away. My skin felt as smooth as a baby’s bottom.  I told Kelly that my face felt ALIVE!

Kelly’s philosophy is this…”First impressions are everything. Your skin is the very first thing people notice about you!

Unfortunately too many people neglect their skin, fail to properly maintain and protect it, and use inferior products that can lead to even more damage. My goal is to become your skincare partner and develop a treatment plan for you that will keep your skin clear, beautiful and glowing all year around.

My approach to skincare is a personal one. Most large high end spas and doctor’s offices offer over-priced and impersonal services. I will take the time to get to know YOU and your skin, and form a long and lasting friendship where we work together to keep your skin healthy and AMAZING!!!”

Right now if you book online you can receive 25% off any regular priced treatment. Or if you have questions before you decide to book online, you can contacat Kelly at 310.962.7303. Enjoy!

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Happy Monday My Lovelies! I hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine. As a Beverly Hills wedding planner, I’m always looking at luxury venues to share with my clients. I often revisit venues where I’ve previously worked to keep updated on changes made with staff and the venue. So here I am at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel.  I had the pleasure of brunching at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel with two fabulous young ladies, on your left Catering Manager Catherine Johnson and on your right Catering & Events Manager Kym Evets and yours truly in the middle. Beverly Hills Hotel Normally when I attend a business meeting and it’s over a meal, I order something light, like a salad. However I couldn’t hold back on ordering the Challuh French Toast, it sounded so yummy. It was calling my name, like “Beverly pick me, pick me“. Look at it! Would you turn it down? If I had, I would’ve been thinking about it the rest of the day. So why deprive myself. :) And trust me, it didn’t disappoint. Yum! Beverly Hills Hotel Now as if being treated to brunch was not enough, I was gifted with a gorgeous latte cup and saucer. However, it wasn’t your normal size latte cup and saucer. See for yourself. I love it! I also picked up a pen on the way out. Again, I couldn’t help myself. (Wink! Wink!) Beverly Hills Hotel Alright although the food was delicious and my latte cup and saucer was adorable, I was really there to see the updated ballrooms and hear about all the changes the hotel has recently undergone. A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of coordinating a wedding at The Beverly Hills Hotel before the renovations so I was very excited to see all the GORGEOUSNESS and hear about the changes. (I’d love to share the wedding photos, but at the request of  the couple, I was asked not to.)  :(  I can’t wait to work at this venue again.

Kept in its original art deco style, the historic Crystal Ballroom is the hotel’s largest event room accommodating a maximum of 800 guests with private foyer, built-in stage and dance floor accented by a stunning Venetian crystal chandelier.  The ballroom’s French doors look out onto the beautiful lush Crystal Garden staged with a lovely white wedding gazebo. See more ballroom options here.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Contact Catherine at (310) 887-2459 for wedding inquiries or Kym at (310) 887-2520 for social and corporate inquires to schedule a tour of this Ah-Mazing venue. Trust me, you’re in for a real treat. And I don’t mean the food, although that’s good too. (hahaha) Enjoy!

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