Had a blast in LA and wasn't able to find time to write my follow-up blog until now. Summer Jam TechLA was great and I shared highlights on my Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook accounts. Look there or search #TechLA via Twitter.
I'm dictating my Vegas Great Love Debate review so hopefully won't have a lot of corrections to make cause boy sex is kind of funny. See what I mean? I said voice activation, not boy sex. LOL!!!!
The seminar itself was interesting, although it did get dominated by a 20 year old who thought he knew everything after being in one relationship which got a little annoying after awhile and should not have been allowed to speak so much.
I think I had enough when he went to the front, whipped out his cell phone and was actually reading notes he wanted all of us to know. It was all I could do not to start laughing out loud at his audacity and youthful ignorance. Instead left the room to get something to drink.
My friend got a lot out of it while I enjoyed having the books that I've read on relationships confirmed live. Plus, it was fun to hear diverse opinions from the panelists, especially the guys.
I have to admit, I was surprised at the small male turnout being that this is Vegas, but it is a very transit town and perhaps everyone isn't into relationships, more hookups. Or, the women are so easy there are guys who don't think they need help. LOL
I think I enjoyed the one-on-one conversations I had with some of the matchmakers more at the after gathering at The Yard House and hanging out with my friend.
I am also looking forward to speaking to one on a more personal basis soon since I'm determined to find out what is holding me back from finding love.
Here's some fun pictorial highlights from the event. What I find hilarious is that for some reason, the second batch of solo shots all the matchmakers look sad. They were not though in person. We just caught them thinking I guess. My friend shot a lot of my pix.:)
I've been reading a lot of relationship advice books since I have the time and have enjoyed telling my girlfriends what I've learned and which books I recommend. We're keeping the library busy! And bookstores too (if you're an author.:)
As a result, when I saw this event on Match and then received the press release, I knew it was a fun event to attend and cover. I used to attend "love" seminars and groups while living in Los Angeles under Dr. Pat Allen, but she's so coarse I eventually stopped going. There's only so many F-words I can tolerate, especially coming out of a 60 year old plus woman's mouth! No matter how good her advice is!
So, it will be interesting to see what this show/event reveals. I think I'm beginning to get a handle on what I've been doing wrong all these years and what I also have been doing right which is hopeful.
I believe in love. I believe in soul mates. I also believe when the time is right and you keep putting yourself out there, you will meet "The One."
I had a good friendship with a guy I wanted a future with because he's kind, super smart, handsome, successful, yet down-to-earth, humble and generous, but alas and alack, I ruined it which is why I'm now reading the book, It's Not Him, It's You! LOL I want to learn from my mistakes and grow as a person because I also believe it will benefit every aspect of my life, professionally and otherwise as well.
Plus, I don't want to make that mistake again. I really liked him and enjoyed the mental connection we shared which I haven't felt in a long time. Miss that and him, but trying to move on. Hence this event...
I want to meet someone special because traveling is so much more fun when you have someone to share it with which is one of the many reasons I've been working on building Joy's Travel Adventures to help women find travel partners.
If we're single, there's no reason to wait on a guy to have fun!:)
There are so many single women who never travel out of fear of the unknown, fear for their safety, and not knowing what to do and see when they go somewhere, which is why I'm excited to help them experience the empowerment and self-knowledge that comes when you travel. Also, introduce them to all the fun things there are to do!
Travel opens your mind, your heart, and your soul in ways staying at home will never accomplish. It makes you more flexible, more tolerant, more interesting, and more open which is one of the reasons I love exploring new places. I always come back a better person for the experience, even if negative and difficult.
This morning I dreamt I was traveling in Europe in August and meeting up with travel friends there. I hope this is one dream that comes true because I'm ready for a new adventure.:) In the meantime, I'll continue working on my travel episode for Las Vegas and introduce my fellow female travelers to the wonderful opportunities to explore Nevada they may not be aware exist.
And share with them what I learn through attending this love debate. Maybe I'll see you there? All the details follow. Enjoy! Tell 'em Joy sent ya!
LEADING PANEL OF EXPERTS HEADLINES LAS VEGAS EVENT
This lively, interactive Town hall-style discussion and debate on the current state of the date will be comprised of an audience of 100 of Las Vegas’ most eligible bachelors facing off against 100 of its most dynamic single women to answer the question, “Why is everyone still single?”
‘We are thrilled that this unique, entertaining, and engaging event is coming to Las Vegas,” says the event’s moderator, Kimberly Seltzer, nationally-renowned Therapist, Image Expert, and Dating Coach. “This city’s singles are extremely passionate about love, the evening will be a really fun and exciting way to raise questions - and find answers!”
The July 12th show continues the summer leg of a 45-city national tour, and features a panel of the region’s most prominent relationship experts and influential voices including; Crystal Cardoso, Las Vegas Dating Expert and Relationship Specialist; Kristine Givas, National Director at the World’s Premier Matchmaker, Kelleher International; Brian Howie, Award-Winning Producer and Author ofHow to Find Love in 60 Seconds; and Arden Leigh, Author, Relationship Strategist, and Women’s Coach.
Tickets for this event are $40 and are available online at www.greatlovedebate.com. Doors open at 7pm for cocktails, showtime is at 8pm. The first 50 people to use promotional code LOVE20 at checkout receive $20 off the ticket price.
Seating is extremely limited (100 per gender), all attendees receive admission to the “Meet, Greet, Mix, Mingle & Match” party which immediately follows the show at Yard House.
Now here's the official Fireworks list which I'm sharing without fact checking so please verify all information on your own before going:
"The Vegas Strip and the skies of Southern Nevada will be illuminated with fireworks shows. Here are the places to enjoy fireworks show on the fourth of July in Las Vegas.
Note: July 4th fireworks generally start shortly after sunset so please be advised due to the popularity of the fireworks show, it is best start out early in order to get the best viewing location. Please stay hydrated because this heat will dehydrate you very quickly!
Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino
As part of Caesars Palace July 4th Celebration, on July 4, 2014 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, will have an Independence Day fireworks display. Fireworks by Grucci will be shot from the hotel's Roman Tower beginning at 9:15 p.m. The best views will be from the Las Vegas Strip at the front fountains of Caesars Palace.
Caesars July 4th Fireworks Date: Fri, July 4, 2014 Place: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
Fireworks at The Linq/High Roller 9 p.m. Tickets from $49.50 The Linq
High Roller riders will be able to view two fireworks displays starting at approximately 9 p.m. at Caesars Palace and 9:30 p.m. at the High Roller lot. Take in the view of the Las Vegas skyline as the city celebrates the 4th of July. Premium holiday priced cabins will board from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., general admission and special packages for the 30-minute ride include:
$49.95 per person – general admission tickets with complimentary beverage during 8:30 to 9:30p.m. premium holiday skyline viewing window. $2,500 - private personal cabin during 8:30 to 9:30p.m. premium holiday skyline viewing window with open bar for up to 25 people inclusive of tax and fees.
Fireworks at Mandalay Beach 8 p.m. Tickets from $20 Mandalay Bay
The sky above Mandalay Bay Beach will light up red, white and blue this Independence Day with a dazzling display of fireworks and a musical performance by the local classic rock band Phoenix. Guests of all ages can dig their feet into the sand or let the waves wash over them while enjoying the extravaganza Friday, July 4.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets priced at $20 and family four-packs priced at $60, not including applicable service charges and taxes.
The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower This year, The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower will present its annual citywide fireworks display and "Independence Pool Party" on Friday, July 4, 2014. The world-famous Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. will produce a display that will be launched from the Stratosphere's North parking garage and visible anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. The display will start at 9 p.m. and will be 10 minutes in duration.
Fun on the Fouth at the Stratosphere Date: Fri, July 4, 2014 Location: Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas, NV
Station Casino’s 2014 “We Love Locals” July 4th Fireworks Blast
The Station Casinos Las Vegas 2014 fireworks shows will go off on the east and west sides of town at Green Valley Ranch Resort and Red Rock Casino Resort. The fireworks show will last approximately nine-minutes.
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spas 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052 Date: Fri, July 4, 2014
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Friday July 4, 2014
The Smith Center/Downtown Vegas The show will get underway at 9 p.m. The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs. General admission is $10.
Primm Valley Fireworks Free Primm Valley Casino Resorts, Primm, Nevada
Primm Valley Casino Resorts will be celebrating Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show. Starting at dusk, the night sky will be lit with the vibrant colors from the display. The sixth annual show will be set against the desert scenery and away from the city lights allowing viewers an extravagant show. Families are encouraged to arrive early for prime parking spots and fun at the resorts. The best viewing location for guests is located in the Star of the Desert Arena parking lot at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino.
Henderson Fourth of July Celebration Friday July 4, 2014; 6 PM - 9:15 PM. Fireworks Show at 9PM Mission Hills Park 551 East Mission Hills Drive Henderson, NV Free
Check with M Resort too because they have a 4th extravanganza, but I can't copy the info for some reason.:)
4th of July 2014 Nightclub and Pool Club Parties
All-star DJ lineup at Wet Republic Date: July 4 - 6 Where: MGM Grand Wet Republic pool club kicks off 4th of July weekend with Afrojack on Friday, July 4. Calvin Harris and Burns take over on Saturday, July 5. The weekend closes with Tiësto July 6
The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower Independence Pool Party 4th of July Level 8 Pool Party Time: 6pm to 11pm Date: Friday, July 4th Admission: $10 + tax per person Activities: Live Concert – Zowie Bowie • Fireworks Spectacular • Cabana Special Must be 21 to attend pool party. The Independence Pool Party will be located on the Stratosphere's pool and recreation deck on the eighth floor of the Premier room tower.
4th of July Tips
July 4th is all about the fireworks and if you're visiting Las Vegas for the holiday you'll want to know where to see the displays and where to find other all-American entertainment.
Fireworks locations can vary from year to year but typically you'll find them at several locations around town.
The Stations Casinos properties, which are local casinos across the valley, usually have fireworks displays at several of their resorts like Sunset Station and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson and Texas Station and Red Rock Hotel Casino in the north.
If you head downtown, you can see an electronic fireworks display on the Viva Vision canopy above Fremont Street.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic usually performs a 4th of July concert, which was held last year at downtown's Smith Center.
For a more small-town 4th of July experience, try Boulder City's Damboree celebration. There’s a pancake breakfast, games, a parade, and of course, a large fireworks display.
The City of Henderson also holds an annual 4th of July celebration with live music, games, activities and a fireworks show.
For the best view of any fireworks in Las Vegas, visit one of the many bars around town that offer views of the valley.
Try Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, Ghostbar at the Palms or Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at the Rio. For restaurants with a view, there's Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Alize at the Palms or the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris."
Happy 4th of July Everyone! Be safe and please, please don't drink and drive! Las Vegas has a horrible reputation of more deaths of pedestrations than even NYC or Los Angeles. One death every six days last year!
Kate Spade Saturday, the brand known for channeling the spirit of Saturday 7 days a week, kicked off the summer solstice early by throwing a party for select fashion media and celebrities.
Guests celebrated the weekend at The Roof on Wilshire, which was decked out Kate Spade Saturday style with carnival games, bright yellow cocktails, and models showing off the latest collection.
(Wearing Kate Spade Saturday’s Cut-Out Flare Periwinkle Dress along with Hyper Pink Envelope Clutch)
(Wearing Kate Spade Saturday’s Overlap Top in White & The Skinny Jean in Blue Dust Splatter along with the Gold Lock Crossbody in Pale Mauve, Espadrille Flats in Crosswalk Stripe, and Confetti Statement Necklace in Black/White)
(Wearing Kate Spade Saturday’s Criss-Cross Dress in Black and All Along Mini Satchel in Tawny)
(In Kate Spade Saturday’s Leather Terracotta Drape Jacket and a Pale Mauve Drawstring Pouch Bag)
(Wearing Kate Spade Saturday’s Mini A Satchel in Hyper Pink)
The party proved that #Saturday Is the best day of the week, hands down!
Last night, R&B icon Janelle Monae performed an intimate show at The St. Regis New York as a part of Starwood Preferred Guest’s Hear the Music, See the World Concert Series.
New York socialite Olivia Palermo was spotted having a fun night out on the town letting loose and dancing in the crowd during Janelle’s one-of-a-kind performance.
"Monáe is known for her captivating music that zips listeners from genre to genre — in just one album she can take you from R&B and funk to rap, psychedelic rock and disco. But the singer-songwritter is also widely respected for her style.
Monáe always wears what she calls her uniform: always a jacket and pants, all her clothes are black or white and her hair is done up in a Fifties-style quiff.
That uniform has caught the attention of fashion royalty like Andre Leon Talley, editor at large of Vogue, who in 2010 included her in an editorial. In August this year, Monae also became a COVERGIRL, joining the ranks of Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Sofia Vergara who have become spokesmodels for the beauty brand.
During her acceptance speech at BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 2012 Monáe spoke candidly about her family and said she wears her uniform in honor of them.
'When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents—my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. They all wore uniforms. And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them,' Monáe said, fighting back tears.
'This is a reminder that I have work to do, I have people to uplift, I have people to inspire,' she said after explaining that she grew up in Wyandotte County, 'the poorest county' in Kansas City." (To read more of this article, click here. I really admire her.)
Monae and Palermo bonded after the show during the VIP meet and greet over their signature “reds” – Monae known for her signature red lips and Palermo for her signature red nails.
Watching the Oscars here in Vegas and memories keep flooding back because I wish I was in Los Angeles; although, enjoying my time with my little Mom as she visits me...
My first introduction to the magic of the Oscars was while running my short film festival years ago when I would go scout Academy Award nominated short films at the Academy and entice all the filmmakers I liked to participate in my film festival.
Amazing, emerging talent and such excitement! Because my short film fest covered animation, live action, documentary, experimental and spec commercials, I attended numerous screenings and heard numerous speeches. Always loved it. Still follow some of my filmmakers because they've gone on to such great careers in film.
Another time I was transitioning from one career to another and was an event server for numerous high-end, Hollywood catering companies which provided me the opportunity to serve during the Governor's Ball. Talk about a surreal moment.
Michael Moore had won for his documentary and was holding court in the center of the room; I was trying to feed Adrien Brody appetizers while everyone was coming up to congratulate him on his win and ask about his kiss with Halle Berry; and saw Chef Wolfgang Puck in action in the kitchen. A special highlight was being included in the formal picture of the Governor's Ballroom with all my servers which I believe they display somewhere.
I'm part of history folks.:)
Attending huge Oscar parties put on by friends at cool restaurants and voting on who would win is also a special memory. I made such good friends and connections I still have to this day from those parties too.
Then, a few years later, firmly ensconsed in my new career as a personal publicist to numerous up and coming actors, musicians and writers, we would attend all the Oscar Gifting Suites and Osar parties we could get into too. Different experience and wonderful all in its own.
Loved all the pampering, celebrities you'd bump into at various functions held all over the city in mansions, hotels, private homes, and more, all my publicity and film friends I'd see from the various years, hanging out with my clients, and all the fun we'd have.
There's just something special about this time of year in Hollywood.
And when I actually worked the Oscars as a production assistant, I saw everything that went into creating the extravaganza from behind-the-scenes, like the tenting of the red carpet to avoid the rain, the setting up of all the Oscar statues around the Kodak Theater, the flowers, the Governor's Ball, the media war room which determined where media would stand for interviews and who was more important than the other, the long, narrow tunnels behind the Oscar stage, the actual Kodak theater, all the food that would be served which Chef Wolfgang Puck prepared for the TV crews I was escorting, and all the actors discussing their awards with the media after they had won.
We were sworn to secrecy and forbidden from taking any pictures which was killing me, but I did walk away with new friends I stay in touch with to this day, an official Oscar baseball cap and poster. Years later, working at the Hollywood Reporter, I discovered an Oscar program from that night someone was giving away and added it to my collection of memorabilia.
I remember escaping the madness of that Oscar evening due to an old ankle injury acting up preventing me from wearing heels 14 hours non-stop and watching the show with dear friends in their nearby Hollywood home on their big bed as we gossiped and talked throughout the entire show.
Now, I'm watching from my Mom's hotel room in Vegas and creating my new memory of the Oscars. I was invited to two parties this year and almost went home, but felt time with my Mom was needed because she hasn't been to visit me since I moved here and drove out with me.
Sometimes you need to touch base with home on new soil rather than go back to feel home in person to help establish new traditions, new touchstones and new experiences.
One year I would love to attend the Oscar show as a guest and someone who has created something worthwhile, but for now, I will continue to creating my short travel videos and continue to learn and grow as a storyteller on my own.
I am inspired by the creativity, dedication, determination, and focus of everyone involved in this year's Oscar show and the fashion! Love the fashion!
Remember this next time you walk up to the ticket window of your local movie theater with $10 (or higher!:) in your hand to watch a film.
The Media (accidentally?) missed this one! Please read this: The troops overseas would like you to send it to everybody you know. (I did not write this, but love it which is why I'm sharing it with you.)
Denzel Washington and Brooks Army Medical Center.
Don't know whether you heard about this, but Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas,(BAMC) the other day.
This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the United States, especially burn victims.
There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is in the hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time.
While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his checkbook out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot.
The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.
The question is, 'Why do: Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise and other Hollywood fluff make front page news with their ridiculous antics, and Denzel Washington's Patriotism doesn't even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper except the local newspaper in San Antonio?
A true American and friend to all in uniform! I don't know about you, but I got a little teary eyed reading this. God bless. Remember, there are still loving, kind people in Hollywood. We just don't always hear about them in the media.