Beauty & Leisure

Let's talk beauty. Can we do that as professional women and be taken seriously?:) #Beauty #Hairproducts #SwimSpray #Travel

By Joy A. Kennelly

61865-004-A58B1676Talking about beauty can go in so many directions. If you're a feminist, you're supposed to hate the superficiality of it all and look like Betty Friedan Friedan-bettyor Gloria Steinem. Heavy sigh.

If you're a model, or an actress, that's all you're supposed to think about because that's how you make a living.

But if you're an ordinary woman, living a normal life, often times it's a way of expressing your femininity and simply enjoying the simple pleasures of being a woman.

In other cases, it's a matter of establishing a new path in life that signifies the end of something that hurt you, like ending a marriage in divorce and then cutting off all your hair to be or feel like someone new.

Or in my case, ending a 16 year relationship/friendship and adding extensions, like I did this summer.

I like entering contests because I read somewhere that not enough people do and as a result, you often have a better chance of winning that you think you do. That's how I won an iPad, tickets to the Hollywood Bowl and this summer, my long hair extensions from the Hair Dreams Makeover contest.

Now you have to understand, I'm not a long hair girl. Ever since I was a child with hair down to my elbows and got a snarl the size of a baseball near my ear, my Mom cut off my hair and from then on my hair has always been shoulder length or shorter. 

Thinking back, I wonder how my Mom let my hair get that tangled without knowing it and making it stop sooner, but that's neither here nor there. I also will always wonder why she liked cutting all our hair really short like boys leading an African we were traveling near to think I was a boy while living and traveling in Africa. Thanks Mom. LOL I also had another African offer to buy me in marriage months later so there you have it.:)

Now I've known Danny and Aubrey of Studio DNA since the day Yelp launched in Santa Monica near their former salon and had my hair done there during Yelp's block party open house of all the businesses along the block; which was a whole lot of fun by the way. Yelp was clever at building community then and they're clever now.

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Same with Danny and Aubrey - brilliant business men and lovely friends I adore. Visit their salon!

But I digress.

In any case, I had an absolute blast having my hair professionally extended by the wonderful David Matthew Reid over at the Santa Monica Dove Salon, their sister salon location.

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Before, immediately after (felt like an Atlanta Housewife in that one!) and then after we styled it more.

You can see all the pix and story here: HairDreams Hair Makeover Contest Winner Event  and here: Hair Dreams Makeover Part II Very fun experience and really lifted my spirits which I totally needed at that time.

My hair extensions became like a new pet I needed to take care of which took my mind off a lot of difficult things I was dealing with. I learned you're not supposed to wash it every day (like I was used to, having fine hair), and had to learn how to take care of coarse hair which felt sometimes like an alien object attached to my head.

I was given this wonderful Swim Spray by a publicist which helped make sure the chlorine didn't turn my hair green or make my skin smell which I'm sure avid swimmers will enjoy. It also helped my skin not be itchy. No wonder it won a Bronze award from the National Parenting Publications Association (NAPPA) 

Here's the official pitch: "Invented by a swimmer, SwimSpray is a 100% natural Vitamin C-based technology which solves the problems chlorine leaves behind – strong chlorine odor; dry, itchy, and irritated skin; bleached, straw-like hair; etc.  It was developed by a swimmer for swimmers." Read the inventor's story next. 


"'I was ready to give up swimming because of the post-workout chlorine smell I always had,'" says Andrew Chadeayne, PhD and inventor of SwimSpray.  After trying three or four other products in the market, Dr. Chadeayne, who holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cornell University, was determined to solve his problem.  After months of research, he developed the all-natural formula used in SwimSpray to neutralize the chlorine hair and skin.  

Dr. Chadeayne, a former Princeton University swimmer, was able to regain his collegiate form and become the 2011 U.S. Masters Swimming National Champion in the 200 Backstroke.  "'SwimSpray allowed me to swim as much as I wanted with none of the usual chlorine-related side effects.  I invented the product because, like many swimmers, I was tired of smelling like chlorine all the time.'"  

To be honest, with the summer being hot into September, so was I and was very happy with this product. You can buy it yourself here: and at select swim shop partners.

Now the next thing I had to deal with with my new extensions was my hair not feeling clean when I didn't have the 30 minutes or more it would take to dry it afterward and had to leave the house hoping it wasn't too noticeable. 

This too was solved by a fun publicist who sent me this pitch initially.

Unnamed"Showering is so last year! Who needs water and all that hassle, when you can just as easily spritz on some dry shampoo and be on your way. Save water for the fishes."

She nailed it so well I immediately asked her to send me samples and soon was experimenting with dry shampoos from RUSK, Marc Anthony True Professional and Macadamia Professional. Now indulge me as I share the specs because a friend asked me and I didn't know, but since I know women care about this, here's the official information:

Deep Shine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo

Deepshine® Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo instantly cleanses and revives hair between shampoos by absorbing excess oil and odor, leaving a fresh, clean scent.

HOW IT WORKS: Deepshine® Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo is formulated with ChromAveil™, a patented UV protection technology that helps preserve chemically-colored and natural hair color to extend the time between coloring sessions.


  • ChromAveil™ features a patented blend of ingredients known to protect chemically-colored hair and natural hair color from the damaging effects caused by exposure to sunlight.
  • Marine Nutrient Complex helps replenish hair’s natural balance using a unique combination of marine extracts, proteins and trace minerals.
  • Tapioca Starch absorbs oil and cleanses hair to deliver a velvety soft texture.
  • Prevents hair color from fading and extends time between coloring
  • Invisible application
  • Alcohol-free
  • Talc-free

The RUSK Deepshine® Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo is available at ULTA, Cosmoprof, or select salons. See for details.

 RUSK Deepshine® Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo 8oz …..………...SRP: $19.00

 RUSK Deepshine® Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo 2oz…..………...SRP: $7.00

Travel size too people! 

Now the next one, these are in no particular order by the way, is the 2ND DAY formula by Marc Anthony, developed with Nanotechnology and Zeolite to absorb oil without leaving a build-up or gritty texture. The highly porous nature of Zeolite acts as a filter, trapping excess oil on a 2ndDay_ClearDryShampoomolecular level so that your hair is clean and residue-free. (Don't you love the official pr language? So official!:)

A blend of Chamomile Extract, Stinging Nettle Extract and Pro Vitamin B5 offers added cleansing, conditioning and shine benefits so that your hair not only looks clean – it looks healthy. Plus, fewer washes equal richer color and less heavy oil equal extra volume. 

Availability: $7.99 at Rite-Aid and

And finally, my favorite out of all three, MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL STYLE EXTEND DRY SHAMPOO, which of course is the most expensive, but when you see the ingredients you'll understand why.

  Style ExtendKEY BENEFITS

  • Absorbs excess oil, product build-up and odor
  • Instantly refreshes hair, leaving it looking and feeling clean and fresh
  • Blends with all hair colors, leaving no powdery residue
  • Finish – Natural


  • Macadamia Oil – Omega 7, 5 and 3 fatty acids provide weightless moisture
  • Argan Oil – Omega 9 fatty acid repairs and strengthens
  • Rice & Potato Starches – absorbs excess oils & purifies hair
  • Volcanic Ash – absorbs and traps oils, debris and odors
  • Passion Flower Extract – provides antioxidant protection, and protects moisture balance
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Extract – hydrates, smoothes and nourishes hair


  • Ideal for extending the life of your hair color or blow out and use instead of shampoo for the first few days. Shake can well. Spray 8-10 inches from hair, targeting the scalp. Wait a minute, then brush or work lightly into hair. Style as desired.


  • Color safe, cruelty-free and free of sulfates, gluten and parabens

FRAGRANCE:  Toasted Coconut Cream - really a big selling point!

TEXTURE:  All Textures

I actually used each product and discovered that on different days different ones worked better, but have to admit, the scent of toasted coconut cream won me over and the ingredients of the Rusk one both left my hair feeling the best and garnered the most compliments. The other one I could tell my hair wasn't clean almost immediately which was very unpleasant when you leave the house early morning and then don't return home till late evening.

I would recommend the Macadamia Professional Style and the Rusk Dry Shampoo if you're really busy and don't want to have to worry about your hair once you leave the house. I also like the fact all three are available in travel sizes. I believe they fit within the airline parameters too so pop one in and go!

 So thus ends our first soiree into my beauty firsts this summer.

Up next, Beauty and the Breast, otherwise known as my first visit to a plastic surgeon's office learning about breast surgery, vagina "enhancements" and my first spray tan. Oh, and my original breast cancer awareness effort with a photographer who shoots nude models and my inclusion in the Santa Ana Art Museum's breast cancer awareness exhibit featuring "Breast in a Bow."

Stay tuned. You won't want to miss this one.:)

(Author's Note: It has been pointed out that my reference to never being Jewish as referring to the feminists at the opening of my beauty article could be taken as anti-semitism, but that is wrong. It's simply stating that as a woman with Irish/German/Finnish genealogy who is a practicing Christian, I am not of Jewish lineage. This was meant simply as a joke. Nothing more, nothing less people.:)


So many events, so much work, so little help, but working on changing this asap. #JoysTravelAdventures update

By Joy A. Kennelly

Realizing I can't continue to do this all myself, I've brought in Tomiya Eastlin to assist me with social media efforts and more. We get invitations to events to attend and cover almost daily which makes it hard to keep up with here, in addition to all my technology, videography, writing and fundraising efforts, but we're working on changing that asap.

More later. 

Can't wait to share with you all the fun times at The Forum during Happy Hour and the REO Speedwagon concert. Boston was the headliner, but didn't recognize much of their music since I was more into R & B in high school.:) 

Michael Joy and Nicole at Boston Concert
Bumped into good friends Micheal and Nicole of SouthBay Foodies too!

More pix coming soon! Enjoy the sun and hit their outside patio for some refreshments before your next concert why don't you? Here's some pictorial highlights of the food offered to get you in the mood too:

Sharlina, another Joy's Travel Adventures member and long-time friend, Nikki, and I were invited to participate in the Volunteer thank you party for Grand Performances which was a blast. Rocky Duwani and Blitz the Ambassador performed. (This pic is of Blitz- Sharlina says he got flow.:)


Here's more pix from that super fun night: Joy's Travel Adventures Facebook Fan Page We post a lot of events we're attending or recommend on our fan page too so like it already ok?:)

Last night was an absolute blast too attending the Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour concert with Bastille.

Joy & Tomiya at #MBEvolution TourI wore my Demand Media t-shirt to give them a shoutout and because it's one of the few t-shirts I actually like how it fits.:)

We've also posted highlights on our twitter feeds which you can peek at here: and 

More to come.

Oh, and if you notice my hair has magically grown long almost overnight, I owe this magic to Hairdreams and the wonderful team of David Matthew Reid, Danny & Aubry of Studio DNA. I was first introduced to Danny & Aubry by Yelp when Yelp Elite launched in Santa Monica years and years ago.:)

Here's the formal pic from that amazing night with more pix from my amazing transformation available here and here. Can you believe I won all this glamourizing? Really boosted my spirits along with my hair!:)


There's so many other events I need to share, but gotta run! Happy Hump Day everyone!


#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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At one point, Denise and I got separated by John Waters (an American filmmaker, actor, stand-up comedian, writer, journalist, visual artist, and art collector in case you're not familiar), and his friend walking in between us as we all made our way up a very narrow passageway to the main area.

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,, 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

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);

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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

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: 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.

P1000782Joel and his wife, Michelle, run AEM (Arts & Entertainment Ministries), an evangelical Christian ministry dedicated to providing top quality biblical education to artists, creative professionals, clergy, and academics in the areas of art, faith, media, and culture.

You can learn more here:

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

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

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 (  

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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)


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

And that concludes my Oscar fashion and festivities round-up. Hope you enjoyed the read!

@MPTVFund Fundraiser, @KingdomComeDoc Screening, Furne One and @AlexisMonsanto #Fashion Shows wrap-up!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Had a great couple of days and now that the final Presidential debate is over feel like sharing. Hope you watched and have registered to vote if you live in CA cuz today is the final day! You have until midnight to do so here:

Moving right along...

Really enjoyed learning more about the Motion Picture TV Fund this past Saturday night because so often it's easy to only see the selfish, greedy, evil side of Hollywood and there really is a sweet, caring, loving side to it as well as evidenced by the power house turn-out at this private fundraiser.

I was very inspired listening to the stories of those who had benefited from the services and lived on campus as read by actors. It was all I could do not to take pix, but if you read the Hollywood Reporter in the upcoming days, I'm sure you'll see an eyeful.:) Here's one of my favorites though which he shared with his fans.


It was also very inspiring to see the level of people involved in caring for the elderly and infirm of Hollywood.













Go here: to see who I'm talking about, or check this out. Recognize anyone?:)

I've only considered the church as caring because that's what I've grown up with and have experience with, but to see Hollywood in action was very humbling and inspiring on so many levels.

What I loved hearing the most from the evening, above and beyond all the stories of people who have benefited, was the fact we are all one community. This was repeated throughout the night. We are our brother's keeper.

Loved that sentiment! As I said on Facebook, God bless you and God bless Hollywood! And I don't say that lightly!:) Very moved and inspired...

Another Hollywood event I enjoyed attending recently was the Kingdom Come screening hosted by Paste Magazine and my friend, Michael Dunaway. Recognize this man? (This fun pic is courtesy the talented Comic, Shelby Bond with the rest from this event graciously provided by Filmmaker/Photographer, Clinton H. Wallace of Photomundo, International.)


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Kingdom Come is a documentary about the making of Broken Kingdom, by new filmmaker, yet accomplished Actor, Daniel Gillies and his lovely wife, Actress, Rachel Leigh Cook.

What was enjoyable about this doc, was hearing all the other stories of successful filmmakers and actors sharing their experiences with their efforts to create films intermixed too. So true!

Very fun night. Here's a few other interesting folks in attendance.


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Jennie Garth and Dania Rameriz

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Rachel Leigh Cook, Joel Michaely, Clinton Wallace, Daniel Gillies, Arjay Smith

Moving right along.

I've been super busy and wasn't able to immerse myself in this season's LA Fashion Week as much as I would have liked, but did manage to see my two favorite Filipino designers, Furne One and Alexis Monsanto. 

Last time I had covered their shows, their work really wasn't as popular in Hollywood, but both designers have exploded on the Hollywood scene which I wasn't expecting at all! Congrats to both of them!

I have never seen such a large, excited crowd fill the Vibiana before. You may remember these blog stories I wrote about my last experience, or if you haven't check it out:

Here's Alexis Monsanto's press release information:

"Alexis Monsanto is an emerging fashion star whose A-list clientele has included talent such as: Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale, and whose designs have also been worn by Charlize Theron, Felicity Huffman, Kara DioGuardi, Jordin Sparks, Laura Kaepler (Miss America 2012), Oscar-nominated Robin Fryday (2012) and Kimberly Rivers Roberts (2009), world renowned soprano Sumi Jo, and cast members of the popular ABC-TV hit series, “Revenge,” among many others."

He says, “I embrace a style that is irreverent, unafraid, existential and provocative. With fashion, I aspire to create challenges for myself, while creating a whimsical world for my client. Ideally, they’ll tap into a form of expression that would otherwise seem unattainable. I am inspired by everything in my life, from the cold black objectivity of commerce to the warm subjective embrace of the muses."

Here's a few pix from the official photographer, Christian Del Rosario, which you can see in their entirety here. You can see my take on each fashion show event overall on my Facebook Fan page here and here.

In the meantime, enjoy my video coverage of the final procession for both shows. Please watch with the sound off for "optimal" viewing.:)


And just found my Sue Wong Fashion Show video which you can enjoy here too.

  So, I think that about wraps up my latest adventures now that I've been back in Los Angeles.

On a closing note, since people ask me all the time what the biggest difference between living in GA versus now being back in CA, what I have come to recognize is the fact I know more people in Los Angeles and have a good reputation out here whereas I had to start from the ground up in Atlanta which is extremely difficult.

When I saw Monsanto at the fashion show, he acknowledged me from the stage and was delighted to see me at his show. I receive invites to private events others aren't included in by virtue of the professional and personal relationships I've carefully, and successfully, built over the years.

It just feels good to know, even though I was gone for a year, I wasn't forgotten. I feel more and more as time goes by I'm getting back into my groove slowly, but surely. As one friend pointed out, when I shared all the difficulties I went through in GA with my car, my health, my job and living situtations, she said, it was like I was Jonah running away from Ninevah and God wanted me back here in Hollywood.

I feel that very clearly now. I enjoyed a taping of one of my favorite music shows today and was seated in front of the judges which made me realize how lucky I am to have experiences like this so easily. 

Hollywood is a special place and now that I've spent a year away from it, I appreciate it now more than ever. So, that's all. I just felt like sharing.

Hope you enjoyed reviewing some of my adventures with me. I'm sure there are more ahead! 

Have a great week! 

All about @HollyFulger host of Speaking of Beauty which launches Tuesday, August 21!

Actress, Writer and Beauty Spokesperson, Holly Fulger is on a personal mission to help women discover their inner beauty and feel more beautiful at every age.

Working first as a model and then as an actress, she always felt compelled to lie about her age, Holly experienced the good, the bad and the misguided aspects of beauty in our Hollywood and Madison Avenue driven culture.

As a result, she developed a lifelong passion to help women develop a positive, compassionate, and beautiful self-identity. It’s now the driving force behind her latest her new web series, SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER, designed to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities of aging, and ultimately, help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image, and feel more beautiful at every age.

 As she interviews some of her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds, each woman discusses their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman", and how these perceptions influence their lives. Holly takes a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of beauty and presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.

Holly has always loved beauty and fashion, but it wasn’t until she became a step-mother that she felt comfortable with her own beauty and actual age. Struggling with feelings of inadequacy since a teen-ager, Holly knows firsthand the struggles women experience in today’s distorted view of beauty.

A year ago, she co-launched an inner-beauty workshop with a professional makeup artist and held numerous workshops teaching women how to internalize the truth of their own unique beauty and create a deeper connection between their inner and outer selves. Many women experienced beauty breakthroughs for the first time with the information, support, and resources provided.

As a spokesperson and inner-beauty workshop leader, Holly has written numerous articles on beauty. An article she wrote for iCNN caught the attention of a CNN producer who interviewed Holly and seven other women on their perception of beauty. To Holly, the most interesting part of her beauty workshops and being on CNN, was listening to other women’s stories and hearing how difficult it was for women to say what is beautiful about themselves.

“We don’t talk enough about beauty and the issues it brings up, to one another. I believe that is beginning to change” says Holly. “The older I become, the more I see that physical beauty is lovely to look at, but ultimately meaningless. Beauty is a reflection of who we are. It is, quite simply, our soul reflected outwardly.”

An accomplished actress, Holly was a television series regular on such television shows as ELLEN, thirtysomething, ANYTHING BUT LOVE with Jamie Lee Curtis, numerous other TV shows and feature films, including the Disney trilogy ZENON, GIRL OF THE 21st CENTURY, and over fifteen television movies.

Prior to moving to Hollywood from her Ohio hometown, Holly studied stage acting at the acclaimed Remains Theatre Co. in Chicago, where she starred in many award-winning plays directed by Tony® award-winning director, Robert Falls. Now that her children are teen-agers, Holly has returned to her theater roots and just worked on a new play by Mark Roberts (creator of MIKE and MOLLY) with the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles, where she is a company member.   

Holly Fulger is married to character actor, Ron Bottitta, and lives with their two children and all their rescue animals, in Hancock Park, CA. 

Bookmark: to see the launch of Holly's new web series on beauty. Holly & friends will be available to answer questions and comments from 10am - 4pm PT tomorrow too!

Don't miss out!

Update on International Stylist, @NicoleJanowicz, and Introducing @SPKofBeautyTV with @HollyFulger

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently received an article my recent client, International Stylist, Nicole Janowicz, had contributed to months ago when we were still working together. Thought you might enjoy reading it, expecially if you're planning for your own wedding.

CTW has licensing agreements with 1,000 additional newspapers and online journals and you may have read this story on one of those sites as well. 

I was very happy to help Nicole create her online presence on all the popular social media platforms (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc); write all her marketing copy including press releases, email pitches (ad agencies, talent agencies, brands, schools and universities, media, celebrities and musicians), newsletters, and coverage in my blog; successfully pitch her to numerous fashion & wedding blogs as a contributing writer which resulted in her own Huffington Post blog, in addition to, national and international blog coverage; and speaking opportunities at FIDM San Diego and elsewhere.

All of our efforts ultimately helped find Nicole an agent at The Rex Agency before our contract ended. Very proud of this work and happy for her because this is what she needed to take her career to the next level.

Now she's busy with music styling for the Backstreet Boys and others, although she will do wedding styling on request. 

Here's a few examples of where she was featured in the article entitled, "If you’d like your silhouette to be a bit more streamlined, it helps to employ a few tricks. Here’s your guide to the best bridal shapewear to help you hide what lies beneath"

Brides 365 - If you’d like your silhouette to be a bit more streamlined, it helps to employ a few tricks. Here’s your guide to the best bridal shapewear to help you hide what lies beneath

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Nicole became engaged while writing wedding tips for her Huffington Post blog and all the other wedding blogs too, which I thought was sweet. RingI have another friend who was working for The Wedding Knott who became engaged soon after working there too.

Guess there's something to preparing for a wedding that just tips guys off you're ready? Or is it guys realize, they snooze, they lose?:)

Have to admit, laughed out loud when I saw these cards on Pinterest because they're the opposite side of the spectrum.



Currently working with the new web series, Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger, which will launch at the end of the month.

Speaking of Beauty - square - web largeActress, Writer, and Beauty Spokesperson, Holly Fulger (ELLEN, thirtysomething, ANYTHING BUT LOVE) is on a personal mission with her new web series, SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER, to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities of aging, and ultimately, help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image, and feel more beautiful at every age.

“We don’t talk enough about beauty and the issues it brings up, to one another. I believe that is beginning to change” says Holly. “The older I become, the more I see that physical beauty is lovely to look at, but ultimately meaningless. Beauty is a reflection of who we are. It is, quite simply, our soul reflected outwardly.”

As she interviews some of her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds, each woman discusses their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman", and how these perceptions influence their lives and their power as women. Holly takes a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of being a woman and presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.

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L to R Interviewee, Laurel Steves; Producer, Melinda  Augustina; Creator/Host, Holly Fulger

Very excited about this very important conversation and to be working with such a great team of professionals. Holly is very inspirational and this is a topic that is long overdue.

I love this description of beauty by Audrey Hepburn which I will leave you with now.


Stay tuned! More to come soon, I promise! Click the link following to "Like" Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger on Facebook too! 

Atlanta vs. California Part II and Fashion's Night Out Atlanta coming soon... @FNOnyc can't wait!

By Joy A. Kennelly


Last night was fun spending time with LA friends who have moved here before us and were celebrating a milestone birthday. It's nice to affirm we've all made the right decision and to hear stories of how dead it is back home in LA for others in the entertainment industry.

I don't know when those who still live there and want to work in film and TV will realize this fact, but Atlanta is slowly, but surely, becoming the new Hollywood what with 12 films in production this September alone and 23 TV productions considering bringing business to Atlanta too now. 

Ever since other Southern states have ended their tax incentives (dumb move which they will realize after it's too late), all the work is shifting here and those of us established, or becoming established, will stand to benefit the most once everything truly ramps up.

It's been interesting to hear the perspective of locals who feel like outsiders are coming in to take advantage of them by virtue of the fact this is a work-to-hire state and there is no union involved. I disagree and said so, but unless you've lived outside your comfort zone to experience something new it's hard for people to understand all movement can be forward movement if you go with the flow.

That's what I'm learning to do out here. Things move a little slower, people speak slower, there's a genuine interest in holding real conversations; there truly is something to Southern hospitality which I've experienced everywhere I go; men are Southern gentlemen who open doors, hug hello and good-bye, and stand aside to let us ladies enter elevators; and lights take forever to turn green.

My only pet peeve out here are the lights and traffic at rush hour which I thought for sure I'd left behind once and for all. I may have to call John Lewis and ask him to look into this issue.:) I met him during Jane Harmon's pre-Inaugural breakfast gathering and look forward to connecting with him again down the road. Also, want to meet the rest of our state representatives because it's nice to know you're in a state where real issues matter and business is supported.


I love the fact there is a dynamic fashion scene too. Just researched all of Atlanta's Fashion's Night Out events and love the fact there are going to be some red carpet events and other high-end fashion shows I will hopefully be sharing with you soon. 

I was beginning to think my days of attending red carpet, fashion, and celebrity filled events had drawn to a close now that I've moved here, but am pleasantly relieved to see that is not the case. It just takes a little bit to tap into, but it's definitely here and probably even more high-end than Los Angeles simply by virtue of the fact it's East Coast and closer to NY.

Here's a link to my previous fashion coverage of all the LA Fashion Weeks I've attended over the years in case you're curious what the LA fashion scene is like: and for video coverage check out my last Actress client, Yari DeLeon attending Sue Wong's private garden collection this past March: 


Can't wait to see and participate in Atlanta's fashion scene! 

Downtown Culver City Kicks Off ‘Summer in the City’ on Wednesday, June 15th

Downtown Culver City Announces their Summer Series of THIRD WEDNESDAYS Kicks Off on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011.

Downtown Culver City transforms into a festive district every third Wednesday of the month. Over 25 businesses in Downtown Culver City participate in this fun monthly event. Attendees can enjoy live musical performances under the stars, drink and dine on specials, receive freebies and samples, view art at gallery openings and take in one-of-a-kind entertainment.

We encourage visitors to carpool to the event and either valet park, or park for 2 hours free in once of our 3 available public parking structures; the Ince structure near Trader Joe's is preferred. Please do not park in downtown's residential neighborhoods.

Highlights include: Street Painting Display by Artist JulioJimenez and live music from the band Smithfield BargainFree Culver Lemonade and patio music during the Sunset Hour (with appetizer purchase) at the Culver City Hotel, and live entertainment all around the Downtown area- including; a Country / Bluegrass band at Ford’s Filling Station, DJ's Johnny James & Luis Miolaro at Rush Street, Local Entertainers at Native Foods, and Frank Sinatra Sound-Alike Karaoke at LaRocco’s Pizzeria. Also, a special closing reception at the WWA Gallery for “All the Sordid Little Details.” 

A record number of Downtown Culver City Merchants will participate on Wednesday, June 15th, including:

Akasha: 1/2 off all bottles on our wine list also purchase 2 big plates, receive free order of our organic wheat free onion rings as seen on the Food Network's show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate".

Bottle Rock: ‘Rush Hour' menu

City Tavern: Summer "HAPPY HOUR" All Night - Any 32oz Beer Growler $10

Cold Stone Creamery: Free samples and $1 off on our new Frozen Yogurt flavors, any size. Not to be combined with other offers.

The Culver Hotel: Music on the patio, Free Culver Lemonade during sunset hour (7pm - 8pm) with purchase of appetizer

Dr. Heidi Fahringer, Optometrist: Sire's Crown Frame Trunk Show: Wood Eco-Friendly frames, hand crafted here in Culver City.  Drawing for free frame! Hors D'Oeuvres & Refreshments!

Fraiche Restaurant: $3 sangrias and all night happy hour.

Ford's Filling Station: Live Country-Blue Grass band and serving happy hour at the bar and patio all night long

Honey's Kettle: Buy a dinner, get one free (food only)

K - Z O: Fresh oysters $1 a piece

Kay 'N Dave's Cantina: $1 tacos at the bar all night long and other specials including; free margaritas (buy 2, we buy the third) and Oaxacan street food specialties!

Kaizuka Sushi: 50% off any beer, sake, wine including imports

La Rocco's Pizzeria: 10% off (eat in only), Free cheese samples, music on the patio of Frank Sinatra sound alike karaoke.

Libra Brazilian Steakhouse: Early Bird Specials for the entire evening!  $28.95/person only.   Regular price is $33.95.  Offer is not valid with any other offers

Lundeens: 15% off entire store, Mojito's served, prize giveaways every hour from 5 to 8pm.

The Massage Garage: $10 off any future massage or facial booked the night of June 15

Meet: All you can eat mussels, $22.95, 10 different flavors

Melrose Mac: Open House: giveaways and free diagnostic for anyone who brings in their machine for repair between 5pm-9pm ($50 value)

MOKO: Buy one, get one free of MOKO punch and/or ginger margarita.

Native Foods: Live entertainment from local performers, dessert and organic wine samples on our heated patio!

Nextspace: Free Day Pass at the workplace for the new economy! Open house 5pm-9pm, come tour our newly opened coworking space and receive a Day Pass to come back and work a day on us ($30 value)!

Novecento Pasta & Grill: Free glass of cabernet or chardonnay with purchase of an entrée.

Royal/T: FREE Performance LA Composers Project | FREE soju cocktail with purchase of entree | 20% off artist beach towels in the SHOP

Rush Street: Summer PRIX FIXE DINNER Downstairs: appetizer, entree, dessert - $23. Summer HOUSE PARTY Upstairs: $4 House Margaritas (5:00 - close) & House DJ's Johnny James & Luis Miolaro (9:00pm - close) Rush Lounge & Patio Deck

Tender Greens: 50% Off bottles of wine

Timeless Treasures: Book sale and $1 clothing rack

Ugo An Italian CaféSpend $25 or more and get a free pint of gelato (one per table)

Vanity Room: Blow out summer specials as low as $15.99

WWA Gallery: Check out the closing reception for “All the Sordid Little Details”  - Sign up on our mailing list and receive 10% off your next purchase!


June 15, 2011 every third Wednesday through August, 2011

5pm – 9pm


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Downtown Culver City transforms into a festive district every third Wednesday of the month. Over 25 businesses in Downtown Culver City participate in this fun monthly event. Attendees can enjoy live musical performances under the stars, drink and dine on specials, receive freebies and samples, view art at gallery openings and take in one-of-a-kind entertainment.

Learn more:


Check out what Beso offers today! A kiss of fashion, interior design & beauty for everyone.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just found this fun shopping site called Beso with all kinds of beauty, home design and fashion for all my stylist, fashionista, metrosexual, & PR friends who enjoy shopping online, or are always looking for the latest thing.

This is especially great for all my celebrity friends and acquaintances who want to have the typical shopping experience without the fans. (Like I have personal celebrity friends with that high a profile, but it sounded good didn't it? LOL) That said, if you happen to have an annoying Hispanic who hovers around like I do occasionally, you can also shop unencumbered while comparing multiple stores all at once.

Love it!

Now, I'm not a big online shopper because I like to try things on first and often shop to get out of the house and AWAY from the computer. That said, I know a lot of people who love online shopping. And the way they talk about it makes me want to try it now.

Plus, now that I see there are home furnishings and bath products available too...:)

Here's a few online shopping tips based on my shopaholic friend's advice to me.

1. Make sure you check each company's return policy.

2. See how quickly they ship and compare shipping fees. Some offer free shipping and returns too.

3. See if there are any special discounts for shopping regularly. You may want to ask because sometimes these discounts are hard to find, but are offered.

4. Check out where your friends are shopping online and see if they're happy with the selection, price and customer service.

5. Keep checking on the item you like because there might be a sale if you wait long enough (and your size isn't common.)

6. Lastly, if you receive a credit on an item you've returned, keep track because the company may miss it in the future and you'll lose money if you're not staying on top of this.

Not to out anyone, but I know a friend who almost daily ordered from her favorite online company without a hitch until recently. She is a true fashionista and has spent hundreds of dollars feeding her passion. It didn't hurt she found a site where everything is extremely cute and also extremely inexpensive.

Well, this one time she ordered three pairs of shoes from there and only received two. The company balked at replacing the missing pair at first, but her persistence has paid off and she received the missing pair soon after. (This was not a Beso shopping site by the way.:)

Needless to say, now she'll be back to shopping there daily again now that she's a happy camper. She said out of the multiple orders she's placed this was the first time something like this had ever happened which is a good ratio.

Remember, the customer is always right and if they don't understand that, shop elsewhere.:)

That's the beauty of Beso. If you don't like one company, you can always find another that you do immediately. And the variety and price comparison is amazing. At least to me since I don't normally shop online.

Here's a sample of just some of the brands available through this site (note: there are men and women's fashions offered - I'm just selecting the images I happen to like and think my friends might like too.:):

Sunglasses Marc Jacobs

Mens' v-neck

James Perse 

Steve madden sandals

Steve Madden

Thigh high boots

Christian Louboutin

White dress
Diane von Furstenberg

Dolman sleeve top
C & C California

Bathing suit
Dolce Vita

Pink bag
Kate Spade

Juicy Couture Pave Heart Headband Juicy Couture

Logger shoe

Cute guy Ralph Lauren


J Brand

Flannel shirt

Ben Sherman


William Sonoma

Bedroom set

Bedroom Sets





Jewelry and Watches.

Nail polish
Beauty products

Trust me, if you want it, it's here. I better get back to my other stuff now although this has been fun sharing my wish list with you. Do you think they sell the male models too? :) Everything has its price...

Check it out and let me know what you think. And to all my retailer friends like Klean Spa, they may consider showcasing your online store here if you have an interest, but I don't know for sure. It never hurts to look into though, right? Think of the exposure!:)

Happy Shopping!

Fashion Palooza w/Designers Cowgirl Heaven, Rochelle Carino, Leondra Renee & Lola Summers

By Joy A. Kennelly

I haven't covered LA Fashion Week for a few seasons which is why I was excited to check out this year's designs and designers.My first LA Fashion assignment was Fashion Palooza. In an unusual move, all the models came out to the red carpet area to pose with each of the four designers before the show. Lola Summers

 IMG_7693 She is the mother of Designer, Houstina Summers of Cowgirl Heaven Fashions, and was absolutely thrilled to have her first fashion show.

Houstina Summers of Cowgirl Heaven Fashion: IMG_7703 IMG_7704 "My line of accessories and clothing are uniquely handmade design pieces that fulfill the need to find new meanings in every day objects and transform them into heavenly ones;"

Leondra Renee: IMG_7724 "The Leondra Renee line provides cutting-edge fashions which brilliantly compliments your “girlish figure”. As a designer, she hopes her work will help highlight the beauty of all women at a price that is accessible to everyone.

Rochelle Carino of RumpleMunkeh: IMG_7742 Ara - fp6 Ara - fp9

Photo Credit Ara Gougher

"With the irresistible mix of modern urban chic and the flowing, red carpet ready sophistication of gowns and dresses that could easily fit in the Golden Age of Hollywood, RumpleMunkeh is a unique fashion line hugely attractive to both retailers and consumers with an irresistibly cheeky and playful vibe;"

Music interludes from up-and-coming music acts Amanda & Travis Marsh entertained us prior to the shows starting. IMG_7773 and Destenee performed during an intermission.IMG_7816 (We also received their music in our goody bags.)

Definitely a palooza of talent. Some, more than others, but that's par for the course. What I didn't like, my photographer/friend, Ara, loved. To each her own which is what makes fashion and music so fun.

Here's some highlights to give you an idea of the range of styles showcased courtesy of LookBookLA:

Fashion P2 Fashion p3 Fashion p4 Fashion p5 Fashion p6  Fashion palooza If you look in the distance you can see me  sitting in the front row. I was given primo seats to enjoy all the clothes. Really makes a difference to sit close because then you can see how well they're sewn and the fabrics used.

Brocade, satin and chiffon was popular with lots of deep jewel colors.  There was also a heavy Asian influence. The star of the evening was the final designer, Houstina Summers of Cowgirl Heaven Fashions

When you attend a fashion show, the designers who surprise and entertain generally are the most well-received and Cowgirl Heaven was great! Towards the end of the show, three models at a time came out and performed choreographed dance moves which made the crowd go wild.

By the time all the models did their final parade all together, the entire crowd was on their feet cheering and clapping enthusiastically.

What I especially enjoyed about Fashion Palooza as a whole was the variety of models. Normally, you see one African American model in other designer's shows, but this evening was primarily African American models with a few European and Asian too. Loved the diversity!

Their skin tone was perfect for the rich, deep colors and multi-colored fabric of the clothing they were wearing too. It was definitely a unique experience. This whole event turned into a great evening and definitely set the bar high for any other fashion shows we will attend.

Once I have my videos prepared, I'll upload them.

SBPC's Surfrider Benefit/Tasting Party at The Shore hosted by She's Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd

By Joy A. Kennelly



TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, Hosted

 South Bay, CA--- The Shore Restaurant’s Chef David Linville and Co-Owners, Jason Baran Jason & greycie2 and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, Joy & rainer - sm   co–hosted a tasting party benefiting Surfrider Foundation during an evening of networking, music, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine, environmentalism and beauty in Hermosa Beach, CA at The Shore Restaurant on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist, Melissa ToddMelissa todd long-short hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Tom, melissa, chef2 Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, Melissa interviewing alan2 and others on camera, and announced winners of the evening’s raffle prizes which included a $50 Dinner for Two to The Shore Restaurant, a designer dress donated by Luna G’s Stylist,  Greycie  Baran, Raffle winner2 and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation. Melissa & Greycie2

    Chef David Linville served numerous internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine appetizers during the tasting party with the Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction as the hands down favorite, and the Crab Cakes served with cream sauce a close second. Food display with jl2 Guitarist James McKenna played acoustically throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Chairperson, Craig Cadwallader and Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, explained Surfrider’s mission Alan & craig2and encouraged guests to speak out in favor of banning the use of plastic bags due to the negative environmental impact. Group shot near surfrider2 $500 was raised from entry fees and t-shirt sales for the charity.

Curly Hair and Color Specialist, Kym Chartrand of Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach, sponsored the networking contest’s goody bag prize Kym with goody bags2 which guests: Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Ed with filming in the background2 Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox;  Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler;  and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen  First;Group shot near bar2 Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Group shot with mike inside2   Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney;  Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; Tom kearney2 and  others enjoyed. Actor/Producer Patrick Kilpatrick was delayed casting his film, Vain Attempt, and Fitness Model, Brenda Kelly's flight delay prevented her from attending.  Julie, joy & kym2 Bar scene2

Mike & victoria2

Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville,  Chef2 formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort food.  Mushrooms2

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance.  Setting2 After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (SBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. SBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.


Joy A. Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing  (310) 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity (at) gmail (dot) com

South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) Announces June 25 Surfrider Benefit at The Shore with TVLand's She's Got the Look, Melissa Todd, hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly


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Hosted by TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” Finalist, Melissa Todd; Evening benefits The Surfrider FoundationSurfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

South Bay, CA The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort cuisine from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA.

TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees.

The Shore’s Executive Chef Dave’s Chef david- best Tasting menu includes: Garlic Shrimp sauteed in compound butter with goat cheese crustinis; Shrimp Crimini Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, shallots and smoked bacon; a Greek Trio served with hummus, tapenade, tiziki and toasted pita; Ginger Soy Marinated Poki served with shaved Japanese pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Buttermilk and Tabasco marinated Southern Fried chicken with Belgium waffles and maple syrup; Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction; Crab Cakes served with Dijon cream sauce, and Mac & Cheese with Amsterdam imported cheese enhanced by a well-rounded international wine list. “It’s all about the food,” says Chef Dave. “I love the South Bay because people care more about enjoying my food than they do about being seen.”

An experienced TV host/model, Melissa Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Todd, will host the raffle offering a $50 Gift Certificate to The Shore, a designer dress donated by local retailer Luna G’s Personal Stylist, Greycie Baran, among other items. Melissa will be available for guest’s questions and comments about her appearance on TV Land’s show, “She’s Got the Look,” throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation information will be available for interested guests to review and additional donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

The Shore is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and is open Monday through Friday: 5:00pm - 1:45am and Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm - 1:45am. Executive Chef David Linville, formerly with Standard Hotel Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, Mastros Beverly Hills, and St. Regis Hotel, offers an internationally inspired California comfort cuisine menu. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.


“She’s Got the Look” model, Melissa Todd, a sexy 38-year-old originally from Redondo Beach, CA, is a finalist on TV Land’s new series, in collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., which seeks to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older to become the next great supermodel. Prior to her TV Land appearance, Melissa enjoyed an active hosting career as an on-camera host for the Hallmark Channel, Toyota Corp., LA Fitness and a PBS cooking show among others, in addition to commercial & film appearances. She has also graced the covers of Shape, Muscle and Fitness Magazines.

ABOUT THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. or call Nancy Hastings 310 995-7873.


Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine. Scallops

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.

(Look for our scallop ad in the local papers!)

Curly Hair rocks!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here's some pix highlighting Kym, the stylist who specializes in curly hair and has this amazing hair product line called Deva Products that brings curls even into my straight hair it's so moisturizing and yummy.

Check out the pix to see what I mean! If you like what you see, then click on the link above because even the funny hand hair diffuser is available for sale there. Or, just walk in and ask for Kym, or call her at 310 701-9218.


In the meantime, enjoy these pix from Friday night.

Product shot - use Beachy hair The other blonde woman apparently came in with total frizzed out hair and was so thrilled with the Deva products as soon as Kym did a quick shampoo and conditioner she just had to buy. If you have problem hair you can totally relate. As it stands I used to have 7 shampoos in my shower at any given time. Not no mores!:) Deva for me!

Kym & client

Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn, Cambria, Hearst Castle, ya da ya da

By Joy A. Kennelly

Remind me not to drink a 24oz iced coffee from McDonald's again without asking for decaf. OY! Although I'm very tired, I can't sleep because of the caffeine coursing through my veins. Hopefully by writing, my brain will calm down and I can get some sleep. Busy week ahead.

If you've never been to Cambria, or Big Sur, you must put those locations on your must see places in California before you die. I was referred to the Bridge Street Inn Youth Hostel there years back by a good friend and always thought I'd make it up there one of these years.

Well, 2008 was the year. I was planning to hit a fam trip to Mexico, but certain things prevented me from taking full advantage of the week long escape. As a result, I opted for a shorter, yet just as satisfying, quick getaway which I so desperately needed.

Only four hours away from Los Angeles in time, but light years away in style and tempo I fell in love with the quaint small town of Cambria upon arriving. My youth hostel was a former church parsonage complete with bunkbeds, international guests, and children.

I wasn't expecting children for some reason and normally wouldn't have minded except for the fact the little boy who was only a room away woke up frequently throughout the night, first from a nightmare and then with a coughing fit which went on for quite a bit. Needless to say, I didn't get much rest.

My German bunk mate however, was smart and used ear plugs. I haven't traveled in so long that I forgot I even had them, or that I should consider using them. She, on the other hand, had been traveling for the past few weeks in much noisier places than this and was quite prepared. She is very cool and is going to hook me up with some art galleries in Munich. Thanks Jessica if you're reading this!

I also enjoyed meeting a very entertaining English chap and spontaneously had asked to go to dinner with him upon returning from touring Hearst Castle because I was so excited to share my day with someone after being alone within a group for so long.

I never invite men I don't know to dinner and didn't really know what to expect, but we had a very nice meal together. I'm very clueless on picking up clues that a man might be interested in me unless they hit me over the head with a shovel (actually a kiss normally is my first realization that there's even an attraction!), and didn't realize that might be the case when he invited me back to the hostel for a glass of wine which I should have accepted.

My loss. All because I really wanted to find a coffee house to see what the nightlife was like in Cambria. I should have just gone back with him because there 'aint no nightlife in Cambria. This small town's streets roll up about 9, 9:30pm! And I thought the South Bay was dead at night! Totally cracked me up.

What I loved about Cambria is that on my way home I popped into one of the quaint, naughty gift stores called "Dirty Laundry" run by two gay business partners and had a very entertaining chat with one of the gays, I mean guys. (Joseph, if you're reading this you know I love you man.:)

In any case, Joseph explained that similar to Hermosa Beach, there really wasn't a lot of stuff going on so people were very political up there too. Apparently there's a very strong conservative Christian contingency and at the other end of the spectrum, a very strong lesbian contingency. Needless to say, I'm not moving up there any time soon. LOL!

He explained too that SLO - (pronounced SLOW and the abbreviation of San Luis Obispo over 1/2 hour away) had a great entertaining Farmer's Market complete with live music and lots of socializing every Thursday evening which was basically the only "nightlife" apart from college bars in the area.

Again, not moving up there any time soon. It really is quaint and beautiful though. I think next time I might upgrade my lodging to the local B & B because although I really enjoyed meeting everyone who stayed there and it's very reasonable, I think I've outgrown the hostel environment.

Plus, this particular place was a little too eco-conscious for me - no paper towels, no paper napkins, bathroom sinks using recycled water from the clean water in the back of the toilet tank, and lots of recycling (it boggles the mind how many ways trash can be sorted!)

Plus, I just want to be able to sleep at night in the privacy of my own space while enjoying the company of others at breakfast or in the evenings. However, it's very popular and I recommend it if you're on a tight budget and can sleep well anywhere.

I just didn't know what to expect and it came so highly recommended I thought it might be a little more plush than it was. A youth hostel though - what did I really expect? Great for the serious traveler! Not the weekend wannabe traveler like I was this past weekend.

I've become spoiled and need basic creature comforts like heat in my room, peace and quiet, and no children waking me up in the middle of the night (unless they are mine and right now I don't have one-- at least not living with me.)

What cracked me up is the hours all the stores and galleries kept too up there. 10:30am open and 4:00pm or 5:00pm closing, or in the case of one place, whenever she felt like it! I caught the West end of the village the first day before racing off to take two tours of Hearst Castle and see the 45 minute movie.

I was really glad I saw both tours with the movie because it really put all the pieces together nicely. If you have the time and have never gone, I highly recommend Tour 1 and 3 together with time in between to sit and catch the film. That way you are introduced to the basic overview, get a deeper insight and then see more of the castle in perspective.

I was so disappointed my dinner companion, Roger, didn't want to see my pix, but hey, English bluntness being as it may, I appreciated his honesty. Once I have them downloaded, I'll share them with you. What cracked me up is that he had offered to give me his extra memory card for my camera, but when I didn't return for a glass of wine, the offer was withdrawn. I am so clueless sometimes. OY!

The last day I drove up to Big Sur to re-visit all the places I had stayed nine years ago while pregnant with my son. It was up there that I had made my decision to pursue having an open adoption and as a result, this place has special memories and feelings for me.

I wasn't sure it would be like what I remembered or not and drove the winding road up not knowing what to expect. I felt like I was on a pilgrimage of sorts because I had fallen in love with the magic of the redwoods and beautiful locations and wondered what might have changed in nine years time.

Although there had been threats of rain, instead I drove up the winding single lane highway for most of the way in a deep fog. It was so thick you couldn't see over the cliffs to the gorgeous scenery below. I wondered if I had imagined it being as gorgeous because I couldn't see anything.

Soon I burst into bright sunshine and there ahead of me was a beautiful, breathtaking expanse of the greenest blue water I'd ever seen with ragged rocks jutting out all over the ocean and coastline. It was absolutely stunning. My little camera can't capture half the beauty, but hopefully you'll see it in person one day.

There was the coolest old timey bridge too in the far distance around one of the windy curves and I really wished I could have taken a picture to show you. However, since my memory card was full, it was either delete more, or just commit it to my personal memory which I chose instead.

As I got closer and closer to Big Sur it all came flooding back. I had made this same trip nine years ago for a long Thanksgiving weekend getaway with my good friend and fellow birthmother, Emily. She had inherited some money and opted to treat me to a weekend I will never forget as a special treat for being pregnant.

She is/was one of the main reasons I chose adoption because she shared her very personal and oftentimes, painful story of her own open adoption. She helped me to see it could be done and really was the best choice for me and my child at the time painful though it was.

She had booked two different locations for us to experience. I'm really glad because the first was very basic and not really to our liking at all. It was the State Park accommodations and when I visited this trip, it was still going strong. Nice gift store and cafe too.

We then had moved over to Post Ranch Inn and to this day that is my favorite of all places I have stayed  before or since. I was dying to go back and see if my memories were true. We had the best time there. Everyone got to know us since we stayed so long. Plus, I was 5 months pregnant and Emily was a real character which made us stand out from other guests.

It also helped that we were the youngest ones staying there since it was, if I remember correctly, about $400 a night back then and up towards $1500 a night for certain rooms now. Pure, pure, pure luxury. If you are looking for the ultimate place to run away and hide for rest and relaxation away from everything, then look no further.

Post Ranch Inn is small, intimate, eco-friendly and very well-suited to the quality of life that is Big Sur. It's easy to miss if you're not looking because it's set far away from the road with a sign that isn't easily visible in certain directions. The long, winding road up to the main area is open and inviting with a small pond and beautiful meadows. We saw deer one morning grazing.

When we were staying there a Los Angeles Magazine writer was covering the Post Ranch Inn for the first time and often looked at us like what the hell are they doing here since we were so out of place among all the rich and famous.

If I remember properly we were there while Jon Favreau was there. We didn't want to bug him, but it was fun to see that we were enjoying the type of life that a celebrity would too.

I kind of secretly hoped some of the same staff would still be there and remember me, but that was a dream. However, everything else was just as I remembered. You can't just enter the property to look, but you can go to dine in their well-appointed restaurant with amazing cliff views of the entire ocean through the floor to ceiling glass enclosed dining area. STUNNING! And the food is delicious too.

I chose to enjoy my lunch there and everything came rushing back while I was sitting eating. I almost remembered what I had been wearing the memories were so strong. I distinctly remembered wavering on what to do with my unborn child because I wasn't ready to parent, but also wasn't prepared to never see him again.

It was at Post Ranch Inn that I had the time to sort out all my thoughts and feelings once and for all to make the decision I felt was best for my son at the time. He may never visit Big Sur, but I hope one day he does if only to appreciate the tremendous beauty and peace this area gives to those who visit.

I remembered going to the infinity pool and meeting some fun couple we promised to stay in touch with, but never did. I remembered the gorgeous slate covered bathrooms and comfortable, yet stylish room with beautiful furnishings. Hearing satellite radio for the first time. Having the best massages by their trained staff.

Eating the best meals there and all over Big Sur. We had visited Ventana Inn for dinner one night and bumped into one of my old classmates, Judy Holstein. She used to beat me up and I blurted that out when she introduced herself because she recognized me. We both laughed and she apologized for years past. She of course is totally different and we really enjoyed seeing each other again.

She was up visiting on her honeymoon with her new husband. We caught up and spent a great time reminiscing old times. For all I know, she still lives here in the South Bay, but we never stayed in touch after that random visit.

When I visited the Ventana Inn this time the reception staff were extremely gracious and gave me all kinds of materials and information. Turns out if you're a CA resident you get a special discount during the off-season and it's only $275 a night. Apparently April is generally quite booked as a result since it's the last month before high-season.

I love this place too because it's so pretty, but in a totally different way. Whereas Post is small, spread out and extremely private; Ventana is more like a standard luxury hotel that is more compact, but with only 20 more rooms.

They have a wonderful day spa on site called The Spa whichy was very popular as I was walking in to reception. Everyone, men and women were walking by just wearing robes like this was normal attire while on vacation. I guess it is!

I enjoyed visiting one of the art galleries on my way in to town too. It's called Coast Galleries and is one of four this owner owns throughout the country. However, he's ready to retire and all 27 acres are currently on the market. Know anyone with money to burn, but a true eco heart? Send them his way.

I hope whoever buys it keeps the gallery going at least because this owner has the best art collection. Many interesting pieces and it would be so sad to lose it. However, may the best bid win. I would love to see my artists represented in there!

Back in Cambria there is another wonderful gallery that has very wonderful art on display with the most helpful, informative, kind woman manning the upstairs gallery named Lili. If you go, tell her I sent you and say hello. She knows everything there is to know about the artists and their fascinating backgrounds and work. Sorry, I don't know where her card is right now and will have to tell you later.

I can't wait to share all the details with my artists! If you want to know too, either call her, or hire me!:)
I think the caffeine is finely out of my blood and I'm tired, or else my brain has stopped wanting to write any more, so I think I will bid you adieu and write more later.

Have a great Monday morning and seriously consider making a trip to Big Sur and Cambria. Trust me, you'll be so happy you did! I am a new woman after this brief respite.

Ready for my next trip! Where to go, where to go? It's in my blood now. Gotta start hitting more places from my travel Bucket List.:)

Have a good one. TTFN.

Sweeney Todd - Less singing; More killing. Cush Salon and other stuff...:)

By Joy A. Kennelly

Okay, remember the sweet little east Indian ticket reservationist who didn't know anything about Hawaii and spent all that time trying to get the spelling right of Kuaia? Guess who I got when I called United again tonight? Yep. Him. Isn't it a funny ironic small world?

This time I asked him about another location and when my destination wasn't allowed on my free ticket I asked about where to fly to get closest to Tahiti. Oh my goodness, he didn't know where or what Tahiti was! Oy, oy, oy! I know I'm dumb for not realizing that LA was the closest airport apparently, but I didn't have the benefit of a computer screen since I was driving and he did.

I guess my frustration with him is because I used to do his job for five years for both Alaska and Delta Airlines and know what he should know in this position. I thought it was so funny to get him again, but couldn't deal so told him I'd call back and promptly hung up.

Guess who I got when I called back? HIM!

That made me LOL because I realized then I couldn't escape my fate. I then asked to speak to his supervisor which he was nice enough to transfer me. I explained to the women that when I worked in the airline industry even when my airline didn't service the location, the computer will give you the code to figure out an itinerary regardless of which airline you're booking.

For him not to know that and waste more of my time... not good customer service United Airlines. I thought I had been so smart by going online and figuring out my original itinerary prior to calling only to learn that my ticket doesn't allow for inter-line agreements meaning I can't fly on their partners.

Makes me seriously reconsider not jumping ship next time they ask for volunteers to be bumped. Oh well, I will figure it out eventually. It is a free ticket after all. I just need to hurry up and book it! It was just too funny to hear his little sheepish voice one more time. Merry Christmas Rameesh wherever you are in India. Do they even celebrate? I wonder.

My friend Domi invited me out to the Arclight tonight for a snack and a movie. I agreed because I was traveling up to Beverly Hills to have my hair done at Cush Salon courtesy of my friend Adrienne and was also meeting my other friend Marcia who I haven't seen in a long time after that which made it worthwhile to stay up there so late. Plus, we all always have a good time together so...

I'm glad I did. Sweeney Todd was a very fun, albeit horror, movie set to music. Who knew there would be so much music to all the gore? I've never gone to see anything Stephen Sondheim has done so totally wasn't prepared to hear murder sung about so casually. Or to see so much spurting blood! Domi said it reminded him a lot of all the horror films he has done. NOT MY THING AT ALL!

For such a murderous, gory story, I was surprised the killing didn't start earlier into the film hence my blog title. Enough with the back story - get to the point Burton. Just kidding. Tim has his own unique style of filmmaking - although I'm beginning to think his art director doesn't know any other looks beyond goth, but then again neither does Tim Burton himself it seems! I guess you want his style, then you see his movies.

Ghostly white makeup with heavily made-up smudged eye makeup, weird blue tones, stark contrasts of color and black and white mixed together, bad teeth, oh I could go on, but I'm tired. You get the drift. It's really stylistic and moody which is very interesting visually actually, but almost distracts from the actors because it is so unusual. I sat through most of the killings with my eyes covered because those images, despite some looking like red paint, would stick in my brain too long.

It was fun to hang out with Domi and who knows, we may start working together again if we can come to an agreement that we're both happy with. I'm still not into horror, but as long as it's strictly red carpet escorting, that's fun so... We shall see! Stranger things have happened.

I enjoyed spending time with Marcia catching up too. We went up the block from her place to a little pizza place that was very delicious. I loved the interior since it was all stone work with pretty furniture. Can't remember the name since I'm tired and it's late, but it's near the Belmont. Check it out next time you're around.

My lovely, lovely, lovely hair took three hours to create. I say you can never be too blonde or have too much chocolate. I'm so blonde I look like a summer baby. I LOVE IT! You really must see Martine at Cush Salon for color and ask for Chassie, the owner, to cut your hair.

It's the cutest, hippest best kept secret of Beverly Hills salons. No pretension, just good hair in a relaxing, hip environment. I feel so glamorous. Just like a movie star after having them treat me to their amazing skills. I had had my hair cut previously up in Beverly Hills at a salon I just walked into because I couldn't take it any longer, but I wish I had waited.

What a difference having your hair cut and colored by people with training and expertise. Plus, they were both so humble about it too. A lovely, lovely, lovely experience. I love being pampered like this. Next week I've got to visit Glen Ivy Day Spa to follow up on today. Full pampering please. I've earned it.

Thank you Adrienne. You're such a good friend to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope you get this salon lots of media hits and that they provide you with everything you ask for to help them achieve it too! They deserve some media coverage for sure.

If/when my stupid camera works again I'll take a pic of my hair and upload it. Now I'm ready for New Years Eve - watch out boys. Cougar on the prowl...

Okay, enough of that. Real quick rundown of the past week. The Manhattan Beach Christmas Fireworks display was simply fantastic. They had this really fun band leading us all in Christmas and Hanukkah carols for an hour prior. Can't you just see me dancing the Hora loudly singing the Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel song? It was so much fun being silly like that.

What was really cool is that numerous streets are closed off to turn the hill going down to the Manhattan Beach pier into a walk street and it was jam packed wall-to-wall with what seemed like thousands of people out celebrating. Yet, I didn't see one drunk. What a novel concept. Maybe they hit the streets later, but I doubt it.

Maybe because the emphasis was on children with local business, Skechers', and numerous other Downtown Manhattan Beach businesses sponsoring an adorable snow camp area. Yeah Skechers! Thank you everyone for such a delightful community event! The fireworks display went on for almost 1/2 an hour and were set to Christmas music which made it even more fun. I sent numerous friends little videos from my phone to watch. Very exciting!

The inexpensive spaghetti dinner at the MB Fire House was fun too. I wasn't hungry because it was so early when we arrived so I just watched my friend's enjoy everything. I enjoyed the eye candy collecting money though. Too bad I was with my guy friend so it looked like we were together.

Nothing against you bud, but you're cramping my style. LOL. I'm sure I'm cramping yours too. Oh well, next year should be good for both of us since it's 2008 and it's going to be great. We all had fun together. That whole night was a real blast. I love singing along loudly and just goofing around. Great time letting off steam after the hell I'd gone through only a week prior.

What's interesting about that previous hellish experience is that last night I went to a local friend's Christmas gathering and it actually came in handy. During the night she received a call and became afraid for one of her friends who lives up in Hollywood since he mentioned killing himself. Since I'd just been there myself (feeling suicidal) I offered to go with her to help calm her down and offer some of the wisdom I'd gained from my therapist and the Suicide Prevention Hotline (SPH) people to him too.

When we called their hotline (which is 310 391-1253 or toll free in Los Angeles and Orange County 877 727-4747,) they were extremely nice and knowledgable. Did you know there is a Psychiatric Mobile Response Team (PMRT) who will come and be with you within an hour if you call and need help? Their number is 1 800 854-7771 I believe. What I liked about the SPH is that they walked us through how to handle her friend since he wasn't probably going to call them himself that night.

When I called Alcoholics Anonymous' hotline, suicide prevention was beyond their abilities. However, I gave him their contact numbers too since they're a great place to go when you've hit bottom and need ongoing support dealing with your drinking problem. Call 1 866 507-6237 for the national hotline and 310 618-1180 for the local hotline if you need help too ok? You are not alone! There are people who have been where you are too. It's never too late to turn your life around and get help for this disease.

Now if you should run across someone who threatens suicide, the key questions to ask are, "When are you going to do it? Have you thought about how you will do it?" Apparently, although we think it would lead people to actually do it, it's not out of the ordinary to the person you're speaking to and just helps you gauge how serious they really are.

However, I highly recommend leaving stuff like this up to the professionals - call for your own expert advice from the SHP, don't just take mine please.

Isn't it funny how God used something that was meant for evil (me wanting to kill myself) and used it to help someone else for good? The ironies of that night just kept hitting me. Especially when we drove past my friend's old place on our way to her friend's house and it turned out I actually knew the street having known someone who lived there myself!

It also turned out I knew of this hurting man indirectly because my friend who lived on that street at the time had catered his wife's memorial service. Small world. It was just meant to be that I was there for this man I think. When we finally did reach him he kept wondering why I was there and how I knew so much about suicide prevention. When I explained I'd been right there where he was only a few weeks ago, he was blown away. I'm blown away. God has a quirky sense of timing and purpose is all I can say.

I don't think I'll be experiencing anything more like that for a bit since the doctor has prescribed birth control pills to help regulate my hormones. Yeah! Free sex! Just kidding. Although I will admit the thought crossed my mind.

One of the side effects apparently is to have your breasts become larger. If mine do, I won't be able to see my toes! I think that looks retarded on women when that happens. Sorry, no thank you. However, I will say my friend who recently underwent breast augmentation really deserves to have new breasts.

Hers looked like the African women I remember from living in Kenya who would pull this long sad narrow balloon out of their blouses to feed their nursing babies on the bus. Seriously, that bad. If anyone needed fake boobs, my friend does!

What was freaky is that although I had a lot of people praying for her never in a million years did I expect to hear from her the very night of her surgery sounding so chipper and normal. Kind of weirded me out!

She was ecstatic and said she had no pain whatsoever. Even the doctors were shocked at how well she was recovering from the surgery. I was shocked too! She sounded a little frenetic too which was weird. That was explained today when she returned my call asking after her and learned that she'd been drugged then too and barely remembered our conversation.

I'm just so relieved she's doing so well, especially after the heartbreak of Kanye West's mother's death. I was so nervous for my girlfriend because it was going to be a much more complicated surgery than she had originally thought, but I think due to her excellent condition from all her pilates training and all our prayers (two big churches were praying for her) she is doing really, really great. Thank you God.

Mama's got new boobs! Cougar's got new hair! Time to go out and celebrate! Her husband is going to be so happy. I know she's ecstatic. Now this type of re-constructive surgery I support any time any place. Oh, and I also support the new boobs Hermosa Beach is considering. Check out This is Hermosa forum under the 2 lanes vs. 4 lanes smackdown thread for my commentary on boobs in Hermosa Beach. You have to scroll down a bit...

Let's see what else? Third Tuesday was awesome as usual. I forgot how much I missed the encouragement of that group. All 300 plus of us prayed for a quick end to the Writer's Strike. It was really sad to see how many people in the audience it was affecting. I hope it ends soon. I want an awards season!

I bumped into my old friend Matilda and just felt like hanging out with her all night rather than socialize like I normally do. I'm so glad I did. After hearing another encouraging, funny message from the pastor, we generally break into small groups to pray for each other. Usually there's 4-5 people in each group, but again, this evening it was just me and Matilda. Since we'd been talking all evening we knew what to pray for each other.

However, I wasn't prepared to have her pray for my family situation because I hadn't mentioned it as a prayer request and all of sudden my floodworks began. I just stood there silently crying with crocodile tears just flowing uncontrollably down my face while she prayed for healing of my entire family because the breakdown of my family relationships deeply, deeply, deeply affects me.

I know I've hurt them too, but at a certain point there needs to be forgiveness and letting go of grudges. I can't undo the past and even Jesus forgave me my sins (which have been many!) I just need to stay away from everyone until I feel like this cloud of condemnation has passed and it's ended. May never happen, but I'm praying it does. Enough's enough. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Now to get on with living.

Or as they say in Al Anon:


Be honest with yourself
Be Humble
Take it Easy – Tension is Harmful
Play – Find recreation and hobbies
Keep on Trying whenever you fail

Learn all the facts about Alcoholism
Attend Alanon meetings often


Be Self-Righteous
Try to dominate, nag, scold or complain

Lose Your Temper
Try to push anyone but yourself
Keep bringing up the past

Keep checking up on your alcoholic
Wallow in self-pity
Make threats you don’t intend to carry out
Be over-protective
Be a doormat

Who knows how this family stuff will all resolve itself, but I have a real peace about avoiding the parent's gathering this year. Although I'll miss seeing my oldest niece and my aunts and uncles since this is the time of year I normally see the relatives.

However, I'm hoping to go to San Diego for New Years' so maybe then I'll pop by to visit or even stay over. Who knows? I can't think that far ahead right now and they're all very busy people with busy lives too.

I did receive a nice Christmas card from one set of relatives which was very comforting and sweet of them to remember me. I'm so behind on sending out cards I really must devote some time to it asap.

My visit to Niki Shadrow's 20's party at the new 86 nightclub was fun as usual. It was great to hear the old timey 20's music and see people dressed up in flapper costumes. Reminded me of the Little Rascals. Remember them? Oh tay buckwheat.

Also, the Toledo Show performed and they were amazing as usual. I'd actually written a press release promoting the Stories from the Red Room documentary about The Toledo Show and Harvelle's. Yes, we have one in Redondo Beach now. And yes, The Toledo Show performs there too! You really have to see this R & B cabaret act - they're great! A little risque, but sexy as all get out. Click on the above link for a little preview.

My ex-boyfriend used to love Harvelle's in Santa Monica and loved the blues so he got me into it too. I love that little hole-in-the-wall place on 4th. Lots of good memories there. I'm glad they're down in RB now too. I really must get a group together some night and go hit it. Too fun.

My cookie exchange party just prior was a lot of fun too. I sent some of the cookies I collected to the soldiers for them to enjoy. I've never seen so many varieties of cookies in one place before. That was a cute party since it was a lot of women from the Republican's Women's Federation. Only in the South Bay. Never, ever in Hollywood I think!:)

Here's a little blurb on them: Manhattan Beach RWF is a dynamic group of like-minded conservative women with shared values. We are a diverse mix of ages, backgrounds and professions - but share a common desire to elect Republicans! We meet every month, usually the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a member's home. We have a speaker each meeting, 2-3 fundraisers per year and social outings.

So, care to join? Email Rosalie at ManhattanBeachRWF (at) cfrw (dot) org. I just think it's kind of funny and wish my mom would join since this is so her thing. She's the most rabid Republican I know and just cracks me up with her passion. I guess I come by my political activism honestly. Only mine is on the local level only.

What else to tell you all. I think that's all and if it's not, oh well. I'm very tired. Can't wait to visit with my girlfriend and hear all about her breast surgery recovery. I'm going to try and make kugel as a treat since her Bubby used to make it all the time as comfort food.

Can't you see it now? A shitska baking a traditional Jewish dish? Oy vey! But she needs some comforting so I'm going to give it a whirl. Should be interesting.:)

Okay, that's really all. Have a good day (seeing as it's 2am and morning already.) Good thing I don't have anywhere pressing to go till my 1:30pm lunch tomorrow. Yeah!

Sleep well everyone!

Britney Spears, Art party

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just caught Britney's new video and highlights. So glad to hear she's reconnecting with her mom and sister. She needs family right now more than ever. I think the radio station that was having people bid on when she was going to commit suicide was terrible and deserves to have a heavy fine from the FCC (if that's possible.)

Why do people think it's funny to laugh at another's troubles? Yes they're famous, but does that make them any less human? I've never understood that attitude. Here's an interesting LA Times article with their take on what's happening. And this one's my favorite - Jimmy Kimmel's take on Chris Crocker, Britney's Super Fan, and his video. Too funny.

I do think Jimmy's girlfriend Sarah was a little snide in her riff, but that's old news so who cares right?

Otherwise, life is good. The art party last night was very eclectic and electric - lots of interesting types of people I don't normally see out and about. Got some good advice and a great Kerastase hair product too. Can't wait to get my hair done! You should have been there.

I'm bummed because my friend Vince has canceled his party due to too many Halloween and Octoberfest parties. Oh well. Maybe I can finally catch a movie! Been dying to see the new Jodi Foster film, The Brave One, and a bunch of others like Into the Wild.

My friend Shana saw Into the Wild and says it's amazing. The music by Eddie Vedder really sets the tone and the cinematography is stunning. I think Sean Penn is going to be the next Robert Redford type director if I go by what she described. Or the next greatest Sean Penn director!:)

So, that's all. I wish I could tell you more, but there's a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes, but until  confirmed in writing...mum's the word.

Hope you're having a good one!

Fun art event tonight - care to join me & my friends?

 (This is posting crazy, but I have to run to church so just read it and realize it looked better on the email ok?)

You are invited to the exclusive Saints & Sinners art show at

Cush Salon, featuring the artwork of Hector Rodriguez.

Mingle with LA's elite artists, stylists, and fashionistas and enjoy light refreshments.

 When: Sunday, October 7th at 7 p.m.

Where: Cush Salon 171 S. Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

310 360-7963

About Hector and his artwork:

Hairstylist, entrepreneur, artist. This self-taught painter finds his inspiration by fusing his love of pop culture with his Mexican heritage. He creates new dimensions through digital manipulation, layering of images and colours. No longer limited by humanity and hairstyling as his canvas, Hector is free to express his unique view of the world as he sees it, manifesting in the pop-surrealistic images that he creates.

Hector has joined forces with silversmith ENZO (Hector Fernandez) of Made In Moon to create jewelry inspired by his art.

About Cush Salon:

Located on posh Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills, Cush Salon is devoted to quality customer service and a sleek, elegant setting (complete with a cafe) for luxurious hair treatments by their staff of expert stylists.  Experience warm, friendly service and beautiful results.

Guests may bid on silent auction goods from Kerastase and more! Live art models inspired by Hector's designs will also be on display. Cush-invited makeup artist Veronica Lane to add her expert creativity to the mix. Spoken word by Poetry Vizion. Musician Dino Saldo will perform and DJ D Nastee will be spinning tunes throughout the event.

Proceeds from the silent auction will go to our sponsor SmileTrain, a charity devoted to providing surgery for children in need.

Kerastase gift bags will also be given out to the first 50 guests to RSVP.

This event brought to you courtesy of my good friend and colleague - Adrienne Dorsey of Magnolia PR.