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Goldroom & Zella Day Help Lincoln Motor Launch Their Black Label Program with Chic Soiree in the Hollywood Hills

November 19, 2014

I am typically in no mood to get dolled up for an event on a Monday night, but when I heard Goldroom was spinning and Zella Day was performing at Lincoln Motor‘s Black Label launch party co-hosted by Conde Nast, how could I resist?

Well, it was totally worth it. Not only was the music throughout the night obviously on point, but the classy crowd of slightly older folks than I’m used to seeing at these shindigs, along with the chic, but not overly ostentatious Hollywood Hills home where the event took place, just created a calming aura I thoroughly enjoyed being in the midst of.

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Upon arriving at the event check-in, guests hopped in Lincoln SUV shuttles regularly going back and forth between the initial spot and the actual residence of the party. When I hopped out of my vehicle, Goldroom was spinning his hit “Fifteen,” and I knew the night was off to a good start.

Before I get to the rest of the fete, let me give a quick rundown of what exactly we were celebrating here.

“The Black Label program will be available on the MKC crossover and the MKZ sedan for $5,995 on top of the purchase price,” Autoblog explains of the luxury motor company’s new plan. “It includes custom design themes – with colors and materials only available through Black Label – plus free routine service and car washes for four years or 50,000 miles. It will be offered through dealerships in California, Michigan, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Florida.”

When I entered the party, there was tray pass after tray pass of everything from Parmesan-topped risotto, to mac-n-cheese topped with short-rib. The small bites – provided by Along Came Mary catering – just kept on coming. The kitchen table was filled was plates of various cheeses, crackers, nuts, chocolate, you name it. Good thing I came hungry! The event had two bars featuring chardonnay and a specialty gin cocktail.

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It was refreshing not to see too many familiar faces and just being able to roam around the party, taking in the beautiful view and checking out the lavish bedrooms upstairs. Meanwhile, massage therapist Paul Metra of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel‘s Exhale spa was walking around with towels and lotion and giving hand massages to guests.

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When Goldroom took a DJ break, Zella Day took on a high-energy, several-song performance with her band on a stage, which was raised only slightly above the pool (I was nervous just watching!).

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As much as I was enjoying myself, as 11p.m. neared, I had to remind myself it was indeed a Monday and it was time to hop in a Lincoln and head on home.

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The New Generation of Juicy

September 27, 2014

If you were anything like me circa 2003, right next to the hangers in your closet holding up your 7 for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity jeans was a variety of Juicy Couture tracksuits. Whether you had them in terrycloth or velour – or in black, watermelon or baby blue – or with the words “JUICY” on the behind, they pretty much dominated your wardrobe. These simple, yet way overpriced pieces of material totally defined that era of so-called “style.” After the tracksuit boom, the brand, created by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor (P&G), branched out into handbags, sunglasses, fragrances, dresses, denim, you name it.

Juicy logo stickers used for T-shirts

Given the impact the company had on pop culture, it brought a bittersweet tear to my eye (come on, don’t tell me you weren’t the tiniest bit sad) earlier this year when I heard all the JC stores were going out of business (although according to the company’s website, you can still purchase JC originals). Naturally, I made a dash for the Century City location’s Everything Must Go sale and bought myself two dresses (they’re actually really cute!).

guests were given "Juicy cash" to redeem at an outside booth for a complimentary item from the new line

While we’ve reached the end of an era, the Juicy legacy lives on in its new generation at your local Kohl’s. Just last week, I attended the Juicy Couture + Kohl’s official launch party, and I must say it was as girly and cute as one could expect for any kind of Juicy party (old era or new). Couches were adorned with pink and white pillows, various-colored rose petals were everywhere, there was a manicure station set up along a row inside the Beverly Hills mansion where the event took place, there were passed plates of gourmet food courtesy of Along Came Mary catering – and of course – guests didn’t exit the predominantly female fete without a little gift. When people entered the party, they were handed Juicy Kohl’s cash and could redeem the cards at a station outside, overlooking a beautiful view of Los Angeles. We were able to select an embroidered scarf, T-shirt or pants. I opted for the scarf – perfect colors for fall.

Parting with the OG JC is such sweet sorrow, but I am certainly wishing the next era of Juicy the utmost success!

My lovely date Priscila and I posed in front of a rose wall and reenacted the Kim/Kanye wedding pose ;)

There was an array of polish options in the manicure area

delicious food ... need I say more?

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