My Cinderella Moment

Last Sunday, I attended an invitation-only pre-premiere “glam ball” for VIP media and bloggers hosted by JCPenney.  JCPenney was a leading sponsor of the Cinderella World Premiere.

We got to experience our very own #JCPCinderellaMoment at the “glam ball” hosted in the penthouse suite at the chic  Loews Hotel in Hollywood.   It was a beautiful space, complete with lots of enchanting decor and exclusive JCPenney products to enhance the #JCPenneyCinderellaMoment experience.

JCPenney Sponsors The World Premiere Of Disney's "Cinderella"

JCPenney Sponsors The World Premiere Of Disney's "Cinderella"

Hair styling was provided by the super talented JCPenney Salon Team, and make-up was provided by the JCPenney Sephora team, to prepare us for our enchanted evening at the red carpet film premiere.

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 Me in the chair getting loose curls

After hair and make-up we were escorted to the accessory room where a JCPenney Stylist assisted in accessory styling…JCPenney Sponsors The World Premiere Of Disney's "Cinderella"

 The JCPenney Accessory room

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 Some of the girls with their new clutches and jewelry 

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The JCPenney accessory room 

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Me in my new JCPenney earrings 

After the “glam ball” we were escorted to a VIP guest pre-reception event at the El Capitan Theatre.  We were provided exclusive access to the red carpet, photo booths, and an exclusive look at costumes from the film.

JCPenney Sponsors The World Premiere Of Disney's "Cinderella"

 JCPenney Sponsors The World Premiere Of Disney's "Cinderella"The actual Cinderella gown

My friends Angela, fellow blogger Mary Hall and Me at the pre-party

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Lily James on the red carpet in an Ellie Saab gown

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The cast on the red carpet

I had my own red carpet moment… 
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Me and my dear friend and fellow blogger Chad Darwin

a dream is a wishIf you love Cinderella as much as I do, you should know that JCPenney has over 300 exclusive Cinderella items.  In fact, the Disney shop inside JCPenney is one of the retailer’s most popular brands for children, parents and grandparents alike.  They have an extensive selection of some of Disney’s most beloved characters designed just for JCPenney.  And if you are looking for the Cinderella princess dress for your little one, a must have of every little girl, find it here!  Its gorgeous!

It truly was an enchanted evening!  I love love loved the film!  It was like the Disney cartoon came to real life.  And even though I don’t have a real-life fairy godmother, I certainly felt like I did!

The live-action feature film inspired by the classic fairy tale will be released this Friday March 13, 2015. Don’t miss it!

Take Me To The Poorhouse

This weekend you could go to a movie or spend less money and support the arts.  I’m pretty sure this is a no-brainer.  It’s time for the Hollywood Fringe Festival where for around $10 a ticket you get theater!  The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual celebration of the emerging arts, and this year I’m so proud of my very talented friend Sara Fenton, who is executive producer and assistant director of a one-woman show playing now during the Fringe.

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Performed by brilliant actress and writer Liz Femi and directed by Jane Morris, Take Me To The Poorhouse is a comedy about Lizzie, a middle-class Nigerian third grader who dreams of becoming poor to win the heart of her popular classmate.  I was lucky enough to see this funny yet emotive show in both its budding stages in Sara’s back yard last summer, and in full bloom at the press preview night held last week at the Lounge Theater.  The funny commentary and observations from this adorable little girl living in the rich Nigerian culture during the turbulent 80s reminded me of my own childhood, my own recollection of the 80s, and the often misled conclusions children draw about love, money, adults and life.  I love this show and highly recommend you check it out if you are able to make it out LA. The show is running this month from June 8 thru June 28.

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Inspired by true events, this “upside-down Cinderella story” is a children’s story for adults – witty and wise, hilarious and heartfelt. Audiences are offered a fresh glimpse of African life as they are introduced to a girl eager to reject herself in to order to feel like she belongs.

Hollywood is home to dozens of Los Angeles’ premiere theaters and clubs, making it the perfect spot for the festival. The neighborhood has always been a source of unapologetic opinion, underground mentality, and a deep passion for the cutting-edge. The Hollywood Fringe is an immersive festival worthy of the neighborhood’s reputation.*

The Festival takes place June 13 – June 30, 2013, although this show premieres earlier on June 8th.

Take Me To The Poorhouse is playing at the Lounge Theater located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., 90038.  Click here for tickets or more information.  Call up your friends and experience one of the many reasons I love LA.  Now hurry up and go see this show!!

*From Yelper Katie B.’s Fringe event invite.