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.

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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.

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 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!

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IMG_8530I was lucky to be selected by leading apparel retailer, JCPenney, to attend iHeart Radio’s Fiesta Latina at the Los Angeles Forum this past Saturday, November 22.

As a sponsor of the event, JCPenney hosted a style and beauty lounge for Hispanic Media at the legendary Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. As part of their #justgotjingled Holiday campaign, Los Angeles bloggers and journalists were treated to a fabulous afternoon of glamour, fashion and fun with the makeup team from Sephora, hair styling provided by JCPenney Salon, and JCPenney stylists for wardrobe consultations.

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I was charmed by the beautiful accessory selection and trendy clothes featured on the upstairs floor of the villa. They had some awesome rocker looks from their private and designer labels.  There was a variety of styles to accommodate the diverse group of women.  We were all ages and sizes, but there was something for everyone.

I was also taken with the variety of beauty services offered at JCPenney.  Not only do they have a brilliant partnership with Sephora in-store,  they also have the JCPenney Salon.  Shameless Plug for my favorite shampoo and conditioner from Alterna.

In addition, the villa at the Sunset Marquis Hotel was accessorized with some gorgeous accent pieces, tableware and bedding from JCPenney’s Home department.  There was eye candy everywhere!

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Everything was super chic and well within budget.  What’s not to love?  After the first class treatment I received, its safe to say I’m a fan.  Check out JustGotJingled.com, where you may find inspiration, weekly challenges and heartwarming videos demonstrating random acts of giving.

Black Friday: This year, JCPenney starts holiday shopping early at 5 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Early birds will be greeted with a free 2014 edition Disney snow globe and special Jingle Bell envelope containing a $10 coupon redeemable immediately in store. One out of every 100 coupons will be worth $100 off $100 or more for purchases made Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

After we got all dolled up- we were chauffeured to the show!! The iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina featured some of the biggest names in Latin Music.

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I almost cried when I heard Ricki Martin was opening. I’ve loved him with since his Menudo days! Who remembers when he was a telenovela star??  Anyway, besides Ricki, the line up included Prince Royce, Jesse Y Joy, Pit Bull, Daddy Yankee, Alejandra Guzman and several others.  Everyone was ah-mazing but I have to say I left with a huge crush on Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin!  I think he stole the show 🙂  Enjoy this video and have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving beloveds!

THANK YOU JCPenney from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful experience.  I will never forget it!

xoxo Dre

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I hate it when people say there is no winter in Southern California.  Pretty sure I almost froze my balls off two nights ago in Anaheim when I met some friends for dinner and a little gift exchange fun at Downtown Disney. Today, I ventured out to do some Christmas shopping in Belmont Shore (2nd Street) and it was 40 degrees!!!  I had on a beanie, fingerless gloves, a scarf, boots- full on glacial mode.  Its totally Christmas in L.A. evident by the guy who looks like Cee Lo Green in a Santa Suit standing on the corner of Crenshaw and Venice, but I digress…

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If you are like me and still need to finish some shopping, here are some of my favorite malls for your best bet to find what you need:

The Grove where it snows nightly- (yes, “snow” in L.A.).  Plus they just opened Sprinkles there so check that out for sure 🙂

Century City Plaza (has been one of my favorite malls since the 90’s)

The Beverly Center (has the best Macy’s in Southern California in my opinion)

South Coast Plaza (Sak’s, Nordstrom and Bloomies in the same mall)

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However, if you don’t want to battle the messy malls and ridiculous parking situation happening out there, here are my favorite boutique shopping suggestions found in neighborhoods around the city.  I like to shop independent stores whenever I can.  These business owners, artists, and entrepreneurs need us:

Silver Lake- East Sunset Blvd has some of the most eclectic and artsy stores in the city.  I love this area that includes Los Feliz, Echo Park and boarders DTLA.  If you can handle the hipster population, you wil love it too.  Find the collection of interesting boutiques, gift stores, and restaurants near the Sunset Junction (E. Sunset Blvd).

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Montana Ave. in Santa Monica- this row of lovely shops and boutiques is for you ballers not on a budget.  Find plenty of fabulous home stores, gift shops, stylish boutiques and salons.  Prepare to spend and possibly spot some celebs as well.  I’ve seen some A listers here for sure.  Makes for great people watching too.

Little Tokyo- DTLA has been evolving for years now.  It used to be all dangerous and littered with homeless vagrants.  Ok, I guess it still kind of is, but it has come a long way and I heart it!  Now its rocks a sort of Hipster/Hobo culture that I actually enjoy frequently.   Some of the dopest bars in the city are in DTLA as are many foodie approved restaurants. Art, culture and creativity are abound here.  There are lots of places to shop too but I especially enjoy Little Tokyo and the stores within and surrounding the Japanese Village on 2nd.  I got some great gifts here last week.

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Long Beach- 2nd St. (Belmont Shore), 4th St (Vintage Row), Downtown, and Main St. off of PCH in Seal Beach are all great places to treasure hunt.  Find book stores, record shops, card/gift stores, vintage stuff, commercial stores, high end stuff, low end stuff.  Something for everyone in the LBC

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Some of my favorite gift shops: Espionage, Pergolina, Pulp (on S. La Brea), Popkiller, & Blue Windows, just to name a few.  Happy Shopping friends! xo Dre

Halloween

Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine, and not just because of the sugar high.   As a kid, I loved dressing up, doused in glitter, wearing a painted face of make-up and hitting up the neighbors for treats.  It was a chance to be princess, a sorceress, a super hero.  Halloween allowed me to dream, to be something else, to be someone else.  Someone fabulous who wears exaggerated hot pink blush and red lipstick and has hair that sparkles.  The hard part was always deciding who to be.  Dressing as something ugly like a zombie or a green witch with a wart on my nose was never even a consideration.  I was a ballerina, a butterfly, or some Egyptian goddess.  The child I was had obvious intuition about the glamour girl I would become.  It surprised no one that I would eventually embody the grown up version of the diva I portrayed as a girl.  To this day, I adore dressing up for
Halloween although the opportunity to dress up is becoming more rare. I think it’s related to this decade of my life, because in my 20s there was always a party or somewhere to be.  This year, to my happy surprise, my friend the vixen invited me to join her and her equally vixen-like posse for a night out in LA for some Halloween fun.  The plan, she sweetly explained, is to dress up like various animals and call themselves “the petting zoo.”  Oh, how that girl makes me giggle!  Given my advancing age, I am keenly aware that my days of being hot are numbered, and although I could be in a zoo, I’m not sure anyone will want to pet me.  Be that as it may, if my schedule allows, I will be joining those sexy Kitties, Tigers, and Bunnies. I think I’ll channel Shakira and be a wolf.  Hey- any excuse to wear fish-nets and sparkles in my hair again.  What are your plans?

If you aren’t sure, check out this list of Halloween happenings:

  • Los Angeles haunts– ghosts tours and other scary stuff…
  • Theme parks: Universal Studios, Knott’s, Six Flags & Disneyland all feature Halloween events this month
  • Haute Dog Howl’oween Pet Parade & Adoption October 28th is a fabulous Long Beach event for families and dog lovers alike
  • Masquerades, Fetish Balls & Nightclub parties

Ok, back to mid-terms.  Sigh.  Best witches! xo Dre