oscars 2014 – fame & philanthropy charity gala

everybody comes to hollywood
they wanna make it in the neighborhood
they like the smell of it in hollywood
how could it hurt you when it looks so good?

part of the excitement of the oscars is the fashion and afterparties – i was grateful to be invited to the fame & philanthropy charity gala. all i knew was that it was hosted by james cameron [yes!]. what a happy surprise to know that charlize theron was also going to make an appearance [love her work, ever since devil’s advocate #girlcrush] as well as halle berry and many of the greats.

as we ubered our way up the fancy bumper-to-bumper hills of beverly past the peaceful green vineyard and onto the tower road estate where the gala occurred, we passed the red carpet, the quick way.

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photo of the chaos

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the beautiful grand entrance to the main ballroom

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james cameron making his inspirational speech

whether it is giving a physical helping hand, or in financial ways, or motivational speeches, or the power of the voice, social media or whatnot – whatever way you can afford to give – it is infectious and it is wonderful. i recommend it. now back to the festivities.

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i found scotch, or scotch found me. our table had mostly vodka + muscat so we did some exploring.

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selfie of the evening #nofilter, just the lighting from the evening’s color scheme.

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ran into bff ex-colleague paris hilton [we worked together on mtv show] looking gorgeous in a sparkly golden dress. her table in the ballroom was right next to ours & yet too many ppl surrounded her so i opt out of stepping over others and ripping dresses trying to say hello

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#tbt press event with paris hilton in malibu, when i was blondie

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#tbt interview/show day in new york for tv guide and tyra show

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our table looked elegant [initially] but this was the mess toward the end

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lighting. along the theme of virgin america flights.

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a great sparkly non-selfie photo. #youcantsitwithus especially if you’re creepy!

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stafford brothers go time!

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lighting fixture or purple matrix?

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the magazine of the evening

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great speech by james cameron

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ne-yo performs!

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dj paris hilton is on!

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lights, camera, action. i counted 44.

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walk of fame, not walk of shame. [wit credit: lmo. photo credit: cute valet boy]

so it was a pleasant evening filled with the beautiful, the brave, the generous [$100k vip tables], the creatives, meeting new friends and running into old ones. but all good things come to an end, and here i waited for my valet on the sunset strip in west hollywood [with the majestic columned stairwell of my favorite japanese restaurant katana in the backdrop]. keepin it classy, even the day after. til the next black tie!

i lost my memory in hollywood
i’ve had a million visions, bad and good
there’s something in the air in hollywood
i tried to leave it but i never could

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