Heroes & Healers, Plus Fashion & Beauty Emphasized at Events


Paula Abdul.

There was a marvelous gathering for the 12th Annual Lupus LA Orange Ball, with celebrities and guests sporting a touch of orange to show support for the cause. The highlight of the festivities was a special acoustic performance by Natasha Bedingfield. The multi-platinum recording artist (“Touch”) said she was “inspired by the stories of incredible courage that I’ve heard tonight” talking to the tremendously accomplished women who battle their Lupus symptoms every day.

One of those ladies is Grammy-winning songbird and Lupus LA board member Toni Braxton who was there, along with past honoree Paula Abdul. “A true healer, and my dear friend who helped me through pain and my darkest hours,” Paula said about Lupus LA Founder Dr. Daniel Wallace. “He’s a superhero with a stethoscope,” she described.

Also seen in the Beverly Wilshire ballroom were Kellie Martin (Smooch), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars), Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Carolyn Hennesy (Cougar Town), Phill Lewis (Suite Life on Deck), Hal Sparks (Lab Rats), Patrick Muldoon (Days of our Lives), Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Lisa Gastineau (Gastineau Girls), celebrity chef Sherry Yard, Lupus LA Chairman Adam Selkowitz, and Lupus LA Executive Director Patti Koltnow, among others.

The honorees for the 2012 event were the amazing natural healer Dr. Soram Khalsa getting the Daniel J. Wallace Founders Award; and Dr. Sudhakar Sridharan accepting the Medical Visionary Award for new therapies developed by Pfizer Inc.

Fashion & Beauty at GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Lounge

Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Fashion and beauty were in the spotlight during this year’s MTV Movie Awards. The event is always a great opportunity to observe the latest styles and fashion-forward accessories, especially at the luxury gift lounges.

There was an emphasis on worthwhile causes at the fun celebrity retreat hosted by GBK Events at the L’Ermitage Hotel inBeverly Hills. It was held in celebration of the MTV Movie Awards and supported the (RED)™ non-profit organization created by rocker Bono and Bobby Shriver to fight AIDS inAfrica. The (RED) Rush Games powered by STiKS let gamers know how they can help and have fun too with the global video game tournament.

There was another product with a cause that was emphasizing building self-esteem within multi-ethnic communities. Halfbreed Clothing Company had tees and tanks that impressed the stars with their message of being proud of your mixed heritage background. Emys Clothing has a mission to use sustainable products to increase the global awareness of our ecosystems. Emys has a unique line of sustainable bamboo clothing, soft and stylish. And ten percent of sales are donated to local conservation causes. Lotus Premium Denim was showcasing their ultra comfortable signature slim straight denim collection, made for women to fit just right.

Accessories were also making a trendy splash, especially the fabulous handcrafted products from The Artisan Group. And Ruby Roxanne Designs had unique leather cuffs to accessorize and make a bold fashion statement.

The celebrity-favorite RevitaLash Advanced mascara; Keratin Complex hair care product line; Negris LeBrum Clothing company; Robdechi scarf hoodie; the edgy Plomo shoe brand; Cartography one of a kind necklaces; and ImPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails were also among the fashion and beauty products enjoyed by notables such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, currently seen strutting her lovely stuff in The Client List series.

Young Disney star Roshon Fegan, who strutted on Dancing with the Stars, was seen beaming over the colorful and stylish Armitron and Sprout Watches. Roshon also delighted the crowd by strumming on the unique guitar created by the Cubify 3D Cube printer. They also printed out a 3D logo for The Tolucan Times. AndToyState presented a cool motorized James Bond 007 car that went “zoom” around the Illuminated Industries decorated room.

Also on hand at the lounge: MTV’s Awkward stars Nikki Deloach and Jillian Rose Reed, Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez and his sister Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally), plus Hart of Dixie’s Deborah Craig, and many more celebs turning the event into a pre-awards party.

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