Feb 28, 2011

Oscars 2011

I worked the Elton John AIDS Foundation 19th Annual Oscar Viewing Party.   It was awesome on so many levels... my mind is blown (or maybe that's just the headache I've been nursing upon awaking this morning.  Tomato, To-mah-to).  The event raised $4 million for charity!  An applause is in order to Elton and the team who worked so hard to put it all together.

I got to the party at 1:30 to prepare.  It was a long, hard day, but definitely worth it.  Honestly, everything was so hectic that I kind of forgot that a) I was freezing (and subsequently pissing off my immune system even moreso than before) and b) I was wearing five inch heels that will probably ruin all feeling in my feet for the rest of my adult life.  My job at this event was to check in media in addition to other guests and also help Eddy talent spot from my post when necessary. 

So here's the setup of the party: immaculately decorated giant tents, starting with the check-in tent, then the red carpet, followed by a cocktail area with a dance floor and a side lounge (for smoking), and finally the main event, where around 20 or so 70 tables are stationed for the sit-down dinner.  People purchase tickets to benefit Elton's AIDS Foundation and celebrities are invited, which really makes it a glorified sorority formal for people with a crapload of money (and in some cases are famous and extremely good looking).  If they want to watch the awards and have dinner, they arrive before 5:00.  They are asked to fill out a ballot before dinner to guess who will win each award.  Whomever guesses the most correctly wins some sort of prize.  After dinner, there is a live performance and then an after party.

Florence & Elton courtesy of Zimbio.com

The carpet got started around 3:45, when Elton showed to walk the carpet.  Florence (of Florence and the Machine) came shortly after, before running over to the Oscars to perform, and then ran back to EJ's party to sing her heart out.  It was nothing short of amazing -- Elton even popped on stage and they dueted to "Tiny Dancer."

Dianna courtesy of Zimbio.com

Kim courtesy of Zimbio.com

Noteables:  Kim Kardashian and Dianna Agron (in J. Mendel) looked beautiful as always in navy -- actually, Kim's dress looked navy but was actually blackChris Colfer arrived and shortly thereafter Matt Morrison (who got a blowout), JC Chasez and Chace Crawford all showed up (they have the same publicist). 

Heidi courtesy of Zimbio.com

Hayden courtesy of Zimbio.cmo

Heidi Klum rocked a fierce gown that looked like broken glass; Hayden Panettierre looked sleek in cream Luca Luca number, and I was so excited to see Paul Rudd and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)! 

Kelly courtesy of Zimbio.com

Kelly Osbourne came after her E! coverage to visit mom Sharon (both looked amazing) and Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens made their way in during the after party.  I caught them both dancing to "Teenage Dream" on the dance floor.  Nicole Richie came with husband Joel and she looked hot in a white dress with a red lip.

Vanessa, Joel and Nicole, Zimbio.com

Steven Tyler was there with a date and Joel McHale showed as well.  It was a pretty solid turnout.  After the performance, we caught JC and Lance from *NSYNC chatting (or, NC).  I should have busted out some dance moves to convince them of a reunion tour... but alas, that didn't happen.

The party was gorgeous.  A lot of gold, a lot of bright lights, open bar, and Godiva Chocolate Bar?  I mean really.  The picture of my ideal birthday celebration.  What was awesome is that they had a really great camera/production crew, so they showed the performance on all the TVs throughout the party and it looked like they were filming for a concert or awards show.  Should I expect anything less from Sir Elton John?

Everyone looked stunning.  I was in my $50 H&M dress, but then again I am the help, not the hottie.  But everyone's gowns were just amazing.  Made me want to go to a fancy party so I could wear a floor length gown (and lose 10 pounds).  One of these days... 

I think the funniest part of the night was all the people trying to crash.  "I'm the princess of a country in Europe."  "I work for Elton's PR team." (Hilarious because we are the PR team and had no idea who this person was.)  I have to hand it to these people, they were willing to put on a full charade to get into this party.  I don't have enough energy (and too much pride) to subject myself ot that kind of humiliation. 

On that note, I had several "friends" and friends ask me if they could come ot the party or how I could get them in.  First off, totally inappropriate.  This was a work function for me.  I wasn't hosting, and everyone invited as specifically approved by Elton John's Foundation.  And some people bought their way in at a hefty price (all for charity, of course).  So unless you know EJ himself and/or the general public would group you into that "famous" category... you're not getting in.  And I'm not risking my job for you.

During the lull between the dinner red carpet and the after party red carpet, we had counted the ballots so the prize could be awarded.  This was fun because we got to sit and watch the show.  My thoughts on "Oscar" (as ABC has been calling it): he made me grouchy.  The only decent part of the show was Sandra Bullock.  Perhaps she should host next year?  I mean COME ON! James Franco was lit out of his mind and needed an excuse to put on a dress; Anne was overcompensating for James being a whack job -- to the point that I was annoyed.  ENOUGH with the forced, fake laughter!!!!  I'd love to have seen her paired with Hugh Jackman (had he accepted the offer).  They were amazing in '09.  

While  everyone else munched on a gourmet meal, we got the In-N-Out truck!  No harm done, I was starving and was pretty psyched to eat a cheeseburger.  Once done eating, we picked up and got ready yet again for another red carpet. 

After our work was done, we got to go in and enjoy the party.  I proceeded to introduce everyone to the Ciroc Obama.  The party appeared to be sponsored by Ciroc, but I'm not sure.  They were making speciality Ciroc cocktails (so I'm assuming yes) and I informed the bartenders of my beverage and they all instantly loved me for my genius concoction (I'm obviously very proud of this).  Don't worry, this was a work event so I kept it classy and knew it was going to be a one drink maximum. 

Ladies, if you're looking to impress people, just throw the Ciroc Obama out there. It's a rather fruity drink (Ciroc Coconut and soda with a splash of pineapple), but the name will get people talking.  This rang true when myself, Kourtney and Marina were about to nom on some desserts and Ryan Kwanten (aka Jason Stackhouse from True Blood) WINKED at Marina.  Obviously if a very attractive Australian man winks at you, you approach him.  I think there might have been a back story to this encounter (like talking to him on the carpet); regardless, we all went up to talk to him and he appeared to be having a blast.  He even hand-fed Marina a chocolate covered pretzel stick... and ordered five Ciroc Obamas, none of which he drank.  I mean really. 

The other highlight of the night had to be when we were getting down on the dance floor.  I was dancing and all of a sudden I feel some guy's hand on my back and he says, "Hey sweetie, I just wanted to let you know your bra is showing."  Mortified and slightly alarmed, I turn around and it's Taye Diggs.  Before I can answer that I had sewn my dress because it was cut in a way that exposed a good portion of my back, however I needed to wear a bra (and didn't have time to grab a strapless/backless bra), so I had sewn it accordingly and it must have come undone while I was dancing, he starts trying to zip up my dress (which will not zip up any farther).  He's trying to fix my dress so my bra isn't exposed! I'm laughing so hard I'm crying and so are Marina and Kourtney.  Then, my coworker Mike comes up and is like, "YO Taye, that's my wife!"  Taye's eyes bug out of his head and starts apologizing like crazy!  Hilarious.  We were all getting a good laugh out of it but he wasn't being creepy -- he was just helpin' a sista out. 

It's getting kind of ridiculously awesome how often I'm seeing the same people.  I see JC every five days (maybe an exaggeration, but I see him frequently), which is so odd considering how much I LOVED him as a kid.  Now he's a part of my job.  SO BIZARRE!!!  And just last week at Teddy's our promoter JP took us over to a table and sure enough it was Taye Diggs'.  So we were making and mixing drinks and he didn't give a crap.  Next thing you know he's trying to help me save some face.  It all comes full circle I suppose.

Other guests included Jamie Foxx, Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott, Chaka Kahn, Sharon Stone, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Cee Lo Green, Jane Lynch, Paz Vega, Baz Luhrmann, Serena Williams, Emma Roberts, Seal,  and Rufus Wainwright.
All in all it was an awesome experience and I am so excited to have had my first Oscar party memory!  Definitely a time I will never forget.  I feel really blessed to get these opportunities. 

Coverage of the event:
Kim Kardashian's blog
Nicole Richie Twitpic
E! Online
USA Today
Daily Mail
StyleBistro
LA Times
People Style Watch
Celebrity Footage {VIDEO}

Feb 27, 2011

Happy Sunday!


"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!"
- Maya Angelou

"There is nothing for you to go back and live over, or fix, or feel regret about now. Every part of your life has unfolded just right.  And so - now - knowing all that you know from where you now stand, now what do you want? The answers are now coming forth to you. Go forth in joy, and get on with it."
- Esther Hicks

"You can't ask for what you want unless you know what it is. A lot of people don't know what they want or they want much less than they deserve. First you have figure out what you want. Second, you have to decide that you deserve it. Third, you have to believe you can get it. And, fourth, you have to have the guts to ask for it."
-Barbara De Angelis

(via The Daily Love) 

Blessing for the Day:  

Dear Lord, 

Thank you for the opportunities you've given me and the ones you will soon provide.  Please keep me patient and confident in my actions, as adhering to your plan.  Keep my focus strong and untouchable.  Allow me to uplift others while attaining my goals, and remove all doubt or worry that may be troubling me.  Everything that has and will happen is all in accordance to your will for my life, so I will not question or try to take control -- yet will seek opportunities and persevere.  You have made no mistakes.  "Enough is never enough.  Hold out for all the good stuff."  

In Jesus name.
Amen

Feb 25, 2011

Not worthy (of full posts)

-  Giuliana Rancic is up to her old tricks again... we both had posts today on Oscar hair trends!  You can read mine on Examiner.com* and hers via e-mail when you sign up for FabFitFun, her new lifestyle site.  *PS Please 'Like' the article and tweet it if you love me!  It's all about exposure, people.

-  Giuliana also has a great promo going on for Kate Bosworth's jewelry site, JewelMint.  I'm OBSESSED.  You fill out a "fashion profile" that picks and chooses pieces for you based on your personal style.  Cool right?  Here are some of the picks I got and yep, I love them all.  I mean, how did they know I was named after a character on Dynasty?  Looks like they're trying to work the psychological aspect of buyer response... and it worked.  Just purchased these 80s-inspired earrings for just $9.00 with Giuliana's discount code!


Sammy Jo Carrington would LOVE these!


Boho-chic

This was my top match.  A heart and a dagger.  Go figure.

Perfect purple for TCU (or the royal wedding).  Love the gold on the bracelets!

-  Now that I'm on a jewelry kick, here are some favs from Max & Chloe.  I'm dying over the Texas necklace by Kris Nations! 

 
 


An outfit inspired by this Texas necklace:


-  Did you guys see LaLa's Loubs at Carmelo's debut with the Knicks? Holy hell.  By the way, Media Takeout is hilarious.  

- Charlie Sheen has lost his mind.  I still can't believe he made $2 million an episode!!!!!  Take about a degenerate, not thinking about how his abuse issues will affect his costars and the crew.  Honestly he needs a Xanex and a muzzle given his current situation... he's the new Michael Lohan!

- Can I just talk to you about how annoying it is to be blonde?  I love having blonde hair but this is getting ridiculous.  I work at a front desk and it seems as if every other person that walks in questions me about something I say or do because I'm blonde.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  I'm obviously enraged by this, as it has gone on for too long.  Thank you for letting me rant.

- No Mentervention this week.  There were quite a few things that got me reeling, however I figured it would be rude and offensive to people I know (or know of), considering some of the crapola is coming straight from them.  Consider this my unadvertised and passive-aggressive way notifying some people in my life to get a reality check.  There will be one posted on Monday, as per usual.

Thanks for reading, guys!

Feb 24, 2011

Re: Care packages

Because I was (obviously) so absorbed in wanting a care package myself I failed to mention CARE packages originated with our armed forces!  I'm terrible.

Much like my favorite organization, Operation Christmas Child, go to Target, make a care package and send it to someone who's serving overseas.  It would much more useful and more appreciated if you sent one to them! Not to idiots like us who, you know, aren't fighting for our country a million miles away from our families!

Thank you KForce for reminding me!

U.S. Troop Care Package
Any Soldier
Operation Shoebox

Bottoms up!

Check this out:  beer that fills from the bottom of the cup?

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Gag-a

I never thought I'd say this. 

Photo courtesy of JustJared.com

I've had enough of Lady Gaga.  (For now, at least.)

Sure, I found her meat outfit to be interesting.  I absolutely loved her concert back in '09.  One of my favorite songs ever is "So Happy I Could Die."  And I dressed up like the hoe for Halloween!  But frankly, as of right now, I'm. Over. This.  Shiz.

I don't know if it's her latest single that's rubbing me the wrong way or what, but I can't get into the whole new era of Gaga.  The reason I really, truly loved Gaga because she was original.  She is my age and living the dream; someone who writes her own songs and sings them well.  I thought her debut album, The Fame, was awesome.  Not just because of the catchy pop tunes, but because I liked that she kept up a theme to her music -- "The joys and pains of fame."  It was all well-thought.  Then she added on The Fame Monster, which I thought was as great supplement to the original album.  "Bad Romance" is pop music.  That song will never be skipped on my iPod.

Then came "Born This Way."  When I first read the lyrics, I was like, "YES!  I'm going to love this song!"  But then actually heard it and discovered it was not the original-"original" Lady Gaga I knew and loved.  I thought, maybe, she had evolved and was going to present us with another "Bad Romance" type of single, and instead it was a clear rip-off of Madonna's "Express Yourself" with a bit of "Vogue" mixed in.  The song production doesn't even bother me that much -- I love Madonna!  But seriously, "Don't be a drag, just be a Queen?"  So cheesy and TERRIBLE!  This line is no "I want to hold 'em like they do in Texas please" or "Bluffin' with my muffin" or "Ga Ga Ooh La La" or even "Got my ass squeezed by sexy cupid."  Those were all lines in songs that we will remember because we love to sing them and they were inventive.   

I'm going to get a lot of flack for this, but I'm just going to say it: Gags didn't write "Born This Way" in an effort to "touch" the GLBT community (which, furthermore, yes, this song is for GLBTs, regardless that she sings about race in the song as well).  She wrote it to capitalize. To see the green.  She knew with her #1 fan, Perez Hilton, pushing her as the Matriarch of the Homosexuals, that she would make a killing off this single. "Doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M."  This is a song for the GBLT community and it dosen't matter if she talks about orients and cholas or being Lebanese or being bullied, teased, what-have-you, it's for solely for them.  I mean, the woman has a billboard here West Hollywood for her album.  And trust me, I'm all about the gays.  It's just sad that this song doesn't have a more universal meaning (and frankly was discredited due to the fact that it's the poor man's "Express Yourself").  I actually like the lyrics about God making no mistakes and the message that God's love doesn't discriminate.

However, as if things couldn't get any more disappointing, she showed up in that womb, which was not only disgraceful but... like, big whoop.  You're in a womb.  I liked you for your crazy outfits, not what you show up in!  You could have arrived inside a corpse and I wouldn't have cared, because I am more concerned about what you are wearing!  And the only time we do see what she is wearing is when she performs that hideous song and looks like she's wearing a used condom.  Dis-gusting.  I personally feel like she should have arrived with her abnormal shoulder blades and cheekbones and just made a statement with that.

When she accepted her GRAMMY, I can't even remember what she was wearing.  What I do remember is thinking how pathetic it was that she had to make the Whitney Houston comment.  A)  If she actually listened to Whitney Houston in her glory days, she'd know that she wouldn't be singing a Madonna-esque song.  B) Gaga admits to being on drugs and drinking while writing, so perhaps this is where she go this idea.  C) It was clearly a ploy to get everyone to stop making the Madonna comparison.  Nice try...

Anyway, it's truly sad to see where's she's going and what she's doing now to get attention.  I feel like maybe she was starved from it in her youth.  Now she appears to be a self-righteous artist, lacking in sustainability and grace.  I hope her next few singles hit the mark.  

Do-It-Yourself: Oscar-winning beauty looks with MAC Cosmetics


Sooooooooo guess what?  I was able to have an interview with celebrity makeup guru Gregory Arlt this week about the Oscars and what products he suggests in order to achieve that radiant, award-winning glow. 

Gregory is the Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC Cosmetics and has worked with celebrities like Carrie Mulligan, Dita Von Teese, Annalyne McCord, Kim Cattrall, Michelle Trachtenberg and Minnie Driver to name just a few!

Check out the article on my Examiner website and be sure to 'Like' the post, share it with your friends and subscribe! 

Feb 23, 2011

Care packages: necessary

In an effort to remove all sense of adulthood from my life (I just looked up car insurance quotes -- WOOF), I got to thinking of the good ol' care package.  This blog is mostly self gratifying, but I figure will help a few of you out as well.

 
First off, care packages are not just meant to be sent by parents to their kids. Girls, this would be the perfect present for a homesick sibling who just started college (where care packages are most sent and most appreciated), or even for a boyfriend in serious need (i.e. he's sick, he's stressed, whatever).  Or for a friend who's feeling down in the dumps.  But yes, mostly it's from Mom or Dad and sent to you while you're in the deepest of holes.  Doesn't really matter, anyone will appreciate a care package because DUH, who doesn't like free crap?! 

The ones you can buy online are chock full of candy and food, but why buy it when you can make one?  Puts the "care" aspect into play.  Also, we can't live off peanut M&M's and Sour Patch Kids alone!
My suggestions:

1.  GAS CARD.  That song by Sugarland goes, and I quote, "Dear Mom and Dad, please send money."  No, Mom and Dad, don't send me money. Send me a gas card, so that I use it on gas alone, and not on going out to the bars.  If money is alotted towards a specific purpose, I'll have less of a chance spending it on unnecesary things like iTunes or eating take-out.

2.  Speaking of... GIFT CARDS!  iTunes GC's are actually a super idea because I a lot of college kids spend a majority of my their money buying music. Don't pirate music, people.  It's obnoxious.  Especially if you're in entertainment!  I still don't understand how some of us are actively using Limewire in 2011... boggles my mind.

In college, my parents got me like a million gift cards for my favorite restaurants before I went back to school in the fall and winter:  Einstein Bros. (the best for breakfast or lunch -- their sister company out here is Noah's Bagels, FYI), Potbelly's (It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: I'd buy those bags of mini chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and gain 10 pounds in a week),  Target (covers food, prescriptions and beauty products), Starbucks (I would say I don't need any more of these, but really, who doesn't need Starbucks gift cards?!), and then the occassional Whataburger (perfect for a HBCB {I feel sad for you if you don't understand that abbreve} or a potato, egg and cheese taquito) and Subway gift cards. 

3.  What's a care package without food?  Mom would make these pretzel-hershey kiss-M&M things for every holiday, in festive colors, and people would rummage through my room in the Theta house to find them because they were SO DELICIOUS.  Send things that travel well, like rice cakes, almonds, trail mix, cookies (Molly -- what was the name of those delicious bars your grandmother {or someone} made?  Hello Dollies?).  Try to incorporate some healthy food with the completely fattening junk.  One of my favorite low-calorie and scrumptious snacks are Pretzel Crisps.

4.  Emergen-C or any type of health aid.  Let's be honest, if you're sending/making a care package, it's because desperate times call for desperate measures.  More than likely this person is going through finals, is sick, is stressed, or really needs a pick-me-up.   These scenarios will all work a number on their immune system, so throw in a few packets of Emergen-C, along with Motrin PM (to help them sleep) and some Echinacea supreme to help them revitalize.

5.  Earbuds.  I go through three pairs of earbuds a year because I use them so much.  I found some eBay store that sells the really high-quality Apple pair that are in-ear and usually run for like $39.99 but sell for only $7.00 online.  Nobody will be mad that you send them an extra set of earbuds.

6.  Jiffy Lube gift cards.  The last thing I want to spend my money on?  A oil change.  Woof.

7.  MAGAZINES!  I think magazines are seriously underestimated in their joy value, because what girl doesn't love reading in bed when she's sick or while she's traveling OR while getting a pedicure?

8.  Gum.  (Everyone needs it a some point.)

9.  Other random ideas:  printer ink, desk supplies, thank you cards, phone accessories, koozies, appropriate clothing (scarves, beanies, sweaters, whatever).

10.  Lastly, a nice note to remind them why you did it and that you love them!

Pretty much a care package is an assortment of random crap that is sent because you "care" or because you want the person to "feel cared for" or want them to "take care of themselves."  Random crap with "care" incorporated? Done and done.

Feb 22, 2011

Re: Real Talk with Kirbie J

JustJared.com

Funny how I write about my anxieties and then God sends me a message of peace!

This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I was listening to my morning podcast.  I switch between Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer (BTW, if you have any other recommendations, send them to me!), and today Joyce's message was entitled "Faithfulness and Patience." 

Go figure, right?

Her sermon talks about how we need to stay faithful, because what kind of example are we setting as Christians if we give up on our beliefs once we go through one trial (or one thousand)?

Those words dug into my heart because just last night I was typing about how I feel sad that I'm questioning my belief in having a work/love balance.  Just because I moved and have been going through some personal changes doesn't mean that I should instantly start questioning my belief in having an awesome job and a wonderful family.  I mean, even on Saturday I wrote about "God planning so."  I should take my own advice... I mean really, I'm my own therapist.

She then made a great metaphor about babies and their pacifiers.  When you're weening your baby from the thing that pacifies it, whether it be a bottle or not, it's hard for both parties; the ween-ie nad the ween-er.  (Made for a hilarious few minutes in the sermon.)  (Side note: I do not have a baby. The baby dolls that would cry gave me may-jah anxiety as a kid.) While the ween-ie might scream and cry and hoot and holler the first night, it will settle down as time goes on.  After five or six days, they become accustomed to life without their comforting pacifier.  They learn to comfort themselves.

How easy would it be as the ween-er to give in when the ween-ie is crying and making a fuss?  It might be a struggle for awhile, but soon enough you'll have peace.  Both of you will.

So don't give up on those beliefs just because you're entering a stage in life that is confusing, causes anxiety, makes you hurt or isn't easy.  Peace is waiting for you, just remain faithful.

Real Talk with Kirbie J

Are any of you straight up confused right now?  I am.  I'm really anxious about a certain aspect of my life.  I'm going to put all of this out there because, well, this is my blog after all, but I'm pretty sure many of you feel the same way.

For once I feel content in my professional life.  I am working towards my goal with the class I've been taking, and I really love it.  I really, really love it.  It made me realize that I am in the right place, doing the right things for my dreams.  I'm inching closer.  I also have been enjoying my job a lot more.  Not so much the day-to-day aspect of things, but the events and parties really have put me on cloud nine. I love those things. 

I also have been enjoying the feedback I've been getting from my class and about my blog.  I don't know what I  get more flattered by -- when people say I'm funny, that I've lost weight (always a good thing to hear) or that they love reading this blog.  It makes me feel accomplished, even though this is just a personal blog that I write to fulfill some creative needs in my life.  

So what am I worried about?  Not worried, per say, but sometimes I'll start thinking about my future and get nervous concerning love.  No, I'm not on the mad dash to get married.  On the contrary, it's quite the opposite.  But as I grow, it does pop into my head that the relationships I have could potentially end up in marriage.  One of my closest guy friends this past week was G-Chatting me and put it perfectly: "It's just weird that now I can be dating a girl and she could end up being my wife.  And that freaks me out."  Amen, brother.  It doesn't freak me out about finding my husband, but it definitely freaks me out the idea of being old enough to get married.  When. Did. That. Happen?!

I read all the time about people getting divorces and witness infidelity in this town and it freaks me out to no end.  I plant seeds in my head that I will never have love because I have career goals.  I know this is not true, as there are plenty of women out there with a husband and a family who are living their dream every day (a la my idol, Carrie Underwood), and I am simply letter my inner drama queen bust out and slap me in the face a few times.  But it's hard when you're young and in this big sea of a town and you're wondering if all those aspirations you have will end up ruining your chance at living happily ever after.  It also bothers me that just two years ago I believed I could have it all and believed that fully, and now I'm starting to question that belief.  I don't like that -- I never questioned my beliefs before.  And what worries me about that is that means I am growing up... obviously my body and mind are rejecting adulthood...

I think a lot of this has to do with California.  In Texas, so many of my friends have found "the one" already and the quality of life is so much better.  There isn't a financial strain.  Everyone is nice.  Men are gentlemen, and women are ladies.  There are minimal facades and more often then not people are upfront about their intentions.  But out here I am reminded constantly that I am very much alone.  I am not trying to offend anyone or throw myself a pity party-- my friends out here have meant the world to me, especially in the past year, and have made me live my life to the fullest while pursuing my dreams.  But the truth is that it sucks sometimes.  My family is all in Texas and I miss them all every day, but especially when I'm sick and could use my big bed at home and some TLC from Mom and Dad.  And I'm not going to lie, I love my independence, but who doesn't love those weekends when you can spend hours doing absolutely nothing on the couch with a person you care about, and it's the best day ever just because you're with them.  

I'm not fishing for sympathy.  Maybe empathy, if anything.  But what kind of human would I be if I didn't question myself and what I'm doing with my life?  I feel like that is normal for a person my age,  to wonder if what I'm doing is right.  I'm young; I have time to walk through the questions and land on the answers, but it's still difficult going through the mystery that is life.  I'm positive many of you feel the same. 

I don't want to be jaded, or hardened, or lose my sense of magic and whimsy and my true beliefs.  Ever.  I write those things out and put them on my Vision Board to remind me every day that those things make us all unique in our own right.  So really, this is me being neurotic and expressing that I am just a tad scared right now. Then again, shouldn't you do things that scare you? :)  

This verse always soothes me when I get to thinking about these crazy things life brings up.  Because in the end, I know I will have a great career that I love and an amazing love in my life if I just keep being me, look to God, and stop letting the world affect my psyche.

 Psalm 37:5 "Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act."


And for good measure, here is one of my favorite songs to listen to when I'm feeling lonely.


Feb 21, 2011

More reasons to love Drake

Love Drake, love that he tweeted this.  If this is his own original statement, bless him.

"Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending."

"Where Have All the Good Men Gone?"

Saturday, I was checking out my Twitter timeline and four people retweeted this article form the Wall Street Journal -- "Where Have All the Good Men Gone?"  Guys and girls alike retweeted, so I decided to read for myself.

In my opinion, this is the same song, second verse to an article I wrote back November, "An Open Letter to Men..." Basically, Kay S. Hymowitz discusses how men are living an "extended adolescence."  

It's an interesting read.  I just hope that the guys who read this article understand where women are coming from and don't think their behavior is cute or appropriate.  I mean, I love the saying "young at heart," but keeping a 24-7 "27 going on 19" mentality is really, really sad.  Women love passionate men who they can have a blast with; men who make them feel young, but are also strong, responsible protectors whom act their age when it comes to how they treat women, personal matters, or how they act in relationships.  

What do you think?  Are all the good men gone?  Have times changed the standard of how men are supposed to act?

Feb 20, 2011

When You Were Young


You know when things seem to be going just fine and then something pops into your head and you can't get rid of it?  That's what happened to me on Friday.  It was a rather busy day at work, but in the midst of all the chaos, a particular feeling had overcome me.  I felt a piece of my heart missing.

Don't ask why, but it just happened.  I carried on with my day and had a fun night at work, but still, that feeling lingered.  It wasn't a feeling that was new --- it had been active every day, coming on stronger on some days more than others.  I didn't know why on this particular day it felt increasingly more present in my mind.

Then, on Saturday evening, I was getting ready to go out and Joyce Meyer came on my iTunes.  She talked about something she talks about quite frequently, which was not letting your emotions get the best of you.  But she also talked about something that really piqued my interest: acting like a child.

I know, I know.  I'm always on here complaining about how guys are constantly digressing away from maturity, as if they were Benjamin Button or something.  By the way, I'm going to try to cut you guys some slack on that.  But anyway, she was talking about how when you're a child, you fully believe anything.  Your Mom can tell you an angel is always following you around and you believe that one is.  Or that Santa Claus is real.  Or that if feed your dog chocolate it will blow up (in an effort to keep you from feeding the dog chocolate).  You believed everything your Father and Mother told you because, well, you just did.  You didn't question.  What they said was the truth, and you didn't need any other reason to believe than that.

That's like God.  He wants us to believe and to have hope.  It's harder for us as we grow up because the first thing that we start doing as we mature from adolescence is wonder "why?"  As children, we constantly asked our parents "why?"  and now as we mature, we're asking God the same question.  Why is this happening?  Why am I going through this?  Why do I feel this way?  Why, why, why?

And we'll eventually fall into the answers when we're not seeking them, it's when we live through them that we'll realize why God closed a door, took someone away or brought them to us, placed us in a certain place, presented us with an obstacle or opportunity, or left us with a certain feeling.  It will all make sense at some point, it's just that we won't get the immediate gratification of an instant answer.  He wants us to live through the answer, revealing it piece by piece.

When we were young, we'd ask "Why?" and our parents would say "Because I said so."  As an adult, it's important to understand that while we can wonder why we're going through something, that we shouldn't question God's reasoning.  It's because he planned so.  Just go with it.  The benefit will be greater once we realize nothing God does for us is in vain or in an effort to bring us pain.  It's always to help us and make us better and happier in the end.  We're allowed to feel and to emote, but don't let those things get the better of your faith and trust in Him.

I encourage you all to have infinite faith and to say to God several times a day that you trust him.  Trust is a hard thing to come by.  I struggle with that every day.  But God is one person you can trust without worry.  He will only uplift you.

I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
Psalm 37:25




Feb 18, 2011

"So, what do you do?"



It's All Star Weekend in Los Angeles and needless to say it's going to be a cluster of all clusters.  In addition to the money-hungry hoes that usually walk the streets, we'll be getting an influx of sports-oriented breezies who will cling to any and all NBA stars, much like white on rice.  Most of them will be prostitutes.

I'm excited for this weekend and slightly annoyed at the same time.  I mean, I'm a sports gal.  But every time I hit up these parties I feel uncomfortable, mostly because I have a sneaking suspicion that people see the blonde hair and booty and think "GROUPIE!"  No. No. No. No. 

Not to mention, there are going to be heaping spoonfulls of idiotic men who will probably spend three months rent on securing a Bentley for the weekend and will wear fake Jacob the Jeweler watches and use phrases like, "WE GRINDIN'!" and "WE RUN LA!" Which, let's be honest: if you have to tell people either of those things, you're most definitely not and do not run LA in the slightest.  Oh, and you raging douche as well.  And they'll probably use pick-up lines like "I work with ___" and "I produce music videos" and "You have a great look."  Ladies, if you do anything in life, make sure it's not falling for this load of crap. 

That's one thing I hate about LA.  Before I moved here, nobody really gave two craps about what I did.  I was associated by friendships and at some point a new friend or acquaintance would ask "Where did you go to school?" or "What do you do?" But it was out of politeness so small talk could be made -- like, "Oh, you went to TCU!  Do you know ____?"  But then I moved out here and everyone is all about what you do.  "So, what do you do?"  Don't get me wrong, I've gotten some wonderful opportunities by readily telling someone I work in entertainment and what I aspire to do, and then I just so happened to be in the right place at the right time.  But  most of the time, it's really creepy men who are just trying to get you in the sack.  I'm not exaggerating. 

I get it.  LA is a place that is all career-oriented.  No one's like, "I want to move to LA to fall in love!"  They're all like, "I'm moving to LA to pursue my dreams of working in the biz."  So of course they're going to ask you what your job is, because you might just be their golden ticket.

My coworker Marina put it well when I asked her if she was excited about this weekend: "I'm staying in.  I can't deal with traffic on Sunset.  I can't deal with groupies. I can't deal with Fake Ed Hardy and guys who wear sunglasses at night.  Who probably rented a  Bentley but have no money in their wallet.  Can't. Do. It."

I'm hoping to meet some ESPN contacts, enjoy a few parties and steer clear of any and all raging cases of douchery.


Feb 17, 2011

REJOICE!

The day has come! 

One of my favorite books has been turned into a movie and the trailer is finally here -- "Something Borrowed"!



I'm interested in how this movie turns out, because while I'm already dying to see it, it appears some of the storyline has been changed (i.e. Ethan somehow lives in America).  I'm sure it will all fall together perfectly though.  (It should also make an interesting story for Something Blue as well.)

Congrats to Emily!  I can't imagine how excited she must be, to see her story turned into a full-blown movie! Ah! 

By the way, how hot is she? I want to be her once I get a solid career going!

Courtesy of Vanity Fair.  Click photo to enlarge.

The best nachos you will ever eat... ever

For Super Bowl Sunday, I decided to get festive and make something.  I didn't want it to be too complicated.  It needed to taste good.  And mostly I wanted people compliment my work.  Soooooooo I called my mom and asked her about the nachos she used to make for me and my friends when we were kids.

I'm pretty sure the inspiration came from Planet Hollywood.  My first experience there was as a fourth grader in Canada -- our family had gone on a trip there during Easter.  Not going to lie, we had a may-jah struggle trying to find food we liked (we could not find a green vegetable within a 10 mile radius).  So this meant going to Planet Hollywood and nomming.

Planet Hollywood is like Disney World to me because I get uber excited looking at old set pieces and wardrobes from my favorite movies.  It just has this aura about it.  I can't explain it really, but in addition to all the cool stuff, they had food we all liked to eat.

Cue the Barbecue Chicken Nachos.


Omm nom nom nom

Here's all it takes:
  • 1 bag Tortilla Chips (I prefer regular ol' Tostitos, or you can do the gluten-free option from Whole Foods)
  • 1 bag Shredded Cheese (Pick your poison -- I opt for the shredded Mexican cheese from Kraft)
  • 3/4 bottle of Barbecue sauce (K.C. Masterpiece or Rudy's)
  • 3 cans of chicken  (Yes, canned.  I know it sounds disgusting but it's amaze when baked.  Or you can go get one of those rotisserrie chickens and pull it apart)
Get a baking sheet and put about half the bag of chips on it.  Top with the shredded cheese, making sure each chip is covered.  Take the barbecue sauce and drizzle over top.  Then, in a bowl, open the cans of chicken and mix them all together so they are "shredded" and not clumped together.  Place chicken on top of chips.

Then, do the same thing again: cover with the rest of the chips, sprinkle on the rest of the cheese, top with more barbecue sauce and use the remaining chicken to top it all off.

Bake in the oven until the cheese melts and voila!  You'll have a tasty late night snack, great dish for sporting events or perfect for (what else) a barbecue!

Feb 16, 2011

Check me out...

... on Facebook!

Kirbie Goes to Hollywood has a Facebook page, and I would like to start transitioning all promotion for the blog to the page.  I don't like how much clutter fills up on my personal Facebook, but my largest audience are my Facebook friends.

So do me a favor and "follow" or "like" my blog and make it FBO (Facebook Official).

Thanks!

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MENTERVENTION: You can't have your cake...

Let's get this rolling.  It's not Monday but I couldn't not post a MENtervetion!

This topic really boggles my mind because I just don't understand people that do this.  It makes no sense to me.  Here goes nothing:


Guys, let me caution on you on something.  The female intuition is not something to take lightly.  While there might be full-blown crazies who make assumptions and are wrong about everything (because they're insecure and neurotic), most of us know when something is up.  Nothing particularly has to happen to make us feel this way; it just comes over us and we start to get suspicious. 

With that being said, don't take us for idiots.  We will find you out

I bring this up in light of a trend I've been seeing lately.  Let me say again that some of the shenannery I discuss on this topic is not all about moi -- yes, I like to write about what I'm going through, however, I tend to keep personal love matters to a minimum.  Regardless, this particular topic has been brought up in my life several times over the past few months.

To put it bluntly: DON'T CHEAT!

I know this is a kindergarten idea, but honestly, I'm shocked at how many people I have met here in Los Angeles that have and/or are cheating on their significant other.

I know it goes both ways: girls can cheat as well.  So I guess this is a shout out to cheaters in general and not particularly men.  But for MENteverention's sake, work with me.

Here's the thing guys: if you are cheating on someone, you should not be with them!  When you truly care about someone, no other person, place or thing will look or appeal more to you than they will.  If you find yourself yearning to cheat or inclined to do so regularly, I'd go ahead and say you don't have respect for that person and should end things immediately.

Let's face it: if you're a cheater, you are living a mediocre life.  Harsh but true.  Who wants to live that way?  Shouldn't you want the best for yourself?  Don't you want some excellence in your life?  When you cheat on someone, you're condoning disrespect not only of your girlfriend (or boyfriend), but also to yourself in the future.

Do yourself a favor and stop being greedy.  It's an incredibily unattractive trait to possess when you act as if you're better than others to be able to play them all for a fool.  To be blunt, who the hell do you think you are?

Last Thursday I was at a work function and we all got to talking.  One girl mentioned she had been dating a guy on and off for six months and as it turns out HE HAD A GIRLFRIEND!  Homeboy was living a double life.  Another story: guy hits on girl, guy and girl make out, guy tries to take girl home but she declines -- then guy reveals he has a girlfriend. Seriously?!


At a party a few weeks ago, a new friend of mine said she had been dating a guy on-and-off for a year or so in college (in Texas), and as it turns out he had a serious girlfriend during their relationship -- who'd he'd been with for three years.  The friend had even been at parties and shared a few friends with this girl, and both had no idea. 
 
What I'm not trying to say here is that you can't make mistakes and that you can't work through errors in judgement.  You can.  I have friends who have had a "cheating incident" occur during a relationship and they worked through those problems because they were committed to do so.  However, it was just that -- an incident.  As in one.  As in, not continuously doing it, perpetuating the affair, and cheating with various people. 

"But Kirbie!  What about the other woman?  Isn't she just as much at fault?"  If the other woman was a friend of mine and my boyfriend cheated on me with her, I'd have reason to get all kinds of pissed off at her. (Free publicity: everyone should probably read Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, the tale of Rachel and Darcy, best friends (or toxic ones some could say), where Rachel borrows something of Darcy's -- her hunky fiance, Dex.  Before you make assumptions on who you'd side with, read the book.  FURTHERMORE, it's now a movie and the trailer is premiering tonight on Entertainment Tonight!!!!

While it would be easy to make excuses and place blame on the other woman, take ownership and admit to your faults.  It takes two to tango, right?  Ladies, this goes for you too -- stop freaking out about the girl he cheated with and be more concerned with his behavior.  He could have stopped himself, but he didn't.

Since I'm MENtervening, I guess it should be said that cheating isn't the rule.  It's the exception.  Millions of people around the world get through life without infidelity.  So don't go on living like cheating is a part of life, because that it is not.

Feb 15, 2011

Gotta be stronger



Last week at work we had a team-building day where we spent a majority of the time learning what the main strengths and weaknesses of our employees were.  Prior to this event, we had to log-on to http://www.strengthsfinder.com/ and take an assessment that lead us to discovering what our Top Five Strengths were.

It was reiterated what a strength is: a talent.  Something that can't be learned.  It's within us, something we were born with.  Skills can be taught (like Photoshop or cooking or pilates), but strengths are inherent.  Research has shown that people contain 34 overall themes within themselves.
All of us hold each of these 34 themes, with some being more prominent than others, which molds how we interact and work with others.
My Top Five were:
  • Strategic
  • Activator
  • Communication
  • Belief
  • Developer
I kind of brushed these things off.  What would an assessment tell me that I don't already know?  I've done tests like these before in school and they always say that I'm expressive, outgoing, diligent and whatnot.  But then I read into each of these strengths and they all made me really happy.  They sparked something in me, I'm not sure what or how, but they did. They made me feel unique.  And it was rather beneficial to do this in the work environment, because it allowed others to see what our strengths were and how they can best be utilized.
Here are my descriptions:

Strategic:  "The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route... a special perspective of the world at large."  "You play out alterative scenarios...which helps you to see around the next corner."  "Armed with your strategy, you strike forward."  This characteristic was found the most in people at my office.  So we all obviously have that in common.  I'm constantly thinking of alternatives and "what ifs," which can be great for work.

Activator:  "When can we start?"  "This is a recurring question in your life.  You are impatient for action." (Isn't that the God's honest truth.)  "Deep down, you know that only action is real; only action makes things happen."  "You believe action is the best device for learning."  I'm thinking "Activator" is another word for "Impatient."  haha.  However, this rings true for me.  I'd rather be thrown into the fire and learn by doing than have to sit and be told 1,000 times or watch someone else do it.  This also goes for other people -- you can tell me this or that is going to happen or will happen, but until you show me or have a record of showing me, I have a hard time trusting it will come to fruition.

Belief:  "If you possess a strong Belief theme, you have certain core values that are enduring."  "In your view, success is more than money and prestige.  {Your beliefs} provide you with direction, guiding you through the temptations and distractions of life."  "Your friends call you dependable."  "Your belief makes you easy to trust."  "Your work must be meaningful; it must matter to you."  This one means the most to me because I feel very strongly about what I want to do in my life and how I want to do it, and this trait seems to mesh well with that.  It's good to hear I possess this characteristic and that it makes me "easy to trust," because I'm going to need that trust eventually from people I have never met and will never meet (given I fulfill my on-camera goals).  My boss told me this is the one trait that stands out the most about me, which made me feel good.  And my friend Jerren was just telling me the other day how he appreciates that I'm "down to do whatever."  Doesn't really matter what's going on, if it's with my friends I'll be there for them (and I expect the same in return). 

Communication:  "You like to explain, to describe, to host to speak in public, and to write." "You feel a need to bring events and ideas to life."  "You believe that most people have a very short attention span... you want to divert their attention toward you and then capture it."  "This is what drives your hunt for the perfect phrase."  I should have just stopped after the first sentence.  Do I even need to go in depth on this one?

Developer:  "You see potential in others.  Very often, in fact, potential is all you see."  "When you interact with others, you goal is to help them experience success."  This affects my day-to-day routine.  If I know of a group or organization that's on the rise, a performer, or even a friend that is not sure how to fulfill their potential, I envision them in a year and what success they could have, & then try to help them. For instance, my friend Valentina is an incredible writer and singer and there are some songs from a previous album are absolutely amazing.  They could be on Top 40 radio and flourish, given the opportunity.  She has since changed the direction of her music (it's just as good), but when some of her tracks come on my iTunes, I'll start thinking of what I could do to get those other songs on the map.  Same goes for this blog -- I see so much potential in it.  I want it to develop and expand. 

After looking into our own strengths, we were given a handout with everyone's Top Five.  Nobody had the same exact combination.  And out of 30 people, only four had belief, and three of those people were men.  I found that really interesting!  Most of us possessed Strategic and Activator, which is great for our field, but it was the differences that made us all appreciate one another.

If any of you want to borrow my StrengthsFinder book, just text me!  I'd happy to share.

Feb 14, 2011

Where's Waldo?

I don't care if I'm being self-absorbed.  I'm having too much fun trying to spot myself.


I am such an idiot -- I'm literally gazing at Naya Rivera.  She IS my favorite on Glee, after all.  Best advice I every received:  "Make sure the back of your hair looks good!"  Indeed.  Thank you Drybar.


We were trying to get Bruno to do an interview with GRAMMY.com, however he was rushed for time.


This was the proposal I tweeted about.  You can see me going, "WHAT? DID THEY JUST GET ENGAGED?"  Obviously we were all in shock.  Gotta give it to the man, he got creative!

Final Thoughts on The GRAMMYs


Kirbie and Nat

I was telling my mom this weekend that I found the celebrity lifestyle kind of sad.  On Saturday, many stars showed up without a date to the Clive Davis party, and I was thinking how awkward that must be, going alone to a party with your publicist.  Like Miley Cyrus -- she went solo.  And Katy Perry was without Russell because he was in NYC doing SNL.  I'm sure she would have wanted him to be there for her as she would have wanted to be there for him.

But then again, that is the lifestyle they are leading.  That type of life comes with a price.  They have luxuries, but one of them isn't having the convenience most other relationships have or the privacy most people do.  And I think for them it's not a sad thing.  They worked to get to that position.  So really, it's just a sacrifice they made to enhance their lives.  I think we all have to make those at some point -- we all have to give up things to make a better life for ourself (and in some cases, our families).

I was especially thinking about this late last night, as Valentine's was approaching.  But you know what?  All of my relationships have been long distance.  I might have had a boyfriend within five minutes of me for a summer or two, but most of the time I had to fly to see them or at least drive an hour or so.  For me, this isn't a problem.  While I would have enjoyed and cherished having them closer, I also knew in my heart that I was enduring the long distance because it it was worth it, and if it wasn't I would not have continued on doing it.

While I do pray God puts a spectacular love in my life, I was never that little girl who grew up thinking about a boyfriend or marriage.  I was always thinking about my career.  If love found me, I accepted with open arms, don't get me wrong.  And I'm not knocking getting married or children, especially because one day I want a family of my own.  What I'm saying is that I don't know what's to come, or how things are going to fall together, or why things are happening as they are, but I have faith that it's happening for a reason and that it's preparing me for the best in my career and my love life.

Working these events this weekend has made me hungry for my dreams, moreso than before.  The experience was priceless and personally I really enjoyed watching the behind-the-scenes of it all.  Especially E!'s live telecast.  How they put the show together is really extraordinary, and Ryan is a true professional.  As celebrities come up to the booth, different producers are thinking up questions and writing them on poster board so Ryan can ask appropriate questions and the talent can prepare their answer accordingly.  It's fast and furious and I love that.  That was probably the most gratifying experience of them all.  That, and reading the teleprompters over at Entertainment Tonight :)  Gotta get my practice in where I can...

Anyway, I hope that this Valentine's you realize what it is that you love: whether it be a person, a hobby, an animal, a sport, a job; whatever it is, hold on tight and don't be afraid to keep your expectations and dreams alive! 

A tad shiny -- clearly not wearing TV-ready makeup!

"I'll be your escort!" --- GRAMMY weekend, Part III

I look like the ghost of Michael Jackson

Sunday
Well, let me just say I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve on Saturday night.  I couldn't sleep AT ALL.  I just kept thinking about who I'd get assigned and how bad my feet were going to hurt and what a complete madhouse it was going to be.

I had to arrive at 11:00 because the red carpet opened at 12:00.  I'm not sure if you guys are aware, but the GRAMMYs aren't just the few awards you see televised.  About 95% of the awards are given out during the pre-telecast, which I believe starts around 2:00.  This is where a lot of the writing, sound, engineering, etc. awards go out.  For instance, last year Lady Gaga won three awards at the pre-telecast, but nobody realized it because it wasn't live.  I believe Colbie Caillat won six or some crazy number during the pre-telecast as well. 

The thing about the these awards is that you make everyone feel special.  That's essential.  Whether they're Beyonce or a producer, you make them feel like a million dollars.  As an escort, my job was either to a) help a nominee down the carpet and let their publicist know where each outlet was located, or b) if they didn't have a publicist, step in and find them coverage.  This can get awkward because sometimes outlets don't want to talk to particular people, but those people want to talk to the outlet.  So it's a big game of do-si-do, making sure that you check with outlets before your talent hears that they don't want to do and interview or whatever. 

One of my favorite people to see at the pre-telecast awards was Adam Anders.  He is the genius behind a lot of Disney artists and was nominated for his work on Glee

I walked down R&B artist, KEM, and the audio engineer for Eminem's 'Recovery.'

The carpet was busy from around 12-1:30 and then there was a lull.  We kept hearing Lady Gaga was coming in a hearse, inside of a frozen coffin.  Instead, she showed up in that egg thing, which, according to her alien entourage, represented "a womb."  She was not "born yet."  And then she'd be "born" on stage.  How original!  Get it?  Since her new cover of Madonna's single is called 'Born This Way.'


Yes, that was really her in the egg. 

Here's what I think: We all know she likes a spectacle, but this was blatantly disrespectful.  To cart her around in that thing, she had to have at least six people.  This caused quite a jam on the carpet, and it took up a lot of room.  She was not the only person nominated, and her "grand entrance" took away from the other nominees being interviewed.  The egg was interesting but should have been saved for her tour, not the red carpet.  

During the pre-telecast, The Situation, Snooki and DJ Pauly D showed up.  I almost barrel-rolled through everyone to escort Pauly.  Turns out he didn't need one because he was co-hosting with Billy Bush and The Sitch was doing something for another outlet, while Snooki hung with Sway at MTV.  Snooki looked awesome!  And Pauly D had great skin and perfectly coiffed hair.  As for Mike -- holy compact.  Dude had on way too much powder.

Here's the thing: everyone wears a crap-ton of makeup.  Like, an unnatural amount.  Even if they look "natural" they still have a TON of concealer or powder on.  Makeup is essentially Photoshop, just without the computer.  Some had more than others, even though everyone had a significant amount on.  However, I get it.  The camera washes you out, so you have to compensate for it.  It was just weird seeing the men with it on.  The reason why everyone's skin looks flawless is because of the heavy foundation and powder and mascara and all that jazz.  I will never talk badly about a celebrity who doesn't wear make-up ever again because more than likely they're wearing a normal amount instead of the 10 pounds they gotta pack on for the camera.  But they all get it -- it's like a cult.  They all hug and say hi and just know that more than likely what they see at the awards show is not what they'd see normally. 

Moving on: around 3:00 it was a blue-blickin' madhouse.  All the escorts were held together in an area at the front of the carpet and would be thrown into the fire whenever a talent spotter saw someone arrive.  So we never really knew who we were going to get.  It's crazy how everyone kind of blends in together.  After the pre-telecast started, I was sent to the curb to wait for my talent to escort.  It just so happened to be Bruno Mars.



I found this story on MTV.com AND you can see me (albeit briefly)!!!  I'm in the left-hand corner of the screen around the :05 mark and then seen walking behind Bruno and Snooki with my clipboard to go and ask BET if they were ready for the next interview, lookin' all serious and stuff.  By the way, the MTV article is hilarious: "And then the two went into some impromptu fist-pumping, which is almost grounds for legal marriage in Seaside Heights."  I was behind Bruno during Access Hollywood and Ellen, so you might get a few glances of me during those shows too.

Since his publicist was with him, it was my job to be accommodating and help lead them through traffic, as well as let his publicist know who was available for interviews and when they were ready for Bruno.

He was sooo nice and kind of reserved but really came alive in front of the cameras.  Billy Bush calls him the Hawaiian Lion which is fitting because of his hair -- and everyone was asking him for Elvis' impressions.  Did you guys like his performance? I did!  I thought it was adorable.

While waiting on Bruno to be interviewed by my future mentor/boss, Ryan Seacrest (gotta keep my dreams alive), I was a good foot away from Nicki Minaj.  Let me reiterate something I said multiple times on Twitter. All these "curvy" women in Hollywood are in fact not your normal "curvy."  They are SKINNY!!!!  I'm like damn Nicki, you have a huge butt but you are petite!  I should probably refrain from eating solid food for a month.  For the record, she is strikingly beautiful.

After Bruno, I went back to the front of the carpet and was sent out to war again.  They had me wait and then surely more talent started to arrive.  The first people to arrive were Heidi Klum and Seal.  I'm sure you guys already know but Heidi is outstandingly gorgeous. It's so unfair!  However, she and Seal didn't need an escort so they waited to put me with another person.  The next people to arrive were Will, Jada and Willow Smith.  Will was very friendly and said 'Hi,' and as I was about to start to escort them their publicist said they didn't need any navigation since they weren't doing to do a bunch of interviews.  Womp Womp.  Finally I was assigned another pair -- Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.

Click the photo to enlarge
They were both very nice and patient, and they only did ET & E! before heading to the photo wall.  If you watch the Ryan Seacrest interviews you can see me (again, briefly) behind them as they're being interviewed, as well as during Miley Cyrus' interview and JLO with Marc Anthony

I'm to the immediate left of Keith!
I kid you not, at one point I was literally in a circle surrounded by Miley, Adam Lambert, Seal, Heidi, Jada, Will, Willow, Keith and Nicole.  I mean, when will that ever happen again?!  Just me and my clipboard, geeking out.  I almost had a moment when I walked by Jennifer Lopez but I kept my composure, obviously, because it was work.  But I mean REALLY.  I love her.

Side notes: I totally missed Drake and Biebs come in because I was walking Keith and Nicole down to the step-and-repeat.  After dropping them off, I had to run to the other side to help them exit and I was standing around waiting with Chord Overstreet and Mark Salling.  Timberlake wasn't there, and I don't think Carrie Underwood was either!  I was like, "MUST FIND JT."  I would have ripped a weave out if anyone tried to take him from me!  Weezy avoided the carpet all together.  Adam Levine and Adam Lambert are both really tall! 

There was a ton more seen and heard, but this is all the important stuff -- and stuff I feel okay repeating.  Some stuff has to be kept secret for whimsy's sake. :)  It was a wonderful, fulfilling day and I am eager to work the Elton John Oscar Party at the end of this month!
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