Most Creative Businesses in West Hollywood

Creative City Awards: Honoring Innovation in Business | West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce | West Hollywood, CA.

Artwork by Ruben Esparza of Red Studios

Tonight, the Chamber will honor some of the most creative business in West Hollywood.  Some of our faves have been nominated.  Last year, Vanity Girl was nominated for Creative Communications, for the way that I’ve been able to put my brand on the map — with a little bit of Online Fame plus a little bit of Offline elbow grease.  I lost out to a little known company called HBO (hello!), but honestly!  That was truly a case of, “I’m just happy to be nominated!”

At any rate, this year I found myself behind the camera, producing some of the pre-event pieces and even working on capturing the night.  More of that to come – but in the meantime make sure to click on the link above to see if one of your favorite WeHo Businesses have been nominated!

RELATED POSTS AND ARTICLES:

Nominee Marco Pelusi on Vanity Girl Radio

VIDEO:  Nominee Ruth Tittle and her Sample Saturday Health Fair

VIDEO:  Vanity Girl Hollywood wins Economic Development Award

 

 

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i spy eye candy! – Los Angeles | where in the world is lola?

i spy eye candy! – Los Angeles | where in the world is lola?.

One of my favorite things to do EVER is travel and blog/host about it. Soooo fun.  This weekend, I will be doing a full-on staycation with the ladies of @FourPlayGo, a collective of Travel Content Creators.  I am going to be showing them MY LA, especially in around WeHo (natch) and beyond.

Here’s the first of the our posts as Ms. Lola lands in LA.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter to keep up with the festivities. I’ve never used that word before, but it seemed appropriate.

xoxo

Maxine

A Free Ride in West Hollywood?

West Hollywood Trolley Launch | Splash Magazines | Los Angeles.

Yes – there is!  Check out Christy’s article in Splash Magazine.  In the meantime, here are the things I love about it:

1.  It is so damn cute.  The cheeky graphics will have you spending as much time looking at the outside as enjoying the inside.

2.  The route.  The loop will take you all along the corridor where some of our favorite bars serve up the fun.

3.  The music.  Yep!  There is awesome music curated by a very cool DJ just for the Trolley.

4.  Photo Booth.  It wasn’t up and running during our sneak peek, but rumor has it there will be a place to take pics!

5.  The price.  As in free.  ‘Nuff said.

See you on the trolley!  And if you LOVE it, make sure to Instagram or Tweet about it!

Here I am with Clinton of Mercury Films and my YouTube Guru gal pal Sharzad K. Photo Credit:  Mercury Films 

My first time as a Parade Princess

Maxine Tatlonghari in PRIDE Parade 2013

My first time as a Parade Princess, PRIDE 2013 – Pinup Girl Style.

When I was in high school, I had been in a few parades as a Banner Girl carrying our school sign.  While it was always fun (we were even in the Hollywood Christmas parade), it was exhausting.  We wore these 3-inch boots and sometimes, well, let’s just say that marching after horses isn’t always fun.

Well, flash forward a few years 🙂 and my Chamber besty, Mylena Christina of LIFT) and I were invited as Board Members to sit in the Chamber convertible, and introduce EAT SHOP PLAY to the community.  How excited were we?

Well, I knew I wanted to go full GLAMAZON since it was PRIDE and you can be as over the top as you want to be here in WeHo.  So I decided to channel Mariah Carey and Marilyn Monroe (who BTW, is clearly a HUGE Real Vanity Girl inspiration for your gorgeous rooms! 🙂

HAIR:  I asked Tanya of Untamed Instincts to give me Mariah Carey diva hair.  She explained that the pinup style I usual favor features undulating curls that go downward, but Mariah has these waves that go outward.  And she wanted it to be BIG BIG. Like we could see it from miles away.  Which was the case, because my friend Miles said she could see my hair coming down the street!  Products used – Kevin Murphy and DermOrganics and lots of her technique, a curling iron and pin curls … and of course, a teasing brush!

MAKEUP:  My friend, stylist Joey Galon, introduced me to Hollywood MUA MaxiTone a couple of weeks ago and he is amazing.  Like he’s worked with Niecey Nash, Christina Milian and Lea Salonga, so I knew he would know how to bring out the best in my Filipino features.  I really loved how he got my skin so flawless (using his own line which is launching soon) and my eyes!  The orange and green and purples and lashes … oh my.  It was a makeup junkie’s dream!

FROCK:  What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? Well how lucky am I that Joey has a passion for preparing women for special occasions, so he had a few concepts in mind.  Given the colors of our Eat Shop Play Program, we opted for the orange.  I went to the Pinup Girl Boutique, and Natasha and the team helped me decide on the Monica Dress in Peach (close enough to orange!)  It was perfect.  Click here to read more about the dress.

If you’d like to see more pics – please check out my Instagram!  What about you?  Have you ever been in a parade?  Post a comment and or link below …

Sample Week Menu: Organic & Gluten-Free Food

cibo verde.

A gluten-free diet is all the rage these days, especially here in Hollywood.  People with celiac disease, as well as those of us who just want to eat healthier, have adopted gluten free as a way to stay leaner and feel better.  In fact last night, I was at a girlfriend’s birthday dinner and one of her favorite presents was literally, a piece of gluten-free coconut cake (all wrapped up in a box).  It was brilliant.

Well, my secret to gluten-free (and ORGANIC to boot) is cibo verde food delivery.  Here is a sample menu from this week … which I will try to update daily!

Monday

Breakfast:  Spinach and mushroom omelet

Snack:  Chickpea salad with tomatoes and onions

Lunch:  Shrimp and heirloom tomato salad

Dinner:  Braised short rib with asparagus

Desert:  Dark chocolate mousse * (fave of the day, it was almost like frosting out of the can, but so much better obvi!)

 

Tuesday:

Breakfast:  Turkey hash with egg whites, red and green bell peppers

Snack:  Roasted red pepper hummus with carrot sticks * (fave of the day, loved the hummus consistency)

Lunch:  Grilled steak cobb (egg whites) with tomatoes and feta cheese

Dinner:  Lemon garlic chicken with haricot vert

Desert:  Chocolate dipped strawberries