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Rent the Runway Pop-Up Shop
Womens Int'l Film/Television Awards-featuring Elizabeth Grant

Rent the Runway Pop-Up Shop

Rent the Runway is the hottest new online site that caters to renting out over 25,000 designer dresses and 4,000 accessories from over 150 different well-known designers, to those that maybe don’t have that celebrity budget. What’s even better is that when you place your order, you can add a second backup size for FREE! After launching a couple years back, they decided to open up their first-ever pop-up shop that took place pre-Valentine’s Day. It was held at the exclusive Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood and featured a showroom with several designer lines such as: Nicole Miller, Badgley-Mischka, Parker, Herve Leger, Trina Turk and more. There was also an open bar by Hypnotiq Harmonie, a beauty lounge where guests enjoyed complimentary make-up touch-ups and hair styling by the lovely folks at Lancome and Prive. Oh and I MUST mention the amazing sweets bar- mini frosted donuts and all (and those donuts were truly spectacular)! I met up with fellow bloggers, Tiara of The Dope Girl and Erica of Sweets and Hearts and we had the most wonderful Girls Night. I kept to the Valentine’s Day color palette and tried on dresses by Nicole Miller (which was by far my fave- the cut and fit were PERFECT), Parker and Herve Leger; had my mini make-over and had my picture taken by the step-n- repeat. It was such a nice surprise to be able to actually enjoy the online boutique briefly in person. To try on such high-end brands was like a dream come true!

Huge thanks to the ladies at Rent the Runway and Clout PR; Andaz Hotel; the lovely people at Lancome and Prive- Darais, Jenise and Mathieu; and Hypnotiq.

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already, head over to Rent the Runway and join for free!

Womens Int'l Film/Television Awards-featuring Elizabeth Grant

This particular event is not about fashion, though there were very fashionable people who attended. But rather, it is an awards showcase dedicated to women in the film and television industries…activists, filmmakers, CEOs, etc who’ve made a difference in this world and the lives of others. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the entire ceremony, but in the time I was there, I was moved and inspired by these women, some of whom have overcome all odds to make that one documentary or overcame adversity during a time when it was hard for a woman to start her own business.

One of the PR reps from Elizabeth Grant International contacted me and asked if I’d like to attend an event while Elizabeth Grant was in LA and I happily obliged. I chose to attend the Second Annual Womens International Film and Television Awards at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood; Elizabeth Grant was being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. I had the honor to meet Elizabeth, who is such a beautiful and amazing woman and truly inspiring, along with her Granddaughter, Margot, who is head of  the Public Relations and Marketing Department and Marion Witz, who is the President of the company, Margot’s Mother and Elizabeth’s daughter-in-law.

Elizabeth Grant founded Elizabeth Grant International- a luxury skin care line in 1958, a time when it wasn’t “proper” or it was unusual for a woman to start a business. Her company went from one employee to now over 100 employees at the headquarters in Toronto. Elizabeth is not only a successful businesswoman, but she’s a philanthropist, playwright, mother, grandmother and professional lecturer, who speaks on success and the hardships she had to endure during the 1950’s and the difficulties she faces today. Even in her eighties, she’s still going strong as CEO of her company, even when other people her age have retired. For more information or to purchase skin care products, please go to www.elizabethgrant.com.

The festivities started off with a cocktail hour, where the waiters, wearing casual button-downs and white sneakers perused through the crowds offering little delicacies. The actual ceremony took place in the rooftop ballroom, which offered  spectacular panoramic views of the Sunset Strip and surrounding city. The Honorees of the Evening (when I was there) were: Tegla Loroupe- Founder of the Tegla Laroupe Peace Academy and honored with the Dove Award; Shohreh Aghdashloo- 2009 Emmy Award Winning Actress and winner of the Humanitarian Award; Betty Makoni- Founder of the Girl Child Network and winner of the Humanitarian Award; Judy Irola- cinematographer, one of her films being “La Dolce Gilda” and winner of the Cinematographer Award; “We Are Half of Iran’s Population”- winner of the Jury Film Award; Ruth Carter- winner of the Best Costume Award; “Madre” and “Sidewalk Sisters” were winners of the Diversity Award; “Tapestries of Hope” (Director Michealene Cristini Risley) won the Best Documentary Award; Elizabeth Grant (presented by E!s Thea Andrews) won the Lifetime Achievement Award… For those who were announced after I left, congratulations on your achievements!!

SPECIAL THANKS: J, April Jackson, Thea Andrews of E!, Margot Grant, Elizabeth Grant, Marion Witz, the presenters, Patrick Moulin-WIFTS award designer, Pillivuyt (http://www.pillivuytus.com) – Manufacturer of WIFTS award, host, Councilwoman Jan Perry, the honorees, Actress Jennifer Tilly, and the Andaz Hotel (www.westhollywood.andaz.com), the WIFTS Foundation (www.thewifts.com), photographer Zach Lipp (www.zachlipp.com)

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