Voting for the first time in the USA…at 93!

This is my grandmother, mi abuelita Mama Lilia, she is 93 years old, and today she is sending in her ballot for the 2012 Presidential election.

This is the first time she votes in the USA, having just became a US citizen last year after studying US history and English for more than a year. (Her favorite presidents are Abraham Lincoln and FDR.) During her citizenship exam she was asked why she wanted to be a US Citizen. She replied, “Para tener voz y voto.”

So today she is extremely happy and proud to send in her vote. She’s been following the news and the debates, but she’s always known who she was voting for. Todos los dias she had been asking me if the ballot had come in the mail.

The last month has been pretty tough on her health, but she’s hanging in there and we’re all pulling for her. Today was a very good day, gracias a Dios. It was worth a picture on our way to the mailbox!

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Party @ Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Renovations have been on my mind recently, so when I got the invite to go to the Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams party in South Coast Plaza, I instantly rsvp’d.

I’ve been a fan of their furniture for a while, but more importantly, after watching the feature segment recently on CBS Sunday Morning, it is remarkable to see how they run their business. They are good, honest people that have built a great American company. Plus all their furniture items and designs are so gorgeous, and with such quality, it’s hard to pick a favorite. All I know is after seeing them up close, I want it ALL!

The event took place at their “Signature Store” which is spacious and airy, and yet it felt like you were hanging out at the house of a good friend. The party had that vibe, where everybody was relaxed and making themselves comfortable as they “test-drived” all the nice muebles on display. Of course, the beautiful people from the OC came to play, so it had to be a stylish part-ay!

Take a look at the pix below and then check out their catalog at mgandbw.com… you can also find their stores all over the place, even Mexico City (Polanco) for all my amiguitos down there.

And by the way, if you watch “The Good Wife” on CBS, keep an eye for the set decor. Some of their pieces have made their way to the law firm and a few of the characters’ homes.

Arriving at the party, design enthusiasts and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams fans.

White leather sofas as decor for a party scene.

This is what I call a great living room space. Not too big, not complicated, all bold complementing colors, and comfort above everything else.

Neutrals and a vintage inspired mirror equals elegant sophistication.

According to the designers, “A bedroom should be sensuous and stylish at all once.”

Talk about Stylish!

Getting comfortable with the scenery… hanging out with another living room meets family table.

Beautiful people and design lovers.

Chit chat at the foot of the bed.

Beautiful photography ALWAYS makes a room! Love the horse.

This is the Finley “Banquette”… o la Banquita Finley.

Intriguing dress design at the sweets table.

The sweets table.. you know me!

Loving the pewter chairs.

They also had a few other vendors on display, like this optical store with fabulous specs.

Assouline books was also in the house.

This Bulgari bracelet was spectacular.

A great mirror to bring the room together.

The London chaise in burgundy velvet adds a rich pop of color.

Art is essential to every room.

Another angle.

Now that’s a Manifesto!

Macy’s Glamorama 2012, LA edition

The 30th annual Macy’s Glamorama fashion show benefitting AIDS Project LA was a night to remember.

The Orpheum Theater in downtown LA was a worthy setting for the fashion, the celebrities and the noble cause. I enjoyed it immensely and was particularly impressed with the production, continuing with the “British Invasion” theme that’s been popular this year. The music and the graphics were especially cool, and there was this huge video wall that made everything look bigger and brighter. It seems everyone who attended had a fabulous time. Bravo Macy’s!

Here are some photos of a fun night, hope you enjoy.

A night to remember. Macy’s Glamorama Los Angeles edition.

Sharon Stone has always supported the fight against AIDS. She spoke at the beginning of the show, insisting we must continue this fight until we have a cure.

Eduardo Verástegui enjoyed the show. Surprise to find him sitting in front of us. ¡Bella persona!

Part of the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2012 collection.

Bar III, an exclusive Macy’s brand, had the coolest graphics.

The show had it’s sexy moments… like these “British imports” on top of a double decker bus.

And then they bared almost all, up closer… taco de ojo, amiguitas!

He was in the house…Sean John, alias Diddy, observing his fashion collection on stage.

The exclusive collection Nicole Richie for Macy’s Impulse launches this week at Macy’s stores. It’s beau-ti-ful!

Designs by Rachel Rachel Roy, a recurring favorite.

If I ever wear this jumpsuit by Rachel Roy, remind me to stand in front of a midnight blue polka dotted video wall to achieve this effect. (Very cool!)

Karmin performed the song that’s all over the radio now. It’s catchy, it’s cute…

More eye candy for the ladies…Robin Thicke perfomed a few songs that made you want to make out with him. I’m not kidding! He’s hot! (Never mind that he looks a little bit like his dad in Growing Pains.)

The after party at the neighboring Cal Mart building had all sorts of goodies. This sweets table presented by LA Times Image Mag.

Patron Tequila had their own “Build your own Mojito Bar” and the line was looong! Muy padre concepto…

My personal favorite: the See’s Candies table. Needless to say, I could’ve taken all that chocolate candy.

Time to celebrate! SALUD!

“People watching” @Dwell on Design LA Expo

The annual Dwell on Design Expo is going on this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center and it’s worth a trip to see. If you’ve ever read Dwell Magazine or like modern simple architecture, interior design and eco friendly materials and buildings, then this is your cup of tea.

I had a chance to go on their preview day and saw very unique and interesting takes on living spaces and everyday items for your home and lifestyle. But this is material for another post since there was so much to see; I still need to sort it out!

Right now I want to post about the very unique PEOPLE that go to the event. I love architects, designers and design enthusiasts. They obviously have a very cool aesthetic and it shows in the way they present themselves to the world with their personal style. They are not afraid to show their personality with their eclectic and often minimalistic outfits. I guess they know they have to match great design spaces, so they see themselves integrated as part of the “package”…

Here’s a few shots of interesting people my camera caught. Lets just say at some point the people watching took over, since there was a great mix of creative individuals.

Go to Dwell this weekend! Entrance is $30 for Saturday and Sunday. From 10am to 6pm at the Convention Center.

LA creative types gathere at the Dwell on Design Expo in DTLA. Great place for people watching!

Isn’t she the coolest person? Love the Cruella hair with the outfit and the flat T strap shoes.

Citrus colors are a big deal with these design enthusiasts.

Black on black on black ALWAYS works. Look at her sandals!

Cute Guys Alert!

A skirt to match the wall decor. Well, I don’t see why not!

So Chill.

Shopping for lawn chairs with multiple functions.

Updating Social Media Status.

Sundresses and heels, skirts and booties.

Reminds me a little of David Bowie.

Designers meet consumers.

Test driving the lounge chairs in black, white and red.

A Teacher, Oprah and the power of Twitter

Here’s a story that proves things can happen in an instant when you put your intention out there and have a little faith. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…” (Matthew 7:7)

Cen’Cere Cooks is a high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles who, like every year, was on a mission of helping her students get ready for their prom. She is also one smart lady who knows the power of Twitter. (You can follow her on Twitter @cencerecooks.)

Every year she helps girls in her class get their prom dress, but this year had been a little tough. So a few weeks ago in May she sent out tweets to very important people who could help her get 25 dresses for her girls. It was a very sincere and direct request trying to make something happen.

Little did she know that THE person who would respond to her almost immediately was the one and only Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) offering to help out…Can you imagine the excitement?!

Here are the tweets that tell the story:

Cen’Cere can be found on Twitter @CencereCooks. “High School educator in South Central Los Angeles, committed to changing this generation one student at a time!”

Here is one of the responses from Oprah! Good to go!

By then, things are in motion. Oprah made a call to her friends at Macy’s (you gotta love @Macy’s) and they got on board. Pretty soon they were confirming that they were donating 25 prom dresses for the girls in Ms. Cooks’ class! Isn’t this amazing? Sometimes all it takes is a call, or a tweet, and the goodwill of someone who makes things happen.

Fast forward to this week, when 25 lovely ladies, along with Ms. Cooks and chaperones Loretta, Misha, Sivonney and Gabrielle, went to Macy’s South Coast Plaza to choose a prom dress. There was an expert styling team to help them, and the girls enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the store as well.

Here are some pictures of the exciting day. Thank you Macy’s for the opportunity to photograph this event. There was so much joy all around, it was contagious!

These beautiful ladies are ready for their prom thanks to their teacher, Oprah and Macy’s.

Bravo Ms. Cooks! You made it happen.

The girls choose their prom dress from a selection at Macy’s.

So many to choose from, the girls had fun trying on all the dresses.

Susan Koziak and her fabulous styling team did a great job helping the girls choose their dress.

Team Effort: Loretta Cotton, Raegan Gall from Macy’s, Misha, Amanda Dobernic from Macy’s, and Cen’Cere Cooks.

Sivoney Gomez and Gabrielle Ramirez, chaperones on the field trip to Macy’s South Coast Plaza.

The girls and their prom dresses.

All the girls received a Macy’s goody bag.

And, if I may, on a personal note: tonight I saw on Twitter that Ms. Winfrey herself had seen the photos and tweeted one of the photos I took. Needless to say…This made my day and my year. Thank you Oprah!! Your generosity provides so much happiness. 

Brasil Night at Rock/Style with Macy’s and LA Times

It was a tropical night of great fashion, beautiful people and rock&roll at the annual Rock/Style event last Thursday. The scene was the classic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel by the pool, transformed into a runway for the evening.

This is a cool party the LA Times and Macy’s put on every year and this time the theme was Brasil, coinciding with Macy’s ongoing campaign at their retail stores.

Samba dancers (y sus cuerpazos) opened the show with the best samba music and outfits you could imagine. We later enjoyed three segments of fashion and music, for swimsuits, moda brasileña and preppy outfits, plus great “people watching” all the Hollywood types and “the beautiful people.”

Here are some images of a fabulous night. Thanks to my friend Martha @MarthaMacys for the invite.

Rock/Style by the LA Times and Macy’s at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.

“Oh le le, Oh la la, pega no ganzé, pega no ganzá…” The Samba dancers were spectacular.

Swimsuits inspired by Brasil.

Moda para ir a la playa a jugar futbol.

Nightclub at the pool with a fashion show.

This is Dante. Dante es guapo…

Macy’s sponsored the event.

The beautiful people watching the show by the pool.

Preppy fashion in orange, green and blue.

Runway show finale at Rock/Style.

Beautiful trio: Yarel Ramos from mun2, Diana Ramos and Martha Gildemontes from Macy’s.