Out & About with Susan Hornik 5/19/17

By Susan Hornik

Will Brahm

  It's rare to find a musician as diverse as Will Brahm. Whether he's playing jazz in "The Los Angeles Jazz Collective" or covering contemporary songs with "New West Guitar," Brahm is a master at his craft. Brahm's latest endeavor is his own highly textured band, Homenaje, which features lush Cuban and African influences.  

Brahm is an old soul, inspired by many things around him. "Life experiences, joy, pain, love, nature, feelings, people and places...all inspire me. Hollywood is a cultural melting pot and my music thrives off the diversity here. It is one of the best places to live for this reason; cultural diversity is ESSENTIAL for my craft."

He continued: "My head is always full of emotions and thoughts. I think over current and past experiences; the music that I write is the soundtrack to my life." It's the only thing worth writing about for me!

Brahm's favorite musicians include Israeli/New York jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman ("very spiritual and in depth") and classical composers such as Bach, Schumann, Chopin, and John Dowland. "They are the roots of melodic music that brings us amazing feelings and transports us to different places," he enthused.

Homenaje's "La Mariposa y el Mentiroso," ("The Butterfly and the Liar") was just released on iTunes.


Anthony Pazos

Ready for a new look? Makeovers can sound like a daunting task. But Hollywood hairstylist, Anthony Pazos believes you gain so much more than just a better physical appearance. "In the process you learn more about yourself and develop a better sense of you. It's amazing how changes in hair, make up, and style can elevate and build your own self confidence. I've seen this first hand with my all my clients including celebrities."

Because we live in a world that is aesthetically driven, "first impressions are very important," said Pazos. "Doesn't matter if it a first date or a job interview. You want to make an impact that someone will remember, and your physical appearance plays an integral part."

Pazos recommends getting your hair color done every six weeks by a licensed professional. "You look great and it uplifts your look, while taking years off your appearance. The confidence from having your hair freshly done gets you out there to accomplish your dreams. If you are doing your color at home, make sure you have products which are free of sulfates and parabens to ensure the upkeep of your look in between salon visits.

For the past four seasons, Pazos was one of the stylists on WE TV's LA Hair. Next month, you can check him out on his new series on Bravo.


Deborah Reilly
Hollywood artist Deborah Reilly wrote a book, The Collected Writings of A. Morkus Dog. Twenty percent of the book sales proceeds go to animal rescue groups (available on Amazon). Reilly is also working on a daily portrait project, where she paints portraits of celebrities and people in the news each day. "The process has caused a 'positive shift' in my daily brain chemistry," she said.


May is a busy month, with Mother's Day and the MTV Movie and Television Awards. Celebrity Connected always puts on a terrific gifting suite event at the W Hotel Hollywood, with companies like Hemp Kitchen, Justin's, Little Blueberry, Simo Juice, Diva Stuff and Speakeasy 710 participating. Guests received lovely swimwear from Oseree, and delicious handmade chocolate from Sweetopia.

In West Hollywood, Secret Room Events presented a Caribbean style retreat, hosting some of today's most unique, fashionable and luxurious companies, products and services. From exotic eco-friendly Caribbean resort vacations and high end jewelry to hip and trendy baby and pet products, luxurious skin and hair care products, the Secret Room was a total pampering experience.

Guests lucky enough to score an invite to experience this lavish event got massages, eyelashes, teeth whitening, botox, fillers and nails. Gifting their amazing brands was Modus Nutrition, Townleygirl, Goodsouls, Blue spark Technologies, Temp Traq, Beaver professional and Two peas.
Secret Room always gives back and the charity at the lounge was Paw Works, a non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to partnering with county and city to save and give abandoned animals a second chance at life.
Guests at the GBK Productions MTV suite had fun playing ping pong after they had amazing burgers from Hollywood food truck, Son of a Bun. Vrkira Yoga Studio gifted yoga sessions to celebs on hand, which included "American Idol's" Randy Jackson. Other vendors there included B Opulent, Grande Lash, Crystal Kayak and the human trafficking charity, The International Society of Human Unity.


Franco Pepe, known worldwide as an extraordinary example of pizza artisan, Nancy Silverton, a James Beard Award recipient and owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, came together at DeSano Pizza Bakery to celebrate Extraordinary Italian Pizza Day. The Extraordinary Taste campaign is a promotional and educational project conceived by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with Assocamerestero.

A discovery journey of Italian pizza in its many varieties was the key focus of this event produced by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West (IACCW - the LA-based Italian Chamber of Commerce), with the support of VPN Americas, the official North America delegation of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, which has been promoting and preserving authentic Neapolitan pizza globally since 1984.

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