Out & About - September

By Susan Hornik

September is always such a busy month with many Emmy-related events in Hollywood.

Emmy Preview

At the Emmy Awards media preview, I met winery Sterling Vineyards who, for the second year in a row, was the Exclusive Wine Sponsor of Emmy Awards Season and all Television Academy nominee celebrations. Sterling wines were chosen by the Television Academy Governors Ball Committee to pair with the menu created by acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering. Guests enjoyed the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Chardonnay.

I also met with sparkling wine, Ferrari Trento, Italy's most awarded sparkling wine producer, who returned as the official bubbly of the Emmy Awards for the third consecutive year. Ferrari's Brut Trentodoc was served to guests at the Creative Arts Emmys as well as the Primetime Emmys & Governors Ball. The cast of "This Is Us," Sarah Paulson, "The Americans" star Keri Russell and her former "Felicity" showrunner, Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, were spotted enjoying this fun wine.

The theme of this year's gala dinner, "Golden Grandeur," celebrates the confluence luxury and sustainability: a message strongly supported by Ferrari Trento, which received organic certification for its vineyards earlier this year. Ferrari Trento also played a leading role at the Emmy Awards Giving Suite, a lounge that was launched to support the charity events promoted by the Television Academy where over two days celebrities were welcomed with a glass of Ferrari Brut Trentodoc.

For the first time in its 22 years of catering the exclusive Emmy Awards celebrations, Patina Catering partnered with L.A. Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that empowers, nourishes, and engages the community through reclaimed food. As part of the collaboration, the organization's team members had the opportunity to assist with food preparation at one of the largest celebrations in Hollywood.

In offering a culinary training program that L.A. Kitchen team members can parlay into a career in food service, the restaurant group demonstrates its support for the nonprofit organization's mission, which is built on the idea that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. In addition to reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be discarded, the organization trains men and women who are unemployed, and provides healthy meals to fellow citizens.

Sarah Paulson, Susan Sarandon and Matteo Lunelli

Emmy Gifting Suites

Events producer Doris Bergman was back with the Eighth Annual Emmy Style Lounge. Local Fox 11 News Anchor Christine Devine was on hand to highlight "Wednesday's Child," a weekly segment that airs on KTTV Fox 11 News. "Wednesday's Child" focuses on placing children in the LA County foster care system in need of adoptive families. This year Bergman hosted Erianya Amie, a local teen who was able to experience VIP treatment.

Doris' lounge took place at Fig & Olive, where celebrities and Hollywood influencers were gifted a variety of fun items. Buywine.com toasted guests with an assortment from California wineries.

Celebrities on hand included: Kim Estes, 2017 Best Actor Short Form "Dicks" Primetime Emmy Winner, Patrika Darbo, 2016 Primetime Emmy Winner, Best Actress Short Form "Acting Dead", Primetime Emmy Nominees, Kevin "The Bull," Host of Emmy Nominated Series "American Ninja Warrior", Kelsey Scott "The Walking Dead", Mo Collins "'F' Is For Family," joined multiple Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, Genevieve Buechner "UnReal" and Shiva Negar "American Assassin."

There was unique jewelry offered by Jeanne Vixen, Twisted Silver and My Saint My Hero. Impressive tailoring by Art Lewin and fashion designers Sue Wong and Single, showcasing lovely dresses for the red carpet.

Guests enjoyed the Red Velvet cake from Food Network star Chef Elliott, cheesecake from Chef Turok, cocktails from Spa Girl and fantastic condiments from Burger Time. Hint Water debuted fruit-scented SPF 30 sunscreens. On the beauty side, there was DryBar, which gave beautiful waves to celebs that stopped by their booth, Curlifornia and Hair Swell, which showcased styling sprays and Reema Beauty, and Skinside, which presented their drinkable collagen product.

I loved meeting CJ's Pet Staycation, who put together the perfect care packages for dogs with a cute duffle bag filled with treat jars, bowls, blankets, toys. CJ runs a dog sitting service and plans to open a dog boarding facility soon. CJ also makes these amazing dog treats which my dogs absolutely loved.


GBK and Pilot Pen hosted their Luxury Gifting Lounge to celebrate the Emmys. Emmy nominee attendees included Michael Kelly ("House of Cards,") Anthony Anderson ("Blackish), Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live,") and Tituss Burgess ("Kimmy Schmidt.") 
Tituss Burgess at Pilot Pen's event

Pilot Pen and their "Modern Classics" theme inspired talent to write inspirational messages with the Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen, which features a 18-karat gold nib. Pilot Pen's space was adorned with colorful art, reminding all that "Words Are Powerful, Choose Your Words Wisely." This created a positive vibe alongside DJ Jesse from PRISM DJ's, and the perfect grand entrance for attendees, as they entered the lounge experience. Pilot Pen also inspired the celebrities to share their message, by offering them a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice.

Blooming, a high frequency facial massager with LED light therapy that stimulates collagen, wowed the attendees by showcasing how the product helps tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles. Guests headed to the Burke Williams corner to get massages and hear about their latest Custom Blend oil options, receiving a three-day Spa Pass.

Two Gypsea Souls customized vintage flannels for each celebrity with band images such as KISS, Fleetwood Mac, and Textere Silk had the attendees' nighttime attire covered, gifting silk men's and women's pajama sets. Vitamin infused Vita Cup coffee and refreshing cocktails from Ving Vodka were available, along with Cali'flour Foods, a favorite for many celebrities passing through, sampling delicious pizza recipes on their low-calorie cauliflower crusts.

Crown of Light had exquisite diamond pieces on display, where talent could try on their $750,000 diamond necklaces. Eva Gems and Jewels was also helping to tie red carpet looks together, showcasing bright gemstones and beautifully elegant designs that were available to wear for the evening. Chateau Boswell poured their Chardonnay, Cabernet and Pinot Noir from their vineyard on St. Helena, and Coravin gifted their wine preservation units to the nominees, which allows wine to be poured without ever corking the bottle.

Along with diamonds, chocolates and designer shoes, attendees also went home with practical new products, such as the iMaxAlarm, a personal security device which emits an ear deafening siren to help deter a potential attack, and draw the attention of the people around you to your emergency.

Celebrities and guests were also introduced to four charities on-site, including International Society of Human Unity, LA-based Animal Awareness animal rescue, Stop, Stand, Speak and Face Forward, who work with victims of physical abuse. Bullets4Peace also gifted their Hand-in Hand stainless steel bracelets, and made donations to the Hand-in Hand foundation to help with hurricane relief.


At the Celebrity Connected Emmy Luxury Gifting Suite, I loved seeing the lovely, custom created perfumes from Sue Phillips, who introduced her new House of Fragrance Menage 'a Trois Kits of Sparkling Citrus, Woodsy & Glamorous Floral. Actress Susan Sarandon visited Sue's booth and received a perfume atomizer filled with aromatic magic.

High Gorgeous offered its cannabis-based beauty products for cellulite, showers, body butters, and light body lotions that also calm arthritis and skin issues. WeWool, founded by Matt Syracusa, crafts comfortable socks for hiking and donates a pair to people in need for every pair sold. Syracusa ran a breakfast outreach ministry and realized how important a sturdy pair of socks could make a real difference during winter.

BuzzPop Cocktails rounded things out with refreshing adult popsicles that may soon make its way to better hotel pool decks, while NajaVibes, offered perfect totes and Ts for beach visits. 


Hollywood is talking about celebrity hairstylist, Brandon Martinez, who recently wrote a book, "Sex, Hair & Billionaires. "Nothing like this story has been told since the movie, 'Shampoo.' My book, makes Warren Beatty's character look like he worked at Super Cuts!" he quipped.

"The book is a behind the scenes look into the lives of some of the most famous and powerful people in the world," said Martinez. "As a hairstylist, you are exposed to your clients' lives in a way that most people never get to experience. The salon chair is better than alcohol, because when the blow dryer turns on, the gossip flows! My clients are at the top of the food chain and what they allowed me to see had to be documented, as the book writes itself. This book goes into the details of the rich and famous, and gives the reader an idea of how the super successful live."

Martinez is an expert stylist. "Women are cutting their hair into short, pixie haircuts to show off their natural beauty. No more hiding behind lots of wavy hair. It's now all about short, sexy and sophisticated."

Martinez believes the secret behind celebrities' hair looking so good is biotin. "Biotin is the new buzz word in beauty. Taking Biotin increases Keratin growth for stronger, healthier hair."

His latest hair products: Biotin Hair Growth Vitamins and Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner from B. The Product Hair Care.


Propel Co:Labs held a fitness festival in Hollywood, where attendees could sweat in celebrity workouts with Shay Mitchell (ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars") and Scott Foley, (ABC's "Scandal"). The classes were led by their very own personal trainers, Harley Pasternak and Gunnar Peterson. A variety of workouts was offered all day, led by top fitness partners from around the country including: Prevail Boxing, Playlist Yoga, Yoga for Bad People and modelFIT, alongside the musical stylings of Big Boi, AlunaGeorge, Spencer Ludwig, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Henry Fong, Milk N Cooks, Ashli Katz and Samantha Ronson.

Shay Mitchell at Fitness Festival LA

Peterson's tip: "If you are working out, always make sure you stay hydrated. it's very good to drink water with electrolytes, as the sodium replaces what is lost in sweat."

What's New on TV

Bobbi Kristina with Whitney Houston/Wiki Commons

Upcoming TV show to check out: TV One pulls back the curtain on Bobbi Kristina's life in a made-for-TV biopic called, Bobbi Kristina, set to air October 8.

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