Out and About with Susan Hornik - June 2018

The MTV Movie & TV Awards

It's always busy in Hollywood with lots of events to cover, especially the week during The MTV Movie Awards.

The Secret Room's gift lounge
The Secret Room's luxury gift lounge presented a Bali Style Retreat in honor of the nominees for the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Open to only celebrities and media, the event hosted some of today's most unique, fashionable and luxurious companies, products and services. From exotic trips, to resort vacations and high end jewelry, to hip and trendy baby and pet products and luxurious skin and hair care products, the Secret Room was a total pampering experience.

Products showcased included safety devices by SABRE, footwear by Exotics by Cedrick, Japanese sports shoe company Ccilu, genetics kits from platinum sponsor 23andMe, fashion from Bubblelingo and hair styling tools and products by Copperhed by Hedlux.

Celebrities loved trying out the amazing, chemical free nut butter and milk machine NutraMilk. I plan to use it in my kitchen for all my homemade, tasty almond shakes. And it makes a great Nutella!

Baroque & Rose gave portable travel kits with beauty formulas and condensed paper masks that expand when you combine them. Celebrities at the event went home with cute socks by Wovenpear and a gift certificate for some high end dining room furnishings from Canadel.

At the Celebrity Connected gifting suite, I met Lychee Rose Bouquets, who created lovely flowers. "It was an amazing experience. Being in a room with celebrities and vendors made the experience just more exciting. I have a few clients from the suite, also a client wanting me to do flowers for her wedding."

Nikki Leigh

Search Party Apparel has cool clothing for Hollywood surfers. "We are so excited to. be here today. We have a lot of athletes that wear our clothes. For example, Grant Giller is a rider for our company, He's a very well known snowboarder and has done BMW commercials in China and competed all over the world," said owner/founder Ryan McGowan.

Celebrity Connected did not disappoint, as usual!" enthused actress Nikki Leigh. "I felt very spoiled by the quality! Nana Coco was the perfect beauty stop with my new favorite eyebrow pencils. Current Air was super stylish and generous. And there was even great stuff for my pup, @kodi_thestud. I felt like the best dog mom once I got home


Love Goodly has collaborated with actress and animal advocate, Kaley Cuoco, to create an exclusive "Made With Love" June/July Box for Summer to benefit Paw Works! Featuring Kaley's picks for Love Goodly, the beauty & wellness products inside are all eco and animal friendly, toxin-free, cruelty-free, to encourage a healthy and guilt free summer for a cause.

"I am thrilled to support pups in-need and Paw Works, with Love Goodly's box of Kaley-inspired, eco and animal friendly beauty products," said actress and animal advocate Kaley Cuoco.

What's inside? Custom made for Love Goodly by Nail & Bone, enjoy one of three custom-pink shades of summer ready nail polish in a soft neutral, hot pink, or coral red that are nontoxic (8 free), cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the U.S.A. The animal-friendly, fresh new colorways are aptly named after Kaley's rescue dogs Ruby and Shirley, and her pony Shmooshy!

Hollywood Restaurants

Toni Bianco, President and COO at Fatburger has a busy schedule, even more so now that Postmates  has partnered with them. "I never would have imagined how much 3rd party delivery would impact us in such a positive way. Not only are we seeing record same-store sales; we are also looking to expand delivery into day parts we haven't traditionally been successful in."

Celebrities are always stopping by their Hollywood locations.

"Recently, we had Bella Hadid and some of her friends come in for burgers as part of a birthday celebration. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful celebrity fans here in Hollywood and do what we can to give them the full Fatburger experience by making them feel comfortable and, of course, enjoying a great burger, fries and a shake.

If you want to try authentic Oaxacan food, look no further than the cozy restaurant, Tlayuda. Great food (if you've never tried a tlayuda do so immediately!) and drinks like brewchata and horchata are so refreshing. I loved their veggie quesadilla too! The prices for each dish are very reasonable.

What I Love This Summer...

Some great places to check out: Del Frisco's for brunch-the menu features new food menu items such as delicate Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, energizing Greens & Grains Bowl full of farmer's market veggies, decadent Smoked Salmon Tower,and kick-in-the-pants Eggs in Purgatory.

Crustacean has a fun happy hour. The restaurant's newly redesigned indoor-outdoor bar and patio is an impressive new amenity that resulted from their $10 million redesign. The food is amazing as are the cocktails!

Reeds' Ginger Beers and Virgil's Root Beer have a new line of Virgil's Zero Sugar sodas which are delicious.

It's going to get especially hot this summer, so check out Rowenta's 180° Tower Fan ($129.00), which provides the perfect ambient temperature while taking up less space than other tower fans on the market. Designed with a sleek modern exterior, the device is lightweight and easy to store in any room in the home.

While celebrity astrologer Jonathan Cainer has passed on, his nephew Oscar continues to put forth helpful astrological tips, blending his uncle's knowledge. If you need guidance this summer with your career, relationships, etc. think about getting one of their magnificent Astro reports.

The Henry
West Hollywood has a fantastic new restaurant from True Food Kitchen's Sam Fox. The Henry offers delicious bakery items, an impressive array of sandwiches and salads and delectable dinner items. If you are a vegan or gluten-free there are plenty of dishes for you to try as well.

If you are looking for a place to take the family or if you are alone but want to people watch, this is a perfect restaurant to check out. I was there for brunch and literally every dish I tried was fantastic!

Edit: 4/30/2020

From a reader, Dan Miller, Geneologist, Editor-in-Chief, DNA Testing Reviewed, in Evanston, Illinois:

I have a highly-detailed page about genealogy, which I know will benefit your readers. Therefore, I was wondering if you could place its link to your article.

My piece encompasses:

  • An overview about genealogy - its history and what its for.
  •  How DNA tests work for genealogy and definitive steps on how to get started.
  • A list of the top tips for being successful in genealogical research.

Here's the article:

What is Genealogy and How To Start?

Posted By Susan Hornik on June 26, 2018 01:43 pm | Permalink