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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Maile and Kassie Go To Hollywood

Two Small Town Seattle Girls in the Heart of a Hollywood Grammy After Party
{Note: parts of this blog are taken from the original posted on DLIST Magazine’s Web Blog. To view the original please visit their website. So many people have asked how our experience was and it’s hard to put it all in words. This blog is written to try and share that experience, through my own eyes. Enjoy!)
                Last Sunday, Kassie and I were lucky enough to attend a Grammy after party at the historic House of Blues, in West Hollywood. The party was a charity concert by Three Six Zero and Roc Nation.  Featured artists included Calvin Harris, Rihanna and DeadMous5.   Tickets to the event started at $1,000 and even went as high as $50,000 and up!  Proceeds from the benefit went to the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer artists’ program at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the Children’s Orthopedic Center.  Kassie and I could not have been more honored to attend such an amazing event.
Maile's Gifted Attire from Bag Borrow or
Steal! Thank you BBS!
                Our trip began with the busiest day of our lives. Sunday morning 7 AM flight, interview preparation, dress pick-ups, and the inevitable stops at about 15 different places in Hollywood. All while carrying our vintage Chanel Bags and jewelry that Bag Borrow or Steal graciously let us borrow. And let me assure you, we did not carry these items lightly.  We guarded them and carried them with the respect they deserve, being cautious not to get even a single a scratch on them. J
After arriving in Hollywood, prior to the big event, we headed over to the House of Blues (HOB) early in the day.  On our way to HOB, we passed the famed Beverly Hilton, where Whitney Houston passed away. (Rest in Peace Whitney!).  Our goal was to meet with our contact Cy Waits, Las Vegas famed nightlife mogul, about the upcoming party and to pick up our Media Passes. Upon arrival, Cy and his team were busily preparing the VIP area and all the little details that go into throwing a party of this caliber.  As an event planner, Kassie was honored to be able to see a master at work.  She mentioned how great it was to see how engaged his team was, making sure that not a single detail was overlooked. Cy was a little too busy to talk to us (understandably!), so we took pictures of the venue, checked out the amazing art on the walls and headed out.
Mondrian Hotel, West Hollywood
A few hours later we met up with Cy at the Mondrian hotel, next to the House of Blues. This hotel is amazing and something you just can’t describe until you are there. Everything is white, clean, and fresh. Even the walls even are very calming (and very deceiving if you’re trying to find an exit!). We headed to the hotel pool bar to meet Cy for a late lunch, and passed Rihanna and her friends as they hung at the pool. Record producers, and the who’s who of Hollywood were at the bar as well.  Cy left to prepare plans for his event, and Kassie and I stayed for a while, just to take in the top notch scenery and people watching!
                Later that night, the time for the big event had finally arrived.  We went to the venue, and were taken back by how the entire porch and entryway had been taken over by a massive Red Carpet.   As event planners ourselves, and having had experience with Red Carpets at Celebrity events in Seattle and Seattle Fashion Week, Kassie and I couldn’t help but notice the quality of the Red Carpet.   It was pristine, clean, and an absolute perfect shade of Red!  Cy personally greeted us at the door and made sure we were comfortable and taken care of.   From there, we were warmly greeted and walked in by a friendly host.  I remember thinking, “Seattle Event Planners” take note of this gesture.  It was welcoming to be escorted and shown where to go.  At this point, it was clear to me, that Cy had brought in the best team with exceptional and personalized service.
                We walked through the House of Blues, and into the VIP table service balcony and lounge. Each table had their own cocktail waitress, security and host.  If an attendee needed anything, they surely didn’t wait long. Red ropes separated tables and created privacy for the guests. Bottles of premium champagne flowed and were brought to the tables by stunning young women yielding sparklers.  VIP event Manager Misty, ran a seamless operation for the balcony and professionally attended to every need or request.  VIP guests included well dressed socialites and music industry heavyweights.  A-List stars like Paris Hilton and Brody Jenner came to rock out as well.  They lounged on luxury furniture and enjoyed the concert from the comfort of a well staged balcony.  Representatives from People Magazine were present and it was clear that L.A.’s elite were in attendance.
Photographer Unknown. Photo
Courtesy of Rihanna's Facebook
                Kassie and I mingled around the balcony, mostly keeping to ourselves.  The guests had paid a lot of money to be there, and we didn’t want to interrupt.  Our highlight of the night was when Rihanna took the stage.   Honestly, neither of us had been huge Rihanna fans prior to the event, and we were surprised at how her sound was so strong and compelling in person. I believe that both of us were mesmerized and at full attention almost immediately.   The best part about the concert was the intimate setting of the venue which allowed anyone there, to feel close to the stage and engaged in the show.  Many of the great musical legends have performed on the very same stage over the years, and Rihanna gave an unforgettable performance that those walls will never forget.  I’m not a musical expert by any means, but Rihanna’s pitch and presentation was definitely on key. It’s not every day small town girls like us from Seattle,  get to rock out to Rihanna live, less than a few hundred feet away. This is an experience we will definitely never forget.
Deadmou5 at HOB. Photographer Kassie Edwards
                Shortly after Rihanna’s performance was the famed DJ, Deadmou5 (who by the way has over 5 Million Facebook fans!). The crowd definitely went nuts when he took the stage, amidst piles of tinsel streamers.  If anyone was bored at the party previously, they definitely weren’t now. His sound was electric and his intense musical crescendo’s built suspense in the audience.  The peak of each musical sequence elicited cheers from the crowd. Large two-story  digital imagery boards displayed well designed illustrations that accompanied each aspect of his melodic arrangements.  The bursting visuals made Deadmou5 appear as if he was in a giant video game and was unlike anything we had seen before. His mesmerizing performance closed out the evening, and was the perfect ending to a star studded Grammy evening.

Kassie and I are down to earth girls and have a few important THANK YOU’s to those who made our amazing weekend happen.
DLIST MAGAZINE- First and foremost, Thank You for your support and for giving us a platform to write about our experience in your Magazine and on your Web Blog. We’re excited to partner with you on our upcoming article / cover feature!
BAG BORROW OR STEAL- Thank you for the gorgeous Chanel Bags and Jewelry! We got many compliments on them and are so appreciative that you trusted us to check out these amazing items! Thank you to Russ, Haley and Graham … you guys are the ultimate GLAM SQUAD!
CY WAITS & THE AGENCY HOLLYWOOD-  Your event was truly top notch. Thank you for the media passes, and tickets. We could not be more thankful for you to give us small town writers a chance! We know that people like the NY Times and LA Times were looking for articles and you gave us a chance. Thank You!

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