It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog and I’m sorry it’s taken me this long. The last half of 2009 was insanely crazy for me. In addition to running my PR company and working on exciting projects such as new artist Carmen Reece and famed fitness guru Rich Barretta — I am also working closely with Nick Cannon and his multi-media company NCredible Entertainment. It all started top of last year when he brought me into the fold with his takeover of the new TeenNick network over at Nickelodeon. And now as we enter 2010 (as I’m sure you might have read in the big Hollywood Reporter story, I’m helping him run his multi-media company) which as you can imagine has me extremely busy.
We are gearing up for a ton of projects — lots of stuff for TeenNick (all on the heels of his successful HALO Awards which he created and executive produced), his NYC morning radio takeover on 92.3 NOW this month, the big red carpet movie premiere for the School Gyrls movie which he wrote and directed that will air on Nickelodeon on February 21st and their debut album release on Island Records, new artists Colette Carr,Corey Gunz, Aaron Fresh and RydazNRtist (who are currently on tour with Mariah Carey), another season of America’s Got Talent where Nick will return as host — and of course a very long list of new TV & film projects that are all in development.
In addition, I’m excited to say that I have stepped away from my duties as Kelis' publicist and have taken on the role as her business partner and manager. She recently signed a new record deal with will.i.am/Interscope where we are looking at a Spring 2010 release for the new album. I'm currently in London with her as I'm typing this, sitting next door as she collaborates with one of my favorite new groups, La Roux. The new album is very close to being finished — she recorded majority of it on her own in her home studio without a record label, without an A & R and over the course of the next few weeks she’ll be laying down the finishing touches. I have to say — it’s her best body of work to date and if you are a Kelis fan, it’s the type of album that you’ve been waiting from her to deliver. We are really, really excited about it, to get on the road and get back in front of her fans. The label is 110% behind her, we have an amazing team with all hands on deck. I expect that 2010 will be the year that she finally gets the credit she has been long overdue as an artist who’s remained very honest, innovative and true since she released her debut album over a decade ago. In addition to the music, as you may have heard, she is now a certified chef who graduated from culinary school last year. Her true passion, aside from music has always been food and she is also very hard at work on launching her own sauce line, which is absolutely delicious!
Work aside, I’m happier than ever. Spent all of my holiday indoors at home playing board games with my closest family and friends, lots of cooking, taught myself to knit, celebrated my 30th birthday at Walt Disney World and Islands of Adventure — and more.
I’m truly blessed and really excited about the year ahead. Looking forward to sharing it with you. xo
Margena Christian from Ebony posted this on twitter. I had no idea MJ was such an amazing illustrator! Like she says - a picture is worth a thousand words. Beautiful self portrait. Thanks Margena for sharing!
Even if you’ve failed ten thousand times, success is within your reach. Just because you’ve made mistakes does not mean you must continue to make them.
Simply realizing that you’ve made an error is a major step toward correcting that error and getting past it. The beauty of now is that it’s the end of your past and the beginning of whatever future you choose.
If you’re satisfied with where you’ve been headed, then by all means keep going there. If you’re disappointed with what has been, now is your chance to set a different direction for what can be.
Imagine how great it would feel to know that you’re successfully living life on your own terms. Imagine it, and then know that even now you can make that feeling real.
You already know that your actions have very real consequences, for you are living those consequences today. This is your opportunity to choose the consequences you most desire by taking the positive actions that will bring them about.
Always, success is yours to define and create. Choose now to make it happen.
Every year DJ Cassidy throws a really fun and well produced party for his birthday which includes surprise performances (this year it was Rakim and Bobby Brown) and lots of industry movers/shakers and celebrities in attendance. He was able to get the NY Public Library this year which is a beautiful venue.
Unfortunately I had a HORRIBLE experience though dealing with the door guy who went out of his way to be nasty and rude for no reason, so it put me in a bad mood and I didn’t stay very long. Everyone seemed to have a good time though.
Earlier in the evening I met up with friends for drinks at the Royalton Hotel which is always fun.
I spent my 4th of July holiday in LA with Estelle and her cousin Amma who was visiting from London. We attended Puffy’s annual white party which was co-hosted by Ashton Kutcher. It was a really beautifully produced event and nice to see everyone dressed up in white. The party had a spinning dance floor which was a lot of fun. My girlfriend Michelle Siwy attended with us. After the party we went and had sushi at Koi where we ran into Nick and Mariah before hitting the after party at Guy’s and Gals. It was way too crowded and we didn’t stay long but it was nice to be out and about in LA at events that had real nice NY vibe.
Estelle with Dan and Dan from DSquared.
Michelle, DJ Kiss, Cara Donatto from Atlantic Records and Estelle
I went to London recently and had chance to rome the city with Estelle in her home town the first two days — of course we hitting up Top Show and Selfridges. She also had a show that Friday night at the New Market race course which was a lot of fun. There was a sea of thousands and thousands of concert goers there to see her and the energy was great. On my last day there I met up with Estelle’s dear friend Daren Dixon who also runs his own, highly successful international marketing company based in London. He was gracious enough to be my tour guide and we walked all over the city to conquer my to do my list of tourist sightseeing that I was determined to do before I left (Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill, etc). Thankfully the weather was absolutely perfect. I’m madly in love and can’t wait to go back!
Estelle, her assistant Charlotte and Daren Dixon
London cabs are the best! The two rows of seats in the car face each other inside so you’re able to sit across from the other passengers. Much roomier and more comfortable. Every cab car had its own personality. This one was really special with the british flag on its grill.
Estelle on stage at New Market
Electric car recharging its battery on the street
Really old Bentley
Gorgeous chromed out Bentley Bugatti. Price tag on this was 1.5 million pounds!
Portobello Market at Notting Hill
Owls being pushed around on a cart on the street. First time I’ve ever seen these birds up close!
Amazing artist painting in the park near the London Eye.
Here are some photos and appearances with Nick to promote the debut week of America’s Got Talent — which continues to rank #1 as the most watched season in the show’s history! Make sure you tune in every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9PM on NBC!
The Today Show
In the dressing room with Jimmy Fallon before the interview below…
I can’t stop listening to Empire of the Sun's debut album Walking On A Dream. If you love MGMT you’ll love these guys. Here are the videos to their first three singles. A bit strange. Not really loving them or the fashion statement that they’re making - BUT the music is still really fantastic.
Yes. I know — it’s almost been a month since I last updated the blog. So sorry but I haven’t had time to be honest — but I promise I will update it this weekend. Pinky swear!
I have great photos from visiting London, attending the White Party for July 4th to to sitting on the movie set of Nick Cannon’s new movie and much more. I’ve been seeing lots of movies at the theatre also and of course eating at lots of yummy restaurants — There is so much to talk about!
The puppies have also been keeping me really busy also. They’re getting big and I finally took them outside for their first walk recently and they LOVE it.
Here’s a photo that I took of them today. More to come very soon! xo
Was organizing my client folders on my desktop and came across one of my favorite photos of Kelis. This was taken in 2006 for her cover story with Swedish fashion magazine BON. Was just telling her last night about how it’s really killing me that I can’t play any music for anyone yet. I’ve been listening to the album any chance I can get for the past 2 months and I can’t begin to explain how amazing it is. I truly think it’s her best work to date. SO EXCITED!
If you wish to be successful, help others to be successful. If you wish to help others to be successful, be successful yourself.
Success does not occur in a vacuum. Success is most reliably created in a successful environment.
One person’s achievement does not prevent or detract from anyone else’s opportunity to achieve. Quite to the contrary, every achievement creates more possibilities for all to achieve.
There’s no reason to feel guilty for having achieved more, and there’s no reason to feel envious for having less. Instead, be inspired by every achievement you see, and be inspiring in your own creative efforts.
Envision, create and achieve in your unique way. Encourage and celebrate the work of others who seek to do the same.
Success is not built on envy or resentment or punishment or guilt. Success is built upon success, so let the building begin.
Last night I went to the Museum of Modern Art’s Party in the Garden to see Estelle perform with Kelis, Dania and Damon. The evening started with cocktails, followed by dinner and dessert inside the museum before everyone went outdoors to dance to Estelle’s fantastic 45 minute set. We made friends with Fabienne Stephan from the MOMA who sat at our table. After the party we went to Momofuku for a delicious midnight dinner (we missed out on dinner at the event). Here are some pics from the evening!
(Julie Greenwald, President/Atlantic Records, Estelle, Mayor Bloomberg, Marie-Josee Kravis, President/MOMA)
(DJ Cassidy & Estelle)
(Dania, Fabienne, Kelis, Damon)
(Dania, Fabienne, Kelis, Me)
(Estelle in her performance outfit (Rachel Roy))
(Me and Estelle before her performance)
(One of several outdoor tents. If you look closely inside you can see Estelle performing onstage)
Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely LOVE cupcakes AND bowling. On Sunday night I went to Lucky Strike with Estelle and a few friends — who also brought cupcakes from one my favorite dessert spots - Billy’s Bakery!
I managed to bowl scores slightly over 100 each game and bowled a few strikes and spares, which I was really excited about. Lucky Strike isn’t the best place for the serious bowler, but it has a club like atmosphere with bar, DJ, a private room, pool tables and menu with food choices that are slightly better than your usual fried finger food fare at most alleys. The down side though is their strict dress code. A few people who came later to join us were given a hard time which was really frustrating, but they were able to get in nontheless.
Didn’t take many photos of us bowling, but took some shots of the food and of course the cupcakes!
This last Friday night I went to dinner and a movie with some friends. We had delicious Indian food at one of my favorite restaurants called Tamarind which is located on E. 22nd Street just west of Park Avenue. The service is amazing, the decor is very clean, modern with an open kitchen and the food is wonderful. Also a great sign in knowing a restaurant’s cuisine is authentic is whether the people who’s ethnic food they are serving actually dine there - which is always the case with Tamarind. I highly recommend this place and their cauliflower appetizer is an absolute MUST have from the menu!
I had dinner with my girlfriend and a record label executive last week at the Waverly Inn. It can be difficult to get a reservation but definitely a restaurant that lives up to all the hype. The food and service is FANTASTIC. We dined on crab cakes, truffle mac & cheese, lobster, chicken pot pie, etc. For dessert I had banana foster and it was AMAZING. Highly recommended if you ever dine there yourself.
I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside the restaurant because they have a no camera policy, but I was able to sneak a photo early in the evening of my girlfriend’s GORGEOUS bag. It’s a blue leather Burberry handbag with attached umbrella. It was cloudy that day, so it was the perfect accessory. Fabulous right???
When you find yourself making an excuse, take a good, careful look at it. What if you could transform it into a powerful reason for stepping forward?
Whatever serves as an excuse for not taking action can instead serve as a compelling reason to go ahead and act. It all depends on how you choose to see it.
Stop and listen to the excuses you make. You’ll realize that they’re only excuses because you cast them as such.
The events and circumstances in your life are what they are. What makes them meaningful to you is the way you choose to see them and respond to them.
There are plenty of perfectly reasonable excuses for not moving forward, if you decide to view them as such. Yet it is just as realistic to see those same factors as reasons to take action without delay.
Whatever may be stopping you could be pushing you forward. Are you ready now to achieve?
For Mother’s Day, instead of buying my mother a present or sending her flowers like I normally do, I decided to take a weekend trip home to Olympia and surprised her by bringing my sister Tina along. We flew into Seattle on Friday night and when we arrived, my BFF Carmina (friends since we were 12 years old) picked us up from the airport with her husband Andre.
When we got to my mom’s house (same exact home that I grew up in) she made me favorite dish PHO - a traditional Vietnamese chicken noodle soup is the best way I can describe it. It’s definitely the most popular dish for people who enjoy Vietnamese food. My mom makes it the better than any restaurant though and I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom! :-)
(Pho - chicken with rice noodles, onions in soup broth)
(Violet that my mom is nurturing with her green thumb. She has plants all over the house that she really has a great talent of being able to take care of)
On Saturday, we spent the day in Seattle where we picked up my brother Tony (currently in college in Bellingham at Western Washington University) and then met some family friends for Dim Sim.
(Dim Sum at a restaurant called JUMBO. Not the best that I’ve ever had but it was good)
(Waiters come to each table with a cart that have a variety of small dishes that they place on your table as you choose)
(A few of the dishes we picked included steamed shrimp dumplings, bean curd and steamed buns)
(Our friends Lan and her husband Hung with their beautiful daughter Sydney and son Etan. The happily married couple are extremely generous and kind. They have been really great, unconditional friends to my mother over the years, not to mention the fact that they helped me tremendously last year during my time of need. I truly have them to thank for helping me jump start my business. In addition to the support of my mom, I could not have done it without Lan and Hung.)
(my mom and Lan)
(Etan with my brother Tony)
Afterwards we spent the afternoon shopping around the West Lake area before meeting with another group of old family friends who I haven’t seen in over 15 years for dinner at a really great Vietnamese restaurant called Tamarind Tree that my mom suggested.
(West Lake Center)
(Fresh flowers my mother picked up for the house that was nearby)
(Fresh papaya salad with shrimp. One of my favorite Vietnamese dishes)
(Shrimp summer rolls - lettuce, shrimp and rice noodles wrapped with rice paper)
(Jesse’s daughter Megan)
(Alice had chicken with broken rice. Another favorite dish of mine. Delicious)
(Tina had a sweet & sour type of soup that she ate with rice)
After dinner we drove back down to Olympia to meet Carmina and Andre to see Star Trek. We all really enjoyed it except for my mother who fell asleep, lol.
(Carmina and her husband Andre. They’ve been together for over 10 years now, since she was 18 years old)
The next day we all went to church before going back to the house for more of our mom’s famous PHO. After lunch she drove us to the airport to catch our afternoon flight back to NY.
It was a quick trip, but we managed to spend a lot of quality time together - with each other and with friends, so it was well worth it. Miss everyone so much already!
I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic immediately after I came back from Las Vegas a little over two weeks ago to visit my girlfriend who has a gorgeous condo down there and to spend time with a few friends. It was a very relaxing trip and we spent everyday on the beach, ate delicious food and went to sleep before midnight every night. It was wonderful trip and definitely one of my favorite places to visit — especially because it’s a very easy flight to take from New York.
(We laid on the white beds on the beach everyday which was in front of a cute restaurant called the Hurricane Cafe that serves DELICIOUS pasta. The owners are from Italy)
(I was planning on parasailing, but never got around to doing it. Next trip for sure.)
(Me and Damon)
(Dania sitting in the front of the boat that took us to our FAVORITE restaurant on the island called Jelly Fish)
(Jelly Fish Restaurant)
(The BEST fresh pineapple juice you will EVER have in your life)
(red snapper with some plantains)
(AMAZING lobster with butter sauce)
(After dinner we took a walk back on the beach to the condo from Jelly Fish which was a few miles away. We watched the sunset which was really nice.)
(For dessert we had frozen yogurt, which is the the best in DR. Amazing. They take plain vanilla and blend it with whatever fresh fruit you want to create the flavor.)
I decided while I was standing in the ocean water of Punta Cana (DR) two weeks ago chatting to my girlfriends that I was ready for a dog. They both have dogs (one has a Pomeranian named Harlem and a Shih Tzu named Chuletta, and the other has a Chihuahua named Joey) as well as my friend Kisha (she has a bulldog named Sophie), Christine (she has a Chihuahua named Stella and a boxer named Guinness) — so dogs have been on my mind for quite awhile now. I’ve been talking about it for months, but finally decided to do something about it.
So all evening on the same day I researched and asked around for nice, reputable breeders and fell in love with a gorgeous Shih Tzu who was gold & white. I decided I wanted a female dog because male dogs in heat sort of gross me out. I made some calls and by noon the next day on a Tuesday, the shih tzu I wanted was on her way to me from Texas.
(Mochi at the vet for her first exam)
When I got back to NY on Thursday from Punta Cana, I received the most amazing news from an old friend who had e-mailed me to tell me that he had a HUGE surprise for me. Of course, I called him immediately to beg him to tell me what it was, but he wouldn’t tell me. Then he asked me what was new, etc. Of course I told him about my new dog and how excited I was. He got really quiet and then told me I just ruined his surprise. He had purchased me a french bulldog (which I told him months ago that I really wanted)! I couldn’t BELIEVE it. It was extremely thoughtful and far too generous but he insisted it was a thank you gift for being a great friend to him for all these years. Wow. It left me completely speechless. Some gift, right?
(Miso arrived at the airport at 9:40AM at 11 weeks old)
(Mochi arrived at 11:45AM at 9 weeks old)
Both pups arrived on the same day to Newark airport 2 hours apart. I named the french bulldog Miso (after the soup, which also means SMILE in Korean) and the shih tzu Mochi (my favorite Japanese dessert - it’s ice cream with a soft dough shell).
(Miso kissing Mochi after I brought her home and they met for the first time)
To be honest, I was terrified about how much work it was going to be to care for two puppies but it has turned out to be the BEST thing. I couldn’t have planned it any better. Miso and Mochi have each other to play with all of the time so they’re never lonely, which means I don’t feel guilty about ever leaving the house and it also keeps them from crying at night. They’re both very smart, playful and they absolutely LOVE each other. When they met they instantly connected and now can’t stand to be apart. They do everything together - eat, play, sleep, etc. It’s really a lot of fun to watch them.
(Their first nap)
I love Miso and Mochi so much. It’s really one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Sorry. It’s been absolutely crazy last few days. After getting back from Vegas, I went to Dominican Republic the next day. I’ll post up some photos from the trip soon. In the meantime, here’s today’s daily thought - Enjoy!
Success is happening +++++++++++++++++++
Success is not the absence of failure. Success is what happens when you choose to move on beyond failure.
Learning what not to do is an important part of knowing what is most effective to do. Every mistake can spotlight a way to improve.
Frustration and disappointment are painful for a very positive reason. The pain pushes you in the direction of achievement.
What does not work gives you a realistic understanding of what will work. Whatever stops you can no longer stop you when you see it clearly enough to work your way around it.
Make your first instinct to celebrate rather than to judge. Celebrate and quickly find a useful outlet for whatever you’ve just been given.
Every up, every down, every moment makes you more able and creative and effective. See all the ways that success is happening, and allow achievement to flow freely into your world.
This past Thursday night I spent in Las Vegas forNick& Mariah's 1-Year Wedding Celebration. We all stayed at the Palms Casino & Resort, where the happy couple celebrated with close family friends. The evening started at Simon with an intimate dinner for 50 people, followed by a huge party celebration at the Moon nightclub. Right after midnight - before the couple cut into their 4 foot, 5 tier cake, held a champagne toast and released over 1,000 balloons through the roof of Moon - Nick suprised Mariah with a video montage that he created of special moments that they shared in their first year of marriage, which made her cry! It was really touching. Everyone danced the night away as Nick deejayed.
Special thanks to Larry Fink, Michael Greico, Samara Goldhecht and Shanon Moore from The Palms who were wonderful and truly helped to make this occassion one to remember!
(The Palms staff setting up the balloon release during the day)
(Mariah & Nick on the balcony at Palms Place before the dinner)
(Nick saying thank you to the room of family & friends at the dinner)
(their original wedding cake topper)
(balloon release through the roof at Moon)
(party goers trying trying to take photos, flip cam footage of Nick & MC)
Not much to share except I’ve been in the trenches with work and glued to my blackberry or laptop. I did get out a bit to take an awesome meeting yesterday afternoon with a potential new client that I’m really excited about (my lips will remain sealed until we close the account) and a late lunch/dinner at Houston's with Kisha. We both had their traditional salads today, california roll (which was surprisingly good) and another pit stop at Yogurtland.
I’ve been up since 6AM and working straight up until this minute (right now it’s 4:34am on my clock). Don’t worry about me though - I LOVE what I do and my clients, so the time just passes (when you’re having fun).
A bit of bad news though - I had a fab vacation planned in Mexico for Memorial Day Weekend. Might have to reroute now because of the swine flu. UGH.
Sorry, no cool photos to share from yesterday but I expect today to be more colorful!
I had a super busy start to my week doing the usual - pitching, conference calls, e-mails, reviewing of pitches, press releases and activity reports - plus helping to organize the logistics for a special dinner and party this Thursday in Las Vegas - which you’ll hear all about in a later blog.
We love the coffee there, not to mention the organic ingredients that they use for their food. Today I ate fruit, yogurt and a cappuccino that had the perfect foam. Delicious.
After work we went to LA Fitness to take a kickboxing class that now has me very sore. I guess it’s my punishment for falling off the wagon completely these past few weeks! We went to Bassonova again for a healthy dinner - grilled chicken and veggies.
Afterwards I finally had the chance to experience Yogurtland which Kisha has been obsessing over for the past few weeks and swears is better than Pinkberry. When we pulled up there was a LONG line out the door.
We waited patiently to serve ourselves frozen yogurt which came in a variety of fat free flavors - everything from plain vanilla, banana foster, chocolate, peanut butter, pomegranate, pineapple, coconut, vanilla wafer, cheesecake, etc. before hitting the topping station which had everything from coconut, cheesecake bits, fresh fruit, nuts, variety of your favorite candies, etc.
(assembly line inside)
(They charge you by the weight of the yogurt combined with the toppings - which isn’t expensive at all)
(I tried the peanut butter, banana foster and cheesecake flavor frozen yogurt with coconut, raspberries and some cheesecake bits - sounds like a crazy mix but it actually worked and the flavors didn’t fight each other at all)
After experiencing this place for myself, I have to agree with Kisha that Yogurtland kills Pinkberry for the simple fact that their frozen yogurt actually tastes like ice cream - plus the variety of flavors offered, the larger topping selection and the convenience of being able to serve yourself.
And…I just found out there is a Yogurtland in NYC on Bleeker Street - EXCITEMENT! I have something to look forward to all summer :-)
I went sole searching this weekend and found 4 perfect mates :-) Here are the three pairs that I picked up from Diavolina. I’m going to wait to share the VERY SEXY Fendi’s that I picked up from Barney's for the blog posting for this coming Thursday. I plan on wearing them to a special party that I'll be at in Vegas that night! Can’t wait!
(Pour La Victoire “Abigaile” Bootie that look like Azzedine Alai's!)
(Camilla Skovgaard “Zaha” in Elephant. I wore these out on Saturday night with my torn jeans that Michellegave me and they looked HOT. Super comfortable and very sexy. I received a lot of compliments on them.)
(Camilla Skovgaard “2-Buckle” in toffee. Hard to tell in the photo but these shoes are a metallic rose gold. Fab!)
(I told Lisa I really wanted a fantastic salad so she took us to a popular Italian spot for celebrity sightings - LaScala)
(Their famous traditional chopped salad with mozzarella, salami and chickpeas. It was DELICIOUS.)
(Lisa. LOVE her LV sunglasses!)
(Michelle’s new manicure that she got in the AM. LOVE!)
(Teacup pomeranian that we met at Planet Blue. He only weighs 4 lbs. as an adult. I’ve had a dog on my mind for quite awhile now and I’m convinced that this is exactly what I want.)
In the evening, I had dinner with Kaz, his friends Ash and JD (head of Sony Australia) at one of my FAVORITES restaurants - Katana. Yes - 2 nights of sushi in a row! Afterwards we went out to Coco Deville before we ended the night at the Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel.
(Kaz grabbing drinks from the bar at Coco Deville)
(Ash and JD caught in the balloons and acting silly)
(Sky Bar - It was quite chilly. I didn’t have a jacket since I packed for LA’s heat wave weather from last week so I didn’t stay very long.)
On Sunday I had lunch with Kisha at Chaya in Beverly Hills. I had the chopped salad with grilled shrimp and Kisha had a caesar salad with grilled chicken. Afterwards we walked around the corner to shop at my FAVORITE store in ANY city - Intermix.
(My grilled shrimp salad - YUM)
Afterwards we made a quick run to Barney’s where I picked up a pair of gorgeous Fendi shoes before we went to Barry’s Bootcamp for a grueling workout. We had dinner (grilled chicken and veggies - YUM) at Bossanova. We ended the evening hanging out on her couch and watched Grey Gardens which was very interesting (the women were crazy).
(Kisha’s bulldog Sophie. She was really tired so fell asleep at my foot inside the car. Too cute!)
(The grilled veggies at Bossanova were DELICIOUS. I could have just had a plate of these alone and would have been satisfied.)
On Thursday night I went to the Chloe boutique opening event at MILK Studios with Estelle, Kisha and Michelle where Perry Farrell deejayed and Janelle Monet performed. We met up with Cara Donatto (Publicity/Atlantic), James Lopez (Marketing/Atlantic) and Ant Demby. Celebs such as Jared Leto, Amber Volleta, Kate Bosworth, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Nikki Hilton and Chloe Sevingy were there.
(Estelle working the media with model/actress Amber Valletta also arriving)
(America’s Next Top Model’s J. Alexander and Estelle)
(Michelle and guest)
(Michelle and Kisha)
Afterwards, we met up with Estelle’s A & R Mr. Morgan at a diner called Swingers for late night dinner and dessert. The food wasn’t great but my peanut butter and banana milkshake was AMAZING!
Tonight I had dinner at hotspot Katsuya. The food (sushi) is delicious (although I don’t think it outranks Nobu or Koi) and the atmosphere is very hip (interior design by Phillipe Starck).
At the two tables were Nick, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Gabriella Schwartz (Def Jam), Scooter Braun (Asher Roth/Justin Bieber), Ant Demby (DAS Communications), Mildred Delamota (Def Jam), Spring Aspers (Def Jam), Noah Sheer (Def Jam) and new Teen Island artists Justin Bieber, Kristinia Debarge and Jessica Jarrell aka JJ.
I can’t remember the last time I saw so much food on the table - I think the waiters brought at least 2-3 servings of almost every dish on the menu which included crispy rice, creamy rock shrimp, black cod, rainbow rolls, california rolls, yellow tail sashimi, etc. YUM.
(crispy rice with tuna - one of my favorites)
(black miso cod - another favorite)
(eel avocado roll - yum)
(Team Island Def Jam - Mildred, Gabriella, Noah, Spring and Amy)
(JJ, Justin, Nick and Kristinia)
(Nick, Scooter and Justin)
(Babyface and Justin)
(Getting mobbed by the paparazzi on our way out)
(Nick giving Justin advice about how to handle fame, success, etc in the car ride to the hotel)
A HUGE announcement is coming VERY soon in regards to Nick and his connection with these new artists and Teen Island. I can’t tell you what or how just yet - but can say that it’s MAJOR!
NBC held their press junket for America’s Got Talent today in Pasadena, CA at the beautiful Langham Huntington Hotel. Nick(this season’s host), along with the show’s creator Simon Cowell and judges Sharon Osbourne, Pierce Morgan, David Hasselhoff had a full day of interviews with outlets such as E!, Extra, Access Hollywood, TV Guide, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, radio and print journalists, etc. Other networks also held their press junkets at the same location using the same media rotation so we saw everyone from the cast of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here,” Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott from "Tori & Dean," and Kelly Rowland, Isaac Mizrahi and Fern Mallis from “Fashion Show” making the rounds. It was a bit chilly outside but we got through the day with Nick giving great interviews as always so we had a fun time.
(Tori and Dean talking to CNN)
(Nick running in on Pierce’s interview with Entertainment Tonight)
(Nick interviewing with CNN)
(Nick’s manager Michael Goldman)
(Dorian Graham with Team Cannon)
(David interviewing with Access Hollywood)
(The back of the hotel where tents were set up all over the lawn for TV interviews)
(chatting with John Salley)
(Nick with Simon)
(Nick chatting with Sharon while trying his hand at croquet)
(AGT cast shot)
(AGT Press Conference)
Of course, Susan Boyle the unexpected breakout star from Britian’s Got Talent was the #1 topic with every interview.
After we wrapped up, Nick and his manager Michael Goldman held a meeting with NBC Reality Head Paul Telegdy while I sat down with Katja Cahill (Nick’s stylist), Kase (Nick’s barber) and Jude Alcala (Sharon Osbourne’s make-up artist) for afternoon tea, sandwiches and dessert inside the hotel. Fun, fun, fun!
Listen to 15-year-old Justin Bieber's debut single - 'One Time'. Justin grew up in the small town of Stratford, Ontario and after posting dozens of homemade videos on YouTube in 2007 and racking up over 10,000,000 views purely from word of mouth - he caught the attention of Usher who brought him to LA Reid and signed him to a deal with Teen Island Def Jam. Justin’s shooting the video for ‘One Time’ this weekend in LA. He’s a very talented singer who play’s every instrument - drums, keys, guitar, trumpet, etc. - with an incredible story. Expect to see and hear a lot about him very soon. Justin’s a STAR!