Lupus LA Raises $300,000 At 15th Annual Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon Hosted By Paula Abdul


Hollywood’s elite and hundreds of supporters gathered at the Beverly Hilton to support Lupus LA’s 15th Annual Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon on November 17, 2017. Among the attendees included host Paula Abdul, honoree Cara Dellaverson, Shanna Moakler, Kearran Giovanni, Emily V. Gordon and her husband Kumail Nanjiani. As part of the fundraiser, 200 luxury handbags were auctioned off. The handbags were donated by designers and supporters including celebrities Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Lena Dunham and Kris Jenner. The annual event raised over $300,000 for lupus research, advocacy and support for lupus patients.

A fashion presentation during the ceremony was hosted by Roberto Cavalli. NBC executive Cara Dellaverson and writer/producer of ‘The Big Sick’ Emily V. Gordon were honored with the 2017 Women of Achievement Award. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani presented his wife Emily V. Gordon with her award. Nanjiani commented on stage, “It’s not a pretty thing to see. Emily was laying there on the bed, very still. Her eyes were closed. I remember thinking ‘if she comes out of this, I think we’re going to get married’. That was the thought I had when I saw her like that. When Emily came out of the coma, she was miserable, but she was alive. I am forever grateful to the doctors and nurses that saved the life of the love of my life. You’ve truly changed our lives. Most of all, I want to thank Emily for fighting.”

Cara Dellaverson (diagnosed with lupus at age 19) praised the organization saying, “Lupus LA is a force of nature in their effort to educate and raise awareness. I have been living with lupus for a long time. I have also been living the life I have always wanted for myself. This is what I hope for everyone with this diagnosis, and this is what Lupus LA helps makes possible.”

To learn about the autoimmune disease affecting 1.5 million people and about Lupus LA, visit

Usher Raymond Among Those Honored At Make-A-Wish LA’s 2017 Wish Gala


The Wish Gala 2017 took place on November 9, 2017 at the Hollywood Palladium. Millions of dollars have been raised at the annual gala to grant wishes for children from the Greater Los Angeles area. This year’s honorees include Usher Raymond, NBC’s The Voice and Nelson & Christopher Rising. Usher was recognized last night for granting 40 wishes and being a long-time supporter of the organization. Past honorees include Robert Downey Jr., Kobe Bryant, Oscar de la Hoya, Scooter Braun, Sam Nazarian and many other notable individuals.

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of kids between the ages of 2½ and 18. Since its beginnings in 1983, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles has helped over 9,500 children with life-threatening medical conditions fulfill their dreams. To read stories of granted wishes and how to help, go to

Burke Williams Introduces New Aromatherapy Enhancements And Black Friday Packages


Burke Williams Day Spa debuted their new Aromatherapy Enhancements by Body Bliss which relaxes and purifies the body. The Aromatherapy Massage Enhancements consists if natural fragrances and essential oils of quality organic and sustainable botanical materials. There are 4 varieties of enhancements ranging from stress relief to wellness support:

  • UNWIND: uses Lavender and Vetiver to help with restlessness, exhaustion and sleep deficiency.
  • PLAY: relieves sore spots using the essence of Arnica and Immortelle which alleviates stiff muscles and joints, aches and speeds up soft tissue repair.
  • RENEW: strengthens vascular tissue and aids in detoxing using Rosemary and Cypress.
  • LOVE: an opulent blend of precious essential oils used to assist with the energy flow between individuals and opens the senses.

Additionally, Body Bliss Essential Oils are available at the Hollywood and Woodland Hills spas. You can also create a custom sugar or salt scrub with the help of a Burke Williams alchemist. Body Bliss essential oils are made without paraben preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or harsh sulfate cleansers. Burke Williams’ Aromatherapy Enhancements by Body Bliss are available at ten locations across California for $25.

Burke Williams will be introducing four special holiday Card Packages on Black Friday (November 24, 2017): “Escape,” “Transform,” “Indulge” and “Ultimate” tiered Gift Card Packages. Purchase the “Escape” for $150 – $249 and receive a $50 bonus gift card. “Transform” someone’s day for $250 – $399 and receive a $100 gift card just for you. Let your loved ones “Indulge” for $400 – $549 and receive a $150 gift card. Give the “Ultimate” spa day for $650 – $749 and receive a bonus $250 gift card. Gift cards are presented in a gratis signature box with a gift bag. For information on Burke Williams and services go to or call 1-866-239-6635.

PHOTO RECAP: The Makeup Show Los Angeles 2017


Top beauty brands, professional artists and makeup enthusiasts congregated at the California Market Center on November 4th and 5th to get discounts from their favorite brands, participate in lectures from experts and exlpore makeup demos. Notable brands include: MAKE UP FOR EVER, Urban Decay, NYX Professional Makeup, Temptu PRO, Kevyn Aucoin, Mario Badescu Skincare, IT Cosmetics, Smashbox Cosmetics, Twinmedix and more. The keynote lineup included esteemed celebrity makeup artists Joyce Bonelli, Kevin James Bennett, Danessa Myricks and Dana Bomar. VIPs also had an exclusive screening of Kevyn Aucoin’s Documentary “Larger Than Life, The Kevyn Aucoin Story”. For the current Makeup Show schedule go to