2014 Fall TV

15 Sep

It’s here! New fall TV is here! Here’s what I’ll be watching this fall. Yes, I watch an obscene amount of TV. I love television. Some of these will probably drop off, especially the new ones. I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to cutting new shows. And why are so many great shows on Wednesday? At any rate, here are my picks!


Bob’s Burgers
The Simpsons
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Family Guy


The Voice
The Big Bang Theory


The Flash
The Voice


The Middle
Hell’s Kitchen
Law & Order SVU
Modern Family
The Mysteries of Laura


The Biggest Loser
Bad Judge
How to Get Away with Murder


Last Man Standing

So, yeah, a lot of TV. What are you watching? Any new shows you’re really excited for?

Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K

10 Sep

I’m not really sure how it happened, but I’ve agreed to participate in the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood 5K. What can I say, I was lured by a shiny medal and a good cause.

Proceeds from every registration fee for the 5K, which runs along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will benefit My Friend’s Place, a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.

Included in your registration is the finishers medal, a race t-shirt, and a USATF certified course with official timing. I have no idea what that last part means. I’m guessing if you’re a runner/fitness type person you would know. I’m really just there for the medal and the charity.

The race is on Saturday, November 8 and registration is $50 until November 6. You can get all the nitty gritty details on the race website. Or you can just blindly sign up like I did.

But let’s get down to the real reason I’m doing this. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not because I enjoy running. Or fitness. Or waking up early to run for fitness.)

According to recent statistics, there are 4,000 homeless young people on the streets of Los Angeles. In the last year…

My Friend’s Place served 1,418 homeless young people – over one third of the homeless youth population in Los Angeles

MFP provided nearly 30,000 meals to homeless youth

MFP provided over 540 linkages to on-site and off-site medical care for youth

MFP provided intensive case management to 452 homeless young people

MFP helped over 118 homeless youth successfully move into housing

The stories of youth MFP has helped will break your heart. But by participating in the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood 5K, you can help raise awareness and much needed funds to help struggling youth in Los Angeles. Please join me on November 8, and if you can’t join me, please lend your tweets to My Friend’s Place.

Important Links:

Run Hard Rock Cafe Website
Run Hard Rock Cafe Facebook
Run Hard Rock Cafe Twitter
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Twitter

My Friend’s Place Website
My Friend’s Place Facebook
My Friend’s Place Twitter

Remembering a Hero

10 Sep

My beloved grandfather, Pa, passed away on Tuesday. He deserves a beautiful and elegant post, but I’m feeling too muddled to craft that right now, so this will have to do. Also, this post is light on photos. I don’t have most of the old family photos, and my family has more important things to worry about right now that supplementing my narcissistic need to blog about my grandfather’s passing.

To the world, Pa was a hero. Captain Ellison. He was part of the team that engineered the Allied landing at Normandy. He was honored by the French government with the French Legion of Honor, the highest honor awarded to a non-citizen. After the war, he was a nuclear power plant safety inspector. He was awarded the first outside contract by communist China. His corner office was on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center, which he renovated to make larger and create a private conference room.

To me, Pa was a hero. He taught me to climb trees. He taught me to drive a three-wheeler (which has since been recalled for being wildly unsafe). He took me on countless road trips to explore our family history. He encouraged me to be brave, and to be silly. (Like the time he convinced me to lick a building.) He made me pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse. He was always proud of me.

I’m feeling an overwhelming sadness and disbelief. Pa was always larger than life, and I can’t quite believe that he’s gone. I’m also crushingly sad. I was always very close to Pa, but so was everyone in my family. I really don’t have words to describe the emptiness I’m feeling. Pa was an amazing man, and I know that everyone who knew him is feeling the loss.

I’ve read and reread, written and rewritten this post so many times. There are just no words that I can find to properly honor him. How can I put into words how much he loved my grandmother? How much he meant to all of us? How much I love him? I can’t.

His obituary is online now, but there are still no words that feel fitting.

Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore

3 Sep

Sunday I went up to the Biltmore for afternoon tea with three of my favorite women, Lisa, Marcy, and AJ.

Lisa and I dressed for tea in the 50′s, because if you invite us to tea, we will dress for tea.

The food was lovely, and the tea was delicious, but the company was even better, as evidenced by the fact that our afternoon tea lasted for five hours.

The four of us do not get to spend nearly enough time together, because we’re all very busy being social media influencers and running the world with our mad PR and marketing skillz.

Oh yeah, and I made Marcy and Lisa take a skirt picture with me, and screamed at them about pretty feet. As I do.

We decided that afternoon tea definitely needs to be a regular thing. I can’t wait to check out more great teas in LA! I think the Langham is next, because I love afternoon tea at the Langham.

2014 Emmys Fashion

25 Aug

Okay, is it just me, or was the fashion kind of meh this year? Not bad, not amazing, just whatever. I don’t know, maybe I’m still cranky about the whole Monday thing. These are my best and worst picks, even though they’re hardly the best or worst things I’ve ever seen on a red carpet.

Images from E! Online.

Best Dressed

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

This woman can do no wrong. First of all, she seems to be aging in reverse. She’s always sleek, elegant, and on point. Another win from JLD.

Julie Bowen

This is a departure from the kind of thing we usually see Julie in on a red carpet, and I love it. The airy fabric and fun pattern are perfect for summer in LA.

Samira Wiley

The color and fit are perfect on her, but what really makes this a “best” is how happy Samira looks. She looks so confident, and you know she thinks she looks great. And that’s the best look of all.

Edie Falco

Again, the color is perfection on her. I love the fit and the drape on her. She’s so strong and beautiful, and she always looks great.

Melissa Rauch

This is probably my favorite from the night. Her hair and makeup are right on point, the accessories are perfect, and the dress is gorgeous. No one particular element is fighting for attention, everything works together seamlessly and perfectly.

Worst Dressed

Lena Dunham

The skirt looks like Pepto Bismol and the top doesn’t fit. I’d look miserable too if I had to wear that thing.

Kerry Washington

NOOOO!!!! Kerry, you usually look so fabulous! What went wrong? This looks like a last ditch effort from a soon-to-be-eliminated Project Runway contestant.

Sarah Paulson

Halloween’s not for two months, honey, you can put away the spider webs and fake blood droplets.

Taissa Farmiga

I don’t know what this is, but no.

Amanda Peet

Is Amanda Peet pregnant? Either way, there’s no excuse for any of this. She looks like she just escaped a fundamentalist compound and somehow made it on to the red carpet.

So those are my best and worst dressed picks. What do you think? Were you as underwhelmed as I was?