Last night, I was invited to a fund-raiser event called ‘Southern Style’ benefiting The St. Bernard Project, hosted by the Spears family. It was a great chance to enjoy an incredible view, munch on incredible southern food and support an incredible cause. The St. Bernard Project is dedicated to rebuilding New Orleans and relief for the Hurricane Katrina victims and I was honored to be a part of the beautiful night. It’s important we remember the significant devastation caused by natural disaster for years and sometime decades after disaster strikes and I commend St. Bernard Project and the Spears family for doing so much to keep the relief in the forefront of people’s minds. That’s what spreading the heart means to me and it’s projects like this that show me it is possible to band together for the greater good of our globe. Do your part and check out www.StBernardProject.org!
Thank you to The St. Bernard Project and Spears family for the invite. Next time I do hope to see BritBrit perform! But, great visit nonetheless.
The Steam Whistle Unsigned Indie Music series is an ongoing concert event across Canada that supports talented and undiscovered local musicians up-and-coming in the Canadian indie music scene. My best friend (and YourKloset.com blogazine editor) Amy Smith took me to one of their events at the Steam Whistle in Toronto to check out her co-workers band, The Darcys the other night and I was blown away. The Darcys is made up of four VERY talented…not to mention, adorable and well-dressed… boys in Toronto, whose intricate alt-rock sound is heavily inspired by the likes of Radiohead, Steely Dan and My Bloody Valentine. Most gigs you get dragged to see by a friend are less than thrilling but I could not take my eyes off the stage, each dude up there played with mesmerizing style and force and I now want their tunes blasting in my car at all times. I am a Darcys convert and you should be too! You can check their songs and videos out online at thedarcys.ca and on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter @itsthedarcys. Also, if you’re in Toronto, they have an upcoming show at The Horseshoe at Queen & Spadina on May 14!! X
PS. Included a couple Canadian style pics of friends at the concert…gotta love toques and native-adorned knits!! Yes, those are toques people, not ‘beanies’!
I apologize for my being MIA from the blog recently but with just cause, I swear! I had the pleasure of returning home for ten days and was soaking up everything and everyone in Toronto as much as physically possibly while there!! Amidst traipsing around the charmingly grungy bar scene at night with old friends and spending quality time with my amazing family, I managed to squeeze in some local events that happened to coincide with my dates in town. From Alternative Fashion Week (aka FAT), to Hot Docs to ‘Unsigned’ Indie Music Series, the culture and entertainment seemed never-ending and I’m here to fill you guys in so please forgive the tardiness!! :) Told ya I had a good reason…
Blogging is the new..er…breathing in Toronto these days it seems. I know that’s a bold statement to make but I’m not exaggerating kids! Literally everyone old enough to speak is doing it; for fun, for work, but mostly for both! The hipster presence has never been so strong and though FAT’s been going on for six years now, this year was certainly the most notable by far. Nearly all my friends in Toronto were blogging about Alternative Fashion Week and I decided to call up my former bosses and Fashion Television and do a segment on the event! The rooms were PACKED with endless fashion bloggers, lovers, models and designers, all donning their most fashion forward digs in a competition to stand out and make a statement, whether on the floor or on the runway. Some called it art, some called it insane, either way those three days were undoubtedly Alternative and much more interesting than most fashion weeks across the globe. I took the camera backstage and interviewed some of the whimsical designers whose ideology of fashion was too creative (and outrageous) to fit in to Toronto LG Fashion Week’s regimented, commercial world. Though more-often than not, their collections were not wearable to the public, I think it’s beyond brilliant that our city has created a home for them to be appreciated and express themselves freely without any boundaries. Check out my upcoming segment on In Fashion and fashiontelevision.com.
The other night I was lucky enough to have my dear friend and mega-talented LA-base photographer Tyler Shields all to myself for a late-night Spread the Heart photoshoot. As always Tyler more than delivered and we so appreciate him taking the time to spread his heart through his amazing art. We heart you Tyler!! Check out Shields’ ‘Life is Not a Fairytale’ exhibit on May 8th at 2476 Hunter St. in downtown LA. XX
I was out and about on Saturday at the College Television Awards, acting as a presenter for the evening with my 90210 costar Trevor Donovan. The fun filled event was honoring some of the brightest student filmmakers across the country and it was my absolute pleasure to be in the presence of such a driven and inspiring crowd. These young adults are sure to be some heavy Hollywood power-players in the future and it was a privilege to take part in an evening recognizing their innovative ideas and talent. Of course, I took the opportunity to spread the word about Spread the Heart while I was there…I tell ya, wearing your heart on your cheek is a great conversation-starter! Check out a couple shots from the evening’s event! X
I stepped out for the biggest Hollywood event of my career on Monday night and once again, decided to Spread the Heart while I was there! As I walked the three-tiered red-carpet for Scream 4, I educated the press about the viral campaign we are starting and was blown away by the positive response. Thank you to all of the media outlets that allowed me the platform to raise awareness for Spread the Heart and Japan’s relief! Wear a heart on your cheek and do the same! X
These were taken just before / after the earthquake hit. As you can see, people were on their phones calling to see if family members were okay.